CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF STEPHEN HAWKING ~~ A FOND FAREWELL

British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at age 76

Despite his personal torment (or perhaps because of it) he cared about all those suffering throughout the world.

He will truly be missed.

Here is a photo of a young Stephen Hawking (with the canes) in London marching against the war in Vietnam in 1969.

 

More than 30 years later he spoke out fervently against the war in Iraq. He also joined the BDS movement against Israel, calling the situation “like that in South Africa before 1990. It cannot continue.”

He wasn’t just one of the most brilliant minds of our times, he was also someone with a social conscience and critical of capitalism, saying:

“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”


Rest in power, Stephen Hawking.

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Carlos Latuff honoured this giant of a man with the following in 2013 …

Maximum respect to Stephen Hawking who in 2013 refused to participate of a conference in Israel to protest against the occupation of Palestine

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STRANGEST THING EVER …..

I always found this strange ….
Any movie you watch that might have an animal in it has a disclaimer that ‘no animal was harmed during the production of this film’.
Meanwhile, humans were shot to death, mangled or tortured in the same film ….. where is the disclaimer for them?

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A VIDEO TO HELP YOU GET TO KNOW THE BOYCOTT

Short video for those unfamiliar with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

BIBI DOES BROADWAY

I thought I was viewing the Academy Awards. His acting was that stellar. His talk was like a sequel to his 2014 performance: The Shape of Warfare. He’d won the Oscar that year for demonizing Iran.

Bibi does Broadway

Sam Bahour 

I recently watched Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech from my home in Palestine. For a moment, I thought I was viewing the Academy Awards. His acting was that stellar. His talk was like a sequel to his 2014 performance: The Shape of Warfare. He’d won the Oscar that year for demonizing Iran.

Normally I’d have been upset. I mean, how can anyone take such harrumphing hasbara seriously? Then it hit me: Bibi was doing standup! And his shtick was over-the-top.

The Prime Minister’s kvetching was truly primetime black comedy. He began by saying “the audience in this hall each year is getting bigger and bigger and bigger!” What consummate acting! He was emulating cartoon character Mr. Magoo, myopically missing the mounting opposition to his policies.

Under Bibi’s leadership—some Israelis would call it kingship—Israel is nothing if not rapidly becoming the modern day’s developed Western rogue state. It seems only curtailed from implementing its final solution to the Palestinian question by advent of smartphones and the Internet.

Bibi then bragged about Israel’s modernity and creativity, causing audiences to smile at his failure to note all the handouts it gets from the world. Bibi then claimed Abbas “pays about 350 million a year to terrorists and their families.” Holy moly, Batman! That caused another international guffaw since Israel (created and maintained by terror) gets 10 times that much each year just from the USA. And for what end, to maintain a 50-year military occupation which mandates Israel to have every Israeli high school graduate pick up a gun and point it at Palestinians!

To put that in perspective: once every blue moon the IRS returns American workers $300 atop their normal refund. Grateful citizens respond with joyous backflips. Yet, each year/every year, the USA gives every man-woman-child-baby in Israel $500…none of whom worked a minute for it, none of whom show any gratitude. Shouldn’t a 70-year-old nation, especially one whose leader brags of the strength of its globally-aligned economy, cut its own ice?

The prime minister was on a roll. The first thing he mentioned, after saying Israel wanted peace, was ‘Israel has never had a stronger military.” Imagine! He didn’t brag about its farms (many wrongfully acquired by military force), water resources (stolen from Palestinians), or nuclear weapons (stolen from America). No, he mentioned the IDF uber alles.

What a kidder!

He then tugged at heart-strings, citing Israel’s help during overseas natural disasters. Of course, he failed to mention all the IDF-created disasters in nearby Gaza, a modern-day Guernica.

He also lauded Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, David Freidman, the Zionist Three Stooges trying to broker a one-sided peace deal by forcing facts on the ground. What a hoot! It was like suggesting McCarthy, Duke, and Birch broker a truce with African Americans during their 1960s intifada.

Bibi also swore that “peace is Israel’s highest aspiration,” echoing another leader some 79 years ago. Time magazine noted in 1939 “Hitler’s hope that the nations of Europe could settle on a peace — but only a peace in which German demands would be met.”

He urged more pressure be put on Iran, but not by Israel. Like Tom Sawyer, he wants others to do the dirty work, whitewashing Israel’s instigations.

Jealous fits sometime threw off his timing. Like when he chided Iran for violating “multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” having “repeatedly lied to the international community,” and wanting nukes…just like Israel. He can’t stand challenges to Israel’s hegemony. Yet is he crazy? Mullahs aren’t muttonheads. They see how North Korea is treated versus Iraq.

It was obvious that Bibi not only knows how to pull the world’s leg, he studies movies. He changed The Eternal Jew into The Infernal Arab. What chutzpah! He’s certainly a savvy thespian who knows the power of media. Too bad he hasn’t watched Red Dawn, though. He’d know that Americans would fight their invaders/occupiers just like Palestinians do.

Bibi’s breathless Perils of Pauline routine continued. He clutched pearls mentioning “rockets, terrorists and missiles” drawing howls of laughter. Bibi has clearly become the poster child for war, oblivious to the very few steps that separate him from being imprisoned back in Israel for corruption.

I lost the “Phantom Thread” leading from his wanting peace to calling for war. He can’t understand that the world that loves The Diary of Anne Frank loathes the detention of Ahed Tamimi. That people who enjoy the wonders of Black Panther’s Wakanda are weary of the so-called Jewish State’s repeated motto: There Will Be Blood.

Moses, or at least Charlton Heston, told Pharaoh: “Let my people go!” Sane, decent, peace-loving people around the world say: “Let Palestinians free!”

Israel should heed the advice of Palestinians (echoing another Oscar winner) and just Get Out!

Still, it’s no laughing matter, no film fantasy. America is increasingly more diverse. Colonialism is outdated. And young Jews are less and less attached to Israel. So, unless the state Bibi heads mends its ways, it could soon be Gone with the Wind.

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WOMEN’S DAY IN NEW YORK HIGHLIGHTS PALESTINIAN FREEDOM

Support for Ahed Tamimi was there in full force

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Here are scenes from the March in New York City

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

To the men out there too!

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Our Palestinian Heroine by Latuff

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A funny look at the day ….

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ON VIDEO ~~ HOW ISRAEL ERASED PALESTINE FROM THE MAP

More videos and tweets HERE

MUST SEE VIDEO ~~ INDEX OF RACISM

This index was developed by monitoring violent and inciting rhetoric according to a list of 100 keywords of expressions, names and personalities in Hebrew with the aim of measuring the level of violent rhetoric and hate speech at the hands of Israeli social media users. Interestingly, the results indicate that the level of Israeli violence on social media has decreased from 2016 but increased from 2015.

More HERE

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Despite it all, there IS hope!

AIPAC MUST BE DEEMED A FOREIGN AGENT …. NOW

The U.S. has laws in place that forbid foreign governments from wielding certain kinds of influence or lobbying. Every foreign country represented in Washington by foreign agents must register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

It’s Time For AIPAC To Register As A Foreign Agent

M.J. Rosenberg

 

This weekend, 18,000 Americans from all over the country are coming to Washington to participate in the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference.

AIPAC is one of the leading forces behind the Israel lobby, joined in recent years by the ascending Christians United for Israel. Other Jewish “pro-Israel” organizations are niche affairs, representing particular constituencies on the left or right. But it’s AIPAC that is the registered lobby on Capitol Hill and it is AIPAC whose clout on matters relating to Israel exceeds the clout of the National Rifle Association on matters related to guns; while the NRA’s sway is almost entirely over Republicans, AIPAC has historically drawn its support from both parties. Is there any place but AIPAC that not only gets Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in the same room, but gets to hear them in near total agreement?

But there’s something strange, too, about AIPAC. Consider Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks at last year’s conference: “Every freedom-loving American stands with Israel — because her cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight.”

How can America’s representatives declare that any other country’s fight – even one as close to us as Israel is — is our fight, its cause our cause, its values our values?

It’s precisely this kind of over-identification that George Washington warned against in his 1796 Farewell Address. “A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils,” said Washington. “Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists… betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

To protect against this kind of passionate attachment, the U.S. has laws in place that forbid foreign governments from wielding certain kinds of influence or lobbying. Every foreign country represented in Washington by foreign agents must register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Under its terms, the country in question is absolutely banned from participating in or influencing American elections. Every contact the agents have with Congress must be reported to the Department of Justice, along with how and where they spend their resources.

This law applies to Canada as much as it does to Russia (although Russian interference in our political process is now one of the biggest issues in our political life). It also applies to Israel.

But it does not apply to the Israel lobby as represented by AIPAC, which is heavily involved in our political system, funding candidates who are perceived to be “good on Israel” and defunding incumbents who fail to subscribe to the favored foreign state’s agenda.

How does AIPAC get away with it?

It gets away with it because AIPAC’s founder, I.L. Kenen, came up with a legal loophole by which AIPAC is defined not as a lobby for a foreign state but for Americans who support that state. It’s a critical distinction that makes AIPAC’s dominance over US Middle East policy possible.

I worked at AIPAC directly for Kenen, back in the 1970s before moving on to Capitol Hill. He told me that he came up with the AIPAC formula — AIPAC as an American organization lobbying for Americans — so that AIPAC would be legally permitted to engage in politics and not have to reveal its activities. A devoted American and liberal Democrat, Kenen believed American and Israeli interests and values weren’t likely to diverge anyway, so what’s the problem?

After Kenen retired, Israel and AIPAC took a rightward turn, and he saw the mistake he made. Toward the end of his life, Kenen was outraged by the AIPAC leadership with its unquestioning support of the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade against Gaza, and other right-wing Israeli policies. He hated what he saw as AIPAC using its political power to keep the United States government and other influential Americans and perhaps most importantly, the media, from straying from the Israeli line.

Not only was AIPAC making it hard for the United States to restrain the Israeli government; it was weakening forces inside Israel that were trying to do so. The Israeli peace camp needed the United States on its side, but thanks to AIPAC, the United States could not help our natural Israeli allies. Of course, when Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was actively seeking peace and an end to the occupation, that was the moment AIPAC chose to separate itself from Israel, resulting in Rabin’s blistering exhortation that it get the hell out of his way. By the time of his death, Kenen was thoroughly alienated from the organization.

Now is the time to undo Kenen’s mistake. It is time to require AIPAC to register as what it is: a foreign agent. It will still be able to advocate for Israel but as an Israeli lobby, which admits to getting its marching orders from the Israeli government. What it would not be able to do is direct campaign money to politicians. Let’s see how many vice presidents, senators, and representatives show up at its conferences then. Let’s see how many of its Israel-right-or-wrong resolutions pass the House 435-0. Let’s see if presidents are still afraid to say what they think about the occupation and the denial of democratic rights to Palestinians.

I began this piece by referring to AIPAC as the major component of the “pro-Israel” lobby. Actually, it isn’t. It is a lobby for the Israeli right and for a status quo that has turned Israel into an international pariah. That is not the way it has to be.

In 1995, when the peace-seeking Rabin was gunned down by a rightwing Israeli zealot, more foreign leaders attended his funeral than had attended any similar rite since John F. Kennedy’s. Poll after poll showed Rabin, the man who negotiated honestly and directly with the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, to be among the most admired people in the world.

Today, Netanyahu and AIPAC (which has kept the United States government firmly behind Netanyahu’s policies) have turned Israel into a source of dissension even among American Jews.

No, AIPAC is not a “pro-Israel” lobby. It’s the Netanyahu lobby and our laws should treat it as such, for Israel’s sake even more than our own.

As for the thousands of Americans gathered in Washington this weekend, they need to know one thing: they are not supporting the dream of a secure, democratic Israel at peace with its neighbors and the world. They are, unwittingly, supporting a right-wing political agenda that is placing Israel in ever-deeper peril and, frankly, jeopardizing its very existence.

 

THE MOTHERLAND CALLS

In the summer of 1978 I visited the Soviet Union. I visited the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), the scene of the fiercest battle against the nazis during WW2.

We were taken to a hill where thousands of soldiers and civilians lie buried. At the top of the hill stood the most magnificent statue I ever saw in my life. (See THIS related post)

The Motherland calls

Last Thursday night I was presented with a foot high duplicate of this beautiful statue from a close friend that lives in Moscow.

International Women’s Day came early to my home this year. To me, this statue represents the strength and beauty of all women throughout the world. 

To the Motherland!

A CARTOON ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE

REPOST THIS …. MAKE IT GO VIRAL!

After a Danish paper published this caricature, the Israeli ambassador to Denmark condemned it, asked for it to be removed, and requested an apology from the paper. So now people on FB are posting it to make it go viral. 

Yallah ..

 

THE OCTOPUS OF FASCISM

I don’t know how many years from now the Israeli government would  appoint an inquiry commission to look into the reasons that made the Israeli society succumb to the Octopus of fascism. But it would  probably be too late by then, as too much tears and blood would have been already shed.

Dradin Kastell

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In Israel: fascism is clear and clarion
 
By Khalid Amayreh
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I have been engaging Israeli-Jewish back-talkers and commentators on the websites of several mainstream Israeli newspapers and media outlets.  The often heated exchanges revealed the extent to which fascism, fanaticism, racism, and bigotry have penetrated the collective inner-psyche and mindset of the Israeli-Jewish society. 
 
I have always argued, at this forum and elsewhere, that the Israeli Jewish society is drifting rather phenomenally toward ugly racism and fascism. After this latest encounter with the cyberspace guardians of the sacrosanct Golem (Israel), I feel quite shocked by the absolute veracity of my erstwhile assumptions.
 
 The mostly irate commentators and back-talkers on the websites of Israeli media outlets seem to represent a significant cross-section of the Israeli-Jewish society.  I wouldn’t exaggerate if I said these people represent the views of the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews, especially with regard to the conflict with the Palestinians..
 Upon thoroughly examining their messages, I noticed that these people are quite saturated with bigotry and harbor a very high degree of real fascism. For example, most of these people wouldn’t accept the principle of simple human equality.  Moreover, I noticed that they tend to be quite abusive in their discourse as they routinely and heavily used name-calling and personal ad hominem attacks instead of logical argumentation and debate.
 
They profusely used strong epithets like “Nazi” to describe and malign critics of Israel and its policies.
When I confronted them with passages from the Torah supporting human equality, they either rejected these passages outright or twisted their meaning to suit their racist convictions.
 
Moreover, I noticed that they referred to all Muslims as “Islamo-Nazis,” with many of them even calling for a world-wide genocide that wouldn’t leave a Muslim alive.
 
One back-talker, a recent immigrant to Israel from Minneapolis remarked that “Nazism was evil only because it targeted Jews…..otherwise Nazism would have been a lovely thing if it had exterminated six million Muslims.”!
 
When delving into religion, I noticed that Israeli Jewish back-talkers employed a particularly filthy language against the symbols and followers of other religions. For them all Muslims are “terrorists” to be annihilated, Muhammed is the greatest terrorist! Jesus was the ultimate bastard and Mary the ultimate whore!!  The venomous hatred and abuse reserved for Muslims and, to a lesser extent, Christians,   prompts one to conclude that these Jews are the greatest asset for anti-Semites in our time.  
 
Predictably, most Israeli Jewish back-talkers and commentators held criminally racist perceptions of Palestinians whom they thought ought to be either  banished to Arabia, enslaved by the Jews, or physically exterminated.
 
Those who advocated the  genocidal solution for the Palestinian problem argued that the world would soon forget afterward!  Interestingly, Issues like human life, human rights and international law were meaningless to them.
 
I argued with a Jewish settler from Kiryat Arba near Hebron, also an immigrant from North America, that murdering innocent people was a gross violation of the Ten Commandments. He retorted rather confidently: “You want to teach me my scripture! Thou shall not murder means thou shall not murder a Jew.”!
 
“But the best of non-Jews, kill’em”
 
Having undergone this experience, I have gained a better and more accurate understanding of Zeev Sernhell’s  treatise  that Israel today resembles to a large extent Nazi Germany in its earlier years.
 
I don’t know how many years from now the Israeli government would  appoint an inquiry commission to look into the reasons that made the Israeli society succumb to the Octopus of fascism. But it would  probably be too late by then, as too much tears and blood would have been already shed.

A SONG OFFERING HOPE IN AN AREA WHERE IT’S NEEDED

Amazing!! We need this so much this present day.. Music connecting people in a magical way!

Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society. Our idea is to stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together.
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The project enables its participants to enjoy the feeling of togetherness through a deep communal experience – our sounds and voices coming together to create a social choir, full of hope and optimism.

MIDNIGHT TERROR AGAINST TAMIMI FAMILY CONTINUES

In the middle of the night on Monday, around 3 a.m., the Israeli military raided the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh in full force, a common occurrence for the village’s internationally-recognized residents, the Tamimi family, who have seen several family members — a large portion of them minors — arrested from the village in the past few months.

On Monday alone, Israeli forces detained 10 members of the extended Tamimi family, including five minors between the ages of 14-17, a 19-year-old, and the rest between the rest between 21 and 29 years of age, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

Among the detainees was 15-year-old Muhammad Tamimi, who is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on his skull on March 5th. Muhammad was released later Monday afternoon.

Israeli soldiers had shot Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet in December, during demonstrations in Nabi Saleh against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Moments after Muhammad was shot, his then 16-year-old cousin Ahed learned of his injury as Israeli soldiers continued to surround the village, including her family home.

It was then that Ahed was filmed kicking and slapping an armed Israeli soldier who had encroached on her family’s property — an incident she would be detained for days later, along with her mother and cousin.

Ahed, who spent her 17th birthday in Israeli prison, is now being prosecuted behind closed doors in an Israeli military court that has a conviction rate of over 99 percent.

After spending days in a coma and undergoing several life-saving surgeries, Muhammad — who has been injured by Israeli forces before, and was previously detained when he was 13 — was released back home to Nabi Saleh with half of his skull missing.

Over the course of the two months since Muhammad’s injury and Ahed’s detention, the extended Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh and its twin village Deir Nitham have seen over a dozen of their relatives arrested, at least three put on trial in military court, and one — 16-year-old Musaab Tamimi of Deir Nitham — shot and killed by Israeli forces.

Campaign of Vengeance

By Monday afternoon, Muhammad had been released, while the nine others who were arrested remained in Israeli custody, according to Bassem Tamimi, the father of Ahed Tamimi.

Despite being released, Bassem told Mondoweiss that the fact that Muhammad was even arrested in the first place is indicative of Israel’s disregard for basic human rights.

“Muhammad is critically injured because of the occupation, and they put his life in even more danger last night,” Bassem said, adding “this just proves they don’t care about any international opinion, human rights or international law.”

Bassem told Mondoweiss that Monday’s detentions were just another part of Israel’s campaign of vengeance targeting the Tamimi family in the wake of Ahed’s arrest.

“Every international institution that deals with the Palestinians and human rights issues are responsible for the lives of our children and for the suffering of the Tamimi family and Nabi Saleh village,” Bassem said.

The Tamimi’s relatives in Deir Nitham expressed similar sentiments following the killing of their son Musaab in January, saying that days after Ahed’s arrest, the people of the village were threatened by Israeli soldiers who told them “The day will come when you wish you are not a Tamimi.”

“We have become a symbol of nonviolent resistance, and they [Israel] don’t want the voice of Palestine to be heard from anywhere or anyone,” Bassem said, “who knows what they will do next.”

International campaign for Ahed’s release continues

The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.

Ahed is famous across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.

Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother, who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.

Since her arrest in December, Ahed has become the subject of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.

As Ahed and her mother Nariman — who was arrested after her daughter — are being prosecuted behind closed doors, international rights groups such as Amnesty International have called for their immediate release, saying that Ahed’s detention “is a desperate attempt to intimidate Palestinian children who dare to stand up to repression by occupying forces.”

The group highlighted that under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, “the arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time,” adding that Ahed is currently facing up to 10 years in prison

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, as of January 2018, there were 330 Palestinian children being held in Israeli prison.

Meanwhile, Bassem, who has been denied permission to visit Ahed in prison, waits until the next court date to catch a glimpse of his daughter.

IN PALESTINE, DESPITE IT ALL, THERE IS HOPE IN THEIR EYES

It remains a remarkable era that we live in and it is getting more “interesting” every day. Take for example the poke in the eye that the Zionists did through their vassal president Donald Trump in deciding that the date to move the US Embassy to occupied Jerusalem will be May 15.

Will he or won’t he? (Image: Carlos Latuff)

We see hope in their eyes

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

 

This is very significant because that date is Nakba Commemoration day when against the wishes of the vast majority of inhabitants, a Jewish apartheid state was created by force of arms. Before and after that date, the largest post-WWII ethnic cleansing happened. Most of the native people of Palestine (of various religions) were pushed out and 530 towns and villages were depopulated. Today 7.5 million are refugees or displaced people. 6.3 million live under direct Israeli racist rule. None have sovereignty over their lands. Immigrant Ashkenazi White European elites rule the apartheid state. The 1.6 million Palestinians who had lived under martial law until

1966 and then given some citizenship “rights” but are subjected to further ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, colonial settlement expansion just as much as the Palestinians in the Gaza and the West Bank. There is a meticulous and vicious program of slow genocide in Gaza. In Jerusalem (West Bank), there are more and more pressures to Judaicize the city by programs of denial of residency and recently the escalation of pressure on Christian and Muslims to strip them of Church and Mosque property by overtaxing them to bankruptcy in order to take their church and mosque property.

This week the Christian Churches including the Church of the Sepulcher closed their doors in protest. To my knowledge, this has never happened before (in 2000 years!). The world politicians are silent and the Palestinian authority (representatives) issue feeble sounds of pleading for the world community to implement International law and also to protect the Palestinian people. Yet, they all continue their failed policies and do not admit they made any mistakes. As any rational reader of history knows, rights are never begged for from your oppressor. Oppressors must be forced to give up their powers. Resistance must be built up in ALL its forms sanctioned by International law (also see 4th Geneva Convention). Mahmoud Abbas whose term expired years ago and whose health is deteriorating (wish him to finally retire!) gave a speech at the UN Security Council in which he admitted that his authority basically works for the Israeli occupiers.

Thus, the first and main obstacle now to liberation, return of refugees, and self-determination in Palestine is the Vichy government in Ramallah. It is long past time to end the charade of Oslo and create a real “Palestine Liberation Organization”. To be clear: PALESTINE is all of Palestine not to “disputed” (per Israeli language) 22% of it (WB & Gaza) for which they have been “negotiating” endlessly. LIBERATION as in Liberty not accepting apartheid or the racist notions of a “Jewish state” (this also includes right of native Palestinians to return to their homes and lands).

ORGANIZATION as people organizing to capturing the amazing energy of the 12.5 million Palestinians around the world. That requires participatory democracy not a clique of comprador elites (term limits of 6-8 years are good idea for all leaders).

Watch this video by ProMosaik about a poem by Mazin Qumsiyeh.

 

BIBI’S ‘WAR CONFERENCE’ IN MUNICH

The “War Conference” in Munich was disguised as Security Conference, since everybody wants security and so the term sounds well. And the date was chosen so well on the memorable 18 February.

Netanyahu in Munich, brandishing wreckage from what he said was Iranian-produced drone.

Do you want the all-out war?

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,English translation by Milena Rampoldi

 

All the inflammatory speeches recalled me the 18 February 1943, when the Reich Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, seventy-five years ago, held his (in)famous speech in the Sports Palace in Berlin, by barking at his public: “Do you want the all-out war?”

 

With this particular déjà-vu, this 18 February the “safety-conscious transatlantic representatives” (and we from home in front of the TV screens) had the chance to see the speech held by the Prime Minister of the “Jewish State” in the great hall of the Bayrische Hof in Munich. With his open war threat and rabble-rousing against Iran, Netanyahu formally challenged this comparison. I just missed the barked sentence, however, the public was silent and listened to his speech without resistance, thinking that he talked about security.

 

The “elected” really compared the nuclear deal with Iran with the Munich Agreement of 80 years ago by warning against an “appeasement with the Iranian leaders”, since the concessions at that time had reinforced Hitler. At that time, well-intentioned and naive people had acted with “good intentions” and now they are committing the same mistake with Iran.

 

Israel: a war-focussed nation from head to toe

Even more perfidious was Netanyahu’s more than misleading comparison with the Nazi “master race” and Iran propagating the so-called “master religion”.

 

The “elected” of the elected religion wants to warn about the alleged international rule of Islam. From the associations of the Propaganda Minister Goebbels to the Hasbara of Prime Minister Netanyahu, from “the Jews are our misfortune” to the “uncontrollable, dangerous international Islam” it is just a small step into the same direction: the marginalisation of a religion and the clash of civilizations. Netanyahu’s slogan of the “small Israel, surrounded by enemies, threating its existence” and his whole politics are a blatant lie. And this blatant lie was reflected by his public, raptly listening to him. For sure, Israel is not threatened as it is a nuclear power armed to the teeth and a war-focussed nation, from head to toe.

 

The “warm-hearted” and devote welcoming of the leader of a nation of occupiers made me speechless. Neither the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, nor the continuous land-grabbing by illegal settlements were part of the subjects touched by this “Security Conference”. Israel openly despises the safety of the Palestinian population. In addition, Israel treats African refugees as “infiltrators” and ignores and denigrates them.

 

Netanyahu formally flourished during his ridiculous speech, in which as usual he only diffused a pack of lies. The whole speech was also staged in a ridiculous way. In Netanyahu’s hands the alleged piece of a shot Iranian drone to prove the allegedly dangerous military aggression by Iran, Israel will not accept. And during his unforgotten speech held in 2012, at the General Council of the UN, he had lifted a cardboard with the picture of a nuclear bomb it. Everybody is as ridiculous as he/she is able to be. However, at the “Security Conference”, Netanyahu found a devote public.

 

Primitive Propaganda

It was scandalous how Netanyahu called the Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif an eloquent liar, while the latter said exactly the truth (!). What a primitive propaganda Sara Netanyahu, sitting next to the German “War Minster” von der Leyen (perhaps she will be the future NATO commander-in-chief), applauded.

 

In contrast to Israel with his aggression wars and murders, Iran has neither attacked other countries nor violated their air sovereignty as Israel does every day in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.

 

Of course, Netanyahu did not spend a word about his recent military support of Syrian activists and rebels. In the past, all these groups were controlled by the CIA-led centre of Military Operations Command in Amman. Up to January, the centre paid wages to ten-thousands of these fighters of the “South front of the Free Syrian Army” and supplied them with material and munitions. Again and again, Israel large-heartedly showed propaganda images of Syrian fighters in Israeli hospitals, how they are healed to go on fighting, while in the concentration camp in Gaza any support is denied although the health system is almost breaking down. On this front, no sign of compassion by the Netanyahu regime.

 

Netanyahu states impertinently that Israel is not involved into the Syrian Civil War. However, the “Jewish Defence Army” flew more than 100 missions, not to mention drone flights. If every government leader or victim had brought a “David Star drone component”, the hall would have to be closed because of overcrowding.

 

The couple Bibi and Sara Netanyahu had formally fled to a trip abroad because at home the situation was threatening since – finally – Israeli police have recommended to bring a charge against Bibi in two corruption cases whose accusations partially concern his wife Sara. They took themselves a four days’ time, including the gala dinner on Saturday evening in the Bavarian Residence. Here Netanyahu celebrated himself and praised the “impressive frame for an impressive friendship”. In this context the host of the evening, Deputy Prime Minister Ilse Aigner assured Netanyahu that the people in Bavaria and Germany are on his side and on the side of Israel. I think Miss Aigner is totally wrong. Perhaps German politicians support this occupiers’ state violating international law, but most of the German citizens do not! Netanyahu is happy to get support from German groups to make deals in the field of security technology to oppose to cyber wars and nuclear threats. The CEO of Siemens, Joe Kaeser, who had just talked to Trump, also came to the table of honour. God knows what he promised to Netanyahu. That evening military power, politics and industry were united and praised “their” common “values of the Western world”.

 

A “clean” couple, Bibi and Sara, found their stage they cannot find at home here in Munich. In the meantime, on Sunday in Israel other close confidents were arrested in the corruption affair. Of course, these arrests lost their attention in the media because of the “drone show” in Munich.

 

The Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif showed a very diplomatic and objective reaction, who did not allow himself to be shown and then called the show a theatrical circus which does not deserve any answer.

 

Netanyahu approached his top when he threatened to attack not only the “deputy” of Iran, the Hezbollah, but also the regime itself, if Iran decides to maintain its military presence in Syria. Netanyahu threatened to preventively attack Iran if this was necessary to protect Israeli security. This is the favoured lie in today’s politics, invented by the “Jewish State”. It says that all aggressions and wars are always justifiable as “self-defence”.

 

We should ask ourselves: What would happen if the Netanyahu regime really attacked Iran? Would German soldiers be sent to the front because of the German reason of state includes the “security of the Jewish State”? In this case, we will have to ask our soldiers to refuse to serve in this illegal intervention!

 

Of course, Netanyahu did not forget to mention the “massacre of Munich”, committed by eight members of the resistance organisation “Black September” killing 11 Israelis during the Olympic Games in 1972. Five perpetuators and a German police man died. According to the motto “the revenge is ours”, only three days after the attack, “David Star fighter bombers” attacked Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria. Two-hundred innocent people died. From an Israeli perspective, they were all terrorists. But in reality they were Palestinians who had found refuge in miserable refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria after the nakba, the catastrophe, after the foundation of the “Jewish State”. Shortly after, the Israeli vengeance regime sent 13.150 “Jewish defence soldiers” with David Star tanks and fighter jets to Southern Lebanon where they killed 45 men and destroyed hundreds of houses. This was one of the bloodiest vengeance campaign among many others. And it last more than twenty years. At that time, the Prime Minister Golda Meir announced to the Knesset: “Wherever an attack is prepared, wherever anybody plans to kill Jews and Israelis – there we have to hit.” (For Meir, the “Palestinians” did not exist, and because they were not there, we came, kicked them out, and took their land). During this unprecedented Mossad revenge campaign which had almost no consequences, many innocent people died. After a “murder by mistake” committed in Norway in 1973, Israel also refused to accept responsibility even if after that murder of an innocent five Mossad agents were condemned to several years’ imprisonment and the Mossad was discovered because of its cruel mercilessness. Six years later, the Mossad then found the researched person in Lebanon. And again, twelve innocent passers-by, including a German nun, died. These murders remained unpunished because the German government did not want to touch its friend, the Jewish regime. And this remains true today: a “Jewish people” which does not exist, tries to take all from a Palestinian people which exists. And this Jewish people is supported by the so-called Western “alliance of values”!

 

The “Jewish State” is not endangered, it is the danger!

At the Security Conference in Munich, Netanyahu got the chance to diffuse his propaganda and hatred and was even applauded. This speech is one of a long series of precedent speeches, all published in its book of 1993 entitled “A Durable Peace. Israel and its Place among the Nations”, the basis of his world view. What he wrote for his first election campaign, is used up to now to explain all. Who knows his book, understand what moves this man: hatred and megalomania. And Islam hatred, Palestinians hatred and the final solution of the Judaization, to be pursued by all means. His next book published in 1996 and entitled “Fighting terrorism” is a perfect fit for his “terrorist” world view which wants to struggle against “Palestinian Muslim terrorism” by using the means of the “Jewish” and now “Jewish-Christian” terrorism.

 

Finally, Netanyahu showed a card with the red Sunni and the black Shiite terrorism on it. What was missing, was the blue colour indicating Jewish terrorism. He warned against hundred-thousands of Assad fighters and praised his new alliance with his Arab “friends” Egypt and Saudi Arabia. With them he wants to avoid the expansion of Iran from the Caspian through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and the Sinai. During the conference in Munich, it was not mentioned that Netanyahu in a meeting with Guterres in Munich had assured that the occupied Golan Heights will remain part of Israel FOR EVER.

 

After this War Conference in Munich I am asking myself: Why did an “elite” applauded this occupiers’ king and warmonger? Why did the conference host Wolfgang Ischinger devotedly sit next to Netanyahu – contrary to ALL other orators – by accepting only three preconceived questions he read without indicating the addressees? These questions were so superficial, like the one saying “Do you still believe in a two-state solution”?, although everybody knows that Netanyahu has always refused exactly this kind of “solution”! The most important question about the occupation and settlements was the eternal taboo subject! And Bibi had the chance to fluff up his feathers and to lie in front of the cameras, by saying that he was still waiting for Trump’s announced peace plan. However, there were the Palestinians and their frustrating reactions. Always the same words. And this is exactly the same method he uses at home to influence the press freedom in the “Jewish State” in his favour. Again, we were witnesses of a journalistic cowardice which criminally neglected to ask Netanyahu the right questions. Always when it is about the “Jewish State”, the journalistic braveness is missing. Under normal conditions, the journalist union should protest immediately against this way of acting by opposing to the “clean” journalism of the conference. But what can we expect from “leading media” which just pursue the aim to make us stupid.

 

“Security Conference” – no contribution to peace and stability

These immense costs of this War Conference in Munich have no justification AT ALL and do not contribute to peace and stability. It is the opposite: the NATO attacks fuel war anxiety and a new edition of the Cold War.  As desired by the USA and its first ally Israel, the first-class war criminals, their  dubious billion deal cooperation should become more and more intensive, because they need wars to stabilise their “cohesion” and their weapon industry.

 

1) https://deutsch.rt.com/international/65188-milliardendeal-nato-und-israel-wollen-enger-kooperieren/

 

However, in reality, the whole thing is about strategies related to the exploitation of resources and the struggle for raw materials like it is the case today in the struggle for the giant gas resources in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

As citizens we can only react by screaming loudly that we do not want warmongers as politicians, and that we do not want a war against Islam and Russia. We want peace, and we do not want walls and occupation, oppression and violation of human rights! Wars and conflicts make refugees, and we experience how sad this can be.

 

 

The date of the 18 February admonishes us and reminds us: “We do not want an all-out war!” 

 

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EARLY DAYS OF NAZISM, HERE AND THERE

All these stories and events have one thing in common. It is the racist Zionist Jewish view of non-Jews as goys, children of a lesser God, and untermenschen! Was not this the defining feature of Nazism? Isn’t this the defining feature of Israel?

Zeev Sternhell says Israel is a Nazi state: He is absolutely correct
 
By Khalid Amayreh
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Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world’s leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
Last week, he convincingly argued in an article published in Le Monde that Israel today resembled to a large extent the early years of Nazi Germany.
 
 The mostly jingoistic Israeli media ganged up on the man, accusing him of crossing all red lines.  One Ynet commentator called Sternhell “an auto anti-Semite”. Others called him a self-hating Jew.
 
In his article, Sternhell argued that non-Jews in Israel, especially Arabs, feel they are living under a monster, given the racist laws continually promulgated in order to promote and enforce “the Jewishness” of Israel and also make non-Jews, especially Arabs, feel they are unwanted.
 
Israel’s Arab citizens constitute more than 20 % of Israel’s population, and Israeli leaders, such as the current Minister of Defense,  Avigdor Lieberman,  have repeatedly called for expelling  them to a would- be Palestinian state.  Arabs in Israel and the occupied territories are not immigrants.  They are the original inhabitants of the country.  Hence comparing them with Arab expatriates living in Europe, who are recent immigrants, is outrageous to say the very least..
 
Critics of Sternhell’s treatise argued that it was grossly unfair to compare Israel with Nazi Germany.  They regurgitated the usual hasbara items invoked by Zionist circles to deceive ordinary people who probably have no time to dig further for the truth.   They pointed out that Israel’s Palestinians were full (not equal) Israeli citizens,  that Arab students were studying at Israeli universities by the thousands and that many Arab doctors were working at Israeli hospitals, In short, the usual arguments intended to give a rosy outlook and  hide the hard core-shell of Israeli racism and fascism. Interestingly, Sternhell critics carefully avoided any mention or allusion to some 5.5 million Palestinians languishing under a harsh military occupation in the West Bank and a draconian siege in the Gaza Strip, as if these thoroughly tormented people were a legitimate target for racism, occupation, repression and constant persecution.
 
To be sure, no one accuses Israel of sending Palestinians to concentration camps, although some rabbis like the rabbi  of Safad had called for sending the Arabs to the ovens   see my article: the Rabbi of the Devil, https://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/the-rabbis-of-the-devil/
 
However, Nazi Germany was about much more than just concentration camps, which appeared at the final stages of the Third Reich.
 
Indeed, Auschwitz, Mauthauzen Bergen Belsen, Dachau  and Treblinka were the ultimate outcome of Nazism, not its modus operandi.
 
Nazism’s core modus operandi was the lethal, insidious and venomous racism against Jews and others which eventually produced the death camps.
 
Now, let us ask ourselves  the following question:  Doesn’t Israel has such a, modus operandi?
 
I don’t write about the brutal treatment meted out to the Palestinians by Israel from a distant country so that I could be accused of being misinformed.  I actually live this unrelenting agony 24 hours a day. I am in the heart of the fray. This is why I can accuse Israel of using the dishonest lawyer’s tactics to obfuscate the truth and create an alternative virtual truth based on lies and fabrications.
 
It is true that Israel allows Arab students to study at its universities and Arab doctors to serve at its hospitals. But it is also true that Israel has a systematic and institutionalized policy of insidious discrimination against Arabs in Israel, in addition to the manifestly brutal repression meted out to the Palestinians in the occupied territories .Needless to say, narrowing the Arab’s horizons for the purpose of prompting to immigrate has always been and continues to be Israel’s de facto policy toward the Palestinians.
 
Israel routinely demolishes Arab homes for a variety of reasons that are mostly disingenuous.  
 
In the West Bank, the  Israeli occupation army routinely (nearly on a daily basis) deploys bulldozers  throughout the West Bank to demolish  the family homes of Palestinians convicted of killing Israeli occupation  soldiers or paramilitary Jewish settlers.   Have you ever heard of Israel demolishing the home of a Jewish terrorist even if he committed the most hideous crime under the sun!
 
In Jerusalem, Israel demolished thousands of Arab homes under the pretext that these houses had been built without a valid building license. Just ask an East Jerusalemite and him or she would yell you that obtaining a building license for Arabs are an extremely hard task, even text to impossible.
 
On 25 February, Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish doctor who had emigrated from New York, Murdered 29 innocent Palestinian worshipers and seriously injured many others. His home was never demolished and his family continued until today to receive financial benefits from the Israeli state!   
 
A few months ago, a group of Jewish hooligans, including adults, ganged up on an African refugee in Petah Tikva, beating him to death!  This week, the Israeli media reported that the court reached a plea bargain with the defendants which would enable them to serve only a short period in Jail.
 
Now, wouldn’t Jewish circles vociferously protest, and rightly so, if s court anywhere in the world treated the murderer of a Jew similarly leniently?
 
In fact, I myself continue to have unresolved grievances against Israel. On 27 Feb., 1953 (4 years before I was born), Israeli troops murdered my three paternal uncles: Hussein, Mahmoud and Yousuf. They were totally innocent shepherds who harmed no one. Until today, I have not received an acknowledgment of responsibility from Israel, a country that continues to berate Poland for restitution and indemnification for lost Jewish property going back to WWII.
 
You see, all these stories and events have one thing in common. It is the racist Zionist Jewish view of non-Jews as goys, children of a lesser God, and untermenschen! Was not this the defining feature of Nazism? Isn’t this the defining feature of Israel?
 
It is this affronting and highly revolting racism that Zeev Sternhell had in mind when he compared Israel to Nazi Germany?
 
Finally. I would like to ask the guardians of the Golem: what is so un-Nazi about occupying a country and tormenting, savaging and brutalizing its people for over 50 years in order to compel them to immigrate?  Or does Israel think that its 50-year occupation of more than 5 million Palestinians is an act of charity rather than an act of rape?
 

GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM IN ISRAEL

Armed illegal settlers are the problem

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Taught to kill and hate at an early age

Israel’s newest tourist attraction

Visitors can sign up for a variety of courses, including a two-hour “Shooting Adventure” where they learn to fire assault rifles and sniper rifles .

Teaching to kill has become a profitable business in Israel

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Those who dare resist are deemed the criminals ….

Ahed Tamimi whose only crime is standing up to an illegal Israeli occupation of her land. Her only weapons her mouth and her hands.

The real criminals have been getting away with murder for over 2000 years

A NATIONAL HISTORY OF SEX, LIES AND CORRUPTION

Last week, the Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on two separate corruption charges. The cases have been under discussion for a long time now. Jonathan Cook has wrote for this site over a year ago, how the Netanyahu scandals “reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society”.

I will not go into further detail regarding Netanyahu in this writing, as I will explain later. Right now, I want to relate to another publication from last week, and draw a comparison to Netanyahu. This is an interview with Israeli author Tom Segev, who has just published a new book called “David Ben-Gurion: A State at All Costs”. He was interveíewed by Ofer Aderet in Haaretz, and the piece is titled “In Bed With Israel’s First Prime Minister: Historian Exposes David Ben-Gurion as You Never Knew Him” 

Indeed, as the title suggests, the novel aspect of this new book appears to be the new discoveries about Ben-Gurion’s sex life – where he had four mistresses, and where one of them was a steady sexual relationship lasting 40 years from 1926. Segev managed to reach these details through archives that were saved under the name of the mistress Rivka Katznelson. Segev’s curiosity about the relationship surged when the archive of the Israel Defense Forces and the Defense Ministry, which has a file under the name “Rivka Katznelson,” refused to open it to the public “for reasons of personal privacy.” Segev nonetheless managed to access Katznelson’s personal material in the Genazim archive, after Katznelson’s niece gave her consent to his perusal of the documents.

What I found even more interesting than Segev’s revelations, were his appraisals in the interview, of why this mattered, and what he thought of Ben-Gurion in light of this.

Segev responds to the question of where the boundary runs between cheap gossip and material of historical value, and why he interested himself in Ben-Gurion’s sex life: “The first answer is the standard one – that if the leader isn’t faithful to his wife, maybe he’s not faithful to his voters, either. If he cheats on her, maybe he cheats on them, too,” he says.

That’s fair enough. And this brings us immediately to the bridging notion between marital unfaithfulness and cheating in general. Corruption is cheating, in general, so I would say there’s a connection.

But interestingly, Segev opines that “Ben-Gurion was not a corrupt person”. He says this just after comparing him to Netanyahu:

“Ben-Gurion has become very popular in recent years,” he notes. “There’s hardly a day when he isn’t mentioned in a newspaper.”

(Aderet): What’s the reason, do you think?

(Segev): “There are powerful longings for a leader with integrity. The explanation, of course, lies in one word: Netanyahu.”

So for Segev, Ben Gurion is still “not corrupt”, and he’s indirectly suggesting he was a leader with integrity (albeit beset by “weaknesses and distress” as he calls it).

Segev again alludes to Netanyahu in pointing out just how Ben Gurion was “not corrupt”:

“He didn’t smoke cigars, didn’t drink champagne, and he chose to go third-class on a ship and share his cabin with other people”, Segev says.

Segev lightly mentions that it still  is possible to talk about corruption in connection with Ben Gurion:

“For example, there’s a problem regarding the house he bought in Tel Aviv, because it can’t be definitely established that he paid back all the loans he received from the Histadrut [labor federation] and from the bank. He also didn’t always pay for the thousands of books he bought”, Segev says (detailed reference for this here).

But all in all, Segev appears to believe that Ben-Gurion was definitely not corrupt – supposedly because he didn’t smoke cigars or drink champagne, even though he had systematic extra-marital affairs and even though he didn’t pay for his books and house.

Alright, let’s pause there.

We know that smoking cigars and drinking champagne are not crimes in themselves. It is always about something other than the appearance. It does not matter if Netanyahu did not ever cheat on his wife. Still, he could be corrupt by other means. The champagne and cigars don’t corrupt him per se. It’s about a bigger picture, that can have many appearances.

Now, was Ben-Gurion really a “man of integrity”?

When I was about 15, I had attended a lecture by the legendary professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz. Leibowitz is the one who coined the term ‘Judeo-Nazis’, and was hailed as “one of the greatest figures in the life of the Jewish people and the State of Israel in recent generations” by Former President Ezer Weizman, who added that he was “a spiritual conscience for many in Israel.” Leibowitz said something at that lecture which I never forgot. It was one short sentence:

“Ben-Gurion was a man of many virtues. Truth was not one of them”.

At the point, I was ignorant of the details of Ben Gurion’s deceptions. Nonetheless, Leibowitz’s sentence was etched in my consciousness, perhaps due to the shock effect of having this heroic persona (Ben-Gurion) simply being called a liar. It was only many years later, that I began to learn about the details of Ben Gurion’s corruption on the grand national scale.

In 1937, Ben-Gurion wrote to his son Amos how acceptance of Partition (it was the Peel Commission partition plan) was not an end but a beginning:

“My assumption (which is why I am a fervent proponent of a state, even though it is now linked to partition) is that a Jewish state on only part of the land is not the end but the beginning. When we acquire one thousand or 10,000 dunams, we feel elated. It does not hurt our feelings that by this acquisition we are not in possession of the whole land. This is because this increase in possession is of consequence not only in itself, but because through it we increase our strength, and every increase in strength helps in the possession of the land as a whole. The establishment of a state, even if only on a portion of the land, is the maximal reinforcement of our strength at the present time and a powerful boost to our historical endeavors to liberate the entire country.”

In other words, Ben-Gurion knew fully well, that any acceptance of a partial territory is not committing. It’s just a means of getting some legitimacy, from which to grow power and with which to eventually “liberate the entire country”.

When it came to 1948 and the Israeli Declaration of Independence, the US Truman administration wanted to know precisely what borders the Declaration referred to (as it was vague in territorial matters, although referring to UN 181 ‘Partition Plan’ as its ‘legitimacy’ and that it was ‘irrevocable’). Jewish Agency agent Eliahu Sasson thus wrote a memo to President Truman, stating that “the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within the frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution of November 29th, 1947” (resolution 181). It took Truman only a few minutes to make the official recognition.

But Ben-Gurion knew that such ‘frontiers’ were only a start, and not an end.

It turns out, that in April 1947, five months before the 1947 UN ‘Partition Plan’, Ben Gurion was proposing his own ‘partition map’ to the British Cabinet. This also appears in Segev’s new book, and he managed to track down the map in the British National Achive (it is provided in the Haaretz article). The map is strikingly similar to the ‘Green line’ of the 1949 ceasefire lines (which ended up being 78% of historical Palestine), albeit appropriating the whole of the Gaza strip to the Jewish State.

Segev opines that “Ben-Gurion already had the results in his head”.

And why was the west Bank not part of the Jewish State in Ben-Gurion’s map? Well, let’s remember, that this still had to resemble “partition” rather than a complete Zionist takeover. The British had their own plans, which involved what has been referred to as the policy of “Greater Transjordan”. The Jordanians would get a part of Palestine, and in return, they would not unleash their force against the Jewish State.

Israeli-British historian Avi Shlaim:

“The policy of Greater Transjordan implied discreet support for a bid by Abdullah [King of Transjordan], nicknamed ‘Mr Bevin’s little king’ by the officials at the Foreign Office [Bevin was Foreign Secretary], to enlarge his kingdom by taking over the West Bank. At a secret meting in London on 7 February 1948, Bevin gave Tawfiq Abul Huda, Jordan’s Prime Minister, the green light to send the Arab Legion into Palestine immediately following the departure of the British forces. But Bevin also warned Jordan not to invade the area allocated by the UN to the Jews.  An attack on Jewish state territory, he said, would compel Britain to withdraw her subsidy and officers from the Arab Legion. [….] If Bevin was guilty of conspiring to unleash the Arab Legion, his target was not the Jews but the Palestinians. [….][B]y supporting Abdullah’s bid to capture the Arab part of Palestine adjacent to his kingdom, Bevin indirectly helped to ensure that the Palestinian state envisaged in the UN partition plan would be still-born.” 

So Ben-Gurion was aware that imperialist concerns need to be taken into account. And he went with it for a while. It is doubtful that without such arrangements, the nascent Israel could actually have succeeded to conquer so much more of historical Palestine as it did in 1948.

But as Ben-Gurion wrote to his son above, “this increase in possession is of consequence not only in itself, but because through it we increase our strength, and every increase in strength helps in the possession of the land as a whole”. And then came 1967, and the task was territorially completed.  

All these things are colonialist conspiracies which are corrupt in their very essence. In fact, Israel’s second Prime Minister Moshe Sharett had noted this aspect clearly:

“I have learned that the state of Israel cannot be ruled in our generation without deceit and adventurism. These are historical facts that cannot be altered”, he said

So even according to Sharett, Ben Gurion had to be a deceitful leader.

Now, has this essentially changed much? I would say not. The deceit that Zionism applies in order to cover up for its colonialist designs to erase Palestine is a constant factor, and the goal is always corrupt. It’s even genocidal in its very essence. Author and journalist Ben Ehrenriech:

“The question about genocide– yes, it’s an incremental genocide. And I think that’s a word that gives a lot of people pause and it certainly should. We don’t see the absolutely mass slaughters, although in Gaza I think we’ve seen something very much like it that we usually associate with genocide. But– the attempts to erase a people, to just erase them, to erase their history, I think follow a logic that can only be called genocidal.”

So what is the place of corruption at the level of bribery, extra-marital affairs, unpaid bills, cigars and champagne measured against that grand-scale horror? Indeed, the bigger picture brings these things into perspective.

This is why Netanyahu’s personal corruptions, measured against the grand scale, are somewhat irrelevant to Palestinians. And it’s not like there’s hope ahead, even if he does resign. Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy wrote last week that “we may miss Netanyahu yet”, listing the options, and focusing particularly on the ‘centrist liberal’ Yair Lapid, whom I call ‘the pretty face of ultranationalism’ – the man with the motto “maximum Jews on maximum land with maximum security and with minimum Palestinians”. Levy says about Netanyahu that “his heirs may steer clear of cigars and champagne, but none of them can fix Israel’s great corruption – the institutionalized state corruption arising from 50 years of occupation”.

I think Levy is being too generous, too mild, even too apologetic. That corruption goes back way further than 50 years.

Personally, I have generally refrained from going into detail of Netanyahu’s personal corruptions in all my writings so far. I have instinctively felt, that doing so contained the danger of distracting from the greater national corruption. This is also why I haven’t gone into detail here. I’m not saying Netanyahu’s personal corruption or Ben-Gurion’s personal corruption are irrelevant. But if you really think about the Palestinians, they have been nationally raped by Zionism from the start. You can’t do that and still be a “man [or woman] of integrity”.

 

TWITTER STORM OVER TAMIMI SUPPORT

It all started on February 16 when Silverman tweeted in support of Ahed Tamimi – the Palestinian teenager who was detained by Israel in December after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier. She has since become a global symbol of the Palestinian resistance movement.

Image by Carlos Latuff

Sarah Silverman Gets Furious Pushback For Supporting Ahed Tamimi

Comedian Sarah Silverman is at the center of a Twitter storm after tweeting in support of detained Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi over the weekend.

Silverman, of course, is no stranger to controversy, politics or Israel. She has long been active in progressive Democratic politics – campaigning for Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders – and throws comic barbs at the Trump administration.

On the Israeli front, she has been a cheerleader for her sister Rabbi Susan Silverman’s activism on behalf of Women of the Wall, and her battle against the expulsion of African asylum seekers, and joined her last year in contributing to a Passover Haggadah for a group called Save Israel: Stop the Occupation, which advocated for an end to the occupation on its 50th anniversary.

But in recent days Silverman has plunged into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on an unprecedented scale.

It all started on February 16 when Silverman tweeted in support of Ahed Tamimi – the Palestinian teenager who was detained by Israel in December after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier. She has since become a global symbol of the Palestinian resistance movement.

Her tweet was intended to support the Amnesty International campaign lobbying against the 17-year-old’s detention (Tamimi faces five counts of assaulting security forces) and calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release her.Predictably, Silverman’s pro-Tamimi tweet inspired an avalanche of responses – both praise from Tamimi supporters, and harsh criticism from pro-Israel advocacy groups chiding her for supporting Tamimi. Critics called Silverman “irresponsible,” told her to “stick to comedy and stay out of politics,” and charged that she is “unwittingly complicit” in Palestinians’ “child abuse.”

Among those replying to Silverman were Frimet and Arnold Roth – the parents of Malki Roth, who was killed at age 15 in Jerusalem’s Sbarro terrorist attack in August 2001.

They tweeted: “Entertainers exploiting their fame are often a poor choice for clarifying what’s moral or good. Sarah, did you stand up for our daughter Malki and the other 15 Jewish lives extinguished by Ahlam Tamimi, Ahed’s cousin and role-model-in-life? Do you stand with Ahed’s call to kill?”Ahlam Tamimi assisted the Hamas terrorists who carried out the attack on the pizza restaurant in 2001. She was arrested by Israeli authorities, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to multiple life sentences. However, she was released in 2011 and sent to Jordan as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas.

In the spirit of her recent TV series “I Love You, America” – in which she meets citizens from across the political spectrum, in an attempt to prove that patriotism exists on both sides of the divide – instead of simply hitting back at her detractors and embracing her supporters, Silverman has been retweeting many of her critics, and responding with questions and comments.

In one exchange, conservative pundit Noah Pollak attacked her advocacy on behalf of Tamimi, He called it “narcissistic Hollywood political posturing at its vilest and most ignorant,” and added Silverman was “pimping for a notorious terrorist family. What a disgrace.”

Silverman responded: “Life is very black and white for you. It’s not for me. You’re easy with labels brother. But I don’t see you sticking your neck out. You judge from your perch. My family is in Jerusalem. My nephew in the IDF. Shits complicated. Peace.”

Last month, Silverman came under fire on social media after she posted an Instagram photo of her nephew Adar – her sister Susan’s 19-year-old son – in his Israeli army uniform, wishing him a happy birthday.

 

See related post HERE

 

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