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ZIO=NAZI MEDIA: IS THIS THE SECOND HOLOCAUST ?

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Didi Remez | April 12, 2010 at 11:17 | Tags: Joseph Biden | Categories: Diplomacy, Jewish Fundamentalism | URL: http://wp.me/pHlQV-t6
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Moshe Feiglin heads “Manhighut Yehudit — The Jewish Leadership Movement” an extremist theocon group, which in recent years has established a strong presence in the Likud. Feiglin-endorsed candidates performed strongly in the 2008 Likud primaries and make up a large part of the party’s current Knesset caucus. Vice Premier and Strategic Affairs Ministers Moshe (Bugi) Yaalon famously used the podium at a Manhigut Yehudit conference to call Peace Now “a virus”.

Writing in Maariv’s online edition ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day warned Israelis that the current geopolitical environment was leading to a second Holocaust (full translation at bottom):

There are two historical lessons that we should remember well from the Holocaust period:

One is that the armies of Czechoslovakia and France, which were much stronger before the war than the German army, went down before it like dominoes, because their leaderships failed to understand the nature of the conflict and based itself on peace processes.

The second lesson, which pertains directly to us as Jews, is that before physical destruction there is spiritual destruction.  Before we are murdered, our dignity is murdered, and we are rendered illegitimate.  

Der Stuermer always precedes Auschwitz.  When you agree to be humiliated, you have not forestalled your end, you have brought it closer.  Jewish history is being written today in the State of Israel.  The desire to destroy the state is the same desire to destroy the Jews — to fight against the good.

When the state’s leadership lets Biden or Erdogan or any other diseased leper humiliate us, it sows the hope and uncontrollable desire of destroying us.  When Ahmadinejad started to talk about Israel’s destruction — it should have been clear that from Israel’s standpoint, he had lost his right to take a breath of air in this world. 

Since we did not eliminate him, he has been gaining strength, he and his ministers roam freely around the world, whereas Israel has become a pirate ship that has lost the legitimacy for its existence and its ministers are wanted for arrest in European capitals.  We have returned to the days of the “Jewish question,” we are no longer in 2010, we are in nineteen thirty-something.

Whoever warns against a preemptive strike in Iran and prefers to let the world do its work, is behaving just like the Jewish community leaders who sharply attacked anyone who tried to go against the current of the German annihilation machine.  It is clear that resistance had a heavy price.  But the price of appeasement and cooperation was a thousand times more terrible.

 Readers abroad who are amazed that the mainstream Israel media provides a platform for this kind of messaging should take a look at this ad, which ran on the front-page of the Jerusalem Post on April 7 2010.

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Lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant in 2010

Op-ed, Moshe Feiglin, NRG [Maariv online], April 11 2010 [Hebrew original

I am very ashamed of the Holocaust.  How my people were taken, stripped, humiliated, tortured and led—before the eyes of the joyous Poles, Ukrainians, French and other offspring of Christian enlightenment, how newborn babies were impaled on pitchforks on the way to the death pits, how millions were led to the factories of death, and suffocated and burned, fertilizing with our people’s ashes the fields of Poland and Europe—and all with almost no resistance.

I am very proud of the Holocaust.  If the German Asmodeus, the essence of absolute evil in the sharpest and clearest manner ever revealed in history, if it sees me, the Jew, as its ultimate enemy, then that means that I am on the other end of the scale—in other words, there is something very good about my people.  If it represents absolute evil, then it is very afraid of the absolute good — God — that I represent.

There is no way to explain the Holocaust.  I know survivors who are not on speaking terms with God.  I know many who are the opposite.  I have no right to go there — nor do I have either the ability or the desire to do so. 

But irrespective of the theological questions surrounding the Holocaust, one clear thing occurred in its wake: Jewish history stopped being written in exile and started to be written in the Land of Israel.

Very soon, the Jewish people is going to become, for the first time since the First Temple period (!), a people the majority of which live in the Holy Land. 

This fact constitutes a spiritual critical mass.  Jewish law changes in several realms following the demographic fact that “most of its sons are on [the land].” 

The absolute number that we are talking about, the absolute number that we are approaching in the Land of Israel—is chilling.  Six million.

A lamb among 70 wolves may be devoured

In the days after Passover, I though to myself that we may have become enamored with the act of walking on dry land within the sea, with the water like a wall to the right and to the left of us.  I think Ephraim Kishon once wrote that with us, miracles are part of policy or something of the sort—I would be glad for someone to remind me of the exact wording.

 

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NAZI MEDIA: ZIO=NAZI REGIME USE DOGS AGAINST CIVILIANS

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 Facing stone-throwing, the IDF cries “popular terror” and lets slip the dogs of war

Didi Remez | April 11, 2010 at 15:34 | Tags: Oketz | Categories: Hasbara, Human Rights and Jewish Values | URL: http://wp.me/pHlQV-sJ
An Israeli army dog attacks a Palestinian woman during an army raid in the West Bank village of Obadiyah, near Bethlehem, Wednesday, March 21, 2007. The dog, which was supposed to enter a house with troops searching for a wanted militant attacked the female bystander instead. The woman received medical attention from the troops on the scene. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

A minimal sense of sense of history appears to have become an unrealistic expectation when it comes to Israeli policy makers. Some things should not be done, period. No matter how effective they are. But if Jewish leaders can propose labor camps for refugees, why not use dogs against civilians?

The newly coined term, “popular terror,” may indicate, however, that the IDF is concerned that some Israeli audiences, perhaps even some soldiers, would still be upset at the prospect. What better way to dehumanize a teenager throwing stones at soldiers blocking a protest against theft of communal land than to label him a “terrorist”?

Morality is not the only argument against the use of attack dogs in a civilian setting. This photo shows what can result even when the target is armed militants.

Writing recently in Tablet on the Kamm affair, Yossi Melman, no bleeding heart leftist, reminded the Israeli elite that “image and good name also contribute to the security and prosperity of Israel.” Indeed, for years, senior officers and officials have told us that perceptions are critical to victory in “asymmetric warfare”. When it comes to making actual operative decisions, however, other considerations consistently trump strategic insight.

With bared teeth: Oketz dogs to catch stone throwers

Amir Buhbut, Maariv, April 8 2010

The IDF has come up with a new weapon against popular terror: dogs of the Oketz unit will catch shooting cells and firebomb throwers and stone-throwers. “The dogs are a non-lethal weapon,” explained a high-ranking officer in the unit.

Disturbances have increased throughout Judea and Samaria in recent months, and despite orders to make the rules of engagement stricter to prevent an escalation, IDF soldiers killed four Palestinians in two incidents. A Central Command inquiry found that their killing could have been prevented.

In wake of the incidents, the commander of the Oketz unit, Lt. Col. S., approached the commander of the Samaria Brigade, Col. Itzik Bar, and suggested the services of a new Oketz company comprised of dogs and combatants. This unit earned praise in the brigade-wide exercise of the Givati Brigade last month on the Golan Heights.

Col. Bar approved the plan and began to put it into practice on a problematic route where stones and firebombs are regularly thrown at Israeli civilians and security forces. Because of the mountainous topography and the proximity to a Palestinian village, it is difficult to catch the suspects in real time.

 “We began this activity last week,” explained a senior officer. “The Oketz dog is the non-lethal weapon that will chase the suspects from the moment they are spotted, taking advantage of its greater speed. In the future, the goal is to let Oketz act to prevent shooting attacks on problematic roads and searches in the casbah.”

 In the meantime, it has been learned that in the coming months, a training facility that is the first of its kind in Israel will be established for the Oketz dogs, to practice combat in a Lebanese village. In the new facility, the dogs will practice locating hidden explosives, searching buildings and attacking terrorists.

 Oketz is an elite unit subordinate to the IDF General Staff. Its combatants, who have a combat profile, wear a red beret and wear red boots. The unit’s activity includes accompanying other elite units on secret missions using attack dogs, explosive and weapons-finding dogs, sniffer dogs, pursuit dogs and rescue dogs.

In Operation Cast Lead, the unit chalked up 33 successful missions. Three dogs were killed by terrorist fire, but in every force that was led by Oketz combatants, no combatants were hurt—not from fire and not from explosives hidden in streets and houses.

 

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New Israeli military order on ‘lawful permits’ would seem to allow expulsion of all West Bank Palestinians

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Source files at: http://www.hamoked.org.il/news_main_en.asp?id=904

Israeli human rights organization HaMoked today distributed a press release warning that Israel had passed a new military order that requires all residents of the West Bank obtain an Israeli issued permit.

On Tuesday, April 13 2010, the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) and the Order regarding Security Provisions (Amendment No. 112) are to enter into effect. The orders, signed by the previous GOC Central Command, Gadi Shamni but not revealed, are worded so broadly such as theoretically allowing the military to empty the West Bank of almost all its Palestinian inhabitants.

Despite the severe ramifications of the orders, the authorities did not publicize their existence among the Palestinian population as required, which raises grave concerns that they intended to pass them secretly without public debate or judicial review.

The orders substantively change the definition of “infiltrator” and in effect apply it to anyone who is present in the West Bank without an Israeli permit. The orders do not define what Israel considers a valid permit. The vast majority of people now living in the West Bank have never been required to hold any sort of permit to be present therein.

Israeli journalist Amira Hass reported in Ha’aretz today that the order would initially likely target Gazans living in the West Bank, as well as Gazan and foreign spouses of West Bank Palestinians.

It also seems clear that international activists and independent journalists living in the West Bank—to whom Israel is hardly likely to issue permits—would also be threatened, but the most disturbing fact remains that the wording of the order—as HaMoked warns—seems unambiguously to threaten the presence of all Palestinian inhabitants of the West Bank.

The military order allows for violators to be imprisoned for up to seven years or deported.

 Nigel Parry is a former webmaster of Birzeit University, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, and a longtime independent media activist. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

IDF to turn dogs loose on Palestinian kids who throw stonesThe argument that the New York Times has been pushing that children who throw stones at occupying Israeli soldiers are important evidence of the violence of the Palestinian protests (rather than impulsive angry resistance) is echoed (what a surprise) by a new Israeli term: “popular terror,” to label these bad children who throw stones. Journalist Didi Remez picks up the Maariv story on the IDF’s use of dogs against these kids as a “non-lethal” option.

“Disturbances have increased throughout Judea and Samaria in recent months,” says Maariv; thus the IDF will turn to the “Oketz dog.” Oketz is an army unit, with the charmingly choppy resonance of totalitarian names across Europe back in the day. I tell you: this is a society in deep spiritual crisis, now in an apartheid struggle, no longer on the verge of one. But expect the U.S. press to catch up to this story in 3 years, when it is too late to avert worse bloodshed.

1 out of 4 Israeli scholars work here

More on Israel in crisis. David Horovitz, the editor of the Jerusalem Post, and a leading Israel lobbyist, publishes a soulless list of Israeli employment and education statistics compiled by an Israeli-American scholar, Dan Ben-David, that show that: Educated Israelis are fleeing the country, and that the growing Palestinian minority is not as educated as its Jewish counterpart, and the Palestinians are way underemployed.

The significance of these figures is, that it doesn’t matter if you talk about the Green Line or the ’48 territories, or the occupied territories, Israelis must learn to live with Palestinians. This is our Jewish test in the 21st century, to reckon with our power. To quote the great Meir Ariel song about the bifurcated soul of Israel/Palestine: “At the end of every sentence you say in Hebrew sits an Arab with a Nargilah.”

Until Jews come to terms with their other, there will be no progress. Israelis must open their hearts, and emulate the gentile governors of the west, and liberalize their society and extend all the privileges of Jews to Palestinians. It’s the only way. Imagine if Israel could be a light unto the world? 

Here is Horovitz’s analysis [emphases mine]:

For every 100 British academic scholars hard at work in Britain, the figures showed, 2.1 British scholars had moved to the US. For France, the number was 2.9. For Italy, 4.2. For Canada, where cross-border movement is a two-way street, the number is 12.2. And for Israel? For every 100 Israeli academic scholars hard at work in Israel, a staggering 24.9 have moved to the US.

…Turning to employment, Ben-David again unveiled a picture still grimmer than conventional wisdom holds. Focusing on men aged 35-54, “those in the age group who have no excuse for not working,” he showed nonemployment in the OECD averaging 11.9%, with Spain the worst afflicted at 14.5%. InIsrael, the rate is 18.9%.

The most troubled sectors, as is widely known, are the Arab and ultra-Orthodox sectors: some 27% of Israeli Arab males and a staggering 65.1% of haredim in that age group aren’t working.

And here’s where Ben-David’s economically and socially terrifying peek into the future really begins to resonate. Because if you look at who the Israelis of tomorrow are going to be, you realize that, as things stand, we are becoming a country of more and more nonworkers. In 1960, 15% of kids going into primary school came from the Arab and haredi sectors – the sectors so blighted by not working.

By the 1980s, Arabs and haredim were up to 26% of new primary school kids. In 2000, that figure hit 40% and, as of 2008, it had shot up still further, to 48%. By 2040, according to current projections, Ben-David said soberly, “78% of primary school enrollment will be haredi and Arab. If we don’t grapple with these sectors, we’re goners.”

…The employment rates of Israelis aged 29-54 with a university degree contrast utterly with all the negative statistics. Among Arab women in that age range who don’t finish high school, fewer than 10% have work, but among Arab women with a degree, the figure is 70%. And it’s around 90% for Arab men and for non-haredi Jewish men and women.

Put simply: Employment is a function of education. Get a degree, get a job. Improve education here, and you raise growth, tackle poverty, raise incomes.

Tutu: Issue is the same in Palestine as it was in South Africa, ‘equality’

A letter from Desmond Tutu to the divestment-sponsors at the University of California, circulated by Emily Schaeffer, human right lawyer in Israel/Palestine, who asked Archbishop Tutu to write the letter.

Dear Student Leaders at the University of California – Berkeley

It was with great joy that I learned of your recent 16-4 vote in support of divesting your university’s money from companies that enable and profit from the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and violation of Palestinian human rights. Principled stands like this, supported by a fast growing number of US civil society organizations and people of conscience, including prominent Jewish groups, are essential for a better world in the making, and it is always an inspiration when young people lead the way and speak truth to power.

I am writing to tell you that, despite what detractors may allege, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the moral thing. You are doing that which is incumbent on you as humans who believe that all people have dignity and rights, and that all those being denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings. 

I have been to the Ocupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

Students played a leading role in that struggle, and I write this letter with a special indebtedness to your school, Berkeley, for its pioneering role in advocating equality in South Africa and promoting corporate ethical and social responsibility to end complicity in Apartheid. I visited your campus in the 1980’s and was touched to find students sitting out in the baking sunshine to demonstrate for the University’s disvestment in companies supporting the South African regime.

The same issue of equality is what motivates the divestment movement of today, which tries to end Israel’s 43 year long occupation and the unequal treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them. The abuses they face are real, and no person should be offended by principled, morally consistent, non-violent acts to oppose them. It is no more wrong to call out Israel in particular for its abuses than it was to call out the Apartheid regime in particular for its abuses. 

To those who wrongly accuse you of unfairness or harm done to them by this call for divestment, I suggest, with humility, that the harm suffered from being confronted with opinions that challenge one’s own pales in comparison to the harm done by living a life under occupation and daily denial of basic rights and dignity.

It is not with rancor that we criticize the Israeli government, but with hope, a hope that a better future can be made for both Israelis and Palestinians, a future in which both the violence of the occupier and the resulting violent resistance of the occupied come to an end, and where one people need not rule over another, engendering suffering, humiliation, and retaliation. True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute. You, students, are helping to pave that path to a just peace.

I heartily endorse your divestment vote and encourage you to stand firm on the side of what is right,

God bless you richly,

Desmon/d Tutu. Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.

Finkelstein is on the road 

Norman Finkelstein and Jody McIntyre are on a speaking tour that takes them through the Midwest over the next few days, then to New York, and then on to the west. Hope to catch them. I keep wanting to have a two-state-one-state dialogue with Finkelstein, ask him why he’s convinced that two-state is a viable option or, more to the point, is dismissive of one-state thinking.

Eldar summons ‘hundreds’ more Anat Kams to save Israel from itself

This is a society in crisis. Can you imagine an American newspaper printing this column? Akiva Eldar in Haaretz:

Right now, hundreds of clerks and officers are sitting in the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the army lacking the courage to contact a journalist and divulge that the ministers or commanders in charge are endangering their children’s future.

Some are keeping to themselves the real story behind the big lie peddled by Ehud Barak, Shaul Mofaz and Moshe Ya’alon – the falsehood that “Yasser Arafat planned the intifada,” which gave rise to the disastrous “there is no partner” ideology. The real story, of course, is contained in documents stamped with the words “Top Secret”.

h/t Dan Sisken

Obama imposed ‘peace plan’ would deny basic Palestinian rights

Reports in the New York Times and Washington Post that the Obama administration is considering presenting its plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have created a lot of buzz and pushback from supporters of Israel.

However, the reports do not address the fundamental question: what would the plan mean for Palestinians and Israelis? In a sentence, it would mean the continuation of a pattern where the Palestinian leadership agrees to major concessions to secure an agreement with Israel, an agreement that would have little basis in international law

The basic outline being talked about is based on the so-called “Clinton Parameters” that were presented after the breakdown of the Camp David talks.

Here’s Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera English’s senior political analyst, on what the “Clinton Parameters” mean:

After US president Bill Clinton failed in 2000 to get Ehud Barak, the Israeli premier and Yasser Arafat, the PLO chairman, to sign a comprehensive agreement at the Camp David summit, he made clear where he stood.

Sharing of Jerusalem; no right of return for the Palestinians; a return to the 1967 borders with mutual adjustments to allow Israel to annex big settlement blocks; and a demilitarised Palestinian state.

That’s how Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former national security advisor, conveyed them to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius before his meeting with Obama, along with other former national security advisors.

Bishara rightly points out that the terms presented above wouldn’t be “fair or just,” because they would relinquish the “right of return” for Palestinians displaced by the 1948 Nakba, a right “enshrined in international law and international humanitarian law, and isn’t for Obama to deny, nor even for Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO chairman, to give away.”

And a demilitarized Palestinian state? With Israel keeping a presence “in fixed locations in the Jordan Valley under the authority of the International force for another 36 months” and having Israeli “early warning stations” inside the West Bank (as the “Clinton Parameters” state)? That doesn’t sound like an end to the occupation.

Also not considered is the fact that, as Dr. As’ad Ghanem, writing in Haaretz, says, the current Palestinian Authority, with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at the helm, “is seen by the Palestinians as an American puppet. His government is not legitimate, even according to the Palestinian constitution.” A Palestinian government with no legitimacy agreeing to an American-imposed peace plan won’t do any good, especially with a Prime Minister who has been sharply criticized for apparently giving up the right of return to areas within Israel.

Helena Cobban, blogging at Just World News, has also criticized the potential Obama peace plan:

Clearly, it’s time for something new. Like taking the whole issue back to the U.N. Security Council where it rightly belongs, and where it should and can be addressed on the clear basis of international law and international legitimacy. No more of this unworkably-complex business of redrawing loopy boundaries around illegal Israeli settlements and requiring millions of Palestinians to simply sign away their rights.
 

Now think of all the U.S. synagogues with banners saying, ‘We support Israel in its quest for peace’

haithamI’m told that documentary photographer Haitham Al Khatib, who was arrested in Bil’in on Friday, has been released by the Israelis. Above is a photograph by Hamde Abo of Haitham’s arrest, during a protest at the wall which confiscates Bil’in’s land. You can see the camera in his right hand, at far right. Kiera Feldman says, “This leaves the village of Bil’in with five people in Israeli jail, out of 1800 residents.  And with Haitham’s release, that still leaves over 6,700 Palestinians in Israeli jails–over 300 of them are children, according to the Guardian.”

Scottish minister is talking BDS

Report at Pulse on two events of note in Scotland: the First Minister calls for a review of trading relationships with Israel because of the Dubai passport abuse, and five Palestinian protesters who had disrupted the Edinburgh festival in 2008 to decry actions in Gaza were cleared of an anti-Semitism charge.

Israel is a society in crisis

Headline in Haaretz: “IDF order will enable mass deportations from West Bank.”

A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years…

The new order defines anyone who enters the West Bank illegally as an infiltrator, as well as “a person who is present in the area and does not lawfully hold a permit.” The order takes the original 1969 definition of infiltrator to the extreme, as the term originally applied only to those illegally staying in Israel after having passed through countries then classified as enemy states – Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

The order’s language is both general and ambiguous, stipulating that the term infiltrator will also be applied to Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, citizens of countries with which Israel has friendly ties (such as the United States) and Israeli citizens, whether Arab or Jewish. All this depends on the judgment of Israel Defense Forces commanders in the field.

The new guidelines are expected to clamp down on protests in the West Bank.

See: www.mondoweiss.net

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Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green Roger Godsiff was accused by Respect right wing candidate Salma Yaqoob of ‘showing contempt’ for failing to attend a hustings last week in the constituency.

Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green Roger Godsiff was accused by Respect candidate Big muth Salma Yaqoob of ‘showing contempt’ for failing to attend a hustings last week in the constituency. The Husting organised by Zio-Freemason Pro-War racist Dick Atkinson of  the Balsall Heath campany ‘Forum’

Mr Godsiff has held the seat of Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath since 1992.  One prominent Respect activist, who asked not to be named, expressed disappointment at Ms Yaqoob attitude to local people. 

A spokesman for Mr Godsiff’s office explained his absence at the meeting: “Mr Godsiff no longer participates in ‘hustings meetings’ or ‘panel discussions’ where other candidates are invited because he has found, from experience over a number of elections, that these occasions are used by certain candidates as publicity stunts rather than discussions about the issues of concern to most people.”

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YOU JUST CAN’T GET GOOD PUPPETS ANY MORE

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Afghan President Karzai Threatens to Join Taliban 

You Just Can’t Get Good Puppets Any More.

by Ian Mosley

It looks like one of America’s most notorious foreign puppets is trying to cut his strings or at least loosen them a little. A recent news article reports: “Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday.

Karzai made the unusual statement at a closed-door meeting Saturday with selected lawmakers—just days after kicking up a diplomatic controversy with remarks alleging foreigners were behind fraud in last year’s disputed elections. Lawmakers dismissed the latest comment as hyperbole, but it will add to the impression the president—who relies on tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO forces to fight the insurgency and prop up his government—is growing increasingly erratic and unable to exert authority without attacking his foreign backers.”

Being part of a puppet government for a foreign occupying power usually attracts riff raff opportunists, not quality statesmen. The Afghans have a culture that is completely alien to Americans. Many things that Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama might think are “reforms”, would be seen as “abominations” by the numerous Afghan religious fanatics.

The article notes “He [Karzai] said that ‘if I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Taliban’, said Farooq Marenai, who represents the eastern province of Nangarhar. Marenai said Karzai appeared nervous and repeatedly demanded to know why parliament last week had rejected legal reforms that would have strengthened the president’s authority over the country’s electoral institutions.”

Perhaps, Karzai can’t stuff the ballot boxes with the UN controlling the electoral process. Perhaps the Democrats could give Karzai some tips on vote-stealing or the neocons would send over a few Diebold machines. I guess there’s no ACORN in Afghanistan.

The article continues “Two other lawmakers said Karzai twice raised the threat to join the insurgency. The lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of political repercussions, said Karzai also dismissed concerns over possible damage his comments had caused to relations with the United States.

He told them he had already explained himself in a telephone conversation Saturday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that came after the White House described his comments last week as troubling. The lawmakers said they felt Karzai was pandering to hard-line or pro-Taliban members of parliament and had no real intention of joining the insurgency.

Nor does the Afghan leader appear concerned that the U.S. might abandon him, having said numerous times that the U.S. would not leave Afghanistan because it perceives a presence here to be in its national interest.” That sounds like an oblique reference to the $15 billion dollar trans-Afghan natural gas pipeline, which the Afghans were going to give to Bridas Oil of Argentina, but which has been on hold since the war.

The Afghan War has nothing to do with the mythical Bogeyman Osama bin Laden, who appears to be destined to die of old age. The US military industrial complex WANTS an evil bogeyman out there who miraculously evades us so the “war on terror” can go on forever.

The Zionists want US troops to surround Iran on two sides (Afghanistan to the east and Iraq to the west). Nobody is leaving Afghanistan or Iraq until the Jews get their war on Iran. If Karzai raises too much of a fuss, he’ll be tossed aside (or conveniently blown up) and replaced with a new puppet.

Perhaps Obama and Hillary will get the message and quit trying to interfere with Karzai’s ballot box stuffing. He’s proven completely spineless when it comes to standing up to the American occupiers in any meaningful way, and finding another puppet ruler would be simply too much trouble. Obama is too busy right now gearing up to legalize all the illegal aliens here at home in order to stuff his own ballot boxes and ensure perpetual power for the Democrats to worry too much about Afghanistan one way or the other, and Hillary doesn’t have any real influence. Rahm Emanuel just gave her Secretary of state to keep her off the vice presidential ticket back at the Democratic Convention in 2008.

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GROSSMAN IN SHEIKH JARRAH

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 David Grossman at Sheikh Jarrah: “We cultivated a kind of carnivorous plant that is slowly devouring us”

Didi Remez | April 11, 2010 at 11:31 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pHlQV-sK

On Friday (April 9 2010) Israeli author David Grossman made an impromptu speech [video here] at the protest against the continued evictions of Palestinians families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and their replacement with fundamentalist settlers.

I think that we are all beginning to grasp — even those who maybe don’t really want to — how 43 years ago, by turning a blind eye, by actively or passively cooperating, we actually cultivated a kind of carnivorous plant that is slowly devouring us, consuming every good part within us, making the country we live in a place that is not good to live in.

Not good not only if you are an Arab citizen of Israel, and certainly if you are a Palestinian resident of the Territories — not good also for every Jewish Israeli person who wants to live here, who cherishes some hope to be in a place where humans are respected as humans, where your rights are treated as a given, where humanity, morality, and civil rights are not dirty words, not something from the bleeding-heart Left.

No. These are the bread and water, the butter and milk of our lives, the stuff from which we will make our lives, and really make them lives worth living here.

Grossman spoke after police suppressed an attempt, ahead of the protest, by a group of veteran peace activists, accompanied by the young leadership of the Sheikh Jarrah protest movement, to see first-hand the homes of families already evicted and of those under immediate threat. Bernard Avishai, who was with the group, reports:

Ever since the Friday demonstrations began back in January, the police had cordoned off the homes of the displaced families after about 2 PM, so that demonstrators were unable to show solidarity directly to the people evicted, or express their disgust with the Jewish settlers. In response — a kind of outflanking operation — the group invited about 30 of us, including the author David Grossman, former speaker Avrum Burg,

NIF President Naomi Chazan, Israel Prize winner Zeev Sternhell, to gather at the homes of the families at 1:30 PM, where we conducted a kind of impromptu seminar for a couple of hours (not a hard thing for writers and professors, as things turned out).

At around 3:30 PM, we all suddenly emerged onto the street with our signs, and stood across from the homes that were confiscated, kitty-corner to the others that are under threat. When the police commanders realized that we were actually behind their lines, they quickly organized and sent a phalanx of heavily armed officers to form a line behind us, and began pushing us out toward the main demonstration in a park across the street.

WE HAD ALL agreed in advance that we would not resist, or do anything to challenge police authority. As we were being pushed, we walked very slowly but steadily toward the demonstrating crowd that was gathered in the usual place.

Now and then we would scold the police for pushing too aggressively. Most of the young officers seemed a little abashed to be pushing well-known sixty-somethings around, but that was the point.

Then something unexpected and chilling happened. The commander of the police spotted Assaf and recognized him as the group’s organizer. He instructed several officers to seize him and put him under arrest.

Immediately, Avner, Amos, and another leader sat down, challenging the police to arrest them, too, which is exactly what the police did. The instinctive way the three sat down in solidarity, unwilling to allow Assaf to be arrested alone, touched those of us who were walking beside them in ways that are hard to explain. It reminded me of a sentence in Albert Camus’ The Plague, that there is no heroism in fighting something like the plague, just common decency.

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