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FREEMASONS* BEHIND BRITAIN’S SPY CAMERAS

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STOP INJUSTICE NOW
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PRESS RELEASE International Mens Organisation

Britains high level masonic controllers are behind virtually every spy camera system in the UK. From the suppliers of this sinister “1984” regime of control and monitoring we are seeing the build up of a society that is having to tolerate  huge numbers of spy cameras making  vast profits for the suppliers(masons),operators(masons) and controllers(masons).

WHY do masons want this level of monitoring and control?We are all targets of their schemes. Those schemes include using all and every bit of information they can gather against you then drag you through British courts controlled almost entirely by masonic judges and lawyers, none of it before juries.The system would fail with juries and the main reason they are detemined to remove jury hearings  from all but the most serious of criminal cases.

Those  cases pale by comparison with the massive civil court plundering of the masonic judges who use the information gathered from all of our private affairs and transactions backed up by them filming our every move turning us all into victims of masonic law.

A civil law that removes assets ,land ,property,business’s but especially our children from NON masons into the masonic coffers and control using the most absurd distortions of Britains laws. Masons control social services that allow the theft of our children using flawed reports.

Masons head the adoption system ,care homes and adopters ,all of them heavily subsidised using public moneys.Some masons are adopting 12 or more children to subsidise large properties they buy on the strength of the huge sums they get from the state.

This is masonic racketeering on a grand scale and information is the means by which they plunder us all.If you have not as yet been dragged through Britains civil or criminal courts you would be totally unaware that little of it provides proper due process.In many cases unrepresented litigants find they are made homeless and penniless by a judiciary that are  part of this racket and that in fact no person should lose their home without a JURY deciding on that very serious of matters.Masonic judges having highjacked our legal system for their own financial agenda.

Families are being destroyed daily in the process, hidden from us by the control they exert over our media.A media who’s owners and editors are part of their creepy network of control.Most of the harm and injustice created seldom finding its way  into the pages of most of Britains press that has been covering up these horrors for way to long.

Ask regular court watchers  how often they see news reporters in civil courts?They are only there when invited by masonic judges who need the publicity in a case to fleece the selected victim.If a judge or lawyer was in court they usually close the courts to the public to cover up their crimes.If there is publicity it is because a particular judge or lawyer is not following the sinister masonic agenda that ensures the massive billion pound conspiracy continues.

Only the emergence of the internet has allowed the free flow of information that has shown the devious way this network of high level scams has operated using every arm of our law enforcement.Masonic police aid the evictions that led to the repossessions of billions of pounds of homes stolen under our noses by masonic criminals controlling our courts for their own ends.

For anyone unfamiliar with the reality of how information is being gathered daily and will at some point be used against you in a court of law to strip you bare ,read the Proceeds of Crime Act .Supposedly brought in to remove assets from drug dealers and the like,when in fact ordinary members of the public that have been wrongly accused of fraud or a criminal matter can be tried before a jury and found not guilty.

The masonic crown then raises  a civil action before a civil court masonic judge and finds in favour of the crown allowing the freezing of and repossession of assets on the flimsiest  of evidence.

Britain is living in a fascist state who’s citizens are being terrorized ,harrassed and bullied by the bully boy masonic network that continues the massive in equality between the haves and have nots.We can say with certainty that the 90% of Britains wealth and properties that are own by 10% of the population is almost entirely due to MASONIC control and the majority of those in that 10% bracket have in some way created that wealth on the backs of the masonic structure.

A structure that  has the power and control to redistribute wealth into masonic  hands using a myriad of legal and political scams that their high level brothers have infiltrated and operate to achieve the domination and  oppression of those outwith their evil system.

Interesting CCTV developments

http://www.enjoy-surveillance.org/category/cctv/

* See: Zio-Freemasons Dick Atkinson SPYING CAMERA’S  of Balsall Heath ‘Forum’.

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McCHRYSTAL: THE ZIONIST BOY

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“McCHRYSTAL AND OBAMA FAILED FROM THE START to connect,” reports Rolling Stone’s interview with the Afghan military chief, “The Runaway General.”

McChrystal first encountered Obama a week after he took office in 2008 when the president met with senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as The Tank.

McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass, said a source familiar with the meeting. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later after General Stanley McChrystal got the Afghanistan job and it didn’t go much better.

“It was a 10-minute photo op,” said an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his f*****g war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. McChrystal was pretty disappointed.”

From the start, McChrystal was determined to place his personal stamp on Afghanistan, to use it as a laboratory for a counter insurgency strategy known as “COIN.”

COIN calls for sending multiple troops to both destroy the enemy and to live among the civilian population, building from scratch a “democracy” – a process that takes decades to achieve. Think of the Green Berets as an armed Peace Corps, instruct COIN enthusiasts.

“COIN is a fraud perpetuated on the American people,” says retired Colonel Douglas Macgregor. “The idea that we are going to spend a trillion dollars to reshape the culture of the Islamic world is utter nonsense.”

McChrystal’s strategy pitted him against Joe Biden who argued in a cavalier fashion that a prolonged counter insurgency would plunge America into a military quagmire, an “uptick” in US troop casualties leading to “a real mess.”

The general’s revenge against the VP? A planned response whenever a journalist might ask about the VP’s opposition: “Are you asking me about Biden? Did you say: ‘Bite Me?’

THE BLEEDING ULCER

“I WOULD LOVE TO KICK McCHRYSTAL IN THE NUTS,” says a former Special Forces operator who has spent years in Afghanistan. “His rules of engagement put soldiers’ lives in even greater danger. Every troop will tell you the same thing.”

The general’s answer to this critic? “We’ve shot an amazing number of people,” McChrystal boasted.

Before getting fired (”tendered resignation”) and replaced by General Petraeus for his “ill advised” interview with Rolling Stone which “endangered” national security (what a joke) McChrystal was gearing up for another offensive in southern Afghanistan – but the prospects looked bleak.

In June, the death toll for US troops passed 1,000 and the number of IEDs (roadside bomb casualties) doubled. Outpacing Vietnam as the longest war in American history, the conflict has failed to win over the civilian population whose attitude toward the engagement ranges from intensely wary to openly hostile.

As the conflict continues to drag on and deprived of more troops requested by the general, McChrystal refers to the media-hyped offensive in Afghanistan’s Marjah region as a bleeding ulcer:

“There aren’t enough US forces to provide the security that’s needed to win the loyalty of wary locals.

The Taliban have beheaded Afghans who cooperate with foreigners in a creeping intimidation campaign. And now the Taliban have begun their anticipated spring offensive.

“This is a bleeding ulcer right now. You don’t feel it here yet in Marjah. But it’s a bleeding ulcer outside.” View Entire Story Here.

THE GENERAL & ZIONIST JEW HOLBROOKE

“HOLBROOKE IS LIKE A WOUNDED ANIMAL,” McChrystal recently observed, “he keeps hearing rumors that he’s going to get fired so that makes him dangerous.”

“Holbrooke just comes into the scene,” McChrystal adds, “pulls on a lever, whatever he can grasp onto. But this is COIN, a well-planned strategy, and you can’t just have someone yanking on shit.”

Richard Holbrooke, a Zionist Jew born of Jewish parents, (Holbrooke changed his Jewish surname “Moos” to the Gentile-sounding one “Holbrooke”), is Obama’s envoy to Afghanistan.

At one point on a recent trip to a NATO meeting in Paris, McChrystal checks his BlackBerry. “Oh, not another e-mail from Holbrooke,” he groans. “I don’t even want to open it.”

The general clicks on the message and reads the salutation out loud, then stuffs the BlackBerry back in his pocket, not bothering to conceal his annoyance. “Make sure you don’t get any of that on your leg,” McChrystal jokes, referring to the e-mail.

The fired Afghan military chief’s parting shot? It goes to Jim Jones, former NATO commander in charge of the Afghan war and now Obama’s National Security adviser. “Jones is a clown who remains stuck in 1985,” said McChrystal in the Rolling Stone interview.

But the real “clowns” are the Americans who just can’t seem to stand up to the Jews — Zionist Jews like Holbrooke — who insist that Gentile boys fight their bloody Zionist wars…
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POLICE SPYING CAMERAS

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Public meeting on Wed 7th June to discuss the Moseley ANPR cameras.

There is the first of a series of public meetings to discuss the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) scheme in Moseley on Wednesday 9th June, 7pm, Kings Heath Primary School. This meeting is part of the monthly Moseley and Kings Heath Ward Committee.

Representatives from the police and the Birmingham Safer Partnership will be there present to discuss the scheme.

To provide to some background.
In early April, several large square based columns were erected throughout Moseley in residential road.

The locations are as follows:
– Salisbury Road (close to the Edgbaston Road junction)
Woodbridge Road (close to the Church Road junction)
Greenhill Road (close to the Billesley Lane junction)
Billesley Lane (close to the Dyott Road junction)
Yardley Wood Road

There are also two additional round based columns. Their locations are:
– Alcester Road (next to the Chantry Road junction)
– School Road (close to the Cotton Lane junction)

These columns will be fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. They were installed without any consultation with your local Councillors, the local police or local residents. As a result during April, Ernie, Emily and myself were contacted by angry residents not happy with these columns suddenly appearing in their roads.

Investigations by your Moseley and Kings Heath Ward Councillors have revealed these cameras are be part of a much wider scheme focusing on Sparkbrook Ward. The cameras have been installed by the Birmingham Safer Partnership (BSP) which is a joint committee of the police and senior Council officers.

Since April 2009, the BSP have been in regular discussions with the three Sparkbrook Ward Councillors about the introduction of this scheme.

The Sparkbrook area is now ringed by these ANPR cameras, of which the Moseley cameras form the southern border. The objective of the ANPR cameras is to monitor the vehicle registrations going in and out of the Sparkbrook area.

The cameras will highlight to the police any stolen, untaxed or uninsured cars entering Sparkbrook. The ANPR cameras will also be linked to the police’s central computer and identify any cars driven by terrorist suspects. All details of car registrations will be stored on the police central computer for two years.

Mindful, that the Sparkbrook Ward Councillors have not objected to the installation of the cameras. Your local Ward want understand Moseley residents views. Are residents happy with the installation of these cameras in principle; if the camera columns were blended in more, so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb, would they then be acceptable.

posted by martin mullaney on Jun 6, 2010

 

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ANPR SPYING CAMERAS

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Since April 2009, the BSP have been in regular discussions with the three Respect Sparkbrook Ward Councillors about the introduction of this scheme.

The Sparkbrook area is now ringed by these ANPR cameras, of which the Moseley cameras form the southern border. The objective of the ANPR cameras is to monitor the vehicle registrations going in and out of the Sparkbrook area.

The cameras will highlight to the police any stolen, untaxed or uninsured cars entering Sparkbrook. The ANPR cameras will also be linked to the police’s central computer and identify any cars driven by terrorist suspects. All details of car registrations will be stored on the police central computer for two years.

Mindful, that the Respect  Sparkbrook Ward Councillors have not objected to the installation of the cameras. Your local Ward want understand Sparkbrook residents views. Are residents happy with the installation of these cameras in principle; if the camera columns were blended in more, so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb, would they then be acceptable.

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DISGUSTING ZIO=NAZI’S!

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Dear Friends,

All I can say about the below is: DISGUSTING! 

This is reminiscent of the reaction of the 6 major western powers to Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza: “Israel has a right to defend itself,” said they!  Turned my stomach. 

Imagine someone doubting that the United States or Britain or any European country had the right to access of its waterways!  Just imagine!

We’ll have to double, triple, quadruple our efforts to launch a strong grassroots movement for justice for Palestinians and peace and security for all in this sad region whose situation is getting worse and worse thanks to the lies of Shimon Peres, et al., and the right wing fascist moves of the present Israeli government (not that previous Israeli governments were anything to brag about). 

And now that the US is unshamefully playing tootsies with the worst of Israeli governments the only thing that we really can hope for is to work as hard as possible on bds, to inform as many as we can, and to bring people-power to bear on stupid idiotic governments that care nothing about the welfare of human beings and everything about keeping their tushes warm on the seats that give them power!

And as for bringing Gilad Shalit home—well, I feel for his parents and family.  I understand their fear and pain.  But he was not an innocent bystander.  He was a soldier in an armored unit fighting in Gaza. He was not kidnapped.  Soldiers are not kidnapped.  They are captured.  And so he was. And anyhow, what about the 9,000-11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails? 

Some as young as 12 years, some on administrative detention, many not guilty of anything more than ‘guilt by association’ (i.e., knowing the wrong people, maybe).  Don’t their families want them home—children, mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, grandfathers, etc etc etc languishing in Israeli jails?  Some of my best Palestinian friends have experienced this, the fear, the lonesomeness when a loved one is torn from their midst for no reason at all. 

What right has Israel to steal 5 years from a young man’s life, a young man whose family has been striving for years for non-violent resistance, and he, too.  Bring them all home, and Shalit, too.  But not without the Palestinians.

And all of this hullabaloo about Shalit but not a word about the Palestinians who also have families who care!

DISGUSTING!

Dorothy

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Ynet Thursday, June 24, 2010

     US says Gaza flotillas ‘irresponsible’

State Department urges parties to avoid ‘unnecessary confrontations’, says, ‘Mechanisms exist for transfer of aid to Gaza, delivery by sea neither appropriate, nor effective’

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3910444,00.html

Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – The US State Department on Thursday released a statement against additional flotillas to the Gaza Strip, calling them “irresponsible.” 

The statement said: “Mechanisms exist for the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by member states and groups that want to do so. Direct delivery by sea is neither appropriate nor responsible, and certainly not effective, under the circumstances.” 

The statement added, “We, along with our partners in the Quartet, urge all those wishing to deliver goods to do so through established channels so that their cargo can be inspected and transferred via land crossings into Gaza.

“There is no need for unnecessary confrontations, and we, along with our partners in the Quartet, call on all parties to act responsibly in meeting the needs of the people of Gaza.”

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday discussed the matter with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. On Thursday he met with US officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor James Jones, and senior officials in the US military and defense establishment.

 Meanwhile, organizers of an Iranian flotilla to Gaza on Thursday announced that the ship that was meant to set sail on Sunday will not be departing.

 In a statement the organization said the main reason for the cancellation was “the violent and inhumane attitude of the Zionist regime to humanitarian aid.”

Also Thursday, hundreds of people in New York City took part in what organizers called the “True Freedom Flotilla” for the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit marking four years since he fell captive.

The event included a sail along the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty and the UN headquarters. The flotilla included two vessels, each carrying 600 people.

 

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CENSORSHIP OF ZIONIST APARTHEID

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Under pressure, Pride Toronto reverses censorship of “Israeli apartheid”

We’ve written extensively about the pressure campaign led in part by Canada’s B’nai Brith to ban the group Queers United Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) from all Pride Toronto events including the LGBTQI pride parade, the Dyke and Trans marches.

B’nai Brith boasted in a May press release:

B’nai Brith Canada has contacted the organizers of Toronto’s Pride Parade to urge them ensure that the agenda of the annual Pride Parade is not allowed to be hijacked by the propaganda of anti-Israel agitators. The Jewish human rights organization has also contacted the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of Ontario, and the Mayor of Toronto, all contributors to the Pride Parade, asking for a review of the funding in light of the stated agenda of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.

And after Pride Toronto remarkably agreed to censor the two words “Israeli apartheid” from the parades (while it’s perfectly legal to utter the phrase in Israel or write it in Israel’s most prestigious newspaper), it seemed as though B’nai Brith and friends won. But after a massive backlash, Pride Toronto has just announced it has overturned the ridiculous decision. Xtra reports:

Pride Toronto (PT) has reversed its May board resolution banning the term “Israeli apartheid” and will instead require all participants to sign and abide by the City of Toronto’s non-discrimination policy.

Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) — the target of the ban — has declared a victory and congratulated the queer community for pushing PT to reverse its censorship decision.

“This is a victory for the Palestine solidarity movement, which has faced censorship and bullying tactics from the Israel lobby for far too long,” said QuAIA member Tim McCaskell in the release.

Of course, QuAIA now owes a debt of thanks to their opponents who have done more than anyone to make sure the phrase “Israeli apartheid” would be on the lips of just about everyone in Canada following the story. Plus, before the ban was rescinded, QuAIA didn’t waste any time in offering an alternative free speech track for pride events. This is creative organizing.

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IN THE WAKE OF THE MAVI MARMARA MASSACRE

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Jewbonics has posted a new item, ‘Global shifts in the wake of the Mavi Marmara massacre’.

The Mavi Marmara massacre set off changes in opinion or sentiment throughout the world, detonating revolt throughout the world, which gave policymakers both pretext and impulse to lighten the blockade, as well as crystallizing and contributing to mounting sentiment against the siege of Gaza, the occupation,
and Zionism more generally. A couple points follow. The first is that in an emerging multi-polar world, Palestinians and those in solidarity with them can appeal to emerging regional powers—Turkey, Brazil, to some extent Venezuela—to be their champions. Much policy does emanate from the United States and Europe, but the currency on the world stage is not “superpower-ism” but power, and there is power in other locations besides the West.

The second is that the blockade, and the occupation, and Zionism more generally, depend on the complicity of surrounding states, and so compliance or passivity on the part of the populations of those states. This is a wedge for Palestinians.

I will develop these points, but first, let me set the stage with some
statistics. They may not be surprising. In a recent poll, eighty five percent (85%) of the Israeli Jewish respondents indicated that Israel either did not use enough force (39%) or used the right amount of force (46%) during the attack. Only eight percent (8%) felt the Israelis used too much force.

These numbers basically parallel the percentages of Israeli Jews who supported the winter massacre—there is near-unanimity on violence in Israeli Jewish society. David Pollock writing at Foreign Policy comments, The survey also found extremely high levels of intensity among respondents, a fact that makes it particularly difficult for the Israeli government to move
against the tide of public opinion. In my 30 years of professionally analyzing Israeli and Arab polls, I have rarely seen such a passionate response from those surveyed.

For example, among the very large majorities who said Israel should do whatever it takes to block Iranian or Turkish vessels from reaching Gaza, extraordinarily high percentages said they feel “strongly” about the issue: 68 percent for Turkish boats, and an even higher proportion, 78 percent, regarding Iranian blockade-runners.

Even in the second-most-indoctrinated society in the world, the US, practically saturated with hasbara, support for the Israeli action was not nearly so high, and the only reliable information we have is from 3-4 days after the massacre, when the Israeli narrative was still the overweeningly dominant one in the US
press. I suspect support decreased in the subsequent weeks, and furthermore, even that poll, which asked misleading questions, found sharp differences between Republican and Democratic voters.

There are widening divergences of both tactics and principles between the US and Israel, especially regarding the excesses of Israeli violence. We should seek to exploit those divergences, while recognizing the limits of the American peace movement.

In other countries, public opinion is far more strongly in favor of Palestine. In South America, the reaction has been extremely powerful. The South American regional organization, UNASUR, announced that it “energetically rejects the intervention of Israeli forces,” in the context of a larger statement calling
the siege of Gaza intolerable. Other US allied states such as Peru and Chile attacked Israeli policy.

Peru “condemn[ed]” the “violent intervention” and Chile
“deplor[ed]” the “violent reaction of the Israeli forces.” Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a strong ally of the Palestinian people, “energetically” condemned
the “brutal massacre committed by the State of Israel.” This much was predictable.

You may view the latest post at
http://www.maxajl.com/?p=3841

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ZIONIST’S NEEDS YOU!

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Connecting the Zionist Dots

by Gilad Atzmon

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A few  weeks ago the Jewish Chronicle published a list of Jewish MPs in the UK parliament. It named 24 in total, encompassing 12 Conservatives, 10 Labour, and two Liberal Democrats. Author and peace activist Stuart Littlewood elaborated on these figures and presented the following analysis:

“The Jewish population in the UK is 280,000 or 0.46 per cent. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons so, as a proportion, Jewish entitlement is only three seats. The conclusion is pretty obvious. With 24 seats, Jews are eight times over-represented. Which means, of course, that other groups must be under-represented, including Muslims…If Muslims, for instance,  were over-represented to the same extent as the Jews (i.e. eight times) they’d have 200 seats. All hell would break loose.”

A question must be raised here. Why are Jews overwhelmingly over-represented in the British parliament, in British and American political pressure groups, in political fundraising and in the media?

Haim Saban, the Israeli-American, multibillionaire media mogul offers the answer. The New Yorker reported this week that at a conference last fall, Saban described his pro-Israeli formula, outlining “three ways to be influential in American politics…make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.”

To read more:

http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/connecting-the-zionist-dots-by-gilad-atzmon.html 

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WEAKENING NATIONAL MORALE

 Can you imagine being jailed for “weakening national morale”?

Can you imagine how many people might be caught up with such a spurious charge?

Can you imagine the outcry if that were to occur in the West?

No, instead a human right’s lawyer in Syria is being jailed for that most tendentious of charges. The BBC has a little more:

“An award-winning lawyer and activist has been jailed for three years in Syria, human rights groups say.

Mohannad al-Hassani, head of the Syrian Organisation for Human Rights, was tried for spreading false information and “weakening national morale”.

He was arrested in July last year after being repeatedly summoned by the security police for questioning.

Hassani has defended a number of pro-democracy activists and campaigned for the repeal of the law used to jail him.

In May he won the Martin Ennals Award, named after the first head of Amnesty International, for his work in defending Syrian political prisoners and the rule of law.

Crackdown

The Damascus Criminal Court sentenced Hassani, 44, to three years in prison after convicting him of “weakening national morale” and “conveying within Syria false news that could debilitate the morale of the nation” .

That term is often used against those who challenge the Syrian government.

The Syrian Human Rights League (SHRL) expressed grave concern over Mr Hassani’s sentencing, saying “none of the minimum conditions and criteria for a fair trail” were met.

The organisation called for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Syria.

Arrests of pro-democracy activists are common in Syria, where several prominent political activists and writers remain imprisoned.”

Amnesty International covers it too:

“The charges were brought against Muhannad al-Hassani after he drew public attention to unfair trials of political prisoners before the notorious Supreme State Security Court (SSSC) and a death that may have been caused by torture or other ill-treatment in detention, and met foreign embassy officials to discuss human rights.

He also played a leading role in Sawasiyah, a local human rights organization which, like others, has not been legally authorised by the authorities. He was arrested on 28 July 2009, days after he observed a trial before the SSSC during which an official seized and destroyed his notes.

“Muhannad al-Hassani’s contribution to human rights has been internationally recognized,” said Malcolm Smart. “Yet, in Syria he has been prosecuted and jailed as if he were an enemy of the state.”

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CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

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Civil Disobedience Is….A Fun Day Out in Tel Aviv

By the Coalition of Women for Peace

The trip to the Betar crossing point passed in almost complete silence. When we approached the checkpoint, the red sign, the metal tower, the speed bumps, the concrete barriers, the soldiers’ position, I felt my legs shaking – and not because of the bumpy road. I took a deep breath, slowed down but didn’t stop, rolled down the window, gave the soldier a causal wave and he indifferently motioned for me to keep going. ‘We made it!’” (Ilana Hammerman, “If There Is a Heaven,” Ha’aretz, 7 May 2010)

One spring morning, not so long ago, four women crossed the Betar Checkpoint: Ilana Hammerman, an Israeli translator and editor, and three Palestinian girls from a village in the West Bank. The girls, Aya, Lin and Yasmin – who because of their young age have not lived one day free of occupation – went with Ilana for a fun day in Tel Aviv.

They visited the museum, the mall and the market, dipped in the sea, ate ice cream on a bench in the boulevard and when the evening came they crossed the checkpoint again to return to their homes. Hammerman tells this optimistic tale in her article, “If There Is a Heaven.”

But these simple and optimistic activities have turned the four women into criminals according to Israeli law. An organization called “The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel” asked the Attorney General to open a criminal investigation against Hammerman for violating the “Law of Entry to Israel”  – which states that anyone who drives, hosts or in any other way assists a Palestinian’s entry to Israel shall be sentenced to two years in prison or fined.

In a public act of civil disobedience, Ilana Hammerman has pointed to one of the basic components of the Israeli occupation regime: the law. Dozens of laws and regulations, civil and military, define and dictate every detail in the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories:

Where they go and how they will get there, how they will work, where they will live and with whom they can share their lives. Most of these rules and regulations violate international law, Israeli basic laws, as well as human empathy and logic, and Ilana was right in choosing to violate them. Ilana’s actions undermine the legitimacy of the ongoing control of millions of people by a “democratic” rule they have no part in, and rejects the separation between Jews and Palestinians, which is one of the foundations of the occupation regime. It is an act of necessary defiance in the face of an unbearable reality.

What is the red line beyond which we can no longer continue to respect its laws and regulations without betraying our conscience, which requires us, just as the Basic Law of our country says, ‘to defend human dignity and liberty’ – that is, the human dignity and liberty of every person, and not just the Jewish or Israeli person?” (Ilana Hammerman, “In Defense of Dignity and Freedom,” Ha’aretz, June 10 2010)

If and when she is put on trial, Ilana will refuse her right to an attorney. She wants to raise awareness and to generate a public discourse in Israel and abroad – on questions of the occupation, blind obedience and situations where obeying the law constitutes betraying one’s conscience and the human spirit. “I did not do this in rash defiance,” she writes, “but rather after much thought. Out of a need, that has become ever more pressing in the last years, to raise certain essential issues for in-depth public discussion in Israeli society.”

“The end was wonderful. The last photos show them about two hours after the trip to the flea market, running in the darkness on Tel Aviv’s Banana Beach. They didn’t want to stop for even a minute at the restaurant there to have a bite to eat or something to drink, or even to just relax a bit. Instead they immediately removed their sandals again, rolled up their pants and ran into the water.

And ran and ran, back and forth, in zig-zags, along the huge beach, ponytails flying in the wind. From time to time, they knelt down in the sand or crowded together in the shallow water to have their picture taken. The final photo shows two of them standing in the water, arms around each others’ waists, their backs to the camera.

Only the bright color of their shirts contrasting with the dark water and the sky reveals that the two are Yasmin and Aya, because Lin was wearing a black shirt.” (Ilana Hammerman, “If There Is a Heaven”).

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