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I just stumbled on this article by Faisal Bodi in The Guardian. I could call it timely but being titled Israel simply has no right to exist, as long as the State of Israel exists it will always be as timely as it was when it was first published in January 2001. I remember when it was first published. It is one of maybe two articles that have zionists whingeing that The Guardian is anti-Israel but have a read of it. It’s all very straight forward:

Several years ago, I suggested in my students’ union newspaper that Israel shouldn’t exist. I also said the sympathy evoked by the Holocaust was a very handy cover for Israeli atrocities. Overnight I became public enemy number one.

I was a Muslim fundamentalist, a Jew-hater, somebody who trivialised the memory of the most abominable act in history. My denouncers followed me, photographed me, and even put telephone calls through to my family telling them to expect a call from the grim reaper.

Thankfully, my notoriety in Jewish circles has since waned to the extent that recently I gave an inter-faith lecture sponsored by the Leo Baeck College, even though my views have remained the same. Israel has no right to exist. I know it’s a hugely unfashionable thing to say and one which, given the current parlous state of the peace process, some will also find irresponsible. But it’s a fact that I have always considered central to any genuine peace formula.

Certainly there is no moral case for the existence of Israel. Israel stands as the realisation of a biblical statement. Its raison d’être was famously delineated by former prime minister Golda Meir. “This country exists as the accomplishment of a promise made by God Himself. It would be absurd to call its legitimacy into account.”

That biblical promise is Israel’s only claim to legitimacy. But whatever God meant when he promised Abraham that “unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the Euphrates,” it is doubtful that he intended it to be used as an excuse to take by force and chicanery a land lawfully inhabited and owned by others.

It does no good to anyone to brush this fact, uncomfortable as it might be, under the table. But that has been the failing with Oslo.

When it signed the agreement, the PLO made the cardinal error of assuming that you could bury the hatchet by rewriting history. It accepted as a starting point that Israel had a right to exist. The trouble with this was that it also meant, by extension, an acceptance that the way Israel came into being was legitimate. As the latest troubles have shown, ordinary Palestinians are not prepared to follow their leaders in this feat of intellectual amnesia.

Israel’s other potential claim to legitimacy, international recognition, is just as dubious. The two pacts which sealed Palestine’s future were both concluded by Britain. First we signed the Sykes-Picot agreement with France, pledging to divvy up Ottoman spoils in the Levant.

A year later, in 1917, the Balfour Declaration promised a national home for the Jewish people. Under international law the declaration was null and void since Palestine did not belong to Britain – under the pact of the League of Nations it belonged to Turkey.

By the time the UN accepted a resolution on the partition of Palestine in 1947, Jews constituted 32% of the population and owned 5.6% of the land. By 1949, largely as a result of paramilitary organisations such as the Haganah, Irgun and Stern gang, Israel controlled 80% of Palestine and 770,000 non-Jews had been expelled from their country.

This then is the potted history of the iniquities surrounding its own birth that Israel must acknowledge in order for peace to have a chance. After years of war, peace comes from forgiving, not forgetting; people never forget but they have an extraordinary capacity to forgive. Just look at South Africa, which showed the world that a cathartic truth must precede reconciliation.

Far from being a force for liberation and safety after decades of suffering, the idea that Israel is some kind of religious birthright has only imprisoned Jews in a never-ending cycle of conflict.

The “promise” breeds an arrogance which institutionalises the inferiority of other peoples and generates atrocities against them with alarming regularity. It allows soldiers to defy their consciences and blast unarmed schoolchildren. It gives rise to legislation seeking to prevent the acquisition of territory by non-Jews.

More crucially, the promise limits Israel’s capacity to seek models of coexistence based on equality and the respect of human rights. A state based on so exclusivist a claim to legitimacy cannot but conceive of separation as a solution. But separation is not the same as lasting peace; it only pulls apart warring parties. It does not heal old wounds, let alone redress historical wrongs.

However, take away the biblical right and suddenly mutual coexistence, even a one-state solution, doesn’t seem that far-fetched. What name that coexistence will take is less important than the fact that peoples have forgiven and that some measure of justice has been restored. Jews will continue to live in the Holy Land – as per the promise – as equals alongside its other rightful inhabitants.

If that kind of self-reproach is forthcoming, Israel can expect the Palestinians to be forgiving and magnanimous in return. The alternative is perpetual war.

I tried to see what Bodi is up now. He certainly has his detractors but that article certainly hit/s the spot.

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September 19, 2010

France’s “justice” persecutes BDS


On 29th October, representatives of CAPJPO Europpalestine, a French BDS group, are to appear in a French court in Paris, to answer charges that publishing the above video of a BDS action that took place in July 2009 at a Carrefour supermarket in Avry, constituted an “offense of incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence against a group of people on account of their belonging to the Israeli nation.”

The plaintiff, the “National Bureau of vigilance against antisemitism (because, naturally, according to antisemites and fake “vigilantes against antisemitism” alike, to speak against Israel is to attack Jews for being Jewish), is looking for opportunities to promote repression of Palestine solidarity activism, and the French state is more than happy to oblige. Europalestine was chosen out either randomly or out of convenience.

As a matter of fact, the action was sponsored by a long list of organizations, including a Jewish group (IJAN) and a national political party (the New Anti-Capitalist Party), both of which it would probably be counter-productive for the Zionists to attack in court.

CAPJPO is asking everybody to host this video in solidarity with their struggle against this spurious accusation of racism, which targets political expression, uses laws against racism to defend war crimes, and is a scandal given the magnitude of the real racism that is spearheaded by the state of Israel and defended by this judicial action.

So please host this video.*

The cited activists also ask everybody to write to

Monsieur le Procureur de la République
près du Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris
Palais de Justice 14, quai des Orfèvres,
75001 Paris, France,

and ask to be included among those charged for racial incitement. We should be proud of being “accused” of associations with such BDS actions against Israeli apartheid. To be accused of racism by such racist rascals is a badge of honor.

Likewise, please take action to protest this type of attempt to persecute activists and to declare solidarity with Palestinians “racist.”

This latest judicial persecution is not a single incident but a campaign: This month will come to appeal the conviction of Sakina Arnaud for racial incitement for having damaged an Israeli product packaging. Next month, three activists from Perpignian, Yamina Tadjeur, Jeanne Rousseau et Bernard Cholet From “Collective 66 for Peace and Justice in Palestine” are going to be tried for BDS. Later in October come to trial the cases of Green Party activist Alima Boumedien-Thiery and New Anti-Capitalist Party activist, Omar Salouti. There are probably many more in the pipeline.

Please let the Paris court know that this is not a “French” matter. It is a universal human rights matter, and we’ve taken notice!


*(BTW, all of you fascist trolls who “stood in solidarity” with Harry’s Sewage, this is your opportunity to show that you really care about freedom of expression, not just free smearing of antizionist activists. And no, I don’t really expect that you would do it. I’m only pointing it out for the benefit of those confused leftists who don’t understand who they are really dealing with.)

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by Joe Quinn


September 19, 2010

by Niall Bradley  

In an ideal society, those chosen to represent and lead the people would be chosen because they had shown ‘leadership qualities’ – honesty, integrity, intelligence (both emotional and intellectual) and, most importantly, a paternal or maternal protective instinct towards others. In short, leaders would be those that could effectively lead the society in a way that secured the best interests of all. Ideal leaders would certainly not be ‘war-like’ but rather peace-makers. So why don’t we have societies like this around the world today? Does power really corrupt? Is it inevitable that any human being elevated to a leadership role will succumb to the lure of power and control over others and ultimately turn bad and against the people? Do we conclude therefore that the very idea that one or a few should lead the many is simply a bad one?

It’s true that human history is embarrassingly bereft of these ideal leaders. The ones that history records as being ‘great’ were very often the most war-like and directly or indirectly caused the most suffering to innocent people. Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, FDR, Winston Churchill….George W Bush?

There have been a few notable exceptions though, Martin Luther King, is one, JFK is another, and there are undoubtedly many less-well-known examples from all over the planet (Benazir Bhutto for a more recent example). But in the case of these three, and many others of similar calibre, you may have noticed that they have an unfortunate tendency to be assassinated by, we are told, irate citizens who bizarrely, cannot abide their attempts to be truly great leaders in the ideal sense. Of course, I am being a little facetious here, because there is strong evidence to suggest that MLK, JFK, Bhutto and many others who were allegedly assassinated by ‘lone nuts’ were in fact murdered by the competition – the corrupt leaders.

Perhaps the real problem then is that our species’ rather poor track record of benevolent leaders is not simply due to inherent flaws in ‘human nature’ but rather the presence of specific ‘types’ of humans who LACK certain natural human traits, empathy and compassion being the most important ones. As many readers will already know, psychopaths fit this profile particularly well.

When this type of human being accedes to a position of power, the normal human beings over whom they rule are in trouble. It is a certainty that such leaders will immediately begin to manifest evidence of corruption and greed and will come to view the people as the means through which they can accrue more power and wealth. At the same time however, it must be obvious that the people also constitute a clear threat to this ‘elite’ and their privileged position. The people can, theoretically, at any moment rebel and overthrow their masters. For the elite then, the people play the role of both cash cow and a potentially deadly enemy that must be contained by whatever means.

There is extensive evidence to show that, throughout history, the elite have invested heavily in developing the most effective strategies to control the population and neutralize any potential popular revolutions. Much of the theory has been developed as a result of military campaigns by the British and American governments in the course of invading and colonizing other countries. From India to South America to Africa and Asia, between them, the British and American elite have been responsible for the deaths of at least 20 million people in dozens of different countries during the last 150 years.

In India for example, somewhere in the region of 7 million were starved to death as a result of the British manufactured ‘famine’ of 1876. Another false famine was provoked by the British in 1900 causing the deaths of 1 million, and again at the height of the Second World War, ‘famine’ struck the Bengal region killing 3 million while the British stockpiled and exported Indian food.

By the time US troops finally pulled out of Vietnam, the US government had been directly responsible for the deaths of at least 3 million Vietnamese and Cambodians, the vast majority being civilians.

In El Salvador in the 1980s, (just one of several S. American nations that were effectively colonized by the USA) 70,000 civilians were killed by ‘death squads’ under US direction. I could go on.

In all such ‘counter-insurgency’ campaigns waged by US and British forces on behalf of the elite, the singular objective is to isolate and destroy a grass-roots movement made up of ordinary civilians who see the injustice of the divide between the elite and the masses, with the ultimate aim being to destroy any threat to the ruling class. The theories of how to repress such popular movements were most clearly outlined by British General Frank Kitson, who cut his counter-insurgency teeth in places like Kenya, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.

The heart of Kitson’s theory of how to destroy a popular resistance movement includes: covert operations, torture, provocations, manipulation of fake dissident resistance groups which act to discredit the genuine liberation forces; psychological operations (perception management) and to articulate all these around two interconnected objectives: the reconquest of the population and the isolation and subsequent destruction of the resistance. According to Kitson, to win the psychological war, it is of utmost necessity that responsibility for all paramilitary measures used by state forces should rest with their enemy, or at least that public opinion should be convinced of this.

The aim of state-sponsored counter-rebellion or ‘counter-insurgency’ then is to subvert the rebels and the ideals for which they stand (most often social justice and equality, land rights etc.) and successfully portray the rebels and their ideology to the wider population (and world) as self-interested, fundamentally lawless and immoral who must be dealt with severely. In pursuit of this end, the benign ideological divisions that exist within most populations must be stirred up in an effort to split the grass-roots support for any rebellion and align a significant percentage of the population with the state and against the rebels. If successful in this effort, the terroristic state policies that provoked the rebels to form in the first place can be re-doubled and spun as lawful defence against the ‘terrorism’ of the rebels.

The strategy is essentially divide the population and thereby ‘conquer’ them. A second and equally important provision of the counterinsurgency doctrine is the creation of fake resistance groups that carry out attacks to discredit the real resistance, otherwise known as ‘false-flag’ operations. These operations include attacks on the civilian population themselves that appear to have been carried out by the resistance, effectively turning people who would otherwise unite against the elite against each other. Throughout the 20th century, these counter-insurgency strategies were used by covert military and intelligence agencies exclusively within individual nations. But what if it were deemed that the goal was global rather than local? What if, as a member of the elite, you wanted to divide not just a local population but a large section of the global population and turn them against each other? Could the counter-insurgency strategies be applied in such a case?

The September 11th 2001 attacks were a text-book example of precisely this – counterinsurgency tactics applied globally. For several decades, liberation movements within Muslim nations have been threatening the American, Israeli and British stranglehold on their natural resources and populations. A decision was taken within the ruling elite of these nations to destroy these movements and the threat they posed to the elite’s ascendancy once and for all. At the same time, the elite would be in a position to consolidate their control over those nations and their natural resources.

In the years before the 9/11 attacks, and following counter-insurgency tactics, a fake resistance group, given the name ‘al-Qaeda’, was created and propagandized and used to carry out the September 11th 2001 attacks. This effectively divided the global population along religious lines and terrorised the non-Muslim population into providing the ‘political capital’ which has been used to justify the invasion and occupation of both Iraq and Afghanistan and the wholesale slaughter of the members of the Iraqi and Afghan populations who posed a threat to the elite.

Through ‘shock and awe’ attacks like 9/11, the elite of this world have done an excellent job of dividing the global population against itself. If we sit back and think about it for a moment, it is painfully clear just who the real enemy of ‘we the people’ is. How can we allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking that some shady band of ‘Muslim terrorists’ are bent on our collective destruction, or that Muslims the world over want to convert or kill all non-Muslims, when we have concrete examples of the utterly corrupt and selfish nature of our leader in the recent banking scandal or the BP oil spill for but two examples?

I have often sat in ‘shock and awe’ myself at how so many people can still believe the official story about the 9/11 attacks. But then I realise that so many people are so ignorant of history, mainly because the truth of history has been covered up. The truth of human history is a sorry tale of successive groups of psychologically deviant individuals rising to positions of power and proceeding to squeeze the life blood out of the masses of normal people, and in that way keep them more or less enslaved. More than that, there is overwhelming evidence to support the claim that ‘terrorism’ is not a weapon wielded by some wild-eyed religious or political fanatic, but rather a carefully developed strategy, employed by the elite and implemented by state actors to ensure that the will of the masses of humanity is never truly exercised





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By (author) Laura Knight-Jadczyk, Joe Quinn




September 19, 2010

by Debbie Menon

By the early 1990’s a basic shift in the nature of imperial power took place.  This led to a profound divergence between past and present imperialist policies and among established and emerging expansionist regimes. 

By James Petras via My Catbird Seat

 American female soldiers are paying dearly for America’s imperialist misadventures in combat territories like Iraq and Afghanistan – David Rosen

Imperialism, its character, means and ends has changed over time and place. Historically, western imperialism, has taken the form of tributary, mercantile, industrial, financial and in the contemporary period, a unique ‘militarist-barbaric’ form of empire building.  Within each ‘period’, elements of past and future forms of imperial domination and exploitation ‘co-exist’ with the dominant mode.  For example , in the ancient Greek and Roman empires, commercial and trade privileges complemented the extraction of tributary payments. 

Mercantile imperialism, was preceded and accompanied initially by the plunder of wealth and the extraction of tribute, sometimes referred to as “primitive accumulation”, where political and military power decimated the local population and forcibly removed and transferred wealth to the imperial capitals.  As imperial commercial ascendancy was consolidated, manufacturing capital increasingly emerged as a co-participant; backed by imperial state policies manufacturing products destroyed local national manufacturers gaining control over local markets.  Modern industrial driven imperialism, combined production and commerce, both complemented and supported by financial capital and its auxiliaries, insurance, transport and other sources of “invisible earnings”.

Under pressure from nationalist and socialist anti-imperialist movements and regimes, colonial structured empires gave way to new nationalist regimes.  Some of which restructured their economies, diversifying their productive systems and trading partners.  In some cases they imposed protective barriers to promote industrialization.  Industrial-driven imperialism, at first opposed these nationalist regimes and collaborated with local satraps to depose industrial oriented nationalist leaders.  Their goal was to retain or restore the “colonial division of labor” – primary production exchanged for finished goods. 

However, by the last third of the 20th century, industrial driven empire building, began a process of adaptation, “jumping over tariff walls”, investing in elementary forms of ‘production’ and in labor intensive consumer products.  Imperial manufacturers contracted assembly plants organized around light consumer goods (textiles, shoes, electronics).

Basic changes in the political, social and economic structures of both the imperial and former colonial countries, however, led to divergent imperial paths to empire-building and as a consequence contrasting development performances in both regions.

Anglo-American financial capital gained ascendancy over industrial, investing heavily in highly speculative IT, bio-tech, real estate and financial instruments.  Germany and Japanese empire builders relied on upgrading export-industries to secure overseas markets.  As a result they increased market shares, especially among the emerging industrializing countries of Southern Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Some former colonial and semi-colonial countries also moved toward higher forms of industrial production, developing high tech industries, producing capital and intermediate as well as consumer goods and challenging western imperial hegemony in their proximity.

By the early 1990’s a basic shift in the nature of imperial power took place.  This led to a profound divergence between past and present imperialist policies and among established and emerging expansionist regimes.

Past and Present Economic Imperialism

Modern industrial-driven empire building (MIE) is built around securing raw materials, exploiting cheap labor and increasing market shares.  This is accomplished by collaborating with pliant rulers, offering them economic aid and political recognition on terms surpassing those of their imperial competitors.  This is the path followed by China.  MIE eschews any attempt to gain territorial possessions, either in the form of military bases or in occupying “advisory” positions in the core institutions of the coercive apparatus.  Instead, MIEs’ seek to maximize control via investments leading to direct ownership or ‘association’ with state and/or private officials in strategic economic sectors.  MIEs’ utilize economic incentives in the way of economic grants and low interest concessionary loans.  They offer to build large scale long term infrastructure projects-railroads, airfields, ports and highways. 

These projects have a double purpose of facilitating the extraction of wealth and opening markets for exports.  MIEs also improve transport networks for local producers to gain political allies.  In other words MIEs like China and India largely depend on market power to expand and fight off competitors.  Their strategy is to create “economic dependencies” for long term economic benefits.

In contrast imperial barbarism grows out of an earlier phase of economic imperialism which combined the initial use of violence to secure economic privileges followed by economic control over lucrative resources.

Historically, economic imperialism (EI) resorted to military intervention to overthrow anti-imperialist regimes and secure collaborator political clients.  Subsequently, EI frequently established military bases and training and advisory missions to repress resistance movements and to secure a local military officialdom responsive to the imperial power.  The purpose was to secure economic resources and a docile labor force, in order to maximize economic returns.

In other words, in this ‘traditional’ path to economic empire building the military was subordinated to maximizing economic exploitation. Imperial power sought to preserve the post colonial state apparatus and professional cadre but to harness them to the new imperial economic order.  EI sought to preserve the elite to maintain law and order as the basic foundation for restructuring the economy.  The goal was to secure policies to suit the economic needs of the private corporations and banks of the imperial system.  The prime tactic of the imperial institutions was to designate western educated professionals to design policies which maximized private earning. 

These policies included the privatization of all strategic economic sectors; the demolition of all protective measures (“opening markets”) favoring local producers; the implementation of regressive taxes on local consumers, workers and enterprises while lowering or eliminating taxes and controls over imperial firms; the elimination of protective labor legislation and outlawing of independent class organizations.

In its heyday western economic imperialism led to the massive transfer of profits, interest, royalties and ill begotten wealth of the native elite from the post-colonial countries to the imperial centers.  As befits post-colonial imperialism the cost of administrating these imperial dependencies was borne by the local workers, farmers and employees.

While contemporary and historic economic imperialism have many similarities, there are a few crucial differences.  For example China, the leading example of a contemporary economic imperialism, has not established its “economic beach heads” via military intervention or coups, hence it does not possess ‘military bases’ nor a powerful militarist caste competing with its entrepreneurial class in shaping foreign policy.  In contrast traditional Western economic imperialism contained the seeds for the rise of a powerful militarist caste capable, under certain circumstance, of affirming their supremacy in shaping the policies and priorities of empire building.

This is exactly what has transpired over the past twenty years, especially with regard to US empire building.

The Rise and Consolidation of Imperial Barbarism

The dual processes of military intervention and economic exploitation which characterized traditional Western imperialism gradually shifted toward a dominant highly militarized variant of imperialism.  Economic interests, both in terms of economic costs and benefits and global market shares were sacrificed in the pursuit of military domination.

The demise of the USSR and the virtual reduction of Russia to the status of a broken state, weakened states allied to it.  They were “opened” to Western economic penetration and became vulnerable to Western military attack.

President Bush (senior) perceived the demise of the USSR as a ‘historic opportunity’ to unilaterally impose a unipolar world.  According to this new doctrine the US would reign supreme globally and regionally.  Projections of US military power would now operate unhindered by any nuclear deterrence.  However, Bush (senior) was deeply embedded in the US petroleum industry.  Thus he sought to strike a balance between military supremacy and economic expansion.  Hence the first Iraq war 1990-91 resulted in the military destruction of Saddam Hussein’s military forces, but without the occupation of the entire country nor the destruction of civil society, economic infrastructure and oil refineries.  Bush (senior) represented an uneasy balance between two sets of powerful interests: on the one hand, petroleum corporations eager to access the state owned oil fields and on the other the increasingly powerful militarist zionist power configuration within and outside of his regime. 

The result was an imperial policy aimed at weakening Saddam as a threat to US clients in the Gulf but without ousting him from power.  The fact that he remained in office and continued his support for the Palestinian struggle against the Jewish state’s colonial occupation profoundly irritated Israel and its zionist agents in the US.

With the election of William Clinton, the ‘balance’ between economic and military imperialism shifted dramatically in favor of the latter.  Under Clinton, zealous zionist were appointed to many of the strategic foreign policy posts in the Administration.  This ensured the sustained bombing of Iraq, wrecking its infrastructure.  This barbaric turn was complemented by an economic boycott to destroy the country’s economy and not merely “weaken” Saddam.  Equally important, the Clinton regime fully embraced and promoted the ascendancy of finance capital by appointing notorious Wall Streeters (Rubin, Summers, Greenspan et al.) to key positions, weakening the relative power of oil, gas and industrial manufacturers as the driving forces of foreign policy.  Clinton set in motion the political ‘agents’ of a highly militarized imperialism, committed to destroying a country in order to dominate it …

The ascent of Bush (junior) extended and deepened the role of the militarist-zionist personnel in government.  The self-induced explosions which collapsed the World Trade Towers in New York served as a pretext to precipitate the launch of imperial barbarism and spelled the eclipse of economic imperialism.

While US empire building converted to militarism, China accelerated its turn toward economic imperialism.  Their foreign policy was directed toward securing raw materials via trade, direct investments and joint ventures.  It gained influence via heavy investments in infrastructure, a kind of developmental imperialism, stimulating growth for itself and the “host” country.  In this new historic context of global competition between an emerging market driven empire and an atavistic militarist imperial state, the former gained enormous economic profits at virtually no military or administrative cost while the latter emptied its treasury to secure ephemeral military conquests.

The conversion from economic to militarist imperialism was largely the result of the pervasive and ‘deep’ influence of policymakers of Zionist persuasion.  Zionist policymakers combined modern technical skills with primitive tribal loyalties.  Their singular pursuit of Israel’s dominance in the Middle East led them to orchestrate a series of wars, clandestine operations and economic boycotts crippling the US economy and weakening the economic bases of empire building.

Militarist driven empire building in the present post-colonial global context led inevitably to destructive invasions of relatively stable and functioning nation-states, with strong national loyalties.  Destructive wars turned the colonial occupation into prolonged conflicts with resistance movements linked to the general population.  Henceforth, the logic and practice of militarist imperialism led directly to widespread and long-term barbarism-the adoption of the Israeli model of colonial terrorism targeting an entire population.  This was not a coincidence. 

Israel’s zionist zealots in Washington “drank deeply” from the cesspool of Israeli totalitarian practices, including mass terror, housing demolitions, land seizures, overseas special force assassination teams, systematic mass arrests and torture.  These and other barbaric practices, condemned by human rights organizations the world over, (including those in Israel), became routine practices of US barbaric imperialism.

The Means and Goals of Imperial Barbarism

The organizing principle of imperial barbarism is the idea of total war.  Total in the sense that (1) all weapons of mass destruction are applied; (2) the whole society is targeted; (3) the entire civil and military apparatus of the state is dismantled and replaced by colonial officials, paid mercenaries and unscrupulous and corrupt satraps.  The entire modern professional class is targeted as expressions of the modern national-state and replaced by retrograde religious-ethnic clans and gangs, susceptible to bribes and booty-shares.  All existing modern civil society organizations, are pulverized and replaced by crony-plunderers linked to the colonial regime.  The entire economy is disarticulated as elementary infrastructure including water, electricity, gas, roads and sewage systems are bombed along with factories, offices, cultural sites, farms and markets.

The Israeli argument of “dual use” targets serves the militarist policymakers as a justification for destroying the bases of a modern civilization.  Massive unemployment, population displacement and the return to primitive exchanges characteristic of pre-modern societies define the “social structure”.  Educational and health conditions deteriorate and in some cases become non-existent.  Curable diseases plague the population and infant deformities result from depleted uranium, the pre-eminent weapon of choice of imperial barbarism.

In summary the ascendancy of barbarous imperialism leads to the eclipse of economic exploitation. The empire depletes its treasury to conquer, destroy and occupy.  Even the residual economy is exploited by ‘others’:  traders and manufacturers from non-belligerent adjoining states.  In the case of Iraq and Afghanistan that includes Iran, Turkey, China and India.

The evanescent goal of barbarous imperialism is total military control, based on the prevention of any economic and social rebirth which might lead to a revival of secular anti-imperialism rooted in a modern republic.  The goal of securing a colony ruled by cronies, satraps and ethno-religious warlords – willing givers of military bases and permission to intervene – is central to the entire concept of military driven empire building.  The erasure of the historical memory of a modern independent secular nation-state and the accompanying national heritage becomes of singular importance to the barbarous empire.  This task is assigned to the academic prostitutes and related publicists who commute between Tel Aviv, the Pentagon, Ivy league universities and Middle East propaganda mills in Washington.

Results and Perspectives

Clearly imperial barbarism (as a social system) is the most retrograde and destructive enemy of modern civilized life.  Unlike economic imperialism it does not exploit labor and resources, it destroys the means of production, kills workers, farmers and undermines modern life.

Economic imperialism is clearly more beneficial to the private corporations; but it also potentially lays the bases for its transformation.  Its investments lead to the creation of a working and middle class capable of assuming control over the commanding heights of the economy via nationalist and/or socialist struggle.  In contrast the discontent of the ravaged population and the pillage of economies under imperial barbarism, has led to the emergence of pre-modern ethno-religious mass movements, with retrograde practices, (mass terror, sectarian violence etc.).  Theirs is an ideology fit for a theocratic state.

Economic imperialism with its ‘colonial division of labor’, extracting raw materials and exporting finished goods, inevitably will lead to new nationalist and perhaps later socialist movements.  As EI undermines local manufacturers and displaces, via cheap industrial exports, thousands of factory workers, movements will emerge.  China may seek to avoid this via ‘plant transplants’.  In contrast barbaric imperialism is not sustainable because it leads to prolonged wars which drain the imperial treasury and injury and death of thousands of American soldiers every year. Unending and unwinable colonial wars are unacceptable to the domestic population.

The ‘goals’ of military conquest and satrap rule are illusory.  A stable, ‘rooted’ political class capable of ruling by overt or tacit consent is incompatible with colonial overseers.  The ‘foreign’ military goals imposed on imperial policymakers via the influential presence of Zionists in key offices have struck a mighty blow against the profit seeking opportunities of American multi-nationals via sanctions policies.  Pulled downward and outward by high military spending and powerful agents of a foreign power, the resort to barbarism has a powerful effect in prejudicing the US economy.

Countries looking for foreign investment are far more likely to pursue joint ventures with economic driven capital exporters rather than risk bringing in the US with all its military, clandestine special forces and other violent baggage.

Today the overall picture is grim for the future of militarist imperialism.  In Latin America, Africa and especially Asia, China has displaced the US as the principal trading partner in Brazil, South Africa and Southeast Asia.  In contrast the US wallows in unwinable ideological wars in marginal countries like Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan.  The US organizes a coup in tiny Honduras, while China signs on to billion dollar joint ventures in oil and iron projects in Brazil and Venezuela and an Argentine grain production. 

The US specializes in propping up broken states like Mexico and Columbia, while China invests heavily in extractive industries in Angola, Nigeria, South Africa and Iran.  The symbiotic relationship with Israel leads the US down the blind ally of totalitarian barbarism and endless colonial wars.  In contrast China deepens its links with the dynamic economies of South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil and the oil riches of Russia and the raw materials of Africa.

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles. His latest book is War Crimes  in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America (Atlanta:Clarity Pres 2010)

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September 18, 2010

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Nicholas D. Kristof

Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren.

That’s reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it. (Throat clearing.) I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you. The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs.

I’m inspired by another journalistic apology. The Portland Press Herald in Maine published an innocuous front-page article and photo a week ago about 3,000 local Muslims praying together to mark the end of Ramadan. Readers were upset, because publication coincided with the ninth anniversary of 9/11, and they deluged the paper with protests.

So the newspaper published a groveling front-page apology for being too respectful of Muslims. “We sincerely apologize,” wrote the editor and publisher, Richard Connor, and he added: “we erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page.” As a blog by James Poniewozik of Time paraphrased it: “Sorry for Portraying Muslims as Human.”

I called Mr. Connor, and he seems like a nice guy. Surely his front page isn’t reserved for stories about Bad Muslims, with articles about Good Muslims going inside. Must coverage of law-abiding Muslims be “balanced” by a discussion of Muslim terrorists?

Ah, balance — who can be against that? But should reporting of Pope Benedict’s trip to Britain be “balanced” by a discussion of Catholic terrorists in Ireland? And what about journalism itself?

I interrupt this discussion of peaceful journalism in Maine to provide some “balance.” Journalists can also be terrorists, murderers and rapists. For example, radio journalists in Rwanda promoted genocide.

I apologize to Muslims for another reason. This isn’t about them, but about us. I want to defend Muslims from intolerance, but I also want to defend America against extremists engineering a spasm of religious hatred.

Granted, the reason for the nastiness isn’t hard to understand. Extremist Muslims have led to fear and repugnance toward Islam as a whole. Threats by Muslim crazies just in the last few days forced a Seattle cartoonist, Molly Norris, to go into hiding after she drew a cartoon about Muhammad that went viral.

And then there’s 9/11. When I recently compared today’s prejudice toward Muslims to the historical bigotry toward Catholics, Mormons, Jews and Asian-Americans, many readers protested that it was a false parallel. As one, Carla, put it on my blog: “Catholics and Jews did not come here and kill thousands of people.”

That’s true, but Japanese did attack Pearl Harbor and in the end killed far more Americans than Al Qaeda ever did. Consumed by our fears, we lumped together anyone of Japanese ancestry and rounded them up in internment camps. The threat was real, but so were the hysteria and the overreaction.

Radicals tend to empower radicals, creating a gulf of mutual misunderstanding and anger. Many Americans believe that Osama bin Laden is representative of Muslims, and many Afghans believe that the Rev. Terry Jones (who talked about burning Korans) is representative of Christians.

Many Americans honestly believe that Muslims are prone to violence, but humans are too complicated and diverse to lump into groups that we form invidious conclusions about. We’ve mostly learned that about blacks, Jews and other groups that suffered historic discrimination, but it’s still O.K. to make sweeping statements about “Muslims” as an undifferentiated mass.

In my travels, I’ve seen some of the worst of Islam: theocratic mullahs oppressing people in Iran; girls kept out of school in Afghanistan in the name of religion; girls subjected to genital mutilation in Africa in the name of Islam; warlords in Yemen and Sudan who wield AK-47s and claim to be doing God’s bidding.

But I’ve also seen the exact opposite: Muslim aid workers in Afghanistan who risk their lives to educate girls; a Pakistani imam who shelters rape victims; Muslim leaders who campaign against female genital mutilation and note that it is not really an Islamic practice; Pakistani Muslims who stand up for oppressed Christians and Hindus; and above all, the innumerable Muslim aid workers in Congo, Darfur, Bangladesh and so many other parts of the world who are inspired by the Koran to risk their lives to help others. Those Muslims have helped keep me alive, and they set a standard of compassion, peacefulness and altruism that we should all emulate.

I’m sickened when I hear such gentle souls lumped in with Qaeda terrorists, and when I hear the faith they hold sacred excoriated and mocked. To them and to others smeared, I apologize.

Source–New York Times, 9/19/2010

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Land and property theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansin

After Birthright: Hebron – 500 settlers, 2,000 soldiers, and the tensest place I’ve ever been / Rachel Marcuse

…My discomfort increases as I begin to more fully understand the situation, a situation which is almost literally on top of me. I look up at a net hanging above the souk. It’s full of garbage and other debris. The Jewish settlers, who number about 500, have built homes above both sides of the market street. I am told that the net is to protect the Palestinians below from the garbage, urine, eggs and bleach routinely thrown at them by the settlers. I can see evidence of the refuse in the net right above me. One of the shopkeepers shows me egg stains on the scarves he is selling. Hebron feels tense; in fact, it’s the most tense place I have ever been.

A common struggle for East Jerusalem / Daniel Pelz

17 Sept – Tension is growing in the Arab quarters of East Jerusalem. The city administration plans to allow the further demolition of Palestinian houses. The human rights organization “Rabbis for Human Rights,” which vehemently champions the defence of Palestinian rights, has been demonstrating against the demolition. Daniel Pelz reports.

Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Bil’in holds weekly protest as Abdallah Abu Rahmah faces two-year-sentence

Here’s an update from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee on the case of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a leader in the Bil’in protests against the Wall: The sentencing phase in the trial of Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, began Wednesday at the Ofer Military Court. Abu Rahmah was convicted of organizing illegal marches and of incitement last month, but cleared of the violence charges he was indicted for – stone-throwing and a vindictive arms-possession charge for collecting used tear-gas projectiles and displaying them.

Israeli army shuts down anti-wall rallies

Villagers, Israelis, and international activists in Bil’in demanded the release of political prisoners from Israeli jails. Demonstrators wore masks of local non-violent resistance leader Abdullah Abu Rahmah, who is being held at Ofer military prison charged with incitement. Others wore masks of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, organizers said … Organizers said troops then crossed the separation fence, and fired rubber-coated steel bullets, hitting a young Palestinian in his back, while an Israeli protester, Tali Shapiro, was hit in the leg by a tear canister. At a simultaneous protest in Ni’lin village, in the Ramallah district, local popular committee leaders reported that Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at protesters, injuring two, while others fainted from tear-gas inhalation … In Al Ma’sara, near Bethlehem, soldiers stopped protesters as they headed towards the construction site of the separation wall on village land after midday prayers.

Israeli soldiers attack anti wall protesters near Ramallah; two injured

Ramallah – PNN – Israeli soldiers used  tear gas and sound bombs on Friday midday to suppress two anti wall protests in Bil’in and Nil’in villages near the central West Bank city of Ramallah… Leading the protest [in Bil’in] was a group of men who wore masks resembling Nilsson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Abdullah Abu Rahama the local activist who was arrested by the military eight months ago. Abu Rahma was sentenced for two years in jail this week by an Israeli military court.

Audio: ‘They persecuted Ameer to keep us silent’

The trial of Palestinian citizen of Israel and civil society leader Ameer Makhoul resumes today in Haifa. Charged with espionage and other trumped-up security allegations, Makhoul denies the charges and maintains that “evidence” gathered by the state was obtained through coercion. Last month The Electronic Intifada contributor Hyun Lee interviewed Makhoul’s wife, activist Janan Abdu, and Gabrielle Rubin, media coordinator with Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel about Makhoul’s case.

Video: My Name Is Rachel Corrie

Email Courtney, and have her perform My Name Is Rachel Corrie in your town or on your campus

Human rights volunteers from New Zealand and Australia needed in Palestine

The International Women¹s Peace Service (IWPS) is a team of international female human-rights volunteers in Palestine who provide accompaniment to Palestinian civilians (including farmers during the annual olive harvest), document and non-violently intervene in human-rights abuses and support acts of non-violent resistance to end the Israeli military occupation and construction of the barrier throughout the West Bank. IWPS is currently inviting applications from women based in Australia and New Zealand who would like to join our team of long-term volunteers. We are also inviting applications from women who would like to work with IWPS on a short term basis.

Why we are boycotting the Batsheva Dance Company

The following is an open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company from two groups organizing a boycott of its upcoming shows in New York City: Dear Batsheva Dance Company, We are a group of New York-based human rights activists and artists calling for a boycott of your performances at the Joyce Theater in New York City due to your collaboration with the Israeli state and its Brand Israel campaign. Launched in 2005, Brand Israel is a government public relations initiative which uses cultural productions to distract from Israel’s daily human rights violations.

Israeli beauty products company Ahava complicit in the sins of occupation

Ahava is owned by entities deeply involved in Israel’s settlement project in the occupied West Bank. Activists are fighting to show it can’t hide its dirty side — Walk into any Ricky’s store, a beauty shop chain in New York, and you will find a shelf filled with Ahava products. For $28, you can buy mineral toning cleanser; for $22, Dead Sea liquid salt; and for $9, purifying mud soap. The products made by Ahava (which means “love” in Hebrew) seem innocent enough, perfectly enticing for anyone fond of beauty products. But looks can be deceiving.

No matzo, no peace

Matzo and bath salts are stirring up controversy over at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, where a fraction of its 12,000 owner-members is moving to boycott products that come from Israel. The boycott is being pushed by the Sacramento Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions Working Group. The group says the boycott would end when Israel stops its Gaza blockade, exits the West Bank, grants Arab Israelis the same rights as Jewish Israelis and lets Palestinian refugees return.


UN panel probing Israel’s raid on Gaza flotilla receives Turkey’s report

A four-member United Nations panel probing Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla has received Turkey’s investigative report, a UN envoy said on Friday.”The panel has said that it had received Turkey’s own investigative report together with its appendices,” said Robert Serry, UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East. Serry said the panel would begin examining the reports after Israel submitted its own.

Report: Gaza-bound Syrian aid ship sets sail

An aid boat destined for Gaza set sail Saturday from the Syrian port of Tartous, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported. State Minister for the Syrian Red Crescent Basahr Al-Shaar said the ship will bring 650 tons of humanitarian aid, including 40 tons of medical supplies, and will travel to Gaza via the Egyptian port of Al-Arish

New aid convoy departs for Gaza

London, England (CNN) — A survivor of the fatal Gaza flotilla incident in May headed out Saturday on a new convoy to bring medical supplies to the Palestinian territory. Kevin Ovenden departed London on Saturday morning with about a dozen vans and more than 30 international volunteers as part of the Viva Palestina Lifeline 5 convoy. Two other convoys were being organized at the same time from Casablanca, Morocco, and Doha, Qatar, his group said. The three convoys will aim to meet in Syria before traveling together to Gaza, organizers said.

The Siege (Gaza and West Bank) / Restriction of movement / Humanitarian / Human rights

Watch: Gaza fish farms make up for blockade

Steps away from the Mediterranean, Gaza markets are suffering from a fish shortage … Some entrepreneurs have started local fish farms to make up for the fish inaccessible by sea. Ibrahim Qannan shows what the farms look like, and the challenges they face. Filmed for a series of short features broadcast during the holy month of Ramadan, Lina Ibrahim’s story aired as part of the program Hay Baladna (This is Our Country), which highlights the challenges and successes of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and cities now in Israel. The programs are broadcast on the only Palestinian satellite channel in Israel, and can be viewed in homes across the Middle East.

Gaza voices: Business under the eased blockade (BBC)

“There is no real change yet,” says Marwan Kishawi. “But they say that this week the Israelis will allow the first new cars into Gaza in over three years.” Until now the only way to get a new car was to order one to be smuggled in the tunnels from Egypt. But this week, Mr Kishawi says two trucks of spare parts were allowed into Gaza for the first time in years. But he has not seen the parts yet. He says there is a lot of bureaucracy and paperwork to get the parts into Gaza. Mr Kishawi says he has not sold a new car since 2006. “It will be exciting if it happens,” he says, his smile suggesting he’ll believe it when he sees it.

12 rescued from Gaza tunnels

Medics reported that 12 injured workers were rescued Friday from two tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt. Civil defense crews evacuated six workers after they reported being suffocated by gas in an underground tunnel near the Salah Ad-Din gate south of Rafah. The six men were transferred to the Abu Yousif An-Najjar Hospital in Rafah for treatment. A seventh man who remained trapped in the tunnel was rescued on Friday afternoon, and during the rescue two others were found in the underground terminal, bringing the total number of casualties from the incident to 10. Three trapped workers were also rescued from a second tunnel which had collapsed in the Al-Brazil neighborhood on Friday morning.

Gaza’s police force: Between Hamas and a hard place (TIME)

…Indeed, Gaza’s police force may be one of the more unusual ones patrolling the world’s streets. The force is administered by the tiny territory’s Interior Ministry, which in turn is run by the Hamas government … Most of their police cars are unusable, crushed or burnt carcasses after last year’s Israeli air and land assault. They try not to get too ambitious with their training, they say, because there is always the possibility of another attack from above. And yet, in a region known for its police states, Gaza’s police force is somewhat of an anomaly. In neighboring Egypt, for example, the police are so notoriously corrupt and inefficient that they are rarely called upon by civilians to resolve day-to-day crises. But Gaza’s citizenry frequently ask the police to mediate everyday disputes, particularly family feuds, which authorities say can often turn violent.,8599,2019151,00.html?xid=rss-world

West Bank and Gaza: Social Safety Net Reform Project

The Social Safety Net Reform Project has supported the Palestinian Authority in developing and managing one of the most advanced cash assistance programs in the region. It is also designed to be expanded during crises if needed. The project, after merging with another initiative backed by the European Union, has provided cash transfers to more than 63,000 poor families using an effective poverty-targeting mechanism and database.

Violence / Aggression & Provocations

JCSER: ‘Bound Palestinian shot to death by Israeli policeman’

The Documentation and Research Unit at the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) reported Saturday that the Palestinian resident from Jerusalem who was shot by an Israeli soldiers in Tel Aviv on September 14 was bound before he was killed. The center said that Hazim Adel Abu Al Dab’at, 22, from Al Thoury neighborhood in East Jerusalem was shot to death after being forced to the ground while cuffed. The report contradicts the statement of the Israeli police.

Hamas member’s killing flies under Israeli public’s radar

Israeli forces burst into the home of a senior member of Hamas early Friday morning and killed him with three bullets to the chest, though few Israelis know anything about it … The killing took place just a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left the area following two days of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. And it came just hours before Israelis celebrated Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays. As a result, there was almost no news of the killing in Israeli media

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban: When they shout ‘We strongly condemn’

17 Sept – On August 29, 2010, Martin Indyk wrote an op-ed in The New York Times entitled “For once, hope in the Middle East”.  When I read it, I felt I should respond with an article that sheds light on the issues which Mr. Indyk has chosen to ignore.  One of the premises he based his analysis on was that violence has receded in the Middle East in the past two years compared with the 1990s.  Here, like most Western officials and journalists, Indyk ignores daily and persistent Israeli violence against Palestinians for the past sixty years which has risen to record levels in terms of the number and ferocity of Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians in the past two years, particularly in the city of Hebron.

Israel’s Arab helpers

Gaza govt: PA, Israel colluded in assassination

Palestinian Authority Security Forces detained slain Hamas leader Iyad Shelbaya seven times in the past two years, Gaza government spokesman Taher An-Nunu said Saturday. The repeated detentions, which followed an 11-month period in Israeli prison starting in 2003, An-Nunu said, was akin to collaboration with Israel on the part of PA security. On Friday morning in the northern West Bank governorate of Tulkarem, the 38-year-old Shelbaya was killed in his Nur Shams refugee camp home by three gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. An-Nunu accused the ruling West Bank party Fatah, of providing Israel with a “cover” for the killing, which Israeli military officials said Friday was under investigation.

PNA condemns killing of Hamas commander

Palestinian National Authority ( PNA) on Friday condemned the killing of a Hamas commander by the Israeli forces in the West Bank. “This is a dangerous escalation weakening the credibility of the negotiations which are already shaking,” Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in a statement.

Hamas: PA continues targeted detentions

Hamas officials in the West Bank said [accused?] Palestinian Authority security services officers of detaining 22 members and affiliates from across the West Bank. While Ma’an could not independently verify the detentions, rights organizations like the Palestinian Center for Human Rights cataloged hundreds of detentions since 30 August, when Hamas-affiliated militants killed four Israeli settlers driving in the West Bank. On Friday, Hamas officials said PA forces were targeting the family and friends of officials elected in 2006 to the Palestinian Legislative Council under the Hamas bloc.

Palestinian officials launch ‘smiles campaign’ in US Jewish media

…The Palestinians hope to utilize Abbas’ trip to carry out what they describe as a “smiles and appeasement campaign” among America’s Jewish community, in efforts to raise sympathy and support among U.S. Jews. Abbas’ senior advisers were also trying to secure an interview on the popular channel Fox News.


Gaza faction says projectiles launched on Israeli force

The An-Nasser Salah Ad-Din Brigades said fighters launched three projectiles from east of Rafah toward Israeli targets in the western Negev on Saturday morning. The militant unit, part of the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza, said the projectiles were launched toward Israeli forces operating in the area. A statement from the group said no injuries were identified … Almost a dozen other projectile launches reported by the Israeli military have not been claimed by Gaza factions. Israeli forces have launched three separate rounds of airstrikes targeting what officials said were weapons smuggling tunnels and Hamas training facilities.

Armed Gaza group says Israeli forces fired on fighters

The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said fighters with their National Resistance Brigades evaded an Israeli military ambush in the Gaza Strip overnight. A statement from the group said operatives east of Wadi Al-Salqa in the central Gaza Strip were fired on by forces.

‘Peace talks’ / Political/Diplomatic news

Sha’ath: 30 September will be decisive

Negotiations team member Nabil Sha’ath said Friday night that the last day of September would be the turning point for fledgling peace talks. While officials have disputed the actual end of the settlement construction moratorium – some saying 26 September and other saying 30 – Sha’ath pegged the end of the month as the final date for negotiators to determine whether or not they would walk away from the process.

Report: Mitchell explores Obama/Sleiman meeting

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and US Mideast envoy George Mitchell discussed a possible meeting with US President Barack Obama when the Lebanese leader visits Washington on 21 September, a Lebanese newspaper reported Saturday. Beirut’s daily An-Nahar newspaper said the issue was discussed as Mitchell extended the latest round of Israel-Palestine peace talks with visits to Syria and Lebanon, where [he] met with UNIFIL forces operating in the area since the end of the 2006 Israeli war on the south of the country.

Israel complains to UN over Lebanon-Hezbollah ties

Israeli officials sent a letter of complaint to the UN Secretary General and Security Council over what was claimed as complicity between the Lebanese army and Hezbollah forces, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Saturday.

Iranian, Syrian presidents meet after Assad-US talks

(Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus on Saturday, two days after Assad held talks with a U.S. envoy about the prospects of renewing peace negotiations with Israel. The meeting suggested that Iran wants to keep close tabs on Syria’s relations with the United States as Washington presses the secular ruling hierarchy in Damascus to distance itself from the Islamic Republic.

Other news

Yom Kippur fasting day begins; Israel grinds to a halt

Jerusalem (AP) – Israel came to a virtual standstill at sundown Friday as Jews began observing the start of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, the 25 hours of fasting and contemplation known as Yom Kippur. Though most Israelis are not religious, Israel all but shuts down for the duration of the fast day. There are no TV or radio broadcasts, businesses are shuttered and the streets are so devoid of cars that thousands of children take advantage of the day to ride their bicycles down highways.

New Israel Fund issues the guidelines: Grantees must support Jewish self-determination

We reported on Richard Silverstein’s initial fears of Nwe Israel Fund’s new guidelines, that they would bar funding to those who opposed Israel as a Jewish state. Then it looked like compromise language was in the works. Finally, the guidelines are out, and they call instead for grantees to support Jewish self-determination within the state of Israel.

Ethiopian bride’s fight for Jewish marriage

An Ethiopian woman fought for four years to be recognized as a Jew refusing rabbis’ demands to undergo conversion procedures and was even forced to postpone her wedding. Last week, the Great Rabbinical court in Jerusalem declared she will be able to bathe in a mikveh prior to her wedding and ruled there will be no record of her undergoing a procedure to return to Judaism.,7340,L-3948137,00.html

World Bank approves $40 million grant for PA

The World Bank approved a grant dedicated to support the Palestinian Authority’s government budget on Thursday, a report from the body said. Although the report criticized optimistic growth numbers it said were “largely thanks to external financial aid,” and noted “critical private sector investment remains hampered by restrictions on movement of people and goods,” the funds were dedicated to the government budget, and not the private sector.

Analysis / Opinion / Human interest

***Blowback: What Israel wants from the Palestinians, it takes / Ahmed Moor in the Los Angeles TImes

Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael B. Oren, argues in his Sept. 15 Times Op-Ed article that Israelis want peace, and I believe him. They’ve said so often enough. But the Israelis want lots of other things too. For instance, they want the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In addition, they want the Palestinian aquifers situated beneath the West Bank, and they want to preserve their racial privilege in the Jewish state. They also want to shear the Gaza Strip from Palestine. Most of all, the Israelis want Palestinian quiescence in the face of Israeli wants. Those wants have made the two-state solution impossible to implement.

Responding to Michael Oren, in his own words / Shakeel Syed

The following is a response to Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s September 15th editorial in the Los Angeles Times: Imagine that you are a parent who sends her children off to school in the morning worrying whether they will be arbitrarily stopped, stripped nearly naked, and in most cases returned back home from an Israeli checkpoint without any redress process. Imagine that, instead of going off to college, your children at age 18 are stripped of their dignity and honor and continue to remain colonized until they die … Picture all of that and you will begin to understand what it is to be a Palestinian. And you will know why all Palestinians have desperately striven for peace for more than sixty years.

Carter in new book: Obama turned back on settlement freeze (AP)

The former U.S. president also criticizes Bill Clinton, writing that Israeli settlement building in the West Bank was especially rapid under his administration. — In his new book, former United States president Jimmy Carter criticizes President Barack Obama over his policy on Israel’s settlement freeze, writing that the President has backed away from his initial commitment to a complete halt to building in West Bank settlements. The Associated Press purchased a copy of Carter’s book, White House Diary, on Friday, ahead of its release Monday.

American public opinion and the special relationship with Israel / John Mearsheimer

There is no question that the United States has a relationship with Israel that has no parallel in modern history. Washington gives Israel consistent, almost unconditional diplomatic backing and more foreign aid than any other country. In other words, Israel gets this aid even when it does things that the United States opposes, like building settlements. Furthermore, Israel is rarely criticized by American officials and certainly not by anyone who aspires to high office.

Canada collusion in suppressing Palestinians / Yves Engler

Current peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials are unlikely to end, let alone reverse, Palestinian dispossession. The power imbalance between the sides is simply too great. While Canada could be part of the solution, so far it has been part of the problem.

Brooklyn-Jenin: On the banality of good and evil / Udi Aloni
Mustafa and his family will accompany us throughout the next posts; so will the remarkable and inconceivable tale of how Mustafa became one of the prominent voices in the struggle for the Palestinian woman’s rights. But, unfortunately, like in any other truly, remarkable story in Palestine the occupation spoils it all, or almost all. 

Includes short film “I am Black as well” by Ayed Fadel, Maryam Abu Khaleid, Mustafa Staidi.

How do you wreck the mind of a child? One word – war / Jeffrey Kluger

As yet another round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks crank up, here’s something that the intractable parties on both sides might consider: Neither country is going to have much of a future if they persist in driving their kids crazy. It’s hardly a secret that children and war don’t mix, and there is nothing that should shame us more than seeing kids hurt or killed in the pointless battles the adults around them wage. But children who escape without a visible scratch are being scarred too, and a new, three-year study of 1,500 Arab and Israeli young people shows how bad the damage is.

By colonial design

Ann Stoler, the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research, endorses BDS: As someone who has worked for some thirty years as a teacher and student of colonial studies– on comparative colonial situations, colonial histories, and the violent and subtle forms of governance on which colonial regimes rely, it would be difficult not to describe the Israeli state as a colonial one.

Concept and contempt / Uri Avnery

…A war had broken out. The Egyptians and the Syrians had launched an attack on Israel. Yom Kippur, by far the holiest day of Judaism, 37 years ago today (according to the Hebrew calendar). SINCE THEN, on every Yom Kippur we remember that fateful day. Impossible not to. It was a watershed in our life and in the history of Israel, a formative event for the entire Semitic region. Today, as on every Yom Kippur since, the quiet, the silence in the streets, encourages us to think. As a witness, I have the urge to testify.

Novel gets to truth of Sabra and Shatila / Matthew Cassel

…UK author Mischa Hiller’s first novel Sabra Zoo is told through the eyes of a young man named Ivan. Sabra Zoo follows the adventures of this son of a Dutch mother and Palestinian father who serves as an officer in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Beirut during the most intense period of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon.

Book review: To the End of the Land by David Grossman / Jacqueline Rose

For some time now, David Grossman has been describing his writing as a means of survival, as a way of no longer feeling a victim in the “disaster zone” of the seemingly eternal conflict that is Israel-Palestine … To the End of the Land tells the story of Ora, who leaves her home in Jerusalem to walk across Israel to Galilee, in order to avoid the “notifiers” who might arrive at any moment to inform her of the death of her son. It is the trip they had planned together to celebrate his discharge from military service … To the End of the Land is a chronicle that loops back through Ora’s memory and history to cover every war since the founding of Israel in 1948. Ora believes that Israel has no future: “It doesn’t really have a chance, this country. It just doesn’t.”

Israelis, Palestinians unite on sports field (AP)

JERUSALEM (AP)—In one of the Middle East’s key flashpoints, a group of Israelis and Palestinians are putting aside their differences and teaming up on the sports field to chase a common goal. The Judean Rebels is the first West Bank team in Israel’s amateur American football league. Most of the players are Jewish Israelis, many of them West Bank settlers, but five are Palestinian.

Khattib’s bumpy ride / Gil Brenner

[a minority of one? self-delusion personified] An initiative to integrate east Jerusalemites into National Service is stirring up the local Arab population and challenging city hall — Nusseibah Khattib, a Muslim Israeli-Arab from the village of Barta’a, hasn’t had a good night’s sleep for weeks. Small wonder.

Iraq / Other Mideast

Friday: 1 US soldier, 10 Iraqis killed, 20 Iraqis wounded

Excerpt: A leading Iraqiya Party member today announced a deal that could finally break the elections deadlock paralyzing the Iraqi government. Influential Shi’ite cleric Abdel Mahdi al-Karbalai seemed to be referring to the deal when he told parishioners there were “signs of a breakthrough” and “glimmers of hope.” Meanwhile, 10 Iraqis were killed and 20 more were wounded in the latest attacks. Also, an American soldier was killed in a non-combat incident in Iskandariya.

Inside Iraq: ‘New order, same abuse’?

AlJazeera English – An Amnesty International report says tens of thousands of Iraqi detainees held without trial in Iraq, remain at risk of torture.

Deal reached to have Abdulmahdi as PM, Allawi as president – Iraqiya

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A leading member of al-Iraqiya said on Friday that her bloc has reached an “initial agreement” with the Iraqi National Alliance and the Kurdistan Alliance to have Adel Abdulmahdi as prime minister and Iyad Allawi as president while the Kurds will get the parliament chairmanship. “The agreement came as natural reaction for attempts to marginalize al-Iraqiya, the INA and the Kurdistan Alliance under the government of Nouri al-Maliki,” Aliya Nusseif told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Invasion has left one-fifth of Iraqis illiterate: Iraqi official

…The waves of violence that swept the country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion played a major role in increasing the illiteracy rate in Iraq, said Walid Hassan, Ministry of Education spokesman. “The high level of illiteracy since the invasion is mainly because children drop out of schools in order to work and support their families after they lost everything in the war,” he said in the statement.

As Iraq winds down, US army confronts a broken force

WASHINGTON — When Lt. Col. Dave Wilson took command of a battalion of the 4th Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, the unit had just returned to Texas from 14 months traveling some of Iraq’s most dangerous roads as part of a logistics mission. What he found, he said, was a unit far more damaged than the single death it had suffered in its two deployments to Iraq.

Hizbullah halts armed family feud in southern suburbs

BEIRUT: An armed clash erupted in Beirut’s southern suburbs as a result of a family dispute, a well-informed security source told The Daily Star on Friday. Twelve shots were fired in the town of Ghobeiry in the scuffle that pitted members of the Mikdad family against those from the Karaki family. The source said that members from Hizbullah resolved the dispute and ordered the armed men to evacuate the area before the arrival of the Lebanese Army. There were no casualties.

Egyptian paper defends doctored photo

A state-run newspaper on Friday defended a decision to publish a doctored photograph putting Egypt’s president front and center at Mideast peace talks in Washington, saying it was meant to illustrate Hosni Mubarak’s key role.,7340,L-3955758,00.html

Pakistan / Afghanistan

[US] public opinion and the war on Afghanistan / Glenn Greenwald

Opponents of the Iraq War frequently criticized the Bush administration for continuing and then escalating that war even in the face of large majorities which opposed it, culminating in the furor that erupted when Dick Cheney, asked about war opposition, contemptuously dismissed public opinion as irrelevant with his infamously candid: “So?”.  Yesterday,a new NYT/CBS poll revealed that 54% of Americans believe that the U.S. “should not be involved in Afghanistan now,” while only 38% believe “the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now.”

US drone strikes kill 15 in N. Waziristan / Juan Cole

15 Sept – The Associated Press does an important story about an intensive drone strike campaign by the US military since September 2 in southern Afghanistan and in Pakistan’s North Waziristan that has left 60 persons dead, among them innocent civilians. On Tuesday alone, US drone attacks targeting suspected militants killed some 15 persons in the village of Dargah Mandi village on the outskirts of Miranshah, N. Waziristan’s main city.

Afghan vote a foregone conclusion

As Afghans elect a new parliament on September 18, the result can already by spelled out since the party-less system ensures the return of 249 individuals unbound by allegiance to any group, without a clear vision for the country’s future, and whose only leverage is to block the government. Electoral fraud will be rife – and the crowning absurdity is the voting system. – Aunohita Mojumdar

Afghans brave attacks to vote

Afghans have cast their ballots in crucial parliamentary elections, held amid attacks across the country by Taliban fighters who sought to derail the vote. At least 10 people were killed in the violence unleashed by the Taliban on Saturday, prompting many Afghans to stay away from the polls. The Taliban claimed to have launched more than 100 separate attacks on the day, firing rockets in several cities and targeting a convoy carrying the governor of Kandahar, the Taliban heartland in the south of the country. The governor was not injured  in the attack. Despite the spate of attacks, Afghan security officials said overall security during the polling day had been better than expected.

Early figures show Afghans cast 3.6 million votes

KABUL, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Preliminary figures showed 3.6 million votes were cast in Afghanistan’s parliamentary poll on Saturday, election officials said, after polls closed on a day clouded by security and fraud concerns. The figure represented around 40 percent of the maximum possible votes at all polling stations that were open. However 1,561 polling centres out of a planned 6,835 could not be opened because of security fears.

UN seeks $2bn in Pakistan flood aid

The United Nations has made a fresh appeal to raise an additional $1.5bn in humanitarian aid to help Pakistan recover from crippling floods that have displaced millions of people. The appeal, the largest-ever disaster appeal in UN history, was announced on Friday by Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general.

Islam in America

Jewish groups denounce ‘Museum of Tolerance’ builder Simon Wiesenthal Center for support of Islamophobia

A coalition of four Jewish groups, backed by a wide array of peace and justice organizations, held a demonstration Sept. 16 outside the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in New York, denouncing the organization’s opposition to the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

Muslim summit planned over NYC Islamic center (AP)

NEW YORK — Some Muslims who were initially indifferent about a proposed Islamic center near the World Trade Center site are now rallying around the plan, partly in response to a sense that their faith is under assault. A summit of U.S. Muslim organizations is planned for Saturday and Sunday in New York City to address both the project and a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments and rhetoric that has accompanied the debate over the project.

The use of pliable and reliable assets to advance a narrative — The hate mongers among us, Part 3 / Jeff Gates

Many of America’s most prominent political leaders were induced to comment on “International Burn A Koran Day”—a high profile provocation proposed by a Christian-Zionist preacher with a small congregation in a small town in Florida. 

When U.S. General David Petraeus spoke out against the proposal, the issue immediately gained an international profile as did Pastor Terry Jones who quickly became an international celebrity. One need not dig deep to identify who may have advised General Petraeus to grant a global profile to a provocation consistent with Israeli goals for the region.

The Listening Post: The Quran burning that never happened

AlJazeera English – We look at the global media obsession over the Quran burning story

East Lansing police say they’ve ID’d Quran burner

Detroit – Police announced today they’ve identified the person responsible for the burning of a Quran outside an East Lansing mosque that sparked violence in India. The individual, who has not yet been named by police, voluntarily surrendered Wednesday after police announced a $10,000 reward for tips in the case.

School visit to mosque decried

Wellesley’s school superintendent apologized yesterday for allowing middle school pupils to participate in a prayer service during a field trip to a Roxbury mosque last spring. The apology to parents was made after a group that has been critical of Islamic Society of Boston Community Center – New England’s largest mosque and Muslim cultural center -released a 10-minute video featuring footage of Wellesley pupils bowing their heads during a prayer service. The group, Americans for Peace and Tolerance[!], received the footage from a mother of one of the pupils, its director, Dennis Hale, said yesterday. [See for the mosque’s official reply to this story, including:”By skillfully cutting and pasting clips out of context, the producers of this video have knowingly misrepresented the actual events … Far worse is the accusation that the spokesperson not only invited students to pray but that she also instructed them how to pray. There was absolutely no invitation or expectation that students would join in the prayer. In fact, they were instructed to be seated and to remain silent as they observed the prayer, so as not to disturb the worshipers.”]


Who are the remaining prisoners in Guantanamo? Part Two: Captured in Afghanistan (2001)

This second article tells the stories of 27 prisoners seized in Afghanistan, mostly in December 2001. A handful are reportedly significant figures in the Taliban, and most of the rest were either transferred to US custody after a massacre in a fort in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, or were seized after the Battle of Tora Bora, a showdown between al-Qaeda and US forces in the mountains near Jalalabad. Noticeably, only a few are accused of any serious involvement with al-Qaeda or terrorist activities (although these claims are themselves dubious), and three others have lost their habeas corpus petitions. It is also worth remarking that the majority of the men discussed in this chapter are Yemenis, and that many have presumably been cleared for release by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force, but are waiting to see if the President will, at any point the future, lift the unprincipled moratorium on transfers to Yemen that he announced in January.

Australia: Former Guantanamo prisoner denied passport again

Former Australian Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mamdouh Habib was last month again denied his right to a passport by the Labor government on the grounds that he was “likely to engage in conduct that might prejudice the security of Australia or a foreign country”. The foreign minister has wide-ranging powers under Section 14 of the Australian Passports Act to deny or cancel passports on that basis. Since 2001, more than 40 Australians have had their passports cancelled under Section 14.




19 September, 2010


The two items below are both about civil disobedience, courage, and the battle against propaganda.  The difference is that in the US one stands a chance of convincing the judges of the truth. 

In Israel things don’t work that way.  First of all, any mention of the term ‘security’ immediately brings the courts to side with the perpetrators (i.e. colonists, military personnel, police).  Secondly, even without mentioning ‘security’ the Israeli Jewish expansionists stand a better chance of winning a case than do those defending justice and Palestinians.

The first item was forwarded to me by a dear friend, a Priest now in New York lecturing at Fordham University, but who spends ½ the year in Palestine, DJMoore, SJ.  The second was forwarded by Ran Greenstein. 

I realize that these on top of the compilation by Shadi Fadda is a lot of reading.  Do your best.  If you can’t finish it all today/tonight, pick it up when you have time.

All the best,



Dear Dorothy —

I am back here for the semester, doing some teaching and hopefully some writing. I thought you might like to know there are activists who are trying to alert Americans to US crimes as you an many others are doing in Israel. The enclosed was sent by one of the activists, Steve Kelly, who is also a close friend. (Steve must also go to trial for a similar action at the nuclear submarine base in Tacoma, Washington.)

Peace, blessings,

Donald M, sj

JUDGE DECIDES TO DEVOTE FOUR MONTHS TO STUDYING ISSUES AND TESTIMONY PRESENTED IN “CREECH 14” CASEFor Immediate Release:                                                                           Contact: Jim Haber 415-828-2506 (cell) September 14, 2010

                                                                                                 Kathy Kelly:

773-619-2418 (cell)

The “Creech 14” went to trial on September 14, 2010 in Clark County Regional Court in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The case originated during a week of demonstrations and vigils in April 2009, when the activists entered Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs to highlight the serious injustice of the U.S. military’s use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Crews at Creech control the drones used in these expanding wars, including killing civilians in remote controlled assassination attacks. The protesters were charged with trespassing.  Judge William Jansen scheduled the verdict for January 27, 2011. Judge Jansen allowed the pro-se defendants to call three expert witnesses – former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, retired Col. and former Embassy Official Ann Wright, and Bill Quigley, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

“Targeted assassinations by Predator and Reaper drones,” said defendant Renee Espeland, “must be catapulted into the court of public opinion.

  I am bound by the law of our land that makes it my duty to stop the killing of civilians and to protect U.S. soldiers being ordered to perform illegal acts.”

The judge limited the defense to questions strictly pertaining to the charge of trespass. However, through carefully crafted questions, the defendants were able to extract several key points from their witnesses:
– Intentional killing is a war crime, as embodied in U.S. constitutional law.

– Drone strikes by U.S. and coalition forces kill a disproportionate number of civilians.

– People have the right, even the duty, to stop war crimes.

– According to the Nuremberg principles, individuals are required to disobey domestic orders that cause crimes against humanity.

Defendant Brian Terrell delivered the group’s closing statement.

Referring to earlier mention of a classic metaphor used in cases invoking the necessity defense, he depicted a house on fire, with a baby trapped inside. “The house is on fire; the baby is in the house,” said Terrell, “We fourteen are ones who see the smoke, and will not allow a ‘no trespass’ sign to stop us from reaching burning children.” Terrell was speaking about the civilian deaths caused by U.S. drones in Afghanistan.

The Creech 14 include Fr. John Dear, SJ; Dennis DuVall; Renee Espeland; Judy Homanich; Kathy Kelly; Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ; Mariah Klusmire; Brad Lyttle; Libby Pappalardo; Sr. Megan Rice, SHCJ; Brian Terrell; Eve Tetaz; Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM; and Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM.

Vegas drone trial makes history

posted by Jason Whited

Sep. 14, 2010


Fourteen anti-war activists may have made history today in a Las Vegas courtroom when they turned a misdemeanor trespassing trial into a possible referendum on America’s newfound taste for remote-controlled warfare.

The so-called Creech 14, a group of peace activists from across the country, went on trial this morning for allegedly trespassing onto Creech Air Force Base in April 2009.

From the start of today’s trial, prosecutors did their best to keep the focus on whether the activists were guilty of allegations they illegally entered the base and refused to leave as a way to protest the base’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

But a funny thing happened on the way to prosecutors’ hope for a quick decision.

Appearing as witnesses for the Creech 14 today were some of the biggest names in the modern anti-war movement: Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson; Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and one of three former U.S. State Department officials who resigned on the eve of the 2003

invasion of Iraq; and Bill Quigley, legal director for the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights.

By the time those three witnesses finished their testimony as to why they believed the activists had protested at the base, they’d managed to convince Las Vegas Township Justice Court Judge William Jansen to delay his verdict for four months — and had managed clearly to frustrate prosecutors.

For the better part of the day, Clark, Wright and Quigley testified under direct questioning from witnesses and a surly cross-examination from the Clark County district attorney’s office.
Each witness spoke eloquently, and at length, about the need for nonviolent civil disobedience in the face of criminal actions by the U.S. government — which is how most in today’s anti-war movement and many international observers have characterized America’s drone war.

“[People] are allowed to trespass if it’s for the greater good — and there are certainly exceptions [to the law] when there is an emerging, urgent need,” said Quigley, while on the stand.

By all accounts, the Creech 14 trial is the first time in history an American judge has allowed a trial to touch on possible motivations of anti-drone protesters.

No one knows how Jansen will ultimately rule, but most took it as a good sign when, at the end of the day’s proceedings, applause flooded the courtroom and Jansen sent the Creech 14 — all of them part of a robust Catholic anti-war movement — on their way by echoing the words of Jesus Christ with his call of “Go in peace!”


[forwarded by Ran Greenstein ]

Joel Beinin: Contesting Past and Present at Silwan

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By Joel Beinin, Middle East Report online – 17 Sept 2010

On September 1, Elad — a Hebrew acronym for “To the City of David” —
convened its eleventh annual archaeological conference at the “City of
David National Park” in the Wadi Hilwa neighborhood of Silwan. Silwan,
home to about 45,000 people, is one of 28 Palestinian villages
incorporated into East Jerusalem and annexed by Israel after the June
1967 war.

It lies in a valley situated a short walk beyond the Dung
Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. Elad, a militant, religious, settler
organization, claims that Silwan is the biblical City of David
mentioned in the second book of Samuel and that the Pool of Shiloah
(Siloam) located there watered King Solomon’s garden.

The public was invited to tour recent excavations and hear a program
of lectures advancing Elad’s thesis that its unearthed findings prove
its historical claims. Palestinian community activists in Silwan
joined with Israeli Jews from Ta‘ayush (Living Together) and
“Solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah” to organize a demonstration exposing
Elad’s political manipulation of archaeology.

The call for the demonstration explained: “We will be there to remind

everyone that the Elad Association is not a research institution interested in

archaeology, but a political tool for the Judaization of East
Jerusalem through the expulsion of the Palestinian inhabitants. We
will remind them that they are in an occupied village called Silwan,
and not in a Biblical tourist site.”

The protest organizers continued: “Various state organs that are
supportive of Elad’s project, like the Israeli police, the Jerusalem
municipality, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and many others,
are trying…to hide from the public eye the fact that these excavations
are carried out in the service of the settlements.”

Historical “Facts on the Ground”

The atmosphere in Wadi Hilwa was already heated. On August 26, for the
third time according to Arab residents, Elad settlers attempted to
break down the iron door of the mosque near the Pool of Shiloah using
an acetylene torch. Wadi Hilwa resident Muhammad Qara’in called the
Jerusalem police for assistance, but the duty officer hung up on him.
When clashes began between Arab residents and settlers the Border
Guards arrived and began shooting live ammunition and tear gas at the

Two settler cars were torched and the windshields of
several others were smashed in the melée. Police cordoned off Wadi
Hilwa. But this measure did not prevent the continuation of clashes
the next night, since the aggravating factors — the Elad settlers —
are in the middle of the neighborhood.

Since 1994 Elad has been underwriting archaeological excavations to
supply proof for its version of Silwan’s history. In the process, they
are destroying evidence of the presence of many other peoples and
cultures on the site – 21 strata dating from the time of the
Canaanites, who established the first permanent settlement in Silwan
some 5,000 years ago, and the levels of the Muslims who ruled the
place from the mid-seventh to the early twentieth centuries.

Elad also began seizing Palestinian homes in Silwan in 1991 and
settling Jewish families in them, using dubious legal maneuvers that
were criticized by a 1992 commission of inquiry appointed by the
Israeli government. But Jerusalem municipal executive authorities have
done nothing to remove Elad from the Palestinian homes it has
illegally occupied. Elad now controls about 25 percent of the Wadi
Hilwa neighborhood as well as other properties in Silwan.

Some Israeli archaeologists accept Elad’s claims that its excavations
are “scientific” and unrelated to its settlement project. Other
renowned Israeli archaeologists contest Elad’s version of Silwan’s
biblical history. According to Benjamin Kedar, chairman of the board
of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Elad is “an organization with a
declared ideological agenda, which presents the history of the City of
David in a biased way.” To date, no conclusive archaeological evidence
affirming the presence of King David or King Solomon or of a Jewish
temple on the scale described in the Bible has been found in Silwan or

Policing Protest

Although the Elad tour and conference were in a national park and open
to the public, police and Border Guards blocked the access of the
demonstrators on the grounds that, “You are leftists,” as one officer
put it. Daniel Dukarevich, a physician and an immigrant to Israel from
the former Soviet Union, attempted to cross the police barrier and
attend the conference. Border Guards seized him and beat him
viciously. Dukarevich was immediately surrounded by a group of young
women who bravely tried to protect him — and themselves after the
Border Guards began beating them as well. Several demonstrators
recorded the incident and later uploaded their video footage to

Others chanted, “Brave soldiers are beating [female]
demonstrators,” while drummers, a regular presence at demonstrations,
kept up a military cadence. Dukarevich was eventually dragged away by
police with blood streaming down his face. Police can later be seen
ushering a settler car through the barricade.

Veteran CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl and a crew from “60 Minutes”
happened to be on the scene to do a story about Jewish settlement in
East Jerusalem. Stahl’s jaw dropped and her face became visibly
strained as she watched the beating. When some semblance of calm was
restored, she interviewed a Wadi Hilwa resident who told her,

“The Elad organization will not be successful in its attempts to falsify
the history of this region and to ignore the indigenous people of the
village. The collusion between Israeli authorities and ‘private’
settlement enterprises such as Elad are clear to us all — highlighted
by the military’s attempts to shut down this demonstration today.”
Stahl’s story has not yet aired.

Later, ten more Jewish demonstrators who attempted to enter the
conference were arrested. They were taken off to the jail and
courthouse complex housed in former pilgrim hostels in the Russian
Compound — a picturesque plot of land in central Jerusalem originally
owned by the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox cathedral. After the
British conquered Jerusalem in 1917 they expropriated the area, except
for the church itself, to build a government center. The state of
Israel compensated the Soviet Union for the land in 1964 with $3.5
million worth of oranges.

Five of the detained demonstrators were released at 1:30 am the next
day. One of them, Matan Cohen, is a student at Hampshire College and a
member of Students for Justice in Palestine on that campus. He was one
of the prominent organizers of the campaign that led to Hampshire’s
February 2009 divestment from six corporations with holdings in
companies complicit in Israeli human rights violations in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip. (College administrators claim the divestment
was unrelated to the activists’ demands, though the president
acknowledged “the good work of Students for Justice in Palestine that
brought this issue to the attention of the committee.”) Cohen had
spent most of his summer break working with the renowned Israeli
filmmaker, Udi Aloni, teaching film to youth in the Jenin refugee camp
in the northern West Bank.

As a condition of his release, police officers demanded that Cohen sign a

document consenting not to return to East Jerusalem for three months.

Although he was due to return to Hampshire for his senior year within days, he told them,

“I’m not signing anything and I’m not leaving before the others are also
released.” Frustrated with Cohen’s resolute stand, the police eventually let him go without conditions.

When the court opened for business on September 2, Cohen and ten
others who had participated in the demonstration were present to check
on the status of those who had not yet been released. There they met
Nasir Ghawi, the head of household of one of the four Palestinian
families who have been evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood of East Jerusalem, also to make way for Jewish settlers.
Further evictions are threatened. Ghawo is the most articulate
spokesperson for all the Sheikh Jarrah evictees. He and his lawyer
were in court to argue that someone acting for the Sephardic Community
Committee, which claims to own his home, had falsified the eviction
order by adding names not included on the original court document to
it. “I only want basic justice,” he said.

 “If the document is falsified, than we should be returned to our home and the settlers
removed until the case is settled.” The court postponed the hearing on
the forgery question until November and the Ghawi family remains in
the street. It had earlier ruled similarly with regard to the Hanun

The relationship between the Jews who had participated in the Silwan
demonstration and Nasir Ghawi was warm, familiar and mutually
supportive. All of the Jews present were regular participants in the
weekly demonstrations held at Sheikh Jarrah since November 2009 to
protest the eviction of Palestinian families from the neighborhood.
Ghawi knew most of them by name or face.

He speaks fluent Hebrew, which makes it easier for those who do not

speak Arabic to get to know him well. (Ta‘ayush has members who are

Palestinian citizens of Israel, but the Jerusalem branch is an entirely Jewish group today,
although they work closely with Palestinians in both Sheikh Jarrah and
the south Hebron hills.)

Since most East Jerusalem Palestinians speak at least some Hebrew,
there is less pressure on Jewish activists there to learn Arabic. Sara
Benninga, who was prominent in the demonstration at Silwan (and also
in the Sheikh Jarrah demonstrations), due to her extraordinary stamina
in leading chants in Arabic, Hebrew and English, said: “We know we
should learn Arabic. I have tried to do it several times. But it is
hard to find the time while working, going to school and maintaining
political activity.”

The language dynamics are somewhat different in
the West Bank, where many of the prominent young Jewish activists
speak at least enough Arabic for basic communication and several, like
Matan Cohen, are totally fluent. Many West Bank men, of course, speak
Hebrew because of their extensive experience in Israeli jails. But for
Cohen and his peers in Anarchists Against the Wall, the language of
communication whenever possible is Arabic.

More surprising than the cordiality between Arab and Jewish protesters
is the intimacy between Jewish protesters and the police. The police
and the protesters recognize each other and address each other by
name. It is obvious who the police commanders are; the officers
imagine that the demonstrators have a similar hierarchy, although this
is far from the case. At the Silwan protest, the police commander
asked Asaf Sharon, a Ph.D. student in political philosophy at Stanford
University, to step aside and speak to him one on one.

Sharon later reported that the officer told him, “If you calm your people down,
there won’t be any more arrests. If you don’t, I will start arresting
more of you” (Dukarevich had already been taken away). Sharon held up
his wrists as though they were already handcuffed and said, “Take me
first.” He was later arrested for trying to enter the conference area.

A New Protest Generation

At Sheikh Jarrah and in Silwan, as in the villages of the West Bank,
the Jewish protesters demonstratively disregard the authority of the
Israeli state, although Palestinians must be more circumspect since
they would likely suffer grave consequences for openly challenging the
occupation authorities. The Jewish protesters aim to make the police
and the army pay as high a price as possible for continuing the
occupation. Every demonstration requires the deployment of extra
police or soldiers to a place where they would not normally be.

Every arrest requires the time and energy of the court system, whether or
not detainees are eventually charged. Every instance of gratuitous
police brutality — and there have been many in East Jerusalem, even
according to Israeli courts — delegitimizes the police, exposes their
political bias and draws more establishment personalities into the

Intense direct confrontation with the authority of the Israeli state
is a considered strategy, according to one of the influential
behind-the-scenes organizers of the Jewish participation in the
protests in Sheikh Jarrah. It is designed to produce “a transition
from protest to struggle…. We are there to struggle in a subversive

The protest organizers are consciously striving to create a
conflict between the many “left Zionists” among whom it has become
fashionable to attend the weekly demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah —
people like prestigious Hebrew University professors Menachem Brinker,
Moshe Halbertal, Avishai Margalit and Zeev Sternhell, novelist David
Grossman, and former speaker of the Knessset Avraham Burg, who
typically function as a loyal opposition — and the Israeli state
apparatus. But the young organizers are not concerned with ideology as

Some call themselves Zionists; some do not. Some are secular; some are
modern Orthodox or formerly observant but respectful of religion. As
such, the new protest generation has a very different social makeup
than the mostly older and resolutely secularist “left Zionists” of
Peace Now, the nearly defunct Meretz party and the Labor Party. The
protests are animated by social networks that have been formed over
the last decade in struggles against Israel’s separation barrier and
efforts to protect the Palestinians of the south Hebron hills from the
depredations of violent, radical settlers.

The Arab and Jewish protesters regard the creeping Judaization of

East Jerusalem — which is now most aggressive in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah —

as a mortal threat to Palestinian-Israeli peace. Rather than ideology, the glue
that binds the Jewish protesters together and the Jews and the
Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan to each other is moral
outrage over blatant injustice and discriminatory application of
Israeli law.

However many states there may or may not be on the horizon in Israel
and Palestine, the new generation of Israeli protesters see themselves
as building a culture of peace and living together with Arabs in
opposition to the segregationist version of peace — “us here, them
there” — long promoted by the “left Zionist” peace camp. This approach
to peace remains marginal in Israeli society, although it has many
Palestinian proponents, even among those who remain committed to a
two-state solution. It is surely more hopeful than the diplomatic
exercise now underway.

Joel Beinin is professor of Middle East history at Stanford University
and a contributing editor of Middle East Report. He filed this article
from Jerusalem.

Ran Greenstein
Johannesburg, South Africa

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By Mantiq Al Tayr

1.  Well, I am pissed off at Mark Dankof. He  ruined my whole weekend last weekend. I mean, finally, after dealing with the struggles of the daily grind from Monday through Friday, I get home and have time to catch up on reading all the really cool blogs out there. I checked in with his site and I am sorry I did. Damn it Mark, can’t you just write about sports or something? 

I hear the Houston Texans might not actually suck this year?  Plus the Cowboys had a big game against the Redskins – a team owned by Islamofacist Dan “Thanks for the money, Mort” Snyder.   Plus there’s all that college football in Texas. Also, the last I  heard, Alex Jones is still broadcasting Zionist Bullshit down there, isn’t he? Why don’t you write about him – you know, do a humor column or something?

read the rest of this great post HERE

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September 19, 2010by Gordon Duff  


By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor



It is easy to spot a liar if you are willing to take an honest look.  When the American press quoted President Ahmadinejad of Iran saying, “I am going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth” we had our own gullibility thrown in our faces.  We, if willing to look honestly at ourselves, were being humiliated, played for fools. 

It is one thing if a spokesman for Bibi Netanyahu’s Likudist government had tried this, but it was all the networks and newspapers in America, all carrying the same story, a story, not only inaccurate but an outrageous lie.  The story, the translation, was so false, that it should have been a joke were it not being used to try to convince America to attack Iran to “defend” Israel.  This is what Ahmadinejad actually said:

“History will erase the Zionism from the sands of time”

Even though misquoted, “Cardboard Lethario” Ahmadinejad isn’t hard to pick out, an actor, waiting for cues from his handlers, waiting in the wings, his “Tel Aviv connection.” Weak as all these Iranian theatrics may be, they are all Israel has to work with nowadays, that and bottle rockets from Stalag Gaza.  Building a holocaust threat out of Israeli mole, Ahmadinejad, isn’t even a “cardboard” threat.

Using the same logic, every time someone in Israel washes their clothes, they must call it a “soil and stain holocaust.”  No, none of it is funny, but not because Jews have been persecuted for centuries but rather because we are learning they have built an industry out of selling their own “victimhood.”

Whenever you hear an outrageous attack on Israel or Jews, you can be certain of one thing, it is a “false flag” attack, Jews attacking themselves.  With the one of the largest intelligence/terror organizations on earth, 500 times the estimated size of Al Qaeda, and openly operating in over 190 countries worldwide, along with direct control of over 40% of the world’s economic resources and hundreds of nuclear weapons, seeming like a victim takes a considerable effort.  Think of the kind of “imagineering” required to fool a nation of Jews, half of them Nobel Prize winners, to hide under their beds?

One “self induced” Israeli threat is “holocaust denial.” 

Managing the holocaust denial movements the same way they dominate the 9/11 Truth movements and the Tea Party, all “field based warfare” tactics, controlling the information age “battlefield,” is how Israel plays both sides against the middle.  Thus, a candidate now accused of being a  ”witch” can win a Senate primary for the Tea Party.  Her campaign is financed by Zionists but after winning a primary, the same Zionists in their  newspapers are the first to turn on her.  Why is this?  Offer Americans hope for freedom from the two owned and controlled useless political parties.  Then smash that hope.  Why would anyone hate America that much? 


Imagine a 9/11 Truth group that will avoid talking about arrested Israeli agents or the mysterious destruction of building 7 “ordered” by Larry Silverstein but rather chooses to focus on UFOs and useless infighting. 

 There are more Mossad operatives in “9/11 Truth” than FBI Agents in the 1960s KKK.

Obama “Propaganda Czar” Cass Sunstein, an Israeli -American (if such things can exist) has continually stressed that all “9/11 Truth” groups be seen as “enemies of America.”  Why do the terms “Israeli-American” and “truth is un-American” used in this context not surprise me?

We wonder why the 140 Israeli’s arrested in the US after 9/11 were released almost immediately, many with no questioning at all,  and 75% of all Muslims arrested, some detained for many years, have  proven to be “mistaken identity.”  All but a handful of the rest are awaiting release with the government continually filing motions to prevent the public from discovering the abuses tied to their detention and arrest, all without any cause, any evidence or even any reasonable suspicion.  Were they Jews, they would have had “extralegal” protections, above and beyond American law.

Does “Holocaustsploitation” help create this environment of lawlessness which may have endangered America?

Israel pushes the focus of holocaust denial into worship of Hitler, not accurate documentation of factual history so that innocent researchers like Ernst Zundel are imprisoned.  Historians in Europe, in Canada, face years in prison, not for denying anything but failing to read, word for word, from prepared “talking points” on the holocaust.  It is safer putting up a billboard in Saudi Arabia insulting the Prophet (peace be on him) that saying only 5 million Jews died in the holocaust.

In Europe, a teacher can go to jail for misstating a number.  Any lawyer that agrees to represent them is automatically imprisoned also.  No, I am not kidding, this is law in Europe, law in Canada and it is ruthlessly enforced.  Historians studying World War II who stumble upon “banned” or “disapproved” documents face years in prison.

Laws passed to protect Jews from crazed extremists, who like Adam Perlman are Jews themselves, are never enforced against Jews.  How many hundreds of times did Americans watch Adam Perlman pretend to be the Al Qaeda spokeman, taking credit for 9/11 and ranting threats, always timed for a news cycle, an Israeli funding bill or the election of a political candidate willing to send American troops to fight Israel’s wars of choice.

Perlman got as much publicity as Madonna until the fact he was a phony began to leak out.  From that second on, it was as though he had vanished from the face of the earth.  We are told that Blackwater teams are looking for him in Karachi, Paksitan.  We might suggest some place else where they are more likely to find him.

The last thing Israel wants is people really looking at Gaza, 9/11, financial crimes in the US, the Israel lobby and the lies and massive corruption tied to these and other issues.  Running a “circus” through exploiting the weak Sarkozy and Merkel governments of France and Germany, little but client states of Israel, requires almost no effort at all.

In fact, at the same time, Israel orchestrates hate campaigns against, not only the Roma, but Muslims across Europe.  In fact, millions are spent every month in what can only be an attempt to organize a holocaust in Europe against Muslims.  One has already begun in France against the Roma, once carefully orchestrated in Tel Aviv and put into motion by Nicholas Sarkozy, president of France and an ethnic Jew.

That president Sarkozy’s plan to expel the ethnic Roma population of France, all legally residing in that country, in accordance with European Union laws, an illegal act deeply parallel to Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians, may only be coincidental.  Could Sarkozy’s acts be inspired by Tel Aviv?


We don’t hear much about “historical revisionism” or “holocaust denial” in the United States.  Any university, any journalist who would attempt to discuss such things would be crushed immediately and many have.  In Europe it was different.  The Germans hate the idea of, generation after generation, being blamed for being Nazi butchers.  So, when certain aspects of the holocaust began to seem, let us say, “fictional” or “insubstantial,” Germans and others jumped on it.  Testimony, documentation and scientific evidence supplied by “revisionist” historians began to make a case, one some found compelling, that much of what was reported, seen in films, even testified to at Nuremberg, was simply invented. Thus began a controversy between two warring sides or are they two sides at all.  What if one side was on both sides, fighting with itself just to seem like the offended party?  It wouldn’t be the first time.

No real historian denies the holocaust.  60 million died in World War II, most Russians.  Doubting anything happened is insane and doubting that Jews were persecuted by the Nazis is without realistic basis.  Additionally, any moralist will has to consider a single death a holocaust, the future of a single child, a disaster.

These are the real issues but “holocaust denial” was never about what was real or what was reasonable.  There seemed only one reason for the “movement,” to prove that there were enough dangerous and insane Nazi maniacs in Europe, even today, to require suspension of freedom of speech to silence them.  Only one candidate for that honor can be found, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France and, oddly enough, for those who are unaware, Sarkozy is a Jew.

Laws forbidding Holocaust Denialism, as it is called, throughout Europe and even in Canada are an admission that a substantial threat exists in those countries of the people rising up and murdering Jews.  If the case for suspension of rights of speech and due process were, however, based on, not a dangerous mass movement but rather a few “false flag” actors working in conjunction with powerful Israeli owned press organizations throughout these nations, then who is the real victim. 

However, rather than simply asking questions, it quickly went much further with cartoon character “neo-Nazi” types bragging about death camps or trying to make a hero out of Hitler and his gang of cut throats. There was a sudden explosion of crazy “holocaust denial” types, violent, dirty and evil.  In order to protect the minds of impressionable European children, any discussion of the holocaust had to be immediately outlawed.


Problem is, the “crazy” holocaust denialists were Jews, same as with Adam Perlman, the famous American Al Qaeda spokesman whose grandfather ran the Anti-Defamation League.

Would Israel stage attacks on Jews simply to gain support from the United States or special laws protecting Jews in Europe and Canada?  We know that Israel organized synagogue burnings in regions of Europe and North Africa in order to convince Jews to emigrate to Israel.  This is now admitted and the reasons are explained as “necessary based on need at the time.”  The motives are there, the evidence is available.  If Israel has been involved in organizing Holocaust Denial, much as with the current wave of accusations tying Israel to 9/11 and other terrorist acts, how can this be investigated without breaking laws?

Why the “Catch 22?”


We have seen where, by attacking the holocaust, laws giving special privileges to Jews that no other group in the world enjoys were passed, laws that are unconstitutional in each nation that passed them.

The real question is not whether everything said by some happened or if more were killed,  perhaps under even more brutal circumstances than films and television depict.  The threat against Jews was exclusively European, there were no Arabs, no Muslims involved in any way.  Thus, the continual use of the phrase “never again” has to be aimed exclusively at Western Europe where all participants in the holocaust against the Jews originated, all Christians, all white. 

No Spielberg movie ever showed a Jew being gassed by a Berber or Persian.


Then the danger Israel is said to be protecting its citizens and the Jews of the world it claims to speak for is a European danger, Britain, France, Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium.  Poland was under German or German/Russian control.  Czech no longer existed nor did Slovakia.

Thus, we are being told that the real threat is a general uprising in Western Europe or perhaps a political movement meant to imprison and murder the Jews of those countries.  There could be no other rationale as there is absolutely no evidence of attacks on Jews in any other area of the world.

What facts provide the basis of these beliefs?


In psychology, a common symptom of a personality disorder is “transference.”  This is a “stimulus/response” cycle gone awry, with the subject responding to a stimulus from one party by responding to an unrelated third party. 

“Jack hits John so John must hit Jim back. (and bulldoze Mary’s house)”

We have just defined the State of Israel.

“Jack kills John’s grandmother so John must murder Khalid’s granddaughter.”

We have just defined the conflict between Jews and Palestinians.

“Jack kills John’s grandmother so John must have Uncle Sam go on a rampage of global slaughter.  The best part is that Jack’s grandson agrees to help, proving how “decent” he is.” 

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Why Boycott Israel?

The Palestinian people are experiencing their 42nd year of military occupation. The siege by the Israeli army and the economic blockade have devastated their daily lives so that ‘normal’ life is impossible.

Israel operates an entrenched system of racial Apartheid against its own non-Jewish inhabitants and has been illegally occupying Palestinian land in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights since 1967. It has sought to further annex these lands and has systematically transferred its own civilian population into these occupied territories in contravention of international law. Israel continues to build the illegal Apartheid wall, annexing vast swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank and creating Palestinian ghettos, despite the ruling of the International Court of Justice that it is illegal.

180 Palestinian organisations and unions, in response to Israeli onslaught, have called for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Apartheid Israel.

Derail Veolia

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