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DECLASSIFIED FILES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND ARCHIVE

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Declassified files from Northern Ireland Troubles placed online

Belfast Telegraph

09/10/10

Declassified secret files on the early years of the Troubles have gone online for the first time.

People will now be able to access the recently published records from home following an initiative launched at the Magee campus by the University of Ulster and the Public Record Office (PRO) of Northern Ireland this week.

Staff from the university have worked with the PRO to make the records freely available on the University of Ulster’s Conflict Archive on the INternet (CAIN) website: cain.ulster.ac.uk/proni.

The records cover a broad range of issues including security, politics and education.

They comprise a selection of material for the period 1968-79 which is already in the public domain, having been published under the 30-year rule — the timeframe within which official documents are kept hidden from public gaze. Those behind the initiative said that the records provide a valuable online digital resource for researchers looking for information on the Troubles and politics of Northern Ireland during this period.

The new archive was officially launched by Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, a former head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, at an event in the Great Hall, Magee. The records include part of the period when he was a senior Government official.

Dr Brendan Lynn, deputy director of CAIN, which is based at Magee, said: “We have been delighted to cooperate with PRONI in order to add to and supplement the existing resources on CAIN.”

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ZIONIST WARMONGERS PREPARING THE NEXT WAR

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New NSA Replacing Jones Supports Harder Line Against Iran

Obama has named Tom Donilon, pro-Zionist warmonger, as National Security Adviser, replacing James Jones.    The attached article by Helena Cobban is a flashback to April 27, 2010 describing Donilon’s confrontational position against Iran.

Donlin was the favorite of Zionist Rahm Emanuel.  According to Veterans Today, ” Jones chose Donilon as his deputy at the insistence of Emanuel, despite having no personal connection to him, and later came to regret the choice.”  Jones was an outsider to Obama’s circle of Zionist extremist advisers, including Axelrod, Gibbs, Lippert, and Emauel, described as “water bugs” for having denied him access to the President, and for dealing with Donlin instead of Jones.

Like many who have dominated the Executive Branch since 1976, Donilon is a member of the Trilateral Commission.  He was a law partner with O’Melveny and Myers, where his clients included Goldman Sachs.

Yet another Washington insider since Carter’s Administration, he is described by “Wall Street shill“.  According to Yahoo news, “He will take over with Washington facing multiple crises abroad, including the Iranian nuclear showdown, Middle East peace talks which are on the verge of collapse and the elusive search for progress in the war in Afghanistan.”  Anti-Zionist blogs are already abuzz against Donilon’s appointment.

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Pro-Zionist Warmongers Preparing the Next War

by Helena Cobban

April 27, 2010

The experienced former U.S. officials Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett had an important op-ed in Politico yesterday titled The Slippery Slope to Strikes on Iran. In it they warned that “there is a serious risk that President Barack Obama may eventually be maneuvered into ordering military strikes against Iranian nuclear targets.”

The Leveretts note the key role that high-ranking National Security Council officials Tom Donilon and Dennis Ross have been playing in pushing the administration towards a more and more confrontational stance against Iran. They note that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been trying, with apparently mixed success, to push back against that pressure:

    Gates believes the United States does not need to go to war over Iran’s nuclear program. He is strongly supported by the senior uniformed military leadership, including Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.

Dennis Ross, let us remember, joined the administration after a stint as the founding President of the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Public Policy Institute. Prior to that he was the many-times-failing “czar” of Arab-Israeli peacemaking on behalf of the Clinton administration.

In the Politico piece the Leveretts write this about the strategy that has apparently been pursued inside the Obama administration by Ross, ever since he joined it:

    Ross told us before he returned to government service in the Obama administration, [that] President George W. Bush’s successor would probably need to order military strikes against Iranian nuclear targets.Pursuing diplomatic initiatives early in Obama’s tenure, Ross said, would be necessary to justify potential military action to domestic and international constituencies.

I believe Ross also wrote that, quite clearly, in the book “Myths, Illusions, and Peace”, published last July, that he co-authored with David Makovsky.

Of course, Dennis Ross and Tom Donilon are far from the only influential members of the US policy elite who have been pushing for a U.S. military attack against Iran for some time now.

Indeed, we can see all those same actors now using exactly the same kinds of tactics that were used to “seduce” the U.S. public into supporting the aggression against Iraq, back in 2003, now being rolled out once again to “prepare” us for another act of military aggression, this time against Iran.

We U.S. citizens who want to halt this “slippery slope” slide into a new war need to start taking some much more focused action to prevent it.

In the Leveretts’ schema, “containment”, as advocated by Gates and Co., is presented as the path that is significantly less escalatory and risky than “crippling sanctions” and other moves toward escalation and a possible military action, such as are advocated by a growing chorus of political figures (ably orchestrated by AIPAC.)

But containment can also be seen as an approach embodying many very unhelpful– and also potentially escalatory– elements of coercive diplomacy. Especially if it is pursued hand-in-hand with actions intended to build up a “deterrent threat” to back it up.

Those deterrent threats were on full display in the Obama administration’s latest Nuclear Posture Review (PDF), which by clear inference exempted Iran (and South Korea) from the stated guarantee that U.S. nuclear weapons would not be used against non-nuclear-weapons states. (See the President’s own explanation of this policy, here.)

“Containment” can thus be seen as a pivot policy: It could be a gateway drug on the way towards either escalation or de-escalation. And thus far– as the Leveretts continually point out– Obama has done very little indeed to test what he might obtain in terms of furthering our country’s true interests by pursuing a determined policy of de-escalation toward Iran, through a smart and serious form of real diplomatic engagement with it.

Of course, the fact that he has Dennis Ross almost at his elbow there in the White House, now exerting reportedly ever-greater influence over both our country’s Iran policy and its Palestine policy, probably has a lot to do with Obama’s failure to fully test out the potential of diplomatic engagement with Iran.

But honestly, why should he trust Dennis Ross’s judgment on anything out there in the real world (as opposed to in the fevered imagination of longtime Israel-firsters)? Ross was a notable failure, in American terms (if not Israel’s), during his first long stint in Mideast diplomacy. And he’s shown no signs of having understood the world any better, since then.

Secretary Gates, by contrast, is someone who– along with Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mullen– bears direct line responsibility for the welfare of U.S. troops all around the world, including the hundreds of thousands of troops now deployed close to Iran, and in situations where they are deeply dependent on the goodwill of well-rooted Muslim countries.

Why on earth would the president even listen to Dennis Ross, rather than to the advice of those two extremely serious leaders over there in the Pentagon? Some friends suggest that this is due to considerations of domestic policy. I certainly hope not– though I fear this may be the case.

That just means that those of us– surely a strong majority– who do not want our country to get jerked by cynical Lobbyists into yet another war in which our service-members die needless deaths far from home while the military contractors get another big chance to raid our treasury, need to make our voices heard now. If there is a “domestic calculus” that Obama is in some way playing to in this matter, then evidently we need to change it.

Contact your members of Congress and tell them “No war or escalation against Iran! Get back to the diplomacy now!”

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RESTREPO: THE PLATOON MOVIE OF AFGHANISTAN WAR

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October 9, 2010

by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat  

Restrepo

Description:

 Nine years after George W Bush proudly initiated Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the news continues to be peppered with sobering images of young men and women killed in the line of action, serving their country.

This documentary brings home the shocking cost of war through the eyes of a company of young, energetic US soldiers as they venture into the notorious Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. 


YouTube – Veterans Today -The Film Trailer

Afghan mission impossible in Restrepo

“ When they weren’t bored they were frightened, and when they weren’t frightened they were simply making the best they could of an impossible mission” 

By Derek Malcolm

London Evening Standard  


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Films about Iraq and Afghanistan seldom do much at the box-office — but it would be a shame if Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s documentary winner of the Sundance Jury Prize failed to attract attention. It tells you more about war at grunt level than many a starrier project. 

American journalist Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, and British photographer Hetherington used digital video cameras to record the Afghan war as experienced by a platoon of US troops holed up in the highly dangerous Korengal Valley. Faced by the Taliban, who knew the territory and the inhabitants better, they sustained considerable casualties in a tour of duty that was finally made meaningless when High Command decided it was better to withdraw. (So afterwards did the Taliban, who sustained even more casualties.) 

The action — or lack of it — is interspersed with the soldiers’ testimonies, given back at their American base in Italy (they called the outpost Restrepo, after their popular medic who died early on). When they weren’t bored they were frightened, and when they weren’t frightened they were simply making the best they could of an impossible mission. 

This is not a political film, nor a military critique, though when you see the men advancing on a village and finding many civilian casualties you begin to wonder what they think they are doing. You wonder, too, when they call a meeting with elders, telling them how much better life would be under American rather than Taliban tutelage, whether they or the elders actually believe it will come to pass. It’s not quite as exciting as the forthcoming Armadillo, a more controversial account of Danish troops stationed in Afghanistan, nor has it the realistic drama of Nick Broomfield’s coruscating Battle for Haditha. But it is still an example of responsible, entirely unclichéd cinematic reporting. 

Restrepo – ReThink Review & Discussion

Everything I saw in the movie begged one question “why are we there?” 

Nothing the soldiers did, no matter how brave. 

Nothing they sacrificed including their lives did anything to defend American freedom or prevent a terrorist attack, which supposedly are the two main reasons for being there. 

By Jonathan Kim 


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ARAB REGIME CREDIBILITY?

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ARAB REGIME CREDIBILITY HANGING BY ITS LAST INVISIBLE THREAD

October 9, 2010

by Alan Hart

As I have written and said on more than a few occasions in the past, Zionism’s key players know how to play the cards they were dealt and Arab leaders don’t.

On 25 September I wrote a piece headlined Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace. Since then I’ve seen no need for me to contribute to the debate about the farce that President Obama’s push for peace is and was always going to be. But the Arab League’s decision to give Obama a one-month deadline to rescue the direct talks between Abbas and his quisling administration and Netanyahu and his deluded coalition government demands a comment or two.

Arab leaders know that with America’s mid-term elections fast approaching, there is no way a humiliated, increasingly desperate and isolated Obama can even think about applying real pressure on Israel. (I am still of the opinion that he did not enter the Oval Office programmed to do Zionism’s bidding. His real problem was that he was too inexperienced and naïve. As a consequence of that he was bound to become the prisoner of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress. At the time of writing, and given his counter-productive escalation of targeted assassinations by armed drones, I am beginning to wonder if Obama will go down in history as one of the worst presidents America has ever had).

So why are they, Arab leaders, going through the motions?

The short answer is that once again they are seeking to cover the ugly nakedness of their impotence.

The most relevant question, it seems to me, is what, in theory, could Arab leaders still do to give themselves a reasonable chance of countering Zionism’s influence on American policy for the Middle East?

Prefaced by a summary statement of all the initiatives the Arabs including the Palestinians have taken for peace on terms which any rational government and people in Israel would have accepted with relief, they could threaten to

  • Sever their diplomatic relations with the U.S.

  • Turn off the oil taps

  • withdraw their financial support for America’s broken economy

As I have written and said on more than a few occasions in the past, Zionism’s key players know how to play the cards they were dealt and Arab leaders don’t.

Zionism’s four main cards were and are the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust for blackmail purposes; money (virtually unlimited funds) and the influence it buys; the organized Jewish vote; and, more generally speaking, breathtakingly, brilliant organization and co-ordination.

The Arabs have always had an ace that would trump all of Zionism’s cards. OIL.

Imagine what would have happened in the immediate aftermarth of the 1967 war if Arab leaders had put their act together and sent one of their number secretly to Washington DC to say something very like the following to President Johnson behind closed doors: “If you don’t get Israel back behind its pre-war borders, we’ll turn off the oil taps.”

If Johnson had believed that Arab leaders were united and serious, he would have replied with something very like the following: “I can’t guarantee swift action on Jerusalem but give me two or three weeks for the rest.”

If the Zionists had been in the Arab position, that IS how they would have played their hand. And that is not pure speculation on my part. Over the years I have been told so by a number of Israeli leaders including former Directors of Military Intelligence.

The main point I’m making is that if Johnson had believed that Arab leaders were united and serious, they would not have had to turn off the oil taps. A secret, credible threat to do so would have been enough to cause Johnson (or any president) to put America’s own best interests first.

Will Arab leaders ever learn how to play their cards (if only to best protect their own longer term, real interests)?

I fear not.

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.

His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.

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LOYALTY TO THE ZIO=NAZI STATE

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October 9, 2010 

AuthorGilad Atzmon

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Israeli Defense minister Ehud Barak is expected to back amendment to Citizenship Act.

Here is the amended version:

“I hereby declare my loyalty to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and I pledge to honor state laws.”

Barak  said today that “such a declaration will not harm the Arab minority, and declarations of a similar nature are customary in civilized countries around the world”

He is right, such a contradictory declaration cannot harm anyone, for it is logically flawed.

The Israeli cabinet better decide whether they want  their state to be Jewish or democratic, for the two, clearly  contradict each other.

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SHAMLES SAUDI PRINCE

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Male escort visited Saudi Prince at hotel suite, court told

The trial of a Saudi prince accused of killing his male servant took a twist yesterday when the telephone number of a male escort was said to be found in his room.

9 October 2010

The trial of a Saudi prince accused of killing his male servant took a twist yesterday when the telephone number of a male escort was said to be found in his room.

Brazilian escort Pablo Silva allegedly performed a sex act on Prince Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir Al Saud – the grandson of King of Saudi Arabia – at London’s Landmark hotel, earlier this year.

According to the Telegraph, Silva, 31 – whose telephone number was found written on a piece of paper in the prince’s hotel room – said he was summoned there in February.

With the aid of an interpreter he said: “I stayed outside for a little bit. I was admiring the building because it was a very beautiful building – I hadn’t been there before.

“I had heard people say that it was a swish hotel. As I stood outside I think I smoked a cigarette.”

Once inside, he claimed he was treated well. “I felt so comfortable. The room was very large and I believe the television was switched on but the channel wasn’t English. There was a huge bed, there were two sofas and there were several bags, like someone had been shopping and I believe I saw a very large piece of luggage open.”

On what happened with Al Saud, he said: “I asked him whether he wanted a massage and I think I asked him to remove something which he had on so that I should be able to do the massage.

“I took off my shirt and my trousers to cause a little more provocation to my client. I did the massage and in a short while I was free to leave.”

The victim, Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, was found strangled in a Marylebone hotel suite which he was sharing with the prince.

He suffered brain damage, fractured ribs, a split lip and broken teeth.

Al Saud denies grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.

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ACTION ALERT

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October 9, 2010

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 The Obama administration is offering “incentives” to encourage Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to a limited renewal of the freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank.

“The U.S. has come back to Israel with a number of suggestions, incentives if you would, that enable the government to maybe pass a limited extension of two or three months,” Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren told The Washington Post. Without the renewal of the settlement freeze negotiations will fall apart and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told U.S. Envoy George Mitchell he will resign.

Yesterday we learned that those “incentives” may include 20 F-35 fighter jets. (See an article from the online global defense and military Web site, http://www.defencetalk.com/israel-to-buy-f-35-fighter-jets-29284/.)

Thursday in New York, Israel signed a contract with the United States to buy 20 F-35 fighter jets after Washington offered “incentives” to the Jewish state to help resuscitate peace talks. The White House last week denied reports that Obama had sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu offering Israel diplomatic, military and security incentives in exchange for a 60-day extension of the moratorium.

The sale of the Lockheed Martin-made Joint Strike Fighter will arm Israel with a more sophisticated combat aircraft than any nation in the Middle East. The U.S. recently sold $60 billion worth of weapons and hardware, including 84 F-15 fighters, to Saudi Arabia. The F-15s are less advanced than the new F-35 aircraft, which are still under development.

It is unclear whether the $2.75 billion sale is actually part of the $3 billion per year American taxpayers give to Israel as military assistance, or an additional sale. The aircraft are to be built between 2015 and 2017.

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ZIO=NAZI GAZA ILLEGAL BARRIERS

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Dear Friends and Allies,

Palestinian students in Gaza navigate frustrating, demoralizing, and illegal barriers every single day as they strive to attain a basic human right – receiving a quality education. And since they can’t study abroad at a school in your town or even go on a trip to learn about the historical wonders of the world – we need to take our messages to them.

Please visit our Send a Message to Gaza page and send a message of encouragement, solidarity and support. Your message will be sent to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and from there, directly into the hands of students like Abd-AlRahman, a Telecommunications Engineering student at Al-Azhar University, or Ilham, a student at Palestine Nursing College; their stories are among those featured on Fakhoora.org.  

While it’s critically important for us to continue our work and speak up for these students’ rights, we should also recognize how powerful it can be to speak to the students!

Visit Fakhoora.org/Gazamail to send a message.

In solidarity,

The Al Fakhoora Campaign

To follow our updates, please visit Fakhoora.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Al Fakhoora

Al Fakhoora was established under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah and is part of an international movement that supports student advocacy to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinian students in Gaza and the West Bank. 

It has committed to providing 100 scholarships a year for 10 years for Palestinian students in post secondary education in Gaza and is working with various international agencies including The United Nations Development Program and UNESCO to rehabilitate universities in Gaza, improve the quality of education, provide psychosocial counseling to students, deliver prosthetics to youth in need, and provide programs to assist young people with disabilities. Learn more at:  www.fakhoora.org.

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ZIO=NAZI PROPOSED LOYALTY OATHS

 

 

Audrey Farber responds to proposed loyalty oaths

 

by Audrey Farber 

A part of me wants to give at least a hesitant nod of acknowledgement to the less-extreme-right in the Knesset who recognize that there is something less-than-savory in Lieberman’s loyalty oath. In Lieberman-land, all naturalized citizens will swear loyalty to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. (Ah, the hypocrisy!)

As much as Netanyahu may be frustrating the hell out of those of us who – dare we say it – hope for better, he did at least make the effort to temper Lieberman’s firebrand uber-nationalism by proposing an alternative loyalty oath that invoked the equality for all citizens set forth in Israel’s declaration of independence. Netanyahu’s version would require naturalized citizens to swear allegiance to Israel as “the nation state of the Jewish people which grants full equality to all of its citizens.” But is there a tangible difference between a ‘Jewish and democratic state’ and a ‘nation state of the Jewish people [granting] full equality to all its citizens’? This sounds like the same thing to me. Something about birds of a feather or a leopard’s spots or…the animal metaphor alludes me. The hypocrisy persists.

So yesterday, Ehud Barak proposed yet a third alternative: “I declare that I will be a citizen loyal to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, in the spirit of the declaration of independence, and I am committed to honoring the laws of the state.”

Despite his best efforts at shrouding it in Labor party liberalism, we read simply “blah blah blah Jewish and democratic state blah blah blah.” But wait – that’s what Lieberman, wants, isn’t it? And Netanyahu? Adding this business about the declaration of independence isn’t adding much of anything at all. Israel itself doesn’t abide by the “spirit of the declaration of independence”, so why should anyone else?

Besides, the first line of the relevant passage acknowledges the prominent role Jewish immigration plays, to the omission of others. But I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just read it. And then laugh at that last line there.

“THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. “

(Declaration of Independence)

Rewording the same idea or adding criteria to the end to make it sound more liberal and all-inclusive doesn’t change the fact that this loyalty oath – in whatever form it takes – requires a pledge to a state that is inherently exclusive and self-superior. A state that, no matter how much it appears to try, either cannot or will not abide by its own principles and insists on creating a homogeneous, religiously and ethnically pure state. Sounds a lot like someone else we know.

Follow this trend into the future twenty years: Israel becomes a state filled only with those willing to pledge allegiance to a Jewish state. This is a state in which Jews are still the ruling majority and the socio-economically dominant class, in which their superiority is enshrined in law. This describes Israel today but with the critical difference that in future-Israel, being Jewish and being a part of a Jewish state can mean only one thing: whatever the ultra-right wants it to mean.

This will mean Jewish only by Lieberman et al.’s definition which, if we are to take the Conversion Bill as any indicator, means Jewish only at the Chief Rabbinate’s discretion. And then we have a sick combination of ultra-religious, ultra-ethnic-nationalism, a sort of Iran-Nazi Germany combination.

So much for diversity, dissent, and debate: those cornerstones on which democracy is built. As long as Israel is Jewish, who needs democracy?

Audrey Farber did her undergrad at UPenn majoring in – after much angst and indecision – Modern Middle East Studies. Her activism has involved resettling Somali, Iraqi, and Burmese refugees in Maine, researching forced migration issues in Amman, and rejecting the “path” by being a ski bum and bakery assistant at regular intervals. She is currently interning at Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research, in Haifa.  Audrey wants to fix the world and is actively trying to do so through photos and writing in her blog(s). She appreciates your support. The views expressed herein are her own .

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NO POSITIVE EVIDENCE AGAINST MAKHOUL

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[A forwarded posting from Jewish Peace News ]

No positive evidence supporting accusations against Ameer Makhoul

On May 8th, Jewish Peace News posted news of the arrest or, more precisely, abduction, of human rights defender Ameer Makhoul, “Director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations – … in the dead of night, while he and his family slept in their home in Haifa .” The arrest of this “Israeli citizen [and] … high-profile activist … [was] placed under a gag order … Israeli reporters, news outlets and even blogs” were forbidden from writing about it. On June 20th, JPN followed up with a letter from Makhoul, composed after he “had spent 3 weeks in prison without access to even pen and paper, not to speak of lawyers, family visits, due process, humane and legal conditions.”

Makhoul has been in prison for five months now. Amnesty International has described his imprisonment as: “pure harassment designed to hinder his human rights work.” His trial is viewed by many as “a message to Palestinian citizens of Israel … formulated by extreme right wing parties in the current Israeli government” that have targeted Makhoul as “a legal, legitimate, and effective voice of a politically disadvantaged group – Israel ‘s Palestinian Arab citizens. This, I might add, is the same government that is now poised to demand that applicants for citizenship (predominantly Palestinian ones) take an oath of loyalty to the “Jewish and democratic” state.

For further background and details on Makhoul’s abduction, detention incommunicado, and on what the Committee for the Defense of Ameer Makhoul describes as his “tortuous interrogation” – deprived of sleep and crucial medical care, see: http://freeameermakhoul.blogspot.com/.

For months now, Makhoul has been standing trial for alleged espionage, after being told in 2009 by Israel ‘s secret services that if he failed to tone down his political and human rights activism, they would “tailor a file for … [his] disappearance and prolonged separation from his family.” Trial sessions have been attended by representatives of the EU and the Netherlands .

The update below, from Janan Abdu, underlines the bogus nature of the charges against Makhoul, citing (among other things) the September 16th “testimony … of Yeshai Cohen, the expert police computer investigator who confirmed in court that he found no incriminating evidence against Ameer despite the fact that he had been under surveillance for one and a half years before his arrest including over thirty thousand phone calls.”

The Committee for the Defense of Ameer Makhoul is now “working to mobilize legal and medical international observers for the trial … and to raise funds to cover lawyer fees and related expenses.” Detailing how solidarity and painstaking work has crumbled the original gag order and successfully challenged aspects of Makhoul’s imprisonment and trial, they add, “We need your help to make our efforts even more effective … At this critical moment, we ask for your direct involvement in the campaign for his freedom. Ameer’s trial is scheduled to proceed Tuesday October 5th. The time is now for you to get involved.”

Rela Mazali
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From: janan abdu [mailto:jananabdu@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010

To: Undisclosed recipients:

Subject: The Police has no positive evidence that connects Ameer to the accusations against him

The Police has no positive evidence that connects Ameer to the accusations against him

Representatives of the EU and the Embassy of the Netherlands attend the court session to follow the proceedings closely

The last session of the case against Ameer Makhoul was held at the Haifa District Court on October 5, 2010. The testimony of the prosecutors’ witnesses heard in this session continued to put the core grave accusations against Ameer in doubt and to shake their foundation. None of the testimonies in this and in the previous session succeeded in any way to connect Ameer to any of the accusations against him. None of the five witnesses, Arab youth and university students who, according to the prosecutors’ claims were approached by Ameer to “enlist them in the service of Hizballah” had any hint of evidence that could possibly be interpreted as connecting Ameer to any of the accusations against him. Neither did the testimony of his family physician and his travel agent.

This is in addition to the failed testimony on September 16, 2010 of Yeshai Cohen, the expert police computer investigator who confirmed in court that he found no incriminating evidence against Ameer despite the fact that he had been under surveillance for one and a half years before his arrest including over thirty thousand phone calls from land lines and mobile phones at his home and office. Likewise, no positive evidence against Ameer was found in all the over ten desktop and mobile computers taken from Ameer’s home and office and which remain with the Police to this day.

Of special significance was the presence at the court of such public figures as Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, head of the Public Committee for the Defense of Ameer Makhoul, Israeli Parliament member Dr. Ahmad Tibi and veteran labor leader Benjamin Gonin. This was in addition to representatives of the embassy of the Netherlands and of the European Union.

The next session of the court in this case was set for October 21, 2010.

“Ameer Makhoul is a key human rights defender, well-known for his civil society activism on behalf of the Palestinian citizens of Israel . His arrest and continued detention smacks of pure harassment, designed to hinder his human rights work. If this is the case, we would regard him as a prisoner of conscience call for his immediate and unconditional release.” Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

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