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Jewish Federations acknowledge Israel’s ‘paradigm shift,’ then circle the wagons

Nov 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

I like to say the fat is in the fire, and the fat is in the fire. This week the Jewish Federations, the leading civic Jewish organizations in American cities, are holding their General Assembly in New Orleans and the big theme of the event looks to be fighting the boycott movement, or Israel’s “delegitimizers.” (Go to that link and you see Netanyahu’s picture. Mr. Charm. The idea that Israel ought to reform itself to gain the support of liberal American Jews doesn’t seem to be on the table.)

We’ve reported before on the Federations’ $6 million initiative to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Well, below is some of the literature from the conference. It feels very circle-the-wagons. Shouldn’t Israel change? Shouldn’t 62 years of Palestinian statelessness call on the Jewish conscience?

An email from a Federations spokesperson named Adam Muhlendorf hitting the big theme follows the break:

Important General Assembly Information re: Israel Action Network

A growing wave of individuals and groups across the United States are using radical rhetoric labeling Israel as an apartheid state, calling for boycotts, divestments and sanctions to wreck havoc and severly weaken Israel’s economy, and generally working to achieve what terrorist groups have been seeking for decades – turn Israel into a pariah.

The North American Jewish community has had enough and they are stepping up their efforts to confront Israel’s antagonist head on. And it begins at the GA… One of the major themes of this year’s General Assembly includes discussions on the North American Jewish community’s new efforts to proactively lead the conversation about the legitimacy of the State of Israel and to collectively counter those who challenge Israel’s existence.

Chief among these efforts is the Israel Action Network – a multi-million dollar project of The Jewish Federations of North America in cooperation with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs whose goal is to organize the collective ability and unique community-based infrastructure of the Jewish Federations movement to proactively promote a fair and balanced understanding of Israel and Middle East issues….

Throughout the GA, there will be numerous sessions that will discuss this new effort in detail. I have included a schedule (and additional details) of these programs below. As always we are happy to help facilitate any interviews with Israel Action Network spokespersons, Federations officials or panelists. Additionally, we expect Vice President Biden, Prime Minister Netanyahu and others to reference the Israel Action Network or the Jewish community’s efforts in their remarks.

Some of the events:

Confronting Israel’s Delegitimizers: The Jewish Community Responds

12:15 pm- 1:45 pm in the Mardi Gras D, Marriott New Orleans

In recent years, we have witnessed an intensifying, highly organized and well-financed assault on Israel’s legitimacy. Those engaged in this campaign have urged the use of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as tactics to weaken Israel economically and diplomatically while using other means to demonize and isolate Israel. The delegitimization of Israel/BDS has taken place in many arenas.

This workshop will focus on arenas heavily targeted by anti-Israel activists where we regularly encounter divestment initiatives, association of Israel with the heinous policy of apartheid, academic boycotts, accusations of human rights abuses and war crimes, and claims of international illegality. What strategies and messages have proven to be effective in dealing with these challenges, particularly on college campuses, with church leaders, and in the artistic community?

This workshop will also touch on other arenas affected by the delegitimization/BDS movement, including cultural events, civic and labor organizations, and political elites, and on the overall attempt to influence public opinion about Israel.

Moderator: Dr. Michael Kotzin Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Ethan Felson Vice President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs Julie Bernstein Director of Campus and Community Programs, Middle East Project, Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco DJ Schneeweiss Anti-Boycott Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel Erez Cohen Israel Fellow, Hillel at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Global Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy: How Do We Respond? 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom C, Sheraton

From 1948-1973, the image of Israel in most of the world (outside the Middle East) was of a plucky, peace-seeking little democracy defending its very existence against a solid wall of Arab hostility. Today, outside of North America, where it still enjoys widespread understanding and support, Israel increasingly is seen as the Goliath to the Palestinians’ David, with virtually every attempt to defend its citizens regarded as an “aggression.”

This paradigm shift, in large measure, is the result of a steady drumbeat of anti-Israel invective emanating from governments (e.g., Iran) and international forums, especially the UN Human Rights Council, combined with a global initiative of NGOs and anti-Israel activists seeking to delegitimize and demonize Israel. In recent years, these efforts have intensified in North America and gained some traction within certain sectors. This session will provide an overview of this major global challenge facing Israel and the Jewish people, and will explore effective responses.

Moderator: Rabbi Steve Gutow President and CEO, Jewish Council for Public Affairs Gil Troy Professor, McGill University The Rev. Dr. Katherine R. Henderson President, Auburn Theological Seminary Barukh Binah Deputy Director General, Head of North American Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel

Monday, November 8, 2010 U.S. – Israeli Relations in a Changing World 8:00 am – 9:30 am in the Grand Ballroom C, Sheraton

The geopolitical map of the world, including the Middle East, has been fundamentally transformed since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with radical Islam emerging as a serious threat to global security. In this context we have witnessed the rise of an Iranian regime with hegemonic and nuclear aspirations, endangering regional stability, posing an existential threat to the State of Israel, and creating significant foreign policy challenges for the U.S. At the same time, the U.S. is deeply engaged in the Middle East, prosecuting war and closing out on another, while engaging in outreach to the Islamic world. While there have been occasional periods of strain, the U.S. and Israel have historically maintained a close relationship solidly established on shared strategic interests and values. This session will explore the current status of the U.S.-Israel relationship and its potential evolution in a rapidly changing world.

Moderator: Martin Raffel Senior Vice President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs Shoshana Bryen Senior Director for Security Policy, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs Ambassador Michael Oren Ambassador to the United States, State of Israel Ambassador Marc Ginsberg Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco;

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Iran at a Crossroads: The Jewish Community Responds 8:15 am- 9:30 am in the Armstrong Ballroom, Sheraton

The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is a matter of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to the world. Indeed, preventing the regime in Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons is a defining issue of our time and it is imperative that the voices of all those who seek a more peaceful world are heard.

This session will focus on how the North American Jewish community can address this urgent crisis by mobilizing a broad range of American voices to fill the public square across religious, ethnic and political lines. Moderator: Midge Perlman Shafton Co-Chair, Israel Advocacy Initiative Hindy Poupko Director, Israel and International Affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Bradley Gordon Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, American Israel Public Affairs Committee Ambassador Mark D. Wallace President & CEO, United Against Nuclear Iran Dr. Oded Eran Director, Institute of National Security Studies in Tel Aviv

Advocating for Israel Online 9:45 am- 11:00 am in the Rhythms I room, Sheraton

If we are to effectively respond to the delegitimization/BDS campaign against Israel, the People of the Book also have to become the People of Cyberspace. Understanding how much anti-Israel material is out there, monitoring attacks and crafting tailored pro-Israel messages to the right audiences—especially to the younger generation—is now dependent on our ability to strategically and effectively utilize the Internet, new media, Websites and social networks. This workshop will provide hands-on guidance on how Federations, and other organizations, networks and individuals can implement advocacy and communications strategies for the 21st Century.

Moderator: Jay Sanderson President, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Ido Aharoni Acting Consul General, Consulate General of Israel in New York Howard English Vice President, Strategic Communications, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Dr. Frank Luntz CEO, Luntz Global, LLC Margot Stern Marketing Director

The settlements have been a project of main street Jewish America

Nov 06, 2010

K. Feldman 

The ironic part about this Al Jazeera video is that, because it’s Al Jazeera, they have to frame their story as “going undercover” to expose sales in the settlement of Efrat by real estate giant Anglo-Saxon (motto: “have a foothold in Israel”). And yet, there’s nothing secret about the very mundane way that the Green Line has been erased for the past 30+ years. I approach real estate agents as simply a New York-based reporter, and they are happy to talk my ear off.

Just this past June, the Jewish Agency hosted a real estate expo in the Times Square Marriott, where property on both sides of the Green Line was for sale—with no mention of the 1967 borders in sight.  Notice how the Anglo-Saxon real estate agent in the video has an American accent? She’s probably from New York. In reporting a print story, four of the four real estate agents I’ve talked to who sell settlement property to Americans–either immigrants or people buying second homes–have been from New York. 

According to the Jewish Agency, 580 New Yorkers (state, not city) made aliyah in 2009. The aliyah coordinator at Efrat, having moved from Ditmas Park (Brooklyn) herself, told me that of the 20 *families* that moved to Efrat in 2009, HALF of them were from the NY/NJ area. (In total, 85 North Americans moved to Efrat that year.) She wanted to make sure I knew that Efrat was itself founded in 1983 by New Yorker Shlomo Riskin with members of his Lincoln Square Synagoguein the Upper West Side (where, not incidentally, the current head rabbi has studied w/ Riskin in Efrat). 

“Since, compared to other places, a large percentage of the residents of Efrat are English-speaking, it is only natural that other Anglo-Saxons would find Efrat to be a comfortable and familiar place in which to make their home,” Oded Revivi, the mayor of Efrat, wrote me an email. (Efrat’s practice of dumping their sewage on surrounding Palestinian farmland went unmentioned.)

Mayor Revivi added, “In addition, Efrat was planned and continues to be built on a high standard with beautiful homes, gardens, playgrounds, cultural activities, award-winning educational institutions and a warm and caring community, making it an ideal place to raise a family.” And where does the land for those playgrounds come from? 30% of Efrat is built on property confiscated from the Palestinian village of al-Khader. Occupation is a process of expansion, of course. Just one example: in 2008, the IDF’s Civil Administration declared that another 90 dunums of al-Khader’s property was now (Jewish) state land. It was needed to build a park for the residents of Efrat. 

At a recent Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah expo in October, I picked up a booklet published by the Jerusalem Post, “A Tribute to Western Aliyah: Building a Stronger Israel, One person at a time.” (With nothing labeled as a “settlement,” be sure to peruse the NBN Israeli community database if you want to “live the dream”—and don’t care on which side of the Green Line you realize it.) In the JPost booklet, there’s a contribution from Dr. Karin Amit of the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration in which she boasts “only 7.3% of [North American immigrants] live in Judea and Samaria.”

That’s a significant number when you consider Amit’s other stat–that 30,500 immigrants have moved to Israel from Canada and the U.S. since 1990. Problem with the math is that I don’t think it’s right. At all. Consider one anglo-concentrated settlement: Hashmonaim, across the Wall from Ni’lin, population 3000, is 40% American (according to the settlement’s aliyah coordinators). 

Then, too, there are all the Americans who live in Efrat and elsewhere—both in Israel and “Israel”—who telecommute and actual commute back to their jobs in the U.S. At the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah expo, I went to an extremely informative telecommuting presentation by former New Yorker Eric Guth of Efrat Networks. Highlight from the Efrat Networks testimonials page

I’m constantly traveling back and forth from Israel to New York, working in both locations. I needed a solution that would allow me to be on top of my business in New York, even when I am away from the store. Efrat Networks created a powerful, yet very simple to use solution for me that allows me to communicate with my clients, vendors, and employees as if I was in the store every day. The bottom line is that I can spend more relaxed time with my family in Israel, while keeping the business going at full steam in New York. Thanks Efrat Networks for taking the time to first understand my business needs and then come up with a creative set of communication and computer solutions that not only work, but also fit my budget.

Jeffrey Mark, JMark Interiors, Cedarhurst, NY. / Efrat, Israel

Efrat is just a single settlement—and, to be sure, one that draws more Americans than most other settlements. But it should help us remember: when we talk about the Occupation and American Jews’ relationship to it, there’s more to the picture than the U.S. political leadership not having a spine and caving to the Israel lobby. There’s a real flow of not just funding from American magnates like Irving Moscowitz–but also dollars and bodies from main street Jewish America to the settlements. As the mayor of Efrat, Oded Revivi, put it to me in an email, the settlement “needed a strong and idealistically motivated population base which Rabbi Riskin’s New Yorkers, NJers and other economically strong Anglo-Saxons provided.”

It’s time to dismantle the PA

Nov 06, 2010

Ahmed Moor 

Salam Fayyad is surviving on borrowed time – or money. By now everyone’s aware that the Netanyahu-engineered “economic miracle” is the predictable result of periodic cash injections into a closed economic space. Pretending that Palestinian growth in the West Bank is viable is like pretending a six-year-old is rich because his mother handed him twenty dollars.

But it’s more insidious than that. The unsustainable bubble economy fails to capture the means of production and therefore strengthens the occupation. That’s because the European donor funds (that’s how the Europeans remain ‘relevant’ to the ‘peace process’ – they pay for what Israel breaks) are meted out in salary form to sustain Fayyad’s repressive police statelet.

Those salaries are then spent on regular commodity goods – yogurt, laundry detergent, cellular phones – that are either produced by Israel or are subject to exorbitant import tariffs. At the same time, Israel imposes anti-market, anti-competitive, protectionist economic policies in the West Bank and Gaza to prevent the genesis or development of genuine Palestinian industry. The result is a badly developed Palestinian service economy whose primary function is to consume Israeli goods.

Israeli reliance on captive Palestinian markets was on full display recently. Fayyad (to his credit) implemented a modest boycott policy in the West Bank. Palestinians were asked to avoid consuming settler goods and they did. The Yesha Council – a settler umbrella organization – incisively proclaimed that “this is economic terrorism.” Naturally, the prospect of being prevented from exploiting Palestinian markets and the implications for colonists’ standard-of-living must have been terrifying.

Fayyad’s repeated refrain – which is parroted by Thomas Friedman and others like him – is that the chief virtue of his undignified capitulation strategy is the opportunity to enhance and grow Palestinian institutions. Netanyahu evidently doesn’t see it that way.

The unelected Palestinian Prime Minister apparently directed European development monies to occupied East Jerusalem. According to the Ma’an News Agency, the donor money was used to rebuild two schools there. Fayyad was keen to celebrate his modest achievement and rented a reception hall in the city. But Yitzhak Aharonovitch – the Israeli security minister – banned Fayyad from entering the occupied Palestinian territory. The tragicomic irony of the situation is that Fayyad is incapable of posing a genuine threat to the Israeli occupation in any case.

But if the Palestinian Authority cannot secure economic growth, and it cannot promote Palestinian institution-building (and appears to actively destroy them), and it cannot create a Palestinian state, why does it exist?

The answer is well-known to many people:

The Palestinian Authority exists to secure the Israeli occupation against Palestinian resistance (the PA killed the Goldstone report). It exists to act as an intermediary between the ruling race, of Jews, and the governed Palestinian race in an apartheid state.

In return, Palestinian functionaries are permitted to wrap themselves in the accoutrements of power. It’s anyone’s guess whether they’re aware of how insulated they are from the real thing. But that’s how Salam Fayyad can brunch with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton one day and find himself banned from East Jerusalem the next.

None of this would be so bad if Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad’s pretence at power wasn’t so destructive for the Palestinians.

People are beginning to understand that there will never be a viable Palestinian state. Today the Palestinian grassroots are organizing around a full enfranchisement movement, or the one-state solution, in Palestine/Israel.

But “regional experts” have told Robert Wright of The New York Times “that in general officials on the Palestinian side don’t welcome a one-state solution because that would deprive them of the power they have now, whereas they would remain prominent during the implementation of a two-state solution.”

In light of all this, it’s impossible to avoid the conclusion that the Palestinian Authority must be dismantled. The so-called peace process is a farce, and the Palestinian Authority is its most farcical element. It exists to enrich a few colonially-appointed functionaries at the expense of the Palestinian people as a whole. The Palestinians will be better off in its absence.

Besides, maintaining the PA is expensive. Rather than pay the middle man to administer an occupied people, the Israelis and their American benefactors can save the difference by administering their occupation themselves. That will leave the Palestinians free to wage the society-wide civil rights struggle that will result in their freedom.

To be sure, the de-PAification of Palestine can’t be a one-fell-swoop process. It would be a mistake to replicate Paul Bremer’s process of de-Baathification in Iraq. One cannot abruptly cut off the salaries of so many public service employees. Instead, the Europeans will provide money to the actual authority in Palestine/Israel for salary payments (the way it used to be before Oslo). All of the heavily-armed PA militiamen will have to be retired and outfitted for real work. The challenge will be evaluating how much damage was done to the social fabric after years of palling around with Israeli Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin and American General Keith Dayton.

The real value offered by the PA used to be the appearance of self-governance – that’s why it was worth paying for from the perspective of the Americans and Europeans. But an altered reality and an optics-indifferent Israeli Prime Minister have set the farce in bas-relief. Can anyone pretend that the Palestinians in the West Bank govern themselves when their “most powerful man” isn’t permitted to attend a high school party?

It’s time to let the mask slip away. Benjamin Netanyahu – not Salam Fayyad – is the unelected Palestinian Prime Minister. It’s only by recognizing that reality that we can begin to fix our apartheid country.

My breakfast with Zizek

Nov 06, 2010

Udi Aloni 

After very nearly liberating Palestine at the Church of St. Paul and creating worldwide brotherhood and peace between the three religions, we invited Mustafa and Miriam over to brunch on our Brooklyn porch, to discuss why and whether the word “communism” should be dragged back into international discourse, despite the monumental failure and cruel actions of the movement throughout the twentieth century.

Since I was not entirely persuaded, I decided to take Zizek to the beach at Montauk and examine him more closely in a more romantic atmosphere. Montauk is where Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was shot, which is a movie about the eternal repetition of love and its failure – and still, love. That’s how it is with Zizek, too, who loves communism so much that he ends up comparing it more to death than to love.

That’s also the name of his new book, Living In The End Times. The official excuse for going to the beach was working on my own book, What Does a Jew Want?, which will be published next spring, as part of a series Zizek is co-editing, but since we didn’t say a word about the book and just enjoyed the amazing, and almost entirely empty, beach, I also decided to ignore (for now) the question of the Jew, and to post two unedited video clips.

The first one above is Zizek on communism, Jenin, and other animals, and the second one below is Zizek on the beach. The question that springs to mind is, of course, “What does a communist want?” Heed this warning and watch at your own peril.

Udi Aloni is writing a regular column for the Israeli website Ynet called Brooklyn-Jenin about his experience living between New York City and the Jenin refugee camp, where he is teaching a film production class. You can read the entire Brooklyn-Jenin series here. This article was translated by Dena Shunra.

‘Let us out of the box’

Nov 06, 2010

Scott McConnel 

On Thursday, Palestinian chief negotiatior Saeb Erakat sat down for an hour and half “conversation” with former peace processor Aaron David Miller at the Woodrow Wilson Center in DC. They spoke in a cozy theater on the sixth floor, a setting perfect for peace process theater. Erakat is a decent and intelligent man, who said wryly that negotiating with Israel is the only thing on his CV, he’s been involved in such things for twenty years. The same could be said of Miller. 

The conversation was not clarifying. Erakat expressed frustration in various ways, and must have used some variant of the phrase “in a box” , or “let us out of the box” a dozen times.

What are the Palestinians supposed to do while engaging in endless negotiations, or talks about having negotiations, which Israel drags out while it continues to gobble up the West Bank? Erakat floated two possibilities. The Palestinians could declare a state conforming to the ’67 boundaries, and ask the United Nations to recognize it. Aaron David Miller said immediately that the US would veto any such demarche at the UN—because “we believe in negotiations.” It seemed to an absurdist answer, but no one laughed.

Secondly, Erakat floated the possibility of the PA dissolving itself, and forcing Israel to carry out its duties as an occupier. He recognizes that the PA has become a shell. “I’m supposed to be a servant for the occupation” he said mordantly. But I wonder if the threat of dissolution isn’t an empty one. I haven’t found firm and up to date statistics on what part of the Palestinian economy comes from foreign aid, channeled through the PA. But it must be huge. Here the CIA Factbook says $1 billion since 2007. Plus there are lot of internationally-funded projects that don’t go through the PA, but depend on it to some degree.

The fact is that occupied West Bank has no real economy separate from international aid. Most of its middle class depends in some way, to foreign assistance. I’m being impressionistic, and welcome corrections. But that means a large number of West Bank Palestinians who have middle class jobs, opportunities to secure higher education for their children, etc. have considerable stake in the status quo not getting worse. They are sort of a nomenklatura—a phrase I use without condemnation.

There was a little time for questions, but not many were taken. I wanted to ask Erakat whether it would be helpful, even towards a two state solution, if the Palestinians began a civil agitation for the right to vote. I wanted to ask him about negotiations with Hamas (which unlike the PA is able to maintain itself without massive infusions of foreign aid). I wanted to ask him how he viewed Israel efforts to sever the West Bank from Gaza, thus making the Palestinians easier to manage. But no such luck. It was a kind of dispiriting forum, but the situation is dispiriting. The Woodrow Wilson Center plans to post it here.

Update: This post initially went up with Weiss’s byline. Apologies.

Sheldon Adelson and Lester Crown, together again

Nov 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

Eli Clifton did some good sleuthing on Steve Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism… You know Emerson, he is the man with the golden hair, a right wing terror expert who shows up justifying anything to take on Islamic radicalism, including going after the American Muslim community. 

The records show more than $1.6 million in contributions to the “Investigative Project,” “Investigative Project on Terrorism,” and “IPT” in care of a largely unknown group called the Counterterrorism & Security Education and Research Foundation (CTSERF)….

CTSERF’s stated  mission is to “develop education programs and materials for security professional and the general publics that will enhance our understanding of the causes of terrorism and the measures necessary to deter and combat it.”…

Other high profile donors to the CTSERF include casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whose foundation contributed $250,000 in 2006, and billionaire Obama supporter Lester Crown, whose foundation wrote grants totaling $75,000 between 2006 and 2007. Neither Adelson nor Crown specified the Investigative Project as the end recipient of their funding.

What I find fascinating about this is that Adelson is a giant Republican backer. He was on good terms with George Bush. He’s very Zionist. And Lester Crown is a major force behind Obama, on the Democratic side, and has been very supportive of Israel in his funding of the foreign-policy establishment. While Clifton has not been able to walk Emerson’s cat directly back to these men, the link is there; and it goes to show–when it comes to Middle East policy, the interest of older conservative Jews who make up the Israel lobby transcends partisan politics. And as a result, the issue is not politicized in a democratic sense, there is not public debate.

Upper West Side synagogue and Brooklyn Jewish Center to commemorate extremist Kahane

Nov 06, 2010

Alex Kane 

Alex Kane reports (full post at his site):

Three memorial events for the racist, far-right ultra-nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane are to be held throughout New York City this Sunday in ceremonies marking twenty years since the killing of Kahane.

The events are to be held at the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center in Brooklyn, at the site of Ground Zero in lower Manhattan and at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, which describes itself as a “warm and vibrant modern orthodox synagogue located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.”

An appeal to Arabic-speakers

Nov 06, 2010

James North

To my great surprise I just discovered that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has its own web site — in English.  The Brotherhood is committted to nonviolence, and would probably be the largest single political force in Egypt were the U.S.-backed Mubarak dictatorship to permit free elections.  At first glance, I find the site impressive and intriguing — especially the feature “MB (Muslim Brotherhood) vs. Qaeda,” in which the organization takes on the violent jihadists.

Here’s my question: Is the Arabic-language Brotherhood site roughly similar?  Does it include similar attacks on Al-Qaeda? 

I would appreciate a very quick comparison and brief summary; I’m not asking any of our Arabic speakers to spend hours translating.  I just want to be comfortable that what I read in English is not radically different than what is appearing in Arabic.

Thanks in advance. 

The audacity of dopes

Nov 06, 2010

Rick Congress 

Rick Congress at his blog, Politics, Music & Irony (full post at the link):

It’s important to look at the political and economic trajectory of the USA over the last 50 years (it’s possible to go back farther,but does it matter?). Year after year income inequality has grown as industry was shut down and/or went overseas and high paying working class jobs disappeared, leading to the shrinkage of union membership from a high of 35% in the 1950s to something less than 12% (and most of that in government services). Even though only 35% of the workforce was organized during the peak years of the AFL-CIO, it forced many employers to offer higher wages and benefits just to keep the unions out.

The share of taxes paid by the rich and big business has gone down. Surveys show a decline in social mobility. All in all the standard of living is lower than decades ago and is getting lower and the amount of wealth concentrated in a few hands is staggering.

What social gains that were made from the FDR great depression era and LBJ’s Great Society of the 1960s have been or are being dismantled, despite the alleged bold national health care plan which greatly benefits insurance companies, and include cuts in Medicare. The new legislation that attempts to reinstate some regulation of Wall Street is half-baked and easily evaded. But it does create the illusion that Obama and the Democrats are looking out for the little guy.

There’s more: The infrastructure has been allowed to collapse. Privatizations schemes which rip off the public and give no benefit for their fake “services” are promoted: For profit prisons, youth detention camps, mercenaries disguised as “security firms” operate (as we know) in Iraq, Afghanistan, in this country, and who knows where else.Now the threat of destroying public education for all and replacing it with for profit schools (both “charter” or otherwise) is taking real form and gaining ground. Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secty. of Education is part of the privatization crowd. He and Obama have chimed in on the latest sport of blaming everything on the teachers unions.

The huge enrichment and the extreme predatory nature of the banks was enabled by both Democratic and Republican administrations.

The Clinton White House enacted neo-liberal domestic financial and international trade policies. These policies are exactly the same as the Republican policies of deregulation and anything goes capitalism. And why not? Since any strong organized labor movement has been wiped out, where else can Democrats raise money but from banks and corporations? George W, son of George H W, just expanded on what Clinton had begun. They are both complicit in the 2008 crash. Obama has staffed his administration with Clintonian free market idiots and he’s going to find us a way forward?

The political spectrum has moved steadily rightward. Obama, a timid centrist and pro-business politician is branded as a flaming bolshevik. Anything resembling decent pro people policies has become marginal. The chances of a progressive electoral movement getting anywhere are less than nothing…

What’s my point? For the last 50 years everything has been going to hell. The rich get richer. Everyone else gets poorer, real democracy declines, corruption is now public policy, America is the world’s warmonger state and low income youth are the cannon fodder. With no jobs, many “volunteer” because of lack of options. The Democrats are just as responsible for all of this as the Republicans,

There is no choice here. Why fool yourself? If you are in sympathy with the Palestinian’s fight for basic human rights, or you want us to get out of Iraq, Afghanistan, et al. If you are worried about basic democratic rights, or oppose racism, then Obama is no more your friend than man-tan Boehner from Cincinnati.

A scene from the boycott movement, 2010

Nov 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

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Eva-Lee Baird took this photo in September outside Ricky’s cosmetics store in Brooklyn. That’s Nancy Kricorian of Code Pink on the left, she’s led the boycott against Ahava products made from stolen minerals in the occupied West Bank, and she’s giving a piece of her mind to some of the young men who come out to mock the boycotters wearing clown wigs. Great street theater.

The next protest, sponsored by Brooklyn for Peace, is Tuesday, November 30th from 5:30-6:30, at Ricky’s on Montague Street (between Henry & Hicks) in Brooklyn Heights. 

Here’s a recent Forward article on the protests. Notice the unbridled sexism in the comments section. 

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LAUREN BOOTH: I’M NOW A MUSLIM. WHY ALL THE SHOCK & HORROR?

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November 7, 2010 

News that Lauren Booth has converted to Islam provoked a storm of negative comments. Here she explains how it came about – and why it’s time to stop patronising Muslim women.

Lauren Booth . . .’How hard and callous non-Muslim friends and colleagues began to seem’. It is five years since my first visit to Palestine. And when I arrived in the region, to work alongside charities in Gaza and the West Bank, I took with me the swagger of condescension that all white middle-class women (secretly or outwardly) hold towards poor Muslim women, women I presumed would be little more than black-robed blobs, silent in my peripheral vision. As a western woman with all my freedoms, I expected to deal professionally with men alone. After all, that’s what the Muslim world is all about, right?

This week’s screams of faux horror from fellow columnists on hearing of my conversion to Islam prove that this remains the stereotypical view regarding half a billion women currently practising Islam.

On my first trip to Ramallah, and many subsequent visits to Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, I did indeed deal with men in power. And, dear reader, one or two of them even had those scary beards we see on news bulletins from far-flung places we’ve bombed to smithereens. Surprisingly (for me) I also began to deal with a lot of women of all ages, in all manner of head coverings, who also held positions of power. Believe it or not, Muslim women can be educated, work the same deadly hours we do, and even boss their husbands about in front of his friends until he leaves the room in a huff to go and finish making the dinner.

Is this patronising enough for you? I do hope so, because my conversion to Islam has been an excuse for sarcastic commentators to heap such patronising points of view on to Muslim women everywhere. So much so, that on my way to a meeting on the subject of Islamophobia in the media this week, I seriously considered buying myself a hook and posing as Abu Hamza. After all, judging by the reaction of many women columnists, I am now to women’s rights what the hooked one is to knife and fork sales.

So let’s all just take a deep breath and I’ll give you a glimpse into the other world of Islam in the 21st century. Of course, we cannot discount the appalling way women are mistreated by men in many cities and cultures, both with and without an Islamic population. Women who are being abused by male relatives are being abused by men, not God. Much of the practices and laws in “Islamic” countries have deviated from (or are totally unrelated) to the origins of Islam.

Instead practices are based on cultural or traditional (and yes, male-orientated) customs that have been injected into these societies. For example, in Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive by law. This rule is an invention of the Saudi monarchy, our government’s close ally in the arms and oil trade. The fight for women’s rights must sadly adjust to our own government’s needs.

My own path to Islam began with an awakening to the gap between what had been drip-fed to me about all Muslim life – and the reality.

I began to wonder about the calmness exuded by so many of the “sisters” and “brothers”. Not all; these are human beings we’re talking about. But many. And on my visit to Iran this September, the washing, kneeling, chanting recitations of the prayers at the mosques I visited reminded me of the west’s view of an entirely different religion; one that is known for eschewing violence and embracing peace and love through quiet meditation. A religion trendy with movie stars such as Richard Gere, and one that would have been much easier to admit to following in public – Buddhism.

Indeed, the bending, kneeling and submission of Muslim prayers resound with words of peace and contentment. Each one begins, “Bismillahir rahmaneer Raheem” – “In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate” – and ends with the phrase “Assalamu Alaykhum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh” – Peace be upon you all and God’s mercy and blessing.

Almost unnoticed to me, when praying for the last year or so, I had been saying “Dear Allah” instead of “Dear God”. They both mean the same thing, of course, but for the convert to Islam the very alien nature of the language of the holy prayers and the holy book can be a stumbling block. I had skipped that hurdle without noticing. Then came the pull: a sort of emotional ebb and flow that responds to the company of other Muslims with a heightened feeling of openness and warmth. Well, that’s how it was for me, anyway.

How hard and callous non-Muslim friends and colleagues began to seem. Why can’t we cry in public, hug one another more, say “I love you” to a new friend, without facing suspicion or ridicule? I would watch emotions being shared in households along with trays of honeyed sweets and wondered, if Allah’s law is simply based on fear why did the friends I loved and respected not turn their backs on their practices and start to drink, to have real “fun” as we in the west do? And we do, don’t we? Don’t we?

Finally, I felt what Muslims feel when they are in true prayer: a bolt of sweet harmony, a shudder of joy in which I was grateful for everything I have (my children) and secure in the certainty that I need nothing more (along with prayer) to be utterly content. I prayed in the Mesumeh shrine in Iran after ritually cleansing my forearms, face, head and feet with water. And nothing could be the same again. It was as simple as that.

The sheikh who finally converted me at a mosque in London a few weeks ago told me: “Don’t hurry, Lauren. Just take it easy. Allah is waiting for you. Ignore those who tell you: you must do this, wear that, have your hair like this. Follow your instincts, follow the Holy Qur’an- and let Allah guide you.”

And so I now live in a reality that is not unlike that of Jim Carey’s character in the Truman Show. I have glimpsed the great lie that is the facade of our modern lives; that materialism, consumerism, sex and drugs will give us lasting happiness. But I have also peeked behind the screens and seen an enchanting, enriched existence of love, peace and hope. In the meantime, I carry on with daily life, cooking dinners, making TV programmes about Palestine and yes, praying for around half an hour a day.

Now, my morning starts with dawn prayers at around 6am, I pray again at 1.30pm, then finally at 10.30pm. My steady progress with the Qur’an has been mocked in some quarters (for the record, I’m now around 200 pages in). I’ve been seeking advice from Ayatollahs, imams and sheikhs, and every one has said that each individual’s journey to Islam is their own. Some do commit the entire text to memory before conversion; for me reading the holy book will be done slowly and at my own pace.

In the past my attempts to give up alcohol have come to nothing; since my conversion I can’t even imagine drinking again. I have no doubt that this is for life: there is so much in Islam to learn and enjoy and admire; I’m overcome with the wonder of it. In the last few days I’ve heard from other women converts, and they have told me that this is just the start, that they are still loving it 10 or 20 years on.

On a final note I’d like to offer a quick translation between Muslim culture and media culture that may help take the sting of shock out of my change of life for some of you.

When Muslims on the BBC News are shown shouting “Allahu Akhbar!” at some clear, Middle Eastern sky, we westerners have been trained to hear: “We hate you all in your British sitting rooms, and are on our way to blow ourselves up in Lidl when you are buying your weekly groceries.”

In fact, what we Muslims are saying is “God is Great!”, and we’re taking comfort in our grief after non-Muslim nations have attacked our villages. Normally, this phrase proclaims our wish to live in peace with our neighbours, our God, our fellow humans, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Or, failing that, in the current climate, just to be left to live in peace would be nice.

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I awake this morning in much the same state as I did the morning after June 8, 1967, the day Israel attacked my ship USS LIBERTY and killed 34 of my fellow crewmates–tense and jittery.

No, I am not hung over, nor do I have a drug problem. Rather, its just my sixth-sense, kept on a hair-trigger as a result of the 2 hour attack on my ship that almost killed me and destroyed the world. My antennae are real touchy these days and more in-tune with what is and has been happening to America since the beast was loosed from its cage in 1948 and sacrilegiously carved out of land that belongs to others.

I’ve written many articles about the zionist state but I believe this one is extremely important to all of us who truly care about peace, our loved ones, our country, and our future. Let’s face the facts folks–the day that America became the mother, the father and the bankroller of this illegal state in the Middle East is the day that the land of the free and home of the brave began dying a slow and very painful death.

And while we in America are dying, what is happening in Israel? She is thriving–economically, militarily, and in just about every other fashion that matters. You name it, and guaranteed she is doing better than any other country in the world, and at a time when everyone else–America included–is suffering to put food on the table, assuming that they have one and that their homes haven’t been stolen out from under them by Zionist bankers.

How can this be? How can it be that Israel is building high-rise condos that go for 20 million dollars a unit and people are paying it? It’s not as much the rich who are getting into these places as it those who manage this through “creative financing”. That “creative financing” is coming out of your pockets America, and due almost entirely to the fact that while the rest of the country is broke we still manage to give Israel 30 million dollars a day, every day, just like clockwork.

Wake up America–Get uneasy about this gift to this spoiled stepchild. Do the math and figure out how far would 30 million dollars a day would go to help our own folks here in America. You all are plenty smart enough to figure that one out. It would help this country out in more ways than just the money alone and could very well save not only this country, but also your life and those of your loved ones.

We are fighting 2 wars, and not for America’s interests, but for the interests of the same country that attacked my ship and tried to murder me and my entire crew. Israel wants to keep us in those wars at all costs as it benefits her and any thing that benefits Israel is what its all about. Your sons and daughters are being killed and maimed–not Israel’s sons and daughters, who are too busy partying every night until the wee hours while Americans and others pay the ultimate sacrifice on a daily basis.

Let’s talk about the cost of these wars–TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS AMERICA–Sure would be nice to have that money in our coffers rather than spend it on Israel’s wars don’t you think?

And how does she do this? Simple–BY WAY OF DECEPTION THOU SHALT DO WAR…Israel is the master of creating and manipulating altered perceptions and non-reality. She knows how to employ scare tactics in keeping America off balance. She sets up shop under the unwatchfull eyes of our CIA, FBI, NSA, DHS and many others with names such as ADL, AIPAC, etc, whose one and only job is to control congress and make sure our lawmakers do not act in America’s interests but rather in Israel’s.

It has been working this way from day one after her resurrection in 1948. What we don’t give Israel she steal from us with her spies and sabators, the most famous (but not only) case being that of Jonathan Pollard, whose treason put America in the crosshairs of her enemies in a way never before imagined. His treason led to the deaths and/or capture/imprisonment of thousands of American agents, not counting the other secrets Israel sold to the highest bidder.

Israel as America’s “best friend” in the whole wide world to you? Please, it’s too early in the day for bad jokes. And make no mistake about it–this bloodletting of America’s most valued secrets continues unabated and for the simple reason that the same government whose job is to protect America allows this step-by-step assassination of America to go on un opposed. As much as it sounds comical, these days there truly is an Israeli spy under every bed in Washington DC, and the simple proof of this is how our own government has for the last 43 years handled Israel’s attack on my ship USS LIBERTY that resulted in the murder of 34 Americans and wounding 174 more.

My fellow Americans, I am not just mad, but mad as hell, something made all the worse by what I see taking place before my very eyes right now as I write these words. I am sick of seeing you being used by a bought and paid for congress controlled by Israel. I am sick seeing the deaths of our loved ones all for the sake of the ZIONIST state. I am sick of Israel bankrupting our country. Rape is a capital offense and that is how we must start viewing the ‘special relationship’ between our beloved land of the free and home of the brave if we are to ever be that again. The great statesman George Ball said if Israel can get by with murdering Americans aboard USS LIBERTY she can get by with almost anything. Truer words have never been spoken. America we must get out from UNDER THEIR THUMB now before it is to late if indeed it isn’t already.

God Bless America.

Respectfully,

Phillip F. Tourney

USS LIBERTY SURVIVOR

Combat Wounded Veteran

Author of the book WHAT I SAW THAT DAY’

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Dear Friends,

Tonight’s 6 include a brief report about Dror Feiler, who was refused entry, along with his compatriot, MP Mehmet Kaplan.  When I wrote yesterday about Dror, I was unaware of the fact that he was no longer an Israeli citizen, hence deportable.  The anticipated happened: entry was denied.  Will Dror every recoup his saxophone?  Surely Israel has no right to keep personal items as musical instruments.  But, then, what foreign government will call Israel on the carpet for that?

The 2nd item is infuriating.  Ajami had been a Palestinian neighborhood in Jaffa for eons, and then became a mixed neighborhood, but hence forward, as with so many other areas in Israel, is to be Jewish only, and this with the blessing of Israel’s High Court (leave the justice off!).  I, having grown up in the US when discrimination was rife, even against Jews, very much resent living in a country in which Jews discriminate against others.  Shame!  For an Ajami of happier days, not so long ago, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians enjoyed one another’s company see http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=170166

Item 3 includes a video well worth watching.  The main point of the report and the video is that Americans are highly complicit in colonizing the West Bank.

Item 4 consists of an open letter from Gaza students to European students.  The latter recently held (according to the letter) their annual conference in Jerusalem this year.  Gaza students resent this and openly say so.  Why European students and the OECD decided this year to hold their conferences in (of all places) Jerusalem, is totally unclear.  Obviously their choices of a place to meet did not take into consideration  the present circumstances.  Why not?

Item 5, as item 3, reports a case of Israeli racism.  Again reasons are given to justify the demolition of a Mosque!  Imagine!  Imagine that Italy or France or Bulgaria or Washington had demolished a synagogue!  Just imagine the hue and cry!  But demolishing a Mosque which had no permit (disregarding the fact that permits are almost never given to Palestinians) is no less nauseating than demolishing a synagogue that has a permit.

Item 6 finds that something is working, that Israel is beginning to feel that it is being delegitimized.  Well, when Israel’s leaders and population feel this strongly enough, we shall know for a fact that something is working. 

All the best,

Dorothy

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1. Haaretz,

November 07, 2010

Israel refuses entry to Sweden MP and ex-Israeli who sailed on Gaza flotilla

MP Mehmet Kaplan and artist Dror Feiler planned to lodge complaint against IDF for violence, armed robbery, obstruction of freedom and kidnapping.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-refuses-entry-to-sweden-mp-and-ex-israeli-who-sailed-on-gaza-flotilla-1.323419

By Chaim Levinson

Israeli authorities on Sunday refused to grant entry to a legislator from the Swedish parliament and an expatriate Israeli artist who sailed on the Turkish-flagged humanitarian aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip earlier this year.

The Turkish-born MP Mehmet Kaplan and artist Dror Feiler were detained at the Ben Gurion International Airport upon landing, on the grounds that they were barred for 10 years due to their participation in the May 2010 flotilla. Both were among the dozens of flotilla passengers taken in to custody following Israel’s deadly raid.

Feiler, who currently lives in Sweden, also took part in the flotilla, though not on the Mavi Marmara ship where nine Turkish activists died in clashes with Israeli naval commandos. He has given up his Israeli citizenship but has been permitted to return to the country dozens of times since. This was the first time he was denied entry.

Kaplan and Feiler had planned to use their trip in Israel to lodge an official complaint with the Israel Police against the Israel Defense Forces. Their complaint accused the IDF of kidnapping, armed robbery, violence and obstruction of freedom.

Feiler claims that Israeli security forces confiscated his saxophone during the raid, and refused to return it to him. Kaplan says the IDF stole his satellite telephone and camera.

Investigators at Ben Gurion airport told them upon arrival that their request to enter had been refused, and transferred them to Interior Ministry authorities.

“Anyone who took part in the flotilla will not be permitted into Israel,” said Sabine Hadad, spokesman for immigration authorities. “They know this. They should have contacted the embassy before arriving.”

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2. Dorit Beinish says she cannot revoke Land Administration decision to award bid to private construction company planning to sell apartments to national-religious public, but orders future bids prohibit discrimination

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3980909,00.html

Aviad Glickman

Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish rejected an appeal filed by Arab residents of the Jaffa neighborhood of Ajami, in which they inveighed against a decision allowing for the construction of a Jewish-only apartment complex.

Racism in Jaffa

Beinish, however, hinted that the permit for the building constituted “wrongful discrimination”. 

The petitioners claimed that the Jewish Emunah movement, which intends to market the apartments to the national-religious sector, was engaging in discriminatory marketing.

Thus, the petition says, the Israel Land Administration was acting unlawfully when they agreed to lease the land to the movement. 

Beinish stated that that the appeal is purely “theoretical” because land rights have already been given to Emunah and payments have been made. However, she did add that in future cases similar to this one, such bids must include a stipulation forbidding discrimination regarding housing. 

The Administrative Affairs Court in Tel Aviv rejected the appeal by Ajami residents made earlier this year, claiming the petitioners did not validate the stipulations of the bid and did not apply for it, and therefore cannot become involved in the case.

The petitioners appealed to the Supreme Court, but President Beinish and Justices Miriam Naor and Yoram Danziger denied their request, due to the fact that the deal had already been completed. 

However, they added that this issue raises important questions, such as the status of public petitioners in cases of construction bids, private corporations’ subordination to anti-discrimination laws, and the extent to which managers may supervise marketing methods of land leased to groups of unique cultural or religious backgrounds.

Beinish wrote that there is a basis to the claim that the Israel Land Administration should oversee the methods of marketing land so it will be fair, even if the company that won the bid is private. 

She stated that the Ajami residents were right to criticize the decision to define the national-religious public as a minority group in need of religious and cultural protection, but that in this case, the court can not make a decision because it would not be “practical to provide the petitioners with the assistance they desire”.

Beinish ruled that in future cases, bids must include a stipulation forbidding the winner from discriminating against certain groups while selling housing units. 

“This is an important and worthy ruling due the public status of the Israel Land Administration and it being a limited public resource, which must be shared equally,” explained Beinish. 

In regards to the rejection the petitioner’s lawyer said: “This decision is disappointing, but it contains important statements which will prevent public land discrimination from now on.”

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3.  Forwarded

by the JPLO List 

The settlements have been a project of main street Jewish America
by K. FELDMAN <http://mondoweiss.net/author/k-feldman/> on NOVEMBER 6,
2010 ·

http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/the-settlements-have-been-a-project-of-ma\
in-street-jewish-america.html
>

The ironic part about this Al Jazeera video is that, because it’s Al Jazeera, they have

to frame their story as “going undercover” to expose sales in the settlement of Efrat by

real estate giant Anglo-Saxon http://www.anglo-saxon.com/en/index.php (motto: “have

a foothold in Israel”). And yet, there’s nothing secret about the very mundane way that the Green Line has been erased for the past 30+ years. I approach real estate agents as simply a New York-based reporter, and they are happy to talk my ear off. Just this past June, the Jewish
Agency hosted a real estate expo
<http://mondoweiss.net/2010/06/israeli-expo-in-nyc-markets-settlement-pe\
nthouses.html
> in the Times Square Marriott, where property on both sides of the Green

Line was for sale—with no mention of the 1967 borders in sight. Notice how the Anglo-Saxon real estate agent in the video has an American accent? She’s probably from New York.

In reporting a print story, four of the four real estate agents I’ve talked to who sell settlement property to Americans–either immigrants or people buying second homes–have been from New York.
According to the Jewish Agency, 580 New Yorkers (state, not city) made aliyah in 2009.

The aliyah coordinator at Efrat, having moved from Ditmas Park (Brooklyn) herself, told

me that of the 20 *families* that moved to Efrat in 2009, HALF of them were from the NY/NJ area. (In total, 85 North Americans moved to Efrat that year.) She wanted to make sure I knew that Efrat was itself founded in 1983 by New Yorker Shlomo Riskin with members of his Lincoln Square Synagogue http://www.lss.org/> in the Upper West Side (where, not incidentally,
the current <http://www.lss.org/content.php?pg=Clergy&ID=96> head rabbi has studied w/ Riskin in Efrat).

“Since, compared to other places, a large percentage of the residents of Efrat are English-speaking, it is only natural that other Anglo-Saxons would find Efrat to be a comfortable and familiar place in which to make their home,” Oded Revivi, the mayor of Efrat, wrote me
an email. (Efrat’s practice of dumping their sewage
<http://www.poica.org/editor/case_studies/view.php?recordID=610

on surrounding Palestinian farmland went unmentioned.) Mayor Revivi added, “In addition, Efrat was planned and continues to be built on a high standard with beautiful homes, gardens, playgrounds, cultural activities, award-winning educational institutions and a warm and caring
community, making it an ideal place to raise a family.” And where does the land for those playgrounds come from? 30% of Efrat is built http://peacenow.org/entries/miami_herald_this_is_israel

on property confiscated from the Palestinian village of al-Khader. Occupation is a
process of expansion, of course. Just one example: in 2008, the IDF’s Civil Administration declared that another 90 dunums of al-Khader’s property was now (Jewish) state land.

It was needed to build a park http://www.peacenow.org.il/site/en/peace.asp?pi=61&fld=495&docid=3497 for the residents of Efrat.

At a recent Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah expo in October, I picked up a booklet published by the Jerusalem Post, “A Tribute to Western Aliyah:
Building a Stronger Israel, One person at a time.” (With nothing labeled as a “settlement,”

be sure to peruse the NBN Israeli community database http://www.nbn.org.il/communities/jtemplate/community/6 if you want to “live the dream”—and don’t care on which side of the Green Line you realize it.) In the JPost booklet, there’s a
contribution from Dr. Karin Amit of the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration in which she boasts “only 7.3% of [North American immigrants] live in Judea and Samaria.”

That’s a significant number when you consider Amit’s other stat–that 30,500 immigrants have moved to Israel from Canada and the U.S. since 1990. Problem with the math is that I don’t think it’s right. At all. Consider one anglo-concentrated settlement: Hashmonaim, across the Wall from Ni’lin, population 3000, is 40% American (according to the settlement’s aliyah coordinators).

Then, too, there are all the Americans who live in Efrat and elsewhere—both in Israel and “Israel”—who telecommute and actual commute back to their jobs in the U.S. At the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah expo, I went to an extremely informative telecommuting presentation by
former New Yorker Eric Guth http://il.linkedin.com/pub/eric-guth/0/9/b2a of Efrat

Networks http://blog.efratnetworks.com/> . Highlight from the Efrat Networks
testimonials page <http://www.efratnetworks.com/testimonials.asp> :

“I’m constantly traveling back and forth from Israel to New York, working in both locations.

I needed a solution that would allow me to be on top of my business in New York, even

when I am away from the store. Efrat Networks created a powerful, yet very simple to

use solution for me that allows me to communicate with my clients, vendors, and

employees as if I was in the store every day. The bottom line is that I can spend
more relaxed time with my family in Israel, while keeping the business going at full

steam in New York. Thanks Efrat Networks for taking the time to first understand

my business needs and then come up with a creative set of communication and

computer solutions that not only work, but also fit my budget.

Jeffrey Mark, JMark Interiors <http://www.jmarkinteriors.com/> ,
Cedarhurst, NY. / Efrat, Israel”

Efrat is just a single settlement—and, to be sure, one that draws more Americans than most other settlements. But it should help us remember: when we talk about the Occupation and American Jews’ relationship to it, there’s more to the picture than the U.S. political
leadership not having a spine and caving to the Israel lobby.

There’s a real flow of not just funding from American magnates like Irving Moscowitz <http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Moskowitz_Irving  but also dollars and

bodies from main street Jewish America to the settlements. As the mayor of Efrat,

Oded Revivi, put it to me in an email, the settlement “needed a strong and idealistically motivated population base which Rabbi Riskin’s New Yorkers, NJers and other
economically strong Anglo-Saxons provided.”
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4.  [forwarded by Ofer]

From: One Democratic State Group <onedemocraticstategroup@gmail.com>

Date: Sat, Nov 6, 2010

Subject: Open Letter from Gaza Students to the European Students’ Union: Oppose Apartheid and War Crimes (correct version)
To:

Open Letter from Gaza Students to the European Students’ Union: Oppose Apartheid

and War Crimes. 

November.06.2010

Besieged Gaza, Palestine

          We are writing to you as students from the besieged Gaza Strip whose entire educational system has been crippled as a result of Israel’s four-year long and ongoing blockade. We are deeply distressed that you held your annual conference this year in Jerusalem, a conference organized by the National Union of Israeli Students and the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, in addition to the Prime Minister’s Office. We are saddened that you failed to empathize with us and  break through the silence imposed on our voices by the state you visited, to stand against what the United Nations Special Rapporteur John Dugard described as the only remaining case after South Africa, “of a Western-affiliated regime that denies self-determination and human rights to a developing people and that has done so for so long.” [1]  

Amidst the ongoing siege and occupation, while we were massacred over the new year of 2009, the world’s governing bodies and judiciaries watched on. For 22 horror stricken days, we were left alone to face the fourth largest army in the world, a state with more than 400 nuclear heads which has frequently used all of its destructive powers on our civilian population.

We faced F16s, F15s, F35s, Merkava tanks, Apache helicopters, naval gunboats and illegal, flesh burning white phosphorous which resulted in more than 1400 casualties, including 413 children. On the first day of the massacre, over 500 Israeli warplanes set about bombing the entire Gaza Strip. It was 11:23 am, the time that students left their schools and universities, after the winter term examination period. According to main-stream Human Rights Organizations, including B’tselem, the majority of casualties were children below the age of 18. 

In the course of the assault 37 primary and secondary schools were hit, including 18 that were operating as shelters for those fleeing their homes. The American International School was destroyed, and four buildings of the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) demolished.[2] The United Nations Goldstone investigation reported that, “the Gaza military operations were directed by Israel at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population.”[3] Yet no action has been taken by the international community 

Since it was founded on the ruins of Palestinian refugees, Israel has violated more United Nations resolutions than any other, including article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights pertaining to education and the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Our right to education is continually denied, in breach of article 50 of the Fourth Geneva Convention relating to the protection of civilians in times of war which demands that all institutions, “devoted to the care and education of children” have their work facilitated by the occupying power 

In Gaza, Israel’s four year long blockade has prevented even the most basic student necessities such as stationary, paper, books, school bags—students frequently don’t have the candles to study under in light of the enforced shortage of electricity. The resulting poverty has required many aspiring students to drop out early to work for their family and except for a tiny few, pursuing scholarships abroad is next to impossible. 

This is not to mention Israel’s ruthless occupation of the West Bank, its expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements, the construction of the illegal Apartheid Separation Wall, the restriction of Palestinian movement and humiliations at the over 600 West Bank checkpoints and the illegal annexation of Jerusalem, the location of your annual conference.  

The 1948 Palestinians, who had Israeli citizenship imposed on them, suffer greatly from discriminatory laws and policies that Jewish citizens of Israel enjoy. Our only fault is that of belonging to the ‘wrong religion’. The words of many Israeli policy makers suggest even more of our people could soon be violently expelled to accompany the ‘slow motion ethnic cleansing’ that has been taking place since 1948.   

We call on you not to yield to this merciless Israeli propaganda machine that aims to whitewash Israeli crimes, and join the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, to isolate Israel until it complies with International Law, ends its illegal siege on Gaza, its 53 year military occupation of the West Bank, its racially motivated discriminatory policies against the 1.4 million indigenous arab population in Israel and the denial  the right of return to the millions of victims of Israel’s ethnic cleansing. 

The Palestinian call for the academic boycott of Israel has been supported by academics and students around the world. Universities and colleges such as UC, Berkeley, University of Michigan (Dearborne), Hampshire College and Sussex University and others have all launched efforts to boycott and divest from companies that support Israeli apartheid and occupation. After visiting the Holy Land, Archbishop and BDS activist Desmund Tutu said:

I never tire of speaking about the very deep distress in my visits to the Holy Land; they remind me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like we did when young white police officers prevented us from moving about. My heart aches. I say, “Why are our memories so short?”  

When the European Students’ Union began life in 1982 as the ‘Western European Students Information Bureau’ Students and their Unions were leading the way in opposition to the racist Apartheid South African regime. There was no negotiating with such oppression based on race – there was only one word: BOYCOTT. People no longer believed the Afrikaner rhetoric just like many around the world are now not falling for the ‘Rebrand Israel’ campaign. Like now, the support of Western Governments for the decades-long oppression resulted in the failure to apply justice through the traditional means of holding human rights violators and war criminals to account. 

Just as students throughout the 80s were banning Barclays bank from campuses for their investment in Apartheid, we had hopes of similar solidarity given the unique savagery and imprisonment we Palestinians are subjected to. You failed to remember such times when it wasn’t easy to stand on the right side of history, and take a stand as only student movements can. Instead, you decided to normalize with an Apartheid regime by attending the European Students’ Union meeting in Jerusalem. Moreover, you failed to stand up for those the tour did not show you,  those whose voices are strangled, whose hopes are permanently shot down and whose loved ones are still grieving.

 Besieged Gaza,

The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI) 

References:

[1] http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6602.shtml

[2] http://jordantimes.com/?news=14

[3] http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/MediaSummaryReport_English.doc

[4] http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

[5] http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/article675369.ece/Israeli-ties–a-chance-to-do-the-right-thingEndorsed

by: Clare Solomon, President, University of London Union

Arfah Farooq, Black and Ethnic Officer, Goldsmiths Students’ Union

Mark Bergfeld, National Union Students, National Executive Committee

Hanif Leylabi National Union Students, LGBT Committee

James Haywood, Campaigns and Communications Officer, Goldsmiths Students’ Union

Ashok Kumar, Education Officer, LSE Students’ Union

One Democratic State Group

 The state said that Marti and Chappell belong to the International Solidarity Movement, an organization “that supports an ideology that is anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian and universally revolutionary.” Haaretz 24/03/10

Equality or nothing. — Edward Said

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5.  Haaretz

Police, Bedouin clash as state demolishes condemned Rahat mosque

Mosque, which police say was funded by the Islamic Movement’s Northern

Branch, had been marked for demolition as a result of it being illegally constructed;

residents begin rebuilding demolished mosque Sunday.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/police-bedouin-clash-as-state-demolishes-condemned-rahat-mosque-1.323337

By Yanir Yagna

Riots broke out at the Bedouin city of Rahat late Saturday night as a massive evacuation force arrived at the Negev town and demolished a condemned city mosque.

Police sources said the mosque had been marked for demolition months ago as a result of it being illegally constructed, adding that the structur’s construction was funded by the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch during the Gaza war, in late 2008 and early 2009.

A massive evacuation force, comprising over 5,000 policemen, tractors, and ambulances, descended on the town late Saturday, with initial reports claiming riots broke out between police and thousands of locals.

Thousands of the city’s residents reportedly hurled stones at the police officers securing the demolition, with police returning tear gas fire. A few protestors were arrested.

Police forces then moved to demolish the structure as soon as the mosque had been

emptied of scripture and ritual objects. An order for the mosque’s demolition was

issued by the southern district’s planning committee in April of this year, with the

Be’er Sheva District Court rejecting an appeal against the decision three months later.

According to Rahat mayor Faiz Abu Sahiban claimed the act was a direct offense

against all Muslims, saying that the “police should act responsibly and use its discretion.”

“They should at least postpone the demolition until after the holiday,” Sahiban said,

adding that the act was a “flagrant violation” of Rahat’s jurisdiction. “

We have four mosques that were built without due permit, so they can demolish them all.”

The Rahat municipality decaled a general strike in wake of the demolition.

Israel Police released a statement following the demolition, saying its actions

demonstrated the police “would not turn a blind eye and would protect the rule

of law, all the while acting with the utmost consideration of Muslim sentiment.”

Rahat residents on Sunday began rebuilding the demolisehed mosque.

“If they continue to destroy it, we will rebuild the mosque over and over again,”

said Yusuf Abu Jama, leader of the northern branch of the Isalmic Movement in Rahat.

“No we are unified, the northern branch and the southern branch [of the Islamic movement]. Today, Arab people from all over the country will come to show their solidarity.”

Abu Jam’a added that the mosque was built to deter drug dealing activity that took

place in the area.

Rahat, situated just north of Be’er Sheva, is the Negev’s only Bedouin city, with over

52,000 residents.

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6.  Forwarded by the JPLO List,

November 07, 2010

 Israel is right to be concerned
By Rami G. Khouri
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=5&article
_id=121218#axzz14TFlo55M
 

We can learn much from the Israeli government’s decision this week to suspend a

special strategic dialog with the United Kingdom because of concerns that Israeli

officials could be arrested and indicted with crimes against humanity in the UK,

according to a British law that provides for “universal jurisdiction” in such cases,

i.e., a suspect of any country can be charged, detained and tried in a British court

even if the alleged crimes occurred in a third country and did not include British

citizens among the victims. Israel’s Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni recently cancelled

a trip to London as did Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor this week, because he was

advised that he risked being arrested.

Palestinians in the UK in recent years have filed charges against Israeli officials and British courts have issued arrest warrants for some Israeli officials, though none have actually been taken intocustody. The important dimension of this is the concern among many Israelis – justified, in my view – that Israel is being subjected to a “de-legitimization” campaign. This is exactly what is happening, and it scares Israelis more than anything else in the
world.

The one most-coveted thing that Israel lacks in the eyes of its Palestinian foes and other Arab and international critics is legitimacy and acceptance. It’s one thing if Yemen, Algeria or Somalia do not recognize Israel, but it is another and much more significant thing entirely if the UK government – the historical midwife of Zionism and the Israeli state – issues arrest warrants charging Israeli officials with crimes against humanity.

Exactly 93 years ago this week the British government issued the Balfour Declaration that pledged support for the creation of “a national home for the Jewish people.” Now, London

 joins others in the world who seek to hold accountable to the international rule of law those Israeli leaders at the helm of that “Jewish national home” that is the sovereign state of Israel – sovereign, but still largely unaccepted in its present configuration.

Israel is not particularly worried about its military security, given its known conventional and nuclear capabilities. It has been in a constant state of war with its neighbors for the past 62 years because it has never been fully and formally acknowledged as legitimate by its Arab neighbors. Israel is strong militarily, politically, economically, culturally, and technologically – but it remains vulnerable and uneasy because it is not accepted in the Middle East as a normal,
legitimate country.

This is primarily because it has refused to come to terms with the national and territorial

rights of the Palestinian people whom it largely dispossessed, ethnically cleansed, displaced

and exiled in the process of creating the Jewish-majority state of Israel.

All the Arab states have formally offered to coexist in peace with Israel on he basis of the 2002 Arab peace plan which Israel has steadfastly ignored, so this is not about destroying Israel, as Zionist zealots and other howlers claim. The de-legitimization campaign aims to point out that Israeli official actions are often criminal in nature when Israel uses massive and disproportionate force, siege tactics, collective punishment, mass incarceration, torture, assassination, colonization, land theft and other such illegal and criminal behavior in
its routine dealings with Palestinians and other Arabs.

The reason Israel reacted so vehemently and almost irrationally last year to the Goldstone Commission report on both Israel’s and Hamas’ conduct of the 2008-09 Gaza war was

because this represented a frightening new form of formally sanctioned global criticism of
Israel’s excessive use of violence, and, more importantly, sought international follow-up to

hold Israel and Hamas accountable for their behavior. It’s one thing if Yemen, Algeria

or Somalia accuse Israel of war crimes, but it is another thing altogether when the organs

of the UN do this through a commission headed by one of the world’s most respected jurists.

Israel has predicated its entire foreign policy since its inception on being able to use any force

it deems necessary to protect and assert itself. The criticisms it is receiving, and legal moves such as the Goldstone Commission or the British indictments, are much more frightening to Israel than any missiles it might face from its surroundings, because they chip away at the one indispensable element that Israel has always relied on for its security, wellbeing and Zionist
self-assertion: impunity in military actions across the entire Middle East, its colonization of Arab lands, and its structural dispossession and subjugation of the Palestinian people.

This is Israel’s Achilles Heel, which is why this movement to challenge Israeli impunity is so significant, and will continue to grow until it achieves a political resolution that is fair to both
Palestinians and Israelis, who can enjoy equal rights in a configuration of mutually satisfying statehood, and affirms rather than tramples on the dictates of the global rule of law.

Israel is right to be worried, because its criminal behavior is finally being subjected to formal global scrutiny.

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Destroy Iran and be called a moderate US politician  

07 Nov 2010

A leading American politician on utterly destroying the Islamic Republic. Just imagine if an Iranian leader spoke about bombing and killing US troops:

A leading US senator on defense issues said Saturday any military strike on Iran to stop its nuclear program must also strive to take out Iran’s military capability. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who sits on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, said the US shouldn’t just consider a surgical strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

“My view of military force would be not to just neutralize their nuclear program, which are probably dispersed and hardened, but to sink their navy, destroy their air force and deliver a decisive blow to the Revolutionary Guard.

“In other words, neuter that regime,” added Graham, who spoke at the Halifax International Security Forum.

Graham said he hoped that would help Iranians have a chance to take back their government. He said he still believes there is time for economic sanctions to work, but said sanctions currently in place are not “crippling.” 

 

 

 

 

 
How dare critics challenge the “glorious heritage” of Zionism?

 06 Nov 2010

Zionist democracy exists only to serve groups and individuals who back the glorious Jewish state. A real democracy both allows and supports robust dissent; Israel is not that country:

A number of MKs are objecting to the ongoing artists’ boycott of the soon-to-open Ariel culture center, and on Saturday MK Yariv Levin (Likud) suggested the government withdraw funding from theaters supporting the protest.

“We must put an end to the fact that taxpayers’ money is going straight into the pockets of fringe groups, who use these funds in order to promote an anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish narrative and boycott the very public which supports them,” Levin said.

Dozens of theater figures backing the boycott sent a letter on Friday to Be’er Sheva Theater actors, urging them to join the fight. Of this, Levin said he would call an urgent hearing of the Knesset Education Committee and demand the government alter the criteria for the funding of theaters and cultural institutions “in order to prevent the transfer of state funds to those who boycott some of its citizens”. “The vast majority of the Israeli public is sick and tired of lunatic fringe groups taking control of Israeli theater and cinema. We must halt the fiscal support in the field of culture and set new guidelines that stress the encouragement of works of art that express the culture of our forefathers and our glorious heritage,” he said.

MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) joined Levin and inveighed against “expressions of hatred under the guise of culture, which push away any chance at peace”.

“The artists’ apartheid letter, which boycotts Israeli citizens, not only does not promote national willingness to achieve peace, but also pushes it away. Ariel, as a settlement bloc, will be included in any peace agreement within the borders of the state. Every big party leader must stress to artists who receive the Israel Prize where the peaceful borders of the State of Israel are to pass,” he said.

MK Michael Ben Ari also voiced anger over the letter. “Whoever participates in the boycott of Ariel should take into consideration that we will clip his budget wings and withhold funds. We will not allow parasitic artists who milk the national budget to enjoy both worlds. Those who boycott can go to Salam Fayyad for money, not the Knesset,” he said.

 

 

Abusing detainees and bike hiring; in a day’s work for Serco

 06 Nov 2010

Serco is finding its way into every part of our lives, a multinational with the right connections and a big wallet:

British services giant Serco has secured a 140 million pound contract to set up a bicycle hire scheme in central London that aims to tackle overcrowding on the capital’s commuter networks.

The contract with local travel authority Transport for London (TfL) to install and operate the London Cycle Hire Scheme will run for six years with a possible two-year extension, the company said on Wednesday.

The scheme will allow users to pick up a bike from one of 400 docking stations in London’s 44 square kilometre (16 sq mile) central travel zone, and dock it at another station instead of having to return it to source.

The initiative, which was announced by Mayor and well known cycling enthusiast Boris Johnson in April, is due to be launched next summer and is expected to generate an additional 40,000 bicycle journeys per day in the city.

“We believe that, through our detailed planning and careful design, we have a leading edge scheme which is capable of being rolled out in other cities which are facing many of the same transport challenges,” said Serco’s Chief Executive Officer Christopher Hyman.

 

 

Rajapakse gets a taste of his caged future

06 Nov 2010

It’s not just Israeli war criminals who have to watch where they travel; justice will follow you everywhere:

The president of Sri Lanka has called off a visit to Britain after exiled Tamil groups announced that they would attempt to have him arrested over alleged war crimes.

The trip by Mahinda Rajapakse, which would have included an address to the Oxford Union, was aborted at short notice after Tamil activists said they would seek a warrant under the principle of universal jurisdiction which allows prosecution in this country for alleged human rights abuses committed abroad.

The Sri Lankan government maintained there had been a change of plan due to Mr Rajapakse’s busy schedule and the Foreign Office in London said in a statement it “had no indication” that fears over being detained was the reason behind the cancellation.

The foreign ministry in Colombo insisted that the visit has been “postponed” to a later date. This, in effect, would avert the embarrassment of an attempted arrest, as the British government is in the process of amending the universal jurisdiction law which had led to a number of foreign governments expressing concern.

The Israeli government announced, on the eve of a visit by British foreign secretary William Hague, that it was breaking off “strategic dialogue” with London after Israeli deputy prime minister Dan Meridor became the latest senior figure from the country to scrap plans to come to England because of concerns of legal action. 

In the most high-profile case of universal jurisdiction, the former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, was arrested by Scotland Yard during a visit to the UK in 1998 over tortures and murder committed by his military junta when he was in power.

Assange loves and loathes the MSM

 06 Nov 2010  

Julian Assange of Wikileaks tells Al-Jazeera about his group’s relationship with the mainstream media. Intelligent discussion on a serious news network:

 

 

 

 

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By John Kaminski

pseudoskylax@gmail.com
http://johnkaminski.info/

We don’t have leaders, statesmen, or philosopher kings anymore. We have bagmen for the Jewish financial mob that rules the known world with its money tricks, with not a patriot in sight when the orders come down from the big boys, the top Rockefellers, Rothschilds and Schiffs.

I’d been wondering why the Jewish media have given patriotism such a bad name — inferring it is kind of a retrograde emotion that has no place in the One World government they are implementing, and hence, has gone out of fashion. This is what they’re telling the kids in your school. I got it when I went to school, too. What a clever way to destroy a country, eh?

The old Jewish multicultural scam — strength in diversity, they called it — has worked really well for them, destabilizing every country it has infected. In Israel of course, this social plan does not apply, as only Jews are deemed legitimate citizens.

And throughout the world, every Jew — every believer in the Jewish holy book The Talmud — believes that all non Jews are beasts, cattle, cockroaches, and most especially, able to be exploited, robbed and murdered with absolutely no pang of Jewish moral conscience, because the rabbis have repeatedly said and still say today that all these actions are perfectly OK, and that non Jews are on this planet to serve Jews.

You diggin’ that?

If you’re wondering where your money went — not to mention your country — look no further than Israel, the Sanhedrin world court which can capture anyone in the world and abduct them for execution, the City of London, owned by the biggest Jewish bankers, and the chambers of the U.S. Capitol building, where the U.S. Congress meets, which has long been known to the whole world as being Israeli occupied territory.

You are kept from knowing this by the worldwide Jewish media mindlock, which trumpets the Holocaust in its quest to get you to worship death as Jews do, which is also why they conduct all these invasions of other countries and false flag terror exhibitions on holidays significant to their demonic calendar. Purim, celebrating the ancient Jewish slaughter of Iranians, is their favorite.

We have lost sight of who and what our lives are for. This top down government gives up a top down society, where the slave owners have ruled the roost for 3,000 years. We’re in a more refined mode of slavery now, regimented by hourly wages and debt based tortures that fund enormous projects we don’t need to make our lives better, while ignoring the essentials of good, warm lives because we can make more money working for beaucoup bucks per hour manufacturing parts for Jewish drone air assault vehicles than we can tending our own gardens, growing our own food, and interacting with the dream world Garden of Eden of our own choosing, absolutely no government assistance needed.

It was with shock that I learned that the very beginnings of civilization, of course, involved a desperate struggle for survival in which the cultivation of grains seemed to solve the problem of an exploding population in the archeological analyses of the Natufian culture at Jericho in 8500 BC. Grain based diets, however, are essentially toxic to our digestive systems, and also create shorter, less robust humans (as the Mexican and Japanese cultures demonstrate) than those meat-eating European Aryans. Thus it was, for the health of the species, that the creation of cities significantly diminished us physically, due to dependence on grain. A wrong turn so very long ago, compounded by so many other errors of fear in the centuries to come.

Snap forward to today: Are people beginning to realize that the noble sentiments of our Founding Fathers have been totally betrayed by our dependence on our cancerous foreign entanglement? No one in Congress should be out of jail. They are not working for the people, or for peace. They are working for their financial masters (all of whom just happen to be Jewish), and for war.

Before you get too enthusiastic about your rising patriotic fervor, let me give you a heads up about a new book out, Thomas diLorenzo’s “Hamilton’s Curse,” which I hope later to describe at greater length once I’ve read it. Its thesis, however, hits the nail on the head about exactly what went wrong with the American experiment.

We talk about how this country was founded by Thomas Jefferson, but what we really got was the country engineered by Alexander Hamilton, the guy on the $10 bill. And that means the banks never really lost their grip on the behind-the-scenes terrain of the U.S. government, except perhaps for a brief period in the 1830s during the administration of Andrew Jackson, who avoided assassination by the bankers only because the assassin’s gun misfired twice.

So the whole America thing was essentially flawed from the outset. The Bill of Rights is really a nonapplicable feel good item that was added to the rest of the Constitution as prudent public relations. Judges in courts today don’t want to hear anything about the Bill of Rights, because they use a totally different system of law that only they and the lawyers know, one of the great flaws in the U.S. governmental setup.

Yet, the fact remains there is no better basic model of government that has been devised (notwithstanding the Homeland Security mutilations it has recently undergone). It can be perfected, with an emphasis on its essential guarantees rather than on the profiteers who have sabotaged these safeguards.

The U.S. government as it stands now is wholly illegitimate, prostituted as it is to the worldwide Jewish financial octopus, a situation that has existed, in the words of Ezra Pound, since the Civil War!

Our elected representatives who attempted to point this out were utterly destroyed by Jewish media and the Jewish controlled government of Woodrow Wilson and all the others. Did you know J. Edgar Hoover once threw Charles Lindbergh to the ground while the FBI was breaking up a campaign rally for Lindbergh’s father, who was trying to warn the world about the Federal Reserve in 1913? Guess who told me that, Eustace?

No, you wouldn’t have read that in a Jewish newspaper (all the newspapers are Jewish now) or learned that from a Jewish schoolbook (and you can bet all the schoolbooks are Jewish now).

The entire American history of the 20th century is essentially one of Jewish manipulation from behind the scenes, letting Americans think Jews were just another minority, just part of the landscape. Now, realize that every song and every book you’ve ever heard, every TV show you’ve ever watched and every movie you’ve ever seen, has been at least approved but more often than not wholly created by Jewish censors who have moved society substantially in the direction of disintegration by denigrating every aspect of authority except their own.

They’ve controlled our music, our movies, our books and our schools for the better part of a hundred years. It’s no wonder no student in America is really educated anymore; they’re propagandized rather than taught how to learn, and how to think. This situation was no accident.

No one can get elected to Congress without supporting Israel, which is the central source of all the terror and injustice now afflicting the entire planet with this phony, constructed claptrap about terror, constantly being created by the CIA/MI6/Mossad to keep the addled goyim populaces convinced that they need the protection of all these superweapons and draconian security measures. It’s all bullshit, created by the Jews.

They blow up things, then blame it on somebody else. But a funny thing seems to be happening. Nobody seems to believe those stories anymore.

For a nation that was founded on the notions of liberty and justice for all, we have plummeted into a mindless mechanism of regimentation that enthusiastically tortures people it knows are innocent (because it invented the bad guys and knows who they are) in which all human potential is flushed through a media meatgrinder of perverse conditioning that keeps people deluded and dependent on Big Brother. I think I wrote something once called “The Teeth in the Smile.”

And more people are seeing the government as their enemy, which it is, as Thomas Jefferson told us, on numerous occasions. His best is probably the most important message we could possibly receive at this time: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Perhaps the wisest of the so-called Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin predicted a fickle future for the new republic because of one questionable group. “If you do not exclude them from these United States in the Constitution, in less than 200 years they will have swarmed here in such great numbers that they will dominate and devour the land, and change our form of government, for which we Americans have shed our blood, given our lives, our substance, and jeopardized our liberty. If you do not exclude them, in less than 200 years our descendants will be working in the fields to furnish them substance, while they will be in the counting houses rubbing their hands.

I warn you, gentlemen, if you do not exclude the Jews for all time, your children will curse you in your graves.” This disputed quote was allegedly recorded by Georgia Gov. Charles C. Pinckney all those long years ago. And it has come to pass.

This is no government “by the people, of the people, and for the people,” as Lincoln once so proudly proclaimed. It is a government by the money, of the moneyed, and for the money,” which is why so many people in this world are dying needlessly in grand intrigues that really have nothing to do with them as people.

This is the tyranny that needs to be ended immediately, this moral illegitimacy of governments.

It is the purpose of government to be trusted, but that’s hard to do when it tells so many lies. Who, we may ask, are they working for? And why is that not us?

Our religious leaders have totally failed us in these matters, too busy with coverups of their own to alert us to the coverup that enslaves us. But if we don’t understand these bogus relationships, this phony moral cover provided by such theological troglodytes as Billy Graham, Sun Myung Moon, and John Hagee, then our liberty, such as it was, is surely at an end, all due to the moral illegitimacy of governments, always run by the rich with no concern for the poor. And this is why we have the world we have.

Slowly and carefully over all these years, we have been taught not how to care for each other but how to destroy and take advantage of each other. Getting past this barrier will decide whether or not humanity survives.

John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida,
recently rescued from a temporary loss of hope by those who will never
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Sell everything to the highest bidder (cos the state won’t pay)07 Nov 2010

Great American writer and Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi has a new book out, Griftopia. It tells the story of America’s financial crisis and its outsourcing to various shady characters from across the world. Privatisation on speed (something I’m also examining in a forthcoming book):

In the summer of 2009 I got a call from an acquaintance who worked in the Middle East. He was a young American who worked for something called a sovereign wealth fund, a giant state-owned pile of money that swims around the world in search of things to buy.

Sovereign wealth funds, or SWFs, are huge in the Middle East. Most of the bigger oil-producing states have massive SWFs that act as cash repositories (with holdings often kept in dollars) for the revenues generated by, for instance, state-owned oil companies. Unlike the central banks of most Western countries, whose main function is to accumulate reserves in an attempt to stabilize the domestic currency, most SWFs have a mission to invest aggressively and generate huge long-term returns. Imagine the biggest and most aggressive hedge fund on Wall Street, then imagine that that same fund is fifty or sixty times bigger and outside the reach of the SEC or any other major regulatory authority, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what an SWF is.

My buddy was a young guy who’d come up working on the derivatives desk of one of the more dastardly American investment banks. After a few years of that he decided to take a step up morally and flee to the Middle East to go to work advising a bunch of sheiks on how to spend their oil billions.

Aside from the hot weather, it wasn’t such a bad gig. But on one of his trips home, we met in a restaurant and he mentioned that the work had gotten a little, well, weird.

“I was in a meeting where a bunch of American investment bankers were trying to sell us the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” he said. “They even had a slide show. They were showing these Arabs what a nice highway we had for sale, what the toll booths looked like . . .”

I dropped my fork. “The Pennsylvania Turnpike is for sale?”

He nodded. “Yeah,” he said. “We didn’t do the deal, though. But, you know, there are some other deals that have gotten done. Or didn’t you know about this?”

 

Don’t forget what Hillary Clinton really represents07 Nov 2010

Most of the Australian corporate media have fawned over Hillary Clinton’s current visit (an article in the Australian today is headlined, “Then the ladies did lunch”). This photo protest is a necessary exception, reminding us of the rapacious nature of the US state and its killing machine across the Middle East and beyond:

 

Real friends of Israel see it running off a cliff07 Nov 2010

Gideon Levy in Haaretz on challenging delusional Zionism:

Today, your representatives will open your great annual convention, the General Assembly. Between New Orleans’ Marriott and Sheraton hotels, you will be sated with lectures and lecturers, panels and discussion groups. Some will be about you, and some will be about us Israelis. Once again, you will hear all the cliches – and Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni, too.

But this year, you will be meeting in the shadow of last week’s midterm elections – many of you are surely rejoicing over the president’s defeat – and on the eve of fateful decisions.

I read that your menu includes an Israeli breakfast, and also several discussions about the global delegitimization of Israel. Doubtless the speakers will tell you it’s because of anti-Semitism.

Don’t believe them. There is anti-Semitism in the world, but not to the extent they will tell you. Nor is there any “delegitimization of Israel.” There is only delegitimization of Israel’s policy of force and occupation.

That same “anti-Semitic” world knew how to embrace Israel when the latter chose the right path – during the Oslo era, for instance. What most of the world has become fed up with is only Israel’s ongoing occupation and violent policy. And the responsibility (and blame ) for their existence lies with Israel, not the world. The world is hard on Israel, but it also grants it special rights that no other country enjoys.

If Israel is dear to you – and that is true of most of you – then be honest enough to criticize it as it deserves. Think about your personal friends. What would they value more: your blind, automatic support, or criticism born of love when it is warranted?

Your beloved Israel is addicted. It is addicted to occupation and aggression, and someone has to wean it from these addictions. Like any other junkie, it is incapable of helping itself. Thus the job falls to you.

 

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Dear All,

Israel is probably one of the most fortressed countries in the world.  I do not mean the wall; its purpose is not security but land theft.  I mean the security guards at the entrance of banks, supermarkets, cafes, etc etc etc, and I mean the deportations—a kind of psychological fortress against Israel’s critics. 

The first item, in which Ann relates her sad experience, is one too often repeated.  But Ann is not an Israeli citizen.  That does not make her deportation right or just.  The reason that I mention the fact is because the 2nd case is with respect to an Israeli citizen.

There is now a bill awaiting Knesset ratification to turn it into a law that will allow deportation of Israeli citizens—ones not sufficiently loyal.  But if the press release below is correct, then Israel seems ready to apply the practice prior to the law allowing it.  True, Israel has deported or not allowed entry to numerous Jews.  But to the best of my knowledge it has yet to deport a Jewish Israeli citizen.  In Dror Feiler’s case, the citizen does not reside in Israel, but nevertheless, if tomorrow he will not be allowed into Israel, he will be the first Israeli citizen to have been deported.  I wonder if this will become a status symbol eventually.  Israel will be able to rid itself of all its critics, which, however, include some of its top minds and academics.

All the best,

Dorothy

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Subject: Denied Entry-No Academic Freedom

Dear friends and colleagues,

As some of you know, I traveled to Palestine/Israel last Wednesday morning in order to attend a conference. Beforehand I contacted the Israeli Ministry of Interior and obtained a document stating that there was no legal basis to deny me entry into Israel. In addition, my travel companion was a senior academic from SOAS (keynote speaker to the conference) who taught at Tel Aviv University for years. Despite this, however, I was taken aside at Ben Gurion airport passport control and was denied entry.

The official reason I was denied entry is because I was aboard of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and when I showed them the Israeli document they simply replied: ‘We don’t care, we [the military] make the decisions here’. The border control security officials searched me and treated me polite but did not even go through the motions of a democracy. No lawyer, no legal procedures, no embassy and no phone call. Luckily, the security guard let me keep my cell phone for about 20 minutes and I was able to contact my family and speak to the professor who was waiting for me at customs.

Several phone calls of my Israeli friends to the airport authorities couldn’t change their decision and at 11pm I was brought to the Ben Gurion detention center. They searched me again, took away all my personal belongings and I spend the night in a cell. At 7am a security border police van brought me directly to a waiting British Airline flight back to London. They confiscated my luggage but the airline says my suitcase will be delivered to my house before 9 o’clock tonight. My passport now holds an official ‘denied entry into Israel’ stamp.

This deportation, not supported by any legal or security arguments, severely affects my career as I will not be able to conduct fieldwork research in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories anymore. In addition, I am very disappointed that I won’t be able to visit my Palestinian and Israeli friends. Sadly, it also confirms the main research conclusion from my PhD thesis:

‘[…] the “real” conflict in the Middle East is not between Arabs and Jews or even between Palestinians and Israelis, but rather between those who uphold to Zionist exceptionalism and those who believe that Human Rights should apply to all people regardless of race, religion or ethnicity’

For any questions or advice I can be contacted at the address below.

Anne


Anne de Jong PhD Research & RA/GTA
Department of Anthropology
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh St, Russell Sq London
ad56@soas.ac.uk +44 (0) 758 3253 118

The state said that Marti and Chappell belong to the International Solidarity Movement, an organization “that supports an ideology that is anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian and universally revolutionary.” Haaretz 24/03/10

Equality or nothing. — Edward Said

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Dror Feiler <dror.feiler@gmail.com>

Date: November 6, 2010 12:54:12 PM GMT+02:00

Subject: Ship to Gaza-Sweden – Press release 6 November, 2010 – We are coming

Israel tries to prevent Ship to Gaza from seeking justice in Israel

The Israeli Embassy in Stockholm issued a press release on Friday, 5 November, stating that Israel will prevent Ship to Gaza spokesperson Dror Feiler and member of Parliament Mehmet Kaplan from going to Tel Aviv to file a legal complaint against the Israeli government and the Defense Ministry. The stated reason for preventing Feiler and Kaplan’s entry is that “any person who tries to enter Israel illegally will be denied entry into Israel for a period of ten years.”   

That is a curious statement, considering that none of the passengers aboard Ship to Gaza/Freedom Flotilla had attempted to enter Israel. Nor did they have any such intention. Quite the contrary: They were headed for Gaza when they were boarded, arrested and taken to Israel against their will. Nine people were killed and about 30 were seriously wounded during the attack. Vessels, cargo and personal property were all confiscated and, in most cases, have still not been returned. 

The complaint that Feiler and Kaplan intend to file with the Tel Aviv police department and the district attorney—on behalf of all Swedish passengers—is based on the incidents connected with the boarding. The charges are: armed robbery and/or larceny, kidnapping, unlawful deprivation of freedom and aggravated assault.

Ship to Gaza-Sweden expects that Israel is a constitutional state which will allow people— who believe, on good grounds, they have been the victims of crimes committed by state authorities—to file a complaint with the police and prosecutors so that alleged crimes can be investigated. The Swedish passengers are represented by the reputable Israeli attorney, Gaby Lasky. Feiler and Kaplan will travel to Israel as planned on Sunday, in the hopes that justice will be allowed to be served.

Attorney Gaby Lasky
Phone: +972 (0)3-6243215
Mobile: +972 (0)54-4418988

Member of Parliament Mehmet Kaplan: +46 706231234
Dror Feiler, mobile in Israel: +972 544 285577

Ship to Gaza-Sweden
www.shiptogaza.se
Spokespersons:
Dror Feiler: +46 702855777
Ann Ighe: +46 709740739
Media Coordinator:
Mikael Löfgren: +46 707983643
media@shiptogaza.se

Dror Feiler
Bjurholmsgatan 1B
11638 Stockholm
Sweden
 
Tel : +46 8 6442717
Tel : +46 70 2855777 (mobile)

http://drorfeiler.se/

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Suspicious Music? 

 Feiler. ‘In Sweden they don’t understand this logic’ Photo: Bea Feiler

Israeli flotilla participant wants saxophone back

Artist Dror Feiler demands confiscated items be returned. ‘Why does Israel need my saxophone?’

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3978738,00.html

 Hebrew http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3978595,00.html)

Merav Yudilovitch Published:  11.03.10

Israeli artist Dror Feiler will return to Israel this Sunday with Swedish Green Party member Mehmet Kaplan, in order to submit a complaint and a class action for abduction, illegal arrest, physical and emotional abuse and armed theft.

Feiler, who has lived for many years in Sweden, was among the Swedish delegation on the ship that left Greece for Gaza last May, intending to break Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip. Soldiers in the Navy’s Shayetet 13 took over the three vessels that took part in the flotilla.

Among the personal items confiscated from Feiler, he says, were a saxophone and video cameras used to document a display he created on the decks of the ship from raw materials and foodstuffs, which appear on the list of items Israel does not allow into the Strip. 

“The display’s materials, purchased in Athens, included spices such as cumin, jam, and all sorts of things that for some absurd reason were on the IDF list,” Feiler says. “I filmed the display with three cameras and the material was to be used in a performance work in Sweden. Two of the cameras were confiscated by the army and I hope I can get them back so I can continue my work.” 

According to Feiler, even if he doesn’t hear of the reason for the confiscation of his belongings, he can understand why telephones and cameras were taken. However, he doesn’t understand why his saxophone was taken – and he’s coming to Israel determined to get it back. 

“Why does Israel need my saxophone?” he wonders. “I really want it back. A saxophone is not a weapon, and I find it hard to understand how someone could think to confiscate a musical instrument.” 

Feiler recalls the well-known Swedish author Henning Mankell who was on the deck of the ship. Among the confiscated items was Mankell’s manuscript for a TV series on his father-in-law, the famous director Ingmar Bergman.

“What does Israel gain by holding this manuscript?” Feiler asks. “Why wasn’t it returned? It’s hard to avoid the thought that the Israeli government thinks it can do whatever it wants and the world will accept it quietly. In Sweden they don’t understand this logic; it’s the behavior of animals and someone will have to pay.” 

‘I’m not against Israel’

Feiler is aware that the announcement of his arrival is liable to prevent his entry into Israel, but he hopes this won’t happen. 

“Preventing my entry wouldn’t be logical, but I am aware that it’s hard to count on the logic of Israeli authorities, so there is certainly a fear that they won’t let me enter,” he says. “It would be strange. After all, I was born in Israel, my mother lives in Israel and I have friends and family there. It’s my right to enter and explain to anyone who wants to hear what the aim of the flotilla was and why I work overtime against the policies of the Israeli government.”

“I emphasize that my activities are not against Israel or its residents,” he continues. “On the contrary, they stem from love and the desire to help and find a solution. I want Israel to continue to exist, and in my opinion the biggest threats to its existence are not Iran, Hezbollah or the Palestinians, but the Israeli government whose policies are leading to destruction. If the policies don’t change, the future of Israel will be like that of the Crusader kingdoms that disappeared.”

If he succeeds in regaining his saxophone, Feiler plans to finish off his visit with a festive concert, a series of events held by Jenin’s Freedom Theater as part of the campaign to break the Gaza siege.  

“I very much want to visit the theater in Jenin,” says Feiler, who is listed as a member of the management and is one of the theater’s founders. “I feel responsibility towards this institution, which brings cultural activities to the (refugee) camp for the sake of peace and understanding. Art is a bridge between cultures and people.”

 

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PEACE OIL ZIONIST PROJECT

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This first cropped up about 4 years age, and re-emerges each Christmas season. “Peace” Oil  is an initiative of The Charities Advisory Trust and its director Hilary Blume. It was heavily sponsored by the Zionist Federation at a time when Zaytoun was making a breakthrough. It as sold as cross-community cooperation, and many charities were unwittingly selling the oil on their Christmas stalls along with seasonal cards etc supplied by Blume’s organisation.  

The olives are supplied entirely by Israel and are grown in the Carmel hills. The press is owned by a Druze family and I think the labouring work is done by Palestinians. Most South African businesses employed black south africans as labourers in the Apartheid days.

If you buy this oil you are helping the economy of Israel.All the tax revenue raised is paid to Israel and is used to support the occupation. When pressed to say what “peace” projects the profits were spent on, Hilary Blume could only come up with a tiny project which was a slimmimg club for Arab and Jewish women. This was before they came up with the rather more effective slimming club known as the siege of Gaza.

When asked about the purpose of the project, Hilary Blume said “busy hands cannot throw stones” No mention of busy hands operating helicopter gunships.This is an entirely Zionist project. Not to be confused with American Peace Oil which seems to be a genuine organisation.

If anyone sees “Peace” oil on a stall anywhere, please let people know what it is. The word “Peace” is very potent, and people can easily be misled.

This might be one for the Charity Commissioners sometime

Terry Gallogly

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