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RESPECT SUPPORTS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

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Here’s a curious piece in the European Jewish Press. Apparently RESPECT was behind the Holocaust Memorial Day. The Muslim Council of Britain has been castigated by various Zionists in the media for boycotting HMD. Well now RESPECT’s support for the event has caused great disgruntlement to Zionists. Check this:

We believe that RESPECT may have organised this Holocaust Memorial Day event as a political ploy to inoculate them against what so called future charges of anti-Semitism.

When they attack the Zionists in future, they will point to their embrace of Holocaust Memorial Day to demonstrate that their criticism is purely about the Zionist state of ‘Israel’ and that they care very much about Jews.

The question is what does SALM YAKOV RESPECT councillor and RESPECT have to do to appease this particular Zionist group?

Should it make like the MCB and boycott HMD? Personally, I’m not comfortable with HMD as the Zionist has clearly used the holocaust to justify its own actions but I suppose there are lessons that can be drawn from it in terms of why we should oppose all manifestations of racist rule.

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ZIO=NAZI GESTAPO SHOT & WOUNDED FOUR PALESTINIANS

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Nov 28, 2010
 

A Palestinian boy looks at a man reacting to Zio=Nazi’s killing of a fellow Palestinian.
Nazi Gestapo’s fire has inflicted injury on more Palestinians, who are resorted to collecting and selling rubble to cope with Nazi’s siege.

On Sunday, the Zio=Nazi military shot and wounded four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, in the town of Beit Hanun in the north of the coastal sliver.

“The troops fired towards their lower bodies and identified several hits,” a spokesman for the Zio=Nazi military said about the incident.

The scavengers, including women and children, sell the materials that they glean from the remnants of Nazo illegal settlements to contractors and factories in Gaza as a coping strategy against Nazi’s blockade on the enclave.

The all-out land, aerial and naval restrictions have been depriving 1.5 million Gazans of food, fuel and other necessities for more than three years now.

Zio=Nazi army has, however, declared a “restricted” zone in the border area, occasionally opening fire on the debris collectors.

Highlighting the recurrent shootings, an August study by the United Nations showed, “Palestinians have been totally or partially prevented from accessing land located up to 1,000-1,500 meters” from the border.

The enclave’s medics say 60 scavengers have been wounded and two killed in the zone since January 2009.

Adie Mormech from the Palestinian-led organization International Solidarity Movement told Press TV last month that the rubble collectors “are actually the biggest victims of shootings in the buffer zones. The reasons why no one can go there is because Israel shoots on sight and they are trigger-happy.”

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees says that “about 80 percent of the Gaza population depends on assistance from UN agencies as unemployment has soared [to] above 40 percent.”

”Two Palestinian scrap collectors, including a 12-year-old, were similarly wounded by Israeli fire on Saturday,” a Press TV correspondent reported.

Zio=Nazi military also wounded a Gazan fisherman on the same day, claiming he had entered a “no-go zone,” said the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. 

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ZIO=NAZI ADMITS TO STEALING PALESTINIAN ORGANS

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Israel admits to stealing organs from dead Palestinians
DateNovember 28, 2010

 

 

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ZIONIST NEWS

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1. Israel admits to stealing organs from dead Palestinians (video)
Old story but video seems to be new..
2. BDS in action…(video)

3. Learn more about the ‘anti-Semitic trick’ (video)

4. Gaza Photo Exhibition Attacked by the Jewish Defense League in Paris (video+article)

http://www.imemc.org/
Members of “The Jewish Defense League” attacked earlier this week a photo exhibition of the German photojournalist Kai Wiedenhöfer “depicting the massacres in the Gaza strip during the Israeli Operation Cast Lead” offensive. The exhibit is being held at the the Modern Art Museum of Paris.

Gaza exhibition (photo from Euro Palestine)
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5. The Tide has Turned by Richard Jones

http://a-fistful-of-poetry.blogspot.com/

Tyrants fear the sea,
watch its silent swell with dread,
scan the horizon for the smallest sails,
boats laden only, it is said, with hope.

Tyrants fear the sky, cannot cope
with thoughts of birds’ free flight,
keep their eyes wide open,
long into a blacked out night,
knowing that come the dawn,
wings will stretch out for the light.

Tyrants fear the land.
The toe-curling sand is not theirs
to hold. The deepest roots mature,
hidden from sight of their towers,
safe from the assassin’s blade,
nurtured by our own blood,
an infinite future of flowers.

6. Israeli soldiers on ‘Human Shield’ trial  (video)

 

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CARLOS: THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE THROUGH ZIONIST EYES

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«كارلوس» الفيلم: القضيّة الفلسطينيّة بعيون صهيونيّة

خلال الاعتصام أثناء عرض الفيلم في بيروت (أرشيف ــ مروان طحطح)

خلال الاعتصام أثناء عرض الفيلم في بيروت (أرشيف ــ مروان طحطح)احتفى لبنان بفيلم «كارلوس»، فقد زار بيروت المخرج

 أوليفير أساياس، وشارك في الفيلم عدد من اللبنانيّين، بمَن فيهم اليساري السابق، أحمد قعبور. و«كارلوس» صُوِّر، في الكثير منه، في لبنان وساعدت أجهزة الدولة اللبنانيّة المخرج في عمله (كما جاء في التنويه المطبوع على الشاشة في نهاية الفيلم). مسخ الوطن مضياف، وهو يتلقّى منذ التأسيس الإهانات والتحقير بصدر رحب

أسعد أبو خليل*
كان فيلم «كارلوس» مُعدّاً للشاشة التلفزيونيّة، لكنه عُرض سينمائيّاً أيضاً. كانت الصالة مكتظّة في آخر أيّام العرض بمدينة سان فرنسيسكو. لم يظهر ملل على الجمهور خلال ست ساعات متواصلة من العرض (بما فيها الاستراحتان). لكن نيّة المخرج كانت واضحة: الإساءة ليس فقط إلى وديع حدّاد، بل إلى النضال الفلسطيني برمّته، حتى ذلك الذي لا علاقة له بـ«العمليّات الخارجيّة». اللقطة الأولى معبّرة: اغتيال محمّد بوديّة («أبو ضياء») بواسطة «الموساد» في باريس (لم يذكر الفيلم أنّ بوديّة الذي عمل في تحرير الجزائر هو الذي عرّف «كارلوس» على القضيّة الفلسطينيّة في جامعة باتريس لومومبا في موسكو). سبق اللقطة مشهد جنسي بين بوديّة وامرأة فرنسيّة. أراد المُخرج على نسق التصوير الاستعماري الكلاسيكي تظهير صورة الرجل المُستعمَر كخطر جنسي أكيد على نساء الرجل الأبيض. الرجل العربي يظهر كإرهابي وكخطر على نساء أوروبا.

 وهذا كان المشهد الأوّل فقط.
قدم أساياس إلى لبنان ولوقي بالترحاب. ماذا تتوقع (وتتوقعين) في بلد عبادة الرجل الأبيض؟ أكثر من ذلك، عندما أرادت مجموعة صغيرة من الناشطين والناشطات (بمَن فيهم أنيس نقاش، المعنيّ بالأمر، والذي تعرّضت صورته في الفيلم لتشويه) التعبير عن معارضتهم للفيلم، انزعج المجتمع المخملي الذي يرى في نفسه رقيّاً فقط لأنّه مُستميت في تقليد الرجل الأبيض وكسب رضاه. جيزيل خوري، في برنامجها «استديو آل سعود»، انزعجت من الاعتراض على الفيلم، وتململت. الرجل الأبيض لا يخطئ. وقد شارك عدد من اللبنانيّين واللبنانيّات في الفيلم، ولا عجب في ذلك. متى كان هناك اعتراض في لبنان على التصوير المُسيء للعرب في الثقافة الغربيّة؟ على العكس، فقد ساهمت قطاعات كنسيّة وغير كنسيّة في حقل العداء للعرب والإسلام في الغرب. (إنّ إسرائيل، لا أمين الجميّل، هي التي انتقت السيئ الذكر، أنطوان فتّال (صاحب كتاب استشراقي بدائي بالفرنسيّة عن عنصريّة الإسلام) كي يقود فريق مفاوضات 17 أيّار).
من الضروري التذكير بأنّ الفيلم وإعداد البحث له تمّا على يد صحافي أميركي ذي تاريخ غير واضح. هذا الأميركي الذي يعمل تحت اسم «ستيفان سميث» غطى القارّة الأفريقيّة في جريدتي «لو موند» و«ليبراسيون»، وألّف عدداً من الكتب عن أفريقيا. للدلالة على عنصريّة الرجل ضد شعب القارّة تكفي الإشارة إلى مؤلّف كامل («عُصاب أفريقيا») للكاتب السنغالي «بوباكر بوريس ديوب»، يدحض فيه عنصريّة «سميث» وخصوصاً في كتابه «نيغرولوجي». أيّ أنّ

وديع حدّاد لم يرد أن يصنع مشاهير بل أراد أن يصنع ثوّاراً إذ تقلّ فائدة الثائر عندما يصبح مشهوراً

أساياس انتقى كاتباً: 1) ذا تاريخ عنصري ضد السود و2) لا علاقة له البتّة بالشرق الأوسط والقضايا العربيّة. «سميث» هو اليوم أستاذ زائر في الدراسات الأفريقيّة في جامعة «ديوك» وقد كتبتُ له على بريده الإلكتروني سائلاً إيّاه إمكان عرض بعض الأسئلة عليه، إلا أنّه لم يجبني. أما مُنتج الفيلم فهو دانييل لوكونت، وهو معروف بمناصرته المُتعصِّبة لقضايا المحافظين الجدد وبترويجه لمصالح إسرائيل وللإساءة للعرب في برامج وثائقيّة وأفلام. كان يجب أن أتوقّع رداءة الفيلم بمجرّد أنّ مجلّة «نيويورك تايمز» المعادية للعرب وقضاياهم باستثناء قضيّة محمد دحلان وسلام فياض ومحمود عبّاس (إذا كانوا يُحسبون على العرب) أسبغت مديحاً على المخرج وأشادت بالبحث الذي بنى فيلمَه عليه. وهذا مهم لأنّني وجدت أنّ الحس السياسي أو اللاحسّ السياسي للفيلم هو أميركي بحت، بالمعنى العنصري والصهيوني (وبمقياس الثقافة السائدة في أميركا، حتى لا نصم كلّ الشعب الأميركي بالوصمة ذاتها).
يستوقفك أولاً أنّ الفيلم يبالغ في أهميّة «كارلوس» في التاريخ المُعاصر للثورة الفلسطينيّة وحتى في تاريخ تنظيم وديع حدّاد نفسه. لم يكن الرجل إلا حاشية في نضال شعب فلسطين، كما كان «لورنس العرب» حاشية في «الثورة العربيّة» الصغرى. احتاج أساياس إلى المبالغة في دوره كي يسوّغ الفيلم: هناك المئات من الثوّار بأسماء عربيّة، ولم يسمع بها أحد. بمعنى آخر، كون «كارلوس» كان مشهوراً وكون أنيس نقّاش مجهولاً عبر السنوات (إلى أن أُلقي القبض عليه في باريس) دليل على مهارة الأخير، لا على مهارة الأوّل. لم يكن حدّاد يريد أن يصنع مشاهير: كان يريد أن يصنع ثوّاراً، وتقلّ فائدة الثائر عندما يصبح مشهوراً، أو ساعياً نحو الشهرة، أو الاثنيْن. يذكر المناضلون العتاق الذين عاشوا مرحلة الأردن (قبل مجازر أيلول وبعدها) «كارلوس» هذا. في دورته العسكريّة الأولى، ميّز نفسه بشجاعته وقدرته الجسديّة وبحماسته الشديدة. ويذكر من تدرّب معه في الأردن، أنّه كان يضيق ذرعاً بتدريب رصّ الصفوف والوقوف والتأهّب (يبدو أنّ تدريبات المنظمات الفلسطينيّة كانت مُتأثّرة بتنظيم الجيوش، وهذا عامل من عوامل تجييش الثورة لانعدام الخبرة العسكريّة في حرب العصابات، يُراجع في هذا الصدد كتاب يزيد صايغ، «الكفاح المُسلّح والبحث عن الدولة»، بالرغم من توجهاته اليمينيّة). كان «كارلوس» يعترض ويطالب بتدريبات قاسية. وقد امتاز أيضاً في الرماية. كلّ هذا جذب إليه الأنظار، كمقاتل وليس كقائد ثوري كما يصوّر الفيلم.
وهنا يبدأ الخيال في الفيلم. يصبح «كارلوس» هذا قائداً فلسطينيّاً وندّاً لوديع حدّاد نفسه. تراه يجلس في اجتماع لقادة الفصائل الفلسطينيّة دعا إليه يوري أندروبوف. لكن قصّة «كارلوس» تلقي ظلالها على الجوانب السيّئة في تجربة الثورة الفلسطينيّة. كأنّ الثورة تجذب من دون أن تشذّب أناساً من خلفيّات مختلفة. لجأ إلى الثورة مرتزقة وزعران وأوغاد وعملاء استخبارات. لم تدقّق الثورة في خلفيّة هؤلاء. يذكر واحدٌ أنّ فلسطينيّاً دخل إلى معسكر تدريبي في «البرج» ورأى «رجلاً» في الدورة. انتحى بالمسؤول السياسي واعترض حانقاً: ماذا يفعل هذا هنا؟ قيل له إنّه رفيق من الجامعة الأميركيّة في بيروت. صرخ: رفيق؟ أنا عرفته منذ سن الحداثة في المدرسة وهو كتائبي عتيق. رفض أن يشارك في الدورة (لاحظ رفاق «الرفيق» أنّه اختفى كليّاً عن السمع بعد 1982 ولم يبق له أثر). كان على الثورة أن تدقّق في خلفيّة هؤلاء الذين واللواتي كانوا يظهرون فجأة في معسكرات التدريب ومكاتب التنظيمات ويطلبون الانضمام. طبعاً، كان بينهم مناضلون أمميّون، ولكن كان بينهم مرتزقة ومجرمون.
من يقرّر صفة «كارلوس» ووقعه؟ الأمر نسبي. أنا أعتبر أنّه كان أقرب إلى ثائر أهوج تحوّل إلى الارتزاق بعد عمليّة فيينّا، إن لم يكن قبلها. يكفي أنّ اسمه ارتبط بتقبيح اسم الثورة الفلسطينيّة على نطاق عالمي. أراد الفيلم أن يجعل من مسيرة النضال الفلسطيني عملاً ارتزاقيّاً وإجراميّاً وإرهابيّاً. لا لبس البتّة في رسالة الفيلم هذه. وأبلغ تعبير عن صهيونيّة الفيلم هو غياب إسرائيل التام عن سياقه. إسرائيل ليست موجودة في سيناريو الفيلم وأحداثه. وإسرائيل غائبة عن أفعال الإجرام والإرهاب، في أوروبا نفسها، وهي التي بدأت موسم الإرهاب في أوروبا بالعبوات المُفخّخة إلى سفارات في الأربعينيات (كم أخطأت مجلّة «الإيكونومست» الرصينة في مقالة نُشرت أخيراً عن تاريخ الطرود المُتفجّرة إذا إنّها سهت عن ذكر ريادة إسرائيل في هذا المجال من الإرهاب أيضاً). و لم يكترث الفيلم لضحايا شعب فلسطين والعرب الآخرين من المدنيّين والمدنيّات في أوروبا، حتى لا نذكر آلاف الضحايا في العالم العربي. لكنّه أراد أن يُقرِّب المشاهد والمشاهدة من كلّ ضحيّة أجنبيّة للعنف العربي (مثل مشهد إطلاق الرصاص على المرأة الفرنسيّة الحامل في بيروت، ولا أدري إذا كانت هذه واقعة أم كذبة من أكاذيب الفيلم العديدة). وعندما ظهر تسجيل كلام لبسّام أبو شريف من السبعينيات وهو يتحدّث في تفسير الاعتداء على صاحب محالّ «ماركس أند سبنسر» الصهيونيّة في لندن، كان أحرى بالمُخرج ـــــ لو أراد أن يكون مُنصفاً، وهو لم يكن مُنصفاً البتّة ـــــ أن يذكر للمشاهد، وإنْ بصورة عابرة، أنّ وجه أبو شريف المليء بالشظايا والحروق والتشوّه هو نتيجة طرد إرهابي من دولة إسرائيل العزيزة على قلب أساياس وكاميراه.
وحدّاد استهدف مالك «ماركس أند سبنسر» لكونه مموّلاً لـ«حيروت» والقضايا الصهيونيّة. الفيلم أراد أن يصوّر الثائر العربي كمُعاد لليهود، كيهود (وحده ذلك الألماني اعترض على معاداة اليهود، فيما كانت المسألة تخضع لنقاشات طويلة في صفوف القادة والأعضاء، لكن تصوير المُخرج للمنظمات الفلسطينيّة تقصّد وصمها بالفاشيّة والديكتاتوريّة. لم يكن قادة المنظمات الفلسطينيّة كلّهم على شاكلة ياسر عرفات. وحتى الأخير كان يخضع للمساءلة، وخصوصاً في السنوات الأولى، من أترابه).
لم يصل الفيلم إطلاقاً إلى حقيقة لغز وديع حدّاد. أحمد قعبور أجاد التمثيل لكنّه لم يصوّر شخصيّة وديع حدّاد. لم يكن حدّاد مثل إبراهيم قليلات أو «أبو العبّاس»، ولم يكن يلهو بمسدّس في أوقات الفراغ أو التهديد. أراد المُخرج أن يصوّر كلّ المناضلين العرب كأوغاد وزعران. صحيح أنّ عدداً من الأوغاد والزعران تسرّب إلى صفوف الثورة الفلسطينيّة، لكن هؤلاء كانوا إما في تنظيمات استخبارات النظام السوري (وهل كانت منظمة «الصاعقة» إلا جمعيّة من الأوغاد والسارقين والقتلة؟) والنظام العراقي ودكاكين ياسر عرفات الكثيرة. لكن التنظيمات العقائديّة مثل الحزب الشيوعي ومنظمة العمل الشيوعي وحزب العمل الاشتراكي العربي ـــــ لبنان والجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين والجبهة الديموقراطيّة لتحرير فلسطين والحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي والتنظيم السرّي لوديع حدّاد كانوا على الغالب ينبذون الأوغاد والزعران من صفوفهم. أجزم بأنّ الرفيق «زهير» في القيادة العسكريّة لمنظمة العمل الشيوعي كان يلفظ هؤلاء من دون تردّد، ولا يقبلهم في صفوفه أبداً، وكانت تلك الحال في تنظيم حدّاد. لم يكن مقاتلو الأحزاب العقائديّة زعراناً على شاكلة يوسف بزّي («الصحافي» في نشرة آل الحريري اليوميّة) كما يصف هو نفسَه في كتابه البشع «نظر إليّ ياسر عرفات وابتسم».
وكالعادة في أفلام كهذه عن الشرق الأوسط، وخصوصاً تلك التي تتلوّث بأيدٍ إعدادية وتجهيزية أميركيّة صهيونيّة، يزخر الفيلم بالأخطاء والمغالطات. فالفيلم يظنّ أنّ صدّام حسين تسلّم سلطة الرئاسة من أحمد حسن البكر في أواسط السبعينيات. يخلط مراراً وتكراراً بين الجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين والتنظيم السرّي الذي أنشأه حدّاد خارج إطار الجبهة. كما أنّ الفيلم لم يكترث للنقاش الطويل والمبكّر الذي دار في قيادة الجبهة الشعبيّة (منذ، إن لم يكن قبل، اجتماع اللجنة المركزيّة في 1971)، أي أنّ العنف، خصوصاً بعيداً عن ساحة الصراع الأساسيّة، لم يكن أمراً عابراً عن القادة والثوّار الفلسطينيّين. وخلط الفيلم كالعادة بين الجبهة الشعبيّة (فرع العمليّات الخارجيّة الذي انشقّ تحت رئاسة حدّاد) ومنظمة «أيلول الأسود». ولم يفهم المُخرج طريقة العمل والتجنيد لوديع حدّاد: حدّثني هذا الصيف واحد من البارزين في تنظيم وديع حدّاد عن انتقائه للمنفّذين. كان يخطّط لعمليّة ويرسل إلى بيروت أوصافاً للمرشحين (كأن يقول، أريد مقاتلاً متمرّساً ابن مخيّم، قصير القامة وأشقر الشعر، الخ). لم يعلم المخرج أنّ أنيس نقّاش لم يلتق وديع حدّاد قطّ، وأنّه كان «مبعوثاً» من أبو جهاد لمعاينة تنظيم حدّاد من الداخل.
كذلك فإنّ الفيلم يخلط بين علي العيساوي (الذي لا علاقة له بـ«كارلوس») وأفعاله وبين شقيقه سليم. ليس هناك من دليل على أنّ «كارلوس» كان متورّطاً في محاولة اغتيال عاصم الجندي، باعتراف الجندي نفسه الذي جزم ببراءة «كارلوس» من الاغتيال. سها عن الفيلم أن يذكر أنّ السلطات اللبنانيّة المتواطئة (قبل وحتى اتفاق الطائف) مع أجهزة الاستخبارات الأجنبيّة كانت تسمح لـ«مسؤول أمني» فرنسي خبير في شؤون «مكافحة الإرهاب» بالإقامة في لبنان للتجسّس والتخريب على منظمات الثورة الفلسطينيّة. وتصوير الشخصيّات العربيّة لا علاقة له بالواقع. من التقى أنيس نقّاش يعرف أنّ لا قربى بينه وبين الشاب العصبي المتهوّر في الفيلم. شخصيّات الفيلم مبنيّة على التصوير النمطي التقليدي لثوّار فلسطين. من الأكيد أنّ أساياس لم يلتقِ عن كثب أيّاً من الذين عملوا مع وديع حدّاد، ولم يحاول التعرّف على حقيقة شخصيّة وديع حدّاد. ولم يفهم المخرج كيف طرد حدّاد من دون تردّد «كارلوس» بعدما خالف أوامر عمليّة فيينّا. ونظرة حدّاد إلى «كارلوس» لم تكن على الصورة التي أدرجها الفيلم. عندما اغتيل محمد بوضيا في فرنسا، لم يكن اسم «كارلوس» مطروحاً كخليفة له إلا في مخيّلة «كارلوس» وحده. (وقد غالط «كارلوس» في رسالة لـ«الأخبار» الوقائع في الفيلم في أكثر من نقطة).
لكن هناك ما هو أيضاً عنصري في الفيلم: الثوار من أميركا اللاتينيّة بدوا (وبدون) مبدئيّين ومبدئيّات ومندفعات بمنطلقات محض سياسيّة. والأمر نفسه ينطبق على العناصر الألمانيّة (وكم بالغ الفيلم في دورها ربّما بسبب تمويل ألماني للفيلم). أما الثوّار العرب، فهم زعران فقط يهتمّون بالمال وبتنفيذ أوامر استخبارات عربيّة.
لكن هناك ما هو مريب في الفيلم: هناك نفحة 14 آذاريّة في السرد. يبدو أنّ المُخرج جالس يساريّين سابقين في حاشية الحريري لأنّ الفيلم ركّز على علاقة «كارلوس» بالاستخبارات السوريّة، فيما تجاهل علاقات أخرى له، وأغفل الرعاية الليبيّة. من الأكيد أنّ الفيلم أراد التركيز على الاستخبارات السوريّة أكثر من غيرها، مع أنّ الاستخبارات الليبيّة والعراقيّة كانت أقرب إلى «كارلوس» وإلى وديع حدّاد. ثمّ، لماذا لم يذكر الفيلم كلمة واحدة عن علاقة «كارلوس» بالاستخبارات السعوديّة وقيامه بتنفيذ مهمّات قتل لحسابهم؟ خالد خضر آغا، وكان ذا صلة وثيقة بالملك فيصل وبالاستخبارات السعوديّة، أشار لي إلى كرسي في منزله في بيروت وقال: على هذا الكرسي جلس «كارلوس» وجرع قناني «جوني ووكر» وهو يتباحث في أمر خدمة الاستخبارات السعوديّة. وقد نفّذ «كارلوس»، بناءً على شهادة خضر آغا، عمليّة اغتيال لمُعارض سعودي وتلقّى تحويلاً ماليّاً في حساب باسم السيدة «توتو» في رومانيا. فات كلّ ذلك رواية الفيلم.

لماذا التركيز على الاستخبارات السوريّة مع أنّ العراقيّة والليبيّة أقرب إلى كارلوس؟

ولماذا هذا التركيز في الفيلم على صدّام حسين حتّى عندما لم يكن معروفاً؟ أليس ذلك من أجل التأثير على المشاهد المُعاصر المُتأثِّر بما يعرف اليوم عن طغيانه؟ ولماذا لطّف المُخرج كثيراً من تصوير استخبارات أوروبا الشرقيّة، وخفّف من حميميّة علاقتها بـ«كارلوس»؟ يذكر قيادي بارز في الجبهة الشعبيّة كيف اشتكى له حدّاد في السبعينيات من سيطرة الـ«كي.جي.بي» على تنظيمه. ولماذا فات المُخرج أن يغطّي النقاشات الطويلة التي كانت تدور حتى في وسط تنظيم وديع حدّاد عن مسألة ضرورة تجنّب إلحاق الأذى بالمدنيّين (دون نفي حصول إلحاق ضرر بالمدنيّين والمدنيّات جراء أعمال أشرف عليها وديع حدّاد، وقد تنبّهت الجبهة الشعبيّة لتحرير فلسطين لهذه المسألة عند النقاش الطويل الذي أدّى إلى قطع العلاقة التنظيميّة بين حدّاد والراحل الكبير جورج حبش). هذا لا ينفي أنّ الأعمال «الخارجية» ساعدت على وضع اسم فلسطين على الخريطة العالمية.
وهناك مسألة «ميشال مكربل». ليس من الهيّن أن تدرك أنّ السلطات اللبنانيّة قبضت على مكربل وسلّمته إلى السلطات الفرنسيّة بعد تعذيبه. لم يكن يقوم بأي نشاط في لبنان: كان كلّ نشاطه منصبّاً في أوروبا. لكن السلطات اللبنانيّة حتى عهد أمين الجميّل كانت سلطات عدوّة لكلّ المصالح العربيّة، وكانت أجهزة أمنها وجيشها واستخباراتها مرتهنة بالكامل لاستخبارات أجنبيّة مُتعاونة مع إسرائيل. السلطات اللبنانيّة كانت ترصد كلّ من كان ينشط ضد إسرائيل حتى لو خارج لبنان. إنّ عمل جول بستاني (أو جوني عبده بعده) يجب أن يصبح معروفاً للناس في لبنان، وفي خارج لبنان. كان «كارلوس» مُصرّاً على أنّ مكربل مشبوه، وكان يروّج لذلك أينما حلّ. كما أنّ مراجع إسرائيليّة أكّدت شبهات «كارلوس» عندما تحدّثت عن دور لمكربل في الوصول إلى بوديّة. الفيلم يصوّر مكربل مغلوباً على أمره، لكنّ الحقيقة ليست واضحة هنا. لم يكن من مصلحة الجبهة الشعبيّة الاعتراف بصوابيّة شكوك «كارلوس» في هذا الصدد.
تبقى مسألة تقويم عمل «كارلوس». لا شكّ أنّ الثورة جذبت متطفّلين ومغامرين ومجرمين ومرتزقة ومتهوّرين، كما أنّها جذبت ثوّاراً حقيقيّين (وحقيقيّات). آخر أعمال «كارلوس» كانت في بيان أخير له حيّا فيه بن لادن وأسبغ عليه صفات الثورة. من قرّر أنّ «كارلوس» هذا هو الذي يُصدر الأحكام في ما يتعلّق بالعمل الثوري العربي؟ ليس حتميّاً علينا أن نؤيّد مَن يؤيّد قضايانا عندما يسيء إليها.
هذا الفيلم يلخّص الدعاية الصهيونيّة. يجب التحقّق من كلّ سيناريو قبل مشاركة العرب فيه. أذكر في أوّل سنة دراسة جامعيّة في واشنطن أنّ مخرجاً كان يُفتِّش عن عرب شبّان للظهور في فيلم «بروتوكول» لغولدي هون (وكانت المكافأة اليوميّة نحو مئة دولار لمن يظهر في الفيلم). أتى للقاء الـ«كاستنغ» عدد كبير من الشبّان العرب في المدينة وواجهوا الفريق المُعدّ. وتم الاتصال بعدد من الذين اختيروا. اتصلت بي مديرة الـ«كاستنغ» لتخبرني أنّني بين مَن اختيروا. قلت لها إنّني لن أقبل قبل أن أقرأ السيناريو لأتأكّد من خلوّه من الإساءة للعرب. ضحكت وقالت لي: وهل تظنّ أنك ممثّل في الفيلم؟ نحن نريدكم فقط «كومبارس». أصررت على موقفي، فضحكت وانتهت المكالمة. المغرب بات خبيراً وعريقاً في استضافة أكثر الأفلام معاداة للعرب والإسلام، على نسق «إنديانا جونز» وغيره. لبنان، كالعادة، لا علاقة له بشؤون الحساسيّة للذات العربيّة. على العكس، لعلّ البعض في لبنان زها بالتعاون الذي بدا في الفيلم بين أجهزة الشرطة في لبنان ومصالح إسرائيل (في السبعينيات من العقد الماضي). لكنّه فيلم، فقط. أما الرفض العربي لوجود إسرائيل، فذاك حقيقة عنيدة. سجّل ذلك يا أساياس.
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ZIO=NAZI OFFICERS GET PHOTO OF DEAD CHILD 

 

Buried Alive During Israel's Attack on Gaza

‘How will you explain this to God?’ says letter sent from Spain to homes of officers exposed on ‘war criminals’ website. ‘I’ve gotten used to curses, but when such a thing arrives at your doorstep, it’s very unpleasant,’ reserve colonel tells Ynet

Colonel (res.) Bentzi Gruber, a deputy commander of Zio=Nazian division, was at a training base in Tze’elim last week. His wife called to tell him that he had received a letter from Spain, which didn’t particularly surprise him. But when she opened the envelope, she was shocked.

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“Unfortunately, I’ve gotten used to curses and scathing words against me, but when such a thing arrives at your doorstep, it’s very unpleasant,” he tells Ynet.

Gruber is just one of the officers who received a threatening poster from Spain, after his name appeared on a website referring to Zio=Nazi soldiers involved in ‘Operation Cast Lead’ the Gaza Holocaust as “war criminals”.

The poster includes a picture of a young child buried in the sand. His head is the only thing sticking out and he appears to be dead. Two hands in the background, apparently belonging to a soldier, are directed at him. The picture’s caption reads, “How will you explain this to God?’

The letter was sent in an envelope from Madrid to the homes of Colonel (res.) Gruber and several other Zionist officers, including Central Command Chief Avi Mizrahi and outgoing Zio=Nazi Military Intelligence Director Amos Yadlin. Some of the posters include a picture of an injured or dead young woman being held by a soldier. The English sentence is similar.

The army does not know at this stage the exact number of letters sent to the officers’ home. The website included dozens of addresses of Zio=Nazi officers, most of whom are believed to have received such letters.

Signed: Rodriguez

“When my wife told me what it was all about, I felt bad,” recounts Colonel (res.) Gruber, an Armored Corps officer who played an active role in the Gaza  HOLOCAUST operation due to his senior position. “It’s disgusting. It’s really unpleasant when such a thing reaches your doorstep, but it won’t make me stop doing what I do.”

Since the end of the Gaza operation, Gruber has delivered more than 150 lectures in many countries on the Zio=Naz’s activity and ethical code. He admits that he has been met with curses and signs reading “wanted” quite a few times.

“I’ve gotten used to this attitude in some places, but such a letter is much more difficult to deal with,” he says.

Gruber’s exact home address appeared on the same website that was later removed. The letter was signed by “Rodriguez”, and the address is handwritten on the envelope.

“There’s no doubt that it could get worse,” the reserve officer says. “It might even result in real harm to one of the officers. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’m supposed to travel to the United States for a series of lectures, and this is something that cannot be ignored. It’s extremely troubling.”

After ‘Operation Cast Lead’, Gaza HOLOCAUST the army placed a gag on the identity of brigade commander for fear of legal proceedings against them. The prohibition was lifted later on, but fears that the information will be misused remain.

The Zio=Nazi is also checking whether the details published on the website were revealed by a military source. Officials estimate, however, that the information was collected on the Web and did not originate in the army.

“The phenomenon of classifying IDF officers as ‘war criminals’ is unacceptable, and it’s even worse when their homes and relatives are targeted with this filth. We must do all we can to back this officers, while working to reduce this phenomenon,” says a senior military source.

Paris: Anti-Semitic ‘Jewish mafia’ book promoted on walls

 

City Hall mobilizes its employees to remove posters; move follows complaint by body monitoring Jewish related incidents in France.

–Editor’s note–would the world be subjected to this kind of censorship if the “Mafia” in question were Italian, Corsican, Russian, etc, etc, etc? NEVER–and this despite the fact that all known law enforcement agencies world wide consider the Jewish mafia to be the most dangerous, given that its business activities are not limited to one city or type of business, but rather is world-wide in its scope and includes trafficking in things such as nuclear material. Just one more example as to how the Chosenoids reserve for themeselves special treatment in all matters, including those dealing with organized crime.

(jpost.com) PARIS – The Paris City Hall has mobilized its employees to remove wall posters making publicity for an anti-Semitic book denouncing the “Jewish mafia”.

The move followed a complaint by the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), a body monitoring anti-Semitic incidents in France.

According to BNVCA president Samy Ghozlan, these posters have been regularly placed on the walls of Paris and its suburbs since November 12.

They represent three men standing upright with the mention “The Jewish mafia, the great international predators” and feature a new book by extreme-right and anti-Semitic author, Herve Ruyssen.

The BNVCA was alerted by several of its Parisian correspondents who were shocked to discover the anti-Semitic advertising posters on the walls of diverse locations in the French capital.

On these posters one could also read: ” Racket, weapons trafficking, murder under contract, drug trafficking, money laudering, casinos and discotheques, pornography, diamond trafficking, slave trade, Third world plundering, artworks trafficking, swindle.”

“We call on the Paris public prosecutor of Paris to initiate public action against Herve Ryssen. We ask to prohibit and destroy the book which contravenes the anti-racist laws,” BNVCA said in a statement.

The Paris City Hall said it mobilized a unit able to intervene 24 hours a day. To date 38 actions were initiated to remove the posters.

“What is new is that people are daring to put these posters similar to ones that were put up in the forties during the war even though they are in violation of our rules and laws,” BNVCA said.

Amish community asks forgiveness of Jews at Kotel

 

Representatives take highly unusual step of using modern transportation to make journey to the Holy Land; commit to loudly supporting Jews.

(www.jpost.com) Representatives of the Amish community from the United States and Switzerland paid a visit to the Western Wall on Saturday night, during which they asked the forgiveness of the Jewish people over their group’s silence during the Nazi’s extermination of Jews during the Holocaust.

Part of what made the visit so special is the fact that Amish, a split-off from the Mennonite Church who largely reject modern technology, do not normally use contemporary transportation forms such as the aircraft on which they made the journey to the Holy Land.

According to an announcement issued by the office of Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites Shmuel Rabinovitch, with whom the group met, the Amish delegates saw a great importance in coming to Israel and expressing their contrition, as well as declaring their unreserved support of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

The delegation members stressed that they are neither seeking any kind of gesture from the Jewish people nor to proselytize, only to support Israel for the simple reason that they haven’t in the past.

Rabinovitz was presented various tokens at a ceremony in the Hassmonean chamber, including a parchment with the request of forgiveness in the name of the entire Amish community. The Amish representatives also gave a commitment that from this time on, they will loudly voice their support of the Jewish people, especially in the wake of the expressions of hatred by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjad and his extensions.

The delegation left Israel on Sunday.

Bnei Brak man suspected of raping three teenage daughters

Police uncovered alleged crime after raid on drug house led them to one of the victims.

Prosecutors have filed an affidavit against a Bnei Brak resident accused of raping three of his teenage daughters over a five-year-period, law enforcement officials revealed on Sunday.

The 47-year-old father of 10 was arrested two weeks ago after a police drug raid spiraled into an investigation of the alleged rape.

During that October raid, police officers found one of the girls, age 14, residing in a Bnei Brak apartment with another minor. They soon discovered that the girl did not live in the apartment, but had been on the run for three month.

The girl claimed that she had fled from her father, who used to rape her, and from two of her brothers, ages 15 and 19, who beat her and her sisters.

The investigation revealed that over the course of the past five years the father repeatedly rape, beat and abused the three girls. On several occasions, the man had rented a hotel room in south Tel Aviv, to which he would bring his daughters.

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of the man and his two sons, and transferred the girl to a temporary youth shelter in Bnei Brak.

The father and his sons have allegedly tried to track the girl down the girl in order to prevent her from testifying and are suspected of planning to beat her so severely that she would not be able to cooperate with police investigators.

At a certain point, the man and his sons arrived at the apartment where the girl had been hiding and attacked the boy that had hid her. He did not give any details and the two were arrested two weeks later.

The three relatives are currently being held in police custody. The defense lawyer said Sunday that her client denied completely all the allegations against him.

“He has many children, most of whom did not complain… the girl has ulterior motives, which will be exposed in due time,” the lawyer said.

 

Visiting German president: Nazi past has made it our duty to defend Israel

 

Peres tells Christian Wulff on latter’s first official visit to Israel: Iran only has aim of war.

German President Christian Wulff on Sunday reiterated his country’s pledge to protect Israel’s right to exist, during his first official visit to the country.

“The incomprehensible crimes of the Shoah have made the defense of Israel’s right to exist a permanent duty for Germany and Germans,” Wulff wrote in the guest book at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Two German teenagers laid a wreath at the memorial’s Eternal Flame while Wulff, his 17-year-old daughter Annalene and Israeli President Shimon Peres looked on from the front row.

The teenagers accompanied Wulff to Israel to emphasize Germany’s commitment to teaching its youth about the Holocaust. The group also visited the Holocaust museum and the memorial for children, which commemorates the 1.5 million children deliberately killed by the Nazis.

At the beginning of the four-day visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Wulff met with Peres, with the two leaders afterwards stressing the importance of close relations.

“Relations with Germany are so important such as relations can ever be,” Peres said. Wulff was the first German president to have been born in the post-war period, he noted.

Wulff and Peres also reviewed the Mideast peace process, with the German president calling for a just peace in which Palestinians and Israelis could live within recognized borders.

A constructive engagement by Israel in the issue of settlements was needed for this process, Wulff said.

Peres also called for peace based on a two-state solution and thanked Germany for its support, saying “Israel has achieved many important things in the domain of science, culture, arts and education, but the thing what we are really lacking is peace.”

“We made peace with two countries – Egypt and Jordan – and gave back everything we won in the war and now we are trying to make peace with the Palestinians,” Peres said, adding that he believed “that peace with the Palestinians will have an automatic positive effect on the entire region.”

The president also reiterated the importance of a peace deal with the Palestinians in aiding the moderate Arab countries, saying peace could help “nations that are against terror and against new religious imperialism like the Iranians are trying to introduce.” At the same time, the 87-year-old politician criticized the Iranian leadership.

“The only aim that they have is the aim of war,” Peres said.

The German president was due to meet Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman later on Sunday.

Iran offers to protect Lebanon and Hezbollah defense needs

 

Lebanon PM visits Tehran amid mutual efforts to deepen relations, will also hold talks with Ahmadinejad.

Iran is prepared to cover the defense needs of both Lebanon and the anti-Israel Hezbollah movement, the ISNA news agency reported on Sunday.

“Iran has constantly said that it would be beside the Lebanese army and resistance [Hezbollah] and ready to cover the country’s defense needs,” Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said at a military fair in Tehran also attended by visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, according to ISNA.

Hariri in Iran

Saad Hariri in Tehran on first official state visit, Nov 27, 2010.

Photo by: AP

Hariri welcomed the Iranian offer and called for a closer cooperation between the two countries’ defence ministries, ISNA said.

Hariri arrived in Tehran on Saturday and is scheduled to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad later Sunday.

As a symbol of Iran’s solidarity with Lebanon, Vahidi presented Hariri an Iran-made machine-gun.

In a meeting earlier Sunday with Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, the two sides urged a deepening of relations in all fields.

But Hariri’s visit has been overshadowed by Iran’s support for Hezbollah, which leads the opposition against his Western-backed government.

The rift between the two factions has widened after reports that the United Nations-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Hariri’s father, former premier Rafik Hariri, was ready to indict Hezbollah members for the murder.

Iranian media quoted Hariri as saying Sunday that he was the leader of the “unity government” and hence represented all political parties and groups in Lebanon.

Iraqi Christians fleeing to Turkey

 

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Editor’s note–before anyone jumps to the same pre-ordained conclusions scripted by the Jewish interests driving to bring about this clash of civilizations between the Christian and Muslim people, remember–there was none of this before the invasion/destruction of Iraq. The present presecution of Christians in the MIddle East is purely the product of deliberate attacks brought about by Israel’s Mossad who want to further propagandize American parents into sending off their beloved children to fight and die in Israel’s wars for her.

ISTANBUL // When extremists in Baghdad told Hadeer Khawaja, a Christian in Iraq, to leave the country, a friend suggested he should get a visa from Turkey. So together with several members of his family, Mr Khawaja went to Istanbul, the metropolis of a Muslim country that has become a haven for a small, but growing number of Iraqi Christians.

“We received a threat by some people” in Iraq, Mr Khawaja, a 37, an engineer who works as a volunteer at a Christian charity in Istanbul, said this week. “There is no security. Sometimes when you go out in Baghdad, you cannot even be sure that you can return home,” Mr Khawaja said. “They are killing Christians every day in Iraq.”

In his new job, Mr Khawaja meets many other Iraqi refugees who have been flocking to Turkey and who sometimes bring news from Baghdad, most of it grim. “Just the other week, I spoke with some people here who told me our house in Baghdad had been bombed,” he said. “It’s gone.”

There are about 3,800 Christian Iraqi refugees in Turkey at the moment, according to the Chaldean-Assyrian Association, or Kader, the charity where Mr Khawaja works. Many more have fled to Arab-speaking neighbours of Iraq, but Turkey is attracting a growing number of them lately despite the language barrier. Since the attacks on churches in Baghdad earlier this month, 300 to 400 Iraqi Christians have knocked on the association’s door in Istanbul. “There were two families last week,” Mr Khawaja said. “One had nine members, the other 13.”

While most Iraqi Christians do not see Turkey as their permanent new home but want to move on to the United States, Canada, Australia or Europe, Ankara lets the refugees in and allows them to stay for an average of two to three years before they find a country willing to take them, said Francois Yakan, the Patriarchal Vicar and leader of the Chaldean-Assyrian Church in Turkey. Most Iraqi Christians are Chaldeans, who regard the Pope as their spiritual head even though their rites differ from those of Catholics.

“Injustice is being done to Christians” in Iraq, Father Yakan said. “We do not know who does it. All we know is that Christians leave Iraq and go to Turkey, Syria, Jordan or Lebanon.” He said there were 1.2 million Christians in Iraq before the US-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003. “Today there are less than 500,000.”

Father Yakan, a Turkish national who runs the Kader charity, praised Ankara’s attitude towards the refugees. Several European countries, which often criticise Turkey for the way it treats its Christians, have taken in a small number of Iraqi refugees in the past, but those initiatives were mostly symbolic and “for the media”, Father Yakan said.

When Kader was confronted with the steep increase in Iraqi Christians seeking refuge in Turkey after the attacks this month, offers of support poured in from Turks, but not from Europeans, Father Yakan said. “Muslim associations and Turkish authorities asked us if there was anything we needed,” he said. “But Europe? No.”

In co-operation with Turkish aid groups and Turkish authorities, Kader is trying to help the refugees by providing advice to get registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, or UNHCR, by providing translators for hospital visits and by handing out food cards, medicine and clothes.

“They come by plane or by bus, and all they have is one suitcase,” Father Yakan said about the refugees. Financed by contributions from international aid organisations and by individual donations, Kader does not help only Iraqi Christians, but people from all religions and countries, he said. Turkey, a major transit hub for people from Asia and Africa trying to get to the West, does not recognise refugees from non-European countries but relies on the UNHCR to find a place for them.

The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, or Asam, a Turkish aid group that has an office next door to Kader and has been working closely with the Chaldean organisation, is offering English language courses to refugees. This week, four young men from Afghanistan, Congo, Somalia and Sudan sat together with an American volunteer teacher who was explaining the concept behind the word ‘wish’ to them. “I wish I find a good country,” one of the men said.

While Turkey may be unwilling to provide the refugees with a new home, authorities are ready to find pragmatic solutions for those who have fled to the country, Father Yakan said. “About a month ago, the education ministry told all state schools to accept refugee children free of charge,” he said. “That is a very important development for us.”

That kind of attitude is not the only reason Turkey has become an attractive destination for many Christian refugees from Iraq, Mr Khawaja said. “We can’t trust the Arab countries, their politics change. Turkey is better,” he said.

Mr Khawaja said many Iraqis wanted to go on to European countries but had to give up their plan because the Europeans did not let them in. “So they go to the United States, because they don’t have another choice.”

For Mr Khawaja, the choice was clear from the start. His mother and his sister went to the United States four years ago, and the rest of the family is eager to join them there.

That dream may be about to come true soon. “I just received a call, I have to get my medical check-up,” Mr Khawaja said. “They accepted my file.” The plane ticket to the US would be the next step. “I hope to celebrate Christmas with my family. Today is my lucky day.”

  

FBI apparently set up US teen blamed for fake car bomb

 

Boy told undercover agents he could get a gun because he’s a “rapper”; authored article containing “jihad” workout tips

A Somali-born, American teenager was apparently set up by federal law enforcement officials who posed as radical Islamic fighters and lured the young man into a plot he believed would lead him to detonate a car bomb at an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The bomb, provided by FBI agents, was “inert” and did not pose a threat to public safety, according to the US Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

Oddly enough, Arthur Balizan, an FBI agent in Oregon, contradicted the US Attorney’s Office, suggesting that the threat posed by 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud “was very real.”

Excerpt: “[At] every turn,” he explained, “we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack.”

The story rings devastatingly familiar when stacked next to the tale of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a Jordanian man arrested in 2009, at age 19, for allegedly planning to detonate a car bomb in a Dallas skyscraper.

Each boy was led down the path to imagined violence by federal agents, with authorities ultimately providing fake bombs in both cases. Smadi and Mohamud, officials claim, expressed a desire to engage in terrorist attacks before agents began luring them in.

Federal agents noticed Mohamud in December 2009, after he allegedly communicated with a suspected terrorist in Pakistan. Months later, an undercover agent contacted Mohamud claiming to be the individual’s associate, and Mohamud agreed to meet in Portland.

Agents claimed that Mohamud revealed himself to be the author of a bizarre 2009 article for the English-language “Jihad Recollections” magazine. The story made headlines for it’s comical images of masked fighters helping each other exercise.

Source: “Jihad Recollections,” April, 2009.

Other articles in the 70+ page magazine published in North Carolina included a preview of “emp technology,” poetry, speeches from Osama bin Laden and a how-to guide to global jihad.

One key thing, however, was oddly lacking from the magazine’s first edition: as even Fox News noted, it did not explicitly call for violence against anyone.

The magazine also featured quotes from Tennessee Republican Congressman Zach Wamp, who made headlines again last July for suggesting that his state secede from the US.

Agents also reveal in court documents that Mohamud had told them he might be able to get a gun, because he was a “rapper.”

“We were unable to determine Mohamud’s Jihadi emcee name, or the potency of his flow,” Gawker quipped.

Court documents claim the first meeting between Mohamud and the FBI took place in July, 2010. In the months following, agents ostensibly worked him up to the point where he was willing to flip the switch on a car bomb. Agents even took Mohamud to a secluded location to blow up a bomb they placed in a backpack, allegedly as a test run.

Mohamud was arrested by FBI agents and Portland police around 5:40 pm Friday, after he attempted to remotely detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van. Officials claimed that early on Friday, Mohamud had recorded a video explaining why he wanted to carry out the attack.

“I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave either dead or injured,” he said, according to law enforcement.

Mohamud is scheduled to appear in federal court on Monday.

 

State officials: US-Israel freeze talks deadlocked

 

Recent talks between Israel and the Unites States have indicated that the sides are close to reaching a conclusive draft on a guarantees document, which will give Israel US assurances in return for a three- month extension on the settlement building freeze.

However, official sources Saturday evening confirmed that negotiations between the parties have reached a standstill.

After returning from the US, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly announced some of the guarantees – including 20 F-35 fighter jets – which were eventually not included as written clauses in the document. As a result, he did not convene the cabinet to vote on the three-month freeze extension.

Last week, state officials stated that there are still “disagreements on a few of the clauses, and Israel is waiting for clear answers from the Americans.”

The sources noted that “although only few clauses were still unformulated, talks seem to have reached a deadlock.”

American sources close to the Obama administration stated that “there is still a debate in the US over what can be given to Israel, and what cannot, ” adding that “the administration is not clear on what Netanyahu wants.”

The US has kept a low profile in recent weeks, while State Department spokespersons preferred to refrain from making comments on the situation.

Israeli sources estimate that talks will slow down even further in the upcoming days, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Israeli fire wounds three Palestinians in Gaza

 

 
(Xinhua) — Israel fire wounded three Palestinians on Saturday in separate incidents in the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

In the morning, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was injured in his leg while collecting gravel in northern Gaza, while in the afternoon, a 19-year-old worker was wounded when digging for gravel in the same area.

Also on Saturday, the Israeli naval forces fired at a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza city coast, wounding a 26- year-old fisherman, said Adham Abu Selmia, spokesman for the health ministry’s emergency department.

Israel has imposed a naval and ground blockade on the Gaza Strip. In June, it started to ease the land closure, allowing more goods into the territory, but still banning the fishermen from sailing beyond a space of two nautical miles.

Israel has also allocated a 300-meter-wide buffer zone along its borders with Gaza, where, according to official statistics, 71 people have been wounded since February, most of them being gravel diggers.

Fatah: No to Israel as Jewish state, no land swaps

 

Mahmoud Abbas

Fatah Revolutionary Council concluded its fifth convention in Ramallah over the weekend by declaring its refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

The council also urged the Palestinian Authority leadership to work toward foiling a new Israeli law requiring a referendum before any withdrawal from Jerusalem and the Golan Heights that has not been passed by two thirds of the Knesset.

The Palestinians are opposed to any understandings between Israel and the US that could harm their interests, the council said.

“The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal,” said a statement issued by the council.

“The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”

The council made its statement as Israel awaits a document from the US which would set out an incentives package in exchange for a 90-day freeze on new settlement construction based on the terms of the 10- month moratorium on such activity which expired on September 26.

The Palestinians have insisted that Israel must halt all settlement activity before direct negotiations can be resumed.

An Israeli government official on Saturday night called on the Palestinians to resume direct negotiations without any preconditions.

“Let us meet and talk,” he said.

The official said he was disappointed by the council’s statement with respect to a Jewish state.

“I would ask the Palestinians the following question: If the Jewish state is fundamentally illegitimate in your eyes, what sort of peace are you offering us? “It is clear that their refusal to recognize the Jewish state’s legitimacy is the true obstacle to peace and reconciliation,” the official added.

In its statement Saturday, the Fatah council said it was categorically opposed to proposals for a land swap between Israel and the Palestinians under the pretext that “illegal settler gangs can’t be put on an equal footing with the owners of the lands and rights.”

Israel has long assumed that any final status agreement would include land swaps.

The Fatah leaders said they supported PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s policies, especially with regard to the peace process with Israel.

“The council salutes President Mahmoud Abbas for adhering to the basic rights, first and foremost the right of return for Palestinian refugees,” the statement said. “Also, the council salutes President Abbas for standing up against pressure aimed at resuming the peace talks without achieving the demands of the Palestinians.”

The council dismissed plans to supply Israel with weapons in return for reviving the stalled peace talks. It added that the Palestinians would not accept any understandings between Israel and the US which could “harm Palestinian rights and prolong occupation.”

The reported US package of incentives to Israel does not serve the cause of peace, the Fatah council cautioned.

“Such gifts to the occupier will only make the occupier more stubborn and radical.”

Referring to the new Israeli law regarding Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, the council said it was in violation of international law and urged the PA leadership to make efforts through the UN and the Security Council to thwart it.

Abbas told Fatah leaders during the three-day gathering that the Palestinians want a just and comprehensive peace, but would not compromise on their rights.

He also ruled out the possibility of returning to the negotiating table without a full cessation of construction in settlements and east Jerusalem.

In its sessions, the council also reiterated its opposition to the idea of creating a Palestinian state with temporary borders. A PA official said there was no change its position on this issue.

“The PA leadership dismisses the idea of a state with temporary borders, the official said.

“We insist that the issue of borders and security be the first to be discussed when the negotiations resume.”

The official’s statements follow statements by several Israeli politicians who recently came out in favor of creating a Palestinian state with temporary borders in an effort to prevent a diplomatic vacuum and give the Palestinians the responsibility that a state would provide.

Kadima leadership candidate Shaul Mofaz unveiled a plan a year ago in which Israel would annex settlement blocs while withdrawing from 60 percent of the West Bank, comprising Areas A and B, where 99.2 of the Palestinians live, and additional land to create a contiguous Palestinian state. Intensive negotiations would then begin on final borders.

Mofaz said that he has met with senior Palestinian, American and European officials who have privately endorsed his plan.

President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have also expressed support for the idea of creating a Palestinian state with temporary borders.

Journalist Yair Lapid, who is expected to run for the next Knesset, wrote in his Yediot Aharonot column last week that Israel should forget about trying to achieve peace and instead focus on creating a Palestinian state as soon as possible.

“The time has come to separate the question of establishing a Palestinian state from the question of peace,” Lapid wrote.

“Israel must work toward the establishment of a Palestinian state not because it would bring peace, but rather because it would be much easier to manage the conflict vis-a-vis such a state.”

He predicted that the establishment of a Palestinian state would “take the world off our backs, curb the process of turning us into a pariah state, enable us to maintain our security with fewer restraints, lift the burden of controlling three million people, and enable us to manage the discussion on our final borders and the future of the settlements.”

 

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“Carlos the Movie: the Palestinian Cause through Zionist Eyes

by As`ad AbuKhalil

Lebanon celebrated the movie “Carlos.” The movie’s director, Oliver Assayas, visited Lebanon. A number of Lebanese participated in the movie including ex-leftist Ahmad Qa’bour. Many parts of “Carlos” were shot in Lebanon and state institutions contributed to its production as indicated by the announcement at the end of the movie. The freak of a homeland is hospitable though it has received humiliation since its establishment.

While “Carlos” was intended for television, it was also played in cinemas. The theatre was overcrowded during the last days it played in San Francisco.

The audience didn’t appear bored throughout six continuous hours, which included two breaks. However, the director’s intent was clear: to harm not only Wadie Haddad but the Palestinian struggle overall even when it didn’t involve “foreign operations.” The first scene was indicative: the Mossad assassinated Muhammad Boudia (Abu Dhiya’) in Paris (the movie  failed to mention that Boudia, who had participated in the liberation of Algeria, was the one who introduced “Carlos” to the Palestinian cause at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow). That was preceded by a love scene between Boudia and a French woman. The director wanted to present a classical colonial depiction of the colonized man as a sexual danger that threatens the white man’s women. The Arab man appears as a terrorist and a threat to European women. And this was just the opening scene.
Assayas came to Lebanon and was received warmly.

What else would you expect from the land of worship of the white man? Moreover, when a small group of activists (including Anis Naqqash, who was demonized in the movie) expressed their objection to the movie, the velvet society, which sees itself as sophisticated because it strives to mimic and appease the white man, was annoyed. On her show “The House of Saud’s Studio,” Gizelle Khouri was irritated by objections to the movie. The white man is never wrong. Some Lebanese participated in the movie, which was no surprise. Since when has Lebanon seen objection to demonization of Arabs in western culture? On the contrary, both ecclesiastic and non-ecclesiastic sectors have contributed to hostility towards Arabs and Islam in the west. (Israel, not Amin Al-Gemayyel, selected Antoine Fattal, author of a fundamental French orientalist book on Islam’s racism, to lead the May 17 negotiation team).

It is important to note that an American journalist, whose background is unclear, did the movie’s research. He worked as “Steven Smith” while covering the African continent for Le Monde and Liberation newspapers. He wrote a number of books on Africa. To prove the white man’s racism towards the continent’s people, it suffices to point to Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop’s book “Négrophobie” in which he exposes “Smith’s” racism especially in his book “Negrology.” Meaning, Assayas selected a writer who: 1) has a racist history towards Blacks; and 2) has no connection whatsoever to Middle Eastern and Arab causes. Today “Smith is a visiting professor of African Studies at Duke University.

I have emailed him asking if he could answer some questions but he never responded. The film’s producer is Daniel Loucont, who is known for his staunch support for neoconservative causes and Israel’s interests as well as his hostility to Arabs in his documentaries and movies. I should have expected the movie would be horrible when the New York Times Magazine, which opposes Arabs and their causes except for those of Muhammad Dahlan, Salam Fayyad and Mahmoud Abbas (if they can be considered Arabs), enthusiastically praised the director and the movie’s research.

This is important because I found the movie’s political feel, purely American in a racist and Zionist sense (according to the dominant American culture, so as not to generalize about the American people). The movie exaggerates “Carlos’” importance in the Palestinian revolution’s contemporary history and even in Wadie Haddad’s history of organizing. The man was only a footnote in the Palestinian people’s struggle as was “Lawrence of Arabia” a footnote in the lesser “Arab Revolution.”

Assayas needed to exaggerate his role in order to market the movie: there are hundreds of revolutionaries with Arab names but nobody has heard of them. In other words, that “Carlos” was famous and Annis Naqqash unknown, indicates the skillfulness of the latter, not the former. Haddad didn’t want to create celebrities; he wanted to create revolutionaries. The revolutionary’s usefulness diminishes with fame and/or its pursuit. Old revolutionaries who lived the Jordan phase (before and after the September massacres) remember “Carlos.” In his first military courses he was notably brave, physically resilient and extremely enthusiastic.

Those who trained with him in Jordan know he felt restrained by standing in line and training (it appears that Palestinian groups’ trainings were influenced by that of armies. This is a result of lack of experience in guerilla warfare. See Yazid Sayigh’s book “Armed Struggle and Search for a State” in spite of its right-wing leaning). Carlos used to object and demand more rigorous training. He was also skillful at shooting. This brought him attention as a fighter, not as a revolutionary leader as the movie portrayed.

Here is where the movie’s fiction starts. “Carlos” becomes a Palestinian leader and peer to Wadie Haddad himself. You see him at a meeting of Palestinian groups’ leaders called by Yuri Androbov. “Carlos’” story overshadows the negative aspects of the Palestinian revolution’s experience of attracting people of all backgrounds without exception. Opportunists, hooligans, criminals and intelligence agents joined the revolution.

The revolution didn’t examine their backgrounds. A Palestinian entered a training camp in Al-Burj and saw a man training. He angrily asked the political supervisor: what is this man doing here?

He was told that he was a comrade from the American University of Beirut. “Comrade?” he exclaimed. “I’ve known him since childhood and he’s an old Phalangist.” He refused to participate in the training (that “comrade’s” colleagues noticed that he completely disappeared after 1982 without trace). The revolution should have scrutinized the backgrounds of those who suddenly appeared in training camps and organization offices and asked to join. Of course, there were sincere internationalists militants but there were opportunists and criminals also.

Who decides “Carlos’” reality? It’s a relative matter. I consider him more of a rash rebel who turned to opportunism after the Vienna operation, if not before. It suffices that his name is connected to the distortion of the Palestinian revolution’s name internationally. The movie tried to depict Palestinian struggle as an opportunist, criminal and terrorist endeavor. There is no mistake that this is the movie’s message. The best proof of the movie’s Zionism is the complete absence of Israel from the plot.

Israel is completely absent from criminal and terrorist operations in Europe although Israel had started terrorism in Europe by sending explosives to embassies in the forties (the otherwise serious Economist magazine erred in a recent article as it failed to mention Israel’s pioneering role in sending letter bombs). The movie showed no concern for victims among the Palestinian people and other Arab civilians in Europe or thousands of victims in the Arab world. But it wanted to emphasize for the viewer foreign victims of Arab violence (such as the scene of shooting a pregnant French woman in Beirut.

One doesn’t know if this actually occurred or if it was one of the many lies the movie fabricated). During a seventies’ recording of Bassam Abu Sharif explaining the attack on the Zionist Marks and Spencer’s owner in London, the director should have informed the viewer, at least cursorily, that the reason behind burns and wounds on Abu Sharif’s face was the Zionist letter bomb from Israel, which is dear to Assayas and his crew.

Haddad targeted the owner of Marks and Spencer for funding “Herut” party and Zionist causes. The movie wanted to depict the Arab revolutionary as hostile to Jews as Jews (only one German objected to hostility to Jews while in reality the matter was debated among the ranks of the leadership and membership, but the director deliberately mis-portrayed Palestinian organizations and characterized them as fascist and dictatorial. Not all leaders of Palestinian groups were like Yasir Arafat, and even he was questioned by his cohorts especially in the early years).

The movie never touched the reality behind Wadie Haddad’s mystery. Ahmad Qa’bour acted well but didn’t convey Wadie Haddad’s personality. Haddad wasn’t like Ibrahim Qalilat or “Abu Al-Abbas” and didn’t play with a gun during his free or threat time. The director wanted to present all Arab militants as hooligans and criminals. It is true that a number of hooligans and criminals infiltrated the ranks of the Palestinian revolution but those either belonged to the Syrian regime’s (was Al-Sa’iqa organization anything but a group of hooligans, thieves and murderers?) and the Iraqi regime’s intelligence apparatuses and Yasir Arafat’s many shops.

Ideological groups such as the Communist Party, the Communist Action Organization, the Arab Socialist Action Party-Lebanon, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Syrian Nationalist Party and Wadie Haddad’s secret organization used to expel hooligans and criminals from among their ranks. I can assert that comrade “Zuhair” of the Communist Action Organization’s military leadership, used to expel those types without hesitation and never accepted them to his organization. This was also true of Haddad’s organization. Ideological parties’ fighters were not hooligans like Yusif Bazzi (the “journalist” in the Hariri family’s daily publication) as he describes himself in his hideous book “Yasir Arafat looked at me and smiled.”

As usual, in movies like this about the Middle East, especially those contaminated with Zionist American hands, are filled with errors and lies. The movie seemed to think that Saddam Hussein assumed presidency from Ahmad Hasan Al-Bakr in the mid-seventies. It repeatedly confuses between the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the secret organization that Haddad organized outside the Front’s framework.

The movie didn’t bother with the long, early debate that the Popular Front’s leadership had (since, if not before, the central committee’s 1971 meeting), meaning that violence, especially outside the struggle’s main arena, was not a transient matter for Palestinian leaders and revolutionaries. As usual, the movie conflated the Popular Front (the external operations branch, which spin off under Haddad’s leadership) and the “Black September” organization.

The director didn’t understand Wadie Haddad’s methods of organization and militarization: one of the leading members of Wadie Haddad’s organization spoke with me this summer about how they selected individuals to execute operations. He would plan the operation and send to Beirut the candidate’s required profile (for example, I want a trained fighter from a camp, short, blond hair etc.) The director didn’t know that Anis Naqqash never met Wadie Haddad or that he was “sent” by Abu Jihad to examine Haddad’s organization from within.

The movie also confuses Ali Al-Eisawi (who has no relation to “Carlos”) with his borther Salim There is no evidence that “Carlos” was involved in an attempt to assassinate Asim Al-Jundi, as Al-Jundi himself admitted that “Carlos” was innocent. The movie failed to mention that Lebanese authorities (before and until the Taif Accord), which collaborated with foreign intelligence apparatuses, had allowed a French “security official” who was an expert on “counter-terrorism” to reside in Lebanon in order to spy on and sabotage the Palestinian revolution’s organizations.

The depiction of Arab characters has no connection to reality. Anyone who has met Anis Naqqash knows that he has no relationship with the nervous, reckless young man presented in the movie. The movie’s characters are built on traditional stereotypes of Palestinian revolutionaries. It is clear that Assayas never met any of those who worked with Wadie Haddad and didn’t try to really know his personality.

The director had no concept of how Haddad had unequivocally expelled “Carlos” after he disobeyed orders for the Vienna operation. Haddad didn’t view “Carlos” the way the movie presented it. When Muhamamad Boudia was assassinated in France, “Carlos’” name was not suggested as his replacement except in “Carlos’” imagination. (“Carlos” contradicted several points from the movie in his letter to Al-Akhbar).

However, there is another instance of racism in the movie: the Latin American revolutionaries appeared driven by political principles. The same was true for German elements (which the movie exaggerated perhaps due to German funding). But Arab revolutionaries were hooligans and cared only for money and executing Arab intelligence’s orders.

There is something suspicious about the movie: There is a March 14 whiff in the narration. It appears the director must have met with ex-leftists among the Hariri crowd because the movie focused on “Carlos’” relationship with Syrian intelligence particularly although Libyan and Iraqi intelligence were closer to “Carlos” than Wadie Haddad.

Why didn’t the movie make any mention whatsoever about “Carlos’” relationship with Saudi intelligence and his performing operations on their behalf? Khalid Khadr Agha, who had a solid relationship with King Faisal and the Saudi intelligence, pointed to a chair in his house in Beirut and said: “Carlos” sat on this chair and drank bottles of Johnny Walker as he looked into serving the Saudi intelligence. According to Khadr Agha’s account, “Carlos” assassinated a Saudi dissident and received a money transfer for “Mrs. Tutu” in Romania. The movie neglected to mention this.

Why this focus on Saddam Hussein even when he was unknown? Isn’t this to influence the viewer with what is known today about his oppression? Why did the director undermine eastern European intelligence and their relationship to “Carlos”? A prominent leader in the Popular Front mentions how Haddad complained to him in the seventies about the KGB’s control of his organization. Why did the director neglect to cover the long discussions that in the circles of Wadie Haddad’s organization about the importance of avoiding harm to civilians (without denying that harm had befallen civilians as a result of operations Wadie Haddad oversaw?

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine noted this during the long discussion that resulted in severance of working relations between Haddad and the great late George Habash). This doesn’t negate that “external” operations helped to place the name of Palestine on the global map.

There’s the issue of “Michael Mukarbal.” It is important to note that Lebanese authorities arrested Mukarbal and handed him to French authorities after torturing him. He had done no activity whatsoever in Lebanon: all his activity occurred in Europe. But Lebanese authorities, until Amin Al-Gemayyel, opposed all Arab interests. Its security, military and intelligence apparatuses depended completely on foreign intelligence that worked with Israel.

Lebanese authorities used to monitor everyone who resisted Israel even if they were outside Lebanon. Joel Bustani (and later Johnny Abdu) should be known to all people in Lebanon and outside Lebanon. “Carlos” insisted that Mukarbal was suspicious, and peddled that at every opportunity. Israeli sources confirmed “Carlos’” suspicions when it discussed Mukarbal’s role in accessing Boudia. The movie depicts Mukarbal as helpless, but the reality is misrepresented. It wasn’t in the Popular Front’s interest to acknowledge the truthfulness of Carlos’ suspicions in this regard.

Next is the question of assessing “Carlos’” work. No doubt, the revolution attracted meddlers, adventurers, criminals, opportunists and daredevils, as it also attracted true revolutionaries. “Carlos” last activity was a statement in which he saluted Bin Ladin and described him as a revolutionary. Who says that “Carlos” gets to decide the Arab revolution’s issues? We have no obligation to support those who support our causes when in fact they harm them.

This movie summarizes Zionist propaganda. Arabs have to investigate every scenario before participating. I remember during my first year in Washington a director was looking for young Arab men to appear in the movie “Protocol” starring Goldie Hawn. The daily compensation was about a hundred dollars. Many young Arabs came to the casting and met the production team. Those selected were later contacted. The casting director called me to tell me I was selected. I told her I wanted to read the script first to make sure it doesn’t demonize Arabs. She laughed and said: do you think you’re going to be an actual actor in the movie?

We just want you as extras. I insisted, so she laughed and ended the call. Morocco has gained expertise in hostility towards Arabs and Muslims, in movies such as “Indiana Jones.” Lebanon, as usual, distances itself from Arab sensibilities. On the contrary, some in Lebanon pride themselves on the cooperation between Lebanese police and Israeli interests (in the seventies). But it’s just a movie. Arab rejection of Israel’s existence is undeniable truth. Write that down, o Assayas.”

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AHAVA PICKET CONTINUES AS EDL SPREAD THEIR HATE FURTHER AFIELD

NOVANEWS







I took off an hour or so from the Culture of Resistance Conference to go and join the picket at Ahava. After direct action this week by 2 activists, who chained themselves to a concrete block, once again getting arrested for aggravated trespass, the picket was a quiet affair.

Arriving at about 12.45 I was surprised that the Zionists friends the EDL hadn’t turned up. They have a demonstration this week spreading their message of hate at Nuneaton, so they couldn’t afford to join their bigots in arms at Ahava to support Zionist theft in the West Bank. And even Jonathan Hoffman didn’t turn up till gone 1.00, leaving the hapless Martin Sugarman, one of those who heckled Holocaust survivor, Haja Meyer, at the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration last year.

Rumour has it that the EDL is somewhat miffed with the Zionists for turning down all their suggestions, such as having 2 of them sleep overnight in Ahava to keep out anyone wanting to chain themselves to concrete! And despite the best efforts of Hoffman to make them feel wanted, they feel their efforts have become taken for granted by the Zionists who don’t even make them officially feel at home as the Zionists can’t afford to openly welcome them!

The Zionists seemed to shuffle about in embarrassment as the shop did next to no trade on a busy Saturday afternoon. Even the police outnumbered them. One unnamed Zionist, having nothing with which to defend the Zionist theft of Palestinian resources on the West Bank foamed at the mouth about us ‘anti-Semites’ until I pointed out that it was they who demonstrated with anti-Semites every other week! He then turned on my family instead! Strange man. And even stranger was a Welsh Christian Zionist flying the Israeli flag who seemed eager to distance himself from the Revelations crowd of baptists who want the Jews return to the Holy Land in order that they can then be immolated and secure the return of the Messiah. He accepted that they were most of them anti-Semites.

Finally a bad tempered and ill at lease Jonathan Hoffman turned up. At one stage he was shouting in the face of Bruce Levy, who quite remarkably kept his cool. Hoffman’s face was literally contorted with rage as he saw all round him disintegrate, along with his career in the Zionist Federation.

However truth be said, the turn out on the Palestinian side was also considerably down and people weren’t very vocal until Jonathan turned up. One has to hand it to him. He always enlivens us up to do more, not least in this case chant, and led by Bruce and me crying ‘Don’t Buy Stolen Goods Boycott Ahava’ we got quite a good bout of chanting going. The Zionists bar Hoffman preferred to keep quiet, possibly feeling the cold even more than we. It was therefore with great reluctance that I departed this merry scene, Hoffman still scowling for all he was worth!

See: www.azvsas.blogspot.com

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FINKELSTEIN HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION

NOVANEWS

Photos from [DePaul’s] Convocation protest

From Chicago Indymedia:

Congratulations to the organizers for putting together a great protest! Please make the time to the protest of Professor Finkelstein’s lock out:

Wednesday, Sept. 5,2007

At the Political Science Department office

990 W. Fullerton




DePaul Convocation Protest Demands Justice for Prof. Finkelstein

09.01.2007 | Chicago IndyMedia
By Andy Thayer

Students and faculty protesting DePaul University’s denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein and Mehrene Larudee made up a sizeable part of the crowd at the University’s convocation on Friday morning.

Zionist activists such as Harvard neocon Alan Dershowitz have waged a relentless slander campaign against Finkelstein, and despite sterling reviews by various academic bodies, DePaul’s administration caved in and denied him tenure.

University officials recently took the unprecedented step of cancelling Finkelstein’s last year of classes and locking him out of his office. Professors who are denied tenure are traditionally given one more year to teach while they seek other employment.

The Faculty Council and the American Association of University Professors are both disputing the legality of the university’s lock out as well as its refusal to allow Finkelstein to avail himself of the University’s appeals process.

Beside’s Friday’s convocation protest, Finkelstein and his supporters in the Academic Freedom Committee will protest the lock out at 10:30 am, Wednesday, Sept 5th outside of the Political Science Department office at 990 W. Fullerton Avenue.

At first, just a few courageous professors, and then several, donned “We are all Norman Finkelstein” t-shirts that student organizers of the protest had made up.

Matthew Abraham, Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse in the English Department, was among the first faculty to don a protest t-shirt.

Elizabeth Rottenberg, Assistant Professor of Philosphy, and Kevin Thompson, Associate Professor of Philosophy

After the politically tendentious tenure proceedings for Finkelstein, a decision that supposedly was to have been made on academic grounds, these junior faculty were putting their own future tenure decisions at risk.

Soon the student organizers ran out of T-shirts.

The student organizers included (l to r) Christoph Osterberg, Political Science ’08; Birute McIntyre, Political Science ’07; and Annette Ruzicka, Political Science ’08

Besides on-campus supporters of Finkelstein and Larudee, Jewish Voices for Peace were also in the house.

The convocation began ironically with the singing of “All Are Welcome” (except Professor Finkelstein, of course) . . .

. . . and an academic procession . . .

. . . led by a security guard.

Protesters appeared at every turn.

Despite the half-hearted attempts of a security guard to shield him, Arts and Sciences College Dean Charles Suchar couldn’t evade the protest.

Suchar, a dismal hatchet-man in the whole sordid affair, looked decidedly uncomfortable throughout the march.

Evan Lorendo (left) literally shadows Dean Suchar.





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11/28/2010

Dershowitz is unreliable narrator

Nov 27, 2010

Philip Weiss 

Former Senator Jim Abourezk gave a speech lauding Helen Thomas a week ago and it was published later on Counterpunch. Alan Dershowitz, the subject of an Abourezk anecdote, complained to the website about the piece. From Alex Cockburn’s column:

From: “Alan Dershowitz” <dersh@law.harvard.edu>
Date: November 22, 2010 12:09:48 PM PST
To: <counterpunch@counterpunch.org>

Subject: Response to Article

In his [CounterPunch] article entitled “Honoring Helen Thomas” dated November 22, 2010, James Abourezk makes the following statement:

“I once called Alan Dershowitz a snake on Al Manar television.  Al Manar is Hezbollah’s news channel in Lebanon.  When he found out what I had said, he wrote a column in the Jerusalem Post, calling me an anti-Semite.” 

It is a lie. 

Here is a link to my article to which he refers.  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-dershowitz/a-real-snake_b_65194.html?view=print)   I challenge him to find the term “anti-Semite” in the article.  I also challenge your readers to read the article and judge Abourezk’s credibility.  Now I will characterize Abourezk:  He is a liar. “

I duly clicked on the Huffington Post link thoughtfully provided by prof. Dershowitz and indeed, there is no use of the term “anti-Semite” in the  column by the noted Harvard law professor, published on September 21, 2007. But since the prof. is a notoriously slippery fellow, I put a couple of sentences from that same column into the google search engine, pressed  button A and, hey presto, up came the same  Sep 21, 2007 Dershowitz column,  printed that same day on the site of the United Jewish Foundation.  And lo!  there was a final paragraph, omitted from the Huffpost version. Here it is, in bold type.

“Well maybe former Senator Abourezk isn’t so different from the late Senator Bilbo after all. He uses the word ‘Zionist’ in precisely the same bigoted way Bilbo used ‘kike.’ [Huffington Post version ends here.]

“It is true that not all anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic, but just because it is anti-Zionist does not mean it is not also anti-Semitic. If the shoe fits…” (C2007 FrontPageMagazine.com 09/21/07)

“Anti-Semite”… “anti-Semitic” …  A minute difference on which the slippery prof. would no doubt try to hang his hat, but to any impartial observer it’s plain enough that Abourezk’s memory is true. Dershowitz was sliming the former distinguished senator from South Dakota  as an anti-Semite. It’s maybe why Huffington Post dropped the final paragraph as libelous, unless Dershowitz reserved the slime for the version he sent FrontPageMagazine which, the vigilant reader will have noted, was credited as its source by the United Jerusalem Foundation.

Americans are catching a clue, I tell you

Nov 27, 2010

Philip Weiss

 

From the always-entertaining Matt Bors, who works for many newspapers in the U.S. and lives in Portland. Thanks to Ali Gharib:

 

bors

NPR’s Holocaust obsession

Nov 27, 2010

Henry Norr

 

After waking up this morning to yet another Holocaust story on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, I headed to npr.org’s search page to check my impression that such stories been coming thick and fast lately. Narrowing my query to “Heard On Air” (excluding the blogs, Associated Press stories, and other things posted at the website), “Past Year,” and “News” (the only NPR programs I regularly listen to), I found 20 stories, not including today’s, that included the word “Holocaust.” Comparing other historical phenomena with tragic consequences, I found 15 hits on the word “slavery,” 11 on “native Americans,” nine on “communism,” five on “Rwanda genocide,” one on “Armenian genocide,” and one on “Ukrainian famine.”

Suggestive as these results may be, such simple word searches don’t get at the heart of the matter, because most of the hits are passing references within stories focused on current issues. But of the 21 stories that mention “Holocaust,” six by my count were sustained, in-depth discussions of some aspect of the Nazi murder of the Jews more than 65 years ago: today’s interview with an Israeli professor about his new book on one famous photograph from the Warsaw ghetto, an October 28 item on the role of German diplomats in the genocide, an August 28 piece on the Nazi Nuremberg laws, a July 23 analysis of the role of the French national railroad in the deportation of French Jews, an April 15 piece on the memories of American vets who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps, and a March 9 segment entitled “Russian Village Haunted By A Hidden Holocaust Past.”

By contrast, only one of the 15 stories that mention slavery was focused on the history of black slaves in the U.S. Not a single one of the stories with the phrase “native Americans” dealt with their dispossession and near-extermination. And so on with the other categories.

Also of note is that NPR’s stories on the Holocaust talk almost exclusively about the murder of Jews. I spotted no references to the millions of non-Jews – Roma, gays, trade unionists, leftists, etc. – who were also killed in the camps, nor to the tens of millions of Polish and Russian civilians who died in the war.

For NPR, it seems, the Holocaust is the Chosen Tragedy. 

Halper predicts collapse of P.A. in 2011, and ‘violence, chaos,’ and hope

Nov 27, 2010

Philip Weiss

 

In “Palestine 2011,” Jeff Halper says the peace process has failed: “There will be no negotiated settlement, period.” And he imagines two outcomes in the next year, one being that the Palestinians declaring a state unilaterally, the other being more catastrophic/lytic. (Thanks to Hazel Kahan.)

I’m optimistic that 2011 will witness a game-changing “break” that will create a new set of circumstances in which a just peace is possible. That jolt which smashes the present dead-end paradigm must come from outside the present “process.” It can take one of two forms….

[Unilateral declaration of a state], while still possible given the deadlock in negotiations, is unlikely, if only because the leadership of the Palestinian Authority lacks the courage to undertake such a bold initiative. A second one seems more likely: in 2011, the Palestinian Authority will either resign or collapse, throwing the Occupation back on the lap of Israel. Given the deadlock in negotiations, I can’t see the PA lasting even until August, when (sort-of) Prime Minister Salem Fayyad expects the international community to give the Palestinians a state.

Even if the 90-day settlement freeze eventually comes into effect, Netanyahu will not negotiate borders during that period, the only issue worth discussing. Either fed up to the point of resigning – Abbas may be weak and pliable, but he is not a collaborator – or having lost so much credibility with its own people that it simply collapses, the fall of the PA would end definitively the present “process.”

The end or fall of the PA would create an intolerable and unsustainable situation. Israel would be forced to retake by force all the Occupied Territories, and unable to allow Hamas to step into the vacuum, would have to do so violently, perhaps even invading Gaza again and assuming permanent control. Having to support four million impoverished Palestinians with no economic infrastructure whatsoever would be an impossible burden (and hopefully the “donor community” would not enable the re-occupation by stepping in to prevent a “humanitarian crisis,” as it does today).

Such a move on the part of Israel would also inflame the Muslim world and generate massive protests worldwide, again forcing the hand of the international community.

Looked at in this way, the Palestinians have one source of enormous clout: they are the gatekeepers. Until they – the Palestinian people as a whole, not the PA – say the conflict is over, it’s not over. Israel and its erstwhile allies have the ability to make life almost unbearable for the Palestinians, but they cannot impose apartheid or warehousing. We, the millions supporting the Palestinian struggle the world over, will not let it go until the Palestinians signal that they have arrived at a settlement that they can live with. Until then, the conflict will remain open and globally disruptive.

If any of these scenarios comes about and new possibilities of peace arise out of the violence and chaos that will ensue, the real question is: where will we be, the people who support a just, inclusive, workable and sustainable peace? Here in Israel/Palestine, unfortunately, there is no discussion over what may happen in the next year. Not only do we of the Palestinian and Israeli peace movements fail to give adequate direction and leadership to our civil society allies abroad, we tend to pursue “politics as normal” disconnected from the political processes around us, more reactive than pro-active. Despite its crucial importance to the Palestinian struggle, for instance, the BDS campaign moves along and accumulates strength, but is not accompanied by focused, timely campaigns intended to seize a political moment. …  

Human Rights Watch blasts light Gaza sentences, Amnesty International blasts Bedouin village removal

Nov 27, 2010

Shadi Fadda

 

and other news from Today in Palestine

Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing

Four People Detained At Peaceful Protest Near Bethlehem
The Israeli army detained three Israeli peace activists and one young Palestinian man during the weekly Friday non-violent demonstration in the West bank village of al-Ma’sara , south of Bethlehem.
http://imemc.org/article/60024

Palestinians condemn train plans
A new plan for a train line linking central Israel to settlements deep in the West Bank… The project was quickly denounced by a spokesman for the Palestinian government in the West Bank. “This shows not only Israel’s short-term illegal activities in terms of settlement expansion, but its long-term planning and execution of colonial projects that aim at nothing less than ending the two-state solution,” Husam Zomlot said. A different Israeli train project, a new fast rail line from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, has also angered Palestinians because the route veers into the West Bank. That line is already under construction.
http://www.argus.ie/breaking-news/world-news/palestinians-condemn-train-plans-2437684.html

Israel condemned over Bedouin village demolition
“We condemn these repeated demolitions that aim to forcibly evict the residents of al-‘Araqib from the land they have on lived for generations,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The fact that the village has been demolished seven times in four months shows that this is not some administrative mistake but a conscious Israeli government policy of dispossession.”
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/
israel-condemned-over-bedouin-village-demolition-2010-11-25

South African students action for the Week Against the Apartheid Wall
At the University of the Witwatersrand, students writing their end of year exams were handed fact sheets about the apartheid Wall. This information campaign gave many students new insight and aimed to improve awareness about the realities and illegality of the Wall. 
http://stopthewall.org/worldwideactivism/2401.shtml

Right of Return

Memories and maps keep alive Palestinian hopes of return
Aerial photographs taken by first world war German pilots are combined with mandate-era and Israeli maps supplemented by digitally enhanced satellite images that record old tribal boundaries, neighbourhoods and even individual buildings. Most striking are the hundreds of Arab villages that were destroyed or ploughed under fields, as well as postwar Jewish settlements and suburbs. The Abu Sitta family lands, for example, are now owned by Kibbutz Nirim, near the border with Gaza.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/26/palestinian-refugees-middle-east-conflict

Detention Policy

5 detained at Bethlehem village anti-wall rally
An army spokeswoman said soldiers used riot dispersal mechanisms against the rally when protesters threw rocks at them. Israel’s separation wall annexes thousands of dunums of agricultural land from Al-Ma’sara and its surrounding villages for the illegal Gush Etzion settlement.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336209

Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Dutch will look into NGO funding of anti-Semitic website
The Dutch government has been funding the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation, a Dutch aid organization that finances the Electronic Intifada website that, NGO Monitor told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, is anti-Semitic and frequently compares Israeli policies with those of the Nazi regime.
http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=196852

Fundraising campaign launched for Tom Hurndall’s book
Hurndall was a young photojournalist and peace worker, and the book The Only House Left Standing – the Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall will contain all of his photographs in the weeks running up to his shooting, as well as his personal writing from his diaries and poems. The book is to be prefaced by Robert Fisk.
http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/1906745/
fundraising-campaign-launched-tom-hurndalls-book

“Road To Hope” Humanitarian Convoy Arrives In Gaza
The humanitarian “Road To Hope” convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip, on Thursday, carrying 30 vehicles filled with aid and 101 humanitarian aid workers, including eight who survived the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla that killed nine activists in May this year. 
http://imemc.org/article/60015

Violence/Aggression

Israeli soldiers who made Palestinian boy search ‘bomb’ bags are freed
DCI said the “leniency of the sentence and the fact that we have documented 15 cases of human shields since the High Court ruling, three of them children, shows the Army is not taking its obligations seriously”.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/israeli-
soldiers-who-made-palestinian-boy-search-bomb-bags-are-freed-15014136.html

Israel: Soldiers’ Punishment for Using Boy as ‘Human Shield’ Inadequate
“The slap on the wrist for these soldiers is another slap in the face for the victims of violations during Operation Cast Lead,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Not only do these sentences seem unjustifiably lenient, but two years later, they are the only sentences Israel has handed down for serious human rights violations among the many alleged during the Gaza offensive.”
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/11/26/
israel-soldiers-punishment-using-boy-human-shield-inadequate

OPT: Protection of Civilians Weekly Report, 10 – 23 November 2010
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/LSGZ-8BKE9H?OpenDocument

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Let our Motto be: No to Silence on Violence against Palestinian Women
The illegal Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2006 has further degraded the living conditions of the Gaza Strip’s population. The four-year Israeli siege has resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinian women suffering from health problems due to the ill-supply of medication in Gazan hospitals. This problem is worsened by the inability of Palestinians to travel abroad for medical treatment.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/AZHU-8BJNCY?OpenDocument

Political Developments

Unity leader says trust, commitment key
Upon his return, Al-Masri spoke with Ma’an on the program Hard Questions, explaining that his efforts toward conciliation between the parties was ongoing, adding that “we must all contribute to conciliation, Hamas and Fatah must understand the necessity of achieving it and take on the sensitive issues to restore the spirit of the Palestinian national project.”
http://maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336085

China urges peaceful coexistence between Palestine,Israel amid stalled talks
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, expressed hope for establishing an independent Palestinian state and peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel through negotiations based on relevant United Nations resolutions, the “land for peace” principle and the Arabic Peace Initiative.
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7213080.html

Syria warns Israel: Evading peace will lead to Mideast war
“The possibility of war always exists in our region since Israel almost always scandalously evades the commitment to peace,” said Moallem. “There is no doubt that closing the horizons to peace could lead to war,” he said.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
syria-warns-israel-evading-peace-will-lead-to-mideast-war-1.327015

Rabin’s son presents his Israeli Peace Initiative
1. A viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and one-on-one land swaps 2. Jerusalem as the home of two capitals and special arrangements in the holy basin 3. An agreed solution for the refugees inside the Palestinian state (with symbolic exceptions) 4. Mutual recognition of the genuine national identities of the two states as the outcome of negotiations and not as a prerequisite 5. Reiteration of the principles underlying Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence regarding civic equality for its Arab citizens 6. Long-term security arrangements with international components.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/
rabin-s-son-presents-his-israeli-peace-initiative-1.327055

Saudis stop Hamas men from reaching Syria
Saudi Arabia has prevented senior members from Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), who had made the pilgrimage from Gaza to Mecca, to continue on to Damascus to meet the leaders of their organizations, a source within one of the organizations told Ynet on Friday.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3990290,00.html

As Turkey front freezes, Israel looks to warming Balkan ties
In the past year Israel has expanded relations with Greece and Bulgaria and upgraded its existing ties with Cyprus, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia. These states share concerns about Turkey’s new radicalism and world jihad’s growing influence there and see new opportunities for economic, technical and security cooperation with Israel.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/
as-turkey-front-freezes-israel-looks-to-warming-balkan-ties-1.326903

MK proposes bill to declare Jerusalem Jewish capital
An Israeli MK has proposed changing Israel’s Basic Law to declare Jerusalem “the capital of the Jewish people,” the Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv reported Friday. Knesset member Zevulun Orlev sponsored the bill in April 2008, and the preliminary reading of the amendment was approved by a large majority in the Knesset. However at a vote on the amendment in October 2009, the Labor party vetoed the proposal.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336211

Other News

WEST BANK: Israel bulldozes Fayyad’s Freedom Road
On Sept. 1, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad celebrated with the residents of Qarawat Bani Hassan the inauguration of a mile-long road linking the small West Bank village to a spring its residents consider the lifeline of the community. It was called Freedom Road. Israel on Wednesday destroyed the road, which is located in Area C of the West Bank.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/11/
west-bank-fayyads-freedom-road-succumbs-to-israeli-dictate.html

DFLP demands public freedoms from Hamas in Gaza
Officials from the leftist party the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said a meeting with Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday was successful, and helped guarantee pubic freedoms for the movement’s members.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336169

PCBS: Building boom of ’09 tapers in ’10
The total number of issued building licenses decreased by 16.8 percent in the third quarter 2010 compared with the second quarter 2010, whereas it increased by 11.8 percent when compared with the third quarter 2009
http://maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336203

Israel to vote on center to detain Africans
Israel’s Cabinet is being asked to approve construction of a massive detention center to hold Africans who illegally enter Israel through its porous border with Egypt. Israel says most infiltrators come looking for work. Placing them in a detention center would weaken the economic incentive to cross the border. The Cabinet will vote on the proposal Sunday.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/israel-to-vote-on-center-to-detain-africans-1.877028

Israel Contributed to Hariri Tribunal
Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has acknowledged Israel aided Hariri’s tribunal, Press TV reported quoting Lebanon’s al-Akhbar newspaper on Friday. Lieberman added that Tel Aviv’s government has been transparent and open to the investigation.
http://imemc.org/article/60023

Lebanon PM: Netanyahu doesn’t believe in peace
Moreover, he stressed that Israel can only have security if comprehensive peace was achieved between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and between Israel and the Arab world – which includes Syria and Lebanon. “[Netanyahu] takes the issue of security as the basis of his whole political platform but you will only have security if you have peace,” he said.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense
/lebanon-pm-netanyahu-doesn-t-believe-in-peace-1.326975

Analysis/Op-ed

In the name of humanity
Ilana Hammerman and her colleagues have presented to us with the bar for graciousness, limitless giving without any interest, and the assumption of personal risk, as the offences attributed to them carry a two-year jail sentence. These women are a small reminder to the fact that not all of us had become brutal and that the corrupting occupation nonetheless left some humanity in some of us.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3989284,00.html

Professor proposes 1-state solution for Israel-Palestine
Mezvinsky said the violent resistance to “the Israeli occupation” is the wrong approach morally and practically for Palestinians. “Unfortunately, Israeli violence toward Palestinians will continue to beget Palestinian violence against Israel,” he said. “The present condition is a recipe for disaster, more continued oppression of Palestinians followed by increased violence for Palestinians, resulting in more wounding and killing of Palestinians and Israeli Jews.”
http://www.newbritainherald.com/articles/2010/11/25/news/doc4cef0f6cc3d9b574235708.txt

Bad Intentions: New Jerusalem Settlements and the Prospects for Peace
Two more houses in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem taken over by settlers over the past two days, in the neighborhoods of Jabel Mukaber and A-Tur. Are these just routine settler provocations or something more? The answer is: both. They are routine because settlers have been doing this for years, supported by Israeli police and courts.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hagit-ofran/post_1329_b_788152.html

How the EU could entice Israel to seek peace
It may come as a surprise, for instance, to learn that the EU – not the United States – is Israel’s main trading partner, with a relationship worth a handsome €20bn (£17bn) per year. Not only that, but Israel enjoys the status of a “privileged partner”. Recent years have witnessed the EU and Israel striving to “develop an increasingly close relationship, going beyond co-operation, to involve a significant measure of economic integration and a deepening of political co-operation”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/26/eu-israel-europe-peace

‘NYT’ says that US support for Israel may finally become ‘politicized’
The encouraging news here is that Kentucky Senator-elect Rand Paul might take a stand against aid to Israel, and for once Israel-support might be politicized. The American people would then get to vote on the issue, rather than face wall to wall support among their leaders, enforced by fatcat lobbyists with access. And journalists would have to write about the lobby, as they write about the gun lobby, the anti-abortion movement, or any other ideological special interest.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/nyt-says-that-us-support-for-israel-may-finally-become-politicized.html

The ‘freeze’
The answer is simple: The purpose of the “freeze” is not actually to bring peace closer, but to distance it. The purpose is not to thaw regional relations, but to freeze the desire of the Palestinians and the Americans – and, in fact, of the world – for an agreement. The true purpose of the moratorium is to prompt people – all people, in all places – to entertain the following thought: “If this is what happens because of a few months of construction stoppage, what kind of peace process are we talking about?”
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/the-freeze-1.327005

Obama Surrenders Palestinian Rights
Even the term ‘bribe’, which is abundantly used to describe American generosity, isn’t quite adequate here. Bribes have defined the relationship between the ever-generous White House and the quisling Congress to win favor with the ever-demanding Israel and its growingly belligerent Washington lobby. It is not the concept of bribery that should shock us, but the magnitude of the bribe, and the fact that it is presented by a man who positioned himself as a peacemaker (and actually became certified as one, courtesy of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee).
http://www.counterpunch.org/baroud11262010.html

Diplomacy: The shared view from the top
If you closed your eyes for a minute while listening to what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday to a group of Likud MKs opposed to an additional 90-day settlement moratorium, you could swear you were hearing Ariel Sharon.
http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Article.aspx?id=196828

Iraq

Iraq Kurdish leader: A uniter in a divided nation
In his five years as Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani has shown a remarkable ability to rise above the ethnic and religious divisions defining the country’s political scene — sometimes at the expense of his own Kurdish identity. 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101126/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_iraq_talabani_the_uniter

Other Middle East and Related News

Turkish-Israeli Business Council postponed
A large group of Turkish businesspeople were expected to participate in the Tel Aviv meeting. Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Binyamin “Fuad” Ben Eliezer was to deliver the opening remarks of the Council meeting. 
http://www.worldbulletin.net/news_detail.php?id=66731

Official: Mossad behind Egypt riots
Who’s responsible for this week’s riots in Egypt, which left one man killed and dozens injured? Chairman of the Egypt People’s Assembly’ Foreign Affairs Committee Dr. Dr Mostafa El Feki on Thursday accused the Israeli Mossad of being behind the recent clashes between Christian Copts and Muslims.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3990229,00.html

Hariri: Iran has role to play in Lebanon’s stability
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has a natural role in the region, especially in resolving crisis and strengthening stability in Lebanon,” Hariri was quoted as saying in an interview with the agency. Hariri is to arrive in Tehran on Saturday for two days on his first official visit and is to meet with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=336236

Intel sources implicate Syria in Hariri assassination
Syria played a major role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005, and the UN probe into the murder is wrongly absolving it of guilt, Western intelligence sources familiar with the probe told Haaretz.
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/mess-report/intel-sources-implicate-syria-in-hariri-assassination-1.326904

Israel, U.S. tense as WikiLeaks set to release classified bilateral communiques
The American message said that if cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv were released, it could be embarrassing because they relate to relations between Israel and the United States, which are usually kept confidential, or because they involve internal correspondence between American diplomats that do not always reflect the official position of the U.S. administration.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-u-s-tense-
as-wikileaks-set-to-release-classified-bilateral-communiques-1.326905

The truth about Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. arms deals
Recently declassified Pentagon documents reveal a strange, not to say illicit, 1980s operation called ‘Tipped Kettle,’ in which weapons stolen by Israel from the PLO in Lebanon were transferred to the Contras and to anti-American elements in Iran
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/
the-truth-about-israel-iran-and-1980s-u-s-arms-deals-1.326987

Erdogan wins Libyan human rights prize
Erdogan is not the first leader to win the prestigious Libyan prize. He was preceded by former South African President Nelson Mandela, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3990298,00.html

Turkish regulator rejects Israeli bid for Adabank 
The SDIF had put an appraisal price of $90 million on Adabank. But BankPozitif, the sole bidder, offered $42 million, less than half the appraisal price. BankPozitif’s bid was presented to the SDIF committee, which turned it down and canceled a “negotiation auction” scheduled to take place Friday.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=regulator-rejects-israeli-bid-for-adabank-2010-11-26

God isn’t finished with me yet
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