December 18, 2010
Posted on 19 December 2010.
December 18, 2010
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December 19, 2010
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
December 19, 2010
by Michael Leon
Subject: RE: MRFF Featured by The Huffington Post – Christian Air Force Officer Vows to Violate Military Regulations if DADT is Repealed
You know, Mickey, I’ve been rethinking your request for me to keep your family out of this. Because of my ethical standards, I at first acquiesced. However, after reading article after article after article where you are quoted using your son, your wife, your daughter-in-law, you son’s estranged father-in-law as pawns and tools in your selfish, paranoid obsession-I have changed my mind. Why should I respect them when you don’t? Nope-not gonna comply with your whining and begging. And you know what?- it is because you’ve already brought them into it- proactively and voluntarily.
If you cared so much about them you yourself would have kept them out of it, but no-as long as it helps to enforce your psychotic, self-centered delusions and satiate your evil compulsions you would do ANYTHING, even sacrifice your parents-no, wait…you already have! YOU HAVE NO DECENCY, NO HUMILITY OR REMORSE- NO AWARENESS OF SELF.
Bite me you bald-headed, short, impotent little mouse of a Jew. squeak squeak
BTW-what size shoe do you wear-8, 9…10? let’s see if you have enough courage to answer the question honestly. I’ll bet you don’t.
(name and location withheld)
If possible please forward this to the gentleman who wrote about your family.
Mr. Name and location withheld,
My name is Rick Baker. I am a former Air Force Officer and a Vietnam Veteran with two tours of duty as a rescue pilot. I am also a regional coordinator for MRFF.
I was a Christian until I read your recent E-mail to Mr. Weinstein. Based on your barbaric treatment of Mr. Weinstein and his family and the growing militancy and Nazification of our beloved Christian principals by those of your ilk, I have decided to rethink my committment to Christianity. It seems Christianity of the sort you espouse has become the death knell of the kind, caring and concerned Christianity with which I grew up.
Your hateful rhetoric has turned a loving Jesus into a sneering, hateful and dangerous wild beast that far more resembles the tyrants of history than the savior He has been made out to be.
Your vile and medieval letter was an insult to all intelligent human beings. The depth of your ignorance is at once disturbing and pitiful.
For a person of your patently dismal character to opine so carelessly on a family that has served our great democracy for generations in the military is a grave misconception and reflects badly on your judgement and humanity.
Your racism is well defined by your statements and your limited intellect is clearly demonstrated by your inability to communicate without the use of vituperation. In short, you are a mindless Christian, racist sycophant with nothing to offer civilization. You are certainly no better than those concentration camp guards who stuffed women and children into gas chambers and burned their trembling bodies during the Holocaust.
You contribute nothing to this world. Therefore you are a non-entity. You need not have mentioned your faith because it was all too clear.
No one will meet you at the gates of Heaven for you will not reach them. There is nothing for you in this world or the next.
I condemn and vilify you sir. And as far as Mikey Weinstein goes, there is impotence of the genitals and impotence of the mind. Mr. Weinstein has sired children, you have not seemed to father any genuine thought.
Beware the Jewish Mouse that roars!
From the perspective of another former Air Force officer, one who has been working for years with Mikey to undo the bigoted work of Air Force leadership who did not like that I wrote about my non-religious perspective outside work, I, of course agree with Mr. Baker. When I joined the military hoping to serve my country I would never have dreamed that the cowardly and un-American views of Mr. “withheld”, were so common within the Air Force.
With 21 in a row Qual-1 or better evaluations and no disciplinary or other issues of any kind I was grounded, fired from my civil service job and forced to retire from the military as the direct result of my legal expression, outside work that was approved by military legal counsel. My expression in the local paper that airmen should not be forced to pray “in Jesus name” was met with an immediate campaign to remove me from the Air Force by my supervisors.
My complaints and evidence that the charges were lies fell on deaf ears as it was easier for all members of the chain to rubber stamp the decisions of those below them. Attending the extremely religious change of command ceremonies of some of these leaders suggested a second reason for their failure to do their duty.
In addition to forcing all of its members to pray, in many cases to someone else’s god, my unit showed religious videos and even PRODUCED videos that called non-religious people like me “idiots” and “fools”. So after having earned a civilian Gold Seal Flight Instructor license and all civil licenses including the Airline Transport Pilot license; after having flown more than 30 different types of aircraft including fighters such as the F-16, after graduating from Euro-NATO joint Jet Pilot Training and passing every evaluation after becoming mission ready and multiple lauded combat tours, I, a combat tested asset with an outstanding record and the support of my peers and many superiors, was forced out, during wartime, after exposing myself as a non-Christian away from work.
I was raised with traditional Christian values. My father was my Sunday School teacher and I sang in my mother’s choir. I don’t see these values reflected in Mr. “withheld’s” letter. I didn’t see them in the misguided religious leadership in my Wing either. From what I’ve read of Mikey’s struggle, this perverse pseudo-Christianity is being taught at the Academy which explains very well how it polluted my chain with principles not worthy of our United States.
I have nothing but thanks and unending respect for Mikey in his tireless struggle to correct a very real problem within our military that threatens the core values of the United States of America. Mikey is a hero. The words of Mr. “withheld” reflect the thoughts of many who wrap themselves in the American flag while acting like Nazi fools. They are everywhere, even in positions of authority in our military. Their words only inspire men like Mikey and more than 20,000 of us who he is directly helping with his foundation to continue our duty to defend the United States of America from all aggressors, both foreign and domestic.
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
December 18, 2010
by Gordon Duff
“Gordon, what do you think happened to him, do you think he was executed? Bullet in the brain as they stepped off the plane or something even worse?”
ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: But I think the most serious issues are not those which are getting the headlines right now. Who cares if Berlusconi is described as a clown. Most Italians agree with that. Who cares if Putin is described as an alpha dog? He probably is flattered by it.
The real issue is, who is feeding Wikipedia on this issue — Wiki — Wiki — WikiLeaks on this issue? They’re getting a lot of information which seems trivial, inconsequential, but some of it seems surprisingly pointed. …The very pointed references to Arab leaders could have as their objective undermining their political credibility at home, because this kind of public identification of their hostility towards Iran could actually play against them at home.
It’s, rather, a question of whether WikiLeaks are being manipulated by interested parties that want to either complicate our relationship with other governments or want to undermine some governments, because some of these items that are being emphasized and have surfaced are very pointed.
And I wonder whether, in fact, there aren’t some operations internationally, intelligence services, that are feeding stuff to WikiLeaks, because it is a unique opportunity to embarrass us, to embarrass our position, but also to undermine our relations with particular governments.
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
December 18, 2010
“The wealthy Jews control the world, in their hands lies the fate of governments and nations. They set governments one against the other. When the wealthy jews play, the nations and the rulers dance. One way or the other, they get rich”
Herzl wrote in his diary;” an excellent idea enters my mind. To attract outright anti- Semites and to make them the destroyers of Jewish wealth”
Posted in EducationComments Off on HERZL WAS AN ANTI-SEMITE IN DISGUISE
Posted on 19 December 2010.
Many consider privatisation in Western countries to be a failed experiment of the 1980s and 1990s, yet it is the backbone of the current Tory government in Britain.
In their pursuit to sell off the family silver the Tories might well do away with the monarch.
On stamps, that is.
You can almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from Neanderthal Tories and backwoodsmen as they contemplate the demise of Queen Elizabeth from British stamps, the Guardian has more on that possibility:
“The coalition is looking for a way to ensure that the Queen’s head is not removed from stamps if the Royal Mail is sold to a foreign buyer, business secretary Vince Cable said today.
Since the “penny black” went on sale in 1864, every British stamp has borne the profile of the reigning monarch. However, the government is now in talks with Buckingham palace after it was pointed out that there is no explicit guarantee that the tradition would continue if the Royal Mail is sold.
Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Cable said: “We have thought very hard about how we protect the brand – the royal family. There is provision within the legislation to stop the abuse of it,” he said. “But now it has been pointed out that there’s nothing specifically to stop whoever runs the Royal Mail in future dropping the royal head.
“I think it is unlikely they would, because it is a very powerful brand, but we will talk to the palace about whether any further changes need to be made.”
The postal services bill to enable the sell-off gives the Queen a veto over any use of her image, but does not insist that her head is shown.”
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
Haaretz is the most left-wing Israeli paper, and publishes Yitzhak Laor, Amira Hass, and Gideon Levy, but it is not a leftist paper. Haaretz occasionally manages to combine the most bizarre sentiments in one editorial page, and even in one article. Here’s one writer quoting the racist prescriptions of the most blithely racist writer in the American commentariat:
“Shame on them…. The people running Israel and Palestine have other priorities. It is time we left them alone to pursue them – and to live with the consequences.” That is the advice of influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in an article published last week.
The article also stated: “It is long past time that we stop being their crack dealers.” Friedman proposes that the United States stop giving Israel and the Palestinians aid and gifts to persuade them to talk to each other. For now, however, Friedman can relax…
Giving the Palestinians an American general to train their troops to repress their own people and using aid from the European Union to pay for the occupation create an unsustainable economic infrastructure and a collaborator layer in Ramallah is the same as giving the Palestinian people crack. What fun for the kiddies in Nablus. The Marxist philosopher Shlomo Avineri (even their Marxists become Zionists) tells usthat
Obama believed that his determination and his international standing would lead Israel and the Palestinians to soften their stances. … Washington needs a Plan B, a paradigm shift. For 17 years Israel and the Palestinians have been trying to reach a final agreement, either directly or with U.S. mediation. Israeli prime ministers, American presidents and even Palestinian leaders have come and gone, and still no peace agreement. The gaps, it turns out, are too great. And so, the United States must abandon its fruitless efforts to obtain a final agreement in favor of examining the option of interim agreements or partial, perhaps even unilateral, measures.
The Palestinians must “soften” their sclerotic stance on accepting 100 percent of the 22 percent of the land that was 93 percent theirs in 1947, with the result that “History, to which Israel and the Jewish people cling so tenaciously, is denied to the Palestinians, whose mere invocation of it is decried as obstructionist… the Palestinians are supposed to begin negotiations at whatever point Israel (backed by the US) says they should, a point that alters in line with the diminished realities Israel has imposed on them.”
What’s finally interesting is that both Avineri and Barel are more clear-eyed about what is at stake here than most writing here. Barel notes that America needs “peace” more than the parties involved. This is true, so long as we solely understand the term, the “parties involved” to refer to the leadership and social elites. The Palestinian negotiating team only cares about maintaining its government’s grip on power, and the Israeli leadership is in the quixotic position of possibly inciting social breakdown if it pursues peace.
Randolph Bourne wrote that war is the health of the state and that’s nowhere truer than in Israel (evident in a near-tripling of the market capitalization of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange since 2000). Barel adds that what America needs is “progress on American recognition of a Palestinian state”— code for “progress” on the veneer of peace that will let the Gulf States and especially Saudi Arabia control societal anger towards Israeli policies and their tacit collaboration with those policies, and also keep the oil profits funneled toward XOM and the arms funneling out from Boeing and the Pentagon.
Avineri is even more honest: “the United States must abandon its fruitless efforts to obtain a final agreement in favor of examining the option of interim agreements or partial, perhaps even unilateral, measures,” turning the peace process from one that in principle was oriented towards peace but that in practice was focused on process into one that’s even in principle abandoned peace in favor of process. Process is all that’s needed to keep the whole jig whirring more-or-less smoothly along, while the profits keep flowing in and up and the body-count edges daily higher.
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
Coup may happen in Saudi Arabia’
Please check out the brand new book detailing Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS LIBERTY here
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Posted on 19 December 2010.
The demolished cisterns and wells supplied drinking water to the villagers as well as their sheep and goats — the primary sources of food and income for the villages in the area. The wells were over seventy years old, pre-dating the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The Israeli military claims that it does not destroy structures created before 1967.
October 26 – Representatives from four US human rights groups met with State Department officials on Friday, October 22nd, and delivered a letter addressed to Secretary of State Clinton signed by more than 5,000 individuals calling for the US government to demand that Israel free Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a leading Palestinian nonviolent protest organizer.
Israel builds new settlement neighborhood in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, December 16, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli occupation authorities have started building new settlement neighborhood in Jabl Al-Zaytoon in Jerusalem. The radio of Israel reported that the new settlement neighborhood will include 24 housing units and it will be specified for the students of the Jewish institute pointing out that the local committee for building and organizing approved the building project one year ago. The project is carried out by a company belonging a right-wing association pays for settlement projects in Jerusalem called Elad.
Despite court ruling, IDF took Arab land for train line
Former Civil Administration head, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, signed an order expropriating 50 dunams from a West Bank village for the rail line connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, just two days before stepping down from his post on November 3. According to the document, Mordechai was convinced the expropriation was done for public good and that the user of the land would be in a position to compensate the property owners.
Hebron court vandalized ‘without any justification’
HEBRON (Ma’an) – The Palestinian lawyers’ union condemned on Thursday what it called an attack by Israeli troops against the Dura courthouse in Hebron “without any justification.” The court’s doors and windows were damaged during arrest raids in the village overnigh
Uninvited Israeli Settlers Enter Beit Ommar Mosque
At 4am on the morning of Wednesday, December 16th 2010, a contingent of Israeli soldiers accompanied a group of settlers into the town of Beit Ommar. They woke up the guardian of the Old Mosque and demanded that he open the building for them. On entering the Old Mosque the settlers began taking photographs of the interior. The guardian was told that the settlers wish to partition the mosque and use their half for prayers three times a week, claiming that the building holds special religious significance for them.
Court asked to ensure Palestinian farmers’ water access
Law suit filed after Civil Administration declares land as archeological area; lawyer says settlers have access to disputed spring. Farmers from Deir Nizam, 23 km. northwest of Ramallah, petitioned the High Court of Justice on Thursday to order the civil administration to allow them access to the Ein al-Kis spring to irrigate their fields.
Israel’s Jerusalem Master Plan 2020, Stephen Lendman
A November 10 Qatar News Agency article headlined, “Israel Plans to Rebuild Old Jerusalem – Palestinian Official,” stated: Attorney Ahmed Al-Ruwaidi, “responsible for the Jerusalem unit in the Palestinian Authority (PA), said Israel plan(s) to build new settlement homes in old Jerusalem where the ancient walls of the city will be overshadowed by modern bridges, synagogues and gardens spreading from the Arab neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah to Wdi Al Joze and Suwaneh.”
Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
Dozens tear-gassed in Bil’in as they walk toward lands owned by people of the village, Hamde Abu Rahme
Today dozens of people were injured as a result of inhaling the tear gas due to the clashes that took place in the village of Bil’in. Many people from Bil’in village joined this march along with the peace activists and foreigners who came to give solidarity to Bil’in people, especially after the decision of the Israeli Defence Force to suppress the weekly march against the wall and the settlements.
S. African politicians ‘beaten up by IDF’
Parliament members say ‘shoved’ by soldiers during anti-Israel protest in village near Bethlehem last week. ‘They fired tear gas and stun grenades at us,’ one of them claims. Army: Forces used means required to end violent riot.
State Department hails ‘civil society activists’ around the world but refuses to say anything for imprisoned Abdallah Abu Rahmah, Philip Weiss
Yesterday, 15 December 2010, the issue of Abu Rahmah was followed up by the AP. Crowley answered that the case is ‘watched closely’ by US representatives in Israel. Far from releasing a statement on Abdallah Abu Rahmah, Crowley confirmed the silent position on Palestinian non-violence that the United States has maintained in recent months. Video links of the relevant State Department briefings can be found here (10.12.2010, minute 13:08), here (13.12.2010, minute 17:08), here (14.12.2010, minute 21:33) and here(15.12.2010, minute 22:20).
US State Department Silent on Bil’in’s Abdallah Abu Rahmah, Joseph Dana
US State Department spokesman continues to avoid giving a clear US position on the case of imprisoned non-violent leader Abdallah Abu Rahmah. Asked three times on different occasions by Associated Press reporters, spokesman PJ Crowley failed to show clear US support of Abdallah Abu Rahmah.
Freedom for Ibrahim, Hassan and Zaydoon: An interview with leaders of the Ni’lin Popular Committee Against the Separation Wall
On December 3, 2010, three leaders of the Ni’lin Popular Committee Against the Separation Wall were released from Israeli military prison: Ibrahim Amireh, coordinator of the Popular Committee; Hassan Mousa, spokesperson; and Zaydoon Srour. Israel wrongfully imprisoned them for 11 months in apparent retaliation for their role as leaders of the nonviolent movement. During their imprisonment, Saeed Amireh, Ibrahim’s 19 year-old son, stepped forward as a powerful leader of the efforts to free his father. ISM interviewed the four activists on December 15.
Sheikh Jarrah to light community Christmas tree
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — National and religious institutions in Jerusalem invited guests to join Sheikh Jarrah families in lighting its Christmas tree Monday at 4 p.m. Organizers said the event would be a chance to “voice your rejection and opposition to Israel’s ethnic cleansing policy in Jerusalem,” and support the “lawful struggle” of many residents to remain in their homes.
Anti-Jewish abuse from Ahava staff
Oi! Zionists in the UK are on the ropes again. First, a picket is mounted against the Ahava store by Palestine solidarity activists protesting the sale of products made from Palestine resources, then the Zionist Federation (ZFUK) mounts a counter picket, then the neo-nazis of the EDL come to support zionism (as they do and always did), then ZFUK activist, Jonathan Hoffman gets photographed openly fraternising with an EDL activist, then he has to issue a grovelling apology for libelling the photographer, also called Hoffman, who snapped the rather compromising situation. And now…. And now what? And now an assistant at the Ahava store has called a Jewish Palestine solidarity activists a Christ-killer. See this short clip from Tony Greenstein’s blog.
#BDS: LDFP Press Release: Ethical Principles for Boycotting Israel
Lib Dem Friends of Palestine, a voice for human rights in Palestine, have joined the growing call to the British public and companies to boycott Israeli goods on sale in Britain. We are deeply concerned at the continuing failure of UK and USA governments to take any measures against Israel. LDFP call on the coalition government and EU to implement economic sanctions against Israel.
U.S. Boat to Gaza announces: Application Process Now Open
Hurry — Registration for the “Audacity of Hope” will close after 30 DAYS.
Mondo Awards: Call for entries
Although it often seems like changing the status quo is a never ending slog of two steps forward and one step back it behooves us on occasion to stop and see the mileage we’ve made, to appreciate our movement, the people who’ve inspired us, the great courageous and brave actions taken by people in the region both Palestinians and Israelis, those in the diaspora and our supporters from all walks of life.
Resisting an ideology of inequality: Jody McIntyre interviewed
Over the past month, journalist and activist Jody McIntyre has joined a growing number of students, workers, activists and others in the UK protesting a government decision to cut public sector funding, especially to education. Jody, who spent months alongside Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip protesting the Israeli occupation, is now back in London attending and reporting on various student-led actions. The Electronic Intifada’s Matthew Cassel spoke with Jody at his south London home.
Anti-BDS Campaigners Liken Movement to Nazi Germany Policies, Alex Kane
If you can’t beat ‘em, smear ‘em. As the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement continues full-steam ahead in its efforts to force Israel to comply with international law, pro-Israel hawks are increasingly attempting to link the movement to anti-Semitism and Nazi Germany-era policies. The latest person to do so is Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, who has been described as “one of the most influential Jewish journalists working in mainstream media.”
Say it ain’t so: Zakaria, Huffington and Tom Friedman go to bat for center that is desecrating Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, Philip Weiss
This one stopped me, made me wonder if I need to have my eyes adjusted. This is an invitation to a benefit next spring for Canadian friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. On the cover of the invite you will see Arianna Huffington, Thomas Friedman of the NY Times, Fareed Zakaria of CNN fame, and Aayan Hirsi Ali. They’ll all be speaking at the May 31 event at a Toronto synagogue. Hold on. This is the same Simon Wiesenthal Center that is building a “Museum of Tolerance” in Jerusalem on a 12th Century Muslim cemetery.
National Hillel sends many young Jews into exile. Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb on Talmud and BDS.
Hillel, the world’s largest Jewish campus organization-with staff, funding and physical space on some 500 mostly US campuses – says it wants to create a “welcoming environment for Jewish students on campus by fostering students’ ability to incorporate Jewish tradition into their lives.” Translation? Only Jews who pass an ideological litmus test on Israel are welcome. Others can stop at the door.
Avi Shlaim in Israel
I am not surprised at this: neither about Avi Shlaim visit to Saudi Arabia (at the invitation of Bin Laden’s friend, Prince Turki Al-Faysal) nor at the invitation by Saudi government itself. Avi Shlaim represents a case of a moderate Zionist–if there is such a thing because there is nothing moderate about a project that uprooted an entire population and that imposes its political will by force and occupation and explusion–whose judgment on regimes in the region is not based on their human rights record but on their closeness to Israel. Witness his love affair with the king and his fawning biography of him. Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli terrorist army and he explains away this fact to Arab students at Oxford by telling them dismissively: oh, I only served in the border police. I told Arab students at Oxford two years ago: but the border police was the one that shot at thousands of Palestinian civilians from 1948 to 1960s merely because they wanted to go and check on their homes and property. Now Avi Shlaim is in love with the House of Saud: and notice that he only cares about their views of the usurping Zionist entity: “”I was surprised by the absence of talk of violence and condemnation against Israel. I have not heard anyone deny Israel’s right to exist…and the Saudis wish that this issue could be resolved,” Shlaim said.” Yes, Avi Shlaim. I am sure that the sample of Saudis that you are permitted to meet is quite representative of the Saudi population. Oh, yeah. And this is somebody who teaches Middle East studies. [end]
Israeli flag in Dubai
“After a month of uncertainty, Israel’s national swim team arrived early yesterday morning in Dubai ahead of the World Short Course Championships, which open today. The Israeli delegation went through hell and high water to get to Dubai. Officials of the emirate refused to issue the Israelis visas until the last minute, and only allowed them in without stamping their passports and making them undergo stringent security checks. “It seems they feared we would bring in something special, but everything went quietly,” said Noam Zvi, chairman of the Israeli Swimming Federation.”
Refugees/Siege/Rights Violations/Restriction of Movement
UAE calls for lifting of Gaza blockade
The UAE called on the international community to “compel” Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip yesterday. The UAE’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ahmed Abdul Rahman al Jarman, addressed the UN General Assembly and pledged further support to those trapped inside the region. “The Humanitarian conditions in the occupied Palestinian Territories, especially in the Gaza Strip, continue to deteriorate because of the siege imposed on the Strip by the Israeli occupying forces for the last three years,” the state news agency WAM quoted him as saying.
A Bethlehem Christmas wish
More than 2,000 years ago, a miracle happened in Bethlehem and the prophet of peace, love and forgiveness was born. Now Bethlehem, as well as every other Palestinian city, town and refugee camp, still lives under occupation and oppression.
Silwan children’s football league opens today to great success
Today marks the opening of the children’s football league in Silwan. The opening match, held between the Wadi Hilweh and el-Bustan teams, showcased the talents of young players from the two neighborhoods of Silwan most targeted by the Israeli settlement enterprise. The league opened under the banner of “Silwan Remains”, drawing teams from throughout Silwan and surrounding villages to participate. Madaa Center currently organizes training sessions for the Wadi Hilweh team, its players aged from 14-16 years. The opening match ended with a final score of 7 – 2 el-Bustan – Wadi Hilweh. Murad Abu Shafi, a member of the el-Bustan Popular Committee commented that “activities such as the football league play a crucial role in helping Silwan’s youth to seek alternatives to the huge social and economic problems here, and simply enjoy their childhood.” Nihad Siyam, coach of the Wadi Hilweh team stated that “whether we win or lose is inconsequential – the real goals of the league, and all its players, are to embrace Palestinian culture and identity here in Silwan – to celebrate it. We hope that through a strong sports program, we can see our children laugh and play, despite the threats posed by the settlements, the soldiers and the Municipality.”
Racism and Discrimination
Troops amassing in Silwan as Friday prayers draw to a close
Israeli troops closed off the main street of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan today immediately after the Friday prayers. A state of tension has gripped the village, with an extremely high number of Israeli troops and police stationed throughout the region, in addition to a markedly higher number of settler guard vehicles at the various settlement projects. A large number of residents assembled in the el-Bustan protest tent for the weekly public Friday prayer. Israeli authorities have issued repeated threats to demolish and/or remove the tent. During his sermon, Imam Najeh Bakirat emphasized the importance to resist the normalization of relations with Israel and called for a boycott of all Israeli products – not only those produced in settlements. Witnesses also confirm that Israeli Intelligence has been sighted today installing more surveillance cameras throughout Silwan. All Israeli settlements in the village maintain a network of surveillance cameras on the premises to monitor Palestinians in the surrounding streets. Surveillance is so extensive as to invade the privacy of neighboring homes, with some cameras able to film through windows and inside houses. Residents have submitted several complaints, but have received no response. Israeli police have in fact used material recorded on private settler surveillance cameras during interrogation of Palestinian child detainees, in attempts to extract confessions or informations on other “suspects”. Surveillance material has also been used to incriminate residents who have been present at or in the proximity of street clashes in Silwan.
Clashes erupt in Silwan
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Young residents of East Jerusalem fathered near a protest tent in the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan on Friday and said they were harassed and assaulted by a patrolling force of Israeli border guards, sparking clashes. One young man said he and friends gathered in the area as a show of solidarity following the afternoon prayer, noting the neighborhood was tense on account of several pedestrian checkpoints police had erected at the entrances to Al-Bustan.
Detainees (held by Israelis and the PA)
11 year old arrested by Israeli troops, clashes in Bir Ayyub
Israeli troops arrested a Palestinian child in the Bir Ayyub district of Silwan last night, 16 December, as the youth was returning from a school trip. Eyewitnesses report that 11 year old Khadr Jamjoum received blows to the head as he was seized by Israeli soldiers. Troops fired gas and sound bombs at the bus returning students to their homes after a school excursion, also firing gas grenades indiscriminately in the street and at shops, resulting in minor clashes between residents and Israeli troops and settler guards. Eyewitnesses also state that soldiers fired live ammunition during the clashes.
4 national security officers detained near Hebron
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained on Thursday four Palestinian security officers at the entrance of Hebron. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the forces in Yatta village took the Palestinian officers to the Civil Administration headquarters even though they showed the soldiers their security IDs. The four officers were identified as Imad Bahees, Imad Hammad, Khalil Kabaja, and Mahmud Abu Qabita. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
13 Palestinians arrested in the West Bank amid pursuit of activists
WEST BANK, (PIC)– Israeli troops rounded up thirteen Palestinians for questioning Thursday morning in the West Bank amid a wide-ranging campaign to pursue alleged wanted activists in the region. Two Palestinians were arrested near the central West Bank city of Ramallah and taken in for interrogation, Israeli Radio reported. Their identities and the organizations were not identified. Nine others were rounded up during an arrest spree n the city of Al-Khalil, Palestinian security sources said.
Shin Bet to compensate PFLP member for torturing him
Jamal al-Hindi to receive an undisclosed amount of money for a partial disability that he says was caused by torture at the hands of Shin Bet agents 15 years ago.
Book exposes Israeli occupation as seen by troops (AFP)
AFP – Some stories are told with shame; others are just matter-of-fact accounts, but the dozens of soldier testimonies in a book to be released this month lays bare the grim day-to-day reality of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Israel condemns Norway’s upgrade of Palestinian standing in Oslo to ‘diplomatic delegation’
Foreign Ministry official warns that Palestinians won’t want to renew peace talks with Israel if they start attaining political goals without negotiations.
Palestinians disappointed in US House vote
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO officials expressed disappointment Thursday over a resolution passed a day earlier by the US House condemning unilateral attempts to gain recognition of a Palestinian state. “The Palestinian right to freedom and self-determination is not contingent on the approval of the state of Israel,” the PLO mission to the United States said in a statement.
PLO official questions US stance on peace process
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A member of the PLO negotiating team with Israel said Thursday that while the Palestinians backed a strong US role in the peace process, the Obama administration could be doing more. Mohammad Shtayyeh criticized Wednesday’s US House vote opposing the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state and questioned why the Americans did not take a harder line against unilateral Israeli measures.
‘Talks between Abbas and Mitchell were difficult’
Palestinian sources said that talks between US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were “difficult,” according to London-based newspaper al-Hayat. The sources said that during the talks held in Ramallah and Cairo over the last two days Abbas spoke “harshly” telling Mitchell, “Unfortunately the talks failed, but fortunately were are not the reason behind this failure.”
No Israel talks ‘in any format,’ Palestinians insist (AFP)
AFP – The Palestinians on Thursday said they would not hold any form of talks with Israel, in any format, without a complete halt to settlement activity.
With Mideast peace talks adrift, the US searches for Plan B (The Christian Science Monitor)
The Christian Science Monitor – Soon after the US announced last week it would abandon an 18-month demand for an Israeli settlement freeze to advance peace talks with the Palestinians, state department spokesperson PJ Crowley insisted that the US would not start over with a blank slate.
PA suspects Fatah former Gaza strongman trying to form armed militia
PA security forces question Fatah activists about their ties to Mohammed Dahlan and whether they received instructions or funds from him in connection to the purchase of weapons.
Palestinians want control of more West Bank parts (AP)
AP – Children’s chairs pulled out of a pile of rubble are all that’s left of a schoolhouse that served 17 children of Palestinian herders in this encampment on a wind-swept West Bank plateau.
Hamas leader says time is on our side (AFP)
AFP – The Palestinians have time in their fight for a state, and Hamas is committed to observing a truce with Israel as it builds a nation, senior Hamas leader Mahmud Zahar told AFP.
What is happening in the UAE? Expulsion of Shi`ites and Palestians continues
I have been receiving many letters about this situation and I am here posting one. By the way, Nabih Birri did indeed visit UAE and met with the ruler and he then returned “very satisfied” and the issue died in the Lebanese press and I am told that the families of the expelled were pressured to keep quiet by the political forces of the Birri movement. Here is the letter (I cite with permission but the sender wishes to remain anonymous): “I decided to contact you as I am sure you are one of the very few courageous people who are willing to speak. As you already know,the UAE deported hundred of lebanese shiite families last year in a very oppressive and inhumane way. Many people thought that it was all over after Nabih Berri traveled to abudhabi and met with Khalifa bin Zayed. [continued]
Why Israel’s years are numbered
Prominent Hebrew University demographer Sergio DellaPergola recently told the Jerusalem Post that Jews already constitute just under 50% of the population in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip combined. In effect, a Jewish minority rules over a majority population that includes 1.4 million Palestinian (second-class) citizens of Israel, 2.5 million Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and another 1.5 million under siege in the open-air prison known as the Gaza Strip. All credible projections show that Palestinians will be the decisive majority within a few years.
Trade bloc eyes agreement with Syria, Palestinians (AFP)
AFP – The South American trade bloc Mercosur on Thursday opened talks with Syria and the Palestinian Authority on free trade agreements, an Argentine official, Luis Kreckler, told reporters.
‘Holy Land’ does not include Bethlehem – It’s official!
The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) has begun promoting a series of pilgrimages to the Holy Land, with itineraries that do not include Bethlehem, Hebron or Jericho. Instead, parts of illegally annexed East Jerusalem do feature, including the controversial ‘King David’s City’ controlled by the Elad settlers. The pilgrimages, which have been advertised in the Church press, are listed on a new website: www.WalkWhereJesusWalked.com, The website features some pictures of Bethlehem – but the itineraries do not include any time there. (There is advice on how to get there independently.) Concern about the tours, and the advertising for them, has been expressed by Pax Christi, the Amos Trust, and Sabeel UK, as well as the Interfaith Group for Morally Responsible Investment (IMRI) which includes the two Jewish organisations Jews for Justice for Palestinians and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). The IGTO initiative follows the Vatican Synod on the Middle East in which Pope Benedict XVI pleaded for recognition of the ‘Living Stones’ within Israel/Palestine, the dwindling population of Palestinian Christians. This was echoed by Catholic Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool, the English and Welsh Bishops’ representative at the Synod and also Franciscan Father Pizzaballa, Custodian of Holy Places.
150 activists protest ‘seduction center’ in Tel Aviv for promoting sexual violence
He wrote in detail about how the woman had refused to take off her clothes, but how he eventually had sex with her anyway. “I want to thank the Center for the Art of Seduction, which gave me the tools to do what I did yesterday,” Russo wrote in the posting. Someone identified on the forum only as “Izmir,” and who is also believed to be the founder of the center – Yigal Stark – posted a response of his own, stating: “Fun to read!
Jordan is not Palestine – Lamis Andoni
George Mitchell, the US special envoy to the Middle East, has recently expressed his frustration at the lack of progress in the stalled “peace process”. But it may be time for Mitchell to move aside, as Geert Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands’ third-largest party, seems to have found a ‘creative solution’ to the conflict: Jordan should be renamed Palestine and become a homeland for the Palestinians.
Movement for Palestinian State gains International Momentum, to Dismay of US Congress, Juan Cole
Palestinian authorities on Thursday protested the resolution passed by the US congress on Wednesday condemning movement toward a unilateral declaration by Palestinians of a Palestinian state. The congressional resolution was actually fairly weak, showing the tensions between the US and the far rightwing government of Binyamin Netanyahu, since it did call for the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state, something Netanyahu privately opposes. Still, as usual, the US Congress is an outlier in world affairs on the Palestine issue, typically adopting stances that are often to the right of Israel’s own more liberal parties. Even Israeli military personnel have complained bitterly about having been dragooned into being a harsh occupying force in the West Bank. And, of course, the US Congress is increasingly irrelevant, since it is implicitly abetting Israeli footdragging and continued illegal colonization of the West Bank.
House vote against Palestinian statehood actually showed that Israel lobby is losing its grip, Josh Ruebner
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a resolution, H.Res.1765, “condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state.” At first glance, this vote appears to be yet another in a long string of resolutions shoring up unconditional Congressional support for Israeli occupation and apartheid. In reality, however, it demonstrates more a weakening—rather than a strengthening—of support for Israel on Capitol Hill at present.
Congress is fueling terrorism by denying Palestinans authority and empowerment, Maggie Sager
Palestinians are no closer to achieving statehood, and instead are being called upon by congress to continue to engage “without precondition” (read: while simultaneously letting Israel confiscate Palestinian land in violation of international law). Why on earth should they? Simply because Congress is under the impression that peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations, despite the utter lack of progress toward a lasting solution, and continuous steps in the opposite direction.
Israel Never Really Wanted Peace
Netanyahu and his cabinet are representative of Israeli society today. Public opinion polls point to increasing extremism, bordering on racism, in Jews’ opinion of Arabs, as well as to alienation and a distrust of the other side’s goals and intentions.
The Farce of a Secular and Democratic Jewish State, Gideon Levy
Convinced and trying to convince others that the Jews are a chosen people, to which entry and even contact with those deemed inferior is forbidden, they live in their narrow pale of settlement, most of them boorish and ignorant of what happens outside.
Miami Jewish Federation smear-video says that Jimmy Carter and Walt and Mearsheimer want Israel ‘wiped off the map’, Philip Weiss
The Jewish Federation of Greater Miami is having a big event on the delegitimation of Israel this weekend. What larks, huh! Debbie Wasserman-Shultz the Democratic congresswoman will be there, but also many rightwingers and Republicans, like Daniel Pipes, Natan Sharansky. Honey, you made your bed, now you have to lie in it. The poster for the event is below the jump. Meantime, here’s a video that the Jewish Federation is featuring that is all about scary delegitimation. I’m not sure what that means, delegitimation. For myself it’s about basic human rights. Honor those rights and you won’t have any problem.
At Brooklyn College, the dialogue problem. Philip Weiss
Pro-Israel students at Brooklyn College don’t understand why the pro-Palestinian students don’t want dialogue. Zach Wales explained this to me a long time ago, after Columbia U (recovering from the witchhunt that it licensed during the Columbia Unbecoming period) committed itself to dialogue at the behest of alum/Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The problem, said Wales, is that the Palestinian students described horrific conditions on the West Bank outstripping the Jim Crow south, and the Jewish students nodded and said they felt awful about that and then the two groups walked away and nothing changed; and Wales said that the dialogue became an opportunity for atonement on the pro-Israel Jewish students’ part, and the pro-Palestinian student felt used. Because actually the dialogue was structurally imbalanced; it was not individual but political at heart, and one side had the power; and the other side was being asked to give up its power, which lies in protesting inhumane conditions… From the New York Jewish Week, reported by Doug Chandler; note that the Palestinian students are against individual dialogue.
At 6 am, reeling from all-night debaucheries of neoconservatism and Islamophobia and cursed dice, the ‘Washington Post’ doubles down, Philip Weis
This is funny. Now the Post has hired Jordan Sekulow as a blogger, a rightwing fundamentalist who was at the rally against the Islamic Center in Lower Manhattan. Matt Duss reports.
Insisting on Their Humanity: ‘The Plight of the Palestinians’, Ramzy Baroud
When a copy of William A. Cook’s latest book, The Plight of the Palestinians arrived in my mailbox, I initially felt a little worried. The volume, featuring the work of over 30 accomplished writers, is the most articulate treatise on the collective victimization of Palestinians to date. From Cook’s own introduction, ‘The Untold Story of the Zionist Intent to Turn Palestine into a Jewish State’ to Francis Boyle’s summation of ‘Israel’s Crimes against the Palestinians’, it takes the reader through an exhaustive journey, charting the course of Palestinian history prior to and since al-Nakba, the Catastrophe of 1947-48.
Israel, Obama and the Bomb, CONN HALLINAN
This past July, a nuclear-armed nation, in violation of an international treaty, clandestinely agreed to supply uranium to a known proliferator of nuclear weapons. China and North Korea? No, the United States and Israel. In a July 8 article entitled “Report: Secret Document Affirms U.S. Israeli Nuclear Partnership,” the Israeli daily Haaretz revealed that the Obama Administration will begin transferring nuclear fuel to Israel in order to build up Tel Aviv’s nuclear stockpile.
Obama’s War on WikiLeaks — and Us
One should be fierce in denouncing this violation of our principles and laws whatever/whomever the object of the abuses.
Who Is the FBI Really Trying to Entrap?, Glen Ford
The FBI has not been engaged in “uncovering and preventing terrorist attacks,” as Eric Holder claims, but rather, it has spent tens of millions of dollars and many thousands of man-hours concocting, financing, and providing training and equipment for crimes purely of its own invention.
Report: Lebanon suspects citizens aided Israel in planting espionage cameras
Lebanon president prepares complaint to submit to UN over the cameras; Lebanon radio attributes explosion Wednesday to IAF covering up espionage.
UN Hariri court to ‘disappear with wind’: Nasrallah (AFP)
AFP – Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday predicted a UN court on the murder of Rafiq Hariri would “disappear with the wind” as vast crowds gathered to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura in Lebanon.
IDF holds drill in preparation for Lebanon confrontation
IDF finishes intensive training event in preparation for possible war with Lebanon. ‘I don’t belittle situation in Gaza Strip, but Lebanon is a different story,’ 401st Brigade Commander Enav Shalev says.
Lebanese Army versus dumb Mossad
Lebanese Army (clearly at the behest of Hizbullah was was implied in Nasrallah speech yesterday) moved to locate and disable various espionage devices planted by Israeli agents in Lebanese mountainous areas. The device is camouflaged to look like a rock. How dumb are those Mossad? I mean, really. They can take lessons from Ba`thist mukhabarat agents (of the 1960s, I mean). What do you call an intelligence service that is now regularly beaten by Lebanese police–Lebanese police for potato’s sake. (As-Safir) [end]
Thursday: 14 Iraqis Killed, 17 Wounded
About two million Shi’ite pilgrims are in Karbala for the climax of Ashuraa rituals. Heavy security, including the arrests of three female bombers, has so far prevented any large-scale violence today, but attackers targeting pilgrims in other parts of the country were more successful. At least 14 Iraqis were killed and 17 more were wounded.
‘Exodus’ of Iraqi Christians after church attack (AFP)
AFP – The UN refugee agency said Friday an “exodus” of thousands of Iraqi Christians was taking place following a deadly church attack in Baghdad carried out by Al-Qaeda militants at the end of October.
Hashemi: Iraq can normalize relations with Kuwait
Iraqi Vice President Tarek Al Hashemi believes that the International Security Council decision to remove Iraq restrictions helps the country normalize relations with neighboring countries especially Kuwait.
Bleak outlook for plans to help Sons of Iraq (AP)
AP – A broad plan to absorb Sunni Muslim militiamen who battled al-Qaida in Iraq into national security forces or government jobs is at risk of being derailed by lukewarm political support and limited funding, officials say.
Blackwater seeks dismissal of Iraq shooting suit (AP)
AP – The security firm formerly known as Blackwater told a federal judge Thursday that the U.S. government — and not the company — should be held accountable for a 2007 shooting by its contractors that killed 17 Iraqis.
Blackwater killings: ‘US at fault’
Private security company, now known as Xe Services, says responsibilty for 2007 Iraq killings lies with US government.
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Haunt Local Sunnis
The name has now been changed along with the management, but the spectre of Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison continues to haunt locals, many of whom still call it the “House of Satan”. Abu Ghraib, now called Baghdad central prison, became infamous in 2004 when pictures and reports emerged of horrific prisoner abuse carried out there by United States military police and other American agencies charged with running the facility.
Wikileaks/U.S. and other world news
US military plan to destroy Wikileaks leaked
Counterintelligence agency hatched strategy to discredit leak site
Wikileaks did not commit a crime, House Judiciary chairman says
The chairman of the House judiciary committee defended Wikileaks on Thursday, arguing that the controversial actions of the anti-secrecy outlet are protected under free speech. Speaking at a hearing to explore whether Wikileaks violated the Espionage Act — which the Obama administration claims its editor-in-chief violated — Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said that “America was founded on the belief that speech is sacrosanct” and dismissed calls for censorship of media outlets publishing leaked documents.
No ‘substantive’ damage from Wikileaks, Biden admits
WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden says there has been no “substantive” damage to US foreign policy from the WikiLeaks drama, despite embarrassment caused by thousands of leaked diplomatic cables. Biden commented on the fallout from the WikiLeaks campaign in an MSNBC interview broadcast on Thursday and recorded a day earlier at the United Nations, where he chaired a Security Council meeting on Iraq. “I don’t think there is any substantive damage, no,” Biden said, when asked about the WikiLeaks revelations.
Supporters liken Bradley Manning’s detention to torture
The soldier accused of leaking secret US documents to secrets outlet WikiLeaks is being held in conditions that could amount to torture, his supporters say. US Army Private Bradley Manning has been detained in solitary confinement since May, when charges were brought against him for “transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system,” and “communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source.”
WikiLeaks Cables: Pfizer Targeted Nigerian Attorney General to Undermine Suit Over Fatal Drug Tests
Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to pressure him to drop a $6 billion lawsuit over fraudulent drug tests on Nigerian children. Researchers did not obtain signed consent forms, and medical personnel said Pfizer did not tell parents their children were getting the experimental drug. Eleven children died and others suffered disabling injuries including deafness, muteness, paralysis, brain damage, loss of sight, slurred speech. We speak to Washington Post reporter Joe Stephens, who helped break the story in 2000; and Musikilu Mojeed, a Nigerian journalist who has worked on this story for the Next newspaper in Lagos.
Cable: Egypt scared of Iran threat
Leaked US diplomatic file says that Egyptian officials were worried about Iran sending money, smuggling weapons to Gaza.
How Arab governments tried to silence WikiLeaks
An appetite for state secrets led to bans on western newspapers and hacked news websites across the Middle East. WikiLeaks may be breaking new ground to promote freedom of information by releasing leaked US diplomatic cables, but Arab governments have been resorting to old tricks to ensure that nothing too damaging reaches their subjects. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Morocco have all tried to stem the flow of Wiki-revelations, whether the subject is corruption, authoritarianism or simply the embarrassment of having private exchanges with American interlocutors enter the public domain.
La Revolución will outlive Fidel Castro, says US cable from WikiLeaks
Fidel Castro almost died in 2006, according to US cables leaked by WikiLeaks, but his passing would likely have little impact over the direction of Cuba.
Wikileaks: Documents Confirm US Plans Against Venezuela
Not only has Washington been actively funding anti-Chavez groups in Venezuela, but it also has engaged in serious efforts during the past few years to convince governments worldwide to assume an adversarial position against President Hugo Chavez.
Peru: Leaked US Cables Reveal Two-Faced Politics by US
“It’s not surprising for the United States to cooperate with military or government officials in Peru about which it has information linking them to serious crimes,”
US Cables Portray a Different Side of Brazil’s Lula da Silva
The leaked U.S. cables, which chronicle Lula’s eight years in power, show a leader all too willing to placate Washington and double-cross fellow leftists throughout the region.
NATO mistakenly killed 4 Afghan soldiers
Afghan official says NATO mistakenly killed 4 Afghan soldiers in airstrike in country’s south.
Nato Bombs Kill Afghan civilian, children hurt in strike
NATO aircraft killed an Afghan civilian and wounded two children, the coalition said on Wednesday, the latest incident involving civilian casualties which have strained ties between Kabul and Washington.
Speaking from clouded cuckoo land, Obama says: US: Afghan war ‘on track’
Obama on Thursday said progress was sufficient to permit a “responsible reduction” of US forces to begin in July, though the scope and size of the likely drawdown appear limited.
CIA report undermines Obama’s upbeat assessment of Afghan war
The downbeat estimates by America’s intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency, directly contradicts the claim last week by the US Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the army offensive against the Taliban in south Afghanistan is making significant gains.
Poll: 60 percent of Americans say the war in Afghanistan has not been worth fighting
Public dissatisfaction with the war, now the nation’s longest, has spiked by 7 points just since July. Given its costs vs. its benefits, only 34 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say the war’s been worth fighting, down by 9 points to a new low, by a sizable margin.
Officials: CIA gave waterboarders $5M legal shield
The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said. The secret agreement means taxpayers are paying to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the U.S. now says is torture. The deal is even more generous than the protections the agency typically provides its own officers, giving the two men access to more money to finance their defense.
U.S. Illegal Experiments Went Far Beyond Guatemala
The illegal experiments conducted on human beings by a U.S. medical team in the 1940s went far beyond Guatemala, according to local news reports.
Republican senator calls cops on 9/11 responders
A group of nine 9/11 first responders who arrived in Washington, DC, to pressure Congress into passing a health care bill were met with an unwelcome surprise: A police escort, courtesy of Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Collins called Capitol Police when she heard the activists were planning to arrive on the Hill and stay in senators’ offices until they had the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster of the health care bill for 9/11 responders, the New York Daily News reports.
War opponents arrested at White House
Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Thursday at the White House as they protested the Afghanistan conflict and defended WikiLeaks. As President Barack Obama unveiled a war review strategy inside, more than 100 war opponents — many of them veterans — marched through snow […]
Pulitzer-winner, ex-CIA analyst, FBI whistleblower among those arrested outside White House
As President Barack Obama was unveiling a new report on progress of the war in Afghanistan, a lineup of high-profile dissenters joined in an act of civil disobedience that ended with about 135 demonstrators being arrested outside the White House Thursday afternoon.
shame on every civil rights organization that has not spoken out against such a plan
Can you imagine the uproar if a hearing was planned on the “radicalization” of the Jewish community or the African-American community? Seeds of ideologies of hate are now planted in both parties in the US. “The Republican who will head the House committee that oversees domestic security is planning to open a Congressional inquiry into what he calls “the radicalization” of the Muslim community when his party takes over the House next year.”
US is officially worried about the Muslim population in UK: can you imagine if they were studying the Jewish community?
Can you imagine the loud accusation of anti-Semitism if the US embassy in London was preparing a study of the fertility rate and size of the Jewish population in the UK? “Summary. Per reftel, this cable provides information on the demographics of the Muslim community in the UK. The last official UK census was in 2001 and much of what is provided below is a combination of census figures and subsequent estimates and surveys. Post notes that the information is incomplete and in many cases several years old. This is, however, the most current and accurate information available. Among the findings are that the UK Muslim population has jumped in seven years from 1.6 million to 2 million. At that rate of increase, HMG estimates that the Muslim population of the UK at the next census in 2011 will be over 2.2 million.” [end]
Police brutality in London
Reem sent me this: “You have to see this! This is an interview with the British protester, Jody McIntyre, who was pulled out of his wheelchair and dragged by the police on day X3. Look how the BBC tries blatantly to pushe the ‘violent protester’ line by, for example suggesting if he was rolling towards the police -perhaps in a hostile manner- to try and find an explaination of why it was HIS fault that he was dragged out of his chair! A true example of blaming the victim of the violence, as he so eloquently put it. Jody is really good politically too. Pro-palestine!” [end]
While Human Rights Watch is busy calling on Arabs to serve hot meals to Israeli invaders in their midst
“He’s a writer, he’s a journalist, he’s a blogger. Ali does not belong to any political party. He just writes his opinion.” Jenan Al Oraibi’s dark eyes flash beneath her black hijab. She is speaking of her husband Ali Abdulemam, known as the Bahraini Blogger. We are talking in the home of her friends in a village close to Manama, the capital city of this Gulf island kingdom, which projects itself as an Arab state that is open to investment, progressive about change and moving confidently toward democracy. “Ali has a free pen. That is exactly his crime. He has a free pen,” she says bluntly. Ali Abdulemam is 32 years old. He worked as an IT specialist for the Bahraini airline Gulf Air. In his spare time he blogged. But he was sacked from the airline after he was arrested in September and accused of being part of a terror organisation. He was charged with spreading false information and linked to a group of Bahraini oppositionists who had been arrested in August.” [end]
Citizen `Ala’ Mubarak
“The intra-family politics of a Gamal succession bid are unclear. Elder son Alaa’, well-known to have extensive business interests (many of which are privately criticized as corrupt and exploitative) keeps a low public profile and has never shown any inclination to wade into the political arena. (A rare sighting of Alaa’ on national TV took place during the final game of the Africa Cup championship in late February, when he was photographed in the stadium’s VIP section with Gamal, cheering on Egypt to its 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.)” [end]
Because I’m running a campaign on this blog against the cheap deployment of Nazi imagery in argument-making, I am going to resist the urge to point out that the European-centered campaign to launch an economic boycott of the world’s only majority-Jewish country smacks of something historically unpleasant, except now I didn’t resist the urge. But I do actually think it’s a fair analogy, and the BDS movement, like no other anti-Israel propaganda campaign, has sent chills down the collective Jewish spine precisely because economic boycotts have been, throughout history, used to hurt Jews. This is why I was slightly taken aback by Sokatch’s statemen that, “segments of this movement seek to undermine the existence of the state of Israel.” I would say that undermining the existence of the state of Israel is this movement’s raison d’etre.
This ugly defamation is an insult to those who died in the Holocaust. It cheapens their memory. It cheapens their suffering.
Marcos Askenazi, Hillel’s director of community affairs, …said Hillel has reached out to the Palestinian Club through emails, phone calls and personal interactions, suggesting a weekly dialogue or joint activities, only to be rebuffed each time…
“We hold an anti-normalization stance on dialogue,” said Eeman Abuasi, 21, a co-founder of the Palestinian Club who grew up in Brooklyn, east Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. “We don’t favor a dialogue with them because [we’re] not on the same political, social and economic level as them. You have one that’s an occupier and one that’s occupied.”
An opponent of a two-state solution, Abuasi also had a ready answer when a reporter noted that her club is in Brooklyn, not the West Bank, and that her fellow students are Jews belonging to Hillel, not occupiers.
“These are people who are Zionist or pro-Zionist, and any dialogue we have is bound to be political,” Abuasi said. She added that she has “no problem talking to [individual] Jewish students. We see them on campus all the time; they’re in my classes, and we do talk.”
Discussing her organization’s mock checkpoint, a guerrilla-theater tactic used at Columbia University last month and at other campuses around the nation, Abuasi dismissed suggestions from Hillel students that her club was distorting reality.
“I don’t want to sound mean or anything, but how would they know what the norm is” on the West Bank, she said. A scenes of Palestinians detained at checkpoints and forced to kneel “is not something I’ve seen once in a blue moon. It’s something I’ve seen frequently.”
Further evidence of the problems Israel has had in making even Western democracies understand the nature of the problem was provided by Australia this week when its foreign minister spoke out in favor of subjecting Israel’s nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Kevin Rudd told the Australian newspaper in an interview that the Jewish state, which is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty that the IAEA monitors, should get the same sort of scrutiny that Iran, which has signed the treaty, receives. The statement, made during the course of a tour of the region by Rudd, shocked the Israelis, who were not consulted about this by the Australian government in advance of the foreign minister’s visit….
The point here is that if even Western democracies such as Australia can’t be counted on for solidarity in the diplomatic struggle to isolate Iran, then what hope is there for creating the sort of international coalition that could adopt punitive measures that might actually persuade the Iranian mullahs and Ahmadinejad that they must back down?
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Posted: 18 Dec 2010 03:51 AM PST
Palestinian feminist Asma Al-Ghoul pushes for secularism in Islamic Gaza.
It’s vital that growing Islamisation under Hamas is challenged:
|Wikileaks bastard children are growing
Posted: 18 Dec 2010 03:43 AM PST
Wikileaks has made a call for similar websites to spring up and pry open the workings of nations.
|An info-struggle that we must win
Posted: 18 Dec 2010 03:40 AM PST
An open letter published in the UK Guardian this week:
|Thank you for describing Wikileaks for us all
Posted: 18 Dec 2010 03:36 AM PST
|This is what Murdoch produces on Wikileaks
Posted: 18 Dec 2010 03:19 AM PST
|Cuba ain’t no paradise and the US diplomat there is pernicious
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 09:28 PM PST
These stories, via Wikileaks, if true are rather curious for a few key players. Western states are proven once again to largely ignore human rights (money is the key factor). And Michael Moore, for a film that certainly glorified the Cuban health system, is looking a little sheepish.
UPDATE: Actually, writes Mike Moore, Sicko was never banned in Cuba and this proves how unreliable US diplomats can be.
|This is how America treats people with a conscience
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 08:27 PM PST
The alleged Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning is being tortured while in US custody. Home of the free, indeed:
|And nothing will ever be the same again…
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 08:15 PM PST
Very perceptive and largely fair editorial in yesterday’s UK Guardian on the legacy of Wikileaks and the reasons for its importance:
|Getting out of the West Bank is for real Israeli security
Posted: 17 Dec 2010 06:28 PM PST
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