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The previously secretive campaign to halt Press TV Ltd, the British production company, from making programs critical of Western Imperialism, is finally out in the open.Thanks to Wikileaks.

Last month, Julian Assange’s incredible agency, released the news Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) is now fully implicated in efforts to shut Press TV Ltd down. Backing, quite clearly, US led efforts, to cripple this tiny, yet heavyweight, British production company.

Let me explain. Ever since it first began making programs some four years ago, Press TV Ltd (the British company, who sells documentaries and series to the Iranian channel of the same name), has been under pressure from what Princess Diana would have known as ‘dark Forces.’

Pressure had taken the form, until recently, of the usual nonsense from Zionist organizations. Letter writers, linked to the Israeli Embassy in London and its web of supporters, have been trying to use Ofcom as some kind of offshoot Hasbara body. Endless letters of complaint were sent to the broadcasting monitor, whenever Press TV, broadcast a news items shedding light on the thuggery, blackmail and racism inherent in Israeli government policy. Thus, faux ‘shock, horror’ objections to  shows like the one I present, ‘Remember Palestine’ pushed Ofcom to uphold minor criticisms. And have led to negative headlines in the ridiculous Jewish Chronicle against an otherwise excellent UK bureau. Happily, the most recent attempt to besmirch the veracity of Remember Palestine,  was so feeble,  that  Ofcom dug its heels in.  Here’s part of the complaint;


Here is a summary paragraph from Ofcom’s response:

“In this instance, while the subject of the Patria was raised, it was contributor Trevor Mostyn who said the ship had been deliberately sunk by a hard-line Jewish terrorist group. Lauren Booth clarified Mr Mostyn’s position with him and what the motivations for such action would have been, before asking him “Weren’t the British accused of blowing-up that boat?”
Programmes such as Remember Palestine are able to examine subjects from a particular perspective. The comments about the sinking of the Patria may contrast with the individual who has claimed responsibility for planting the bomb and said it was a miscalculation rather than a deliberate attempt to sink the vessel, Mr Mostyn’s comments were aired from a contributor who had his own personal perspective on events. Viewers would frame his opinions in the context of his personal background as a partial contributor on a channel known for taking a stance on subjects relating to the Middle East. We are also mindful, while you disagree with the view offered, Mr Mostyn did not make any derogatory or offensive comments about his subject or Jewish people”.

And it goes on:  

“With regard to your wider comments about Press TV, Ofcom is an evidence-based regulator and we need to view specific content to determine whether material has breached our regulations.”

Remember Palestine and ‘Comment’, hosted by the legendary George Galloway (another target) have publicly exposed Israeli war crimes. Our shows, meet UK standards, they just go farther into the truth than other broadcasters (namely the BBC) dare.

As the malign letter writing campaign against Press TV has had only limited success to date. Next came the hacking of emails, facebook accounts and mobile phones that have tried and failed (laughably so) to cause tensions between colleagues. Clearly whoever, runs such things was now looking for a more covert way  to try and upset a legally run, British company. Those, darker forces: Zionist funds, fuelling US policy pressurising British Government to stifle debate. All working again behind the scenes of British life.

What is fascinating is that now we have Wikileaks, such campaigns of business ‘terrorism’ are increasinglymade visible to the untrained eye.

With this in mind, last month, Press TV executives in London were interested to note the wikileaks release of cables between the US embassy in London and the US State Department. And between an official named ‘Poloff’ from the London embassy and Jaime Turner at the FCO.
The cables were dated the 2nd of Feb 2010. Here is the relevant part.

‘ HMG is exploring ways to limit the operations of the IRIB’s Press TV service, which operates a large bureau (over 80 staff) in London. However, UK law sets a very high standard for denying licenses to broadcasters. Licenses can only be denied in cases where national security is threatened, or if granting a license would be contrary to Britain’s obligations under international law. Currently, neither of these standards can be met with respect to Press TV, but if further sanctions are imposed on Iran in the coming months, a case may be able to be made on the second criterion’.

 ‘Denying licenses to broadcasters’  would the motivation for doing that, having anything to do with the fact that Press TV has more Gazan correspondents on-the-ground than any other rolling news channel?

That ‘second criterion’ of sanctions against the Iranian government, by the way, should not apply to a TV Channel in Iran. Much less a production company in the UK that merely sends it product. Press TV Ltd is subject to UK Law, is registered in England & Wales at Companies House, is run by a British Chief Executive. It generates tax revenue for Britain and provides work opportunities for people at a time when unemployment is high.

Having failed then to find a legitimate problem with the quality or content of programs being produced. The wiki leaked memo makes it clear that other methods, are being sought by the British government, (as a lap dog to US masters), to shut this company down. But what would the FCO wonks come up with? Who are the big buddies of this coalition government? Those in a potentially useful position to cripple legitimate, yet outspoken, companies lethally and (they presumed) silently?

Step forward the good old British Bank. Yes folks, our very own subsidized, tax revenue bailed out fat cats, spring into action!

Last month, suddenly and without any warning, the National Westminster Bank, Commercial Banking office, froze Press TV Ltd’s business account.
By ‘froze’, I mean it sealed off the main trading account for the production company, in which lies more the 100,000 pounds sterling. This money is now unable to be accessed by the British companies executives for trading purposes.
Bizarre, no?

Was any warning given of this action? No. Executives received a letter saying the account was frozen. Done and dusted. No debate, no argument, no professional meetings, no bad business history, not even a feeble attempt at an excuse for this commercial terrorism. Nada. Indeed, so confident were Nat West executives of a silence from the authorities, that a month on, they have yet to bother offering confounded executives at the channel a reason for such punitive, draconian, theft.

For if you or I couldn’t get to a hundred k of our own money, isn’t that what we’d rightfully call it?
And there’s more, the bank has stated it will close the accounts permanently in February 2011. Potentially leaving British staff unpaid and ending the companies ability to trade completely.

The freezing of Press TV Ltd business account by Nat West Bank, is a politically motivated act. Intended to cripple a thriving British company, whose programs and news bulletins shed light on areas of policy which certain agencies would sooner keep in the dark.

Perhaps Nick Clegg would like to take a look at protecting British jobs here at Press TV Ltd.

 We knew that free speech was never a favourite with the Blair machine, the anti terror laws are still used to lock up those who take to the streets to question government policy. But this action against a legally operating UK production company should send a shiver down the back of all who those who speak out; about government policy, American imperialism and yes, the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The bank accounts of those companies who bring uncomfortable truths into the public domain, can now be closed as part of a political agenda, eliciting from the USA. Supported by the Nat West and Her Majesty’s Government.

Two years ago, the Palestinian charity Interpal suffered almost precisely just such a business attack. Interpal still has major banking problems because their account with Islamic Bank of Britain has no external clearing facilities. Basically, banks can pick and choose who they hold accounts for, and can close accounts without any reasons being given and with no right of appeal.

Although the government has a charter, to make sure that every individual has access to banking facilities, this doesn’t apply to companies and corporate bodies like Muslim charities.
Or Press TV.

So with these cards on the table. The question I’d like to pose to all those in the charitable or the activism world.

What are we going to do about it?

A first step may be to ask Vince Cable what he intends to do to protect the British jobs at risk due to Nat West’s actions;

The next is to contact the Nat West Bank directly and demand an explanation.

Thanks again to Wikileaks for making public the dark ops increasingly being used by governments to silence critics.

The irony that the British government now appears to be part of a larger attempt to stifle free speech in a company that sells prograns to Iran. Has not passed anyone here at Press TV by.

Lauren Booth, Journalist and Broadcaster

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and another martyr dies in Gaza

I am trying to come up with something to say about the body I saw yesterday in the morgue at Kamal Adwan hospital. That body had belonged to an old man, 65 years old, who was shot through the neck by an Israeli sniper from 300 meters away while he was tying up his donkey on land he’d been farming for 40 years. An Israeli sniper murdered him for trespassing on his own land next to his own home in the buffer zone. He is the third civilian to have been killed the buffer zone in Gaza since I got here. No words will bring him back, and no coverage from mainstream news agencies will resurrect him.

No eulogy will roll back time for his fatherless children. There’s no way to beg that IDF soldier not to murder Shaban Karmout, there’s no way to warp this world and ask him not to tie up his donkey but to remain inside his small home in Beit Lehiya where it’s safe and the Israeli army can’t shoot him. And there’s no outrage into which one can rub the faces of those who tolerate outrages that will outrage them enough to say that this is one outrage too many. It was not one too many, because there will be more, there will be many more, and tallying up their names in our notebooks with acid in our eyes will do nothing to prevent the slow filling of Gaza’s cemeteries with old men who remember fleeing in terror before Zionist militia.

What can I say about Shaban Karmout that doesn’t turn him into a statistic in the endless pile of corpses that might slowly overwhelm the psyches of the conflicted people who support this obscenity? Or those who are not conflicted but simply accept that murdering old men is OK because once our old men were murdered?

Nothing passes like that 

without account

All that you have done to our people

is registered in notebooks

So that’s what I can do: register it in my notebook. It is registered, and there is an empty line after Shaban’s name. That is for those who they kill tomorrow.

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Just one more way the US political elite backs Israel’s move towards one-state

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 02:45 PM PST

And not a peep from the Zionist Diaspora about ever-expanding expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem:

Irving Moskowitz, the retired Florida businessman who is developing a controversial Jewish apartment project at East Jerusalem’s Shepherd Hotel, is a top campaign contributor to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the new GOP chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, campaign finance records show.

 Israeli bulldozers began on Sunday to demolish the Shepherd Hotel, located in the predominantly Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, to make way for the apartments for Jewish residents. 

 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday criticized Israel moving ahead with the controversial project, which the United States, United Kingdom and European Union have long strongly opposed. 

 “We are very concerned about the initiation of demolition of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem,” Clinton said in a statement. “This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two-state solution. In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem.”

Moskowitz purchased the Shepherd Hotel, which was originally built for the mufti of Jerusalem, in 1985, and announced plans to develop 122 apartments for Jewish families there in 2007, plans which were later scaled back to 20 apartments.


Where’s the celebration that Israel doesn’t see Iran as a threat?

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 02:39 PM PST

What, you missed the news, that the outgoing Mossad chief essentially said Tehran wouldn’t get the bomb until at least 2015? Maybe.


No, not just Islam that can be vehemently anti-women

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 02:35 PM PST


Anyone who believes religious traditions only oppress women in faraway places should hear my story.

I’ve just won an eight-year legal battle in Brooklyn, N.Y., to keep the house my parents left me. My brother–the first-born son of an Orthodox rabbi–claimed the religious right to evict me.

Last month Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge Diana A. Johnson not only ruled the house was legally mine, but awarded me over a half a million dollars in damages from my brother for having padlocked me, just days after my father’s death, out of the family home my parents had deeded to me. For over seven years, while I racked up crushing legal fees, my brother barricaded my childhood home.

My case is not exceptional. Many Orthodox Jewish women have called me since the news of my victory was reported in the New York Post and reprinted in the Brooklyn Eagle and on various blogs. Many said they wish they had fought back as I did. These calls made me livid at those handful of U.S. rabbis and others who share my faith who routinely turn their backs on women.

Ancient Jewish law says the first-born son–the b’khor, in Hebrew–inherits a double share of his parents’ inheritance; daughters get nothing.


ABCTV News24 on US violence and Israeli apartheid

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 05:24 AM PST

I appeared on ABC TV News 24′s The Drum last night (video here) with host Tim Palmer, and panelists NSW Liberal politician Pru Goward and ABC journalist Conor Duffy.

We discussed the horrific killings in the US and the heated political and media rhetoric that may have created an atmosphere of hate. Commentators may not be directly responsible but who can question the possibility when shock-jocks talk openly about forming militias to protect the country from “socialist” Barack Obama? The language of war and conflict – for example, “collateral damage” for the murder of civilians – has become common. America is one sick country.

Another major subject of debate was the latest Israeli crimes in East Jerusalem and the non-existent “peace process”. The world has been playing a cruel and deadly game for decades while Zionist colonisation continues. Ironically, Israeli actions have killed the two-state solution, leaving only one likely outcome; the end of the Jewish state.


Serco, we’re watching you

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:36 AM PST

Because Serco’s record remains deeply troubling, it’s no wonder the Australian government continues giving the company millions of dollars. Hello, media?

A second inquest into the death of the youngest person to die in custody begins today after a high court battle. Adam Rickwood was just 14 when he died in August 2004. He was found hanging in his cell in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre (STC), County Durham, hours after he was restrained by staff.

The first inquest heard evidence that Rickwood had been identified as a vulnerable child with a history of self-harm and suicide attempts. On the day of his death he had been forcibly restrained by four staff for refusing to go to his cell when ordered to do so. A painful restraint technique called “nose distraction” – which has been variously described as a squeezing, tweaking, flicking or karate-like chop to the nose – was used against him. Hours later he was found hanging. Hassockfield is a privately run institution, operated by Serco.

At the first hearing, in 2007, the coroner refused to allow the jury to consider whether the use of force was lawful. The jury returned a verdict saying that he intended to take his own life.

Backed by the pressure group Inquest, Adam’s mother, Carol Pounder, sought a judicial review of the proceedings and in January 2009, Mr Justice Baker found that the coroner acted unlawfully, and that the physical interference with Adam was a breach of STC rules and an assault on him. He quashed the verdict and ordered a new inquest.

Adam’s death attracted parliamentary and public concern and led to calls for a radical overhaul of the use of force on children in custody.


Our war hypocrisy

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 02:34 AM PST



Dictatorship offers US help on secrets post Wikileaks

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 01:27 AM PST

An authoritarian, one-party state offers advice to the US. Thanks, we’ll take your thoughts on-board:

Singaporean officials must be more cautious in discussions with U.S. diplomats, the country’s foreign affairs minister said Monday, calling the release of classified documents by WikiLeaks disastrous for American diplomacy.

Singapore officials will be less open when speaking with U.S. diplomats for fear their conversations will be made public, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said in parliament.

“The WikiLeaks disclosures have been disastrous for U.S. diplomacy,” Yeo said. “We have to be more guarded in our communications with U.S. diplomats. If it happened once, it can happen again, so we’ve got to be more careful.”

Last month, WikiLeaks released a document showing Singapore statesman Lee Kuan Yew describing Myanmar’s junta leaders as “stupid,” and calling North Korea’s leaders “psychopathic types” in conversations with U.S. diplomats.

Another confidential cable quoted Singapore diplomats making unflattering remarks about Malaysia, India, Japan and Thailand during meetings with U.S. officials.

Yeo said he would not comment on specific leaks.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam warned news media and private citizens they could be prosecuted under Singapore law for receiving or publishing confidential government information.

“Everyone involved with the leak of information, whether in government or outside, should be dealt with firmly,” he said Monday in parliament. “Public interest in the free flow of information cannot justify the abuse of confidential information.”


So sorry authoritarian state, America still loves you

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 08:26 PM PST

What’s a super-power to do when trying to keep good relationships with dictatorships and brutish men?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the Middle East for meetings with Persian Gulf leaders, acknowledged Sunday that it would take years to undo the damage caused by the WikiLeaks revelations, likening her recent travels to an extended “apology tour” to reassure allies who suffered embarrassment or worse because of the disclosures.

“I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks for the rest of my life, not just the rest of my tenure as secretary of State,” Clinton told reporters as she embarked on a five-day visit of Arab countries, many of which were stung by revelations about private talks between American diplomats and regional leaders.

Clinton, who is on her second Middle East trip in less than a month, said she has sought to “affirmatively raise” the WikiLeaks issue in meetings with Arab officials to address the problems head-on. Some of Iran’s Arab neighbors were particularly aggrieved by leaked State Department cables that showed them privately urging the Obama administration to take a harder line against Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Clinton said she had quipped to one of her aides that she needed a tour jacket, similar to the ones used by rock bands, that would have a “big picture of the world and would say ‘The Apology Tour’ ” on it. Although the intensity has abated somewhat, the fallout from the WikiLeaks affair “is still in the atmosphere,” she said.


May the EU grow some balls and treat Israel as it deserves

Posted: 09 Jan 2011 07:12 PM PST

The EU is usually supine when it comes to Israel/Palestine, following the blindly Zionist lead of Washington. Could something change?


East Jerusalem should be treated as the capital of the Palestinian state, according to a report compiled by the heads of European diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah. The report includes several other unprecedented recommendations to the European Union regarding its attitude toward East Jerusalem.

The European diplomats, mainly consuls, also recommend that EU officials and politicians refuse to visit Israeli government offices that are located beyond the Green Line and that they decline any Israeli security in the Old City and elsewhere in East Jerusalem.

The report, which was completed last month, was sent to the EU’s main foreign policy body, the Political and Security Committee in Brussels. It was apparently not released at the time due to the sensitivity of its content.

The diplomats’ report also discusses the possibility of preventing “violent settlers in East Jerusalem” from being granted entry into EU countries. In the area of commerce, it recommends encouraging a boycott of Israeli products from East Jerusalem.

The first part of the report details construction and expansion of settlements in East Jerusalem, the infringement of human rights of Palestinian residents of the eastern part of the city, as well as inequality in education and medical services available to Palestinians. The report concludes that beyond their humanitarian significance, these conditions weaken the Palestinian hold on the city.

European criticism of Israeli policy in the territories and particularly East Jerusalem is not new. But the dramatic turn in the report can be seen in the operative steps it recommends, which in fact constitute the foundations for sanctions against Israel.

For example, the document proposes that visiting senior EU officials not use Israeli businesses operating in East Jerusalem, such as hotels and transportation companies, and that archaeological sites operated by “pro-settler organizations” (a reference to the City of David National Park ) not be visited.

The report goes on to suggest that public awareness be raised about settlement products, “for instance by providing guidance on origin labeling for settlement products to major EU retailers,” and that EU citizens be informed “of the financial risks involved in purchasing property in occupied East Jerusalem.”

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In Defence of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Tutu’s life has been lived in the spirit of “never again” – the ultimate lesson of the Holocaust  

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has publicly criticised Israeli policy towards Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. He has also criticised Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. These criticisms are well-known.

Recently, his criticisms of Israeli policy have elicited bitter personal attacks. Amidst calls for him to be removed as Patron of the Cape Town and Johannesburg Holocaust Centres of the South African Holocaust Foundation, Tutu has been attacked and labelled an  “anti-Semite” and a “bigot”.
Disagreements should be debated openly, but these personal attacks are totally unacceptable.
During the Second World War, which killed 60 million people, Nazi Germany killed socialists, gay men and lesbians, Roma people, and resistance fighters, but its most systematic destruction was of the Jewish people. Six million Jews were transferred to ghettos and concentration camps before being murdered.  
This grotesque crime against humanity must never be forgotten. Its legacy and lessons belong to and must be guarded by all of humanity. Racism -including anti-Semitism- sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and inhumanity must be resisted wherever they occur. As stated in the Mission Statement of the South African Holocaust Foundation, we must build “a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.”

This is precisely the cause to which Tutu has dedicated his life. He represents the finest tradition of resistance to all forms of oppression. He has taught us that understanding the Holocaust begins with appreciating that the only way for each of us to be safe is for all of us to be safe. He embodies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document born of the horrors of the Second World War, the rights contained in which pertain equally to Israelis and Palestinians.

To use the Holocaust in an attempt to de-legitimise Tutu is to undermine its legacy and insult the memory of its victims. To call him an anti-Semite, because he has attacked the policies of the Israeli government, is outrageous, renders the term meaningless, and enfeebles the necessary efforts to defeat real anti-Semites and racists.

We give our support to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a most appropriate patron of the South African Holocaust Foundation




Arizona Shooter Jared Loughner is Jewish

by James Buchanan

The man who shot 19 people in Arizona, killing six and severely wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is Jewish according to an interview by a reporter from Mother Jones magazine. The Mother Jones article notes “about eight hours before he allegedly killed six people and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), in Tucson—Jared Lee Loughner phoned an old and close friend with whom he had gone to high school and college. The friend, Bryce Tierney, was up late watching TV, but he didn’t answer the call. When he later checked his voice mail, he heard a simple message from Loughner: ‘Hey man, it’s Jared. Me and you had good times. Peace out. Later.’ That was it.

But later in the day, when Tierney first heard about the Tucson massacre, he had a sickening feeling: ‘They hadn’t released the name, but I said, ‘Holy sh-t, I think it’s Jared that did it.’ ‘ Tierney tells Mother Jones in an exclusive interview that Loughner held a years-long grudge against Giffords and had repeatedly derided her as a ‘fake.’ ….Tierney believes that Loughner was very interested in pushing people’s buttons—and that may have been why he listed Hitler’s Mein Kampf as one of his favorite books on his YouTube page. (Loughner’s mom is Jewish, according to Tierney.)” Loughner also listed the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books.

There was a speedy attempt by the left-wing media to portray Loughner as a right-wing lunatic even though other statements by people familiar with Loughner described him as a leftist.

So a mentally ill, left-wing Jew shoots a Congresswoman and the mainstream media tries to pin the blame on the Tea Party, on right-wing White Gentiles and on the pro-White movement. This should be a good reminder to everyone to be suspicious of the mainstream media.


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10 January 2011
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By Khalid Amayreh

The New Year bombing in Alexandria, which killed as many as 25 innocent people, nearly all of them Christian Copts, shocked Egypt and the Arab world. It infuriated Christians and Muslims alike as the criminals crossed the Rubicon in their terrorism, something that many – including myself – never thought would happen.

It is probably too early to determine the identity of the perpetrators, although there are signs indicating that the bombing may have been the work of al-Qaeda, which could indeed carry out the unthinkable. However, it is absolutely vital that any subsequent treatment of terrorism should go beyond the mere identification and punishment of those responsible if it is to be genuinely effective. In this case, it would be insufficient to rely on a security response alone. Egypt must do everything possible to eradicate the environment conducive to terrorism, not just the acts of terror themselves.

Such a move would require religious, cultural and political action as well as a security response. The sword alone cannot guarantee internal peace and security in any state. Even states with none of Egypt’s complex social, political and economic problems can guarantee to be free of terrorist acts.

Although government agencies might be tempted to take some hasty short-term measures to appease public opinion, this would be at the very best a futile reaction prompting further terror and bloodshed.

My advice to the government of Egypt is to adopt rational means to uproot religious extremism, especially against groups indoctrinated in al-Qaeda style ideologies. From experience, the most effective way to do this is by encouraging moderate Islamic groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, to foster the true message of Islam, the message that preaches moderation, a vibrant civil society and equality, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.
It is no secret that the Egyptian authorities have been waging a relentless wave of repression against the Muslim Brotherhood for reasons that can be viewed as trivial. Members have been hounded, arrested and beaten badly; their businesses and personal belongings have been ransacked and confiscated in ways reminiscent of medieval practices.

As a result, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that impressionable young Muslims, frustrated by the inequalities in Egyptian society, believe that moderation doesn’t pay and the only way to effect real change is by using violence and terror. In the Gaza Strip, Muslim Brotherhood imams succeeded in isolating al-Qaeda’s ideas by demonstrating to misguided elements their incompatibility with true Islam. Thankfully, many people have now moved away from the extremist views of al-Qaeda.

Some people might think that the deployment of the scholars of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University at the forefront of the ideological confrontation with al-Qaeda is sufficient to enlighten the extremists and save them from heresy. Nevertheless, even if the scholars of Al-Azhar happen to be the best and most erudite doctors of religion, they would still be viewed as agents of the Egyptian regime and would therefore be mistrusted and rejected. Such Ulema would be dismissed even if they produced the most convincing evidence from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, may peace be upon him. I am sure that the Egyptian authorities know this all too well, but it has become taboo for the government to acknowledge its own failures, so it is likely to use the same old methods which have been proven repeatedly to be useless.

I understand that it might be embarrassing for the Egyptian government to seek help from the Muslim Brotherhood for the purpose of eradicating religious extremism. However, the task of maintaining civil peace and protecting the Egyptian people should override all other considerations. In short, the Egyptian government should travel any road and take any risk in order to shield the people of Egypt from the terrorists. Moreover, the government must not appear to favour one part of society at the expense of another. This would cause real uproar in many quarters.

Hence, the Egyptian government itself must exercise self-restraint and rein in any temptation to target innocent groups just because it appears politically expedient to do so. Such a course of action would only generate more rage and store up yet more problems for the future.

We know that Egypt has a huge reservoir of wise men and women who are capable of isolating and liquidating the ghoul of terror. The Egyptian authorities should, therefore, hold sincere consultations with the best brains in the country over the issue of terrorism; even the most anti-government elements should be included in the exercise.

The government needs to get as close as possible to the people it governs; a relationship based on trust between the people and government should be encouraged. If that happened, virtually every member of society would be transformed into a willing intelligence officer. On the other hand, if ordinary people continue to be treated as subjects rather than citizens and real grievances are allowed to fester, the consequences could be disastrous.

Finally, Egypt should be vigilant about Israel and its intentions. “Al-Qaeda” is an easy scapegoat to distract investigations into terrorist acts from other potential perpetrators, including the Israeli Mossad, which is not above carrying out such acts as the Alexandria church bombing to foment civil unrest in Egypt. The Egyptian intelligence services have long experience with the way that Mossad operates. The Israelis should never, ever be given the benefit of the doubt.

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January 6, 2010

by Jeff Gates



Below is the fifth installment in a 5-part series regarding Pakistan.


To assassinate an American president with impunity requires pre-staging. For Israel to succeed would require an Evil Doer on whom the deed could plausibly be blamed. The emerging fact patterns suggest that such pre-staging is well underway and that a Pakistani could be the perceived culprit. The recent history of Evil Doer branding offers insight into what to expect.

Over the course of several years, Saddam Hussein, a brutal tyrant, morphed from a loyal and valued U.S. ally to the leader of a state portrayed as a member of the Axis of Evil ready and able to deploy weapons of mass destruction on a moment’s notice. Though that depiction was a lie; a plausible lie sufficed in the creation of a credible Evil Doer to help justify the invasion of Iraq.

Similarly, the Taliban in all its many forms have long been religious fundamentalists with an intolerant streak exceeded only by their ferocity in defense of their severe version of Islam. During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, they were celebrated as the fierce Mujahideen and heralded as heroic freedom fighters by President Ronald Reagan.

In the run-up to the provocation of 9-11, that positive “branding” abruptly changed when, six months prior to that mass murder, Afghanistan’s ancient Buddhas at Bamiyan were destroyed. When the Taliban took responsibility, they were rebranded worldwide as certifiably evil for what mainstream media portrayed as a “cultural holocaust.” When staging such power-of-association operations, timing is everything. By 9-11, the Taliban were seen as world-class Evil Doers.

A similar pre-staging is underway in the U.S as manipulated impressions become the mental building blocks to create a plausible culprit from an Islamic nation. Keep in mind that repeated reports of Iraqi WMD created a generally accepted “consensus” truth—regardless of the facts.

In a similar fashion, oft-repeated reports of the threat of Iranian WMD have steadily created the impression of a nuclear weapons capability with no basis in fact. But facts are not the point when pre-staging an Evil Doer. The point is what a targeted population can be induced to believe.

Five Muslim students in the U.S. traveled to Pakistan in mid-December, setting off a flurry of reports about the threat of “homegrown terrorism.” Every report mentioned the recent shootings at Fort Hood, Texas by a Muslim psychiatrist. A series of other incidents helped enhance the plausibility of a violent event traceable to the requisite Islamic Evil Doer.

The Justice Department announced this month that the trial of a 9-11 suspect will be held in Manhattan, with a second trial in nearby Brooklyn. In explaining the projected $150 million cost, local officials likened the extensive security to what is required for a New Year’s Eve celebration—only lasting for months. These trials are akin to a high profile publicity campaign certain to keep Americans on edge while enhancing the plausibility of “Islamic” violence.

Insecurity, Plausibility & Accessibility

Yet how could an assassin reach the most closely guarded president of modern times? The plausibility of a security breach has already been pre-staged. At the first state dinner by Obama, two aspiring contestants for a reality television show foiled White House security to come within handshake distance of the president. Though no one has yet conceded how that could have happened, both the president and the First Lady have an Ashkenazi chief of staff.

Bodyguards were protecting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin when in November 1995 a Likud Party member shot him at close range. Assassin Yigal Amir invoked a concept from ultra-orthodox Judaism to justify his murder of Rabin as a threat to Jews living in the settlements. Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu led a series of rallies that Rabin described as provoking violence. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister in June 1996 and immediately sought to inhibit implementation of the Oslo land-for-peace process agreed to by Rabin.

That same year, Richard Perle led a Jewish-American team to prepare for Netanyahu a new policy titled A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (i.e., Israel). Then a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, Perle became its chairman in 2001. The central theme of A Clean Break: Israel should halt the return of Palestinian land and instead pursue an aggressive strategy that included as a priority the removal of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Should pro-Israeli extremists detect an inclination by Barack Obama to endorse a return of Palestinian land to the Palestinians, the likelihood of his assassination will greatly increase. For his death to appear plausibly due to an Islamic source requires pre-staging akin to what is now ongoing. To displace facts with what the public can be induced to believe requires a period of mental preparation in order to make misdirection believable.

In July 2006, for instance, authors Jim Gilchrist and Jerome Corsi published Minutemen claiming that Hezbollah terrorists are sneaking across the Mexican border and plotting another 9-11. Minutemen was launched at Ground Zero, the site of the 9-11 attack, 14 days after Israel invaded Lebanon—in pursuit of Hezbollah. Had the U.S. suffered another attack, Iran-backed Hezbollah would have been the perceived culprit, providing a plausible rationale attack Iran.

Corsi remains a prolific source of prepare-the-minds publications, including Atomic Iran released in early 2005 and calling for either the U.S. or Israel to preemptively bomb the “mad mullahs of Iran.” His latest release is The Obama Nation. With a first print run of 475,000, his attack on the presidential contender immediately topped The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Should Obama be murdered, Corsi’s book will provide an incremental component of plausibility that the assassin was opposed not to his changed policies on Israel but to his “socialism.”

An Agenda in Need of a Crisis

Other recent incidents enhance the plausibility that an assassin could enter the U.S. from abroad. Homeland Security conceded this month that a sensitive transportation security screening manual was posted on the Internet. The ordering of more troops to Afghanistan enhances the plausibility that extremists will be driven across the border into Pakistan, only to travel from there to the U.S.

Obama’s Nobel Prize associated him with peace laureate Martin Luther King Jr. Were Obama also to die at the hands of an assassin, his “brand” has now been sufficiently enhanced that he would become an iconic figure. If Zionist extremists fail to provoke a crisis in the Middle East or South Asia, the murder of America’s first Black president would suffice as an attention-diverting crisis—particularly if those who produced his candidacy use his death to catalyze hatred between whites and blacks in the same way that they now market hatred for Muslims.

So long as Barack Obama continues to serve Israeli interests, he will continue to live a charmed life. Should he hint that justice—say for the Palestinians—is a worthy goal, the pre-staging is in place to eliminate that threat. Likewise should he seek to shut down the ongoing oligarch-ization of America and the steady piling on of disabling debt.

Should his death provoke race riots, the Department of Homeland Security is prepared to protect the agent provocateurs—under the guise of defending the perpetrators from anti-Semitism.

Would Israel assassinate a U.S. president? What kind of world would we now inhabit if Senator William Fulbright and Attorney General Robert Kennedy had succeeded in 1962 in forcing the Israel Lobby to register as a foreign agent? How would the world be different if John F. Kennedy had succeeded in 1963 in forcing international inspections of Israel’s nuclear facility?

When Robert Kennedy announced for the presidency in 1968, Tel Aviv did not know if he would revive JFK’s campaign to prevent Israel from igniting a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Nor did anyone know if he and Fulbright would again seek transparency for Israeli operations disguised as domestic lobbying.

When RFK was murdered in June 1968, the gunman was Palestinian. That lesson should not be lost on Pakistan. In dealing with Washington, Islamabad should also recall Senator Fulbright’s candid assessment in 1973: “Israel controls the U.S. Senate.” He was gone by 1974, thirty-five influence-imbedding years ago.

See: At What Cost the Israel Lobby?

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Jan 10, 2011

A Palestinian child lies in the dialysis room of a hospital in the Gaza City in the north of the Gaza Strip, June 8, 2010.
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip warns of a health crisis as the impoverished enclave is running out of direly needed medicine.

The ministry warned that dozens of chronically-ill patients, especially those with cancer and kidney problems, could die soon, if they do not receive medicine.

The officials said its storages suffered 40-percent depletion, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported on Sunday.

They said the coastal sliver is facing a lack of medication for leukemia, blood problems, epilepsy, thalassemia and maternal health problems.

The ministry also expressed concerns that the stock of insulin and kidney dialysis fluid in Gaza’s hospitals and health centers could run out within days.

The crippling land, aerial and naval blockade imposed by Israel on the coastal sliver has also restricted the movement of people out of Gaza.

A coalition of 22 international NGOs and human rights groups said in late November that the system for issuing the patients exit permits were arbitrary, unpredictable and time consuming, a Press TV correspondent recently reported. Many die, while on the waiting list, he added.

The ministry blames the situation on the Palestinian Authority for refusing to send enough medical supplies to the Gaza Strip.


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Nature of incidents

Between 26 March and 23 December 2010, DCI-Palestine documented 23 cases of children shot whilst collecting building material, and in one case, grazing goats, near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Due to a severe lack of job opportunities and a shortage of construction material entering Gaza from Israel, hundreds of men and boys scavenge for building gravel and other items amongst the destroyed buildings close to the border fence. The gravel is collected into sacks, loaded onto donkey drawn carts and sold to builders for use in concrete.

Children can earn around 50 shekels (US $14) per day which is used to help support their families. Reports indicate that Israeli soldiers on duty in the observation towers which line the border between Gaza and Israel frequently fire warning shots to scare workers away from the border region. Reports also indicate that these soldiers sometimes shoot and kill the donkeys used by the workers, and also target the workers, usually, but not always, shooting at their legs. In the cases documented by DCI-Palestine, the children report being shot whilst working between 50 to 800 metres from the border fence. These cases have also been reported in Haaretz, The Guardian, The Independent, AFP and CNN media outlets.

Background information

According to a recent UN study, over the past 10 years, the Israeli military has gradually expanded restrictions on access to land on the Gaza side of the border, with the stated intention of preventing attacks from Palestinian armed factions. In May 2009, the Israeli air force dropped thousands of pamphlets over different parts of Gaza stating that anybody approaching within 300 metres of the border endangers his or her life. The findings of the study indicate that these restrictions have had a devastating impact on the physical security and livelihoods of around 180,000 people, exasperating an already bleak humanitarian situation caused by the blockade imposed by Israel in June 2007.

In November 2010, 25 non-governmental organizations, including Amnesty International, released a report into the situation in Gaza, five months after the Israeli government announced it was ‘easing’ the blockade following intense international pressure. The report concludes that in the five months since the ‘easing’ was announced on 20 June 2010, there are few signs of real improvement on the ground. Fast facts

According to a recent report by 25 non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International, and based on UN data, Gaza requires 670,000 truckloads of construction material to rebuild after the war that ended in January 2009. However, the Israeli authorities have only permitted an average of 715 truckloads per month since the ‘easing’ of restrictions in June 2010. At this rate it will take 78 years to rebuild Gaza, with a completion date in 2088.

According to a UN study, between January 2009 and August 2010, at least 22 Palestinian civilians in Gaza have been killed and 146 injured in the arbitrary live fire zone adjacent to the border with Israel and imposed at sea. At least 27 of these civilians were children.

In 16 out of the 23 cases (69 percent) documented by DCI-Palestine, the children estimate that they were on, or outside the 300 metre exclusion zone unilaterally imposed by the Israeli army when they were shot.

The targeting of civilians is absolutely prohibited under international law, regardless of circumstances.

Recommended action Please send Urgent Appeals urging that:

1. The Israeli army immediately ceases the practice of targeting unarmed children in the buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border with Israel; and

2. An immediate review of the orders and procedures relating to firing on persons in the buffer zone on the Gaza side of the border for compliance with international law, and to make all findings of the review public.

Appeals to:

Your elected representatives; and

The Israeli embassy in your country [list of Israeli diplomatic missions worldwide].

Please inform DCI-Palestine if you receive any response to your appeals and quote the UA number at the top of the document –


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