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Hurriya is Arabic for Freedom: Just Listen to egypt Roar



Egypt Revolution Roar


By Ramzy Baroud

“Just listen to that roar,” urged a CNN correspondent in Egypt, as thousands of Egyptian protesters charged, fists pumped, against hundreds of armed Egyptian security forces. What a roar it was, indeed. The protests have shown the world that Arabs are capable of much more than merely being pitiable statistics of unemployment and illiteracy, or powerless subjects of ‘moderate’ but ‘strong’ leaders (an acronym for friendly dictators).

The times are changing, and British MP George Galloway’s comment about the Arab lion roaring again seems truer by the day. The Egyptians have revolted in style, and their revolution will go down in history books with such adjectives as “great”, “noble” and “historic”.
Truth be told, Arabs have had their fair share of conjured ‘revolutions’. Arab regimes have always been generous in how they ascribed the loaded term to their military coups or other stunts designed to impress or intimidate the masses. Any modern history of the Arab world will reveal an abundant use of the term ‘thawra’ – revolution. The label has been useful, for those who dared criticize a regime, or demanded basic rights (such as food) could then be dubbed enemies of whatever make-belief revolution the men in power championed. Innumerable Arab political prisoners were designated ‘a’da’ al-thawra’ – enemies of the revolution – and they paid a heavy price for their ‘crimes’. In Egypt alone, rough estimates put the current number of political prisoners (from different ideological backgrounds) at 20,000. The figure must be much larger now that the new enemies of the revolution – i.e. most of the Egyptian population – have dared demand freedoms, rights, democracy, and the biggest taboo of all: social justice.
If there is any revolution deserving of the name, it is this one. Thanks to Egypt, people the world over have been forced to re-think their previous idea of “Arabs”. Even many of us who insisted that the future of the Middle East could only be decided by the people themselves had eventually started to lose hope. We were told our words were redundant, sentimental, and, at best, an opportunity for poetic reflection, but not realpolitik. Now we know we have been right all along. Egypt is the clearest possible manifestation of the truth of people shaping their own history – not just in the Middle East, but anywhere.
The spontaneous popular revolution in Egypt was a most befitting uplift to the collective humiliation that Arabs have felt for so many years, but even more acutely since the US invasion and utter violation of Iraq.
“It became almost a burden being an Arab”, a caller told Al Jazeera. Looking “Middle Eastern” became sufficient grounds for suspicion in international airports. It was not considered entirely racist to ask such questions as “Are Arabs capable of achieving democracy?” In fact, heated media discussions emanated from the type of questions that pondered what Arabs were – or rather, were not capable of achieving. Every war against the Arabs was done in the name of “bringing” something to people who seemed impeded by their own collective failures. In one of my first political science classes at the University of Washington, years ago, the professor told us that we would be “examining the Middle East, which consists of strong governments and weak peoples.” With the exception of Israel, of course.
The media has long repeated the mantra that Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy. Combined with serious doubts regarding the Arabs’ readiness for democracy, the conclusion offered is:Israel carries similar values to the US, the West, the First World, the civilized hemisphere, and the Arabs epitomize all the ailments of the world. It matters little that Arab regimes were made ‘powerful’ by the backing of their western benefactors, or that oppression – in the name of fighting the enemies of peace and progress – was urged, financed and orchestrated with western interests in mind. The fact that the bullets and canister teargas that killed and wounded numerous Egyptians had the following words inscribed on it in Arabic: ‘suni’a fi al-wilayat al-mutahida al-amrikyia’ – Made in the United States – was also deemed entirely irrelevant to any discussion on how and why Egyptians were being suppressed or why the Arab Lion must never find its roar.
“The much-feted Mossad was taken by surprise,” wrote Uri Avnery. The CIA was too, although US lawmakers are trying to determine “whether the CIA and other spy agencies failed to give President Obama adequate warning of the unfolding crisis in Egypt” (as reported by Greg Miller in the Washington Post, February 4). Senator Dianne Feinstein who heads the Intelligence Committee, accused the intelligence community of ‘lacking” performance. The CIA should have monitored Facebook more closely, she suggested.
But there can be no telling when a nation revolts. Most of the chanting multitudes have no Facebook accounts. They don’t tweet either. In Tahrir Square, a man with a moustache, dark skin and handsome features carried a cardboard sign on which he had written, rather hurriedly: “I want to eat. My monthly salary is 267 (Egyptian) pounds – approx $45 – and I have four children.”
Others want to breathe the air of freedom. Others still want justice. Dignity. Equality. Democracy. Hope. How can such values be measured, or safeguarded against?

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There is a very popular word in Egypt – al-Sabr. It means patience. But noone could predict when the patience would run out. Arab and Egyptian intellectuals didn’t see it coming, and even the country’s opposition parties were caught by surprise. Everyone tried to catch up as millions -of long-oppressed Egyptians erupted in astounding unison: hurriya, hurriya, adalah igtimayyia – freedom, freedom, social justice.
Just when we were told that a religious strife was about to engulf Egypt, and that the people were subdued to the point that there was no hope, millions of brave Egyptians declared a revolution that brought Muslims and Christians together. The courage and the bravery they displayed is enough to restore our faith in the world – in the human race, and in ourselves. Those who are still wondering if Arabs are capable of this or that need not ponder anymore. Just listen to them roar, and you will find the answer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ramzy Baroud ( is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press, London), available on 

Global Research, February 10, 2011

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Anti-Muslim Brainwashing






By Paul Balles 

At least seven times today I heard TV newscasters refer to Muslim as Islamic extremists.

The amount and level of this kind of fraudulent suggestiveness has been increasing almost daily.

I call it fraudulent because people hearing this mix of Muslim with extremist repeated often enough become brainwashed into thinking that all Muslims are extremists.

The reference to Islamic extremists is frequently made on Fox News by Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.

A headline on MMTV asserts that “O’Reilly Supports Rep. King’s Islamic Extremism Hearings: ‘You’ve Got to Get a Handle on It.’” The language of Islamic extremist has infected the US congress.

For years, since he was on CNN, Glenn Beck has made wild false claims, like, “Islamic extremism is the biggest threat to our way of life since World War Two and we’ll never be able to fight it – if we can’t see it.”

Now, as chief Fox propagandist, Glenn Beck has the American left wing collaborating with his paranoid vision: “Believe what you want but the left is working hand-in-hand with the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim extremists…Hand-in-hand.”…

Sean Hannity isn’t much better, saying things like, “It seems to me that Islamic extremism is the 21st Century threat that (communism) posed in the last century…”

Similar Islamophobic references have been heard on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and other networks in the USA. Even reporters on the liberal MSNBC have been guilty of falsely connecting Islam and extremism.

The Associated Press says, “A Senate report on the Fort Hood shooting is sharply critical of the FBI’s failure to recognize warning signs that an Army psychiatrist had become an Islamist extremist…”

Do lunatics who commit wanton killings need to be identified according to their religious affiliations?  If so why weren’t the killers at Columbine and in Arizona recently referred to as Christian extremists?

That is if indeed they were Christians. The media only seems interested in making the religious connection when the mad murderer also happens to be a Muslim.

A Senate committee, headed by Joe Lieberman, asserted that “The enemy — Islamist extremists — must be labelled correctly and explicitly… in order for the military to counter the extremism.”

Recently, while commenting on the protesters in Egypt, several reporters referred to the Muslim Brotherhood as extremists.

Professor Sami Hamod says that the Muslim Brotherhood originated as a tool of America. How can they be extremists?

It seems that members of groups opposed to US interference in the Middle East get labelled Islamic extremists.

Palestinians trying to protect their property have been dubbed Muslim extremists, even when they’re Christians.

According to Western broadcasters, all members of Hamas and Hezbollah automatically qualify as Islamic extremists.

The entire population of Iran seems to have qualified as Islamic extremists because Iran refuses to cow-tow to Israel and America.

Syria and Lebanon, despite non-Muslim populations, have been dubbed Islamist extremists because they have failed to sign peace treaties with Israel.

So-called Islamic extremists have forced the King of Jordan to fire his entire cabinet.  In Yemen, they provided the impetus for Ali Abdulla Saleh to announce that he won’t run for re-election. Both instances were obviously meant to stave off popular rebellions.

Despite the fact that Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, departed president of Tunisia, were both dictators hated by their publics, the rebellions have been referred to as the work of Islamic terrorists.

Recently Tony Blair warned the West that it must abandon its “wretched posture of apology” towards Islamic extremism.

Newscasters, reporters, commentators, politicians and leaders, infected with religious bigotry, need urgent rehab.


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By Gilad Atzmon

It was the moral force of non-violence” stated President Obama in his first comment on the revolution in Egypt. Yet it is far from being clear who was the Egyptian Mandela, Gandhi, or Martin Luther King? I guess that in Cairo it was the people themselves who peacefully transformed their own reality.

Jerusalem, Zionists, and some elements within the Left have demonised Arabs, Muslims and Islam for decades. Yet the people of Egypt just proved how restrained and peace-seeking Islam is for real.

Unlike some of our blood soaked Western revolutions, in Cairo millions of Muslims waited for 18 days for their tyrant to internalise the message. Day after day, they stood in the streets demonstrating patience and determination; five times a day they joined mass prayers for goodness to prevail. They reminded us all that Islam is derived from the word Salaam. Islam is all about peace. It is inherently non violent.

The Egyptians masses were, no doubt, the best possible ambassadors for Islam and Salaam. In just more than two weeks they have manage to break down the Zionist driven phobia of Islam. In such a short time they have managed to plant the seeds of hope in our hearts. They in fact reminded us all what democracy and  ‘will for freedom’ are all about.

Egypt, the biggest and most influential Arab country, launched its march to democracy yesterday. As we know, democracy in the Arab world means Islam.  This week Westerners had a chance to discover this peaceful harmonious faith.  In the recent days, many Americans and Europeans have miraculously recovered from the Zionist inflicted Islamophobic malaise.  The fear of Islam and Muslims is drifting away. Plenty of us welcome the Egyptians and their true and natural choice; Islam, Salaam and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Two days ago, James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, was brave enough to admit that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is “a very heterogeneous group, they have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, etc… There is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”  In case someone fails to read between the lines, America has just bought itself six months to amend its faulty Zionised foreign policy. America has a very short time to buy itself new allies in the region. For America and the West, this is a matter of life and death.

In the next few months our Western leaders will have to adapt to the new reality. I guess that in spite of their Jewish Lobby backers, they will have to be very quick to confess openly the power and beauty of Islam. They will have to appease a billion Muslims. And they should be quick to do so.

In the coming days, Israel will have to face its own doomed reality. It is about to be shunned. The Jewish State is no doubt a dangerous entity, we can only pray that on its way down it won’t turn our planet into ashes. For those who fail to realise, Israel has accumulated enough destructive power to do so. Moreover, such an option is well imbued within the Israeli suicidal cultural narrative. I guess that the story of Biblical mass murderer Samson and the story of Masada are just two examples.

We better admit to ourselves that unlike Cairo, Jerusalem is inherently violent and lethal. The situation is certainly volatile.  The biggest challenge for today’s world leaders is to peacefully dismantle the Jewish State without letting it celebrate its deadly symptoms.

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Egyption Intifada: Did IsraHell have a hand in Egypt’s Internent blackout?


by Adam Morrow


CAIRO, Feb 13, 2011 (Veterans Today) –

Just after midnight on Friday, January 28, following three days of popular demonstrations calling for the ouster of longstanding Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Internet access (along with mobile-phone communications) in Cairo, Alexandria and the northern canal city of Suez — where demonstrations were most intense — was abruptly cut. The Internet remained inaccessible for the next three days.

Now reports have emerged in the Hebrew- and Arabic-language press that the Mubarak regime had sought Israel’s help in imposing the Internet blackout. On February 9, Egyptian Arabic-language news website Youm al-Sabea, citing reports in Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth published the same day, asserted that the Egyptian regime had “requested the assistance of Israeli technicians to disrupt Egypt’s Internet network with the aim of quelling the revolution.”

The Youm al-Sabea report reads:

Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has revealed that the Egyptian [Mubarak] regime used cutting-edge Israeli techniques to disrupt Internet connectivity throughout Egypt, preventing Egyptians from accessing the Internet for the first week of the Tahrir Revolution, which began on January 25.

The newspaper, in its economy supplement, reported that Egypt’s ruling regime had been forced to request the assistance of Israeli technicians to disrupt Egypt’s Internet network with the aim of quelling the revolution by thousands of demonstrators who assembled in [Cairo’s] Tahrir Square late last month to demand…Mubarak’s ouster.

Yedioth Ahronoth cited statements by a high-level communications source who said that the Israeli software company Narus had designed the advanced software used to paralyze the Internet in Egypt. The newspaper noted that the Israeli company has had a longstanding relationship with Egypt’s largest public-sector company for communications and Internet services [this presumably refers to government-owned TE Data, see below], with which it provides additional special systems.

The Israeli company also provides similar services to communications companies in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and is specialized in the production of supercomputers used by intelligence agencies worldwide for numerous applications, such as phone-taps; tracking voice communications on the Internet [presumably Skype, see below]; recording email and browsing habits; and disrupting Internet connectivity in any country at any time if needed.

Israeli dailies Yedioth Ahronoth and Haaretz both pointed to the fact that Israeli President Shimon Peres indirectly admitted the veracity of these reports at Israel’s annual security conference in Hertzliya on Tuesday, where he noted that, despite the restrictions and surveillance that governments are able to impose on the Internet, the media and Internet nevertheless played major roles in the eruption of popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

The following is the original Arabic-language text of the article:

يديعوت أحرنوت: مصر استعانت بتقنية “إسرائيلية” لتعطيل الإنترنت

كشفت صحيفة يديعوت أحرنوت الإسرائيلية أن النظام المصرى استخدم تقنيات إسرائيلية حديثة للغاية، مكنته من تعطيل شبكة الإنترنت فى جميع أنحاء جمهورية مصر العربية، وجعلت المصريين عاجزين على تصفح الإنترنت طوال الأسبوع الأول الذى اندلعت فيه ثورة التحرير الذى شهدها أشهر ميادين مصر فى 25 يناير.

وذكرت الصحيفة الإسرائيلية فى ملحقها الاقتصادى، أن النظام الحاكم فى مصر اضطر إلى الاستعانة بطاقم من خبراء إسرائيل التقنيين لحجب شبكة الإنترنت فى مصر، وذلك بهدف تهدئة ثورة آلاف المتظاهرين الذى خرجوا بميدان التحرير آواخر الشهر الماضى، مطالبين بالتغيير والحرية ومحاربة الفساد والبطالة، إلى أن امتدت مطالبهم بإسقاط النظام، ورحيل الرئيس مبارك.

ونقلت يديعوت أحرنوت تصريحات مصدر إسرائيلى كبير بمجال الاتصالات، قال إن شركة “نايروس” الإسرائيلية للبرمجيات، صممت برنامج متطور للغاية استخدم لشل الإنترنت فى مصر، وأشارت الصحيفة إلى أن هذه الشركة الإسرائيلية تتعامل مع أكبر شركة حكومية مصرية لخدمات الاتصالات والإنترنت، منذ وقت طويل وتزودها بتقنيات خاصة.

هذا بجانب دور الشركة الإسرائيلية فى تقديم خدمات مماثلة لشركات الاتصالات فى السعودية وباكستان، لتخصصها فى إنتاج أجهزة كمبيوتر عملاقة تستخدمها أجهزة الاستخبارات فى العالم فى أغراض عديدة، مثل التنصت على المكالمات الهاتفية، ورصد الاتصالات الصوتية عبر الإنترنت، وتسجيل كل ما يدور فى الإنترنت، مثل استعادة المراسلات الإلكترونية، والكشف عن أى مواقع التصفح، وبالطبع تعطيل الشبكة العنكبوتية فى أى دولة وفى أى وقت عند الحاجة.

وأخيرا أشارت صحيفتا يديعوت أحرنوت وهاآرتس الإسرائيليتان، إلى أن شيمون بيريز الرئيس الإسرائيلى اعترف بشكل غير مباشر بصحة هذه المعلومات، وذلك خلال كلمة ألقاها أمس الثلاثاء فى مؤتمر هرتزليا للمناعة القومية، مؤكدا أنه رغم القيود والمراقبات التى يمكن أن تفرضها الحكومات على شبكة الإنترنت، إلا أن الإعلام والإنترنت عجلا باندلاع الثورة فى مصر وتونس.

Notably, Israeli software company Narus ( is also mentioned in the following article from the Huffington Post (which refers to it as a ‘US corporation’), published on the third day of the uprising:


One US corporation’s role in Egypt’s brutal crackdown

The Huffington Post; January 28, 2011

The open Internet’s role in popular uprising is now undisputed. Look no further than Egypt, where the Mubarak regime today reportedly shut down Internet and cell phone communications — a troubling predictor of the fierce crackdown that has followed.

What’s even more troubling is news that one American company is aiding Egypt’s harsh response through sales of technology that makes this repression possible.

The Internet’s favorite offspring — Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — are now heralded on CNN, BBC and Fox News as flag-bearers for a new era of citizen journalism and activism. (More and more these same news organizations have abandoned their own, more traditional means of newsgathering to troll social media for breaking information.)

But the open Internet’s power cuts both ways: The tools that connect, organize and empower protesters can also be used to hunt them down.

Telecom Egypt, the nation’s dominant phone and Internet service provider, is a state-run enterprise, which made it easy on Friday morning for authorities to pull the plug and plunge much of the nation into digital darkness.

Moreover, Egypt also has the ability to spy on Internet and cell phone users, by opening their communication packets and reading their contents. Iran used similar methods during the 2009 unrest to track, imprison and in some cases, “disappear” truckloads of cyber-dissidents.

The companies that profit from sales of this technology need to be held to a higher standard. One in particular is anAmerican firm, Narus of Sunnyvale, California, which has sold Telecom Egypt “real-time traffic intelligence” equipment.

Narus, now owned by Boeing, was founded in 1997 by Israeli security experts (see below) to create and sellmass surveillance systems for governments and large corporate clients.

The company is best known for creating NarusInsight, a supercomputer system which is allegedly used by the National Security Agency and other entities to perform mass, real-time surveillance and monitoring of public and corporate Internet communications in real time.

Narus provides Egypt Telecom with Deep Packet Inspection equipment (DPI), a content-filtering technology that allows network managers to inspect, track and target content from users of the Internet and mobile phones, as it passes through routers on the information superhighway.

Other Narus global customers include the national telecommunications authorities in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia— two countries that regularly register alongside Egypt near the bottom of Human Rights Watch’s world report.

“Anything that comes through (an Internet protocol network), we can record,” Steve Bannerman, Narus’ marketing vice president, once boasted to Wired about the service. “We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on; we can reconstruct their (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls.”

Other North American and European companies are selling DPI to enable their business customers “to see, manage and monetize individual flows to individual subscribers.” But this “Internet-enhancing” technology has been sought out by regimes in Iran, China and Burma for more brutal purposes.

In addition to Narus, there are a number of companies, including many others in the United States, that produce and traffic in similar spying and control technology. This list of DPI providers includes Procera Networks (USA), Allot (Israel), Ixia (USA), AdvancedIO (Canada) and Sandvine (Canada), among others.

These companies typically partner with Internet Service Providers to insert DPI along the main arteries of the Web. All Net traffic in and out of Iran, for example, travels through one portal — the Telecommunications Company of Iran — which facilitates the use of DPI.

When commercial network operators use DPI, the privacy of Internet users is compromised. But in government hands, the use of DPI can crush dissent and lead to human rights violations.

While the Huffington Post refers to Narus as a “US corporation,” Israeli daily Haaretz notes in the following article from 2006 that the firm was founded by “Dr. Ori Cohen, Stas Khirman and four other guys in Israel.”



Ori Cohen, private eye

Haaretz (Israel); July 11, 2006

If you’ve been keeping track of American Internet and the battles over surfer privacy, then you have run into the name Narus, which specializes in tapping surfer traffic. It was founded in 1997 by Dr Ori Cohen, Stas Khirman and four other guys in Israel.

For years Narus sailed on untroubled. But today it’s become associated with the likes of Carnivore or Echelon, the notorious software programs that have become linked with spying on email and delivering data on surfers to government agencies. 

The image change Narus has suffered and its frequent mentions in debates on privacy and the freedom of information, is mainly because of Mark Klein. That would be a technician retired from AT&T for 22 years, who reported to the American authorities a few months ago that he suspected AT&T of allowing the National Security Agency to bug its customers’ phone calls.

Customer Internet traffic via the WorldNet service provider was reportedly shunted to data-mining technology in a secret room at AT&T facilities. The data analysis technology was made by Narus.

The scandal doesn’t seem to have bothered Narus much: it takes pride in various forums in the quality of its offerings. Its products enable ISPs and phone companies to monitor and manage their networks, detect illegal intrusions — and tap calls. Nor is Narus shy of declaring AT&T to be one of its customers.

Even though the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is striving to protect surfer privacy, has decided to sue the NSA in order to find out the scope of Washington’s spying on the people, Narus still has nothing official to say about the affair.

If anything, Narus’ management happily notes reports on its products, which are involved in countless weird and wonderful projects, including monitoring and blocking of voice and data over Internet. It proudly notes that its products are well used in countries such as China and Saudi Arabia, not really bastions of human rights.

It appears the Narus technology is used there to monitor surfing by the people, and blocking the use of Internet telephone technology such as Skype, which make monitoring communications very hard.

Narus says that its software can monitor and block Skype’s communications protocol, other VoIP programs, P2P (peer to peer) networks (such as Kazaa), instant messaging software, email traffic and many other protocols too. When installed on the infrastructure of an Internet provider, it can do all that too, monitoring unbelievably huge amounts of data up to ten gigas per second.

Big in Tripoli

Another factoid in which Narus takes pride is its giant agreement with Giza Systems of Cairo. That Egyptian integration and communications company paid Narus several million dollars to install its bugging and blocking software on networks in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, and even in the Palestinian Authority.

But how is it that in the Middle East of 2006, Saudi Arabia, Libya and the like are buying technology developed by Israelis, funded by Israeli venture capital?

Walden Israel was one of the first backers behind Narus, but it says it’s severed all contact. General Partner Roni Hefetz says it hasn’t been involved in the company for years. However, the Walden international fund has picked up the slack, continuing to invest in Narus throughout. Narus even has a Walden man on its board. 

Narus has morphed from an Israeli company into an American one. But it hasn’t been sold or floated, despite earlier ambitions. Where are the Israelis? Their involvement is hard to pin down, including that of legendary founder Dr. Ori Cohen, who’d been so happy to grant interviews; or the chief technology officer Stas Khirman. Did they abandon Internet bugging?

Cright on!

Apparently not. It is very possible that Cohen and Khirman are working at a startup that nobody is willing to talk about. A stealthy startup they helped found called Cright that has lots of employees in Israel and California, and which is reportedly about to avail itself of Ukrainian development talent too. Almost nobody has heard of Cright and nobody at all, including its distinguished investors, is willing to discuss what it does.

Sequoia Israel, the Rolls Royce of the technological venture capital world, is whispered to have invested $7 million in Cright together with Charles River. But the enigmatic startup is not mentioned on the Sequoia site, which otherwise describes the portfolio very thoroughly. Nor does the Charles River site mention it.

Nor could I glean any information about the company or about the Narus people manning it. Cright has a website(, a naked one that reveals nothing: and has taken a vow of utter silence.

Market sources surmise that Cright is tight-lipped because what it does would spark outrage among surfers jealous of their privacy, which could culminate in migraines for the startup and its backers. The last thing these financiers need is bad press, especially as other products in which they invested, such as Jajah, are striving to gain adulation among the online community.

In today’s online world, surfers can make the connection between investment in one company and in another. If Fund X invests in, and surfers find it out, they could hurt its investment in

The prying eye

But that is assuming that Ori Cohen and Stas Khirman are still working on products that analyze Internet traffic, and possibly, that this time their prying eye is looking at private surfers.

Industry sources in the know claim they’re harnessing Israeli developers to develop a DRM product designed for installation at Internet providers, which will among other things frustrate file sharing and peer-2-peer networks. These sources say Cright (could that be short for copyright?) is supposed to filter P2P networks, to monitor and analyze files being shared, and possibly to shut down errant P2P network, or at least to block certain content.

In other words, if may be a new twist on the old trick of monitoring the Internet’s main line, analyzing content, and interfering with it, just as Narus says it does in Saudi Arabia.

Cright’s ambitions may be disclosed by the appointment of Ed Kozel as its CEO. Kozel hails from Cisco and Yahoo. But isn’t Ori Cohen Cright’s CEO? I don’t know, or maybe they’re both co-CEOs, maybe the company has two CEOs because it’s going in two different directions at once.

If I had to guess, I’d guess that Cright means to launch some product related to online advertising. To guess on, I’d think it connects financed ads or links to personal content that Cright uncovers using its data mining capacities. Could that be? Selling ads based on breaking down data from traffic? I think it could.

But we can continue to merrily play detective for a few more weeks, until somebody tells us something.

Finally, it’s worth noting that an Egyptian national, arrested by Egyptian authorities last year on charges of spying for Israel, claimed that his Mossad handlers had told him that Israel was behind the days-long Internet outage that hit several countries of the Middle East (but not Israel) in 2008.

Israel sabotaged Egypt’s Internet, says alleged Mossad spy; December 29, 2010

Israeli sabotage was behind the nationwide crippling of Egypt’s Internet in 2008, according to an alleged Mossad agent. The accused agent, Abdel Razeq Hussein Hassan, is an Egyptian businessman who was arrested earlier this year by Egyptian counterintelligence and is accused of working for the Israeli spy agency. Two of his alleged Israeli handlers, Joseph Daymour and Idid Moushay, are reportedly on the run and are wanted by the Egyptian government.

Hassan is due to go on trial next month, but transcripts of his interrogation records have been leaked to Egyptian media. In one instance, Hassan appears to tell his police interrogators that a team of Mossad operatives deliberately cut two undersea cables about 5 miles off the north Egyptian port city of Alexandria, disrupting the country’s Internet service for several days.

An article in Britain’s The Daily Telegraph claims erroneously that the disruptions, occurred in December of 2008 and were “blamed at the time on damage […] caused by a ship’s anchor”. In reality, the undersea cables were cut on January 30, 2008, and there was no connection to anchors or anything similar, which does raise suspicions.

Still, the possibility must be considered that Hassan’s revelation may have been extracted by his interrogators through torture, or that it may be part of a controlled leak — true, overstated, or downright false — by Egyptian counterintelligence.

Whatever the truth behind this is, what is missing is the strategic motive that would have caused the Mossad to sabotage Egypt’s nationwide Internet data delivery at a time when the governments of the two countries were entering a period of rapprochement.

For more information on the involvement of Israeli telecommunications firms in espionage activities in the US and Canada, see:

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Zionist Mu-Barak Regime Orchestrated the Church Blast to Please USA & IsraHell



This uprising in Egypt has exposed the fallacy of a lot of arguments and political convictions and at the same time revealed new surprising findings.

By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

Mubarak – Netanyahu

 As I was driving my car along the famed corniche of the historic city of Alexandria to join the march calling for Mubarak to step down last week I kept looking- or gazing if you like- at the nearly empty streets except from now and then scattered armed vehicles and tanks squatted beneath the silent buildings on the side of the road and it seemed as if I was driving across a deserted city and not the never go to sleep 5 millions dwellers-city I used to know.

Even when I was engulfed by the enthusiastic thousands in the demonstrations I kept staring at the faces all around me asking myself are those the same apathetic masses of people I almost gave up on years ago.

I looked around me trying to find a clue to who’s leading those people but I couldn’t. I tried to recognize any members of the Muslim Brotherhood group and I even tried to differentiate the Muslim from the Christian but I couldn’t as well. In a rare and brilliant historic moment it seemed that this wonderful congregation of people could only be recognized as Egyptians. Citizenry, a value that has long been subdued and underrated is finally awakening in the heart of millions of Egyptians.

After decades of silence and submission the people in the street are shouting for Mubarak to get out not only of the country but also out of their life. After decades of inertia and stagnation the people in Egypt have revolted against a corrupt regime and self-serving policy.

This uprising in Egypt has exposed the fallacy of a lot of arguments and political convictions and at the same time revealed new surprising findings.

Revelations of the revolution

Egyptian revolution

There were considerable assurances that the Egyptians were not the revolting type and that politics was definitely not their favorite dish, there were beliefs that the Egyptian society was on the brink of a blood bath after a long history of sectarian violence between the Muslim majority and the Christian minority in the country and there were assumptions that the Muslim Brotherhood group enjoyed huge influence and support amongst Egyptians but this uprising proved all those assumptions wrong.

For decades the regime in Egypt has been keen on securing its iron grip on the country by means of deception. In doing so the regime has always resorted to creating a wicked and misleading scenario that was often utilized for domestic and international consumption. The wicked scenario targeted the westerners and also the Egyptians’ worst fears, the Mubarak regime simply convinced the west that if democracy and specifically free elections were to be allowed in Egypt, the Muslim Brothers-Al Ikhwan- would instantly jump to power in a similar way to what Hamas did in Gaza. This scary analogy and being deliberately oversimplified and misleading meant one thing to the US and EU diplomats and that is more probable threats and even more bombs on Israel.

On the domestic front, the Mubarak regime has abhorrently inflamed the sectarian congestion between some Copts- Egyptian orthodox Christians- and Muslims and even tried to politically exploit this sensitive issue to freak out the Christian minority and to guarantee their loyalty and support to the regime.

New insights into the latest bombing attacks on the Alexandria church which took place on the New Year Eve and killed 23 and wounded more than 90 innocent people are suggesting that the police apparatus of Mubarak has been covertly involved in the orchestrating of this hideous terrorist attack which at the time smelled like another Mossad operation carried out to serve Israeli interests which in a way it did.

False flag operation

Habib Al-Adli, former Egyptian ministry of interior

Egypt’s general prosecutor on Monday 7, February opened probe into former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly’s reported role in the New Year’s Eve bombing of al-Qiddissin Church in Alexandria based on Leaked information from UK embassy in Cairo & Al Arabyia news channel [i] that suggested the deadly operation was a false flag [ii] intended to escalate the international fears of the activity of some Islamist group- Jundullah– which was blamed for the attack and supposedly related to Hamas in Gaza.  Eventually this whole web of lies and spilled blood would be sold to the world as the doing of another al Qaeda’s affiliate located in the Egyptian-Israeli borderline; the thing that would have tightened the Israeli blockade on Gaza, justified the absurd American war on Bin Laden- style terrorism and certainly enhanced the credibility and reputation of Mubarak as strong ally to the United States and loyal friend to Tel Aviv.

No one could have imagined that this corrupt regime could go this far and steep this low as to kill its own people. The brutal and merciless police regime that has murdered hundreds of young men in the uprising and sent armies of thugs to intimidate the Egyptian citizens and protesters and to create a sense of chaos and instability is the very same regime that has been backed by American and European governments throughout decades to keep the so called stability of the region or in other words keeping the western borders of the Zionist regime of Israel safe and quiet.

The Mubarak regime has been corrupt in regards to his domestic and foreign policy which are hardly representative or reflective of the people’s demands and aspirations.

All the international parties who supported this regime knowing how corrupt it was are to be blamed for decades of political deception in the Middle East.

Truth has been obliterated in the Middle East political arena as corrupt policies were being implemented by corrupt regimes. Middle Easterns are not the pathetic terrorists the main stream media prefer to portray; they are people with rich and ancient culture who are only trying to struggle out of the dark ages of authoritarianism and dictatorship.The real terrorists are the dictators who create make-believe terrorism to subjugate the people everywhere.

Tragedy of Egypt Church blast

It is not fair to carry on under this global conspiracy of political deception; it’s not fair to recognize the Muslim and Arabic world as some large training camp for terrorists. It’s deeply troubling and rather humiliating to assess the friendship to the west of any Middle Eastern country by the capability of its repressive regime to prove cooperative in the so called countr-terrorism. After all, that’s what any police regime could do best or pretend for that matter. It is their area of expertise and the Egyptian church blast is one disgraceful example.

It’s absolutely not fair to lend all western unconditional support to Israel or the only real democracy in the Middle East as she likes everybody to infinitely believe so and at the same time stand aside and show the greatest standards of restraint when the neighboring countries to Israel are struggling to grasp their freedom and democracy back.

With the growing tide of democratization of the Middle East and with the return of politics to the street where Israel is most unpopular I wonder what other slogans Israel could use to sustain the western support and sympathy. Even more, what will be the Israeli reaction and the expected shift in strategy now that she has been closely watching its closest allies from the Arab leaders thrown out of Egypt in one of the most dramatic political scenes the Middle East has yet come to witness.

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IsraHell news covers Bil’in, Palestinians are nowhere to be seen



On Saturday night Israel’s most-watched news program on Channel 2, aired a 10-minute “Special Report” on the weekly demonstrations in the Palestinian village of Bil’in. Every Friday, Palestinians of the village demonstrate against the separation fence which was built on their lands, and are joined by Israeli and international activists. Haggai Matar, of Anarchists Against the Wall, was a key figure in the news piece. This is his reaction.


By Haggai Matar


You could say I’m nit-picking, that maybe Palestinians just happened not to fit the concept of this particular story. You could say that had this issue not already become so routine.

This time again it began with a phone call made by a producer at Channel 2 news to an activist with Anarchists Against the Wall, offering to accompany and film one of the group’s members at a weekly protest held every Friday in Bil’in. This time the activist passed them on to me. Both she and I made it clear to the producer several times that these demonstrations are a Palestinian initiative, that Israelis are there as guests and partners – but that we are not the main story. We got her to promise that the news crew would also film Muhammad Khatib, one of the leaders of the popular struggle in the village, and we made sure they spoke.

Friday comes around, along with the filming. Channel 2’s senior reporter Danny Kushmaro and his team arrive at my house and film me throughout the day – from the morning when I prepare a sandwich at home and hit the road, and through the end of the demonstration in Bil’in. They also coordinated with the IDF spokesman’s video crew, who in parallel filmed a day in the life of the unit commander who is in charge of dispersing demonstrations in Bil’in. During the demonstration Kushmaro wandered between the two sides. And the cameraman who was to accompany Khatib? Nowhere to be found.

I decided to take initiative, and bring Khatib into their footage on my own. I made sure the crew was filming when he gave a speech to the protesters at the outset of the demonstration, in the heart of the village, when he spoke about Bil’in’s solidarity with Jonathan Pollak. I explained to the researchers and the film crew who were with me for the march that it’s important they talk to him, and they did in fact interview him afterwards. Later, at the end of the demonstration, a veteran activist, Wajee Burnat, who was filmed as he received medical treatment, found the film crew and gave a heart-felt speech about his family’s lands which lay on the other side of the fence, explaining that even if the fence is moved as is planned, it will not return all of their lands.

But somehow, Khatib, Burnat, and all the other Palestinians just fell aside in the news piece, when it was broadcast last night. The full news item can be viewed here [Heb].

Kushmaro came up with a concept of a battlefield between two Israelis: Me and the officer, and between us the fence. And if that’s the concept, what does reality matter? What does it matter that those who cut the fence that day, those who were hit the hardest by the gas, those who gave the most powerful speeches to the soldiers and the cameras – were Palestinians? What does it matter that the lands – on both sides of the fence – are fully theirs? That the demonstrations and the creative ideas they employ are theirs too? The most important thing in the eyes of Channel 2, apparently, is to present an internal Israeli (Jewish) drama for the viewers at home.

As mentioned, this is not the first time that mainstream media chooses to portray the conflict this way – without the Palestinians. Only two Jews, one right and one left, or one religious and one secular, or one demonstrator and one soldier. It’s much easier to talk about the occupation as our own internal political problem, an argument that’s almost theoretical. This is, for example, the logic behind the opposition to a boycott of settlement products. After all, if you think there’s only two Jewish groups, one that boycotts, and the other that’s innocent, then it really doesn’t look too good. Just as if you portray a soldier who represents law and order, and against him a demonstrator – you could easily see the demonstrator as criminal or a traitor.

But this way of thinking is made possible only when from the start we are forget that  there’s a few more million people in the picture, transparent people in the margins of our story. Kushmaro demonstrates this blindness to them with an absolute lack self-awareness right in the middle of the piece when he says: “The demonstration begins with calls supporting the Palestinians.” The video footage shows Palestinians, who are the majority of the demonstrators, calling out against the fence in Arabic. But what Kusharo sees is Israelis who are “supporting the Palestinians.”

It’s exactly for this reason that we insisted in advance that if Kushmaro’s crew films me, then they must also show the story of one of the leaders of the village. Because only when the media starts doing its job, portraying Palestinian suffering the same way it portrays Jewish suffering, and giving Palestinians names and faces on putting them in front of the camera – only then will people will be able to understand what the conflict is actually about. The problem is that that’s when the Israeli establishment will suddenly not look so good. And, what can you do, that doesn’t bring ratings.

A few notes on what you’ll see in the story:

1. Despite what Kushmaro says, the village will not get back the majority of the territory taken from it. Of 1700 hectares belonging to the village that are captured by the fence, only 700 will be returned when it is moved to its planned route.

2. Saying that “the fence has prevented terrorist attacks” completely ignores the issue of the illegal location of the fence, against which, and against the very existence of the fence itself, the demonstrations are targeted.

3. The piece shows children who earn 2 shekels by selling bracelets or a cup of coffee. Against this background, Kushmaro and the IDF office explain that Palestinians make money off of the demonstrations. Firstly, 2 shekels is not that much, and there is no such industry in the village where people are earning a living off of the throwing of stones, which the piece implies. Secondly, since when is there something wrong with earning a livelihood? The army prevents people from accessing their land and cultivating it, robs them of their last means of livelihood, prevents workers from entering Israel to work there, and then complains that they even manage to sustain themselves in part from the sale of bracelets?

4. In one instance the editing becomes very manipulative: While I’m shown speaking to the soldiers and explaining that there’s no reason to attack the demonstrators – words I said while the soldiers were preparing to shoot tear gas and no stones had been thrown at all – the footage juxtaposed is of a much later stage in the demonstration, after the soldiers had already shot the tear gas, the end of the demonstration had been declared, and several youth remained behind to confront the army.

5. Towards the end, Muhammad Khatib and the officer are shown, both declaring the end of the demonstration. In reality, after Khatib announced the end of the demonstration, the army crossed the separation fence and began its most intense attack, with massive amounts of gas, after most of the protesters had already retreated to the village. The officer’s announcement that the demonstration had ended actually came much later. Besides, Khatib tells protesters: “The demo is over.” The translation to Hebrew in the story: “Game over.” Another thought on how the media portrays these people’s struggle.

Haggai Matar is a journalist in the Hebrew media, an activist in Anarchists Against the Wall, and a former conscientious objector who spent two years in prison.

This article first appeared on MySay. Translation by Shir Harel.

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IsraHell Army Destroyed 13 Water Cisterns


Dear Friends and Supporters,
The situation of the Palestinian cave-dwellers in South Hebron Hills continues to be difficult. They suffer from permanent harassment carried out by the military and settlers. This year, however, has been even more difficult, due to a severe drought.
As if it wanted to capitalize on the harsh conditions, on December 16th, the IsrahelL military destroyed 13 water cisterns belonging to Palestinian families in South Hebron hills.
The military claims that these water cisterns (or reservoirs) were built illegally and therefore must be destroyed. Some were built in recent years with help from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and some were built during the Jordanian rule, but still need authorization of the IsraHell Authorities. They are located on lands the state has designated for the IDF as “firing zones” – areas the military uses as training sites for live
The destruction or the water cisterns, leave the Palestinian shepherds without water sources, and force them to limit their grazing areas – this is exactly what the IsraHell authorities intend to achieve. It makes the life of this population, who is already probably the poorest in the whole West Bank, impossible.  
In order to help the Palestinians to keep their lands and strengthen the “Zumud” in South Hebron area, Taáyush activists have started helping reconstruct the cisterns. We need $4,200 for each cistern. We have set out to reconstruct ten cisterns, please help us accomplish this goal. 
Donation can be made to Taáyush:
Via Bank Deposit
Bank Hapoalim
Branch 574 (‘Hapalmach’)
Account no. 160213
Swift code ‘poalilit’

IBAN: IL61-0125-7400-0000-0160-213


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The revolution is coming…one truckload at a time

The revolution is coming… one truckload at a time

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011

In a press conference last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and


Quartet Representative Tony Blair announced a new package of measures aimed


towards, in Blair’s words, improving “the conditions and living standards of the


Palestinian people” and in Bibi’s, “enhancing stability”. This on the backdrop of


instability in Egypt as well as the closing of Rafah and reduced activity in the tunnels.


What do the measures Bibi and Blair announced mean in real terms for Palestinian


residents of Gaza?


The new measures promised are welcome and important for Gaza’s struggling private


sector and the population at large. The changes in access policies seen since the June


20th Israeli Security Cabinet decision and the measures promised in this latest


pressconference are, however, minimal compared to need. Israel is currently allowin Gaza 


residents to receive 3% of the construction materials needed to re-build the Strip and to


export 1% of the quantities promised in earlier agreements. A small fraction of projects


led by the international community have received approval, let alone materials, to


begin building.


With the proposed measures, we hope to see a rise in these figures. For example, the new


package promises 40,000 tons of gravel – in February. The rest of the year is anyone’s


guess, since hints in the press statement that Sufa crossing would be opened for transfer of


construction materials appear to be just a one-time gesture intended to clear tens


ofthousands of tons of gravel which have been sitting there since Israel banned


construction materials in 2007 and then closed Sufa in 2008.


Approval for twenty additional projects is also welcome, provided that it won’t take


months to negotiate the entrance of each truckload of cement and steel, as has been the


case until now. UNRWA alone reports that just 9% of its construction plan has been




The measures also include reducing Gaza’s dependence on Israel for infrastructure   


including by exploring new sources of energy and increasing capacity to treat sewage and


desalinate the water supply. Just for reference, currently the Palestinian Authority pays 


Israel for electricity to Gaza to the tune of some 40 million shekels per month (11 million


dollars), and it is estimated that it would take several years to develop proper infrastructure to supply Gaza’s needs – assuming Israel refrains from measures taken in


the past which have included blocking infrastructure inputs and bombing the power


station. But this isn’t just about “improving living standards” that have been dramatically


and deliberately worsened over three and a half years of closure. While Israel negotiates


numbers with the international community’s most high-ranking envoy, Gaza residents are


 being denied their right to build schools, hospitals, and homes and to travel, produce and


sell the goods necessary in order to engage in their livelihoods. If there really has been a


paradigm shift and security is the only criteria for what can enter or leave Gaza, then


perhaps we can do better than this.



Needs Vs. Supply 

9/1/11 – 5/2/11


Industrial Fuel 

Needs Vs. Supply 

9/1/11 – 5/2/11


המהפכה בדרך… משאית אחרי משאית

פורסם: יום ראשון, 13 בפברואר, 2011
במסיבת עיתונאים שהתקיימה בשבוע שעבר, הודיעו ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו ונציג הקוורטט טוני בלייר על חבילת צעדים חדשים המיועדים ל”שיפור תנאי החיים של הפלסטינים”, במילותיו של טוני בלייר, ו”להגברת היציבות באזור”, לפי נתניהו. הכרזה זו מגיעה על רקע אי היציבות במצרים, סגירת מעבר רפיח וצמצום הפעילות במנהרות. מהי המשמעות האמיתית של צעדים אלו עבור התושבים הפלסטינים בעזה?   הצעדים החדשים שהובטחו הם מבורכים וחשובים עבור המגזר הפרטי, הנאבק על הישרדותו, ועבור האוכלוסייה בכללותה; עם זאת, צעדים אלה, כמו גם שינויי המדיניות עליהם הצהיר הקבינט הביטחוני בסוף יוני רחוקים מלאפשר את שיקום הכלכלה וקיום חיים אזרחיים נורמליים ברצועה. כיום מאפשרת ישראל הכנסת שלושה אחוזים מחומרי הבניין הנדרשים ברצועה על מנת לשקמה, וייצוא של אחוז אחד מכמות התוצרים שהבטיחה בעבר כי תאפשר לייצא. מלבד הקושי בהכנסת חומרי בנייה, ישראל אישרה את התחלת הבנייה של חלק קטן בלבד מהפרויקטים שמנוהלים על ידי הקהילה הבינלאומית.  

אנו מקווים שהצעדים החדשים יביאו לגידול במספרים אלה. חבילת הצעדים מבטיחה, למשל, כי 40,000 טונות של חצץ יוכנסו דרך מעברי סופה או קרני במהלך פברואר 2011. לא ברור, עם זאת, מה יהיה בהמשך השנה, כי ההכרזה מרמזת על כך שפתיחת מעבר סופה תהיה מחווה חד-פעמית שנועדה להפטר מעשרות אלפי טונות של חצץ שהצטברו בו מאז שישראל אסרה על כניסת חומרי בנייה ב-2007 וסגרה את המעבר ב-2008.   

במסגרת חבילת הצעדים הובטח אישור ל-20 פרויקטים נוספים של בנייה, צעד מבורך גם כן, בתנאי שתיאום כניסתה של כל משאית הנושאת מלט וברזל לא יימשך חודשים, כפי שקרה עד כה. אונר”א בלבד מדווח כי רק תשעה אחוזים מתוכניות הבנייה של הסוכנות אושרו עד כה.   

הצעדים כוללים גם את צמצום התלות של רצועת עזה בישראל לצורך הפעלת תשתיות – בין היתר על ידי חיפוש מקורות אנרגיה חדשים והגברת היכולת לטיהור שופכין ולהתפלת מים. רק כדי לסבר את האוזן, הסכום שמשלמת הרשות הפלסטינית לישראל עבור חשמל שמועבר לעזה עומד על כ-40 מיליון שקלים לחודש. ההערכה היא שפיתוח תשתית שתספק את הצורך בחשמל בעזה יארך מספר שנים – בהנחה שישראל תימנע מצעדים בהם כבר נקטה בעבר, כגון איסור על הכנסת חלקי תשתית והפצצת תחנת הכוח.

אך הדיון איננו נסוב רק על “שיפור תנאי החיים”, שהורעו באופן דרמטי ומכוון בשלוש וחצי שנות הסגר; בזמן שישראל מנהלת משא ומתן על מספרים עם הנציג החשוב ביותר של הקהילה הבינלאומית, נשללת זכותם של תושבי עזה לבנות בתי ספר, בתי חולים ובתים, ונשללת זכותם לנסוע, לייצר ולמכור סחורות – פעולות החיוניות לצורך שיפור תנאי החיים שלהם. אם אכן היה שינוי בתפיסה, וביטחון הינו הקריטריון היחיד להגבלות המעבר של סחורות אל עזה וממנה, נראה שהצעדים המובטחים אינם מרמזים על כך. 



צרכים מול אספקה

9/1/11 – 5/2/11


סולר תעשייתי 

צרכים מול אספקה

 9/1/11 – 5/2/11


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Zionist Demolishd Palestinan Village



Dear Friends

I wrote this article after 9 of us were arested when we tride to rebuild the homs of El-Arakiv after the entire vlage was demolishd again. In this time the police arive again and arested 4 people from El-Arakiv and 5 Humanrihgts activists that tride to help them to rebuild their homs. One humanrihgts activist was arested earlier that day.

I wish you could ask your Forign ministers to interfir in this grave Humanrights violation by the Israeli governament against deafendles sitizens that their only crime is that they are Bedouins in the Jewish state. I wish you ask them to chek the resist role of the JNF in this case.

All the best to you and thank you!

Amos Gvirtz  




Martin Luther King Junior and the Struggle of the Bedouins

By Amos Gvirtz



On Monday January 17, 2011, America celebrated Martin Luther King Junior Day. In the 1960s King led a non-violent struggle against the racial segregation in the southern states. He was arrested many times during the course of this struggle for breaking the laws of those states. Nevertheless, his birthday was declared a national holiday in the U.S. – and this during the term of a right-wing president, Ronald Reagan.  


How is it possible that the birthday of a serial criminal has become a national holiday? The difference between King and other criminals is that the latter break laws which are intended to protect all citizens, while Martin Luther King Junior broke laws which discriminated against some of the citizens – deplorable racist laws. 


On Monday January 17, 2011, representatives of the State of Israel, accompanied by a large police force, destroyed the Bedouin village El-Arakib for the 10th time. They then proceeded to clear away the rubble in preparation for the planting of a forest by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) on the village land! That same day the police arrested 10 people at the site, residents of the village and human rights activists who protested against the state’s reprehensible act.  


All the Bedouin tribes living on their lands in the area of El-Arakib were evacuated by the state in the early 1950s. They were not evacuated in the heat of battle in 1948, but by a political decision! The authorities notified the Bedouin that the army needed the area for military maneuvers, and promised that they would be allowed to return to their lands in six months. They broke their promise and instead, in 1953, passed the Land Acquisition Law which allowed the state to take over the Bedouin lands – a clear case of land embezzlement by means of legislation!  


The state transferred the majority of the Bedouin who were evacuated from their lands in the 1950s to the Sayag (??) area, between Beer-Sheba, Dimona, Arad and the corridor to the Kama Junction. As if this were not enough, in 1965 the Knesset passed the Planning and Building Law which, among other things, prohibited building in the Sayag area. In one stroke this legislation turned all the Bedouin villages in the area into unrecognized villages which were prohibited from building! The very government that had uprooted the Bedouins from their lands and homes and transferred them to another area, now declared that they were trespassers in this area, and as such were forbidden to build homes and to receive water, electricity and services from the state!    

The state had created a situation in which its laws were in conflict with morality! A situation in which an honest person had to decide whether to be moral and break the laws, or immoral and accept them!


In the early 1970s the state allowed the Bedouin to submit ownership claims to their lands, and thousands did so. Instead of checking each individual claim, as the Ottoman and British regimes had done, in a political decision the state rejected the ownership claims, thereby robbing the Bedouin of their remaining lands.  


The problem is aggravated when the Bedouin are unwilling to accept this highway robbery. Then the state punishes them: demolishing their houses, destroying their agricultural crops, demolishing entire villages, and so forth.


If, God forbid, the Iranian government started to demolish the homes of Jews, all of us would protest against the criminal acts of the Iranian government! But when the government of Israel systematically destroys the homes of Bedouins, whose only crime was being born Bedouin in a Jewish state, only a few of us go out and protest. Sometimes these protestors are arrested by the police.


If, God forbid, the French government started to concentrate the Jews in townships, all of us would go out and protest against the despicable policy of the French government! But here in Israel, when the government concentrates the Bedouins in townships, in order to steal their remaining lands, politicians dare to claim that they are doing it from concern for their welfare! And too few of us understand what the protest is all about.


Criminal law deals with the prevention of acts which are for the most part immoral. In contrast, land laws and planning and building laws are policy laws. When this policy discriminates against people whose only crime is not belonging to the right ethnic group, then this policy is racist and the laws supporting it are racist. It is our obligation to struggle for their abolition! That is what Martin Luther King Junior did in the United States, and it is what human rights organizations are attempting to do here in Israel.



2. [Thanks to Guenter for calling attention to this.]

Al Jazeera Friday, February 11, 2011


Egypt’s lessons for Palestine 


Will the pan-Arab intifada reignite Palestinian streets or is the challenge facing Palestinians just too great?

Al Jazeera Friday, February 11, 2011 Last Modified: 11 Feb 2011 15:20 GMT


Palestinians protest in support of the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings [EPA]


Egypt’s lessons for Palestine   

Will the pan-Arab intifada reignite Palestinian streets or is the challenge facing Palestinians just too great?



Ahmed Moor



Global attention is rightly focused on Egypt at the moment. Weeks after Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali withdrew his proboscis and fled to Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian tyrant and American strongman Hosni Mubarak has similarly fallen. Protests have erupted across the Middle East causing the Yemeni, Saudi and Jordanian dictators to hyperventilate. Now, observers are wondering whether the pan-Arab intifada will reignite Palestinian streets.


Palestine is a special case, however. The race-based Israeli apartheid system and the virtual Palestinian Authority (PA) police statelet work in tandem to pummel the Palestinians into submission. The binational repression apparatus spawned by the Israelis and venal Palestinians is especially difficult to overcome. That is because while the Israelis are perpetrating what Professor Juan Cole calls the “slow genocide” of the Palestinian people, PA functionaries insulate the occupation from legitimate resistance.


The Palestine Papers provided observers with a raw view of the inner workings of the so-called peace process. It became clear that where a people’s national aspirations should have been, a pervasive rot had taken root and metastasised throughout the Palestinian body politic.


Predictably, the PA’s response to the leaks showcased Mahmoud Abbas’ gangster credentials. Shortly after the release of the documents, the PA regime’s secret police and thugs vandalised the Al Jazeera network’s offices. That embarrassingly transparent act of hooliganism turned out to be portentous of Mubarak’s own attacks against the network. Here in Cairo, the regime’s henchmen torched the network’s offices and began to attack and arrest journalists.


There are more similarities. When Palestinian youths congregated to demonstrate in solidarity with Tunisians several weeks ago they were jackbooted by Abbas’ thugs. And it happened a second time when they organised to demonstrate in solidarity with Egyptians. Likewise, Mubarak’s own baltageya (goons) massed to injure and kill peaceful protesters in one street battle that lasted 15 hours. Hundreds of demonstrators were injured and at least nine were murdered – some by snipers.


Meanwhile, Israel continues to kill Palestinians at a remarkably constant rate of one person per day in 2011. And the Israelis kill with impunity; they know that Abbas’ security forces are their subordinates. And they know that the PA exists to protect them from Palestinian resistance – an example of which was the PA’s burying of the Goldstone Report on war crimes perpetrated by Israel and Hamas during Operation Cast Lead.


Following the money trail


The grand arc from Cairo to Tel Aviv to Ramallah – the primary propulsion force behind the despots – is American patronage. Americans provide Israel with billions of dollars every year to build settlements – money is fungible, after all. And they provide Mubarak with billions and Abbas with hundreds of millions of dollars to secure the Jewish apartheid state.


This formula guarantees that the Israelis get security, PA apparatchiks get rich and ordinary Palestinians get savaged – by everybody. It is a formula that permitted Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, to offer the Israelis the biggest “Yerushalayim in Jewish history”. It enabled Ahmed Qurei, the PA’s former prime minister, to exclaim obsequiously to Tzipi Livni, the then Israeli foreign minister, that he would “vote for [her]”. And it allowed Mahmoud Abbas to make a solidarity call to Hosni Mubarak at the outset of the Egyptian revolution. It is a formula that has enabled Israel to colonise Palestine out of existence, undermining the ostensible reason for the PA’s creation.


There are signs that the American street is awakening to the abuses marshalled by American government “aid” in the region. The revolution has ignited discussion in online chat forums and op-eds about why Americans are providing billions to a brutally despotic regime.


Similarly, the discussion around Palestinian financial aid and authoritarianism is already beginning.  Human Rights Watch issued the following statement in response to the crackdowns against protesters: “The US and the EU should suspend aid to Palestinian Authority security forces unless the Palestinian authorities take appropriate measures to end such abuses and allow Palestinians to enjoy their rights to freedom of assembly and expression.”


But the Palestinians cannot wait for the American and European publics to pressure their governments into withholding funds from the PA and Israeli apartheid. Nor are they willing to wait. On February 5, several thousand Palestinians succeeded in overcoming Abbas’ squad of thugs and protesting against the regime, and in solidarity with Egyptians. But much more needs to be done to overcome the double-stacked challenge they confront. The Palestinian people need a strategy for dismantling the colonially corrupted PA. Human Rights Watch provides a workable template for how to do that.


The parallel challenge of defeating Israeli apartheid and calling for equal rights in Palestine/Israel will become that much easier in the absence of apartheid’s insulation authority. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement can operate more efficiently against an apartheid regime that does not hide behind a native enforcement regime. The efforts of the Palestinian people must be directed at both.


Ahmed Moor is a Palestinian-American freelance journalist based in Cairo. He was born in the Gaza Strip.


The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.



Source: Al Jazeera 


3.  Indian thinktank report claims countries can make “blue peace” with water management, solve deadlocks between Israel, PA, Syria. 


An Indian thinktank, Strategic Foresight Group, released a report Saturday that claims that Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories are in the worst shape in the Middle East with clean water resources, citing a 500-700 million cubic meter water deficit each. Middle Eastern counties will have no choice to cooperate as water resources in the region dwindle causing shortages, the report said.


The investigative report was launched by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, who, according to AFP, said “The report comes to an alarming conclusion; five of the seven countries are experiencing a structural shortage, and debit of most of the big rivers has declined by 50 to 90 percent since 1960.”


Calmy-Rey also called for stronger cooperation between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey on managing the scant available water resources, adding water’s potential to create a “blue peace.”


“In the future the main  geopolitical resource in the Middle East will be water more than oil,” he added.


The report warned, however, that “The countries that are friendly today may be antagonistic tomorrow and the ones which are enemies today may be friends tomorrow,” adding that “The history of merely last ten years in the Middle East demonstrates how quickly the geopolitical scene changes.”


The report claimed to have provided a “regional perspective,” explaining that watercourses both above and below surface do not adhere to “political boundaries.” The investigation highlights the shrinking of the Dead Sea to a small lake by 2050, depletions of the Yarmouk and Jordan Rivers, as well as the drying-up of the Euphrates River due to droubt, and also added that the technical solutions developed in Israel to water issues will only last for a short period of time.


Commenting on water issues in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the report cited a “fundamental misunderstanding between water experts” on both sides concerning the withdrawal from available aquifers. The report stressed that a peace accord will allow the Palestinians and Israelis to a “fair management of water resources by equitable participation of both parties.”


As for joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian water resource management, the report said that the ongoing Red-Dead Sea Canal (RDC) project, a 112 mile pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead sea would be used both to replenish dwindling waters in the Dead Sea, as well as creating desalinated water for all three parties by using hydro-electric power created by the 400 meter drop from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba, Eilat’s coastline.


The report noted that due to Jordan’s funding difficulties for it’s own $2 billion desalination project at the Dead Sea, it can be expected that the “more ambitious” RDC project may face potential financial problems once feasability and environmental studies have been completed for the venture.


Israel and Syria may also see their water issues become the focal point of potential peace negotiations, as Lake Kinneret has become a central issue of “secret” talks between the countries since Israel conquered the Golan in 1967.


The report recommended that Israel and Syria break the current deadlock by engaging in joint-water management on the lake and surrounding tributaries, citing the contentious nature of the issue given the unlikelihood that Israel will disengage from the Golan in the near future, or that Syria will give up claims to the Kinneret’s eastern shoreline.


The report claims that Israel and Syria have “attempted exploring a compromise on many occasions” to turn the area’s water resource into a Regional commons, working to sustain water bodies within a certain time frame and agreeing on a set of principals regarding the management of their shared ecosystem.


As for Israel’s unilateral, technical solutions, the report said that such projects “will mainly work for a decade or so, but Israel will have to look for external sources and regional cooperation beyond 2020 to ensure its water security.” 


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On Tuesday, a Knesset committee is due to approve on second and third readings the bill combating boycotts against Israel – another hysterical proposal by the right wing and Kadima MK Dalia Itzik designed to protect our weak and tiny country, which is being attacked from within and without.

“This law,” explain the architects of the proposal, “is designed to protect the State of Israel in general and its citizens in particular from academic, economic and other boycotts that are imposed on the country, its citizens and corporations, due to their connection to the State of Israel.” The law is designed to protect “the area under Israeli control, including Judea and Samaria.” According to the bill, “It is forbidden to initiate a boycott against the State of Israel, to encourage participation in it or to provide assistance or information in order to promote it.”

There is no problem, therefore, with a boycott by ultra-Orthodox consumers against supermarkets that open on Shabbat, or against a merchant whose sons serve in the Israel Defense Forces, even if it leads to their economic collapse. There might also not be a problem in boycotting fur exporters, for example. The only offense is “a boycott against the State of Israel,” and in effect against the settlements, whose products are the object of most boycotts in Israel and the world over.

That being the case, the bill – which is certainly not constitutional (we can make an endless list of freedoms that it undermines ) – opposes even international agreements that Israel has signed. First among them is the agreement to join the OECD and the agreement with the European Union. These require that products be marked, distinguishing the Israeli economy from that of the territories.

But even someone who believes that a consumer boycott is legitimate while an academic boycott is a despicable tool that harms Israeli education’s soft underbelly – someone who doesn’t move a single stone from the wall of the occupation – can’t support legislation that involves a consumer boycott directed only at the settlements, or silences anyone who demonstrates or speaks against them.

This is what will happen if the bill passes – and its chances are considerable despite the protest of many organizations, headed by the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. A “talkbacker” on the Internet who complains, for example, about the economic burden caused by the settlements can expect a lawsuit from a settler who can claim that the comment promoted a boycott of his products. The writer will be fined at least NIS 30,000 and the plaintiff won’t have to prove the link between what is written and the damage. Not to mention writers of articles and people who express opinions on radio and television.

Bizarre? Not compared to the next article: “If the interior minister sees someone who is not a citizen or a resident of Israel acting in contradiction to Article 2, or if the cabinet has decided by a majority of its members that such a person is imposing a boycott against the State of Israel, the interior minister is allowed to request the district court to deny that person the right to enter Israel for a period of at least 10 years.” So what? Will Ken Loach beg to be allowed to attend the Haifa Film Festival and be denied entry?

In other times we could depend on the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee to reject such embarrassing texts out of hand. Not now. Questions of legality and constitutionality, freedom of expression and human rights are now dwarfed in light of the goal, whose distorted definition “protection of the State of Israel” justifies the means.

Behind this declared objective hides a more problematic one. The initiators of the glorious legislation of recent years – the Nakba law, the loyalty law, the community-admission-committee law, the denial of citizenship law (“the Bishara Law” ), the parliamentary investigative panel to examine organizations’ funding sources – actually have no interest in questions of legality and constitutionality. All they want is to delegitimize protest and political opinions, and to scare us.

Although Israelis find it hard to see the connection among the laws, which ostensibly refer to different issues and communities, the violent rape of the law book caused by this legislation has destructive results. And these results – which are collapsing the foundations of Israeli democracy – will harm everyone in the end, without distinction.

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