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The U.N. Voting Record of Susan Rice on Palestinian Right, 2009-2010

NOVANEWS

 

by Howard Friel

On Friday, February 18, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution which, upon condemning Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, had the unanimous support of the 14 other Security Council members and over one hundred state sponsors. Although Rice’s veto in this instance was certainly outrageous, she is no stranger to voting contrary to U.S. obligations under international law, in support of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, and against the clear consensus of U.N. member states, since, as U.S. ambassador, she (or her office) has consistently voted against huge majorities in the U.N. General Assembly seeking to reaffirm Palestinian rights. 

In December 2009, the U.N. General Assembly passed 18 resolutions on “The Question of Palestine” which, among other things: reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people over their natural resources, including land and water; reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and their independent State of Palestine; reaffirmed that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; and reaffirmed that Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development. The United States under President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador Rice, voted against each of these resolutions. Overall, Obama, Clinton, and Rice, by voting with Israel, voted against 16 of 18 General Assembly resolutions in 2009, which were otherwise approved by an overwhelming majority of U.N. member states. (The U.S. abstained on two of the 18 resolutions in 2009.)

Likewise, in 2010, the General Assembly passed 16 resolutions concerning The Question of Palestine, including those reaffirming Palestinian sovereignty over their own natural resources, the right of Palestinian self-determination to an independent state, the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to Israel’s occupation, and the illegality of Israel’s settlements under the Fourth Geneva Convention. As in 2009, Obama, Clinton, and Rice voted against these resolutions, and overall voted against 14 of 16 General Assembly resolutions on Palestine in 2010, all of which passed with a huge majority of votes. (The U.S. abstained on two of the 16 resolutions in 2010.)

Thus, Rice and her bosses, Obama and Clinton, have supported not a single General Assembly resolution on The Question of Palestine, and voted with Israel on 30 of the 34 resolutions over the two-year period. Israel—the close U.S. voting partner—was the only U.N. member state to reject all 34 such General Assembly resolutions in 2009 and 2010, the record of which appears below. Given this sweeping and near total denial of Palestinian right under international law, it is hardly credible that the United States under President Obama (like previous presidents with similar U.N. voting records) would serve as an impartial mediator of the Israel-Palestine “peace process.”  

  

2009

A/Res/64/185, December 21, 2009:  On reaffirming the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water:

Vote: 165 to 8 (with seven abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/150, December 18, 2009: On reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine:

Vote: 176 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/87, December 10, 2009: On calling upon all donors to continue to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):

Vote: 168 to 1 (with seven abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

 

A/Res/64/88, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 166 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/64/89, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the effective functioning of UNRWA remains essential in all fields of operation:

Vote: 167 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/90, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice:

Vote: 168 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/91, December 10, 2009: On deploring those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories:

Vote: 92 to 9 (with 74 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/64/92, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 168 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau. 

 

A/Res/64/93, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development:

Vote: 167 to 7 (with three abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/64/94, December 10, 2009: On reiterating that all measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention and contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, are illegal and have no validity:

Vote: 162 to 9 (with five abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/64/95, December 10, 2009: On calling upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision:

Vote: 166 to 1 (with eleven abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstaining).

 

A/Res/64/16, December 2, 2009: On expressing its appreciation to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its efforts in performing the tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly, and takes note of its annual report, including the conclusions and valuable recommendations contained in chapter VII thereof:

Vote: 109 to 8 (with 55 abstentions). The eight votes in oppositions: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/17, December 2, 2009: On noting appreciation for the Division for Palestinian Rights of the General Secretariat and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People:

Vote: 112 to 9 (with 54 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/18, December 2, 2009: About the Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the General Secretariat:

Vote: 162 to 8 (with five abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/19, December 2, 2009: On reaffirming the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in all its aspects, and of intensifying all efforts towards that end:

Vote: 164 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/20, December 2, 2009: On reiterating its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures:

Vote: 163 to 7 (with five abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/64/21, December 2, 2009: On declaring that the Israeli decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no validity whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in resolution 497 (1981), and calls upon Israel to rescind it:

Vote: 116 to 7 (with 51 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/10, November 5, 2009: On requesting the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report) to the Security Council:

Vote: 114 to 18 (with 44 abstentions). The eighteen votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine.

 

2010

A/Res/65/100, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the effective functioning of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) remains essential in all fields of operation:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/101, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived there from, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/102, December 10, 2010: On deploring those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, as reflected in the report of the Special Committee covering the reporting period:

Vote: 94 to 9 (with seventy-two abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/65/103, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/104, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/105, December 10, 2010: On reiterating that all measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,8 and contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, are illegal and have no validity:

Vote: 165 to 9 (with two abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

 

A/Res/65/106, December 10, 2010: On calling upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision:

Vote: 167 to 1 (with nine abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

 

A/Res/65/98, December 10, 2010: On calling upon all donors to continue to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, including with regard to increased expenditures arising from the serious socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the region, particularly in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and those mentioned in recent emergency appeals:

Vote: 169 to 1 (with six abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

 

A/Res/65/99, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 167 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/13, November 30, 2010: On expressing its appreciation to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its efforts in performing the tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly, and takes note of its annual report:

Vote: 112 to 9 (with 54 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Japan, Marshall islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/14, November 30, 2010: On noting appreciation for the Division for Palestinian Rights of the General Secretariat and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People:

Vote: 110 to 9 (with 56 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/15, November 30, 2010: About the Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the General Secretariat:

Vote: 167 to 8 (with two abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/16, November 30, 2010: On reaffirming the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in all its aspects, and of intensifying all efforts towards that end:

Vote: 165 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/17, November 30, 2010: On reiterating its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures:

Vote: 166 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/65/18, November 30, 2010:  On declaring that the Israeli decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no validity whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in its resolution 497 (1981), and calls upon Israel to rescind it:

Vote: 118 to 7 (with 52 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

 

A/Res/64/254, February 26, 2010: On reiterating its call upon the government of Israel to conduct investigations that are independent, credible and in conformity with international standards into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report), towards ensuring accountability and justice; and reiterating its urging for the conduct by the Palestinian side of investigations that are independent, credible and in conformity with international standards into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the Fact-Finding Mission, towards ensuring accountability and justice:

Vote: 98 to 7 (with 31 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 

 

Howard Friel is coauthor with Richard Falk of Israel-Palestine on Record: How The New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (Verso, 2007), and with Falk of The Record of the Paper: How The New York Times Misreports U.S. Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004). His most recent book is The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming (Yale University Press, 2010).

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NOVANEWS

 

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem

Chair of West Midland PSC

 

Dear All,

Libya is on my mind tonight.  I watched a fair portion of Gaddafi’s speech (if that is what you can term it) tonight, and could not help coming to the sad conclusion that the man is absolutely mad—I mean crazy, and desperate.  Libyans are paying with their lives for his desperation and refusal to let go, and who knows how many more will die?  So sad.  Below. one item (5) is on Gaddafi’s speech, reports on events in Libya, and reactions to these.

Altogether there are 6 items tonight—actually, the final one,

consists of various items taken from the ‘Today in Palestine’ compilation, so there are more than 6 items at your disposal to read.

Item 1 is about the PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) visit to Gaza.  I hope to have a more detailed report on that in a day or two, but for now this will have to do.

Item 2 is Susan Rice’s UN voting record.  To be truthful, it’s not her voting record but that of her boss (Obama) for whom she is but a spokesperson.

Item 3 ‘Addicted to Thieving’ argues that the off shore natural gas fields that Israel wants to claim for its own really do not belong to Israel at all.

Item 4 reports an attempted Citizen’s Arrest of Avigdor Lieberman.  The arrest did not occur, but it did make the media.  In Israel, for instance, the event was shown on the TV news tonight on at least 2 channels.

Item 5 is the Washington Post’s report on Gaddafi and Libya.

Item 6 are reports (not all but most) from Today in Palestine.

All the best, dear friends, and may no more Libyans lose their lives in attacks on them.

Dorothy

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From: Gila [mailto:gila@phr.org.il]

Sent: יום ו 18 פברואר 2011 11:50

Subject: PHR-Israel entered Gaza today after an 18-month ban

Apologies to those who may have already received this via our server, I

wanted to make sure to send this out personally to old friends and new.

Please help spread the message by circulating to your colleagues and

friends. Warm regards and thanks, Gila.

On behalf of PHR-Israel, I’m excited to report that for the first time in

over 18 months, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has received clearance to enter Gaza to provide medical services. PHR-Israel’s medical delegation will spend the next 48 hours at Al Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza City seeing patients, training physicians, and expressing solidarity with our Palestinian

counterparts living under nearly four years of closure and ongoing movement and access restrictions.

PHR-Israel’s Mobile Clinics Coordinator Salah Haj Yihyeh organized the visit just last night upon receiving official permission from the Army’s

coordination office. Joining him are three senior physicians, Dr. Mustafa

Yassin, Orthopedist, Dr. Abdallah Burak, and Rafiq Masalha, both

Neurologists.

Despite monthly requests for over a year, PHR-Israel has been repeatedly

banned from carrying out its mobile clinic in the the Gaza Strip. Between

January 2008- June 2009, PHR-Israel was permitted to enter and successfully carried out 13 physician delegations during that time. Our professional cooperation on the eve of the December 2008 Israeli offensive led senior medical officials in Gaza to turn to us for help in obtaining medications and medical supplies needed to care for the injured during the attacks. In response, PHR-Israel released an appeal for donations to which hundreds of our Israeli and international friends generously responded, enabling us to send seven dispatches of medications and supplies, including intensive care unit beds, surgical equipment, rods for orthopedic procedures and other emergency surgical equipment totaling nearly 400,000 USD. Following Operation Cast Lead, PHR’s requests for medical delegations to enter Gaza were summarily rejected, we believe due to the ongoing targeting of the human rights community and our work.

We hope this visit to Gaza signals a new moment and that the presence of our doctors in Gaza will enable us to better understand the effects of the

ongoing closure on public health and secure livelihoods in the Strip. We

hope as well that the medical information and professional observations

released by Israeli physicians following this visit will influence the local

public and policy makers to question the State’s Gaza policy, a policy which condemns 1.5 million people to the confines of daily collective punishment.

Please consider making a donation to PHR-Israel once again. Your continued support enables us to seize opportunities like these to advance the right to health in Israel and Occupied Territory. For information on new ways to donate to PHR-Israel (including via credit card, through paypal), please visit our website www.phr.org.il.

Looking forward to being in touch soon with news from the visit,

Best,

Gila

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The U.N. Voting Record of Susan Rice on Palestinian Rights, 2009–2010

by Howard Friel

On Friday, February 18, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution which, upon condemning Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, had the unanimous support of the 14 other Security Council members and over one hundred state sponsors. Although Rice’s veto in this instance was certainly outrageous, she is no stranger to voting contrary to U.S. obligations under international law, in support of Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights, and against the clear consensus of U.N. member states, since, as U.S. ambassador, she (or her office) has consistently voted against huge majorities in the U.N. General Assembly seeking to reaffirm Palestinian rights.

In December 2009, the U.N. General Assembly passed 18 resolutions on “The Question of Palestine” which, among other things: reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people over their natural resources, including land and water; reaffirmed the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and their independent State of Palestine; reaffirmed that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; and reaffirmed that Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development. The United States under President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador Rice, voted against each of these resolutions. Overall, Obama, Clinton, and Rice, by voting with Israel, voted against 16 of 18 General Assembly resolutions in 2009, which were otherwise approved by an overwhelming majority of U.N. member states. (The U.S. abstained on two of the 18 resolutions in 2009.)

Likewise, in 2010, the General Assembly passed 16 resolutions concerning The Question of Palestine, including those reaffirming Palestinian sovereignty over their own natural resources, the right of Palestinian self-determination to an independent state, the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to Israel’s occupation, and the illegality of Israel’s settlements under the Fourth Geneva Convention. As in 2009, Obama, Clinton, and Rice voted against these resolutions, and overall voted against 14 of 16 General Assembly resolutions on Palestine in 2010, all of which passed with a huge majority of votes. (The U.S. abstained on two of the 16 resolutions in 2010.)

Thus, Rice and her bosses, Obama and Clinton, have supported not a single General Assembly resolution on The Question of Palestine, and voted with Israel on 30 of the 34 resolutions over the two-year period. Israel—the close U.S. voting partner—was the only U.N. member state to reject all 34 such General Assembly resolutions in 2009 and 2010, the record of which appears below. Given this sweeping and near total denial of Palestinian right under international law, it is hardly credible that the United States under President Obama (like previous presidents with similar U.N. voting records) would serve as an impartial mediator of the Israel-Palestine “peace process.”

2009

A/Res/64/185, December 21, 2009:  On reaffirming the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the population of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land and water:

Vote: 165 to 8 (with seven abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/150, December 18, 2009: On reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to their independent State of Palestine:

Vote: 176 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/87, December 10, 2009: On calling upon all donors to continue to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA):

Vote: 168 to 1 (with seven abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

A/Res/64/88, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 166 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/64/89, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the effective functioning of UNRWA remains essential in all fields of operation:

Vote: 167 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/90, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice:

Vote: 168 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/91, December 10, 2009: On deploring those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories:

Vote: 92 to 9 (with 74 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/64/92, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 168 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/93, December 10, 2009: On reaffirming that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development:

Vote: 167 to 7 (with three abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/64/94, December 10, 2009: On reiterating that all measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention and contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, are illegal and have no validity:

Vote: 162 to 9 (with five abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/64/95, December 10, 2009: On calling upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision:

Vote: 166 to 1 (with eleven abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstaining).

A/Res/64/16, December 2, 2009: On expressing its appreciation to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its efforts in performing the tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly, and takes note of its annual report, including the conclusions and valuable recommendations contained in chapter VII thereof:

Vote: 109 to 8 (with 55 abstentions). The eight votes in oppositions: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/17, December 2, 2009: On noting appreciation for the Division for Palestinian Rights of the General Secretariat and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People:

Vote: 112 to 9 (with 54 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau.

A/Res/64/18, December 2, 2009: About the Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the General Secretariat:

Vote: 162 to 8 (with five abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/19, December 2, 2009: On reaffirming the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in all its aspects, and of intensifying all efforts towards that end:

Vote: 164 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/20, December 2, 2009: On reiterating its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures:

Vote: 163 to 7 (with five abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/64/21, December 2, 2009: On declaring that the Israeli decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no validity whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in resolution 497 (1981), and calls upon Israel to rescind it:

Vote: 116 to 7 (with 51 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/10, November 5, 2009: On requesting the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report) to the Security Council:

Vote: 114 to 18 (with 44 abstentions). The eighteen votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine.

2010

A/Res/65/100, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the effective functioning of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) remains essential in all fields of operation:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/101, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived there from, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/102, December 10, 2010: On deploring those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, as reflected in the report of the Special Committee covering the reporting period:

Vote: 94 to 9 (with seventy-two abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/65/103, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with two abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/104, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development:

Vote: 169 to 6 (with three abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/105, December 10, 2010: On reiterating that all measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, in violation of the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949,8 and contrary to the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, are illegal and have no validity:

Vote: 165 to 9 (with two abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama.

A/Res/65/106, December 10, 2010: On calling upon Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council, inter alia, decided that the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision:

Vote: 167 to 1 (with nine abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

A/Res/65/98, December 10, 2010: On calling upon all donors to continue to make the most generous efforts possible to meet the anticipated needs of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, including with regard to increased expenditures arising from the serious socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the region, particularly in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and those mentioned in recent emergency appeals:

Vote: 169 to 1 (with six abstentions). The vote in opposition: Israel (U.S. abstained).

A/Res/65/99, December 10, 2010: On reaffirming the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967:

Vote: 167 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/13, November 30, 2010: On expressing its appreciation to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its efforts in performing the tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly, and takes note of its annual report:

Vote: 112 to 9 (with 54 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Japan, Marshall islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/14, November 30, 2010: On noting appreciation for the Division for Palestinian Rights of the General Secretariat and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People:

Vote: 110 to 9 (with 56 abstentions). The nine votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau.

A/Res/65/15, November 30, 2010: About the Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the General Secretariat:

Vote: 167 to 8 (with two abstentions). The eight votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/16, November 30, 2010: On reaffirming the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in all its aspects, and of intensifying all efforts towards that end:

Vote: 165 to 7 (with four abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/17, November 30, 2010: On reiterating its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures:

Vote: 166 to 6 (with four abstentions). The six votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/65/18, November 30, 2010:  On declaring that the Israeli decision of 14 December 1981 to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no validity whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in its resolution 497 (1981), and calls upon Israel to rescind it:

Vote: 118 to 7 (with 52 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau.

A/Res/64/254, February 26, 2010: On reiterating its call upon the government of Israel to conduct investigations that are independent, credible and in conformity with international standards into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Goldstone Report), towards ensuring accountability and justice; and reiterating its urging for the conduct by the Palestinian side of investigations that are independent, credible and in conformity with international standards into the serious violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law reported by the Fact-Finding Mission, towards ensuring accountability and justice:

Vote: 98 to 7 (with 31 abstentions). The seven votes in opposition: U.S., Israel, Canada, Micronesia, Nauru, Panama, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Howard Friel is coauthor with Richard Falk of Israel-Palestine on Record: How The New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East (Verso, 2007), and with Falk of The Record of the Paper: How The New York Times Misreports U.S. Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004). His most recent book is The Lomborg Deception: Setting the Record Straight about Global Warming (Yale University Press, 2010).

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http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/111947/israel-navy-to-take-lebanon-gas-resource.html

Israel Navy To Take Lebanon Gas Resource

The Israeli naval forces plan to enforce Tel Aviv’s claim over sea-based gas resources off Israel, including one belonging to Lebanon and another, which extends into the country’s waters.

The resources, including Lebanon’s Tamar field, which — situated in the Mediterranean Sea — holds an estimated 8.4 trillion cubic feet (238 billion cubic meters) of natural gas. They cover an area about 1.5 times the size of Israel, AFP reported.

Tel Aviv — which enjoys heavy material, financial, and other kinds of support from the West — claims harvesting the fields would boost its energy independence.

Lebanon also owns a major part of Leviathan — another targeted resource, which is located in the joint regional waters between Lebanon and northern Palestine in the Mediterranean. The field is thought to hold natural gas resources of around 16 trillion cubic feet (450 billion cubic meters).

The Navy would present the plan to Tel Aviv at the end of the month.

Last year, Israel threatened to use military force to capture Leviathan.

The Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon, Nabih Berri reacted by saying that “Israel is racing to make the case a fait accompli and was quick to present itself as an oil emirate, ignoring the fact that, according to the maps, the deposit extends into Lebanese waters.”

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Palestine Chronicle

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4.  The Guardian Tuesday 22 February 2011 19.18 GMT

Israeli foreign minister accused of apartheid in attempted citizen’s arrest

Avigdor Lieberman targeted in Brussels by journalist David Cronin, who previously tried to arrest Tony Blair for war crimes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/22/israel-minister-avigdor-lieberman-citizens-arrest

Leigh Phillips in Brussels

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, addresses a news conference at the European council in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters An Irish journalist has attempted a citizen’s arrest of the Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, outside a meeting of the EU-Israel Association council in Brussels.

“Mr Lieberman, this is a citizen’s arrest. You are charged with the crime of apartheid. Please accompany me to the nearest police station,” David Cronin told the Israeli minister as he entered the press room of the European council.

Cronin, a freelance journalist who has written for the Economist, the Inter Press Service news agency and the Guardian’s Comment is Free, was restrained by security guards and escorted from the building, shouting “Free Palestine”.

It is not the first time Cronin, a member of the Brussels press corps since 1998, has attempted such a manoeuvre. Last March he placed his arm on Tony Blair and announced that the former prime minister was under citizen’s arrest for his role in the invasion of Iraq.

On that occasion, his press pass was revoked but returned after a warning. The reporter was released without charge after the latest incident . However, Cronin reports that the head of security for the council has informed him that this time the pass will be permanently revoked.

“He told me: ‘If you come into my house, you have to behave yourself.’ It’s a price I’m willing to pay though. Apartheid – the domination by one racial group over another – has been recognised as a crime by the UN since 1973. Israel is an apartheid state, both in the occupied territories and in Israel itself.”

Cronin, the author of a new book on EU-Israel relations, returned last week from a tour of Israel and the Palestinian territories organised by the Jimmy Carter Centre and bookshops in Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Yoel Mester, a spokesman for the Israeli mission to the EU, said the ambassador will not be pressing for tighter security for future visits of Israeli dignitaries. “This was utterly uncivilised, in bad taste. But Israel, like the EU, is very supportive of free speech. It’s just a shame that some people take advantage of that freedom sometimes.”

He characterised the 39-year-old journalist as “obviously obsessed with Israel; judging by what he’s written, a dedicated anti-Israel activist”.

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5.  Washington Post Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gaddafi vows to ‘die as a martyr,’ refuses to relinquish power

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/21/AR2011022104733_pf.html

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Leila Fadel

Washington Post Foreign Service

Tuesday, February 22, 2011; 11:23 AM

SANAA, YEMEN – In a defiant speech on state television Tuesday, Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi rejected demands that he relinquish power, even as leaders of a popular revolt seized control in some areas and top officials resigned to protest attacks on civilians.

“I will not leave the country, and I will die as a martyr,” Gaddafi, 68, said in the lengthy but disjointed address.

The Libyan leader, whose government has been weakened in recent days even as it has brutally cracked down on mass protests, also said “damn those who try to stir unrest.” He blamed the six-day-old popular revolt on “mercenaries” and foreign influences.

With the United Nations convening an emergency meeting on Libya and the Arab League planning to weigh in as well, Gaddafi’s vicious crackdown against demonstrators appeared to be fast eroding whatever support had existed for his government.

In Washington, Libya’s ambassador to the United States announced he had decided to “resign from serving the current dictatorship.” He called on the United States to “raise its voice very strongly” to help oust Gaddafi, who assumed power in a 1969 military coup.

“This regime is shaking, and this is the time to get rid of him,” Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “The people are being kill[ed] in a brutal way. The people, they are armless, and the regime, they have all kind of weapons.”

On Capitol Hill, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said the Libyan government’s violence was “beyond despicable” and called for international sanctions, including the immediate cessation of operations in Libya by U.S. and other foreign oil companies.

Aujali said anti-government activists have taken control in the eastern part of Libya, an oil-rich North African nation where dissent and free expression have long been prohibited. The western part of the country, including the capital, Tripoli, remain in Gaddafi’s hands, he said.

“We need the world to stand up by us,” Aujali told GMA host George Stephanopolous. “We have to support the Libyan people. The world must take an action.”

At the border with Egypt Tuesday, “people’s committees” were acting in the place of security personnel. Thousands of Egyptians and Libyans fled the country.

Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, accused Gaddafi of killing his own people and urged the international community to act against the regime. “Either he has to get out or the Libyan people will kick him out,” Dabbashi said in an interview with the television network al-Jazeera. “It is the end of the game.”

In Triopli, residents reported that a heavy overnight rain had calmed the situation down. But the capital remained chaotic and volatile, with residents saying a new round of mass demonstrations was planned.

One resident said via e-mail that there were no ambulances available, in part because some of them had been shot up and set ablaze by Libyan mercenaries working to protect Gaddafi’s regime. There were “reports of mercenaries riding in ambulances and shooting at people,” said the resident, who asked that his name not be used because he feared for his security.

In the Tajoura, an enclave on the eastern end of the capital, there were reports of dead bodies and injured people left on the streets because air strikes had blocked access to the area, the resident said.

It is impossible to verify the scope or precise details of the events unfolding in Libya. Foreign journalists have been denied visas, and Internet access, phone service and other forms of communications have been largely cut.

But in interviews with Libyan residents, exiles and diplomats, as well as in videos posted online, a picture unfolded of a nation in the throes of the bloodiest revolution to emerge so far from the populist upheavals sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

Human Rights Watch said at least 223 people were killed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The group did not report Monday’s toll. Al-Jazeera television, quoting medical sources, said at least 61 people were killed in the protests in Tripoli overnight Sunday.

In a statement, Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Gaddafi government’s “use of deadly force against its own people should mean the end of the regime itself. It’s beyond despicable, and I hope we are witnessing its last hours in power.”

While Gaddafi himself “is irredeemable,” Kerry said, “his senior military commanders need to know that their acquiescence in atrocities could open them to future international war crimes charges.” He called on foreign oil companies to stop operating in Libya until the violence against civilian ends and said the Obama administration should consider reimposing U.S. sanctions that were lifted during the George W. Bush administration.

Kerry also called on the U.N. Security Council to “condemn the violence and explore temporary sanctions, including an arms embargo and protection for Libyan civilian centers.” He urged the Arab League to get involved and said the African Union should “vigorously investigate reports that African mercenaries are involved in the atrocities in Libya.”

The U.N. Security Council was expected to meet Tuesday to discuss the crisis. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate end to the violence. “Such attacks against civilians, if confirmed, would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law,” his spokesman said.

In the Egyptian town of Masra Matrouh, two hours from the border, thousands of Egyptians and some Libyans and Westerners who had fled the unrest gathered Tuesday, searching for transportation to points elsewhere in Egypt.

A gaggle of men sat with packed bags, blankets and a television set at the OiLibya gas station. On the roads, vans packed with medical aid rushed west to the border in hopes of entering Libya, where hundreds are believed to have been killed and injuring in the military crackdown.

Vans heading east into Egypt from Libya were piled with suitcases and people fleeing the unrest.

CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman reported that he had crossed the border from Egypt into eastern Libya and found the opposition apparently in control of the region.

There were “no officials, no passport control, no customs” on the Libyan side, Wedeman wrote on his blog. Local security forces appeared to have defected to the opposition, he wrote, though there were still Gaddafi loyalists operating in eastern Libya as well.

On Monday, two Libyan fighter jets landed in Malta, after their pilots reportedly chose to defect rather than carry out orders to bomb Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, the cradle of the six-day-old uprising.

Tribal and religious leaders condemned Gaddafi for the attacks against civilians; some urged all Muslims to rise against him. Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi told al-Jazeera that he urged any Libyan soldier who has the opportunity to kill Gaddafi – and issued a religious decree to that effect.

“I am issuing a fatwa now to kill Gaddafi,” the cleric said. “To any army soldier, to any man who can pull the trigger and kill this man to do so.”

Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil resigned Monday, according to the country’s Quryna newspaper. The country’s ambassador to India, Ali al-Essawi, accused the Gaddafi government of deploying foreign mercenaries against the protesters. In total, at least seven senior Libyan diplomats stepped down Monday, including Libya’s representative to the Arab League.

The defectors included Mohamed Abdul, 36, a cultural affairs official at the Libyan consulate in London, who walked off the job to join an anti-Gaddafi rally. He was greeted with rousing cheers, and four demonstrators hoisted him onto their shoulders, parading him around in glee.

“We can’t work for this regime anymore,” Abdul said. “The shocking video of people being killed on the streets is too much.

“The next step is to get our bosses and the ambassador out,” he said, adding that nearly 12 other officials from the consulate had also defected.

In Tripoli on Monday, residents reported seeing heavily armed mercenaries hunting down demonstrators as buildings burned, looters ransacked police stations, and fighter jets and helicopter gunships rained ammunition from the skies.

Earlier, there were street celebrations in Benghazi, where anti-government demonstrators had reportedly taken control of the city from Libyan security forces. Even there, buildings smoldered, plumes of black smoke rising to the sky. Sirens from ambulances melded with the sound of gun battles throughout the day.

As the conflict escalated, the United States ordered all nonessential diplomats and embassy family members to leave the country. Western oil companies also removed nonessential workers.

There were reports that Gaddafi’s security forces had retreated to a few strategic buildings, including the presidential palace. By Monday night, however, fearful residents in Tripoli reported seeing Gaddafi’s loyalists roaming their neighborhoods in search of protesters as the aerial assaults continued.

“Groups of Land Cruisers with masked men wearing military uniforms with heavy guns just passed in front of my street heading to downtown,” the resident of Tripoli messaged via Skype. “They are the regime’s guards. God help us tonight. . . . Helicopters are shooting down on people on the ground in Tripoli.”

Gaddafi has governed Libya largely through a constellation of revolutionary committees. In Libya, tribal and clan identities are considered more significant than the national identity, and Gaddafi has skillfully played the tribes against one another to keep control.

The military and security forces are also shaped along tribal lines, unlike the tightly knit militaries of Egypt and Tunisia. In addition, Gaddafi has relied heavily on foreign fighters to fill out the ranks of his security forces.

The violence Monday erupted after a late-night speech by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the leader’s son and heir apparent. In a televised address, he warned that tribal and clan loyalties would plunge the country into civil war if his father was ousted. While he offered some promises of reforms, the younger Gaddafi mainly threatened Libyans that anarchy would erase the country’s oil wealth and usher in economic turmoil. He also vowed that his father and family would fight to the “last bullet.”

On Monday, the younger Gaddafi publicly denied that fighter jets had attacked civilians, saying that they had been deployed to bomb munitions depots around the capital. Protesters disputed that assertion.

raghavans@washpost.com fadell@washpost.com

Fadel reported from Masra Matrouh, Egypt. Correspondents Anthony Faiola in London and Janine Zacharia in Manama, Bahrain, special correspondents Sherine Bayoumi in Cairo and Karla Adam in London and staff writers William Branigin and Mary Beth Sheridan in Washington contributed to this report.

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6.  From ‘Today in Palestine’

Land, property, resources theft and destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Settlers

Israeli bulldozers bury Bedouin village

HEBRON (Ma‘an) 22 Feb — The five tents giving shelter to some 50 Bedouin residents of Amniyr, a tiny community north of Susiya in the south Hebron hills, were torn down on Monday, their olive trees uprooted and water sources covered over. An observer with the Christian Peacemaker Teams said Israeli demolition crews arrived before sunrise, at about 5:30 a.m., and began taking down the tents, then filled a well and a water cistern with earth … Residents had moved back to the area during the winter, saying settler harassment at a second location one kilometer away had driven them out. Years earlier the same harassment had forced them from the location where the tents were demolished.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362214

Israeli notices to demolish agricultural facilities in Hebron

HEBRON, 21 Feb (WAFA) — Israeli forces Monday handed five Palestinians notices to demolish their agricultural facilities in Beit Ula, a town west of Hebron.

http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=15257

Court to debate sealing mosque in West Bank village Burin

JPost 21 Feb — The village has refuted the claim of illegality on the ground that it believes the mosque is located in Area B … The state, in turn, has claimed that the mosque is located within its jurisdiction, in Area C …On Sunday, the state rejected Burin’s compromise gesture of sealing the turret, and insisted, in a response that it filed to the court on the matter, that the entire mosque be sealed.  The court addressed the issue of the mosque after it received a petition from Regavim, a non-governmental group that monitors illegal Palestinian construction in Area C.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=209143

Self-demolition in Beit Suhur

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 20 Feb — A resident of Beit Suhur village south of Jerusalem was forced to demolish his own home under orders of the Jerusalem Municipality yesterday, 19 February. Ramzi Shehadeh Attun demolished his 70 square meter home after he was threatened by the Jerusalem Municipality with a fine of 70,000 NIS to have it demolished by the state, citing “irregularities” in his building permit … [Attun] added that  ‘I thought that I had finally achieved the dream of building a home for my family – there are 7 of us. But today we are homeless.’

http://silwanic.net/?p=12316

Senior UN official condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian shelter

UN 21 Feb — A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of temporary tented structures sheltering families from the weather in Khirbet Tana near the West Bank city of Nablus, the second such incident affecting this community this month.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37579&Cr=Palestin&Cr1

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New demolitions in Khirbet Yerza

[with good photos] 21 Feb — Khirbet Yerza is a small village with few dozens of inhabitants. It used to count hundreds of inhabitants before the 1967 occupation as its underground is full of water and thus very fertile … Some families had tooken off the roofs of their barracks before the army arrived in order to save some materials. But soldiers saw some hidden metal sheets and drove over it in order to destroy it … Most of the families living in Khirbet Yerza own the land and have lived in this area for more than 100 years. All the families of the area received a new demolition order before the army left the place.

http://www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=170:new-demolitions-in-khirbet-yerza&catid=15:2010&Itemid=21

Israel inspects water wells in Jenin

JENIN, 21 Feb (WAFA) — Israeli forces accompanied with employees of the Israeli Water Authority Monday inspected all water wells in Kafr Dan, a village west of Jenin. Israeli forces regularly launch sweep campaigns on water wells in this area to demolish the artesian wells which farmers use to irrigate their crops.

http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=15258

Suffering there and back: the story of the Palestinians who build illegal settlements

22 Feb — Mustafa Sabri — Qalqiliya – PNN/Exclusive — Raed, an electrician, makes at least a 15 kilometer journey every day from his home city of Qalqiliya in the northern West Bank, to one of the 23 surrounding illegal Israeli settlements. One day, PNN accompanied him to witness his long hours.

http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9600&Itemid=62

Plans to expand Har Homa rejected

Ynet 21 Feb — Municipality officials say politicians intervened to dismiss plans for east Jerusalem construction – Jerusalem Municipality’s local planning and construction committee announced Monday it would not approve plans to expand the Jewish Har Homa neighborhood in east Jerusalem. The announcement came just a few days after the US vetoed a UN vote to condemn construction in settlements, causing speculation that the plans were not approved due to political pressure. … Har Homa is subject to international scrutiny because it was built beyond the 1967 border after the Oslo Accords were signed. The new plans would expand the neighborhood by some 60 acres – including dozens of homes, eight synagogues, a kindergarten, a swimming pool, and more.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031965,00.html

Al-Tuwani children’s struggle to go to school

EI 21 Feb – On the afternoon of 7 February 2011, masked Israeli settlers from Havat Maon outpost chased a group of twelve Palestinian schoolchildren who were walking home from school … Since 2004, Christian Peacemaker Teams and Operation Dove have documented more than 110 acts of settler aggression against Palestinian schoolchildren from Tuba and Maghayir al-Abeed villages in the South Hebron Hills .. . The details of the attacks may vary, but the crux of every incident is the same: the Israeli military fails to arrive in order to escort the schoolchildren past Maon settlement and Havat Maon settlement outpost; the children are forced to walk an indirect route without escort; settlers emerge from the outpost and chase or assault the children.

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11817.shtml

Settler gets community service for weapons theft

Ynet 21 Feb — Court issues incredibly light sentence to 19-year old after accepting plea of ‘youthful frivolity’ — A 19-year old settler was sentenced to just 100 hours of community service Monday, without a conviction, for stealing weapons and ammunition from IDF warehouses in the West Bank … In February of 2008 stun and gas grenades, ammunition for M-16 rifles, sniper rifles, and sub-machine guns, and a spike barrier were stolen from an IDF warehouse.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4032003,00.html

MIFTAH: Casualties and material losses Sept. 28 2000 – Jan. 31 2011

Confiscated land: 274,405.5 dunums [1 dunum = .25 acre or 1,000 square meters]; razed land: 83,279 dunums; estimated number of uprooted trees: 1,193,220; homes demolished: 10,522

http://www.miftah.org/report.cfm

Violence / Incursions

Witnesses: Palestinian shot in Jerusalem clashes

JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and injured a Palestinian man during clashes in Jerusalem, witnesses said. Onlookers said Israeli forces fired into the air and then sprayed bullets at a group of young men, injuring a resident of Al-Isawiya. [End]

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362106

Israeli forces spark clashes in Bir Ayyub

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 21 Feb — Sporadic clashes are continuing to erupt throughout Bir Ayyub district of Silwan, with Israeli troops firing tear gas grenades arbitrarily throughout the neighborhood. Eyewitnesses have confirmed that Israeli forces have provoked confrontations by firing gas in otherwise quiet, residential areas. An unknown number of Palestinian residents are suffering asphyxiation due to tear gas inhalation and several Palestinian ambulances were seen arriving on the scene.

http://silwanic.net/?p=12271

Detention

Sheikh Raed Salah arrested for arson

Ynet 22 Feb — Only two weeks after his release from prison, Islamic Movement leader is once again behind bars. Police suspect he set forest on fire in south in protest of JNF work

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4032348,00.html

Israeli army arrests teenagers at protest north of Tulkarem

ISM 20 Feb — Eight young Palestinian men were arrested by the Israeli military yesterday in the village of Deir Al Ghusun, north of Tulkarem. Three of them remain in custody, Jala Anwar, Omar Abu Safa and Sohayb Abu Shakra, all aged 17 years. The teenagers were taking part in a protest against the illegal Israeli separation barrier

http://palsolidarity.org/2011/02/16737

Dawn raid to arrest Silwan youths

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 21 Feb — Israeli troops stormed Silwan at dawn today, arresting 6 youths from Ein al-Luza and Baten al-Hawa districts of Silwan. Four of the detained children are under the age of 16, and one aged 18.

http://silwanic.net/?p=12289

Center Director Jawad Siyam hits back at slanderous article in Israeli paper

Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 21 Feb — The Israeli newspaper Maariv published a slanderous article today against Wadi Hilweh Information Center director Jawad Siyam. The article, entitled “Double Job” lodges claims against Siyam of participating in demonstrations against Israeli authorities in Silwan while also taking money from the Jerusalem Municipality … The timing of the piece is no coincidence. Siyam tomorrow will attend the next hearing in a malicious assault case lodged against him by the Jerusalem police.

http://silwanic.net/?p=12310

Siege

Scores head to re-opened Rafah border

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 22 Feb — Hundreds of Gaza residents lined up at the Rafah crossing on Tuesday morning, when the border terminal opened for the first time since protesters took to Egypt’s streets demanding the ouster of the country’s leader … Palestinians in Gaza need medical referrals, student visas to foreign countries or residency rights abroad in order to exit the Strip, and must seek permission from both the Gaza government and Egyptian authorities before they can cross through Rafah.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362260

Human rights centers: Israel must stop manipulating Gaza patients, escorts

RAMALLAH, 21 Feb (WAFA) — Three  human rights Centers, Adalah, Al-Mezan and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Sunday called on Israel to stop manipulating Gaza patients and their escorts, in a joint press release. The centers called on the Israeli security authorities to stop the manipulation of the most basic humanitarian needs of medical patients from Gaza as means of coercing them and their families …  The centers labeled the Israeli security’s policy of arresting patients or escorts after being given permits or clearance to pass Erez as “a policy that constitutes cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.”

http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=15260

Imports to Gaza drop 70% due to blockade: report

People’s Daily 22 Feb — A Palestinian report released Tuesday indicated a 70-percent drop in imports to the Gaza Strip since Israel imposed a blockade on the enclave in June 2007. The report, which was made by Palestine Trade Center, observed the performance of commercial crossing point between Gaza and Israel from 1997 to the beginning of 2011.

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90778/90858/7296461.html

In Gaza, Mubarak’s name easier to erase than his legacy / Mohammed Omer

RAFAH, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) 21 Feb — It was easy enough to rename Mubarak Children’s Hospital the al-Tahrir Hospital in Gaza. Not so easy is the task of managing patients who need to cross over to the Egyptian side for treatment, or come back in.

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11818.shtml

Single goods crossing operates in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 22 Feb — Israeli authorities informed Palestinian liaison officers that the southernmost crossing, Kerem Shalom, would open Tuesday for the limited delivery of goods … The Palestinian official added that Israel would allow the export of two truckloads of flowers, harvested in Gaza, to European countries. Exports to the West Bank remain prohibited.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362149

Director of Gaza power plant missing in Ukraine

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 22 Feb — The director of Gaza’s sole power plant was reported missing by relatives Tuesday, who said they had not heard from him since he left the Ukraine five days ago after visiting his brother. Family members say they fear Dirar Abu Sisi was abducted … Upon his entry to the Ukraine in late January, family members said, Abu Sisi had been interrogated and his passport was confiscated.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362276

Home gardens blossom in Gaza

ANERA/Gaza – PNN –  21 Feb — The ground outside may not be ready for planting yet but inside Hanna El-Mosader’s greenhouse, lettuce, cucumbers and peppers are already blooming. Her tomatoes, melons and eggplants should be ready for harvesting in another month or so … Hanna’s family is one of 35 in Gaza who received a greenhouse, farming supplies, a water tank, an irrigation system and seedlings.

http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9591&Itemid=63

Activism / Solidarity

Stinking collective punishment in West Bank village Nabi Saleh

AIC 21 Feb — During the weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Salah against the creeping annexation of their lands by the area settlements, the Israeli army imposed a particularly stinking collective punishment. For several long minutes, soldiers emptied the containers of skunk water on houses in the centre of the village, also spraying the roofs of homes on which the residents collect rain water. The soldiers further sprayed the village cemetery with the skunk water. Israel’s massive use of tear gas and skunk water in the centre of the village was done with no intention of dispersing the demonstration, which had already ended by this time, but to stink up the homes of the residents and to contaminate their water sources.

http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/topics/news/3332-

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Latrun villagers protest Canada-Jewish National Fund relations

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 21 Feb — Vigils were held outside Canadian representative offices in Ramallah and Tel Aviv Monday, to protest Jewish National Fund charitable status in Canada in light of its building of Canada Park on Palestinian village ruins inside the 1967 Green Line. The park was built on land from the villages Imwas, Yalo, and Bayt Nuba, near Latrun, that were destroyed in the 1967 war that saw Israeli capture the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordanian control … A memorandum requesting Canadian divestment of JNF preferred tax status and a meeting for families of the displaced with the Canadian ambassador to Israel was received by the Canadian representative in Ramallah and delivered to the embassy in Tel Aviv.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=361815

Political / Diplomatic news

Hamas pours scorn on Fatah call for unity

GAZA CITY (AFP) 21 Feb — Hamas on Monday shrugged off calls for reconciliation with Fatah, saying its secular rival must prove its seriousness by freeing prisoners … “The only real way towards reconciliation is to stop the arrests, free the detainees and allow the movement’s charities to start helping the Palestinian people again,” he told AFP.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362112

81 NGOs urge rival factions to reconcile

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) — Eighty-one Palestinian non-profit organizations from the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip issued a statement Monday calling on rival Palestinian factions to “take practical steps toward ending the disagreement.” … With positive steps, the organization said, an agreement can be finalized to restructure the Palestine Liberation Organization “so it becomes representative to the Palestinian national movement including all its parties.”

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=361995

Gaza protest against Moammar Gadhafi calls Libyan dictator ‘enemy of God’

AP 22 Feb — Hundreds of students in Gaza City have rallied in support of Libyan protesters who are trying to topple longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. About 1,500 Islamic University students marched Tuesday. Some held signs reading “Gadhafi is the enemy of God.” Gadhafi has ruled Libya for over four decades. He has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinians.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/gaza-

protest-against-moammar-gadhafi-calls-libyan-dictator-20110222-054359-495.html

Fatah lawmaker: New cabinet should focus on Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 22 Feb — Fatah-bloc legislator Faysal Abu Shahla denied reports on Tuesday that only Fatah lawmakers were being nominated for ministerial posts in the new Palestinian Authority cabinet. “The reports are groundless,” Abu Shahla said, stressing that Fatah officials decided during internal party meetings that the focus of the new cabinet should be on Gaza.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362221

EU tells Israel Mideast turmoil makes peace talks imperative

BRUSSELS (AP) 22 Feb — The European Union is telling Israel that growing instability in the Middle East makes it imperative to immediately resume the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/eu-tells-israel-mideast-turmoil-makes-peace-talks-imperative-1.344997

Oslo demands relocation of Israeli embassy

Ynet 21 Feb — City officials say embassy poses security threat to surroundings; demands it be moved to an alternate site within a year. Ambassador: No one wants to sell us property … A Foreign Ministry official said the affair is indicative of a new low in Israel-Norway relations.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031580,00.html

PNA requests Israel to allow Palestinians in Libya to return to West Bank and Gaza

GulfNews 22 Feb — Ramallah: Israel is considering a request by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to allow all Palestinians living in Libya to return to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Israeli Public Radio confirmed that the request has been submitted to Israel, which is reviewing it … Around 20,000 Palestinians live in Libya and the PNA expects Israeli approval for their return to the West Bank and Gaza Strip on humanitarian grounds. A senior PNA official told Gulf News that hope of approval from Israel is very low.

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/pna-requests-israel-to-allow-palestinians-in-libya-to-return-to-west-bank-and-gaza-1.765975

Visit by Chilean miners leaves Palestinians feeling jilted

Haaretz 21 Feb — PA diplomats in Santiago complained to Chilean foreign ministry that although miners are scheduled to visit Bethlehem and Ramallah, the visit that has been described solely as a ‘trip to Israel’ … Chile is home to the largest Palestinian community outside of the Middle East, roughly 300,000-strong, with two-thirds of its members Christians … Recently, tensions with the country’s Jewish population (roughly 15,000-strong ) flared over Chile’s recognition of Palestinian independence

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/visit-by-chilean-miners-leaves-palestinians-feeling-jilted-1.344686

WikiLeaks: Israel and Chile spied on Iran

JERUSALEM (AFP) 21 Feb — Israel worked with Chile to spy on the Iranian ambassador in Santiago as Tel Aviv grew increasingly concerned about Tehran’s influence in South America, a leaked US cable from 2008 showed.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362093

Iranian warships transit Suez for Mediterranean

CAIRO (AFP) 22 Feb — Two Iranian naval ships transited the Suez Canal on Tuesday for the first time since the Islamic revolution, bound for the Mediterranean on a purported training mission that Israel calls a provocation.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110222/wl_afp/israeliranconflictmilitaryegypt

Other news

New law: Groups must report on funding

Ynet 21 Feb — Both left, right-wing organizations will have to issue quarterly reports naming foreign sources providing them with funds, according to bill passed by Knesset after vote on committees to probe left-wing groups postponed

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031997,00.html

Israeli Arab parents more concerned with homework than Jewish counterparts, study shows

Haaretz 22 Feb — Researchers say differences reflect different views about the wider role of education as an instrument of social mobility — Only 37 percent of Israel’s Jewish parents believe it is important to do homework, compared to 60 percent of Arab parents, a new study has found. A poll of students showed a similar gap: Only 58 percent of Jewish students said they did all the homework they were assigned at school, as compared to 78 percent of Arab students.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-arab-parents-more-concerned-with-homework-than-jewish-counterparts-study-shows-.344877

Hamas bans male hairdressers from working in women’s salons

Ynet 21 Feb — Five hairdressers were interrogated by Gaza Strip authorities because they were employed at hair salons intended for women only, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported. The hairdressers were released only after agreeing to sign a statement in which they promised not to work in women’s salons in the future.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031991,00.html

IDF: More Druze choose medical field

Ynet 21 Feb — Number of Druze doctors, combat medics is on rise; record number of Druze to become MDs before enlisting in IDF. ‘That is how they can bridge gap,’ IDF minority directorate chief says

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4031606,00.html

Israel introduces inspection robot at West Bank crossing points

Xinhua 21 Feb — An Israeli army battalion has recently tested out a four-wheeled robot called EyeDrive at a crossing point between Israel and the northern West Bank near the town of Tulkarm, the Army Radio reported Sunday. The device was put through its paces by inspecting the underside of Palestinian cars and trucks, said the Army Radio. The operator instructs the EyeDrive to roll beneath the vehicle being checked and scan for suspicious objects and contraband, as well as sending a live video feed to the operator.

http://english.cri.cn/6966/2011/02/21/2021s621784.htm

Israel mulls security impact of Google Street View

JERUSALEM (AFP) 21 Feb — Israeli ministers on Monday discussed the security and privacy implications of allowing Google Street View to photograph streets in Israel ahead of the launch here of the 3D-mapping service.

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=362073

Israel and US successfully test anti-missile system

AP 22 Feb — The Arrow anti-missile system, jointly developed by Israel and the U.S., is primarily aimed at defending Israel from threat of Iran missile strike.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-and-u-s-successfully-test-anti-missile-system-1.344989

Opinion / Human interest

Palestinian women footballers tackle taboos

AL-RAM, Palestinian Territories (AFP) 22 Feb — The stadium was packed to the rafters with raucous fans, mostly female, who had turned out to watched the first-ever public encounter in the Palestinian women’s football league.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110222/lf_afp/lifestylepalestinianswomenrightssportfbl

Another desperate letter from Guantánamo by Adnan Latif / Andy Worthington

David recently sent me a third letter, written on December 26, 2010, which I am reproducing below in the hope that it will keep Adnan’s plight in people’s minds, and will encourage readers to consider that a campaign to put pressure on the United States to honour its commitments to free prisoners cleared for release is necessary if the Obama administration is to avoid complaints that it is engaged in arbitrary detention, mocking its own procedures by holding men cleared for release, insulting the people of Yemen, and presiding over a system that is no longer holding men based on any spurious notion of justice, but is, instead, holding them as political prisoners.

http://www.uruknet.info/?new=75196

Top 100 arms makers raise sales 8% in 2009: study

STOCKHOLM, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Arms sales at the 100 biggest arms makers grew 8 percent in 2009, adjusted for currency fluctuations, to $401 billion, defying the global downturn, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said on Monday … Of the firms monitored, 78 were based in the United States and western Europe, generating 92 percent of the sales.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/top-100-arms-makers-raise-sales-8-pct-in-2009-study

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US: Our Multiple Realities Mess

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By Prof Lawrence Davidson

Part I – The Security Council Resolution and Veto


 

The inspiring moments when President Obama appeared before the cameras, and thus the world, to declare that the dictator Hosni Mubarak must step down and the people of Egypt given the inalienable right to self-determination are now in the past. It was a moment when U.S. foreign policy actually appeared to correspond to the foreign reality it addressed. Ironically, it was this very correspondence that made the moment anomalous–something quite out of the ordinary. Therefore, soon after Mubarak went into involuntary retirement at Sharm el-Sheik, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was off to Israel and Jordan to confirm that foreign policy would immediately return to its normal pathway. What is the norm here? Well, it is one where U.S. foreign policy references domestic political reality, like the power of the Zionist lobbies, rather than anything that might serve objective national interests. For all intents and purposes that was Mullen’s message, we are back on the normative track. And, on 18 February 2011, the administration backed up the admiral’s words with deeds.

On that day the American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, vetoed a Lebanese/Palestinian sponsored resolution in the Security Council that simply stated the truth–that the settlements built and being built on Palestinian occupied territory are illegal and an obstacle to peace. Except for Israel itself, this is admitted by everyone, including the U.S. State Department. The resolution had over120 cosponsors (just about the entire non-Western world) and the support of every other member of the Security Council. The only thing wrong with it was that it singled out the Israelis as the culprits and was thus anathema to the politicians in Washington. For the Obama administration, it was a supremely embarrassing moment.
 
It was so embarrassing that the administration had invested a lot of energy in trying to make sure the moment never came. Someone in the White House, either Secretary of State Hilary Clinton or President Obama himself, called Mahmoud Abbas to tell him that the U.S. had a compromise in the works that would make the objectionable resolution unnecessary. And what sort of compromise did Washington have in mind? It turned out to be the same old “balanced” position that they U.S. has maintained for years. The compromise statement would express “strong opposition to any unilateral actions by any party which might prejudice the outcome of negotiations…and reaffirm that it does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity….and condemns all forms of violence, including rocket fire from Gaza and stresses the need for calm and security for both peoples.” By surrounding the seminal issue of settlements with all the other references to what the Palestinians might be doing, such a statement would sustain the Israeli position that the Palestinians are also obstacles to peace. That in turn would make this pronouncement marginally acceptable to both those embedded in the domestic reality of Congress and to the men in Jerusalem. Indeed, the Americans had pre-cleared their proffered compromise with Israel prior to offering it to Abbas. The Palestinians, of course, said that such pablum missed the point and they would have none of it.

Part II – Multiple Realities

The concept of multiple realities is the key to understanding American behavior when it comes to Israel/Palestine. Thus, on 17 February 2011,it was reported that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, the Republican House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (a rabid anti-Castro Cuban American), that committee’s ranking Democratic member Howard Berman, the Middle East subcommittee Chariman Republican Steve Cabot, the subcommittee’s ranking Democratic member Gary Ackerman, and others as well, were insisting that Obama “pledge to…veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that criticizes Israel regarding final status issues.” After all, as Cantor and Hoyer stated, the fault lies with the Palestinians. It is they who “reject the difficult but vital responsibility of making peace with Israel through direct negotiations and instead advocate for anti-Israel measures by the United Nations Security Council [that are] counterproductive and unacceptable.”

American politicians can only say these things because their audience is first, the Zionist lobbies themselves (from whom they desire political support and fear political opposition) and second, an ignorant American public who can not judge the veracity of their comments. So, while their position does reference the rather shabby political reality in Congress, their characterization of the reality under which Abbas and his fellows operate is all wrong. That other reality has recently been revealed by the leaked Palestine Papers. These show very clearly that the men Cantor and Hoyer accuse of avoiding “direct negotiations” had been in just those sort of talks but a short time ago, and while negotiating had offered the Israelis everything short of their very souls. Whereupon the Israelis had turned up their noses, walked away and recommenced building on stolen land. That left the Palestinian “leadership” in their own domestic political bind. For while the American politicians have to answer to lobbyists, the Palestinians now had to answer to an increasingly angry citizenry. At this point one can ask if, according to the Congressmen, it so necessary for the Palestinian politicians to “take up the difficult but vital responsibility of making peace with Israel,” why should it not be equally required that American politicians take on “the difficult but necessary responsibility” of shaking off their corrupt dependency on Zionist dictates so as to pressure the Israelis to make a just peace? The whole thing makes no sense unless one takes into consideration: multi realities and the politicians’ propensity for hypocrisy and double standards.

The result of all this was that on February 18th the UN representatives of three quarters of nations of the earth went about their business in muted disgust at the cowardice of the world’s greatest power. They probably avoided making eye contact with Ambassador Rice who had played the role of the good and loyal soldier. Hanan Ashrawi, a respected and very smart member of the PLO Executive Committee, had said that an American veto would be “a direct affront to the international community and the requirements of peace.” And so it was. But then, that is the rest of the world’s reality, which has yet to penetrate the Washington DC beltway. Inside that beltway it is the requirements of domestic politics, and not that of peace, that holds sway.
 
In the meantime, in the far off land of Palestine, the Israelis announced the plans for 120 new settlement units to be built in occupied East Jerusalem. The politicians in Jerusalem play to yet another reality–one shaped by ideology and power. The ideology of Zionism they dreamt up all by themselves. The power, at least in part, is made the USA. It is strange how history sometimes repeats itself. If, in November 1947, the UN had voted against the partition of Palestine it would have made no difference to the Zionists who were then determined to make Israel a reality come what may. And, on February 18th, if the Security Council had voted in favor of the resolution describing settlements as illegal, it would have made no difference to the Israelis who are determined to make greater Israel a reality come what may.

 This is our present multiple realities mess. And, it is going to take more than UN resolutions to bring everyone concerned into the same world. The key group here is not the Palestinian politicos nor even the American politicians. The key group is the Israelis. It is their ideologically driven reality that has to reconstructed. When that happens the American politicians will meekly follow along. And how is this to be achieved? Through the slow but sure isolation of the Zionist state and its ideologues. Through a process of isolation that relentlessly raises the cost of Zionist reality until it is too great to bear. That process has already begun and will continue until racism is a dead issue in Israel whatever its ultimate borders. This struggle is now in the hands of a worldwide movement of civil society. And that movement will be the one to decide the ultimate reality in Israel/Palestine.

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Muslim World in Leadership Crisis

NOVANEWS

 

By Jawad Raza Khan

Rise of European colonialism changed the perception of life wherever it reached. It brought modern Western ideas and concepts to the lands which were not known to them partially or utterly. Some of those new ideas were indeed responsible to bring revolutionary changes in native’s life of the conquered land but what it left on the face of it were divided groups of people with conflicting interests. No doubt, nation-state and its concomitant bureaucratic structure, ambitious political theories, human rights and new economic opportunities came as an excellent package to the new born nations but what they completely lost was their self confidence, identity, cultural values and most importantly potential as a nation to groom honest and dedicated leadership.

The recent uprising of common man in Arab world is indeed a sign of people coming out of a dangerous intellectual crisis, which was forced upon them after the fall of British Empire – Importantly it took nearly a century for them to do it.  Beginning of the end of colonialism and fall of Ottoman Empire happened more or less simultaneously – it changed the world map. The fall of Ottoman Empire immediately after the 2nd world war dramatically shifted anarchy from Europe to the Muslim world, mainly due to selfish individualism of western and American society pouring and settling in Muslims selfless collectiveness – It took more than two generations to entirely wipe out the ill effects and now the political dynamics of the Muslim world is changing spectacularly and swiftly. The question arises why it took so long? It is yet another point to understand that end of British colonialism was the beginning of American’s neo colonialism in the garb of imperialism. This covert form of colonialism acted as a breather for westerners especially Europeans, which took its effect by controlling the political theater of the world through trained, tamed and corrupt leadership.

From the Islamic Republic of Iran to secular republics in the Arab world or Indonesia, from monarchies in the Arab world, Malaysia, Nigeria (where monarchies rule over provinces), and Brunei, to democracies in Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Malaysia, Muslim states include great diversity in politics and the workings of governments. One thing which is a purely common in these states is Islam, not only as a faith but also as a source of identity and an important factor in social relations and politics. The next thing which is more common amongst them is an impurity in the form of democratic dictators or dictatorial democrats with following important character traits.

  • Chosen and placed by neo colonial powers by hook or by crook
  • Most of them dishonest and corrupt
  • Extremely lacking in self confidence for decision making and
  • Rule and works for vested interest

It is by and large believed in most of the world that political upheaval in Arab world is a well designed act by Americans and is a continuation of pick and chose theory adopted by Americans since long. Even before the fall of communism, this theory has indeed worked miracles for them – at least in our part of the world. In case of Pakistan, from hanging of Bhutto to crash of Zia and removal of Musharraf, things really moved in right direction for them. The main reason for this unprecedented success is deplorable economic condition of the people of Pakistan which paved their way for this deadly power game for changing leadership. A country

 

Banazer Bhutto with Zio-Nazi Shemon Peras of the Nazi regime of IsraHell

where bare minimum essentials of life like Roti Kapra aur Makaan canbecome a wining agenda for a political victory. This environment has also played a pivotal role in depleting the potentials of Pakistan for grooming leadership of their own – who can speak their language and work for their interest – situation in Arab world is little different from here at least in terms of individual and State economy. That is the main reason why most of the people in Muslim world think that turbulent political environment of the Arab world cannot be a case of collective change in Arabs forced or instigated by Americans – obviously all the Arab dictators have not lost their utility and faith for Americans.

As a matter of fact, absence of quality leadership remains imminent in Arabs as well, despite of their booming economics there is no alternative in shape of credible leadership available to do the damage control especially with reference to volatile situation in Egypt and Libya. So all said and done American interests in the region will be taken care of by filling up this vacuum by different viable options prompted and supported by westerners – but on the other hand this quagmire can be a great source of inspiration for a poor but fortunately a democratic country like Pakistan, where vibrant media can trigger the public opinion by realizing them of all pros and cons in case of absence of quality leadership. The media can also do the all important job of awaking masses and can act as a credible institution for political awareness through social means.

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EGYPT: Revolution Hijacked

NOVANEWS

By:Khalid Iqbal                                                                                       

Interestingly, the fall of the Mubarak regime coincided with the day, twenty one years ago, when Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years long internment. This was also the day when Shah of Iran’s tyrannical regime collapsed, thirty two years ago. However, anatomy of Egyptian revolution is unique. It was contagious, spontaneous, leaderless, yet very powerful.

Rapid mass mobilization overtook the traditional pillars of political and religious leadership of Egypt. Before the native leaders could come out of their slumber, it was all over. Western intelligence agencies failed to predict it, almost replicating the way as these outfits had failed to forecast the collapse of Shah of Iran.

Similar to the recent uprising in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the centre stage was dominated by the youngsters, born and grownup during Mubarrak era. Their internet skills were instrumental in maintaining communication amongst peers; the message spread across the country at phenomenal speed, inspiring the masses to join the struggle. Crowds came from across the country. There were young and old people, women in hijabs protesting alongside men, toddlers on the shoulders of their parents, jean-clad teenagers, religious as well as secular; Christians and Muslims alike. The labour and trade unions joined in the revolution, and so did the lawyers and doctors. Within a few days, number of agitators rose from under 200 protesters to millions. It was a national movement cutting across all social, political and ethnic divides.

However, all of this did not fall from the blue. Though Tunisian uprising provided the vital spark for Egyptian jump start, under currents were operating in Egypt since long; turmoil was predicted by the titles of recent books like: ‘Egypt on the Brink’; ‘Egypt: The Moment of Change’; ‘Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution’ etc.

Like most of contemporary Afro-Asian public uprisings, Egyptian revolution has also fizzled out midway as armed forces have hijacked it; at least for the time being. There is a clear-cut disconnect between the apparent objectives of the demonstrators and the outcome. In all probability, it will not be possible for the military regime and the espousers of revolution to pretend as allies for an indefinite period. So far military’s strategy has been to calm the nation and the world.

Ever since ‘Camp David’ accord, Egypt’s armed forces have become heavily addicted to the US support. Egypt’s regime has annually been receiving an average of 1.3 billion dollars as military aid. The US and Egyptian armies hold joint exercises bi-annually, in which a reportedly around 25 thousand American soldiers participate. Hence, it would be a bit naive to believe that Egyptian army has become a pro-people’s force, that too overnight.

As of now, the military regime retains the control of the country, the constitution has been suspended and the parliament has been dissolved. Military has announced that previous regime’s much hated emergency law will be lifted when the security situation allows. Elections are promised in six months.

Egyptians may be chanting that their country is free, but their struggle is far from over. Egypt is not free yet. The old regime and its apparatus are still very much in place and waiting for the dust to settle. The counter-revolution is emerging. The so-called “transitional phase” is being used to: buy time in order to erode and eventually evade people’s popular demands; to preserve prevalent economic policies; to subvert the political aspirations of the public; and to tighten the straitjacket of external debts. Broader motivation and objective of the counter-revolutionary forces is to restore status quo ante minus Mubarak.

Fearful of a free election that may bring an Islamist coalition into power, counter revolutionaries are all set to sabotage the hard-earned victory of the Egyptian people by prolonging the military rule on one pretext or the other. One can not ignore the fact that same Egyptian army faithfully secured the Gaza and Sinai borders for Israel and stopped the flow of humanitarian aid to reach the stranded Gazans.

Egyptian people cannot forget the betrayal of 1952, when their dreams to live freely in a dignified way were dismantled in the months following the ouster of King Farouq. Though army officers threw out Egypt’s last monarch in 1952, soon after, ‘Free Officers Movement’ took full control of the country while those who had actively participated in the revolution were put behind the bars. Since that time, all of Egypt’s leaders have been military officers; and both serving and retired generals are sprinkled throughout the organs of government.

If ever the people of Egypt get a chance to vote in a free and fair election, they would, in all probability, throw up a nationalist government less secular, less pro America and less friendly towards Israel. Moreover, it would be more sympathetic towards Palestinian cause and would be poised to ease the sufferings of the besieged people of Gaza. These parameters run counter to the corporate interests of Egyptian military establishment.  

Next few weeks will be defining moments for Egypt. Old guards of the hated regime are still in charge. Ruling military council comprises of the people that were picked up by Mubarak. They may have agenda of their own which is likely to be at odds with the rightful aspirations of the masses. Much to the relief of Israel and America, the ruling council was prompt to declare that it would honour all treaty obligations.

The stakes are getting higher. The people of Egypt need to be aware that American and Israeli governments are hedging their bets. They are working hard to mould the outcome of the peoples’ movement according to their designs. In an associated development, the US and NATO are also augmenting their naval presence in Eastern Mediterranean. This could be meant to aid the counter-revolution; it can also be used to intervene against a successful revolution.

Nevertheless, the expanse of Egyptian revolt extends well beyond the borders of Egypt, encompassing the entire Middle East. Egypt has become the epicenter of change, though event did not start there, but in Tunisia. Now resistance is not limited to these two countries. Mass protests by disgruntled people have taken place elsewhere as well, notably in Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Libya and Bahrain etc. Most of the regimes of Middle East are busy instituting anticipatory façades of reforms to pacify their people.

For decades discontent has been simmering throughout the Middle East over American support for Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, and over its intimate connections with the repressive regimes. The spontaneous and epidemic like popular uprisings in the Middle East could be a way to avenge the collective humiliation that Arabs have felt since the Camp David accord and more acutely since American invasion of Iraq on mischievously tailored intelligence data.

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Arab World: The Wind from The Hot Sands

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By Ayesha T Villalobos

The revolutionary upheaval in Egypt has brought millions of workers, youth and professionals into the streets to demand the removal of the U.S.-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak. .

Egypt’s mass outbreak was inspired by the earlier mass demonstrations, strikes and rebellions in Tunisia In December, a young man, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself ablaze in the town of Sidi Bouzid after Tunisian police barred him from selling fruit without a permit. The dramatic death resulted to weeks of unrest”that  finally resulted to the abdication of onelong-time autocratic client of the United States, Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to ask for refuge in Saudi Arabia, another imperialist supporter in the Arabian Peninsula.

In addition to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, significant mass actions have protested the governments in Yemen and Jordan, Algeria ,Libya and  Bahrain where U.S. imperialism has dominated the regimes as a key component of their so-called democracy (imperialistic by design ) against political Islam and against the masses of the region.

The present crisis is the classic example of “History repeating itself “. The Middle East of 1940’s and 1950’s we also witnessed a long wave of protests, which engulfed the Middle East after the end of the Second World War. From Egypt to Iran, from Syria to Algeria, the mass movement swept the region. .

The movements of the 1940s and 1950s hold significant lessons for activists today. This is the actual tradition of anti-imperialism and democracy in the Middle East against the bogus radicalism of the dictators and the artificial freedoms of US ‘liberation’. The responsibility of the organised working class in shattering apart the old colonial order has long been concealed from history, but it should encourage a new generation of freedom fighters. These movements involved masses of workers and peasants–the poor, the dispossessed and the marginalised–in reshaping the world. Ordinary people struggle against the police and army, and defied the might of empire all in the name of freedom. Despite the disappointment and failures of their leaders, the history of the national liberation movements show that change does come from under, emanating from the desire for freedom of a common man.

The years following the Second World War were characterized by mayhem and confusion across the Middle East. As the old colonial powers recoiled, the social structures they had supported since the 1920s began to collapse. Across the Middle East the 1940s and 1950s were a period of deep revolutionary crisis. The disintegration of the colonial-sponsored regimes was not just the effort of a handful of army officers. It was the railway workers of Baghdad and the textile workers of the Egyptian Delta, students in Cairo, Alexandria and Damascus, and peasant activists in the valley of the Nile and the hills of Kurdistan, who dealt the fatal blow to the old order.

A revolutionary trade union movement surfaced which started to dispute not only foreign capitalists in the name of the nation, but also local capitalists in the name of the working class. The industrial struggle fed back into the nationalist movement, where street protests were accompanied by massive waves of strikes. Turmoil in the cities was outlined by a continuing crash of social order in the countryside. Peasant movements in Syria and Egypt began to come into view towards the end of the 1940s to challenge the pashas for control of the land.

The upheaval of Palestine played a critical role in deterioration of the old order. The creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the ejection of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes had the effect of increasing the radicalization of the mass movement. The entire incapability of the old regimes to protect the Palestinians, despite sending troops to fight the Zionists, was the final nail in the coffin.

Nonetheless, notwithstanding the deep crisis and ultimate collapse of the old order, it was not the working class that gained from the struggle. Toppling autocrats for dummies tied the fate of the working class movement to nationalist goals. Having politically disarmed the workers’ movement, the freedom fighters were then incapable to resist repression by the new regimes.

A combination of oppression and corruption eventually sealed autocrats place on the throne.

By 2011. The price of essential goods sky-rocketed burying the citizen deeply in to the mud of poverty, and although wages increase as the global economy expanded, they could not maintain pace with the cost of living and people have grown to be even more isolated, as new social forces, such as the rising working class, the urban poor and the new middle class, combined in protest at its unrelenting domination. The government’s typical response was increased oppression

A growing sense of Anti-imperialist sentiments added to the tension. With the success of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolution? .The arrogance of the rich and the adamant Western oriented Government sharpened the anger of Algerians, Bahrainis, Libyans and Yemenis. What was new about this movement was not its frantic courage, but its central part of working class militants. People who are desperate to bring about change. In the coming days we will witness huge protests and major strikes in the Arab world ,even bloodshed , to press their demand  of anti-colonialism, democratic and economic struggles: the  end of the US imperialistic relationship with Arab rulers, and calling of new elections, democratic freedoms, freedom of political parties to organise, and an urgent improvement in food and basic commodities.

A fracture had finally emerged in the walls of the masses, and the mass movement rush forward through the gap once more. Youth and Student calling for strikes over local issues rapidly turned into mass demonstrations calling for direct and free elections. Workers united with the protesters, which solidify a firm anti-imperialist stance.

The rest of the countryside and the world witnessed a period of escalating pressure from below combined with transformation from above. This wave of Revolutionary movement is contagious while majority considered this as an Omen for the downfall of US imperialistic era in the Middle East.

The influence of Egypt was also felt in a profound manner. Although the workers’ movement in Tunisia and Egypt was unable to take political advantage of the crisis by seizing control of the state, the organised working class was instrumental in the destruction of the old regime. The fall of the Tunisian despot on January 14, 2011 and Egyptian autocrat on February 11, 2011 owed as much to the factory workers, the peasants, mothers, fathers to all Tunis, and Egyptian from all walks of life, hand in hand, united in one ideology of freedom.  They are the key assets who played such an important role in destabilising the old regime that had its roots in the class struggle in Tunisia.

A victory for the Tunisian and Egyptian working class provided an opportunity and the potential to heighten up confidence to people/working class struggles right across the Middle East, Asia (Pakistan?) and the United States (The Wisconsin protests and the re-emergence of the American working class.)

Presently, Washington also supported a strong-arm ruler of a Muslim country who is confronting strong insurgent tensions within his populace. He is not Hosni Mubarak but Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan.“Zardari, the husband of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was at one time jailed on corruption charges. He now presides over a precipitous downward economic spiral, marked by extreme civil unrest and widening fundamentalist influence”

The recent event, known as “The Raymond Davis case”, had resulted to public ire;Adding to existing outrage is news that the widow of one of Davis’s victims recently committed suicide. The diplomatic chasm that has opened between Islamabad and Washington might grow even larger. A senior delegation of U.S. lawmakers flew to Pakistan demanding the release of Davis, threatening that $1.5 billion of annual assistance for Pakistan may be at risk as well as a $7.5 billion, five-year civilian aid package.The outcome of this case (the last straw?) will determine the inevitable outbreak of a Revolution against the Western oriented Government and against American foreign policy, one that will offer important lessons for how the U.S. should have handled the situation in Egypt and its outcome.

In Pakistan, firm support from the U.S. and an open-aid spigot rewarded Zardari assistance in apprehending? Terrorists and amassing more wealth than ever before leaving the pitiable masses with unbearable uncertainties, the gambit spawned a countrywide campaign for vigilance and gearing up the citizen for possible downturn of events. To be willing to wage a revolution, to be willing to take it all without remorse, without fear, resolute, until victory until the end. A populace deprived of the basic rights are tantamount to disregarding the right of existence, a deliberate disregard of human life.  United States of America and the curse and the threat of imperialist intervention was a powerful factor in pushing the outcome of Davis case in their favour. The wind of revolution permeates the air and it will broaden the struggle beyond limits and will strengthen and deepened the mass movement.

 Furthermore it should be noted that while the revolution remained an effective tool in overthrowing an autocratic regimes it could neither preserve its democratic character, nor offer eternal effective resistance to imperialism. Once the mass movement receded away, Once the government were transformed ,history tells us that, tragically, revolts against repressive regimes often lead to even greater tyranny,  that have become far more attentive to the interests of imperialism than its predecessors, despite its rhetoric about “’Arab unity”. A revolutions objective should be clear to everyone involved i.e. economic, political, and social framework, failure to do so will create more confusion and chaos. The vulnerability of it being hijacked by the ruling elite is conceivable; else this struggle will only be relegated to the dustbin of history.

But just as in the Middle East past history of revolution, it was nationalist army officers and intellectuals who captured the state at the moment of revolutionary crisis, not organised workers. And having taken power, the nationalist leaders of the 1950s succumbed to the pressures of imperialism. The great powers quickly found new means of maintaining their domination of the Middle East.”

Examining the events of the revival of   Arab nationalism is not an exercise in nostalgia. All of the questions thrown up by some segment of the society if indeed these revolutions are “authentic revolutions per se” signifying a revolutionary crisis, are still being asked in the Middle East and the rest of the world today. What is the key force in the struggle against imperialism? How is the fight for national liberation related to the struggle against capitalism? How can the ordinary people of the region defeat both their own repressive rulers and the imperialist powers? The mass protests in solidarity with the Tunisian and Egyptian in the past weeks and the wave of demonstrations against imperialism, corruption and tyranny show that a new generation and the Rebirth of Middle East Renaissance is finding its voice in the streets. The lesson of the 1940s and 1950s must be that both workers’ organisation and revolutionary leadership should directly be engage in recreating the crucial role in turning nationalist and democratic demands into a movement which can challenge the imperial order in its entirety.

A strong and united opposition to imperialism and intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere, combined with a campaign against racism and injustice, is the best assurance and guarantee for a better and secure world that there is no more immediate duty than for the masses to unite, based on a basic platform against racism and injustice in order that nations of the world will be free from the shackles of Western Imperialistic power.

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Denounce All Terrorism

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Peter King: It’s Not Enough For Muslims To ‘Denounce All Terrorism,’ They Must Also Denounce Muslims

by crescentandcross  

 

 

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is preparing his controversial hearings into the “radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism,” and he wants to make one thing clear: he’s not anti-Muslim. In an interview with the National Review this week, King said, “I do not want anything said at my hearing that could justify someone throwing a brick at a mosque. … I’ll be managing the hearing, so the responsibility is mine, to make sure there is no kind of religious bias or hostility toward Muslims.”

That’s surely a noble goal, but clearly contradicts many of King’s previous statements on Islam. He has said that 80 percent of American mosques are controlled by “radical imams,” and that in fact there are “too many mosques in this country.” King also said in 2004 that Muslims are “an enemy living amongst us.” His upcoming hearings originally featured a witness who believes “Islam is a cult,” though he later pulled her from the schedule.

This contradiction between King’s longstanding animus for Islam and his stated goal of fair hearings is evident even in the aforementioned National Review interview. While King claims to be wary of stirring up Islamophobia, he at the same time seems to establish a different standard of guilt for all Muslims:

“It is not enough for [Muslim leaders] to say that they denounce all terrorism, that they denounce all violence,” King says. “They have to be much more aggressive. I don’t think they fully realize that. They worry that if they came out and highlighted their opposition to Islamic terrorism, it would focus too much attention on the Muslim community, reminding people that these terrorists are Muslims. So they don’t deal with it in an open way.” […]

“There has not been enough cooperation from the Muslim community,” King says. “That is what I have learned over the past eight or nine years in dealing with law-enforcement officials at all levels. It has been disappointing. There is no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are good people, but the leadership in their communities has not cooperated enough, nor have they set a tone for cooperation. I want to see that change.”

The National Review claims that “most of the people [Peter King] is calling to testify are Muslim leaders,” that he is “calling on Muslims to speak up,” and that “he is looking forward to giving Muslims a platform to voice their concerns.” But of two panelists that the National Review reports will be testifying – one of them, Walid Phares, is a Maronite Christian.

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NeoCan/Islamophobe/pro-Zionist Spokeman

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NeoCon/Islamophobe/pro-Israel spokesman Frank Gaffney Was Barred From Participating In CPAC, So He Invented A Reason To ‘Boycott’ It

by crescentandcross  

Frank Gaffney has been a leading figure in the neoconservative movement for over two decades, having served in the Reagan Pentagon and founded a national security think tank. But Gaffney was absent from the panels and podiums at the year’s biggest conservative conference, CPAC, despite having spoken at the annual event held this weekend for the past 15 years. Gaffney had vowed to boycott the conference this year because, he claimed, it had been infiltrated by Islamic extremists. Specifically, he pointed to Grover Norquist, the influential anti-tax activist, and Suhail Kahn, who directed Muslims outreach efforts for the Bush White House. He accuses the two of being moles for the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, ThinkProgress has learned that Gaffney was actually prohibited from participating in CPAC — disinvited from speaking this year by conference organizers fed up with his increasingly vicious attacks on fellow conservative leaders. Indeed, Gaffney appears to have invented the entire theory about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating CPAC as a pretext to explain his absence from the event.

A source close to conference organizers told ThinkProgress that Gaffney was “specifically not to be invited” to speak at the conference this year because CPAC Chairman David Keene and other conservatives were “sick of him” attacking other conservatives. “The whole boycott thing was just to save face,” the source said. (Gaffney did show up to CPAC to conduct some interviews, including one with ThinkProgress, but did not participate in any official capacity).

Keene confirmed to ThinkProgress that “we weren’t going to invite him to speak this year,” but said, “we didn’t announce or tell him that.” In a statement provided by a spokesperson, Keene had some strong words for Gaffney, saying he has become “obsessed with his weird belief that anyone who doesn’t agree with him on everything all the time” is either “ignorant” or “dupes of the nation’s enemies” (full statement after the jump):

Having said that, we didn’t announce or tell him that we weren’t going to invite him to speak this year. We covered the issues in which he is interested (and which interest many of our registrants) and we did manage to do so without him. I do know that he attended CPAC and made his views known to as many as would listen through the talk shows on radio row.

The simple fact is that while Frank Gaffney did yeoman work on issues like missile defense in years passed, he has become personally and tiresomely obsessed with his weird belief that anyone who doesn’t agree with him on everything all the time or treat him with the respect and deference he believes is his due, must be either ignorant of the dangers we face or, in extreme case, dupes of the nation’s enemies.

The CPAC issue is just part of “a larger pattern” with Gaffney that goes back several years, the source told ThinkProgress. Since Gaffney began his public attacks on Norquist and Kahn shortly after September 11th, he has allegedly been reprimanded by a number of prominent conservatives or his attacks, such as the leadership of the secretive Council for National Policy and the late Paul Weyrich, a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation. Several years ago, he also became “the only person to have ever been kicked out” of Norquist’s famous Wednesday Meeting strategy sessions with conservative leaders. Gaffney and Norquist used to be friends and sit next to each other at the well-attended gatherings, the source said, but Noquist barred Gaffney “in writing” several years ago, sending a letter announcing Gaffney’s exile to over 100 regular attendees.

The theory that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the conservative movement is ridiculous on its face, but it now seems clear that is was merely a convenient fabrication to protect Gaffney’s ego. Nonetheless, Gaffney’s invention has taken hold in the paranoid right. Conservative blogger Pam Geller, who has close ties to Gaffney, pushed the theory at CPAC while Fox News host Glenn Beck advanced it on his radio show today. A CPAC panel involving Kahn even devolved into an ugly shouting match Saturday.

Gaffney has “never ever tried to get the truth,” the source said, “and even if he finds the truth, he just keeps going” — “I really think he just raises so much money off this stuff that he really doesn’t care.” Indeed, Gaffney made nearly $300,000 in 2008 from his think tank, according to IRS documents. The organization, which appears to have few paid officers, brought in over $4 million in contributions that year.

Frank Gaffney has often spoken at CPAC in the past, but has never been a co-sponsor. For years he has argued that his organization hasn’t had the resources to officially participate, but that his message is so important that he should be included. Hundreds of people vie to speak at CPAC and while we don’t limit our invitations to those who are suggested by the more than a hundred participating groups, we give some priority to their suggestions and we are, frankly, rather skeptical of folks who claim that they are the only person who knows anything worthwhile on the topics we cover.

Last year, Gaffney complained because he was not given the microphone in the main ballroom and that as a consequence of his not receiving the attention he thinks he deserves, we had virtually ignored the threat of terrorism and militant Islam. This charge was made in spite of the fact that speakers from former Vice President Dick Cheney to former UN Ambassador John Bolton and perhaps a dozen other speakers addressed themselves to the issue.

It was an ironic position for him to take as at the same time he was taking it, former Congressman and ACU Chairman Mickey Edwards was charging that we paid too much attention to these issues and are, in fact, obsessed by them.

Having said that, we didn’t announce or tell him that we weren’t going to invite him to speak this year. We covered the issues in which he is interested (and which interest many of our registrants)and we did manage to do so without him. I do know that he attended CPAC and made his views known to as many as would listen through the talk shows on radio row.

The simple fact is that while Frank Gaffney did yeoman work on issues like missile defense in years passed, he has become personally and tiresomely obsessed with his weird belief that anyone who doesn’t agree with him on everything all the time or treat him with the respect and deference he believes is his due, must be either ignorant of the dangers we face or, in extreme case, dupes of the nation’s enemies.

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Muslim Cabbie Returns $ 100,000,00 worth of jewerly and cash left in his cab to its owner

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by crescentandcross  

 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – To most taxi riders, $100,000 left in the back of a cab is as good as gone, but John James is a lucky man.

After returning to his apartment at the National Arts Club Sunday afternoon, James realized he forgot a bag with $100,000 worth of jewelry and cash in the back seat of a taxi cab.

“I thought that it was the end of the world, James said.

With the help of a friend in city government and a receipt he thankfully kept, James was able to track down cabbie Zubiru Jalloh.

“The man had my possessions because he took it from the backseat when new passengers got on and were, I guess, messing with my tote bag,” James told 1010 WINS. ”He asked to have it lifted up to the front seat where he protected it and then took it home.”

TLC chairman David Yassky said it was important for people to keep their taxi receipts.

“We’ve got our GPS locators in every taxi, so if you give us the receipt, we can identify the taxi cab and find if your property is still there,” he said.

When presented with the fact that he could have easily lied and said there was no bag in the cab, Jalloh, who is Muslim, said “of course.”

“But that’s not me. My religion does not accept that,” he told CBS 2′s Tony Aiello.

“People in New York, you know, try to give back because the city has been so good to us and you hear such horrible stories it’s nice to hear positive ones,” James said. “People that go about their business, everyday, doing and living are the real heroes.”

This is my job — to be honest and truthful to people. That’s exactly what my religion told me. He said ‘please, have this money’ so he gave me one thousand dollars cash,”  Jalloh said.

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News**News**News

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by crescentandcross  

 

Raymond Davis a CIA Contractor, US Confirms

 

 

Iran’s Cyber Army hacks VOA website

 

 

Venezuela Denies Giving Refuge to Gadhafi Amid Libya Unrest

 

 

‘West flawed policies behind uprisings’

 

 

Crude Oil Jumps 5% as Libya Protests Spread

 

 

‘World on threshold of major change’

 

 

Iran Warships to Begin Suez Canal Passage Tuesday

 

 

‘IsraHell causing headaches for US in ME’

 

 

Focus U.S.A. / Father of teen killed in Gaza flotilla raid seeks American justice

 

 

Pakistan underscores Lahore shootings

 

 

Zio-Nazi Peres: There will be a Libya without Gadhafi

 

 

Countries rush to evacuate citizens from Libya

 

 

Norway joined NATO in suppressing reports of civilian Afghan deaths

 

 

Nazi Settler gets community service for weapons theft

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