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A Crazy Prophet

NOVANEWS
by Uri Avnery

 

"Uri Avnery"

Uri Avnery – the Elder

I was working on my Mid East revolution piece and having the usual revolution problem. You put it down for a few hours to put some other fires out and new information requires a total rewrite. I finally focused in on a theme that I was sure would not be ancient history in week…Western hypocrisy and the original War of Terror we conducted on the Mid East.

When the first Western leader drivel came out about ‘we support democracy for all peoples…so they can determine their own futures’, I at first thought it was the usual cover your diplomatic behind stuff.  But then they said it over and over, and over. Left out, of course, was a long history of doing just the opposite. We love tyrants. By we, I mean our governments. And by our governments I mean our respective countries business elites. We the people don’t make wars, colonize, imperialize, or terrorize. They do. They along with Raymond Davis and  friends.

Tyrants are ‘stabilizers’. They will sell their country out for a reasonable amount on the back end. And we are most generous in helping them keep those pesky grass roots movements in line.  Can you say weapons sales…crowd control equipment… and shared intelligence on subversive freedom movements?

We do go both ways though, supporting freedom movement training and assistance, but that is all for the usual puppet government TV dinner that can be microwaved for a few minutes and served hot and steaming when the situation arises.  But this does not always work out. The Chalabi puppet government we had ready for Iraq pulled 2% of the vote in the last election.  The Iraqis were way to smart to swap Saddam for an American sock puppet thief.

"Uri Avnery" "in the Irgun at age 14"

Uri – Irgun at 14

But alas my revolution missive must wait a bit. Gush Shalom’s Uri Avnery has weighed in with his peoples’ movement missive and I must bow to my elder and more knowledgeable friend. These mid 80′s folks are treasure troves of living history. I hunted down some special photos to give you all a peek.

Uri has seen the Israeli-Palestine mess up close and personal.  He started as teen Irgun member and was later wounded in the 1948 war. He was elected to Knesset in 1969 via a new party that he started. A thousand speeches later, Golda Meir once remarked from the rostrum, “I am ready to mount the barricades to get Avnery out of the Knesset”.

He has survived kidnapping and assassination attempts and shared a long career as a journalist and  peace movement activist. Uri has been a ray of light in the dark shadow caste over the Palestine by Colonial Zionism. He has taught me much. And I am eternally grateful.

Jim Dean, Heritage TV…Atlanta, VT editor

"Uri Avnery" "still protesting in his 80's"

Uri – Still protesting in his 80’s

 A Crazy Prophet by Uri Avnery

“WHY DON’T the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers and their children enjoying the mild winter sun. The masses will not stream to the square, and Binyamin Netanyahu can be thrown out only through the ballot box.

If this does not happen, Israelis can blame nobody but themselves. If the Israeli Left is unable to bring together a serious political force, which can put Israel on the road to peace and social justice, it has only itself to blame. We have no bloodthirsty dictator whom we can hold responsible. No crazy tyrant will order his air force to bomb us if we demand his ouster.

"Uri Avnery" "Commando Soldier, 1948, at battle of Negba"

Uri – Battle of Negba – 1948

Once there was a story making the rounds: Ariel Sharon – then still a general in the army – assembles the officer corps and tells them: “Comrades, tonight we shall carry out a military coup!” All the assembled officers break out in thunderous laughter.

DEMOCRACY IS like air – one feels it only when it is not there. Only a person who is suffocating knows how essential it is.

The taxi driver who spoke so freely about kicking Netanyahu out did not fear that I might be an agent of the secret police, and that in the small hours of the morning there would be a knock on his door. I am writing whatever comes into my head and don’t walk around with bodyguards. And if we did decide to gather in the square, nobody would prevent us from doing so, and the police might even protect us. (I am speaking, of course, about Israel within its sovereign borders. None of this applies to the occupied Palestinian territories.)

We live in a democracy, breathe democracy, without even being conscious of it. For us It feels natural, we take it for granted. That’s why people often give silly answers to public opinion pollsters, and these draw the dramatic conclusion that the majority of Israeli citizens despise democracy and are ready to give it up. Most of those asked have never lived under a regime in which a woman must fear that her husband will not come home from work because he made a joke about the Supreme Leader, or that her son might disappear because he drew some graffiti on the wall.

The Knesset members who were chosen in democratic elections spend their time in a game of who can draw up the most atrocious racist bill. They resemble children pulling off the wings of flies, without understanding what they are doing. To all these I have one piece of advice: look at what is happening in Libya.

 

"Uri Avnery" "After kidnapping attempt, 1955"

Uri – kidnapping attempt – 1955

DURING THE whole week I spent every spare moment glued to Aljazeera. One word about the station: excellent. It need not fear comparison with any broadcaster in the world, including the BBC and CNN. Not to mention our own stations, which serve a murky brew concocted from propaganda, information and entertainment.

Much has been said about the part played by the social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, in the revolutions that are now turning the Arab world upside down. But for sheer influence, Aljazeera trumps them all. During the last decade, it has changed the Arab world beyond recognition. In the last few weeks, it has wrought miracles.

To see the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the other countries on Israeli, American or German TV is like kissing through a handkerchief. To see them on Aljazeera is to feel the real thing.

All my adult life I have advocated involved journalism. I have tried to teach generations of journalists not to become reporting robots, but human beings with a conscience who see their mission in promoting the basic human values. Aljazeera is doing just that. And how!

These last weeks, tens of millions of Arabs have depended on this station in order to find out what is happening in their own countries, indeed in their home towns – what is happening on Habib Bourguiba Boulevard in Tunis, in Tahrir Square in Cairo, in the streets of Benghazi and Tripoli.

"Uri Avnery" "with Begin and Sadat"

Uri – with Begin and Sadat – 1979

I know that many Israelis will consider these words heretical, given Aljazeera’s staunch support of the Palestinian cause. It is seen here as the arch-enemy, no less than Osama bin Laden or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But one simply must view its broadcasts, to have any hope of understanding what is happening in the Arab world, including the occupied Palestinian territories.

When Aljazeera covers a war or a revolution in the Arab world, it covers it. Not for an hour or two, but for 24 hours around the clock. The pictures are engraved in one’s memory, the testimonies stir one’s emotions. The impact on Arab viewers is almost hypnotic.

MUAMMAR QADDAFI was shown on Aljazeera as he really is – an unbalanced megalomaniac who has lost touch with reality. Not in short news clips, but for hours and hours of continuous broadcasts, in which the rambling speech he recently gave was shown again and again, with the addition of dozens of testimonies and opinions from Libyans of all sectors – from the air force officers who defected to Malta to ordinary citizens in bombed Tripoli. At the beginning of his speech, Qaddafi (whose name is pronounced Qazzafi, whence the slogan “Ya Qazzafi, Ya Qazzabi” – Oh Qazzafi, Oh Liar) reminded me of Nicolae Ceausescu and his famous last speech from the balcony, which was interrupted by the masses.

But as the speech went on, Qaddafi reminded me more and more of Adolf Hitler in his last days, when he pored over the map with his remaining generals, maneuvering armies which had already ceased to exist and planning grandiose “operations”, with the Red Army already within a few hundred yards from his bunker.

"Uri Avnery" "Assassination attempt - 1975"

Assassination attempt – 1975

If Qaddafi were not planning to slaughter his own people, it could have been grotesque or sad. But as it was, it was only monstrous.

While he was talking, the rebels were taking control of towns whose names are still engraved in the memories of Israelis of my generation. In World War II, these places were the arena of the British, German and Italian armies, which captured and lost them turn by turn. We followed the actions anxiously, because a British defeat would have brought the Wehrmacht to our country, with Adolf Eichmann in its wake. Names like Benghazi, Tobruk and Derna still resound in my ear – the more so because my brother fought there as a British commando, before being transferred to the Ethiopian campaign, where he lost his life.

"Arafat" "Uri Avnery" "Gaza, 1994"

Arafat and Uri – Gaza – 1994

BEFORE QADDAFI lost his mind completely, he voiced an idea that sounded crazy, but which should give us food for thought. Under the influence of the victory of the non-violent masses in Egypt, and before the earthquake had reached him too, Qaddafi proposed putting the masses of Palestinian refugees on ships and sending them to the shores of Israel.

I would advise Binyamin Netanyahu to take this possibility very seriously. What will happen if masses of Palestinians learn from the experience of their brothers and sisters in half a dozen Arab countries and conclude that the “armed struggle” leads nowhere, and that they should adopt the tactics of non-violent mass action?

What will happen if hundreds of thousands of Palestinians march one day to the Separation Wall and pull it down? What if a quarter of a million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon gather on our Northern border? What if masses of people assemble in Manara Square in Ramallah and Town Hall Square in Nablus and confront the Israeli troops?

All this before the cameras of Aljazeera, accompanied by Facebook and Twitter, with the entire world looking on with bated breath?

 

"Ben-Gurion" "Uri Avnery" "first day in the Knesset

Ben-Gurion and Avnery – Knesset -1967

Until now, the answer was simple: if necessary, we shall use live fire, helicopter gunships and tank cannon. No more nonsense.But now the Palestinian youth, too, has seen that it is possible to face live fire, that Qaddafi’s fighter planes did not put an end to the uprising, that Pearl Square in Bahrain did not empty when the king’s soldiers opened fire. This lesson will not be forgotten.

Perhaps this will not happen tomorrow or the day after. But it most certainly will happen – unless we make peace while we still can.

Sami Zeidan with Uri Avnery – 04 Jun 07

 

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Israeli inquiry: One-ton bomb dropped on Shehadeh house, killing 13 civilians, was ‘legitimate’

Feb 27, 2011

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And more news from Today in Palestine:

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

Israeli bulldozers raze Palestinian home in Negev village
NEGEV, (PIC) 27 Feb — Israeli municipality teams bulldozed on Sunday morning a Palestinian home in Z’rura village in the Negev, occupied since 1948, in line with a campaign of demolitions in that village, local sources said.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem’s visa revoked
Jerusalem (AsiaNews) 25 Feb — Israel’s Interior Ministry has revoked the permit for the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem, The Rt Revd Suheil Dawani, to live in Jerusalem, and has refused requests to reinstate it, in spite of protests by Anglican authorities in the West specifically the United States. The Bishop is a native of the Holy Land and has spent most of his life and ministry here, but cannot obtain either citizenship or legal residence in Israel, since he was born in Nablus … Since the Bishop has of course remained at his post, in Jerusalem, without the permit, he could be arrested at any moment, be put on trial for being in Israel illegally, be sentenced to a prison term – or simply be forcibly removed from Jerusalem.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Anglican-Bishop-of-Jerusalem%E2%80%99s-visa-revoked-20875.html

Khater: Coming tourism conference marks Israeli success in Judaizing Jerusalem
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) 27 Feb — Secretary-General of the Islamic-Christian Commission Dr. Hassan Khater has said an Israeli tourism conference to be held in Jerusalem the coming month marks Israel’s success in promoting the holy city as a capital for all Jews. Israel will stage a conference running from February 29 until March 31 that promotes Jewish tourism in Jerusalem. It is also behind a virtual reality website that shows Jerusalem without its Arab features.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

N. Jordan Valley sit-in highlights education dilemma under occupation
JORDAN VALLEY, (PIC) 27 Feb — Palestinian activists sat in at the Ain al-Halwa school in the northern Jordan Valley on Saturday with hopes to raise awareness on the Israeli occupation which has rendered meeting the educational needs of Area C impossible. The ”save the Jordan Valley” campaign, one of the sit-in organizers, said Israeli policies have hampered the building of schools, and military checkpoints have restricted movement of teachers and students. Israeli authorities have pursued a policy of destruction of private and public facilities including schools, said Wahba Usfour, a sit-in coordinator, citing as an example what happened in Khirbet Tana, a village east of the city of Nablus with a population of about 300.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Ein il Hilwe opening day
[Photos] 27 Feb — Saturday… Palestinian and international organizations and activists shared our opening day of Ein Il Hilwe tent school. Although the occupation army threatened the Ein Il Hilwe community of demolition the night before, the community was very happy to celebrate the opening of their tent school last Saturday … The Bedouin community of Ein Il Hilwe is located in the north of the Jordan Valley. The children from this community as well as from the neighboring communities used to attend school in Tayasir for which they had to travel through the difficult Tayasir checkpoint. On a daily basis the children were facing harassment from the soldiers when trying to get to and from school. Some days children were forced off the bus and were left to walk the 13 km back home on the dangerous main road. 
http://www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174:ein-il-hilwe-opening-day&catid=15:2010&Itemid=21

Hebron girl hit by settler car
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — Medical officials in Hebron said an 11-year-old girl from the city was transferred to Hadassa Hospital in Israel on Sunday, after she was struck down by a settler car at the Beit Ainun junction.  The girl, identified as Amani Al-Mutawer, was said to have been walking to school when she was hit. Her condition was described as moderate. 
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363952

Violence / Extrajudicial assassinations

Court indicts J’lem teen for manslaughter
Ynet 27 Feb — Jewish stabber not charged with murder. Other teens involved in murder of Arab man to stand trial for aggravated assault, obstruction of justice. Father of victim: ‘My son brutally murdered for speaking Arabic’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4034967,00.html

Report: Shehadeh killing legitimate; civilian deaths due to intel failure
Ynet 27 Feb — A report submitted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday determined that the targeted killing of senior Hamas figure Salah Shehadeh on July 22, 2002 was imperative as he posed a ‘certain, immediate and significant’ threat to Israeli citizens … The commission further concluded that the difficult collateral consequences of the strike against Shehadeh, in which 13 uninvolved civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and many others injured, became clear in hindsight to most of the senior officials involved in the planning and implementation of the operation … During the operation, a one-ton bomb was dropped on the house in which Shehadeh was staying, killing him, Hamas figure Zahar Natzer, Shehadeh’s wife Layla and his 15-year-old daughter Iman, who were with him in the house.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4035172,00.html

Israel’s own people increasingly targeted by Jewish state / Tim King 
One of Israel’s activists for humanity takes a soldier’s rifle butt to the cheek [in Hebron rally]; is it time now for the People’s Revolution of Israel? … Today we’re talking about 20-year old Israeli activist Sahar Vardi; whose appearance was marred on this occasion by the actions of an Israeli soldier, who drove the butt of the rifle into her face … As Ha’aretz relates, Sahar Vardi was dubbed a traitor and the daughter of a traitor by far-right groups in Israel. Her father is Amiel Vardi, a researcher and lecturer in classics at the Hebrew University. He is one of the founders of Ta’ayush, an Arab and Jewish political activist group that demonstrates on the issue of mass detentions of Palestinians that also engages in humanitarian aid activity. His reward for trying to help Palestinian farmers reach their vineyards during the grape harvest was a bullet from an Israeli settler.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february262011/sahar-vardi-tk.php

Siege / Restriction of movement

3 injured in Gaza tunnel collapse
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — Three Palestinians were injured Sunday when a smuggling tunnel collapsed near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said. Gaza medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said the injured were transferred to Yousef An-Najjar Hospital. [End]
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363856

Palestinians turn to computer technology to avoid Israeli roadblocks
Media Line 27 Feb — Checkpoint-buster program uses text messages to warn drivers of long lines ahead – Adopting an attitude of  ‘If you can’t beat ’em, go around ’em, ‘ Palestinian computer programmers have developed a simple text-messaging system to help cope with surprise or crowded checkpoints set up by the Israeli army across the West Bank. Called “Ezma,” or Arabic for traffic, the program is sustained on a user-fed databank that ferries it to subscribers, much like a traffic monitoring system in other countries …”The days of long lines don’t exist anymore. The IDF has learned the lessons and has even set up special units to deal with roadblocks,” Lt.-Col. Avital Leibovitz, an IDF spokeswoman, told The Media Line … But Alon said the line or no lines, he perceived a real threat coming from technology-savvy Palestinians like Al-Badawi and Samar, who are like their peers leading revolutions in Egypt and Tunisians.
http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=31498

Waterborne diseases likely to erupt in the Mediterranean
Salem-News 26 Feb — The quality of water in Gaza is deteriorating rapidly, and until another source of water is found, the population in Gaza remains at risk as there is little that can be done as long as the Israel policy of closure continues. Ninety percent of the water available in Gaza coming from the coastal aquifer is undrinkable … The treatment of Gaza’s waste water cannot progress as long as Israel restricts basic building materials and adequate levels of fuel and electricity, and, with a rising population over-burdening the capacity of the current facilities. Now it looks like the closure will imperil Israel as the bacteria infested untreated waste water dumped into the sea off Gaza will inevitably flow to Israeli beaches and further up north and beyond.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february262011/gaza-water.php

2 Gaza border crossings open for limited goods
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — Israeli authorities will open two crossing into Gaza on Sunday for the transfer of limited quantities of goods, fuel and construction material, a Palestinian official said … Fattouh added that Israeli authorities would also allow the export of two truckloads of flowers and one truckload of tomatoes from the besieged coastal enclave to European countries.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363714

Detention

Video: 11-year-old Palestinians stonethrower arrested
Ynet 27 Feb — Footage shows officers chasing down boy who took part in West Bank riot, taking him to police station without chaperone. B’Tselem: Stop treating kids as if they are dangerous wanted criminals [this video has been around for a while, but apparently Ynet has just discovered it]
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4035104,00.html

IOA imprisons Hamas MP for six months
SALFIT, (PIC) 27 Feb — The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) sentenced Hamas MP and former finance minister Dr. Omar Abdulrazek to six months in administrative detention. The international campaign for the release of detained Palestinian MPs in a statement on Sunday lashed out at the international silence toward the continued IOA “piracy” against elected representatives of the people.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcO

PA militias transfer detainee Annatsheh to Jericho hospital
Al-KHALIL, (PIC) 27 Feb — The family of political detainee Mutasim Annatsheh said that the Palestinian authority intelligence apparatus in Jericho city transferred their son to hospital after his health deteriorated. According to his family, Annatsheh suffers from irregular heartbeat as a result of the maltreatment and physical abuse he is exposed to at the hands of PA interrogators. The PA intelligence refused to release the detainee, although there was a decision from the higher court of justice demanding his immediate release. Prisoner Annatsheh is the brother of Al-Qassam martyr Mamoun and has been kidnapped in September 2010 without any guilt or charge leveled against him.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bc

Reprisals

Gaza govt: Israel lying about projectile numbers
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — …”Over the past days, the Israeli occupation has been publishing lies on the firing of projectiles from Gaza toward Israel, in order to create excuses to prepare world public opinion for an escalation against Gaza,” the statement said. 
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363913

Rocket fired from Gaza hits Israel, no injuries
JERUSALEM (AFP) 27 Feb — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli territory on Sunday morning, raising Israel’s alert level but causing no damage or casualties, according to Israel’s military and police. The latest rocket, which the military’s spokeswoman said struck a field in the Eshkol region in southern Israel, comes after a string of Israeli air raids targeting militant training camps across the Gaza Strip on Saturday night.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363747

Activism / Solidarity

Clashes continue throughout Silwan
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 27 Feb — Violent clashes resurged in Silwan yesterday evening, 26 February, with Israeli forces firing round after round of tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian demonstrators. 20 Palestinian residents were injured by rubber bullets. Eyewitness accounts report that Israeli forces ambushed a number of young demonstrators. 3 paramedics were also injured.
http://silwanic.net/?p=12716

Attack in Hebron and a ‘Jesus challenged empire’ / Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
[with video] BETHLEHEM 26 Feb — I joined the large demonstration in the old city of Al-Khalil/Hebron that is commemorating the day 17 years ago when a Jewish settler massacred worshippers in the Haram Ibrahimi. In today’s report, we look at the large popular resistance movement and demonstrations today (e.g. in Hebron where we got attacked). The video of inspiring events in Bethlehem to Hebron is included.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february262011/rebel-jesus-mq.php

Hundreds rally in Jerusalem against racism
Ynet 26 Feb —  Some 1,500 left-wing activists gathered in Jerusalem’s Zion Square Saturday to protest “the wave of racism consuming the country and Israeli society” due to government policies and especially those backed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. A large number of youth group members were present at the rally, as well as activists belonging to Labor, Peace Now, and Meretz. Posters said, “Ivette – Niet” and “Fight racism – protect Zionism” as well as “Fight the government of darkness”.   
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4034499,00.html

Fatah youth vows non-violent resistance
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — The Fatah Youth Movement said Saturday that despite the US veto of an anti-settlement resolution at the UN, the group remained committed to non-violent resistance
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363665

Palestinians and Libya / Egypt

PCHR: Thousands of Palestinians stranded abroad since Egypt events
RAMALLAH, (PIC) 27 Feb — Thousands of Gazans have been stranded abroad for over a month during changes in Egypt that have hindered their entry into the Cairo International Airport, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has said. Palestinians returning to the Gaza Strip must transit Egypt before crossing over to the strip through Rafah.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcO

Ambassador: Palestinians in Libya are safe
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) — The 70,000 Palestinians in Libya are safe, but actions must be taken to ensure their continued protection, Palestinian Ambassador in Tripoli Atif Mustafa Auda said Sunday.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363746

Palestinian refugees

Jihad slams Lebanese gov’t for changing law concerning Palestinian refugees
BEIRUT, (PIC) 27 Feb — The Islamic Jihad Movement said that the amendment made to the law of labor and social security in Lebanon only serves the policy of resettlement that is rejected by the Palestinian people, calling on the Lebanese government and parliament to reconsider this law.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2b

Harb approves draft on Palestinian work permits
DS 23 Feb — BEIRUT: Caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb approved Tuesday a decision to organize Palestinian refugees’ work based on which they would be granted work permits …  Over 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are registered at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The bulk of these refugees live in and around 12 camps across the country. Palestinian refugees are barred from all but the minimum amount of professions in the country … In August, the Parliament passed a draft law based on which Palestinian refugees would be granted work permits, access to a few additional professions and the provision of medical care services that would be funded by UNRWA, with most major concerns remaining unaddressed.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_ID=1&article_ID=125208&categ_id=1#axzz1FBShmCdR

Palestinian refugees may become a political vanguard / Ruba Salih
DS 25 Feb …the long-standing issue of the Palestinian refugees’ right of return, enshrined in international law since 1949, remains unresolved. The recent release of the “Palestine papers” has, if anything, confirmed the lack of any serious plan that would bring justice to four generations of displacement and statelessness. For the last 60 years and more, Palestinian refugees have been held hostage by two inflexible standpoints. On the one hand, Israel has adamantly refused to be held accountable for the tragedy of the refugee crisis, the Nakba, and is only ready to accommodate, on historical Palestine, a symbolic number of first-generation refugees. On the other hand, many host countries (with the exception of Jordan, where Palestinians have access to citizenship rights but are subject to more subtle forms of discrimination and exclusion) have endorsed the claim that tawtin [naturalization] and even tatwir (or development) would constitute a de-facto assimilation of the refugee populations and, eventually, undermine their right of return.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_ID=10&article_ID=125298&categ_id=5#axzz1FBShmCdR

Displaced families from areas adjacent to Nahr al-Bared still in limbo
DS 22 Feb — TRIPOLI: More than 100 Palestinian families displaced from the area surrounding Nahr al-Bared refugee camp have been left in limbo by the government’s delay in honoring its commitment to reconstruct their homes, The Daily Star can reveal … U.N. Relief and Works Agency’s  northern project manager Charles Higgins said that those displaced from the camp’s adjacent area were stuck waiting for reconstruction money pledged in 2008.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_ID=1&article_ID=125158&categ_id=1#axzz1FBShmCdR

Political news

Unity tops agenda in West Bank, Gaza
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — An all-factions committee was called in Gaza, as legal professionals announced a sit-down in the West Bank to discuss mechanisms by which to use the Palestinian Basic Law to end the state of political division. In Gaza City, independent figures invited Sunday all Palestinian factions to a meeting where organizers said delegates would discuss current options to end the Palestinian split … In Ramallah, lawmakers agreed on Saturday to prepare a document based on Palestinian Basic Law and the constitution which would attempt to repair the division between the executive and juridical authorities when Hamas established independent rule in Gaza, and the West Bank set up an alternative government.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363878

Dweik: Call for elections illegal
AL-KHALIL, (PIC) 27 Feb — Speaker of the Palestinian legislative council Dr. Aziz Dweik has said that the call for legislative and presidential elections was illegal. He told the PIC on Sunday that de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and his premier Salam Fayyad were trying to rid themselves of crises by calling for those elections. Dweik opined that such calls were insignificant as long as the duo (Abbas & Fayyad) were not committed to ending the internal split.
http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/En/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcO

Other news

New resource tracks Israeli arms exports / Adam Horowitz
Mondoweiss 27 Feb — UAVs are a key export of Israel’s arms industry. A number of Israeli firms export drones, most prominently Aeronautics Defense SystemsElbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. UAVs are commonly used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and targeting missions. More recently some models have begun to carry armed payloads.
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/02/new-resource-tracks-and-analyzes-israeli-arms-exports.html

Gaza assailants plant bomb under Christian car
Ynet 27 Feb — Dr. Maher Ayyad say received text messages to halt evangelical work or face harsh punishment … Ayyad says he does not preach his faith. 
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4035146,00.html

Police: Campus guards attacked son of commander
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 27 Feb — Palestinian Authority police on Sunday said arrest warrants were issued for university security guards because they “brutally attacked” a police chief’s son.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=363829

Israeli, Palestinian entrepreneurs come together in search of investors
Haaretz 27 Feb — The event, at Jaffa’s Peres Center for Peace, drew 125 programmers, user experience experts, graphic artists, businessmen and investors. They included 111 Israelis, but only 14 Palestinians, from places including Jenin, Nablus and Ramallah
http://english.themarker.com/israeli-palestinian-entrepreneurs-come-together-in-search-of-investors-1.345923

Analysis / Opinion

Toward Palestine’s ‘Mubarek moment’ / Ali Abunimah
The Palestinian Authority should dissolve itself, as it is acting in Israel’s interest, writer says … There are numerous reasons to oppose new PA elections, even if Hamas and Fatah were to sort out their differences. The experience since 2006 demonstrates that democracy, governance and normal politics are impossible under Israel’s brutal military occupation. The Palestinian body politic was divided not into two broad political streams offering competing visions, as in other electoral democracies, but one stream that is aligned with, supported by and dependent on the occupation and its foreign sponsors, and another that remains committed, at least nominally, to resistance. These are contradictions that cannot be resolved through elections.
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/2011224141158174266.html#

Before the almond trees disappear / Daphna Golan
We do not have to continue to obliterate the past of the Arabs who lived in this land. It would be better to acknowledge the pain of their loss and offer them peaceful coexistence … Lifta is a small link in Jerusalem’s shrinking green necklace, its extraordinarily beautiful terrace agriculture a reminder of an extinct cultural landscape. Its land is being divided up and marketed even though no caretaker has yet been assigned to see to the preservation of its springs and green spaces. Jerusalem’s treasures are being privatized and given to well-connected developers, who become rich at the expense of the public and future generations. The village could have symbolized the hope of reconciliation.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/before-the-almond-trees-disappear-1.345926

Either democracy — or Hebron / Carlo Strenger
Israel’s right-wing, time and again, claims a monopoly for the Zionist idea: In a recent article, Moshe Arens claims that those who are against schools taking students to Hebron have lost their roots in the land of Israel because the foundation of Zionism, has always been the return of the Jewish people to the land of its forefathers. Therefore, he argues, establishing a Palestinian state that would include some of Judaism’s most sacred places undermines the entire Zionist idea. To put it in a nutshell: For Arens, Zionism without Hebron is dead. 
http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/strenger-than-fiction/either-democracy-or-hebron-1.345693

The racist entity that is taking over Israel must be toppled / Sefi Rachlevsky
The atrocities in Libya send an unequivocal message to the world: Patriotism lies with democracy, not with the regime — The wretchedness of the law in the face of Rabbi Dov Lior has many meanings, and Lior’s refusal to be interrogated over his support for “The King’s Torah – The Laws for Killing Gentiles” – only marginally gets at the heart of the matter. Thirty years ago, the terrorist organization known as the “Jewish Underground” was set up with the purpose of killing Arabs. The group’s head of operations, Menachem Livni – who was convicted on multiple counts of murder before being pardoned by the regime – testified at the time that the living spirit, the initiator, the religious instructor and the coordinator of the murders was Lior.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/the-racist-entity-that-is-taking-over-israel-must-be-toppled-1.345929

Arab MKs must beg forgiveness for Libya visit / Salman Masalha
All the [Israeli] Arab public figures who went to Libya should now publicly express remorse and beg forgiveness, first from the Libyan people and next from the Arab citizens they purport to represent.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/arab-mks-must-beg-forgiveness-for-libya-visit-1.345930

From Chicago to the world: about Mordechai Vanunu and a ‘brief’ history / Eileen Fleming
Salem-News 26 Feb (CHICAGO) – As of this this weekend, it has been five years since this reporter started covering the situation of Mordechai Vanunu who was imprisoned by Israel for blowing the whistle on Israel’s nuclear weapon’s program
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february262011/vanunu-history-ef.php

One nation, under repression: the Arab world and the ‘Palestine effect’ / Yousef Munayyer
The focus here is not meant to be on which region is more repressive, or which period or year was most repressive. Rather, what stands out immediately is that these 22 states, with all their different domestic dynamics, acted in a remarkably similar fashion over time throughout the Arab world. In many of the 28 years on this scale, the three series go up together or down together to similar extents. This defies just about anything anyone could expect when conducting such an analysis … Certainly, I would not go so far as to say that the revolution in Tunisia or Egypt or the uprisings taking place across the Arab world were immediate reactions to anything going on in Palestine … Rather, Palestine is a central Arab issue often adopted by opposition groups across the Arab world, whether for self-interested or altruistic purposes, and has been for the better part of a century. 
http://muftah.org/?p=834

Mideast / Arab world

Saturday: 19 Iraqis killed, 33 wounded, hundreds possibly beaten
The casualty figures from yesterday’s protests continued to rise today as reports trickled out from a number of cities across Iraq; however, the most chilling news came from Baghdad were hundreds of protesters may be detained and suffering from beatings. At least 19 Iraqis were killed and 33 more wounded besides those rumored beaten during arrests. Also, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani asked the government to improve services and combat corruption, while Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into the illegal use of force by security personnel. A possible explanation for the low estimate of wounded yesterday comes from four journalists who saw many wounded detainees inside a Defense Ministry prison in Baghdad yesterday. The four journalists, who were beaten and arrested as well, used their connections to gain freedom
http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2011/02/26/saturday-19-iraqis-killed-33-wounded-hundreds-possibly-beaten/

Lebanese protesters urge political system change in Beirut rally
Feb 27 (Reuters) — In wake of unrest sweeping Mideast, some Lebanese protesters chanted the now-familiar refrain of ‘The people want to bring down the regime …”We are here to bring down the sectarian system in Lebanon because it is more of a dictatorial system than dictatorship systems themselves,” said protester Rahshan Saglam.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/lebanese-protesters-urge-political-system-change-in-beirut-rally-1.346006

Factbox: Unrest in Arabian peninsula
Feb 27 (Reuters) – Unrest sweeping the Arab world against entrenched leaders has spread to the Arabian Peninsula, with tens of thousands demanding change in Yemen and Bahrain and smaller numbers demonstrating in neighbouring Gulf countries. Here is a summary of recent protests in the oil-producing region, which have broken out despite pledges of billions of dollars in state handouts and modest political changes designed to appease popular opposition to autocratic rulers. 
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/factbox-unrest-in-arabian-peninsula

Deaths in Oman protests
AJ 27 Feb — At least two people have been killed in an industrial town in Oman, after police fired rubber bullets on anti-government protesters … Witnesses said a police station and a government building were set on fire.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/2011227112850852905.html

Tunisia prime minister resigns after protests
TUNIS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Tunisia Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his resignation on Sunday following a wave of street protests. Critics have accused Ghannouchi of being to close to the North African state’s former government, toppled in an uprising last month, and of failing to enact reforms … Three people have been killed and several people wounded in clashes between security forces and demonstrators since Friday over Ghannouchi’s role in the interim government.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/tunisia-prime-minister-resigns-after-protests

Bahraini Shi‘ite leader hints could accept king
MANAMA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – A Bahraini hardline Shi‘ite dissident said on Sunday he would accept a Western-style constitutional monarchy in the Gulf Arab kingdom if protesters supported the measure. Hassan Mushaimaa was allowed to return to Bahrain as part of several concessions by the ruling al-Khalifa family to Bahrain’s majority Shi‘ites who have been at the forefront of nearly two weeks of protests demanding more say in government.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/bahraini-shiite-leader-hints-could-accept-king

Egypt proposes presidency reform
AJ 26 Feb — Egypt is planning constitutional amendments that would open up competition for the presidency and only allow the winner to stay in office for eight years. The proposed amendments, outlined on Saturday by a judicial committee appointed by Egypt’s ruling military council, will be put to a referendum ahead of elections that will hand power back to a civilian government.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/2011226163611509450.html

Afghanistan

Afghan night raid survivors, in their own words
KABUL (Reuters) 26 Feb — The growing use of “night raids” by NATO-led and Afghan forces to kill or capture insurgents is one of the most controversial strategies in the Afghan war. Here are some accounts by Afghan civilians of night raids they experienced, which left them injured or bereaved.
http://www.uruknet.info/?new=75388

U.S.

Will the Arab revolutions finally penetrate the US echo chamber? / James M. Wall
Salem-News 26 Feb — CHICAGO — Alastair Crooke, a veteran British diplomat and author, wisely reminds us that echo chambers are extremely difficult to penetrate — The revolutions that began in Tunisia, continued in Egypt and now threaten Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, are spreading throughout the Middle East. Perhaps, one day, the revolution may even engulf Palestine. There are signs emanating from the echo chamber that controls US thought on all matters pertaining to Israel, that sounds of the revolutions may soon penetrate into the chamber.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february262011/arab-revolut-jw.php

 
     

At J Street, Eltahawy gets standing ovation when she calls on peaceful revolution to come to Israel and Palestine

Feb 27, 2011

Philip Weiss

 

I’ve been at the J Street conference for two hours now and the political program seems to be, End the Netanyahu government now, because we’re in deep trouble. But that message was overshadowed by Mona Eltahawy, the Egyptian journalist, who actuallly actually got applause when she spoke about the “massacre” in Gaza and Arab “hatred for Israel,” then got a standing ovation when she called on the assembled to lead a peaceful revolution for Palestinian “dignity and freedom.”

First Eltahawy, then the attack on Netanyahu.

Eltahawy’s theme was that the Arab revolutions are coming to Palestine inevitably, there’s no border. All the Arab revolutionaries care about Palestine. She quoted a Tunisian friend who said, “My feet are in Tunisia, my mind is in the west, I love the culture, I love the literature But my heart is in the east, with Palestinians.. I will not be a full and open friend with the west until Palestinians get their freedom and dignity, this is key.”

She also quoted young Egyptians with no personal knowledge of war. “But they don’t need war [to understand]…. because they see what happens to Palestinians on a daily on a daily basis, and they don’t like it… [They say], The hatred for Israel… will not end until you lift the siege on Gaza and treat Palestinians with freedom and dignity.”

Applause mostly from the young people, there are about 500 students here. You can see they love the Arab revolutions and want to feel so good about something themselves.  

Eltahawy’s closing challenge was that just as the Arab dictators responded late and stupidly to the demands of the people, Israel and Obama and its friends are responding late to the political movement afoot. They were completely tone-deaf to Gaza, she said; as Arabs everywhere watched Palestinians being “torn apart.” It was a “massacre,” she said twice. Great to hear that from a Jewish pulpit.

“My question to J street and to Israel, do you want to be ten days too late, do you want to be like these dictators that [Netanyahu]… loves so dearly… the people have outpaced the Obama administration…Here’s my challenge to you–“

Just as Egyptians and Tunisians “have managed to get rid of the unriddable…” wihtout burning one foreign flag, “the best of Gandhi and Martin Luther King combined,” it is time “to march for the freedom and dignity of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, and we will.

“Make that call, I will be with you. It’s about time, and it’s something that everyone is thinking about.”

She added, “This is not something that is supposed to scare you.. Embrace.. nonviolence. Millions of Arabs peacefully dismantled dictatorships ….Embrace them and reach out to them, and we too will march for the freedom and dignity of Palestinians.. Cll for that nonviolent revolution for freedom and dignity for Palestians, and I will be there.”

Wild cheers.

The anti-Netanyahu theme is all through the conference. I gather that Jeremy Ben-Ami went after Netanyahu last night.

And just now Ron Pundak, an Israeli liberal, threw cold water on Eltahawy’s parade by saying that nothing is going to change Israel as it is currently constituted, the government will do nothing.  

 

“Unfortunately we are governed by a prime minister, whose main policy is based on a paranoiac feeling, on an obsession on thinking that everyone is against us…

“The obsession with dealing with the past– the future is not at all calculated, and issues like the Arab Peace Initiative are not on the table, and we are looking at everything as if all criticism is anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic or anti-something…

“We are in a situation on the verge of tragedy.”

So far I have heard two Israelis blasting their country for not grabbing the Arab Peace Initiative — like Sadat’s flight to Jerusalem in ’77, Knesset Member Ophir Paz-Pines said–but with the sense that that time may be past. The Arab people have woken up, and they don’t like us.

J Street’s answer would seem to be what my answer is, go after the lobby and the American Jewish community because that’s where the power is. Though the agenda here is clearly a two-state solution. I’ll keep you posted. 

 
     

For Egypt’s workers the revolution is far from over

Feb 27, 2011

Philip Rizk
     

The opposition is building an interim government while Saif says there is nothing going on…

Feb 27, 2011

Seham 

Protesters Continue to Make Gains

Libya protesters control Zawiyah
Tanks have surrounded Libyan city as residents brace for raid by pro-Gaddafi forces at any moment.

And more news from Libya:

‘Security forces driven out of Misurata’
Reports coming out of Libya’s third largest city suggest that Misurata is now in the hands of opposition supporters. Khalid, a resident of Misurata, spoke to Al Jazeera’s Sami Zeidan about who is in control after clashes and a standoff with an army unit. He said security forces have been driven out of the city.

Libyan military defections mount
There is mounting evidence that a growing number of Libyan military personnel are defecting and joining the opposition against Colonel Gaddafi.  At the nation’s biggest navy base in opposition- controlled Benghazi, officers have declared a ‘free Libya.’  In the western city of Zawiya, amateur film shows soldiers being carried by protesters.  “One Libya, one people” they chanted.  Opposition sources say the military units defecting to them are well-armed, well-disciplined and well- organised.
http://feb17.info/videos/libyan-military-defections-mount/ 

Army joins the revolution in Az Zawiya
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2758 

Top Libyan oil firm staff join protests – Quryna
RABAT Feb 26 (Reuters) – Employees at Libya’s Arabian Gulf Oil Co (Agoco) have joined the revolt against leader Muammar Gaddafi and have kept operations going since the unrest started, the online edition of the Quryna newspaper reported on Saturday. Quoting a statement it received from what it said were the company’s employees, Quryna said “the company runs its operations at all fields and production sites … and has managed since the start of the uprising to sustain operations at its oilfields … and at Al-Huraiqa port”.  Agoco, affiliated to the state-owned National Oil Company, was pumping about 450,000 barrels per day in April 2010 from some of the country’s biggest oilfields including Sarir and Nafoora, according to its website. Three of its employees were killed during the unrest, it added.
http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE71P0HG20110226

Gaddafi’s defectors denounce ‘government of Mussolini and Hitler’
Some of the former Libyan ministers and diplomats who have turned on the regime of Muammar Gaddafi
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/26/gaddafi-defectors

Libya’s revolution headquarters
Benghazi, the de facto capital of the opposition, is where much of anti-Gaddafi actions are co-ordinated and executed.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201122753146444424.html 

Battle of Benghazi: How protesters seized city
BENGHAZI, Libya — The young men of Benghazi pounded the dreaded military barracks in the city center with everything they could find. They threw stones and crude bombs made of tin cans stuffed with gunpowder. They drove bulldozers into its walls. All under a blaze of gunfire from troops inside that literally tore people in half. 
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41794067/ns/world_news-mideast/n_africa/

Translated: Misratah demonstrators capture a Brigadier and relative to Gaddafi
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2729 

Footage of Defeated Mercenary and Injured Protesters being treated, Tripoli (Feb. 25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh1nQ6wDdkU&feature=player_embedded 

Glad tidings from Kufra
At 4:18 -”We are in complete control. Kufrah Airport is in a strategic location.  It ties Libya to the rest of Africa.  We here, oh youth of Libya, no Mercenary airplanes will enter from here.”
http://feb17.info/videos/glad-tidings-from-kufra/

Mass Anti-Gaddafi Demonstration in Misrata (Feb. 25)
http://feb17.info/videos/mass-anti-gaddafi-demonstration-in-misrata-feb-25/

Misratah comes out in HUGE numbers to honour its martyrs
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2695

Demonstrations in Tripoli
Demonstration gains steam as men from side streets join up with the bulk of protesters in Tripoli!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVOUk4EJubY&feature=player_embedded

Mass Demonstration after Friday prayer in Darna (Feb. 25)
http://feb17.info/videos/mass-demonstration-after-friday-prayer-in-darna-feb-25/

Liberated youth of Benghazi cleaning up the street
http://feb17.info/videos/liberated-youth-of-benghazi-cleaning-up-the-street/

Demonstrators in Souq Al Jumaa, Tripoli (Feb. 25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nMta1YwuSg&feature=player_embedded 

Protesters in Tripoli destroy Gaddafi bilboard (Feb 25)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFlZGZ8d4Xo&feature=player_embedded 

Latest pictures of Al Birka Barracks and Benghazi
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2826 

The Martyrs
Young Girl from Shahhat killed by .57 Cal Mercenary heavy machine gun, Bayda Hospital (Feb. 17) **GRAPHIC CONTENT**
http://feb17.info/videos/young-girl-from-shahhat-killed-by-57-cal-mercenary-heavy-machine-gun-bayda-hospital-feb-17/ 

Fallan Libyan Heroes of Zawiya
http://feb17.info/videos/fallan-libyan-heroes-of-zawiya/

One of the fallen heroes in Souq Al-Jumaa, Tripoli (Feb. 25)
http://feb17.info/videos/one-of-the-fallen-heroes-in-souq-al-jumaa-tripoli-feb-25/

Son saying a prayer by the grave of his murdered Father, Tripoli cemetery (Feb. 26)
http://feb17.info/videos/son-praying-for-his-martyred-father-tripoli-cemetery-feb-26/ 

Soldiers ‘Burned Alive’ by their own Forces for Refusing to Fight Protesters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agVUTcPUCB4&feature=player_embedded 

One of the Protesters killed after Friday prayer in Souq Al Jumaa, Tripoli (Feb. 25)
http://feb17.info/videos/one-of-the-protesters-killed-after-friday-prayer-in-souq-al-jumaa-tripoli-feb-25/ 

One of the many brave protesters that helped liberate Benghazi (Graphic)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAbdMFE9JiA&feature=player_embedded

Bloody streets of Tripoli after the killing of Protester in Souk Al Jumaa (Feb. 25)
http://feb17.info/videos/bloody-streets-of-tripoli-after-the-killing-of-protester-in-souk-al-jumaa-feb-25/ 

Aftermath of the Battle at Misrata Airport
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV1L2eSG1-M&feature=player_embedded

Eyewitness Accounts of the Battle at Misrata Airport
http://feb17.info/videos/eyewitness-accounts-of-the-battle-at-misrata-airport/

Mass Protest/Funeral on Friday for Martyrs of the Battle for Misrata Airport
http://feb17.info/videos/massive-funeral-in-misrata-after-battle-of-the-airport-on-friday/

Breaking Video: Mercenaries shooting Protesters at close range prior to the liberation of Benghazi
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsYLfGJlsKI&feature=player_embedded

Man shot in his forehead – GRAPHIC
http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3Dyib_sB9Ci58%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded

Disturbing images emerging from Tripoli Medical Centre
http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh220/molibya/Libyan%20Martyrs/?albumview=slideshow

Injured Child in Misrata Hospital
http://feb17.info/videos/injured-child-in-misrata-hospital/

A message from a woman in Tripoli
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2819

Protesters in Souq Al Jumaa, Tripoli (Feb. 25)
After showing empty cases of live ammunition fired at them, the man at 2:15 asks: “Where are the reporters that they said would be here on Friday? Today is Friday! The reporters must be with him in his base at Bab Al Aziziyya!”
http://feb17.info/videos/protesters-in-souk-al-jumaa-tripoli-feb-25/ 

Reminder…the Libyan people have suffered for over 40 years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtIiKsIgmIY&feature=player_embedded 

Other Violence
Foreigners in Libya report being beaten, robbed
Guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia and other nations tell of being attacked by Libyan security forces, robbed and accused of being traitors and inciting the uprising against Moammar Kadafi. Paying $200 for a government-sponsored taxi ride to the Tunisian border sounded like a bad deal. But Tunisian laborer Amr Soltan had no idea just how bad until he and his friends were driven instead to a prison, locked up for five days, robbed of their cellphones by police and beaten by guards.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/0EggB6jgsrM/la-fg-libya-brutality-20110227,0,4259996.story 

Qadhafi Clings to Power
Libya’s Gaddafi clings to Tripoli
With much of the oil-producing regions in opposition hands, Gaddafi’s power base shrinks to the capital’s periphery.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201122792426740496.html

Battle for Tripoli continues
Most of Libya is out of control of the government, and Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power may soon be confined only to Tripoli, Libya’s former interior minister told Al Jazeera. General Abdul Fatteh Younis, called upon Gaddafi’s leader to end his resistance to the uprising, although he does not expect him to do so. The embattled Libyan regime of passed out guns to civilian supporters, set up checkpoints and sent armed patrols roving the terrorised capital on Saturday. Some of Libya’s security forces reportedly have given up the fight. Footage believed to be filmed on Friday appeared to show soldiers in uniform joining the protesters. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid is in eastern Libya from where she wraps up the latest from across the country.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mu-zp_yCCo&feature=youtube_gdata 

Inside Story – Gaddafi’s inner circle 
As some of those close to the Libyan leader continue to defect, how important is his remaining inner circle? And who are they?

Inside Gaddafi’s bunker 
As pro-democracy supporters gain control of cities in eastern Libya, many of Gaddafi’s properties have been ransacked and destroyed.  
Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland gives us a glimpse into one of his so-called palaces, on the outskirts of Benghazi.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L1hWPGVcB0&feature=player_embedded

Saif Al Islam: You will discover that what you heard was a big joke.
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2655 

Gaddafi’s son denies turmoil sweeping Libya-report
WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi denied in a U.S. television interview that turmoil was sweeping the country and said the military did not use force against the people, despite reports to the contrary.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/gaddafis-son-denies-turmoil-sweeping-libya-report

Exclusive: Amanpour Interviews Gadhafi’s Son
In an exclusive interview with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and one of his chief advisers, insisted Libya was calm, the military has not attacked any civilians and reports of Libyan diplomats abandoning their posts were simply a ‘miscommunication.’ 
http://abcnews.go.com/International/saif-gadhafi-interviewed-by-christiane-amanpour-worldwide-exclusive/story?id=13011545

Jazeera Reports: Witchcraft and Sorcery books found in Gaddafi’s Palace in Bayda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr_GI91nees&feature=player_embedded

Humanitarian Crisis
Doctors Needed
To all physicians whom are willing to provide services, expertise, or resources. A committee of doctors are putting these resources together in a consolidated effort to provide medical services to Libya. Groups of doctors are currently in Libya and others are making their way to Libya to provide these services directly. All those willing and able to assist in these efforts please email for further information. Libyanhealth_professionals @ yahoo.com.  Updates to follow
http://feb17.info/media/doctors-needed/ 

Libya: Stop the Crackdown
In Libya, Colonel Qaddafi’s armed forces are using machine guns and fighter jets against pro-democracy protesters — hundreds have already been killed and, without immediate international action, the situation could spiral into a national bloodbath.  The United Nations Security Council and the European Union are in emergency sessions on Libya this week. If we can pressure them to agree to a no-fly zone over Libya, a freeze of Qaddafi’s, his family’s and his high command’s assets, targeted sanctions against the regime, and international prosecution of any military officials involved in the crackdown — this could stop airforce bombings and split Qaddafi’s command structure.  We have no time to lose — the people of Libya are being slaughtered by government forces. Click to send a message directly to all the UNSC delegations, EU Foreign Ministers and the High Representative for the EU to stop the violence and share this with everyone — let’s inundate them with messages and spur them to action!
http://www.avaaz.org/en/libya_stop_the_crackdown/96.php 

Report from Doctor in Misrata Hospital
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm2Y_tKIkL0&feature=player_embedded 

British military secretly flies into Libya to evacuate foreign nationals
In a hush-hush rescue mission, British planes land in the desert to take 150 oil workers and their families to Malta. A Royal Navy frigate is expected to arrive in Benghazi on Sunday to pick up some of the 300 Britons believed to still be in Libya. In a hush-hush rescue mission, British airplanes land in the eastern Libya desert and take 150 oil workers and their families to Malta. A Royal Navy frigate is expected to arrive in Benghazi on Sunday to pick up some of the 300 Britons believed to still be in Libya.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/Ti49ZzGdEEs/la-fg-libya-rescue-20110227,0,5071671.story 

Expats flee chaotic Libya en masse
Thousands camp outside Tripoli’s airport for days on little more than bread and water in the hope of leaving.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/201122703618479675.html 

100,000 have fled Libya, U.N. refugee agency says
GENEVA, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Nearly 100,000 people have fled violence in Libya in the past week, streaming into Tunisia and Egypt in a growing humanitarian crisis, the U.N. refugee agency said on Sunday.  They include Tunisians, Egyptians, Libyans and third country nationals including Chinese and other Asians, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. About half of the 100,000 have gone to Tunisia and half to Egypt.  “We call upon the international community to respond quickly and generously to enable these governments to cope with this humanitarian emergency,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said. The Geneva-based UNHCR began an airlift of shelter and other relief supplies on Saturday night to Djerba, Tunisia, and the aid will be brought to the Libyan border, it said. 
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/100000-have-fled-libya-un-refugee-agency-says

Developments
Full Text of UN Resolution imposing sanctions on Libya
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/116663/20110227/un-resolution-libya-sanctions-original-text-un-resolution-1970-2011.htm

Obama: Gaddafi must leave Libya now
The US administration sharpens stance against Libyan leader, urging him for the first time to step down.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/02/2011226232530835912.html

UN slaps sanctions on Libyan regime
Security Council unanimously orders travel and assets ban on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his inner circle.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/02/20112271959190839.html 

UN Security Council hits Qaddafi with sanctions, war crimes investigations
The unanimous Security Council decision increases international pressure on Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya as President Obama calls for Qaddafi to leave power immediately.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/nkVPmqC0lv0/UN-Security-Council-hits-Qaddafi-with-sanctions-war-crimes-investigations

Interim Libyan govt wins support
“Caretaker administration” led by former justice minister gains the endorsement of the Libyan envoys to the UN and US.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201122702915408866.html

Revealed: Blair’s secret calls to Gaddafi
Ex-PM phones Libyan despot – and urges him to quit, while SAS mounts daring rescue of oil workers stranded in desert. Tony Blair, widely criticised in recent days for offering Muammar Gaddafi “the hand of friendship” seven years ago, made an extraordinary personal intervention when he twice phoned the embattled Libyan dictator on Friday and asked him to stop killing protesters rising up against the regime. 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-blairs-secret-calls-to-gaddafi-2226887.html 

Berlusconi: Gadhafi no longer in control of Libya
U.S. imposes sanctions on Libya for Gadhafi’s violent crackdown on protesters, UN to soon discuss possible sanctions; Turkish PM speaks out against UN sanctions, says they will harm the Libyan people.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/berlusconi-gadhafi-no-longer-in-control-of-libya-1.345851?localLinksEnabled=false

Gaddafi’s rule is over in Libya -German minister
BERLIN, Feb 26 (Reuters) – German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday he believed Muammar Gaddafi would not be able to stay in power after his brutal reponse to the popular uprising in Libya and his rule was over.  In an article to be published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper on Sunday, Westerwelle criticised the European Union for not acting sooner to impose sanctions against Gaddafi.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/gaddafis-rule-is-over-in-libya–german-minister 

Libya rescue: William Hague says Gaddafi ‘must go’
Foreign Secretary William Hague has said “it is time” for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12590204

France closes embassy in Libya, withdraws staff
PARIS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – France has closed its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli and flown out its ambassador and staff there, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.  A French military plane pulled out 122 foreigners from Libya on Saturday, of whom 28 were French, it said. France’s air force evacuated 498 French people earlier in the week, leaving only a few who wished to remain for now in the crisis-hit country.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/france-closes-embassy-in-libya-withdraws-staff 

Solidarity
In Tunisia, an army of volunteers rushes to aid Libyans
RAS JDIR, TUNISIA – On Friday, Khadiga Mhiri, a 32-year-old pharmacist, was watching scenes of desperate people fleeing over the border from Libya on the television screen of her home in the Tunisian capital, Tunis. 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/26/AR2011022603482.html?wprss=rss_world&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=main-twitter

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, “PFLP Condemns the Gaddafi Regime’s Massacres against the Libyan People”
The PFLP demanded the protection of the Libyan people and their rights, and emphasized its support for the demands of the people of Libya and the Arab masses for freedom, human and national dignity, democracy, social justice, and the fight against corruption and dictatorship.
http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/pflp260211.html 

Libyan ambassador to Malta supports the people
The Libyan ambassador to Malta has announced on Al Jazeera that he supports the people. He said he will not resign, but he distances himself from Gaddafi.
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2668

Amid fear for family, Libyans in US take to streets
Amid fear for those caught in the bloodshed in Libya, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Saturday to voice their disgust with Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown. Dozens of protesters gathered in a downtown Chicago plaza on February 21 in support of a mass uprising to put an end to Moamer Kadhafi’s four-decade rule. . Amid fear for those caught in the bloodshed in Libya, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Saturday to voice their disgust with Moamer Kadhafi’s deadly crackdown.  Chanting “Libya, Libya don’t you cry, we won’t let your freedom die” and “Enough is enough, Kadhafi’s time is up,” they waved monarchist Libyan flags and stomped on posters of the grim-faced dictator.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/26/amid-fear-for-family-libyans-in-us-take-to-streets/ 

Stand Up For Libya: Boston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIrP_UFBTHg&feature=player_embedded 

Libya, Chicago is with you!
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2733 

Powerful banner at Chicago’s demonstration today
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2761 

Protest Against Gadhafi in Geneva, GE (February 26, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqErcLxLX_o&feature=player_embedded 

Libya, Rome is with you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbRchm8HCqA&feature=player_embedded 

“Free Libya” protests in Tokyo
http://www.libyafeb17.com/?p=2670

Analysis/Op-ed
How Egypt Can Help Libya
I suggest that the UN Security Council invite Egypt to intervene, if Libyans approve. A small part of Egypt’s army would dwarf Gaddafi’s forces. Without even having to fight, it could join and support the Libyan rebel forces that have already liberated eastern and southern Libya. This would change the situation completely.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-stallman/how-egypt-can-help-libya_b_828626.html?ref=email_share

‘Gaddafi ruthless, Egyptian army can help get rid of him’ 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNsWkdRmtR4 

Q+A: How will the world’s war crimes court act on Libya?
(Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and referred Libya’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators to the International Criminal Court.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/27/us-libya-icc-idUSTRE71Q1DB20110227

Across ‘liberated’ eastern Libya, volunteerism and a pulling together
In Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, one member of the transitional city council says that ‘we have surprised even ourselves’ as residents have stepped forward to maintain order.
http://rss.csmonitor.com/%7Er/feeds/world/%7E3/pha2VN9cdX0/Across-liberated-eastern-Libya-volunteerism-and-a-pulling-together

Libya celebrates as Gaddafi’s remote strongholds rise against him
On the road from Benghazi to Tripoli, evidence of the dictator’s demise includes sacked barracks and official buildings burned.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/26/libya-celebrates-gaddafi-remote-strongholds 

Benghazi uprising triggers cleaning revolution
BENGHAZI, Libya, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters who swept their oppressive regime from power in the east of the country are now sweeping the streets, with a newfound sense of people power translating into a feeling of civic pride.  In Libya’s second city of Benghazi, protesters who had braved gunfire to wrest control from government troops now clutch brooms, emulating Egyptians who cleaned central Cairo after mass protests toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/benghazi-uprising-triggers-cleaning-revolution 

Libyans remain fearful of Kadafi’s wrath
Even in cities that are no longer under his control, residents live in dread of potential repercussions. For all the rowdy anti-government protests and people saying they’re ready for martyrdom, the fear that Moammar Kadafi has sown for 41 years doesn’t disappear in the few seconds it takes to fire off a round of celebratory gunfire.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/HL5Bog0imCg/la-fg-libya-fear-20110227,0,5967285.story

Libya’s information walls come tumbling down
In case there were any remaining question that Seif al-Islam Qaddafi, the scion of Libya’s fast-fading leader, is not exactly the brightest star in the galaxy, he dispelled those doubts today by appearing on the Al-Arabiya satellite channel to declare that “everything is normal” in Tripoli even as news outlets reported on growing signs that the Qaddafi family is losing its grip on Libya. Earlier this week, Seif had invited foreign journalists to the Libyan capital so they could see for themselves just how wonderfully the Qaddafis were handling what he downplayed as the work of foreign-backed, pill-popping Al Qaeda terrorists bent on Libya’s destruction.
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/26/libyas_information_walls_come_tumbling_down

Telling Libya’s story over the Internet
An ad hoc network of information smugglers uses social media, accessed from across the border in Egypt, to share videos and firsthand accounts of the violence. Suleiman Zjailil is a modern-day town crier. He spends his days driving his battered car back and forth across the border with Egypt, smuggling out grainy cellphone videos so the world can see the news from his quarantined land.
http://feeds.latimes.com/%7Er/latimes/middleeast/%7E3/ATw8fDymVBY/la-fg-libya-information-20110227,0,5176350.story 

Libya’s Roman sites unscathed by unrest so far
RABAT, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Libyans appear determined to safeguard their rich cultural heritage during the popular unrest against leader Muammar Gaddafi, protecting it from the looting seen in neighbouring Egypt’s revolution just weeks ago. Conquered by most of the civilizations that held sway over the Mediterranean, Libya’s rich cultural heritage includes Leptis Magna, a prominent coastal city of the Roman empire, whose ruins are some 130 km (80 miles) east of Tripoli.
http://af.reuters.com/article/libyaNews/idAFLDE71M29K20110227?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

Cartoons/Satire
Map of Libya According to Qaddafi-Imagi-Nation
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/742/map-of-libya-according-to-qaddafi-imagi-nation

Muammar Gaddafi’s planned resignation speech
‘Muammar Gaddafi’s planned resignation speech,’ as seen by Tariq Ali. “It’s raining outside which is why I cannot address you. Sorry. It seems to be raining inside my tent as well. Can this be rain? No. It’s dogs polluting the uniforms of my bodyguards. No respect for women. Benghazi. I hate that city. Once I […]
http://pulsemedia.org/2011/02/27/muammar-gaddafi%e2%80%99s-planned-resignation-speech/

 
     

Desecrating the American flag

Feb 27, 2011

Morgan

 

Since I got back from Palestine two months ago, every Friday brings me back to the village of Bil’in. I won’t even remember the importance of Friday, as anything other than the start to my weekend, until I stumble across a video in my Facebook mini-feed and watch Haitham’s footage of the weekly demonstration in Bil’in.

During my three-week trip, I made it to two “demos” and spent five days in Bil’in, hanging out in the office of the Popular Committee and getting to know the people who send out articles, photos, and videos to the press and the general public via blogs, YouTube, Facebook, etc. I’m always proud, albeit a little anxious to see their footage, and faces at the demos on Friday.

When I saw Friday’s video start off with the burning of an American flag, I went on a short emotional roller coaster ride. The first emotion was shock–“I know these people, why are they doing this?” The next was worry–“What will the people who don’t know them think?” Then I remembered the U.S. veto.

Last week, the United States was the only country to veto the UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion, knowing full well that its tacit approval would enable Israel to continue to steal land in Bil’in and all over Palestine. I couldn’t help but think of the Consent lecture we were in given in college; they told us that most rape happens when a lack of “no” is interpreted as a “yes.” Why do we speak of freedom as American values, while giving our tacit approval of the rape of Palestine?  It was a short roller coaster ride, but suddenly the image of Palestinians wrapped in kaffiyehs burning an American flag (and stomping on it) was no longer a violent or threatening image. That young man from Bil’in couldn’t possibly desecrate my flag any more than my president did last week.

     

‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ organizers respond to LGBT center’s decision to cancel event under pressure

Feb 27, 2011

Adam Horowitz

 

Below is a statement from the organizers of New York City’s Israeli Apartheid Week responding to the decision by New York LGBT Center to cancel a “Party to End Apartheid” under pressure from donors. You can sign their petition here.

As organizers of New York City’s Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), we are dismayed to learn that New York’s LGBT Center has canceled the scheduled March 5 “Party to End Apartheid” that was to take place there.  We are equally dismayed that the Center also has banned one of the organizers of this event, and a member of our coalition, the Siegebusters Working Group, from holding its regular meeting at the Center. Israeli Apartheid Week, now entering its seventh year internationally and its fifth year in New York City, is a series of events designed to educate people about Israel’s apartheid nature and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns in concordance with the just demands of Palestinian civil society.

In 2008, The LGBT Center hosted an Israeli Apartheid Week event discussing the boycott campaign against Israeli billionaire, diamond manufacturer, and settlement builder Lev Leviev.  This year’s IAW in New York includes conversations about BDS as a tactic, discussions of recent protests and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, a book release party for NY spoken word artist Remi Kanazi, and a discussion with queer theorist Judith Butler and filmmaker John Greyson. These events will be taking place in many venues across the city, including university campuses and churches.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, gay adult film producer and right-wing columnist Michael Lucas issued a press release threatening to boycott the LGBT Center for allowing local IAW organizers to meet and plan an event there.  Lucas denounced IAW as a “hate group” and called us “anti-Semitic.”  This is an ill-informed mischaracterization. IAW is not actually a group, but it is a part of the global BDS movement, which strongly opposes all forms of racism, including racism against Jews.

As anti-racists, IAW organizers – who are Palestinian, Jewish, queer, straight, and much more – denounce Lucas’ false accusations and are shocked that the Center has caved in to his threats.  The Center’s brief statement, issued without any input from the event organizers mere hours after Lucas made his threats public, declared that the Center is a “safe haven for LGBT groups and individuals.”  Yet the cancellation of this event and the banning of the organizing group from the Center send a clear message to LGBT people that we are not welcome if we are Arab or Muslim, or if we advocate human rights for Palestinians.

Lucas’ press release claimed that, “Israel is the only country in the Middle East that supports gay rights, while its enemies round up, torture, and condemn gay people to death.”  But as Palestinian queer organizer Sami Shamali reminded NY listeners at last week’s Audre Lorde Project event organized by author Sarah Schulman, “There is no magic pink door in the Apartheid Wall.”  Israel does not treat queer Palestinians any better than it does their straight counterparts, yet anti-Muslim and anti-Arab groups and individuals, like Michael Lucas, continue to claim that Israel is a wonderful place for gay people.  These pinkwashing arguments, designed to mask the true nature of Israeli apartheid, have prompted groups like Palestinian Queers for BDS to assert that Palestinian queers can speak for themselves and to demand that people like Lucas stop abusing their name.

On February 23, IAW organizers received an e-mail from Michael Lucas, gloating, “I cancelled your event.”  Let us not allow one individual to drown out the voices of millions of Palestinian people.  Let us not allow one individual to change the nature of the LGBT Center from one of democracy and safe space to one of censorship and exclusion.  We demand that the LGBT Center reverse its decision and guarantee the right of organizers to continue to meet and hold events there.

IAW in NYC Coordinating Committee
     

Can you pass the Saudi Arabia quiz?

Feb 27, 2011

Jeffrey Rudolph

 

Saudi Arabia, an Islamic absolute monarchy, has enjoyed extremely close relations with the United States, a constitutional republic. This relationship highlights the gross hypocrisy of US foreign policy: fundamentalism and dictatorship in the Arab world is only condemned when it comes garbed in anti-Americanism. In fact, Saudi Arabia makes Iran—the target of sanctions and regime change by the US for over 30 years—look relatively progressive. 

The US and Saudi governments have had a clear long-term agreement. The Saudis agree to supply oil in accordance with US needs and to reinvest the resulting revenue in US assets and arms. In return, the US provides protection to the Royal family regardless of its internal repression and extremist ideology. While mutually beneficial, this compact is also the source of one of Saudi Arabia’s great contradictions: The Saudi kings depend for their security on a country widely reviled in the Arab world as Israel’s protector.

Contradictions run deep in Saudi Arabia. Attempts at domestic reform have been confronted with state-sponsored extremist preachers—in fact, Saudi kings have, on occasion used their power to protect “progressives” from harsh Saudi judges. While in the foreign policy realm, uneven state support of confrontational policies concerning Iran have been coupled with attempts to moderate US belligerence in Iraq and Palestine. 

The following quiz is an attempt to supplement the rather shallow coverage of Saudi Arabia provided in the mainstream media. 

1. Which Middle-East country has been the US’s oldest ally in the region? 

-Saudi Arabia. In 2008, Saudi Arabia celebrated “the seventy-fifth anniversary of U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relations, which had started with the signing of the oil contract in 1933.” President Bush attended the celebration—flying to the Kingdom after attending celebrations in Jerusalem to mark Israel’s sixty years of existence since 1948. “Abdullah took some delight in the comparative longevity of the two anniversaries, cupping his palms open in front of him, as if weighing the relative poundage of sixty or seventy-five years of friendship in the scales.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 301.)

-“In May 1933, Ibn Saud granted Standard Oil of California an enormous petroleum concession for less than $200,000 [a great bargain]… Later, in the early 1940s, the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (a consortium that became known in 1944 as the Arabian American Oil Company, or Aramco) convinced President Roosevelt to help the king by including the kingdom in the lend-lease aid program.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 86.)

-“[O]il is not the whole story [of US interest in Saudi Arabia]: Saudi Arabia is also important because of its strategic location. Lend-Lease was extended to the nation in 1943 in exchange for permission to build and utilize an air force base in Dhahran. The location of this base later made it a useful tool for the Americans during the cold war. … The official relationship was launched at the highest level in the most dramatic of circumstances: at President’s Franklin Roosevelt’s post-Yalta meeting with Ibn Saud. … [W]ildly different notions of how the world worked…[did not] get in the way of the main bilateral issue: Saudi oil supply and American security guarantees for the kingdom.” (Stephen P. Cohen; Beyond America’s Grasp: A Century of Failed Diplomacy in the Middle East; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; New York: 2009; pp. 94-95.)

-The following link has a picture of the February 14, 1945 “landmark meeting between King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt onboard the U.S. Navy cruiser Quincy in the Great Bitter Lake segment of the Suez Canal. The…meeting was the first face-to-face contact between top American and Saudi leaders and served as the foundation for the longstanding relationship between Washington and Riyadh.”: http://www.susris.com/2011/02/ 14/today-in-history-king- abdulaziz-and-president- roosevelt-meeting/

2. Who stated the following in 1945?: “I’m sorry, gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism. I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.”

-Harry Truman: President of the United States, 1945-1953.

-The above quote was stated by Truman at a “meeting in Washington with William Eddy, the U.S. chief of mission in Saudi Arabia, and with other U.S. diplomats to the major Arab countries. There had been widespread anger in the Arab world at the favor that America was showing toward the Zionist effort to create a Jewish state in Palestine, and the diplomats had been assembled to explain the reasons for Arab opposition. But nothing he heard appeared to change Truman’s mind. … Truman was not quite correct. The U.S. Census of 1940 showed 107,420 individuals classified ‘white’ who gave their ‘mother tongue’ as Arabic, and census analysts reckon the real count of Arab-Americans at three times that. But the president’s political point remained. By the 1940s the Jews were organized politically in America in a way that the Arabs never were… Today [2009] there are some 3.5 million Arab-Americans (a good number of them Christians), and their political clout does not begin to match that of the 6.4 million U.S. Jews. Following the hard-fought creation of Israel in 1948, every successive crisis in the Middle East would increase pro-Israeli feeling inside America—and then came the emergence of so-called Christian Zionism in the 1980s. Popular evangelists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson preached that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land had happened in accordance with biblical prophecy—‘to stand against Israel is to stand against God,’ proclaimed Falwell in 1981.” “America was the ‘far Satan,’ in Osama’s eyes, because it was the patron and supporter of the Al-Saud, the ‘near Satan’ that was the ultimate target. … [F]ew Americans could see that it was through the selection of contradictory friends [i.e. Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and allying with the House of Saud while also supporting Israel at the expense of Arabs] that their successive governments had picked themselves this lethal foe.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 216-7 and 228.)

-The culmination of one-sided U.S. support for Israel was the Bush Jr. administration. One of its earliest and most warmly welcomed guests was Ariel Sharon, the hardline enforcer of Greater Israel.

3. What was Saudi Arabia’s military expenditures for 2009 (in US dollars)? What was Israel’s?

-Saudi Arabia’s military expenditures: $39 billion. (http://milexdata.sipri.org/ result.php4)

-Israel’s military expenditures: $14 billion. (http://milexdata.sipri.org/ result.php4)

4. Why, despite spending billions on military equipment, is the Saudi state unable to defend itself?

-“Even after Saudi oil was fully nationalized in 1980, Washington’s politico-military elite maintained their pledge to defend the existing Saudi regime and its state whatever the cost. Why…could the Saudi state not defend itself? The answer was because the Saud clan, living in permanent fear, was haunted by the spectre of the radical nationalists who had seized power in Egypt in 1952 and in Iraq six years later. The Sauds kept the size of the national army and air force to the barest minimum to minimize the risk of a coup d’état. Many of the armaments they have purchased to please the West lie rusting peacefully in desert warehouses. For a decade and a half in the late 1970s and ‘80s, the Pakistan army, paid for by the Saudi treasury, sent in large contingents to protect the Saudi royal family in case of internal upheavals. Then, after the first Gulf War, the American military arrived.” (Tariq Ali; The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power; Scribner; New York: 2008; p. 265.)

-“Relatively small in number, in order to minimize the domestic risk of a republican coup d’état of the kind that brought down monarchies in Egypt, Iraq, and Libya, it [the Saudi military] is impressively armed with equipment bought at prohibitive prices in what has proved to be a bonanza for Western cannon merchants. Thus, for a population four times the size of that of neighboring Jordan, the Saudi kingdom has barely twice as many personnel in its armed forces, but it spends thirty-three times what the Hashemite kingdom spends on its own military budget. … Much of Riyadh’s most advanced weaponry is ‘pre-positioned’ so as to be available for eventual use by the U.S. troops… It is an open secret that the huge airport at Jeddah is not designed merely for the transit of pilgrims to Mecca.” (Gilbert Achcar; Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror; Monthly Review Press; New York: 2004; pp. 71-72.)

-“The original function of the [Saudi National] Guard was to enlist the loyalty of the tribes to protect the royal family against any threat… The Guard was founded at a time of suspected military coups, so its first bases were sited close to Riyadh and the major cities. The idea was that the Guard could block hostile forces coming from the more distant army and air force bases on the borders. Its anti-aircraft weapons were designed to shoot down Saudi fighter planes. Its antitank rockets had to be good enough to take on the Saudi Army.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 184.)

-Note that the respective populations of Israel and Saudi Arabia are 7.6 million (75% are Jewish) and  25.7 million (including 5.6 non-nationals). Therefore, Saudi Arabia has the population to more than match Israel’s military.

5. Which country is the largest provider of crude oil to the US?

-Canada. “The top five sources of US crude oil imports for November [2010] were Canada (1,975 thousand barrels per day), Mexico (1,229 thousand bpd), Saudi Arabia (1,119 thousand bpd), Venezuela (884 thousand bpd), and Nigeria (806 thousand bpd).” http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/ oil_gas/petroleum/data_ publications/company_level_ imports/current/import.html

-While the US does not rely on Saudi oil, according to Noam Chomsky “What has been central to [US] planning [concerning Middle East energy resources] is control, not access, an important distinction. The United States followed the same policies long before it relied on a drop of Middle East oil, and would continue to do so if it relied on solar energy. Such control gives the United States ‘veto power’ over its industrial rivals, as explained in the early postwar period by influential planners, and reiterated recently with regard to Iraq: a successful conquest of Iraq would give the United States ‘critical leverage’ over its industrial rivals, Europe and Asia, as pointed out by Zbigniew Brzezinski, an important figure in the planning community. Vice President Dick Cheney made the same point, describing control over petroleum supplies as ‘tools of intimidation and blackmail’—when used by others. He went on to urge the dictatorships of Central Asia, Washington’s models of democracy, to agree to pipeline construction that ensures that the tools remain in Washington’s hands.” (http://www.monthlyreview.org/ 0607nc.htm)

-The issue of “control of oil” is fundamental. It is why the US accepts Saudi Arabia being China’s principal supplier of crude oil and why it accepts Russia-Saudi joint ventures connected to oil.

-Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest oil reserves and is the world’s largest oil exporter. Oil accounts for more than 90% of exports and nearly 75% of government revenues, facilitating the creation of a welfare state. (http://saudinf.com/main/d1. htm)

6. Who wrote the following in 1956?: “Arabia is a country that contains the holy places of the Moslem world, and the Saudi Arabians are considered to be the most deeply religious of all the Arab groups. Consequently, the King could be built up, possibly, as a spiritual leader. Once this were accomplished, we might begin to urge his right to political leadership.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower: U.S. President, 1953 – 1961. (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 88.) 
-Professor Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, explains that, “Faced in the Middle East with the rise of secular Arab nationalism and of leftist politics in countries such as Syria, Washington cast about for a counterweight. … Later that year [1956], after the potentially destabilizing Suez War, Eisenhower cabled his secretary of state, John Foster Dulles…, ‘I continue to believe…that one of the measures that we must take is to build up an Arab rival of Nasser, and the natural choice would seem to be [King Saud]…’ In 1957, the U.S. National Security Council set up a working group to compile a list of Muslim organizations and religious groups that could be propagandized by the United States Information Agency. … [However] King Saud…was no match for Abdel Nasser, who knew how to appeal through powerful oratory to the aspirations of the Arab masses. … [Nevertheless the] Saudi leadership idea did not go away…and was resurrected by later American presidents. Washington appeared to think that, just as mainstream Protestants, such as theologian Reinhold Niebuhr were bulwarks against communism in the United States, so Wahhabism could underpin a conservative moral order compatible with the sanctity of private property in the Middle East. After September 11, Washington suddenly rethought its promotion of Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism as buttresses of a conservative, capitalist order in the Middle East.” “Saudi Arabia has more often been timid than militant in world affairs. Although Saudi intelligence coordinated with the Arab volunteers who went to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s, it did so in deference to the Reagan administration’s policy of marshalling private militias against leftist governments.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; pp. 84 and 88-90.)

-“[T]he West is reaping what it helped sow. For more than three decades its fight against progressive nationalism (as typified by Nasser’s model backed by the USSR) went hand in glove with the Islamic propaganda emanating from the Saudi monarchy, a sworn enemy of the Egyptian regime. With a view to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Riyadh, with the aid of the CIA, financed and provided a haven for a sizable section of the hazy international groupings of Islamic fundamentalism. … After so many years of anti-communist and anti-nationalist struggle conducted under the banner of Islam rather than liberal democracy, bankrupt nationalism and an impotent Left have left the door wide open to Islamic fundamentalism. … [In the 1980s,] Saudi rulers and their U.S. advisers imagined that the contagion could be contained by playing up the specifically Shiite nature of Iran, and by playing off ‘Sunni moderates’ against ‘Shiite extremists.’ Riyadh continued to play godfather to Sunni fundamentalist movements…” (Gilbert Achcar; Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq in a Marxist Mirror; Monthly Review Press; New York: 2004; p. 73.)

-An important concern for the Eisenhower administration was Nasser’s drive for true independence. However, in 1967, this “major problem in the Middle East was resolved with Israel’s destruction of the Nasser regime, hated by the United States and Britain, which feared that secular nationalist forces might seek to direct the vast energy resources of the region to internal development. A few years earlier, U.S. intelligence had warned of popular feelings that oil is a “national patrimony” exploited by the West by unjust arrangements imposed by force. Israel’s service to the United States, its Saudi ally, and the energy corporations confirmed the judgment of U.S. intelligence in 1958 that a ‘logical corollary’ of opposition to Arab nationalism is reliance on Israel as ‘the only strong pro-Western power in the Middle East,’ apart from Turkey, which established a close military alliance with Israel in 1958, within the U.S. strategic framework. (http://www.monthlyreview.org/ 0607nc.htm)

-The unfortunate truth is that the US has benefitted from not promoting democratic values in the Arab world as true democratic change leads to governments that primarily answer to their domestic populations, not their foreign patron. Turkey demonstrates that when a Middle East country becomes more democratic, it finds it more difficult to cooperate with Israel and the US on policies that dispossess Palestinians or harm Muslims.

7. True or False: In the early 1960s, a group of Saudi princes flew to Cairo and called for constitutional democracy for Saudi Arabia.

-True. As the Al-Saud splintered in the late 1950s under the challenge of Arab nationalism and the charismatic Nasser, a group of radical young princes campaigned for constitutional democracy. “Prince Talal was one of a group of reformers and leader within the royal family known as the Free Princes. In 1958 he wrote a proposed constitution for Saudi Arabia which would have created a constitutional monarchy and expanded civil rights. He began to assemble an elected advisory committee, but his ideas were rejected by the king, and religious leaders in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa declaring his constitution to be contrary to Islamic law. In 1961 the kingdom revoked his passport and attempted to silence him, but heexpatriated to Egypt and declared himself a socialist. There, influenced by Gamal Abdel Nasser, Talal continued to push for reform and criticize the leadership of the Kingdom. In1964 Talal agreed to temper his criticisms in exchange for permission to reenter Saudi Arabia. He is now a successful businessman… Prince Talal resumed his push for reform in Saudi Arabia in September 2007, when he announced his desire to form a political party (illegal in Saudi Arabia) to advance his goal of liberalizing the country.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Talal_bin_Abdul-Aziz

8. What event led to Saudi Arabia and other Arab oil-producing countries imposing an oil embargo on the US and Europe in the early 1970s?

-In 1973, “[K]ing Faisal of Saudi Arabia announced a boycott on his kingdom’s oil sales to the United States. Enraged by President Richard Nixon’s military support for Israel in the October War against Egypt and Syria, the Saudi king had hoped to compel some dramatic change in U.S. policy. Yet as the Arab oil boycott caused the price of oil on the world market to multiply nearly five times, it was back home, inside the Kingdom, that the truly dramatic changes would occur. … After centuries of hibernation and a few recent decades of only gradual change, Saudi Arabia was suddenly turned on its head. Foreign money brought foreign ways—the good, the bad, and, in the eyes of many Saudis, the very definitely ugly. Women started appearing on TV… [The] pure world [of the pious] was under threat.” “[A]ll over the Arab world in the 1970s…Muslims worked out their different responses to the material and spiritual inroads of the West. Those who opted for back-to-basics called themselves Salafi…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 3-4 and 9.)

-“Led by Saudi Arabia, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) imposed a general rise in oil prices and an oil embargo on major oil consumers who were either supporters of Israel or allies of its supporters. The embargo was theoretically aimed at forcing Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and recognize the rights of the Palestinian people. In reality…[Saudi Arabia] negotiate[d] exceptions with practically every nation…affected…but not before…giving them a taste of the power the Arabs could wield if they chose.” (Nicholas Buchele; Culture Smart Saudi Arabia; Random House; Canada: 2008; pp. 38-39.)

9. What three events in 1979 greatly affected Saudi Arabia’s domestic and foreign policies?

(i) The invasion and occupation of the Grand Mosque in Mecca on November 20, 1979 by five hundred Wahhabi fanatic salafis. The siege ended on December 4. All the surviving men were beheaded. The government lost 127 soldiers dead and 461 injured; 117 Salafi rebels were also killed. “Since the early 1960s the House of Saud had been on the lookout for trouble—investigating and arresting Communists, socialists, and ‘godless’ radicals of all sorts. Serious opposition, everyone anticipated, would be coming from the left. But the attacks of 1979 had come from the very opposite direction—from those on the right… ‘Godless’ was the reproach that was now being thrown at the king and princes… [The rebels] had been nurtured in the traditional territory of Wahhabi mosques…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 34-35 and 46.)

(ii) The Iranian Revolution. “The ayatollahs’ revolution in Iran had been a dazzling assertion of Shia power and identity” that challenged the Saud family’s legitimacy. The Saudi royals did not want to suffer the fate of the Shah. The lesson they took away was: the solution to religious upheaval was more religion. “An apparently impregnable, Westernizing autocrat [in Iran], smiled on by America, with a huge army, an efficient secret police, and burgeoning oil revenues, had been brought down without a serious shot being fired—all the Shah’s modernization had proved helpless against the supposedly outmoded power of religion. … The Shah had got on the wrong side of the mosque, reckoned [King] Fahd—and that was the side on which the former playboy already feared himself to be.” More strictures on women, secular education, etc., thus followed.

In December, Shia riots, inspired by the triumphant return to Iran of Ayatollah Khomeini, broke out in al-Qatif in the Eastern Province. Twenty thousand National Guard troops were immediately moved into the Eastern Province. In 1987, rioting by Shia pilgrims in Mecca led to four hundred deaths and was the straw that broke the kingdom’s diplomatic relations with Iran.

The Saudi rulers were naturally threatened by Khomeini’s doctrine of rule by the clerics (i.e. rule by Kings was unIslamic). Saudi rulers (along with most Muslims) disagree with Khomeini’s radical doctrine that the ulema (religious scholars) are qualified not simply to advise the ruler, but to exercise government in their own right. The executive power held by Iran’s clerics sets Iran apart from the Muslim world. Saudi leaders argue that from the first caliphs, the secular rulers have always been the executive rulers, while the job of the sheikhs and the mufti has been to give them advice.

“The Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88 was a…bloody business. … When Iran launched a successful counterassault in…[1983] against Saddam Hussein’s unprovoked invasion of September 1980, the Saudis financed the Iraqi leader as a Sunni Arab ‘brother.’ Saddam was the best available barrier to the scary prospect of the ayatollahs taking power in Baghdad, while the United States backed the Iraqi tyrant as part of Washington’s enduring attempt to gain some redress for the humiliation of the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979-81.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 47 and 109-110.)

(iii) The Russian invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. “The plight of the invaded Afghans woke an immediate and powerful response in a [Saudi] society where outrage was habitually rationed. Here was an injustice where protest could be permitted—encouraged even—by the Saudi government… Better that anger should be directed into jihad abroad than into Iran-style revolution at home. … Hundreds of [Saudi printing] machines stood ready to churn out tens of millions of Korans in multiple languages with [Saudi-approved] commentaries… It was part of the Kingdom’s worldwide missionary effort to combat the Shia teachings of Khomeini’s Iran… Korans…would be distributed free to the madrasas…inside Afghanistan and along the Pakistan border.”

The resulting possible threat to the Persian Gulf, led to President Carter, in his State of the Union address, declaring: “Let our position be absolutely clear. An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force. Early in February 1980 Carter agreed to a covert program that would put his doctrine into practice—a secret agreement that Saudi Arabia and the United States would match each other, dollar for dollar, to fund an undercover guerrilla campaign in Afghanistan that would hand the Soviets ‘their own Vietnam.’” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 65 and 67.)

-The Al-Saud’s response to the above three events was to appease the Wahhabi hardliners by tightening religious restrictions on ordinary Saudis and handing more powers to the ulema.

Saudi Arabia’s political structure is based on: veneration of the ruler; shura (consultancy) as personified in the 150-member appointed Shura council; and, a religious authority in the form of the ulema led by the Grand Mufti. Because there is no separation of religion and state, the political role of the ulema is second in importance only to the ruling family.

The attacks on 9/11 “finally settled who ruled whom in Saudi Arabia. After Juhayman [the leader of the Grand Mosque assault in 1979], the 1980s had seen the clerics dictating the agenda in an almost Iranian fashion, with the Al-Saud anxious to appease them… [However,] September 11 had shown what happened when religion got out of hand.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 235-6.)

10. Why did Osama Bin Laden, who had been in sync with Saudi state policy in the 1980s, turn against the Saudi government?

-“When the news had come through of Saddam’s invasion [of Kuwait] in August 1990, Osama Bin Laden knew exactly how he could help. He got in touch with the comrades who had fought with him in Afghanistan… He and his mujahideen companions had defeated the Soviets… Now they would chase…Iraqis…back to Baghdad. … When the House of Saud turned down Osama’s mujahideen in favor of the godless Americans…They offended his religious beliefs—and those of many other pious Saudis.”

It should not be forgotten that in the mid-1980s, Bin Laden was a hero in Saudi Arabia as he was using his wealth to help a noble cause—kicking the Russians out of Afghanistan—which was supported by the Saudi and American governments. To many Arabs “It was a new and very pleasant sensation…to feel they had played their part in a military victory. ‘Progressive’ Arab leaders like Nasser and Sadat had flung well-armed Arab armies against Israel, and had delivered humiliation. They had not included religion in their strategy. But now victory was going to those who grounded themselves in Islam. Small and simple groups of holy warriors were humbling one of the world’s two superpowers.” “In 1988 the Russians started withdrawing, and on February 15, 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its soldiers had left the country. It was an extraordinary defeat… But the victors interpreted its roots and reasons in different ways. Within months the West was celebrating the scarcely believable collapse of the entire Soviet monolith. [While the West celebrated capitalism and deterrence]…Saudis remembered their prayers…”

In general, Saudi fundamentalists had complained for a long time that “The Al-Saud…had exploited religion as…a means to guarantee their worldly interests, putting an end to jihad, paying allegiance to the Christians (America), and bringing evil and corruption upon the Muslims…in a word, betrayal. … [It was] the essence of the message that Osama Bin Laden would deliver via his attacks on America on 9/11. The House of Saud were hypocrites…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 18, 119,123, 148 and 150.)

-“[To remove Iraq from Kuwait in 1991], a large United Nations-sanctioned force assembled and pushed the Iraqi military back out of Kuwait. For the first time, the U.S. military, and the militaries of Western Europe, had hundreds of thousands of troops on Saudi soil. After the Gulf War, [King] Fahd gave the United States use of…[an] air base. Among those outraged by then was Bin Laden, who declared war on the Saudi dynasty years before he declared war on the United States.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p.101.)

-“Since the mid-1990s the U.S. Air Force had built up the Prince Sultan Air Base at Al-Kharj, south of Riyadh, to become the linchpin of its Middle East air command. … [Saudi Arabia permitted] The United States…[to use] Al-Kharj and some other bases for the [2003 Iraq invasion]…on a basis of strict military secrecy—after which the Americans must…be gone. … [O]nce the invasion was completed, American transporters flew in to start dismantling and shuttling U.S. Air Force assets eastward…to…Qatar. By the end of September 2003 there was not a single U.S. soldier, tank, or plane left on the soil of Saudi Arabia, apart from a few long-term military trainers. Abdullah had finally distanced the Kingdom from Bush’s America as he had long wished—and, in the process, one of the principal demands that Osama Bin Laden had made in attacking the twin towers…had also been met.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 291.)

11. Jihadi manuals, used by the mujahideen in Afghanistan and elsewhere, were produced in the early 1980s by which country? 

-The United States of America. “In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books… [The U.S. is] now…wrestling with the unintended consequences of its successful strategy of stirring Islamic fervor to fight communism. What seemed like a good idea in the context of the Cold War is being criticized by humanitarian workers as a crude tool that steeped a generation in violence. … Published in the dominant Afghan languages of Dari and Pashtu, the textbooks were developed in the early 1980s…[at] the University of Nebraska-Omaha…Today, the books remain widely available in schools and shops, to the chagrin of international aid workers. ‘The pictures [in] the texts are horrendous to school students…’ One page from the texts of that period shows a resistance fighter with a bandolier and a Kalashnikov slung from his shoulder. The soldier’s head is missing. Above the soldier is a verse from the Koran. Below is a Pashtu tribute to the mujaheddin, who are described as obedient to Allah. Such men will sacrifice their wealth and life itself to impose Islamic law on the government, the text says.” (http://www.washingtonpost. com/ac2/wp-dyn/A5339- 2002Mar22?language=printer)

-“To the extent that Saudi Arabia is indirectly implicated in the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1980s, its partner in crime was surely the Reagan administration, the U.S. Congress, and the American religious right—who by encouraging brigades of Muslim volunteers to go to Afghanistan, created the preconditions for al-Qaeda’s rise.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; pp. 101-102.)

-With respect to Saudi Arabia establishing madrasas in Afghanistan in the 1980s, “We have to remember…that the original purpose of these schools was strategic. The fighting with the Soviets had tragic consequences—it was creating a lot of orphans. … The plan was to…put them [the orphans] through school—then ship them to the front. The Saudis get the blame…but…many of…[the madrasas] were part of a joint U.S.-Saudi project to take these poor kids and make them warriors for the West.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p.194.)

12. Which three countries were the first to officially recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan?

-“By the end of September 1996 the Taliban had conquered Kabul and had extended their rule to twenty-two of the country’s thirty-one provinces. They announced that their godly government would be known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and while most of the world prudently stepped back and waited, three countries granted this unusual entity official recognition: Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates—and Saudi Arabia.” The Taliban began issuing prohibitions: “no kite flying, no pool tables, no music, no nail polish, no toothpaste, no televisions, no beard shaving… [T]he Taliban also…closed all girls’ schools and colleges, and banned women from working… These draconian regulations were enforced by religious police squads…that were built directly on the Saudi model of fundamentalist vigilantes and drew support from Saudi religious charities.” “At the end of July [1998] the Taliban…[finally captured] Mazar-e Sharif. This historic center of Shia worship…had resisted Taliban attacks…and was now punished with a series of ghastly reprisals. Ahmed Rashid later estimated that six thousand to eight thousand Shia…were slaughtered in a rampage of murder and rape that included slitting people’s throats and bleeding them to death, halal-style, and packing hundreds of victims into shipping containers without water, to be baked alive in the desert sun.” “Not for the first or last time, Saudi favor to Islamic purists had helped give birth to a monster…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 199-201 and 209-10.)

-“When [in 1996] the Taliban religious movement decided to stone to death a couple caught in adultery, it chose a blazing afternoon in late August. … The condemned woman, Nurbibi, 40, was lowered into a pit dug into the earth beside the wall until only her chest and head were above ground. … [After the judge threw the first stone,] Taliban fighters who had been summoned for the occasion stepped forward and launched a cascade of stones…” (http://middleeast.about.com/ od/afghanistan/fr/taliban- ahmed-rashid.htm)

13. When the Taliban took power, who said he saw “nothing objectionable” in their plans to impose strict Islamic law?

-Glyn Davies: State Department spokesperson.

-“The U.S. government was well aware of the Taliban’s reactionary program, yet it chose to back their rise to power in the mid-1990s. The creation of the Taliban was ‘actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA,’ according to Selig Harrison, an expert on U.S. relations with Asia. ‘The United States encouraged Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to support the Taliban, certainly right up to their advance on Kabul,’ adds respected journalist Ahmed Rashid. When the Taliban took power, State Department spokesperson Glyn Davies said that he saw ‘nothing objectionable’ in the Taliban’s plans to impose strict Islamic law, and Senator Hank Brown, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East and South Asia, welcomed the new regime: ‘The good part of what has happened is that one of the factions at last seems capable of developing a new government in Afghanistan.’ ‘The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis. There will be Aramco [the consortium of oil companies that controlled Saudi oil], pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that,’ said another U.S. diplomat in 1997. The reference to oil and pipelines explains everything. … Afghanistan itself has no known oil or gas reserves, but it is an attractive route for pipelines leading to Pakistan, India, and the Arabian Sea. In the mid-1990s, a consortium led by the California-based Unocal Corporation proposed a $4.5 billion oil and gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan. But this would require a stable central government in Afghanistan itself. Thus began several years in which U.S. policy in the region centered on ‘romancing the Taliban.’” (http://www. thirdworldtraveler.com/ Afghanistan/Afghanistan_CIA_ Taliban.html)

14. From the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 to 2007, what percentage of known suicide-bombers in Iraq were of Saudi origin? Iranian origin?

-Saudi origin: 43%; Iranian origin: 0%.  (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/ 2007/08/08/18791/studies- suicide-bombers-in-iraq.html)

15. How many Wahhabi suicide bombers had there been before 1980?

-None. “There were no Wahhabi suicide bombers until after the Reagan administration launched its struggle, with the help of the mujahideen, against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and there is no warrant in Wahhabism for suicide, or it would not have taken 150 years for it to occur to a Wahhabi fighter to sacrifice himself in that way. It is wrong to tar all the members of a religious tradition with the brush of terrorism based on the actions of a small number of persons among them.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 111.)

16. True or False: Saudi Arabia was instrumental in putting forward a comprehensive peace plan with Israel—that was formally adopted by the entire Arab League—that offered Israel full recognition and normal relations.

-True. “During a February 2002 interview the crown prince [Abdullah] startled…columnist Thomas Friedman by…[producing] a fully worked-out peace proposal that offered Arab recognition of Israel and normalization of relations in exchange for an Israeli return to its pre-1967 borders. A few weeks later Abdullah went to Beirut to push his peace plan through the twenty-two-member Arab League summit—the most developed and comprehensive Arab olive branch ever. … [P]rivate polling inside Israel [done by a company not told it was for Saudi Arabia]…found that 70 percent of Israelis thought that the Abdullah peace plan was a fair deal.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 285.)

-In March 2002, the Arab League summit in Beirut unanimously put forth a peace initiative that commits it not just to recognize Israel but also to establish normal relations once Israel implements the international consensus for a comprehensive peace—which includes Israel withdrawing  from the occupied territories and a just settlement of the Palestinian refugee crisis. (This peace initiative has been subsequently reaffirmed including at the March 2009 Arab League summit at Doha.) All 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, including Iran, “adopted the Arab peace initiative to resolve the issue of Palestine and the Middle East…and decided to use all possible means in order to explain and clarify the full implications of this initiative and win international support for its implementation.” (Norman G. Finkelstein; This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion; OR Books; New York: 2010; p. 42.)

-“[T]he proposal…was never taken seriously by the expansionist government of Ariel Sharon, nor by the stridently pro-Israeli politicians in Washington.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 103.)

-Saudi Arabia is concerned that its US ally is largely hated in the Arab world due to its invasion and occupation of Iraq, blatantly pro-Israel stance and other policies. Accordingly, King Abdullah has attempted to resurrect his Arab-Israeli peace plan, reconcile Hamas and the PLO, and pursue other policies to diminish Iran’s influence in the region. (The Saudi rulers had warned against the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as they were concerned that the venture could lead to increasing Iran’s power in the region.) “Instead of attempting to enlist Saudi Arabia in vendettas, as the Bush administration did, pitting Saudis and their Sunni allies in Lebanon against the Iran-backed Shiite Hizbullah (which ended badly in May 2008 when Hizbullah militiamen demonstrated that they could take over all of Beirut if they so chose), or attempting to set Saudi Arabia and other Gulf oil monarchies against Iran, the United States should see the Saudis as the ultimate potential peace brokers in the region.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 112.)

17. What was the unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia in 2010?

-According to the CIA World Factbook, the estimated rate is 10.8%. The rate is for Saudi males only. Some unemployment estimates range as high as 25%. (https://www.cia.gov/library/ publications/the-world- factbook/fields/2129.html)

-Saudi Arabia has an unemployment problem for several reasons. “In reality, income generated from exporting…high priced primary commodities [such as oil] enhances the value of the local currency, which in turn makes other potential exports…more expensive…[thus] destroying jobs. … Other roots of unemployment include the kingdom’s extremely high population growth rate…and [the practice] whereby individual Saudis bring foreign workers into the country, taking jobs away from citizens. … There is plenty of poverty in Saudi Arabia. … King Abdullah has responded to this challenge by embarking on projects such as the building of an entirely new city of 2 million, aiming to provide a million jobs to Saudis, and by developing industries such as aluminum, steel, fertilizer, and petrochemicals so as to diversify the economy.” (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; pp. 93-95.)

-“The unrestricted entry of cheap foreign workers had flooded the Saudi labor market with millions of third-world workers who were willing to live in primitive camps and to work for…$190 per month. This was a third of the amount on which a Saudi could survive, and the logical solution—that young Saudis should be trained to work as managers—was handicapped by the rising generation’s embarrassing deficiencies in education, particularly when it came to practical knowledge and independent reasoning skills. The teaching of math, science, and English…had been drastically reduced in the early 1980s to make room for the extra religious classes that featured learning by rote… Small wonder that the vision of jihad in foreign lands offered purpose and excitement that attracted many a frustrated young [man]…” “Public beheadings today are disciplinary displays intended to make a point to the ever-swelling community of migrant workers—some ten million, legal and illegal, in a population of twenty-eight million—and the grim deterrent seems effective. By day or by night, you can walk the streets of any Saudi town without fear of muggers. People leave their cars unlocked. Gun crime against or between locals is virtually nonexistent…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 192 and 317.)

-“Domestically, Saudi Arabia faces the challenges of unemployment, an exploding population, a growing gap between rich and poor, rapid urbanization and an information revolution that has bypassed the rulers. Although Saudi Arabia shares many of the conditions that have bred the [2011] democracy uprisings—including autocracy, corruption and a large population of educated young people without access to suitable jobs—its people are cushioned by oil wealth and culturally resistant to change.” In other words, unlike other Arab countries, the ruling families in the Persian Gulf region can use cradle-to-grave benefits to co-opt opponents and preempt change. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/ 02/20/world/middleeast/ 20saudi.html?_r=1&hpw)

-For a sense of the degree of corruption that has prevailed in Saudi Arabia, consider that “an investigation by the [UK’s] SFO [Serious Fraud Office] into alleged payments of as much as £1bn made by [arms manufacturer] BAE to Prince Bandar bin Sultan…was dropped in 2006 after the intervention of the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair. The Government claimed that investigating the £43bn Yamamah deal would threaten the UK’s national security.” (http://www.independent.co.uk/ news/business/news/bae- protesters-win-sfo-injunction- 1914892.html)

-“[S]audi Arabia ranks about seventeenth in the list of the world’s twenty most powerful economies, just behind Turkey and comfortably ahead of any other Arab country.” King Abdullah’s “most wide-reaching reform…has been…the accession of the Kingdom to the World Trade Organization. In a trade context this has involved the removal of various preferential tariffs, notably the discounts to the U.S. oil majors who founded Aramco. More profoundly, it required the passing—and enforcement—of forty-two new laws to impose international standards of arbitration, fiscal transparency, legal process, and the protection of intellectual property… As a result of these reforms, Saudi business efficiency [has improved according to the World Bank]…” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 272 and 302.)

18. Which is the only Muslim-majority state to forbid the building of churches?

-“Among the nearly 60 Muslim-majority states in the world, only one, Saudi Arabia, forbids the building of churches.” (http://www.juancole.com/2009/ 11/swiss-islamophobia-betrays. html)

-Saudi Arabia is also the only country where women cannot drive (and where men can vote in municipal elections but women cannot). (http://www.juancole.com/)

-Observers are correct to discern hypocrisy whenever the US government attacks Iran for being undemocratic and abusive towards its own citizens since “The [Saudi] kingdom is run as an absolute monarchy. It does not allow freedom of religion or of speech. It discriminates against religious minorities. It imposes strict gender segregation… It represses political dissidents.” However, such repression is not due to Islam—since many Muslim countries have far better human rights records—but due to the Saudi regime and Saudi culture. (Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p. 95.)

-“[I]n Saudi Arabia the law actually enshrines the principle that the male knows better than the female. A woman nay not enroll in university, open a bank account, get a job, or travel outside the country without the written permission of a mahram (guardian) who must be a male blood relative—her father, grandfather, brother, husband, or, in the case of a widow or separated woman, her adult son.” “Since 9/11 women have the right to work in the private sector, but like any other activity outside the home, they can do it only with the written permission of their…male guardian.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 277 and 325.)

19. Who wrote the following about a conversation he had with Saudi King Faisal at a state dinner?: “[The King informed me that] Jews and Communists were working…together, to undermine the civilized world as we knew it. Oblivious to my [Jewish] ancestry—or delicately putting me into a special category—Faisal insisted that an end be put once and for all to the dual conspiracy of Jews and Communists. The Middle East outpost of that plot was the State of Israel, put there by Bolshevism for the principal purpose of dividing America from the Arabs.”

-Henry Kissinger: United States Secretary of State, 1973-1977. (http://www.danielpipes.org/ 995/the-scandal-of-us-saudi- relations)

-Robert Jordan, Bush’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, discovered the depth of conspiracy thinking among Saudis when he arrived in Riyadh a few weeks after 9/11 to take up his post. “Many senior princes believed it was a Jewish plot. Nayef (the interior minister) actually said it was a Zionist conspiracy in a public statement. Even Abdullah was suspicious. They had latched onto this report that three thousand Jewish employees had not gone into work that day. It was an urban myth that has since been discredited, but at the time it was the only way they could make sense of it. … To accept that [many Saudis were involved with the 9/11 attacks]…was like accepting that your son was a serial killer.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 228.)

-The terror attacks inside Saudi Arabia during the early 2000s, “were the work of Saudi jihadis who had been driven out of Afghanistan by the U.S.-UK invasion in the months following 9/11. The demolition of their Afghan training camps forced several hundred extremists back to the Kingdom, where they regrouped in safe houses as ‘Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,’ taking orders via coded phone messages from their leaders, who had gone into hiding in the tribal territories along the Afghani border. Osama Bin Laden…ordered them to take the battle to the Al-Saud on their home territory.” “Prince Nayef may have blamed 9/11 on the Zionists, but now his Ministry of the Interior went for the terrorists with ruthless efficiency.”   (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 245 and 248.)

-In contrast to how the U.S. has treated its prisoners, Saudi Arabia has adopted a liberal and progressive rehab program. According to Prince Nayef, the architect of the program, “Some people say that our rehab program is too soft—that we should build a sort of Saudi Guantanamo to punish them. But that is just what Al-Qaeda would like. … If we used the old, harsh ways, then they would draw sympathy and the extremists would take advantage of that to try to get more people involved in terrorism. … We are building a national consensus that extremism is wrong. … [W]e have had…[many] young men surrender themselves because their families brought them in. Whoever wins society will win this war.” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 255 and 257-8).

20. True or False: A popular satirical TV comedy show, on the air in Saudi Arabia for many years, pokes fun at the flaws of Saudi society by dealing with sensitive topics such as terrorism, marital relations and religion.

-True. (http://www.youtube.com/ results?search_query=tash+ma+ tash+youtube&aq=f )

-“[A] fatwa – a religious edict — was issued by senior sheikhs in the Kingdom who said it was sinful for anyone to watch the show [Tash Ma Tash]. The sheikhs said it made a mockery of sheikhs and insulted religious figures, failing to accord them due prestige and importance. This particular fatwa followed an episode about judges in Saudi courts—who are all sheikhs. According to the episode, the sheikhs work only 2 or 3 hours a day, even though official working hours are from 8 to 2. Unpleasant as it may be, it was the truth; many sheikhs work far less than is required. Thousands of people requiring signatures or coming with witnesses to courts all over the Kingdom depend on the judges’ presence in order to finish their business. … The fatwa was issued and the message was clear: criticizing judges is a ‘no-no.’” (http://archive.arabnews.com/? page=7&section=0&article= 53889&d=3&m=11&y=2004)

-In its many years on the air, Tash Ma Tash has never once made fun of a greedy prince or a pompous government minister. In 2006 it moved from the official government channel to satellite TV in Dubai, and, in 2008, renamed itself…(“We Are All Village People”). (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; p. 324.)

21. What is the Shia population of the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia?

-Approximately 915,000 (of a total population of the Eastern Province of 3,400,000).  Shias have suffered discrimination and are disproportionately poor in Saudi Arabia. Needless to say, Iran, especially following its Revolution, tried to incite “its fellow Shias” against the ruling Saudi regime. However, Shia have proved loyal to the Kingdom while radical Sunnis committed terror against the regime. “[L]ike a lot of minorities in [Saudi Arabia, Shias recognize]…they would get a better deal from the Saudi monarchy than they would from any nonroyal government. … How could the Shia expect anything but oppression from the Wahhabis?” (Robert Lacey; Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia; Viking; Toronto: 2009; pp. 101 and 170.)

-Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter, with one-quarter of the world’s proven oil reserves, mostly in the Eastern Province, home to the giant government-owned oil corporation Saudi Aramco. Oil accounts for 75% of budget earnings, approximately 45% of GDP and 90% of exports. Today, China and Japan are its biggest customers. The kingdom also has huge reserves of natural gas. The government is making efforts at diversifying the economy into power generation, telecom, and petrochemical industries. (Nicholas Buchele; Culture Smart Saudi Arabia; Random House; Canada: 2008; p. 49.)

Jeffrey Rudolph, a college professor, was the Quebec representative of the East Timor Alert Network, and presented a paper on its behalf at the United Nations. He has prepared  widely-distributed quizzes on Israel-Palestine, Iran, Hamas, and Terrorism which can be found, respectively, at: http://www.countercurrents.org/rudolph180608.htm;http://www.countercurrents.org/rudolph240410.htm;  http://www.countercurrents.org/rudolph250610.htm; and, http://www.countercurrents.org/rudolph080810.htm.

(Comments or questions concerning the quizzes should be emailed to: Israel-Palestine-Quiz@live.com)

New resource tracks and analyzes Israeli arms exports

Feb 27, 2011

Adam Horowitz

 

Mondoweiss contributor Jimmy Johnson has just unveiled an interesting new resource to highlight “news, data and analysis focusing on Israel’s arms industry.” The site is called Neged Neshek (“Against Arms” in Hebrew) and it looks like it will be a very useful resource.

In addition to laying out the raw data on what Israel sells and where it goes, the site also features analysis, including this interesting piece on “Israel and the rise of drone warfare“:

UAVs are a key export of Israel’s arms industry. A number of Israeli firms export drones, most prominently Aeronautics Defense SystemsElbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. UAVs are commonly used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and targeting missions. More recently some models have begun to carry armed payloads.

During the first years of the Israeli occupation of Sinai (War of Attrition)

Egypt began to deploy the SA-2 and SA-3 antiaircraft systems. The appearance of the batteries led to a number of IAF losses, and harmed the Air Force’s ability to gather intelligence from the frontlines. During the search for a method of intelligence gathering that would not put the lives of air crew at risk, the possibility of acquiring UAVs was explored.

Alternately put, the cost of Egyptian resistance to military occupation required mechanisms of pacification. In September 1971 the first squadron of U.S.-made Firebee UAVs was deployed to the Refidim Airbase in Occupied Sinai and the “squadron’s first operational flight was carried out almost immediately”. In the October (Yom Kippur) War

it was able to reduce its manned aircraft losses by using inexpensive Chukar decoys to deceive and saturate Egyptian [surface-to-air missile] battles along the Suez Canal. (1)

They were deployed similarly to support the occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights where they “fooled the Syrians into thinking that a massive combat plane strike had begun against their [anti-aircraft] positions.” The key Israeli innovation was not in their use for surveillance. Instead the “operational need for real time intelligence on the front lines led to the idea of a UAV carrying a stabilized camera that could broadcast pictures.”

Shortly after the war the Israeli government

charged the IAI and Tadiran companies with developing small, versatile, low-signature [UAVs], able to send back real-time intelligence by direct video link, and capable of being operation in the field by ordinary soldiers after only three to six months training. (2)

Both IAI and Tadiran responded successfully. Tadiran produced the Mastiff and IAI the Scout with the first units entering into service in 1977. The concept was first tested in battle “in 1981 when the South African Army used the IAI Scout during Operation Protea in Angola.” (3) Operation Protea was an attempt to destroy the South-West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO). The apartheid military’s use of drones in a colonial war of military occupation forecast Israel’s first combat deployment in Lebanon in 1982. The IDF invaded and attacked Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) bases, also engaging in combat with the Syrian military and Lebanese irregulars. This turned out to be a turning point in the deployment and popularization of UAVs.

One of the main tactical challenges to IAF operations in Lebanon was the threat posed by a heavy concentration of Syrian SAM batteries in the Bekáa Valley. These were precisely located by using reconnaissance UAVs … Decoy UAVs were launched toward the SAM sites, and once the Syrian radars were activated, they were struck both by ground-launched antiradar missiles and by air-launched missiles, all while being observed by reconnaissance UAVs. … The 1982 air operations rejuvenated interest in decoy drones and also popularized small UAVs with real-time video cameras. (4)

The U.S. was about to experience a military set-back that encouraged it to draw from Israel’s experience. After the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in October 1983 “as well as other hostile actions by Syrian-supported factions,” the U.S. “adopted an offensive posture”

authorizing bombardment of militia strongholds and Syrian army positions in the Shouf Mountains behind Beirut. Both 16-in gunfire from the USS battleship New Jersey and air-strikes by carrier-launched [fighters] were employed but with marginal results. Neither the naval gunfire nor the air strikes were terminally controlled, and prestrike and poststrike reconnaissance aircraft were routinely engaged by hostile fire. (5)

This compared unfavorably with the Israeli experience in carrying out the same tasks. “Two U.S. Navy captains, sent in-country to investigate the shortcomings, came away impressed with the effective use by the Israeli Army UAVs in the [targeting] role and recommended the adoption of such a system by the U.S. Navy” prompting Secretary of the Navy John Lehman to acquire a UAV capability, the IAI Pioneer. (6)

Israel also innovated UAV use in extrajudicial executions in its occupations of Lebanon and the OPT. Targeted assassinations have long been a tactic Israel used against Palestinian and Lebanese militants. The highest-profile killing during this earlier period was the February, 1992 assassination of Hizballah Secretary-General Sheikh Abbas al-Musawi where an IAI Scout “was used to locate [al-Musawi’s] vehicle, for targeting and to report the results of the strike.” These efforts used helicopters, cruise missiles or aircraft to fire any weapon with the UAVs performing only ISR missions. This description still fits all but a few of the UAV models in the world today with the U.S. and Israel providing most of those few models able to carry armed payloads themselves.

Esteem of Israeli UAVs further grew after the first Gulf War when the Pioneer “emerged as a useful source of intelligence at the tactical level during Desert Storm. [The] Pioneer was used by Navy battleships to locate Iraqi targets for its 16-inch guns.” (7) This marked the first time the U.S. used drones for real-time surveillance in combat. It was a Pioneer that was involved in what may one day be seen as a watershed moment:

In one case, a group of Iraqi soldiers saw a Pioneer flying overhead and, rather than wait to be blown up by a 2,000-pound cannon shell, waved white bedsheets and undershirts at the drone. It was the first time in history that human soldiers surrendered to an unmanned system. (8)

Since then Israeli UAV innovation has continued to inform that of other militaries. The speed of Israeli technological advancement in the field reflects an important aspect of its pacification laboratory. Wartime research and development in industrial nations operates at an accelerated pace and four decades of consistent conflict in its occupation of the OPT, as well as nearly two decades in Lebanon, has created a permanent wartime level of militarized technological investment as well as a battlefield laboratory for deployment.

The perpetual war economy and combat history, combined with Israel’s early entry into the UAV field, have provided Israel with a competitive edge in exporting UAVs. The ‘combat proven’ aspect of Israeli technology is advertised by the IDF itself. It noted the use and success of its UAVs in the Operation Cast Lead assault on Gaza, reporting on its website:

The success of the IDF thus far in Operation Cast Lead is largely due to the cooperation between different parts of the army — such as various brigades and units. Thanks to the use of UAVs … the IDF has been attaining footage captured from the air, above the Gaza Strip, and collecting data for the ground forces in Gaza.

Popular Mechanics noted about Cast Lead that “On the Israeli side, there is counter-rocket technology such as radar that quickly tracks rocket launches back to point of origin and signal-gathering missile-guidance sensors that are mounted on UAVs.” More than fulfilling radar, targeting and air-strike roles, UAVs offer “continuous or ‘persistent’ surveillance of the battlespace, providing commanders with what is, in effect, a low hanging, near-stationary satellite.” The unmanned aircraft also helps to alleviate “pressure on the military by political authorities and the general public to minimize casualties and capture of aircrews by the enemy” and complete missions “which, if manned, would tax or exceed the limits of human endurance.” (9)

Earlier restrictions on UAV operational capacity have fallen away with the dramatic increases in computer processing power, image rendering, wireless and sensor technologies that allow for higher resolution photo and video transmissions and improved communications. The speed of technological advance in the field has led to constant reassessment of unmanned vehicles’ battlefield potential and the dedication of increasing resources to development and procurement by armed forces worldwide. The U.S.’s National Defense Authorization Fiscal Year 2001 legislation declared “It shall be a goal of the Armed Forces to achieve the fielding of unmanned, remotely controlled technology such that … by 2010, one-third of the aircraft in the operational deep strike force aircraft fleet are unmanned.” [PDF] Just five years later, the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review increased that to 45 percent.

The U.S. UAV program predates Israel’s, though it has been slower to adopt and integrate the technology. Now investing hundreds of millions of dollars annually in developing and advancing UAV technology the US military UAV program is projected to generate $62 billion in revenue from 2010 – 2015, increasing at a 10% compound annual growth rate. This investment by the U.S. and the political considerations of its domestic military industrial complex have led the U.S. to almost completely supplant Israeli drones in its arsenal. This does nothing to negate the generative influence that Israeli drones and their use in Lebanon and the OPT, and later their use by the U.S. in Iraq, had on the U.S. drone programs. A Congressional Research Office report notes to this effect that following the deployment of the Pioneer in “the Gulf War, military officials recognized the worth of UAVs, and the Air Force’s Predator became a UAV on a fast track, quickly adding new capabilities.” (10)

Other nations though have turned to Israel to fill a demand for drones. Over fifty nations (see insert) have procured Israeli models to fill a variety of surveillance, combat, and counterinsurgency roles. Just as in the U.S. case, the battlefield experience is a selling point. The Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS) Orbiter brochure notes it to be a “Field proven, mature operational system”. [PDF] It is in service with at least twelve militaries. BlueBird Aero Systems’ Spy-Lite is too noted as “combat proven” and advertised as having “been operated successfully in combat conditions [by] the Israeli Defense Forces”. [PDF]

ADS’ Aerostar – serving in at least fifteen nations – promotional material states it is “[o]perationally proven on four continents” and is a “combat proven – mature operational system”. [PDF] Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 – sold to at least a dozen nations – is advertised as “[o]perational in the Israel Defense Force”, a fact highlighted with a bright yellow “BATTLE PROVEN” [PDF] stamp on the front of its brochure.

The media too promotes the combat-tested worthiness of Israeli military systems. The Jerusalem Post in a December 2008 article about the procurement of IAI’s Heron UAV by Canada states, “It plays a vital role in IDF operations in the Gaza Strip and in southern Lebanon, and in February the Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will make its debut in Afghanistan as the main surveillance drone for the Canadian Armed Forces.” Here we can see that there is not only a mature Israeli industry based upon the oppression of Palestinians and Lebanese, the technology’s history is actively marketed.

Agencies of authority, from occupying armies to border patrols to police forces to private military/security firms all exercise control over certain spaces normally including the airspace. UAVs are useful and used in ISR missions beyond those of direct conflict and military occupation. Israel continues to fly UAVs over the OPT and Lebanon for surveillance and intelligence gathering while the same machines are being exported all over the world. French police deployed the IAI Hunter for “hostile protest monitoring” during the G8 summit in 2003. The Aerostar is also guarding Chevron’s oil fields in Angola and the Russian Federal Security Authority used ADS’s Skystar 300 for surveillance at St. Petersburg’s 2006 G8 conference. The entire UAV market is expected to rise to $13.6 billion dollars by 2014.

Current military use of UAVs is limited by the need for relatively unchallenged airspace. They usually have a low radar signature but if located have little evasive or defensive capability. Efforts to make air combat-capable UAVs are years away from matching the capability of piloted aircraft. Until that happens, they will be vulnerable when deployed without air superiority. Thus, UAVs remain a tool of the already dominant. Hezbollah in Lebanon has at least twice penetrated Israeli airspace with an Iranian-built Mirsad-1 UAV. This was of immense public relations value to Hezbollah but the flights had little military use because of their minimal freedom of movement in Israeli airspace and both were shot down. However, UAVs as part of an integrated warring, pacification, counterinsurgency or control strategy can guide the attacks of approaching ground forces and identify targets for air and artillery strikes. Their ability to map in real-time the physical landscape of the battleground makes them a key tool of the nascent information technology-based theories of net-centric warfare.

(1) Munson, Kenneth (1988). World Unmanned Aircraft. London: Jane’s Publishing Company, p. 8.
(2) Ibid.
(3) Zaloga, Steven J. (2008). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Robotic Warfare 1917-2007. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, p. 22.
(4) Ibid., p. 22-3.
(5) Newcome, Laurence R. (2004). Unmanned Aviation: A Brief History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, p. 95-6.
(6) Ibid., p. 96. Bone, Elizabeth and Christopher Bolkcom, 25 April 2003. Umanned Aerial Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress. [PDF] Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, p. 2.
(7) Ibid., p. 2.
(8) Singer, P.W. (2009). Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. New York: Penguin Press, p. 57.
(9) Defense Science Board, February 2004. “Defense Science Board Study on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicles”. [PDF] Washington, D.C.: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense For Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, p. 4.
(10). Bone and Bolkom, p. 2.

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WORLD:News**News**News

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by crescentandcross  

Clinton: US Is Reaching Out to Anti-Gadhafi Opposition

Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns Over Protests

‘Enemies attacking Iran with illicit drugs’

‘Iran, Egypt, Syria can finish US’

‘Islamophobia crime against humanity’

IsraHell Nazi soldiers cleared over killings

‘Canadian spy detained in Afghanistan’

Netanyahu wary of new international efforts in peace process

Gadhafi: Libya is peaceful, UN sanctions are null and void

US senators: IsraHell will be safer when ME turmoil over

‘Iran not to back down against plots’

Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns Over Protests

‘Iran, Egypt, Syria can finish US’

US senators: IsraHell will be safer when ME turmoil over

Haredi ‘Rabbi’ Elior Chen sentenced to 24 years in prison for child abuse

Clinton: US Ready to Aid to Libyan Opposition

IsraHell Govt: 2002 Gaza Assassination Justified, Despite Killing Children

Hamas slams ‘shameless’ Zio-Nazi probe

Lieberman, McCain: Recognize Libyan Opposition as Government and Arm Them

Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

Who is calling for American intervention in Libya?

‘Dictators use US weapons to kill people’

US-Zio-Nazi group makes anti-Islam films

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News**News**News

NOVANEWS

 

by crescentandcross  

 

Clinton: US Is Reaching Out to Anti-Gadhafi Opposition

Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns Over Protests

‘Enemies attacking Iran with illicit drugs’

‘Iran, Egypt, Syria can finish US’

‘Islamophobia crime against humanity’

IsraHell soldiers cleared over killings

‘Canadian spy detained in Afghanistan’

Zio-Nazi netanyahu wary of new international efforts in peace process

Gadhafi: Libya is peaceful, UN sanctions are null and void

US senators: IsraHell will be safer when ME turmoil over

‘Iran not to back down against plots’

Tunisian Prime Minister Resigns Over Protests

‘Iran, Egypt, Syria can finish US’

US senators: IsraHell will be safer when ME turmoil over

Haredi ‘Rabbi’ Elior Chen sentenced to 24 years in prison for child abuse

Clinton: US Ready to Aid to Libyan Opposition

IsraHeLl Govt: 2002 Gaza Assassination Justified, Despite Killing Children

Hamas slams ‘shameless’ IsraHell probe

Lieberman, McCain: Recognize Libyan Opposition as Government and Arm Them

Army of Fake Social Media Friends to Promote Propaganda

Who is calling for American intervention in Libya?

‘Dictators use US weapons to kill people’

US-IsraHell group makes anti-Islam films

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Tennessee is Burning

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by crescentandcross Quantcast


Keith Johnson, www.revoltoftheplebs.com

In Tennessee, you can smell the crosses burning from your front porch.  But these days, the crosses aren’t burning on the lawns of Black folks.

Today, we have a new outsider…they are a paler shade of brown…and they’re customs are strange to those whose towns are not big enough for the both of them. Some Americans feel threatened because they cannot understand these people.  And when they feel threatened, they turn fearful…and that fear always turns to hate.

Just like the Black slaves who were displaced from North Africa, so too have the Muslims been forced to abandon their homelands.  They didn’t want to leave, but they had no choice.  Their homes are gone– reduced to blood soaked ruins by the war machine of Zionist imperialism.

Where are they to go?  Christian Zionist America replies:  “Let Them DIE!!!

In Tennessee, a hellish bill is being introduced that would make it a felony to practice the Islamic law known as Sharia law.  If convicted, a suspect could face 15 years in prison.

According to Bob Smietana of the Tennessean:

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Shariah law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who’s practicing it.

It exempts peaceful practice of Islam but labels any adherence to Shariah law — which includes religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous. It claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law.

Read Full Story Here

You can be certain that both state Senators consider themselves to be brave crusaders for America and their Christian faith.  But they are neither Americans nor are they Christians.  They are whores who drop to their knees to service their Zionist masters.  They are enemies to America and to the children of Christ.

Ketron and Matheny have betrayed the people of Tennessee.  Tennessee is a State with one of the highest rates of unemployment.  It has one of the worst rates of literacy.  More children are recruited here to die in Israel’s wars of survival than almost any other state.

Yet, this is the  cause that these two opportunistic racists have elected to champion?

It should go without saying that these two legislators are the two greatest threats to Tennessee’s security.  Muslims will not betray their religion.  They are not the weak Christians who allowed their faith to be infiltrated and compromised byChrist hating Zionists.  They do not have Talmudic footnotes in the Qu’ran–there is no Scoffield edition.

This legislation is an act of treason by Ketron and Matheny.  They are putting the best interests of the American people subserviant to a foreign power.  Both Ketron and Matheny are foreign agents to the state of Israel.  These two mindless fools have sold their souls to advance their political careers.  They are capitalizing on the backwards minds of their Wal-Mart shopping, NASCAR loving constituents who have been bathed in intolerence since birth.

This cannot be denied.  Tennessee is on track to becoming an apartheid state in the mold of Israel–and we see what happens there on a daily basis.  Violence, segregation and theft of property is exactly what Israel is about.  Is this what’s coming to Tennessee?

The Islamic people are not merely an enemy du jour for the US and Israel.  They are the arch nemesis of this unholy alliance, and the only ones left in the fight against global Zionist domination.

The Islamic people are being attacked because they stand in opposition to the Talmudic system of usury that–not only the Bible warned us about–but also own Founding Fathers.  Thomas Jefferson called banks “more dangerous than standing armies.” Andrew Jackson told a group of bankers they were a “den of vipers and thieves.”  This central reserve banking system is the very thing our ancestors left England over and the reason we went to war with King George.  After we won, the founders fought for over 100 years to keep this system of usury out.  But we lost the fight in 1913 when Woodrow Wilson turned our nation over to the Rothschilds.  35 years later the state of Israel was created–and we’ve been going straight to Hell ever since.

For those devout Christians that are too stupid to know this already, here is what Jesus Christ thought about usury:

” And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When he had made a whip of cords, He drove them from the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured outthe changers’ of money and overturned the tables” ( John 2:14-15 )

This attack on Sharia has nothing to do with the fables and myths about Islamic world domination.  It has to do with the Sharia system of banking.  In Sharia, there is no interest on debt.  All loans are given with a fee that never increases.

Imagine an America without foreclosures, homelessness and debt.  These words would not have even be entered into our vocabulary under a Sharia system of banking.

This is what is meant by a “Clash of Civilizations.”  It is a war to dominate  mankind by keeping him enslaved to debt.  They won that war with the west…now they are going after the Muslims…but they refuse to go down so easy!

Those of you who support this war are not Christians, patriots or anything of worth.  You are party to your own enslavement, traitors to your country and a sad testament to the time in which you live.

The horror…the horror…
(Kurtz last words from Heart of Darkness)

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ANTI-HAMAS ZIO-NAZI PROPAGANDA

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Racism, Hamas And The Guardian.

 
Zionist Blog
 

The Guardian’s coverage of Hamas’s racism is often problematic, but it’s not necessarily for the content rather than the downplaying of Hamas’s racism.

As *if* it is incidental to their beliefs.

Nothing could be further from the truth, as the Hamas Covenant shows, oozing from it you will find bigotry and racism towards Jews, conspiracy theories, etc, the lot.

Next, if you were going to report Hamas’s attitude towards the new UN curriculum then you might at least include their initial reaction in 2009:

“”The refugee camps committees categorically refuse to let our children be taught this lie created by the Jews and intensified by their media,” the committees’ letter said. “First of all, [the Holocaust] is not a fact, and secondly, those who added it to the curriculum intended to mess with our children’s emotions.”

Why not mention Khaled Meshaal’s Holocaust revisionism?

Meshaal is a major Hamas leader and his thinking is central to Hamas’s outlook on the world. On the 31st of March 2008, Khaled Meshaal tells a Sky interviewer:

“KM: We don’t want to harm any religion in the world. We don’t deny the holocaust.
But, we believe the Zionists have exaggerated the numbers to get sympathy from other nations. But, there is Palestinian suffering caused by Israel.”

(YAH HE IS RIGHT ABOUT THE ZIO-NAZI HOLOCAUST PROPAGANDA) ‘NOVA’

 

So, the Guardian, if you are going to comment on Hamas’s racism, please at least make an effort.

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IsraHell Fission Field Warfar-Pakistan, Iraq & Egypt

NOVANEWS
by Jonathan Azaziah 

Once the nucleus is split, the energy released is that which resembles misunderstanding, enmity, frustration and even hatred. Since the fission itself is controlled ‘very carefully,’ the manipulators must also induce the bombardment.

By Jonathan Azaziah

Israel’s Fission Field Warfare is the highest degree of false flag terrorism.

Fission is defined as ‘the act or process of splitting into parts.’ In a more scientific explanation, fission is defined as ‘division of the atomic nucleus into two lighter fragments releasing energy. In a nuclear power station, fission occurs slowly, while in a nuclear weapon, very rapidly. In both instances, fission must be very carefully controlled.’

When applied to daily shifts on the geopolitical front, the first definition is self explanatory. The second definition however, requires a bit of dissection. The ‘nucleus’ of a stable society is the peaceful, brotherly and harmonious interaction between its people. To split this nucleus through fission, thus disrupting the interaction and establishing division, the variable needed is any type of bombardment.

Once the nucleus is split, the energy released is that which resembles misunderstanding, enmity, frustration and even hatred. Since the fission itself is controlled ‘very carefully,’ the manipulators must also induce the bombardment. This bombardment can be directed at either side of the divided societal ‘nucleus,’ fomenting an ever-expanding atmosphere of perpetual blaming and infighting. By constantly injecting deception into the enclaves where the newly formed ‘fragments’ have been divided, they remain quite incognizant of the reason that they have been split from their harmonious core to begin with.

 

 

Sustaining this division in nations which aren’t fully aligned with the greater globalist agenda, also known as ‘hostile environments,’ tips the geopolitical scale in the favor of the manipulators and their agents who designed the bombardment. There is an entity that has mastered this political fission, or ‘fission field warfare.’ And that criminal entity is Israel.

 

 

 

The Zionist entity has always considered the Islamic Republic of Pakistan its enemy.

Hostile Environment I: Humiliation In Pakistan

The Zionist entity has always considered the Islamic Republic of Pakistan its enemy.

The Zionist entity’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, an insidiously racist man devoid of any humanity and the architect of the Palestinian Nakba which ethnically cleansed Palestine of its indigenous, possessed an excessively xenophobic and brutally delusional world view. Nothing provides better evidence of this than the disturbing remarks that Ben-Gurion levied against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1967:

“The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological state is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for world Zionism that it now take steps against Pakistan. Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian Peninsula are Hindus, whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims. Therefore, India is the most important base for us to work from against Pakistan. It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans (1).”

David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, laid out the blueprints to destroy Pakistan in 1967.

Fast forward to the new millennium, and David Ben-Gurion’s speech has manifested within every inch of Pakistan’s societal woes via extensive fission field warfare employed cooperatively by Mossad and Hinudtvadi India’s RAW.

In 2001, Mossad and RAW founded four new agencies for the specific purpose of unleashing chaos throughout Pakistan, targeting the upper echelons of its political sphere and financial sectors. Using high-powered explosives, trains, railway stations, bus stations, hotels and cinemas would all be targets of bombardment. Most integral to the Zionism-Hindutva intelligence nexus however, was the religious establishment. Operatives would strategically place explosives in the mosques of various sects and leave false flags to create the appearance of a ‘sectarian’ hit. RAW led the way in the recruitment phase of the operation, luring Pakistani men between the ages of 20 and 30 into visiting India, before ruining them with entrapment and subversion, coercing them into working against their nation (2).

Following the example of the Zionist entity’s usual knack for extremism when titling its subversive military-intelligence operations, the next phase of Pakistan’s ‘crushing’ is known as the ‘Dragon Policy,’ named after the Talmudic interpretation of the dragon, where the serpent-like beast serves as the splitter and transformer of light into darkness. This facet of the Zionist stratagem begins with the recruiting, where experts of Mossad and RAW train personalities from varying criminal sectors in the finer arts of covert operations and terrorism, including mercenaries, mafia dons and narcotics tycoons. Like the CIA funding its covert operations in Latin America with monolithic amounts of cocaine distribution in poor African-American communities at home (3), Zionist and Hindutvadi intelligence mirrored this format, only with heroin cultivated from illegal poppy crops.

Kept in the dark for decades, the collaboration between Mossad and RAW against Pakistan has been deadly.

At least 57 recruitment/training camps across India and illegally occupied Kashmir were established by the Mossad-RAW alliance; each camp breeding terrorists controlled by Tel Aviv and New Delhi to be launched inside Pakistan. Mossad and Aman (Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate) financially contributed to this operation in an elephantine manner. Once recruits are deployed into the field, RAW provides them with cash, weapons and ammunition while posing as Al-Qaeda. Subsequently, through the media networks in the West, which are exclusively owned by fierce Zionist extremists, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are blamed for ‘terrorism’ and Pakistan is heavily criticized for being incompetently unable to combat it (4).

The strength of the Mossad-RAW Dragon Policy is solidified through its partnership with the hunter-killer mercenary giant, Blackwater, now known as Xe. Blackwater, under the leadership of ex-CIA officer Erik Prince and Christian Zionist-Dominionist Dick DeVos, became a hive for Israel Firsters within America’s power structure; a haven for elements sympathetic to Zionism and full of irrational hatred for the Arab and Muslim world (5). This Zionist fervor within Xe made it an obvious candidate for a confederation with Israel and Hindutva.

Blackwater (Xe) is actively working with Mossad and RAW in the implementation of the Zionist operation known as the ‘Dragon Policy.’

Personnel from the top tiers of Mossad and RAW ordnance units have coordinated strikes with strategically placed Xe cells within Pakistan to unleash furious bombings when ‘patsy’ agents are unable to secure a ‘checkout’ on a designated mission. The massacre that claimed the lives of 54 innocent Shia and injured 150 others at an Al-Quds Rally in early September 2010 was initially blamed on the ‘Tehrik-I-Taliban,’ a fictional ‘Sunni’ extremist group, as per Dragon Policy strategy. In reality however, this bloodbath was a fission field warfare operation carried out by Xe, in cohesion with Mossad and RAW, to foment division between Sunni and Shia and Pakistan (6). The real Taliban has pegged Blackwater (Xe) on numerous occasions for committing atrocities and wrongfully blaming it on Islam (7).

Recent atrocities in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan fall along the lines of the exact pattern. Twin truck bombings in the northwestern Pakistani town of Peshawar have just claimed the lives of at least 7 innocents, including 2 women, and injured 14 others. The ‘Taliban’ has been blamed for the crime (8). Peshawar is an active stronghold for the Mossad-RAW nexus, and the intelligence agencies have been previously caught by local police engaging in terrorism (9). The truck bomb of course, is a surefire sign of Israeli involvement; it serves as one of Tel Aviv’s signatures. Nearly 29 years ago, the Zionist entity infamously used this highly destructive and deadly weapon to murder 241 US Marines in Beirut while they were sleeping (10).

On January 25th, at least 16 Shia were murdered and 70 others were wounded when car bombs and motorcycle bombs detonated during a religious ceremony. The attacks were blamed on ‘pro-Taliban militants (11),’ revealing the fingerprints of the Dragon Policy. The car bomb is another of Mossad’s signature devices, primarily used in the execution of false flag operations, whether the designated target is a political assassination or everyday terrorism against civilian populations (12). The motorcycle bomb is also a weapon of the Israeli agency, typically unleashed in high-level operations, including in its recent hit on Iranian nuclear scientist Masoud Ali Muhammadi, murdered by Mossad in front of his home (13).

The imaginary ‘Tehrik-I-Taliban’ was at it again on January 28th, in perfect union with the increasing activity of the Mossad-RAW Dragon Policy, blowing up two girls’ schools and a college in southwestern Pakistan (14). Military-grade dynamite was used, powerful enough to level city blocks, not homemade bombs as the media of the Zionist criminal network would lead the masses to believe.

“By deception, thou shalt wage war” are the words that govern every action of the Mossad. Deception is the very essence of fission field warfare. The bombardments that foment the fission are only the top layer of this intricate form of terrorism. There is a specific reason behind each operation, an ‘origin point.’ The origin point is a world event needing to be deflected from public attention, as a means of exhorting further Zionist control over the masses and consolidating as much power as possible.

An agent of Xe (Blackwater) just gunned down two innocent Pakistani men in Lahore for absolutely no reason.

At this particular time, the origin point for deliverance of fission field warfare in Pakistan is the growing concern over Blackwater’s all-out infiltration of the Islamic nation, culminating in a mercenary of the hunter-killer corporation gunning down two innocent Pakistani men in front of the US embassy in Lahore (15). This act of blatant lawlessness and degradation is coupled with the growing unrest throughout Pakistan regarding drone strikes and ongoing injustice against Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. The Resistance of the people has grown stronger and even bolder.

Tribesmen in north Waziristan are suing the CIA for killing their family members (16). In trepidation, the CIA pulled ‘Jonathan Banks,’ its station chief in Islamabad and target of the tribesmen’s lawsuit, hoping it could bury the fury of the people and continue its drone campaign (17). But its move was futile. The protests are becoming larger in terms of sheer size, including one that exceeded 10,000 demonstrators in the Mossad-riddled town of Peshawar (18), and another which was comprised of tens of thousands in Karachi (19). And the people aren’t alone in their disgust and desire to see the CIA “video-game” style murder campaign come to an end. All leading political parties in Pakistan (puppets and non-puppets alike) have united in the call to end the CIA’s drone campaign (20), a showing of political unity not seen in decades.

The nucleus of Pakistan was reforming; rejecting calls of the hegemonists in D.C. and Tel Aviv and expelling the energies of enmity and frustration for a common cause of national unity and the defense of its sovereignty. Israel’s fission field warfare however, has reestablished the foundation of division laid out by Ben-Gurion over 40 years prior.

 

Zionist agents of the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) planned and executed the annihilation of Iraq.

Hostile Environment II: Destruction of Occupied Iraq

Fission field warfare is the armed aspect of the Zionist entity’s “Greater Israel” grand scheme, which it is attempting to bring forth through the ‘Fracture Theory of Zion (FTZ).’ FTZ is a centuries-old operation that was born with Zionism in the echoes of the infamous extremist saying, “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” It encompasses fission field warfare, which breeds division through military and intelligence means, along with diplomatic manipulation (i.e. the global Zionist lobby), financial isolation (i.e. the Zionist international banking cartels and sanctions against Iran) and opposition infiltration (i.e. the subversion of the anti-war and truth movements by Zionist-run Wikileaks). FTZ is the doctrine which provides cover for Israeli expansionism and generates a plethora of new wars to strengthen the ‘Israeli empire (21).’

There isn’t a country on earth that has suffered more at the hands of Israel’s Fracture Theory of Zion than the occupied, annihilated Arab nation of Iraq. The evidence of it is ample. The admissions of guilt from the Zionist criminal network are numerous. Mossad began funding Kurdish collaborationists in northern Iraq as early as the 1950s (22), planting the seeds for Arab-Kurdish ethnic tensions and divisions. Israeli foreign policy advisor Oded Yinon compiled the blueprint for splitting Iraq, a centrist nation of religionists and secularists, Muslims and Christians, affluents, the working class and the poor, into three sectarian states in 1982 (23), furthering ethnic tensions and creating religious divides.

Yinon’s blueprint was reinforced by the “Clean Break Papers,” written for Benjamin Netanyahu by a study group of Zionist war criminals led by chief criminal, Richard Perle. This document emphasized Israel’s necessity to destabilize then “redefine” Iraq to its liking (24). Immediately following the Clean Break papers, the Project For A New American Century (PNAC) was created by a who’s who of top tier Zionists with dual American-Israeli citizenship, including the Clean Break authors and the architect of the invasion of Iraq himself, Zionist mass murderer Paul Wolfowitz (25). Obliterating Iraq was one of PNAC’s primary objectives, and the think tank wrote a letter to war criminal Bill Clinton in 1998, mapping out the steps to be taken for regime change and nation destruction, including “a systematic air campaign (26).” Two years later, it would write a monumental foreign policy dictate which prominently featured Iraq’s annihilation and the means needed to carry it out via a “new Pearl Harbor,” a.k.a. the September 11th attacks (27).

One year after September 11th, and 6 months before the genocidal “liberation” of Iraq, Israeli war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu echoed his colleagues at PNAC when he issued a lengthy speech to the House Committee on Government Reform in promotion of invading and occupying Iraq, stating that before any action is taken against the Arab nation, the “people of Israel” must be insured that they will be safe (28). Condoleeza Rice, the Zionist war criminal that held the Secretary of State position in the Likudnik Bush White House, has gone on record to state that America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq was for the protection of the usurping entity in Tel Aviv (29).

Decades of Zionist positioning culminated in the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003. The ‘shock and awe’ tactics implemented by the US-UK occupying forces to decimate the Iraqi people allowed Israel to penetrate every sector of their society. Deploying Mossad agents in every region of the nation, the Zionist entity assassinated over 530 Iraqi scientists and academics, initiated an extermination campaign targeting Iraqi Christians and commissioned Zeev Belinsky, a Zionist criminal who is one of the leading businessmen behind the Apartheid Wall in occupied Palestine (30), to build a separation wall in Baghdad to divide Shia and Sunni communities and breed enmity between them (31).

Genocidal criminal Paul Wolfowitz, an avid Zionist, led the march into Baghdad at the behest of Tel Aviv.

Belinsky’s project was aided by one of Iraq’s most notorious traitors, Ahmed Chalabi, whose INC (Iraqi National Congress) was created by the CIA and whose very political existence was created by the Zionist decision-makers within PNAC. His handler after Iraq was invaded in ‘03 was Wolfowitz himself (32). Chalabi was intimately involved with the Mossad in the 1980s, and was mentored by Albert Wohlsetter, the godfather of neoconservatism, whom Chalabi met while visiting occupied Palestine to meet his Mossad contacts. Wohlsetter would introduce Chalabi to Richard Perle (33).

With Iraq’s intelligentsia massacred, the Iraqi Christian community in shambles, Zionist-handpicked traitors governing Iraq while masquerading in full “free and democratic garb” and Zionist agents like Michael Fleischer in full control of Iraq’s finances, prostituting Iraqi assets to private corporations closely allied with the usurping Israeli entity (34), the Fracture Theory of Zion was deeply entrenched into Iraq’s infrastructure. The bombardments were in place, and the fission field warfare was ready to be unleashed.

Mossad’s favorite weapon, the car bomb, was to put to use across occupied Iraq with the help of its allies in the CIA and MI6. Sunni mosques were bombed, resulting in the murder of innocent men, women and children, only to be blamed on Shia ‘terrorists.’ Shia mosques were bombed, resulting in the murder of innocent men, women and children, only to be blamed on Sunni ‘terrorists.’ Shia were frequently targeted during their holiest religious proceedings. The media described it as ‘sectarian warfare,’ one sect pitted against the other, covering up that it was nothing more than divide-and-conquer strategy dominantly controlled and manipulated by the Zionist entity. The Iraqi people however, wholeheartedly rejected these contrived divisions, knowing full well that the car bombs were the work of Israeli, British and American intelligence services (35).

P2OG, an intelligence agency designed to carry out false flag operations, was created by the Zionist-run Defense Science Board.

American intelligence rigs cars with explosives at military checkpoints throughout Iraq, due to the US military’s control over them. Eyewitness accounts from Shia districts in Baghdad and Mossad-infested Mosul have confirmed it. This ‘American’ degree of Zionism’s fission field warfare in Iraq originated in the office of Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, from a shadowy organization called Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG), created by the Defense Science Board. P2OG advocated using assassinations, sabotage and deception to provoke the Iraqi people into bloody civil war (36).

The Defense Science Board was headed by William J. Schneider Jr., a staunch Zionist and member of PNAC. Schneider put forth an all-out media blitz regarding the legitimacy and legality of P2OG despite its very concept being rooted in illegitimacy and illegality (37). P2OG raked in billions upon billions of dollars for the Zionist-controlled Pentagon, all of which was used to annihilate Iraq (38). P2OG is still functioning as an intelligence agency, only specializing in false flags.

William J. Schneider Jr., Zionist PNAC member and head of the Defense Science Board that created the P2OG intelligence agency.

The FTZ-P2OG nexus has established a breeding ground for fission field warfare to flourish across occupied Iraq. In the new year, the false flag terror campaign has been stepped up substantially, following a strict ‘sectarian’ pattern. A blast inside a chicken coop claimed the lives of two children in Diyala while an explosion murdered an ex-Jaysh al-Mahdi militiaman and his brother in al-Nasiriyah (39). Three simultaneous blasts in Baghdad murdered 2 innocents and wounded 13 others. The Shia Husseiniya mosque, the Sunni Abdul Qadir Gilani mosque and the Sunni al-Assaf mosque were the targets (40). A massive explosion ripped through a police recruitment site in Tikrit and slaughtered over 54 innocents and wounded 150 others (41). 15 people were murdered and 64 others were severely wounded when twin explosions tore into a security station in Baquba (42).

Multiple blasts including twin explosions in Karbala targeted Shia pilgrims on the holy day of Arba’een, murdering at least 50 and injuring over 150 others (43). A string of explosions in Baghdad claimed 8 lives, including Shia pilgrims and two teenagers (44). 18 more innocents were murdered in Karbala and 34 others were wounded when twin blasts rocked the neighborhood of al-Ibrahimiyah (45). And quite possibly the most heinous attack of all, was when a giant blast targeted the funeral of a Shia sheikh in the Shula district of Baghdad, murdering 80 innocents, including 11 children, and wounded 120 others (46). The method of murder in every single terrorist act, against Shia and Sunni alike, was a car bomb (in one case, an ambulance bomb) or an IED, or both. Signature weapons of Israel. The benefactor of every drop of Iraqi blood shed was the Zionist entity.

The Zionist entity employs Fission Field Warfare in occupied Iraq to tear it apart, preparing it for colonization as ‘Greater Israel.’

Replicating the Dragon Policy that frames ‘Al-Qaeda’ and the Taliban for attacks on the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Zionist media blamed the new years assault which has claimed hundreds of innocent Iraqi lives on “any number of Shia factions (47).” Never will it be mentioned by the Zionist media that thousands of Mossad agents and assets of the Israeli military establishment operate within occupied Iraq (48), engaging in fission field warfare to tear the once-strong Sunni-Shia unity apart.

The origin point for the Zionist entity’s genocidal new years campaign in occupied Iraq is two-pronged. Firstly, with the well-known “deadline” approaching for the US to withdraw all of its armed forces from Iraq, the Zionist entity bombarded the people, unleashing fission throughout every community in Iraq, to convince Iraqis that the already weak puppet government is incapable of protecting them; that the Iraqis need an occupying presence to maintain order in their nation. Hence self-admitted Zionist Joe Biden’s recent trip to Baghdad focusing on the extension of an American presence in occupied Iraq (49). Though the fantasy of the occupation coming to a close at the end of 2011 was never taken seriously, the January mass murder frenzy, which has been frenetically promoted by the Zionist media, will make it easier for the public to believe the fairy tale.

Muqtada al-Sadr sold out the Iraqi people to the occupation. He is now being humiliated by the Zionist entity.

Secondly, the current batch of fission field warfare operations was meant to keep disgraced ex-Resistance leader Muqtada al-Sadr in check. Al-Sadr recently arrived back in Iraq after a self-imposed exile in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He didn’t return to lead the Iraqi people against the occupying powers in armed rebellion however. He returned to swear allegiance to his one-time enemy, Nouri al-Maliki. Muqtada al-Sadr’s movement sealed the deal for the Maliki government to remain in power, granting longevity to a regime that is devoid of any connection to the Iraqi people; a regime of war criminals, thieves and murderers unabashedly subservient to Israeli, American and British interests. He sold out the Iraqi people that looked to him as a hero for 40 seats in parliament and 8 ministries (50).

Since al-Sadr returned, relations with Maliki have been tense at best. Maliki threatened al-Sadr with an old arrest warrant and rumors are abound that he has left Iraq again; fleeing to either Iran or Lebanon (51). Mossad’s bombings, especially in areas where al-Sadr has a multitude of support like Karbala and the Shula district of Baghdad, serve as a reminder to al-Sadr that his days of Resistance are over, and he is fully under the control of the Zionist Power Configuration. Whether Muqtada stays on the six-pointed-star-patterned strings of the oppressors and exists as a stooge within the corrupt Iraqi government remains to be seen. The evidence certainly suggests that he is content as a traitor.

With Iraqi journalists being offered exuberant payment plans or persecution by the brutal Maliki-Talabani regime (52), mainstream media owned by Zionists and alternative media infiltrated by gatekeepers who refuse to tell the truth about Iraq, 9/11 or the intelligence operation known as Wikileaks (53), it seems that the ugliness of Zionism’s fission field warfare tearing Iraq to pieces for nearly 8 years now will remain in a black hole of obscurity. Unless the eyes of the world are opened by what is so blatantly right in front of them.

 

Muslims and Christians are standing together against Zion’s Fission Field Warfare in Egypt.

Hostile Environment III: Failure In Egypt

“From the Nile to the Euphrates.” Iraq and Egypt are forever linked through the delusional, Talmudic dream of ‘Greater Israel,’ the pinnacle and ultimate goal of international Zionism. A Zionist utopia devoid of democracy, freedom and reality. The destabilization of Egypt has been laid out in detail by Oded Yinon, former senior Israeli foreign policy advisor, in the same document laying out the blueprints for the annihilation and annexation of Iraq. Similar to the ‘sectarian’ plan for Iraq, Israel wants to crack Egypt in half, splitting Muslims, Christians and other ethno-religious minorities into ‘distinct geographical regions.’

Mossad bombed al-Qiddisin church in Alexandria on New Years Day to create a schism between Egypt’s Muslims and Christians.

On New Years Day, a massive explosion claimed the lives of 25 Coptic Christians at al-Qiddissin Church in Alexandria, Egypt. At least 97 others were wounded, including several Muslims. While the regime of the Zionist dictator Hosni Mubarak attempted to blame the attack on a suicide bomber belonging to the fictional monolith known as Al-Qaeda, this lie collapsed when it was uncovered the weapon used in the murderous operation was a car bomb, validating Mossad’s signature in the ‘sectarian’ attack. Mubarak’s infamous (and savage) security forces collaborated with the Zionist entity in the bloodshed, withdrawing from al-Qiddissin only an hour before the car bomb exploded, granting Israeli operatives the opportune time needed to plant the explosives and vanish (54).

Staying true to the Dragon Policy, the official line from the Israeli-owned Mubarak regime now blames an enemy of the Zionist entity for the bombing, the Army of Islam, a Palestinian Resistance movement in illegally besieged Gaza. The Interior Ministry cited “conclusive evidence (55),” which obviously, doesn’t exist.

The origin point of this barbarity is on display for the entire world to see; an event that isn’t only shaking the Arab world to its roots, but the globe itself: The Egyptian Revolution. The Zionist entity attempted to drum up enough sectarianism to incite a communal war in Egypt, quelling the possibility of this historic movement of people power. The false flag bombing was designed to salvage the waning Israeli stranglehold on Egypt, and strike back at Egyptians for uncovering another of its infamous spy rings (56) while ensuring a media blackout on the Mubarak regime robbing the Muslim Brotherhood in the latest round of parliamentary elections (57). This backfired completely, unifying the Egyptian people instead; to a degree that superceded the worst nightmare of the most abysmally hawkish Zionist.

Egyptians have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in the millions since January 25th in a historic revolutionary display.

After the bombing, Muslim and Christian leaders met in friendship, and stood together in a powerful display of understanding and solidarity (58), reaffirming the warmness and harmony that the two communities have always had (59). The solidarity deepened six days after Mossad’s sanguinary false flag attack, when thousands of Muslims joined their Christian brothers for Christmas Mass, offering themselves as human shields to protect their fellow Egyptians (60). This precious unity, transcended solidarity and transformed into an unbreakable, unshakable armor when the Revolution began on January 25th, the “Day of Rage.” Invoking the Zionist entity’s darkest fears, Muslims and Christians have marched through the streets together from the very beginning, chanting “We are all Egyptians (61)!”

The usurping supremacist entity has admitted that a revolution in Egypt would be a “loss” for its Zionist empire of colonialist expansionism (62). Benjamin Netanyahu, the war criminal and mass murderer, exhibited his typical racism but with an underlying hint of fear, “We believe Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future. Having said that, I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process (63).” So says the illegitimate entity that calls itself ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’ Zionism’s feelings of cynicism and apprehension are based on the idea that a revolutionary leadership would cut it off from gas supplies that Israel has secured from collaborators in Egypt for over 30 years, as well as damage a massive $10-billion deal that Zionist firms signed with Mubarak in December of 2010 (64).

Avi Dichter suggested the “isolation” of Egypt to prepare the Arab nation for annexation in the Zionist entity’s ‘Greater Israel’ scheme.

Former director of Shin Bet and war criminal Avi Dichter issued an enormously disturbing speech on May 26th, 2010 to the Israeli National Security Research Center, arrogantly pinpointing Zionist successes in occupied Iraq. However, the iniquitous offering did briefly touch on Egypt. The following excerpt is essential to understanding the efforts being pursued by the Zionist entity and its lapdogs within the US government to crush the Egyptian Revolution, “Weakening and isolating Iraq is no less important than weakening and isolating (neutralizing) Egypt. Weakening and isolating (neutralizing) Egypt has been done by diplomatic methods while everything has been done to achieve a complete and comprehensive isolation of Iraq (65).”

The Zionist regime made one last ditch attempt to resurrect and subsequently sustain its fission field warfare in Egypt, sending three planes full of illegal gas to Mina International Airport in Cairo to be used by Mubarak’s security forces on unarmed protesters (66). An Israeli minister told Egypt to “exercise force, power in the street” to demolish the uprising and restore the old order that adheres to Zionism (67). Mubarak obliged with an ‘exercising of force,’ deploying his brutal secret police into the street in plain clothes, ordering them to pose as ‘pro-government’ protesters. They attacked the unarmed revolutionary demonstrators with meat cleavers, fire bombs, knives, chains and clubs (68), saving the Israeli-delivered weapons for a ‘final showdown’ of sorts. Since the beginning of the Revolution, at least 300 protesters have been murdered (69), and over 5,000 other protesters have been wounded, many of them critically (70).

Egyptians haven’t been discouraged in the slightest by the Zionist Mubarak regime’s brutality. Millions have taken to the streets on several occasions since the Revolution began nearly two weeks ago. Realizing this, the Israeli occupiership set aside its fission field warfare goals and directed its attention towards Avi Dichter’s May 2010 speech, invoking the political wing of the Fracture Theory of Zion (FTZ) to put the people’s Revolution to sleep once and for all.

Mohamed ElBaradei is not a friend of the Egyptian people. He is a stooge of the Zionist-controlled International Crisis Group.

Firstly, the Zionist entity and its vast globalist network sought to penetrate the opposition. Enter ‘opposition figure’ Mohamed ElBaradei, hated across the region for ‘warmly’ shaking hands with multiple Israeli war criminals and relentlessly promoted by corporate Arab media heavyweights Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya (71). ElBaradei is being presented as a man with an immense amount of credibility because he ‘slammed’ the West for presenting exaggerated reports about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program (72), while calling the illegal Israeli nuclear arsenal the ‘greatest threat to the region (73).’ However, ElBaradei has also gone on the record to state that, ‘My gut feeling is that Iran definitely would like to have the technology that would enable it to have nuclear weapons if they decided to do so (74),” giving credence to the Zionist narrative which has spread en masse for nearly a decade.

Despite his harsh rhetoric towards the Zionist entity’s nukes, it must be treated as just that: rhetoric. ElBaradei has attacked Hamas, the Palestinian Resistance movement in occupied Gaza, as ‘radical (75),’ and is also a supporter of the apartheid two-state solution based on the ‘1967-borders (76),’ a full blown endorsement of the Zionist ethnic cleansing operation known as al-Nakba. ElBaradei has also said that a democratic Egypt becoming anti-Israel or anti-US in its foreign policy was nothing but “hype and fiction (77).”

Mohamed ElBaradei is not a friend of the Egyptian people. He is a stooge of the Zionist-controlled International Crisis Group.

This in and of itself is a contradiction of what the Egyptian people want. The revolutionaries have staged mock hangings of Mubarak dolls with an Israeli six-pointed star drawn on its chest (78), written graffiti on US corporate establishments that label Mubarak as a US client (79), displayed posters of Mubarak with Israeli stars all over his face (80) and in a moment of true historical precedent, forced the Zionist entity to take down its flag at the Israeli embassy in Cairo and evacuate all of its staff (81). Egyptians have absolutely had enough of Mubarak’s kowtowing to Zionism’s every whim, whether the orders are barked from occupied Palestine or the Israeli Lobby’s stomping grounds in Washington D.C. Mubarak is a wolf. ElBaradei is a wolf in blue-and-white sheep’s clothing.

Due to his “critical remarks” about the Zionist entity and his “support” for Iran, Zionist war criminal Phillip Zelikow, the man responsible for covering up Mossad’s false flag attack on 9/11 with the absurd ‘9/11 Commission Report (82),’ suggested that the US should support ElBaradei by pretending that it doesn’t like him (83). Why has ElBaradei been chosen over any other collaborator on the long list of collaborators in the possession of Zion and its worldwide network of cronies? Because ElBaradei serves on the board of trustees at the International Crisis Group, a globalist giant funded by the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation and internationalist Zionist criminal George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Soros, along with global power broker Zbigniew Brzezinski also sit on the board (84). The International Crisis Group was founded by Morton I. Abramowitz, PNAC member, CFR member and ardent Zionist (85).

Omar Suleiman (left) is a notorious brute, torturer and Zionist traitor. He is known as Mossad’s and CIA’s man in Egypt.

While Tel Aviv’s agents attempted to manipulate the people from the shadows, it demanded from its ‘allies’ in the United States and European Union to tone down the anti-Mubarak rhetoric and support the dictator (86). The Zionist-owned Obama administration followed suit, offering its full support to a ‘transitional’ government led by Omar Suleiman, whom Hosni Mubarak appointed Vice President of Egypt (87). What Israel wants is a ‘Mubarakite’ Egypt, even without Mubarak. Suleiman serves this agenda gratuitously. He vehemently despises the Palestinian Resistance in occupied Gaza and has close ties to Mossad, Shin Bet and Aman. Suleiman is also a good friend of ex-Mossad chief Shabtai Shavit, and they routinely talk via phone about their children and grandchildren (88). How pathetically and disgustingly touching.

Suleiman is the chief Egyptian collaborator in assisting the Zionist entity with its crippling siege against Gaza, and has been personally thanked by genocidal Zionist madman Avigdor Lieberman for his treason (89). And arguably the most notable part of Suleiman’s lengthy and brutal collaborationist resume: his senior role in the CIA’s exceptionally illegal Rendition program, which under his watch, left dozens of innocent Muslim men tortured and psychologically ruined (90). Torture hasn’t stopped since the Revolution commenced either, as police under the direct orders of Suleiman and new Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy, former head of the Egyptian Prison Authority (91), have engaged in repeated acts of barbarity against protesters (92). The revolutionaries of Egypt mustn’t lose; an Egypt controlled by Zionist war criminal Omar Suleiman would be aeons worse than an Egypt controlled by Mubarak.

Due to their dignity and their steadfastness, Egyptians overcame Israel’s fission field warfare and left it in a heap of failure. They are now fighting the Fracture Theory of Zion head on, and as millions continue to pour into the streets daily (93), they are overcoming it as well. While the Zionist criminal network maneuvers in the open and in the shadows to politically influence the ‘game-changing’ events in Egypt, Egyptians themselves reject a future controlled by foreign interests and continue to unleash their ire at the illegitimate Israeli entity and the Zionist-owned US government (94). Racist war criminal MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who has a close friendship with Hosni Mubarak has gravely insulted the Egyptian people by stating, “I don’t think it is possible for there to be a revolution in Egypt (95).” The Egyptian people are proving him, and every other Zionist and Mubarak supporter wrong at this very moment: a revolution in Egypt isn’t only possible. It’s happening.

Julian Assange is the leading head of the Israeli intelligence Hydra known as Wikileaks.

Conclusion: The Wikileaks Hydra and Reality

As aforementioned in the section regarding Israel’s fission field warfare against occupied Iraq, the Fracture Theory of Zion has incorporated an infiltration wing into its foundation, to penetrate opposition and subvert it or destroy it, whichever will better serve the global agenda of Zionism. In the case of Wikileaks, subversion reigns supreme.

It is has become an impossibility to remain updated on the world’s current events, whether choosing the Zionist-owned mainstream media as your provider, or the alternative media, without hearing the name of Wikileaks or its ‘founder,’ Julian Assange. Vociferously promoted by the Zionist media and despicably worshiped as the idol of choice by the alternative media, Wikileaks now permeates every aspect of ‘information age’ journalism. While both media spheres will lead their readers and viewers to believe that Wikileaks is a whistleblower of the utmost dignity, honor and integrity, as well as an organization that thrives on truth and the exposure of corruption, this is a lie of the most monstrous proportions. In reality, Wikileaks is an Israeli intelligence operation coordinating attacks against ‘anti-Zionist’ journalists and online publications with known Tel Aviv-intelligence wing, the Anti-Defamation League (96).

Wikileaks has absolved the Zionist entity of any connection to the 2008 ‘terror’ attacks in Mumbai, despite all evidence confirming the fingerprints of Mossad, CIA and India’s RAW collaborating in a deadly false flag paramilitary operation. Instead, it blames the Pakistani government and Pakistani ‘Jihadi terrorists (97).’

The Wikileaks ‘whistleblower’ fraud has been a vital asset to the CIA and Mossad.

Wikileaks claims that Hamas, the Islamic Resistance of Gaza, broke the ceasefire in 2008 which provided the pretext for Operation Cast Lead, not the Zionist entity. Additionally, Wikileaks has accused Hamas of using human shields, though the only use of human shields that has ever been recorded is by Israeli occupation forces. Wikileaks claims that the Hindutva entity of India is a major force for peace in occupied Kashmir, not an illegal occupier and notorious violator of human rights. Wikileaks heinously claims that Syrians assassinated former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri, and not Mossad through its signature car bomb. And quite possibly, the most horrifically false claim of all, Wikileaks says Israel has no ‘assets’ in occupied Iraq, though Iraq is corroded with Mossad’s presence from north to south, east to west (98).

The most successful product of Zionist criminal Cass Sunstein’s cyber COINTELPRO, Wikileaks has served the illegitimate Israeli state’s international agenda flawlessly. Any major story that needs to be buried by the Zionist media can easily be done by using a Wikileaks falsehood-ridden scandal. Latest on Israel’s hitlist, is the Egyptian Revolution and its righteous organizers. Right on schedule, Wikileaks arrives on the scene with a means of discrediting the movement, its people, its methods and its motives. According to the latest documents dumped by Julian Assange’s organization, the United States backed the ‘pro-democracy’ groups that have organized the massive protests against Mubarak in Egypt (99). Not only have Zion’s gatekeepers swallowed this abomination of the truth and regurgitated it to their followers, well-respected journalists who were instrumental in exposing Wikileaks for the intel-op that it is, have also bought into this pathetic theory.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah recently addressed this exact issue in his most recent speech, emotionally displaying full solidarity with the Egyptian people, “The worst accusation against this complete humanitarian and political intifada is that American intelligence has incited the Egyptian youth against the regime. Even more, it is a grave insult and an injustice to the youth of Egypt to claim that their movement is directed by the US. Who would imagine that the US would topple such a loyal ally working day and night to protect Washington’s interests and projects? It is illogical (100).”

Unlike disposed puppet dictators like Manuel Noriega, Saddam Hussein and Jonas Savimbi of Angola, all of whom began operating in their own interests, instead of the interests of their American and Israeli puppet masters, Mubarak and his regime have catered to Washington and Tel Aviv in an unimaginable manner. The Sayyed hit the nail directly on its head; the insinuation that this populist revolution is the work of intelligence agencies or Western governments is not only an insult and an injustice to the Egyptian people, it is not only illogical, but it is absolutely asinine. To this very moment, as Sayyed Nasrallah stated in the same speech, the Zionist entity and its criminal network are fighting tooth and nail to undermine the people’s Revolution, and keep Mubarak in power.

The latest round of the Wiki-Hydra’s Zionist poison is directed at the courageous, revolutionary protesters of Egypt for one reason: to convince all of the people in the Middle East living under US-backed, Zionist-funded dictatorships, including those Egyptians who are yet to take to the streets with their brethren, that revolution isn’t possible. That Resistance isn’t possible. That assembling for an honorable cause isn’t possible because all honorable causes have been hijacked by the usurping entity of Zion and its eternal supply of cronies. Israel has underestimated the Arabs however. It has underestimated their steadfastness, their dignity, their righteousness, their Godwariness, their love of country and their willingness to sacrifice their very lives for freedom.

Arab unity absolutely petrifies the Zionist entity. It is the antithesis to Israel’s Fission Field Warfare.

Protesters have taken to the streets in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Iraq, Bahrain and occupied Palestine in solidarity with the people of Egypt in defiance of apathy and the Zionist entity’s manipulation. And while Mubarak’s heavyweight American lobbyists try to secure more aid from the US Congress (101), Zionist ideologues go back and forth attempting to present a legitimate two-sided discourse on Egypt, though they are simply preserving Israel’s point of view (102), and mass murdering war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu threatens the world with another racist diatribe about the rise of an “Islamist” Egypt (103), Egyptians continue their calls for the end of Mubarak in Ismailia, Mahalla, Suez, Alexandria, Mansoura and of course, Tahrir Square in the capital city of Cairo as if the powers that be and the cancer of Zionism that governs them didn’t exist. Upper Egypt, including the cities of Kharga and Assiut, has also joined the revolt (104).

Knowledge is what transforms a sleeping people into an unbreakable force of Resistance. It snatches them from their dream state and catapults them into the battlefield of reality. Egyptians are well aware of their cold, hard, dictatorial reality and subservience to it has disappeared as a viable option for them. This awakening is the model that needs to be duplicated in occupied Iraq, Pakistan and every other nation victimized by the supremacist entity of Israel’s fission field warfare.

An awakened populace, determined to achieve revolution, can take the Zionist entity’s Fracture Theory and fracture it into an infinite number of pieces, rendering its restoration impossible. An Iraqi-Egyptian-Pakistani union, fully backed and controlled by the will of the people, will not just disrupt the Zionist entity’s plans, but decimate them.

Revolution in its purest form is the end of oppression and the beginning of freedom. Once Mubarak falls at the hands of the Egyptian people, so falls his oppression. Freedom from tyranny isn’t the aspiration of all men. It is a gift that man is born with and one that cannot be usurped by any power, no matter how perceivably powerful. As the great anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko said, “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” A revolutionary mind state is the bitter enemy of the oppressor.

In a revolution, the oppressed transcend from the downtrodden and the exploited to the champions of a nation reborn. Egypt is being reborn right now. And in its transcendence, the oppressors are being burned in the blaze of revolutionary champions who refuse to be humiliated ever again.

~ The End ~

Source: Mask of Zion

(1) Ben Gurion On Pakistan by Judicial-Inc.Biz; “Strike And Crush Pakistanis” by Peter Chamberlin, Wake Up From Your Slumber

(2) Mossad And India Spy Agency Team Up, Target Pakistan by Tariq Saeedi, Globe Intel

(3) Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, And The Crack Cocaine Explosion by Gary Webb (rip)

(4) Mossad-RAW Nexus by S.M. Hali, Pakistan Daily

(5) Wikileaks, A Circus With No Elephants by Gordon Duff, Veterans Today

(6) Blackwater/Xe Attacks In Pakistan by The Daily Mail Online Edition

(7) Taliban Blame ‘Blackwater’ For Pakistan Bombings by Robert Mackey, The New York Times

(8) Bombings Kill 7, Injure 14 In Pakistan by Press TV

(9) Peshawar Police Chief Claims RAW, Mossad Behind Killing Of Three Chinese by Andhra News

(10) Beirut Marine Bombing Was Mossad False Flag Operation by Rehmat’s World

(11) Sixteen Killed In Pakistan Bombings by Press TV

(12) The Baghdad Cathedral Massacre: Zionist Fingerprints All Over by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(13) Iran Claimed To Capturing The Mossad Spy by Putu Karya, All Voices
(14) Militants Blow Up 2 Schools In Pakistan by Press TV

(15) ‘US Embassy Official Blackwater Agent’ by Press TV

(16) Pakistan Tribesmen ‘To Sue CIA’ Over Drone Deaths by The Raw Story

(17) CIA Chief In Pakistan Leaves After Drone Trial Blows His Cover by Declan Walsh, The Guardian

(18) Thousands Hold Anti-US Rally In Pakistan by Press TV

(19) Thousands Rally In Karachi Over Scientist Doctor Aafia Siddiqui by Pak News Net

(20) All Parties Demand End To Drone Attacks by Ahmad Noorani, The International News

(21) Israel’s Grand Design: Leaders Crave Area From Egypt To Iraq by John Mitchell Henshaw, Media Monitors Network

(22) The Israeli-Kurdish Relations by Sergey Minasian, 21st Century, Number 1, April, 2007

(23) A Strategy For Israel In The Nineteen Eighties by Oded Yinon, Kivunim

(24) A Clean Break: A New Strategy For Securing The Realm by The Institute For Advanced Strategic and Political Studies

(25) 9/11: Israel’s Grand Deception by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(26) Open Letter To The President February 19, 1998 by Iraq Watch

(27) Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces And Resources For A New Century by The Project For A New American Century

(28) Conflict With Iraq – An Israeli Perspective by Benjamin Netanyahu

(29) Rice: US Army Presence In Iraq Protects Israel by The Jerusalem Post

(30) Dirty Hands by Sreemati Mitter, MIFTAH

(31) The Zionist Murderers Of Iraq by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(32) Who Is Ahmed Chalabi? by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

(33) Ahmed Chalabi’s Ties To Mossad And Neocons by Christopher Bollyn, Rumor Mill News

(34) The Zionist Occupation Of Iraq Is The War In Iraq by Christopher Bollyn

(35) British Terrorism In Iraq by Dr. Elias Akleh, Global Research

(36) “Combat Terrorism” By Causing It by Imad Khadurri, Free Iraq

(37) ‘P2OG’ Allows Pentagon To Fight Dirty by David Isenberg, The Asia Times

(38) Profile: William Schneider Jr. by History Commons

(39) Bombs Kill Four, Wound Five Across Iraq by Press TV

(40) Baghdad Violence Kills Three, Wounds 14 by Yahoo! News

(41) VIDEO: Iraq 54 Killed In Car Bomb Tikrit, 3 US Soldiers Die Iraq War Rages on by World News

(42) Bomb Attacks Claim 17 Lives In Iraq by Press TV

(43) 50 Dead By Iraq Car Bombs by The Bangkok Post

(44) Car Bombs Kill 8 In Iraq by Press TV

(45) 18 Killed, Dozens Hurt In Karbala blasts by Press TV

(46) Car Bomb At Iraq Funeral Kills 80 And Triggers Clashes by Al-Arabiya News Channel

(47) Iraq Car Bombing Kills 48 by Ned Parker and Salar Jaff, Los Angeles Times

(48) Wikileaks Is Zionist Poison by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(49) VP Biden Looks To Extend Iraq Presence by War On Terror News

(50) Occupied Iraq: New Year, Same Zionism by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(51) Thursday: 87 Iraqis Killed, 153 Wounded by Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com

(52) Iraqi Journalists Face Sacks Of Gold, Fists Of Fire by Khalid al-Ansary, Reuters

(53) Wiki-Hydra: Israel’s Favorite PSYOP Just Won’t Die by Jonathan Azaziah, Veterans Today

(54) The Alexandria Church Bombing: Mossad, Who Else? by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(55) Egyptian Minister Accuses Gazan Group Of Church Bombing by The Guardian

(56) “Israeli Spying Network” Uncovered In Egypt Days Before Church Bombing by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat, Veterans Today

(57) Cyber-Dissent And Egypt’s Latest Stolen Election by Ahed Al Hendi, Cyber Dissidents

(58) Egypt: Muslims And Christians Show Unity After Bombing by Kelly Heffernan-Tabor, CBS News

(59) Egyptian Religious Leaders Affirm Unity by Al-Masry Al-Youm

(60) Egypt’s Muslims Attend Coptic Christmas Mass, Serving As ‘Human Shields’ by Yasmine el-Rashidi, Al-Ahram Online

(61) ‘Muslims, Christians We Are All Egyptians:’ Scenes From A Revolution As Told By My Eyewitness by Parvez Sharma, Mondoweiss

(62) Israeli Lawmaker Backs Hosni Mubarak by Press TV

(63) Egypt’s Crisis: Israel Has Faith Mubarak Will Prevail by Karl Vick, Yahoo! News

(64) Israel Fears Egypt Unrest Will Threaten Gas Supplies by The Business Standard/The Press Trust Of India

(65) Israel: We Destroyed Iraq.. Iraq Must Stay Divided And Isolated… The Oil Of Northern Iraq Will Flow Into Israel by Jouhina Portal News; And Former Israeli Minister Of Security (Avi Dichter) We Have In Iraq Is More Than We Planned And Expected by Al-Hurriya News

(66) Israel Arms Egypt Against Protesters by Press TV

(67) Israeli Minister: Mubarak Regime Will Prevail In Egypt, Despite Protests by Haaretz

(68) How Mubarak’s Thugs Work by Rich Lowry, The Corner, National Review Online

(69) Around 300 Dead In Egypt Unrest: UN by The Hindustan Times

(70) Health Minister: 5000 Protesters Injured Since Friday by Al-Masry Al-Youm

(71) Al-Baradi’i’s Family Album by As’ad Abu Khalil, The Angry Arab News Service

(72) ElBaradei: “Iranian Nuclear Threat Was Exaggerated By The West by Mihai-Silviu Chirila, Metrolic

(73) Israel’s Nukes Most Serious Threat To Middle East: ElBaradei by The Deccan Chronicle

(74) Iran Seeking Nuclear Weapons Technology: ElBaradei by Reuters

(75) ElBaradei: A Contentious Consensus Figure For Opposition by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

(76) Mohamed Elbaradei by The Boston Globe

(77) ElBaradei: Democratic Egypt Won’t Be Anti-Israel, US by The Jerusalem Post

(78) Israel Wary Of Transition In Egypt, Concerned About Regional Stability by Janine Zacharia, The Washington Post

(79) ‘No To Mubarak The US Client’ by 3arabawy

(80) Egypt Protests: Start Of A New Middle East by Anshel Pfeffer, The Jewish Chronicle

(81) Israel Pulls Down Flag At Cairo Embassy by Ahlul Bayt News Agency; Israeli Embassy Staff Evacuate Egypt by Press TV

(82) 9/11: Israel’s Grand Deception by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(83) U.S. Scrambles To Size Up Egypt’s ElBaradei by CBS News

(84) Mohamed ElBaradei: Globalist Pied Piper Of The Egyptian Revolt by Paul Joseph Watson, Counter Currents

(85) Profile: Morton I. Abramowitz by History Commons

(86) Israel Urges World To Curb Criticism Of Egypt’s Mubarak by Barak Ravid, Haaretz

(87) Obama Backs Suleiman-Led Transition by Mark Landler and Steven Erlanger, The New York Times

(88) Israel Pinning Hopes For Hamas Deal In Gaza On Egypt Intel Chief by Yossi Melman, Haaretz

(89) Lieberman Thanks Suleiman Over Libya-Chartered Gaza Aid Ship by Al-Manar

(90) New Egyptian VP Ran Mubarak’s Security Team, Oversaw Torture by Matthew Cole and Sarah O. Wali, ABC News

(91) Mahmoud Wagdy, New Interior Minister Of Egypt, Oversaw The Police State by American Everyman

(92) Torture ‘Business As Usual’ In Egypt Amid Revolt by Charles Onians, Agence France-Presse/The Jordan Times

(93) Millions Gather To Honor Egypt Martyrs by Press TV

(94) Egyptians Unleash Anger At US, Israel by Press TV

(95) Ben-Eliezer: All We Can Do Is Express Support For Mubarak by The Jerusalem Post

(96) ADL: Wikileaks Vital To Israel’s Intelligence Program by Gordon Duff, Veterans Today

(97) 26/11: Mossad Terrorizes Mumbai by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(98) Wikileaks Is Zionist Poison II: Deconstruction Of The Myth by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion

(99) US Funded Pro-Democracy Movement by Agence France-Presse

(100) Sayyed Nasrallah To Egyptians: Your Victory Will Change The Face Of Region by Hussein Assi, Al-Manar

(101) Who’s Doing Mubarak’s Bidding In Washington? by Justin Elliot, Salon

(102) Obama Administration Contemplates Legal Nightmare In Egypt After Mubarak by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy Magazine

(103) Netanyahu: Egypt Could Fall Into Hands Of Radical Islamists by Jonathan Lis, Haaretz

(104) Upper Egypt Joins The Revolution by Mai El-Wakil and Louise Sarant, Al-Masry Al-Youm

Source: Mask of Zion

Jonathan Azaziah is an Iraqi, Moroccan-Hebrew, Russian MC, poet, activist and writer from Brooklyn, New York currently residing in Florida. His articles, poems and music predominantly deal with international Zionism and the effects that it has on the world’s oppressed people. His mixtape, Take The Red Pill Volume 2: Disarm The Octopus will be available for download soon. He can be reached at: jonathan.azaziah@gmail.com. His work can be found on Mask of Zion

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Al Qaeda in North africa Tied to Sarkozy & Neranyahu

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Behind Al Qaeda in North Africa there are Sarkozy and Netanyahu, who is in control of the CIA embassy in Tunisia where the fake ‘Al Qaeda videos’ were manufactured with the help of the harkas (traitors) of Algeria

US terror ally Mummar Gaddafi blames same fictitious ‘Al-Qaeda’ organisation for unrest in Libya
The revolution for freedom which started in Tunisia is fast spreading to several other Arab countries, such as Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Libya, Algeria, Bahrein, and so on. It is not true that those are revolutions for European democracy which is a corrupt, capitalist, militaristic and repressive political system where votes are bought, and is a system based on the manipulation by a Zionist-controlled media. If anything, they are revolutions to dismantle those systems imposed by those corrupt European capitalist democracies and to replace them with a free and fair system appropriate to the peoples of those countries.


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Zionist Muammar Gaddafi speaking the language of his masters in Tel Aviv about fake ‘al Qaeda’ in Libya (official translation). Does it not sound like mad dogs Netanyahu, Clinton, Sarkozy, Cameron and Merkel when they insult Muslims and Islaam ? Make this video goes viral on the internet. Jazakum Allah kheyren In an attempt to avoid such a revolution in ‘Saudi’ Arabia, the Saudi pro-West European dictators are increasing the salaries of Arabs in the democratic process of buying votes and acceptance of tyranny and corruption. Hence, the term ‘pro-democracy protestors’ is a complete misnomer and merely used for propaganda purposes.

Those revolutions are about freedom, justice, the liberation of Arab countries, including Palestine, the establishment of a pan-Arab economic system much less dependent on West Europeans and a defence force to better defend Arab countries from the aggression and occupation they have been experiencing for nearly a century.

Lockerbie and US terror friendship with Gadhafi
As the predominantly Muslim Arab world reels under its peoples’ will to free themselves from pro-Zionist terror regimes, we hear the same Western and pro-Western European rhetoric of Al-Qaeda to justify the massacres and persecution of Muslims at home and abroad. The uprising against US-supported Gadhafi’s Libyan regime is no surprise.

Gadhafi has been in power for 42 years. At one point, when his policy changed to denounce the US and Israel, he was branded the « mad dog of the Mediterranean ». On 15 April 1986, the US bombed the Libyan Capital Tripoli in an attempt to assassinate Gadhafi. They missed him and murdered his 15-month old adopted daughter Hanna instead. They accused Gadhafi of the Berlin discotheque bombing in 1986 and of supporting freedom movements, such as the IRA which wanted a unified Ireland and the removal of what they regarded as British armed terrorists from Irish soil, which the West Europeans branded as terrorist organisations.

Although there are clear indications that the bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988 may have been the response of Iranians (and Palestinians) after the US Navy’s guided missile cruiser The USS Vincennes shot down, earlier, an Iranian Air Flight 655 on 3 July 1988 over the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf murdering all the crew and passengers, the US, who originally pointed the finger at Iran, shifted against Gadhafi and Libya for the Lockerbie bombing and even named the suspects they wanted to try.

After years of sanctions and with the intervention of Nelson Mandela, the Libyan leader allowed the two suspects to be released to Scottish custody, tried in the ‘neutral’ Netherlands in 2000. One suspect was freed but Libyan agent Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 on the most doubtful uncorroborated ‘recollection’, 12 years earlier, of the Maltese tailor Tony Gauci who allegedly identified Megrahi buying (in Malta) the clothes allegedly used to conceal the bomb.

So flimsy was this evidence that even many parents and relatives of the victims did not believe Megrahi was the culprit (Ref. Robert Fisk & Mrs Irvine whose brother, Bill Cadman, was killed in the crash).
On 15th Oct 08, the High Court gave Megrahi leave of appeal to the Criminal Appeal Court against his conviction on the ground that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred. This appeal, which would have exculpated Magrahi, was never to be heard in 2009 because Megrahi (who is still alive) was, in the meantime, released on compassionate ground because he was terminally ill with prostate cancer.

This saved the justice system a lot of embarrassment and the authorities would have had to look for other suspects. Parallel with Megrahi’s release, British Petroleum had clinched a deal worth billions of dollars to explore oil in Libya, while Gadhafi and the US had become new friends. Gadhafi also benefited many other juicy deals for him and his regime, including a Chair on the United Nations Human Rights Council, which includes the US, the greatest human rights violator of all – how vulgar!

Now, the US want Libya out without stating on what ground Gadhafi’s Libya was admitted in the first place. Surely, if the tyrant Gadhafi is toppled, why should Libya be removed from the HRC? On the contrary Libya should remain as the people are fighting for their rights.

Gadhafi blames Bin Laden and Al Qaeda

Surely, the terror friendship between Gadhafi and US was not destined to last. The Libyan people opted to throw out the pro-US, tyrannical and oppressive Gadhafi regime where no political parties are allowed. The European West never campaigned for the freedom of the Libyans. They armed the regime to repress the people. The same arms, tanks, fighter planes and so on, are being used to murder protesting Libyans in the thousands like Palestinians are murdered by the European Israelis against whom no sanctions have ever been enforced.

To legitimise such genocide, Muammar Gadhafi made out he was fighting Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda just like the US did when they put the blame of the 9/11 sophisticated military-precision attacks on the non-existent organisation. Gadhafi has clearly been well-trained by his masters. In a twist in the whole affair, Gadaffi’s Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil now speaks out against Gadhafi alleging that he had ordered the Pam Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie in a clear European Western strategy to promote him as Gadhafi’s successor.

Stealing assets of the Libyan people

When US President Obama says « By any measure, Muammar Gadhafi’s government has violated international norms and common decency and must be held accountable », he fails to mention Israel and fails to point out that Gadhafi is his agent, bearing in mind that any sanctions will affect the people and not the Libyan regime. Similarly, when Switzerland, Germany, the US and other European countries freeze Gadhafi’s assets, they are effectively stealing the assets of the Libyan people like they did for Iran when the Shah was toppled.

They will subsequently use those illegally frozen assets as a bargaining chip with any new government. This is one aspect which clearly demonstrates how they use the capitalist system and globalisation to subjugate countries. When people denounce capitalism, they are branded as anarchists. The Gadhafi’s story is not over yet? At the same time, people should also ask themselves why the West Europeans have gone so quiet on Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Why not freeze his assets too? How about freezing the assets of the Saudi dictators and tyrants?

M Rafic Soormally London 26 February 2011

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U.S. Public No Longer Support Taxpayer Money to IsraHell

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American Public Wants Tax Payer Funds Invested on Main Street USA, NOT  Tel Aviv

With Democracy breaking out in the Middle East as the 21st Century Facebook Generation of Arab youth topple the 20th Century dictators, American foreign policy in the Middle East is being led by its tail to the future forcing U.S. Think Tanks into hyperdrive.

As it once stood, the argument that Israel is the only free democracy in the region as the cause celeb for our billions in yearly support is becoming a 21st century non-starter.

In fact, A Veterans Today informal phone poll shows that 76% of American Citizens no longer support financial aid to Israel.

Some cite the flowering calls for freedom, liberty, and justice in the Arab world as the reasons for their questioning our billions sent to Israel.  Some say pay them for what?  Let them manage their own affairs.

But after further digging, it’s much more apparent that economics as home is a much more powerful engine driving this change in public attitude.

For example, the union fight between the workers of Wisconsin and the GOP bent on breaking the unions is one very serious issue that is breaking America’s back.

Furthermore, with scenes being played out all across the nation in places like Braddock Pennsylvania where cities are dying and jobs are flying away seem to be the bigger driving force for the new “we don’t want to pay for others, we need to invest at home” attitudes.

While Veterans Today believes that the U.S. should absolutely stand for liberty, freedom, and justice across the globe, it is tacitly more fundamental to our success that we invest at home first.

Instead of giving nationalists who live in lands far far away monies that we at home never get the benefits from, it’s far more sane and right to invest our monies on Main Street in places like Braddock PA and invest in our education, workers, industries, and infrastructure so that our future remains seeded for 21 century success.

The biggest obstacle to having the wishes of the American public respected and honored by the U.S. Congress who has been continually giving over $ 10 billion a year in cash and defense contracts to Tel-Aviv is getting them to get off the lobbyist payola shake down which will be easier said then done.  All this means that we may have to overthrow our own congress before we can extract the AIPAC lobby tumor from our system. 

Your comments are appreciated.

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