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France Islam debate stirs up controversy

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by crescentandcross

France has the largest Muslim community among EU countries.

France has opened a debate on the role of Islam in the French society amid criticism by Islamic groups and human rights organizations.

The debate turned increasingly tense after Interior Minister Claude Gueant referred to the number of Muslims in France as “a problem.”

“It’s true that an increase in the number of faithful in this religion (Islam), a certain number of behaviors, poses a problem,” Gueant, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s closest advisor, said on Monday.

Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party was scheduled to open a controversial debate on Tuesday on secularism and Islam amid criticism that it was an attempt to pander to the right.

Critics say the debate is aimed at poaching votes from the far-right National Front (FN) party as Sarkozy is trying to rebuild his flagging popularity figures.

The meeting is being held in a Paris hotel with a guest list not fully specified.

The debate is being held a week before a law banning the Islamic full-face veil in public comes into force.

In a joint statement last week, leaders of various faiths in France voiced opposition to the debate, saying that it could fuel racial prejudice and stigmatize Muslims.

Leaders of groups representing France’s Muslims have said the debate could alienate France’s Muslim community. France is home to over 5 million Muslims, making it Europe’s largest Muslim minority.

Supporters of the ban argue that the veil hides women’s faces and thus violates the ideals of secularism and equality.

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IsraHell Isolation no Less than War’

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General Amos Gilad, the chief of Israel’s diplomatic-security bureau

A senior Israeli defense ministry official has warned that Israel could face isolation “no less severe than war” should the UN recognize Palestine as an independent state this September.

“Israel’s isolation in September, the beginning of the isolation, will be no less severe than war,” said chief of Israel’s diplomatic-security bureau General Amos Gilad behind closed doors, Haaretz reported Monday.

He also hinted that that the deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian direct talks was likely to bring about a third Intifada. “If you don’t enter negotiations, you gain stability, but also international isolation.”

“The isolation will legitimize the clashes that could erupt from a coincidental event or incident that with Twitter and Facebook could spark an entire fire,” he said.

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were re-launched in the US in September 2010 but were suspended later after Israel refused to extend a partial freeze on its settlement activities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend the partial 10-month moratorium on the settlement expansion projects, which expired last September.

Acting PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas said he would not return to negotiations as long as Tel Aviv continues its illegal settlement projects.

Palestinians say that the settlement activities are being carried out to render unfeasible the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Abbas said on March 31 that the PA intends to work on the recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly this September if no accord is reached between the PA and Israel and if serious talks do not resume.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before the Israeli regime captured East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

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Must Read–Arab Spring and The IsraHell Factor

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by crescentandcross

Tony Cartalucci, Contributing Writer

Activist Post

 

Any analysis of the Middle East would be remiss without factoring in Israel. Israel has been playing a rather muted role in the unfolding globalist gambit — mainly because any Israeli involvement in supporting these staged revolutions would instantly taint them and ultimately derail them. Interestingly enough, the limited role Israel has been playing includes using this phenomenon, a political “touch of death,” to target the various national oligarchies being swept from power.

The first prominent example of this occurred during Hosni Mubarak’s besieging led by International Crisis Group stooge Mohamed ElBaradei and the US State Department trained and equipped April 6 Youth Movement. Israel made very overt, in fact, quite oafish statements of support on Hosni Mubarak’s behalf including unverified claims of airlifts bringing the embattled dictator “riot equipment.” The United States, to a lesser extent, at first capitalized on anti-American sentiment by making similarly oafish statements of support to poison the Mubarak regime, before openly admitting to funding and supporting not only the Egyptian protesters, but the Tunisians, Libyans, and beyond.

Adding further credence, the Council on Foreign Relations’ magazine Foreign Affairs reported in March 2010, nearly a year before the “Arab Spring” began:

“Further, Egypt’s close relationship with the United States has become a critical and negative factor in Egyptian politics. The opposition has used these ties to delegitimize the regime, while the government has engaged in its own displays of anti-Americanism to insulate itself from such charges. If ElBaradei actually has a reasonable chance of fostering political reform in Egypt, then U.S. policymakers would best serve his cause by not acting strongly. Somewhat paradoxically, ElBaradei’s chilly relationship with the United States as IAEA chief only advances U.S. interests now. ”

Fully realizing US or Israeli support for ElBaradei in Egypt would destroy any chance for the “revolution’s” success, it appears that the cartoonish act of overtly supporting Mubarak in the early stages of the unrest was a deliberate attempt to shift the ire of the Egyptian people toward him, and their suspicions away from globalist stooge ElBaradei.

This has played out in Libya as well. Again, unverified reports of mercenaries hired by Qaddafi through Israel, armed with Israeli weapons swept through the Israeli press. Upon reading the reports, the “evidence” is hearsay from the Libyan rebels themselves. These reports of mercenaries helped not only demonize Qaddafi and render him “illegitimate” in the opening stages of the conflict, but also helped members of the Arab League garner support domestically for UNSC r.1973. With the war now in full swing, these “mercenaries” are no where to be found, and the story effectively swept under the rug.

In fact, during a particularly frank, pre-UNSC r.1973, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)military briefing, Qaddafi’s military was identified as two professional forces divided into eastern and western brigades of approximately 10,000 men in total. IISS analysts would go on to refute claims that Qaddafi was intentionally targeting civilians noting that by doing so, he would only be fueling efforts by the West to use military force against him (16:26 & 1:00:00). When asked about mercenaries (53:00), the IISS conceded to having no credible evidence.

A frank IISS military briefing on Libya, before UNSC r.1973.

Now, perhaps the most ridiculous of all, is an effort to taint the Assad regime of Syria. Hareetz of Israel recently published an op-ed titled “Israel’s Favorite Arab Dictator of All is Assad.” In what is certainly over-the-top cartoonish propaganda, we are told that Assad’s advocacy toward resisting Israel was merely a “slogan” and “hollow, serving the regime merely as an insurance policy against any demand for freedom and democracy.”

Of course the arms, fighters, and training that transited Syria into Hezbollah’s hands in Lebanon, who handed the aggressors within the State of Israel their first bitter defeat on the battlefield, seem a tangible rebuttal. While the Hareetz piece claims Syria is fighting Israel ” to the last Lebanese,” the people of Lebanon are most likely satisfied with the results of the 2006 campaign to defend their nation and the wide berth it afforded them and their allies.

Conclusion

Understanding that Israel is comprised of two types of people is key to understanding Israel’s role in the Middle East and subsequently their role in the recent “Arab Spring.” The first are people who truly live in Israel, recognize it as their home and realize that perpetual militancy and aggression toward their neighbors is neither beneficial nor sustainable.

The second type consists of the same godless, self-serving lost humanity that have hijacked nations across the globe as part of the corporate-financier oligarchy’s bid to institute world government. They are using Israel as a beachhead of sorts to project their agenda throughout the Middle East. Their actions, including the ongoing apartheid against the Palestinians and unilateral military aggression towards neighboring nations are not indicative of a nation interested in its own self-preservation.

Like the United States which is being bled to death both literally and financially, those doing the bleeding in Israel are “globalist” in nature, who do not see borders and do not consider themselves to be of any particular religion, race, creed, or nationality. Such contrivances on their part, is merely political camouflage devised to lend them credibility when they otherwise have none. The whole world is their oyster, and the nation-state their plaything. Separating these two groups in Israel is essential in both understanding its role in the Middle East and helping to ensure those who truly consider it their home prevail against those maliciously using it for their own ends with the full intention of discarding it once they are done.

By perceiving Israel as a sort of “black capital” of a “Zionist empire,” we carry water for the globalists in their bid to divide and conquer through preying on our petty prejudices. We also lump together and undermine those in Israel that are fighting against the globalists’ exploitation of their nation and their people, who are just as lied to, misled, brainwashed, and manipulated as the people of America, the UK or Europe.

By understanding the Israeli factor and that those behind it are neither Israeli or Jewish, or even Zionist, we can understand it is but a gambit within a gambit towards building world empire, thus allowing us to move on to targeting the real culprits.

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem
Chair of West Midland PSC

Dear Friends,

Two topics interested much of today’s media—inclusive of domestic newspapers, radio news, TV news, and quite a few international newspapers: the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis on the one side, and the Goldstone report and retraction.  The first item below reflects the interest in the actor-director.  The final 2 items (of 7) reflect reactions to Goldstone’s re-thinking.  There were also supporters of Goldstone’s supposed retraction.  I have not included these.

Item 1 includes Palestinian reactions to the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis and some background.

Item 2 informs readers that on the eve of the meeting of Shimon Peres and President Obama in Washington, Israel announced the extensive building of more housing units in the West Bank.

In item 3 Merav Michaeli writes that Israel’s leaders are confusing victimhood with foreign policy—that is to say, they are using victimhood as a means, rather than having a policy that would get Israel out of the morass that it is in.

Item 4 reports “pernicious propaganda” against Israel by anti-Israel Jews.  This of course does not represent any view that I hold.  I instead share many perhaps all the views of those Jewish critics.  I thought it worth including this piece because it gives at a glance reasons for being critical of Israel, as uttered by well-known individuals.

Item 5 is entitled “Prominent Israelis will propose a peace plan.”  The bare skeleton of the plan does not furnish sufficient information to judge the plan.  But from the little that we have, this peace plan, supposedly resembling the 2002 Arab League initiative.  In  actual practice it appears to  resembles others that have gone before it, e.g., the Oslo agreements. What is needed, however, is less a plan than action.  Since the present government does not prefer peace to war, we probably will see more of the latter before we see any signs of peace.  The time has come to ‘do’ peace rather than merely talk about it, as if a magic wand could bring it into being.  ‘Doing peace’ requires first and foremost ‘doing justice,’ and since that seems an unlikely move at present, peace will have to wait until Israel will have leaders that realize that means other than the use of force have to be used to achieve peace, and with it, the security for life and limb that many of us—Palestinian and Israeli–cherish.

Items 6 and 7 are both about Goldstone’s rescinding part of his opinion in the report, and state that his remarks do not cancel out the main arguments.  Item 6 is by the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, and is entitled “The Stain Remains.”

Item 7 is by Amnesty International, which insists that “Israeli campaign to avoid accountability for Gaza war crimes, must be rejected.”  This final item is quite long, but is worth your time.

All the best,

Dorothy

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1. Washington Post,

 

April 05, 2011

Palestinians memorialize slain Arab-Israeli actor, theater activists say the show will go on

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/Palestinians-memorialize-slain-arab-israeli-actor-theater-activists-say-the-show-will-go-on/2011/04/05/AF8jcOjC_story.html

By Associated Press, Tuesday, April , 11:14 AM

JENIN, West Bank — Scores of tearful Palestinians held a memorial service Tuesday for a popular Israeli-Arab actor who was shot dead outside the theater he founded, and his business partner said the theater would press forward with its work despite fears that the killers objected to its activities.

The memorial for Juliano Mer Khamis took place at the Freedom Theater, the amateur stage company he founded in 2006 as a way to restore normalcy for the town’s youth after years of bloodshed with Israel.

Mer Khamis, 52, was adored by his followers but also had infuriated many in this conservative corner of the West Bank with his outspoken views that criticized Israelis and Palestinians alike. Many also objected to the mingling of boys and girls at the theater.

The actor was shot to death by a masked gunman in the Jenin refugee camp, about 50 yards (meters) away from the theater, according to police. Nobody claimed responsibility, but the theater’s co-founder, former militant Zakariya Zubeidi, blamed an “extremist criminal” and insisted the killing was politically motivated, not personal.

A decade ago, Zubeidi headed the local wing of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militant group, gaining a reputation as a ruthless fighter. But as the Palestinian uprising against Israel fizzled out, he chose to lay down his arms, was granted amnesty by Israel and chose theater as his nonviolent path toward Palestinian independence.

“I promise you to catch whomever did this very soon,” Zubeidi told the somber memorial, where about 200 Palestinians and foreign activists gathered next to a large picture of the slain director flanked by a Palestinian flag and black flag of mourning.

He said the theater would not be intimidated into halting its work. “The theater will continue,” he vowed.

Young Palestinian actors, in their early twenties, were in anguish.

“We will not forget our teacher Juliano, and we’ll follow his path,” said actor Moamin Sweitat.

Despite the pledges to carry on, the theater could have a hard time without Mer Khamis. The slain actor, whose work included a role in the 1984 movie “The Little Drummer Girl,” was a personality whose international connections brought funding and foreign actors to the theater. Monday’s killing could also deter people, particularly foreigners, from getting involved with the theater.

Palestinian leaders ordered security forces to launch a full-scale manhunt for the shooter, and security officials said late Tuesday that one man was in custody.

A woman who was with Mer Khamis and was lightly wounded in the shooting was trying to identify the killer but was having difficulty because his face was covered during the attack, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Mer Khamis was the son of a Jewish mother and a Christian Arab father — a rarity in a land where the two populations almost never intermarry. He also was an Israeli citizen who served in the Israeli military as a youth. His split identity fueled a long career as an actor and a vocal activist against Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

Mer Khamis’ mother, an Israeli Jew, ran a youth theater in Jenin in the 1980s, before a pair of Palestinian uprisings made it all but impossible for Israelis to visit the town. The theater was destroyed in 2002 during an Israeli military offensive against Palestinian militants, some of them young men who had once been actors there.

The new Freedom Theater — which aimed to introduce children to the wider world beyond their harsh surroundings — drew criticism and vandalism from some Palestinians who were suspicious of Mer Khamis ,and who appeared to see the theater as a threat to their traditions.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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2.  NY Times Monday, April 4, 2011

On Eve of Meeting in Washington, Israel Announces More Housing Construction

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/world/middleeast/05mideast.html?ref=todayspaper

By ISABEL KERSHNER

JERUSALEM — On the eve of a White House meeting between President Obama and President Shimon Peres of Israel, officials here took steps on Monday to advance controversial new housing in the West Bank and a disputed area of Jerusalem.

The steps, by two separate agencies, are the latest in a succession of awkwardly timed housing announcements. International players are seeking ways to resume Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which stalled last September when a partial Israeli moratorium on new building in the settlements expired.

Washington has given up its efforts to persuade Israel to commit to an additional settlement freeze; the Palestinians refuse to negotiate with Israel as long as settlement building continues.

On Monday, a municipal planning committee in Jerusalem gave preliminary approval for nearly 1,000 new housing units in the residential district of Gilo, in the south of the city. And the Israeli Ministry of Defense said it had completed zoning plans for several Jewish settlements in the West Bank, retroactively legalizing construction that was already under way.

Aides traveling with Mr. Peres, who was in Washington on Monday, refused to comment on the building plans.

Elie Isaacson, an adviser to Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, said there was no connection between the Gilo action and the timing of Mr. Peres’s visit.

“There are no secrets whatsoever,” Mr. Isaacson said. “The plan is merely going from one bureaucratic stage to the next bureaucratic stage. The building policy in Jerusalem has been the same for 40 years.”

He added that the area of privately owned land was zoned for construction 10 years ago, and that it would take at least five years for the new housing to receive final approval and for the contractors to break ground. And he said the municipality was also considering hundreds of requests by Palestinians for building in Jerusalem, though Palestinian projects tend to be on a smaller scale.

Mr. Peres is expected to talk to Mr. Obama about security cooperation between Israel and the United States; the recent upheavals in the Middle East and the potential for democratization in the region; and possible ways of restarting the peace talks. One issue that may come up is whether Mr. Obama will go to Israel this year to make a major speech, and if so whether he will put forth an American peace plan. Administration officials say Mr. Obama has indicated that he would like to address Israelis about a range of issues, including the turmoil unfolding in the Middle East. But timing remains an issue, one administration official said Monday.

The role of president in Israel is mainly a ceremonial one, but Mr. Peres, who is regarded internationally as an elder statesman, has played a more active role than most of his predecessors. Relations between Mr. Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were chilly from the start, and in a departure from diplomatic norms, Mr. Peres met with Mr. Obama in 2009 before Mr. Netanyahu did, to try to smooth the way.

The issue of settlement construction has severely strained Israeli-American relations since Mr. Obama took office.

Gilo is in a part of the city that Israel annexed after capturing it from Jordan in the 1967 war. Most Israelis consider it an integral neighborhood of Jerusalem, but to the Palestinians and much of the world, it is a settlement built in occupied territory in violation of international law. Israel’s claim to sovereignty in the area of Jerusalem beyond the 1967 lines is not recognized internationally, and the Palestinians claim it as part of their future state.

In February, 14 of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council backed a resolution demanding a halt in what it termed illegal construction in Israeli settlements. Only a veto by the United States blocked the resolution.

Peace Now, an Israeli advocacy group that opposes any Israeli building beyond the 1967 lines, said the Defense Ministry had approved development plans for four West Bank settlements. But it is not clear whether the plans relate to areas that are already built up or for additional sites.

Tensions over building in Jerusalem peaked in March 2010, when Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. was on a visit here meant to underscore American support for Israel. The Israeli Interior Ministry announced 1,600 new housing units for Jews in Ramat Shlomo, in East Jerusalem, infuriating the Obama administration. Mr. Netanyahu said at the time that he had been surprised by the move; the interior minister, Eli Yishai, leader of the right-wing Shas Party, insisted that the timing was coincidental.

After that episode, the prime minister’s office said it would track the advancement of building plans more carefully to avoid new surprises.

But in November, Israel published plans for more than 1,000 housing units in other disputed areas of Jerusalem. That announcement came days before Mr. Netanyahu met with Mr. Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the United States, drawing criticism from Mr. Obama.

Mr. Netanyahu’s office announced three weeks ago that hundreds of new units had been approved for West Bank settlements in areas Israel intends to keep under any deal with the Palestinians. The news came shortly after five members of one family, including three children, were killed in the Itamar settlement.

Helene Cooper contributed reporting from Washington.

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3.  Haaretz Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Latest update 02:52 05.04.11

Israel is confusing victimhood with foreign policy

Israel’s belief that ‘the world is against it’ has in recent years turned into a real obsession, a sense that we are constantly under attack, a fear of delegitimization, an insanity of persecution.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/israel-is-confusing-victimhood-with-foreign-policy-1.354141

By Merav Michaeli

In an op-ed piece published in The Washington Post, Richard Goldstone wrote that if he knew then what he knows today, the report would have looked different and that it would have been best had Israel cooperated with him.

In fact, it was immediately after Goldstone’s report was publicized that many here concluded that it would have been best for Israel to lend its cooperation to the UN-appointed committee, according to a study conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute. Indeed, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel made a recommendation along these lines to the government before the Goldstone commission was even formed.

But this is not the conclusion that Israel’s leadership has drawn. Both Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the decision not to cooperate with Goldstone “was the correct one.”

While Israel had reasons to believe that an inquiry commissioned by the UN’s Human Rights Council would be hostile, in this extraordinary case, it was possible to think otherwise. Goldstone is known to be a particularly serious individual, a Jew and a supporter of Israel. Indeed, he was opposed to the original mandate which required that he focus his probe solely on Israel. Goldstone agreed to lead the investigation after he was given clearance to examine Hamas’ actions as well. Israel had nothing to lose by cooperating with Goldstone.

This lesson could have been learned from a previous episode – the 2004 hearings held in the International Criminal Court in The Hague involving the West Bank separation fence. The ICC is an important, independent legal authority. There was no reason to suspect that it would be one-sided. But then, too, Israel refused to recognize its authority. It did not take part in the discussion nor did it present its position, all so that it could later claim that the ruling handed down was one-sided and caused Israel serious international damage.

It is often said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others, while a fool learns from the mistakes of his own. Those who do not learn from their own mistakes confirm that insanity is repeating the same act while expecting a different result. In our case, this insanity is an insanity of persecution.

Our belief that “the world is against us” has in recent years turned into a real obsession, a sense that we are constantly under attack, a fear of delegitimization, an insanity of persecution. It is unclear whether Israel is truly capable of differentiating between a real enemy and those who wish it well, or if it is simply complaining about being persecuted because it believes this serves its interests. Now the prime minister is demanding that the Goldstone report be nullified, while the defense minister is calling for “Goldstone to be compelled (! ) to speak before the UN.” If this gambit doesn’t succeed, it will serve as yet further proof that we are being persecuted.

As the years pass, Israel has grown stronger militarily, economically, and demographically. This has not prevented our leaders from intensifying their warnings about the campaign to get us. They are wont to complain about the one-sidedness and the bias in favor of our enemies. They are also quick to warn against attempts to delegitimize, even destroy, Israel.

There are great parallels between our leaders’ statements decrying the persecution of the State of Israel and their statements decrying the persecution aimed at them personally. This holds true for Lieberman, Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu. As our leaders feel increasingly persecuted on an individual basis, they respond by ratcheting up the rhetoric that all of us are the victims of persecution.

Aside from the instinctive reflex of all Israelis to assume the role of victims, there is also cynical exploitation here of real hostility that does exist. As such, there is no room for an honest analysis of these statements, and reality becomes distorted.

As he laments the “persecution” to which he and his wife are subjected, much the same way that he railed against the “persecution” of Israel, Netanyahu is so deeply immersed in his suffering that he doesn’t even notice that in both cases, the whining simply does more damage – both to him personally and to the image of the State of Israel. Complaining about persecution is not a policy, nor is it a strategy. Rather, it is a tactic that just inflicts more damage on us.

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4.  Ynet,

 

April 05, 2011


Pernicious Propaganda

Richard Goldstone Photo: AP

The anti-Israel Jews

Op-ed: Jews at forefront of anti-Israel campaign do much to tarnish Jewish state’s reputation

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4052646,00.html

Giulio Meotti

Every day, more celebrated Jewish personalities – writers, artists, academics – are depicting Israel as a racist, vicious and inhumane “entity” that has to be dismantled. Many of them have assumed pivotal roles in the global campaign to delegitimize the Jewish State. Their relentless attacks could well play out in ways that indeed puts an end to Israeli sovereignty.

The severest blow to Israel’s reputation in a decade was delivered by a Jewish judge, Richard Goldstone. Meanwhile, there is uproar in Herzliya over renaming part of a city street after Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Israel’s most influential philosopher, who coined the “Judeo-Nazis” expression for the Israeli army.

George Steiner, who has been proclaimed the most important literary critic in the world, questioned whether Israel should have come into being at all. Elsewhere, Eric Hobsbawm, one of the greatest living historians, supported the Second Intifada, endorsing the “the cause of liberation.”

Marek Edelman, one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, wrote letters to “Palestinian partisans.” The late historian Tony Judt has been outspoken in his rejection of Israel’s right to exist and offered Israelis the fate of other religious minorities in the Middle East.

United Nations envoy Richard Falk is one of the most radical demonizers of the Jewish State. Historian Norman Finkelstein is one of the staunchest Western supporters of Hezbollah. Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, film directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh and historian Ilan Pappe have been the most famous anti-Israeli figures in the UK.

Damage underestimated

The initiative for an anti-Israel boycott in London was taken by Stephen and Hilary Rose, two renowned Jewish academics. The linguist Noam Chomsky, considered “the intellectual godfather” of the anti-Israel campaign, seeks the abolition of the Jewish State. Jewish philosopher Judith Butler is leading the divestment from Israel.

Michael Lerner’s magazine, Tikkun, is probably the most virulently anti-Israel screed ever published under Jewish auspices. There are the Israeli “neo- Canaanites”, Haim Hanegbi and Meron Benvenisti, who have come to the conclusion that “Israel as a Jewish state can no longer exist.” In Paris, bestselling author Stephane Hessel, himself of Jewish origin, is also inciting against Israel.

There are dozens of Jews leading the NGOs promoting campaigns for boycotts and sanctions against Israel. Now, a new book by the historian Deborah Lipstadt, titled The Eichmann trial, sheds light on another Jewish philosopher who demonized Israel, Hannah Arendt, who followed the Eichmann trial as correspondent of the New Yorker magazine. Arendt accused David Ben Gurion of speaking “the same language of Eichmann” and discussed “the bankruptcy of Zionism.”

For well over a century, Jewish intellectuals (and especially German-Jewish academics) rejected the legitimacy and desirability of harnessing the interests of the Jewish people into a political state. Only the Shoah, the most extreme demonstration imaginable of evil versus Jewish powerlessness, succeeded in turning the objections of these intellectuals to Israel into an embarrassment.

The extreme damage to Israel’s reputation inflicted by these and other Jewish intellectuals has been greatly underestimated. Indeed, with their words and actions they are boosting pernicious Judeophobic propaganda. Now, we are again in an era where the Jews are once more sentenced to solitary confinement on the moral high ground, with no other nation except Israel expected to disappear from this world.

Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, is the author of the book A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism

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5.  NYTimes,

 

April 4, 2011

Prominent Israelis Will Propose a Peace Plan

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/world/middleeast/05israel.html?ref=todayspaper

By ETHAN BRONNER

JERUSALEM — A group of prominent Israelis, including former heads of Mossad, Shin Bet and the military, are this week putting forth an initiative for peace with the Arab world that they hope will generate popular support and influence their government as it faces international pressure to move peace talks forward.

Called the Israeli Peace Initiative, the two-page document is partly inspired by the changes under way regionally and is billed as a direct response to the Arab Peace Initiative issued by the Arab League in 2002 and again in 2007. It calls for a Palestinian state on nearly all the West Bank and Gaza with a capital in much of East Jerusalem, an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, and a set of regional security mechanisms and economic cooperation projects.

“We looked around at what was happening in neighboring countries and we said to ourselves, ‘It is about time that the Israeli public raised its voice as well,’ ” said Danny Yatom, a signer of the document and former head of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. “We feel this initiative can bring along many members of the public.”

Another member of the group, Yaakov Perry, a former head of Shin Bet, the internal security agency, said he sent a copy of the document on Sunday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who replied that he looked forward to reading it. The official unveiling is set for Wednesday in Tel Aviv, but a copy was made available to The New York Times.

“We are isolated internationally and seen to be against peace,” Mr. Perry said in a telephone interview. “I hope this will make a small contribution to pushing our prime minister forward. It is about time that Israel initiates something on peace.”

Mr. Yatom has been a member of Parliament from the Labor Party, and Mr. Perry, now a banker, has recently joined Kadima, the main opposition party. Like all 40 people who signed the initiative, they are politically to the left of Mr. Netanyahu and most of his rightist government.

But the group was selected to seem as mainstream as possible. It includes scholars, businesspeople, and the son and daughter of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. While polls show that the Israeli public has moved right in recent years, many political analysts argue that the public worries about the country’s diplomatic isolation and is open to a peace deal.

The initiative’s goal is resolution of all claims and an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict. It acknowledges “the suffering of the Palestinian refugees since the 1948 war as well as of the Jewish refugees from the Arab countries.” It says it shares the statement of the Arab Peace Initiative “that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties.”

The two-state solution envisioned for Israel and Palestine resembles the Clinton parameters of 2000. Palestine would be a nation-state for the Palestinians, and Israel “a nation-state for the Jews (in which the Arab minority will have equal and full civil rights as articulated in Israel’s Declaration of Independence).”

The document calls for the 1967 lines to be a basis for borders, with agreed modifications based on swaps that would not exceed 7 percent of the West Bank.

Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods would go to Israel, and Arab neighborhoods to Palestine; the Temple Mount, known as the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims, would be under no sovereignty, although the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter of the Old City would be under Israel. On Palestinian refugees, the plan suggests financial compensation and return to the state of Palestine, not Israel, with “mutually agreed-upon symbolic exceptions” allowed into Israel.

Regarding Syria, the proposal calls for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights, with agreed minor modifications and land swaps in stages taking no longer than five years.

Mr. Yatom said one goal was to be heard in neighboring states. “We want to signal to moderate Palestinians and Syrians that there is a new horizon and light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

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6,  The Guardian,

 

5 April 2011

Gaza: the stain remains on Israel’s war record

Richard Goldstone’s partial retraction of his own report doesn’t excuse the conduct of Israel’s war in Gaza

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/05/gaza-stain-remains-israel-war-record

Kenneth Roth

The Netanyahu government is doing everything it can to interpret a recent Washington Post op-ed article by Justice Richard Goldstone as vindication of Israel’s conduct in the 2008-09 Gaza conflict. It is nothing of the sort. Israel’s reluctance to confront that reality finds a parallel in its refusal to date to conduct credible investigations into the serious violations of the laws of war that it committed in Gaza. The Goldstone article does not relieve it of the obligation to pursue those investigations.

As is well known, Goldstone led a UN commission that issued a detailed and damning report on the Gaza war, finding that both Israeli and Hamas forces committed war crimes. In his article, Goldstone backed away from a particularly controversial charge in the report – the allegation that Israel had an apparent high-level policy to target civilians. He now says that information from Israeli investigations indicates “that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy”.

Goldstone was right to make that amendment. Human Rights Watch also investigated some of the cases in which Israeli troops fired at and killed Palestinian civilians. In seven cases, for example, Israeli troops killed a total of 11 Palestinian civilians who had been waving white flags to signal their civilian status. In six other cases, Israeli drone operators fired on and killed a total of 29 Palestinian civilians, including five children, even though drone technology offers the capacity and time to determine whether the targets were combatants. Deeply troubling as these cases were, they were too isolated for us to conclude that the misconduct of individual soldiers reflected a wider policy decision to target civilians.

But Goldstone has not retreated from the report’s allegation that Israel engaged in large-scale attacks in violation of the laws of war. These attacks included Israel’s indiscriminate use of heavy artillery and white phosphorus in densely populated areas, and its massive and deliberate destruction of civilian buildings and infrastructure without a lawful military reason. This misconduct was so widespread and systematic that it clearly reflected Israeli policy.

What has Israel done to redress these violations? Mainly, it has investigated the common soldier while leaving the top brass and policymakers untouched. Israel’s investigations look good only by comparison with Hamas, which has done nothing at all to investigate its war crimes. The Hamas justice minister responded to the Goldstone article by attempting to justify deliberate rocket attacks on populated areas of Israel as part of the “right of self-defence of the Palestinian people” – a position wholly at odds with the laws of war.

As for Israel, a recent UN report mentioned in Goldstone’s article found that the Israeli military has examined the conduct of individual soldiers in about 400 cases of alleged operational misconduct in Gaza. But the report raised serious questions about the thoroughness of these investigations. When Human Rights Watch scrutinised Israel’s investigative response, we found that military prosecutors had closed some cases in which the evidence strongly suggested violations of the laws of war.

To date, Israeli military prosecutors have indicted only four soldiers and convicted three. Only one soldier has served jail time – seven and a half months for stealing a credit card.

Most important, Israel has failed to investigate adequately the policy-level decisions that apparently lie behind the large-scale indiscriminate and unlawful attacks in Gaza. Those decisions are obviously the most sensitive because they involve senior officials, not just troops on the ground.

Part of the problem is that the military has been asked to investigate itself – never an ideal way to arrive at the truth. Moreover, the person leading the military investigations – Israel’s military advocate general – probably took part in the policy decisions that should be investigated. That’s why a genuinely independent investigation is needed, as Israeli human rights groups have requested.

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Index: MDE 15/023/2011

5 April 2011

Israeli campaign to avoid accountability for Gaza war crimes must be rejected

Recent Israeli government calls for the UN to retract the 2009 report of its Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict are a cynical attempt to avoid accountability for war crimes and deny both Palestinian and Israeli victims of the 2008-2009 conflict the justice and reparations they deserve, Amnesty International said today.

Statements by leading Israeli politicians that Israel’s conduct in the 22-day conflict in Gaza and southern Israel has been vindicated, following the publication of a Washington Post opinion piece by Justice Richard Goldstone on 1 April 2011, are based on a deliberate misinterpretation of Justice Goldstone’s comments. The international community must firmly reject these attempts to escape accountability and act decisively for international justice, as it has done on Libya, Sudan and other situations where war crimes and possible crimes against humanity have been committed.

The UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, composed of Justice Goldstone and three other eminent international jurists, examined violations of international humanitarian and international human rights law committed by all sides during the 2008-2009 conflict. Its September 2009 report echoed the findings documented by Amnesty International, other human rights organizations and independent observers, and called on the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to conduct credible, independent investigations into alleged war crimes and possible crimes against humanity within six months or face potential UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court.

The report’s recommendations concerning potential international justice mechanisms remain unimplemented more than 18 months later, despite the fact that the Israeli authorities and Hamas de facto administration have both failed to conduct investigations that are prompt, thorough, independent, impartial, and effective, as required by the UN General Assembly.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Defence Minister Ehud Barak, and other senior Israeli politicians have seized on Justice Goldstone’s new statement that the Israeli military did not intentionally target civilians during the conflict and has conducted some investigations to call for the entire Fact-Finding Mission’s report to be retracted – or, as Prime Minister Netanyahu put it, “tossed into history’s trash can”. The US State Department has supported this position, with a spokesperson saying that the US government did not see any evidence that the Israeli government had committed any war crimes during the conflict.

As a spokesperson for the Human Rights Council has today made clear, comments made in an opinion piece do not provide a sufficient legal basis for overturning a UN report that has been discussed and endorsed by both the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. Nor are the self-serving calls of Israeli political leaders, some of whom were members of the Israeli war cabinet which made the policy decisions during Operation “Cast Lead”, the 22-day conflict in which some 1,400 Palestinians, including some 300 children, were killed by Israeli forces. Aborting the process towards an international justice solution would also preclude any possibility of justice or reparations for Israeli victims of the conflict, who suffered from hundreds of indiscriminate rockets and mortars launched into southern Israel by Hamas’ military wing and other Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.

Amnesty International has monitored and critiqued the Israeli military investigations into its actions during Operation “Cast Lead”, and has condemned both the continuing failure of the  Hamas authorities to investigate alleged violations committed by Palestinian armed groups during the conflict and the ongoing firing of indiscriminate rockets into southern Israel.

In consequence of the failure of both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to conduct proper independent investigations and ensure accountability and justice for the victims, Amnesty International has called on a range of international actors to now bring international justice mechanisms to bear in order to meet these objectives and end impunity.

In particular, Amnesty International has called on the General Assembly to consider the Fact-Finding Mission’s report at its 66th session starting in September 2011, and submit the report to the UN Security Council with a recommendation that the latter body consider referring the situation to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This recommendation was also included in a resolution passed by the Human Rights Council on 25 March 2011.

Amnesty International also urged the ICC Prosecutor to seek a legal determination from the Pre-Trial Chamber on whether an investigation could be launched on the basis of a 2009 declaration by the Palestinian Authority accepting the Court’s jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Palestinian territories. Finally, we have consistently called for national authorities of other states to exercise universal jurisdiction over war crimes committed during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict, just as we urge states to exercise universal jurisdiction over war crimes in other conflicts where the domestic authorities are unwilling or unable to act.

Background

In a personal op-ed, Justice Goldstone contrasted the investigations conducted by the Israeli military into alleged violations by Israeli forces with the Hamas de facto administration’s failure to investigate alleged violations by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. He also commented that the Israeli military investigations indicate that civilians in Gaza “were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy” by Israeli forces. The op-ed is available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/reconsidering-the-goldstone-report-on-israel-and-war-crimes/2011/04/0

While Justice Goldstone’s comments question one of the Fact-Finding Mission’s conclusions – that certain Israeli attacks during Operation “Cast Lead” intentionally targeted civilians – the op-ed in no way constitutes a retraction of the entire Fact-Finding Mission report. The other three members of the UN Fact-Finding Mission have not issued similar public comments questioning any of the report’s conclusions.

The Fact-Finding Mission report examined 11 incidents in which Israeli forces launched direct attacks against civilians that resulted in civilian deaths, and found that in these incidents, “the conduct of the Israeli armed forces constitutes grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention in respect of wilful killings and wilfully causing great suffering to protected persons and, as such, give[s] rise to individual criminal responsibility.” Justice Goldstone’s op-ed mentions only one of these incidents, an Israeli attack on 5 January 2009 which killed 21 members of the al-Sammouni family, which is the subject of an ongoing Israeli military investigation. Assessing whether specific Israeli attacks on civilians during the conflict were deliberate is extremely difficult because the Israeli military has not released the evidence that would allow independent parties to evaluate its conclusions. Amnesty International has not argued that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted Palestinian civilians “as a matter of policy”, but rather that IDF rules of engagement and actions during the conflict failed to take sufficient precautions to minimize civilian casualties. Justice Goldstone’s recent comments do not dispute this assessment.

Amnesty International, the Fact-Finding Mission, and other human rights organizations documented many other serious violations by Israeli forces, including war crimes, during the conflict. These include indiscriminate attacks and the use of weapons such as white phosphorus and flechettes in civilian areas; wanton destruction of civilian property and infrastructure; attacks on UN facilities, medical facilities and personnel; and the use of Palestinian civilians as “human shields”. While the Israeli authorities have investigated some of these incidents, all the investigations have been conducted by the Israeli military, and overseen by the Military Advocate General Corps, the same body which was responsible for providing legal advice to the IDF during Operation “Cast Lead”.

As noted in the recent report of the UN Committee of Independent Experts appointed to monitor and assess the investigations, Israel has failed to investigate the actions of “those who designed, planned, ordered and oversaw Operation Cast Lead”, the Israeli military investigations have lacked transparency, and more than one third of the incidents highlighted by the Fact-Finding Mission are still “unresolved or unclear”. To date, only four Israeli soldiers have been indicted on criminal charges relating to Operation “Cast Lead”, and only one has served prison time for credit card theft.

Amnesty International’s own assessment of the Israeli investigations concurred with the Committee of Independent Experts’ report. More than two years after the conflict, there is no way for objective, impartial observers to view Israel’s investigations as adequate, independent, or effective in bringing perpetrators of alleged violations to justice.

The Committee of Independent Experts’ report, released on 18 March 2011, is available at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/16session/A.HRC.16.24_AUV.pdf

Amnesty International’s latest assessment of the Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the Gaza Conflict, released on 18 March 2011, is available at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE15/018/2011/en

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Was Peter King’s Mail A Hoax?

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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

For all-too obvious reasons, I do not like or agree with the views of US Rep. Peter King. However, the recent act of sending this lawmaker a bloody pig’s foot in the mail can only be described as a foolish act. For those ‘not in the know’, Rep. King is the one responsible for holding the recent “hearings” on Muslims in America this last March.

As a Muslim, I do not believe such an act–sending a bloody pig’s foot in the mail– is conducive to ”good dialogue”. This prank is neither legal nor funny.

Having said that, I will gofurther by saying I believe the entire event is more than likely a hoax, the intended message of which is clear–To stigmatize Muslims. It is the same message when a McCain supporter claimed that during last presidential election a “black Obama supporter” assaulted her and wrote “b*tch” on her face. It turned out to be a hoax then too.

According to King’s staff, the mail came from a black Muslim woman who told the Congressman, “kiss my black Muslim tush,” in addition to other things.

Think about it for a minute. Why would a Muslim–prohibited from consuming or even HANDLING pork products–commit such a stupid and irreligious act? You don’t rob a home and leave your ID behind on the kitchen table. Besides, you would never live to see the day where you would hear a Muslim woman utter such a profanity, let alone to a Muslim man.

Trust me, this act was more than likely a publicity stunt from someone pretending to be a Muslim who shares Rep. King’s hostile views on Islam and its followers. It is a desperate attempt for media attention in order to vilify Muslims in America.

Americans still do remember the story of Susan Smith who murdered her two sons in 1995. Who did she blame at first then? You guessed it! A black man. Thankfully, the truth did prevail.

 

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As some of you may know, on Friday Israel murdered three Hamas militants as they were traveling between Khan Younis and Deir al-Balah. Murdered, because they were on their own land and not engaged in hostilities. Even according to the bastardized norms of international humanitarian law, the murders were illegal. Of course, the occupation englobes even the killings of Palestinians actively engaged in resistance. Non-bastardized norms would reflect that. Since then, injuries and deaths have hit the inhabitants of Gaza in an insistent staccato: today (Tuesday), two injuries and one murder, Muhammad Ziad Shalha, in the process cutting off internet and telephone access to north Gaza. Those hurt and killed were rummaging through rubble for cement. Then later, four more injuries, including two women. One apparently was pregnant.

The purpose of the assassinations is to antagonize Hamas into substantively breaking the ceasefire on its end so that Israel can acquire the diplomatic and ideological maneuvering room to carry out another escalation and destroy the weapons stores Hamas has built up, in a long-standing pattern in which Israel uses targeted murders to break ceasefires. The Hamas leadership called the air strike a “crime,” and a “serious escalation” and said that Israel would “bear all the consequences.”

That retaliation will take the form of calculated, cool, level-headed Hamas rocketry, a frequent target for condemnation. Even amongst circles sympathetic to those enduring the siege, one sees little recognition of the flight of those rockets being over-determined. The rockets may do nothing for the Palestinian resistance, but if Hamas simply sits on its hands, Israel will (1) keep on assassinating its leadership, in the surety that it will weaken both the Hamas government and movement in the process of doing so — decapitating senior Palestinian leadership is a long-standing pattern meant to create “chaos in the Palestinian political system” — or (2) push militants behind the groups further to the right – the Salafiis, Islamic Jihad – that Hamas may or may not be able to control. This is what power does: it makes resistance by the oppressed very hard. In that sense, condemnation of those rockets is an exercise in moralizing. One must recommend viable alternative options. Mass-based Intifada is not a political option. You can’t incant revolution. My friends in Gaza do not like those rockets. Even many Hamas officials probably hate the position they feel that they are in, which is why they insistently prevail on the other armed factions to restore the shaky cease-fires week-in and week-out. The occupation is a steel-hard casing closing in tightly on Palestinian agency.

But constraints operate in unpredictable ways. David Graeber writes: “situations of structural violence invariably produce extreme lopsided structures of imaginative identification,” going on to observe that really what we are talking about in the case of Palestinian reflections on their own violence, for example, is “sympathetic identification,” or the process through which “victims of structural violence tend to care about its beneficiaries far more than those beneficiaries care about them. This might well be, after the violence itself, the single most powerful force preserving such relations.” A friend from Gaza, Yousef al-Jammal, asked me after the Itamar murders if I thought a Palestinian had committed them. I thought then probably not. It is not the Palestinian habit to purposefully kill babies. They don’t mirror their tormentors. Just ask them:

I had to do it. I had to know what the Itamar horror actually looked like. I’m the mother of four children – including an infant and a little boy close to the age of the one who was stabbed to death at the West Bank settlement on March 11. When I initially heard the news, like any mother of an infant, I started holding my baby close to me every night, sad for the fate of these little children and their surviving siblings. But when I looked on the My Israel website and saw those little angels lying in blood, I was angry at myself for falling for this temptation, and mad that these pictures were posted. This was political pornography – tasteless and crude – denigrating the memory of these pure little innocent beings in order to score political points in the ongoing conflict. Just the very idea of such a gruesome act is enough to convey the horror. No more was needed.

Indeed, all the Palestinian people I have spoken with here in the West Bank who heard of the murders shake their heads and say how terrible they were ‏(and none saw the pictures‏). And in the next breath they add, “and I’m sure it wasn’t a Palestinian who did this.” The murders were condemned by Palestinian militant groups, the political leadership and civil society.

And yet the Israeli government has had a field day, accusing the Palestinian collective of incitement to murder and using the incident as a pretext to expand settlements – and to hold hostage the entire village of Awarta ‏(over 5,000 people‏), adjacent to Itamar, which has been under total lockdown for days. A close Palestinian colleague remarks: “After 45 years of occupying us, and 60-plus years of fighting us, the Israelis still don’t know us – it’s amazing.”

In denying involvement, the military wing of the Fatah party, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, said they “oppose the targeting of civilians and killing of children no matter what the pretext may be.” A leaflet from the Imad Mughniyeh Group, loosely affiliated with Hezbollah and Fatah, added that in the past, it had “abandoned many attacks” due to the presence of children. More than one Palestinian reminds me of the No. 300 bus hijacking in 1984, which was “botched” because the Palestinian hijackers let a pregnant Israeli woman off the bus.

The information she then gave to the Israeli security services enabled them to locate the bus and ultimately kill all the militants.

“We don’t deliberately target women and children,” several Palestinians who served time in Israeli prisons for activities against the occupation tell me unhesitatingly. Is this Palestinian cultural patriarchy at work or is it respect for international law that guides these accused militants? “But you put bombs inside civilian buses years ago. What’s the difference?” I ask.

I am struck by the answer: “This was a stabbing of children inside their homes – that’s not resistance. No bomber boarded a bus to kill children.”

International humanitarian law does not recognize the distinctions that these militants make: Indiscriminate attacks that are likely to kill civilians are plainly illegal. But, by the logic I was hearing, the distinction boils down to a matter of intent. Like the different degrees of murder recognized by the American criminal system.

“You know,” continues one of the former prisoners, “it took years for the resistance to agree to include Israeli settlers as targets. Only when [Rabbi Moshe] Levinger and his bandits grew in numbers and began driving through our streets and shooting at us, did we reach agreement on this.”

I think about this and recall the disturbing fact that when the Camp David agreement was reached in 1979, there were very few Israeli settlers colonizing the West Bank – about 10,000 in all. When the Oslo process began in 1993, the West Bank settler population had exceeded 110,000; today, that number exceeds 320,000.

The word from Palestinian security sources is that it was a foreign worker who murdered the Fogel family for money over a debt. Indeed, the foreign workers in the settlement were reportedly arrested and questioned by Israeli authorities.

Other Palestinians point to the stark similarity to the case of the Oshrenko family, immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, who included a 3-year-old boy and an infant, all of whom were murdered in Rishon Letzion in 2009 (most of them stabbed to death) by another immigrant. But even if it was a Palestinian who was crazed – as was said about Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who massacred Palestinians praying in a Hebron mosque in 1994 – these horrible killings should not be considered a “Palestinian” act, nor should they be demonized and punished collectively for it.

Allegra Pacheco is a lawyer who lives and works in the occupied territories.

(Haaretz; h/t Gabriel; although a quibble: Ahmed Moor bombastically informs me that “Zionists are not fit to produce and disseminate the truth.” I do not know if Allegra Pacheco is a Zionist, although I really don’t care. I do know that Moor better fire up that brain of his and spend some time Wikipedia-ing “epistemology” before clattering out the next proclamation about what “Zionists” are or are not fit to do.)

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INDIA: Fact finding Report on Chintnalr Fact Finding Report of the Chintalnar Massacre, 11-16 March 2011, Chhattisgarh

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80 years old Madivi Bheema beaten by Salwa Judum

 

Burnt House

 

Villagers living in fear and withuot Shelter

 

Woman raped by Salwa Judum (Koya commandos)

 

Woman raped by Salwa Judum (Koya commandos)

 

A 13 member fact finding team of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisations visited the Chintalnar Area of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to probe into the incidents of atrocities perpetrated by the Salwa Judum and the state forces on the adivasis living in this area between 11th and 16th of March 2011.

The incidents was propagated by the police as an ‘encounter’ between the CRPF and Maoists in which, according to the police, 36 Maoists were killed. Also 3 SPOs were killed and 9 others were injured. The police had celebrated this incident in the media to prove their dominance over the Maoists in this region. Media persons and fact finding teams were restricted from going inside on the pretext that it is ‘war zone’ and the so-called war between the state and the Maoists are still going on, hence it is risky for any outsider to go inside. Most recently, the state home minister, Nankiran Kumar gave a written statement in the assembly stating that the Maoists had led the attack on villagers and burnt and looted homes in a bid to divert attention of the police who were in the area for ‘area domination exercises’.

Against this backdrop of serious crimes committed by the security forces and salwa judum and the cover up by the police and politicians, a fact finding team comprising various civil and democratic rights activists and other individuals, went inside this area on the 26th and 27th of March 2011 and visited Morupally, Timmapuram and Tadmetla villages. As members of the team, we spoke extensively to the villagers and the victims of the incident. We were shocked to find that once again, the police version propagated by the state is completely hoax and far from reality.   Source: Sanhati

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Zio-Nazi Peres to Clinton: Mideast ‘storm’ must bring peace and democracy

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Zio-Nazi Shimon Peres  and U.S. Secretary of State meet in Washington, say optimistic about talks, stress IsraHell and the United States’ close ties and prospects for peace.

Zionist Peres met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday after he landed in Washington D.C., the first in a series of high-profile meetings scheduled for his U.S. trip this week.

The Zionist Peres and U.S. Secretary of State met at the Blair House, where an IsraHell flag had been put up to honor the Zio-Nazi visitor. Clinton and ZionistPeres met one-on-one, however they spoke with the press prior to their meeting, both full of positive projections for their talk.


Peres Clinton - AP - April 4, 2011 Hillary Clinton and Zio-Nazi Shimon Peres meet in Washington, April 4, 2011.
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In their statement to the press, Zio-Nazi Peres, who spoke first, said that Clinton’s name for IsraHell symbolizes “true friendship, even in tough times,” and that IsraHell are full of respect for her.

Zio-Nazi Peres added that the Middle East is in the midst of “storm”, and he hopes that the recent turmoil that has swept up the region will bring more security, peace and democracy – a change that IsraHell will support.

Clinton called Peres an “exceptional leader”, lauding him for his pursuit of peace. The U.S. secretary of state said that she and President Obama are looking forward to their meetings with him, concurring with his assessment of the trend of uprisings in the Middle East that has come to be known as the ‘Arab Spring’ and adding that the revolutions are generational, not an overall upheaval of Arab civilizations.

She added that although this is a time of uprisings and uncertainty, it is also an opportunity for change and progress.

“At 88, you are of the youngest people I know and you saw changes much earlier than many of us did,” Clinton told Zionist Peres, saying she was anticipating the president’s vision for the Middle East going forward and how to bring about positive results for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Zio-Nazi Peres is slotted to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Earlier this week, Zionist Peres said he plans to “speak with the president about issues pertaining to Israel’s security as well as expanding cooperation on security matters with the United States.”

Zio-Nazi Peres added that he also will discuss ways in which the Palestinian-Zionist peace process can move forward in light of the unrest that has recently swept up the region.

Zio-Nazi Peres made it clear earlier this week that “Israel cannot take upon itself a one-sided agreement by the UN to establish a Palestinian state,” adding that he is aware that there is a “built-in majority at the UN that is against the State of Israel. The correct and only way to move forward is to reopen negotiations with the Palestinians without delay.”

Zio-Nazi Peres reminded the public of Obama’s obligation to IsraHell, saying that he is going to the United States to “meet with a true friend. Obama has reiterated to me his commitment to Israel’s security, and has told me personally that for the duration of the time that he is president of the United States, Israel security matters will remain high on his list of priorities as president.”

Zio-Nazi Peres will meet with members of Congress on Wednesday, after which he will leave for New York. On Friday he will meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and he will return to IsraHell on Saturday evening.

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Zio-Nazi Gestapo Plans to Resume Assasination Campaigns

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Israel plans to resume assasination campaigns


Source–Al Ahram online
The Israeli army plans to step-up its assassination campaigns to deter the Palestinian resistance
The Israeli army awaits the improvement of weather conditions to resume its assassinations operations targeted at leaders and activists affiliated with Hamas military wing. In a report published by the Hebrew version of Ynet Monday, a military commentator, Ron Bin Yeshay, said that the resumption of assassinations comes in an effort to excursive deterrence in confronting Palestinian factions two years after the bloody war launched on the Gaza Strip.

Bin Yeshay, indicated that the decision to take these operations to the next level was made recently in a small ministerial meeting presided over by Benjamin Netanyahu. Also at the meeting were leaders of Israel’s security organs.

Netanyahu reportedly was reserved over the idea of launching a full-fledged military operation.

According to Bin Yeshay, in the event that Hamas steps up its operations against Israel in the wake of the assassination operations planned, the Israeli army may resort to targeting the movement’s political leadership.

The Israeli intelligence, he says, hopes the assassinations would prompt Hamas to prevent other Palestinian factions from launching rockets onto the Israeli entity.

Bin Yeshay warns that this kind of provocation would put thousands of ‘settlers’ around the Gaza Strip under the mercy of resistance rockets as well as jeopardize chances for trading prisoners with Hamas.

 

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Did a Quran burning really cause Afghan violence?

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Many blame a Florida pastor’s desecration for dozens of deaths in Afghanistan. Is it more complicated than that?
Did a Quran burning really trigger this weekend's violence in Afghanistan?
An Afghan protester beats a burning effigy of President Obama during a rally in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

A little more than two weeks ago, Florida pastor Terry Jones orchestrated a bizarre mock-trial against the Quran in his Gainesville church. At its conclusion, Jones set fire to the holy book. In a different era, the episode would probably have been little more than an afterthought. And, to be sure, it’s just one example among many acts of fringe Islamaphobia in a post-9/11 America. However — driven in large part by the power of the Internet — video of the burning has triggered days of mass protests across Afghanistan. Thus far, at least 20 people — including several United Nations officials — have been killed.

The reports of violence have triggered a strong U.S. response. Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday that Jones’ actions have compromised U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle have suggested that formal action be taken against Jones.

There’s certainly no denying that Jones’ Quran-burning stunt has begotten anger. Nor is it a surprise. Similarities abound to the deadly protests in 2006 that followed in the wake of a series of Danish political cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. However, the widely reported narrative about the  protests — particularly the idea that a straight line can be drawn from Terry Jones to this weekend’s violence — may be too simple. The Los Angeles Times reported today that while the demonstrations themselves were an organic response to the Quran burning, the acts of violence might actually have been instigated by Taliban operatives with the express purpose of subverting otherwise-peaceful protests.

 

Both Afghan and Western officials cited mounting evidence that insurgents had seized the opportunity to infiltrate crowds of demonstrators in both Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif, concealing themselves among those who otherwise might have marched relatively peacefully.

[One U.N. official] said the three Europeans who died in the Mazar-i-Sharif compound were not victims of random mob violence but were hunted down in the bunker where they had taken refuge. Afghan officials, who have made dozens of arrests in connection with the assault, said evidence so far suggested that the main instigators were allied with the insurgency.

 

None of the several Afghan citizens interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor supported acts of violence against U.N. officials. However, the story of Jones’ desecration has caught on like wildfire in the conflict-battered country. The Taliban, it appears, have successfully used the incident as a springboard for an invigorated wave of anti-Western sentiment and violent retribution against occupying forces.

 

In a place like Afghanistan, where the vast majority of the populace is illiterate and many lack regular access to reliable news outlets, perception and rumors often become more important than facts. Now that the story of the Quran burning has spread, it almost does not matter how strongly US officials – from President Barack Obama to Gen. David Petraeus – condemn Jones’s actions. The damage has been done.

Source–Salon.com

 

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