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Mona El-farra’s Remembrance

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Mona el-Farra remembers Vik:

Vik I know    1975-2011

With deep sadness in my heart I write. I am sad and shocked that Vik has been taken from our world so soon and so tragically. I am appalled that such ignorant brutality and violence still exists in Palestinian society.

Vik you were dedicated, full of humanity, and fun.  Your love for life, music and laughter meant that your presence always created a nice atmosphere,  for our youth and children in different occasions. You shared our lives in Gaza for more than 2 years, you danced Dabbka , you would always reach out and shake hands with little boys and girls in the streets, you would play football with them. You were there in our funerals as well as our weddings. and more than that your daily protesting as member  of the ISM alongside with Palestinians, on the borders  against  the buffer zone that was created by Israel, where  Farmers  were  unable reach their land ,

Viktor you were always there with the ISM and Palestinian people, in peaceful protests  against the occupation. Calling for justice, peace and a free Palestine,

I have known Viktor for more than 2 years. When he arrived to Gaza with the free Gaza movement     Boats in August 2008, and since has stayed in Gaza during the siege and the ongoing different atrocities by the Israeli occupation. He was a radical real revolutionist comrade, on another occasion we met at al Aqsa hospital in the middle camps when Bianca, a member of the ISM, was shot  by the Israelis in another peaceful protest against the buffer zone, he was so angry and showed his anger in a very open way. An angry young man, with smiling, beautiful, and peaceful eyes.

In my apartment in Gaza city, we had a light dinner with friends, and he was so happy and sang   the nice famous Italian song  Bella Ciao  he  translated it ,I felt empowered and inspired by him. We all sang it together.

Vik (VITTORI ) made thousands of  children, youth and men happy , able to continue and steadfast against the occupation and siege ,  he will always be remembered by us in Palestine , he had a good time with us in Gaza, he was always smiling and happy, and above all worked according to his beliefs.

As a mother I am at loss for words. My thoughts and prayers go to his family.

My comrade, friend, and brother you will always be in my heart.

From Gaza with love

Mona Elfarra

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Panetta Spurns Pakistan’s Calls to End CIA Drone Strikes

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Insists Strikes Part of His ‘Fundamental Responsibility’

by Jason Ditz

According to officials familiar with the conversation, CIA Director Leon Panetta rejected demands from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence head Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha to end drone strikes against his nation and scale back operations beyond those coordinated with the ISI itself.

The officials said the multi-hour talks ended with Panetta insisting the drone strikes were part of his “fundamental responsibility” and that they would continue. He also apparently rejected the other calls, insisting the US government would do whatever it thinks is in its interest in the region.

Despite rejecting every single demand of Pasha, CIA spokesmen insisted that the talk was “productive” and proved the two spy agencies have a “solid partnership.” It is a partnership involving considerable hostility, however.

Pakistan has been taking a renewed look at CIAoperations after Raymond Davis, a consulate employee charged with murder, turned out to be a CIA operative. Officials have since said they believe hundreds of CIA agents are operating in Pakistan above and beyond the ones working directly with the nation’s government.

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SAVE OUR NHS

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Dear All,

Does Health Minister Andrew Lansley know how to listen? Last week the government announced they’d pause their NHS plans and launch a two month “listening exercise”. But when nurses voted 99% against Andrew Lansley’s NHS plans, he responded by claiming that nurses supported him! [1]

If Lansley won’t listen, we need to make sure other politicians do. Let’s step up our campaign to ensure there’s a real rethink.

Please take two minutes to answer some quick questions and help decide what we do next to save the NHS:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/up-the-pressure

It’s no surprise that so many of us are working together to protect the NHS. The NHS is a matter of life and death. We rely on it to look after us and our loved ones properly. So many experts, doctors and nurses warn that Lansley’s plans could spell the end of the NHS as we know it – we just can’t risk that happening.

Overall, it’s clear we need to do two BIG things in the next two months:
1- Persuade our local MPs that the voters want a real rethink of NHS plans
2- Persuade Cameron and Clegg that it will ruin their reputation to push Lansley’s plans through

But what are the best ways to do this? Local events? Newspaper ads? Visit our MPs? Get more local health care experts involved? Something else?

We can do this! By working together we planned the Save Our Forests campaign. Now let’s plan the campaign to protect the NHS:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/up-the-pressure

Thanks for being involved and helping protect our NHS,

PS: Our campaign is working. Here’s what the Chief Political Correspondent at Sky News has said about it last week: “I can reveal that the Tory wobble is the result of a lobbying campaign by a pressure group called 38 Degrees, which has launched an internet petition which already has more than 252,000 signatures.” [2]. That’s us! Now we need to decide what we should do next to save the NHS. Please answer a few quick questions here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/up-the-pressure

Notes

[1] The vote of no confidence http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/13/nursing-vote-no-confidence-andrew-lansley
The government announced the listening exercise: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/06/government-pause-listen-reflect-improve-nhs-reform
Nursing vote and Landsley’s response:
http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-specialisms/management/lansley-responds-to-no-confidence-vote-by-claiming-rcn-supported-health-bill/5028631.article
[2] http://blogs.news.sky.com/boultonandco/Post:1bf27be0-9eb6-47b6-b780-3cebbb303696

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Zio-Nazi tanks infiltrate Lebanon’s border

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Zio-Nazi Merkava tanks (file photo)
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has deployed troops near the technical fence after Zio-Nazi tanks made a brief incursion into the Lebanese territory.

Two Nazi Merkava tanks on Thursday infiltrated four meters across the Blue Line in the vicinity of Al-Adeisseh before withdrawing. 

According to a security official, the alarm was sounded by people picking herbs in the area, who saw the Nazi tanks crossing the Blue Line, AFP reported.

UNIFIL said that reinforcement, which included Lebanese soldiers, was sent in the vicinity of Al-Adeisseh village, in the Marjayoun district in south Lebanon, to keep the situation under control and prevent any further Zionist infiltration beyond the UN-drawn Blue Line.

The Blue Line is a border between the two countries established in 2000. Lebanon has challenged the accuracy of the Blue Line in several locations.

UNIFIL says it observed no violation of the Blue Line, but the Lebanese army reported that an Nazi tank advanced four meters beyond the UN-drawn Blue Line before withdrawing.

The UNIFIL commander has urged all parties to refrain from any provocation.

Al-Adeisseh was a scene of a deadly border clash last August between Palestine and Lebanon. That incident erupted after Zionist troops cut down several trees inside the Lebanese border.

The clashes left two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist dead as well as a senior IsraHell officer.

 

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FBI files on Tupac Shakur murder show he received death threats from Jewish gang

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by crescentandcross

Files state that Jewish Defense League had extorted money from ‘various rap music stars’ by making ‘death threats’ and then offering protection for a fee.

Files released Thursday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur state that the star had received death threats from the Jewish Defense League, an organization that has been characterized as terrorist group.

Shakur was shot dead in Las Vegas in September 1996, in a murder case which remain unsolved.

Tupac Shakur - AP Murdered rap star Tupac Shakur.
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“The JDL… have been extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats,” the FBI file on the case states. The report then goes on to describe how the group would make the death threats, and then call the rap star and offer protection for a fee.

According to the documents, Shakur was a victim of this scheme, as was another late rapper, Eazy-E.

Although the documents refer to the JDL extortion scheme, they don’t make a direct connection between the group and the murder of Shakur.

The FBI files were released as part of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts.

The JDL was founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane, who once served in the Knesset, but whose party was later banned for its extreme right-wing beliefs, which included transferring Arabs out of IsraHell. Kahane was murdered in New York in 1990.

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Netanyahu invited to give Mideast peace speech before U.S. Congress

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by crescentandcross

Premier reportedly procured the invitation to speak before Congress due to the support of Republican officials; speech seen as response to Obama’s planned Mideast policy speech.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a Mideast peace policy speech in front of U.S. Congress in late May, Haaretz learned on Thursday, in an attempt to counter a speech expected to deal with U.S. Mideast policy by President Barack Obama.

The office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner confirmed the report, saying Boehner’s will invite Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress during a visit to Washington next month.

Benjamin Netanyahu Bar Ilan Benjamin Netanyahu during his Bar Ilan speech, 15.6.2009.
Photo by: Michael Kremer

U.S.-led peace talks, launched six months ago with the goal of striking a final deal by September 2011, broke down shortly after they began over Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinians demanded a freeze in both areas, which the Palestinians claim for a state, along with the Gaza Strip.

Israel refused to yield to that demand, insisting that previous rounds of talks took place while settlement construction was under way, such a precondition was unprecedented, and the issue should be settled in negotiations.

Faced with growing criticism of Israel’s inaction in the face of stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, Netanyahu aides had announced earlier this year the premier’s intention to provide a general outline of Israel’s Mideast peace policy.

On Thursday it was announced that the premier received official invitation to speak before Congress due to the support of Republican congressmen, and following several weeks in which he and his staff had been attempting to procure such an invitation.

Netanyahu is expected to speak at the same week in which he is scheduled to address the AIPAC conference due to take place on May 22.

His address is expected to serve as a sort of response to an upcoming Mideast policy speech by Obama.

Earlier this year, the prime minister assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he intended to launch a new peace plan that would be a continuation of his Bar-Ilan University speech, given in June 2009, in which he agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state, the official revealed.

“I intend to make a new speech about the peace process in two to three weeks,” Netanyahu reportedly told Merkel.

Foreign Ministry officials, also referring to the possibility of an upcoming Mideast policy speech, told Haaretz the premier “had recently begun talking about a second Bar-Ilan speech.”

A non-government source told Haaretz at the time that Netanyahu and his advisers were working on a speech that would outline an alternative to the interim agreement with the Palestinians, similar to Lieberman’s plan.

That initiative, which Haaretz reported on a month ago, consists of establishing a Palestinian state within temporary borders on about 50 percent of the West Bank.

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Countries Agree to Try to Transfer Some of Qaddafi’s Assets to Libyan Rebels

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Source–New York Times


The agreement came at the first meeting among representatives of the NATO-led coalition, regional leaders and the rebels in a closed-door conference here that was billed as the beginning of a continuing dialogue. There is growing friction among the allied countries and the rebels themselves over how much military force to apply on the Qaddafi government.

But those divisions were set aside — for the moment, at least.

“This is the money of the Libyans, not of Colonel Qaddafi,” said Italy’s foreign minister, Franco Frattini, who added that the assistance would be aimed “at humanitarian and daily needs.”

He said, “People need food, or they need to pay salaries to workers.”

Rebel leaders in Benghazi received the news as a sign that the international community was prepared to sell them weapons.

“We have made a request to those friendly nations and those who have made their official recognition, and we are in the final stages of requesting military equipment,” said Abdul Hafidh Ghoga, a member of the rebels’ governing body, the Transitional National Council, and its spokesman.

“I don’t think there’s going to be any problem about getting military equipment in,” Mr. Ghoga said.

He declined, though, to reveal whether any concrete agreements for weapons shipments had been reached with the three countries that have recognized the council: Italy, France and Qatar.

“Today’s meeting in Doha was an extreme boost to the Transitional National Council as the sole representative of Libya,” Mr. Ghoga said.

While some of the participants in Wednesday’s meeting talked about the rebels’ right to arm themselves, it remained unclear whether any country had specifically agreed to provide them with weapons.

“The discussion about arming the rebels is definitely on the table to defend themselves,” a spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

It seemed unlikely that the allied countries were prepared to send offensive weaponry to the rebels, at least not as a coalition. In comments to reporters, Belgium’s foreign minister, Steven Vanackere, noted that the United Nations resolution that authorized international action in Libya “speaks of protecting civilians, not arming civilians.”

Mr. Ghoga also said that any weapons sales should include technical advisers and trainers, but added, “Any military intervention is rejected on our part.”

The rebels made it clear that they felt let down by the lower intensity of coalition military air activity since the United States ceded leadership to NATO commanders.

“We are seeing less protection,” said a rebel spokesman, Mahmud Awad Shammam. “Misurata is being bombed every day. NATO is very slow responding to these attacks on the civilians.”

Those objections seemed to echo comments by a few of the most influential allied ministers themselves. “It would be useful to have more aircraft,” Foreign Secretary William Hague of Britain, told reporters at the conference. In recent days France’s foreign minister, Alain Juppé, has said that NATO should aim to destroy more of the Libyan government’s heavy weaponry.

Still other European ministers at the conference appeared to shy away from upgrading the military commitment, while the lower level American delegation made no public statements. Germany’s foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, appeared to sum up the prevailing opinion when he said, “We will not see a military solution, but a political solution.”

But the rebels say that there cannot be a political solution until Colonel Qaddafi and his sons are out of power, and that ousting them will take military action.

The differing views were papered over in a final draft statement by the leaders of 21 countries, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. “It is for the people of Libya to choose their own government,” the communiqué said. “Participants in the Contact Group agreed to continue to provide support to the opposition.”

The statement was vague on how much financial aid they would send to the rebels, but said there was an agreement to provide a “temporary financial mechanism” that “could provide a method for the interim national council and international community to manage revenue to assist with short-term financial requirements and structural needs in Libya.” Ministers told reporters that money could come from frozen Libyan assets abroad.

“We have to transfer the money to who is really the owner,” said Mr. Westerwelle, the German foreign minister. “This money will reach the people of Libya.”

Clifford Krauss reported from Doha, and Rod Nordland from Benghazi, Libya.

 

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US Ignores Pakistan Warning, Continues Drone Strikes

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by crescentandcross

Pakistani Officials Slam Latest Attack Against South Waziristan

by Jason Ditz

Though Pakistani officials were quite clear on Monday in their demand that the US put its entire drone strike program “on hold” for the foreseeable future, drones were active again today in South Waziristan, attacking a village and killing at least six people.

The Zardari government had long been a tacit supporter of such strikes. The ugly number of recent incidents, as well as anger over the Raymond Davis affair and its subsequent revelation that a number of US spies were operating in Pakistan beyond the ones cooperating officially with the government, however, have sparked a backlash. Now it is not just cabinet ministers but Pakistan’s powerful military establishment making the demands that the strikes stop.

The latest strike spawned another quick rebuke from officials, who insisted the attacks are “counterproductive” and are indeed being used as a recruitment tool by militant factions. The US has launched scores of such strikes since President Obama took office, killing massive numbers of people, many of them civilians.

The continued strikes had previously been done in the context of some backdoor agreements with officials to keep them going, but in the absence of those it seems the Obama Administration is betting Pakistan just doesn’t care enough about the constant bombardment of their tribal areas to actually do anything about it. With a growing anti-US backlash across Pakistan and the military looking to assert itself, that could be an extremely dangerous bet.

 

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This Tax Day, Learn Exactly How Israel Misuses U.S. Weapons

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Dear, 

Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in a press briefing, organized by our friends at the Institute for Middle East Understanding, with two courageous and inspiring young adults who have been deeply affected by U.S. weapons transfers to Israel.

Amer Shurrab’s two brothers—Ibrahim and Kassab—were shot in Gaza by Israeli soldiers during “Operation Cast Lead,” denied medical care and left to bleed to death.  Emily Henochowicz, a U.S. citizen, lost an eye after an Israeli soldier fired a high-velocity tear gas canister at her during a protest against Israel’s deadly assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Amer and Emily’s heartrending stories remind us why it is so important to redouble our efforts to end U.S. military aid to Israel.  After all, it is our weapons, paid for with our tax dollars, which are responsible for these tragedies and thousands more.

With Tax Day at hand, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation launches today a major, new resource to educate people about the weapons we provide Israel and the deadly impact they have on Palestinian civilians forced to live under Israel’s brutal, 43-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

Our new website www.weaponstoisrael.org documents in detail more than 670 million weapons, valued at nearly $19 billion, given to Israel by the United States in the last decade.  We also document the weapons Israel misused during that period to kill at least 2,969 unarmed Palestinians who took no part in hostilities.

 

When we compiled this data, which we’ve posted in a variety of slideshows and spreadsheets, we were shocked by the sheer magnitudeof these weapons transfers and the degree of our complicity in Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians.

For example, our research reveals that the United States gave Israel more than 47 million pieces of ammunition in just the last three years.  That’s more than enough bullets to kill every Palestinian in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip ten times over!  What a chilling statistic.

With more than 500 different types of weapons given to Israel over the past decade, our website shows that the United States is deeply, intricately, and comprehensively implicated in almost everything Israel does to maintain its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.

Check out today: www.weaponstoisrael.org.  I’m sure you’ll be as outraged as I am about how our taxes are being spent.

Sincerely, 

Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

PS: If you’re as upset as I am that our tax dollars are funding Israel’s human rights abuses of Palestinians, then join me in “offsetting” the estimated $21.59 that you will provide in weapons to Israel this Tax Day, by making a tax-deductible contribution to support our work.

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Turkey to IsraHell: We won’t stop upcoming Gaza flotilla

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Turkish rebuttal comes after IsraHell officially requested that Ankara thwart a planned attempt to launch a 15-ship flotilla, one year after an Zio-Nazi’s takeover of a similar endeavor ended with the killing of 9 Turkish activists.

Turkey said on Thursday it had received a request from IsraHell to help stop activists sailing to Gaza on the first anniversary of an Zio-Nazi raid on a Turkish ship, but it said the flotilla plan was not Ankara’s concern.

Turkey, a Muslim former ally of the Zionist Jewish state, has scaled back ties, demanding IsraHel l apologize and pay damages for last year’s raid, which caused an international outcry.


Mavi Marmara-AP- May 22, 2010 The Mavi Marmara, aboard which Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists May 22, 2010
Photo by: AP

 

Nine Turks were shot dead in the May 31 clash when Zio-Nazi marines stormed a flotilla organized by a Turkish Islamist charity, which ignored orders to turn back as it tried to breach Nazi blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The Free Gaza Movement, a pro-Palestinian activist umbrella group, has said that a flotilla expected in late May would comprise 15 ships with international passengers including Europeans and Americans.

Zio-Nazi ambassador to Turkey, Gaby Levy, asked the Turkish government this week to help stop the activists, saying sending humanitarian aide to Gaza outside legal channels was a “provocation,” Zionist diplomatic official told Reuters.

Asked about the request, a Turkish foreign ministry official told Reuters: “We listened to the message given by the Zionist regime side and told them this is an initiative by civil society.”

The official did not elaborate.

The IHH, the Turkish Islamist charity that owned the Mavi Marmara ship which was raided by the Zio-Nazi commandos, has said it will join the “Freedom Flotilla II.” It also plans to send its own convoy led by the Mavi Marmara after Turkey’s general election on June 12.

An IHH official told Reuters the group has not been approached by the Turkish government over its plans to send another flotilla and added: “In Turkey governments don’t tell NGOs what to do and what not to do.”

Zio-Nazi regime has also asked the United Nations to help stop the activists. Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the mission of ships “was being organized by Islamic extremist elements” intent on bringing about “a flare-up.”

Turkey, a secular Muslim nation, has been an important regional ally of IsraHell for more than a decade.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party government, which has roots in banned Islamist movements, froze relations with IsraHell after the deadly raid.

Ankara has demanded an apology as a condition for mending ties, regardless of a U.N. probe’s findings into the incident.

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