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Google head, fond of Chinese censorship, worries about Arab repression

Posted: 28 Jun 2011


His comments are fair and yet I can’t help but wonder about Google’s complicity with a range of autocratic regimes to censor some of its content, from search returns to YouTube clips: 

The use of the web by Arab democracy movements could lead to some states cracking down harder on internet freedoms, Google’s chairman says.

Speaking at a conference in Ireland, Eric Schmidt said some governments wanted to regulate the internet the way they regulated television.

He also said he feared his colleagues faced a mounting risk of occasional arrest and torture in such countries.

The internet was widely used during the so-called Arab Spring.

Protesters used social networking sites to organise rallies and communicate with those outside their own country, such as foreign media, amid tight restrictions on state media.
‘Completely wired’

Mr Schmidt said he believed the “problem” of governments trying to limit internet usage was going to “get worse”.

In most of these countries, television is highly regulated because the leaders, partial dictators, half dictators or whatever you want to call them understand the power of television”

“The reason is that as the technology becomes more pervasive and as the citizenry becomes completely wired and the content gets localised to the language of the country, it becomes an issue like television.”

“If you look at television in most of these countries, television is highly regulated because the leaders, partial dictators, half dictators or whatever you want to call them understand the power of television imagery to keep their citizenry in some bucket,” he added.

Non-violent Palestinian clowns met by violent Zionist forces

Posted: 28 Jun 2011

How privatised war only brings profit before people

Posted: 28 Jun 2011


What the “war on terror” has become; countless companies making a killing. And what do they want? More war in more places:

Najlaa International Catering Services won a $3 million five-year contract in February 2010 to prepare food for the U.S. Agency for International Development compound in Iraq. The deal was approved despite the fact that Bill Baisey, CEO of the Kuwaiti company, faces numerous complaints and court actions for non-payment of bills and alleged fraud in Kuwait and Iraq.

U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been plagued by private military contractors that have performed poorly or failed miserably in fulfilling their contracts. Some overstated their capabilities or were badly managed and under-skilled, while others committed outright fraud.

Past investigations concentrated on major contractors such as Halliburton and Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), but recently the smaller companies – such as Najlaa – to which these giants subcontract have drawn fire.

“The government has limited visibility into subcontractor affairs and limited ability to influence their actions,” said former U.S. Congressman Christopher Shays at a July 2010 hearing of the Commission on Wartime Contracting. “This fact presents a challenge to transparency and accountability for the use of taxpayers’ dollars. Poorly conceived, poorly structured, poorly conducted, and poorly monitored subcontracting can lead to poor choices in security measures and damage to U.S. foreign policy objectives, among other problems.”

The United States, however, has become so dependent on contractors who do the laundry, feed the troops, and build and run facilities that it would be difficult if not impossible for the military to continue without them.

Wikileaks meets the Social Network via US State Department

Posted: 28 Jun 2011

The deep reach of Zionist lobby in the Australian Parliament and society

Posted: 28 Jun 2011


One of the new Australian leaders of the Israel-first brigade is millionaire Albert Dadon, who founded the Australia-Israel Leadership Forum. What’s that? Taking journalists and politicians to Zionist Israel and making them realise that uncritical praise for its glorious democracy is the way it must be, now and always. Being wined and dined clearly helps the participants love apartheid Israel. Occupation? Racial discrimination against Arabs? Moves to silence dissent inside Israel? All totally ignored, of course.

We now have, thanks to Greens leader Bob Brown, the list of politicians and journalists who took the junket last year. The fact that so many were willing to be taken on a propaganda tour (and how many even thought of visiting the West Bank for longer than five minutes, let alone Gaza?) shows the level of obedience to the Zionist agenda in Australian elite circles. Thankfully, studies prove that the general public are increasingly supportive of the occupied Palestinians:

Annex 1: The Australian Delegation-Australia Israel Leadership Forum 2010

# Title First Name Surname
1 The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP
2 Sen. Guy Barnett MP
3 Sen. Mark Bishop
4 Dr John Byron
5 Sen. Kim Carr
6 Mr Steven Ciobo MP
7 Mr Ron Cross
8 Mrs Debbie Dadon»
9 Mr Albert «Dadon AM
10 Mr Michael Danby MP
11 Mr David Dinte
12 Mr Eitan Drori
13 Mrs Mary Easson
14 Ms Amanda Easson
15 HE Andrea Faulkner
16 Sen. Mitch Fifield
17 Mr Con Gallin
18 Mr Rohan Ganeson
19 The Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
20 Mr Peter Khalil
21 Mrs Lydia Khalil
22 Master Yong-Sup Kimm
23 Prof Douglas Kirsner
24 Mr Maha Krishnapillai
25 Ms Naomi Levin
26 Mr Steve Lewis
27 Dr Marion Lustig
28 Mr Richard Marles MP
29 Sen. Brett Mason
30 Mr Yair Miller
31 Ms Kelly O’Dwyer MP
32 Mr Mark Paterson
33 The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP
34 Mr Bernie Ripoll MP
35 The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP
36 Senator Scott Ryan
37 Mr Emmanuel Santos
38 Mr Tom Scotnicki
39 Mr Greg Sheridan
40 Ms Kristy Somers
41 Mr Niv Tadmore
42 Ms Lenore Taylor
43 Mr Evan Thornley
44 Mr Chris Uhlmann
45 Mr Tony Walker
46 Mr John Weiss
47 Mr Antonio Zeccola
48 Ms Margaret Andrews
49 Ms Shelley Kelly
50 Ms Amanda Mendes Da Costa
51 Ms Jessie Sheridan
52 Ms Nicola Wright
53 Dr Carl Ungerer
54 Mr Thom Woodroofe

If there any space where Serco won’t go?

Posted: 28 Jun 2011


Clearly not (and the Australian government is so desperate to “manage” asylum seekers, any multinational will do):

Australia’s newest immigration detention centre could open near Brisbane within months as the Federal Government negotiates to take over the Borallon jail.

The Courier-Mail understands the Federal Government plans to convert the high-security jail, 50km west of Brisbane, into immigration accommodation by the year’s end.

The state-owned, 492-bed facility on the outskirts of Ipswich has been managed and operated since January 2008 by Serco Australia, which also runs the Scherger Immigration Detention Centre near Weipa.

Serco’s five-year contract to operate Borallon is set to be transferred to the new 300-bed women’s prison at Gatton, due to be completed this year.

Borallon’s 476 inmates are expected to be moved to Woodford Correctional Centre, which has about the same number of spare beds.

US citizens, including 25% Jews, speaking on Gaza flotilla 2

Posted: 27 Jun 2011

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USA Needs to Be on the Right Side of History



by Dr. Mohamed Khodr


Sign this Statehood Petition and urge President Obama to support United Nations recognition of a Palestinian State.

It is urgent and time sensitive because the Palestinians plan to submit their U.N. application for a Palestinian State next month, July, to the U.N. General Assembly for a vote on such recognition this September.

Hence, it is our opportunity as human beings, Americans and international citizens, to overcome the political power of one nation, Israel, upon the United States government forcing it to oppose such a U.N. recognition against a supportive world.

All of us as organizations, activists, solidarity movements, human rights organizations, student movements, religious leaders and organizations, and all who are committed to world peace, equality, human rights, and the freedom and dignity for all of humanity must support this petition.

Western powers supported the creation of Israel by force in Palestine dispossessing millions of its native inhabitants, the Palestinians, who for decade’s became the world’s largest and longest suffering refugees.

Thus, today, those same western powers, especially the United States, must rectify this human tragedy by recognizing the humanity of the Palestinians and their right to a recognized State.

Palestinians have no powerful lobbies, media outlets, or wealth to oppose Israel’s decade’s long rejection of their very existence and right to freedom from occupation.

We will be that lobby.  We will be their voice.

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Joseph Dana speaks to Al Jazeera about taking part in the latest #flotilla2 to Gaza – video




AlJazeera | June 26, 2011


Jospeh Dana, an Israeli-American journalist with the Nation, will be on board a US ship as part of the Freedom Flotilla which is to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip.

He says he will go ahead with his decision despite Israel’s warning that journalists on board the flotilla could be banned from the country for ten years.

Dana spoke to Al Jazeera from Athens.



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Administrative Detention


Hi All,Please read this interview.  I met Janan at the courthouse in Haifa the day that her husband was sentenced.   I was there to attend the Rachel Corrie trial, and by chance we met the Makhoul family during an intermission in the Corrie proceedings.  They were quite sure that he would be sentenced to prison.  Anyone accused of security infringement (true or false) will be punished.At one point in the interview Janan states “There needs to be a study about what is going on with political prisoners in Israeli prisons.”

A book has just been published which touches precisely this subject.  It is called “Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel,” and is edited by Abeer Baker and Anat Matar.  Additionally, B’tselem has information about Administrative Detention  And PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel) has much information on the subject Israel’s conduct with political prisoners, and especially with torture, is not widely known, so that your help in distributing the information will be widely appreciated, as also, of course, anything that you can do to help free Ameer Makhoul.Thanks,Dorothy

Illustration photo.

Administrative detention is detention without charge or trial that is authorized by administrative order rather than by judicial decree. Under international law, it is allowed under certain circumstances. However, because of the serious injury to due-process rights inherent in this measure and the obvious danger of its abuse, international law has placed rigid restrictions on its application. According to international law, administrative detention can be used only in the most exceptional cases, as the last means available for preventing danger that cannot be thwarted by less harmful means.

Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates these restrictions. It is carried out under the thick cover of privilege, which denies detainees the possibility of mounting a proper defense. Over the years, Israel has administratively detained thousands of Palestinian for prolonged periods of time, without prosecuting them, without informing them of the charges against them, and without allowing them or their attorneys to study the evidence, making a mockery of the protections specified in Israeli and international law to protect the right to liberty and due process, the right of defendants to state their case, and the presumption of innocence.

Over the years, Israel has held thousands of Palestinians in administrative detention, for periods ranging from several months to several years. The highest number of administrative detainees was documented during the first intifada. On 5 November 1989, Israel was holding 1,794 Palestinians in administrative detention. In the early and mid-1990s, the number of administrative detainees ranged from 100 to 350 at any given moment, and at the end of the decade, there were no more than a few dozen detainees held at the same time. On 13 December 2000, two and a half months after the second intifada erupted, Israel held 12 Palestinians in administrative detention. In March 2002, the number stood at 44.

In April 2002, during Operation Defensive Shield, Israel administratively detained hundreds of Palestinians. By the end of the year, more than 1,000 Palestinians were being held thus. Since then, the number has declined: in 2005-2007, it averaged about 750 at any given moment, and has consistently fallen since November 2007. In August 2010, the number of administrative detainees stood at 189 (for detailed figures). Over the years, Israel has also held a few Israeli citizens in administrative detention, among them settlers. These cases were scarce and most of the detainees were held for short periods.

Three pieces of legislation enable Israel to hold Palestinians in administrative detention:

  1. The Administrative Detention Order, which is part of the military legislation in the West Bank. Most administrative detainees are held under individual detention orders issued pursuant to this order. A similar order regarding the Gaza Strip was repealed upon implementation of the “disengagement” plan, in September 2005.

  2. The Emergency Powers (Detentions) Law, which applies in Israel and replaced the administrative-detention arrangement established in the Emergency Regulations of the Mandate period. It is rare for residents of the Occupied Territories to be administratively detained under this law.

  3. The Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law, which came into force in 2002. Originally, the law was intended to enable the holding of Lebanese citizens who were being held in Israel at the time as “bargaining chips” for the return of captives and bodies. Now, Israel uses the law to detain Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip without trial.

B’Tselem’s position is that the government of Israel must release all administrative detainees or prosecute them, in accordance with due process, for the offenses they allegedly committed. As long as Israel continues to use administrative detention, it must do so in a way that comports with international law – only in the most exceptional cases, when there is no other alternative, and in a proportionate manner.

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PRESS RELEASE: Sheikh Raed Salah’s arrest


Wednesday 29th June 2011

MEMO Press Release


Sheikh Raed Salah arrived in London on Saturday 25th using his Israeli
passport to enter Britain legally as he has done many times before. He
was not questioned by anyone and there was no indication of the
existence of an exclusion order. Over the past few days, Sheikh Salah
has addressed MPs in the British parliament and has spoken in large
public gatherings. His subsequent arrest last night will be challenged
in the courts as unjustified. This seems to be the beginning of a
worrying trend of persecution of Muslims and pro-Palestinian activists.

* Immediately after the Middle East Monitor [MEMO] announced that it
was hosting Sheikh Raed Salah at a public lecture at Queen Mary
University, a well-known pro-Israeli website circulated a
catalogue of lies and fabrications about him which he has refuted
for years.

* On Thursday, 16th June, he issued an unequivocal statement
refuting the claims. He ordered lawyers in London to challenge
these fabrications in the British High Court.

* On 24th June, lawyers acting on Sheikh Raed’s behalf served notice
on Andrew Gilligan of the Daily Telegraph and Robyn Rosen of the
Jewish Chronicle. These procedures began before Sheikh Raed
entered the country and were publicly announced.

* None of the organisers of his lengthy schedule were contacted by
the government or the police, either directly or indirectly,
regarding the facts about him.

* He began his programme of engagements on Sunday, which was
followed with a roundtable in Parliament on Monday 27th June where
he was speaking to a number of MPs, Lords and researchers in
Committee Room 2A, in which he spoke for an hour. There was still
no indication that he had been banned.

* On the evening of Monday 27th he attended a crowded event in
Conway Hall, Holborn, for almost three hours which was reported by
the Jewish Chronicle. The Evening Standard claims he failed to
appear. MEMO has a record of the event, with photos.

* No policemen were present at the public event to arrest or
question him before, during or after the event, despite any claims
to the contrary.

* Yesterday he made a speech in Leicester in front of an audience of
more than one thousand for more than two hours. It was a
successful event. And again, there were no police present.

* However, during the day, the Daily Mail and Evening Standard
circulated news that a ban was issued last week but for one reason
or another, the exclusion order had failed to be enacted and that
he had sneaked in, implying that he is on the run.

* Lawyers contacted the Home Office in the afternoon asking for a
clarification, although no one had contacted them. It is important
to note that none of his legal representatives, who were widely
known, were contacted. The Home Office refused to comment.
Similarly, contact was made by the MPs and MEMO, and the Home
Office again did not confirm or deny anything.

* Around 11pm on Tuesday evening, Sheikh Raed was arrested in his
hotel and taken to Paddington Green Police Station by the UK
Border Police.

* It is imperative to reiterate that he entered the country legally,
with a legal Israeli passport and that the British government knew
long in advance of his visit. They never contacted MEMO to find
out the truth. The Sheikh himself was willing to challenge all the
allegations in court. There were lies and fabrications made in the
public domain, which he has rejected and he has never been charged
with or convicted these alleged offences. He has expressed a
willingness to challenge these in court.

* One example of the baseless lies circulated was published in the
Evening standard alleging that he failed to turn up to the Conway
Hall event. In fact he was there for three hours and spoke to a
large audience there.


* Raed Salah is first and foremost the pre-eminent political leader
of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Israel. He is one of
the main leaders of the biggest political party among the 1.5
million Palestinians in Israel. His appeal goes well beyond Arab
Israelis and he appeals to all Arabs and Muslims who see him as
championing the issue of Occupied Jerusalem and the right of
Palestinians in Israel and elsewhere. His name is synonymous with
Jerusalem and he is well known.

* His treatment by the British government will not be taken lightly
either here or abroad. By banning him after he began legal
proceedings, it appears that the British government is seeking to
obstruct the course of justice. He has already started legal
action against those who circulated these rumours.

* This appears to be initiating a trend by which we can expect that
all Muslim, Arabs and human righ  ts activists will be judged by
rumours and denied the right to challenge in court those who

spread libellous rumours about them.

* The fact that we were not contacted shows recklessness and disdain
for British citizens. If the authorities had wanted to ban him
they had the opportunity to do it respectfully, but their
recklessness is beyond imagination and it reflects the
government’s draconian nature.

* Finally, MEMO understands that Sheikh Raed will challenge the
deportation order in court. It is not he who is losing his
reputation; he has been arrested in Israel on countless occasions
for defending Palestinian rights, and now the British government
is acting in the same way.

* It will curtail freedom of speech in this country. At a time when
the universal laws to prevent war criminals to enter this country
unchallenge are being threatened, the double standards are clear.
They judge Muslims on rumours and fabrications and allow Israeli
war criminals to enter.

* The Home Office have said that the deportation order was served as
his deportation is deemed conducive to the public good under
Section 3 of the Immigration Act of 1971.

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Leading Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah arrested in London




Sheikh Raed Salah is said to be banned from Britain but pro-Palestinian groups say he knew nothing about it

Press Association |, Wednesday 29 June 2011 10.17 BST

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has reportedly been arrested in London 

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has reportedly been arrested in London under a travel ban. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Sheikh Raed Salah, a leading Palestinian activist, has been detained in London amid reports that he is banned from the UK

Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained on Tuesday night by police, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said.

Sarah Colborne, PSC director, insisted that Salah was the leader of a legitimate political organisation. He rejected all forms of racism, including anti-semitism, she said.

His solicitor, Farooq Bajwa, said Salah had “no knowledge” of an alleged travel ban and had made “no attempt” to conceal his identity when he entered Britain.

“Sheikh Raed Salah is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, the largest movement for Palestinians in Israel,” Colborne said.

“This is a legitimate organisation which Israel has never moved to ban.

“Raed Saleh regularly speaks at venues across Israel where he has considerable support amongst the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the population.

“Sheikh Raed has been elected as mayor of his home town, Um al-Fahm, three times. He has never been convicted of anti-semitism in Israel.

“Before coming to Britain, he faced horrific allegations of anti-semitism, which he completely refuted.

“He has clarified his position of being opposed to all forms of racism, including anti-semitism, Islamophobia and racism against his own people, the Palestinians.”

The home secretary, Theresa May, said officials from the UK Border Agency were taking steps to remove Salah from the country. She said an investigation had been launched into how he managed to get into the UK.

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Netanya man suspected of stabbing Palestinian worker due to Zio-Nazi nationalist motives


by crescentandcross


Palestinian man found stabbed in the chest two weeks ago; 23-year-old suspect says stabbing occurred because victim was ‘staring at his sister’.


A Netanya resident was recently arrested on suspicion of stabbing a Palestinian construction worker due to nationalist motives, it was revealed Wednesday, after the Netanya Magistrates Court lifted a gag order on the case.

Police arrested the 23-year-old Netanya man two weeks ago after the Palestinian was found stabbed in the chest at a Netanya construction site.

Police forces that arrived at the scene of the crime began searching for the assailant, and suspicions arose that the incident had nationalist grounds. Consequently, the investigation was handed over to the Shin Bet and a gag order was put on the case.

The suspect claimed the act was not driven by nationalist motives but because the Palestinian was “staring at his sister.”

The suspect was arrested four days after the incident, while the investigation team waited until the victim recovered in order to give his testimony. Police’s suspicions that the incident was driven by nationalist motives strengthened following the victim’s investigation at Netanya’s Laniado Hospital, and the case was handed over to the prosecution for an indictment.

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Rightists threaten further violence over Nazi rabbi’s arrest

by crescentandcross


Organizer of protests against Rabbi Dov Lior’s arrest satisfied with demonstrations, says ‘Had rabbi still been under arrest lives would have eventually been lost’

“This was a successful display of power and I think our message came across,” one of the organizers of the protest said.

“There’s a limit to how far we will be stepped on,” he said. “Had Rabbi Lior still been under arrest, lives would have been lost. We would have thrown garbage cans and Molotov cocktails on government offices. Any arrest of Rabbi Lior will prompt large-scale protests in the immediate time frame.”

He said that had Rabbi Lior been remanded, the protest would have turned into a rebellion.

“There’s an instruction by the yeshiva heads on this matter to do anything it takes, a free hand,” he added.

The man further added: “Now, after the disengagement, there is no moderate element like the Yesha Council which has control over the street. We are the street and out reactions follow police behavior.

“To throw stones at the Supreme Court is only a matter of decision. Rabbi Ovadia (Yosef) and Rabbi Eliyashiv would not have been treated this way, so why are they acting this way towards Rabbi Lior? If they have no red lines, neither should we.” Police refused to comment.

Rabbi Lior arrived in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem Monday after celebrating with 300 of his supporters at the entrance to the capital. Clashes subsequently broke out outside the yeshiva after police arrested several right-wing elements.

Police said that two officers were attacked and lightly wounded when the rabbi’s supporters headed towards the yeshiva. Dozens of protestors tried to block police cars.

“To accuse rabbis, who wrote something on Torah research, of inciting to violence and racism is a feature of a barbaric world,” Rabbi Lior said in the yeshiva.

“Torah does not need consent,” he noted. “We see there are attacks on scholars, things being concocted to smear them. Divine intervention will eventually rescue them. We have wonderful youth, this will spur the young generation to climb up the Torah stairs.”

“The development of Torah literature continues, and those writing books do not need the consent of someone telling them whether they can be published or not. What do scholars have to do with violence?”

Earlier, Israel’s chief rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar issued a joint statement Monday condemning the arrest of Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior.

“We regret the grave offence to an important rabbi’s honor. He is one of Israel’s greatest rabbis and leaders of the religious public,” the statement said. The two also noted that they conveyed their protest to public leaders.

However, Metzger and Amar urged restraint on the part of the public. “Do not get dragged into conflicts and frictions which will lead to a public division,” they said.

Rabbi Lior’s arrest sparked enormous outrage by right-wing elements in Israel. Shortly after the arrest, hundreds of protestors blocked the entrance to Jerusalem, and several were arrested.

Later on Monday, hundreds tried to break into the Supreme Court compound and were blocked by police. They held a rally at a nearby road later on.

In total, police arrested 17 protestors on Monday.

Some 20 protestors gathered outside the home of Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, who ordered the arrest. Two were arrested when trying to enter the house. Nitzan is currently overseas.

Meanwhile, many Knesset members are also outraged over the arrest. Twenty-five MKs signed a petitioned calling for an end to the persecution of rabbis which will be presented to Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman. The MKs claimed Attorney Shai Nitzan was “degrading the police.”

“The very implementation of the shameful arrest must serve as a warning sign and promote an overhaul in the work of Deputy State Prosecutor Attorney Shai Nitzan.”

The petition was signed by Coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin, David Rotem, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Arieh Eldad, Yariv Levin, Uri Ariel, Zvulun Orlev and others.

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Human trafficking report ranks Zionist regime with 3rd world nations


by crescentandcross


US State Department annual Trafficking in Persons report paints grim picture of phenomenon, states ‘Israel is destination-country for men, women subjected to forced labor, sex trafficking’

In bad company – The US State Department on Tuesday published its annual Trafficking in Persons report, ranking Israel in the same category as Pakistan and Rwanda.

According to the report findings, “The Government of Israel does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.”

The reports states that “Israel is a destination-country for men and women subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Low-skilled workers from Thailand, China, Nepal, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and, to a lesser extent, Romania, migrate voluntarily and legally to Israel for temporary contract labor in construction, agriculture, and home health care provision.


Number of African infiltrators entering Israel from Sinai reaches new heights in November, as nearly 2,000 come in, Immigration Authority says; overall, some 36,000 such infiltrators reside in Israel

“Some, however, subsequently face conditions of forced labor, including through such practices as the unlawful withholding of passports, restrictions on movement, inability to change or otherwise choose one’s employer, nonpayment of wages, threats, sexual assault, and physical intimidation,” the report read.

In addition, it is stated that “many labor recruitment agencies in source countries and in Israel require workers to pay recruitment fees typically ranging from $4,000 to $20,000 – a practice making workers highly vulnerable to trafficking or debt bondage once working in Israel.”

The report notes that “an increased number of migrants (approximately 14,000) crossed into Israel in 2010 from the Sinai, compared with approximately 5,000 in 2009.

Israel is not included in the list of western democratic states in terms of fulfilling the minimal standards required to battle human trafficking – a list which includes western Europe, United States, Canada and Australia.

Instead, Israel is placed in Tier 2, alongside countries such as Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Oman and Sierra Leone.

According to the report’s classification, Tier 2 includes “countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.”

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Nazi undercover agents boast of killing Palestinians on TV



From time to time, the Palestine Center distributes articles it believes will enhance understanding of the Palestinian political reality. The following article was published by Maan News Agency on 20 June 2011. “Israeli undercover agents boast of killing Palestinians on TV”

Undercover Israeli intelligence officers appeared on national television Saturday to talk about assassinating Palestinians in a program broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10.

Oren Beaton presented a photo album of Palestinians he killed during his time as a commander of an undercover Israeli unit operating in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Beaton explained that he kept photos of his victims.

“This is a photo of a Palestinian young man called Basim Subeih who I killed. This is another young man. I shredded his body, and the photo shows the remnants of his body,” he said.

The TV program also featured an undercover agent referred to as “D”, who openly admitted killing “wanted Palestinians.”

He complained of suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and said that the state had rejected his demands for compensation.

The Channel 10 presenter appealed to the Israeli government to meet the agent’s demands.

“Those are the Shin Bet agents we only hear about and never see, and thanks to them we live safely,” she said.

The report was filmed in the Palestinian territories, and showed agents wandering around the streets of Ar-Ram in occupied East Jerusalem with handguns under their shirts, illustrating that the agents were still operating in Palestinian cities.

The agents, who speak fluent Arabic, are shown surrounded by masked Palestinian collaborators secretly deployed to the area to protect them.

The program provided previously unconfirmed details about the operational methods of undercover agents.

The report explained that officers conducted surveillance before an assassination, investigating the target’s friends and classmates.

Agents would even ask about the target’s favorite meals and habits at home, the report said.

In this way, agents would put together an image of the target’s behavior and routine.

Agent “D” said officers would then “seize the target and wait until the commander arrives to confirm his identity. Then we shoot him.”

This confirms previous accounts from Palestinians who have said they witnessed Israeli agents shooting Palestinians at point-blank range.


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