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UPROOTED PALESTINIANS STARTS IT’S FOURTH YEAR!!!

GILAD ATZMON

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AND WHAT ABOUT OUR SPRING?

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 GILAD ATZMON

 

Freiburg Conference is behind us and it was a major success.

This is my opportunity to thank you all, panellists, organizers, audience and readers for your endless support and dedication.

The conference was a gathering of some of the most articulate and innovative minds within our discourse and beyond. We had a list of panellists  who did not follow any particular party line but were dedicated to the principles of justice, ethics and universalism. We are talking here about public figures who manage to withstand Zionist and crypto Zionist pressure, including physical threats. We were lucky to be facilitated by an organisation (Cafe Palestine Freiburg)  that is genuinely interested in Palestine and justice.  Our audience were willing to listen and engage in open  discussion.  The entire event was smooth and productive. It left us with hope and fuelled  many of us with a renewed belief in a better future.

Against all odds we managed to discuss different topics to do with the boundaries of our discourse. We identified numerous obstacles. But we also found the time to focus on the enemy within- sadly enough, all panellists were subjected to relentless  pressure mounted on them by elements within the Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist network. Everyone involved in the conference, without exception, was  repelled by their sabotaging attempts. Its crucial to point out that we invited our Jewish, anti Zionist  detractors to share platform with us, we thought that if they do indeed have a valid argument, they better present it in the open,  but, predictably, they declined.   These deluded Jewish political sectarian elements must have believed that they would be able to dismantle our gathering, they were obviously totally wrong.

As promised, we will soon publish the list of the activists  who attempted  to destroy this important gathering. Once again the continuum between Israeli Hasbara and agitators within the so-called Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist network has been forensically established.

We will bring it to light.

We will expose their futile attempts.

The entire conference was filmed and documented. Papers and videos will be published on-line soon.

I will use this opportunity to thank Dr Gabi Weber and Cafe Palestine Freiburg. I would also like to thank Cafe Palestine Zurich for their support this week. Thanks to the conference, some of the panellists including myself are already invited to similar events all across  Europe. I will use this opportunity once again,  to thank my Jewish anti Zionists detractors for their destructive efforts. As always, it is their desperate attempt to steer the Palestinian movement, which helps us to identify the enemy within.

In case someone fails to grasp the meaning of the success of the conference, I will state it in very clear terms: The Tide Has Changed. Our ‘spring’ may as well be just around the corner. But the truth must be said openly. If we want to reinstate our most elementary freedoms, we too will have to fight for it.

All the best

Gilad Atzmon

 


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*In the picture above  (from left to right):   Ibrahim El-Zayat, Sameh Habeeb, Samir Abed-Rabbo, Alan Hart, Gilad Atzmon, Makram Khoury-Macho, Ken O´Keefe. Gabi Weber and Annie Sauerland.

The following are missing:  Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, Viqar Ali, David Borrington, Ulrike Vestring, Tilman Lüdke, and Bernhard Uhde.

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TUC: 71 – Peace in the Middle East/South Asia

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OH WHY NOW ?  Shoah

Congress notes that the “war on terror” is still continuing and has failed, after ten years, to bring the promised peace and stability to either the Middle East or the wider world.

Congress believes it is time Britain disengaged from this conflict and in particular urges the rapid withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan. The occupation there has brought devastation to the country, cost the lives of thousands of civilians and hundreds of British soldiers and destabilised nuclear-armed Pakistan. The future of Afghanistan can only be determined through talks between the parties in the country itself.

Congress believes the attack against Libya has been misjudged and, while holding no brief for the Gadaffi regime, believes military action should be halted immediately and that international efforts should be focused on securing a peaceful political settlement to the conflict.

Since there can be no peace in the region without justice for the Palestinians, Congress endorses the call for the recognition of the State of Palestine and urges the British government to take all actions appropriate to help achieve this objective. Congress calls for immediate, unconditional negotiations between the Israeli government and the representatives of the Palestinian people to secure peace.

Congress reaffirms policy adopted in 2010, particularly the instruction to the General Council “to work closely with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign to actively encourage affiliates, employers and pension funds to disinvest from, and boycott the goods of, companies who profit from illegal settlements, the Occupation and the construction of the Wall.”

Unite

Amendment

Insert new paragraph 5:

“Congress deplores the anti-democratic law passed by the Knesset banning individuals and organisations in Israel from calling for the boycott of Israel.”

Add at the end of the last paragraph:

“Congress calls on all unions on the basis of this policy to review their bi-lateral relations with all Israeli organisations, including Histradrut.”

” THANK GOD AFTER ALL THIS YEARS ??? Shoah

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Haredi Child Abuse

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Fate of U.S. Jewish vote in question following surprise Republican win

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A Republican victory in the special elections to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner has caused some to ponder whether or not American Jews are deserting Obama and the Democratic party over its Israeli policy.

Haaretz

The turmoil in the wake of a special vote to elect a new representative for a New York City district seems to refuse to die away, with many seeing the upset Republican victory as an indication of a swing in the Jewish vote ahead of the 2012 presidential elections.

Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in a special election Tuesday to succeed Rep. Anthony Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June after a sex texting scandal.

But a big story coming out of the elections seems to be the fact that the once Democratic and Jewish stronghold has ceded power over to the Republican Party because of Obama’s policy toward Israel and the Middle East.

In a statement released following the Republican victory, the Republican Jewish Coalition said that the victory “in an overwhelmingly Democrat district is a significant indicator of the problem that President Obama has in the Jewish community.”

“While party leaders scramble to deny and try to stem the erosion of Jewish support for Democrats, the real issue is this President’s policies on Israel, on jobs, and on the economy,” the statement said, adding: “Jewish voters are coming to see that Republicans offer real solutions to our economic crisis, are resolute friends of Israel, and represent a way forward to a better future.”

Democratic Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz , however, countered Republican claims of a Jewish vote-swing, telling reporters that she was “confident that the President all over the country will receive once again an overwhelming majority of the Jewish vote, and this president has an incredibly strong credit on Israel and strong credit on domestic issues.‬”

The unexpected Republican win, and its supposed consequences in regard to Jewish support of the Democratic party, also garnered a response from the White House, with spokesman Jay Carney saying that the “special elections are often unique and their outcomes do not tell you very much about future regularly scheduled elections.”

“Are Americans in general anxious, not happy with Washington? The answer is yes. And I would say, as we’ve said, that every elected member of Congress — elected official, rather, who is up for election in 14 months needs to take that mood very seriously. And the President certainly does, because he knows he works for the American people — that’s why he’s out there pushing the jobs act. And he believes that members of Congress need to take it seriously as well,” Carney added.

Obama’s Israel policy seen as factor that cost him House seat

Bob Turner, who repeatedly criticized Obama on Israel, defeats Democrat David Weprin in district that is 40% Jewish

Did President Obama’s positions on Israel cost him a seat in the House? The Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced to step down following a sex-texting scandal, but became a referendum on US President Barack Obama’s policies.

Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

According to the New York Times, Turner took advantage of the discontent among the Jewish community with Obama’s policy toward Israel and his conduct pertaining to the Middle East peace process.

Former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, endorsed Turner in July as a way to “send a message” to Obama on his policies toward Israel. And Weprin was challenged on his support of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, in lower Manhattan.

The heavily Democratic district, which spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn and is 40% Jewish, had never sent a Republican to the House. The race was supposed to be an easy win for Democrats, who have a 3-1 ratio registration advantage in the district.

A number of voters who spoke to the New York Times said that the Israel issue played a major role in their decision to support Turner, who was repeatedly critical of Obama on the subject of his policy towards Israel.

Turner, a 70-year-old Catholic, vowed to push back on Obama’s policies if elected. He received help from prominent Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose much-praised stewardship of the city after the September 11 terror attacks was recalled during their 10th anniversary, last weekend.

The fact that Israel was an issue in the campaign came as a surprise, the Times reported, because Weprin is an observant Jew and avid supporter of Israel.

Orthodox Jews, who tend to be conservative on social issues, expressed anger over Weprin’s vote in the state Assembly to legalize gay marriage. In July, New York became one of six states to recognize same-sex nuptials.

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NYC rabbi charged with stealing over $220,000 in housing subsidies

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Rabbi Leib Glanz, ousted as a jail chaplain in 2009 after throwing an extravagant bar mitzvah for a wealthy inmate’s son, charged along with brother Menashe Glanz with theft and conspiracy.

Associated Press

A New York City rabbi who was fired as a Correction Department chaplain for arranging a lavish jailhouse bar mitzvah has been charged with stealing more than $220,000 in federal housing subsidies.

Rabbi Leib Glanz and his brother Menashe Glanz were charged in Manhattan federal court Wednesday with theft and conspiracy for allegedly stealing federal rent subsidies over 15 years.

They were released on $50,000 bond each and declined to comment.

Prosecutors said Menashe Glanz filed false documents to get subsidies for an apartment that his brother lived in.

The city Department of Investigation says the case is the largest individual case of tenant fraud it has ever investigated.

Leib Glanz was ousted as a jail chaplain in 2009 after the extravagant bar mitzvah for a wealthy inmate’s son.

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Defected Syrian officer confesses to collaborating with Zio-Nazi’s

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Syrian state television announces plans to broadcast live interview with former army officer, suspected of aiding assassination of Hezbollah official.

The Syrian state-run news agency SANA said on Thursday that it will be broadcasting a live interview on Saturday with a Syrian officer who defected from the army about his alleged collaboration with Zio-Nazi intelligence in the assassination of top Hezbollah official, Imad Mughniyah.

The Syrian officer is expected to discuss the ways in which the Zionist regime and Western intelligence agencies allegedly interfere in Syria’s internal affairs to cause civil strife. According to reports, the officer was discovered in Turkey, and it is unclear whether he was captured by Turkish authorities or was kidnapped by Syrian intelligence.

SANA said that the spy will be speaking on camera in what the agency described as “confessions of an Zionist spy” about a plot against Syria.

Imad Mughniyah was killed when his car exploded in Damascus in 2008 and both Syria and Iran blame the Zionist regime for his assassination, despite Zionist’s denial of any involvement.

Syrian Interior Minister Brig. Gen. Bassam Abdul-Majid called Mughniyah’s assassination at the time a “terrorist act”.

Syria has been gripped by pro-democracy protests calling for the ousting of President Bashar Assad since mid-March.

An estimated 2,600 people have been killed since protests began, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

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Erdogan warns IsraHell: Turkey can send warships to east Mediterranean at any time

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Turkish PM says Israel could not do whatever it wants in the eastern Mediterranean.

Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Israel could not do whatever it wanted in the eastern Mediterranean and that Turkish warships could be there at any moment.

Erdogan’s comments, made during a visit to Tunisia as part of a tour of Arab countries, were the latest in a war of words between the two regional powers, whose relations have deteriorated since Israel killed nine Turks aboard an aid ship headed for Gaza last year.

“Israel cannot do whatever it wants in the eastern Mediterranean. They will see what our decisions will be on this subject. Our navy attack ships can be there at any moment,” Erdogan told a news conference shortly after arriving in Tunis.

Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and halted defense-related trade after the Jewish state confirmed last week it would not apologise for the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship which had attempted to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza.

Turkey and Israel had tried to mend fences before the publication two weeks ago of a UN report that deemed the blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip a legal means to stem the flow of arms to Palestinians but also said Israel had used unreasonable force.

Ankara said it was prepared to escort any future Gaza-bound ship with naval ships.
Israel has said it will maintain the blockade and that it wants to ease tensions with its former ally.

But in an interview last week with Al Jazeera television, excerpts of which were released by Turkish state media, Erdogan said he saw the Israeli storming of the ship in May, 2010 as “grounds for war” but that Turkey had acted “with patience”.

The prospect of a showdown at sea with Turkey, a NATO power and, like Israel, an ally of the United States, rattled Israelis already on edge over political upheaval in the Arab world and Iran’s nuclear program. Washington has appealed for restraint.

Erdogan, seeking to expand Turkey’s regional influence, is on a tour of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, where he has so far received an enthusiastic welcome. His criticism of Israeli has helped win him great popularity in Arab countries.

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Palestinians will seek full UN membership on September 23

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Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki says Palestinians will submit request to Security Council next Friday, ending speculation over whether they would risk U.S. veto; Netanyahu plans to address General Assembly on same day.

Associated Press

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Thursday that the Palestinians will submit a bid for full membership at the United Nations Security Council on September 23, but said that they would be open to other suggestions.

The remarks by Malki put an end to speculation that the Palestinians might avoid a showdown with the United States by sidestepping the Security Council and going directly to the UN General Assembly to seek a lesser status of a non-member observer.

Malki said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will personally submit the Palestinian request for membership to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after addressing the General Assembly on the afternoon of Sept. 23. In the meantime, he said the Palestinians would listen to suggested alternatives.

“We will see if anyone carries with him or her any credible offer that will allow us to look into it seriously and to be discussed in the Palestinian leadership. Otherwise, on the 23rd at 12:30, the president will submit the application,” Malki told foreign journalists in Ramallah.

The U.S. does not wield veto power in the General Assembly, and a Palestinian bid there would be expected to win majority approval.

The Palestinians will likely still end up at the General Assembly with scaled-back ambitions, however, if the U.S. exercises its veto power in the Security Council as expected.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu announced Thursday that he plans on flying to New York on Wednesday to attend the discussions, and to address the General Assembly on Friday, the same day the Palestinians plan to submit their bid for full membership to the Security Council.

The U.S. has been on a furious diplomatic offensive to try to keep the Palestinians from going to the UN in their statehood quest, saying negotiations are the only way to produce a Palestinian state.

Israel also opposes the UN move, which the Palestinians launched after concluding that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – stalled for nearly three years – were not going to produce any breakthroughs at this time.

Al-Malki’s comments came as U.S. and other international envoys were shuttling back and forth between Jerusalem and Ramallah in an effort to avert a diplomatic crisis over the Palestinians’ UN bid.

Netanyahu to address UN on day Palestinians submit statehood bid

PM tells reporters in Jerusalem that Israel does not receive ‘fair hearing’ at UN, but he has ‘decided to tell the truth.’

Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he will address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 23, the day on which the Palestinians say they will submit their bid for full UN membership.

Netanyahu is due to leave for New York next Wednesday, and will attend the annual General Assembly session. Israel had originally intended to dispatch President Shimon Peres to New York for the General Assembly, but was warned by diplomats that this would only give more weight to the Palestinian move.

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“The General Assembly is not a place where Israel usually receives a fair hearing,”  Netanyahu told a press conference with the Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas in Jerusalem on Thursday. “But I still decided to tell the truth before anyone who would like to hear it.”

“I have decided to convey the twin messages of direct negotiations for peace and the quest for peace,” Netanyahu told reporters.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said earlier Thursday that the Palestinians will definitely go ahead with their bid for full membership at the UN Security Council on September 23.

EU seeks “limited upgrade” of Palestinians’ UN status

Ashton proposal includes specific mention of talks, does not rule out full UN membership for Palestinian state in future, say diplomats.

Reuters

The European Union hopes to persuade Palestinian leaders to drop their plans for full United Nations membership this month in return for a nuanced upgrading of their UN observer status, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, went to the Middle East this week to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of reviving peace talks and averting a Palestinian statehood bid at the UN General Assembly, which begins its annual gathering on September 21.

The United States has warned that such an attempt would damage chances of reviving talks and sent envoys to the region this week to lobby the Palestinians.

Israel has also said any such move would put an end to negotiations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would address the UN next week and urge the Palestinians to negotiate peace with Israel rather than pursue the bid for full UN membership for a Palestinian state.

Diplomats said Ashton was trying to negotiate a package that could include a statement by the Quartet of Middle East negotiators laying out guidelines for future talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

In Brussels, diplomats said her proposal included a text that would not rule out full UN membership for a Palestinian state in the future, but focuses for now on a lesser upgrade of their status coupled with a specific mention of talks.

“Our idea is to push for an upgrade of the Palestinian status, without excluding full status in the future, but with a reference to negotiations,” one senior EU diplomat said.

It was not immediately clear whether this would be an upgrading to the status of “non-member state”, as held by the Vatican, or some other formulation. Currently the Palestinian Authority has non-member “observer” status at the UN.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed on Wednesday “no retreat” from the plans to request full UN membership in the absence of talks with Israel, which were frozen a year ago in a dispute over settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Ashton has played an increasingly active role in the Quartet, which groups the EU, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, since becoming foreign policy chief in December 2009. But her efforts have been complicated by internal divisions in Europe over the Palestinian statehood bid.

Should Palestinian statehood be brought to a vote in the UN, the EU’s 27 member states could split into three camps, with some opposing the bid, others backing it and several abstaining.

France, in particular, appears to be more receptive to the Palestinians’ arguments, whereas Germany opposes unilateral declarations without a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

To succeed, Ashton would have to persuade U.S. diplomats to get on board. Washington has said that if the Palestinians ignore entreaties and seek full membership status, it will use its veto in the UN Security Council.

In Jerusalem, a Netanyahu aide said the Israeli leader did not rule out talks with Abbas even if the Palestinian president presented the UN membership request.

The aide noted that the General Assembly probably would not vote on such a membership upgrade resolution until early October, keeping the door open for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas.

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Visiting UK, Rep. King Cheers IRA Terror Attacks

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Stands By Support for Attacks on ‘British Imperialism’

antiwar.com

Usually when Rep. Peter King (R – NY) makes headlines, its because he’s badmouthing Muslims. The House Homeland Security Chair has spent most of the past year setting up committees to investigate the “threat” posed by Muslim-Americans and Somalis in particular.

But he’s got other interests too. The anti-Muslim thing is actually a relatively new tool in King’s repertoire, who built his career as a champion for terrorists in Northern Ireland, winning the affection of key Irish-American voters in his community.

So when Rep. King took a trip to Britain to warn parliament about the danger posed by Muslims, one of the MPs actually brought up King’s past life, pressing him on his role as “an apologist for terrorism” and asking him if he still stood behind his support for attacks on “British imperialism.”

King, apparently completely oblivious to what a hypocrite this stance makes him look like, insisted that he does stand by his position, insisting that as an Irish-American he felt a duty to publicly support Irish terrorists in the media.

So, just to summarize, the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman has spent three decades publicly supporting terrorism, and stands by that position.

While this makes King look like a hypocritical monster and surely embarrasses the committee to no end, it might explain a few things about King’s anti-Muslim perspective. If, after all, he felt a”duty” to defend Irish terrorists simply by virtue of being ethnically Irish, maybe he assumed all Muslims were as narrow-minded as he is and would, naturally, embrace Muslim terrorists simply because they’re Muslim.

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