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A Debate About God, Religion and the “Satanic” Jews

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The Jews say: “Allah’s hand is tied up.” Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief. [5:64]

Nashid Abdul Khaaliq

www.ascertainthetruth.com 

What follows is a debate I had with Dr. Henry Lindner.  Dr. Lindner is a physician, philosopher and physicist. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1984 and has practiced medicine ever since. Dr. Lindner did not respond back directly to all my answers but instead wrote me privately to take it upon himself to study the Qur’an more intently. Since then we have communicated numerous times regarding questions he had about Islam and his study of the Qur’an. We have kept in touch over the years on a personal basis. I have the highest respect for his intelligence and keen perception of the Palestinian situation. His writings are among the best I have read regarding philosophy, Palestine, the Middle East and numerous subjects.

I use the term “Satanic” Jews instead of “Jews” because I don’t think it is fair to lump all Jews under the umbrella of being evil. There are too many good Jews who don’t fit in that category and many of them lost their lives fighting against the diabolical schemes of some of their brethren.

Please read this exciting discussion below and at the end I will share with you Dr. Lindner’s current views as a result of his more intense study of Islam. 

Henry wrote:

In the deepest, most meaningful sense of the word, I am a highly religious person. I have the strongest interest in finding the truth about everything in this Cosmos, in living the truth, and in understanding what mankind is and how he should live in order to achieve his full potential and happiness on this Earth. I happen to live in the 21st century, and I use all the knowledge and insight available.

Nashid wrote:

I don’t doubt your deep desire and interest in pursuing truth. The pursuit of truth is what we all should be about. My concern is that I don’t think you have thoroughly exhausted the avenue of religion but have come to such a negative opinion based on a literal reading of scripture and the actions of people “in the name of religion”. As a scientist I am sure you know that an impartial study of anything does not lead to full information. Have you really studied religion to be so conclusive about it? Have you really “used all the knowledge and insight available” about religion?

Henry wrote:

If there were a religion that was open to all truths, that adhered only to the very best theories that mankind could create to explain the facts, that was anti-dogmatic, that searched the writings of all men and women for true insights instead of adhering to one person’s views only, then I would join up in a minute. If we all joined up, mankind’s major problems would soon be solved. I would call that natural and open religion “philosophy”, although the name isn’t very important. I wouldn’t complain if it were called Islam (meaning submission to Cosmic reality). (Just as Palestinians probably wouldn’t complain if a truly free, multiethnic, democratic society were to exist in all of Palestine, but was called “Israel”.)

Nashid wrote:

When I was in college I took a course in metaphysics. One discussion we had was dealing with how human beings gain knowledge. One assumption is that for human beings to gain knowledge it must be passed on to them from someone else. The pyramids were a great example of this. We know about the existence of the pyramids in Egypt but we also know that the Mayan and Aztecs also had pyramids in South America. If we accept the knowledge migration theory then the question could be asked how is it that two people separated by great distances and at different times could have the same knowledge of pyramid building. Who passed on the knowledge to whom?

Another approach would be to understand that G’d’s universe is the teacher. A human being standing in Egypt and another human being standing in Mexico can receive the same messages from G’d’s wondrous creation and each independently can build the same pyramid. In this instance knowledge was passed on through G’d’s wondrous signs in nature and not from another human being. I believe that the Prophets of G’d received knowledge via this vertical versus horizontal method of learning. Please, I am not saying that it came through a spooky sense by an opening through a cloud and a voice speaking to them. I am saying that it happened through natural human growth and development. The human being is the microcosm of the universe. All that exists within the big macrocosm is contained within the human being. The prophets of G’d had to go through moral, rational and spiritual development to reach the level of consciousness that they attained. Scripturally speaking this is referred to as G’d raising the prophet up. The knowledge and understanding that the prophet comes into is not “his opinion” but revelations from the All Knowing, All Powerful Creator of the heavens and the earth. I know I have not proved this to you but I am laying the groundwork for something that will come later on.

A good analogy is to consider the whole human race as caterpillars with the potential to become butterflies. The Prophets can be considered as the ones who went through metamorphosis and have become butterflies. As such they act as guides to humanity with messages, if followed, would lead the caterpillars to achieve their full potential and happiness on this Earth. Any caterpillar that dies and never became a butterfly has not reached his full potential. The Qur’an says that G’d has created the human being that he may grow. This growth requires a metamorphosis in the human being that will bring him through the stages of moral development, intellectual development, spiritual development and further on. Islamically speaking we say the goal is to reach Nafs Al-Mutmainna, a state of peace and complete satisfaction for the soul. Now when the butterfly who can now fly and “see” much more than the caterpillar describes what must be done to correctly metamorphosize and tries to describe flight, the tops of trees, and all that his new found ability gave him to other caterpillars they will be seen as “unbelievable”. Other caterpillars may even get mad and say to the butterfly, “keep your damn opinions to yourself, all that matters and is reality is this piece of dirt in front of me. Can’t you “see” that?”

Henry wrote:

Moses lived in the 15th century BC, Jesus in the 1sst century AD, Mohammed in the 7th century AD. It is not surprising that there were advances in human understanding and knowledge among the Semitic peoples during those intervals. Frankly, there have been few persons deserving of the name “philosopher”. Socrates and Buddha deserve mention. The one person who does deserve that name more than any other, the one person who is most responsible for what is unique and good in “the West”, is Aristotle. Aristotle studied and commented on every aspect of the Cosmos and of human life. The Christian West developed as it did precisely because Aristotle’s broad-minded philosophical theories were incorporated into its theology and its schools for centuries. He taught mankind to think. Compared with Aristotle, the others you mention were persons with some moral/social/political insights, and little more. Read Aristotle, starting with the Nicomachean ethics, and you’ll see what I mean.

Nashid Wrote:

Objective truth is not subject to time or place. Objective truths are eternal truths that are applicable to all times. The divine truths the Prophets brought were objective truths relative to all times. Let me show you three examples of simple, objective truths from the 15th century BC that are relevant and powerful if practiced today. They are from the ten commandments: don’t lie, don’t steal and don’t kill. We could apply this to numerous situations in the world and especially to the rampant corruption and scandals going on in the U.S. But since this is a forum dealing with Palestine let’s apply it here.

If the Israelis obeyed the command to don’t lie, they would have to admit the truth about their history in Palestine. They would have to admit the truth about Zionism. As such they would have to admit their history from when the Jewish National Fund purchased lands from absentee landlords beginning in the 1890′s, to illegal purchases and dispossession of the Palestinian people, to the Deir Yasin and other massacres, to the expulsion of more than 900,000 Palestinians in 1948, to the many wars fought for expansion and domination, to atrocities, ethnic cleansing, etc, etc, etc. They would be seen by the world and their own people for the evil pariahs they really are. If they then obeyed the command to don’t steal they would have to give back all the lands they had stolen from the Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians. Also they would have to give back the billions of dollars of aid they received from the U.S. because their acquisition of that aid was through lies and deceiving the Americans about the true situation in Palestine. If they obeyed the command to don’t kill then Sharon, members of the Israeli government, the Mossad and a good percentage of the IDF will be executed for murder. Now tell me three things that Aristotle ever said that if SERIOUSLY practiced would make such a difference in this world.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Aristotle’s works. I have studied his works as well as Plato’s Republic. They are great works and the Muslims saw great value in them and preserved them for the West. I won’t give you my perspective but the perspective of one of the great Muslim thinkers, Al-Ghazali, on Aristotle. He too studied Aristotle extensively. While finding a lot of value in Aristotle’s works he also saw limitations in Aristotle’s logic and thinking. He wrote a book exposing this titled “Al-Tahafut Al-Falasifah” or “the Incoherence of the Philosophers”. Al-Ghazali by the way was a devout Muslim and one of the most erudite minds ever produced by the Islamic world. Although great, the contributions to humanity by Aristotle in no way can be compared to the contributions made by Muhammad.

Henry wrote:

As for liberating, it all depends where one is to start with. For a stone age people who are afraid of demons everywhere and have to sacrifice their own children to appease an angry G’d, yes, the Judaic religions are indeed a liberation. To modern humans, heirs of Greek philosophy and modern science, who are sensitive to human needs and suffering, who have the benefit of all the best ideas and theories from the last 3000 years, who have an advanced knowledge of animal and human behavior, who know the findings of modern Cosmology, neuroscience and psychology, who understand that children have the same rights as adults PLUS needs, who understand the destructiveness of covert and overt violence; for such persons, the Judaic religions are just outdated myths and theories that include some truths.

Nashid wrote:

But despite all these great technological and human advances we still suffer today from man’s inhumanity to man. There is still a great deal of immorality, strife, hardships and greed maybe worse today than it has ever been in history. Much of what you give Greek philosophy and modern science credit for could be rightfully credited to religion. It is the revelations from G’d that taught love for your fellow man, caring for the needy and growth of the human being. Jesus taught “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”, Muhammad said, “A Muslim is not a Muslim until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself”, and Confucius said, “Do as you would be done by.” If these simple teachings were truly followed much of the strife we see in the world would disappear. Regarding knowledge, here are some words from Prophet Muhammad:

“One learned Muslim is harder on Satan than a 1000 ignorant worshipers” “A Muslim is one who seeks knowledge from the cradle to the grave” “The ink of the scholar is greater than the blood of the martyr” “Knowledge is the inalienable possession of every Believer”

There are also numerous verses where the Qur’an references the Aqeeloons (those who use their minds). The Qur’an has always pointed to the intellect of the human being, the brain, as the most precious tool for progress. When the intellect is blocked or held down that is the worst form of oppression and slavery. The real slavery referred to and condemned in scripture is NOT the enslavement of physical bodies but the enslavement of the intellect.

What are the main forces behind the intellect? According to Qur’an there are two of them. One is the force to know what is right and best for the human being with respect to what the human being needs. The other is the force to see into the material workings of nature, to understand the logical order and workings of the universe. These two forces must work together. There is no way to free the intellect and leave the individual morally enslaved. The goal of religion is to address both sides of the intellect, the moral and the rational side. The Qur’an stresses balance in regards to the moral and intellectual development of the human being. In numerous verses the Qur’an endorses man to “study Our signs”, “ponder on G’d’s creation”, “indeed in the workings of G’d’s creation is a sign for those who reflect”, etc, etc. By encouraging and enhancing the use of the intellect the Qur’an frees the human being from intellectual slavery. But for liberation of the whole being the words are stated in the first chapter and the most often repeated prayer of the Muslims, “Thee Alone do we worship, and Thee Alone do we seek for aid.” That type of devotion to the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Supreme Being, the All Powerful and All Knowing G’d, negates the possibility of anything else in creation being gods or forces for the human being to submit to.

Henry wrote:

Consider just one issue. There is such a thing as human nature, you will agree. Now what will make for the best life: Following a few commands from some ancient authority? Being “good” if one obeys, “bad” if one doesn’t? Or developing one’s knowledge and understanding to their fullest, living in harmony with one’s nature, and living in a society that is in harmony with moral, social, and economic reality?

Nashid wrote:

Yes…I agree with you here. It is far better to “develop one’s knowledge and understanding to their fullest, living in harmony with one’s nature, and living in a society that is in harmony with moral, social, and economic reality” than it is to blindly follow a bunch of commands. But did you know that following blind commands was not the original intent of religion? The original intent was to facilitate the growth process in the human being. The formula was simple. Individual human life begins in moral development then grows into intellectual development and then to spiritual development and further on. NEVER did any Prophet of G’d teach that just “being good” was all G’d wants from the human being. To use my previous example, by “being good” would be equivalent to telling potential butterflies that being a caterpillar is as far as they will grow. The life of Prophet Muhammad is well documented. When the people brought a man before him saying he was the best among them, the Prophet asked what did the man do. The people said he prayed, fasted, and was in the Mosque all the time performing religious duties. The Prophet asked, “Who feeds this fellow?” The people replied, “We do oh Prophet.” The Prophet then said, “You are better than he”. The importance of intellectual development over just being good was stressed by the Prophet by this statement and many others including, “One learned Muslim is harder on Satan than a 1000 ignorant worshipers.” In Jesus’ life he astounded the Rabbis with his knowledge as a child. If you read the New Testament and pay close attention to the conversations he had with the Pharisees and Sadducees you would see that Jesus was very logical in his arguments.

Among other things Jesus said, “As a man thinketh, so is he”, “Be ye wise as serpents but gentle as doves.” From just these two sayings we also see that Jesus pointed to the development of the mind. For surely one cannot be “wise as serpents” just by being emotional and good with no higher insight. The learned Rabbis of his day could not handle Jesus and felt that they had to kill him rather than try to defeat his arguments.

There is a lot more I can point to in scripture to make my point. But I think the big question is how did religion get so far astray? Prophet Muhammad predicted this in the following Hadith. The Prophet said, “there is coming a time when knowledge will be lost in the world.” Zaid, one of the companions of the Prophet said, “how can that be when we have the Quran and can pass it down from generation to generation.” The Prophet looked at Zaid and said, “can’t you see how the Christians and Jews have their holy books and pass them down from generation to generation without knowing anything of their meanings?”

When we think of evil we think of something bad coming to us. We never think of something that is good about us being turned into an evil against us. Our good behavioral moral nature and willingness to perform various ritualistic religious acts have been made into a goal rather than a process that should lead to a goal. This did not just happen. It was done deliberately. Ungodly Satanic Jews were able to influence religion to make religious people feel that all that is necessary is for them to be “good” and to don’t bother with higher human developments and material things. Most religious places of worship are havens of emotionalism with no intellectual or rational insights. People’s growth has been stunted by literal reading of scripture, emotionalism and the satisfaction with blindly following rituals and moral doctrines. Further steps in the simple formula of human growth are not being taken. Again I repeat, THIS SITUATION IS DELIBERATE! IT WAS DONE BY ungodly JEWS TO SUPPRESS THE DEVELOPMENT OF MASSES OF HUMANITY SO THAT THEY CAN TAKE THE WORLD WITHOUT OPPOSITION!!! They bonded people to their moral development not allowing them to grow any further. They made masses of humanity victims of their own righteousness. This is the meaning of binding Jesus to the cross. He symbolized the Christian community and he was crucified on the 9th hour and died on the Eleventh hour. He died to reason.

The ungodly Jews point this out and make fun of the Christians. They know that the literal readers of the Bible have shells rather than substance. This is shown in the following nursery rhyme:

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater, Had a wife and couldn’t keep her. He put her in a pumpkin shell And there he kept her, very well.

Yes…The Christian mind was put into a pumpkin shell but not by Peter but by Jacob. Jacob ate fruit abundantly while the literal readers of scripture ate shells.

Henry wrote:

I am certain you are also a person of high ethical and intellectual development. As such, you are, it appears to me, interpreting the scriptures as Nashid must do, you are bringing them *up* to your level. You ignore, reinterpret, or view as “metaphorical” those passages which offend your sensibilities or at least do not reach your moral standards. You also fill in the many blanks and blind spots with your own insights and understanding. (Why didn’t G’d fill them in in the first place?) You probably also make the same error that I make, and that is to think that other persons have your same knowledge and intellectual development. In your case, you may err in assuming that all Muslims know what you know and therefore can interpret the Koran in the same way you do. I think that you must, as I must, think not of how we would “interpret” these scriptures, but of how most people will interpret them.

Nashid wrote:

I wish that were true about me. I am only regurgitating what I have been taught. I give the most credit to Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, American Muslim leader. I wish I had his knowledge, humility, eloquence and insight. Also I have been studying this non-stop for more than 20 years. In those 20 years I did a lot of research. Much of the symbolic language that is used in scripture today is taken from ancient Egypt and other ancient cultures. Many of the “stories” that you interpret literally can be found among non-Judaeo Christian societies. Also knowing the etymological roots and meanings of terminology used in scripture can help point to the true meanings.

There are many in the West and in the East who know about the hidden meanings in scripture. I will point you to a few books to start with if you are interested. The following books by Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer are very helpful, “The Hidden Teachings of the Initiate Masters”, “Ancient Egyptian Mysteries”, “Interpretation of the Gospel According to St. John”, “Mastership the Divine Law” and others. Most of his books are published in Pennsylvania and may be easy to find in libraries. The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary put out by the Unity School of Christianity is also a good start. Also “An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines”, by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and “Hayy Ibn Yaqzan”, by Ibn Tufail translated by Lenn Evan Goodman are excellent books. Mr. Nasr graduated from MIT with a Physics degree and then got a doctorate from Harvard. When I knew of him last, he was a Professor teaching at George Washington University.

You ask an interesting question: “Why didn’t G’d fill them in in the first place?” First of all the Bible has been corrupted. Things have been added to and taken out of it for hundreds of years. The first choice of which version of the Bible was “official” came about in 325 A.D. under the Roman Emperor Constantine at the Nicene Council. At that time there were several interpretations and “stories” about Jesus going around. Interpretations referring to Jesus as the Sun of Mind, to the Sun of G’d and also to the Son of G’d were in existence. Gospels according to Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, First and Second Clement, the Apocalypse of Peter, the Acts of Paul and other scriptures not found in the King James version of the Bible existed. The Emperor Constantine gathered 318 Bishops and they took a vote to decide which version of Christianity was “official”. The vote was 313 to 5 in favor of the version picked. It was at the Council of Nicea that the idea of the Trinity and other “new” ideas introduced into Christianity by Saul of Tarsus (who later changed his name to Paul) a converted Jew, were adopted. If you know anything about the history of Emperor Constantine then you would know that the version picked was politically to his benefit. As a consequence of this decision, the other Gospels, most of which credited Jesus for teaching the concept of one G’d NOT a Trinity, were ordered to be completely destroyed. Anyone found in possession of any of the unauthorized Gospels, after the decree had been made public, was put to death. As a Muslim I don’t believe that what is in the Bible is 100% revelations from G’d.

As for the Qur’an, its appeal is universal. The most ignorant person in society can read it and be enlightened as well as the most intelligent person. Unlike the Christian Bible, the Qur’an has not been tampered with. Not one punctuation mark or word has been changed from when it was first revealed. Understanding the deeper messages in scripture is like understanding the deeper messages in nature. The average human being knows that apples fall. But the human being that digs deeper to find out why apples fall will discover the laws of gravity like Newton did. The more we carefully study nature and understand the science in all things we enter another world different from what is seen by the superficial person. If you were to tell a layperson that a rock he is holding is made up of molecules which are further broken down into atoms and further into subatomic particles that are constantly in motion and according to Louis de Broglie, both a particle and a wave at the same time, he may look at you as if you are crazy. Well so it is with scripture. “To the laborer shall be the reward”. If you want to extract the jewels of knowledge that is in scripture you have to dig deep and study it intently. A superficial reading of it without context, comparisons, careful scrutiny and understanding Egyptian symbolism and word derivation will keep you blind about its inner content like the layperson is blind about the atoms and subatomic particles making up a rock.

Henry wrote:

You tell me I that I err in taking the scriptures literally. Consider the context. Mankind is stumbling towards a third World War precisely because Jews, Christians, and Muslims take their scriptures literally–as the perfect, complete WORD OF G’d. In this age of science and rationalism, they have only one other choice–to reject these scriptures as mere human creations. In between, the position of Higher Criticism and interpretation, is a slippery slope that leads to nihilistic atheism. Since Science offers no answers, since the modern state has no natural foundations, they are forced to seek another foundation, and they find it in their traditional religions. So I should not take these scriptures literally? Should I tell people not to take YOUR writings literally? Of course not. I also want people to take what I write literally. So why this “interpreting” the holy scriptures? Of course, because much of what they say is wrong, backward, or downright inhumane. This is the truth and we must deal with it. I simply cannot accept any other human being’s writings as infallible or revealed and spend my life “interpreting” them. This approach also hasn’t gotten mankind anywhere so far. If we continue to venerate these scriptures as revealed truth, then when things start to go badly, there will always be plenty of folks ready to take them literally and give us more religious wars.`

Nashid wrote:

Jesus said I speak in parables. He also said that “to you it is given to know the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven but to others it is not so given”. The Qur’an says:

“He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic and fundamental (Of established meaning); They are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical…” Surah 3:7.

Along with telling us that some verses are allegorical, the Qur’an also states that every verse has implicit and explicit meanings. I could point out other references in scripture. If scripture tells you directly that you should not take it literally then you should take heed.

Getting to this point brings me to the main point I wanted to make in our little discussion. I just hope you would have the patience to read it carefully and fully understand what I am trying to say. This is one of the major points brought fought from the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s mission. Here goes:

We can make a list of all the crimes and wrongs done by the Jews throughout history. We can talk about murder, genocide, lying, deceit, perpetuating falsehood, destruction of societies, stealing of lands and governments and go on and on. But atop that list and the one that Muhammad exposed is lying against G’d’s Prophets and rewriting G’d’s words with their own hands. This is most serious because it affects masses of humanity who take those words as words from G’d and act on them.

What the Jews did with Moses is one of the most serious crimes that the Qur’an accuses the Jews of. In the Old Testament he is depicted as a slayer of innocents and a leader in pushing the superiority of the Jewish race. He is depicted as having no concern for universality. He is depicted as a narrow prophet only concerned about the Jews. The writers of the Old Testament lied about Moses! Moses severely condemned the actions of the Jews. The Qur’an clears up the false story presented of Moses in the Bible. Moses never ordered the Jews to take the lives of any innocent people. It is a big LIE and presented in the Bible to justify their wrongs. Look at how they are using the story of Amalek today to justify collective punishment in Palestine. Just like Jesus, Moses used some of the worst language to describe his people.

The real smearers of Moses are the ungodly Jews who rewrote the Bible and lied about not only Moses but other Prophets of G’d. These low life liars has David a leader and great Prophet sending his best general into battle knowing that he would be killed just to get his wife Bathsheba. They have Lot getting drunk and sleeping with his own daughters. Read the Bible and you will see the ugly despicable way that the Prophets of G’d are displayed along with the savage and barbaric “history” it portrays. These Prophets are supposed to be heroes to millions of humanity. Millions quote them and follow their examples. By the ugly examples of Prophets set forth in the Bible the unG’dly Jews have managed to corrupt millions of humanity. Why should the average human being be moral, rational and ethical when G’d’s Prophets could not do the same? Well hell, they were Prophets of G’d and I am only an average human being. Why shouldn’t I fall weak also?

The ungodly Jews define what G’d’s words are to the world, get people to believe it and then sit back and reap the rewards! After all G’d’s words are telling the world that the “Jews are the chosen people of G’d!” They have the choicest position of all people in the world according to the Bible. In fact according to the Bible they are more valuable to G’d than Christians, Muslims and all others!!!

“Moses had informed them a great many times, first, that they were not occupying the land because their righteousness exceeded that of other heathen for they were a stubborn, evil disobedient people and second, that they would soon be expelled from the land and perish if they did not keep G’d’s commandments.” The Jews like to say they are G’d’s chosen people. But they forget that the complete sentence adds “If you keep G’d’s commandments!” In fact if you read the Bible carefully and as is also evidenced in the Qur’an, any human being who “keeps G’d’s commands” are G’d’s chosen people. This is not reserved exclusively for Jews! Human beings have free will. The one’s who choose on their own to obey G’d and keep His commands should get credit for their actions. G’d credits them by making them His chosen people. This thing about the Jews is BS!!!!

Even today they have rewritten the Bible again to justify the state of Israel. The Southern Baptist Convention with all their Christian Zionists are using the Oxford Bible written in 1962 as their standard text instead of the King James version. Here is a paragraph from the article “Fixing Blame” by C.E. Carlson. The location of this article is:

The Cause of the Conflict Part 1: Fixing Blame

“The SBC interprets the ancient Hebrew scriptures found in Genesis as if they were written in 1948. The reason for this is that the Oxford Press rewrote the Baptists’ favorite Bible in 1962 to accommodate the creation of the state of Israel 14 years before. In other words, a secular publisher rewrote Genesis by adding and changing hundreds of pages of interpretive footnotes, some of which recognized “Israel” as a state, and declared it a national sin not to support the Israeli government.”

The names and the faces have changed but the game is still the same!

Here are some simple words from the Quran that exposes this evil:

“Then woe to those who write The Book with their own hands,
And then say: “This is from G’d,” To traffic with it For a miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands Do write, and for the gain
They make thereby.” Quran (Sura 2:79)

Henry wrote:

Mankind cannot and must not spend the next millennium interpreting these increasingly ancient texts. We must realize that we have the facts, insights, and abilities to start from scratch and pursue knowledge and understanding as an open-ended, never-ending adventure. We must get beyond religion, Science, and politics to philosophy.

Nashid wrote:

Mankind needs to get out of the kindergarten, fairy tale concept of religion and realize the profound truths contained in scripture. We need to “grow up” to first see higher realities and to understand the devastating scheme that has been pulled on us. We need to make a clear distinction between the Prophet’s words and actions from the lies that have been ascribed to them. To do that we need the Qur’an, whose names are also Al-Bayyan and Al Furqan, that which makes things clear and a Criterion for correcting the wrongs in religion.

Henry, you have come to the conclusion that any rational, sincere person would come to regarding the literal text. I don’t blame you for that and at least you are more honest than most. My only advice is to tell you to study the Qur’an and don’t lump it in as being the same as the Bible. Frankly it is NOT!!!

Epilogue

The discussion above took place in 2003. In a personal email sent to me in 2007, Dr. Lindner wrote the following:

The West is dying.  America is hopelessly lost between right-wing Jewish/Christian Zionism and left-wing victimology. There is no foundation available for any recovery as the West’s false metaphysics and epistemology are the source of its problems. What morality and sanity that are left are rapidly disappearing… 
I see the ways that Islam avoids the errors of the West. I see hope for mankind in a universal adoption of Islam as the wisdom of Muhammad plus true scientific philosophy.  This marriage would put Islam at the forefront of human progress… 
Even as Islam is suffering under this 9th Crusade, and much of your efforts are expended trying to defend it, it is even more important to plan for the future of Islam as the vital, living force for good in human society.
Inasmuch as Islam is submission to Reality, truth, and reason–and Muhammad said as much; I am a Muslim already

May Allah richly bless and guide Henry as he continues on the path of truth and reality. I feel blessed  and honored to know him and am thankful to Allah for his forthrightness and honesty.
“O thou man!
Verily thou art ever
Toiling on towards thy Lord-
Painfully toiling, -but thou
Shalt meet Him…
So I do call
To witness the ruddy glow Of Sunset;
The Night and its Homing;
And the Moon
In her Fullness:
Ye shall surely travel
From stage to stage.”

Surah 84 Inshiqaq verses 6, 16-19

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Qaddafi’s Hatred of Jews Turned on Him

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Graffiti depicting Qaddafi as a Jew is everywhere in Libya.

 

ed note–it is apparent from this article that the rumors leaked early on in the Libyan revolution concerning Gaddafi’s “Jewishness” were Israeli psyops intended to turn his people against him. Something to keep in mind next time some Jewish media outlet is discussing ‘so and so’s’ Jewish background.

Crossing the Ras Ajdir border into Libya from Tunisia on October 24 and 25  required two attempts and three hours, and culminated with an instructive  initiation into a post-revolution reality.

The Libyan side felt like a scene from “Lord of the Flies”: gun-toting,  barely uniformed teenagers attempting to enforce a semblance of authority;  trucks roaming aimlessly, loaded with anti-aircraft guns; occasional tracers  from random gunfire cutting across the sky. Entering at midnight only added to  the surrealism.

Then, there was the Libyan guard booth at the crossing.

Among the first visuals to greet visitors, it was prominently graffitied with  a large caricature of the ousted dictator Moammar Qaddafi, his wild hair  sticking out from under a baseball cap. Emblazoned on the cap where a Yankees  logo should have been was a large Star of David.

Later, after traversing the country as a freelance journalist, I would see  this introduction to Libya as a supreme irony. Qaddafi, I came to understand,  had spent decades conditioning his populace to hate Jews in a bid to build  popular support for himself, as so many Arab dictators have done. And in the  end, when his tyranny and misrule ultimately undid him, it was the hatred of  Jews that he so successfully inculcated which was turned against him.

“Did you know that Qaddafi was a Jew?” the Libyan driver we hired to take us  to Tripoli from Tunis smugly asked me somewhere on the road close to the  Tunisian Island of Djerba, which still has a small Jewish population. “No,” I  responded, though I had heard this claim before. “Yes, his mother was a Jew, and  on his father’s side he was Italian,” the driver said matter-of-factly.

During the course of my six days hopscotching over the 1,000-mile-wide  country, I had the opportunity to listen to scores of Libyans express themselves  freely for the first time in 42 years, whether in person or through other media,  such as music and graffiti. What I found, unfortunately, along with freedom of  expression, was a virulent and ubiquitous anti-Semitism that looks likely to  outlast the ruler who promoted it.

The presence of Jews in Libya dates back to the third century BCE, long  predating the Arab conquest of Libya in the seventh century. But most of Libya’s  38,000 Jews fled in the wake of anti-Jewish riots after the creation of the  State of Israel, in 1948. The remaining 4,000 to 7,000 Jews fled following the  1967 Six Day War. To ensure that they stayed out, Qaddafi, who came to power in  1969, canceled all debts owed to Jews. He also forbade the departed Jews from  returning and confiscated their properties. Jewish cemeteries were bulldozed as  if to show that even a dead Jew had no place in Libya.

To be sure, widespread incitement against Libyan Jews pre-dated Qaddafi. But  the young dictator successfully channeled prevalent anti-Semitism to effectively  make Libya Judenrein, cleansed of Jews, for the first time since  Greco-Roman era.

Two elderly Israelis of Libyan descent have helped propel the notion that  Qaddafi was a Jew: Israel’s Channel Two News interviewed, in February, Guita  Boaron and Rachel Saada, who both claimed to share a relative with Qaddafi’s  grandmother. Though those claims remain unproven, the interview is cited in  Libya and beyond as proof of long-held suspicions that Qaddafi was a Jew.

As we drove toward Libya, listening to a CD dedicated to the February 17th  Revolution, the lead song pulsed: “Tripoli, ‘O capital of free Libya, we accept  no other city than you. Tripoli, beautiful bride of the ocean, who lives as high  as the moon. We live for Tripoli and we will die for it.”

Yet the music soon changed.

With a new driver in Tripoli, as I desperately sought a hotel at daybreak,  came a new CD titled “Rap of the Libyan Revolution.” The first track, “Khalas ya Qaddafi” (“Finished, oh Qaddafi”), rapped in English: “Thank  you Obama, thank you Jazeera, thank you Sarkozy for everything you’ve done to  me.” It then moved into Arabic: “I’m sorry for Algeria because their leader is  Bouteflika, who supports every Jew with his soldiers and weapons. Leave, oh  Qaddafi. Every day people die, every day people suffer, every day mothers become  widows, every day children fear their house will be destroyed, their toys will  be broken, that they will become orphans in their youth, Go out, you Jew!”

Another rap number, “HadHihi al-Thawra” (“This Revolution”), rapped  in Arabic: “From the north to the south, from the east to the west, let’s rise  up, let’s rise up! The anger won’t die, the one who will die is Qaddafi, his  supporters and the Jews.”

Tripoli, known as the “bride” or as the “mermaid of the ocean,” felt  surprisingly normal despite a lack of unified rebel control. Young bearded  rebels who once saw fierce combat were charged with the mundane task of  directing congested traffic around Martyrs’ Square (formerly Green Square).  While walking down Tripoli’s Omar Mukhtar Street I encountered a young  Tripolitan, Mohammed, who looked to be 17 years old. He boasted having four  girlfriends and spoke some of the best English in the city. He embodied much of  the Arab Spring: young, intelligent, ambitious and capable . Within a minute of  conversing, he volunteered: “Qaddafi was Jewish, isn’t that crazy?”

Misrata, on the other hand, resembled a scene out of “Mad Max.” The city,  Libya’s third largest, sitting on Mediterranean coast, had been the target of  weeks of massive bombardment from pro-Qaddafi forces. Now, about 25,000 rebels  belonging to disparate brigades roamed the streets in their jerry-rigged  technical vehicles. Despite the chaos, my contact, a kindly former English  teacher named Hassain Mustapha, was a voice of reason. While standing in the  ruins of one of NATO’s sole targets in the city, a former vegetable market that  hid Qaddafi’s tanks, I asked Mustapha his thoughts on Qaddafi’s heritage. He  furrowed his brow and quickly shook his head, dismissing any notions that  Qaddafi was Jewish or Italian as “dangerous” and “ignorant,” saying that “he was  one of us.”

Through Mustapha, I interviewed Antar Abdul Salaam al-Beiri, commander of the  300-strong group Amir Katibat Misratah, one of Misrata’s militias. Al-Beiri had  a good grasp of Libya’s fluid dynamics. He spoke of the need for democracy, for  closer relations with the international community and for a return to normalcy  after Qaddafi s 42 years of eccentric rule. He was sharp and reasonable, someone  I could envision assuming a position of authority in the new Libya. As the talk  ended I turned the tables on him, asking if he had any questions for me, curious  to see if I would receive a question more revealing than his answers. He  immediately asked, “Did you know that Qaddafi was originally not Libyan?” Mustapha grimaced, but then asked with a knowing grin, “Where was he from?” Beiri proudly responded, “He was originally Jewish.”

Many of the Libyans I met reminded me of missionaries committed to spreading  the word that Qaddafi was and always would be alien to Libyan soil. It was  almost as if the taxi driver, Mohammed and the brigade commander — by invoking  two of the Arab world’s greatest evils, Zionism and colonialism (by the hands of  the Italians) — had accomplished an amazing feat of disassociation between  themselves and the man who ruled them for most of their lives, as if they were  saying: “You know, Qaddafi was not one of us. A Libyan could not have done what  he did.” It was a refusal to come to terms with Libya’s own past. Even a  dictator, after all, requires popular support from some segments of society to  rule for more than four decades.

Benghazi, our final destination and epicenter of the revolution, was Libya’s  first liberated city and, as a result, felt the most normal. My contact there,  Wahbi Kwaafy, a man in his late 20s, was married to a French woman and had  worked with journalists on the front lines. He arranged interviews with members  of the brigade that found Qaddafi. Kwaafy adamantly wanted to make it clear that  a Benghazi brigade had found Qaddafi while members of a Misrata brigade were  responsible for his abuse and death, a distinction lost in the frenzied  reporting following Qaddafi’s capture.

Kwaafy drove me around Benghazi as we chilled out to local rap music. He  spoke highly of the emerging hip-hop scene, noting that “before the revolution,  it was dangerous to rap and no one could live off of it. Now, it is possible.” The music contained similar epithets directed toward Jews. Kwaafy took me to  Liberation Square (formerly Martyr’s Square), where, on October 23, Mustafa  Abdul Jalil, chairman of the Libyan Transitional National Council, declared  Libya’s liberation. Kwaafy explained that large flags belonging to NATO  coalition forces had been flown there, but the Islamists objected. They instead  attempted to fly an Al Qaeda flag, but then the locals objected. Now the square  is populated with smaller coalition flags and hundreds of pictures of the dead.  But next to the square is the courthouse, where at the beginning of October,  Islamists successfully flew Al Qaeda’s black flag.

Opposite the courthouse, on a building belonging to the February 17  Revolution Coalition, as the alliance that converged against Qaddafi is known,  was considerable graffiti related to the ousted dictator, with Stars of David  and swastikas abounding. One drawing depicted him stealing the people’s money.  Just as Kwaafy was explaining that Libyans had no problem with Jews, only with  Zionism, I glanced at a wall that was sprayed with the words “Moammar ibn  Yehudia,” “Moammar is the son of Judaism.” Anti-Semitism, widely recognized as  politically incorrect and morally untenable, is often replaced with anti-Zionism  for cover, but the writing on the wall was clear.

When I raised the unsuccessful return of Libyan Jew David Gerbi, Kwaafy said: “Right, I’ve heard about him. I think he was a crazy Tunisian Jew or something.” In fact, Gerbi’s family fled Libya following the 1967 War. Gerbi, who was 12 at  the time, eventually settled in Italy with his family. But he never forgot his  native land. When the rebellion broke out, Gerbi, a Jungian psychologist,  lobbied on the rebels’ behalf with South Africa, which had a frosty view of the  rebellion and a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council that made  its view important. South Africa eventually voted for the resolution passed by  the Security Council authorizing NATO to protect citizens in Libya. Later, Gerbi  treated rebels suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in a Benghazi  hospital.

In October, Gerbi returned to Tripoli to reopen the historic Dar Bishi  Synagogue. In response he was nearly lynched while praying there. Hundreds of  Libyans protested his presence in Tripoli and Benghazi on the eve of Yom Kippur,  with placards that read, “There is no place for Jews in Libya.” His endeavor  ended under threat of death and with a return flight to Rome on an Italian  military plane.

“It’s easy to get rid of Qaddafi the person, but much more difficult to get  rid of the Qaddafi within,” Gerbi told The Jerusalem Post.

Even if Qaddafi had Jewish ancestry, his completion of the ethnic cleansing  of Libya’s Jews, his support for terrorism against Israel and Western targets  and his backing for Palestinian fighters against Israel during the Lebanese  Civil War (my driver to Benghazi from Misratah was in fact stationed in Lebanon  to provide military assistance) defies any claim that he identified or practiced  as a Jew.

Libyans today may find it convenient to participate in an act of collective  scapegoating and denial, a refusal to admit that one of their own could rise to  such power only to demean and dominate his own people. But a country unable to  come to terms with its history may find itself incapable of building the  successful, inclusive democracy it has promised the world. While Libyan interim  government officials have said that Gerbi’s timing was too soon, a simple  cross-country trip tells me that, at least in my generation, there never will be  an appropriate time for Libyan Jews.

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Report: Russia warships to enter Syria waters in bid to stem foreign intervention

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Haaretz

Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest.

Also on Friday, a Syrian official said Damascus has agreed “in principle” to allow an Arab League observer mission into the country.

But the official said Friday that Syria was still studying the details. The official asked not to be named because the issue is so sensitive.

The Arab League suspended Syria earlier this week over its deadly crackdown on an eight-month-old uprising. The 22-member body has proposed sending hundreds of observers to the country to try to help end the bloodshed.

The report came a day after a draft resolution backed by Arab and European countries and the United States was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, seeking to condemn human rights violations in the on-going violence in Syria.

Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia were among Arab states that joined Germany, Britain, and France to sponsor the draft submitted to the assembly’s human rights committee. In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. would sign on as a co-sponsor of the resolution.

The draft demanded an end to violence, respect of human rights and implementation by Damascus of a plan of action of the Arab League.

The move comes as clashes escalated in Syria and after Russia and China used their veto in October to block a Security Council resolution that would have condemned the Syrian government of President Bashir for the violence.

Such a veto is not applicable in the 193-nation assembly, which will consider the issue after the human rights committee reports back to it.

The UN says more than 3,500 people have been killed since unrest erupted in spring against Assad.

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Lessons of the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Statement by CPGB-ML, 31 October 2011


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The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement started on 17 September, when thousands of people moved into Zuccotti Park on Wall Street, New York, in emulation of the protests in Tunisia and Egypt that overthrew tyrannical governments this spring. Anger against capitalism worldwide has led to these protests spreading to 1,500 US cities and 80 countries.

A struggle against capitalism

In common with the Arab spring protesters, however, there is no clear consensus as to what demands must be met before the protest is lifted. In Egypt and Tunisia, although the presidents are gone, the alarming levels of unemployment and escalating cost of living that caused the protests remain.

But now the masses in the imperialist countries themselves are also beginning to fight back. In Britain, following the August uprisings, we now have the OWS-style occupations at St Paul’s, London, and elsewhere.

They correctly identify the capitalist system as the enemy. This understanding is the great strength of the movement. Its weakness is that it has as yet to accept that the ONLY viable alternative to capitalism is socialism — generally called communism.

The prejudice against communism engendered by the propaganda of the exploiters against whom the people are demonstrating is so great that people shy away from it, even though it offers the only possible solution to poverty, war and environmental degradation.

Prejudice must be overcome because

(a) the solution to these problems lies in the proletariat seizing from the capitalists all the means of production in order to deploy them, under the direction of a planning commission, to producing directly to meet people’s needs — material, intellectual and spiritual,

(b) this will arouse the fury of the super-rich, who stop at nothing to retain their privileged existences — the murderous wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya are typical of their vicious ruthlessness; and

(c) the proletariat can only overcome such a powerful enemy if it has the highest possible level of organisation and a leadership of seasoned and experienced cadres to act as its general staff in its historic mission of overthrowing the capitalist system.

This can only be provided by a genuine communist party, and the masses will have to learn to distinguish the genuine article from the many fakes on offer.

To reduce the risk to the capitalist system posed by the occupation movement, the bourgeoisie rely not only on the police, courts, army, etc — although these are all much in evidence — but above all on saturating the movement with ideological confusion, to prevent it knowing what it needs to do.

Blind alleys on offer

Historically, progressive social movements have been infiltrated, their leaders co-opted and manipulated, through the corporate funding of non-governmental organisations, trade unions and political parties. The ultimate purpose of ‘funding dissent’ is to prevent the protest movement from challenging the legitimacy of the economic elites …” (‘Occupy Wall Street and “The American Autumn”: Is it a “coloured revolution”?’ Part I by Michel Chossudovsky,GlobalResearch.ca, 13 October 2011)

In Britain as much as in the US, the political parties who have connections with the trade-union leadership (ie, the Democrats in the US and the Labour party in Britain) are wheeling out those bureaucrats to support the protesters in words, mainly to improve the electoral chances of these parties — even though the Democrat party is in power and is actually implementing the cuts that have given rise to the protests, and the Labour party when in power was itself planning deep austerity!

It is absurd to present such parties as supportive of the protesters. As one US protester said: “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party, and it has two right wings, Republicans and Democrats.” The UK’s Property Party has three right wings: Conservative, Labour and LibDem.

Other attempts to confuse the movement are made by:

1. Those who think that breaking the system under which political parties depend on handouts from the rich to conduct electoral campaigns will in itself solve the problem.

This would make bourgeois elections more democratic, but would not prevent the economic crisis that is destroying millions of lives regardless of the party in government. Moreover, if the ruling class can’t get the governments it wants, history proves that it will resort to fascism.

It is always the élite, not elected governments who control the machinery of state, the army and police, etc.

2. Those who oppose all political influence, especially that of communists, alleging that ‘all political parties are the same’, but refusing to take into account the class perspective of any particular party.

By depriving the proletariat of its general staff the result of this stance is to disarm the masses organisationally and ideologically.

3. Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize-winning economist and former director of the World Bank, blames not capitalism but the ‘frauds’ of greedy “banksters”. He attributes the crisis to improper lending to people unable to repay.

Such bourgeois economists refuse to accept that the crisis is a crisis of overproduction caused by the fact that the impoverished masses cannot afford to purchase the mass of commodities produced by capitalist producers, thus threatening the latter with bankruptcy. The ‘irresponsible’ loans propped up capitalism by enabling the poor to keep spending. The crisis erupted when the lending had to stop. The lending postponed the crisis rather than caused it.

Lessons to be learned

The protests will prove to be exceptionally educational for the proletariat of the various countries in which they are taking place.

Participants will witness the brutality of the police sent to try to disperse them and learn at first hand the nature of the bourgeois state and the class interests that it serves. They will also learn how the bourgeois media unashamedly distort the truth to undermine the progressive movement.

Communists must ensure that this education advances to the greatest possible extent, and that they are there to explain the impossibility of reforming capitalism and the importance of its replacement by socialism, along with the hard realities of the class struggle.

No more crisis, no more war!
Smash capitalism!
Forward to communism!

 

 

See also:
The significance of the Occupy Wall Street movement (Lalkar, November 2011)
Rage against capitalism (Proletarian, August 2011)
The longest depression ever (Proletarian, October 2011)
Uprisings terrify the ruling class (Proletarian, October 2011)
Southern Cross: How capitalism abuses the elderly (Lalkar, July 2011)
VIDEO: Join the struggle (YouTube, July 2011)

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Who Stole OUR Future?

Leaflet issued by Red Youth, 22 October 2011

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Why aren’t there any decent jobs? Why is it getting so expensive to go to college or university? Why is the future looking so bleak for young people? It’s natural to start asking these kinds of questions and to start getting angry with the usual answers.

Whatever part of the country you live in, the problems are the same. Unemployment and poverty appear to be the future for the poor, while the children of the rich get to live a life of luxury. Britain is the sixth wealthiest country in the world, so why is it that only a small section of the population has all the money, all the good jobs, all the advantages?

 

class system

Our society is a capitalist society. A tiny number of people own all the wealth, while the rest of us have to work for them to make ends meet. In capitalist society, it’s okay for the rich to rob the poor — to give us bad wages and poor housing, to take away our education and benefits — but it’s illegal for the poor to take from the rich.

There are two main classes in capitalist society: the working class and the ruling class. Working-class youth have to find a job in order to have a life. If we don’t get into education or work we don’t have a future. We don’t have houses we can rent to other people, we don’t own factories or shops, and we can’t invest our millions on the stock exchange in London like the wealthy sons and daughters of the rich.

It doesn’t matter what Alan Sugar says on The Apprentice, it’s not possible for us to become multimillionaires — we just don’t have those opportunities. Our ‘choice’ is more likely to be between a life of poverty and a life of crime. But there is an alternative to this system; there is a change we can make. The change we need to make is called socialism, and Red Youth wants to organise working-class youth to make it happen.

 

unemployment

Not only is the capitalist system inherently unfair, it has a catastrophic flaw built into it: economic crisis. Capitalism runs on profits — essentially, nothing gets made or done unless someone can make a profit out of it. So here’s the problem: the only way to keep making profits is to sell more and more goods to the masses, but the best way to keep production costs down is to employ fewer people on lower wages.

It doesn’t take a genius to see that if people’s wages are reduced and the numbers employed go down, there will be fewer people who are actually able to buy the stuff that the capitalists are trying to sell. And since capitalism went global, we now have a global economy, so the crisis isn’t just here, it’s everywhere. Vast masses of people are being pushed out of work because they can’t afford to buy all the stuff they made and the capitalists are trying to sell back to them!

This leads to a vicious downward spiral, where people aren’t buying enough goods, so capitalists go out of business, leading to more job losses and fewer people able to buy — which leads to more job losses, and so on. In this crazy situation, food and essential goods of all kinds sit uselessly in warehouses or are destroyed, while the people who need them starve and go without.

There are well over 2 million unemployed in Britain today, even by official counting methods. Young people are the worst-hit section, accounting for nearly half of all those on Jobseekers Allowance. And that’s not counting the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of young people who don’t sign on the dole for various reasons.

Any day down at the job centre it’s the usual rubbish; it’s even getting hard to get a job in Asda or Tesco. The entire experience makes thousands of young people ill and depressed every year. How often have you applied for a job but not even been given an interview? It’s not because you’re not good enough, or your application was bad; it’s because there were probably hundreds of other applicants, and yours, at the bottom of the pile, got put in the bin.

Don’t get depressed about it, get angry!

 

education

For millions of us, education offers the only way to a better future. But education doesn’t come cheap. Just as the government was scrapping the £30 a week EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) they decided to give the banks£850bn! The ruling class believes that propping up a dying system is far more important than giving hundreds of thousands of working-class youth the chance to continue their education.

Not content with denying us the right to further education at college, the ruling class has now decided to shut the doors to higher education too. New degree students in England and Wales will need to find £9,000 every year for fees — and that’s on top of living expenses! The result is that even if you manage to stay in college, and even if you manage to get good grades, the chances of affording a university education are extremely slim.

It’s clear that the ruling class is cutting off our access to work and education — we’re being trapped in a cycle of endless poverty, desperation and degradation. No wonder that in these circumstances so many young people are driven to join the British army.

 

war

It seems that the ruling class gets all the benefits from war, while workers get nothing but injury or death. Films, TV and games glorify war and make it seem exciting, but the reality is different.

When you join the army you don’t get to learn a skill or do any of the really exciting stuff like fly a helicopter — that’s too important for the likes of us. All those cushy jobs go to the rich kids like Prince William, who are automatically put in charge. They’re the ‘officers’ whilst we (the ‘squaddies’) are expected just to take orders and do all the fighting — and dying.

They make us fight our foreign working-class brothers and sisters so that they and their ruling circles can plunder and steal all the wealth and natural resources (like oil) of the countries we attack. But why should we do their dirty work for them? Why should we steal and plunder other people’s wealth? If the rich want to steal the oil, let the prime minister and the bankers send their children to get killed while we stay here and look after our own interests.

In fact, if you think about it, we have more in common with the working-class youth of foreign countries than we do with the rich youth in Britain. When our foreign brothers resist our ruling class they are teaching us by example. We need tounite with our class brothers in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere in order to defeat our common enemy — the British ruling class — and build a happy, prosperous and cultured existence, free from endless poverty and war.

 

divide and rule

It’s obvious that this system isn’t in the interests of the vast majority of people, so how has it survived for so long?

On top of having a huge state machinery of coercion — police, courts, prisons etc — to keep people in line, the capitalists also control the media. From school textbooks to BBC and Sky news to the Sun and the Guardian, their ideas are pushed onto us every day: a way of looking at the world that teaches us that this system is inevitable and logical, and that cuts and wars are necessary to defend ‘our way of life’, as opposed to protecting their profit margins.

One of the biggest lies we are told is that the problems we face — lack of jobs, cuts in public services, no access to education or housing and so on — are caused by immigrants putting a ‘strain’ on Britain’s resources. But long before there were large numbers of immigrants in Britain there was mass unemployment and capitalist crisis!

Groups like EDL and the BNP pretend to be addressing workers’ problems, but by reinforcing the lies about immigration being the root cause of those problems, what they actually do is help the capitalists stay in power and keep the working class divided and weak.

 

what is to be done?

The fact is that the ruling class stays in power by encouraging those it rules over to fight each other — instead of getting together to fight the capitalists! The one thing that would really threaten our rulers’ grip on power is if the workers of Britain united and got organised. The police and the army combined couldn’t do much in the face of the masses of people once we decided to stop obeying their orders and believing their lies!

An understanding of society (theory) and a way of uniting to change it (organisation) are the two things that we need to make a socialist revolution. Young people have everything to gain by getting involved in this process sooner rather than later. This world isn’t working for us and we deserve better!

Not only do we need to campaign against the bad conditions and lack of prospects for the youth in Britain today, but we need to work for a completely different type of society — one where people’s needs decide everything.

So many problems face this world: environmental catastrophe, poverty, disease, racism and war. They’ll never be solved while capitalism remains, but they could all be sorted if society was set up for the benefit of the majority rather than the private gain of a few trillionaires.

Studying Marxism, organising the young people in your area and learning about how we fight for socialism is the only way we can defeat the ruling class.

Get involved with Red Youth to find out more!

 

more red youth: 
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UNITED AGAINST CULTURAL FASCISM – A LETTER TO EVERY CULTURED PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY

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By Gilad Atzmon

 

There was a time when Jewish politics and culture were associated with liberalism, human rights, pluralism and freedom of expression. Those days are clearly over. Nowadays, it is pretty much the opposite.

Here in Britain, Jewish nationalist lobbies are engaged in several kinds of repressive behaviour. Their practices include: bullying and harassment, disinformationsmear campaigns.

This kind of activity does not serve the Jewish community or its interests. In fact, it gives the Jewish community, as a whole, a thoroughly bad name.

Last week, American academic Norman Finkelstein and I were on the front of the Jewish Chronicle  (JC). We were presented as Public Jewish Enemies Number One. We were branded together with BNP leader and a racist Nick Griffin. This was obviously a clear outburst of Zionist hysteria.

This week, in an embarrassingly crude attempt to stop my new book The Wandering Who, the JC now appear to be launching an attack on music. Together with the Board of Deputies of British Jews and other Jewish groups they attempted to pressure the British Arts Council to withdraw its funding from a music festival I am playing at.

To read the JC, click here.

What we see here is scarily similar to the experience of  Jazz musiciansin Germany during the Nazzi era. Astonishingly enough, it is Jewish representative bodies such as the Board of Deputies  that are actively engaging  in trying to restrict artistic expression. Apparently, some people out there, really drew the wrong lesson from that disturbing era.

Needless to say, they didn’t get far. The Arts Council, stood by its principles of freedom of expression and in a statement responding to the JC’s demands, they suggested that The Arts Council shouldn’t “restrict an artist from expressing their views.” They stated that the council believes in funding events and artists that show “a diverse view of world society”.  Once again, their campaign had backfired.

Of course, the JC wasn’t at all happy. It appears to want to transform the British music scene, cultural gatherings and festivals into Stalinist enterprises and demands the right to dictate its own political agenda to the British public. The JC even went as far as to openly call for its subservient lobby-funded politicians to impose an “immediate sanction”.  Reading the JC today, I wonder how long it will take before Ava Nagila becomes a compulsory part of our national musical curriculum.

This is the reality: The most radical exponents of the most vile form of Jewish racist and supremacist ideology are accusing me, an anti-racist campaigner, of being an anti-Semite. Considering that I lead one of the most ethnically varied musical ensembles on this planet – this accusation is absurd, amusing or sad and probably all three.  But here’s the good news. On every possible front they are failing. No matter how much these Zionist supremacists convince themselves that I am the ultimate Jew-hater, they have failed to convince anyone else.

By bullying British cultural institutions and assaulting artists in the name of the Jewish community, Jewish organizations are achieving nothing but the defamation of the whole of British Jewry.

So, to the Jewish Chronicle and the Board of Deputies of British Jews: You are acting against openness, pluralism, freedom of expression and artistic freedom – probably the most precious values this country has. Perhaps it is worth bearing this in mind.

All the best

Gilad Atzmon

 

The Wandering Who-A Study of Zionist Hysteria , available on  Amazon.com  or Amazon.co.uk

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If the West Attacks Iran, It Could Lead to World War III

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By Devon DB

It was reported a week ago that the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report that argued that Iran may have been attempting to build nuclear weapons based on the fact that it had computer models of a nuclear warhead, in addition with other information. On the matter, the report itself states Iran conducted computer model studies and the like, but gives no conclusive damning evidence. [1]

This has led many to argue that Iran is in fact attempting to build a nuclear weapon. What many fail to realize is that not only does the UN report not state the Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon, but also the fact that the UN report may very well be biased due to the head of the IAEA’s ties to the US and also that this report could be used as part of a media war for the US-NATO-Israeli alliance to wage war on Iran.

The UN may seem like a neutral organization, but in reality, it can be influenced by outside forces. An example of this is with the head of the IAEA. It was reported last month by The Guardian that a cable released by Wikileaks stated that the new head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, “was solidly in the U.S. court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.” [2] In addition to this, when Amano had his first post-election meeting with the US, the Americans came away with the notion that the meeting “illustrate[d] the very high degree of convergence between his priorities and [America’s] agenda at the IAEA” and that the coming transition period would “[provide] a further window for [the US] to shape Amano’s thinking before his agenda collide[d] with the IAEA Secretariat bureaucracy.” The fact that the US had plans to shape Amano’s thinking should make one wonder how much influence the US had over him.

The US and Israel could be using this report to argue that their countries should go to war with Iran. However, the information could potentially be false as it was noted by Russia Today that the UN “has found no smoking gun, but has succeeded nonetheless in hyping up fears that Iran is continuing its research on nuclear weapons” [3] (emphasis added) and that the information could be false as

some, like former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, have grave doubts about the value of the IAEA report.

“I would be very skeptical about this report that is coming out from the International Atomic Energy Agency, because the IAEA doesn’t really have any intelligence capabilities of its own. It is relying on reports that are coming from other people. I would rather suspect these reports are coming from the US and Israel,” says Giraldi.

The precedent of US intelligence presenting false evidence to build a case for the war in Iraq raises alarm bells as to the accuracy of the atomic agency’s latest report on Iran. 

“You may have a piece of evidence of some kind, but that piece of evidence is subject to your interpretation,” Giraldi says. “When they saw aerial photographs in Iraq showing certain things, they interpreted those photographs to mean something which was not correct.” [4] (emphasis added)

The possibility that the IAEA report could be using false information is quite possible as the US-NATO-Israeli alliance has been looking to invade Iran for quite some time and has been waging a media war in support of this objective. One major example being the myth that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the map. This proved to be completely false as

The Iranian president was quoting an ancient statement by Iran’s first Islamist leader, the late Ayatollah Khomeini that “this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” just as the Shah’s regime in Iran had vanished.

He was not making a military threat. He was calling for an end to the occupation of Jerusalem at some point in the future. [5] (emphasis added)

While this was proven to be false, war hawks in America and Israel still used as an argument of Iranian aggression. However, the current situation is quite dangerous as Israel may be making moves to bomb Iran, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arguing with his Cabinet for Israel to take such an action. [6] In addition to this, the British military is currently “stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran’s nuclear enrichment programme” [7] as the British Ministry of Defense thinks that the US may go ahead and strike key Iranian facilities via missile strikes and that Britain will unconditionally support the US.

Despite their plans, however, the war mongerers may find it difficult to achieve their goals as Russia recently stated that it would “do everything possible to prevent a military strike on Iran and push forward political dialogue on Iran’s nuclear issue.” [8]

The threat of a Western attack against Iran is extremely dangerous as it could potentially lead to a World War 3 scenario as “Were Iran to be the object of a ‘pre-emptive’ aerial attack by allied forces, the entire region, from the Eastern Mediterranean to China’s Western frontier with Afghanistan and Pakistan, would flare up.” [9] We need to be knowledgeable of the fact that an attack on Iran would consist “not only in reclaiming Anglo-American control over Iran’s oil and gas economy, including pipeline routes, [but would] also [challenge] the presence and influence of China and Russia in the region.” [10]

Russia has major interests in Iran as Russia has made a large amount of money off aiding Iran in building its nuclear facilities. In addition to this, Russia wants to back Iran as a counterweight to US influence in Central Asia. China also has an interest in Iran as China can get oil and natural gas from them. Both countries have been heavily involved in Iran economically and have a strategic interest in making sure that Iran is not attacked.

If the West attacks Iran, it could lead to World War III.

Notes

1: http://isis-online.org/uploads/isis-reports/documents/IAEA_Iran_8Nov2011.pdf

2: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/julian-borger-global-security-blog/2010/nov/30/iaea-wikileaks

3: http://rt.com/news/iran-nuclear-iaea-us-871/

4: Ibid

5: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/jun/02/comment.usa

6: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/netanyahu-trying-to-persuade-cabinet-to-support-attack-on-iran-1.393214

7: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/uk-military-iran-attack-nuclear

8: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-11/10/c_122263799.htm

9: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20403

10: Ibid

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Interview: Hunger strikes created “new sense of solidarity”

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Janan Abdu: “We need solidarity to keep us strong”

Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul recently participated in a hunger strike that took place across the Israeli prison system in late September/early October. As The Electronic Intifada reported last month, Palestinian political prisoners were protesting Israel’s pervasive use of solitary confinement, arbitrary denial of family visits and a recent policy to deny political prisoners from receiving an education.

Makhoul is serving a nine-year prison sentence upon accepting a plea deal after a sham trial based on a coerced confession. Following his arrest at his family’s home in Haifa in the middle of the night in May 2010, Makhoul was subjected to ill-treatment that his lawyers say amounts to torture before the state leveled trumped-up charges of espionage based on secret evidence against him.

It is widely believed that Makhoul has been politically persecuted for his leadership in the Palestinian community in Israel, and his advocacy for the community’s political rights and support of boycott, divestment and sanctions measures against Israeli apartheid. Amnesty International has called Makhoul a prisoner of conscience.

During the recent hunger strike, Makhoul was transferred from Gilboa prison to Megiddo. In an interview with The Electronic Intifada editor Maureen Clare Murphy, Makhoul’s wife, activist Janan Abdu, explains how this is a desperate attempt by the Israeli authorities to break the prisoners’ spirits and organizing capabilities.

Abdu also gives a frank description of what it is like for the families of political prisoners as they anxiously wait to learn whether their loved ones will be included in the next group of prisoners slated for release as part of the swap agreement between Israel and Hamas.The Electronic Intifada recently published Makhoul’s analysis of the Israel-Hamas deal.

Abdu also stresses the importance of solidarity activists campaigning in support of Palestinian political prisons and writing to individual prisoners to keep up their morale. Addresses for political prisoners can be found on the website of the human rights groupAddameer. Ameer Makhoul may be written at:

Ameer Makhoul
Department 2
Gilboa Jail
Gilboa, 10900
Israel

Maureen Clare Murphy: Can you give us an update on Ameer’s situation?

Janan Abdu: We are talking about a person in prison. Even when I say he’s good, it’s limited, you know. But he’s healthy and his morale is good and that’s the important thing.

MCM: Can you describe some of the tactics Israel used with Ameer and the other protesting prisoners during the civil disobedience campaign, to try to break their spirits?

JA: It was the last opportunity for the prisoners to express their situation and maybe to make the outside community out of the prison to do something also, to make awareness better of their situation. During the strike, it seems like the prisoners, the older ones, anticipated this kind of act from the prison authorities. When they are on strike, the prison services directly separate those who are on hunger strike and those who are not taking part, and they make a lot of restrictions. They get into the rooms and take out everything from the room except the bed to sleep on.

Even the salt — I didn’t know about this before — even the salt that’s important for the hunger striker’s health. What I understand, the person who is on strike needs salt water because it helps the body to keep the minerals inside the body. What I understand from Ameer, [the prison guards] get into the rooms with a water spray in case the prisoners manage to hide salt, so it will be damaged. This means the jail services say to the prisoners, if you decide to go on hunger strike, you can die. We don’t care.

As I understand, the prisoners decided to take part in the strike, but not all of them at the same time. They made an agreement that some will be on hunger strike, some will take part in the hunger strike later in a few days and in the meantime will communicate with the lawyers, with the media and the people outside.

But the jail services decided to separate the prisoners and disrupt the group connections between the prisoners. So Ameer was transferred to another jail. It was during the same days of the exchange deal and the prisoners didn’t know about the exchange. But it seems that the prison authorities know about it, and they decided to separate the prisoners so that maybe they can break them this way.

The prisoners couldn’t communicate and they thought that they would be separated in different departments — but later they learned they would be transferred to other jails. When you have a group and leaders and everyone has a mission to do and they are organized like this, when you separate them you can confuse them. You can manage to break the hunger strike.

But the hunger strike didn’t continue — because of the exchange and because the jail authorities started to transfer those who were supposed to be freed. The jail authorities in some of the jails negotiated with the prisoners and promised to make a solution [to meet their demands]. In Gilboa jail, where Ameer is jailed, the strike started on a Monday and it was stopped on a Thursday.

MCM: Are they planning on resuming the campaign of hunger striking and civil disobedience?

JA: For now there are no plans to resume the hunger strike. First, they need to prepare. It’s not easy to be on hunger strike. And second, the jail authorities, in general, not in specific prisons, say they already negotiated with the hunger strike leaders and announced they are going to meet some of the demands. We know that some of the leaders and prisoners who were held in solitary confinement for a long time, the jail authorities decided to not hold them in isolation any longer. But some of them, like [Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader] Ahmad Saadat remain in isolation for security considerations for at least one more year.

Part two of the exchange now is supposed to happen in less than two months. All of this affects the prisoners directly and they need to prepare for this situation. No one knows who will be among the 550 prisoners who will be released, and there is a hope that some of them will be from ‘48 territories [what is now considered “Israel”].

As you can imagine, one who was in prison and sentenced to life, or the older guys, they have expectations but no one knows who will be released and no one knows who will decide this. This situation is complicated and I think they need some time; after the second part of the exchange finishes, it could be a new situation in the prison.

I think the hunger strike succeeded. Most of their goals were met. But the political prisoners are waiting now.

MCM: Do you have any hope that Ameer might be released with the next phase of the prisoner swap? Can you describe what it is like for the families of political prisoners, not knowing whether their loved one will be amongst those released?

JA: I’m realistic, and so is Ameer. I would like it if Ameer would be part of this deal. But I know his position as a leader from ‘48, his position as general director of [the nongovernmental organization network] Ittijah and the chairperson of the Committee for Freedoms; he’s part of the international and local community [advocacy] for human rights defenders. He has a lot of history of working for the Palestinian case, for the prisoners’ case, for human rights. I would like for him to be part of the deal but I don’t know who are deciding who is released — is it Hamas, is it Israel, is it the Egyptians? Nobody knows.

If it is Israel who decides, we don’t know for sure who in Israel is deciding; it is not the political level, it is the security level, the Shabak [Shin Bet], the GSS. Whether they think that Ameer is still some kind of threat to Israel or not, I will do my best to have Ameer released. Whoever is released, it is a success for the political issue and for the Palestinians and for the whole political prisoners issue.

When I visit Ameer, I meet other families of prisoners. All of them are happy for those who are released and hope that every political prisoner is released. We families understand most the prisoners’ suffering, and it’s important to have them released.

I saw families who have been friends for years, visiting their sons in prison, and one was released and the other wasn’t released, and you can see that it was arbitrary who would be released. So this makes the families confused. But still they are happy for the others. If you ask any family, they will say every family wants their prisoner to be released.

If I think of the other five to seven years that Ameer needs to serve, since he was sentenced to nine years, it can make us crazy. He’s 53 years old already. I’m not worried at all about his morale and how he feels because he is in good hands from the side of the prisoners. They are all like family. But I am worried about Ameer and the others because the situation in the prisons is so bad — the food is so bad, they lack basic things like vegetables and fruits. I received a letter today from Ameer talking about how for two weeks the jail hasn’t offered a potato or an onion. Prisoners are not allowed to have vitamins. I tried to buy Ameer vitamins with my own money but the prison wouldn’t allow him to have it. Some medical tests, like for cancer, which the health ministry recommends for people more than fifty years old, aren’t offered.

Even after the hunger strike, they don’t have Arabic newspapers, they are not allowed to return to their studies, they don’t have Arabic TV channels. You can imagine that the prisoners are living in the minimum situation for survival. This is what makes me worried about Ameer and the others. It’s so important to have a campaign and to publish about the Palestinian political prisoners, to expose the situation, to let other people know about it. Israel is trying to black out about the situation, not talking about the political prisoners as humans, describing them as terrorists, and describing the situation in the Israeli prisons as good and suitable to a state that’s part of the first world. But it’s not like that.

MCM: What was the mood like amongst Palestinians in Israel with the release of some of the political prisoners? Were there celebrations in 1948 Palestine like in the West Bank and Gaza Strip?

JA: One prisoner, called Ali, from a village near Haifa where we live, he’s now 46 years old. He was imprisoned when he was 23, and he spent 23 years in jail. So how can he not be happy, and the family, of course for them — I even can’t describe it. It’s like a wedding. It’s the happiest thing that can happen for a family, to suddenly get back someone who was held for 23 years. The Israeli prison rules don’t allow extended family to visit their relatives in prison.

The released prisoners are reborn. When I visited Ali to welcome him and congratulate him, a small kid cried near us. Ali he was so happy and he said to me, “You hear his cry?” He was so anxious to hear a cry of a baby. The things that for us, the ones outside the prison, that we take for granted — for them it’s [amazing] to hear the ring of a phone, the cry of a baby. I asked him how he was related to the crying child, and he said, “I don’t know yet.” He’s learning his family all over again because this child was born when he was in jail, and they were not allowed to visit him. So suddenly he met a lot of family he doesn’t know.

The prisoners who were released also feel sorrow. For example, Ali was jailed for 23 years with his friend Samir, and Samir wasn’t released. Ali was shocked and felt bad — why am I leaving and Samir is not? I heard this questioning from a lot of prisoners, because those who were released felt bad that the others are still in the prison. But I told Ali, it’s not your responsibility. Be sure that Ameer and the others still in the prison feel good for you. And even if they don’t feel good, it’s not because you were released, it’s because they’re still in jail and it’s not connected to you or your decision, it was part of the deal.

The most important thing in the end is to have a campaign to have awareness, to keep the issue of Palestinian political prisoners the agenda of the international community, in the local community and to connect it to the change happening in the Arab world. We need to believe that the situation is changing. Who could imagine that apartheid [in South Africa] would end? But it ended! And who could imagine the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia would end, but [they fell] in the end. When you have a will, you have a way.

We need to believe in our rights. There is a price that we pay, and the prisoners and their families pay the highest price. But we need to believe in our rights and our homeland and we need to believe that one day all the political prisoners will be released. This is what allows us to continue to live and continue to struggle.

MCM: I didn’t read about any rallies in ‘48 for the prisoners release. Was there any celebrating?

JA: Yes. And during the hunger strike, there was a new kind of solidarity and struggle outside the prisons; that was unusual. Usually the Arab parties have demonstrations, statements and so on. But there was a new kind of struggle by younger groups. There was a group at Haifa, at Nazareth, Umm al-Fahm, Shafa Amr — these other Arab cities that usually the youngest groups decided to take part in the hunger strike. They call themselves “Hungry for Freedom. This kind of struggle, using the electronic media while being in the streets, it’s amazing. They even have an effect on the Arab parties. You can see there is a lot of awareness [about political prisoners]. I was exposed to this during Ameer’s jailing; the political prisoners issue is part of the agenda of our community and even in the media, more so than it was before. This is good and this needs to be continued.

It’s so important, as part of the campaigning, to send a postcard to the prisoners themselves, because you can imagine how they feel. I remember when Ameer wrote his article Solidarity tastes different inside prison.” It’s true. We need campaigning to release the prisoners and meanwhile [letter writing] is a small thing to do, but it’s effective.

The prisoners have the right to appeal for a reduced sentence during the last third of the sentence. After two-thirds of the sentence has been completed, the prisoner may be released. The jail authorities say release depends on good behavior. You can imagine the political prisoners have the best behavior in the prison. They are not criminals. But statistically, if we look at the political prisoners who are granted a reduced sentence, it’s almost zero who are released. The vast majority who request the sentence decrease get a negative answer from the jail authorities.

We need to campaign around a lot of things — the bad situation inside the prisoners, the food, solitary confinement. The families are tired. We need this kind of solidarity to keep us, the families and the prisoners, strong and continue. When you struggle alone, you feel alone. The prisoners’ issue is also a political issue and part of the solution of the Palestinian question.


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Palestinian Independence and the Right of Return

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Today Palestinians mark the 23rd anniversary of their declaration of independence by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who issued the declaration at a Nov. 15, 1998 meeting in Algeria of the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile. Today 128 countries, representing 5.5 billion people, recognize the Palestinian state—but Israel, backed by the United States, refuses to withdraw its occupation forces or settlers from Palestinian territory.

After finally acknowledging the futility of more than two decades of peace talks with Israel, Palestinians took their application for statehood to the U.N. this past September. Once again Washington has blocked Palestinians’ diplomatic efforts to become an independent nation. While 8 of the 15 Security Council members (Russia, China, South Africa, India, Brazil, Lebanon, Nigeria and Gabon) could be expected to back the Palestinian Authority’s application for full U.N. membership, the PA needs 9 votes. The U.S. threatened to veto, France and Britain will abstain, and 4 others—Colombia, Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany—now are not expected to support the Palestinian application.

Palestinians are considering whether to go directly to the UN General Assembly on Nov. 29 to request observer status, a move that would give it de facto international recognition as a state, but with very limited rights. When members of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted 107 to 14 (with 52 abstentions) to approve the Palestinian Authority’s full membership into that organization, the United States and Israel punished both UNESCO and Palestinians by withholding badly needed (and promised) funds.

Dec. 11, 2011 marks the 63rd anniversary of the passage in 1948 of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 194, the landmark resolution that reaffirmed the fundamental, inalienable rights of the Palestinian refugees to return, restitution and compensation.

As the photos on the back cover of the December 2011 Washington Report so clearly illustrate (see above), after all these years the fact remains that American Jews can “return” to Israel, even if they have never been there, but Palestinians cannot return to their family homes.

In a Nov. 14 press statement, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) pledged that the Palestinian people and their leaders will continue “their diplomatic battle for independence.” Let’s do our best to support peace and justice for Palestinians, as well as Israelis. Whether that means an independent Palestinian state now, as part of a two-state solution, or one truly democratic state of all its citizens, Israelis and Arabs alike, down the road—we need to end this conflict now. Given the support of the majority of the world’s countries and people, working within the context of the U.N. seems the most appropriate way to go.

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Bahrain: Nailing the Lie in Washington’s Rhetoric on “The Arab Spring”

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By Finian Cunningham

US ally Bahrain continued its crackdown against popular calls for democratic rights with the illegal arrest and detention this week of prominent journalist and commentator Jaffar Al Alawy.

To date, nearly 100 journalists, poets, bloggers and media figures have been targeted for detention by the Persian Gulf oil kingdom since pro-democracy protests erupted there last February, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. The detainees have claimed gross ill-treatment and torture while in custody – independently verified by several international human rights groups. Two respected media figures, Zakariya Al Aushayri and Karim Fakhrawi, have died during detention, their bodies showing undeniable signs of brutality.

In the latest arrest, Al Alawy was hauled into prison after security forces smashed their way into his home without a warrant. Well-known for his radio and television appearances, he is also a published poet, who has been mildly critical of the US-backed Al Khalifa regime.

Ironically, the arrest of Al Alawy followed only hours after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton claimed in a major speech in Washington that the Bahraini government “has recognized the need for dialogue, reconciliation, and concrete reforms. And they have committed to provide access to human rights groups, to allow peaceful protest”.

The detention and torture of nearly 100 media figures in Bahrain is hardly a sign of “allowing peaceful protest”.

Clinton’s speech on US policy and the Arab Spring was spellbinding in its hypocrisy and sophistry. She glorified the US-backed illegal war to overthrow Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and denounced Syria for its “brutal” crackdown on protests.  Syrian President Bashar Al Asad, warned Clinton, “must step down; and until he does, America and the international community will continue to increase pressure on him and his brutal regime”.

There were no such bristling sanctions for Washington’s ally in Bahrain, where the US Fifth Fleet is based. Indeed, the US government recently signed a military arms deal worth $53 million with the Al Khalifa monarchy.

Yet on many counts, Bahrain’s human rights violations put it way out in front for urgent international sanctions against its rulers. In Syria, the death toll from violence is estimated at 3,500. But perhaps a third of this total are casualties among the state forces which are combating in some cases an armed insurrection supplied by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel (with obviously US oversight).

By contrast in Bahrain, protesters are unarmed and have invariably conducted peaceful demonstrations of civic disobedience. Proportionate to their populations, Bahrain’s death toll of civilians is easily comparable to that of Syria’s. Furthermore, the persecution of dissenting public voices is equivalent to 3,660 journalists being detained; the figure for the detention of all protesters since February rising to 55,000.

Among those hauled into Bahraini prisons, tortured and sentenced are doctors and nurses who did nothing more than treat civilians injured by American-equipped and Saudi-backed state forces. The proportionate figure for these medics subjected to crimes against humanity amounts to over 3,300.

On so many measures therefore, Bahrain is a clear case of outrageous human rights violations and atrocities that deserves urgent international intervention. But Washington is not only tolerating these crimes, it is actively supporting them while doing its rhetorical best to conceal.

The British and Canadian governments are also complicit in this US hypocrisy and twisted manipulation of international law. The former is another major supplier of military weapons that can have no other purpose than internal repression; meanwhile Ottawa maintains a stoic silence over the illegal detention, torture and sentencing of Canadian citizen Naser Al Raas. Al Raas was arrested while trying to leave Bahrain after visiting his family and fiancée during March.

He was tortured during illegal detention in the notorious Ministry of Interior headquarters in the capital, Manama. Al Raas told Global Research that he believes the reason why he is now facing a five-year sentence for allegedly participating in “illegal public protests” was because he happened to be held in a cell adjacent to the journalist Karim Kakhrawi. During the 12 days that Fakhrawi was tortured to death, Al Raas heard the screams from his companion prisoner, whose identity he later found out. And he can recall the horrible moment when the screams suddenly stopped. For this reason, Al Raas believes the Bahraini regime wants to suppress his potential testimony to a damning state killing.

Helping the Bahraini regime do its dirty work are the governments of the US, Britain and Canada, which otherwise take every opportunity to moralise, sanction and militarily attack any state that they happen to disprove of.

In her speech at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, Clinton said: “Americans believe that the desire for dignity and self-determination is universal—and we do try to act on that belief around the world. Americans have fought and died for these ideals. And when freedom gains ground anywhere, Americans are inspired.”

In fending off criticism of “inconsistent” US policy on the Arab Spring, Clinton let the cat out of the bag when she referred to “close allies” Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and the need to “a secure supply of energy”.  She added pointedly: “There will be times when not all our interests align… that is just reality.”

Other realities could be mentioned for why the US and its allies are participating in arresting and torturing citizens calling for democracy in Bahrain – such as the fear that the long-overdue franchise for the Shia majority in the Persian Gulf state would boost Iran’s regional role and give the Islamic Republic a degree of respite from Washington’s recently cranked-up campaign to lynch the government in Tehran.

But the bottom-line and truly remarkable reality that Clinton did not mention – which Bahrain clearly demonstrates – is this: Washington stands implacably against democratic progress in the Middle East. Its highly selective invocation of democratic rights and freedoms is nothing but a cynical, self-serving lie.

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