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CPI: ISRAHELl MORE CORRUPT THAN EVER

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Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011 ranks Israel in 36th place compared with last’s year’s 30th spot, scoring lowest ranking ever. Index also shows corruption in Arab countries on the rise in wake of popular uprisings

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According to the 2011 Global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Israel has never been in worse shape, falling to the 36th spot compared with last year’s 30th place.

Israel’s score dropped from 6.1 points in 2010 to 5.8 points in 2011 – the lowest ranking Israel has ever received.

The global Corruption Perceptions Index ranks the annual standings of 183 nations worldwide. Ranking is determined by “the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians”.

The organization defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.”

Heading the index – in which countries that receive a score of 10 have the highest standards, while those scoring zero are highly corrupt – was New Zealand with 9.5, followed by Denmark and Finland, sharing second place with 9.4. New Zealand has topped the table every year since 2006.

Germany came in 14th, one notch better than 2010 and tied with Japan, which came in 17th in 2010. The United States ranked 24th in 2011, two spots lower than 2010. China ranked 75th, going up three spots from 2010.

Arab Spring repercussions

The 2011 index ranked 183 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index also assigns scores of between one and 10, one being highly corrupt and 10 incorrupt.

Awareness of corruption has risen in some Arab countries in the wake of the widespread uprisings earlier this year, as the index shows.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the “Arab Spring”, fell to the 73rd place from 59th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 3.8 from 4.3 in the 183-nation index, which is based on independent surveys on corruption.

Egypt fell to the 112th spot from 98th, with a CPI of 2.9, and Syria slipped to 129th from 127th. Yemen and Libya shared 146th place last year and dropped to 164th and 168th this year respectively.

“The disappointing score Israel received should serve as a warning sign for the politicians, decision makers and the public,” said Transparency International Israel board member Amnon Dick. “We are globally perceived as less clean then before, which could have economic repercussion in the future.”

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THE BOD IS IN A CONSTANT TANTRUM

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GILAD ATZMON

 

 

Last week the Zionist  Board of Deputies of British Jews (BOD) was desperate to expel me from a Marxist music festival. They obviously failed.   This week the BOD attempts to control the Palestinian Delegation’s web site. The JC reports today that the BOD has “clashed with the Foreign Office over the content of articles on the website of the Palestinian Mission in Britain.”

BOD’s President Vivian Wineman said that the Board was “pretty angry” that the Foreign Office had refused to take action over the mission’s promotion of work by Israeli-born ‘antisemite’ Gilad Atzmon. The BOD seems to have a problem, neither the Art Council not the Foreign Office seem to be convinced that I am indeed an ‘antisemite’….

It seems as if the BOD insists to control the content of the UK Palestinian Delegation’s  site. The website publishes news and information about the Palestinian Authority’s UK envoy Manuel Hassassian, as well as “academic links”. The site contains the Goldstone Report, material on supporting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and links to articles written by myself including one which accuses Israel of organ trafficking and harvesting.

According to the JC, the Board complained to the Foreign Office last month and asked it to take action against the “clearly antisemitic articles and links” as well as ‘inaccurate’ and ‘misleading’ descriptions” of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I guess that the BOD would like to appoint an Hasbara agent to run the UK  Palestinian Authority’s  site.

Though the PA is not known for being resilient, a Palestinian mission spokeswoman told the JC “we are not convinced it’s a problem. We have not violated the law.”  The Palestinian spokeswoman should know by now that for the BOD there is no law. With 80% of our leading party being Conservative Friends Of Israel, the BOD has a good reason to believe that it runs Britain by now.

 

The Wandering Who-A Study of Zionist and AZZ tactics – available on  Amazon.com  orAmazon.co.uk

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LAURA STUART: RICHARD DESMOND THE COMMUNITY SERVICES TRUST, THE DAILY STAR AND THE ANTI MUSLIM AGENDA

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 GILAD ATZMON

 

Two days ago I wrote an article “Can the Solidarity Movement Contain Apologists“?, where I highlighted the fact that the issue of Zionist oppression is not only inflicted on the Palestinians, but Zionist lobby groups and Zionist funding is behind the push for never ending war in the Middle East and the “Cold War on British Muslims” here in the U.K. and even in the U.S.A. 

No one should look at the “Palestinian Struggle” as an isolated incidence of the failure of the World’s governments to stand up for Freedom Truth and Justice by their inability or lack of will to make Israel comply with International Law but we must see the bigger picture for example where America breaks its own constitution such as the suspension of “Habeas Corpus” for extra judicial killings such as Anwar Al Awlaki or the cases of Guantanamo Prisoners. The spying on American Muslims in New York is also in contravention of New York States own laws.

So laws are clearly broken when it comes to how to deal with issues relating to the rights of Muslims be it U.K. Muslims in Guantanamo, especially those who were subject to extra ordinary rendition and torture on their way there, with the complicity of MI5 or evidently in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen or Palestine as just some of the places where instant death rains from the skies from drone attacks which kill many innocent civilians or in Iraq where the death toll could be one and a half million or more. Now the Zionist agenda is for another war against Iran where there is a huge push by Israel and western Zionists lobby groups to get the U.S.A. and the U.K. involved in more killing based on very dubious evidence.

Now we have a new development, we have the Leveson Inquiry taking place “the inquiry is two-part inquiry investigating the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal” and some very interesting details are emerging into the level which some media have been prepared to sink to in vilifying and maligning  British Muslims. Here a link to the proceedings on the 29th November where Richard Peppiate a former employee at the Daily star gives evidence into a story about “Muslim Only Toilets” which was a huge lie. Many stories carried in the British Media such as the Daily Star about British Muslims have been totally untrue according to the transcripts available from the inquiry. The Daily Star who is heavily engaged in telling outright lies against British Muslims is owned by Richard Desmond and amazingly enough just who is a funder of the Community Services Trust but no other than one Mr Richard Desmond.

Why am I so surprised that the C.S.T. the group which provided fabricated evidence in the case of the wrongful arrest of Sheik Raed Salah and who also wishes to be the advisers to everyone including the British Government on who is anti Semitic and who is not and the Daily Star who allegedly write stories based on lies against Muslims are linked by who backs them, i.e. one Richard Desmond?

I am sure the Leveson enquiry might reveal a lot more information about the role of Zionists in the media in the U.K. and exactly what their role is in demonising Muslims or promoting Pro Israeli interests. Many of us are watching proceedings with great interest.

Now that we can see the reach and power of the Zionist lobby groups and media we need to take action against it. We are talking about a lot of law breaking and a lot of human beings suffering from oppression as a result. Who is going to hold our Governments accountable? This is a Global struggle (Jihad) and it needs the expertise and involvement of people from every level of society every religious background and from every strand of political background.

One thing is clear, we cannot afford to be intimidated and we have to take resist at every level against these abuses both here in the U.K. and in the Middle East. This is not the time for appeasement.

 

 

 

 

 

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OBAMA ORDERS GOVERNMENT TO “CLEAN UP” TERROR TRAINING

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ed note–truly an Orwellian world, where the US President–personally responsible for killing, maiming, displacing and otherwise destroying the lives of MILLIONS of innocent Muslims around the world is now ‘layin down the law’ and ordering an overhaul on the nation’s law enforcement agencies to purge them of ‘anti-Islamic bias’.

The thing even sadder than this is that most (if not all) of the organized Islamic groups in America–rather than seeing the obvious hypocrisy in it all–will undoubtedly praise the new move and thus praise the Obama admin for its “enightened approach” in repairing the damage done to the American Islamic community. 

Spencer Ackerman

Wired.com

The White House quietly ordered a widespread review of government counterterrorism training materials last month, following Danger Room’s reports that officials at the FBI, military and Justice Department taught their colleagues that “mainstream” Muslims embrace violence and compared the Islamic religion to the Death Star.

According to a Pentagon memorandum acquired by Danger Room, the White House’s National Security Staff in October requested “Departments and Agencies” to “provide their screening process for CVE trainers and speakers.” (.pdf) CVE refers to “Countering Violent Extremism,” the euphemism du jour for the war on terrorism. The memorandum says that “recent media attention” led to the review, and contains a single attachment to demonstrate that attention: “Spencer Ackerman’s Wired.com article.”

The ongoing review will examine whether counterterrorism training material throughout the government is accurate and relevant, and will make sure the briefings given to federal field offices and local cops meet the same standards as FBI headquarters or the Pentagon.

Jose Mayorga, a retired two-star general who now serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense, oversaw the Pentagon’s contribution to the White House review. In the memo, dated Oct. 16, Mayorga asked aides to the Joint Chiefs of Staff to collect counterterrorism training materials at the “service academies and major academic centers (e.g., Joint Special Operations University, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and National Defense Intelligence College)” by Oct. 31, a deadline that Pentagon spokesman Robert Ditchey says has “been extended” so the department can be “comprehensive and deliberate.”

The purpose of the review, Mayorga writes, is to “determine the criteria used to establish professional qualifications for teachers and lecturers providing instruction on countering violent Islamic extremism; with particular focus on Military Information Support Operations, Information Operations, and Military Intelligence curriculum.” Mayorga adds that information on “cultural awareness” for troops preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan is also subject to the White House review.

Some security agencies already have their own internal reviews. After Danger Room reported on presentations at the FBI training academy at Quantico and for FBI partners in New York that taught al-Qaida was “irrelevant” compared to the threat of Islam itself, the bureau began what it describes as a thorough scrub of its counterterrorism curriculum. It enlisted the Army’s Combating Terrorism Center at West Point to purge material that conflates terrorism with mainstream Islam. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department initiated a separate counterterrorism training review, recently told Congress that those instructional materials hurt the U.S. fight against al-Qaida.

But at least one member of Congress is worried that all of these reviews will undermine counterterrorism efforts in the name of political correctness.

In a forthcoming letter to Holder and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) writes that “political nature of these reviews might inadvertently weaken our law enforcement and military counter-terrorism training programs by censoring certain language that is used to objectively identify the asymmetrical threats that are present in today’s world.”

Myrick takes a dark view of Islam. In a foreword to a book titled Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America, she writes, “Since the 1960s there has been a concerted effort on the part of radical Islamists to infiltrate our major institutions. Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists.” Last year, Myrick alleged that Hezbollah was planting operatives among illegal immigrants entering the U.S. through Mexico.

“We don’t necessarily disagree with some action being taken,” Myrick’s military affairs aide, Clark Fonda, tells Danger Room. “But we’re concerned that this could inadvertently cause a political reaction within [the Justice Department] and [the Defense Department] that could lead to the censoring of words such as ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’ in federal law enforcement and military counter-terrorism training documents.”

Myrick’s letter to Holder and Panetta cites the recommendations of a Senate inquiry into the Fort Hood shooting that also warns against euphemistic treatment of violent Islamic extremism. Yet the leader of that inquiry, Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), told Danger Room that the FBI’s anti-Islamic training materials represented a “lie” that “all Muslims support terrorism.”

President Obama has repeatedly tried to assure Muslims that “America is not, and never will be, at war with Islam,” a message he delivered in Turkey and Egypt. His chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, argued last year against calling al-Qaida’s adherents “jihadis,” because using a religious term “would play into the false perception that they are religious leaders defending a holy cause, when in fact they are nothing more than murderers.”

These messages are complicated, if not contradicted, by the anti-Islam training that counterterrorism agents and officials at the FBI, Justice Department and Defense Department have received. “Boneheaded is a generous way to describe this training,” says counterterrorism analyst Jarret Brachman, author of Global Jihadism: Theory and Practice. “I’d lean more towards hateful, paranoid and completely counterproductive.”

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Depleted uranium’s toxic legacy to poison Libya for 40 years

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Islam vs. Judaism – Which Religion should Christians be weary of?

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#1 – What does Islam and Judaism say about Jesus (Peace be upon him)?Islam – Regards Jesus (peace be upon him) among the five greatest Prophets. He was a Prophet who performed many miracles. His mother, Mary (Peace be upon her) was a virgin when she conceived him, and she is regarded as the leader of all women.

 “Behold! The angels said: ‘O Mary! God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name shall be Jesus, the Messiah, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the hereafter and of those nearest to God. He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be of the righteous.’ She said ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said ‘Even so; God createth what he willeth: when he hath decreed a matter, He only says ‘Be’ and it is!’” (Al-Quran 3:45-47)

Judaism – Regards Jesus (pbuh) as a sorcerer, a pedophile, and a stone-worshipper. They believe that right now, Jesus is rotting in hell. He is called a ‘bastard’ and a ‘son of niddah’ (one who was conceived during menstruation).

  1. He and his disciples practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, and were sponsored by foreign, gentile powers for the purpose of subverting Jewish worship (Sanhedrin 43a).
  2. He was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone (a brick is mentioned), was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent (Sanhedrin 107b; Sotah 47a).
  3. He learned witchcraft in Egypt and, to perform miracles, used procedures that involved cutting his flesh, which is also explicitly banned in the Bible (Shabbos 104b).

Gittin 57a. Says Jesus is in hell, being boiled in “hot excrement.”
Sanhedrin 43a. Says Jesus (“Yeshu” and in Soncino footnote #6, Yeshu “the Nazarene”) was executed because he practiced sorcery: “It is taught that on the eve of Passover Jesus was hung, and forty days before this the proclamation was made: Jesus is to be stoned to death because he has practiced sorcery and has lured the people to idolatry…He was an enticer and of such thou shalt not pity or condone.”

(All references from the Talmud)
#2 How do both religions feel about Christianity and how do they treat Christians?Islam – Considers Christianity to be a divinely revealed religion, along with Judaism, with Islam being the last revelation to mankind. Islam does not agree with the Trinity or the son ship of Jesus, however, these differences should only be debated verbally and never disrespectfully.

“Those who believe (in the Qu’ran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians, – any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Al Quran 2:62)
“And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except in the best way, unless it be with those of them who do wrong, but say ‘We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and that which came down to you; our God and your God is One; and it is to Him we submit (in Islam)’” (Al-Quran 29:46)

Judaism – Considers that all Christians are going to hell and their books should be destroyed.

Rosh Hashanah 17a. Christians (minnim) and others who reject the Talmud will go to hell and be punished there for all generations.
Sanhedrin 90a. Those who read the New Testament (“uncanonical books”) will have no portion in the world to come.
Shabbath 116a. Jews must destroy the books of the Christians, i.e. the New Testament.

Dr. Israel Shahak of Hebrew University reports that the Israelis burned hundreds of New Testament Bibles in occupied Palestine on March 23, 1980 (cf. Jewish History, Jewish Religion, p. 21).
#3 – What happens if you hurt someone in Islamic system and Jewish system of government?Islam – The punishment for hitting a Muslim, or any person, is that retaliation should be equal. However, it is better for the victim to forgive:

“The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from God: for (God) does not love those who do wrong.” (Al-Quran 42:40)

Judaism – If a gentile hits a Jew, the gentile must be killed.

Sanhedrin 58b. If a heathen (gentile) hits a Jew, the gentile must be killed.
Sanhedrin 57a . When a Jew murders a gentile (“Cuthean”), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep.

#4 Various Passages from the Qu’ran and Talmud
The Qu’ran

“O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, Who created you from a single Person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women; – reverence God, through Whom you demand your mutual rights, and reverence the wombs (that bore you): for God is always a watcher over you.” (Al-Quran 4:1)
“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Al-Quran 49:13)
O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you make take away part of their dowry you have given them, – On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If you take a dislike to them it may be that you dislike a thing, and God brings about through it a great deal of good (Al-Quran 4:19)

The Talmud

Gittin 69a . To heal his flesh a Jew should take dust that lies within the shadow of an outdoor toilet, mix with honey and eat it.
Shabbath 41a. The law regulating the rule for how to urinate in a holy way is given.
Yebamoth 63a. States that Adam had sexual intercourse with all the animals in the Garden of Eden.
Yebamoth 63a. Declares that agriculture is the lowest of occupations.
Sanhedrin 55b. A Jew may marry a three year old girl (specifically, three years “and a day” old).
Sanhedrin 54b. A Jew may have sex with a child as long as the child is less than nine years old.
Kethuboth 11b. “When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing.”
Yebamoth 59b. A woman who had intercourse with a beast is eligible to marry a Jewish priest. A woman who has sex with a demon is also eligible to marry a Jewish priest.
Abodah Zarah 17a. States that there is not a whore in the world that the Talmudic sage Rabbi Eleazar has not had sex with. On one of his whorehouse romps, Rabbi Eleazar learned that there was one particular prostitute residing in a whorehouse near the sea, who would receive a bag of money for her services. He took a bag of money and went to her, crossing seven rivers to do so. During their intercourse the prostitute farted. After this the whore told Rabbi Eleazar: “Just as this gas will never return to my anus, Rabbi Eleazar will never get to heaven.”
Hagigah 27a. States that no Rabbi can ever go to hell.
Baba Mezia 59b. A Rabbi debates God and defeats Him. God admits the Rabbi won the debate.
Gittin 70a. The Rabbis taught: “On coming from a privy (outdoor toilet) a man should not have sexual intercourse till he has waited long enough to walk half a mile, because the demon of the privy is with him for that time; if he does, his children will be epileptic.”
Gittin 69b. To heal the disease of pleurisy (“catarrh”) a Jew should “take the excrement of a white dog and knead it with balsam, but if he can possibly avoid it he should not eat the dog’s excrement as it loosens the limbs.”
Pesahim 111a. It is forbidden for dogs, women or palm trees to pass between two men, nor may others walk between dogs, women or palm trees. Special dangers are involved if the women are menstruating or sitting at a crossroads.
Menahoth 43b-44a. A Jewish man is obligated to say the following prayer every day: Thank you God for not making me a gentile, a woman or a slave.

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TUT Podcast Professor Basheer SoormallyNov 29, 2011

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We are joined by writer/philosopher/former professor Basheer Soormally of http://fremaux-soormally.blogspot.com/ from the U.K. to discuss Islam and how it is being perverted/utilized in order to further Jewish interests.

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WOULD ISRAHELL TELL US BEFORE ATTACKING IRAN? GEN. DEMPSEY NOT SURE

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Dempsey Sees Differences in US, IsraHell Position

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Israel is constantly threatening to attack Iran, but it has long been assumed that it would come with some advanced notice to the Obama Administration, if only based on the hope that the US would join in.

General Martin Dempsey, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, isn’t so sure about that however. Speaking to Reuters Dempsey said he had no idea if Israel would actually warn the US ahead of time.

Dempsey said the US was convinced that the “right path” involved ever increasing sanctions along with “the stated intent not to take any options off the table” but said he wasn’t sure Israel agreed.

The US, of course, regularly threatens to attack Iran in the course of the “all options on the table” conversation, but Israel has said they need to threaten more often, and in recent weeks speculation has risen that Israel will attack unilaterally before winter.

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THE TOLERANT DICTATOR

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Two Syrian Orthodox priests wait for the arrival of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Damascus on Nov. 12, 2011. A poster of President Bashar Assad can be seen in the background.

Syria’s Christians Side with Assad Out of Fear

ed note–despite the overt propaganda in the piece’s title, nevertheless there are a few gems to be harvested from the following article appear in Der Spiegel.

First and foremost is the fact that in Syria there are 2.5 million Christians, to which critical thinking people say–WHAAAAATTTTT?????? CHRISTIANS LIVING ALONGSIDE MOOOZLEMS IN A MOOOZLEM COUNTRY??? INCONCEIVABLE!

Secondly, and equally important is the fact that if the ‘rebels’ get their way in Syria, as this piece points out, they are likely to install a SHARIA GOVERNMENT, RULED BY SHARIA LAWS!!!!!!!!!!!

So, where, oh where are the same screechers in America warning about the dangers of SHARIA LAW to the well-being of their Christian brothers and sisters in Syria? Where is Geller, Pipes, His Rotundness Robert Spencer, the insane “Pastor” Terry Jones and hte rest o’ the gang putting pressure on Obama and the State Department to quit funding the ‘rebels, who are going to institute SHARIA LAW which will result in Christian men having their heads cut off and Christian women being circumcised???

More importantly though, where is Israel in all of this? Remember, supposedly we are expending our life’s blood fighting these wars against Islamic extremeism for Israel’s benefit, and yet here is poor, defenseless, pure-as-the-wind-driven snow Israel salivating over the demise of the Assad regime, only to have it be replaced by Islamists.

http://www.spiegel.de

Many of Syria’s 2.5 million Christians are supporting President Bashar Assad amidst ongoing protests in the country. They prefer a brutal dictator who guarantees the rights of religious minorities to the uncertain future that Assad’s departure would bring. The president is exploiting their fears of Islamists for his own ends.

The rebellion against him was just a few days old when Syrian dictator Bashar Assad summoned his country’s Christian leaders to the presidential palace in northwestern Damascus. Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius came. He is 78 years old and critically ill, but still a powerful figure. Bishops and archbishops representing Catholics, Armenians, Aramaeans and Assyrians were also present. In total, there were a dozen religious leaders, representing around 2.5 million Syrian Christians.

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It seemed Assad, himself a member of the Alawis, a branch of Shia Islam, didn’t want to assume that Syria’s Christians would continue to remain aloof from politics. Sensing that not only his authority but perhaps his very survival was at stake, he resorted to the same means his father, Hafez Assad, once used to maintain power: pressure and violence.

The Arab League has suspended Syria’s membership, isolating the country internationally. Damascus missed last Friday’s deadline for Assad to stop the bloodshed and allow a commission of observers into the country. The League had allowed a brief extension, but on Sunday imposed harsh economic sanctions on the country. On Wednesday, Turkey also introduced its own economic sanctions on Syria.

Open Loyalty

The regime has killed at least 3,500 people since March. There are reports of torture, executions of unarmed individuals and mass executions of army deserters. But none of this has dissuaded members of the opposition. Shaky Internet videos show thousands continuing to march through the streets of Homs, Hama, Daraa and Damascus, chanting: “Down with Bashar!”

Christian neighborhoods and villages, meanwhile, have remained largely quiet, with no large demonstrations and little chanting or graffiti critical of the regime. Instead, there is silence. Or, worse still, expressions of open loyalty to the regime.

“President Assad is a very cultured man,” says Gregorios Elias Tabé, 70, the Syrian Catholic archbishop of Damascus. He calls all the media liars and the demonstrators nothing but terrorists. Every Sunday, he preaches at St. Paul’s Chapel on the southeastern edge of Damascus’ old town, which takes its name from the Apostle Paul, said to have escaped from the city here 2,000 years ago. Syria’s Christian congregations are among the oldest in the world, and the archbishop would like them to continue to exist for many years to come — which gives him a reason to take Assad’s side.

“We’re a nation of 23 million,” Tabé says, “and no law can ever satisfy everyone. That’s true in every country — there are always 10 percent who are sacrificed.” It’s a state of affairs he can accept, as long as Christians aren’t the segment of the population being sacrificed.

From the archbishop’s perspective, it’s possible to live well in Syria. The president guarantees religious minorities’ rights, Christians are allowed to practice their faith freely and churches are protected. Assad generally hands out important government and army posts to members of his own group, the Alawis, but Christians also hold a number of senior positions in important institutions such as the presidential guard and intelligence services. The head of the country’s central bank is a Christian, as is the new defense minister. Many Christians belong to the ranks of the privileged within the system, and few have yet dared to take the step of joining the opposition, not when they are held so closely in the president’s embrace.

Assad not only allows Christians influence, he also fans their greatest fears: Islamists, Sharia law and the prospect of burning churches. The bishops would probably prefer a brutal dictator who lets them pray in peace than the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, who would demand a share of power in a Syria without Assad.

Meeting in Secret

But then there are also young Christians such as Mohammed, as he asks to be called, who are organizing the resistance in Bab Sharqi, a district in the Damascus old town where Archbishop Gregorios’ church also stands. Mohammed formed an organizing committee together with seven other friends. The activists are all between the ages of 20 and 29, mostly students. They meet at secret locations and communicate by email and satellite telephone.

At the moment, the group’s protests are still modest, says Mohammed. For example, perhaps three dozen people recently gathered in front of the Church of Mary, just 300 meters (1,000 feet) from St. Paul’s Chapel, where Archbishop Gregorios preaches on his favorite subject, Christian morality. Hesitantly, a chant against Assad rose up from the crowd. Within a few minutes, dozens of government thugs, dressed in plainclothes and armed with clubs, stormed the demonstration and drove the group into the old town’s maze of narrow alleys, where they scattered.

Within Damascus, there are only perhaps a few hundred Christians taking an active role like Mohammed. So far, their support has come primarily from fellow Christians living in exile, who have formed opposition groups in the US and Great Britain. They are also planning to set one up in Germany soon.

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Asked about a possible intervention, Archbishop Gregorios laughs long and loud. As a Christian, he says, he doesn’t believe in the power of weapons, only in peace and democracy.

Apparently, he believes in President Assad as well.

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NEOCONS PREOCCUPIED WITH ISLAMIC CONSPIRACY THEORIES

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by Philip Giraldi

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, for all its flaws, is a genuine expression of the growing recognition in the United States that the government no longer serves the interests of the people. It has been described as an American version of the “Arab Spring,” driven by a sense of popular alienation from the elites who dominate the politics and economies of so many countries. Whatever its antecedents, the idea that the people must again have a voice in their own destinies clearly has a broad appeal, as the movement has sparked similar protests in Europe and Asia.

In the United States, because many of the activists describe themselves as progressive or liberal, the movement is increasingly reviled by conservative pundits as “un-American,”even though its objectives are frequently identical to those of the tea parties on the political right. There was, indeed, initially some confusion on how exactly to describe the developing threat. Leading neoconservative Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post initially saw a radical chic rebellion as the “Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters denounce corporate America.” He castigated the “indignant indolents saddled with their $50,000 student loans and English degrees [who] have decided that their lack of gainful employment is rooted in the malice of the millionaires.”

But then the perception changedwhen the protesters did not go away and grew in number, joined by a handful of labor unions, challenging the status quo more directly. The demonstrators were described as “attacking”the police, and media accounts were replete with the familiar slogans of the Vietnam War, that the protesters are dirty, libidinous, and Communist-inspired. Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh called them “lousy hippies, thieves, rapists, purse snatchers, and muggers.” Glenn Beck, until recently a fixture on Fox television, described them as “lice-infested” misfits spreading disease, committing murders and rapes, and engaging in public defecation and fornication.

But a new formulation has been creeping into the invective. Because the attacks were on Wall Street, the movement was initially framed by some critics as anti-Semitic because of the large number of Jews who work in the financial services industry. Beck sees something even more insidious: Islamic radicalism that is aiming to overthrow the government of the United States. In his odd mixture of ostentatious religiosity and gutter politics, he describes how God speaks to us, noting, however, that the God who advises going around blowing things up is likely the “God of the Arab Spring.” In other words, for some so-called conservative commentators, an essential element that can be used to marginalize the protest movement is to label it Islamic.

Islamophobia is not exactly new, but it attained a greater popularity in the wake of 9/11. Everyone needs someone to blame when terrible events take place, and Islam, which is culturally alien to most Americans, is a convenient scapegoat, leading to campaigns vilifying Shariah law and raising suspicions about Muslims in general. It is perhaps no coincidence that the woman who is possibly the most vocal anti-Muslim in the United States, Pamela Geller, has been leading the charge linking anti-Semitism to the OWS movement. One Geller headline screams “Muslim Groups Back Occupy Wall Street Protesters.”Geller is successful in finding anti-Semitism and insidious Islamic influence in many places, enabled in her task by her conflation of anti-Israel with anti-Semitic. In her mind and those of her supporters, the two are essentially the same.

To be sure, some of the attempt to label the Occupy movement as anti-Semitic is purely political, an attempt to tie the protesters with President Barack Obama, who was once a community organizer and who has failed to strongly condemn the movement. But there is also a clear attempt being made to marginalize any and all criticism of Israel, which has recently been the focus of an increasingly open debate related to the more than $3 billion in foreign aid that it receives at a time when the United States economy is suffering.

Since it is a movement born from widespread frustration with the status quo and derived from many perspectives, the Occupy Wall Street crowd does not have any standardized or uniform message. To be sure, some protesters who have been linked to the movement are also highly critical of United States foreign policy, their message being that the constant wars have eroded the nation’s ability to deal with more serious problems at home. And some have connected Israel with those wars, not without reason. And there are indeed some that blame America’s Jews for the country’s ills, but they are a tiny minority, even if the media has done its best to find them and interview them. In fact, some American groups that are normally highly sensitive to the issue of anti-Semitism, including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, conducted their owninvestigations and determined that the movement is not anti-Semitic. So why do the attempts to link the movement to hatred of Jews continue?

For some in the media and the foreign policy punditry, any criticism of Israel, directly or implicitly, is unacceptable. Blogger Jennifer Rubin noteda sign held by an Arab American that said “Gaza Supports the Occupation of Wall Street,” which she described as a “vile scene.”

That is precisely what has triggered the neoconservative response in places like The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and the New York Post. In addition to Geller and the talk radio pantheon, the list of leading Republicans and self-styled conservatives who have attacked the Occupy movement is virtually a who’s who of the most passionate supporters of Israel and promoters of Islamophobia, many brought together by an organization called the Emergency Committee for Israel, which is headed by William Kristol of The Weekly Standard. ECI advocates the creation of a “pro-Israel presidency” for the United States. Your browser may not support display of this image.

Frank Gaffney, another leading herald of the Islamic threat to the United States, heads the Center for Security Policy. He has been described as “unhinged” partly for his extremist comments regarding Muslims, including saying recently, “They are trying to impose what are known as Shariah blasphemy laws, whereby anyone who says anything critical about Islam, no matter how true, is to be silenced. It is actually a capital offense.” In January 2011, Gaffney claimed that the American Conservative Union, a venerable right-wing Republican organization, had been infiltrated by the “Muslim Brotherhood.” He has also insisted that the purpose of building mosques is “to destroy Western civilization from within.”Gaffney has called for the creation of a new House Un-American Activities Committee to look into the activities of Muslims living in the United States, and he now links the Occupy crowd to communism and Nazism.

David Horowitz, founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose stated mission is to “combat the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values in a time of terror,” calls the Occupy supporters “morons” and “idiots.”Robert Spencer, who runs the website Jihad Watch, objected recently to a reality show depicting Muslim families in America by demanding that it include terrorists. He writesthat “The Leftist/jihadist alliance has been on abundant display during the Occupy protests.”So the unanimity on the part of many pundits and politicians in condemning the Occupy Wall Street movement can be explained in terms of their other interests. Damaging President Obama is a high priority, but Occupiers’ explicit or implicit criticism of U.S. foreign policy also challenges the Israel-centric view of American national security, and the demands that foreign aid be eliminated or cut pose a rather more direct challenge, as Israel is a  major recipient of such assistance. And the merest hint that American Muslims might be joining in the protests or sympathetic to them provides the necessary ammunition to discredit the rest of the message. As is so often the case in American politics, the punditry’s hostile response to Occupy Wall Street is really largely about Israel.

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