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Cameron Argues that Britain is actually Christian

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Gilad Atzmon

 

The BBC reported today that  PM David Cameron has said that the UK is a Christian country “and we should not be afraid to say so”.

In a speech in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the prime minister called for a revival of traditional Christian values to counter Britain’s “moral collapse”.

“We are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so, Cameron told the audience at Christ Church.

However, Cameron failed to explain the bizarre fact that 80% of his Tory MPs are actually Conservative  Friends of Israel (CFOI).  Cameron also failed to explain why  a ‘Christian country’ abolishes its precious universal jurisdiction law just to appease the Jewish lobby. Cameron also should open our eyes and explain to us why exactly a Christian country followed orders from a Jewish Lobby group and arrested Sheikh Raed Salah.

If we are a Christian country, why did we launch a criminal war based on a ‘dossier’ that was compiled in Tel Aviv? Also, is the fact that Lord Levy was chief fundraiser for the Labour Government a mere coincidence?

If we are a Christian country, as Cameron suggests, someone better explain to us all how is it, that we have succumbed to ‘eye for an eye’ political doctrine instead of self search for  compassion and empathy in the spirit of Christ.

I can only suggest to Cameron that before preaching to us, he himself better  reflect on his own words,  he should  contemplate over this country’s traditional Christian values and counter  his own Government’s  ‘moral collapse’.

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AMERICAN’S RACIST LAW

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US/Alabama: ‘No Way to Live’ Under Immigrant Law

Repeal Act That ‘Attacks Every Aspect’ of Unauthorized Immigrant’s Life

DECEMBER 14, 2011
  • An unauthorized immigrant who has lived in the US for 12 years sits with her US citizen grandson in her Mexican restaurant. Alabama’s new immigrant law could prevent her from renewing her business permit when it expires next year.

Many of the unauthorized immigrants we met and their families are deeply attached to the state. Their children are obviously affected, but we also met a teacher who fought back tears as she described her students’ fears, a minister who lost 75 percent of his congregation, and a Latino permanent resident who was stopped by a state trooper for no reason except ethnicity.
Grace Meng, researcher for the US Program

(Washington, DC) – Alabama’s new immigrant act denies unauthorized immigrants and their families, including US citizen children, their basic rights, threatening their access to everyday necessities and equal protection of the law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 52-page report, No Way to Live: Alabama’s Immigrant Law,” documents the effect of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer Citizen and Protection Act, commonly known as HB 56, on unauthorized immigrants and their families, as well as the larger Alabama communities in which they live. It is based in part on first-hand accounts by 57 Alabama residents, including citizens and permanent residents, who reported abuse or discrimination under the law.

One of HB 56’s sponsors declared during debate that the law “attacks every aspect of an illegal alien’s life.” In seeking to drive unauthorized immigrants from the state, the law does not in any way acknowledge that many have lived in the state for years and have deep and extensive ties to the state through US citizen family, work, and community life.

“Many of the unauthorized immigrants we met and their families are deeply attached to the state,” said Grace Meng, researcher for the US Program at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “Their children are obviously affected, but we also met a teacher who fought back tears as she described her students’ fears, a minister who lost 75 percent of his congregation, and a Latino permanent resident who was stopped by a state trooper for no reason except ethnicity.”

Many unauthorized immigrants and their families have left the state, and those who remain find life increasingly difficult, Human Rights Watch found. Under the Beason-Hammon Act, unauthorized immigrants are prohibited from entering into “business transactions” with the state. An unauthorized immigrant who tries to do so is committing a Class C felony, punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. As a result, state and local agencies have declared that unauthorized immigrants cannot sign up for water and other utilities, live in the mobile homes they own, or renew licenses for their own small businesses.

Several people reported to Human Rights Watch that victims of crimes were afraid to report them to the authorities. Some who had been victims of wage theft felt they could not recover those wages because the law denies unauthorized immigrants the right to enforce contracts in Alabama’s courts. They also cannot be granted bail, no matter how minor the offense.

The new law has given police and private citizens effective license to discriminate against unauthorized immigrants, as well as minority US citizens and permanent residents, Human Rights Watch found. A young man who is an unauthorized immigrant described being stopped and arrested by the police for not having a driver’s license, and being told repeatedly by the officer, “You have no rights.” An employee at a major store told a permanent resident that she could not fill her prescription there because she is not a US citizen. A US citizen mother reported that her native-born US citizen daughter came home crying from school one day because her classmate had told her she had to go back to Mexico.

Human Rights Watch also documented numerous ways the law harms Alabama’s children. Although a provision that requires schools to check students’ immigration status was temporarily blocked by a federal court, many families withdrew their children from school and fled the state. Those left behind are fearful and anxious, Human Rights Watch found. One mother said that her Alabama-born daughter no longer feels she belongs and asks, “Why are we here? They don’t want us.” Several parents reported making the difficult decision not to go to medical appointments for fear of being stopped while driving. One of them said she was even afraid to get on the road to take her daughter to the hospital when she had an asthma attack.

Alabama’s law has also begun to affect the state’s economy and its image. Farmers report a shortage of workers, businesses that rely on immigrant communities are struggling, and foreign companies are reconsidering their investments.

While every country has the authority to regulate the entry of immigrants into its territory, to deport those who have made an unauthorized entry, and to enforce its immigration laws against those no longer authorized to remain, international law requires that everyone is entitled to fundamental human rights by virtue of their humanity, Human Rights Watch said. The fact that the law infringes on the rights of children, and potentially thousands of minority citizens and legal residents, is additional reason for concern.

As the report went to press, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange recommended that the state legislature modify or repeal some provisions of the law. He also issued guidance letters to state agencies to limit the impact of the law regarding access to utilities and housing. Some legislators have expressed support for modification or repeal, while others oppose any weakening of the law whatsoever. Litigation over the law continues in state and federal courts over the constitutionality of several provisions. Meanwhile, uncertainty about the law’s implementation fuels fears among Alabama’s unauthorized immigrants and their families.

A coalition of local and national immigrant rights’ organizations plans to gather on December 17, 2011, at the State Capitol in Montgomery to protest the law and call for a full repeal.

Most of the unauthorized immigrants Human Rights Watch interviewed have lived in the US for at least 10 years, and many have US citizen children. These numbers are mirrored nationwide, as recent research shows nearly two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants have lived in the US at least 10 years, and nearly half are parents of minor children. What is happening in Alabama demonstrates that enforcement-only efforts targeted at unauthorized immigrants are likely also to compromise the rights of US citizens and permanent residents and to harm the communities and economies that depend on them.

“Over and over in Alabama, we heard immigrants assert their humanity and declare, ‘Legal or illegal, I’m human,’” Meng said. “Alabama should recognize the humanity and fundamental rights of all the state’s residents and immediately repeal the Beason-Hammon Act.”

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HUMAN RIGHT WATCH ANTI-SYRIA ZIONIST PROPAGANDA

Security Council Should Refer Syria to ICC for Crimes Against Humanity

DECEMBER 15, 2011
  • Syrian security forces in Homs, one of the cities hardest hit in the government’s crackdown on protestors.

Defectors gave us names, ranks, and positions of those who gave the orders to shoot and kill, and each and every official named in this report, up to the very highest levels of the Syrian government, should answer for their crimes against the Syrian people. The Security Council should ensure accountability by referring Syria to the International Criminal Court.
Anna Neistat, associate director for emergencies

(London) – Former Syrian soldiers identified by name 74 commanders and officials responsible for attacks on unarmed protesters, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The report names commanders and officials from the Syrian military and intelligence agencies who allegedly ordered, authorized, or condoned widespread killings, torture, and unlawful arrests during the 2011 anti-government protests. Human Rights Watch has urged the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and impose sanctions against the officials implicated in abuses.

The 88-page report, “‘By All Means Necessary!’: Individual and Command Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Syria,” is based on more than 60 interviews with defectors from the Syrian military and intelligence agencies. The defectors provided detailed information about their units’ participation in attacks, abuses against Syrian citizens, and the orders they received from commanders and officials at various levels, who are named in the report.

“Defectors gave us names, ranks, and positions of those who gave the orders to shoot and kill, and each and every official named in this report, up to the very highest levels of the Syrian government, should answer for their crimes against the Syrian people,” said Anna Neistat, associate director for emergencies at Human Rights Watch, and one of the authors of the report. “The Security Council should ensure accountability by referring Syria to theInternational Criminal Court.”

The defectors’ statements leave no doubt that the Syrian security forces committed widespread and systematic abuses, including killings, arbitrary detention, and torture, as part of a state policy targeting the civilian population, Human Rights Watch said. These abuses constitute crimes against humanity.

Killings of Protesters and Bystanders


All of the defectors interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that their commanders gave standing orders to stop the overwhelmingly peaceful protests throughout the country “by all means necessary” during regular briefings to soldiers and armed units and prior to their deployment. The defectors said that they understood the phrase “by all means necessary” as an authorization to use lethal force, especially since they had been given live ammunition instead of other means of crowd control.

About half the defectors Human Rights Watch interviewed said the commanders of their units or other officers also gave them direct orders to open fire at protesters or bystanders, and reassured them that they would not be held accountable. In some cases, officers themselves participated in the killings.

“Amjad,” who was deployed to Daraa with the 35th Special Forces Regiment, said that he received direct verbal orders from his commander to open fire at the protestors on April 25:

The commander of our regiment, Brigadier General Ramadan Ramadan, usually stayed behind the lines. But this time he stood in front of the whole brigade. He said, “Use heavy shooting. Nobody will ask you to explain.” Normally we are supposed to save bullets, but this time he said, “Use as many bullets as you want.” And when somebody asked what we were supposed to shoot at, he said, “At anything in front of you.” About 40 protesters were killed that day.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that more than 5,000 people have been killed since the start of the protests. Human Rights Watch has documented many of these killings.

Syrian authorities – most recently President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview on December 7 – have repeatedly claimed that armed terrorist gangs, incited and sponsored from abroad, were responsible for the violence in the country since the uprising began in March. Human Rights Watch has documented several incidents in which demonstrators and armed neighborhood groups have resorted to violence, and the number of armed attacks on security forces by military defectors has significantly increased since September. However, the majority of protests that Human Rights Watch has been able to document since the uprising began in March has been largely peaceful. The defectors Human Rights Watch interviewed disputed the government’s claim about armed gangs and said that the protesters they observed were not armed and did not present a significant threat to the soldiers.

Arbitrary Arrests, Torture, and Executions

Information provided by the defectors corroborates Human Rights Watch’s findings of widespread arbitrary arrests and torture of detainees across Syria. The defectors described large-scale, arbitrary arrests during protests and at checkpoints, as well as “sweep” operations in residential neighborhoods across the country that have resulted in hundreds, and at times, thousands, of arrests.

Defectors told Human Rights Watch that they routinely beat and mistreated detainees and that their commanders ordered, encouraged, or condoned these abuses. Those who had worked in or had access to detention facilities told Human Rights Watch that they witnessed or participated in torture.

“Hani,” a member of the Special Operations branch of Air Force Intelligence, described the orders he received:

On April 1, we were conducting arrests in Mo’adamiyeh neighborhood in Damascus. We received our orders from Colonel Suheil Hassan. He told us explicitly to beat people severely on the heads, and not to worry about the consequences. We also used electric cattle prods. He verbally communicated the order to us, before we were dispatched.

We were beating people inside the buses, and then at the detention facility at the base. At the detention facility, we would first put people in the yard, and beat them randomly, without any interrogation. I was involved in escorting prisoners to the yard, and then to the detention facility. That day we arrested about 100 people. We put all of them in a 5-by-5 meter cell.

My unit was also involved in beating people. My heart was boiling inside, but I couldn’t show it because I knew what would happen to me.

Three defectors described to Human Rights Watch incidents of summary executions and deaths from torture, involving 19 victims. Lieutenant-Colonel “Ghassan,” who served in the Presidential Guard, said that around August 7, he witnessed a summary execution of a detainee at a checkpoint in Douma:

I was stationed at a checkpoint in the Abdul Ra’uf neighborhood in Douma. My shift was supposed to be from 4 p.m. to midnight. I arrived at 3:45 p.m. and immediately heard screams and sounds of beatings from an abandoned building near the checkpoint. I went in, and it turned out that Colonel Mohamed Saker, who had the shift at the checkpoint before me, had arrested someone from the “wanted” list. I wanted to take over right away to stop it, and said it was my shift. But Saker said, “No, be patient, we’ll deal with him first.”

Seven soldiers were beating the man whom they had arrested. When I came, he was still alive. He was screaming, and the soldiers were swearing and laughing. It lasted for about five minutes longer, and then he died. He stopped moving, and I saw blood coming out of his mouth.

When I took over, I informed Khadur [commander of 106th brigade of the Presidential Guard, Brigadier General Mohamed Khadur] that we had a fatality. He ordered us to leave the checkpoint and the body behind. We went back to headquarters. Somebody must have picked up the body. People saw us coming out of that building.

Local activists have reported more than 197 executions and deaths in detention as of November 15.

Defectors also provided further information about the denial of medical assistance to wounded protesters, the use of ambulances to arrest the injured, and the mistreatment of injured people in hospitals controlled by intelligence agencies and the military, a disturbing pattern that Human Rights Watch and other organizations have documented.

Command Responsibility 
Under international law, commanders are responsible for international crimes committed by their subordinates if the commanders knew or should have known about the violations and failed to investigate and stop them.

Human Rights Watch said that given the widespread nature of killings and other crimes committed in Syria, scores of statements from soldiers about their orders to shoot and abuse protesters, and the extensive documentation of these abuses by international and local organizations and the media, it is reasonable to conclude, at minimum, that Syria’s senior military and civilian leadership knew about them. The ongoing killings, arrests, repression, and general denials of responsibility by the Syrian government also make clear that officials have failed to take any meaningful action to address these abuses.

Furthermore, Human Rights Watch has collected information indicating that the Syrian military and civilian leadership have been closely involved in the violent crackdown on protesters.

“Try as he may to distance himself from responsibility for his government’s relentless brutality, President Assad’s claim that he did not actually order the crackdown does not absolve him of criminal responsibility,” Neistat said. “As the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, he must have known about the abuses – if not from his subordinates, then from UN reports and the reports Human Rights Watch sent him.”

Human Rights Watch also called for the investigation of other high-level officials for their command responsibility for crimes against humanity. These officials include: Imad Dawoud Rajiha, defense minister; Imad Fahed al-Jasem el-Freij, the Army chief of staff; Maj. Gen. Abdul Fatah Kudsiyeh, director of the Military Intelligence Department; Maj. Gen. Jamil Hassan, director of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate; Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, director of the General Intelligence Directorate; and Maj. Gen. Mohamed Dib Zeitoun, director of the Political Security Directorate.

“The Syrian officials who engaged in these crimes must know they’ll have to pay for them eventually,” Neistat said. “And they must know that they’ll end up holding the bag even as President Assad claims he didn’t know anything.”

Repercussions for Disobeying Orders
The consequences for disobeying orders and challenging government claims about the protests have been severe. Eight defectors told Human Rights Watch that they witnessed officers or intelligence agents killing soldiers who refused to follow orders.

“Habib,” a conscript soldier from the 65th Brigade, 3rd Division, told Human Rights Watch that a soldier from his battalion was killed around April 14 for not following orders of Colonel Mohammed Khader, the battalion commander, to shoot at protesters in Douma:

The soldiers were in front. Colonel Khader and the security agents were standing right behind us. Yusuf Musa Krad, a 21-year-old conscript from Daraa, was standing right next to me. At some point the colonel noticed that Yusuf was only shooting in the air. He told First Lieutenant Jihad from the regional branch of Military Intelligence. They were always together. Jihad called a sniper on the roof, pointed at Yusuf, and the sniper then shot Yusuf twice in the head. Security agents took Yusuf’s body away. The next day we saw Yusuf’s body on TV. They said that he had been killed by terrorists.

Three defectors told Human Rights Watch that the authorities had detained them because they refused to follow orders or challenged government claims; two said that security forces beat and tortured them.

Recommendations
Human Rights Watch called on the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC. Because crimes against humanity are considered crimes of universal jurisdiction, all states are responsible for bringing to justice those who have committed them.

Human Rights Watch also specifically called on Russia, one of the few countries that still supports the Syrian government, to end its opposition to strong Security Council action on Syria; to suspend all military sales and assistance to the Syrian government, given the real risk that weapons and technology will be used to commit serious human rights violations; and, in bilateral meetings, to condemn in the strongest terms the Syrian authorities’ systematic violations of human rights.

“Over 5,000 Syrians have lost their lives, and countless more have been injured, arrested, and tortured, as Russia has wasted time defending Assad’s ruthless slaughter and empty promises of reform,” Neistat said. “The Russian government has a duty to protect the Syrian people, not its brutal government killers.”

Additional Witness Statements From the Report

“Mansour,” a member of Air Force Intelligence in Daraa, said that in April the commander in charge of Air Force Intelligence in Daraa, Colonel Qusay Mihoub, gave his unit orders to “stop the protesters by all possible means,” which included the use of lethal force:

Our orders were to make the demonstrators retreat by all possible means, including by shooting at them. It was a broad order that shooting was allowed. When officers were present, they would decide when and whom to shoot. If somebody carried a microphone or a sign, or if demonstrators refused to retreat, we would shoot. We were ordered to fire directly at protesters many times. We had Kalashnikovs and machine guns, and there were snipers on the roofs.

“Osama,” who served in the 555th Airborne Regiment, 4th Division, said that Brigadier General Jamal Yunes, the regiment commander, gave the troops verbal orders to shoot at protesters during their deployment to Mo`adamiyeh, a neighborhood of Damascus, in May:

Initially, when the protest started, Brigadier General Jamal Yunes told us not to shoot. But then he received additional orders from Maher [Maher al-Assad, the commander of the 4th Division and President al-Assad’s younger brother]. He had some kind of paper that he showed the officers, and then the officers pointed their guns at us, and told us to shoot straight at the protesters. These officers later told me the paper contained orders from Maher to “use all possible means.”

“Zahir,” deployed to Banyas, Bayda, and Basateen in April and May, described how officers in his unit and accompanying intelligence agencies carried out arrests and looting in the towns they invaded:

In Bayda, we broke the doors and took whatever we wanted. The mukhabarat [intelligence agencies] were arresting people; in one area, they arrested 10 old men to force their children to turn themselves in. The same continued in Banyas, where we went the next days. In Basateen, we looted everything, both my unit and others. We always took money, and then whatever was there: gold, mobiles, electronics, and sometimes even women’s clothing. I saw the mukhabarat and some soldiers also touching women inappropriately, pretending to be looking for bombs and explosives.

“Salim,” an officer with the 46th Special Forces Regiment who was stationed at the Idlib camp, described the mistreatment of detainees brought to the camp under the watch of the commander who oversaw the operations in Idlib, Imad Fahed Al Jasem:

From July to September, I observed how the mukhabarat brought detainees to the camp [in Idlib], usually 10 to 30 people, around 9 or 10 p.m., after every protest – and they happened almost daily. They lined them up, blindfolded, put them on their knees, and beat them up. They swore at them, and put their feet on people’s heads. It was outside, right near my office. They beat them up while waiting for Al Jasem [Imad Fahed Al Jasem, who oversaw the operations in Idlib] to come to inspect the detainees.

When Al Jasem arrived, he would swear at the detainees for participating in the protests. And then they would take them to a nearby prison. The prison was guarded by the soldiers from my unit, so I sometimes went there. They held the detainees there for a night, in a 6-by-7 meter room, without food or water.

“Nizar,” who was a guard in the military hospital in Homs from mid-April to mid-September 2011, described the beating and torture of injured protesters detained at the hospital:

The mukhabarat and the army brought the injured and unloaded them in the yard next to the emergency area. Everybody would start beating them, including doctors and nurses. All the detainees were blindfolded.

After the initial beating in the yard, the nurses and guards took the wounded into the emergency room, provided them some basic assistance, and then the mukhabarat took them. They first held them in a detention facility on the premises for a few days; the army police was in charge of it. Then members of the Air Force Intelligence took them away in their cars. That was the case with every single injured person brought to the hospital. I think people were tortured in the detention facility because I regularly heard their screams. People with serious wounds were taken to intensive care and guarded there by army police. Sometimes, soldiers would go in there, and I would hear people screaming; I think they were beating them inside there.

Colonel Dr. Haitham Othman was in charge of the hospital. The chief doctor in the hospital was trying to tell him and the mukhabarat not to torture people because the hospital’s job was to treat people and not to torture them, but everybody just ignored him.

We were not supposed to allow any family members in. When relatives asked at the gate, we told them that this was an army hospital and it didn’t have any civilians.

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RIGHT ON SCHEDULE–EGYPTIAN GUNMEN ATTACK GAS PIPELINE TO ISRAHELL IN NORTHERN SINAI

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Incident marks 10th sabotage of pipeline; authorities blame militants protesting gas exports to IsraHell.

Gunmen attacked an Egyptian pipeline Sunday that transports gas to IsraHell, the 10th such incident since Zionist puppet’s Hosni Mu-Barak’s overthrow in February, according to Egyptian television.

A blast went off at the pipeline early Sunday in the area of al-Sabil, west of the al-Arish city in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, according to the report.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast, which hit a part of the pipeline that was not operational because of a previous attack, said the broadcaster.

Authorities have blamed the incidents on local militants protesting gas exports to IsraHell, which have been running since 2008 under a 15-year deal with preferential terms. Officials in post-Mu-Barak Egypt have been trying to amend the deal.

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ZIONIST GIULIANI: ‘I JUMPED UP OUT OF MY CHAIR AND CHEERED’ WHEN GINGRICH SAID PALESTINIANS ARE AN ‘INVENTED PEOPLE’

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GOP presidential frontrunner Zio-Nazi Newt Gingrich moved from outlandish to downright offensive last week when he declared the Palestinians are an invented people only capable of terrorism. “Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists,” he said. “It’s fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, enough lying about the Middle East.”

Today on Fox and Friends, New York City’s former Mayor Zionist Rudy Giuliani exulted in Gingrich’s inflammatory remarks. “I jumped up out of my chair and cheered for Newt when he said what he said about Palestine,” Giuliani exclaimed. “Finally. Thank God. Someone is saying the right things about Palestine.” Taking Gingrich’s extremism a step further, Giuliani proclaimed that the creation of a Palestinian state would just create a “terrorist state” that “will be training people to come over here and blow us up”:

GIULIANI: I jumped up out of my chair and cheered for Newt when he said what he said about Palestine. Finally. Thank God. Someone is saying the right things about Palestine. Somebody has to question why are we creating a Palestinian state that’s going to be another terrorist state. Put Israel aside for a minute. Is it in the interest of the United States of America to create another state where they’re going to be training people to come over here and blow us up? Of course it isn’t. And somebody’s got to have the guts to stand and say that like Ronald Reagan said, “the Evil Empire.” Like Ronald Reagan said, “Tear down the wall.” We need somebody like that. 

Zionist Giuliani may want to take another look at his hero. As Politico’s Ben Smith noted yesterday, Reagan was nowhere near the “no-daylight-with-Israel policy that leading Republicans advocate” today. in 1982, he called for a settlement freeze, stating that it “could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks.” He even complained about IsraHell’s participation in the war in Lebanon, saying “the relationship between our two countries is at stake.” In 1987, he called on Israelis to “step back from confrontation” regarding the violence in the West Bank, adding that their occupation “also damages the self-respect and world opinion of the Israeli people.”

As Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz noted, “If Obama treated Israel like Reagan did, he’d be impeached.” And yet, Republicans like Zionist Gingrich and Zionist  Giuliani continue to insist that their regressive, prejudicial, and ignorance of the Palestinian people is a position Reagan — or anyone who believes in the peace process — would support.

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CHRISTIAN LEADERS JOIN MUSLIMS IN LOWE’S PROTEST

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A coalition of Christian, Muslim and civil rights groups said it’s planning a demonstration Saturday outside a suburban Detroit Lowe’s store to protest the home improvement chain’s decision to pull ads from a reality TV show about U.S. Muslims.

Executives of the Mooresville, N.C.-based company have said the TLC network’s “All-American Muslim” show became a “lightning rod” for complaints. The company acted after an email campaign against it by the conservative Christian group the Florida Family Association.

The travel planning site Kayak.com also has pulled its ads from “All-American Muslim.” The show tracks the lives of five families in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, a center for Michigan’s large Arab-American community.

On Thursday, a group of Detroit-area Christian, Muslim and civil rights groups said its members will demonstrate from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lowe’s store in the southern Detroit suburb of Allen Park.

The protest is “in response to Lowe’s succumbing to pressure from anti-Muslim bigots by pulling their ads,” organizers said in a statement.

Groups announcing support for the demonstration include the African American Ministers Leadership Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the People for the American Way Foundation.

Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat and the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, also is backing the protest.

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Does IsraHell Want Chaos?

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Someone referred me to this article in the Economist on Israel’s rela­tion­ships with the Islamist movements that have taken power in Tunisia, that will take power in Egypt, and that are currently sup­port­ing an adven­tur­ist and ill-fated armed uprising against the state in Syria:

Israelis often reckon that order, even if imposed by a hostile entity, is better than chaos. (This may apply to Syria under the Assad family too.) Moreover, thanks to Israel’s indirect and informal contacts with Hamas, a modicum of peace has returned to Gaza. “With Hamas, we can do whatever we wish,” says an Israeli who talks to it.

Calming pragmatic state­ments by Muslim Broth­er­hood leaders in Cairo hint at an accom­mo­da­tion. Muhammad Salem Awa, a leading Brother, condemned the attack on Israel’s embassy. The Brothers’ election manifesto says that Egypt’s inter­na­tional agree­ments must be upheld, pre­sum­ably including those with Israel. The Brothers’ desire for good relations with the West and for tourism to revive will make a con­fronta­tion less likely.

In a sign of things to come, Rachid Ghan­nouchi, head of Nahda, the Tunisian Islamists who are close to the Broth­er­hood, recently met Israelis dis­creetly in Wash­ing­ton. He said that Tunisia’s con­sti­tu­tion would not ban further contact. “The new political Islam is more realistic,” says Israel’s outgoing ambas­sador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, who wants to engage.

That same source said that since Israel prefers order, we should prefer chaos. That is not a political program. That is nihilism, and one that converts the symbolism of Israel as the peak and most visible residue of colonial violence in the region into practical – or in this case imprac­ti­cal – politics. Israel cares about destroy­ing regimes poten­tially or actually unfriendly to it and putting in place friend­lier replace­ments. Failed states are prefer­able to resisting states. Orderly and quiescent is better than chaotic and bristling with resis­tance.

Israel didn’t mind the chaos in Lebanon or Iraq. But the most important thing is that the mumbling, kvetching, and pseudo-Islamophobic ramblings we read in main­stream news sources about “Islamists” is pro­pa­ganda. The US and Israel are quite happy to work with “Islamists” when it suits their agenda and when those “Islamists” are tame and can be coaxed into effective nor­mal­iza­tion with Israel and espe­cially when they support neolib­eral economic policies.

Prefer­ably both. “Islamism” tells us nothing in par­tic­u­lar about the ori­en­ta­tion of political factions, and bashing Israeli or American Ori­en­tal­ism vis-à-vis “Islamist” political parties and movements when both states con­stantly make deals with “Islamists” provides them cover while obscuring the under­ly­ing political economy and strategy of their alliance system in the region. The Egyptian Muslim Broth­er­hood is bought and paid for, cynically deploying support for Palestine as they did several weeks ago only to in turn provide cover for their own fun­da­men­tally bourgeois agenda. The sooner we get beyond culture-talk of “Islamism” to talk of the political economy of Islamist social support or support for the empire, the better.

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

 

8 items tonight.

 

Item 1 is a recommendation to a documentary, which, as soon as I had seen the subject I knew that I had to see the film.  Fortunately, it played today in Tel Aviv, and spouse and I did see ‘The Law in These Parts’

(שלטון החוק)

 

It is about the rule of law in the OPT, that is to say, the rule of military courts in the OPT.  The film is excellent and revealing.  Should it come your way, I highly recommend it.  Am grateful to John for calling my attention to it.

 

The subject of the film reminded me of something that I probably should have mentioned when I distinguished between military courts and civilian courts—Israeli kids who overtly refuse to be inducted if brought to trial are brought to military courts rather than to civil ones.  The reason for this is that every 18 year old is considered to be a soldier, will it or nil it.  Thus refusal is considered to be disobeying an order.  Yep.  I’m serious.  That’s the way it is in Israel.

 

Item 2 is an appeal from the Freedom Theatre for donations.  It is a worthy cause.

 

Item 3 reports on the Palestinian prisoner release that supposedly will take place tomorrow.  If it does, I’ll report further on it.

 

Item 4 relates that Palestinian citizens of Israel protest the mosque bill (well wouldn’t you were you a Muslim?)

 

In item 5 members of the CPT report on an IOF incursion into a school and civilian homes as part of a training exercise.  Yes, you heard correctly—as part of a training exercise!  Such ethics! One wonders how Israeli kids who join combat units ever come out sane!

 

Item 6 is a sad tale of a woman whose death was hastened by Israeli intransigence.  This is not merely a sad story about a single human being.  It is what happens if not always, then often.  Palestinian life is cheap in these parts!

 

Newt Gingrich’s insistence that there is no such thing as Palestine and Palestinians has created a large number of responses.  Item 7 is Uri Avnery’s go at it.

 

Item 8 is (you guessed correctly) ‘Today in Palestine’ for December 16.  The first item in it is the same as item 6 below.  Of all the items, one that you definitely should not miss is in the 1st section, and is titled “Ah, Wilderness.”

 

That’s it for tonight.

All the best,

1 Dorothy, apropos your comments . . ., I wonder if you know of or have seen an excellent documentary, ‘The Law in these Parts’? It is an Israeli film dealing with many of the issues of the military tribunals in the West Bank and has some chilling interviews with military judges and with one of the Presidents of the Supreme Court.

 

http://www.thelawfilm.com/eng

 

With good wishes.

 

John.

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2  From The Freedom Theatre

The Show Must Go On

 

Things are really looking up at The Freedom Theatre! After a devastating year – the unsolved murder of our General Director, friend and co-founder of The Freedom Theatre, Juliano Mer Khamis – we are back on our feet and moving forward with projects new and old, continuing the struggle for individual and collective freedom through art.

As the year comes to an end, we say goodbye to the first class of Acting School students as they have successfully completed the three year Acting School programme. While we say goodbye to them as students, we are happy to report that some of them will continue on with The Freedom Theatre in wide-ranging ways, allowing them to move from students to instructors or as participants in one of the theatre’s many projects. Additionally, our current first year Acting School students, who through the support of people like you have continued to receive educational grants to assist them in their studies, will enter into their second year of training in 2012.

To visualize the experiences of life under oppression we have recently started training several Playback Theatre troupes. Playback theatre is a tool for community building, dialogue and trauma recovery. In a Playback Theatre performance, audience members relate life experiences and a team of actors and musicians transform these accounts into improvised theatre pieces. Playback Theatre helps to foster community health through the sharing of stories that remind us of our humanity and our capacity for resistance, survival and creativity.

The New Year will prove to be an active one for The Freedom Theatre as we move to the streets, involving the residents of Jenin Refugee Camp both in the process of creating and performing a production that will be staged as part of a Street Art Festival. Moving further afield, you can catch us on the bus – the Freedom Bus that is – as we travel to key sites of oppression and resistance within the West Bank, listening to and enacting the experiences of community members using Playback Theatre techniques. Supporters from around the world are encouraged to join the ride to learn more about life in Palestine and we hope to see you on board!

The accomplishments of The Freedom Theatre over the past six years are many and we are confident that we will continue implementing creative projects that change the lives of children and youth in the local community – but we need your assistance. You can best help us by signing up for a monthly donation program, becoming a long-term partner of The Freedom Theatre. We hope to get 1000 people from around the world to donate at least 10 USD/EUR or equivalent per month.

To contribute to this goal, please go to http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/support.php

 where you can make a one-time end-of-year donation or sign up to make monthly donations which will last us throughout the year.

If you would like more information about our activities please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Sincerely,

The Freedom Theatre

 

The Freedom Theatre Foundation – Ägostigen 5, SPÅNGA, 163 44, Sweden

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3 Independent

Friday, 16 December 2011

 

Palestinian prisoner swap completed

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/palestinian-prisoner-swap-completed-6277607.html#

Catrina Stewart

 

Israel is preparing to free 550 Palestinian prisoners this weekend in the final part of a swap deal with Hamas for the Jewish soldier Gilad Shalit.

The country has largely excluded high-profile members of Fatah, the party led by the moderate Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, from the exchange. The latest tranche, selected solely by Israel, is understood to comprise mainly those who have served more than two-thirds of their sentences and who were jailed for committing minor security offences.

Israel freed 450 prisoners – many of them serving life sentences – in the first phase of the deal in mid-October. In exchange, it secured the immediate release of Sgt Shalit, who was abducted in a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants five years ago, and held in captivity in Gaza ever since.

It had initially been anticipated that Israel’s right-wing government would use the opportunity to make a gesture to Mr Abbas by freeing prominent members of his party, but officials have made clear that the moderate Palestinian leadership would not be rewarded for pursuing its unilateral statehood bid at the United Nations.

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4 Ynet

Saturday, December 17, 2011 14:25

 

 Mosque Photo: Doron Golan

     Arab-Israelis protest ‘mosque bill’

Hundreds of Arabs urge State to respect freedom of religion, rally across Israel against torching of mosques, proposed ban on Muslim calls for prayer

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4162802,00.html

Hassan Sha’alan

 

Hundreds of Arabs across Israel took to the streets Saturday to rally against attacks on mosques and the so-called ‘mosque bill,’ which aims to prohibit mosques from sounding public calls for prayer.

The protesters carried signs reading: “We won’t agree to silence the Muezzin”, “A democratic state doesn’t attack freedom of religion” and “Transfer state.” Demonstrators also chanted against the torching of mosques in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in the Arab-Israeli towns of Umm al-Fahm and Shfaram, with more protestors joining in various other communities, including Baka al-Garbiyeh, Tira, Taiba, Sakhnin, Tarshiha, Nazareth, Rahat, Jaffa, Kabul and Jisr az-Zarqa.

One protester from Rahat, Jumah Zabarka, told Ynet: “The State of Israel didn’t prosecute those responsible for the ‘Price Tag’ operations. Torching mosques is an act of chutspa because it hurts the Arab residents in Israel and the Arab population across the world.”

Arabs protest ‘mosque bill’ (Photo: Balad Party)

He added that the reaction to the mosque torching was insignificant compared to the reactions after the settler attack on Colonel Ran Kahane at the Ephraim Brigade’s base in the West Bank. “The entire country spoke up and the prime minister harshly condemned the dangers. But if somebody hurts us – they’d rather not discuss it,” he said.

While discussing the ‘mosque bill’ Zabarka explained this is a very sensitive issue. “They want to humiliate us at any price. We’re sending out a message to the State that we’re not going to allow for a ‘second Nakba.'”

Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka (Balad) spoke blatantly about the issue at hand: “The torching of the mosques and the ‘mosque bill’ are part of a war declared against the Arab and Muslim population by the racists and settlers. The sound of the Muezzin, the church bells and the blowing of the shofar have always existed.”

The proposal, initiated by MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu), aims to prohibit mosques from sounding the nighttime and early morning calls of the Muezzin – who uses a public address system to beckon worshipers to pray – in order to avoid disrupting nearby residents. The bill bases its premise on complaints by hundreds of thousands of Israeli who suffer daily noise caused by the Muezzin, particularly in the morning hours.

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5.  From: cpthebron@yahoogroups.com [mailto:cpthebron@yahoogroups.com] 

Sent: Saturday, December 17, 2011

To: cpthebron@yahoogroups.com

Subject: [cpthebron]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 December 2011
AL-KHALIL/HEBRON: Soldiers enter Ibrahimi school grounds; invade civilian homes as part of training exercises

On 15 December 2011, CPT AL-Khalil/Hebron team received a phone call from the principal of Ibrahimi School around 8:30 in the morning, saying that Israeli soldiers had entered the school grounds.By the time CPTers arrived, the soldiers had left. Members of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) and the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) also arrived around the same time.

Translating for the principal, the HRC representative said that the boys had been at a school assembly celebrating the end of semester before exams when the soldiers arrived, accusing the boys of throwing a handful of plastic chips painted in a metallic color from the schoolyard.

As the people gathered took pictures of the chips, the principal received word that an officer in the paratroopers brigade currently occupying the H-2 area of Hebron wished to speak to him.The officer told the principal that rather than throwing the plastic chips from the schoolyard, the boys had thrown a small piece of glass from a beer bottle at the soldiers near the Qitoun checkpoint. The officer told the principal to report to the Israeli District Coordinating Office (DCO) later that morning, but the Hebron District Ministry of Education told the Israeli military it was inappropriate for the DCO to make that demand without first consulting the Ministry, so the principal did not attend the meeting. Pictures of the objects the military accused the boys of throwing and the officers talking to the principal are available at http://cpt.org/index.php?q=gallery&g2_itemId=24823.

Later that day, the team learned from other internationals that members of the paratroopers brigade invaded the apartment building where the internationals and Palestinian families were living, telling them that they needed to do so for practice.CPTers observed them conducting a similar invasion of a building in the Old City in the late afternoon. The soldiers were laughing and joking as they pounded on the doors of people’s homes, demanding access. (The soldiers left shortly after TIPH officers arrived.)

Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “[n]o one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence. Article 17(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Israel is a party, also protects individuals against “arbitrary or unlawful interference with [their] privacy, family, and home. The International Red Cross/Red Crescent Commentary on Article 27 of the Fourth Geneva Convention stipulates that “[t]he family dwelling and home are protected; they cannot be the object of arbitrary interference.”

6.  guardian.co.uk,

Friday 16 December 2011

Samira Hassassian, who died this year of cancer. Photograph: Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/16/palestinian-wife-forced-jerusalem-cancer-envoy-claims?INTCMP=SRCH

Israeli authorities made the wife of the Palestinian ambassador in London interrupt a course of chemotherapy in order to return to Jerusalem or risk losing her residency rights, a trip that hastened her death from cancer, her family claim.

Samira Hassassian was infected by a virus on her plane journey back to London in May and died three months later, aged 57. Her husband, Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian envoy to the UK since 2005, said the Israeli government had extended her Jerusalem identity papers in 2010 for a year after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2009, but refused to grant a second extension this year, although the disease had by then metastasised to her bones and she was several weeks into intensive chemotherapy.

“They forced her to go back,” Hassassian said. “The doctors had told me she had maybe until the end of the year, so this trip just expedited the process, but it also caused her pain and suffering.”

The Israeli embassy in London denied that Hassassian had been refused a second extension. A spokesperson said an extension was granted by the minister of interior, although by then she was already back in Jerusalem.

“If there is a health issue there is no question that she would have had to travel. There is no such policy. It is the strangest allegation I think I’ve ever heard,” the spokesperson said.

Samira Hassassian’s London oncologist, Professor Paul Ellis, wrote a medical opinion to support her appeal for an extension on March 29, saying: “She is right in the middle of very intensive treatment and it is definitely not a good time for her to travel. There is the potential for significant infection and she is also extremely disabled by fatigue and nausea.”

The embassy spokesman confirmed that a copy of Ellis’s letter was in interior ministry files but said it had been unnecessary as an extension was not in doubt. He also suggested that Manuel Hassassian had insisted his wife return unnecessarily to Jerusalem for political motives.

“What kind of husband sends his wife on such a trip when her health and life are at stake? This really is quite low,” the spokesman said.

Hassassian said the decision to return was taken by his wife, a US-trained chemist, lecturer in business studies and patron of Palestinian cinema. He says she was determined not to lose what she saw as her rights.

“As far as she was concerned, she was not going to die. She saw herself as battling with cancer. But to force her to go back or lose her rights was inhuman,” Hassassian said.

The Israeli embassy claims Samira Hassassian had gone to Jerusalem to seek a second opinion from Hadassah hospital. Her family say she had consulted doctors there so that her condition could be assessed while she was in Jerusalem but that was not the aim of the trip and she would not willingly have broken off a course of chemotherapy to make the journey.

Samira Hassassian’s daughter, Nadine, said the ailing woman had tried for several weeks to persuade the Israeli consulate in London to grant a second extension.

“She sent a letter but got no response. They never got in touch with the doctors. On the phone, they told her it wouldn’t work. She has to go back to Jerusalem,” she said. Manuel Hassassian said that after that, his wife had tried going to the consulate in person, but was not allowed in.

In the face of the Israeli refusal to grant a medical extension, the family said Samira felt she had no choice but return to Jerusalem or lose her East Jerusalem identity papers and the travel documents that those papers entitled her to, and potentially lose the right to return to Jerusalem to live. She flew to Jerusalem in April and returned to London in May, dying on August 19.

Palestinians from East Jerusalem living abroad have to return every two years to renew their residency rights. After seven years overseas those rights are revoked permanently even if the Palestinian involved was born in the city to a family with historical roots there. The rules date back to the 1967 annexation of East Jerusalem, when Palestinian residents were given the status of residents rather than citizenship. They have the option of applying for Israeli citizenship, but many refuse for political reasons, seeing it as recognition of the annexation.

Palestinians and Israeli civil rights groups describe the bureaucracy surrounding residency rights as a weapon in Israel’s efforts to reduce the Palestinian population of the fiercely contested city and undermine future challenges to its sovereignty there.

“This has been the consistent policy of Israeli governments, leftist and rightist alike,” Sarit Michaeli, of human rights organisation B’Tselem, said. “I lived for 11 years in London and in the US but when I moved back as an Israeli Jew I was able to renew all my residency and citizenship rights. Had I been a Palestinian that would have been impossible.”

The Israeli revocation of residency rights has waxed and waned over the years. It reached a peak in 2008 with nearly 4,600 revocations, according to B’Tselem, but last year the number was only 191. It is unclear whether the decline reflects a less rigorous enforcement of the policy or whether fewer Palestinians now meet the criteria.

Civil rights groups say that the physical isolation of East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank by a security barrier has also served to reduce its Palestinian population, as have the discriminatory granting of building permits and the demolition of houses without permits.

Hassassian said after his wife’s burial he made a point of returning her Jerusalem identity papers and laissez-passer to the Israeli interior ministry.

“They have their papers back now,” he said. “They know she does not exist any more.”

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7. Uri Avnery

December 17, 2011

 

                  “With Friends Like These “

 

MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!

 

What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies.

Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul)”.

 

Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that one of them may actually become the most powerful person in the world, with a finger on the biggest nuclear button!

BUT LET’S concentrate on the present front-runner.

(Republicans seem to change front-runners like a fastidious beau changes socks.)

 

It’s Newt Gingrich. Remember him? The Speaker of the House who had an extra-marital affair with an intern while at the same time leading the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton for having an affair with an intern.

 

But that’s not the point. The point is that this intellectual giant – named after Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist ever – has discovered a great historical truth.

 

The original Newton discovered the Law of Gravity. Newton Leroy Gingrich has discovered something no less earth-

shaking: there is an “invented” people around, referring to the Palestinians.

 

To which a humble Israeli like me might answer, in the best Hebrew slang: “Good morning, Eliyahu!”  Thus we honor people who have made a great discovery which, unfortunately, has been discovered by others long before.

FROM ITS very beginning, the Zionist movement has denied the existence of the Palestinian people. It’s an article of faith.

 

The reason is obvious: if there exists a Palestinian people, then the country the Zionists were about to take over was not empty. Zionism would entail an injustice of historic proportions. Being very idealistic persons, the original Zionists found a way out of this moral dilemma:

they simply denied its existence. The winning slogan was “A land without a people for a people without a land.”

 

So who were these curious human beings they met when they came to the country? Oh, ah, well, they were just people who happened to be there, but not “a” people. Passers-by, so to speak. Later, the story goes, after we had made the desert bloom and turned an arid and neglected land into a paradise, Arabs from all over the region flocked to the country, and now they have the temerity – indeed the chutzpah – to claim that they constitute a Palestinian nation!

 

For many years after the founding of the State of Israel, this was the official line. Golda Meir famously exclaimed:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people!”

 

(To which I replied in the Knesset: “Mrs. Prime Minister, perhaps you are right. Perhaps there really is no Palestinian people. But if millions of people mistakenly believe that they are a people, and behave like a people, then they are a people.”)

 

A huge propaganda machine – both in Israel and abroad – was employed to “prove” that there was no Palestinian people. A lady called Joan Peters wrote a book (“From Time

Immemorial”) proving that the riffraff calling themselves “Palestinians” had nothing to do with Palestine. They are nothing but interlopers and impostors. The book was immensely successful – until some experts took it apart and proved that the whole edifice of conclusive proofs was utter rubbish.

 

I myself have spent many hundreds of hours trying to convince Israeli and foreign audiences that there is a Palestinian people and that we have to make peace with them. Until one day the State of Israel recognized the PLO as the sole representative of the “Palestinian people”, and the argument was laid to rest.

 

Until Newt came along and, like a later-day Jesus, raised it from the dead.

OBVIOUSLY, HE is much too busy to read books. True, he was

once a teacher of history, but for many years now he has

been very busy speakering the Congress, making a fortune as

an “adviser” of big corporations and now trying to become

president.

 

Otherwise, he would probably have come across a brilliant

historical book by Benedict Anderson, “Imagined

Communities”, which asserts that all modern nations are

invented.

 

Nationalism is a relatively recent historical phenomenon.

When a community decides to become a nation, it has to

reinvent itself. That means inventing a national past,

reshuffling historical facts (and non-facts) in order to

create a coherent picture of a nation existing since

antiquity. Hermann the Cherusker, member of a Germanic

tribe who betrayed his Roman employers, became a “national”

hero. Religious refugees who landed in America and

destroyed the native population became a “nation”. Members

of an ethnic-religious Diaspora formed themselves into a

“Jewish nation”. Many others did more or less the same.

 

Indeed, Newt would profit from reading a book by a Tel Aviv

University professor, Shlomo Sand, a kosher Jew, whose

Hebrew title speaks for itself: “When and How the Jewish

People was Invented?”

 

Who are these Palestinians? About a hundred years ago, two

young students in Istanbul, David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak

Ben-Zvi, the future Prime Minister and President

(respectively) of Israel, wrote a treatise about the

Palestinians. The population of this country, they said,

has never changed. Only small elites were sometimes

deported. The towns and villages never moved, as their

names prove. Canaanites became Israelites, then Jews and

Samaritans, then Christian Byzantines. With the Arab

conquest, they slowly adopted the religion of Islam and the

Arabic Culture. These are today’s Palestinians. I tend to

agree with them.

PARROTING THE straight Zionist propaganda line – by now

discarded by most Zionists – Gingrich argues that there can

be no Palestinian people because there never was a

Palestinian state. The people in this country were just

“Arabs” under Ottoman rule.

 

So what? I used to hear from French colonial masters that

there is no Algerian people, because there never was an

Algerian state, there was never even a united country

called Algeria. Any takers for this theory now?

 

The name “Palestine” was mentioned by a Greek historian

some 2500 years ago. A “Duke of Palestine” is mentioned in

the Talmud. When the Arabs conquered the country, they

called it “Filastin”, as  they still do”. The Arab national

movement came into being all over the Arab world, including

Palestine – at the same time as the Zionist movement – and

strove for independence from the Ottoman Sultan.

 

For centuries, Palestine was considered a part of Greater

Syria (the region known in Arabic as ‘Sham’).  There was no

formal distinction between Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians

and Jordanians. But when, after the collapse of the Ottoman

Empire, the European powers divided the Arab world between

them, a state called Palestine became a fact under the

British Mandate, and the Arab Palestinian people

established themselves as a separate nation with a national

flag of their own. Many peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa and

Latin America did the same, even without asking Gingrich

for confirmation.

 

It would certainly be ironic if the members of the

“invented” Palestinian nation were expected to ask for

recognition from the members of the “invented”

Jewish/Israeli nation, at the demand of a member of the

“invented” American nation, a person who, by the way, is of

mixed German, English, Scottish and Irish stock.

 

Years ago, there was short-lived controversy about

Palestinian textbooks. It was argued that they were anti-

Semitic and incited to murder. That was laid to rest when

it became clear that all Palestinian schoolbooks were

cleared by the Israeli occupation authorities, and most

were inherited from the previous Jordanian regime. But

Gingrich does not shrink from resurrecting this corpse,

too.

 

All Palestinians – men, women and children – are

terrorists, he asserts, and Palestinian pupils learn at

school how to kill us poor and helpless Israelis. Ah, what

would we do without such stout defenders as Newt? What a

pity that this week a photo of him, shaking the hand of

Yasser Arafat, was published.

 

And please don’t show him the textbooks used in some of our

schools, especially the religious ones!

 

IS IT really a waste of time to write about such nonsense?

 

It may seem so, but one cannot ignore the fact that the

dispenser of these inanities may be tomorrow’s President of

the United States of America. Given the economic situation,

that is not as unlikely as it sounds.

 

As for now, Gingrich is doing immense damage to the

national interests of the US. At this historic juncture,

the masses at all the Tahrir Squares across the Arab world

are wondering about America’s attitude. Newt’s answer

contributes to a new and more profound anti-Americanism.

 

Alas, he is not the only extreme rightist seeking to

embrace Israel. Israel has lately become the Mecca of all

the world’s racists. This week we were honored by the visit

of the husband of Marine Le Pen, leader of the French

National Front. A pilgrimage to the Jewish State is now a

must for any aspiring fascist.

 

One of our ancient sages coined the phrase: “Not for

nothing does the starling go to the raven. It’s because

they are of the same kind”.

 

Thanks. But sorry. They are not of my kind.

 

To quote another proverb: With friends like these, who

needs enemies?

Uri Avnery

December 17, 2011

 

                  “With Friends Like These “

 

MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!

 

What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies.

Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul)”.

 

Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that one of them may actually become the most powerful person in the world, with a finger on the biggest nuclear button!

BUT LET’S concentrate on the present front-runner.

(Republicans seem to change front-runners like a fastidious beau changes socks.)

 

It’s Newt Gingrich. Remember him? The Speaker of the House who had an extra-marital affair with an intern while at the same time leading the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton for having an affair with an intern.

 

But that’s not the point. The point is that this intellectual giant – named after Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist ever – has discovered a great historical truth.

 

The original Newton discovered the Law of Gravity. Newton Leroy Gingrich has discovered something no less earth-

shaking: there is an “invented” people around, referring to the Palestinians.

 

To which a humble Israeli like me might answer, in the best Hebrew slang: “Good morning, Eliyahu!”  Thus we honor people who have made a great discovery which, unfortunately, has been discovered by others long before.

FROM ITS very beginning, the Zionist movement has denied the existence of the Palestinian people. It’s an article of faith.

 

The reason is obvious: if there exists a Palestinian people, then the country the Zionists were about to take over was not empty. Zionism would entail an injustice of historic proportions. Being very idealistic persons, the original Zionists found a way out of this moral dilemma:

they simply denied its existence. The winning slogan was “A land without a people for a people without a land.”

 

So who were these curious human beings they met when they came to the country? Oh, ah, well, they were just people who happened to be there, but not “a” people. Passers-by, so to speak. Later, the story goes, after we had made the desert bloom and turned an arid and neglected land into a paradise, Arabs from all over the region flocked to the country, and now they have the temerity – indeed the chutzpah – to claim that they constitute a Palestinian nation!

 

For many years after the founding of the State of Israel, this was the official line. Golda Meir famously exclaimed:

“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people!”

 

(To which I replied in the Knesset: “Mrs. Prime Minister, perhaps you are right. Perhaps there really is no Palestinian people. But if millions of people mistakenly believe that they are a people, and behave like a people, then they are a people.”)

 

A huge propaganda machine – both in Israel and abroad – was employed to “prove” that there was no Palestinian people. A lady called Joan Peters wrote a book (“From Time

Immemorial”) proving that the riffraff calling themselves “Palestinians” had nothing to do with Palestine. They are nothing but interlopers and impostors. The book was immensely successful – until some experts took it apart and proved that the whole edifice of conclusive proofs was utter rubbish.

 

I myself have spent many hundreds of hours trying to convince Israeli and foreign audiences that there is a Palestinian people and that we have to make peace with them. Until one day the State of Israel recognized the PLO as the sole representative of the “Palestinian people”, and the argument was laid to rest.

 

Until Newt came along and, like a later-day Jesus, raised it from the dead.

OBVIOUSLY, HE is much too busy to read books. True, he was

once a teacher of history, but for many years now he has

been very busy speakering the Congress, making a fortune as

an “adviser” of big corporations and now trying to become

president.

 

Otherwise, he would probably have come across a brilliant

historical book by Benedict Anderson, “Imagined

Communities”, which asserts that all modern nations are

invented.

 

Nationalism is a relatively recent historical phenomenon.

When a community decides to become a nation, it has to

reinvent itself. That means inventing a national past,

reshuffling historical facts (and non-facts) in order to

create a coherent picture of a nation existing since

antiquity. Hermann the Cherusker, member of a Germanic

tribe who betrayed his Roman employers, became a “national”

hero. Religious refugees who landed in America and

destroyed the native population became a “nation”. Members

of an ethnic-religious Diaspora formed themselves into a

“Jewish nation”. Many others did more or less the same.

 

Indeed, Newt would profit from reading a book by a Tel Aviv

University professor, Shlomo Sand, a kosher Jew, whose

Hebrew title speaks for itself: “When and How the Jewish

People was Invented?”

 

Who are these Palestinians? About a hundred years ago, two

young students in Istanbul, David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak

Ben-Zvi, the future Prime Minister and President

(respectively) of Israel, wrote a treatise about the

Palestinians. The population of this country, they said,

has never changed. Only small elites were sometimes

deported. The towns and villages never moved, as their

names prove. Canaanites became Israelites, then Jews and

Samaritans, then Christian Byzantines. With the Arab

conquest, they slowly adopted the religion of Islam and the

Arabic Culture. These are today’s Palestinians. I tend to

agree with them.

PARROTING THE straight Zionist propaganda line – by now

discarded by most Zionists – Gingrich argues that there can

be no Palestinian people because there never was a

Palestinian state. The people in this country were just

“Arabs” under Ottoman rule.

 

So what? I used to hear from French colonial masters that

there is no Algerian people, because there never was an

Algerian state, there was never even a united country

called Algeria. Any takers for this theory now?

 

The name “Palestine” was mentioned by a Greek historian

some 2500 years ago. A “Duke of Palestine” is mentioned in

the Talmud. When the Arabs conquered the country, they

called it “Filastin”, as  they still do”. The Arab national

movement came into being all over the Arab world, including

Palestine – at the same time as the Zionist movement – and

strove for independence from the Ottoman Sultan.

 

For centuries, Palestine was considered a part of Greater

Syria (the region known in Arabic as ‘Sham’).  There was no

formal distinction between Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians

and Jordanians. But when, after the collapse of the Ottoman

Empire, the European powers divided the Arab world between

them, a state called Palestine became a fact under the

British Mandate, and the Arab Palestinian people

established themselves as a separate nation with a national

flag of their own. Many peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa and

Latin America did the same, even without asking Gingrich

for confirmation.

 

It would certainly be ironic if the members of the

“invented” Palestinian nation were expected to ask for

recognition from the members of the “invented”

Jewish/Israeli nation, at the demand of a member of the

“invented” American nation, a person who, by the way, is of

mixed German, English, Scottish and Irish stock.

 

Years ago, there was short-lived controversy about

Palestinian textbooks. It was argued that they were anti-

Semitic and incited to murder. That was laid to rest when

it became clear that all Palestinian schoolbooks were

cleared by the Israeli occupation authorities, and most

were inherited from the previous Jordanian regime. But

Gingrich does not shrink from resurrecting this corpse,

too.

 

All Palestinians – men, women and children – are

terrorists, he asserts, and Palestinian pupils learn at

school how to kill us poor and helpless Israelis. Ah, what

would we do without such stout defenders as Newt? What a

pity that this week a photo of him, shaking the hand of

Yasser Arafat, was published.

 

And please don’t show him the textbooks used in some of our

schools, especially the religious ones!

IS IT really a waste of time to write about such nonsense?

 

It may seem so, but one cannot ignore the fact that the

dispenser of these inanities may be tomorrow’s President of

the United States of America. Given the economic situation,

that is not as unlikely as it sounds.

 

As for now, Gingrich is doing immense damage to the

national interests of the US. At this historic juncture,

the masses at all the Tahrir Squares across the Arab world

are wondering about America’s attitude. Newt’s answer

contributes to a new and more profound anti-Americanism.

 

Alas, he is not the only extreme rightist seeking to

embrace Israel. Israel has lately become the Mecca of all

the world’s racists. This week we were honored by the visit

of the husband of Marine Le Pen, leader of the French

National Front. A pilgrimage to the Jewish State is now a

must for any aspiring fascist.

 

One of our ancient sages coined the phrase: “Not for

nothing does the starling go to the raven. It’s because

they are of the same kind”.

 

Thanks. But sorry. They are not of my kind.

 

To quote another proverb: With friends like these, who

needs enemies?

 

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A Case Study:

On the 14 December I received this email from Sam S. one of the founders of our local group of “Jews for Peace and Justice”.

I am sharing his email with my readership to give people the opportunity to see an example of the dishonourable methods of ad hominem attacksand character assassination, used (in this case against me) to stifle the debate. Pursuing their objectives, they stop at nothing; in this incident, they even try to exploit my personal pain and sorrow for the loss of my late beloved husband as a way to intimidate me into silence. All I can say is that I find their tricks nauseating and sick to the core.

Please read my comment following Sam S. email (Emphasis mine):

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From: Sam S.
Date: 14 December 2011 01:20
Subject: Unchallenged Lies
To: Nahida

Dear Nahida,

You will be aware that over the last couple of years I have not been directly involved with the various issues that have lead to an emerging schism between you and certain members of …… Friends of Palestine. However the review by Gilad Atzmon of David Landy’s book “Jewish Identity & Palestinian Rights – Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel”, which appears on “Uprooted Palestinians” leaves me no choice but to speak out.

I refer to the third and fourth sentences of the eighth paragraph, which are as follows:

“Admired Palestinian poet and writer Nahida Izatt was also cleansed. This time it was no Israeli or a ‘Zionist’ who barred her from her local Palestinian solidarity group ……”

The assertion that you were “cleansed” and “barred” from …… Friends of Palestine is a blatant lie as you well know. Your consort may have not been allowed to record a meeting which you were unable to attend or certain articles from the Group’s website, to which people have objected, may have been removed while the matter is being investigated. However to twist this into being “cleansed” and “barred” is a total misrepresentation of what happened.

Yet you allow this rubbish on “Uprooted Palestinians”. What in the world has happened to you? Where is the Nahida who for years we all loved and respected as a sincere, sensitive and most levelheaded person? You tell people that Gaza changed you but I find it hard to believe that Gaza has caused you to sink to the depths where you can countenance the appearance of such lies as in the Atzmon review.

I might be tempted to follow your line of reasoning, which claims that Judaism is responsible for the settlers ethnically cleansing the Palestinians, and claim that Islam is responsible for your accepting that which you know to be untrue. But having known “the old Nahida” and Khalid I know this clearly is not the case.

I can only wonder what Khalid would make of all this and wish that he were here to resurrect the Nahida I once knew.

Regards,

S… S…

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Nahida’s comment:

After more than two years of evasion, shunning and ostracism, and after the failure of the defamation and smear campaign used by his consorts, Sam S. pops up on the scene. Not to wish me well or to ask about my health after a major surgery, and not to apologize and show remorse for being heavily involved in causing harm to my family two years ago, but to cause even more hurt and rub more salt on the wound.

With a sinister heartless move, using carefully chosen words and employing emotional manipulation, psychological pressure, and dishonourable use of the memory of my beloved husband Khaled, while knowing fair well the immeasurable amount of pain and hurt that such highly charged, extremely insensitive words would cause, Sam S. ends his letter with: “I can only wonder what Khalid would make of all this and wish that he were here to resurrect the Nahida I once knew”.

Being familiar with my private life through my open nature, Sam S. misuses this entrusted knowledge of my deep love and admiration of my late husband Khaled, to psychologically manipulate and pressurize me in order to influence my political views and quieten my voice. By doing so he aims to suppress information which I deem crucial to the success and advancement of our Palestinian cause.

Here is only one example of the appalling consequences of Sam S. and associates’ effort to defame and smear my character; hence discredit my research, evident in the blog of his friend and comrade Tony Greenstein:

“In Liverpool a Palestinian activist, Nahida, who was once the mainstay of the group, changed almost overnight when she married a sinister Dutchman. Jewish conspiracies took over her life and it was with difficulty that the branch reclaimed its website, which had posted links to her anti-Semitic website (‘Spiders Web’).”

Sam S. uses offensive expressions like: “sink to the depths” and “What in the world has happened to you? Where is the Nahida who for years we all loved and respected as a sincere, sensitive and most levelheaded person?” to try to humiliate, demean, put down and cast shadows over my “current” character. Evading addressing the issues and facts I investigate for two years in my articles, Sam S. chooses to direct his attention and attack to the alleged “change” in my “current” character.

Furthermore, in this loaded paragraph he says: “I might be tempted to follow your line of reasoning, which claims that Judaism is responsible for the settlers ethnically cleansing the Palestinians, and claim that Islam is responsible for your accepting that which you know to be untrue. But having known “the old Nahida” and Khalid I know this clearly is not the case.”

What a twisted ploy! Sam S. openly equates my exposure of real racism and supremacy thriving amongst Jewish settlers, with ignorant, racist, hate-filled Islamophobes, and by doing so hopes to subdue me and persuade me to stop exposing such wicked ideology.

The above paragraph represents a clear exposure of the agenda behind their effort; i.e what Sam S. and his circle (including Greg D.) are trying to conceal, namely the link between the atrocious behaviour of the Jewish settlers in Palestine and the supremacist ideology that animates them. In essence, preventing activists from investigating and understanding the deeper motives behind the Zionists crimes.

Moreover, Sam S. omits to mention that his ignominious email is not an innocent and spontaneous response to some thing that he accidentally came across as he wants me to believe, but rather collusion between himself and other members, who following a meeting on 7th December had decided to write a letter to Nahida about “unchallenged lies”.

It has become exceedingly clear to me and many others in the movement that the agenda of those who try to silence me has nothing to do with facts and truths, but rather with a precise agenda that aims to:

1) Conceal the ideology of Jewish-Zionist Supremacists and their highly influential global networks;

2) Suppress the fact that this ideology and networking directly affect Palestine and the Palestinians;

3) Muzzle and discredit people who expose such information;

4) Sideline and alienate individuals who promote the FULL Liberation of Palestine, those who put the welfare of the suffering Palestinian before that of their oppressors, those who endorse the FULL and unconditional reinstatement of Palestinian rights.

For the record:

With regards to that sentence pulled up by Sam S. and his crowd from Gilad Atzmon’s article, and then used as a pretext to write his odious email, by dubbing it “Unchallenged lies”, a bit of clarification is needed:

1) The article in question to is NOT my article. I am not responsible for other people’s writing.

2) Uprooted Palestinians is NOT my website, I am only a contributor there. My personal blog is “Poetry for Palestine”.

3) As I understand, Gilad Atzmon wrote that sentence because of his own interpretation of my writing; he thought that I was actively barred from LFoP.

4) As soon as I read Gilad Atzmon’s article I contacted him immediately to let him know that his information was not correct, I had not explicitly been barred. Then some time later I sent him an email explaining exactly what happened. A copy of my email to Atzmon is at the end of this letter.

5) When I spoke to Gilad Atzmon, he apologized and told me that this was his misunderstanding.

6) However, while I was indeed not explicitly “barred” from the group, I have been pushed out implicitly, and that is irrefutable and glaring.

To make things worse, being the only Palestinian in this group, I am entitled to consider this eviction as a hypocrites’ version of ethnic cleansing.

I don’t think that any person with the slightest sense of dignity and self respect would accept to be part of an organization that has amongst its members people whose tactics include such dishonest, disloyal and dishonourable methods of filtering, defamation of dissenting members, lies, insults, accusations, ad hominem attacks, meddling in private affairs of members, and rumours and slander far and wide etc etc. This does not constitute debate, democratic discussion, rebuttal of opinion, open communications, or any of the normal internal dynamics of a group, association or political group. I do not know why would people want to remain part of a group where certain members resort to such methods to impose their position on others to achieve their own dubious agenda, and to make things worse without ever being sanctioned or expelled.

7) In addition, it must be said that the alienation from the group started two years ago. Up until now I refrained from talking about it publicly. Suffice it to say that some members, including Sam S. , subjected my family to high level of psychological manipulation that has caused grave harm and excruciating pain to me and my children, putting an unimaginable strain on my private life.

About four months ago, the alienation was exacerbated when members of the local Jews for Peace and Justice (JPJ) – of which Sam S. is a founding member, tried to coerce me to stop writing about the supremacist ideology that thrives amongst some Jewish Hasidic groups. Instead of contacting me directly to discuss the issue, they cowardly went behind my back to contact a Palestinian Friend, asking him to “have a word” with me to invite me to stop writing about these issues. It appears that I overstepped JPJ’s boundaries of what is “allowed” in their carefully crafted, narrowly defined margin of political discourse. Apparently I have entered an area of truth too uncomfortable to them. Because they project themselves as “anti-racists”, I naively thought I was doing them a favour by bringing this information to their attention, that they would appreciate my efforts to expose such racist ideology.

One month later, the alienation reached its peak with the libellous letter signed Greg D. and Tom B. The subsequent defamatory activities culminated in what practically equated to a “trial” during the 5th October monthly meeting, which was conducted in absentia, where even the most elementary legal right of the accused to defend herself was crudely avoided. My article was removed from the website, and I noticed that even my own blog “Poetry for Palestine” had been simultaneously flagged, causing a WARNING sign to pop up next to my blog’s link stating that “The Link to this Website have been removed from some pro-Palestinian Websites, because the content of this Website is highly “controversial”, my advise to all …”

8) By failing to address any of the facts and solid information that I present in my writing, and using someone else’s misinterpretation as a pretext, Sam S. and his clique continue their fervent attempts to cover up truths and stifle debate. McCarthyism revisited?

This leaves me perplexed as to why they are so desperate to conceal the ideology of Jewish settlers in Palestine. Could it be that one/some of them have some close relatives who are ideological settlers whom they are keen to protect? I wonder!

9) In an attempt to demoralize me by destroying my reputation, Sam S. spreads rumours about a “change” of my character, hence to debase me and to discredit my views and my writing as coming from an “unstable” character. Instead of acknowledging the truth and addressing the real political and intellectual issues that I raise, Sam S. continues to hide behind the myth he created (the “lost old Nahida”, “who for years we all loved and respected as a sincere, sensitive and most levelheaded person?”).

Sam S. fails to see that the change is a change in my political views, clarified by FACTS not myths, due to the discovery of a whole set of new information along with aggravated circumstances in Palestine. The elucidation and strengthened analysis, reflected in my writing, manifest itself as a more confident, more vigilant, more outspoken, more assertive and more resolute Nahida. These qualities are fully compatible with sincerity, sensitivity and being level-headed.

10) Some of the facts and information that were instrumental in refining my political position were:

  • Having witnessed the atrocities in Gaza, 2009;

  • Observing the intensifying of the murderous actions of the occupiers;

  • Confronted with the incessant creation of facts on the ground, rapid change of the face of Palestine, ever-increasing lies and ever-escalating crimes of the Jewish state;

  • Confronted with the double talk of many “anti-Zionist” groups, it became obvious to me that their aims have nothing to do with Liberation of Palestine, but rather the future security and prosperity of the Jewish state. The main reason of their criticism of “Israel” is out of “love” and loyalty to this criminal entity and primarily to protect and help it thrive and survive.

  • Watching with utter horror a displayed exhibition by the local Jews for Peace and Justice group –ironically, during a BDS event- titledAnother Israel: Celebrating Israeli voices for peace, in which a list of Israeli “Peace” groups along with stories of their courage, “great” achievements and impeccable morality were hyped and glorified, giving the impression that most of the “Israeli” society is a humanistic, civilised and moral society… “but too bad it’s run by a corrupt government.”

In conclusion:

Neither “dormant racism”, nor “concealed anti-Semitism”, nor alleged “change of character”, nor the influence of a sinister Dutchman and not even aFlying Dutchman for that matter have anything to do with their malicious claims. It is rather the above facts that have lead to profound transformation in my political views, my assertiveness, my confidence and my vision for the future of Palestine.

I can no longer allow myself be trapped inside the narrow framework drawn by people who do not have the interest of Palestinian people 100% at heart, people who use dishonourable methods to muzzle the debate, people who lack the intellectual integrity to tackle the subjects of concern and shy away from exploring and challenging the serious topics that I investigate, and choose instead smear and character assassination as methods of “intellectual engagement”.

In this day and age, racism is finally understood by decent human-beings to be a thing of the past. It is viewed with revulsion and contempt, but when a majority of a society (by their own admission) becomes infected with such ills, then it’s up to the decent people of world to rise up and put an end to the twisted ideology that gives rise to such abomination.

When some alleged supporters of Palestine systematically, and by all means possible, insist to deprive us from exposing that rampant racism and supremacy amongst the Israeli-settler-society, they stab Palestine and the Palestinians in the back. For this could be one of our most powerful weapons that would expose and finally bring to an end the horrendous crimes committed by that colonial criminal entity.

All things considered, it appears that these people joined the Palestine Solidarity Movement for an agenda that does not truly correspond to, or entirely represents the hopes and aspirations of Palestinians.

For the sake of the Palestinian people at the brink of annihilation, the sake of a Holy Land almost fully destroyed by sociopathic foreign occupiers, it is not longer acceptable that boundaries of permissible political debate are defined and confined by people whose main concern is to minimise the damage of the occupier by tightening the bolts of debate and by evicting whomever keeps the clear and unalienable vision of Liberation and Justice as the irremediable way to Peace.

Stifling the debate and keeping the gates and minds shut, rather than engaging in honest exploration of FACTS, is a method ultimately beneficial to the Zionist project, and not to Palestine, not to Palestinians, and certainly not to the larger Peace in the Middle-East, since the promoters and fomenters of these endless wars are mainly to be found amidst Jewish-Zionist networks.

A solution involving rewarding criminals for their crimes, perpetuated for almost a century, can no longer be seen as a fair solution.

When the aim is noble, when the intention is honest and when goal is the pursuit of truth and justice; no amount of pressure, intimidation, manipulation or harm; psychological or otherwise will yield any fruit.

What is at stake is Palestine, and for Palestine no effort is too small and no sacrifice is too great.

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Addendum:

This is the email that was sent to Gilad atzmon:

From nahida

to Gilad Atzmon

date 14 October 2011 19:21

I must clarify that I haven’t been kicked out from .FoP or PSC, but my article have been taken down from LFoP website.

Two years ago, I stopped participating in the activities (but I stayed a member) because some group members engaged in gossip, accusation and rumours against a member of my family ( who had innocently sent an article by Gilad Atzmon to a member of the local Jews for Peace and Justice -not knowing that Gilad was boycotted by .FoP since 2006)

The fact that I was accused of “racism” against the Jews, and those who accused me used lies and glaring misrepresentation of my views, and that .FoP agreed to take down my article, relying on those accusation, I could no longer be part of such organization.

A Second Addendum:

A striking confession comes from no other than the Former Director of National Affairs for the American Jewish Committee, one of the largest and most powerful Jewish organization in America Stephen Steinlight

“I’ll confess it, at least: like thousands of other typical Jewish kids of my generation, I was reared as a Jewish nationalist, even a quasi-separatist. Every summer for two months for 10 formative years during my childhood and adolescence I attended Jewish summer camp.

There, each morning, I saluted a foreign flag, dressed in a uniform reflecting its colors, sang a foreign national anthem, learned a foreign language, learned foreign folk songs and dances, and was taught that Israel was the true homeland.

Emigration to Israel was considered the highest virtue, and, like many other Jewish teens of my generation, I spent two summers working in Israel on a collective farm while I contemplated that possibility.
More tacitly and subconsciously, I was taught the superiority of my people to the gentiles who had oppressed us. We were taught to view non-Jews as untrustworthy outsiders, people from whom sudden gusts of hatred might be anticipated, people less sensitive, intelligent, and moral than ourselves. We were also taught that the lesson of our dark history is that we could rely on no one.”




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* Ben White talks about his new book ‘Palestinians in Israel’


Ben White talks about his new book ‘Palestinians in Israel’

Posted: 17 Dec 2011

 

When Zionist nationalists jump into bed with the far Right

Posted: 17 Dec 2011

This is an area covered throughout the recently released book, On Utoya, and my contribution covers how the Norway killer Anders Breivik rather loved Israel in his manifesto.

This piece in American Jewish newspaper Forward highlights this disturbingly growing alliance between hardline Zionism and neo-Nazis (yes, you read that right):

Economic upheaval and strife in Europe have historically begat fierce nationalism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Faced with a serious debt crisis, severe budget cuts, grim austerity, rising unemployment and creeping inflation, the current depression is no exception.

Since the fall of 2008, reported incidents of anti-Semitism have risen across the continent. In Britain, a record number of anti-Jewish crimes was noted in 2009. This year in the Netherlands, the number of Jews who reported being verbally harassed, and even physically attacked, climbed. More recently, a restored Jewish cemetery in the Republic of Kosovo was desecrated with Nazi grafitti.

What is fundamentally different about Europe’s current condition, however, is that anti-Semitism has been largely superseded in the organized far-right by suspicion at best, and hatred at worst, of the continent’s growing Muslim community. As Australian writer Antony Loewenstein puts it: “Yesterday’s anti-Semites have reformed themselves as today’s crusading heroes against an unstoppable Muslim birth rate on a continent that now sees Islam as an intolerant and ghettoized religion.”

More curious still is that via this Islamophobia (for lack of a better term), Europe’s extremist parties have entered into a disturbing marriage of convenience with sections of the Israeli right. In December 2010, politicians including Heinz-Christian Strache of Austria’s Freiheitliche Partei and Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang in Flemish Belgium visited Israel and signed the Jerusalem Declaration, “guaranteeing Israel’s right to defend itself against terror.” On a separate occasion, Members of Knesset Aryeh Eldad (National Union) and Ayoob Kara (Likud) met with members of a Russian neo-Nazi delegation that also toured Yad Vashem.

The English Defense League — not a political party but, rather, a thuggish and violent mob made up of the same sort of white working-class males who formed the rank-and-file of Mosley’s Blackshirts — has described the bond between themselves and Israel in the following terms: “In many ways there are parallels to be drawn between the radicalization that has infected the Palestinians and their supporters and the radicalization that continues to breed in British mosques. In this way at least, the people of England and the people of Israel have a great deal in common.”

We leave Iraq a ruined nation

Posted: 17 Dec 2011

After America withdraws most of its troops, the New York Times, a key paper that backed the invasion in 2003,editorialised yesterday and sounded contrite (a little, though no mention of the mainstream media’s drum-boat towards the conflict):

America’s reputation has yet to fully recover from the horrors of Abu Ghraib. The country is still paying a huge price for President George W. Bush’s decision to shortchange the war in Afghanistan. American policy makers, for generations to come, must study these mistakes carefully and ensure that they are not repeated.

…President Obama, who first ran for office campaigning against the war, has never wavered on his promise to bring the troops home. The last few thousand will be out of Iraq by year’s end. We celebrate their return. But this country must never forget the intolerable costs of a war started on arrogance and lies.

As importantly, America is leaving around 16,000 private contractors in the country, a fact missed by most of the corporate press, happy to simply rehash White House press releases. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan was a rare exception:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking newsworld news, and news about the economy

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