Archive | February 22nd, 2012

Jews Who Hate Christians

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2012 Mark Glenn

What? What’s that you say? Provocative title? Blatant “anti-Semitism” and “Jew-bating”?

Oh goodness, my apologies…An honest mistake caused by a careless mix-up of word order…

The way it should read is–

“Christians who hate Jews”

Yes, now everything is ok, isn’t it? Nothing ‘provocative’ about a title like that, now is there?

See how that works, folks? An article with a title such as Jews Who Hate Christians is totally unacceptable (and more than likely illegal in some countries) but simply switch the word order of the title and suddenly it morphs from being incendiary, libelous hate speech to ‘an important, scholarly discussion that must take place in times such as these…’

And indeed, such was the title of a recent piece (of exactly WHAT we won’t say in polite company) written by one Giuglio Meotti and appearing on the front page one of Israel’s biggest online news sites, Ynet.

Don’t let his “Romanesque” name fool you folks. Despite his nome italiano and the fact that Italy is home to the largest and most influential Christian sect in the world, non c’e niente Christiano about him. As far as his thinking and ‘activism’ go, he’s as ‘Roman’ as Judas, Barabbas, Caiaphas, Foxman, Dershowitz, Madoff and the rest of the gang that history has come to know so well. A died-in-the-wool dopehead, it’s obvious (by virtue of the scribbling that he and his cousins in the media pass off as ‘journalism’) that he spends most of his day high as a kite on what has historically-speaking been the most dangerous spiritual narcotic known to man—Judaism, and the radioactive, toxic mental processes it produces.

For those who have been blessed with having not yet whiffed the mal rumoreknown as Meotti, he is the latest fiddler on the roof for all things Jewish these days, including war against Iran for Israel’s benefit. A carnival barker and screecher who apparently has nothing better to do with his time than to constantly wag a lecturing finger in the collective face of planet earth’s 6 billion Gentiles (making up what I like to call the Moral Majority) he is the ultimate broken record and Gianni 1-note whose repertoire consists solely of —

YOU OWE US, BITCHES, AND DON’T EVEN MAKE THE MISTAKE OF THINKING ENOUGH WILL EVER BE ENOUGH…IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER, AND WE’LL BE THE ONES DECIDING WHEN IT’S OVER…

I really hate giving this struzzo di cane more attention than he deserves, but his latest defecazione dalla bocca has simply GOT to be showcased for the truly septic specimen that it is.

His latest piece (again, we won’t say of WHAT) entitled ‘Christians who hate Jews’has finally brought Meotti ‘out of the closet’ as it were and exposed him for the moral and mental degenerate he truly is. Just the title alone says everything necessary about him in terms of his backwards, myopic affection for all things non-Gentile.

In truth, the ‘article’ in question is nothing but stale, recycled screeching that originally began a few months back when some of Meotti’s confreres in La Kosher Nostra decided to make a meal out of the Very Reverend Stephen Sizer, an anti-Zionist (i.e. CHRISTIAN) Anglican priest who made the mistake of linking a story on his Facebook page to my personal website, The Ugly Truth.

The hounds of hell naturally did what they do best whenever someone says something less-than-reverential about that medical-textbook case of collective psychosis known as Israel. The entire drama was typical in its Judaic theatricism—i.e. rending of robes, wailing, gnashing of teeth and the typical practice of pack-fighting that organized Jewish interests engage themselves in whenever someone of conscience (such as the Very Reverend Stephen Sizer) commits the unforgivable–Speaking out against what we might call the “Good Friday” mob mindset that today is destroying the lives of innocent people in the same country that Jesus Himself once predicted would be “wiped off the map” by the wrath of a righteously-angry God who had had His fill of the Jews as well.

In this latest ‘article,’ Meotti (again in typical fashion, considering the environment from whence he comes) does what individuals from his side of town do best—he whines and kvetches.

But to assume that this behavior is merely annoying and obnoxious while at the same time harmless is a mistake, because the truth of the matter is that Meotti (and others like him engaged in similar business) is what might be called an intellectual terrorist.

Whereas his cousins drop bombs on the homes of innocent people in places such as Gaza, Meotti’s job is to lob explosive verbal ordnance at individuals through the use of his ‘journalism’. In such business, he (and his confreres) have at his (their) disposal 3 ‘H’ –bombs which he (they) use indiscriminately and as a 1ststrike weapon in any engagement—

  1. Hate

  2. Hitler

  3. Holocaust

Therefore, true to form, in his latest bombing run against Rev. Sizer, Meotti has elected the use of the first ‘H’ bomb—‘hate’–hoping to achieve maximum yield and destruction.

The first thing that MUST be noted in such a discussion is exactly what qualifies as ‘hate’ in Jewish discourse. Much like the other two in the Zionist arsenal—Hitler and Holocaust—it is used indiscriminately and as such has lost all relevance and meaning. Meotti and his fellow travelers in the pro-Israel Famiglia are like the proverbial spoiled child who is accustomed to getting his way in 11 out of ten cases. Therefore, when the 12th case comes along and this deranged, spoiled child hears the word ‘no’ from a morally-outraged world, the autonomic reaction on the part of these undisciplined, narcissistic children is to fall on the floor, kicking, screaming, wetting themselves and dirtying their diapers until they get their way.

Therefore, whenever someone from what we might call the sane world encounters Meotti & co’s use of the word ‘hate’, the way it must be translated is as follows—‘Someone or something is impeding our immediate desire to engage in something evil or obnoxious.’

In such a scenario therefore, protesting the inhumane treatment meted out by Israel to innocent Palestinians is ‘hate’.

America not giving Israel her demanded amount of military and financial assistance (AS IF such a thing were to ever take place) is ‘hate’.

President Obama putting pressure on Israel to cease the building of settlements in the West Bank, rightly seeing that such business is dragging the world deeper into an already-deadly quagmire is ‘hate’.

And on, and on, and on, and on…

That having been accomplished, let’s explore this a bit then… ‘Christians who HATE Jews…’

Well, in applying the same scientific method that has led to all sorts of good things that have benefitted mankind, let us then ask a few questions regarding Meotti’s latest mess of madness.

Assuming you are correct in your thesis, Sig. Meotti, WHY is there such a thing, this ‘Christian hatred’ for Jews? Is it like the very rare cases of spontaneous combustion, where it just HAPPENS for no explainable reasons, or is it like a forest fire, with a recognizable ignition point and cause?

For example, the FACT that Jews have nursed an ABSOLUTELY IMPLACCABLE, VISCERAL hatred for Jesus Christ, as evidenced by their planning to kill Him on numerous instances and finally achieving the same in Jerusalem, followed by these jihadists hunting down and killing His followers, could THIS possibly have something to do with the reason WHY ‘Christians hate Jews?’

Or, the fact that the Jews have CODIFIED this hatred in a book known as the Talmud, where Jesus is described as a sorcerer, sex freak and the bastard son of a prostitute who presently suffers in hell, boiled in a vat of excrement, could THIS have something to do with the reason why ‘Christians hate Jews?’

Or possibly, could it be that—with few exceptions, sadly–the Jews, slaves as they are to their religious and political leadership, are now like a group of rapacious, bloodthirsty wolves, roving about the world, bankrupting nations as their forefathers did in the Old Testament, are starting wars in the Middle East and elsewhere that CHRISTIAN countries are then tasked with fighting, to say nothing of the massacres and human sacrifices that Israel performs on a daily basis in places such as Gaza, could THIS have something to do with the reason why ‘Christians hate Jews’?

Or on a more personal level, could it be due to the fact that Jews—firmly in control of Western media, have used the same as a weapon in defiling Christian morals and defaming Christianity’s founder? Not a day goes by where there is not some scurrilous application of the ‘affections’ that you and your people possess for Jesus Christ, and again, as codified in your be-damned-to hell Talmud. Besides this, there are the social and legal applications of this twisted Talmudic mindset to consider as well, in the all-too-obvious involvement of Jewish interests in forcing down the collective throat of Christian society abortion on demand, pornography and just about every other form of moral typhus imaginable.

And yet Christians throughout the world, subjected as they are to this form of blatant Christian anti-Semitism (Oooh, I LIKE that one!) are expected to just sit there and ‘take it’, watching as our societies, founded as they were upon the morals and teachings of the man we hold dear to our hearts are subjected to an overt seek-and-destroy campaign by you and your gang?

 The truth is, and you know this all too well Mr. Meotti, we could go on ALL DAMNED DAY with instance after instance after instance as to WHY ‘Christians hate Jews’. It is a simple exercise in studying the relationship of cause and effect. Tragically, the Jews–followers as they are of a backwards, bereft-of-morals criminal mindset masquerading as a religion—have been despised and rejected EVERY PLACE they have gone throughout history, as first evidenced in the book of Genesis. Understanding this phenomenon is no more difficult than grasping the idea of someone biting into a rotten apple and spitting that portion out of his or her mouth, as it is but a God-given survival instinct meant to keep something dangerous from entering the body. Cause and effect.

In sum, IN EACH AND EVERY CASE where the misery index within the Christian community can be found spiking like some dangerous fever and thus making the patient very uncomfortable, there can be found someone from the synagogue doing what he or she can to exacerbate the situation for the benefit of Jewish interests.

And while we are having this ‘come to Jesus’ moment here, as pertains the Very Reverend Stephen Sizer, it is perfectly understandable where all this screeching from within the organized Jewish community comes from, Sig. Meotti. The present ‘clash of civilizations’ between the Christian and Islamic worlds engineered by organized Jewish interests cannot proceed as scheduled by you and your fellow travelers if leaders such as Rev Sizer begin speaking out against it. In your diabolical drive to see the two most formidable competitors to Judaism—i.e. Christianity and Islam–wipe each other out in a series of wars, the LAST thing that your criminal syndicate can afford to take place is for Christians to ask the often-quipped question these days as pertains world events—‘What Would Jesus Do?’

Yeah, real tough trying to reconcile the teachings of the Prince of Peace with all the carnage taking place in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, and everywhere else you and your fellow arsenists have lit on fire. Yahweh forbid, Christian soldiers might just decide to see it all as totally contrary to what their spiritual Commander in Chief would stand for were He here and then you might have real problems, huh?

No, your ideal Christian pastor is a John Hagee, Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, the same species of wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus warned us about, men who will assist you in your maniacal drive to see the world drenched in blood for Jewish interests.

So, after considering all this, Mr. Meotti, the real question here that must be asked and answered is this—should the discussion be—

‘Christians who hate Jews’,

or rather—

 ‘Jews who hate Christians’?

Inquiring minds would love to know.

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ISRAHELL BETTER FORGET ABOUT ATTACKING IRAN

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By Gilad Atzmon

http://www.deliberation.info/

F15 refuelling

Israeli Ynet admitted today that an Israeli air force attack on Iran is unrealistic.

The Israeli paper quoted a New York Times article that described such an attack as ‘highly complex operation’. It would require at least 100 planes.  Israeli jets would have to refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses and attack multiple underground sites simultaneously.

American military experts seem to agree amongst themselves that Israel doesn’t necessarily has the means to accomplish such an operation.

The first problem Israel faces is how to get to Iran. ”Israel has American-built F-15I and F-16I fighter jets that can carry bombs to the targets, but their range — depending on altitude, speed and payload — falls far short of the minimum 2,000-mile round trip. That does not include an aircraft’s ‘loiter time’ over a target plus the potential of having to fight off attacks from Iranian missiles and planes,” according to the report.

In any case, the report claimed, Israel would have to use airborne refueling planes, called tankers, but Israel is “not thought to have enough.”

Israel would also need to use its electronic warfare planes to penetrate Iran’s air defenses and jam its radar systems to create a corridor for an attack.

The analysts said another major hurdle is Israel’s inventory of bombs capable of penetrating the Natanz nuclear plant, believed to be buried under 30 feet of reinforced concrete, and the Fordo site, which is built into a mountain.

For some reason, the Ynet article failed to list the grave inevitable consequences of any aggression against Iran.  Such consequences include destruction of Israeli cities following barrages of Iranian missiles. But we may also bear in mind the possibility of a nuclear conflict that escalates into a global war.

The message to the Israelis is pretty clear.  Israel’s military options are running out. There is no way to maintain the Jewish State by the sword. The time is overdue for Israel to drop its expansionist genocidial philosophy. If Israelis really want to live in the region, they must pursue every means towards peace immediately.

Israel should voluntarily open its nuclear facilities to international inspection. Israel must sign the Nuclear NonProliferation Treatyand dismantle its own atomic bombs immediately. Israel better  grasp what humanity is all about, before it is too late.

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Dorothy Online Newsletter

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Dear Friends,

 

As you undoubtedly have heard by now, Khader Adnan’s lawyer signed an agreement with the military for an early release of Adnan, and he, in turn, would end his hunger strike.  This news was in practically all the on-line newspapers that I’d checked (11 or 12).  Not all report identical details.  For instance, one newspaper states that Adnan was ready to stop his hunger strike immediately.  But on the Hebrew radio news it was reported that he’d agreed to stop at 7:00 PM.  I don’t know which is correct.

 

The deal is not unconditional.  The army agreed to release him on April 17 (instead of 3 weeks later in May) on the condition that nothing more is found against him.  Links to reports on him are below.

 

The Jerusalem Post report is somewhat different from the others, in that its focus is on the anger of some Knesset members regarding Adnan’s pending release.   Some of these entitle Adnan ‘a terrorist.’  But he has not been charged for being a terrorist, nor have I found proof that he has engaged in violence.

 

Only 2 newspapers of those that I checked did not have articles about his ending his fasting—The Independent, and Spiegel on-line.  But Spiegel was worth searching, because it carries an interesting interview with Sari Nusseibeh in which he claims that the 2-state ‘solution’ is dead, and suggests other possible ‘solutions.’

 

Khader Adnan is not yet out of danger, according to Physicians for Human Rights.  He has not eaten for 66 days.

 

Was it worth it?  From his standpoint it was something that he had to do, and I respect his right to this.  Did his hunger strike gain anything.  Yes.  How much it’s too soon to tell.  But one thing is clear: for the first time, Israel’s use of administrative detention received much negative publicity in the world, which is likely one reason that the military decided to cave in.  Even the EU and the UN got into the act and pressured Israel to release Adnan.  Also, there is a possibility that the military realized that Adnan had become an icon amongst Palestinians, and were concerned that if he died there would be riots—although usually the IOF is only too happy when Palestinians give it a reason to kill and maim them.  Another possible reason is that the military did not want the legality of administrative detention to be put to the test by Israel’s High Court.   The agreement was signed just barely an hour before the High Court was to take up the case. Yet, till now Israel’s High Court has apparently been reluctant to pass judgment on the practice.  Which is not unusual.  Israel’s Supreme Court generally goes along with the military when ‘security’ is supposedly at stake.

 

If—and this is a big IF– the Israeli military stops or reduces its use of administrative detention, then it will have been a tremendous win for Adnan.  Whether or not this will happen, time will tell.  Hopefully he will return to good health and will be able to continue his studies and life with no further harassment by the IOF.

 

Meanwhile, Israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes and structures and to generally make Palestinian life difficult.  Instances are reported in every issue of ‘Today in Palestine.’  Today’s compilation begins with Khader Adnan reports, but immediately following turns to demolitions and other wonderful events that Israel subjects Palestinians to, shamefully, as, for instance, ‘kidnapping’ Palestinians (usually in the dead of the night) from their homes and detaining them.  As was the case with Adnan.

 

So—there are 4 items below.

The first contains several links to reports today on the release, as well as the NY Times piece, which was published prior to the signing of the agreement today, but is interesting.

 

Item 2 is a report on why fewer and fewer Palestinians are shepherds.

 

Item 3 is the interview of Sari Nusseibeh.

 

Item 4 is ‘Today in Palestine.’

 

All the best,

 

Dorothy

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1 -Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/palestinian-prisoner-ends-66-day-hunger-strike-after-israel-guarantees-his-release-1.413978

 

Ynet http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4192881,00.html

 

Jerusalem Post http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=258759

 

BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17112804

 

The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/21/palestinian-prisoner-ends-hunger-strike

 

France24 http://www.france24.com/en/20120221-west-bank-israel-hunger-strike-khader-adnan-palestine-issa-qaraqe

 

NY Times (published prior to the agreement) http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/khader-adnan-hunger-strike-challenges-israel-detention-of-palestinians/?ref=global

 

NY Times (reporting the agreement) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/world/middleeast/palestinian-on-hunger-strike-to-be-freed-without-court-ruling.html?_r=1&ref=middleeast

 

Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/palestinian-prisoner-calls-off-hunger-strike-in-deal-with-israeli-authorities/2012/02/21/gIQAVSg7QR_story.html

 

Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/02/201222113016367480.html

 

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BBC NewsMiddle East

Bethlehem’s shepherds a dying breed

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16318626

 

By Jon Donnison BBC News, Bethlehem

Jon Donnison, Carlos Sarras and a lamb

Carlos Sarras has been tending flocks of sheep and goats for more than 60 years

 

“I love my sheep. I’ve lived all my life amongst them,” chuckled Carlos Sarras, a spritely 74 year old with a twinkle in his eye.

 

But Mr Sarras is part of dying breed. He is one of the few remaining Christian shepherds in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

 

He has been tending flocks of sheep and goats for more than six decades.

On the day we visited his small farm in Beit Jala, on the outskirts of Bethlehem, there had been good news.

 

“One day old!” beamed Mr Sarras as he cradled a newborn lamb in his arms.

“And it’s a male!” he declared proudly, the tiny creature, spread-eagled against his barrel-like chest.

Restricted movements

Mr Sarras is a man of seemingly endless enthusiasm and energy.

But as we toasted the new arrival with a half-pint pot of his potent homemade wine, he said the life of a Palestinian shepherd had become increasingly difficult.

SheepThe shepherds are forced to buy fodder for their sheep, but the prices are too high

He said Israeli security restrictions had made it harder for him and his sheep to roam.

“We can’t move. If we want to go anywhere we have to get a permit.”

Bethlehem is one of the Palestinian towns that has been most affected by the West Bank barrier, which Israelis call a “security fence” but Palestinians call an “apartheid wall”.

The barrier runs right up against Beit Jala and Bethlehem.

Israel says it is needed for security reasons, but it makes it very difficult for Palestinians to move freely.

Palestinian ID holders cannot pass it without Israeli permission.

Settlements

And from Carlos Sarras’s back garden you can see another obstacle.

“This is the settlement,” he said, pointing his stick at the concrete perimeter wall of the Har Gilo settlement which backs on to his land.

Palestinian shepherd in front of settlement near BethlehemSettlements built on occupied territory dot the hilltops around Bethlehem

He said Jewish settlements had had a major impact on his life and work.

“Thirty years ago, there were no buildings here. I used to take my sheep all over the area. But now I cannot because of all the building and that damned wall.”

Jewish settlements built on occupied Palestinian territory dot the hilltops around Bethlehem.

During Carlos’s lifetime they have expanded dramatically.

Forty years ago, there were just a few thousand settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

Now there are around 500,000 settlers.

Settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

‘Too hard’

Mr Sarras told me the settlements were taking valuable water and cutting off land for his sheep to graze on.

Carlos SarrasMr Sarras said the life of a shepherd had become increasingly difficult

He said he had to buy in food for his flock to eat and that it was getting more and more difficult to make ends meet.

And when I spoke to his 20-year-old son Jamil, a university graduate, it seemed like the end of an era might be coming.

“It’s too hard. I will try to keep this tradition going as much as I can but I’ve discovered there’s other stuff that is much easier,” he said.

Jamil said he had already turned down three overseas scholarships to stay and help his father but that he did not know how long he would do that.

Now he found himself torn.

“All of my studies have been easier that staying and helping my father. It’s a tough one.”

For decades Carlos Sarras has led his flocks. The question is, will anyone follow?

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3 SPIEGEL ONLINE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

 

A Palestinian Take on the Mideast Conflict

‘The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy’

 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,816491,00.html

 

Prominent Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh believes it is too late for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. In a SPIEGEL interview, he outlines his vision for an Israeli-Palestinian confederation and why he mistrusts the new moderate stance taken by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

 

SPIEGEL: Mr Nusseibeh, in your new book you claim that it is too late for a Palestinian state. Why?

 

Nusseibeh: You are sitting in my office in Beit Hanina in a place called East Jerusalem. Now, you look to the west from here and you see parts of this Arab neighborhood that are severed from us. If you look to the east over there, you find Pisgat Zeev, an enormous Israeli settlement which is part of Jerusalem. Further east there is Maale Adumim, an even larger settlement of Israelis in what is called East Jerusalem. There is no East Jerusalem any more. East Jerusalem has already become a misnomer. But a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital is a no-no.

 

SPIEGEL: Do you want to give up the 1967 borders which have been the basis of all the peace plans?

 

Nusseibeh: It is extremely hard for the most imaginative of us to see how to work out a redrawing of the map in order to give us, the Palestinians, East Jerusalem as capital. But secondly, there are the Israeli settlers. Can you take away half a million people? No, you cannot. Nothing is impossible, mathematically speaking. But we are talking about politics, and in politics not everything is always possible.

 

SPIEGEL: So we should admit to ourselves that the two-state solution is dead?

 

Nusseibeh: Mathematically speaking, a two-state solution is an excellent solution. It causes minimum pain and it is accepted by a majority on both sides. Because of this, we should have brought it into existence a long time ago. But we did not manage to do so.

 

SPIEGEL: Who is to blame for that?

 

Nusseibeh: First of all, it took Israel a long time to accept that there is a Palestinian people. It took us, the Palestinians, a long time to accept that we should recognize Israel as a state. The problem is that history runs faster than ideas. By the time the world woke up to the fact that the two-state solution is the best solution, we had hundreds of thousands Israelis living beyond the Green Line (ed’s note: the 1949 Armistice Line that forms the boundary between Israel and the West Bank). There is a growing fanaticism on both sides. Today, the pursuit of a two-state solution looks like the pursuit of something inside a fantasy bubble.

 

SPIEGEL: What are the alternatives?

 

Nusseibeh: The final political form doesn’t matter that much. The important thing is that both sides can agree on it and that the basic principles of equality and freedom are upheld. They can be upheld in the context of one state, of two states, of three states, or in the context of a federation or a confederation of states.

 

SPIEGEL: In your book you propose that, in a joint single state, Palestinians should be given civil rights, but no political rights. “The Jews could run the country while the Arabs could at last enjoy living in it,” you write. Could that work?

 

Nusseibeh: Yes, as a transition. Ever since the occupation began, we have been denied basic civic rights, on the promise that a solution or a state is around the corner. For 20 years, we have been promised that. But they should not keep the Palestinians living in the basement until a solution is found. I suggested we be allowed to have basic rights. Allow us freedom of movement, allow us to live and work wherever we want. Allow us to breathe.

 

SPIEGEL: Where do you want to draw the borders? Along ethnic lines?

 

Nusseibeh: Yes, I am proposing a federation between Israel and a Palestinian state based upon the demographic placement of populations in the country.

 

SPIEGEL: And you think Israelis would accept that?

 

Nusseibeh: Oh yes, they would love that. Israelis who wish for a predominantly Jewish state may well find this a reasonable solution, because even if they somehow manage to get rid of the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza, which they regard as a demographic burden, they will still feel in the long term that they have a problem with the Arabs in Israel. What I am suggesting is not totally crazy. This idea has always been there. If you go back in Jewish history, you will find Israelis suggesting it right from the beginning, like (the prominent intellectual and cultural Zionist) Martin Buber.

 

SPIEGEL: What would be the benefit for Palestinians in such a federation with Israel?

 

Nusseibeh: They would have freedom of movement — they could settle and work wherever they want. That’s a huge benefit. And more than that: According to the classical two-state solution, there is no return of (Palestinian) refugees to Israel, only to the West Bank or Gaza. But in a future map which is solely drawn the way I am proposing it, chunks of what is now Israel could become part of a Palestinian state. And therefore, many refugees might actually be able to go back exactly to their hometowns.

 

SPIEGEL: In your book, you describe your proposal as “shock therapy to awaken Israelis” and push them to find a solution. Does that mean you ultimately don’t really believe in what you are saying?

 

Nusseibeh: It can be both. It can be an alert, a wake-up call. I want Israelis to see that they have a problem and to think: Maybe we should go for the two-state solution. But it can also be a sign of things to come. If we don’t do anything, eventually people will wake up and find out they are living in a kind of confederation.

 

SPIEGEL: Do you believe that things are moving in that direction by themselves?

 

Nusseibeh: Exactly. We are constantly sliding towards that direction. Look at the negotiations. It has just been going around in circles.

 

SPIEGEL: In your book, you describe the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians as more or less just a game, “one to be played as long as possible.” Do you think negotiations should be stopped?

 

Nusseibeh: I do not really mind if negotiators from both sides go on talking with each other in (the Jordanian capital) Amman as they recently did. They can spend 48 hours talking. But I believe that they will not get anywhere. They will only get somewhere if they pull back from just trying to be clever with one another. (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu is good as a salesman, but he does not strike me as being a wise person.

 

SPIEGEL: What about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas?

 

Nusseibeh: Well, let me say: I think you need to be farsighted and you need to be caring enough.

 

SPIEGEL: Should the Palestinian Authority (PA) dissolve itself instead of continuing to administer the occupation?

 

Nusseibeh: No, that would be too risky. On the contrary, the PA should be strengthened, given more territory and more authority. And I think the international community should continue to support it.

 

SPIEGEL: That could change quickly if Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, and Abbas’s rival Fatah movement, which governs in the West Bank, were to form a joint government. Do you believe their reconciliation will work?

 

Nusseibeh: It is only natural for Hamas and Fatah not to fight with each other. But this does not mean that not to fight means automatically to agree. At the moment it looks like they are trying to conceal the disagreements. And I do not like this. I think people should be clear about their positions. And I am not really sure what Khaled Mashaal (ed’s note: Hamas’ top leader in exile) wants, to tell you the truth.

 

SPIEGEL: Khaled Mashaal recently said that Hamas should focus on non-violent resistance. Do you believe him?

 

Nusseibeh: I remember a situation with him, maybe 10 years ago. It was at the height of the second intifada, and it was the first time I was invited for a comment on Al-Jazeera. I tried to explain why suicide attacks were not good, that they would not achieve anything. I did not initially realize that Mashaal was on the other side. He replied that I was talking rubbish and that suicide attacks are great and shooting and killing is great. That is why I got so fed up when I heard him now saying he wants civil resistance. Why is he coming up with this now, after 10 years of having ruined us? The entire wall (ed’s note: the West Bank barrier) would not have been built. Things would be so different today.

 

SPIEGEL: Do you believe there will be elections in the West Bank and Gaza any time soon?

 

Nusseibeh: I do not think that elections could happen any time soon. And to tell you the truth: I am not so sure myself that I am very much in favor of elections in the present context. Elections are a good thing in certain circumstances, for instance when your country is free, and people that you elect can take decisions on your behalf. But in our case this is fantasy. What have the people that we elected done for us? Nothing. If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) himself, the president of this country, wants to go from one place to another, he has to get a permit.

 

SPIEGEL: How can the kind of federation you are proposing work, if at the same time a majority of Palestinians voted for Hamas, whose declared goal is a religious state?

 

Nusseibeh: If you look at Gaza from the top down, you see Hamas. I do not see Hamas in Gaza, personally. I see normal human beings: my relatives, my friends and my students. They did not vote for Hamas because they suddenly woke up and they became extremist Muslims. No, they voted for Hamas because the peace process failed. If the Israeli government today were to open up the borders, will Hamas stand in their way, and if they did stand in the way will the people listen to Hamas? No, I don’t believe so. People want normal lives.

 

SPIEGEL: We are sitting here on the campus of Al-Quds University. What do your students think about politics — do they tend to support Hamas or Fatah?

 

Nusseibeh: Students on campus are individual human beings; they are not walking ideologies. Let me tell you a story. It was in 2003, when the Israelis wanted to build the separation wall, right in the middle of our campus. The immediate thing that occurred to the students was — and this was unrelated to whether they were from Hamas, Fatah or Islamic Jihad — we will go out and throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers. But I told them: Listen, if you do that, then one of you will be killed. The university will have a martyr, but the next day, it would be closed. And so they stayed non-violent. In the end, we won. Israel didn’t build the wall on the campus. What do I want to say with this story? Regardless of how you see them from above, regardless of their ideology, human beings are reasonable people.

 

SPIEGEL: Do your students still believe that this conflict is solvable? And what do they think about a federal state of Israel and Palestine?

 

Nusseibeh: First of all, they think that it does not look solvable. But what I can say is that people are no longer sold on the idea of two states. Only very few are still stuck to the national identity idea, but they do not actually believe that they can get the state that we wanted to get. Others are turning to religion. Religious ideas are what is important now.

 

SPIEGEL: You are a professor for Islamic philosophy. What do you think about the role of religion in this conflict?

 

Nusseibeh: I grew up with the idea of a very tolerant Islam. My family has had the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (in the Old City of Jerusalem) for hundreds of years, and we are proud of it. This is our connection to Christianity. Our reverence for Jesus is something inborn in me as a Muslim. My reverence to the Jewish prophets is inborn in me as a Muslim.

 

SPIEGEL: But that is not the Islam revered by all Muslims.

 

Nusseibeh: In the true sense, religions in theory are ways to support human values. In so far as religions interfere with human values, then they go in the wrong direction. And this is what is happening unfortunately in many religions, including Islam. There are some Muslim clerics I like, but I distrust people who regard themselves as guardians of religion.

 

SPIEGEL: Do you attend mosque regularly?

 

Nusseibeh: No, I almost never go. Once I took my sons to the mosque, but the man who held the prayer put me off. He talked about things that are totally crazy. Even ignoring what the content is, it’s the way they scream. You feel like they are holding a whip and scaring the people into the truth of Islam. That is not Islam. That is a kind of terrorism. In my understanding, Islam is a gentle religion. And the message of Islam is a gentle message.

 

SPIEGEL: The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians does actually look minor in comparison to a possible war with Iran. What will happen if Israel attacks Iran?

 

Nusseibeh: That would be a major mistake. Everything that Israel does to (assert) itself through the use of more force is a step towards its own destruction. There is the saying: “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”

 

SPIEGEL: Could a military escalation with Iran put pressure on Israelis and Palestinians to finally come to a solution?

 

Nusseibeh: Israel is not taking us too seriously at the moment. They will keep us under the lid for a longer period of time. If they attack Iran, I do not think this will make them more open towards us. I certainly think it would not make us more open towards them. And without doubt I do not think the Arab world would be more open towards them.

 

SPIEGEL: That sounds like a very dark scenario.

 

Nusseibeh: This is why I am proposing this plan. How many people are living between the Jordan and the Mediterranean?

 

SPIEGEL: Around 11 million people.

 

Nusseibeh: There are about 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and 1 million in Israel, and there are about 6 million Jewish Israelis. But this is a small place. We are inside each other. Sooner or later, we will have to somehow find a way to live with each other. My son lives in a Jewish suburb of Jerusalem. My daughter-in-law told the Jewish music teacher that she does not want her son to sing religious Jewish songs. And the Jewish teacher said fine — when we are going to do this, he doesn’t need to take part. But otherwise he can join the party.

 

SPIEGEL: Is that how your proposed state could work as well? When it’s a Jewish issue, then the Palestinians would stand aside, but otherwise they join in?

 

Nusseibeh: And vice versa, because you cannot expect Jews to enjoy Palestinian songs. But come on, Muslims and Jews have lived amiably for long periods of time. It was not full of roses, but actually it was better than in Europe for most of the time. We have friendships between Jews and Arabs that are very strong and sometimes go back generations. It is not impossible.

 

SPIEGEL: Mr Nusseibeh, thank you for this interview.

 

Interview conducted by Martin Doerry and Juliane von Mittelstaedt.

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February 21, 2012

 

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Hello MSM; this is how you challenge Israeli propagandists

 

Posted: 21 Feb 2012

 

More here on the outrageous case of Khader Adnan (who is apparently ending his long hunger strike).

Ideal Jewish future: guns, religion and US tax dollars

 

Posted: 20 Feb 2012

 

In early March Harvard University will be hosting the One State Conference, organised by my co-editor Ahmed Moor on our forthcoming book After Zionism, that aims to bring true justice to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Equal rights for all citizens.

Unsurprisingly, Zionist fanatics aren’t too fond of such ideas, rather enjoying living in an American-protected bubble. The Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick, in typically hysterical style, claims the event is genocidal. Yes, talking about ending an occupation of Palestinians is akin to Nazism. Thanks Caroline:

This morning I received an e-mail alert from CAMERA that my alma mater, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government is hosting a two-day conference which essentially begins with the proposition that Israel has no right to exist. This isn’t surprising. After all, the Kennedy School is home to my old professor Steve Walt. No one there batted a lash when he co-published his updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion with University of Chicago’s John Mearshimer. 
Not only did Walt suffer no recrimination from his colleagues at Harvard when he first emerged a professional Jew basher.  He suffered no recrimination when he used the controversy surrounding his book into a means of transforming himself into a celebrity Israel basher. 
As I wrote in my recent column about mainstreaming Jew hatred, Walt and Mearshimer’s book has enabled anti-Semites to emerge from under the rocks where they had been hiding and proudly announce that it is reasonable to discriminate against the Jewish people and side either actively or passively with those like the Iranian regime and the Sunni jihadists from Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood who openly call for the annihilation of the Jewish state and the Jewish people.
For me, the message is clear enough, as a Jew, a Jewish mother and a person who clings to my freedom, guns and religion, my job is to do everything I can to ensure that Israel remains strong and gets stronger so that today’s corrupted elites can’t touch us.

If only the world knew how much we love occupation, Israel muses

 

Posted: 20 Feb 2012

 

Another day and just so many challenges faced by the Zionist state. Should we bomb Iran tomorrow or Saturday? I mean, who knows what the Iranian mullahs will be thinking on the Sabbath.

Elsewhere, Israel Apartheid Week is nearly upon us so Tel Aviv must respond. What are they doing? Sending settlers (and others) around the world to make Israel’s case. Seriously (via the Jerusalem Post):

The Public Diplomacy Ministry plans to send 100 Israelis from different sectors in society abroad to represent and defend the state during Israel Apartheid Week.

The “Faces of Israel” mission, which leaves next weekend, includes settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security, gay people, and immigrants from Ethiopia. Actor Aki Avni will also join the group.

The participants in the project have undergone several weeks of training in the Public Diplomacy Ministry, and will visit dozens of college campuses to battle the “apartheid” label in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto, Montreal, Dublin, London, Madrid, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The mission will be split into 20 groups that will participate in conferences and panels, as well as speak directly to college students.

“Most of those who hate Israel have the same disease: ignorance,” Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein said. “We are sure that the answer to the attempts to de-legitimize Israel is not just to give facts and data, but to bring Israel to them.”

According to Edelstein, the groups plan to explain to students that they are all Israelis who come from different walks of life, yet choose to remain in Israel. The mission’s participants were chosen to show that Israel has a diverse society that values equality and human rights, he explained.

The minister said he hopes that students abroad who are meeting real Israelis for the first time will stop the “messages of incitement and hatred that, at the end of the day, could reach students that are the leaders of tomorrow.”

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Day and night in a Bahraini jail

Feb 20, 2012

Radhika Sainath

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Posters read “Down with [King] Hamad” in Arabic, “Down Down Hamad” in English
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You can read the first part of Sainath’s account from Bahrain here.

In the alleys of Manama, a Bahraini police commander yelled at me that I had been disrespectful, as the other policemen dragged the young man away.  The woman who had tried to protect him with her arms and her body sobbed.  The youth was certain to be beaten, likely tortured.  She thanked me, though I felt I had failed.

I hurried back through narrow alleys, past sand-colored homes and onto the main road, the sounds of percussion grenades guiding me to the site where the Bahraini democracy activists had since re-gathered.

Everything seemed cast in a soft white light.  Downtown Bahrain could be any city, small stores lined the broad main road, some open, some with ridged metal shutters pulled down over the glass.  Dozens of Indians, presumably workers or small businessmen, stood outside these stores watching the police, and a certain slender wavy-haired Palestinian-American walked away from police officers calling after her.

I kept my head down and my eyes affixed to the iPad, walking down the sidewalk, then turning left between two parked vans.  I avoided eye contact with Huwaida Arraf as she passed me, walking quickly away from the police officers pursuing her.

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Radhika Sainath

I walked further down the street, to what I believed was a safe distance away, and tweeted a photo of the police surrounding Huwaida.  I could not see them, there were a dozen of them, maybe more.  A number of Bahraini women had surrounded her and were trying to help.

One policeman looked over and yelled out at me “No photos.” I put the ipad down, tucking it in the back pocket of my messenger bag, then backed up the street a few feet and joined the group of Indian men watching.  The police fired several rounds of percussion grenades in the other direction.  BOOM BOOM BOOM.  The crowd around Huwaida scattered, leaving only her, the police, the Indians and me.

Perhaps I could just blend in with the Indian shopkeepers and watch, I thought, as they loaded Huwaida into the van.  I tried to take another picture, but I noticed the police were looking at me.  A group of police approached and asked me for my passport.

“We just need to see the name,” they said.

I held it out for them.  They leaned forward, squinting at my names.  One looked down at his Blackberry, and then looked up at the name.

Haida hiyye,” he said in Arabic. “That’s her.”

I was done.  It was my name that had been on the first Witness Bahrain press release announcing our presence the day before.  Huwaida had posted almost all the video interviews of Bahraini human rights activists to our website.  They were after us.

A dozen policewomen surrounded me, shields out, and one stood directly in front of me.  Did they think I would flee?  I asked why I was being held multiple times, if I was under arrest, what laws I had broken and if I was free to go.  No one would talk to me.   From what I could see from behind the police, the street had cleared.  I looked at my watch. It was 4:15 p.m.

No one would know I had been arrested.  They would think I had run from the tear gas as the people did in the villages every day and every night, taking refuge in the homes of strangers until the gas and the police cleared.  What would become of me?

They put me in a police van and took me to a jail in downtown Manama. It was filled with policemen in black combat boots—the riot police—staring, but saying nothing.  I passed the room where Huwaida was being held and was stuck into another.

I sat there for the next several hours, interrogated on and off. They wanted to see my photos.  I refused. They wanted me to name names. I refused.  I heard that my Bahraini lawyer had come to the jail, but been turned away. I asked repeatedly what crime I committed.

“We’ll get to that later,” I was told.

And then came the question, said in a slightly menacing tone that made one want to deny everything.

“You support human rights, don’t you?” The police officer leaned in as if trying to trap me.  I paused.

“Of course I support human rights.”

“So you admit it!”

They had got me. In Bahrain, supporting human rights was something akin to terrorism, and I had just admitted to it.

It wasn’t till about midnight when Huwaida and I were both taken to meet U.S. vice-consul Jennifer Smith, and her assistant, Ms. Joyce.

It was Ms. Smith who first informed us what the Bahrainis were saying about my arrest: I was at an illegal demonstration.  We asked them if we could speak to Ms. Smith alone, but the police refused.  Eventually, we whispered to Ms. Smith our primary concern, our footage had faces of numerous protesters, people who had given interviews but had asked that their identities be hidden. If we turned over this equipment, they could be tortured.

“You should have thought about that before you took the video,” Ms. Smith said.

Around 1 a.m. we were taken to the Public Prosecutor’s office where we waited in a cold room. Huwaida was not feeling well and lay down across an uncomfortable set of plastic chairs.

We were brought into a small office, where the Public Prosecutor, a man in his late twenties or early thirties dressed in white flowing robes sat behind a desk.  Finally, someone who would tell us what we had done wrong.

“You are guilty of protestation,” said the translator.

“What?”

“Prostitution, I mean protestation, I mean, I don’t know how you say it.”

The Prosecutor, not pleased, translated for himself, explaining that we had been at a protest.

“Can you tell me what section of the code you claim I’ve violated?” I asked.

“We’ll get to that later,” he said. Never seeing the witnesses against me, I argued my defense as best I could, against the prosecutor-cum-judge.

A few hours later, after our laptops, video camera, iPad, digital camera, blackberry and cellphone were confiscated, the contents of our wallets and notebooks photographed, Huwaida and I were ordered to be deported. We were not present when the verdict was announced.

They held us in a special room in the airport where I attempted to sleep on a cold floor.  As morning came, I felt myself down with a fever, shivering, my face tight and dry from the residue of teargas. I had difficulty breathing and retched. I asked the tall man in the brown thob watching us for a doctor.

“Later,” was all he said.

They wheeled us right through security and onto the plane as I continued to vomit into a gray plastic bucket meant for watches, wallets and spare change. I repeatedly asked to talk to the American Embassy and for a doctor. They ignored me.  I asked the man in the brown thob his name.

“Nabeel Rajab,” he said, outside the jetway, naming Bahrain’s leading human rights activist.  I asked him again. He named a well-known political prisoner.  Then another.  Finally he came around behind me, leaned down over my left shoulder and whispered into my ear a name.  And then he said “Ministry of Interior.”  The MOI, known for using such tactics as electrocution, beatings, sleep deprivation, threatening rape and other forms of torture on political prisoners.

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Radhika Sainath handcuffed Bahrain-owned Gulf Flight 003 from Manama to London
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They tossed me onto an empty row on what I later discovered was a Bahrain-owned Gulf plane.  I felt my arms suddenly pulled back up towards the ceiling, hands forcing my head back against the seat.  A fist hit me on the head, three times from behind. Plastic handcuffs snapped on, pulled tight behind my back.

I must have lost consciousness, because at some point the blackness cleared and I discovered myself leaning forward in a painful position, staring blankly into space.

Juice and snacks came around. The flight attendants averted their eyes as they served cups of orange juice and cola.  One tossed a snack pack on the table next to mine. I hadn’t eaten in almost 24 hours. But I could only watch those crackers, bound were my hands.

A journalist from the UK Telegraph came around to interview me, but a man in a black pinstripe suit and bald head named Salah told him that the pilot forbade it.  Talking to me was a “political activity” and political activities were forbidden in this plane, which was property of Bahrain, and therefore, Bahraini territory.

The journalist went away, and I asked Salah if I could use the bathroom.

“If you want to go the bathroom, you can go on yourself,” he said, leaning down close to my face.

I flew like that for seven hours, the plastic from the handcuffs cutting into my wrists as they tightened, either from movement or swelling, until the pain grew unbearable. I could only sit sideways, at 45 degree angle or with my head resting on the tray next to me.   I could not touch my eyes or my face crusted with spit and dried tears from throwing up.  I asked Salah at least four times to loosen the cuffs, but he only told me they were not that tight and that he handcuffed people all the time in such a manner.

Finally, the plane touched down in London. The free world! I had never been so happy to be on this gray, small island, colonial master to both my current and ancestral nations.

The passengers disembarked and Salah cut me out and gave me back my US passport.  My wrists were red from the cuffs and cut in three places. My shoulder and neck hurt, but I attributed it to whiplash—later I would find out that at best, the muscle had partially separated from the bone, causing blood to seep.  I’ll be seeing an orthopedic surgeon this week. Our electronics remain in  Bahraini custody.

So here I am back in New York, plucked from Bahrain too early, terribly missing my brave Bahraini friends—not only Zaynab Al-Khawaja and Nabeel Rajab—but the dozens whose names cannot be named, who face teargas and birdshot and beatings and electrocution all in the name of freedom. You guys are my heroes.

Israel Supreme Court to hear Adnan appeal tomorrow

Feb 20, 2012

Kate

Khader Adnan

Israel Supreme Court to hear appeal of Palestinian hunger striker on Tuesday
JERUSALEM (AP) 20 Feb — Israel’s Supreme Court has announced it will hold an emergency hearing for an incarcerated Palestinian who is waging a lengthy hunger strike that has put his life in danger. A statement from the court Monday said the hearing will be held the next day. No explanation was given. Lawyer Mahmoud Hassan says his client Khader Adnan, on his 65th day of a hunger strike, will appeal his detention at the hearing.
link to news.yahoo.com

In brief video clip, hunger striker Khader Adnan speaks out from hospital bed
EI 20 Feb — from Democracy Now
link to electronicintifada.net

Today I join Khader Adnan’s hunger strike – will you? / Aziz Abu Sarah
982mag 20 Feb — …Despite initial frustrations of the delayed attention where rallies on Adnan’s behalf a few weeks ago had low attendance, it seems Adnan has become a symbol and leader of the Palestinian resistance movement … Adnan has the potential to inspire the masses and breathe life into the indifferent majority. After all, it was one man called Bouazizi who inspired thousands in Tunisia and caused a regime change. The struggle of Adnanaccording to what he told his lawyer is not about himself but as he told his lawyer, he wants his hunger strike to generate an awakening for the Palestinian people and specifically Palestinian prisoners. He doesn’t consider his hunger strike a tool to save himself but rather an example to inspire a nation that has been under military occupation for decades.
link to 972mag.com

Adnan takes aim at Israel and gives Palestinians hope
21 Feb by Joseph Dana — …Despite the slow embrace by Palestinian political leaders, activists have championed Mr Adnan as the Palestinian Bobby Sands, the Irish republican prisoner who died in a 1981 hunger strike. Details of Mr Adnan’s strike were first disseminated on Twitter, and the topic has been trending globally in recent weeks as activists have expressed their frustration that the story has largely been ignored in the mainstream press. The hunger strike might be Palestinian social media’s Tahrir Square. If Israel and the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza are not careful, Mr Adnan could end up as Palestine’s Mohammad Bouazizi.
link to www.thenational.ae

Khader Adnan’s hunger strike / Charlotte Silver
Counterpunch 17-19 Feb — A month ago only those who had met him knew Khader Adnan. Now all of Palestine and people across the world know his name and his cause. Before December 17, when Khader was arrested for the eighth time from his home in Jenin, he was one of thousands of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories who had entered and re-entered administrative detention. Administrative detention allows Israel to hold Palestinian prisoners without charging them, and potentially indefinitely. There is no specification as to why each person is held and the length of the detention has no legal limits. In its very essence administrative detention is dehumanizing; its effects are to homogenize the Palestinian population and strip each man, woman and family that encounters it of his or her singularity and personal identity. Each person who enters administrative detention is the same as the one who came before, and the one who will follow … But Khader’s unbearably long hunger strike has stopped this process, clearing the fog of bureaucracy that turns humans beings into mechanisms allowing them to disappear into the monochromatic fabric of administrated tyranny.
link to www.counterpunch.org

Hashtagging Khader Adnan: a global protest on Twitter
Al Akhbar 20 Feb byJalal Abukhater — Organizing a trending hashtag for Khader Adnan is just like organizing a large protest on the corner of the busiest and most crowded street in a city…. Imagine if Adnan were an Iranian man on hunger strike in an Iranian jail. Would we have had to do this massive movement on Twitter to get the world’s attention? I don’t think so. The silence of the world community is deafening. The late awakening of the mainstream media is inexcusable. While the mainstream media has failed to cover Adnan’s story, Twitter is at the forefront of the campaign to pressure the Israeli government to act. Twitter users have taken on the responsibility of filling the void created by the mainstream media. At this moment, according to Topsy Twitter statistics, the hashtag #KhaderAdnan has been mentioned about 40,000 times on Twitter. It should be noted that this statistic excludes other related hashtags which would count in the thousands.
link to english.al-akhbar.com

Randa Adnan: ‘I still have hope’
Arrabeh, occupied Palestinian territories (Al Jazeera) 19 Feb — Randa Adnan panics every time the phone rings, and these days it never seems to stop. For now, it is mostly journalists, family, friends and supporters asking about her husband, Khader, who lies shackled by his hands and feet to a hospital bed in Israel, while his body wastes away. Through sixty-four days of a hunger strike, the longest in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Randa Adnan has only been allowed to visit her husband twice, for a total of an hour, and each time surrounded by armed guards. She speaks in a rush, a slight desperation in her otherwise resolute voice, as if time is running out and she must finish what she has to say before it is too late. Her two young daughters hang off her, demanding much of a woman who is dealing with a problem they do not fully comprehend.
link to www.aljazeera.com

Khader Adnan’s wife: I know he will live
JPost 19 Feb — RAMALLAH – Along with her job preparing food for the family bakery, Randa Adnan, the wife of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, now has a new role – that of media spokeswoman … She finds her new responsibility difficult. “The worst part of it is the lack of objective news reporting. Sometimes, some [reporters] use half of what I say and change the meaning of what I say,” she said.She read in the media that she had asked Al- Azhar University in Cairo for a fatwa on whether her husband’s strike was acceptable. She denies the report.
link to www.jpost.com

Randa Adnan, wife of hunger striker, discusses her husband’s struggle / Omar Rahman
972mag 19 Feb — Yesterday I was fortunate enough to sit down for an interview with the family of Khader Adnan in their home in the village of Arrabeh, outside of Jenin. The purpose of the interview was to get a sense of how the family, particularly his wife and two small daughters, are coping with what is obviously a tremendously stressful and difficult period. I found in Randa Khader an extremely strong and articulate woman who is doing the best she could to support her husband in his time of need … At the beginning of our interview she spoke with determination and the instinct for publicity that comes from being thrown in the limelight and choosing to swim instead of sink. Later, in a more private setting with my female colleague Abir Kopty, she opened up as a woman and a human being. Randa told us of her husband the family man, the anxious and excited father to be (Randa is five months pregnant), who would wake up every morning and make her breakfast and freshly squeezed juice. “If you knew him,” she says, “his life would have become precious to you. He is that kind of person.”
link to 972mag.com

Knesset member Tibi visits Adnan in Israeli hospital
JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 20 Feb — Palestinian Knesset member Ahmad Tibi on Monday visited hunger-striking prisoner Khader Adnan in an Israeli hospital, expressing his support for the detainee’s protest against his detention without charge. “Adnan in a very serious health condition but his spirits are high,” Tibi told reporters after the visit
link to www.maannews.net

PCHR calls upon the international community to save the life of the detainee Khader Adnan
IMEMC 19 Feb — The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned for the life of Khader Adnan, a detainee in Israeli jails, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressurize Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to release Adnan, who has been placed under administrative detention without trial … The internal medicine physician, who checked him five times last week, stressed that Adnan’s body has started to release poisons, which in light of the severe weakness of his immunity system makes more likely that he may be subjected to a sudden heart attack. The same physician noted that abstention from having food for more than 70 days inevitably leads to death.
link to www.imemc.org

Khader Adnan receives message of support from McCreesh family
GazaTV — The family of Raymond McCreesh, offer our unwavering support for ‘Khader Adnan’, who is set to enter his 65th day on Hunger Strike in an Israeli Hospital. Raymond Mc Creesh, an Irish Republican Army Volunteer from Camlough, South Armagh, died in Long Kesh H-Block on Hunger Strike on the 21st of May 1981 after 61 days of refusing food in protest at the Criminalisation Policy of the British Government on Irish Republican Prisoners. Raymond was 24 years old. We call immediately on all within positions of power or influence, both here in Ireland, and around the World, to use that leverage to ensure the immediate release, and return to full health of Mr. Adnan.
link to gazatvnews.com

Khader Adnan and now-normalized Western justice / Glenn Greenwald
Salon 20 Feb — Each year, the U.S. State Department, as required by law, issues a “Human Rights Report” which details abuses by other countries. To call it an exercise in hypocrisy is to understate the case: it is almost impossible to find any tyrannical power denounced by the State Department which the U.S. Government (and its closest allies) do not regularly exercise itself. Indeed, it’s often impossible to imagine how the authors of these reports can refrain from cackling mischievously over the glaring ironies of what they are denouncing (my all-time favorite example is discussed in the update here) … Of course, the U.S. has its own system of indefinite detention now firmly in place. Both within war zones and outside of them, the Obama administration continues to hold hundreds of prisoners who have never been charged with any crime even as they have remained captive for many years. Put another way, both the U.S. and its closest client state have completely normalized exactly the type of arbitrary, due-process-free imprisonment the U.S. has long condemned as the defining attribute of despotism.
link to www.salon.com

Israeli official: Hunger striker is a ‘terrorist’
Al Akhbar 20 Feb — An Israeli official has described 63-day Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan as an “Islamic Jihad terrorist” without producing any evidence to prove his claim …Ofir Gendelman, the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman to the Arab media, provoked anger by calling Adnan an “Islamic Jihad terrorist” on Twitter. He also said that Israel should not release Adnan as he would “kill our kids.”
link to english.al-akhbar.com

Some Western MSM pay attention, finally
WATCH Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev being grilled on CNN
Souheil Hammamet (@hammametsou) tweet: Watch Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev NOT answering why Israel is holding #KhaderAdnan without charging him [calls him a ‘cold-blooded killer’ and a ‘terrorist’ – CNN’s Hala Gorani not about to let Regev off the hook]
link to bit.ly

Palestinian Khader Adnan hunger strike in Israel into 10th week
BBC 19 Feb — Khader Adnan has not eaten since mid-December when he was arrested by Israeli forces at his West Bank home. Doctors say that after 64 days without food the prisoner is at immediate risk of death. Israel says he is a security threat. Its high court of justice has scheduled a petitions hearing regarding the case for Thursday. The group Physicians for Human Rights said after visiting him in hospital in Israel that he had lost a third of his body weight and was shackled to his bed.
link to www.bbc.co.uk

Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike poses challenge for Israel
Jerusalem (WaPo) 18 Feb — …The protracted hunger strike, said to be the longest by a Palestinian prisoner, has confronted Israeli authorities with a dilemma. If Adnan dies, it could trigger a response from Islamic Jihad and unrest in the West Bank, where there have already been demonstrations of support for the prisoner. Meeting his demand to be freed could set a precedent that Israeli security officials worry might inspire similar actions by other jailed Palestinians.
link to www.washingtonpost.com

Twilight Zone / One man against the state / Gideon Levy
[Haaretz seems to have removed this article – why? – this is from the web cache] 17 Feb — … His hunger strike is arousing considerable interest abroad. Solidarity demonstrations have been held in places around the world, as well as in Tel Aviv – but most Israelis have heard almost nothing about this. Daily solidarity protests in the West Bank go mostly unreported in Israel, as does the fact that 14 prisoners and wardens have reportedly joined his strike. On Monday, the 58th day of Adnan’s strike, we visited his home in Arabeh accompanied by Physicians for Human Rights’s mobile clinic coordinator Saleh Haj Yihyeh. At that moment, Adnan’s wife Randa was updating the tally of days her husband had been not eating, displayed on a poster in the living room. “My honor is more important than my food,” declares the caption at the bottom of the poster, which bears the prisoner’s image. With his thick beard and round glasses, he looks like a settlement rabbi. 
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Saving Khader Adnan’s life is saving our own soul / Richard Falk
Al Jazeera 19 Feb — The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze. Khader Adnan is entering his 61st day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison, being held under an administrative detention order without trial, charges, or any indication of the evidence against him. From the outset of his brutal arrest in the middle of the night – in the presence of his wife and young daughters – he has been subject to the sort of inhumane and degrading treatment that is totally unlawful and morally inexcusable. Its only justification is to intimidate, if not terrify, Palestinians who have lived for 45 years under the yoke of an oppressive occupation. This occupation continuously whittles away at Palestinians’ rights under international humanitarian law – especially their right to self-determination, which is encroached upon every time a new housing unit is added to the colonising settlements that dot the hilltops surrounding Jerusalem and the West Bank. The case of Khader Adnan is a revealing microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation. It draws a contrast in the West between the dignity of an Israeli prisoner and the steadfast refusal to heed the abuse of thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails through court sentence or administrative order.
link to www.aljazeera.com

Photo: Maali Adnan, daughter of Khader Adnan
Maali Adnan, 4, holds a picture of her father Khader Adnan, 33, a senior member of Islamic Jihad jailed in Israel who has been on hunger strike for 62 days, during a solidarity protest in the northern West Bank village of Arrabeh, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Adnan is on a hunger strike to protest what he says is humiliation that he faces in Israel’s military justice system. He is being held in “administrative detention,” under which an Israeli military judge can imprison Palestinians for six-month periods without charge. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
link to www.washingtonpost.com

Latuff cartoon: Anti-colonial heroes: Khader Adnan and Mahatma Gandhi
link to www.qwmagazine.com

From Rasha A. M. from Saudi Arabia
Khader you are my father, my brother & my future sons.
I’m sorry we have let you down.
I’m sorry you have to fight this fight for us.
I stand in solidarity with you in your fight to expose Israel’s inhumane and vicious treatment of you and all Palestinians
link to khaderadnan.posterous.com

Song: Khader Adnan, Bobby Sands
Khader Adnan’s current hunger strike, presumably to the death, is more than a little reminiscent of the IRA hunger strikes of 1981. As, no doubt, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is more than a little reminiscent of the British occupation of Ireland, most particularly during the Troubles.
link to www.youtube.com

Video: Khader Adnan – Mark McGowan the artist taxi driver
link to www.youtube.com

Violence

Haaretz editorial: Israeli officers who left Palestinian to die must pay
19 Feb — …Following failed efforts by the Rehovot and Kfar Sava police stations to identify Abu Jariban, police officials made the decision to get rid of the injured, sick and confused detainee and to take him to the Maccabim border crossing. Three police officers pushed him into a police vehicle. After it reached the checkpoint, whose commander refused to take the injured man, he was thrown from the vehicle in the dark of night onto the shoulder of Route 45, between the Ofer Base and the Atarot border crossing. He was wearing only hospital pajamas and was still attached to the catheter. His body was discovered two days later. “He was simply thrown to the dogs,” Abu Jariban’s brother, Mohammed, said by telephone from Gaza. The brother, horrifically, related the events in precise detail … The evidentiary stage of the trial has not yet begun, but one of the defendants has since been promoted within the police. A third officer, who was given a disciplinary trial over the incident, has also been promoted since then.
link to www.haaretz.com

Jewish settlers burn cars, damage mosque in 1948-occupied lands
NAZARETH (PIC) 20 Feb — The Hebrew media said Jewish settlers from the “price tag” gang torched eight Palestinian cars at dawn Sunday in Musmus town, Wadi Ara area, in the 1948 occupied lands, and sabotaged the only Mosque there.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk/

Jab‘a school bus accident

Sixth child from bus accident dies of wounds
JERUSALEM (WAFA) 20 Feb – Five-year-old Salah Dweik died Monday of wounds sustained from the Thursday bus accident south of Ramallah, according to Voice of Palestine radio. Dweik, from the Anata area, east of Jerusalem, where the children on the bus come from, is the sixth child to die from the accident when the bus overturned after hitting a truck and caught on fire. A  teacher was also killed and the radio said three other teachers still being hospitalized in Israel are in critical condition.
link to english.wafa.ps

Twin girls missing in deadly crash found alive
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 18 Feb — In the chaotic aftermath of a deadly school bus crash near Ramallah on Thursday, twin girls who were believed dead have been discovered alive and well a day later in a Jerusalem hospital … The parents of Dana and Lana Abdullah Hamdan told Ma‘an on Saturday how they believed their daughters were among those casualties. They trawled from hospital to hospital, and when their daughters’ names were not found on any records, the parents believed that two charred unidentified bodies must have belonged to the twins.
link to www.maannews.net

Remarkable reconciliation effort born from tragic West Bank traffic accident
Globe&Mail 20 Feb by Patrick Martin — A tragic traffic accident last week has led to a remarkable effort at reconciliation between the families of the victims of the crash and the driver believed to be responsible for the accident …Just 24 hours after the accident, before any of the victims even had been buried, representatives of the family of the driver and the families of the victims met to begin discussions of compensation to the victims’ families. To some it may seem almost crass to be bargaining about finances at a time like this, but Palestinians explain that the meeting is a matter of demonstrating immediately that there was no intent to harm on the part of the driver [who is reported to have lost both legs] and thereby avoid a vendetta being carried out by grieving relatives. Indeed, the families’ representatives quickly agreed to a hudna – or truce between the sides – and resolved to meet again after the funerals of the children and teacher that were conducted Sunday and Monday.
link to www.theglobeandmail.com

Enemies, a hate story / Gideon Levy
Haaretz 19 Feb — It is impossible to ignore what is happening to us: Palestinian children die in an accident, and many Israelis are happy about it – and are no longer even ashamed of it … It is not difficult to imagine how such a horrific accident would have been treated had the children been Jewish: with a lot more blood and tears. There is no disputing that, as the Talmud says, “Every person is partial to himself” – and to his own people, we might add. One can also excuse the ridiculous way the Jerusalem-Ramallah road by Aram, near the north side of the capital, suddenly became “beyond the Israeli border,” in the language of reporters – the Green Line springs to life when it suits us. But what came next cannot be excused … Perhaps it is difficult to measure precisely, but after 25 years of covering the Israeli occupation, and after innumerable meetings with ordinary Palestinians, I think I can safely say that the hate and racism on our side is not matched on the Palestinian side. I repeatedly find myself astounded by the fact that the majority of the thousands of Palestinians I have met over the years, all of them victims of the occupation, speak about their dream of living together in peace (while the majority of Israelis dream of “the separation” ).
link to www.haaretz.com

Land, property theft and destruction

Israel’s civil administration promoting legislation to let settlers build dirt roads without planning approval
Haaretz 20 Feb — If approved, the new policy would substantially expand the ability of Jewish settlers in the West Bank to take control of additional land … Most West Bank settlements are surrounded by fencing, but lying beyond the fences there is often considerable state-owned land, and the shift in policy would enable the Civil Administration to keep Palestinians off this land by giving access to security vehicles from the settlements, in an effort to keep the West Bank’s Arab residents from encroaching on the land. [!] 
link to www.haaretz.com

Report: Settler outposts expand into Area B
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma‘an) 19 Feb — Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have seized several hundred dunams of Palestinian land that lies inside zones of Palestinian government control under international agreements, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Most Israeli settlements — all of which are illegal under international law — lie in Area C, the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control since the 1993 Oslo Accords. But settlers are taking over land designated Area B, which is under Palestinian Authority civil jurisdiction, and Israeli security control, the report on Israeli daily Haaretz said.  Anti-settlement activist Dror Etkes said aerial photographs show Israeli outpost Amona has seized hundreds of dunams of Area B territory, building roads, planting vineyards and taking over a spring on Palestinian land. Settlers have taken 93 dunams of land from Palestinian village Yanun, near Nablus, the Itamar settlement prevents Palestinian access to other large swathes of Area B territory in its proximity, according to Etkes….
link to www.maannews.net

Official: Israeli military exercise damages Palestinian agriculture
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 19 Feb — An Israeli military drill in the northern West Bank on Monday damaged hundreds of dunams of Palestinians crops, a Palestinian Authority official said. Hundreds of soldiers drove through planted fields and practiced shooting, destroying the agriculture, Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors northern West Bank settlement activity, told Ma‘an. He said Israel was trying to destroy Palestinian livelihoods in the large swathes of the West Bank under its control in order to push them to leave.
link to www.maannews.net

Al-Aqsa

VIDEOS: Jewish settlers and policemen defile Aqsa Mosque, clash with Muslim worshipers
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 19 Feb – A group of Palestinian worshipers holding a vigil inside the Aqsa Mosque have fended off dozens of fanatic Jewish settlers who tried on Sunday morning to desecrate the Islamic holy site, and clashed with their police escorts. The Israeli occupation policemen spread extensively throughout the Mosque and attempted to secure the settlers’ provocative entry. Three Israeli armed policemen were injured during the clashes with Palestinian worshipers.
link to palsolidarity.org

Worshipers injured, arrested in clashes in Al-Aqsa compound
JERUSALEM (WAFA) 19 Feb – Several worshipers Sunday were injured and three were arrested during clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police and Border Guards in al-Haram al-Sharif compound in the Old City of Jerusalem after Israeli settlers attempted to storm it, said WAFA correspondent. He said Palestinians gathered in the compound since dawn following calls by extremist settlers to storm al-Aqsa Mosque and perform Jewish rituals in it. Several worshipers and three Israeli soldiers were reported injured in scuffles; whereas three Palestinians were arrested under the pretext of throwing stones at right wing extremist Israelis and preventing them from entering the mosque. Meanwhile, Israeli police shut down al-Haram al-Sharif gates, locking worshipers inside, and prevented anyone from entering the compound after Palestinians protested the police’s earlier decision to allow only worshipers over 45 years to enter.
link to english.wafa.ps

Israeli police allow extremist Jews on al-Aqsa yards
JERUSALEM (WAFA) 20 Feb – Israeli police Monday allowed several extremist Jews on al-Aqsa Mosque yards in spite of tension in the area following clashes on Sunday between Palestinians and Israeli police, according to a Mosque guard … Calls by Jewish extremists, particularly women groups, were also made to visit al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday to perform religious rituals, provoking Palestinian nationalist and religious leaders in Jerusalem to call on Muslim women to gather in the mosque and confront them.
link to english.wafa.ps

Nabil Al-Arabi and the Mufti of Jerusalem discuss ways to deal with Israeli attacks on religious shrines
MEMO 20 Feb — The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr Nabil Al-Arabi, and the Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, yesterday discussed recent developments in Palestine and the action required in the face of continued Israeli attacks on religious shrines … The meeting was also attended by Ambassador Mohamed Sabih, the Secretary General of the Arab League for Palestine and the Occupied Arab territories.
link to www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk

Settlers call to storm Rachel’s Tomb
BETHLEHEM (WAFA) 19 Feb – Israeli settlers Sunday sent out mass text messages calling to storm Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque, also known as Rachel’s Tomb, north of Bethlehem on Thursday, said a local activist. Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Settlements Committee in al-Khader, a town south of Bethlehem, said he received a text message via an Israeli mobile carrier urging Israeli settlers to gather near Rachel’s Tomb area and perform religious rituals.
link to english.wafa.ps

Gaza

Airstrikes ‘injure toddler, damage school’ in Gaza
[photos] GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 19 Feb — Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Sunday injured a one-year-old boy when his bedroom was hit by a missile, among five others wounded, and an elementary school sustained severe damage, locals told Ma‘an … Um Ilian al-Zaharna told Ma‘an that moments before the missile struck her house, she heard bombing nearby and opened her children’s bedroom window so it wouldn’t shatter over them. “As soon as I returned to bed an Israeli rocket hit the room next door and I was certain my baby was killed.” One-year-old Muhammad had been thrown from the room, and her husband was buried in rubble where he was sleeping, she said. “We are not associated with any factions. Is Mohammad a threat to Israeli security to be punished while he’s sleeping next to his father?” Um Ilian said..
link to www.maannews.net

IDF factions push for offensive in Gaza
JPost 20 Feb — Senior officer in Southern Command says ongoing attacks are cumulatively more than enough to justify immediate action … Last month, The Jerusalem Post revealed that the IDF General Staff had ordered the Southern Command to speed up preparations for a possible large-scale operation in the Strip within the coming months. The debate within the IDF is whether it needs to wait for a successful attack by Gaza terrorists – be it a rocket attack that causes casualties or a successful cross border attack – or if the sporadic rocket fire is enough of a justification to launch an operation today.
link to www.jpost.com

Emergency fuel arrives from Egypt via Gaza tunnels
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 20 Feb 18:46 — …The fuel has allowed the power authority to reactivate one of the four generators at Gaza’s sole power plant, the authority said in a statement.  The arrival of 300,000 liters of fuel is expected to provide Gaza’s 1.7 million residents with an additional two hours of electricity per day. Since the plant shut down last Tuesday, as deliveries were severely reduced from Egypt, Gaza has had only six hours of power each day.
link to www.maannews.net

Gaza’s Hamas PM heads to Egypt over electricity crisis
Daily Star 20 Feb — GAZA CITY: Gaza’s Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya was due in Cairo on Monday to discuss the power crisis gripping the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian enclave, his government said. The crisis was sparked on February 14 when Gaza’s sole power plant was forced to close down after running out of fuel after a fall in supplies from Egypt … Most of Gaza’s fuel comes through cross-border tunnels from Egypt. But the UN humanitarian agency OCHA says the amount has dropped by half over the past three weeks, reportedly due to increased restrictions on the movement of fuel by Egyptian police.International aid agency Oxfam on Saturday warned that the lack of fuel meant Gaza was facing “a total collapse of essential services,” and said only an end to Israel’s blockade of the territory would solve its electricity shortage.
link to www.dailystar.com.lb

OPT: Gaza’s energy crisis close to tipping point
GAZA CITY (IRIN) 20 Feb — An energy crisis is currently hitting the Gaza Strip‘s public services hard and could lead to a severe humanitarian crisis if a sustainable solution is not found soon. “If the power plant does not resume its work in the next days, some hospitals will be left without electricity,” Mahmud Daher, officer-in-charge of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaza, told IRIN … “The current crisis is a political problem that started six years ago. The Israeli occupation, the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to provide the Gaza Strip with funds, and the policy of Egypt which is dealing with Gaza out of security calculations, have all contributed to the current situation,” said Hamas government spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.
link to www.irinnews.org

UPI: The fuel crisis in Gaza (14 images)
link to www.upi.com

Egypt to supply Gaza with power
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 20 Feb – Egypt agreed Monday to supply the Gaza Strip with 5 megawatt of power starting next week in the first stage of providing power to the coastal enclave to solve its electricity crisis, according to an official. Chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority Omar Kittaneh told WAFA that Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younis informed him in a telephone call that Egypt has agreed to immediately supply Gaza with 5 megawatt of power. He said the Egyptian and Palestinia

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NOVANEWS

Dear Friends,

 

Just 3 items tonight.  I apologize, but had no time today to read.  However, the initial item is at least positive, of a sort.  The Israeli High Court has, without explanation, has moved up Khader Adnan’s case from Thursday to tomorrow.  I do not put much hope in any positive results from our Supreme Court, especially now that judges with acknowledged right-wing tendencies have been added to it.  Familiarity with its previous decisions where Palestinians are involved leads me to be very skeptical of anything positive coming out of this.  The Court will most likely demand that the army give its reasons for not being transparent and for not charging him for supposed offences in a courtroom trial.  The military has a standard response to this question: “security.”  In any event, if the court demands that military give its reasons, that will take at least another day.  Well—we shall just have to wait and see.  May I be proven wrong.  May justice for a change prevail, and Adnan live.

 

Item 2 is also on Khader Adnan, but by a Palestinian citizen of Israel and Member of the Knesset—Ahmed Tibi, who visited Adnan yesterday.

 

Item 3 is also about a Palestinian prisoner, but not about Khader Adnan.  This prisoner,  Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, told the judge (military judge in a military court) “I do not recognize your rules.”  Brave man. But again this is very unlikely to free him or mete out a just verdict.

 

That’s it for tonight.

Keep your fingers and toes crossed that something decent will come out of the High Court hearing tomorrow.

 

Dorothy

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1 Haaretz

Monday, February 20, 2012

 

Israel’s Supreme Court moves up hearing of Palestinian prisoner on months-long hunger strike

Islamic Jihad member Khader Adnan is appealing the legality of his detention since he says he has not been charged and does not know what he is suspected of doing.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/israel-s-supreme-court-moves-up-hearing-of-palestinian-prisoner-on-months-long-hunger-strike-1.413824

 

By The Associated Press

 

The Supreme Court has brought forward a hearing this week on the appeal of a Palestinian prisoner waging an unprecedented two-month hunger strike, court officials and his lawyers said Monday.

 

A statement from the Supreme Court said Khader Adnan’s appeal will be held Tuesday. No explanation was given as to why it had been brought forward. It was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

 

Palestinians hold pictures of Khader Adnan, a jailed senior member of Islamic Jihad who has been on hunger strike for nearly two months, during a protest outside the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza.

 

Photo by: AFP

 

Adnan’s lawyer Mahmoud Hassan says the 33 year-old member of the Islamic Jihad militant group is in danger of death after 65 days of a hunger strike protesting Israel’s policy of long-term detention without trial.

 

His case has attracted widespread attention among Palestinians, with large crowds holding regular protests in his support.

 

The life-threatening gamble has also drawn broader attention toward Israel’s policy of “administrative detention,” under which Palestinians can be held without charge for months or even years at a time.

 

Adnan has not been charged with a crime and says he does not know what he is suspected of doing.

 

His family says he is a member of Islamic Jihad, which has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks, but it is not known if he was involved in violence.

 

Both the European Union and the United Nations have said they are following the case closely and urged Israel to give Adnan an open trial.

 

Adnan was arrested on Dec. 17 and later sentenced to four months of administrative detention. He launched the strike a day after his arrest, protesting his administrative detention and claiming he was beaten and humiliated in captivity.

 

Israel has defended its policy as a way to address imminent security threats. It says that releasing evidence against suspects would endanger its network of informants.

 

Capt. Eytan Buchman, an Israeli military spokesman, says Adnan is suspected of acts that “threaten regional security.” He would not elaborate.

 

A military court already rejected an appeal by Adnan on Feb. 13. Adnan’s lawyers said that after 65 days without food, his condition is so poor that they are not sure he will make it past the hearing.

 

He is losing his hair, his muscles have atrophied and he can only speak in whispers, said Yael Moram, a spokeswoman for Israel’s Physicians for Human Rights, which has been monitoring his condition.

 

Adnan is being held under guard in a hospital in northern Israel. He has been taking liquids infused with electrolytes to keep alive.

 

In a separate development Monday, Israeli police said vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a Baptist church in Jerusalem.

 

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the words “price tag” were also scrawled on the church property. It is a reference to a practice of Jewish extremists who lash out against the Israeli government for actions against settlers.

 

Such attacks usually target Muslim and Palestinian sites in the West Bank, but the vandals have recently spread their activities to target Muslim and Christian minorities in Israel.

 

Rosenfeld said police were searching for the suspects.

 

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2 Ynet Monday, February 20, 2012

 

MK Tibi: Israel must free Palestinian hunger striker

Arab MK ‘doesn’t understand rationale’ behind keeping Khader Adnan shackled to hospital bed; warns of West Bank, Gaza protests if prisoner dies in Israel

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4192315,00.html

 

Maor Buchnik Published:  02.20.12, 15:27 / Israel News

 

Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) on Monday called on the Israeli government to “immediately” release a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months.

 

Khader Adnan, 33, has been held without charge under “administrative detention” since mid-December. He is being kept shackled to a hospital bed at the Ziv Medical Center in Safed despite warning that he may be close to death.

 

“As a physician and Knesset member I find (the practice of shackling) objectionable,” Tibi said after meeting Adnan. He urged Israeli authorities to release the prisoner and avoid the “harsh ramifications” of his death in an Israeli hospital.

 

Tibi at hospital (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

 

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said it would file an appeal with the administrative court in Petah Tikva, claiming that Adnan is being kept chained to the bed 24 hours a day. The Israel Prison Service said only one of Adnan’s feet is shackled to the bed – and only during the night.

 

According to Tibi, Adnan’s life is in danger. “The prisoner has been on a hunger strike for 64 days, and it is known that after 45 days the body begins to decompose on its own. This is what Adnan is experiencing now,” the Arab lawmaker said.

 

Tibi also claimed that Adnan is kept chained to the bed all day. “Even when he goes to the bathroom he is handcuffed,” he said.

 

“Adnan is exhausted. He’s lost more than 30 kilos (66 pounds), so I don’t understand the rationale behind keeping him shackled to the bed – unless it’s for the purpose of humiliation and abuse,” Tibi said

 

“If he dies, the Israeli government and those who arrested him will bear the criminal and public responsibility. This may lead to the eruption of protests in the West Bank, Gaza and other places,” the MK warned.

 

“Adnan has become a symbol in the entire world. I’ve received a message of support from a family in Northern Ireland whose son died in prison. We are talking about a man who has never been charged of hurting anyone or using a weapon. He is a political and public activist.”

 

Adnan, a resident of Arabeh, near Jenin, is a senior Islamic Jihad figure in the West Bank. He was detained on December 17 and launched a hunger strike the following day, claiming he was innocent.

 

He has been held under administrative detention before, and has served time in Israel for various security offenses.

 

In early January Adnan was transferred to an Israel Prison Service medical center, but he refused to be examined. Members of the Medical Ethics Committee spoke with Adnan and gained the impression that he does not want to die. The meaning of the decision is that IPS doctors can give him transfusions of salts and sugars if necessary.

 

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Forwarded by Jonathan Pollak

Press Release  
Monday, 20 February 2012

Palestinian Activist to Judge: I Do Not Recognize Your Rules
Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh testified yesterday as part of the defense’s case in the ongoing trial against him. Tamimi, suspected of protest related charges, was arrested on March last year, and remains in detention since.

After 11 months in an Israeli jail, Bassem Tamimi, a prominent Palestinian activist from Nabi Saleh, was given a chance to plead his case before the military court in regards to the allegations against him, denying them in full while owning up to his and his village’s struggle against the Occupation and the theft of their lands. Tamimi, who was recognized by the European Union as a human rights defender last year, said, “International law gives us the right to peaceful protest, to demonstrate our refusal of the policies that hurt us, our daily life and the future of our children”.

Media contact: Jonathan Pollak             +972-54-632-7736
See here for a short video with archive footage and an interview with Tamimi held shortly before his arrest.

Tamimi began his testimony by telling of his past experience in Israeli prisons and interrogation rooms. He recounted how he was tortured so badly by the Israeli Shin Bet in 1993 that he suffered a severe Intracranial hemorrhage which left him unconscious for a week and partially paralyzed.

He then continued to explain the reason behind the Nabi Saleh protests, saying “I do not know and do not care if they are permitted by your law, as it was enacted by an authority I do not recognize”. He narrated how the settlers from the nearby Halamish continuously took over lands belonging to his village since the 1970s abetted by the army and how, when villagers tried to prevent the latest attempts to seize their lands, the Israeli army exerted repression tactics against them. “Every time we try to help them work the land, before we reach it, they disperse us using rubber bullets, tear gas and using excessive force. This is what happens every Friday”, he said.

Based on coerced statements extracted unlawfully by the Israeli police from two minors, Tamimi is charged with organizing his village of 500 people in a formation of 11 battalions and assigning them different roles during the demonstrations. When asked of his reply to the charges against him Tamimi answered, This is ridiculous and makes no sense, how stupid would I be to try and organize a 500 people village in 11 battalions […] If indeed there were such battalions how come the Shin Bet or anyone else did not continue the investigation and arrests after mine was carried out? No one continued to look into this issue to try and dismantle this ‘army’ of mine”, he cynically remarked. “True justice would not have me stand here before this court at all, let alone while I am imprisoned and shackled. This case is baseless and made up with the sole goal of putting me behind bars […]”, he continued.

During the course of Tamimi’s trial, new evidence has emerged, including proof of systematic violations of Palestinian minors’ rights during police interrogations, as well as first hand verification given by a military commander of disproportional use of force by the army in response to peaceful demonstrations.

Legal background
On March 24th, 2011, a massive contingent of Israeli Soldiers raided the Tamimi home at around noon, only minutes after he entered the house to prepare for a meeting with a European diplomat. He was arrested and subsequently charged.

The main evidence in Tamimi’s case is the testimony of 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, also from Nabi Saleh, who was taken from his bed at gunpoint on the night of January 23rd. In his interrogation the morning after his arrest, Islam alleged that Bassem and Naji Tamimi organized groups of youth into “brigades”, charged with different responsibilities during the demonstrations: some were allegedly in charge of stone-throwing, others of blocking roads, etc.

During a trial-within-a-trial procedure in Islam’s trial, motioning for his testimony to be ruled inadmissible, it was proven that his interrogation was fundamentally flawed and violated the rights set forth in the Israeli Youth Law in the following ways:

1.    The boy was arrested at gunpoint in the dead of night, during a violent military raid on his house.

2.    Despite being a minor, he was denied sleep in the period between his arrest and questioning, which began the following morning and lasted over 5 hours.

3.    Despite being told he would be allowed to see a lawyer, he was denied legal counsel, although his lawyer appeared at the police station requesting to see him.

4.    He was denied his right to have a parent present during his questioning. The testimony of one of his interrogators before the court suggests that he believes Palestinian minors do not enjoy this right.

5.    He was not informed of his right to remain silent, and was even told by his interrogators that he “must tell of everything that happened.”

6.    Only one of four interrogators who participated in the questioning was a qualified youth interrogator.

The audio-visual recording of another central witness against Tamimi, 15 year-old Mo’atasem Tamimi, proves that he too was questioned in a similarly unlawful manner.

The audio-visual recording of another central witness against Tamimi, 15 year-old Mo’atasem Tamimi, proves that he too was questioned in a similarly unlawful manner and was led to believe that implicating others, may earn him a more lenient treatment. The boy was told, numerous times, “Tell us what happened […] and who in the village incited you to throw stones. […] (shouting) you were incited! You…. you are a young boy, Incited by people. Grownups, we know. It’s the grownups who incite you, right?”

Since the beginning of the village’s struggle against settler takeover of their lands in December of 2009, the army has conducted more than 80 protest related arrests. As the entire village numbers just over 500 residents, the number constitutes approximately 10% of its population.

Tamimi’s arrest corresponds to the systematic arrest of civil protest leaders all around the West Bank, as in the case of the villages Bil’in and Ni’ilin.

In a recent, nearly identical case, the Military Court of Appeals has aggravated the sentence of Abdallah Abu Rahmah from the village of Bilin, sending him to 16 months imprisonment on charges of incitement and organizing illegal demonstrations. Abu Rahmah was released on March 2011.

The arrest and trial of Abu Rahmah has been widely condemned by the international community, most notably by Britain and EU foreign minister, Catherin Ashton. Harsh criticism of the arrest has also been offered by leading human rights organizations in Israel and around the world, among them B’tselem, ACRI, as well as Human Rights Watch, which declared Abu Rahmah’s trial unfair, and Amnesty International, which declared Abu Rahmah a prisoner of conscience.

Personal Background
Bassem Tamimi is a veteran Palestinian grassroots activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, north of Ramallah. He is married to Nariman Tamimi, with whom he fathers four children – Wa’ed (14), Ahed (10), Mohammed (8) and Salam (5).

As a veteran activist, Tamimi has been arrested by the Israeli army 11 times to date, though he was never convicted of any offense. Tamimi spent roughly three years in administrative detention, with no charges brought against him. Furthermore, his attorney and he were denied access to “secret evidence” brought against him.

In 1993, Tamimi was falsely arrested on suspicion of having murdered an Israeli settler in Beit El – an allegation of which he was cleared of entirely. During his weeks-long interrogation, he was severely tortured by the Israeli Shin Bet in order to draw a coerced confession from him. During his interrogation, and as a result of the torture he underwent, Tamimi collapsed and had to be evacuated to a hospital, where he laid unconscious for seven days. As a result of the wounds caused by torture, Tamimi was partially paralyzed for several months after his release from the hospital.

At the opening of his trial on June 5th, Tamimi pleaded “not guilty” to all charges against him, but proudly owned up to organizing protest in the village. In a defiant speech before the court he said, “I organized these peaceful demonstrations to defend our land and our people.” Tamimi also challenged the legitimacy of the very system which trys him, saying that “Despite claiming to be the only democracy in the Middle East you are trying me under military laws […] that are enacted by authorities which I haven’t elected and do not represent me.” (See here for Tamimi’s full statement).

The indictment against Tamimi is based on questionable and coerced confessions of youth from the village. He is charged with’ incitement’, ‘organizing and participating in unauthorized processions’,’ solicitation to stone-throwing’, ‘failure to attend legal summons’, and a scandalous charge of ‘disruption of legal proceedings’, for allegedly giving youth advice on how to act during police interrogation in the event that they are arrested.

The transcript of Tamimi’s police interrogation further demonstrates the police and Military Prosecution’s political motivation and disregard for suspects’ rights. During his questioning, Tamimi was accused by his interrogator of “consulting lawyers and foreigners to prepare for his interrogation”, an act that is clearly protected under the right to seek legal counsel.

As one of the organizers of the Nabi Saleh protests and coordinator of the village’s popular committee, Tamimi has been the target of harsh treatment by the Israeli army. Since demonstrations began in the village, his house has been raided and ransacked numerous times, his wife was twice arrested and two of his sons were injured; Wa’ed, 14, was hospitalized for five days when a rubber-coated bullet penetrated his leg and Mohammed, 8, was injured by a tear-gas projectile that was shot directly at him and hit him in the shoulder. Shortly after demonstrations in the village began, the Israeli Civil Administration served ten demolition orders to structures located in Area C, Tamimi’s house was one of them, despite the fact that part of the house was built in 1965 and the rest in 2005.

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JINSA: Strengthening IsraHell by promoting Syrian ‘Chalabi’

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail

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On February 17, subscribers to the mailing list of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) received a message entitled “Want to Know What’s Going On in Syria?” inviting them to a special conference call briefing from Farid Ghadry, co-founder of The Reform Party of Syria. The invitation from the hawkish Israel lobby think tank — whose half-accurate motto is “Securing America, Strengthening Israel” — to the February 22 briefing reads:

In October of 2001, Mr. Ghadry, along with several Syrian-Americans, formed the Reform Party of Syria. A constitution was written and a constructive and comprehensive program has been put in place to bring regime change to Syria. Today, the party is enjoying the tacit support from many organizations and people in the U.S. administration and think tanks in Washington.

Mr. Ghadry and the other co-founders of RPS are hoping to return to Syria one day to rebuild the country on the basis of principles of real economic and political reforms that will usher democracy, prosperity, freedom of expression, and human rights in addition to lasting peace with open borders with all of Syria’s neighboring countries.

Not mentioned but well-understood by the men from JINSA is that the well-connected Syrian “reformer” has been groomed to facilitate that unlikely democratic utopia by leading Iraq war architect Richard Perle, a prominent member of JINSA’s advisory board until a few weeks ago. But as the Prince of Darkness’s biographer wrote in a 2007 Los Angeles Times article:

Unfortunately for Perle, Ghadry is seen in many quarters as a front man for Israel. Not only is he a dues-paying member of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful Israeli lobby in Washington, but a recent column on his Web site, titled “Why I Admire Israel,” seems to play right into the hands of those who believe the Bush administration’s obsession with regime change in the Middle East is really all about protecting Israel. Did Perle, the savviest of Washington power players, believe that Ghadry’s tub-thumping for Tel Aviv would make him more popular in Syria?

“No,” Perle replied. “I don’t. But he’s his own man. I don’t always understand what he’s doing and why he’s doing it.”

So, in his quest for idealistic dissidents to do in the Middle East what the Walesas and Havels achieved in Eastern Europe, Perle and his acolytes have tapped the discredited Ahmad Chalabi for Iraq, the suspect Amir Abbas Fakhravar for Iran and the allegiance-challenged Fahrid Ghadry for Syria. They’re just not making heroes like they used to.

Perhaps Farid Ghadry’s pro-Israel image problem is why there appears to be no mention of his conference call briefing on the JINSA website. There is, however, one rather revealing reference to Perle’s Syrian Chalabi. In its Events & Programs section, under “New York Cabinet Meetings 2009, 2010 & 2011,” there is the following brief entry:

“The Role of Syria in the Middle East: Friend of Iran, Host to Hamas, and Patron of Hizbullah” – Farid Ghadry, President, Reform Party of Syria

To put all this into the broader context of the supposedly Israel-threatening “Arab Spring” — which the LA Times reference to Perle’s “quest for idealistic dissidents to do in the Middle East what the Walesas and Havels achieved in Eastern Europe” seems to prefigure — a seminal event, which I have previously written about, was held almost five years ago that brought together Israel partisans concerned with “rolling back Syria” among other regional rivals and their native collaborators:

Under the direction of Natan Sharansky, the former Israeli minister who resigned his cabinet seat in 2005 in protest over Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan, the [Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies] held a “Democracy and Security” conference in Prague in 2007. It brought together Israeli officials; their American neoconservative sympathizers with their favourite Middle Eastern dissidents in tow — most notably, Richard Perle’s Israel-admiring Syrian protégé Farid Ghadry; and the newly-installed Eastern European democrats swept to power in the wake of a wave of neocon-backed “color revolutions,” the latter group presumably serving to inspire the Arab and Iranian participants to emulate them.

So, if you want to know what’s going on in JINSA’s road to regime change in Damascus, please RSVP to jcolbert@jinsa.org or call             202-667-3900      , Ext. 224.

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Vandals scrawl graffiti on Jerusalem Baptist church

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Anonymous perpetrators daub ‘Death to Christianity’ on Jerusalem church wall in second such attack in the holy city this month. Police launch investigation

ed note–Jews have been screeching ‘Death to Christianity’ since the days of Jesus walking the earth. By virtue of the religion they follow, which is 100% antithetical to the teachings of Jesus, they cannot but UTTERLY REJECT AND HATE Christianity through and through.

The maddening thing is that for Christians, understanding this concept should be as easy as pouring water out of a boot with the directions on the heel. The VERY BEDROCK of our identity is (or at least should be) rooted in the anti-Judaicism of Jesus’ teachings, and yet, due entirely to the stupidity of the Christian community AT EVERY LEVEL OF ITS HEIRARCHY, we now have rejected this vital element in our understanding of who we are and as such have now become an adjunct in assisting the Jews in their maniacal drive to destroy the world.

God help us…

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Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on a Jerusalem church on Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said.

The words ‘Price Tag’, a slogan used by extremist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighborhood in west Jerusalem.

“Officers are investigating a strong possibility of a nationalist motive but no one has been apprehended yet,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The graffiti also included profanity about Jesus, and the vandals slashed the tires of several cars parked in the church compound.

Two weeks ago, similar graffiti was scrawled on the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross which is also in west Jerusalem but no suspect have been arrested, Rosenfeld said.

Price Tag attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank.

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Jewish-Nazi Racism and Intolerance of ‘the other’s

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  1. #1 by SHAFAR NULLIFIDIAN on February 20, 2012 – 7:39 pm

    I pose the following as a subject for a considered debate or less extreme alternate solutions to correct the seemingly obvious. i opine that The Tribe is inferring that it represents the unwritten, unspoken thoughts of a growing number of “The Other”, thus the recent Masada-like pronouncement coming from authoritative sources in Israel and the Zionasties in the U.S

    There never was a time in history nor will there ever be a time when Hebrews/Israelites/Judeans/Jews whether Ashkenazim or Sephardi m/Conservatist/Reform/Orthodox-cultists or every stripe did, do not and will not have contempt for the “other”. It is genetic and failure to recognize this has resulted much of the chaos and misery throughout the world. Even those who convert to Judaism are deranged to the point where their monomaniacal narcissism is compatible with that of the cabalistic, tribal Jew. Jewish is synonymous with leprous. Only total isolation from every aspect of the humanity of “the other”(regardless of how shallow and currently unfulfilled) until the isolation results in the “Self Chosen” going the way of the the pterodactyl will the world have a chance at progression to universally human and ultimately universally humane.

  2. #2 by ruby22shoes on February 20, 2012 – 11:31 pm

    But the fact is they are not isolated, many seemingly assimilate, only to shed their chameleon coat when it’s time to make a stand.
    I keep going back to the notion that they’re a minority yet immobilize the peace movement, higher education, judiciary, elected officials, the ‘billionaire list.’ and whatever like the media that I forgot to include. They’ve cornered the illegal transplant industry, porn, slavery, gambling.

    I excluded the theft of Palestine & other grotesque actions connected to their occupation and domination,

    everything else is lied about, why not the census?

  3. #3 by equalizer on February 20, 2012 – 11:46 pm

  4. #4 by Al on February 21, 2012 – 2:20 am

    I am not surprised,… when the roots of a tree is bad the fruits will also be bad & poisonous. When their religious leader commits such an ugly sins, then what would you expect from their politicians?!…

    So, here the whole tree, from its roots to its fruits, is poisonous and this cancer is growing and spreading around…

  5. #5 by equalizer on February 21, 2012 – 2:24 am

    Yes, ruby22/kate, the actual percentage of jews in the United States, IMHO, is about 10% today. I addressed this at veteranstoday.com a number of times. I believe Dr. Edward Fields felt the “reported” number of jews in the U.S. was very low.

    If I’m correct, that’s 30+ million jews. Add the mafias and christian zionazi’s and you have quite a “rumble”. The jews won’t fight, tho; their cowards

    ps. I have an ocean of salty fluid draining down the back of my throat…..this has happened before, but I don’t know what the substance is. It wipes me out tho, and I am dried out and feverish. This may explain the ringing in my ears. There are two thumping noises on the exterior wall in the bedroom next to the kitchen where I’ve been sleeping. The “enemy” (BATF&E) probably placed something chemical in there to sicken me…those assholes sicken alright.

  6. #6 by ruby22shoes on February 21, 2012 – 5:39 pm

    Eq: as you undoubtedly know the eyes, ears, nose & throat are connected. You have copious fluid draining (probably from sinuses) & yet you say you’re dried out & feverish. In my limited understanding it sounds like an allergic reaction.

    My family is prone to sinus trouble – my daughter’s dentist said he’d never seen sinuses as large as hers. It can manifest in facial pain (a headache in the face) migraines, tintenitus (sounds in your head – whooosh, going together with pulse)

    I’d say drink liquids so you’re hydrated, if you have a fever take whatever you have to reduce it. I feel helpless b/c I have no other ideas, is it possible that you’ve been bitten by a venomous creature?

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SPIEGEL INTERVIEW PALESTINIAN ZIONIST

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‘The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy’

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Prominent Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh believes it is too late for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. In a SPIEGEL interview, he outlines his vision for an Israeli-Palestinian confederation and why he mistrusts the new moderate stance taken by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

SPIEGEL: Mr Nusseibeh, in your new book you claim that it is too late for a Palestinian state. Why?

 

Nusseibeh: You are sitting in my office in Beit Hanina in a place called East Jerusalem. Now, you look to the west from here and you see parts of this Arab neighborhood that are severed from us. If you look to the east over there, you find Pisgat Zeev, an enormous Israeli settlement which is part of Jerusalem. Further east there is Maale Adumim, an even larger settlement of Israelis in what is called East Jerusalem. There is no East Jerusalem any more. East Jerusalem has already become a misnomer. But a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital is a no-no. 

SPIEGEL: Do you want to give up the 1967 borders which have been the basis of all the peace plans?

Nusseibeh: It is extremely hard for the most imaginative of us to see how to work out a redrawing of the map in order to give us, the Palestinians, East Jerusalem as capital. But secondly, there are the Israeli settlers. Can you take away half a million people? No, you cannot. Nothing is impossible, mathematically speaking. But we are talking about politics, and in politics not everything is always possible.

SPIEGEL: So we should admit to ourselves that the two-state solution is dead?

Nusseibeh: Mathematically speaking, a two-state solution is an excellent solution. It causes minimum pain and it is accepted by a majority on both sides. Because of this, we should have brought it into existence a long time ago. But we did not manage to do so.

SPIEGEL: Who is to blame for that?

Nusseibeh: First of all, it took Israel a long time to accept that there is a Palestinian people. It took us, the Palestinians, a long time to accept that we should recognize Israel as a state. The problem is that history runs faster than ideas. By the time the world woke up to the fact that the two-state solution is the best solution, we had hundreds of thousands Israelis living beyond the Green Line(ed’s note: the 1949 Armistice Line that forms the boundary between Israel and the West Bank). There is a growing fanaticism on both sides. Today, the pursuit of a two-state solution looks like the pursuit of something inside a fantasy bubble.

SPIEGEL: What are the alternatives?

Nusseibeh: The final political form doesn’t matter that much. The important thing is that both sides can agree on it and that the basic principles of equality and freedom are upheld. They can be upheld in the context of one state, of two states, of three states, or in the context of a federation or a confederation of states.

SPIEGEL: In your book you propose that, in a joint single state, Palestinians should be given civil rights, but no political rights. “The Jews could run the country while the Arabs could at last enjoy living in it,” you write. Could that work?

Nusseibeh: Yes, as a transition. Ever since the occupation began, we have been denied basic civic rights, on the promise that a solution or a state is around the corner. For 20 years, we have been promised that. But they should not keep the Palestinians living in the basement until a solution is found. I suggested we be allowed to have basic rights. Allow us freedom of movement, allow us to live and work wherever we want. Allow us to breathe.

SPIEGEL: Where do you want to draw the borders? Along ethnic lines?

Nusseibeh: Yes, I am proposing a federation between Israel and a Palestinian state based upon the demographic placement of populations in the country.

SPIEGEL: And you think Israelis would accept that?

Nusseibeh: Oh yes, they would love that. Israelis who wish for a predominantly Jewish state may well find this a reasonable solution, because even if they somehow manage to get rid of the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza, which they regard as a demographic burden, they will still feel in the long term that they have a problem with the Arabs in Israel. What I am suggesting is not totally crazy. This idea has always been there. If you go back in Jewish history, you will find Israelis suggesting it right from the beginning, like (the prominent intellectual and cultural Zionist) Martin Buber.

SPIEGEL: What would be the benefit for Palestinians in such a federation with Israel?

Nusseibeh: They would have freedom of movement — they could settle and work wherever they want. That’s a huge benefit. And more than that: According to the classical two-state solution, there is no return of (Palestinian) refugees to Israel, only to the West Bank or Gaza. But in a future map which is solely drawn the way I am proposing it, chunks of what is now Israel could become part of a Palestinian state. And therefore, many refugees might actually be able to go back exactly to their hometowns.

SPIEGEL: In your book, you describe your proposal as “shock therapy to awaken Israelis” and push them to find a solution. Does that mean you ultimately don’t really believe in what you are saying?

Nusseibeh: It can be both. It can be an alert, a wake-up call. I want Israelis to see that they have a problem and to think: Maybe we should go for the two-state solution. But it can also be a sign of things to come. If we don’t do anything, eventually people will wake up and find out they are living in a kind of confederation.

SPIEGEL: Do you believe that things are moving in that direction by themselves?

Nusseibeh: Exactly. We are constantly sliding towards that direction. Look at the negotiations. It has just been going around in circles.

SPIEGEL: In your book, you describe the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians as more or less just a game, “one to be played as long as possible.” Do you think negotiations should be stopped?

Nusseibeh: I do not really mind if negotiators from both sides go on talking with each other in (the Jordanian capital) Amman as they recently did. They can spend 48 hours talking. But I believe that they will not get anywhere. They will only get somewhere if they pull back from just trying to be clever with one another. (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu is good as a salesman, but he does not strike me as being a wise person.

SPIEGEL: What about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas?

Nusseibeh: Well, let me say: I think you need to be farsighted and you need to be caring enough.

SPIEGEL: Should the Palestinian Authority (PA) dissolve itself instead of continuing to administer the occupation?

Nusseibeh: No, that would be too risky. On the contrary, the PA should be strengthened, given more territory and more authority. And I think the international community should continue to support it.

SPIEGEL: That could change quickly if Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, and Abbas’s rival Fatah movement, which governs in the West Bank, were to form a joint government. Do you believe their reconciliation will work?

Nusseibeh: It is only natural for Hamas and Fatah not to fight with each other. But this does not mean that not to fight means automatically to agree. At the moment it looks like they are trying to conceal the disagreements. And I do not like this. I think people should be clear about their positions. And I am not really sure what Khaled Mashaal (ed’s note: Hamas’ top leader in exile) wants, to tell you the truth.

SPIEGEL: Khaled Mashaal recently said that Hamas should focus on non-violent resistance. Do you believe him?

Nusseibeh: I remember a situation with him, maybe 10 years ago. It was at the height of the second intifada, and it was the first time I was invited for a comment on Al-Jazeera. I tried to explain why suicide attacks were not good, that they would not achieve anything. I did not initially realize that Mashaal was on the other side. He replied that I was talking rubbish and that suicide attacks are great and shooting and killing is great. That is why I got so fed up when I heard him now saying he wants civil resistance. Why is he coming up with this now, after 10 years of having ruined us? The entire wall (ed’s note: the West Bank barrier) would not have been built. Things would be so different today.

SPIEGEL: Do you believe there will be elections in the West Bank and Gaza any time soon?

Nusseibeh: I do not think that elections could happen any time soon. And to tell you the truth: I am not so sure myself that I am very much in favor of elections in the present context. Elections are a good thing in certain circumstances, for instance when your country is free, and people that you elect can take decisions on your behalf. But in our case this is fantasy. What have the people that we elected done for us? Nothing. If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) himself, the president of this country, wants to go from one place to another, he has to get a permit.

SPIEGEL: How can the kind of federation you are proposing work, if at the same time a majority of Palestinians voted for Hamas, whose declared goal is a religious state?

Nusseibeh: If you look at Gaza from the top down, you see Hamas. I do not see Hamas in Gaza, personally. I see normal human beings: my relatives, my friends and my students. They did not vote for Hamas because they suddenly woke up and they became extremist Muslims. No, they voted for Hamas because the peace process failed. If the Israeli government today were to open up the borders, will Hamas stand in their way, and if they did stand in the way will the people listen to Hamas? No, I don’t believe so. People want normal lives.

SPIEGEL: We are sitting here on the campus of Al-Quds University. What do your students think about politics — do they tend to support Hamas or Fatah?

Nusseibeh: Students on campus are individual human beings; they are not walking ideologies. Let me tell you a story. It was in 2003, when the Israelis wanted to build the separation wall, right in the middle of our campus. The immediate thing that occurred to the students was — and this was unrelated to whether they were from Hamas, Fatah or Islamic Jihad — we will go out and throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers. But I told them: Listen, if you do that, then one of you will be killed. The university will have a martyr, but the next day, it would be closed. And so they stayed non-violent. In the end, we won. Israel didn’t build the wall on the campus. What do I want to say with this story? Regardless of how you see them from above, regardless of their ideology, human beings are reasonable people.

SPIEGEL: Do your students still believe that this conflict is solvable? And what do they think about a federal state of Israel and Palestine?

Nusseibeh: First of all, they think that it does not look solvable. But what I can say is that people are no longer sold on the idea of two states. Only very few are still stuck to the national identity idea, but they do not actually believe that they can get the state that we wanted to get. Others are turning to religion. Religious ideas are what is important now.

SPIEGEL: You are a professor for Islamic philosophy. What do you think about the role of religion in this conflict?

Nusseibeh: I grew up with the idea of a very tolerant Islam. My family has had the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (in the Old City of Jerusalem) for hundreds of years, and we are proud of it. This is our connection to Christianity. Our reverence for Jesus is something inborn in me as a Muslim. My reverence to the Jewish prophets is inborn in me as a Muslim.

SPIEGEL: But that is not the Islam revered by all Muslims.

Nusseibeh: In the true sense, religions in theory are ways to support human values. In so far as religions interfere with human values, then they go in the wrong direction. And this is what is happening unfortunately in many religions, including Islam. There are some Muslim clerics I like, but I distrust people who regard themselves as guardians of religion.

SPIEGEL: Do you attend mosque regularly?

Nusseibeh: No, I almost never go. Once I took my sons to the mosque, but the man who held the prayer put me off. He talked about things that are totally crazy. Even ignoring what the content is, it’s the way they scream. You feel like they are holding a whip and scaring the people into the truth of Islam. That is not Islam. That is a kind of terrorism. In my understanding, Islam is a gentle religion. And the message of Islam is a gentle message.

SPIEGEL: The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians does actually look minor in comparison to a possible war with Iran. What will happen if Israel attacks Iran?

Nusseibeh: That would be a major mistake. Everything that Israel does to (assert) itself through the use of more force is a step towards its own destruction. There is the saying: “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”

SPIEGEL: Could a military escalation with Iran put pressure on Israelis and Palestinians to finally come to a solution?

Nusseibeh: Israel is not taking us too seriously at the moment. They will keep us under the lid for a longer period of time. If they attack Iran, I do not think this will make them more open towards us. I certainly think it would not make us more open towards them. And without doubt I do not think the Arab world would be more open towards them.

SPIEGEL: That sounds like a very dark scenario.

Nusseibeh: This is why I am proposing this plan. How many people are living between the Jordan and the Mediterranean?

SPIEGEL: Around 11 million people.

Nusseibeh: There are about 4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and 1 million in Israel, and there are about 6 million Jewish Israelis. But this is a small place. We are inside each other. Sooner or later, we will have to somehow find a way to live with each other. My son lives in a Jewish suburb of Jerusalem. My daughter-in-law told the Jewish music teacher that she does not want her son to sing religious Jewish songs. And the Jewish teacher said fine — when we are going to do this, he doesn’t need to take part. But otherwise he can join the party.

 

SPIEGEL: Is that how your proposed state could work as well? When it’s a Jewish issue, then the Palestinians would stand aside, but otherwise they join in? 

Nusseibeh: And vice versa, because you cannot expect Jews to enjoy Palestinian songs. But come on, Muslims and Jews have lived amiably for long periods of time. It was not full of roses, but actually it was better than in Europe for most of the time. We have friendships between Jews and Arabs that are very strong and sometimes go back generations. It is not impossible.

SPIEGEL: Mr Nusseibeh, thank you for this interview.

Interview conducted by Martin Doerry and Juliane von Mittelstaedt.

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