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Jewish secularism – the defining framework of contemporary Israel

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By Gilad Atzmon
In a critique of an analysis by former Israeli parliament speaker Avraham Burg of how the Israeli-US relationship has evolved, Gilad Atzmon argues that Jewish secularism, not Judaism, should be credited with Israel’s most salient characteristics: racism, narcissism and exploitation.

“Israel is no ordinary civil society. It defines itself as the Jewish state, it kills in the name of the Jews, it loves itself in the name of the Jews and it even loves itself killing others in the name of the Jews. This, in itself, makes Jewishness into a primary ingredient within Israeli self-realization and politics.” (Gilad Atzmon)

I respect former Israeli Knesset speaker Avraham Burg. Over the years Burg has managed to extend the scope of Zionist self-criticism. He has challenged the Zionist discourse, Israeli society and even Jewish identity politics. A few days ago, in a New York Times opinion piece, he attempted to explore the reasons behind the collapse of Israeli democracy.

Burg seems alarmed by how the relationship between Israel and the USA has evolved. “When an American presidential candidate visits Israel and his key message is to encourage us to pursue a misguided war with Iran … we know that something profound and basic has changed in the relationship between Israel and the United States.”

Burg was obviously referring to Mitt Romeny’s comments in Jerusalem last week. But, in his analysis of the relationship between the two warmongering states, Burg may have failed because, in reality, nothing much has changed in recent years. On the contrary, the true nature and deep cultural, ideological and spiritual bond between America and Israel is now clear for all to see.

It is pretty clear where Burg comes from. “My generation”, he says, “grew up with the deep, almost religious belief that the two countries shared basic values and principles”. Burg was referring to “democracy”, “human rights”, “respect for other nations” and “human solidarity”.

“The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is not interested in ‘American values’ and has certainly never been concerned with humanism either. The lobby is concerned solely with Jewish interests and, as such, is pretty successful in enslaving America to its power.”

This observation by Burg is puzzling. How could an intelligent person, Israeli or not, even consider the Jewish state to be “humane”? But I understand Burgs delusion; after all, it took me many years to admit to myself that the Israeli existence was unethical to the bone.

Burg reckons that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has forced American Jews “to make political decisions based on calculations that go against what they perceive to be American interests”. Is he correct about this? I am not so sure. I would argue that the American Jewish lobby pushes for policies that serve what it believes to be “good for the Jews”. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is not interested in “American values” and has certainly never been concerned with humanism either. The lobby is concerned solely with Jewish interests and, as such, is pretty successful in enslaving America to its power.

Burg tries to explain the Israeli malaise as follows:

Israel arose as a secular, social-democratic country inspired by Western European democracies. With time, however, its core values have become entirely different. Israel today is a religious, capitalist state… However, because Israel has never created a system of checks and balances between these two sources of authority, they are closer than ever to a terrible clash.

I don’t entirely agree with Burg. Although the political impact of Jewish Orthodox parties is rapidly growing in Israel, Israeli politics is still dominated by non-Orthodox parties. Israel’s problems have more to do with its interpretation of Jewish secularism. It is the, relatively new, godless Jewish identity that made God into an estate agent. It is secular Jewish politics that made the Israeli Jew into a plunderer of someone else’s land. And it is Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Netanyahu, rather than the rabbis, who are pushing day and night for a suicidal global war against Iran.

Burg tries to grasp the meaning of Jewishness but his grasp of the matter is rather limited. He says:

In the early years of statehood, the meaning of the term “Jewish” was national and secular. In the eyes of Israel’s founding fathers, to be a Jew was exactly like being an Italian, Frenchman or American. Over the years, this elusive concept has changed; today, the meaning of “Jewish” in Israel is mainly ethnic and religious.

“Already in the early days of ‘secular’ Zionism, Jewish ethnicity stood as the collective bond. But this cement wasn’t geo-centric – it was actually racist. Vladimir Jabotinsky and Max Nordau used biological determinist terminology:”

Burg is slightly wrong here. The Zionist forefathers promised to make the Jews “a people like other peoples”, which means that they accepted that Jews weren’t like other peoples. Already in the early days of “secular” Zionism, Jewish ethnicity stood as the collective bond. But this cement wasn’t geo-centric – it was actually racist. Vladimir Jabotinsky and Max Nordau used biological determinist terminology: referring to race, blood and genes. Burg cannot deny that the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians was driven by Jewish racist ideology.

But, to some extent, Burg is also correct. I guess that his generation and mine as well could be seen as a fulfilment of the Zionist dream. We regarded ourselves as Israelis, we weren’t even Zionists. For us, Jewishness was a secondary matter. Some of us were religious, others weren’t, but we were all Israelis just because we were born in Israel. But then, as it seems, Israeliness wasn’t sufficient to sustain an Israeli collectivism. Something was clearly missing, and this is where the problem starts. Israel has never matured into a “state of its citizens”; it remained the “state of the Jews”.

Burg claims that, through “the elevation of religious solidarity over and above democratic authority, Israel has become more fundamentalist and less modern, more separatist and less open to the outside world”. Burg may be right here, yet it is no coincidence that the Jewish state recruited Judaism. Israel is no ordinary civil society. It defines itself as the Jewish state, it kills in the name of the Jews, it loves itself in the name of the Jews and it even loves itself killing others in the name of the Jews. This, in itself, makes Jewishness into a primary ingredient within Israeli self-realization and politics.

Burg believes that the Zionist founders thought that “democracy” was the only way to regulate and accommodate many contradictory interests. This may be correct but it was doomed to fail, for democracy and Judaism contradict each other. Democracy is based on the vision of equal civil rights together with enlightened individualism, yet Judaism is fuelled by tribalism, chosenness and the elimination of civil life in favour Hlachah, Jewish religious law.

It could be argued that the early Zionists, who were largely anti-Jewish, did indeed try to form a Jewish state that would be free of most Jewish characteristics. But their dream did not prevail, Israel is Jewish; it is tribal, it is racist: it is the definitive Jewish ghetto. Israel and Zionism have nothing to do with enlightened humanism – probably for the same reason that Jews had no impact on the evolution of enlightenment.

So, I guess that Burg is deluded when he argues that “the modern combination between democracy and Judaism was supposed to give birth to a spectacular, pluralistic kaleidoscope”.

Israel is pretty much the opposite. It is a kaleidoscope of every alarming Jewish political symptom. It is oppressive, abusive and supremacist. And it is not necessarily Jewish orthodoxy, as Burg suggests, that is to blame for this. It is actually Jewish secularism that brings all these extremely problematic symptoms to light.

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Mitt Romney: conduct unbecoming of a presidential candidate

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As the “political prostitution season” hots up, are Americans in the mood for another Israel-first commander-in-chief?

By Stuart Littlewood

Stuart Littlewood explores the propaganda of US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s “special adviser” on foreign policy, Dan Senor, an apprentice of the Israel lobby AIPAC and organizer of Romney’s recent trip to Israel during which he indulged in a spectacular display of racism and ignorance about the Palestinian people.

Who is this Dan Senor, the organizer of US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s embarrassing jaunt to Israel?

According to The Tablet, Senor not only interned at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) but while in Jerusalem volunteered as an intern for Benny Begin, son of the terrorist Menachem Begin, chief of the Irgun, who in 1946 ordered the bombing of the British HQ at the King David Hotel, murdering 91 people.

“Mormons have a special relationship with Israel, a fantasy I don’t profess to understand or even care about. But it means that Americans would not be getting a president with impartial judgement on security matters and foreign affairs, and the Western world would have a leader it couldn’t entirely trust.”

So, the would-be US president appointed Senor as his “special adviser” on foreign policy. Romney, being a Mormon, is easy meat for the Zionist vultures. Mormons have a special relationship with Israel, a fantasy I don’t profess to understand or even care about. But it means that Americans would not be getting a president with impartial judgement on security matters and foreign affairs, and the Western world would have a leader it couldn’t entirely trust.

Watching the spectacle Romney recently made of himself, Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank summed up the Jerusalem fiasco thus:

Romney’s obsequious remarks could only come from a thoroughly professional political prostitute, with utterly no concern for honesty and morality, or indeed, truth…

This is the political prostitution season in America where the numerous political sluts in the land of Woodrow Wilson are vying for Shylock’s purse… How could 320 million Americans, considered among the smartest in the world, have allowed a few rich Jews to eviscerate America of its soul and moral values?

The other day Senor popped up on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” programme to defend his boss’s claim in Jerusalem that Israel’s economic success at the expense of the Palestinians was due to a superior culture rather than 64 years of military occupation and dispossession, not to mention the mega-contributions to Israel by American taxpayers and the preferential trading terms granted by the European Union. From thetranscript here are some of the gems he came out with:

  • “In the case of Israel, there’s no doubt the fact that there’s this enormous respect for rule of law, for private property, for freedom of the press…”

Israel’s contempt for international law, humanitarian law, United Nations resolutions and even the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is a matter of public record and makes shocking reading.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) estimates that at least 24,813 Palestinian houses have been demolished in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza since 1967. “House demolitions and forced evictions are among Israel’s most heinous practices in the occupied Palestinian territory.” And 2011 was a record year.

And here is what the UN says:

Palestinians are utterly frustrated by the impact of Israeli policies on their lives. They can’t move freely around their territory. They can’t plan their communities. They are evicted from their homes. Their homes are regularly demolished. I don’t believe that most people in Israel have any idea of the way planning policies are used to divide and harass communities and families. They would not themselves like to be subjected to such behaviour.” (United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Baroness Valerie Amos, May 2011)

In 1947-48 at the time the Jewish state was founded, Jewish terrorists and Israeli militia forced some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and destroyed around 400 villages in their frenzied land grab.

Today, Israel’s illegal Apartheid Wall cuts deep into Palestinian territory to annex prime Palestinian agricultural land and water resources. And Palestinian fishermen are denied access to their territorial fishing grounds because Israel is trying to steal Gaza’s marine gasfield.

Respect for law and property? I don’t think so.

“Can [Dan] Senor tell everyone how many thousands of bombs, missiles, rockets, grenades and tank-shells have been blasted into the crowded city and towns of the Gaza Strip by Israel’s high-tech weaponry?”
  • “They launch hundreds of rockets from Gaza, thousands since Hamas took over, in to Israel.”

“I have walked on the streets of Sderot,” boasted Romney to the Jerusalem Foundation last week. In that case he ought to know Sderot was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Najd, whose 600-plus citizens were driven out at gunpoint in 1948 by Jewish terrorists. So, Romney and Senor should quit whining about the garden-shed rockets fired from nearby Gaza where most of Najd’s families fled and have been refugees ever since.

Can Senor tell everyone how many thousands of bombs, missiles, rockets, grenades and tank-shells have been blasted into the crowded city and towns of the Gaza Strip by Israel’s high-tech weaponry?

The right of self defence, as he knows, is not exclusive to Israel. Palestinians are equally entitled to do what they can to defend their citizens from armed aggression.

  • “…Hamas who dominate the Gaza Strip which is in shambles… The chaos in Gaza is not because of the Israeli occupation. Israel has been out of Gaza for a few years.”

Israel’s troops were withdrawn from Gaza in 2005 but Israel still occupies Gaza’s airspace, airwaves and coastal waters, controls all land crossings (except now Rafah into Egypt) and has applied a crippling land and sea blockade since 2006. It has interfered with shipping on the high seas and even committed murder to maintain the illegal siege, turning the Gaza Strip into a hell-hole prison camp for its 1.5 million citizens.

In the winter of 2008/09 Israel intensively bombed Gaza for three weeks, killing 1,396 Palestinians including 345 children, 110 women and 117 elderly people, and injuring and maiming some 5,450 more. Israel also destroyed or damaged 58,000 homes (ICAHD puts it nearer 42,000, of which 4,247 were totally destroyed), 280 schools, 1,500 factories and water and sewage installations. And it used prohibited weapons like depleted uranium and white phosphorus shells.

Israel has blocked necessary materials for reconstruction.

How would Boston, Massachusetts, have looked?

“[Dan] Senor also talks disparagingly about the ‘culture’ in Gaza. I’ll wager he knows nothing about Palestine’s sophisticated culture, much less any supposed difference in Gaza. And I’ll wager he’d wet his pants at the thought of going there to find out.”

Senor also talks disparagingly about the “culture” in Gaza. I’ll wager he knows nothing about Palestine’s sophisticated culture, much less any supposed difference in Gaza. And I’ll wager he’d wet his pants at the thought of going there to find out.

  • “They [the Israelis] don’t put up the roadblocks to have fun. They put up roadblocks so they can actually see if someone coming into Israel has a suicide bomb strapped to their belt… But this isn’t a choice Israel is making. It’s a response Israel is taking.”

According to the UN, there were over 500 checkpoints and roadblocks throughout the West Bank last year, plus nearly 500 “flying checkpoints” per month on average. Most of them are within the West Bank and have nothing to do with checking people wishing to cross into Israel.

They seriously disrupt working, social and religious life, and obstruct emergency services. The Israelis use the checkpoints to abuse and humiliate the Palestinians, violate their human rights and sometimes kill them (by refusing to let ambulances pass, for example). They form an essential part of Israel’s “matrix of control” designed to demoralize and crush the Palestinian untermenschen. For the Israeli psycho this is great fun. I have been through many of these checkpoints, including the notorious ones at Qalandiya, Bethlehem and Erez (into Gaza), and seen for myself.

Israel and its stooges like Senor always imply that Palestinians are terrorists and Israelis squeaky-clean. The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights, B’Tselem, keeps a close check on the death toll, which speaks for itself. For example, in the period between the start of the second Intifada (September 2000) up to Operation Cast Lead (26 December 2008) 4,836 Palestinians were killed by Israelis in the occupied territories, including 951 children. Some 581 Israelis, including 84 children, were killed by Palestinians in Israel.

That’s a kill rate of more than 8 to 1. When it comes to snuffing out children the Israelis are even more proficient. The Cast Lead blitzkrieg subsequently pushed the figures up to 11 to 1 for adults and 14 to 1 for children.

The Palestinians had no history of violence until their lands were threatened then partitioned and finally overrun by a brutal intruder whose greed is never satisfied. It is interesting that demands for Palestinians to cease their terror campaign (if you buy the idea that resistance equals terror) are never accompanied by corresponding demands of Israel.

As for Hamas, their charter is objectionable and they are foolish not to have rewritten it in tune with modern diplomacy. Nevertheless, the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, within days of his party being democratically elected in 2006, offered long-term peace if Israel recognized Palestine as an independent state on the internationally recognized 1967 borders. Previously, the Palestine Liberation Organization had unwisely “recognized” Israel without any reciprocal recognition of a Palestinian state. And the Oslo accords were supposed to end the occupation and give Palestine independence, but didn’t. “What we’ve got instead are more settlements, more occupation, more roadblocks, more poverty and more repression,” he said.

The US uses a perfectly good definition of terrorism with which to brand, outlaw and destroy people it doesn’t like. Under Executive Order 13224 Section 3, “terrorism” is defined as an activity that (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property or infrastructure; and (ii) appears to be intended

(a) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(b) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(c) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping or hostage-taking.

This definition fits Israel’s behaviour perfectly, but the irony is lost on the likes of Romney and Senor.

In his book Terrorism: How the West Can Win, Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, defines terror as the “deliberate and systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends”. Cut to scenes of devastation, death and suffering during and after Israel’s Cast Lead assault on Gaza – … and to the frequent air-strikes ever since – it’s like he’s signed his own arrest warrant.

As far as Romney and Senor are concerned, we can only marvel at the stupidity of such a liaison and the shameful things Senor apparently primed Romney to say and do during his trip. And the even sillier things he, Senor, said on “Morning Joe” programme.

It caused one editor to say: “I live in disbelief that men like this define my country, it is at all times a moral outrage.”

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‘Mossad’s hand in terror attacks, Gaza ghetto the goal’

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The Events of 9/11: Does the truth have a chance?

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Global Research

As the end of the summer approaches, we are reminded that the anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11 will soon be upon us once again. 11 years laters, are we any closer to the truth about what really happened on that fateful day?

As Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote:

“In the US on September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, politicians and their presstitute media presented Americans with “A Day of Remembrance,” a propaganda exercise that hardened the 9/11 lies into dogma. Meanwhile, in Toronto, Canada, at Ryerson University the four-day International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001, came to a close at 5pm.

During the four days of hearings, distinguished scientists and scholars and professional architects and engineers presented the results of years of their independent research into all aspects of 9/11 to a distinguished panel consisting of the honorary president of the Italian Supreme Court who was an investigative judge who presided over terrorism cases and three distinguished scholars of high renown and judgment. The distinguished panel’s task is to produce a report with their judgment of the evidence presented by the expert witnesses.

The Toronto Hearings were streamed live over the Internet. I was able to watch many of the presentations over the four days. I was impressed that the extremely high level of intelligence and scientific competence of the witnesses was matched by a high level of integrity, a quality rare in US politics and totally absent in the American media…

As one whose own contributions to economics, now belatedly recognized, are “outside the box,” I am responsive to those who can escape peer pressure in order to advance truth. Here are some of the important things I learned from the Toronto Hearings.

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, a government agency) reports on the twin towers and building 7 are fraudulent. Witnesses at the Toronto Hearings proved that building 7 was a standard controlled demolition and that incendiaries and explosives brought down the twin towers. There is no doubt whatsoever about this. Anyone who declares the contrary has no scientific basis upon which to stand. Those who defend the official story believe in miracles that defy the laws of physics.

A nano-chemist from the University of Copenhagen, who together with a scientific team spent 18 months investigating the chemical and physical properties of dust from the towers, found evidence of nano-termite in the dust and quantities of particles not naturally formed by office or normal building fires that indicate another explosive was also present.

These findings explain the extreme high temperatures that produced the molten steel for which indisputable evidence exists. In the orchestrated cover-up, NIST denies that molten steel is present as its presence is inconsistent with the low temperatures that NIST acknowledges building fires can produce.

Physicist David Chandler proved beyond all doubt that building 7 fell over its visible part (other buildings obscure the bottom floors) at free fall speed, an unambiguous indication that explosives had removed all supporting columns simultaneously.There is no possibility whatsoever according to the laws of physics that building 7 fell for the reasons NIST provides. The NIST account is a total denial of known laws of physics.

Many other powerful points were made at the conference that I will not report, at least not at this time, because the revelation of malevolence is so powerful that most readers will find it a challenge to their emotional and mental strength.” (Continue reading article by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts)


Now you have the opportunity to watch the important testimonies from this conference. Order your DVD of The Toronto Hearings on 9/11: Uncovering Ten Years of Deception from Global Research and find out the latest research on the event that launched 11 years of war and aggression.

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Nick Clegg Takes Revenge On Tories For Killing Lords Reform By Blocking Boundary Review

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The prospect of the Conservatives being able to form a majority government after the next election have been dealt a damaging blow.

Speaking on Monday afternoon Nick Clegg said the Lib Dems would vote down plans to re-draw the electoral map in revenge for Tory MPs blocking House of Lords reform.

The deputy prime minister conceded that Lib Dem hopes of creating a 400-member 80% elected chamber were dead in the face of opposition from backbench Tories and “short-term political opportunism” from the Labour Party.

“After a long process – almost two and a half years – we do not have the Commons majority needed to ensure this Bill progresses through parliament,” he said.

“It is obvious that the Bill’s opponents would now seek to inflict on it a slow death: ensuring Lords reform consumes an unacceptable amount of parliamentary time.

He added: “Clearly, it would be wrong for me to allow parliament to be manipulated in this way not least at a time when there is so much else for us to concentrate on. ”

The proposal to create an elected second chamber were dealt a damaging blow last month when 91 Tory MPs rebelled and voted against the Bill.

In exchange for agreeing to drop the legislation, Clegg announced that his MPs would vote down the planned redrawing of the British electoral map that would have cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

The review would have likely cost Lib Dems a number of seats at the next election and was also expected to have made it easier for the Tories to achieve a overall Commons majority.

Under the current boundaries the Tories need a double digit lead over Labour to win a majority at the next election.

Clegg said Lords reform was a “fundamental part of the contract” that kept the Conservatives and Lib Dems working together in coalition.

He said: “Coalition works on mutual respect; it is a reciprocal arrangement, a two-way street. So I have told the prime minister that when, in due course, parliament votes on boundary changes for the 2015 election I will be instructing my party to oppose them.”

“I cannot permit a situation where Conservative rebels can pick and choose the parts of the contract they like, while Liberal Democrat MPs are bound to the entire agreement.”

While the legislation bringing in the boundary changes has already been passed MPs still need to vote to approve the specific changes.

Some angry Lib Dems had warned of “consequences” for the Tories if Lords reform did not get passed. In order for the boundary review to be voted down by parliament Lib Dem ministers as well as backbenchers would need to vote against the measures.

While many Tories will be unhappy at losing the overall electoral advantage the boundary review would have provided, it may come as a relief to some MPs who faced finding themselves without a seat to defend and out of a job in 2015.

Following Clegg’s statement Tory backbencher Stewart Jackson said the Lib Dems had “ratted on a solemn promise”.

“What is the point of continuing with Coalition other than to keep Cameron in No 10 at any cost?,” he said on Twitter.

Peter Facey, the director of the think-tank Unlock Democracy said the ditching of Lords reform was a “shocking example of party politics getting in the way of democracy”.

“David Cameron has some serious questions to answer about his ability to lead the country if he can allow himself to be led by the nose in this way,” he said.

“Liberal Democrats too should be questioning the purpose of being in a coalition which has so spectacularly failed to deliver any meaningful democratic reform whatsoever.”

Lewis Baston, a senior research fellow at the think-tank Democratic Audit said with Labour likely to poll significantly better than its poor showing in 2010, Cameron – new boundaries or not – would need to do the political equivalent of “making water flow uphill anyway” to win the next election outright.

“The cancellation of the boundary changes makes the mountain the Tories have to climb for a majority a bit steeper, but if they are not in any condition to climb any sort of mountain that makes no difference,” he told The Huffington Post.

“It will make it easier for Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs with small majorities to see off Conservative challenges and stop them making the 20 net gains they need for an outright win.”

But he said some Conservative MPs in marginal seats will also be breathing a secret sigh of relief as when MPs face their first election as an incumbent they tend to much better than the national average.

“Labour’s class of 1997 nearly all survived the 2001 election because when MPs face their first election,” he said. “Boundary changes, by altering the relationship between MP and constituency, interfere with this pattern.”

“Fighting the next election on the same boundaries as last time will increase the probability that the election will result in another hung parliament, probably with Labour as the largest single party.”

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Saudi Arabia Fears Spread Of Shi’ite Protests In Country

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By: Y. Admon*

On July 8, 2012, Saudi security forces the Shi’ite city of ‘Awamiya (in Al-Qatif governorate in the country’s Eastern Province) arrested senior Shi’ite cleric Nimr Bakr Al-Nimr. As on several occasions in the past, he was arrested for sedition after directing harsh criticism and invective at the Saudi royal family and demanding reforms in the kingdom. In the course of his arrest security officers shot him in the leg.

Saudi dailies justified the sheikh’s arrest, claiming that he has been inciting against the state and its citizens. Some columnists said that his incitement clearly indicated that he was a supporter of Iran, and others even accused him of employing terrorism similar to Al-Qaeda’s and called him a “Shi’ite bin Laden” reminiscent of Hizbullah. Satisfaction over his arrest was also expressed by Saudis on the social networks.

Al-Nimr’s arrest re-ignited the Shi’ite protests in eastern Saudi Arabia, including a protest in Al-Qatif in which three citizens were killed by security forces fire. It should be mentioned that the governorate has seen Shi’ite protests since March 2011 – the outbreak of the Arab Spring uprisings – and even before that. At first they were demonstrations in solidarity with the Shi’ite protests in Bahrain. Later, Shi’ites protested in demand to release prisoners and enact reforms in Saudi Arabia. In March this year, they demonstrated in solidarity with the student protests that erupted in the kingdom. Nine Shi’ite citizens were killed in the course of these protests, and 600 were arrested, 150 of whom are still in custody.

The latest wave of Shi’ite protests evoked reactions in Saudi Arabia and outside it, especially in Iran and Russia. As mentioned, Saudi dailies justified the arrest of Sheikh Al-Nimr, which had sparked the protests. As in the case of previous Shi’ite protests, they also claimed that foreign elements – hinting at Iran – were inciting the Shi’ites with the aim of undermining Saudi Arabia’s security. Iranian officials and regime mouthpieces assessed that the Saudi regime was on the brink of collapse, and Russian officials expressed concern over the state of human rights in the kingdom. The latter response was seen by Saudis as interference in their country’s affairs and sparked harsh criticism against Russia.

Shi’ite protests have also reemerged in Bahrain recently. July 24, 2012 saw clashes between security forces and hundreds of protesters demanding the release of prisoners, the resignation of the prime minister, the enacting of reforms, and an end to aggression by the security forces. Eye witnesses reported that the protesters threw fire bombs at the police, and that the latter used tear gas and that some protesters were injured. On the same day, the Bahraini foreign minister said in Paris that France would help Bahrain to enact judiciary and media reforms.

Saudi Arabia, which has long been concerned about the possible spread of the Arab Spring uprisings to its territory, is determined to contain the Shi’ite protests, lest they spark a sweeping uprising in the kingdom that could threaten the regime.

This report will review the events sparked in eastern Saudi Arabia by Al-Nimr’s arrest and the reactions to these events in Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as the Saudi-Russian media clash over this affair.

To read the full report, visit http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6570.htm.

 

Special Dispatch No. 4869  

Saudi Cleric Sa’d Al-Qa’ub: The CEDAW Agreement Sends Shivers Down Your Spine And Makes Your Hair Stand On End

Following are excerpts from an address by Saudi cleric Sa’d Al-Qa’ud, which was posted on the Internet on July 10, 2012.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3512.htm.

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Sa’d Al-Qa’ud: “[CEDAW] means the elimination of all types of discrimination against women. In other words, it means complete and total equality between men and women. Allah says: ‘And the male is not like the female.’

“The danger of this agreement lies in its being an international agreement. That means, according to the tyrannical international law, that it supersedes all local constitutions. In fact, dear brothers, this agreement contradicts the so-called democracy.”

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To read the full report, visit http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6569.htm.

 

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Did your tears Dried Or your Conscience Died ?

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Did your tears Dried

Or your Conscience Died 

Is our Blood shook your feelings

Or wake up you from your sleepiness ??

And our massacres ??

Does it lead you to the deafness ??

Or did it  burst your peers ??

Ours bloods , our cries ,or our crying and sufrring 

Distorts your Tv screens 

Our cries !

Lets you forget the euphoria of your Ramadan’s serie ?

Or interrupt you the moment of pathos on the Champions of Love and Gram?

Did  scenes of our boddy parts messed up your thin delicate feelings?

Excuse us for our bloods !

Messed fun to watch forbidden love?

Excuse us for our cries ! 

Missed the fun trance when the heroine embrace the hero

Excuse us for our boddy parts screens ! 

Hurt your feelings and your kind delicate sense !

And excuse  

Our massacres that which your sick souls abhors from !

And cheered

Because by yesterday 

We became just numbers in Tv news 

Can be montioned by coincidence

in small coin in your Television screens !!

 

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IsraHell Espionage Now Targeting American Campuses

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IDF Veterans Going into Intel Work Can Compete for American Scholarships as Part of  Their Cover

“Israeli spies have done more harm and have damaged the United States more than the intelligence agents of all other countries on earth combined… They are the gravest threat to our national security.” — Admiral Bobby Inman, Former Deputy Director of the CIA

 by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

featuring  Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

The Israeli Fifth Column Just Keeps Marching Along

Once again I have to say, ‘You just can’t make this stuff up’.  With college costs escalating for years now above the inflation rate, and ‘pay til you die’ school loans the norm, the you know who folks have managed to cut in line.

We have an ongoing scandal going on in America with the virtual red carpet laid out for Israeli espionage. They don’t allow our newspapers to print hardly a word about it, despite its decades long history.

And forget about complaining to your Congresscritter or Senator. The Lobby folks have beat you to them and explained the facts of life on what they do to uncooperative politicians who do not represent Israeli and Lobby interests ‘suitably’.

Israeli Intelligence gets a lot of recruits from military people finishing their initial service. They get the cream of the crop. Most of these newly trained people do ‘field training’ here in the U.S. and other friendly countries because if they get caught, nothing happens really.

We have all heard the stories of the Israeli art students and the young IDF vets taking a traditional vacation to America to work for a moving company and see the country. We met some of these folks in New York City on 911 celebrating the Twin Towers whatever it was.

American counter Intel people are all well aware of this sordid history. And many are very unhappy with the politicians refusing to warn the public, thereby aiding and abetting by putting our best glass chin forward.

A little trip down memory road from a March 7, 2007, Counterpunch article by Christopher Ketchum.

The five men were indeed Israeli citizens. They claimed to be in the country working as movers for Urban Moving Systems Inc., which maintained a warehouse and office in Weehawken, New Jersey.

They were held for 71 days in a federal detention center in Brooklyn, New York, during which time they were repeatedly interrogated by FBI and CIA counterterrorism teams, who referred to the men as the “high-fivers” for their celebratory behavior on the New Jersey waterfront.

Some were placed in solitary confinement for at least forty days; some were given as many as seven lie detector tests. One of the Israelis, Paul Kurzberg, brother of Sivan, refused to take a lie-detector test for ten weeks. Then he failed it…

…The suspicion, as the investigation unfolded, was that the men working for Urban Moving Systems were spies. Who exactly was handling them, and who or what they were targeting, was as yet uncertain.

It was New York’s venerable Jewish weekly The Forward that broke this story in the spring of 2002, after months of footwork. The Forward reported that the FBI had finally concluded that at least two of the men were agents working for the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and that Urban Moving Systems, the ostensible employer of the five Israelis, was a front operation. Two former CIA officers confirmed this to me, noting that movers’ vans are a common intelligence cover.

The Forward also noted that the Israeli government itself admitted that the men were spies. A “former high-ranking American intelligence official”, who said he was “regularly briefed on the investigation by two separate law enforcement officials”, told reporter Marc Perelman that after American authorities confronted Jerusalem at the end of 2001, the Israeli government “acknowledged the operation and apologized for not coordinating it with Washington”.

Today, Perelman stands by his reporting. I asked him if his sources in the Mossad denied the story. “Nobody stopped talking to me”, he said.

They Want Scholarships Now

And yes folks, these young dancing guys were IDF veterans. Now were are giving the scholarships, one which an American kid who is not a spy, will not get. They are making fools of us all, because we let them.

Read the list of schools below in Soraya’s article. ‘Read ‘em and weep’ as the poker game saying goes. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Anywhere that Israeli Intel wants to penetrate they just activate their warm team to ferret our the butt kisses who want to earn some brownie points with you know who. They literally have people competing to assist them any way that they can.

These Mossad students are all going to not only be spying, but recruiting for long term ‘helpers’. Don’t hold your breath for a press release from the FBI or CIA. Whether a Republican or Democratic administration is in, they would get their butts chewed for ‘making trouble’.

These are Americans who read their oaths of office on toilet paper.

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The Militarization Of Education      …by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

[Editors Note: This is my second ‘duet’ piece with Soraya, the first one being a huge hit with 10,000 reads, The Temple Mount – Israel’s Next War.  It has my five star rating]

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In his brilliant article “The Perversion of Scholarship”, Chris Hedges exposes factors which have destroyed most major American universities. Hedges writes:

Chris Hedges

“Fraternities, sororities and football, along with other outsized athletic programs, have decimated most major American universities.

Scholarship, inquiry, self-criticism, moral autonomy and a search for artistic and esoteric forms of expression—in short, the world of ethics, creativity and ideas—are shouted down by the drunken chants of fans in huge stadiums, the pathetic demands of rich alumni for national championships, and the elitism, racism and rigid definition of gender roles of Greek organizations.

These hypermasculine systems perpetuate a culture of conformity and intolerance.  They have inverted the traditional values of scholarship to turn four years of college into a mindless quest for collective euphoria and athletic dominance.”

Left unmentioned is the militarization of the American educational system.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers are coming to a campus near according to a blaring headline: “Served in IDF? US universities want you!” (Ynet News, July 4, 12).

According to the report, among the recruiters were representatives from Stanford, Brandeis, Duke, UC Berkeley, Kellogg, Harvard, NYU, UCLA and Tuck at Dartmouth have gone to Israel to interview and offer scholarships to soldiers who have served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers — on your dime.

Well, at least one person knows !

There are specific “scholarships designated for Israelis and among them are those that include military service as criteria for receiving the scholarship”. [This and similar factors seem to have escaped Mitt Romney when he made his racist remarks in Israel].

Disturbing as this news is, the idea of militarizing education is nothing new. The New Yorker staff writer, George Packer opined in his July 2007 piece “Guns and Brains” that after the sixties, “intellect and patriotism went separate ways, to the detriment of both.” No doubt.

At the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, antiwar demonstrators clashed with the police, and the images of police beating students shocked television audiences.

Violence peaked at an antiwar protest at Ohio’s Kent State University in May 1970 when National Guard troops gunned down four student protesters.

The unfortunate 9/11 provided the perfect opportunity for the intellectuals and the military to reconcile – according to Packer who writes:

“September 11th made military service more attractive to the kind of college students who used to find it unthinkable.” He cites General Petraeus’ degree in humanities and the engineers and social scientists in Iraq as evidence of this mindset.

But if the “brains” and the “guns” are no longer at odds with each other, why are representatives from American universities recruiting soldiers who have served in the IDF – especially at a time when there areslashes in education budget across the country and the high/unaffordable cost of education?

George Packer – The New Yorker

Perhaps George Packer’s concluding remark that “[s]ome intellectuals find the war and the Administration so objectionable that they regard associating with the military as a kind of crime” is a clue to the answer.

Since its founding in 2003, across the country, Campus Antiwar network (C.AN.) has chased military recruiters off. Perhaps it is these counter-recruitmentprotests that have necessitated the recruitment of former IDF soldiers.

While May 2012 figures estimate homeless US veterans to be at 60,000 (Daily Stripes), American universities are offering scholarships to former IDF soldiers to enroll in MBA (Masters of Business Administration) programs.

Given that GOP Presidential contender, Mitt Romney, has assured us that Israel has a “culture of economic vitality”, why do American tax payers have to foot scholarship funds so that Israeli soldiers can mange business?

Whatever the reason, undoubtedly, neoconservative Daniel Pipes and his “Campus Watch” will welcome these soldiers into their fold.

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An American Spring?

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by Paul Balles

 

The coming elections in America have become a contest between candidates who both try to be the leading panderer to Israel.

Watching grown men who aspire to lead America grovel and mollycoddle before Israeli puppet-masters is disturbing.

America is in the hands of a president who can’t decide whether to be imperious or fawning, an administration more devoted to Israel than to America, and a Congress that’s disdainful to most Americans and servile to AIPAC, ADL, AJC ZOA and 153 other American Jewish organizations.

The Republican candidate for the presidency is more deplorable than the legislature and the wretched administration combined.

Mitt Romney could hardly wait until he arrived in Israel before he started pampering Benjamin Netanyahu.

But then he was competing against Obama’s unpardonable generosity a day before when the President signed a bill giving Israel an extra 70 million dollars in military aid.

This, in addition to the 3 billion dollars Israel receives each year, comes out of American taxpayers’ earnings. Most American taxpayers are unaware that, in per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

This largesse to individual Israelis should provoke deep resentment among thousands of unemployed in America as well as to those who lost homes during the financial crisis.

Israel’s pawns in the US Congress refuse to tax the wealthiest one percent. They refuse relief for home-owners, refuse to fund the hiring of needed teachers, police and firemen, and refuse to allocate funds for infrastructure maintenance of bridges, roads and national forests.

The Israeli shills in Congress don’t think twice about funding the war-mongers who pushed America into a 4-trillion dollar war in Iraq, and are pressuring for an encore in Iran.

If Obama loses the election, he could regret the generosity designed to attract the Jewish vote.

With typical political manoeuvring, Romney had to play one-upmanship to the Associated Press. They report:

“The Republican’s campaign” says Romney “is happy steps being taken to enhance security cooperation with Israel. But the bill “does nothing” to address whether Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

Propagandising Americans and flattering Israelis, Romney insisted that “America’s support of Israel should make every American proud.”

In a sickening lie, Romney grunted “No country or organization or individual should ever doubt this basic truth: A free and strong America will always stand with a free and strong Israel.”

Neither America nor Israel is free. America will only be free when it’s rid of the albatross of Israel around its neck; and Israel will never be free as long as it’s an apartheid state stealing land for illegal settlers.

The more he attempted to justify Israel’s false needs, the more Romney revealed either the ignorance a presidential candidate shouldn’t have or himself as a pathological liar.

“With Hezbollah rockets aimed at Israel from the north, and Hamas rockets aimed from the south, with much of the Middle East in tumult, and with Iran bent on nuclear arms, America’s vocal and demonstrated commitment to the defence of Israel is even more critical.”

In a brazen show of how he would lead America into war, Romney insisted “We must lead the effort to prevent Iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability.”

No honest reference to Israel’s nuclear capacity, no reference to Israel’s killer instincts in attacks in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, Israel forces an American presidential candidate to join yet another Middle East blood-letting by Israel.

Unless the American President and Congress change course, 2013 may welcome an American spring.

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Case Study: How Storyful used Facebook to Find & Verify Video From an Egypt Protest

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By Markham Nolan

managing editor at Storyful

Many of the techniques we use daily at Storyful to find & validate video content that clients can potentially use on-air were honed during the various revolutions in the early days of the Arab Spring. The way we search, the terms we use to do so, and even the way we think when we see content was largely defined by how we found imagery during these conflicts.

When it came to video, we learned to look beyond the action in the foreground for geographical pointers in the background, because the first step in validating a video is often to geolocate it. We spend so much time matching video backgrounds to satellite imagery that by the time the unrest in Cairo was a week old, several members of our staff could have given you a guided tour of the city centre without ever having visited it.

On 28th of January 2011, we were watching one location closely. The Kasr Al-Nile bridge across the Nile in central Cairo became the scene of a pitched battle between police and protesters, with water cannon and tear gas deployed in an attempt to disperse a determined and swelling crowd.

While we were watching Al-Jazeera film this battle from their office balcony, their journalists’ feeds were telling us that they were in danger of being stopped from broadcasting, with authorities pounding at their door.

We were running persistent searches for related content on all social media platforms. All of a sudden, a video popped up on the Facebook page of Mohamed Ibrahim ElMasry. ElMasry appeared to be an Egyptian academic, whose profile said he worked in a university in Canada. Delving back into our maps, we figured out that the angle from which he was shooting suggested that he was near Al-Jazeera’s vantage point, but slightly further along the river, which placed him at Cairo’s InterContinental hotel. In town for a conference, perhaps? Home to visit relatives?

Whatever the reason for his visit, we realized that ElMasry may have captured one of the most important videos of the revolution, scenes of tear gas grenades being lobbed in smoky arcs at protesters, and a to-and-fro waltz between the security forces and the angry Cairo residents. With Al Jazeera, the only broadcaster serving western audiences, under threat, we decided to make contact.

We tried contacting Elmasry via his contact details on his Facebook page, but in the end simply rang the Intercontinental to see if we could get through. We got his room, and ElMasry gave us permission to download and pass on his videos (he had posted several more in the interim).

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