Archive | October 14th, 2012



Fearing loss of lucrative deal, Sweden opposes new Iran sanctions

Israeli Foreign Ministry official says deal between Swedish communications company Ericsson and Teheran is real reason behind opposition to further sanctions.

Two potential Iranian customers look at fabric bolts in Tehran's old main bazaarץ

Two potential Iranian customers look at fabric bolts in Tehran’s old main bazaar, Iran, as two merchants sit at left, July 14, 2012.

The Swedish government is trying to prevent the European Union from imposing further sanctions on Iran for fear of losing a lucrative deal for Swedish communications company Ericsson, according to a Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem.

Several leading EU countries are aware of the planned deal between Ericsson and Tehran, and of the Swedish government’s fear that the deal will be in jeopardy if further sanctions are imposed, the source said.

The EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Luxembourg on Monday to vote on a new round of sanctions.

“We know that in Sweden they fear that if the deal between Ericsson and Iran is canceled this could have implications for the company’s other deals,” the Foreign Ministry official said. “The Swedes fear that other countries with problematic human rights records such as China will hear about the cancellation and worry about their ties with Ericsson.”

The Swedish communications giant has signed a series of agreements with government-owned company Irancell in recent years. Last October Bloomberg reported on Ericsson’s supplying to Irancell communications technology that allows the tracking of cell phone users’ whereabouts. According to the investigation, the Iranian regime used these systems to locate opposition activists.

Over the past week, pressure has been put on the Swedish government to drop its opposition to the new round of sanctions.

According to the Foreign Ministry official, the Stockholm embassies of Germany, France and Britain lodged a complaint at the Swedish Foreign Ministry. They gave examples of the effect of sanctions on the Iranian regime, but Swedish officials replied that sanctions only harm the Iranian people and do not change the government’s decisions.

Some of the pressure was aimed directly at Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who is seen as a sticking point regarding the Iran issue. Israeli diplomats said that several European officials have wondered about any personal interests Bildt might hold in Iran that could cause him to object to sanctions.

The Foreign Ministry official noted that reports from various European capitals mention extreme anger, particularly from Germany, France and Britain, over Sweden’s conduct on this issue. For example, a senior German diplomat described Sweden’s behavior to his Israeli counterpart as “embarrassing, absurd and illogical foot-dragging.”

In addition to Sweden, Greece, Cyprus and Malta object to further sanctions. Any decision has to be unanimous, and currently it appears the four countries’s objections will only dilute the list of new sanctions. Germany, France, Britain and Italy proposed a total embargo on trade between the EU and Iran, but because of the Swedish opposition, it appears this step will be postponed.

The European foreign ministers are due to discuss significant new sanctions including a ban on banking and trade deals with Iran except for food, medicine and humanitarian equipment. They would also shorten the list of other goods defined as “legitimate trade.”

The new sanctions would also obligate every company in the EU to request preliminary approval from its country’s government before doing business with Iran, even when concerning products whose sale to Iran is not banned.

The new sanctions would also include a ban on importing natural gas from Iran to EU countries, and a ban on selling various metals to the Islamic Republic.

The new sanctions would also ban companies in the EU from providing Iran with technology, equipment and spare parts for oil tankers, and Iran’s fleet of tankers would not be allowed to sail under any EU country’s flag. This would severely hamper Iran’s ability to market its oil around the world; oil is normally transported by ship.



Israeli airstrike kills leader of al Qaida-affiliated group in the Gaza

The IDF said attack was preemptive strike against impending rocket launches by Global Jihad militants; Palestinian sources say two killed in strike.

By Reuters and 
Palestinians wheel the body of a militant at a hospital - Reuters - October 13, 2012.

Palestinians wheel the body of a militant at a hospital, following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip October 13, 2012

Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a motorcycle following an Israeli airstrike in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip

An Israeli air strike killed the Palestinian leader of an al Qaida-affiliated group in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Hamas and medical sources said.

Gaza Medics said a second militant was also killed in the strike. The after-dark attack targeted the two men who were riding a motorcycle in the northern town of Jabaliya.

The interior ministry of Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, said one of the men killed was Hisham Saedni, also known as Abu Al-Waleed Al-Maqdissi, believed to head the Jihadist Salafi group Tawhid and Jihad (One God and Holy War).

Sources from Tawhid and Jihad could not be reached to confirm that Saedni was killed.

The group, rival to Hamas, has an Islamist ideology shared by al Qaida and sources have said that Saedni joined al Qaida in Iraq at the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

In March 2011 Hamas detained Saedni for 17 months and had freed him in August.

Last year members identifying themselves with Tawhid and Jihad kidnapped and killed a pro-Palestinian Italian activist, Vittorio Arrigoni, in an apparent attempt to secure the release of Saedni.

An Israeli military spokesman could not confirm Saedni was the target of the air strike. A written military statement said the two men targeted were “terror operatives of the Shora Council of the Mujahideen, a Gaza-based Global Jihad affiliate.”

The same group had claimed responsibility for a rocket that was fired into Israel on Friday and landed near a house in the Israeli town of Netivot, causing damage but no casualties.

In response, a few hours later, the Israeli military launched three air strikes against what it said were “terror activity sites”. There were no casualties reported in those attacks.

A source in the IDF said that one of the militants was involved in the attack that took place on the Israel-Egypt border in June, in which a worker hired by the Defense Ministry was killed.

Saturday’s strike was the fourth such attack over the weekend.

A statement issued by the IDF Spokesperson unit said: “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of the state of Israel or IDF soldiers and will continue to act forcefully and decisively against anyone who commits terror acts against the State of Israel.”

Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks launched from Gaza, which has been under the group’s control since 2007. An Israeli military spokesman said that about 40 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel in October.

Hamas rejects permanent peace with Israel and the two sides fought a three-week war in December-January 2008-2009. The border is tense, with frequent clashes.

A number of Jihadist Salafi groups have surfaced in Gaza in recent years. Unlike Hamas, they endorse an ideology of global Jihad and some accuse Hamas of failing to implement Islamic laws in the coastal enclave.

On Monday, the IDF struck a number of sites in Gaza in response to a barrage of rocket and mortar fire, for which the armed wing of Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

The rocket fire, which continued throughout the morning hours on Monday, was in response to the IDF targeting two Gaza militants – killing one of them and injuring 11 civilians – the previous night.


Greece’s Evolving Social Crisis: “Black Shirt Fascists” in the Greek Islands

Global Research

Sunday October 7 was a day of mixed emotions. First there was coming to terms with seeing black shirted fascists marching along the water front in Samos Town. When I first came here in 1995 I could never ever imagined such an event taking place on Samos. On Sunday it happened.

But, there was also relief that the Golden Dawn (GD) presence was so small. I counted 35 in their ranks, of whom half appeared to be from outside Samos – they were the ones getting them sorted out in ranks of 3 in the car park before they marched, and leading the chants. The others may have been from Samos but none were recognized by those we were with although later I was told by a close friend who lives and works in the town that she recognized 3 police men from Samos amongst the GD marchers. I think there were 3 or 4 women whilst the rest were men mostly in their late 20s and 30s dressed in jeans and black T shirts. Most of them seemed to carry a flag – lots of Greek and some Golden Dawn flags- which I supposed helped disguise their small turn out.

GD called for the demonstration and had publicly invited all Greek Samians to protest against the re-opening and refurbishing of the Detention Centre that had only been built around 8 years ago but had been closed for some years as the flow of the refugees moved to the land border to the north between Greece and Turkey and away from islands such as Samos, Lesbos and Chios. But as that land border has been hardened into a death trap for those who dare, so the older routes to Samos have re-opened. By the end of September the cells across a number of police stations on the island were shamefully crammed with up to 9 adults living in rooms of less than 15 sq metres.

Many of these recently arrived refugees included significant numbers of young children. In the middle of September I went with a friend to take some food and drink to 8 Algerian refugees locked up in Karlovassi police station and being kept inside a single room 24/7 at a time when daytime temperatures were still very high. It was little wonder that the senior police officer we encountered was embarrassed. It was in response to this crisis that the government announced funding to re–open the Samos centre and similar places on other ‘entry point’ islands.

But Samos must represent much more to GD other than just being the site of a detention centre. It as after all well known in Greece for its historic left wing traditions. To call for a demonstration on this island is a statement of clear intent that the GD fears no one and no place and will take every opportunity to demand the most barbaric and inhumane treatment of refugees. It seems even the minimalist warehousing detention facilities being proposed which make no attempt to meet the medical, social, financial and psychological needs of refugees are too good for ‘these’ people as far as GD is concerned. It is important to note that for many protesting the presence of GD on the island their participation on Sunday was in no way an expression of support for Detention Centres, refurbished or otherwise.

So back to Sunday. The GD mustered in a car park at one end of the water front and marched down the road to the other end by the Customs Building and then back again. Each time pausing opposite the central square where we, the counter demonstration, had gathered. They didn’t linger long given that their voices were overwhelmed by the chants of the opposition. Once back in the car park they dispersed. The whole thing couldn’t have lasted more than an hour. For a première performance on Samos it was not at all impressive.

I am not good with numbers but we the anti-fascists far out numbered the GD presence. None of the main left parties were present formally and most of those present were university students with a fair number like us who were not Greek but lived on the island. A group of Samian women originally from Germany had made a banner and produced leaflets in Greek and English setting out their opposition to Fascism and Racism. They made a great impression.

Being a fine sunny day the centre of Samos town was busy and the cafes around the central platia were selling plenty of coffees. Maybe it was related to the absence of the left parties, but the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly with some great music over the PA boosted by a delight (and relief) that we so out numbered the tiny GD contingent. But it was difficult to discern the general public opinion as the Golden Dawn march passed by. There was little or no reaction – calling out and the like – it was more like looking at people watching some theatre from a distance.

That the response was so muted giving no sense of any sympathy for the GD presence was a relief. But then again there was disappointingly no overt negative reaction to the marchers from the people standing outside the cafes and on the street. I expected to see more signs of distaste and disgust from the crowds as the GD marched past. This can never be a matter of neutrality or disinterest. A friend who runs a shop in Samos town knows of many shop keepers who are more than sympathetic to GD and who, she said, turned out to look at them from the cafes but would never dream of joining them on the march in fear of what might happen to their businesses. It would be naive not to think that there were not many others who are drawn to GD who took a similar position on Sunday.

The turn out by the anti-fascists was just enough. This gives some hope. But fascists’ marching in Samos is shocking and a shock. Will they come again? As long as Samos remains a point of entry into Greece and Europe for refugees, I have little doubt that this will not be the last time that GD will come to Samos .

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Pinkos Invade Last Male Bastion, Football



left, Football player in his little pink booties 

Can you imagine female soccer players wearing black armbands to “raise awareness” of testicular cancer? Getting tearful about their fathers and brothers? 

The Illuminati always have a plausible excuse to obscure their real agenda. For example, the hooked horns sign of the Texas Longhorns has thousands of dupes making the sign of Baphomet.  Now they use women’s suffering as an excuse to feminize men. 

This has become an annual insult.  I will not watch these games.
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

This weekend, Canadian Football League players have been wearing pink ankle tape and armbands to “raise awareness” of breast cancer. Coaches have been wearing pink caps. The same thing has happened before in the NFL.


(Blue Bomber coach Tim Burke today.) 

Originally, my hometown team (above) was going to wear pink jerseys. I was dreading that.

Players have appeared in commercials telling stories of the women in their lives who have fought off or succumbed to this horrible disease.

My mother died of breast cancer in 1983. I love and miss her but I don’t think this kind of “promotion” has any place in football.

First off, cancer is a Rockefeller-New World Order disease. If they didn’t invent it, they have made it a lucrative industry by suppressing the cure and dunning us for money every year.

The Illuminati have been using “charities” to fund their takeover for a century. The Rockefeller Foundation has subverted society as a “tax exempt” foundation.

Second, asking male athletes to wear pink is emasculating. It is insulting to the athletes and their fans.

Luciferians use breast cancer as a flimsy pretext to invade this last bastion of masculinity. (They never tell you their real motive.) Keep this in context – they aremainstreaming homosexuality. (Channel surfing today, I heard a CNN commentator say, in reference to this story, boys kissing boys on stage “will be commonplace” in 10 years.)


(White House turns pink for October, cancer awareness month.  October is also “gay lesbian etc, history month” and “Pride parades” and ‘National Coming Out Day’ – October 11)  

Third, I like football because the games are not fixed like almost everything else. Most games are hard fought and come down to the wire. Similarly, unlike the mass media in general, sports coverage is honest.

Fourth, I watch football because it is a meritocracy.
Coaches and players are chosen for their performance alone, and not for their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. This is the way society should be.

If you don’t perform, you’re gone. There are no quotas, favoritism or affirmative action (except for a few Canadians who definitely make the cut.)

In the Canadian Football League, most of the players are Americans. Many are Black. Each week they provide an awesome display of athletic prowess. The best quarterback is Latino. One of the best coaches is Black. They are chosen on their merits unlike women who often get special treatment.


left. Tom Brady’s pink booties)

Black or White, these men do a job. They are good athletes and give it their best. I cheer for them all. I like them all.

That’s why I hate seeing proud men being forced to don pink and think about women.

Everywhere on TV, I see women. Football is one place I don’ t see women. I like that.

What’s next? Will football players be required to wear rainbow colors to “raise awareness” of bullying of homosexuals? Because I know they won’t be “raising awareness” of the 3000-plus Americans betrayed by their country on 9-11.

Can we keep political correctness out of football? It’s a man’s last refuge.

Related – Mammary Mania


First Comment from Jim:

Pink has invaded nearly everything. In my town we have an annual rodeo. It is an event so huge that they close the schools for most of the week.  It’s a week-long event and one of those days is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. It’s called the “Are you tough enough to wear pink” day. 
And it’s sponsored by Wrangler clothing. Go figure.

As much as I enjoy the rodeo it’s something I refuse to participate in because as you said, it emasculates men and in this instance, the cowboys. It’s difficult to watch.

I’ve spoken with a couple of the cowboys about this. They just roll their eyes. There is a lot of pressure on them to conform.

I’ve attached a picture in which you can see most of the crowd and a cowboy wearing pink.

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Hope, Wisdom, Law, Ethics, and Spirituality in relation to Killing and Dying: Persisting Syrian Dilemmas


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

In appraising political developments most of us rely on trusted sources, our overall political orientation, what we have learned from past experience, and our personal hierarchy of hopes and fears. No matter how careful, and judicious, we are still reaching conclusions in settings of radical uncertainty, which incline our judgments to reflect a priori and interpretative biases.

By Richard Falk

As militarists tends to favor reliance on force to resolve disputes among and within sovereign states, so war weary and pacifist citizens will seek to resolve even the most extreme dire conflict situations by insisting on the potentialities of non-violent diplomacy.

In the end, even in liberal democracies most of us are far too dependent on rather untrustworthy and manipulated media assessments to form our judgments about unfolding world events. How then should we understand the terrible ongoing ordeal of violence in Syria? The mainly polarized perceptions of the conflict are almost certain to convey one-sided false impressions that either the atrocities and violence are the work of a bloody regime that has a history of brutal oppression or that this hapless country has become the scene of a proxy war between irresponsible outsiders, with strong religious sectarian overtones of the Sunni/Shi’ia regional divide, and further complicated by various geopolitical alignments and the undisclosed ambitions of the United States, Russia, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and others. Undoubtedly, the truth lies at some point between the two poles, with many ambiguities, undisclosed interferences, and assorted unknowns undermining our capacity to reach any ‘objective’ understanding, and leading many to discount the extremely dirty hands of all the major participants, seen and unseen, so as to permit a clear partisan position of being for or against.

The difficulties are even greater. If, in contrast, we seek to interpret the conflict from all angles with as much detachment as possible, the result is likely to be paralyzing so far as action is concerned. There is too much uncertainty, secrecy, and complexity to give rise to the clarity needed to shape policy with any confidence, and without confidence killing or allowing the killing to continue, no responsible conclusion can be reached. In effect, only over-simplification, that is, polarized interpretations, are capable of overcoming passivity, but at a high cost. Arguably, in relation to the Syrian maelstrom, passivity functions as a political virtue, or put differently, as the lesser of evils.

In such a situation, assuming we repudiate proxy and geopolitical agendas as the desired bases for determining the future for Syria, what should we hope for? A rapid end of the violence, some sort of now unimaginable accommodation between the two (or many) sides in the struggle, a recognition by the various ‘interested’ third parties that their goals cannot be attained at acceptable costs, an abdication by Bashar al-Assad, an arms embargo uniformly enforced, the completely implausible emergence of constitutional democracy, including respect for minority rights. Merely composing such a wish list underscores the seeming hopelessness of resolving the situation in as acceptable manner, and yet we know that it will somehow be eventually resolved.

From the perspective of the Syrian factions and participants, so much of their own blood has been spilled, that it probably seems unacceptable and unreliable to be receptive at this point to any offer of reconciliation, and when the only hope is for either an unconditional victory for the self or the extermination of the other. And with such extremist attitudes, it is not surprising that the bodies keep piling up! What are we to do when every realistic trajectory adds to an outcome that is already tragic?

My approach in these situations of internal conflict has been to oppose and distrust the humanitarian and democratizing pretensions of those who counsel intervention under the alluring banner of ‘the responsibility to protect.’ (R2P) and other liberal rationales supportive of military intervention, what Noam Chomsky tellingly calls ‘military humanism.’ Yet in concrete situations such as existed in Kosovo in 1999, Libya in 2011, and Syria today, to counsel a passive international response to the most severe crimes against humanity and genocidal atrocities would seems to deny the most elemental ethical bonds of human solidarity in a networked, globalized world, bonds that may turn out in the near future to be indispensable if we are to achieve environmental sustainability before the planet burns us to a crisp.

There are structural issues arising from the statist character of world order in the post-colonial era that make political choices in such situations of bitter internal conflict a tragic predicament. On the one side, is the statist logic that endows territorial governments with unconditional authority to sustain their unity in the face of insurgent challenges, a political principle given constitutional backing in Article 2(7) of the UN Charter, prohibiting UN intervention in internal conflicts. This statist logic is deeply confused and contradicted by legitimizing the inalienable and emancipatory right of self-determination conferred on every ‘people,’ and not on governments. In the background, as well, are the various non-Western collective memories, uniformly bad, of colonial rule, and wellfounded contemporary suspicions that humanitarian interventions, however described and unwittingly, represent attempted colonialist revivals, both ideologically and behaviorally.

On the other side of the policy fence, there is an odd coalition of liberal internationalists who sincerely regard intervention as an essential tool for the promotion of a more humane world along with more cynical geopolitical strategists who regard conflict zones, especially where large oil reserves exist, as targets of opportunity for extending Western interests. Further, normative confusion arises from the drift of practice on the part of the UN that has been understood to vest in the Security Council unlimited competence to interpret the Charter as it wishes. (See World Court decision in the Lockerbie case, which coincidentally involved Libya) In this regard, the rhetoric of human rights has been used to circumvent the Charter limits restricting UN competence to address conflicts internal to states: for instance, the Security Council in 2011 authorized a ‘No Fly Zone’ for Libya that was immediately converted by the NATO intervenors into a de facto mandate for ‘regime change’; the whole undertaking was validated for most advocates of the broadened undertaking because it freed Libya from a murderous dictatorship; others approved, believing that the operation involved a proper invocation of the R2P norm, and still others endorsed the intervention on the basis of its supposed post-conflict state-building successes, avoiding chaos, and especially the rather impressive efforts to base the governance of Libya on democratic procedures. As the situation continues to evolve, there exists controversy as to how to assess the positive and negative aspects of post-Qaddafi Libya.

In evaluating our positions for or against a given intervention, should our sense of strategic motivations matter? For instance, the Kosovo intervention was at least partially motivated by the desire in Washington and among many European elites to show that NATO was still useful despite the end of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Soviet threat that generated the alliance in the first place. Do such strategic considerations matter if indeed the people of Kosovo were spared the kind of ethnic cleansing endured not long before by the people of Bosnia, culminating in the genocide at Srebrenica in 1995? Might it not be claimed that only when strategic incentives exist, will an intervention be of sufficient magnitude to be effective? In effect, altruism alone will not produce effective forms of humanitarian intervention. Does the existence of double standards matter? Certain crimes against humanity generate an interventionary response while others are overlooked, for instance, the persisting collective punishment of the people of Gaza. Should we drink from a glass that is only half full? The same question applies to the recent surge of criminal prosecutions under the authority of the International Criminal Court.

There are other ways of evaluating what has taken place. For example, should the consequences of intervention or non-intervention color our assessments of the policy choice? Let’s say that Kosovo evolves in a constructive direction of respect for human rights, including those of the Serbian minority, or in contrast, becomes repressive towards of its minority population. Do we, should we, retrospectively reexamine our earlier view on what it was preferable to do back in 1999? And finally, should we give priority to the postulates of human solidarity, what might be called ‘moral globalization,’ or to the primacy of self-determination as the best hope that peoples of the world have of achieving emancipatory goals, recognizing that the grand strategies of the geopolitical actors are indifferent, at best, and often hostile to such claims?

My argument reduces to this: in such a global setting we cannot avoid making disastrous mistakes, but to renounce the effort to find the preferred course of action, we should not withdraw from politics and throw up our hands in frustration. We can expose false claims, contradictions, double standards, and we can side with those who act on behalf of emancipatory goals, while not being insensitive to the complexity, and even contradictions, of ‘emancipation’ in many political settings. There are often ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ sides from the perspective of international morality, international law, and global justice, but not always. When all sides seem deeply ‘wrong’ as in Syria, the dilemmas for the engaged global citizen is heightened to the point where the only responsible posture may be one of humility and an acknowledgement of radical uncertainty. In such circumstances, the most salient moral imperative is to refrain from acts that are likely to intensify the violence, intensify suffering, and increase dying and klling. This may not be a heroic political posture, but it may offer the most constructive response to a particular mix of circumstances, minimizing prospects of further escalation.

Finally, it is not very helpful to observe, ‘time will tell whether this was the best response.’ Perhaps, we can learn for the future about factors overlooked that might have altered our assessment, but our past decision was based on what we knew and perceived at that time, and should not be revised by taking account of subsequent developments. In some situations, such as the many struggles of oppressed and occupied peoples, it seems desirable to be hopeful even in the face of the realization that the eventual outcome could bring deep disappointment. We should, I feel, as often as possible be guided by our hopes and beliefs even when, as nearly always, we are confronted by the dilemmas of radical uncertainty. We should also do our best not to be manipulated by those media savvy ‘realists’ who stress fears, claim a convergence of benevolence and interests, exaggerate the benefits of military superiority, and especially in America serve as the self-appointed chief designers of exploitative patterns of geopolitically shaped security.

With hope we can often overcome uncertainty with desire, and engage in struggles for a just and sustainable future that celebrates human potentialfor moral growth, political enhancement, and spiritual wisdom.

Without hope we fall victim to despair and will be carried along with the historical current that is leading nation, society, civilization, species, and world toward catastrophe.

We live in what can be described both as the Information Age and cope daily with information overload. We are supposed to shape policy on the basis of knowledge, yet when it comes to crucial issues such war/peace or climate change, we act and advocate without sufficient knowledge, or even ignore an informed consensus, and what is worse, we put aside law, ethics, and our spiritual sensitivities.

Finally, to think, act, and feel as a citizen pilgrim provides the necessary foundation for hope, and its two sisters, wisdom and spirituality.

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One Land, Two Peoples, Three Religions – 3

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr
I wish to say a big thank-you to Debbie for serializing the first three chapters of my book Radio Free Palestine and for giving it such a sparkle.
The purpose was to explain what lies behind the Palestinians’ endless struggle for freedom against the dark forces of Zionism and its Western stooges.
It is deplorable that the Israeli regime is allowed to pursue its illegal territorial ambitions and commit its crimes against humanity in the Holy Land of all places, and to go unpunished.
Indeed, the West continues to reward those psychopaths.
The whole book can be read cover to cover on the internet at . Unlike most works on the subject it is not a heavy tome written by a scholar or someone with a stake in the Middle East. I’m just a casual Western observer. One day I was invited to go see for myself… and I did, but not by Israeli tour-bus or one of those carefully planned propaganda visits with Conservative Friends of Israel.
It turned out to be a life-changing experience.
You can follow Israel’s cruel day-to-day aggression at .

by Stuart Littlewood

Soldier-saint George – Al Khadr – is a unifying symbol and a figure sacred to Muslims and Christians alike. He is patron saint of Bethlehem and of England. Many Bethlehem houses have a panel of St George carved in stone and set in the wall above the front door. This one crowns a door in the Church of the Nativity. photo: Stuart Littlewood

During the Christmas festive season 2005, British television screened an Israeli documentary showing distraught settlers being evicted from Gaza by Israeli troops after 38 years of occupation. The footage portrayed at great length the tears and anguish, and played to our sympathies. But weren’t these the same settlers who earlier had been only too happy when the same troops evicted thousands of Palestinians, bulldozed their homes and confiscated their lands and water to make way for the illegal settlements?

An old English saying seems appropriate: “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

Amnon Rubinstein, writing in The Jerusalem Post at Christmastime 2005, observed: “The only practical possibility is that the Western powers undertake responsibility for the West Bank or, at least, that Israel make such an offer. Or, if that idea is not acceptable, that a UN mandatory regime be entrusted to the two Arab states which made peace with Israel – Egypt and Jordan. “If the Palestinians cannot rule themselves and the Israelis should not rule over them, let other Arabs rule the Palestinians under a UN mandate.”

On good terms with his Muslim brothers. Fr Manuel Musallam, Gaza’s veteran Catholic priest, faces the cameras with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh after discussion with our group.  photo : Stuart Littlewood

Who says the Palestinians aren’t fit to rule themselves? In any case how trustworthy are those “other Arabs” or, for that matter, the UN? Nick Deardon of War on Want wrote in Counterpunch at the start of 2006 that the British Government tried to prevent the International Court of Justice ruling on the illegality of the Separation Wall, and while paying lip service to international law was actually busy helping Israel get away with murder.

“In the first six months of 2005 the UK granted licences for £10.5m of weapon components to Israel, over three times the amount sold by the same point in 2004. Meanwhile the European Union, fully supported by the UK, continues to reward Israel for its appalling human rights record with the EU-Israel Association Agreement, allowing Israeli products preferential access to European markets.”

The Agreement is based on “respect for human rights” so should actually be suspended under its own terms, he says. “The Government falls over itself to praise the Disengagement from Gaza, ignoring the worsening situation on the West Bank, where an additional 14,000 illegal settlers have moved this year, more than compensating for the 8,500 settlers who left Gaza.”

Deardon reminds us how foreign secretary Jack Straw apologised to the Israeli government after a British court issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Major General Almog on war crimes charges. “Head of the Israeli Army’s Southern Command from 2000-4, Almog was responsible for dropping a one-ton bomb on Gaza in 2002 which killed 15 and injured 150, and for the destruction of 59 homes in Rafah refugee camp. Almog was made aware of the arrest and refused to leave his plane at London Heathrow, promptly returning to Israel. Nonetheless, Straw felt the need to apologise to this terrorist ‘as a courtesy’.”

The continuing failure to apply an acceptable standard of law and plain human decency, let alone find a just peace, is storing up big trouble for the future.

Banksy’s ‘bad art’ provides Bethlehem’s imprisoned population with a view of the Swiss mountains. photo: Stuart Littlewood

Massachusetts poet, playwright, journalist and human rights activist Genevieve Cora Fraser made the point most eloquently on the Arabic Media Internet Network website (26 January 2006):

“What is the effect of political violence on Palestinian children? What is it like for children to have Israeli soldiers enter one’s home in the dead of night with remote controlled dogs that attack them in their beds? How do children feel when trapped by a three storey high wall with armed guard towers which encases their village, town or city, with only one gate in or out and the gate is mostly locked?

“How do Palestinian children of Hebron remain sane when marauding gangs of Israeli settler children and adults attack them on their way to school? How does a small child react when their father, or uncle or brother is slain before their eyes by Israeli soldiers, and armed tanks roam the streets? How do children feel when their homes are demolished to make way for illegal Israeli settlements with all their possessions inside, or when Israeli attack jets and helicopters invade the skies and strafe their communities with missiles?

“These are not rhetorical questions but literal realities that face the children of Palestine. Death or injury is a not a random occurrence but a realistic possibility during a curfew or at a checkpoint. Israeli jets fly by with regularity in Gaza exploding sound bombs that disrupt sleep and increase the possibility of their mother suffering a miscarriage or father having a massive stroke or heart attack.

“Israel complains that Palestinian media feeds Palestinian children anti-Israeli propaganda. No, Israel creates chaos, confiscates farmlands and water supplies, creates a dizzying array of permits and policies that block food and medical supplies and barricade the normal flow of life as a method of fascist control. The Arab media merely reflects this reality.

“These incidents weave into the fabric of a Palestinian child’s life and lay the foundation for what clearly Israeli policy makers hope will someday result in a broken, submissive society. But instead, what they are creating is an emerging society that has nothing left to lose. And that society’s population is likely to far outstrip that of Israel. Children make up 53 per cent of the Palestinian population.”

That’s nearly double the percentage of Israeli children.

The evil of the Wall

There, the concrete barrier is a grey monster, snaking its way through the landscape. photo : Stuart Littlewood

Unless you’ve been there you wouldn’t believe what’s happened to Bethlehem. Encased by the evil Wall… that’s exactly what has happened to the Little Town of Bethlehem, treasured in the imagination of every Christian child. Remember this?…

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night….

Our “Little Town of Bethlehem”, now encased in a concrete obscenity and economically crippled. These images show the ugly reality that has been forced on romantic Bethlehem, the cradle of Christianity. photos: Stuart Littlewood

Former CIA analysts Kathleen and Bill Christison, writing in Counterpunch in January 2005, described Bethlehem as a dying little town now partially encircled by the Wall and cut off from Jerusalem, its religious and cultural twin. “Already surrounded by nine Israeli settlements… by a network of roads restricted to Israeli use, and by what the UN estimates are 78 Israeli checkpoints and other physical obstacles to Palestinian movement, Bethlehem has had only limited access to its surroundings for years. “Completion of the Wall on its northern and western sides, separating it from Jerusalem, is the final closure on Bethlehem’s breathing room. A huge terminal went into operation in November, requiring travellers entering and leaving Bethlehem to pass through multiple turnstiles, x-ray scans and permit checks. Palestinians must have hard-to-obtain permits to leave Bethlehem.

The terminal is manned by both Israeli military and civilians. It functions like… an international border, except that the guards and soldiers on both sides of this border are Israeli.”

Israel’s imprisonment of an entire population in a web of closures and checkpoints, Kirstein Keshet reports We Watchers have witnessed the daily humiliation and abuse, the despair and impotence of Palestinians at checkpoints. photo : Stuart Littlewood

I had seen Palestinian workers at dawn queuing for hours on their way to work, so one evening I caught the ordinary service bus from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and joined them returning home. After waiting ages surveying the inhuman set-up while bloody-minded Israeli guards played go-slow I was spotted, plucked from the queue and fast-tracked to the exit. But I’d seen what no civilized person should tolerate.

Bethlehem University, a place of beauty and good ‘vibes’, has to work in difficult circumstances. photo: Stuart Littlewood

Bethlehem was the first university in the West Bank, opened in 1973 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers with the co-operation of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches. It has been closed at least 12 times by the Israeli invader and shelled by Israeli tanks. Its staff and pupils are continually harassed by the Israeli occupation forces.

Subversive graffiti artist Banksy from Bristol, England, had been up to his tricks even at Bethlehem, where he’d paint-sprayed a splendid window view of the Swiss mountains through the hated Wall.

“The segregation Wall is a disgrace,” says Banksy. “The possibility I find exciting is you could turn the world’s most invasive and degrading structure into the world’s longest gallery of free speech and bad art”.

There’s a tale of a tense encounter between Banksy and an Israeli soldier….

Soldier: “What the f*** are you doing?”

Banksy“You’ll have to wait till it’s finished.”

Soldier (to gun-toting colleagues): “Safeties off!”

Troops have fired shots in the air but so far Banksy remains unscathed.

Another encounter, this time with an elderly Palestinian man, however, was more thought-provoking…

Old man“You paint the Wall, you make it look beautiful.”

Banksy: “Thanks.”

Old man: “We don’t want it to be beautiful, we hate this Wall, go home.”

The ugliness of military occupation has caused havoc. “Only a few years ago,” says Open Bethlehem, “one could see shepherds roaming the biblical valleys, providing an uncanny counterpoint to the trappings of modern life in Bethlehem. Today, the sheep graze on urban refuse sites, a reminder of how little of pastoral Bethlehem remains.

The concrete barrier with a barbed wire crown is often laced with graffiti, at least in the accessible spots — photo: Stuart Littlewood

“Economic hardship has resulted in waves of emigration from the city and reports warn that the face of Bethlehem will change forever. The emigration is particularly marked among Bethlehem’s Christian communities. Since the year 2000 alone more than 400 Christian families have left the area. This development means that the birth place of Jesus, home to the oldest Christian church and the oldest Christian communities in the world, will have nothing left of its history other than the cold stones of empty churches within a few generations.”

I’m not a religious person. These days I only enter a church to admire the architecture, not to praise the Lord. Faith served its purpose in the brutal chaos of medieval times. But those times have come again to the Holy Land and the power of religious belief is, once more, what sustains the Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian, in their darkest hour. That is why the Israeli plunderers will enjoy only the hollowest of victories.

Even my cold heart was deeply moved by this offering by an unknown author, sent to me by my Palestinian friend Neveen, who is a fervent believer…

The Heart

“Tomorrow morning,” the surgeon began,

“I’ll open up your heart…”

“You’ll find Jesus there,” the boy


The surgeon looked up, annoyed “I’ll cut

your heart open,” he continued, “to see

how much damage has been done…”

“But when you open up my heart, you’ll

find Jesus in there,” said the boy.

The surgeon looked to the parents, who

sat quietly. “When I see how much

damage has been done, I’ll sew your

heart and chest back up, and I’ll plan

what to do next.”

“But you’ll find Jesus in my heart. The

Bible says He lives there. The hymns all

say He lives there. You’ll find Him in my


The surgeon had had enough. “I’ll tell you

what I’ll find in your heart. I’ll find

damaged muscle, low blood supply, and

weakened vessels. And I’ll find out if I can

make you well.”

“You’ll find Jesus there too. He lives

there.” The surgeon left.

Later he sat in his office, recording his

notes from the surgery: “…damaged

aorta, damaged pulmonary vein,

widespread muscle degeneration. No

hope for transplant, no hope for cure.

Therapy: painkillers and bed rest.

Prognosis…” here he paused, “…death

within one year.”

He stopped the recorder, but there was

more to be said. “Why?” he asked aloud,

searching the heavens. “Why did You do

this? You’ve put him here; You’ve put him

in this pain; and You’ve cursed him to an

early death. Why?”

The Lord answered and said, “The boy,

My lamb, was not meant for your flock for

long, for he is a part of My flock, and will

forever be.

“Here, in My flock, he will feel no pain,

and will be comforted as you cannot

imagine. His parents will one day join him

here, and they will know peace, and My

flock will continue to grow.”

The surgeon’s tears were hot, but his

anger was hotter. “You created that boy,

and You created that heart. He’ll be dead

in months. Why?”

The Lord answered, “The boy, My lamb,

shall return to My flock, for he has done

his duty: I did not put My lamb with your

flock to lose him, but to retrieve another

lost lamb.”

The surgeon wept… He sat beside the

boy’s bed; the boy’s parents sat across

from him. The boy awoke and whispered,

“Did you cut open my heart?”

“Yes,” said the surgeon.

“What did you find?” asked the boy.

“I found Jesus there.”

This concrete barrier seperating the Palestinians from the Israelis is also a clean slate on which to express their anger, their fear and their hope laced in graffitti. These are sometimes friendly, sometimes not. photo: Stuart Littlewood.

©  Stuart Littlewood

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American Church Leaders Challenge Israel and Congress


 Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

Christians Step up to the Plate to Legally and Morally Challenge Continued U.S.  Aid to Israel due to Ongoing Human Rights  and Weapons Violations

       … by  Jim W. Dean, VT Editor

Are the Christians coming to the Rescue? – Finally?

Well the church folks have gotten out if front of everybody else, including the main line veterans orgs, think tanks, political parties, and our own legal community. Hurrah for them as they struck a blow against hypocrisy and the double standard red carpet given to Israel.

No mention in the letter to Congress below about Israel’s huge weapons of mass destruction programs, stockpiles and who they might be a threat to. But VT will do that.

Our declassified Intel has substantiated that Israel always had conventional military superiority over all neighboring countries. The WMD was for offensive purposes only.

Actually we could do a pincer movement on them. Violations of nuclear proliferation also trigger a cancellation of US aid. But that little item is dismissed simply through our not acknowledging that Israeli has had these. Iran should be so lucky.

It will be interesting to see how Congress reacts. Hearings have been called for, but the Congresscritters have honed their skills at putting on show hearings. The Lobby will provide them a special team for the great smoke and mirrors presentation to prove that Israel is on the verge of annihilation.

The WMD people might even walk out the door with more aid…such is the congressional corruption over all things Israel.

The large Presbyterian and Evangelical Lutheran denominations anchored the fifteen church leaders who signed the letter below, with the ever present Quakers, of course, bless their souls. Israel was quiet, deploying their skirmish line of Lobby groups. And what was their tactic? To play the victim of course and trot out the old cliches.

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (this is cute) claimed that American aid to Israel was not unconditional as we had ‘shared values’ according to JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. I would remind the good Rabbi that we did not use white phosphorus shells on Jewish neighborhoods here after the USS Liberty was attacked. 

And we do not do home demolitions of their dual citizens who engage in Israeli espionage here. Not one home has ever been bulldozed, not even Jonathan Pollards. Torturing Jewish children (for security reasons) has not been made legal by our Supreme Court.

Shared values? I don’t think so. And God help us if we even do as we will not deserve salvation then.

Rabbi Steve Gutow

The Rabbinical Assembly whined that they were not ‘consulted’,  Hebrew for ‘we did not give you our permission to do this’. They claimed the interfaith partnerships were violated as this as all done, heaven forbid, on the eve of Shabat, hinting that only Christian devils could do such a thing.

And worse, ‘Congress was not in session and we are in the middle of a general election campaign’. Oh those evil conniving Christians and their pre-Shabat/election pogrom.

I would ask the Rabbinical authority why they have not showed us how all the Israelis got out of the twin towers alive on 911. Not one died. Will they share the trick with the rest of us, for next (or how much it costs)…for interfaith solidarity?

They even whine ‘breach of trust’ by the Christians. As I was reading I was expecting claims of a Neo-holocaust in the works, but alas they did not go that far, yet.

But the best was the American Jewish Committee who was outraged that such a move would be taken when we were all staring down the barrel of Iran’s alleged nuclear gun, but one with nothing in the chamber, and having that dark cloud hanging over the whole world.  We call his ‘hype city’ in the Intel world.

The AJC used the word ‘attack’, yes…Rabbi Noam Marans, …”Christian leaders have chosen to mount another political attack on Israel.”  And he went further.

“When religious liberty and safety of Christians across the Middle East are threatened by the repercussions of the Arab Spring, these Christian leaders have chosen to initiate a polemic against Israel, a country that protects religious freedom and expression for Christians, Muslims and others.”

Yeshivas in Israel teach intense hatred for Christianity. Orthodox Jews spit when they pass a Christian cemetery and young students spit on the crosses of priests in public to show their contempt. Welcome to interfaith dialogue.

Good Gosh Rabbi, when was the last time you have heard of an American priest or pastor spitting on a Rabbi, having been taught to so such at the seminary?

Have you folks sponsored legislation in Israel to make it a hate crime for Rabbis there to spit on priests? I did not think so.

And how many nukes do the Arab Spring people have, and chemical and bio-weapons, and tanks, and F-16′s? How many cruise missile armed submarines to they have, how many Congressional votes in their pocket, and espionage assets in the Pentagon and National Security Council?

Forgive me Rabbi but I don’t buy the crocodile tears. We have all seen them too many times before.  More and more Americans are deeming you militant Israeli supporters a national security threat.

Many in our Intelligence community do, also. And they are working away at tearing down the protection racket you have set up here to prevent prosecutions. America will ‘not be removed from the sands of time’ by a bunch of disloyal dual citizens with only one loyalty.

But enough of me…time for the good Christians to speak, the ones with no nukes or death squads and only vote in one country’s elections. It will be a nice change of pace.

Dear Christian Zionists, read this and weep…and may you repent your sins. The best way to do that is redirecting your tithes to taking down the monster you have been supporting with the billions in contributions you have been sending to Israel. They have been used to disenfranchise the remaining Christians there. And may God have mercy on your souls for that.


Dear Member of Congress,

We write to you as Christian leaders representing U.S. churches and religious organizations committed to seeking a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Our organizations have been deeply involved in this pursuit for decades, inspired by the call and promise of Jesus Christ who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

In response to our Christian call to be peacemakers, we have worked for decades to support both Israelis and Palestinians in their desire to live in peace and well-being. We have worked alongside our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers to help build a peaceful and resilient Palestinian civil society by supporting hospitals, schools, clinics, and social service agencies.

These ministries include cooperative efforts with Israelis and Palestinians as well as with Jews, Muslims, and other neighbors here in the United States. Through our presence in the region, and regular visits to our partners there, we see first-hand the impacts of the conflict on both Palestinians and Israelis and hear from them directly about the reality of their lives.

Through this direct experience we have witnessed the pain and suffering of Israelis as a result of Palestinian actions and of Palestinians as a result of Israeli actions. In addition to the horror and loss of life from rocket attacks from Gaza and past suicide bombings, we have witnessed the broad impact that a sense of insecurity and fear has had on Israeli society.

We have also witnessed widespread Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinians, including killing of civilians, home demolitions and forced displacement, and restrictions on Palestinian movement, among others.

We recognize that each party—Israeli and Palestinian—bears responsibilities for its actions and we therefore continue to stand against all violence regardless of its source. Our stand against violence is complemented by our commitment to the rights of all Israelis, as well as all Palestinians, to live in peace and security.

It is this experience and these commitments that lead us to write to you today to express our grave concern about the deteriorating conditions in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories which threaten to lead the region further away from the realization of a just peace.

Unfortunately, unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel has contributed to this deterioration, sustaining the conflict and undermining the long-term security interests of both Israelis and Palestinians. This is made clear in the most recent 2011 State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices covering Israel and the Occupied Territories (1), which details widespread Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinian civilians, many of which involve the misuse of U.S.-supplied weapons.

Accordingly, we urge an immediate investigation into possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Arms Export Control Act which respectively prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations and limit the use of U.S. weapons (2) to “internal security” or “legitimate self-defense.” (3) More broadly, we urge Congress to undertake careful scrutiny to ensure that our aid is not supporting actions by the government of Israel that undermine prospects for peace. We urge Congress to hold hearings to examine Israel’s compliance, and we request regular reporting on compliance and the withholding of military aid for non-compliance.

Examples of specific, systematic human rights violations related to U.S. military support are included as an annex to this letter.

In addition to specific rights violations, we see a troubling and consistent pattern of disregard by the government of Israel for U.S. policies that support a just and lasting peace. Specifically, repeated demands by the U.S. government that Israel halt all settlement activity have been ignored. Since 1967, every U.S. administration has decried Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as obstacles to peace.

Despite this stance, Israel continues to expand its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, claiming territory that under international law and U.S. policy should belong to a future Palestinian state. The Oslo peace process, which began in 1993, was publicly promoted as leading Israelis and Palestinians to a just peace based on a two-state solution.

Instead, since 1993, the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has more than doubled. Rights violations resulting from Israeli settlement activity include separate and unequal legal systems for Palestinians and settlers, confiscation of Palestinian land and natural resources for the benefit of settlers, and violence by settlers against Palestinians.

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there has been a dramatic rise in settler attacks against Palestinians this year (4). They report that these attacks are often intended to drive Palestinians from areas the settlers wish to take over, and that Israeli authorities have failed to take significant action to stop the violence or hold the perpetrators accountable. We believe that these actions directly undermine peace efforts and threaten, rather than support, Israel’s long-term security interests.

We want to be clear that we recognize that Israel faces real security threats and that it has both a right and a duty to protect both the state and its citizens. However, the measures that it uses to protect itself and its citizens, as in the case with any other nation, must conform to international humanitarian and human rights law.

As Christian leaders in the United States, it is our moral responsibility to question the continuation of unconditional U.S. financial assistance to the government of Israel. Realizing a just and lasting peace will require this accountability, as continued U.S. military assistance to Israel — offered without conditions or accountability — will only serve to sustain the status quo and Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian territories.

We request, therefore, that Congress hold Israel accountable to these standards by making the disbursement of U.S. military assistance to Israel contingent on the Israeli government’s compliance with applicable U.S. laws and policies. As Israel is the single largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid since World War II, it is especially critical for Israel to comply with the specific U.S. laws that regulate the use of U.S.-supplied weapons.

We also encourage Congress to support inclusive, comprehensive, and robust regional diplomacy to secure a just and lasting peace that will benefit Israelis, Palestinians, and all the peoples of the region, and the world.

With respect and gratitude, we offer you our prayers.



God Bless those signing this letter for washing some of the shame of Christian Zionism off the cross

Rev. Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (USA)Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner
President, Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church

Peg Birk
Transitional General Secretary
National Council of Churches USA

Shan Cretin
General Secretary
American Friends Service Committee

J Ron Byler
Executive Director
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Alexander Patico
North American Secretary
Orthodox Peace Fellowship

Diane Randall
Executive Secretary
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Dr. A. Roy Medley
General Secretary
American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.

Christianity Under Fire – And Firing Back Finally

Rev. Geoffrey A. Black
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Julia Brown Karimu
President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Division of Overseas Ministries
Co-Executive, Global Ministries (UCC and Disciples)

Rev. Dr. James A. Moos
Executive Minister, United Church of Christ, Wider Church Ministries
Co-Executive, Global Ministries (UCC and Disciples)

Kathy McKneely
Acting Director
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Eli S. McCarthy, PhD
Justice and Peace Director
Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM)


Examples of specific, systematic human rights violations related to U.S. military support:

• Killings of civilians – At least 2,969 Palestinian civilians uninvolved in hostilities were killed by the Israeli military between December 29, 2000 and December 31, 2009. This includes at least 1,128 children under the age of 18.5 Many of these deaths are connected to weaponry the U.S. underwrites.

• Suppression of legitimate political expression and protest – U.S.-supplied tear gas has been used by Israel to systematically suppress political protests and dissent in the occupied Palestinian territories. This has led to the deaths of at least 5 Palestinians and the grave injury of many others, including two U.S. citizens.

• Home demolitions and forced displacement – According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, approximately 24,813 Palestinian homes in the occupied Palestinian territories have been destroyed since 1967. House demolitions in the West Bank in 2011 forcibly displaced nearly 1,100 Palestinians (over half of them children) from their homes, over 80% more than in 2010, according to the United Nations (UN) Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (6).

• Use of prohibited weaponry in densely populated civilian areas – Israel has used both white phosphorus and flechette shells in Gaza and Lebanon in violation of international humanitarian law. During operation cast lead white phosphorus shells were fired against civilian targets including a UN compound, two hospitals, and private residences causing civilian deaths and injuries. Flechette shells have also been used repeatedly in Gaza since 2001, causing significant civilian deaths and casualties (7).

• Restricting Palestinian movement – Israeli-only roads and more than 500 roadblocks and checkpoints carve up the West Bank, making travel for Palestinians arduously slow or impossible (8). The Wall constructed by Israel in the West Bank deviates considerably from the 1967 lines, confiscating occupied Palestinian territory and water in the process, and severely restricting Palestinian movement. Since 2007 Israel has also maintained a comprehensive blockade on Gaza, restricting not only the movement of Palestinians into and out of Gaza, but also restricting the import and export of goods. The UN and International Committee of the Red Cross have both concluded that this blockade amounts to collective punishment (9), in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention.


2 Weapons in this instance include “crowd control” items such as tear gas. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74) which is included in the US Foreign Military Financing regulations stipulates that “not later than 90 days after enactment of this act and 6 months thereafter, the Secretary of State shall submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations detailing any crowd control items, including tear gas, made available with appropriated funds or through export licenses to foreign security forces that the Secretary of State has credible information have repeatedly used excessive force to repress peaceful, lawful, and organized dissent.”
3 While this letter focuses on US-Israel relations and the Israel-Palestine conflict, these are laws that we believe should be enforced in all instances regardless of location. All allegations regarding the misuse of US supplied arms should be investigated. For more information see also: 
5 Details available at and through original date from B’Tselem at 

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What are efforts to contain Fukushima? None.


(San Francisco) The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant contains six reactors and is located along the NE coast of Japan. Three of the six reactors disastrously melted down right through the concrete floor and entered the ground on Mar 11, 2011. The spewing of radioactive particles into the Earth’s atmosphere continues unabated.

Quick Summary: What are efforts to contain Fukushima?

by  Bob Nichols

Fukushima up close

None, really. This is because men, women and teens die in seven minutes in the wrecked reactor buildings; robots croak in about two hours.

It is not enough time. This will continue for at least ten (10) years; more likely much longer.

Why? The radioactive particles get more lethal during the first 30 years as one radioactive metal changes to Plutonium 239, the more lethal bomb making isotope grown in reactors.

Tepco is scheduled to run out of Fukushima workers and industrial robots long before then. Then all bets are off.

The VeteransToday recommended fix of putting the reactors under water has not been done by the US Government. [1]

Are the Japanese really doing anything?    No. It is a Fake Fire Drill and just for show.

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Mike Weightman, the U.K.’s chief inspector of the Nuclear Installations and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) fact-finding team leader, examines Reactor Unit 3 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (Tepco) Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station in Fukushima, Japan,on May 27, 2011. Photographer: Greg Webb/IAEA via Bloomberg

The three “deaded,” but still “biting” Fukushima I reactors, nuclear weapons and all nuclear power plants make 1,946 deadly radioactive isotopes; that is the reactors’ job – make lots of deadly radioactive isotopes.

The radioactive particles have to stop coming out of the ground beneath the melted reactors in Japan before those radioactive particles will stop coming down all over the Earth.

Worse yet, since all reactors leak all the time, Fukushima adds to what is already here.

We all breathe and eat the deadly isotopes in our food and drink them in our water. Plus, the lethal metal isotope particles are so small that they go right through our clothes and skin from the air.

Yes, air, water and food are weaponized against us by the pro-nukers.

These radioactive isotopes are unstable and decay into some other radioactive isotope, eventually and finally ending up with a very stable lead.

When they “radioactively decay” they give off damaging energy and particles – a lot. Some radioactive isotopes do this for unimaginably long periods of time. By our human standards, it is simply forever.


Muzzle Velocity and Range

One milligram of uranium, which is smaller than you can comfortably see, radiates outward 850 particles and energy squibbs a minute. They will kill or maim you. Think of them as small radioactive bullets. Some move at remarkable speeds with a muzzle velocity of close to 983,568,960 feet per second or 299,792,458 meters per second.

There are many machine guns in the world that fire about 850 rounds a minute. [2] The weapons all jam and run out of ammo – except this one.

To a group of red blood cells or liver cells “standing” next to the little evil Uranium particle it must seem like hell on earth; only worse. The destructive fire from the uranium rounds never stops.


Inside Kill Job

The rounds have a range of about 20 cells in all directions. The radioactive isotopes make a perfect killing machine. We are stuck with the 850 rounds a minute per milligram throughout our lives as a deadly reality from the pro-nukers (you all know one.)

Shun them. Criminalize them. Send them to their well deserved reward. The pro-nukers have shortened all of our expected life spans by the fine amounts of Uranium isotopes in all of our bodies.


Your Real Choices

Of course, you can’t see the radioactive particles; so you can’t dodge them. Whole body radiation counters are in very short supply and not readily accessible, if at all. As a result, you are left in the dark.

You are going to have to make your own choices. You will live a little longer, or, die sooner by these choices, as will I. No one is exempt. The Radioactive Particles are all over the world now.

We cannot escape the “Rads” or radiation from the isotopes. There is no such thing as a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card in this extinction level event (ELE.)


Not a Secret

Curie – with her hands becoming deformed

All this nuclear knowledge and know how is widely known. It is certainly not a secret.You are perfectly free to learn it yourself. It has been known since 1946 when much of it was declassified after the Atomic Bombing of Japan.

That is 66 years for you to get it together. It all fits perfectly, organically, destructively. The rapid maiming and killing off of all humanity is what we are talking about.

The downhill slide to our inevitable destruction started in 1898 with Madame Curie, a woman who died with wretched, crippled, blackened hands from separating, by hand, Radium and Polonium from ore.

Totally undaunted and unlearned, the pro-nukers run on, like fools running with knives.

Now, in 2012, we have about 438 big nuclear reactors and countless smaller ones scattered all over the planet and in populated areas, too.

As we have witnessed recently, the still spewing reactors at Fukushima, Japan and Three Mile Island in America, are merely giant stationary nuclear weapons.

Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor exploded, killing about one and a half million people worldwide to date. Dr. Rosalie Bertell, a brilliant mathematician, calculated the total nuclear kill world wide at 1.5 Billion a few years ago.

Dr. Bertell

Those we can see. It comes as no surprise that the maxim “All reactors leak, all the time, some more than others;” is quite true; and, yet we humans get talked into building hundreds of the things anyway. We’re stupid and easily manipulated in large groups that way.

As a result, we all have our own personal maiming and killing dose of deadly radiation that keeps firing radioactive bullets forever and lasts longer than we will.

Close the books on that folks, it is a “done deal.”

There is no cure. There is no “going back.” There is no trick fix. This is written more than a year and a half [580 days] after Humanity’s End Point was marked at Fukushima.

As renowned Japanese journalist, Mr Yoichi Shimatsu said “… it is Year 2 BE, beginning of the end.”


Here are two quite helpful and recent videos (2012) from RosyHeart1’s Spiritual Warrior’s Video Channel. RosyHeart1 is a Yosemite/California based Artist and Anti-Nuke Warrior.

“Day 532 Post Fuke Blues,” by RosyHeart1:

Day 532 Post-Fuke Blues


Mutate, Why Wait,”

by RosyHeart1, YouTube, Sep 22, 2012

Copyright by Bob Nichols October, 2012. The article may be freely re-published with attribution and end notes. Videos and pictures are the copyright of their respective owners.


Notes and Sources.

1. “Put the reactors under water.” Fukushima: How Many Chernobyls Is It? by Bob Nichols, VeteransToday, May 28, 2011.

“Specially equipped submarines can then pick up the pieces of reactor cores from under water. The surface of the ocean blocks the escape of radiation.”

Fukushima’s Melted Reactors 500 Days On, Bob Nichols, Veterans Today, Jul 29, 2012.

1946 Radioactice Isotopes origen_seminar_2006” Kill One Kill Twelve Kill Millions Kill Billions Bob Nichols, Jun 9, 2012, Veterans Today.

Recent ORIGEN-S Developments, Oak Ridge Nuclear Weapons Lab, Various authors.…/2006/origen_seminar_2006.pdf

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View

Safety. Ian C. Gauld. NSTD – Reactor … (1946 nuclides in database) … Developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Nuclear Regulatory …. Dickens et al …

2. “M249 – Machine Gun,”

For further machine gun review, Google this phrase: 850 rounds a minute machine gun

3. “Day 532 Post Fuke Blues,” by RosyHeart1,

Also, “Mutate, Why Wait” by RosyHeart1 is at:

4. Fukushima Odyssey, By Yoichi Shimatsu, 9-1-12, the Jeff Rense Show.

Recommended Books.

Ecological Development Biology: Intergrating Epigenetics, Medicine and Evolution Scott F. Gilbert and David Epel, December 2008, 459 pages, 182 illustrations, Sinauer, At Amazon and the Publisher.

The Biology of Human Longevity:: Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans,”  Caleb E Finch, At Amazon from US$70.00. “* Author Caleb Finch is highly influential and respected scientist, ranked in the top half of the 1% most cited scientists,” Amazon.

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Netanyahu’s Speech at the U.N–Looney Tunes Yes, But Definitely Not Funny


Mark Glenn

It’s one of the unfortunate characteristics of the times we are living in today, where people laugh when they shouldn’t…

It’s what we might refer to in psychological terms as the ‘Yuck Yuck Syndrome’, and perfectly explainable, given the fact that organized Jewish interests—firmly in control of all levers of mass media—have turned virtually all aspects of life in the West into some version of either Seinfeld,Comedy Central or Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

EVERYTHING (except of course ‘Jewish’ issues such as the Holocaust that MUST be taken seriously under penalty of law) leaves us in stiches. A captive audience goes simply orgasmic with laughter and applause after Jewish ‘comedienne’ Sarah Silverman says Jesus Christ should be crucified all over again with her hammering the nails into his hands… A sitting American president, after murdering millions of innocent people in Iraq, then jokes about his damnable actions at a White House Correspondence dinner and those in attendance piss their pants with glee. Another country—Libya—is invaded and destroyed by Western forces, over 100,000 are killed, the leader of that country is captured and then murdered by hired assassins and a sitting Secretary of State quips ‘We came, we saw, we killed’ to a storm of snickering and guffaws.

And not just a ‘ruling elite’ thing, it trickles downward to the proles as well. Bumper stickers on American cars driven by Mr. or Mrs. Joe 6-Pack celebrating the fact that hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East are living under a death warrant signed by organized Jewish interests that read ‘Nuke their ass and take their gas’ or ‘Kill Osama and slap his momma’ feature as prominently as free Gideon’s Bibles in hotel rooms across the fruited plainas well as the obligatory ‘Terrorist Hunting License’ t-shirts sold in America’s gun stores and sports shops.

Best explained, it is all a form of psychological inertia–a body at motion stays in motion…Given organized Jewish interests’ control of mass media and the fact that by design everything is a non-stop vaudeville number meant to render the captive audience mentally/morally incapacitated and unable to think critically about important things, we literally can’t stop laughing, and not even when a knife has been put to our throat or a pistol to our head. In our state of perpetual giggledom, rather than recognize the up-close-and-personal threat for what it really is, instead we think it is all part of ‘the schtick’ and a stage prop of sorts whose punch line is sure to leave us laughing so hard that we’re ready to puke.

One such case of laughing off cue occurred recently (no, not Silverman’s latest ghettoesque burlesque where she affected an act of bestiality on some poor dog, but rather) at the UN, whose audience that day was nothing less than all 7 billion men, women and children living on God’s green earth…

The stand-up/not-so-funny comic in question was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—hands down the most dangerous man alive today—warning of the ‘dangers’ of Iran’s nuclear program. Attending Nutty Netty at the podium were some stage props of his own, namely a quasi-cartoonish drawing of a bomb with a lit fuse and a red magic marker that he used as if he were the political equivalent of Captain Kangaroo drawing stick figures on posterboard and the rest of the world his wide-eyed/schoolroom audience.

Across the globe and in all four corners of God’s green earth, from all media types–both mainstream and alternative–the reaction to Netanyahu’s display was virtually the same—mirth and merriment…Enterprising writers, pundits and cartoonists immediately seized upon the moment and associated Netanyahu’s drawing with something seen on Looney Tunes and made him the butt of jokes worldwide.

The fact of the matter however is that this was one of those moments where laughter was as out of place as the proverbial cockroach on a wedding cake. This was not some skit on Saturday Night Liveor a laugh-it-up vignette from Mad Magazine.

Rather, it was more like the final scene in Stephen King’s horror novel Cujo, where a rabid dog–in the final and most dangerous stage of his illness–has gone completely mad and is literally tearing an automobile to pieces with his teeth in order to kill the woman and child hiding inside.

No, Nutty Netty was not there to entertain. Nor was he there to be mocked and ridiculed in the aftermath of his performance. Remember, self-absorbed, pathologically-narcissistic/ gangster types don’t like laughter at their own expense, and the fact that there were no news reports of him seething in rage and putting his foot through nearby television sets when hearing of the tsunami of snickering that resulted from his speech should scare the hell out of everyone as well, because what this means is that this snickering was not only anticipated but welcomed.

Why? Because Netanyahu—while certainly speaking IN FRONT OF all 7 billion inhabitants on God’s green earth nevertheless was only speaking TO those few who are in decision-making positions such as Obama and his European counterparts. One of the secrets to the longevity and effectiveness of organized Jewish interests is/has been their ability to operate outside the public eye, lest the same ‘donkeys’ (as Gentiles were recently characterized by Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, a strong ideological ally of Netanyahu) begin to figure out the nature of the machinations being arrayed against them.

What Netanyahu was actually doing that day at the UN was speaking in a dialect of Pig Latin understandable only by those ‘in the know’ and the message he was sending was of the most serious nature imaginable, namely that the Jewish state is on the verge of blowing her lid and taking the world down with her, a threat made numerous times over the years in blackmailing the West into giving Israel what she demands when she demands it. Like the infamous ‘I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse’ line from The Godfather, Netanyahu’s speech and bomb depiction was a very subtle, insiders-only message meant only for the eyes and ears of those fluent in the language of gangsterese, that when translated went something like this-

Mr. President…Mr. Prime Minister…Your Holiness, ladies and gentlemen and all those tuned to this frequency and watching this in real time…Consider this to be your last warning…The fuse has been lit and time’s just about up and if we don’t get what we want we are going to blow this place to kingdom come, and you know we’ll do it…We pulled off 9/11 and got away with it…Think of the controlled demolition of your economies—a mirrored reflection of the Twin Towers coming down, room by room, floor by floor and story by story, and we got away with it…Those 400 Israeli nukes always the subject of nervous discussion—do you really believe they are sitting in Israel, buried safely in some silo, thousands of miles away? Well then, let me do the math for you—We presently have about 100 left in the country. The other 300 are sitting in all the major cities of the world, including your capitals, brought in under diplomatic cover over the course of the last 40 years, just one phone call and one key turn away from going hot. This is the last time we are going to have this conversation in this manner, because the next thing taking place is your cities going up one by one if our demands are not met.

Shhhhh…..Listen Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Holiness, ladies and gentlemen and all those tuned to this frequency and watching this in real time…Do you hear that? Listen to them out there, your subjects and your citizens, laughing at this presentation as if it were all a joke or some episode of Looney Tunes, but you and I both know it’s not funny and that at the end of this little comedy, it will be we, the Jewish people, who will have the last laugh, one way or the other, by hook or by crook…’

That’s right folks, it was not an Iranian bomb with a lit fuse on display that day at the UN in front of all 7 billion people on God’s green earth, but an Israeli one, and Nutty Netty’s message was clear—Destroy Iran or we will destroy you. Looney Tunes, yes, but definitely not a laughing matter, as the mad dog Israel finds herself in the latter stages of her rabid mindset and is threatening to tear the place apart piece by piece in order to get what she wants—universal Armageddon.

As unsettling as it is, nevertheless in truth there was/is little new about these threats. President George H. Bush was on the receiving end of similar business when he arrived in Israel in 2008 during the last few months of his presidency and was met on the tarmac at Ben Gurion airport by a group of rabbis allied with Netanyahu who presented him with a scroll entitled ‘Megillat Bush’ that read in part as follows—

…‘Heaven forbid, you can choose to willfully aid in destruction…You certainly know what the God of Israel did to Egypt and to all Israel’s enemies from time immemorial. Do you imagine you can escape from the struggles in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, by offering up the Jews who are slaughtered daily by their enemies? Remember our forefather Abraham, who pursued the world’s four greatest kings in order to redeem his nephew from captivity. We cannot forget the deeds of our patriarchs, whose example guides us through every generation…

…Understand this well–God ordained that the role of the nations of the world is to strengthen the nation of Israel. Therefore it behooves you to declare: “I, George Bush, Commander in Chief of the armies of the United States of America, will instruct all of my troops to protect the Divine rights of the nation of Israel, and remove from her any threat.” Before you is a choice: You can merit eternal life, or be inscribed for eternal disgrace. Your fate and that of all those with you hangs in the balance of the destiny of our land…’

The only difference between the threats made in 2008 and those in 2012 is that Netanyahu is not sending his own personal ‘Men in Black’ henchmen as emissaries but rather doing so in a manner ‘up close and personal’ in front of the entire world as a means of underscoring how serious he is about America destroying Iran for Israel’s benefit.

Among the many things associated with this latest stunt, this alone should remove any inclination for laughter on the part of those who understand the game being played here, since what it indicates is the desperation that has gripped Netanyahu & Co.

No, let’s re-phrase that for reasons of context—Desperation on the part of a bunch of backwards, apocalyptically-minded racial supremacists whose cult believes that the existence of the Jewish people is the embodiment of God and that to oppose them is to oppose God himself, and that there is no price—including incinerating the entire human race—that is too high in the furtherance of this cult’s agenda.

In short, the Jewish narrative can be summed up thus—‘The world is our oyster, and if we can’t have it, no one will…’

Doubtless that Netanyahu & Co are in a state of mild (!!!) panic over the prospect of another Obama term with no Iranian bloodbath taking place. American presidents dragging their feet or outrightly disobeying orders from their superiors—meaning the same organized Jewish interests who brought them to power–is EXTREMELY dangerous to ‘law & order’ as pertains these interests maintaining their control over elected officials in the West or wherever. Why, the more Obama ignores Nutty Netty’s orders, the closer the plantation comes to an all-out slave rebellion, a situation that could very quickly get out of hand, and possibly on a permanent basis.

And not just the political class, but the military one as well. When examining the unabashed and unapologetic opposition that the crème de la crème of the American military establishment has displayed towards organized Jewish demands that America involve herself in YET ANOTHER war for Israel (this time against Iran that could bring into the mix a nuclear-armed/military-capable Russia) the possibility that the parasitic tic Israel might be pulled off the back of the one dog who is her main source of sustenance is something driving the Armageddonists in the Netanyahu government crazier than they already are, if such a thing is even possible.

Now, doubtless those within ‘respectable’ media circles—again, both mainstream and alternative—are now giggling at this as well.

And that’s just the way Netanyahu & Co want it. They DON’T want media outlets seeing the threat for what it is and thus discussing it publically within earshot of Mr. or Mrs. Joe 6-Pack. If the peoples of America and the West were to put 2 and 2 together in this fashion and realize that indeed they are just one phone call away from having the world around them Holocausted in the interests of appeasing the Zionist god of war, supremacism and Jewish self-worship, why, they might actually take a REAL interest in politics and begin demanding that their elected officials take THEIR interests at heart rather than those of a foreign country. If they were to come to realize that they find themselves in a real-life version of Little Red Riding Hood, with themselves staring into the face of a vicious, rabid wolf whose pearly whites are a mere few inches from their collective jugular vein, why they may actually start BELIEVING all the ‘anti-semitic conspiracy theories they’ve heard from time to time dealing with Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS LIBERTY, the Lavon Affair, Israel’s assassination of JFK, the ’5 dancing Israelis’ arrested on 9/11 and a lot more.

What most people in the sane world fail to understand (and which initially led them to ridicule ‘Bibi’s Bomb’, as it has come to be known) are the backwards, maniacal, cultish currents driving the entire ‘Jewish state’ thing. As we in the sane world have been told on occasions too numerous to count, Israel is not a ‘normal’ country…As we in the sane world have been told on occasions too numerous to count, ‘Western values are not the same as Jewish ones’. Lest we forget, during Israel’s slaughter of the innocents in of Gaza known as Operation Cast Lead, the head rabbi of the IDF, Brigadier General Achivai Rontski warned his troops against showing mercy towards civilians, characterizing such as mere ‘Gentile folly’. Another of Israel’s luminaries, Rabbi Manis Friedman, when asked about fighting wars was quoted saying “I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries…The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children and cattle. The first Israeli prime minister who declares that he will follow the Old Testament will finally bring peace to the Middle East.” Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira writing in his book ‘The King’s Torah’ reasoned that Jews—and by extension, the Jewish state—had a free hand to kill anyone they wished, including (specifically) ‘the children of a leader, in order to pressure him…’

Pay close mind to that last one, fellow inhabitants of God’s green earth—Israel may kill ‘the children of a leader, in order to pressure him’, which would obviously include Americans in some false flag event that would then be blamed on Iran in order to get Esther’s Revenge started.

Therefore, when a should-be psychiatric patient such as Netanyahu spends YEARS talking  about another country wanting to ‘wipe Israel off the map’, concomitant with his stated willingness to do ‘whatever is necessary’ in preventing this, we should take him as serious as a heart attack, and especially when he speaks in front of the world body with a picture of a bomb about to go off.

And for those who doubt that Nutty Netty has the moxie in him to do such a thing–meaning to orchestrate a major terrorist attack against the US or wherever—out of the notion that somehow he has some small shred of humanity left in him that would prevent and preclude such a thing, remember that this was the same  less-than-sane individual who, when asked about the 3,000 Americans killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 , responded by saying it was ‘good’ in that it would generate ‘immediate sympathy for Israel.’

There is a time to laugh and a time to worry, and when a mad dog war-criminal such as Netanyahu comes before the civilized world brandishing a picture of a bomb about to go off, growling and snarling about ‘red lines’ and ‘wiping countries off the map’, a sane world should understand that this is not Seinfeld, Comedy Central or Pee Wee’s Playhouse, but rather Cujo, Fatal Attraction and Scarfaceall rolled into one ticking time bomb about to go off in our faces.

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Diary of an IsraHell Shill


The Voice of Israel, the ADL and Abe Foxman

How the Masters of the Universe Infect the Internet

 An Ex- Shill

I am writing here to come out of the closet as a paid shill. For a little over six months, I was paid to spread disinformation and argue political points on the Internet. This site, xxx, was NOT one that I was assigned to post on, although other people in the same organization were paid to be here, and I assume they still walk among you. But more on this later.

I quit this job in the latter part of 2011, because I became disgusted with it, and with myself. I realized I couldn’t look myself in the mirror anymore. If this confession triggers some kind of retribution against me, so be it. Part of being a real man in this world is having real values that you stand up for, no matter what the consequences.

My story begins in early 2011. I had been out of work for almost a year after losing my last job in tech support. Increasingly desperate and despondent, I jumped at the chance when a former co-worker called me up and said she had a possible lead for me.

“It is an unusual job, and one that requires secrecy. But the pay is good. And I know you are a good writer, so its something you are suited for.” (Writing has always been a hobby for me). She gave me only a phone-number and an address, in one of the seedier parts of San Francisco, where I live.

Intrigued, I asked her for the company’s URL and some more info. She laughed. “They don’t have a website. Or even a name. You’ll see. Just tell them I referred you.” Yes, it sounded suspicious, but long-term joblessness breeds desperation, and desperation has a funny way of overlooking the suspicious when it comes to putting food on the table.

The next day, I arrived at the address – the third floor in a crumbling building. The appearance of the place did not inspire confidence. After walking down a long, filthy linoleum-covered corridor lit by dimly-flickering halogen, I came to the entrance of the office itself: a crudely battered metal door with a sign that said “United Amalgamated Industries, Inc.,” (sounds like “Urban Movers”).

Hasbaras like the ‘war’ thing – Something genetic

I later learned that this “company” changed its name almost monthly, always using bland names like that which gave no strong impression of what the company actually does. Not too hopeful, I went inside.

The interior was equally shabby. There were a few long tables with folding chairs, at which about a dozen people were tapping away on old, beat-up computers.

There were no decorations or ornaments of any type: not even the standard-issue office fica trees or plastic ferns. What a dump. Well, beggars can’t be choosers.

The manager, a balding man in his late forties, rose from the only stand-alone desk in the room and came forward with an easy smile. “You must be Chris. Yvette [my ex-co-worker] told me you’d be coming.” [Not our real names]. “Welcome. Let me tell you a little about what we do.”

No interview, nothing. I later learned they took people based solely on referral, and that the people making the referrals, like my ex-colleague Yvette, were trained to pick out candidates based on several factors including ability to keep one’s mouth shut, basic writing skills, and desperation for work.

We sat down at his desk and he began by asking me a few questions about myself and my background, including my political views (which were basically non-existent). Then he began to explain the job.

“We work on influencing people’s opinions here,” is how he described it. The company’s clients paid them to post on Internet message boards and popular chartrooms, as well as in gaming forums and social networks like Facebook and MySpace. Who were these clients? “Oh, various people,” he said vaguely. “Sometimes private companies, sometimes political groups.”

Satisfied that my political views were not strong, he said I would be assigned to political work. “The best people for this type of job are people like you, without strong views,” he said with a laugh. “It might seem counterintuitive, but actually we’ve found that to be the case.”

Well, OK. Fine. As long as it comes with a steady paycheck, I’d believe whatever they wanted me to believe, as the guy in Ghostbusters said. After discussing pay (which was much better than I’d hoped) and a few other details, he then went over the need for absolute privacy and secrecy.

“You can’t tell anyone what we do here. Not your wife, not your dog.” (I have neither, as it happens.) “We’ll give you a cover story and even a phone number and a fake website you can use. You will have to tell people you are a consultant. Since your background is in tech support, that will be your cover job. Is this going to be a problem for you?”

Cutting the heart out of the Internet – Industrial deception

I assured him it would not. “Well, OK. Shall we get started?” “Right now?” I asked, a bit taken aback. “No time like the present!” he said with a hearty laugh.

The rest of the day was taken up with training. Another staff member, a no-nonsense woman in her thirties, was to be my trainer, and training would only last two days. “You seem like a bright guy, you’ll get the hang of it pretty fast, I think,” she said. And indeed, the job was easier than I’d imagined.

My task was simple: I would be assigned to four different websites, with the goal of entering certain discussions and promoting a certain view.

I learned later that some of the personnel were assigned to internet message boards (like me), while others worked on Facebook or chatrooms. It seems these three types of media each have different strategy for shilling, and each shill concentrates on one of the three in particular.

My task? “To support Israel and counter anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic posters.” Fine with me. I had no opinions one way or another about Israel, and who likes anti-Semites and Nazis? Not me, anyway. But I didn’t know too much about the topic.

“That’s OK,” she said. “You’ll pick it up as you go along. For the most part, at first, you will be doing what we call “meme-patrol.” This is pretty easy. Later if you show promise, we’ll train you for more complex arguments, where more in-depth knowledge is necessary.”

Organized like an Espionage Operation

She handed me two binders with sheets enclosed in limp plastic. The first was labeled simply “Israel” in magic-marker on the cover, and it had two sections .

The first section contained basic background info on the topic. I would have to read and memorize some of this, as time went on. It had internet links for further reading, essays and talking points, and excerpts from some history books.

The second, and larger, section was called“Strat” (short for “strategy”) with long lists of “dialogue pairs.” These were specific responses to specific postings. If a poster wrote something close to “X,” we were supposed to respond with something close to “Y.”

“You have to mix it up a bit, though,” said my trainer.“Otherwise it gets too obvious. Learn to use a thesaurus.”


This section also contained a number of hints for de-railing conversations that went too far away from what we were attempting.

These strategies included various forms of personal attacks, complaining to the forum moderators, smearing the characters of our opponents, using images and icons effectively, and even dragging the tone of the conversation down with sexual innuendo, links to pornography, or other such things.

“Sometimes we have to fight dirty,” or trainer told us. “Our opponents don’t hesitate to, so we can’t either.”

The second binder was smaller, and it contained information specific to the web sites I would be assigned to. The sites I would work were: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, and a handful of smaller sites that rotated depending on need. As stated, I was NOT assigned to work xxx (although others in my group were), which is part of the reason I am posting this here, rather than elsewhere.

I wanted to post this on Godlike Productions at first, but they have banned me from even viewing that site for some reason (perhaps they are onto me?). But if somebody connected with this site can get the message to them, I think they should know about it, because that was the site I spent a good 70% of my time working on.

The site-specific info in the second binder included a brief history each site, including recent flame-wars, as well as info on what to avoid on each site so as not to get banned.

It also had quite detailed info on the moderators and the most popular regged posters on each site: location (if known), personality type, topics of interest, background sketch, and even some notes on how to “push the psychological buttons” of different posters. Although I didn’t work for xxx, I did see they had a lot of info on your so-called “WATS” posters here (the ones with gold borders around their edges). “Focus on the popular posters,” my trainer told me.

“These are the influential ones. Each of these is worth 50 to 100 of the lesser known names.” Each popular poster was classified as “hostile,” “friendly,” or “indifferent” to my goal. We were supposed to cultivate friendship with the friendly posters as well as the mods (basically, by brownnosing and sucking up), and there were even notes on strategies for dealing with specific hostile posters. The info was pretty detailed, but not perfect in every case.

“If you can convert one of the hostile posters from the enemy side to our side, you get a nice bonus. But this doesn’t happen too often, sadly. So mostly you’ll be attacking them and trying to smear them.”

At first, like I said, my job was “meme-patrol.” This was pretty simple and repetitive; it involved countering memes and introducing new memes, and didn’t demand much in-depth knowledge of the subject. Mostly just repetitive posting based on the dialogue pairs in the “Strat” section of the first binder.

A lot of my job was de-railing and spamming threads that didn’t go our way, or making accusations of racism and anti-Semitism. Sometimes I had to simply lie and claim a poster said something or did something “in another thread” they really hadn’t said or done

I felt bad about this…but in the end I felt worse about the possibility of losing the first job I’d been able to get since losing my “real” job.

For most trolls – It’s an empowerment thing.

The funny thing was, although I started the job with no strong opinions or political views, after a few weeks of this I became very emotionally wedded to the pro-Israel ideas I was pushing.

There must be some psychological factor at work…a good salesman learns to honestly love the products he’s selling, I guess.

It wasn’t long before my responses became fiery and passionate, and I began to learn more about the topic on my own. “This is a good sign,” my trainer told me. “It means you are ready for the next step: complex debate.”

The “complex debate” part of the job involved a fair amount of additional training, including memorizing more specific information about the specific posters (friendly and hostile) I’d be sparring with. Here, too, there were scripts and suggested lines of argument, but we were given more freedom.

There were a lot of details to this more advanced stage of the job – everything from how to select the right avatar to how to use“demotivationals” (humorous images with black borders that one finds floating around the web). Even the proper use of images of cats was discussed.

Sometimes we used faked or photo-shopped images or doctored news reports (something else that bothered me).

I was also given the job of tying to find new recruits, people “like me” who had the personality type, ability to keep a secret, basic writing/thinking skills, and desperation necessary to sign on a shill. I was less successful at this part of the job, though, and I couldn’t find another in the time I was there.

After a while of doing this, I started to feel bad. Not because of the views I was pushing (as I said, I was first apolitical, then pro-Israel), but because of the dishonesty involved. If my arguments were so correct, I wondered, why did we have to do this in the first place? Shouldn’t truth propagate itself naturally, rather than through, well…propaganda?

And who was behind this whole operation, anyway? Who was signing my paychecks? The stress of lying to my parents and friends about being a “consultant” was also getting to me. Finally, I said enough was enough.

A lot of Israelis and Jews do it for free – The rest for the money, and they have a lot of money to spend on this.

I quit in September 2011. Since then I’ve been working a series of unglamorous temp office jobs for lower pay. But at least I’m not making my living lying and heckling people who come online to express their views and exercise freedom of speech.

A few days ago I happened to be in the same neighborhood and on a whim thought I’d check out the old office. It turns out the operation is gone, having moved on.

This, too, I understood, is part of their strategy: Don’t stay in the same place for too long, don’t keep the same name too long, move on after half a year or so.

Keeping a low profile, finding new employees through word of mouth: All this is part of the shill way of life. But it is a deceptive way of life, and no matter how noble the goals (I remain pro-Israel, by the way), these sleazy means cannot be justified by the end.

This is my confession. I haven’t made up my mind yet about whether I want to talk more about this, so if I don’t respond to this thread, don’t be angry.

But I think you should know: Shills exist. They are real. They walk among you, and they pay special attention to your popular gold-bordered WATS posters. You should be aware of this. What you choose to do with this awareness is up to you.

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