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IRAN’S SECRET WEAPON

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by Dr Robert Faurisson

A slightly edited version of this article, with pictures, captions and additional commenary by Lasha Darkmoon

It is a far deadlier weapon than any weapon Israel has in its armory — and it is capable of destroying Israel. What weapon? To find out, read on.

“If everyone who claims to be a Holocaust survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?” — Norman Finkelstein’s mother, quoted in Norman Finkelstein’sThe Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering. 

The energy crisis is causing worry. However, Iran, which possesses huge reserves of oil and gas, wishes to exploit them better, with our help, and sell us the products, a procedure that would lead to a marked softening of worldwide petrol, diesel, fuel oil and gas prices. A good many nations have an eye on this great potential wealth and would be apt to respond favorably to Tehran’s business proposals. But the United States has decreed the boycott of Iran and, up to now, the world’s policeman has generally been obeyed.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can make all the proposals he likes: he still finds himself considered a criminal. His request for a collaboration that would let him fully re-equip the country’s drilling, production and processing operations is refused. He goes so far as to suggest that countries using the single European currency pay in euros and no longer in dollars, but to no avail. People turn their back to him. Some threaten him. Even the Pope refuses to receive him.

In many countries, President Ahmadinejad’s embassies and diplomatic staff are deprived of contact with the local authorities and foreign delegations; they have ended up with pariah status.

One may well ask oneself where such radical behavior towards the Iranians ever originated and why the international community acts so obviously against its own economic interests.

Three grounds are usually brought up to explain this policy of boycott and open hostility toward Iran:

1) The Iranian president is perhaps trying to arm his country with nuclear weapons.

2) It seems he wants to exterminate the Jews in Israel.

3) He holds the extermination of the European Jews during the Second World War to be a myth.

The first two grounds do not make much sense; only the third is serious and, for that reason, instructive.

In reply to the first ground, it’s fitting to observe that if Ahmadinejad’s accusers possessed the slightest evidence that Iran was trying to acquire nuclear weapons, such evidence would long since have been brandished before the world; however, up to now, they have supplied no real evidence.

In any case, if Iran had a nuclear bomb at her disposal, she could not launch it towards a geographic zone populated by as many Palestinians as Jews, since her bomb would kill or maim both populations without distinction.

The second bone of contention against Iran — that it seeks the extermination of the Jews in Israel — is without foundation. It rests on the absurd manipulation of a text. Ahmadinejad has had, and continues to have ascribed to him, an incendiary statement according to which the Jewish State is to be “wiped off the map”, words taken to mean the extermination of the Jews in Israel.

Actually, Ahadminejad had merely repeated (in 2005) Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 declaration that “the regime occupying Jerusalem” would one day “vanish from the page of time”. This was the repetition of someone else’s prediction, not a threat.

Ahmadinejad took care to spell out his phrase by specifying that, if all the inhabitants of the land of Palestine – Moslems, Jews and Christians – had the right one day to vote freely and opt for a regime of their choice, the Zionist regime would disappear from Palestine just as, for example, the Communist regime disappeared from Russia. The Western media, as a whole, have reported neither the exact wording nor the explanation.

PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD’S EXACT WORDS: “Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.” — “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time“.

A literal word-for-word translation of the Farsi: Imam (Khomeini) ghoft(said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods(Jerusalem)  bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from).

Note that the word MAP (nagsheh in Farsi) occurs nowhere in Ahmadinejad’s speech; nor do the words ISRAEL or WIPE OUT. The English translation “I want to wipe Israel off the map” is therefore much more than a mischievous mistranslation. It is a complete fabrication. [LD]

The third ground is the true one: if the Iranian president causes so much fear, it’s owing to his revisionism. He has wielded the sole weapon that can deeply worry the Jewish State and its ally, the United States.

He possesses what I’ve called the poor man’s atomic bomb. In the findings of historical revisionism, he effectively holds a “weapon of mass destruction” that would kill no one but could neutralize Israel’s number one political weapon: the Great Lie of the alleged Nazi gas chambers and the alleged genocide of Europe’s Jews.

Raised in the religion of “the Holocaust”, the peoples of North America and Europe generally believe in this Great Lie and see Ahmadinejad as a heretic. Thus they dare not defend any policy of rapprochement with Iran, or call for a lifting of the boycott, although therein lies the only chance of seeing their energy costs decrease. Doubtless some of these peoples’ leaders desire an understanding with Iran, but they back away at the prospect of being criticized as accomplices of the new Satan, of the “denier”, the “negationist” who “kills the Jews once again by denying their death”.

The news of the international “Holocaust” conference in Tehran (December 11th—12th 2006) rang out like a warning shot. By no means reserved to revisionists, that conference was open to all. Confrontation of opposing views was allowed, and it took place. The rout of the anti-revisionists was dramatic. And President Ahmadinejad, already fully apprised of revisionist argumentation, was thus able to restate that “the Holocaust” was a myth.

Bush, Blair, Chirac, who know nothing of revisionism, responded by making a terrible fuss. As for the Israelis, they are aware of the Jewish authors’ utter inability to answer revisionist arguments on the scientific level; they now uphold their Great Lie only with Elie Wiesel-style fake testimony or cinematic guff in the manner of Claude Lanzmann, when they don’t resort to novels, drama or even sham museum exhibitions like those at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem or the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

“SOME EVENTS DO TAKE PLACE BUT ARE NOT TRUE; OTHERS ARE, ALTHOUGH THEY NEVER OCCURRED.”

— Elie Wiesel, the world’s most famous Holocaust survivor and — some would claim — the world’s most widely acclaimed liar. “In Buchenwald they sent 10,000 persons to their deaths each day,” he lied. “I was always in the last hundred near the gate. They stopped. Why?”

Concerning Babi Yar, a place in Ukraine where the Germans executed Soviet citizens, Wiesel wrote of Jews being killed: “For month after month, the ground never stopped trembling; from time to time, geysers of blood spurted from it.” (Reporting another witness to this miraculous event).

In 2007, Wiesel stated that President Ahmadinejad of Iran had openly admitted he wanted to nuke Israel into oblivion. “When he says he wants nuclear weapons to destroy the state of Israel, I must believe him,” Wiesel said.

The late Christopher Hitchens had no time for Wiesel and was not impressed by his Nobel Peace prize or his 76 honorary doctorates. “Is there a more contemptible poseur and windbag than Elie Wiesel?” he asked rhetorically. (The Nation, February 11, 2001).

Holocaust revisionism — i.e., any doubts about the official version of the Holocaust as laid down by the Zionists and their camp followers — is illegal in many parts of the world. Questioning the magic six million figure is now a “thought crime” which can get you sent to prison for several years in the following 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Here are two photos of the author of this article, Dr Robert Faurisson, after he was savagely beaten up by three Jewish fanatics for daring to question the sacred tenets of the Holocaust: namely, that 6 million Jews were killed in gas chambers on the orders of Hitler. To this day, not a single gas chamber has actually been seen by anyone. [LD]

The Zionists and their friends are getting more and more alarmed at the diffusion of revisionism over the Internet. They make many attempts, cynical or veiled, to strengthen Internet censorship but, up to today at any rate, they have not yet achieved their aims. Throughout the Western world repression of revisionism is worsening, but it’s all a waste of effort so far. The holocaustic propaganda and Shoah Business grow ever more deafening, but henceforth they tend to annoy or tire people.

The Zionists have therefore seized the occasion to draw up a bill in the Knesset that would let the State of Israel demand that any revisionist, wherever in the world he might be, be delivered to its own courts!

When there’s no proof to show, the cudgel is used.

Herman Rosenblatt and his wife Roma, smirking contentedly after having conned the world into accepting their fake Holocaust memoir Angel at the Fence. TV celeb Oprah Winfrey was taken in by their touching concentration camp romance and gushed breathlessly, “This is the single greatest love story we’ve ever told on the air!” Asked why he had lied, Mr Rosenblatt explained, “I wanted to bring happiness to people.” Despite the book being a proven fake, a $25 million blockbuster movie is now being made by Jewish producer Harris Salomon.

Rosenblatt’s fake memoir is one in a long series of Holocaust hoaxes, some of them even more flamboyantly absurd. e.g., the case of Misha the Wolf Girlwho was raised by wolves and fed on raw meat like a wolf cub — a story that netted her over $20 million and was also made into a movie. Nor are matters made any better when we learn that Holocaust scams are frequent, with thousands of fraudulent claims being  made every year by bogus “survivors”, costing Germany and other countries tens of millions of dollars. In one case alone, Germany was cheated out of $42 million. All this blatant dishonesty by unscrupulous Jews — to quote a Jewish friend of mine — “only brings the Holocaust into disrepute and gives ammunition to the Holocaust deniers.”

This, then, is the “secret weapon” against Israel that Iran wields so effectively — a weapon far deadlier than all of Israel’s 200-300 nuclear warheads: Holocaust truth. If the truth about the Holocaust should ever turn out to be what historical revisionists and millions of other increasingly skeptical people think it is — a spectacular hoax to prop up Zionism and give the Jewish state a semblance of legitimacy — Israel’s days are numbered.

It is for this reason that Israel is perhaps so desperate to destroy Iran: to silence it before the truth gets out.  (LD)

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FORMER CHIEF OF C.I.A’s Bin Laden Unit

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America: From Colony to Nation to Slave If on the issue of war-making Israel has become America’s master — and it has, despite Obama’s cowardly ducking of a face-to-face with Massa’ Benyamin — the UN surely is becoming its overseer. Congress, at day’s end, simply and unquestioningly pays for the U.S. troops who go off to die in wars that have nothing to do with protecting genuine U.S. national interests, but do please Israel, the UN, or some figment of those militarist viragoes Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Rice, as well as of the pro-war boys McCain and Graham, such as the “democratic and human-rights-loving Libyan and Syrian freedom fighters.”
So each of us can vote as we see fit in November, but we all should recognize that neither candidate intends to restore U.S. sovereignty and independence. As president, either man will take America to war with Iran — Obama just wants it after 6 November —because that is what Israel and its U.S.-citizen advocates want. Iran, of course, poses no direct military threat to the United States, but it will exact a fierce and bloody revenge after we and Israel attack by using the intelligence/terrorist surrogates it has long maintained in the United States for just such a response. Iran’s response likewise will wreck much of what remains of the U.S. economy by disrupting the oil-tanker traffic in the Persian Gulf and perhaps elsewhere.When America was part of Britain’s Empire, Americans — as loyal British subjects — had no choice but to be at war when the British Crown was at war.
In the two-plus centuries since we won independence from Britain, we have declined in manliness, commonsense, and allegiance to our Constitution to the point where we will go to war at the behest of a foreign nation and in direct violation of U.S. national interests. In addition, our major mainstream and cable networks use the public’s airwaves to routinely act as agents of a foreign power by supporting Israel’s prime minister against the U.S. president, while disloyal American citizens enthusiastically corrupt the U.S. political system in support of Israeli interests, Evangelical fanaticism, and the one-world fantasies of the super-national and super-corrupt UN. …
Who knows, perhaps we were better off with the Crown. It fought often, but only for genuine British interests.Michael Scheuer is the author of ‘Imperial Hubris’ and former chief of the CIA’s Bin Laden Issue Station – www.non-intervention.com[ed notes:wether unbeknownst to him or not, the brittish crown was/is  indeed the zionist crown…when he says we are better off with the crown ,he’s actually either ignorant of who runs it or just advocating return to enslavement of americas by ultimatly same masters…for example.. see.. The “Jewish” Conspiracy is British Imperialism –  also the brittish never lost and neither did the us ever gain independence from zionist brittish empire…this man is truly clueless on that subject..see… 
FORMER M16 CROWN AGENT DR JOHN COLEMAN EXPOSES BRITTISH CONTROL OF AMERICA!!!  The Story of The Committee of 300 A U.S. SENATOR THORKELSON IN 1940 ALSO EXPOSED THE BRITTISH ISRAEL WORLD DOMINATION PROJECT ON THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD… SEE..  US SENATOR JAMES THORKELSON 1940
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD EXPOSES”BRITTISH-ISRAEL PLAN FOR WORLD
GOVERNMENT” http://www.scribd.com/doc/35909215/Congressional-Record-Steps-Toward-a-British-Union-a-World-State-and-International-Strife-1940
(IF YOU NEVER READ SENATOR THORKELSONS EXPOSE OF THIS PLOT IN US SENATE,BRACE YOURSELF,HE GAVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE PROVING HIS CASE)
Mr. THORKELSON. Mr. Speaker, In order that the American people may have a clearer understanding of those who over a period of years have been undermining this Republic, in order to return it to the British Empire, I have inserted in the RECORD a number of articles to prove this point.These articles are entitled “Steps Toward British Union, a World State, and International Strife.” This is part I, and in this I include a hope expressed by Mr. Andrew Carnegie, in his book entitled “Triumphant Democracy.” In this he expresses himself in this manner:“Let men say what they will, I say that as surely as the sun in the heavens once shone upon Britain and America united, so surely is it one morning to rise, to shine upon, to greet again the reunited states—the British-American Union.”This statement is clear, and the organizations which Mr. Carnegie endowed have spent millions in order to bring this about.
This thing has been made possible by scholarships, exchange professors, subsidies of churches, subsidies of educational institutions; all of them working for the purpose of eliminating Americanism as was taught once in our schools and to gradually exchange this for an English version of our history.These organizations were organized to bring about a British union, a union in which the United States would again become a part of the British Empire. However, this has been upset to some extent by the attempt of the internationalists to establish their own government as an International or world Union And there is, therefore, a conflict between the two, for England wants a British union, with America as a colony, and the international money changers want a Jewish controlled union, in order to establish their own world government.
(THIS IS JUST A MINISCULE SAMPLE IM CITING THIS IS A MUST READ  IN ITS ENTIRETY SEE SCRIBD LINK ABOVE)
ALSO READ.. The Henry Jackson Society: Project for democratic Geopolitics and the Brittish-Israel World Domination Projecthttp://mizansurbanmyths.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/what-is-the-henry-jackson-society-project-for-democratic-geopolitics/

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HELL FOR DECENT SYRIAN CHRISTIANS VS THE SO CALLED CHRISTIAN SHAYTANS IN LEBANON

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“Living as a Christian in the Hell of Aleppo”
“Living as a Christian in the Hell of Aleppo”: Besieged by Syrian “Opposition” Rebels. Testimony of a Priest…Some groups in the rugged opposition, where there are also jihadist groups, “fire on Christian houses and buildings, to force occupants to escape and then take…  read on
                                              ———————VS——————–
Geagea points finger at Syria for security chief killing
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea accused the Syrian government Friday of assassinating a top security chief hours after a car bomb ripped through the central Beirut district of Ashrafieh.Standing at the site of the explosion that left 8 dead and at least 90 wounded, Geagea said. “The Syrian regime along with its friends inside [Lebanon] and outside [are responsible for the blast].”“Who else would it be?” the LF leader asked. “Is there anything more obvious that would identify who is behind this terrorist explosion?” Geagea asked. “Who are the tools of the Syrian regime inside [Lebanon]?
Should we kid ourselves and accuse the American and Israeli intelligence? Who is responsible for the tens of assassinations targeting the March 14 coalition?” he asked. Kataeb party MP Nadim Gemayel also said Syria was behind the explosion.“The blast serves the political and security interest of the Syrian regime,” Gemayel said by telephone from Paris.Meanwhile, Pro-Syrian MP Speaker Nabih Berri’s parliamentary bloc described the explosion as a “terrorist attack.”“The blast is a terrorist act aimed at all the Lebanese and not the region in which it took place,” MP Yassin Jaber said.And the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party blamed Israel for the explosion.“The explosion bears the fingerprints of Israel,” the SSNP tweeted.
[ED NOTES: NADIM IS IN PARIS OF COURSE…3 DAYS AGO… LBCI News | Nadim Gemayel meets Denis Pietton, discuss Lebanon …  Mp Nadim Gemayel met with the Director of the Office of the French Foreign Minister, Ambassador Denis Pietton in the presence of a number of French foreign Ministry officials. They reportedly discussed the Middle East, particularly the situation in Lebanon. After the meeting, Gemayel said that Hezbollah “is no longer a Lebanese party, but has instead turned into one of Jihadism in defense of the Syrian regime.”
Earlier Gemayel cast doubts on holding elections on time since “outbids on electoral laws were being carried out in an inappropriate atmosphere.” Earlier, speaking during an honorary ceremony the Kataeb party held in Sweden, Gemayel said the Syrian dictatorship was using the Christian card to protect itself since the rights and freedoms of Christians in Syria were unavailable.
“March 14, with its Lebanese Forces and Kataeb and Future Movement’s components, shall win the 2013 elections,” Gemayel asserted.
[ED NOTE:WHO BENEFITS FROM BOMBING CHRISTIAN NEIGHBOORHOOD IN LEBANON?SYRIA OR NADIM?NOTICE HE SAYS SYRIAN GOVT IS USING CHRISTIAN  CARD TO PROTECT HIMSELF(CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA DO SUPPORT ASSAD AND OPPOSE REBELS),THEN BOOM!!! 3 DAYS LATER A BOMB GOES OFF IN CHRISTIAN NEIGHBORHOOD IN LEBANON…THEN THESE GROUPS SAY ITS SYRIA..WHO BENEFITS?SYRIA PROTECTS CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA,THATS A FACT…WHO WANTS TO PORTRAY HIM AS AGAINST CHRISTIANS?THATS WHO BENEFITS!HE DOES..MATTER OF FACT 2 DAYS AGO HERE IS WHAT HE SAID… NADIM GERNAYEL FROM SWEDEN …THE SYRIAN REGIME MADE WARS AGAINST CHRISTIANS 
BOOM,TWO DAYS LATER BOMB IN CHRISTIAN NEIGHBOORHOOD IN LEBANON..WHO BENEFITS?WHO COULD NOW SAY,SEE I TOLD YOU!!!NOW NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS FROM CANADA ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO… http://www.nna-leb.gov.lb/newsDetailE.aspx?categ=politics&id=443351  “The change of regime in Syria imposes on Muslims and Christians of the country the responsibility of establishing a new regime,” he said, urging Christians not to be afraid to be real partners in the new regime.    

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Zionist Puppet Joseph Farah: Neo-Con Cognitive Infiltrator

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Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer, Oct 20 2012

Joseph Farah himself is directly involved with this political clique, having served upon the US Committee for a Free Lebanon, created specifically to array foreign-backed opposition against the governments of Syria and Iran, as well as Hezbollah and its supporters in Lebanon, all slated for removal by corporate-financier interests, according to US Army General Wesley Clark. Sitting on the committee alongside Joseph Farah was chairman Ziad Abdel Nour, a Lebanese corporate-financier and founder of Blackhawk Parnters. Ziad Abdel Nour spoke very frankly about the work and agenda he was involved in an interview with Trish Schuh, where he exclaimed:
'Both the Syrian and Lebanese regimes will be changed, whether they like it or not, whether it’s going to be a military coup or something else, and we are working on it. We know already exactly who’s going to be the replacements. We’re working on it with the Bush administration. These guys who came to power, who rule by power, can only be removed by power. This is Machiavelli’s power game. That’s how it is. This is how geopolitics, the war games, power games work. I know inside out how it works, because I come from a family of politicians for the last 60 years. Look, I have access to the top classified information from the CIA from all over the world. They call me, I advise them. I know exactly what’s going on. And this will happen. This Bashar al Assad-Emil Lahoud regime is going to go, whether it’s true or not. When we went to Iraq, whether there were weapons of mass destruction or not, the key is: we won. And Saddam is out! Whatever we want, will happen. Iran? We will not let Iran become a nuclear power. We’ll find a way, we’ll find an excuse, to get rid of Iran. And I don’t care what the excuse is. There is no room for rogue states in the world. Whether we lie about it, or invent something, or we don’t, I don’t care. The end justifies the means. What’s right?
Might is right, might is right. That’s it. Might is right. So Saddam wanted to prove to the whole world he was strong? Well, we’re stronger: he’s out! He’s finished. And Iran’s going to be finished, and every single Arab regime that’s like this will be finished. Because there is no room for us capitalists and multinationalists in the world to operate with regimes like this. Its all about money. And power. And wealth. And democracy has to be spread around the world. Those who want to espouse globalization are going to make a lot of money, be happy, their families will be happy. And those who aren’t going to play this game are going to be crushed, whether they like it or not!'
Joining Joseph Farah and Ziad Abdel Nour on the International Advisory Board of this committee were Morris Amitay of JINSA, Michael Rubin of the AEI, and PNAC signatories Paula Dobriansky (now foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney), James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, and Daniel Pipes. There was also Oliveier Guitta, Michael Ledeen, and Clifford May, all of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who were amongst the most vocal supporters of the military intervention in Libya and currently advocate a similar military intervention aimed at Syria, all made possible by groundwork laid by the US Lebanese Committee for a Free Lebanon. Joseph Farah was also serving alongside Wael Chehab, Founder and CEO of Cedar Capital Management, a New York based hedge fund, and was President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America. And while the name suggests the association should consist of “Arab bankers,” it consisted of an impressive list of decidedly non-Arab corporate-financier interestsincluding Bain Capital, as well as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Blackstone, Bloomberg, Carlyle, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Dow Jones, Goldman Sachs, ING, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered Bank, and Thomson Reuters.
This bankers’ association also included the US-Saudi Business Council,which in turn includes Bechtel, Chevron, Citi (again), Dow, Exxon, GE, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Morgan Stanley (again), Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and many more. There was also Daniel Nassif of the US State Dept propaganda front al-Hurra,  James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation, Jonathan Schanzer of the Jewish Policy Center, and multiple members of the WINEP.
Clearly Mr Farah of World Net Daily was involved in a contact group consisting of the USraeli-Saudi interests that were on record conspiring to provoke a region-wide sectarian war with which to destabilize, overthrow, and replace the governments of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran…
[ed notes:just citing few excerpts,click link for whole article..

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EU Support for IsraHell Crimes Makes It Unworthy of Nobel Peace Prize

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By Omar Barghouti

The European Union is not “merely hypocritical” in its relationship with Israel, it is “complicit in crimes against the Palestinian people.” This is one of the main conclusions of David Cronin’s compellingly-argued book Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation.

In fact, the European Union is steadily upgrading its relations with Israel while overwhelming, and growing, public majorities across Europe’s largest nations view Israel “mostly negatively.” According to a recent BBC GlobeScan poll, Israel is on a par with North Korea as the third worst perceived country in the world (“Views of Europe slide sharply in global poll, while views of China improve,” GlobeScan, 10 May).

With the entrenchment of its occupation, colonization and apartheid against the Palestinians, its fanatic-right government’s hubristic and bellicose policies, and the impressive growth of the non-violent Palestinian-led, global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, Israel is gradually losing hearts and minds across the world and becoming the world pariah, as South Africa once was, during apartheid.

Desmond Tutu, the South African archbishop, is particularly eloquent in accusing Israel of the crime of apartheid (“Tutu condemns Israeli ‘apartheid’,” BBC News, 29 April 2002). The Russell Tribunal on Palestine — at its 2011 Cape Town session — determined that Israel is practicing apartheid against the entire Palestinian people, according to the definition of apartheid adopted by the UN in 1973 (“Findings of the South African session,” Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 5-7 November 2011 [PDF]).

Worse than South Africa

South African Christian leaders who played a decisive role in fighting apartheid have condemned Israel’s apartheid as “even worse than South African apartheid” (“An Easter message from South Africa to Palestine,” Oikumene, 31 March 2010). And the publisher of Haaretz, an influential Israeli daily, has recently described a fanatic Israeli ideology of “territorial seizure and apartheid” (“The necessary elimination of Israeli democracy,” 25 November 2011).

Increasingly, international jurists, human rights organizations and activists, as well as international public opinion are recognizing Israel’s unique regime of oppression against the Palestinians as encompassing the crime of apartheid, in addition to occupation, ethnic cleansing and settler colonialism.

With its continued siege of Gaza; its untamed construction of illegal colonies and an apartheid wall in the occupied West Bank, especially in and around Jerusalem; its “strategy of Judaization” in Jerusalem, the Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev); its adoption of new racist laws and its denial of the UN-stipulated right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes from which they were ethnically cleansed during the Nakba, Israel has embarked on a more belligerent and violent phase in its attempt to extinguish the question of Palestine through literally “disappearing” the Palestinians, as Edward Said would say.

Prison camp

The most criminal and pressing aspect of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians is without doubt its Western and Egyptian-backed hermetic siege of the occupied Gaza Strip, which even British Prime Minister David Cameron has described as a “prison camp” (“David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a ‘prison camp’,” The Guardian, 27 July 2010). The systematic Israeli targeting of Gaza’s water and sanitation facilities has compounded an already “severe and protracted denial of human dignity,” according to Maxwell Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, causing “a steep decline in standards of living for the [Palestinians] of Gaza, characterized by erosion of livelihoods, destruction and degradation of basic structure, and a marked downturn in the delivery and quality of vital services in health, water and sanitation” (“Humanitarian organizations deeply concerned about the ongoing water and sanitation crisis in Gaza,” Association of International Development Agencies, 3 September 2009).

A 2009 report by Amnesty International affirmed that, “90–95 percent of the water supply [in Gaza] is contaminated and unfit for human consumption” (“Troubled waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water,” October 2009 [PDF]).

The report cites an earlier study by the UN Environmental Programme which correlates the widespread contamination of Gaza’s water resources to the rise in nitrate levels in the groundwater “far above the WHO [World Health Organization] accepted guideline,” inducing a potentially lethal blood disorder in young children and newborns called methemoglobinaemia, or the “blue babies” phenomenon.

Some of the detected symptoms of this disease in Gaza infants include “blueness around the mouth, hands and feet,” “episodes of diarrhea and vomiting,” and “loss of consciousness.” “Convulsions and death can occur” at higher levels of nitrate contamination, the report concludes (“Environmental assessment of the Gaza Strip following the escalation of hostilities in December 2008-January 2009,” September 2009 [PDF].)

At the conclusion of Israel’s war of aggression on Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009, which led to more than 1,400 deaths, mostly civilians, EU leaders dashed to occupied Jerusalem to celebrate with Israel’s then prime minister Ehud Olmert, promising to support Israel in fighting “terror” (“World leaders push for lasting truce in Gaza,” The New York Times, 18 January 2009).

So, when the European Union, which is still actively colluding to maintain the Gaza siege, launches a relatively expensive public relations campaign all over Gaza — and the West Bank — with its main slogan, “Your Priorities are ours,” without a hint of sarcasm, it seems to be sending the Palestinians under occupation two blunt messages: first, we could not care less about your loss of human lives, freedoms and dignity, and second, “We set the priorities, you adopt them as yours, or else we cut funding” (“The priorities of the European Union are not ours,” MWC News, 18 July 2011).

Atoning for the Holocaust?

This leads most sober Palestinians to conclude that the Holocaust-guilt-ridden European establishment wishes to wash its hands of its genocide against European Jews, among others, by imposing on the Palestinian people an unjust “peaceful” settlement of this essentially colonial conflict that would leave Israel with almost full control over the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and over the Palestinians’ economy, most fertile lands, water aquifers, borders and their very destiny.

Most crucially, such a funder-driven, unjust political settlement would perpetuate Israel’s denial of the basic rights of the great majority of the Palestinian people, those in exile as well as in Israel. Foremost among those rights is the inalienable right to participate in exercising self determination. It has been declared by the UN as a prerequisite for any nation under colonial rule to enjoy the full set of rights, political, cultural, economic and other fundamental rights.

Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular were effectively forced to pay the price for a genocidal crime that they had no role in, and are now being bribed to accept injustice as fate, so that this dark chapter in Western history can finally reach closure.

But Europe’s collusion with Israel is too intricate to reduce to sheer Holocaust guilt. Economic interest, US influence, Islamophobia, the prevalence of a security mentality and the corresponding growth of the military-security industry, are all very relevant factors, too, in understanding this relationship.

Ever coveting artificially low-priced energy resources and open access to a large, under-developed, structurally dependent market, various Western powers, after all, were the ones who played the most important role in establishing and nourishing Israel as a colonial outpost in the region. Today, the EU’s governments and institutions continue to support Israel economically, diplomatically, academically and politically to maintain its domination and their interests.

A translated version of this article will be published as a preface to the forthcoming French-language edition of David Cronin’s book Europe’s Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation.

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian human rights activist. He is a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli (PACBI).

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Jordanian teachers in UN schools for Palestinian refugees say they’ll refuse to teach the Holocaust

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Curriculum of ‘so-called Holocaust’ study would harm the Palestinian cause, deflect focus from main enemy Israel, educators protest

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Rumors of a UN decision to re-introduce Holocaust studies in schools run by UNRWA — the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees — have raised the ire of Jordanian teachers, who say they will refuse to teach history that “harms the Palestinian cause.”

In a statement issued Monday, the Executive Committee of UNRWA teachers in Jordan responded to rumors that Holocaust studies would be reintroduced this year to the enrichment curriculum on conflict resolution, which is taught in schools operated by the UN agency in Palestinian refugee camps.

“We condemn this decision, which equates the butcher and the victim,” read the teachers’ statement, demanding instead to introduce classes on the Palestinian “right of return” to Israel and the history of the 1948 war with Israel.

Some 2 million Palestinian refugees are registered with UNRWA’s Jordan offices. The UN agency operates 172 schools in 10 refugee camps across the kingdom, serving a total of over 122,000 students.

‘Teaching UNRWA students about the so-called ‘Holocaust’ as part of human rights harms the Palestinian cause … and changes the students’ views regarding their main enemy, namely the Israeli occupation’

Last year, the association of UNRWA employees endorsed a decision to ban the introduction of Holocaust studies in UNRWA schools, Jordanian daily Al-Ghad reported Tuesday, a decision the teachers said was still binding.

“We shall monitor the curriculum being taught under the title ‘concepts of human rights’ [which is] aimed at reducing [Palestinian] students’ awareness of the right of return,” read the statement.

“Teaching UNRWA students about the so-called ‘Holocaust’ as part of human rights harms the Palestinian cause… and changes the students’ views regarding their main enemy, namely the Israeli occupation.”

Since 2009, Hamas in Gaza has actively opposed UNRWA’s attempts to introduce the Holocaust into school curriculum in Gaza, claiming that it contradicted Palestinian culture.

According to Al-Ghad, UNRWA denied any intention of introducing the Holocaust as part of its enrichment courses this year, claiming that it abides by the school curriculum of the refugees’ host countries.

A spokesman for UNRWA was unavailable for comment at time of publication.

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France pledges help for Syrian ‘Revolutionary Councils’

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The French government repeated its commitment to provide humanitarian aid and cash for the provision of basic services in rebel-held areas of Syria, as representatives of elected “Revolutionary Councils” attended a Paris conference.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday reiterated France’s support for Syria’s opposition movement at a meeting with elected Syrian Revolutionary Councils to which Paris has been providing direct aid for several months.

At the Paris meeting — attended by representatives of some 20 countries from the EU, the Arab League and the USA — Fabius repeated the government’s commitment to recognise a provisional Syrian government as soon as one was formed.

“While we are waiting for this to happen, our aid for Syria’s civilians is being channelled through the Revolutionary Councils,” he added, referring to elected bodies that have been springing up in rebel-held towns “liberated” from regime control.

Two of these councils, from Atareb near Aleppo, and Maaret al-Numan, which has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent days, were represented at Wednesday’s meeting.

Fabius said that future financial and humanitarian aid to these councils, which has been ongoing for months, would help shape Syria’s future.

“France took the initiative to give concrete help to civilian populations in Syria,” he said. “We are providing resources so that industrial bakeries, for example, can get back into operation and that people have enough bread.”

The aid is also going towards basic public services, such as rubbish collection, keeping roads open and functioning, and setting up a police force.

‘After al-Assad has been removed’

“All this is being done through these elected Revolutionary Committees,” he added. “It is significant that our approach has generated a large amount of interest with the international community.”

“It is important work. Not only are we helping ordinary Syrians, but we are also helping them prepare the ground for how Syria will function after [Syrian President] Bashar-al Assad has been removed from power.”

According to Fabius, rebels now control “about half of Syria” in “patches like leopard spots”.

Fabius used the occasion to accuse the Syrian regime of using cluster bombs, banned under a convention signed by Damascus in 2008, against rebel targets.

On Sunday, a number of NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, reported the use of cluster-munitions at Maaret al-Numan, a town strategically placed between Damascus and Aleppo that the regime is desperate to win back.

The following day, the Syrian army denied it had any such weapons, blaming a “disinformation campaign” against the regime.

So far, France has refused repeated rebel requests for military aid to defend towns and villages in rebel hands from regime counterattacks, focusing firmly on humanitarian aid and financial support of civilian projects instead.

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IsraHell asks UN to block ship headed for Gaza

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Ship expected to arrive in a weeks time

New York: Israel’s UN envoy on Tuesday asked the world body to try to persuade a Swedish ship carrying rights activists not to try to break the Jewish state’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“I call on the Secretary-General, the Security Council, and all responsible members of the international community to take immediate action to end this provocation,” the envoy, Ron Prosor, said in a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and the council’s president for October, Guatemalan envoy Gert Rosenthal.

Prosor said the sailing vessel Estelle, which left the Italian port of Naples on Saturday, was expected to arrive near Gaza in about a week.

He added that the Gaza blockade was solely for security purposes, saying: “There is not a single civilian good that cannot enter Gaza.”

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“I want to stress that Israel is not interested in confrontation, but remains determined to enforce its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip — and will take all lawful actions to this end,” Prosor wrote.

“Their clear provocation raises tensions and could easily spark a serious escalation of the conflict.”

The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations said the rights activists aboard theEstelle should instead head for Syria to deliver goods much-needed to address the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.

He noted, however: “They understand that it is much easier to face news cameras in Tel Aviv than bullets in Damascus.”

The Estelle, whose voyage was organised by an international pro-Palestinian coalition, is carrying humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip.

The 17 activists on board include passengers and crew from Canada, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

Israel says the blockade — imposed in June 2006 — is necessary to prevent weapons from entering the coastal territory, which is run by the Islamist movement Hamas.

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UN envoy warns of Syria crisis spillover

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Lakhdar Brahimi, currently in Lebanon, says if the conflict is not solved, it will set the entire region ablaze.
Syria’s 19-month conflict has the capacity to set the entire region ablaze, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has told journalists during a trip to Lebanon.

“This crisis cannot remain confined within Syrian territory,” the joint UN-Arab League envoy said on Wednesday.

“Either it is solved, or it gets worse… and sets [the region] ablaze. A truce for Eid al-Adha would be a microscopic step on the road to solving the Syria crisis,” he added, referring to the Muslim four-day holiday starting on October 26.

Brahimi admitted that solving the Syrian crisis was a “very, very difficult” process, but there was a “microscopic” chance that a truce may lead to a permanent ceasefire.

“The Syrian people, on both sides, are burying some 100 people a day,” he said after talks with Lebanese officials in Beirut.

“Can we not ask that this toll falls for this holiday? This will not be a happy holiday for the Syrians, but we should at least strive to make it less sad.

“This will be a microscopic chance to lead to a permanent ceasefire, halting the smuggling of arms, and an agreement on a political solution.”

Brahimi said he was visiting Syria’s neighbours to listen to their views on the crisis, adding he would also visit Damascus, but not specifying a date.

Arab League support

Arab League chief Nabil El-Arabi, who met Brahimi on Tuesday, backed the truce proposal and asked for international support. Turkey also voiced its support.

“In principle, we consider a ceasefire … to be declared during the Eid al-Adha as useful,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in an interview with A Haber television.

Iran also backs the idea of a ceasefire, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, according to Iran’s state news agency.

But in Damascus, the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper said Brahimi’s initiative was likely to fail because the rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad’s regime had no unified leadership to agree to it.

“There is the state, represented by the government and the army on one front, but who is on the other front?” the paper asked in an editorial.

All international efforts to end Syria’s civil war to date have failed. Both rebels and government forces have disregarded previous ceasefires, and the scores of rebel units have no single leader, with many not communicating with each other.

‘Constructive initiative’

Jihad Makdessi, Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement to Al-Thawra that the government was waiting for Brahimi to come to Damascus to convey to officials there the results of his Middle East tour, including visits to Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.

Makdessi said his government would welcome any “constructive initiative”,  but affirmed that any step, regardless of its type, required commitment by all sides in order for it to succeed.

The Syrian uprising has claimed about 30,000 lives since March last year, according to the opposition.

More than a million people have been displaced inside the country and hundreds of thousands more have fled to neighbouring countries.

Fighting continued on Wednesday, with activists reporting clashes in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo as well as outside Damascus.

Amateur videos posted online showed what activists said was a helicopter shot down by rebel fire near the northern town of Maaret al-Numan. Clashes have been raging in the area since rebels took the town last week.

An activist in the area, who gave his name as Qais al-Idlibi, said the regime has been bombing villages in the area for more than a week and had destroyed many homes.

He said the remaining civilians sleep outside in their fields for fear of airstrikes.

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IsraHell Counted Minimum Calorie Needs in Gaza Blockade, Documents Reveal

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“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger,” Dov Weisglass said in 2006.

by John Glaser

The Israeli military meticulously and callously calculated the number of calories Gaza residents would need to consume in order not to starve, and used those calculations to inform how to impose a harsh economic blockade on the Palestinians, according to newly released documents.

In the January 2008 document, Israel decided to allow Gazans to eat 2,279 calories worth of food each day, as if they were dogs in a cage. They estimated therefore that they would allow 1,836 grams of food per person, per day.

The overwhelming blockade Israel imposed on Gaza, tightening restrictions on the movement of people and goods, was supposedly punishment for having Hamas in power.

“The official goal of the policy was to wage ‘economic warfare’ which would paralyze Gaza’s economy and, according to the Defense Ministry, create pressure on the Hamas government,” the Israeli human rights group Gisha, which fought the legal battle that led to the document’s release, said in a statement.

Israel’s general policy towards Gazans was summed up by Dov Weisglass, an adviser to former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, years before the document was written.

“The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger,” Weisglass said, claiming the hunger pangs are supposed to coerce Palestinians to force Hamas out of government.

Israel was accused of making these calculations prior to an Israeli court demanding its release on Wednesday, but they denied them outright. To have now proved themselves wrong is perhaps as embarrassing as the document’s release itself.

“How can Israel claim that it is not responsible for civilian life in Gaza when it controls even the type and quantity of food that Palestinian residents of Gaza are permitted to consume?” asked Sari Bashi, Gisha’s executive director, in a statement.

“Israel’s control over movement creates an obligation to allow free passage of civilians and civilian goods, subject only to security checks – an obligation that remains unfulfilled today.”

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