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Book review: “Wanted Women” by Deborah Scroggins

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

For a while, I have put Wanted Women, a book authored by Deborah Scroggins, on my reading list. The idea came to me after I discovered the title by accident at a nearby bookstore during International Women’s Week.

Scroggins’ book is a detailed information-gathering collection about the lives of two women: Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who was the first woman that was arrested by the U.S. on allegations of involvement with al-Qaeda.

Coincidently, a few weeks ago, I reviewed Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born woman who became a controversial politician, and who was later described as an “Enlightenment fundamentalist” by some of her critics. Knowing already the story of Hirsi Ali, I realized that I had read only about one side of our reality. With the story of Aafia Siddiqui, as narrated by Scroggins, I discovered the other gloomy side of the contradictory world we live in.

So why study the lives of these two women who, as portrayed by the sensational media reports, seem to be so much different? Why choose two extreme examples to describe the post-9/11 world we live in? After reading the book one comes to realize how similar and how connected their lives and stories are.

I found that the most valuable contribution of the book was to create some unusual links between these two notorious figures. The idea of relating, side by side, the story of an atheist who not only rejected Islam as her religion but is also fighting it daily “only with words” and the story of a conservative Muslim woman who embraced not only the Jihadi cause but went on to put it to practice, was brilliant.

Through the pages and chapters, the reader feels gradually the ascension to power and stardom of Hirsi Ali and, reversely, la descente aux enfers of Aafia Siddiqui.

Hirsi Ali and Siddiqui are both products of their clans, culture, geopolitical situations and economic realities. Both are women born to Muslim families at the end of the ’60s and early ’70s. While Hirsi Ali didn’t get a sophisticated education during her childhood, lived rather in poverty, was abused by her mother and felt neglected by her ambitious father, Siddiqui went to the finest schools, enjoyed a wealthy middle-class upbringing and seemed to be loved and cherished by her parents.

Interestingly enough, both women grew up in a conservative Muslim environment impregnated with heavy local traditions. During her teenage years, Hirsi Ali wore the veil and flirted with the growing and hegemonic influence of Saudi Arabia throughout the Muslim world. During that specific time, let’s call it “pre-enlightenment” for Hirsi Ali, Scroggins never reported that Hirsi Ali put into question her religion or traditions. The misery, dislocation of the strong tribal links and the civil war pushed many Somalis to flee their lands and look for better lives abroad. Hirsi Ali wasn’t an exception.

Siddiqui didn’t flee her native Pakistan. It was her brilliant academic records, her ambitions and her strong-willed mother who sent her abroad to America. Her wealthy family could afford to send her to best schools in order to further her education. The Siddiquis had both: the money and the right political connections.

Unfortunately for Hirsi Ali, her family didn’t have either. This is precisely what brought Hirsi Ali to rely on herself and on stratagems. She lied and it worked. She reoffended and yet succeeded. Curiously enough, Siddiqui subtly rejected the success story of many Pakistani immigrants in America and relied on herself as well, but only to build a new definition of success. Her intelligence and stubbornness guided her all along. In her years as a student in Massachusetts, she became so fascinated with Jihadi websites and chat rooms that she made them as her raison d’être. What may have started as a fantasized picture of a young girl admiring men defending their countries from the evil forces of occupation and atheism (Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia) turned gradually into an obsession mixed with strong beliefs in conspiracies.

It is precisely in the West where the real lives of these two “wanted women” took an abrupt turn. Hirsi Ali discovered that she can use the freedom of expression to criticize Islam and to bluntly say what many “politically correct” pundits avoided to declare in public. The climate of fear and suspicion following the 9/11 events put her even more under the spotlight. She became a media darling, a feminist crusader, and a right-wing politician. Her exoticism, a black, tall, pretty, charming woman along with a simplistic message, fascinated many men and women in Holland, where she eventually became a citizen. Her message, with the help of right-wing politicians and activists, later spread to Europe and to America where she was treated as a hero by right-wing think-tanks.

Siddiqui, a tiny, frail-looking woman wearing the veil, collected one university degree after another. She lived in the dark side of the “Enlightenment” that is praised by Hirsi Ali. She supported the Jihadi causes happening all over the world. She went from one fundraising venture to another to help funnel funds to shadowy groups and rebels.

In her thirst to fulfill her grandiose Jihadi goals, she didn’t see the time slipping by. Indeed, what used to be known in the U.S. as “freedom fighters” became “dangerous terrorists,” and what Siddiqui used to write quietly in front of her computer without raising any red flag for the FBI became the early clue for “terrorism support.” Siddiqui thought that the freedom of expression in America would allow her to pursue her quest for Jihad. She was wrong. Her obsession with Jihad blurred her vision. The events of 9/11 accelerated this metamorphosis. She was swept away by the big tide of arrests, torture and disappearances.

Scroggins didn’t praise any of these women. To the contrary, she appeared to me to have a pronounced dislike of the opportunism of Hirsi Ali and how she hijacked some well-known feminist issues (women liberation, female genital mutilation…) to score some selfish materialistic goals.

Scroggins wasn’t sympathetic to Siddiqui neither. She followed her tumultuous life with suspicion, with cautious curiosity and with increasing skepticism. Until the end (when she was convicted and imprisoned), Siddiqui didn’t help herself nor helped her lawyers to defend her from the dangerous accusations that were levelled against her. Her enigmatic disappearance, her alleged torture and abuses in Bagram in Afghanistan were never seriously investigated.

These two women, sometimes willingly and sometimes unwillingly, became prisoners of a society dominated by men and their own views of women. Hirsi Ali was propelled mostly by men (her lovers, admirers, journalists, fellow politicians…). Similarly, Siddiqui was brought down by men (her violent husband, her connections to some shadowy leaders, her admirers…). At the end, both women came to symbolize the conflicted, complex and layered visions about women between the forces of liberation and those of oppression.

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EXPOSES, HUMAN RIGHT US POLITICS OF TERROR

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Aleut Internment Camps: The untold US atrocity

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The horrible and untold story of Aleuts who were forcibly taken from their homes in Alaska and placed in US internment camps during World War II, is told in the Aleut Story.Aleut survivor Harriet Hope, interned at Burnett Inlet Duration Camp, “The story was never told. It was purposely held secret.”The film, showing this week on public television, reveals the ever-present death in these camps, where disease was rampant, from boils, to tuberculosis. Aleut were placed in damp and rotting buildings for years, with little food or medicine.
Aleut survivor Mary Bourdukofsky, interned at Funter Bay Duration Camp said, “We really didn’t know where they were going to take us.””American citizens were starving, were dying,” said Aleut survivor Jake Lestenkof, interned at Funter Bay Duration Camp.Aleut waited for weeks, then months, then years to return to their home islands. The survivors spent decades seeking justice.The Aleut Story reveals the inherent racism of the US government. During this time, the Aleut men were forced into slave labor as seal hunters, with the US threat of never being able to return to their homes if they did not.When Aleut return to the camps later as adults, they visit the graves of those who died there.Read more at Aleut Story .
From isolated internment camps in Southeast Alaska to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible, untold story of Aleut Americans’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights.In 1942, as World War II invaded Alaska, Aleut Americans were taken from their homes and removed to abysmal government camps 1,500 miles away. Death was ever-present in the camps.
An estimated 10 percent of the men, women and children sent to the camps would die there—a death rate comparable to that suffered by Americans in foreign prisoner of war camps. As the Aleuts prayed for deliverance, “friendly forces” looted their homes and churches in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands.Those who survived would fight for their rights—in the nation’s courts and on Capitol Hill. In a historic action—one that continues to influence our lives and our nation’s ideals—Aleuts joined Japanese Americans in seeking wartime reparations from the federal government.
Aleut Americans ultimately prevailed.Richly textured with all the elements of great human drama—war, suffering, sacrifice, faith, self-discovery and renewal—Aleut Story is a poignant and timely film about the least known chapters of the American civil rights experience.

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Innocent victims: Children among dozens killed by Nazi airstrikes

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A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

Israeli airstrikes killed seven children and wounded many others in Gaza on Sunday. At least 13 children have been killed since Operation Pillar of Defense began. That number could potentially rise if Israel launches a ground operation on Gaza.

An Israeli missile flattened a three-story house in Gaza City, killing at least 9 civilians – including four children.

Eighteen-month-old Iyyad Abu Khusa was killed in a strike east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. His brothers, aged four and five, were seriously wounded in the raid, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

Hours earlier, two toddlers were killed by strikes in the towns of Beit Hanun and Beit Lahiya. The children were identified as three-year-old Tamer Abu Saeyfan and his one-year-old sister, Jumana Abu Saeyfan.

A Palestinian relative of four sibling children of the al-Dalo family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, reacts as he stands next their bodies at a hospital in Gaza City November 18, 2012. (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)
A Palestinian relative of four sibling children of the al-Dalo family, who were killed in an Israeli air strike, reacts as he stands next their bodies at a hospital in Gaza City November 18, 2012. (Reuters / Mohammed Salem)

Thirteen-year-old Tasneem Nahal was also among the children killed. She died of massive shrapnel wounds to the head after an Israeli strike hit a refugee camp in Gaza City.

Several women could be heard screaming and weeping after she was killed, AFP reported.

The tragic deaths of Gazan children killed in Israeli air strikes have angered the Arab and Islamic world.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that sooner or later, Israel would be held accountable for the “massacre.”

The child death toll is expected to rise unless the two sides enter negotiations soon.

“The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation. The soldiers are ready for any activity that could take place…the Israel Defense Forces have attacked more than 1,000 terror targets in the Gaza Strip and it continues its operation in this very moment,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting.

Palestinians carry the body of Jumana Abu Sefan (L), 18 months, and her brother Tamer, three and a half years old, during their funeral in the village of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
Palestinians carry the body of Jumana Abu Sefan (L), 18 months, and her brother Tamer, three and a half years old, during their funeral in the village of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)

On Friday, Israel called up 75,000 army reservists to prepare for a possible ground operation against Gaza.

“We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages, destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water,” Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said, as quoted by Yeshiva World News.

The chief of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered the increase of sorties against militants in Gaza.

However, many world leaders believe a ceasefire could be foreseeable in the near future.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is set to hold talks with Israeli authorities and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas during a one-day trip to the region.

He is expected “to call on all the parties to stop the escalation and offer France’s help to reach an immediate ceasefire,” his ministry said in a statement.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday, to attempt to advance a ceasefire.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is pushing for a truce, too.

“There are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon…but there are no guarantees,” he said in a statement.

An Israeli envoy held talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo earlier Sunday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with Morsi and other officials in Egypt on Monday, according to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

The Arab League has called an emergency meeting on the conflict in Cairo. Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Cairo is in Egypt for the talks, which aren’t expected to take place before Monday.

Palestinian mourners bid farewell to the body of Tasneem al-Nahal, 13, during her funeral in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
Palestinian mourners bid farewell to the body of Tasneem al-Nahal, 13, during her funeral in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
Palestinian mourners pray over the body of 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khosa, killed in the latest Israeli airstrikes, during his funeral in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.(AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
Palestinian mourners pray over the body of 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khosa, killed in the latest Israeli airstrikes, during his funeral in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.(AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams
The body of Tasneem al-Nahal, 13, lies in the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after she was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Shati refugee camp.(AFP Photo / Marco Longari)
The body of Tasneem al-Nahal, 13, lies in the morgue of the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City after she was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Shati refugee camp.(AFP Photo / Marco LongarI.
Palestinian relatives of Samaher Gdeeh mourn next to her body during her funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
Palestinian relatives of Samaher Gdeeh mourn next to her body during her funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.(Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

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Nazi Launches Over 300 Airstrikes on Gaza Saturday, Killing 10

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“To be clear, this was an escalation of choice by Israel’s leadership,” writes Daniel Levy.

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Israel continued its relentless bombing campaign on the heavily populated Palestinian enclave the Gaza Strip, launching more than 300 airstrikes on Saturday, killing at least 10 Palestinians and targeted smuggling tunnels which are the lifeblood of the besieged Gazan economy.

 

Continuing to falsely claim the airstrikes are retaliatory for rocket-fire coming out of Gaza, Israel targeted the Hamas prime minister’s headquarters and police compounds, as leaders from Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey met in Cairo to try to broker a cease-fire.

The White House said President Barack Obama was also in touch with the Egyptian and Turkish leaders, but the US has firmly backed Israel so far, while condemning Gaza.

More than 40 Gazans have been killed and more than 350 wounded since Israel escalated its airstrikes on Gaza on Wednesday. Israel’s escalation came after militant groups in Gaza dared to retaliate against Israel’s needless murder to two Palestinians in the preceding days, one a mentally ill 23-year who got too close to the border and another 13-year old boy killed as he was playing soccer with his friends. Israel also made incursions into Gaza with military tanks, which helped motivate the retaliatory rocket-fire.

Militants in Gaza fired more than 100 rockets toward Israel, including two aimed at the commercial and cultural center of Tel Aviv. Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system shot down at least one of these rockets, while the fate of the other one was not known, but no injuries were reported.

Much of the dialogue on the conflict is terribly biased in favor of Israel.

“Israel, of course, has far greater and more sophisticated means (much of it U.S.-supplied) of inflicting death and destruction than does Hamas,” writes former CIA analyst Paul Pillar. “The different means tend to carry different labels: ground-launched rockets are called terrorism, while the operations of attack aircraft are called a nation defending its borders.”

“To be clear, this was an escalation of choice by Israel’s leadership,” wrote Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation.

Some commentary has described Israel’s intentional escalation as a way to secure votes for the ruling Likud Party in Israel’s upcoming election. While others point to a broader goal: “ At the most basic level, Israel’s actions in Gaza are inextricably bound up with its efforts to create a Greater Israel that stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” writes renowned Chicago University political scientist John Mearsheimer.

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Europe US complicit in Nazi crimes against Gaza

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Interview with Ken O’Keefe, a peace activist, from London

Nothing Israel does could be done without the criminal complicity of the European Union and especially Britain and the United States, especially America.”

The United States and European nations provide full support for the Israeli regime, which continues to oppress the Palestinian people, a peace activist tells Press TV.

The Israeli regime began a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip last Wednesday. At least 49 Palestinians have so far been killed in the offensive.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Ken O’Keefe, a peace activist from London, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Telling half of the truth is just as bad as not telling the truth. We see the Israeli media machine at work especially online; and, of course, this whole scenario without what has been occurring to Gazans and the Palestinians deserves more light to be shed.

But of course, that’s not what the media reflects on. You’re well aware of what’s going on as a peace activist, of course. Tell us your synopsis of how you see this whole situation.

O’Keefe: It really gives credence to the idea that the ‘chosen ones’, i.e. the Jewish people, believe that they’re so chosen that they have the right to use every other human being on this planet however they can be used to their perceived benefit.

And that each one of us is nothing more than dogs and cattle to be used and slaughtered, lied to and exploited in every way possible because “God so ordained” that the Jewish people have the right to do so as the “chosen ones”.

It gives credence to that whole belief that these people are the most vile and disgusting, psychopathic criminals who are deluded with the most serious delusions of grandeur who believe that they can get away with everything because, again, “God said” they were chosen to do so.

How is it possible for us to even begin to explain how the people of Palestine have been treated decade after decade unless we understand that, in the eyes of the power structure within Israel, the Palestinians are not in fact people, that they are dogs, that they don’t even exist to even think that they are worth anything in the eyes of this psychopathic Jewish supremacist ideology… It’s to insult yourself… because “God said” that you are ‘chosen’ and that everything else is irrelevant. That would explain very well what the Israelis are doing yet again.

And I don’t use props in my whole presentation ever, but this little girl here is a reflection of our crimes. Our crimes against the people of Palestine in the Western world because we sit here and we do nothing while the Israelis continue to murder little baby girls like this one who used to be a beautiful little baby girl and who now looks like a piece of charcoal sitting in the cold iron box in Palestine right now. That is what we do, sit by and do nothing while the Israelis continue to murder and rampage at will.

Press TV: Do you think there’s any hopes this time around given some of the updates I’m going to relate to you, Ken O’Keefe? Perhaps you’re not aware of it since you’re in the studio, that the UN leader Ban Ki-moon is to visit the Gaza region shortly, according to the spokesperson; or what we have seen from Egypt of which not only the prime minister visiting Gaza but it is said that a delegation from the Egyptian Engineers Syndicate will be arriving there, not to mention the prime minister of Tunisia.

Given the new landscape, any hopes here that perhaps something might turn this around? Of course, we also hear that roads to Gaza are being closed in which Israel’s getting ready for a ground invasion.

O’Keefe: I think that the only thing that can come out of this that is positive is when you have such an evil, violent and disgusting entity such as the Israeli machine, this monster that simply murders at will, backed by the United States, importantly, that the only thing good that can come out of this rampaging monster is that its own momentum works against it.

The will of the people, the slumbering people of the world that have sat by – and I include myself in this not having done enough in my opinion – there’s more that I could have done and that we as people could have done.

But if anything, this rampaging, terrorizing entity known as Israel, if anything could come out of it is that enough of us finally become so ashamed, disgusted and engaged that we do what we’re fully capable of doing.

Ultimately what that means is that our criminal governments, complicit governments – I cannot even begin to come back to the European nations and America enough. Nothing Israel does could be done without the criminal complicity of the European Union and especially Britain and the United States, especially America.

Stop talking about Mitt Romney or Barack Obama and the lesser of two evils. Look at Barack Obama, full support: full support for the slaughter of little girls, little boys and innocent people; full support from the so-called president of the United States, the democratically elected, supposedly, president of the United States gives full support for this slaughter.

Until we as people do everything that we’re capable of doing, this madness will continue.

I don’t put any stock in the United Nations, if you ask me about that. The United Nations is a criminal entity as well.

In fact, the formation of Israel is on the back of the United Nations Partition Plan, which allocated the majority of the land to less than 15 percent of the population. That is the origin of this problem, so why would we expect the UN to do anything honorable?

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Zio-Nazi regime seeks end of peace with Egypt

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Interview with Mark Glenn, Cross and Crescent Solidarity Movement, Idaho

As much as we read about in the Israeli press that Israel wants to keep this peace treaty with Egypt and all others, that is just not true. Israel has been bristling under this peace treaty since it was drafted in 1979.”

The Zionist regime seeks an end to the peace treaty struck with Egypt and a justification of aggression against the Palestinians, an expert tells Press TV.

Over 50 Palestinians have been killed and about 500 others wounded in airstrikes carried out by the Israeli regime on the Gaza Strip since November 14.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn of the Cross and Crescent Solidarity Movement from Idaho. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: This time around I would think is different, don’t you agree? We’re looking at Tel Aviv being hit. We’re looking at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu running for cover in a bunker. Do you think that Israel underestimated when it decided to escalate its aggression against Gaza?

Glenn: No, I do not think that they underestimated it at all. In the end, you and I and others may to a certain degree relish images such as the war criminal Netanyahu running for cover.

The fact of the matter is that the media machine, the worldwide Zionist media machine is going to use this to their own interest in “proving” how dangerous the Palestinians are and how Israel is justified in executing this extremely unbalanced use of force in killing all of these civilians.

Again, like I said, as much as we may get a certain amount of justifiable enjoyment out of seeing this war criminal scurrying for cover, the fact of the matter is that it will be used to galvanize Israel’s support around the world, and to circumvent what is a growing awareness on the part of the rest of the civilized population that Israel is a mad dog and she is a danger to not just peace in the Middle East but peace around the world.

Press TV: Are we going to be seeing, based on your views, what many are saying an imminent ground invasion? If so, what benefit would that have for Israel?

Glenn: The benefit for Israel is that Israel has to engage in this kind of serial murder on a periodic basis. She is no different than stories that we read about in the press where some serial killer kills with regularity, and that there is no reason for it other than the fact that he gets simple, pure pleasure out of causing innocent people suffering.

Whether there’s a ground invasion or not, I don’t think it’s possible for us to accurately predict at this time — she clearly appears to be, she’s calling up her reserve forces.

We have to factor into this that Netanyahu is stinging following the US elections where his man did not get elected, ok? He is seeding with anger and he’s looking for an outlet to express that anger and, at the same time, to show the world that he still is… despite the fact that maybe the elections in the United States did not turn out the way that he had hoped they would.

He still has to demonstrate to the world that he is capable of projecting force. I think this is in large part why we see this thing taking place in Gaza. It’s his way of thumbing, sticking his thumb to his nose in the face of the civilized world and saying, ‘these are the rules that Israel plays by; we don’t recognize Western values; if we feel like killing dozens, hundreds or even thousands of innocent civilians we’re going to do it, and we’re going to get the support of the American president and American Congress in the package deal’.

At this point, like I said, it’s impossible to tell. The only thing that we can predict with Israel is that as long as she continues to exist in the fashion that she did, we will see this forever.

We need the rest of the world to finally come to terms with the fact that Israel really is the mad dog that former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said that she should be.

Press TV: Tell us about Egypt then. We have seen the prime minister visit the Gaza Strip for a short period and he came back. That didn’t stop Israel to continue with this outrage. Neither did the rockets and missiles to come out from the Gaza Strip.

What’s the best case, worst case scenario to come out of there? Some are analyzing that this type of provocation may bring Egypt and Israel to some kind of dangerous armed tensions. Is that a possibility? How do you see Egypt’s role and whether it’s going to be fruitful or not?

Glenn: Absolutely, I think that part of the short and long term goals here with Israel engaging in this barbaric behavior in Gaza was to bring about this kind of pressure on Egypt.

As much as we read about in the Israeli press that Israel wants to keep this peace treaty with Egypt and all others, that is just not true. Israel has been bristling under this peace treaty since it was drafted in 1979.

According to the terms of this peace treaty, Israel was forced to relinquish the Sinai Peninsula which she stole in 1967; and Israel not only wants the Sinai back but the rest of the Middle East. Israel has just been waiting for an opportunity to see this peace treaty with Egypt fall apart.

In the aftermath of the revolution in Egypt with the installation of this new government and now with the situation taking place in Gaza right now, we have a situation where Egypt is being pressured to side with her Arab brothers and sisters which may very well lead to a dissolution of the peace treaty, which is exactly what Israel wants.

She wants the Sinai back because she considers it to be part of greater Israel and, of course, the Sinai is very rich in natural resources; so as much as we may see Israel crying like a baby and pretending to be worried about this peace treaty with Egypt falling apart, this is just more theatrics on the part of the Jewish state.

She would love nothing more than to see this peace treaty fall apart so that she would have a reason for reinvading and re-conquering the Sinai and absorbing it into greater Israel.

Press TV: Your thoughts on how the US has been pressing Turkey and Egypt to help stop what they say are rockets coming from Hamas. At the same time, we also have heard words of condemnation from Qatar.

Of course, Qatar and Turkey are two countries involved in the backing of the new opposition umbrella group who are obviously partly responsible for arming these insurgents in Syria. Could this spill over and create divisions there?

Glenn: I don’t see it creating divisions, no. I think it’s the United States pretending to put pressure on Turkey and other players to “reign in” Hamas.

But this is just more posturing. It’s just more theatrics on the part of the United States so that she can appear to be an honest broker, an unbiased broker in the region, and all she’s really interested in is bringing peace when everyone knows that the United States is Israel’s personal attack dog.

Again, perception is everything. It is nine-tenths of the battle. Israel and the United States have mastered this form of black magic, of altering people’s perceptions, in order to create a narrative on the battlefield that works in their interests.

The United States operating in this fashion and making these very public moves to pressure these other countries to get involved in the “peace process,” this is just a way of buying more time for Israel so that she can continue on with her serial mass murder which is what she is good at, and what she will always be good at because it’s the nature of the beast.

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Iran slams international community’s silence on Israeli crimes in Gaza

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

The approach of the Zionist Regime [of Israel] results from the lack of a firm reaction by the international community, particularly human rights organizations, towards the war crimes [committed] by this regime in the past and present.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has slammed the international community’s indifference to the Israeli regime’s aggression against the Gaza Strip.

“The approach of the Zionist Regime [of Israel] results from the lack of a firm reaction by the international community, particularly human rights organizations, towards the war crimes [committed] by this regime in the past and present,” Salehi said on Sunday.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks at an opening address to Syria’s National Dialog meeting in Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Nearly 200 participants, including Syrian scholars, tribal and religious leaders, the representatives of different ethnicities, minorities and the opposition are participating in the meeting hosted by Iran.

Salehi added that the international community’s indifference has led to the continuation and escalation of Israel’s crimes.

He said regional institutions, particularly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), can take firm measures to prevent the repetition of such aggression.

The Iranian foreign minister added that “Arab countries and particularly the Arab League and Muslim countries” should focus all their attention on the main enemy and take practical measures to help the innocent people of Gaza.

At least 50 Palestinians have been killed and more than 400 others wounded since Wednesday, when the recent Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip began. Many Palestinian women and children have been among the fatalities.

Israeli aircraft also bombed Hamas’ government buildings in the Palestinian territory on Saturday. The Tel Aviv regime also authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The Iranian foreign minister said Syria’s National Dialogue meeting could be an important step toward resolving the country’s ongoing crisis and restoring peace and stability.

Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.

Iran has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as the key to the settlement of the crisis in the country.

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Haredi group’s weapons: Tar, laxatives

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In new book, ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav reveals methods of extreme ultra-Orthodox underground movement he was active in years ago

ed note–if these people were driven to such behavior over things as trivial as autopsies and gravesites, IMAGINE what they are willing to do when it deals with something even more ‘vital’ such as the state of Israel or how Gentiles are to be treated.

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ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav has written a new book recounting his days as a member of an extreme ultra-Orthodox underground movement.

Years ago, he was active in an organization called Keshet, which fought against autopsies and archaeological digs in gravesites. Its activities included desecrating monuments and stores in Jerusalem, spraying graffiti on Theodor Herzl’s grave and calls for murder.

Members of extreme Eda Haredit faction not surprised to hear son of their former operations officer, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, has been drafted. ‘He hasn’t been considered ultra-Orthodox for a while now,’ one of them says

In his book, “The Underground Youth,” Meshi-Zahav reveals the group’s methods. As part of the book launch, he releases different chapters to the haredi press from time to time.

In one of the chapters, Meshi-Zahav describes how the group members scrawled graffiti on road signs on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway with the caption, “Driver, beware – the pathologist is hungry.”

The activists dressed up as Public Works Department employees and destroyed the signs in protest of autopsies.

According to the book, once they discovered that their actions had no effect, “we decided to bring hell into their homes.” They poured tar at the entrance to the houses of doctors and pathologists and planted fake explosives.

These actions were committed with the help of a young haredi man who dressed up as a disabled person and followed the pathologists to their homes, Meshi-Zahav reveals.

In other cases, the activists gave children letters containing bullets and sent them to the doctors. The message inside the letters informed the doctors that “this time it’s only in the mail.”

Later, disguised as plumbers, the underground members tampered with the drinking water of additional “enemies” – activists supporting archaeological digs in gravesites, pouring sticky paint into the water.

“In some of the archaeologists’ water we put Ex Lax Chocolate, which immediately causes diarrhea,” Meshi-Zahav writes.

The ZAKA chairman clarifies that despite writing a book, he has no plans to retire from public life.

“I am not one of those people who write and cover what happens from the side, but one of those who do things and document them for the generations to come,” he says.

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Iran denies supplying Fajr 5 rockets to Gaza

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A senior Iranian official has denied his country supplied the Fajr 5 missiles which Palestinian militants have been firing at Tel Aviv, Iran’s Al-Alam television reported on Saturday.

“We deny having delivered the Fajr 5 to the Palestinian resistance. The aim of such accusations is to portray the resistance as weak whereas it is perfectly capable of producing the arms it needs,” said Allaeddine Boroujerdi, head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

Islamic Jihad claimed its militants fired a Fajr 5 which crashed into the sea off Tel Aviv on Thursday, in the first such attack on the heart of IsraHell since Saddam Hussin’s Iraqi regime fired Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf war.

Sirens went off in Tel Aviv again on Saturday for a third straight day, sending people scuttling for cover, a day after a rocket crashed into the Mediterranean near the city centre, AFP correspondents said.

The latest rocket was intercepted by IsraHell’s Iron Dome defence system.

The armed wing of the Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza and which like Islamic Jihad is supported by Tehran, claimed the latest Fajr 5 fire.

The Fajr 5 rocket has a far greater range than the home-produced Qassam rockets normally used by Palestinian militants in Gaza to target Israel, but neither are very accurate, defence analysts say.

Fajr 5 rockets can be fired from the back of a 6×6 truck to hit targets up to 75 kilometres (46 miles) away. This compares to a range of between four and 13 kilometres for the Qassam rockets

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