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NATO’s Plan to Divide the Middle East, Oded Yonin, Bernard Lewis

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LOSERS OUT

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By Daniel Mabsout

The role played by Israel and the one played by the Gulf countries is no doubt complementary without previous planning or coordination , the British colonialists have allowed- though- some independence for some countries but not for the Gulf countries. He who thinks that US/Israeli relations are stronger than US/Gulf relations is wrong and mistaken and as deluded as the Jews who think that the world order is backing them unconditionally .

US does not favor Israel over Gulf Regimes ; US treats both alike since they are both world order police and their function is well defined and restricted to this. They are like identical twins. What happened is that the world order had usurped the land of Palestine and lent it to the Jews as it had usurped the Arabian peninsula and gave it to the Saudi Kings .

At this point the Israeli rulers and the Saudi rulers are co workers , they work for the same boss, nothing prevents the Saudis- if this is the will of the boss- from extending their power and start ruling Israel instead of Israelis since they will carry on the same duties that were carried by Israelis assigned by their common employer .

There is competition now among Israeli Jews and Sunnis of who is going to carry on the world order scheme and who qualifies better and serves better the policies of the world order? Israelis are faring poorly and have failed in imposing themselves as an indefeatable military power since few men from Hizbullah were able to defeat them. The Jews have not realized yet the implications of such defeat that will cause the world order to look for an alternative and maybe choose -finally- to replace them . They have not become aware of how dispensable they are in regard to the world order.

Changing the nature of the rule and the identity and religion of the State of Israel could be become a must where a dynasty like the Saudi dynasty or a rule like the Turkish rule could achieve a better job at a lesser cost and serve better the world order.

This presumed competition between Jews and Sunnis manifests itself also in the relation between Turkey and Israel over the future of the State of Israel and could explain the Mavi Marmara slaughter .Falls under this label as well the shift in the position of HAMAS from the Iranian/Syrian/Hizbullah alliance to join the Sunni alignment of Turkey and KSA and become candidate to the almost vacant job of ruling Palestine on behalf of the world order . This also explains the rush of QATAR in proving its good qualifications and dispositions by contributing directly to the building of Israeli settlements .

The candidates are many and the Israelis are no more the best qualified. The period of recognition and normalization has elapsed , and what is coming up is a new rule for an old role, and a whole remodeling of the area that proves necessary in order to confront the growing strength of the enemies of the world order and of Israel represented by Iran and Hizbullah .

Israel is NOT up to the challenge anymore and therefore its future is at stake and its destiny threatened and one might even say that the future Haganas gangs are preparing themselves in the form of the fanatic armed thugs that took over Libya and created havoc in Syria, and who seem to get ready for their next assignment that shall consist maybe in liberating Palestine from the Jews on behalf of the world order .

 

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Common Sense Voices Pillory US War Hawks on Syria

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Despite  flimsy  evidence and  flawed  thinking,  media pundits continue to push for US military role in Syria
– Jon Queally, staff writer

New York Times columnist Bill Keller has now called for the United States to launch missiles at Syrian government installations. (Reuters/Phil McCarten.)Former New York Times’ executive editor Bill Keller is not the only un-‘reluctant’ war hawk under fire for publicly pushing for US military intervention in Syria, but for those who remember the media debacle that ushered in the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, he has exemplified the troubling trend among the nation’s pro-war punditry class.

Since Keller’s column appeared in the ‘paper of record’ on Monday—following a weekend of disturbing news about Israeli airstrikes inside Syria and amidst shaky reports about “chemical weapons” and “red line” rhetoric—those seeking wiser guidance on the path forward in a deeply fragmented Middle East are hoping that people like Keller, so wrong when it came to Iraq, will be pilloried for their positions on Syria.

Pilloried—then disregarded.

In his op-ed, Keller describes that though his mistaken assessment of the Iraq war may have left him “gun-shy” about Syria at first, he is now of the opinion that the US should flex its military muscle in the war-torn country.

But, stating he was “frankly appalled” by both the “mindlessness” and prominence of Keller’s article in the Times, noted foreign policy analyst Jim Lobe argued the piece is “filled with the same kind of arrogance that [Keller] brought to Iraq as a “reluctant hawk” ten years ago.”

And AntiWar.com’s John Glaser characterized the piece as “absurd,” writing:

Keller lays out how terribly wrong he was for supporting the Bush administration’s war of choice in Iraq, and is now asking readers not to collapse in laughter as he speaks with an air of authority on why we should invade, or at least bomb, Syria.

Keller explains that “at the outset of the Iraq invasion, I found myself a reluctant hawk. That turned out to be a humbling error of judgment, and it left me gun-shy.” How harrowing the experience must have been for you, Bill – using your position as an opinion-shaper at the most widely read newspaper in the country to cheer-lead an illegal war that destroyed an entire country, killed hundreds of thousands of people, and cost trillions of dollars.

The Nation’s Greg Mitchell, who literally wrote the book on media malfeasance and the Iraq War, pulled no punches, writing of Keller:

He says he was gun-shy after his Iraq flub—but no more! Now he derides Obama for “looking for excuses to stand pat.” He also provides several reasons why Syria is “not Iraq,” and how now his hawkishness is based on reality: This time we really can hurt the terrorists gathered there, really can calm tensions in the region, and so on. Instead of a “mushroom cloud,” he warns of the next chemical “atrocity.” And he claims there’s a broader coalition of the willing this time.

He even revives the good old “domino theory,” endorsing the view that if we don’t do something in Syria it will embolden China, North Korea and Iran. And I love this one, straight from 2003: Doing nothing “includes the danger that if we stay away now, we will get drawn in later (and bigger), when, for example, a desperate Assad drops sarin on a Damascus suburb….” If a surge in aid for those Al Qaeda–lovin’ rebels fails against Assad, then we “send missiles against his military installations until he, or more likely those around him, calculate that they should sue for peace.” Yeah, how did that work out in Iraq in the long run?

Meanwhile, as a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting report cataloged on Monday, the recent claims about the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons has been treated by much of the mainstream media with the same limited amount of scrutiny as were Bush administration claims about Iraq’s weapons program more than a decade ago. As FAIR reports:

Given the tentative nature of official claims, the media’s confidence seemed misplaced, to say the least. But rather than spending time skeptically examining evidence, pundits seem far more interested in arguing that the chemical weapons allegations demanded a military escalation, based on criteria President Obama established last August, when he said that if the United States saw “a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” that would cross a “red line.”

In much of the press coverage since the sarin stories broke, that “red line” has been transformed into a promise that any intelligence that suggests any Syrian use of chemical weapons would prompt a U.S. attack.

“The president has doubled-down on this notion several times, that if Syria uses chemical weapons, he will take action,” said ABC This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos (4/28/13). “He’s kind of put himself in a box.”

On CBS‘s Face the Nation (4/28/13), pundit David Gergen declared:

 Having said there’s a red line, having said he would take action, I think it’s baffling why, when the evidence comes in, we’ll say, “Well, let’s take it to the UN and let them sort this out.” Take it to the UN? I’m sorry? It implies a lack of seriousness.

But more serious journalism has revealed real doubts about whether the Syrian government has, in fact, used sarin gas against its opponents. A compelling article from the online news site GlobalPost‘s Tracey Shelton and Peter Gelling (4/30/13) reported:

A closer analysis, however, raises doubts and highlights the challenge of confirming whether the Syrian government–or anyone else–is using chemical weapons…. Looking at video and photos obtained by GlobalPostat the scene, experts say the spent canister found in Younes’ house and the symptoms displayed by the victims are inconsistent with a chemical weapon such as sarin gas, which is known to be in Syria’s arsenal.

The piece raises the possibility that the observed symptoms could have been the result of any number of chemicals, including tear gas. A subsequentGlobalPost dispatch (5/5/13) reported,  “Doctors in Turkey say initial tests of blood samples from victims of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last month are negative for sarin gas.”

In addition, Reuters (5/5/13) reported that United Nations team of investigators heard from victims and medical personnel who claim that sarin has been used by anti-government rebels.

Of course, whether or not chemicals weapons were used, or by whom, refuses a larger point.  What good would a US military campaign possibly achieve?  Looking back on Iraq—even to ignore the justifications of war, say experts—shows that the US is ill-equipped to fulfill its promises to delivery democracy, stability, both, or either.

As Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in the Washington Post on Tuesday, “after war, years of occupation, many lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq, we have not been able to create a stable regime, power sharing or an end to the political violence.”

And as Middle East analyst Murtaza Hussain explains in Al-Jazeera, what was perpetrated in Iraq by US forces would also be visited upon those in Syria, who are already victims of a once-hopeful revolution that has descended into a civil war with many foreign interests now serving their own ends at the expense of peace Syrian lives. He writes:

The tragic result of this situation is the vicious proxy war playing out today in the streets of Aleppo, Homs, Deir ez-Zor and countless other cities and towns throughout the country. A once-proud nation – long recognised as the cultural and historical jewel of the Levant – has been reduced to a grim battlefield between the West and its Gulf allies on one hand and the Syrian government and its allies in Iran, Russia and Hezbollah on the other. The Israeli airstrikes perpetrated with impunity onto Damascus this past week are yet another illustrative example of the depths of turmoil to which Syria has sunk.

As analysts openly discuss the “Somaliasation” of Syria and growing factions within the country call for military intervention to break the state up into small ethnic and religious enclaves – literally, “into pieces” – the prospect of a united Syria grows more remote by the day. Again, just as in Iraq, the benefactors of Syria’s dismemberment will be the external actors which seek hegemony in the region and have never hidden their desire to see the country collapse.

And though Lobe in his critique lambasted Keller’s opinion for the way it attempted to come across as though it ought to be the “final word” on the issue—coming as it was from the high perch atop the New York Times—it was filmmaker Michael Moore’s tweet that concluded thus:

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700 Deaths and Workers Rising: Is Rana Disaster Bangladesh’s Triangle Fire?

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Survivors of the factory  collapse  near  Dhaka  block  hold  sit-in on  major highway, demanding pay and compensation for injuries
– Jon Queally, staff writer

As the death count surpassed 700 people on Tuesday, Bangladeshi workers and survivors from the Rana Plaza factory collapse more than two weeks ago took action against the factory owners by staging a massive public protest, blocking a major highway and demanding pay for their labor and compensation for injuries suffered.

Workers at five garment factories housed in the collapsed Rana Plaza block Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar bazaar bus stand area Tuesday morning demanding compensation. (Photo: TV grab)As the rubble has slowly been removed since the factory collapse on April 24, the death toll is expected to rise even further at the site of the worst such disaster in the country’s history.

Though a global outcry has gone up around the world over the deplorable and unsafe working conditions throughout the garment industry in Bangladesh, on Tuesday the factory survivors took direct action for themselves.

As Agence France-Presse reports:

Police said around 400 survivors blocked a highway connecting the capital with the country’s south and southwest on Tuesday by staging a sit-down protest.

The workers were chanting slogans, demanding “unpaid salaries and compensation”, local police chief M. Asaduzzaman told AFP.

And The Daily Star in Bangladesh adds:

Shyamol Kumar Mukherjee, additional superintendent of police of Dhaka, said hundreds of workers along with their relatives blockaded the highway about 11:00am and started demonstration as BGMEA is yet to pay their salaries.

The agitated workers withdrew the blockade at noon after officials of district administration assured them of taking steps in this regard, he said.

With promises of payment secured, however, it remains unclear what fundamental and systemic changes will be made to the industry. Though the largest in its history, the country is not new to workplace disasters as the highly competitive international garment industry places enormous pressure on countries to provide cheap workers and ever-faster production schedules.

The question for many is whether or not this latest incident will be enough to cast off the industry’s seemingly intractable resistance to reform.

Comparing the Rana disaster to the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire that claimed nearly 150 New York City garment workers in 1911, history professor Richard A. Greenwald and filmmaker Michael Hirsch argue in a Los Angeles Times op-ed on Tuesday that it was not the fire and resulting deaths that made the Triangle disaster such a memorable moment for labor rights in the US.

What made that disaster potent politically and historically, they argue, was the way other workers, including many of the survivors, responded to it. Writing of the fire:

We remember it not because of the deaths — as workers sadly died regularly in American industry — but because we were made to confront it. Garment workers refused to silently go back to work. Their massive protests and collective anger forced middle-class consumers to see their own culpability, and together they sought political change.

This change brought new safety and health codes, labor law reforms and modern regulations to an often primitive industry. What started as reforms for garment workers ended as reforms for all workers in New York and made the state a model for the nation. The simple fact that all of this was the result of workers exercising their rights gets missed in the telling of the Triangle story, as too much attention is paid to chained doors or building code violations, some of which is or becomes urban myth and deflects from the truth.

With workers demanding their rights in Bangladesh and with new determination by Western nations—where consumers, business owners, and politicians must shoulder the blame for legitimizing the global sweatshop industry—observers and labor advocates hope the Rana disaster will sow the seeds of true systemic reform.

As Greenwald and Hirsch conclude, “Rana should be our global Triangle fire moment. It should force us to wake up and as consumers support the workers who make our clothes. It is our moral responsibility to demand that the labels we wear not be stitched in blood.”

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Changing the Nature of the Rule

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Changing the nature of the rule and the identity and religion of the State of Israel could be become a must where a dynasty like the Saudi dynasty or a rule like the Turkish rule could achieve a better job at a lesser cost and serve better the world order.

This presumed competition between Jews and Sunnis manifests itself also in the relation between Turkey and Israel over the future of the State of Israel and could explain the Mavi Marmara slaughter .Falls under this label as well the shift in the position of HAMAS from the Iranian/Syrian/Hizbullah alliance to join the Sunni alignment of Turkey and KSA and become candidate to the almost vacant job of ruling Palestine on behalf of the world order . This also explains the rush of QATAR in proving its good qualifications and dispositions by contributing directly to the building of Israeli settlements .

The candidates are many and the Israelis are no more the best qualified. The period of recognition and normalization has elapsed , and what is coming up is a new rule for an old role, and a whole remodeling of the area that proves necessary in order to confront the growing strength of the enemies of the world order and of Israel represented by Iran and Hizbullah .

Israel is NOT up to the challenge anymore and therefore its future is at stake and its destiny threatened and one might even say that the future Haganas gangs are preparing themselves in the form of the fanatic armed thugs that took over Libya and created havoc in Syria, and who seem to get ready for their next assignment that shall consist maybe in liberating Palestine from the Jews on behalf of the world order .

 

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IsraHell Grants Oil Rights in Syria to Murdoch and Rothschild

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Yukos Oil and Gas Company

(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Craig Murray

*Editors Note: This post is about 2 months old but relevant in light of recent events

Major shareholders of Genie Energy – which also has interests in shale gas in the United States and shale oil in Israel – include Rupert Murdoch and Lord Jacob Rothschild. This from a 2010 Genie Energy press release:

Claude Pupkin, CEO of Genie Oil and Gas, commented, “Genie’s success will ultimately depend, in part, on access to the expertise of the oil and gas industry and to the financial markets. Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch are extremely well regarded by and connected to leaders in these sectors. Their guidance and participation will prove invaluable.”

“I am grateful to Howard Jonas and IDT for the opportunity to invest in this important initiative,” Lord Rothschild said. “Rupert Murdoch’s extraordinary achievements speak for themselves and we are very pleased he has agreed to be our partner. Genie Energy is making good technological progress to tap the world’s substantial oil shale deposits which could transform the future prospects of Israel, the Middle East and our allies around the world.”

For Israel to seek to exploit mineral reserves in the occupied Golan Heights is plainly illegal in international law. Japan was succesfully sued by Singapore before the International Court of Justice for exploitation of Singapore’s oil resources during the second world war. The argument has been made in international law that an occupying power is entitled to opeate oil wells which were previously functioning and operated by the sovereign power, in whose position the occupying power now stands. But there is absolutely no disagreement in the authorities and case law that the drilling of new wells – let alone fracking – by an occupying power is illegal.

Israel tried to make the same move twenty years ago but was forced to back down after a strong reaction from the Syrian government, which gained diplomatic support from the United States. Israel is now seeking to take advantage of the weakened Syrian state; this move perhaps casts a new light on recent Israeli bombings in Syria.

In a rational world, the involvement of Rothschild and Murdoch in this international criminal activity would show them not to be fit and proper persons to hold major commercial interests elsewhere, and action would be taken. Naturally, nothing of the kind will happen.

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Warren Buffett signs $2 billion check in support of Israeli apartheid

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Warren Buffett (left) with Barack Obama; multi-billionaire has taken full control of Israeli metal firm.

(Pete Souza / The White House)

I gave up drinking the day after the Live8 concert in 2005. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Apart from the obvious health benefits, it helped me figure out things that I had avoided trying to understand.

My decision to shun the bottle was a sudden one. But it now seems apt that it was made following an extravaganza where Bill Gates took the stage to feign concern for the poor. Today, I become apoplectic when I see the ultra-wealthy posing as friends of the downtrodden.

The latest billionaires’ list compiled by Forbes magazine names Gates and his pal Warren Buffett as the world’s second and fourth richest men. Between them, the pair have a “net worth” of $120.5 billion.

Fawning news features tell us we should admire the duo because of their philanthropy. Yet a newly-concluded business deal demonstrates where the sympathies of the 1% really lie.

“Message of faith”

Buffett has just spent a cool $2 billion to take full control of the Israeli company Iscar Metalworking (he had already bought most of the firm in 2006). Eitan Wertheimer, Iscar’s president, described the transaction as a “message of faith” in the Israeli economy and “a type of Balfour declaration.”

At first glance, Wertheimer seems to be resorting to hyperbole. But Buffett’s act is arguably more significant than the letter of support to the Zionist movement that Arthur James Balfour, then Britain’s foreign secretary, signed in 1917. The Balfour declaration was aspirational; Buffett, on the other hand, has signed an enormous check in support of Israeli apartheid.

Buffett’s investment is an insult to the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. I’m a supporter of the BDS movement, not a strategist for it. Yet I think there is a clear case now for Palestine solidarity activists to urge a boycott of products made by firms in which Buffett has a major stake. They include Coca-Cola and Heinz.

Class war

It is noteworthy that Wertheimer’s remarks were reported in Israel Hayom, a newspaper owned by the gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson. As well as holding racist views towards Palestinians in particular, Adelson generally holds the underprivileged with contempt. He has emphasized his staunch opposition to the redistribution of wealth.

Buffett may be less obnoxious than Adelson — the former has, for example, urged Barack Obama to increase taxes on the wealthy. Yet they are both fighting a class war with the objective of widening inequality. Buffett has correctly observed that his class is winning that war.

The super-rich can never be trusted. Even when they lavish money on charities, there is invariably a flipside. Bill Gates’ work against malaria is severely compromised by how his foundation has invested almost $1 billion in BP and ExxonMobil. Malarial mosquitoes thrive when temperatures soar — something that is happening now in Africa and beyond thanks to the global warming that the oil industry has forced on the planet.

Warmongers hug trees

The effrontery of corporations knows few bounds. Lockheed Martin, the arms giant, recently published its annual “sustainability report.” Two gems jumped out from its pages: Lockheed is striving to achieve a “zero-accident workplace” and to cut down pollution from transport by buying one-quarter of components from suppliers “within 30 miles of our significant sites of operation.”

For a second, I was so in awe of Lockheed’s commitment to tree-hugging and ergonomics that I forgot it is the single biggest beneficiary of US military aid to Israel. As Shir Hever, the left-wing Israeli economist, pointed out recently, this military aid is in the form of vouchers. Israel is required to exchange the vouchers for American weaponry, principally that manufactured by Lockheed.

Israel’s attacks on Syria will surely be a boon for Lockheed if they continue — or even if they don’t. The attacks have been conducted with the aid of Lockheed’s F-16 Fighting Falcon jets.

Of course, Lockheed’s armaments are routinely used as tools of oppression against Palestinians. Are our Palestinian brothers and sisters supposed to be comforted by Lockheed’s policies on local sourcing and safety at work?

The “public relations” industry is forever tying big green ribbons around corporations and the super-rich. These ribbons cannot conceal the toxic truth that the super-rich look out only for themselves. They will happily trample over Palestinians or any other people if doing so can make them even richer.

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Land grab: Zio-Nazi regime backs bill to forcibly relocate up to 40,000 Bedouin villagers

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Bedouin women shout slogans during a protest in the Israeli Negev desert (AFP Photo)

Bedouin women shout slogans during a protest in the Israeli Negev desert (AFP Photo)

Israeli Cabinet ministers backed a draft law to demolish Bedouin villages in the country’s Negev Desert and move its residents to government-approved settlements in the area. If adopted by the Knesset, it will affect tens of thousands of Bedouins.

Bedouin leaders have harshly criticized the plan, saying they were not included in discussions of the bill.

Under the Prawer-Begin plan, or ‘The Bill on the Arrangement of Bedouin Houses in the Negev,’ the Bedouin population will be relocated to officially recognized Bedouin towns such as Rahat, Khura and Ksayfe, and their current homes will be demolished.

The government approved a plan that will cause the displacement and forced eviction of dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Bedouin residents,” Rawia Aburabia, a lawyer from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), told MAAN news agency. “All of this while the government simultaneously promotes the establishment of new Jewish communities, some of which are even planned to be built on the fresh ruins of Bedouin villages.”

 

Israeli Bedouins ride camels during a Bedouin folklore festival, 28 April 2007, in the Negev desert near the southern Israeli town of Arad. (AFP Photo)

Israeli Bedouins ride camels during a Bedouin folklore festival, 28 April 2007, in the Negev desert near the southern Israeli town of Arad. (AFP Photo)

 

The Israeli government promised that those relocated will be given financial compensation and be allotted new plots of land.

The goal of this historic decision is to put an end to the spread of illegal building by Negev Bedouin and lead to the better integration of the Bedouin into Israeli society,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

The bill is expected to soon begin the legislative process in the Knesset. According to ACRI, the Prawer-Begin plan envisions the eviction of around 30 to 40,000 Bedouins, which will destroy their communal and social lifestyle and condemn them to poverty and unemployment.

 

Bedouin men sit together during wedding celebrations in the village of Kusaifa in Israel's Negev desert (Reuters)

Bedouin men sit together during wedding celebrations in the village of Kusaifa in Israel’s Negev desert (Reuters)

 

Bedouins have argued they purchased their land in the Negev before the establishment of the state of Israel. The agreements, however, are said to have been verbal, and never registered in Israel’s official Land Registry. Israeli law does not recognize land claims that are not backed by some form of written proof of purchase or ownership.

This is a step that harms the basic rights of the Bedouin. Instead of the state contributing to the Bedouin population, it is acting against it,” Haaretz quoted Rahat Mayor Sheikh Faiz Abu Seheban as saying. “I call on all human rights organizations to oppose the decision, since it damages the social framework in the Negev.”

Israel refuses to recognize 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev, which collectively house approximately 90,000 people – nearly half of Israel’s 210,000 Bedouins, according to data published by Bedouin-Jewish Justice in Israel. The villages are not on official maps and lack basic services like water, paved roads and electricity.

 

A Bedouin man sits inside a tin shaft at Wadi al-Nam unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva (AFP Photo)

A Bedouin man sits inside a tin shaft at Wadi al-Nam unrecognized Bedouin village in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva (AFP Photo)

 

The other half of Israel’s Negev Bedouins lives in government-planned townships. Residents have complained over a lack of basic infrastructure, transportation, school and health facilities. Israel’s Bedouin townships repeatedly rank in the country’s lowest socioeconomic bracket.

The Regional Council of Unrecognized Arab Villages of Negev along with the High Steering Committee of the Arabs of Negev organized a demonstration near Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on Monday, where they protested the bill.

The plan will under no circumstances be carried out; the Bedouin population will not give up its land,” Hussein Al-Rafia, the former head of the regional council of unrecognized Bedouin communities told Haaretz. “I think the state needs to sit with the Bedouin population and solve the problem once and for all. They have not sat with us seriously.”

Knesset member Ibrahim Sarsour addressed the demonstrators, saying that his party, the United Arab List, had rejected the bill. He expressed concern that the recommendations could be approved as a law, and urged the Arab public to use legal methods to prevent its implementation.

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Mississippi to Execute Willie Manning Tonight After RejectingDNA Tests & FBI’s Admission of Error

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Vanessa Potkin, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project. Her group has raised concerns about the evidence used to convict Willie Jerome Manning, a death row prisoner who is set to be executed this evening in Mississippi.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m. EDT: The Mississippi Supreme Court hasgranted a stay of execution in the Willie Manning case.

The state of Mississippi is preparing to execute an African-American prisoner tonight, despite an unusual admission from theFBI that its original analysis of the evidence contained errors. Willie Jerome Manning was convicted of murdering Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, two white college students, in 1992. The execution is going ahead after prosecutors and state courts refused to allow new DNA testing that could prove Manning’s innocence. The Justice Department sent a letter saying one analyst’s testimony at trial “exceeded the limits of the science and was, therefore, invalid.” Manning’s attorneys argue that no physical evidence ties him to the murders and that testing hair samples and other evidence could identify a different killer. But in a 5-to-4 decision last month, Mississippi’s state Supreme Court refused to grant a new DNA test, citing what it called “conclusive, overwhelming evidence of guilt.” On top of the denied DNA test, Manning’s attorneys say prosecutors relied on two key witnesses whose credibility has since come under question. Concerns have also been raised about alleged racial bias in the selection of the jury that found Manning guilty. “We need someone to step in,” says Vanessa Potkin, a senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project. “It is unconscionable that an execution would go forward where there is biological evidence that can cut to the truth and show whether or not he did the crime. What is anybody afraid of?”

TRANSCRIPT

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AARON MATÉ: We turn now to the controversial case of an African-American prisoner set to be executed tonight in Mississippi. Willie Jerome Manning was convicted of murdering Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, two white college students, in 1992. The execution is going ahead after prosecutors and state courts refused to allow new DNAtesting that could prove Manning’s innocence. What makes the case particularly unusual is that theFBI itself has offered to carry out those tests. The FBI came forward after admitting its original analysis of the evidence during Manning’s trial contained errors. The Justice Department sent a letter saying one analyst’s testimony at trial, quote, “exceeded the limits of the science and was, therefore, invalid.” Manning’s attorneys have seized on the FBI’s admission. They say that no physical evidence ties him to the murders and that testing hair samples and other evidence could identify a different killer.

AMY GOODMAN: But in a five-to-four decision last month, Mississippi’s state Supreme Court refused to grant a new DNA test, citing what it called, quote, “conclusive, overwhelming evidence of guilt, unquote. The court’s majority sided with prosecutors’ argument that the DNA testing could not, quote, “preclude his participation in the crimes,” unquote. But on top of the denied DNA tests, Manning’s attorneys say prosecutors relied on two key witnesses whose credibility has since come under question. Concerns have also been raised about alleged racial bias in the selection of the jury that found Manning guilty. One witness was a jailhouse informant who has since recanted.

Manning has long maintained his innocence. His attorneys have made a last-minute appeal to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Barring action by Bryant or a court, Manning will be killed by lethal injection at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight.

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Nazi Jewish Settler Stabs A Palestinian Cab Driver In Jerusalem

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Zio-Nazi Police spokesperson, Luba Samri, reported that an Israeli man stabbed a Palestinian taxi driver, south of Jerusalem, and added that initial investigations indicate that the motive of the attack is a “dispute over the fare”.

Israeli Settlers - File Image PNN
Israeli Settlers – File Image PNN

Samri said that the assailant remains at large as he fled the scene after stabbing the driver.

She added that the injured Taxi driver was moved to an Israeli hospital in the city suffering moderate injuries.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli soldiers, stationed at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, attacked several Palestinian youths and prevented them from entering the mosque.

Local sources reported that the army kidnapped one resident, identified as Jamail Al-Abbasy, and that a Palestinian woman was injured and was moved to a local hospital after being attacked by the soldiers.

Eyewitnesses reported that nearly 50 settlers, and members of the Likud Party of Benjamin Netanyahu, marched into the mosque, while the police attacked several worshipers while trying to push them away from the mosque area, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported.

Late on Monday at night, a group of extremist Israeli settlers burnt twenty Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands that belong to residents of Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

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