Archive | June 24th, 2013

Former Zio-Nazi Ambassador: “North Korea Needs To Be Wiped Off the Map

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Islamic Jihad Demands Hamas Fire Minister Over Killing

An Islamic Jihad militant rides on the back of a truck during a parade to mark the 25th anniversary of the movement’s foundation in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 2, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot )

Islamic Jihad
 called on the Gaza government to dismiss Minister of Interior Fathi Hammad after Raed Jundiya, a leader of Al-Quds Brigades — the military wing of Islamic Jihad — was shot dead by a police officer following a raid on his house in the neighborhood of Shujaiya east of Gaza City. Islamic Jihad has further asked that Hamas bear responsibility for Jundiya’s killing. 

In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor, Nafez Azzam, a member of Islamic Jihad’s political bureau, said that the killing is a crime and irresponsible act committed by the police. He called on Hamas to assume responsibility and dismiss either the Interior Minister or police chief.

During a phone interview, Azzam said that it all began with a trivial incident concerning the resistance, but that the group was shocked to see scores of police officers head to Jundiya’s house without notifying Islamic Jihad, as per an agreement between the two movements.

Azzam said that Al-Quds Brigades denied launching rockets at Israel, noting that the movement is not an armed gang or militia, but a military faction responsible for its actions.

“Throughout the crisis, and during Jundiya’s funeral, Al-Quds Brigades have not fired a single bullet, and they will not take their rights by their own hands. But at the same time, things will not be as they were before Jundiya’s death. Hamas must rectify what happened by dismissing the Interior Minister, who bears responsibility for what happened, whether or not he was aware of the murder. The police apparatus is under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry,” he said.

A special source revealed to Al-Monitor that the incident is related to the disappearance of weapons belonging to a resistance group affiliated with Al-Quds Brigades, which caused an internal problem in the movement. As a result, the person in charge of arms was kidnapped for interrogation. The abductee’s family headed to the police and filed a complaint accusing Jundiya of kidnapping her son.

Azzam added, “We are keen on maintaining strong relations with all factions of the Palestinian people, and we have always sought to avoid tension. But what happened is a crime by all standards. Scores of armed policemen headed to Jundiya’s house, even though they know of the presence of a mechanism for communication and coordination with the movement. Jundiya was killed in cold blood.”

“We want to know why the Interior Ministry acted in this way,” he said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told Al-Monitor that the ministry “cannot make a comment on the incident or blame any party until the release of results by the investigation committee in the next few hours.” He noted that the investigation committee consists of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Marwan Abu Ras, as well as representatives of Jundiya’s family, the Islamic Jihad, and the Ministry of the Interior.

Shahwan said that the police headed to the Jundiya’s family home following his failure to respond to two requests for him to appear before the Attorney General and the judicial authorities within less than a week. As a result, three members of the police — not scores of them — headed to his home.

Regarding claims that Hamas did not follow up with the Islamic Jihad on Jundiya’s court request, Shahwan said that the “charter of honor” signed by Islamic Jihad and Hamas within the framework of cooperation does not provide organizational cover for any criminal case. He added that “Jundiya had been accused of kidnapping a citizen. We do not want an internal problem to destabilize the security situation in the sector.”

As for the demand to dismiss the Interior Minister or the police chief, he said that the Interior Ministry will bear part of the responsibility should the investigation committee prove that. He said that they are listening to all opinions since the government is not a party but serves all citizens. He said, “We are waiting for the release of the forensics report, which is with the Attorney General, as well as the results of the investigation committee. We assume any responsibility in this regard.”

Regarding the firing of rockets, Shahwan said that the security units did not detect any launching of missiles. Al-Quds Brigades and other factions denied launching any rockets from the Gaza Strip. Shahwan held Israel responsible for any military escalation.

Shahwan added that “the Israeli occupation [forces] have been threatening to bomb areas in the Gaza Strip and target leaders for a week now. Two days ago, June 22, Israel accused Al-Quds Brigades of launching missiles, which later turned out to be military exercises being conducted far away from them. But Israel wants to take advantage of the situation and target Gaza. This escalation culminated in a statement by Avigdor Lieberman on Monday, June 24, in which he said that Israel should seize the opportunity and fully occupy the strip.”

Azzam added, “We know that Israel is trying to take advantage of this atmosphere and aggravate the situation. It has gotten rid of a key figure of resistance like Jundiya.”

At a press conference attended by Al-Monitor on Monday {June 24} Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh confirmed the strong relationship with Islamic Jihad. He said that “what happened in Shujaiya is an exceptional incident in the course of the relationship, and no one can disturb it.”

Haniyeh added: “Apart from the reasons and results that will be released by the investigation committee, I personally, and on behalf of the government, convey my deepest condolences to the Jundiya family and Islamic Jihad. I assure you that we feel your grief and your lives are our responsibility. We will seek to preserve the good relationship we have with you.”

He continued, “Our relationship with Islamic Jihad is solid, firm, and based on [a commitment to] the line of resistance for the sake of Islam and Palestine.” He added that his government in the past few hours intensified contacts with the Islamic Jihad leadership and elders from the Jundiya family in order to contain the situation and maintain the language of reason.

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US politicians issue warning to Russia as Edward Snowden arrives in Moscow


Senator warns Vladimir Putin of ‘serious consequences’ if country neglects to send NSA whistleblower back to US

US politicians have attacked Vladimir Putin and called for Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who admitted leaking top secret spying documents.

The White House on Monday said it expected the Russian government to “look at all options available” to expel Snowden back to the US to face espionage charges.

The White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the US also registered strong objections to authorities in Hong Kong and China through diplomatic channels at the decision to let Snowden flee and “noted that such behavior is detrimental to US-Hong Kong and US-China bilateral relations”.

Hayden said that given the intensified c-ooperation between the US and Russia after the Boston Marathon bombings in April and a history of working together on law enforcement matters, the United States wanted Moscow to help on the Snowden case.

“We expect the Russian government to look at all options available to expel Mr Snowden back to the US to face justice for the crimes with which he is charged,” Hayden said.

A senior administration official said Snowden’s claim that he leaked details of the NSA’s secret surveillance programs to protect democracy and individual rights is “belied by the protectors he has potentially chosen: China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador”.

“His failure to criticise these regimes suggests that his true motive throughout has been to injure the national security of the US, not to advance internet freedom and free speech,” the official said.

As Snowden landed in Moscow after leaving Hong Kong, where the US had requested his arrest, leading Democratic senator Chuck Schumer accused the Russian president of sticking a finger in the eye of the US.

“The bottom line is very simple: allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden,” Schumer said on CNN’s State of the Union.

“That’s not how allies should treat each other and I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship.”

Mike Rogers, chairman of the House permanent select committee on intelligence, told NBC’s Meet The Press that he did not have information that Putin had prior knowledge of Snowden’s flight plans but “it wouldn’t surprise me”.

“Putin has been planting a thorn in the world’s side in Syria. We think they may not be playing honest with respect to the nuclear treaty. They are very aggressive around the world,” he said. “I’m sure they would love to have a little bit of coffee and some conversation with Mr Snowden.”

He added that the US should use “every legal avenue” to bring Snowden back to the US. “We will continue with extradition activities wherever he turns up.”

Rogers said the leaks had damaged national security and “bad guys overseas have changed the way they operate” as a result of the leaks.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News that Russia should “hold this fellow and send him back here for justice”.

“I don’t think he’s a hero, I believe he hurt our nation. He compromised the national security program designed to find out what terrorists were up to,” he said.

However, amid the backlash against Russia, politicians and others also rounded on the Obama administration. Graham questioned why Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong in the first place. “I’d like to find out why our papers were not in compliance. That would be a big mistake by the Department of Justice,” he said.

Republican senator Rand Paul attacked national intelligence director James Clapper, who earlier this month admitted to giving the “least untruthful” answer to Congress when asked about the extent of US surveillance of American citizens.

Paul told CNN: “I think it is still going to be an open question with history about how this young man is judged. I do think when history looks at this they are going to contrast the behaviour of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden. Mr Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy.” He said both had broken the law.

On Saturday House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by a crowd during a speech at activist meeting Netroots Nation when she said Snowden had broken the law.

Pelosi was heckled as she spoke about the need to balance privacy and security. One man yelled: “It’s not a balance, it makes us less safe.” Another shouted: “You suck!”

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Zio-NATO Puppet urges extremist fighters to unify in return for weapons


General Salim Idriss, commander of the FSA, the name under which moderate rebel units fight, appealed to leaders of independent Islamist brigades – which are currently not part of the alliance he leads – to join its ranks, according to a leading figure from one of the armed Islamist factions involved in the talks.

“Idriss offered to support the Islamist factions by sharing the weapons he expects to receive, if they joined an alliance with the FSA and agree to certain conditions,” the Damascus-based rebel said yesterday.

He was briefed on the summit of anti-regime forces that took place in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday but declined to say what conditions Gen Idriss had set, adding that the militant Islamist groups had responded and would consider a deal but had their own set of conditions to be met before an agreement is reached.

The West has been wary of supplying weapons to rebels, fearing that radical fighters could use the arms against western targets or Israel.

Militant brigades that have so far shunned the FSA follow a range of ideologies from moderate Islamists to ultra-conservative Salafists and foreign fighters afflilliated with Al Qaeda.

Thursday’s apparent overture by Gen Idriss appears to have offered to share advanced US-supplied weapons with conservative Salafist factions – on condition they act in concert with the FSA and guarantee not to pass munitions on to the even more radical Jabhat Al Nusra, said another opposition activist who was aware of the meeting.

Thursday’s apparent overture by Gen Idriss appears to have offered to share advanced US-supplied weapons with factions that include conservative Salafists – on condition they act in concert with the FSA and guarantee not to pass munitions on to the even more radical Jabhat Al Nusra, said another opposition activist who was aware of the meeting.

“Idriss will insist that there are inspections and audits of all weapons used, especially anything like anti tank or anti-aircraft missiles. He knows the Islamist groups coordinate with Nusra and knows supplies to him will be stopped if any of the weapons turn up in Nusra’s hands,” he said.

The FSA is backed by the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey but Syria’s opposition has struggled to unite both on a political and military level, with scores of different factions under different leaders failing to present a coherent anti-regime bloc.

Divided and under-resourced, they have been unable to make headway against President Bashar Al Assad, who enjoys strong, unified backing from Iran, Russia and Hizbollah.

The US and Saudi Arabia, supporting the Syrian opposition, have renewed efforts to bring anti-regime factions together, alarmed by the regime’s staying power and rising militancy among rebels.

“This was really a first meeting to try to create a new alliance between the FSA and the Islamist groups, they all agreed they share the same goal to overthrow the regime and that no matter what they would never fight against one another,” the rebel said.

“Idriss wants them to unite their forces, he told them all Syria was a country of moderate Muslims and that they had the same cause,” the rebel said.

The US decided last week it would arm moderate, nationalist factions fighting under Gen Idriss’ command.

Jabhat Al Nusra, which is allied to Al Qaeda and classified a terrorist organisation by the US, did not attend Thursday’s meeting in Ankara. But Ahrar Al Sham, Ansar Al Sunna, Liwa and Sahabi and other prominent Islamist factions did participate, the rebel briefed on the talks said.

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Al Nusra, classified a terrorist organisation by the US, did not attend Thursday’s meeting in Ankara. But Ahrar Al Sham, Ansar Al Sunna, Liwa and Sahabi and other prominent Islamist factions did take part, the rebel briefed on the talks said.

He also said a delegation from Qatar had been in attendance – the only non-Syrian presence at the meeting. That had surprised those taking part, the rebel said, but might have been linked to the summit of opposition backers, known as The Friends of Syria, due to take place in Doha today.

Qatar has been a major supplier of arms and cash to rebel factions, although many in the Syrian opposition and their international supporters say those supplies have ended up in the hands of extremist Islamic factions.

The meeting took place as rebels in Damascus and Aleppo come under growing pressure from forces loyal to Mr Al Assad, following their victory earlier this month in the symbolically and strategically important fight for Qusayr.

Regime forces subsequently launched an offensive on Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and commercial capital, large parts of which have been in rebel hands for almost a year.

That offensive has been stalled, in part thanks to a recent influx of portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles from Gulf countries, according to the Associated Press.

Those supplies have however, heightened tensions and rivalries between different rebel factions, with some groups receiving supplies while others struggle on with small arms and a shortage of basic ammunition.

Rebels in Damascus yesterday said they have yet to benefit from any new weapons.

“We’ve not seen anything yet, we’ve heard a lot about these new supplies but they haven’t reached us and I do not know if they are going to,” said a member of an Islamist rebel group in the capital.

According to Reuters, rebels expect a new weapons supply line from Jordan to open up soon. Opposition groups have sourced most of their weapons from regime bases, overrun by the rebels, or from Gulf-funded purchases shipped down from Turkey into northern Syria.


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Erdogan says same forces behind Brazil and Turkey protests


ed note–as much as I (we) despise the man, he is probably telling the truth. Let us not forget that Brazil is part of the BRICS economic group challenging Western Jewish domination of banking and finance, which means that Brazil is on the list of countries to be de-stabilized. It also gives a perfect segue for beginning the ‘Latin American Spring’ that will usher in ‘revolutions’ that will oust those leaders who are getting cozy with Iran, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina. It is true that Erdogan is an SOB, but in all likelihood, this time the SOB is telling the truth on this one.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has suggested that the same outside forces are behind protests in both his own country and Brazil, as Turkish authorities continue their crackdown on overwhelmingly peaceful protesters, Financial Times reported. 

Mr Erdogan was speaking hours before police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of flower-bearing protesters who gathered in Istanbul’s central Taksim square to commemorate four people who have died since the Turkish unrest erupted on May 31.

“The same game is being played in Brazil,” Mr Erdogan told a large rally of his supporters in the town of Samsun on Saturday. “There are the same symbols, the same posters. Twitter, Facebook is the same, so are international media. They are controlled from the same centre. They are doing their best to achieve in Brazil what they could not achieve in Turkey. It is the same game, the same trap, the same goal.”

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The Victory Hour: What are the prospects of the Millennials in a world made mad?

The Victory Hour June 22, 2013

by crescentandcross

Max and Egeria are joined by NYC correspondent Luciana and her son Jason.

What are the prospects of the Millennials in a world made mad? Are they aware of the predations of Supremacist Jewry?

This edition of The Victory Hour answers these questions and many more.


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Even Middle-Class Arabs Get Cold Shoulder From Jews in IsraHell Town


ed note– ”We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting off of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” –David Ben-Gurion, Former Israeli PM

The founding ethos of this town in the Lower Galilee, adjoining the ancient city of Nazareth, hits the visitor upon arrival.

The town looks down directly on Nazareth, a large Arab-populated city.

The two municipalities are divided by Zionism Street, a road decked with large Israeli flags — the type normally seen on a border crossing. And indeed, psychologically this is a border. It demarcates the line between the old Arab city and the new state-built city.

But today, Nazareth Illit, which was conceived and developed by Israel’s first generation of leaders explicitly to counter the majority Arab presence in this part of Israel, is in reality an ethnically mixed city. With a population of 40,600, the percentage of Arabs living within its boundaries — 17.6% — is not much less than that of Haifa, a long historically mixed city that is 19.5% Arab.

But no one would ever confuse the two cities’ stances toward their respective demography.

At the end of May, Haifa named a square after the Arab author and politician Emile Habibi, whose previous honors include the Al-Quds Prize from the Palestine Liberation Organization. The city unfurled its newly named square during the local Arab Cultural Festival.

Just 30 miles away in Nazareth Illit, even library books in Arabic are considered too large a concession to the non-Jewish minority.

In one of the city’s well-stocked libraries there are plentiful collections in Hebrew; in Russian, for the large immigrant population, and even — despite the rarity with which it’s spoken here — English. But when I asked the librarian if there are any Arabic books, she stared down at her computer with a curt “no.” Any plans to get some? “No.”

Though Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the government demographics authority, has formally designated Nazareth Illit as a mixed city — a label the bureau gives to just seven other cities — the town’s mayor, Shimon Gapso, insists otherwise, regularly and publicly.

“‘Nazareth Illit is a Jewish city.’ I say that a few times every day, and everyone who wants to come here needs to know that,” he told the Forward.

The Arab minority in the 57-year-old city has grown significantly over the past two decades and continues to grow. By virtue of the fact that courts here no longer tolerate racial or ethnic discrimination in housing, there is little Gapso can do to change this.

Gapso’s stand has nevertheless pushed against the constraints of Israeli civil equality laws to create a distinctive anomaly: The city provides individual and household municipal services equally to its Arab and Jewish residents, from trash collection to social services. But when it comes to the public sphere, Arabs are invisible wherever the law allows.

“The municipality wants us to treat Nazareth Illit like a hotel,” said Raed Ghattas, one of the city’s two Arab councilmen. “It wants us to sleep here, [but] wake up and conduct our activities, in schools, offices and in culture, outside of Nazareth Illit.”

Most of the Arabs are Christians, but one wouldn’t know it at Christmas time. In 2010, Gapso stopped a plan that would have placed Christmas trees in some public places. “As long as I’m mayor, there won’t be Christmas trees or any other non-Jewish symbol,” he said at the time.

The biggest complaint in the Arab community is that it doesn’t have a school. Israel’s public education system is divided into Jewish and Arab sectors. And while Arabs are free to enroll in Nazareth Illit’s Jewish-sector Hebrew-speaking schools, most prefer Arab-sector Arabic-language schools. But there aren’t any in Nazareth Illit. Building and opening new schools is a municipal responsibility. As a result, some of Nazareth Illit’s 1,900 Arab children spend as much as three hours on connecting buses each day getting to and from school in Nazareth.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has taken up the local Arab residents’ battle to establish schools. “Arabs have the right to be there, so they should have the full right for education, which means schools in their language,” said Auni Banna, the group’s attorney, in an interview.

But Gapso has vowed to oppose their establishment, and told the Forward, “There will never, never be an Arab school in Nazareth Illit.”

For critics, Gapso’s bold assertion raises serious questions about local democracy in Israel. But Gapso insists he’ll hold firm no matter how much his town’s Arab population grows. He said rhetorically, “If the population of Nazareth Illit is 99% (Arab) and I will be mayor, there won’t be an Arab school.”

The situation in Nazareth Illit should not be confused with the one existing in Jerusalem. There, the Arabs, who make up about 30% of the population, mostly don’t have Israeli citizenship, while Nazareth Illit residents do; high poverty levels also afflict Jerusalem’s Arab residents, and a vast disparity in municipal services is evident between the city’s Jewish and Arab sectors.

“We pay council tax and get services,” said Sliman Salach, standing outside his family’s $1 million-plus home.

Like many of Nazareth Illit’s Arabs, the Salachs are wealthy émigrés from Nazareth, where property is in short supply and the city has little room to expand, in part due to government land expropriations that originally made Nazareth Illit possible. Disappointed by what they regarded as poor municipal services in Nazareth, the Salachs came to Nazareth Illit simply looking for good homes in well-kept neighborhoods.

“In Nazareth we paid council tax and didn’t get the services,” added Salach, who is in his 20s and works in the family’s manufacturing business.

Many would view the scene of Sliman Salach making his way to work each morning as the pinnacle of a peaceful and desirable Israeli Arab prosperity. With his modern dress and gelled hair, Salach departs from an expensive home in a mostly Jewish neighborhood where he doesn’t trouble his neighbors.

But Gapso’s perspective finds clear support among at least some of Nazareth Illit’s Jewish residents. One local woman, who spoke to the Forward as she waited for a bus, but on condition of anonymity, said that the situation was simple. “I don’t want Arabs, it’s a Jewish city,” she explained.

Teacher Dovi Holtz was happy to go on record. “I don’t believe they should come,” he said. “If a Jew went to buy a house in Nazareth, they would stone the person, but there’s supposedly no problem when they come to take over a Jewish city.”

Unable to stop Arabs from moving in, Gapso today speaks, instead, of diluting their presence. With various other loopholes for restricting residency to Jews closed today, there’s only one legal way to do this: Designate new housing for the Jewish ultra-Orthodox; it’s a practice permitted under Israeli law as a kind of affirmative action for a minority — Haredim — as opposed to prohibited exclusivity for the general Jewish majority.

And so, when driving through the city, you see a huge construction site where, starting in 2014, 3,000 Haredi families will take residence. They will, in all likelihood, represent a lower socio-economic stratum than the Arabs who move in, but Gapso believes it is good for the future of his city.

“I prefer Haredim,” the mayor said, adding that with the coming of these families, “it will stay a Jewish city.” Under Gapso’s plan, the neighborhood will eventually expand to house 18,000 Haredi families.

The insistence that Nazareth Illit is Jewish has been drummed into locals since its establishment. The city was established in the 1950s specifically as a Jewish city, a routine practice in planning and development back then. Designed as part of a broad mandate to “Judaize the Galilee,” Nazareth Illit was planned in such a way that it restricted the growth of Nazareth and other Arab locales nearby. Israeli leaders intended for the town to help counter the huge demographic presence of Arabs in the area.

Holtz, who previously lived in Modi’in and moved to Nazareth Illit in 2009 out of an ideological desire to strengthen the city’s Jewish character, cites local history as justifying the effort to keep Nazareth Illit Jewish. “Ben-Gurion built this city to make sure there is a Jewish presence in the Galilee,” he said. “Since the whole point of building the city was to have Jews in the Galilee, people who talk about it no longer being a Jewish city defeat the object of building the city in the first place.”

But Arab residents say that only the narrowest reading of history can be used to support the case for a Jewish Nazareth Illit. Most of the land for the city was expropriated by the state in the 1950s from Nazareth and from other neighboring Arab villages, including from private landowners. The private owners were entitled to compensation in accordance with the British mandatory law that Israel inherited — just below the pre-expropriation value of the land. But the efforts of their representatives to challenge the expropriation through legal channels failed.

“Why a Jewish city?” asked Ghada Arbid, a retired Arab teacher who has lived in Nazareth Illit since 1985. “It’s built on Arab lands.”

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New UK trade minister is committed Jew, thinks IsraHell’s ‘amazing’


Ian Livingston (photo credit: World Economic Forum/Wikipedia Commons)

Ian Livingston, who revived telecom giant BT, handpicked by Cameron for unpaid ministerial position, seat in House of Lords.

Times of Israel

There are so many Jews at the top of Britain’s Conservative party, Prime Minister David Cameron once quipped, that it should be known as the Torah party rather than the Tory party.

With the announcement last Wednesday that Ian Livingston was selected as trade and investment minister and elevated to the House of Lords, Cameron has appointed to the government possibly its most committed Jew yet, and certainly its most outspoken supporter of Israel — which Livingston has called “the most amazing state in the world.”

Livingston, 48, is one of Britain’s most visible business leaders, widely credited with steering telecom giant BT (formerly British Telecom) through the global downturn as its chief executive. Wednesday’s announcement of his departure from the company, which will take effect in September, immediately wiped £400 million ($618 million) off its market value.

In his new role as trade minister, which he will take up in December, Livingston will promote UK trade globally and attract investment in the British economy. He is replacing Lord Green, an ordained priest in the Church of England who is approaching retirement, and he was personally handpicked for the trade minister job by Cameron, who said Livingston “will bring huge talent to a vital national effort.”

Other top Jewish figures in the Conservative party include co-chairs Lord Feldman and Grant Shapps MP, who has defined himself as “quite observant,” senior treasurer Howard Leigh, a member of the Jewish Leadership Council; and former party treasurers Richard Harrington MP and Lord Fink, another member of the JLC.

Livingston leads an active Jewish life, regularly attending an Orthodox shul, Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue just outside London. He is a well-known supporter of Israel and of Jewish charities, in recent years hosting or speaking at events for high school Yavneh College, the United Jewish Israel Appeal, human rights NGO Rene Cassin, and Jewish business incubator TraidE, among other causes.

In October 2011, in a pre-Rosh Hashanah round-table discussion for the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, Livingston said that he keeps a kosher home and that his two children, Alastair and Emma, “have chosen a reasonably Orthodox path.” Asked to describe and rank the three key determinants of his identity, he replied, “Jewish, Scot, male.”

In that same discussion, asked for a Jewish New Year’s wish, Livingston said he hoped to see the start of “a path to peace for Israel. There is so much to celebrate in Israel. It is the most amazing state in the world and the downside or the pity of it is that it is turning into something slightly different. I don’t think there is a huge amount of time to start treading that path and I hope the next year actually starts to do so.”

According to his former rabbi, Naftali Brawer, now CEO of the Spiritual Capital Foundation, “Ian is an extraordinarily bright guy with a real sense of commitment to wider society. The fact that he’s leaving BT at the peak of his tenure in order to take up public service speaks volumes.

“He takes his Jewishness very seriously, drawing on Jewish values and texts. Chair of BT is an extremely high-profile position in the UK, but Ian and his wife Debbie are the most humble people. They are fantastic parents, great friends, and live in the community with everyone else. There are no airs about them.”

Livingston is not a supporter “of the current Israeli government,” he said during the Jewish Chronicle discussion. “If there is a Labour government in Israel, I am happier. I can be more emotionally attached to it,” he said, but he stressed that this did not dramatically change “my approach and attitude to Israel, any more than saying because I might disagree with the actions of the British government in some places, it somehow makes me less British.”

During his time at BT Livingston dismissed calls by charity War on Want for the company to disassociate itself from the Israel telecom company Bezeq, and told The Jewish Chronicle: “I have not received a single email from anyone in War on Want expressing any concerns about a relationship we may or many not have had in Syria, in Libya or anywhere else. You wonder and ask yourself repeatedly: Why is it? Is it anti-Americanism? Is it anti-Semitism? Is it anti-Zionism where they treat Israel differently? … That is a discomfort I feel just now. It is not a personal discomfort. It is a discomfort about something in society.”

Shortly after his appointment as chief executive in 2008, he hosted a dinner for 19 Israeli hi-tech firms who showcased their products in the BT Tower.

“The relationship with Israel is good for BT because it means making money,” he told guests. “It is not just Israel as a partner for innovation, but as a partner for business.”

Livingston, who was born in Glasgow in 1964, has long been regarded as a wunderkind. His mother Rhoda was the long-time secretary of Scotland’s oldest shul, Garnet Hill, while his father was a respected GP before his retirement. By age 19 he had graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in economics, and after several years working in accounting and banking, became the youngest-ever financial director of a FTSE-100 company, the Dixons Group, at 32.

In his five years as chief executive of BT, he oversaw a program of cuts that saw the company’s debt drop by over a fifth, and share price rise from 75p to more than £3.

With much of his pay packet depending on share price performance, he pocketed almost £10 million last year, it was reported last month, but his new government position will be unpaid.

Livingston’s other great passion is Glasgow’s Celtic football club, where he sits on the board. According to someone who has known him well for many years but did not want to be identified, “He has been known to come back from places as far away as Brazil to make a match and then go back.

“If he has sharp elbows, he deployed them in the world of business,” they added. “In his personal life, he is very family-minded, quiet, self-effacing and soft-spoken. He’s a real mensch.”

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Press TV influences world perspective by broadcasting truth: Glenn

Interview with Mark Glenn

Truth is a very, very powerful serum and a very, very powerful antidote. A little bit goes a long way and these evildoers know this and this is the reason why they have got to shut down all outlets of truth that threaten their international agenda.”

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement, Idaho, about Western violation of free speech in order to silence the voice of Iran, which offers facts and rational views often hidden or not expressed in the Western mainstream.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Not the first time we’re seeing this. Why do you think the attacks continue on basically trying to stop free speech?

Glenn: If we want to make a comparison here, lies and bad information are like a drug that can be used to seduce people and to rob them of their ability to see and think clearly and the truth is obviously an antidote to that drug. The Western Zionist media has to rely on this drug in order to keep the people under their sway – drugged up and stupid and incapable of thinking clearly about geo-political issues.

Press TV and other outlets particularly in their coverage of what has been taking place in Syria. This has translated into very direct, real, big time events such as Russia coming forward and offering or insisting upon continuing armament delivery of S-300s to Syria and this has resulted in all sorts of backlash including the American public being opposed to sending American troops into Syria.

So the control of information is absolutely vital in keeping a nation of people or even an entire civilization of people in line politically with whatever the elite has decided on what is going to take place.

And so Press TV obviously has been a real thorn in the side of this conspiracy to keep people stupid and in the dark and it’s resulting in real life problems for these conspirators.

Press TV: How intimidated are they by the Iranian stations? We know that the mainstream media basically as far as the money and as far as the amount of stations, it definitely has a lot more stations. Why are they so intimidated by just basically a few stations? Wouldn’t it be actually better if they did not take it off because there are so many stations on these satellite systems? Isn’t what they’re doing actually shooting themselves in the foot because it actually brings more attention now to Press TV and other outlets?

Glenn: Yes you’re absolutely right; that is the end result of this. But we shouldn’t credit these people with being overly bright. They’re driven by greed and they’re driven by very backward ideologies and they think that ‘might makes right’.

So the fact that Press TV may not have the kind of reach that some of these other international media outlets have, I don’t think this really enters into the equation.

They’re looking at the bottom line here, the bottom line is that people are freeing themselves of these intellectual shackles that are keeping locked in certain positions that are working against their personal interests and the interests of their country.

Truth is a very, very powerful serum and a very, very powerful antidote. A little bit goes a long way and these evildoers know this and this is the reason why they have got to shut down all outlets of truth that threaten their international agenda.

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