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Zio-Nazi Livni Suggests Erasure of Palestinian History is a Necessary Price for Freedom

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By Muki Najaer / PNN

Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni suggested on Thursday July 18th during President Shimon Peres’ ‘Facing Tomorrow’ conference that Palestinians stop using the word ‘Nakba’. Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, refers to the plight of Palestinian Arabs starting in 1948, displacement and murder of tens of thousands of Palestinians.  The Nakba is marked by the start of Israel’s occupation in 1948 –also considered the moment of the Israeli state’s independence.

Livni said, “the Palestinians could celebrate Independence Day if they would erase the word ‘Nakba’ from their vocabulary.”  Her insensitive assertion suggests that Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine would end, if only Palestinians forgot about their history.

Livni’s remark is not the first of this kind.  In a 2007 address to the Annapolis Conference she said, “Not every celebration of ours is cause for sorrow on the other side, and vice versa. I say to my Palestinian colleagues: Do not bemoan the establishment of the State of Israel; establish your own state,” thereby diminishing the actions of the Israeli state against Palestinians for the last 65 years.  She went on to say, “The establishment of the Palestinian state is not our Nakba, or disaster – provided that upon its establishment the word “Nakba” be deleted from the Arabic lexicon in referring to Israel,” as if partition is comparable to the occupation and destruction of Palestinian land and sovereignty for six and a half decades.

Livni’s suggestions to eradicate the word ‘Nakba’ in reference to the Israeli state’s long lived history of oppressing Palestinians has caused internet controversy, with some interpreting her remark as an attempt to give Israel a clean slate.  I am left wondering: How would Livni and other Israeli’s feel about their freedom hinging on the eradication of the word ‘Holocaust’?  While comparing the Nakba to the Holocaust is highly contested, that debate misses the point:  As a peace negotiator, Livni’s remarks invalidate generations of Palestinians’ experiences of oppression.

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Only love grew

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Posted by Nahida the Exiled Palestinian

 

When I was a little girl
My home was a tree-trunk
On a white cloud
Up…up… in the sky

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In this world of mine
The sun shone forever
All seasons were spring
And love grew everywhere

 

Yesterday is gone and its tale told. today new seeds are growing
In gardens… on trees
In the streets
On roof tops
In the rivers
In people’s hearts
And on their tongues

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Visitors to my world
Wondered how
And why
Hate didn’t grow
Hate couldn’t grow

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The secret was
In this world of mine
People could read
Each other’s minds
So, they came to understand

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How others feel
What others mean
Why others do
And where others stand

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That’s why
In this beautiful world of mine
Only love grew

 

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Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial

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Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offenses for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years.

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This is a supporter of Bradley Manning at a Minneapolis, Minnesota protest against National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs.

By Julian Assange

The ’aiding the enemy’ charge has fallen away. It was only included, it seems, to make calling journalism ’espionage’ seem reasonable. It is not.

Bradley Manning’s alleged disclosures have exposed war crimes, sparked revolutions, and induced democratic reform. He is the quintessential whistleblower.

This is the first ever espionage conviction against a whistleblower. It is a dangerous precedent and an example of national security extremism. It is a short sighted judgment that can not be tolerated and must be reversed. It can never be that conveying true information to the public is ’espionage’.

President Obama has initiated more espionage proceedings against whistleblowers and publishers than all previous presidents combined.

In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama ran on a platform that praised whistleblowing as an act of courage and patriotism. That platform has been comprehensively betrayed. His campaign document described whistleblowers as watchdogs when government abuses its authority. It was removed from the internet last week.

Throughout the proceedings there has been a conspicuous absence: the absence of any victim. The prosecution did not present evidence that – or even claim that – a single person came to harm as a result of Bradley Manning’s disclosures. The government never claimed Mr. Manning was working for a foreign power.

The only ’victim’ was the US government’s wounded pride, but the abuse of this fine young man was never the way to restore it. Rather, the abuse of Bradley Manning has left the world with a sense of disgust at how low the Obama administration has fallen. It is not a sign of strength, but of weakness.

The judge has allowed the prosecution to substantially alter the charges after both the defense and the prosecution had rested their cases, permitted the prosecution 141 witnesses and extensive secret testimony. The government kept Bradley Manning in a cage, stripped him naked and isolated him in order to crack him, an act formally condemned by the United Nations Special Rapporteur for torture. This was never a fair trial.

The Obama administration has been chipping away democratic freedoms in the United States. With today’s verdict, Obama has hacked off much more. The administration is intent on deterring and silencing whistleblowers, intent on weakening freedom of the press.

The US first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”. What part of ’no’ does Barack Obama fail to comprehend?

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The Assassination of Julian Assange

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by JONATHAN COOK

I have just watched We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. One useful thing I learnt is the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination. Gibney is too clever for a hatchet job, and his propaganda is all the more effective for it.

The film’s contention is that Assange is a natural-born egotist and, however noble his initial project, Wikileaks ended up not only feeding his vanity but also accentuating in him the very qualities — secretiveness, manipulativeness, dishonesty and a hunger for power — he so despises in the global forces he has taken on.

This could have made for an intriguing, and possibly plausible, thesis had Gibney approached the subject-matter more honestly and fairly. But two major flaws discredit the whole enterprise.

The first is that he grievously misrepresents the facts in the Swedish case against Assange of rape and sexual molestation to the point that his motives in making the film are brought into question.

To shore up his central argument about Assange’s moral failings, he needs to make a persuasive case that these defects are not only discernible in Assange’s public work but in his private life too.

We thus get an extremely partial account of what occurred in Sweden, mostly through the eyes of A, one of his two accusers. She is interviewed in heavy disguise.

Gibney avoids referring to significant aspects of the case that would have cast doubt in the audience’s mind about A and her testimony. He does not, for example, mention that A refused on Assange’s behalf offers made by her friends at a dinner party to put up the Wikileaks leader in their home — a short time after she says the sexual assault took place.

The film also ignores the prior close relationship between A and the police interviewer and its possible bearing on the fact that the other complainant, S, refused to sign her police statement, suggesting that she did not believe it represented her view of what had happened.

But the most damning evidence against Gibney is his focus on a torn condom submitted by A to the police, unquestioningly accepting its significance as proof of the assault. The film repeatedly shows a black and white image of the damaged prophylactic.

Gibney even allows a theory establishing a central personality flaw in Assange to be built around the condom. According to this view, Assange tore it because, imprisoned in his digital world, he wanted to spawn flesh-and-blood babies to give his life more concrete and permanent meaning.

The problem is that investigators have admitted that no DNA from Assange was found on the condom. In fact, A’s DNA was not found on it either. The condom, far from making A a more credible witness, suggests that she may have planted evidence to bolster a case so weak that the original prosecutors dropped it.

There is no way Gibney could not have known these well-publicised concerns about the condom. So the question is why would he choose to mislead the audience?

Without A, the film’s case against Assange relates solely to his struggle through Wikileaks to release secrets from the inner sanctums of the US security state. And this is where the film’s second major flaw reveals itself.

Gibney is careful to bring up most of the major issues concerning Assange and Wikileaks, making it harder to accuse him of distorting the record. Outside the rape allegations, however, his dishonesty relates not to an avoidance of facts and evidence but to his choice of emphasis.

The job of a good documentarist is to weigh the available material and then present as honest a record of what it reveals as is possible. Anything less is at best polemic, if it sides with those who are silenced and weak, and at worst propaganda, if it sides with those who wield power.

Gibney’s film treats Assange as if he and the US corporate-military behemoth were engaged in a simple game of cat and mouse, two players trying to outsmart each other. He offers little sense of the vast forces ranged against Assange and Wikileaks.

The Swedish allegations are viewed only in so far as they question Assange’s moral character. No serious effort is made to highlight the enormous resources the US security state has been marshalling to shape public opinion, most notably through the media. The hate campaign against Assange, and the Swedish affair’s role in stoking it, are ignored.

None of this is too surprising. Were Gibney to have highlighted Washington’s efforts to demonise Assange it might have hinted to us, his audience, Gibney’s own place in supporting this matrix of misinformation.

This is a shame because there is probably a good case to make that anyone who takes on the might of the modern surveillance and security empire the US has become must to some degree mirror its moral failings.

How is it possible to remain transparent, open, honest — even sane — when every electronic device you possess is probably bugged, when your every move is recorded, when your loved ones are under threat, when the best legal minds are plotting your downfall, when your words are distorted and spun by the media to turn you into an official enemy?

Assange is not alone in this plight. Bradley Manning, the source of Wikileaks’ most important disclosures, necessarily lied to his superiors in the military and used subterfuge to get hold of the secret documents that revealed to us the horrors being unleashed in Iraq and Afghanistan in our names.

Since he was caught, he has faced torture in jail and is currently in the midst of a show trial.

Another of the great whistleblowers of the age, Edward Snowden, was no more honest with his employers, contractors for the US surveillance state, as he accumulated more and more incriminating evidence of the illegal spying operations undertaken by the National Security Agency and others.

Now he is holed up in a Russian airport trying to find an escape from permanent incarceration or death. Should he succeed, as he did earlier in fleeing Hong Kong, it will probably be because of secrecy and deceit.

This documentary could have been a fascinating study of the moral quandaries faced by whistleblowers in the age of the surveillance super-state. Instead Gibney chose the easy course and made a film that sides with the problem rather than the solution.

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SHAME ON YOU ARAB’S: Exploit or Be Exploited: Survival Sex Among Syria’s Refugee Women

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Twenty-year-old bride Hanan Al Hariri, a Syrian refugee, sits during her wedding at Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria September 9, 2012.

ed note–yet more reason for the Middle East to hate the West and to characterize (rightly) the Americans, Brits, French, etc as ‘Crusaders’. Imagine for a moment some outside power funding violent rebels within any country in the west, resulting in a refugee crisis where women and young girls must then sell their bodies in order to survive.This is precisely what is taking place viz a viz Syria, and yet the peoples of the west blindly go about their lives, doing NOTHING to press their governments to cease and desist with what is inarguably an act of war against other sovereign countries.

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Each day, hundreds of Syrian women straggle into Jordan, Egypt and other countries in the region in search of security and a better life for themselves and their children. But because many of them have left their husbands behind in Syria, they are vulnerable to sexual violence and sexual exploitation. 

Humanitarian groups are working to tackle the problem, but complain that a lack of money to fund the effort prevents them from doing more to help these women and girls.

Asmaa Donahue, an advisor with the International Rescue Committee (IRC),describes the challenges refugee women face once they cross the border:

“While the lack of security in camps makes them less safe for women, at least things like food and some supplies and services are available,” Donahue said. “A much larger proportion of refugees in this crisis are actually living outside camps in towns and villages, and don’t have access to many services at all.”

“Many are struggling to make ends meet, barely able to scrape together the monthly rent for overcrowded apartments, or squatting in abandoned buildings or makeshift camps.  Many are not able to work legally and have no steady source of income,” Donahue said.

As a result, women resort to risky survival strategies such as early or forced marriage or exchanging sex for food and a place to live.

Exploit—or be exploited

The Zaatari refugee camp in northwestern Jordan has, by all reports, become a hub for quick marriages between Syrian women and men from other countries, particularly the Gulf area. Hamida Ghafour, a foreign affairs reporter for the Toronto Star, recently spent time at the camp for a report on the subject and describes it as “a buyer’s market.”

“If you are a groom and you are looking for a bride, preying on Syrian women is easier because they are in a position of not having any bargaining rights in getting amahr, a sort of dowry,” she said.

 (Note:  In Islamic law, mahr, a requirement of marriage, is paid to the bride and is hers to spend or save as she wants. However, in some countries, it is paid to her family).

“A lot of these women don’t know what else to do with their daughters, because they don’t have a tradition like you see elsewhere in the Arab world.  Girls don’t go out and live on their own, go to university or live a single life,” Ghafour said, “so they have to get married, settle down.”

Some men go to Jordan with the best of intentions, either out of a sense of religious duty or in search of a good wife, but because there is no way to investigate the backgrounds of prospective grooms and their families, families cannot be certain that their daughters will be treated well.

The phenomenon has created new business opportunities; Ghafour relates the story of “Um Majid,” a 28-year-old refugee from Homs who works as a marriage broker:

It began when a local aid organization approached her to ask if she knew any “pretty girls,” Um Majid said. Most of her business is conducted through word of mouth.  Sometimes, she admits, she goes into the Zaatari camp posing as an aid worker to scout potential brides for her clients. She expresses shame, but says life is all about survival—you either exploit or be exploited.

Underage Marriages

Dominique Hyde, the United Nations Children’s Fund representative in Jordan, says that while no official statistics are available, she confirms that UNICEF has seen an increase in early marriages to Jordanian and Gulf men. While early marriage—at the ages of 15 or 16—are not unusual in Arab society, particularly in rural areas, some refugee girls are being married off as early as 12 or 13.

“Child brides are at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, and child marriage often results in separation from family and friends and lack of freedom to participate in community activities, which can have major consequences on girls’ mental and physical well-being,” Hyde said.

UNICEF is working with other U.N. partners in Jordan to explain to Syrian families the challenges of early marriages. 

“Obviously,” Hyde said, “we can advocate with parents, but the reality is that when they have no more resources, they sometimes see marriage as the only solution for their daughters.”

Marriage “Lite”

Ostensibly designed as a way to get around the high price of marriage and avoid the sin of adultery, the misyar – or temporary—marriage, legal only in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, allows a man and woman to have sexual relations even though they don’t live in the same home.

Newspaper accounts back up statements by aid workers that traditionally, some wealthy Gulf men vacation in poorer countries such as Jordan or Syria, where they enter into misyar contracts for the duration of their holiday, then abandon their ‘wives’ when they return home. 

Refugee parents are approving such unions in the hopes that these temporary unions may someday lead to normal marriages. In reality, the endings are not so happy.
 
“The girl goes off with the husband, and after a few weeks or a few months, the husband gets tired of his young bride and sends her back to her family,” Ghafour told VOA. “And there is nothing anyone can do about this, because the marriage is not legally registered with the Jordanian government, and so the girls, the families, don’t have any legal recourse.” 

Those who are abandoned by their misyar husbands return in disgrace and may be forced to turn to prostitution in order to survive.

Prostitution

Because of the special stigma attached to prostitution in the Middle East, it is difficult to get information about its prevalence in refugee communities.  Humanitarian workers appear reluctant to admit that it takes place under their care.  What can safely be said is that prostitution is a desperate measure taken by women who have no other means of support.

The Toronto Star’s Ghafour encountered a young woman who admitted to working as a prostitute. “She was 15, actually, and she had gone through amisyar marriage.  Essentially, that’s prostitution, isn’t it?  She was too afraid to actually sit down and be interviewed, for natural reasons. She was worried for her life.”

Ghafour says that local community-based organizations are very wary of helping women who work as prostitutes. “They don’t see it as a priority because there are so many negative connotations about it,” Ghafour said.

Insufficient Funds

Aid groups say they are struggling to keep up with rapidly increasing demands for services. 

“The international donors and donor governments have only met a quarter of their funding commitments to this humanitarian crisis, and that commitment is already based on refugee estimates that were lower than what we’re currently seeing,” IRC’s Donahue said. 

According to UNICEF, nearly a quarter of a million of Syrian child refugees currently reside in Jordan. More than 2,000 refugees have streamed across the borders every day, and Hyde says she expects these numbers to more than double by July, and triple by December.

“The humanitarian community was extremely generous to UNICEF Jordan in 2012,” Hyde said. “But this year only 19% or about $12 million of the $57 million appeal for Jordan has been confirmed.”

Both groups say that unless they receive significant new funding, they will be forced to scale back on services drastically in the coming months.

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Rabbi: No need to return lost smartphone

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Halachic ruling issued by Rabbi Karelitz says because advanced cellular phone is ‘not kosher,’ there is no obligation to give it back to its owner

ed note–yet another example as to the madness that is inflicted upon the human mind as a result of Judaism and Jewish thinking. 

Clearly this is a case of theft, but because of certain ‘technicalities’ within the Jewish religion, a rabbi has ruled that the purloined phone does not need to be returned to its owner due to its non-kosher status. One has to wonder whether or not the original owner of the cell phone was a Gentile, in which case Talmudic law stipulates that ‘What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep.’

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An innovative halachic ruling issued recently states that there is no need to return a lost “non-kosher” phone to its owner.

The ruling was given following an incident which took place in a bakery in the central city of Bnei Brak, when a saleswoman refused to return a smartphone to its owner. The case sparked a halachic debate on social networks on whether the saleswoman had violated the “thou shalt not steal” commandment.

The new halachic ruling, issued by Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, states that banned cellular phone are not considered a property which, if lost, must be returned to its owner according to the Torah.

Meanwhile, a new court on communication affairs was established in the ultra-Orthodox sector at the initiative of Refael Meir, the brother of haredi journalist Yedidia Meir. The court will headed by five leading rabbis, who will issue rulings on the use of cellular phones and the Internet.

The decision to set up the new institution was made during a meeting held at the home of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the leaders of the haredi Ashkenazi public.

The court will also run a PR campaign against haredi websites which rabbis have ordered their followers to boycott. Some of these websites have been taken down as a result of the boycott calls, yet many other websites have been launched recently.

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Refugees are Humans

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by Iman Safi

The issue of refugees continues to plague the world with a reality that it prefers to ignore. But the world will either have to face it or opt to continue ignoring it at the risk of having to deal with graver consequences sooner or later.

The number of registered refugees has risen significantly over the last few years, and the nations that are would-be recipients of refugees are confronted with policies they need to have in place, with growing concerns amongst their voters regarding numbers of refugees hitting their home turf. Whilst many of the would-be refugee recipient countries are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention, the out-dated criteria and definitions of that 1951 Convention do not deal with the current problems.

The Australian government has recently signed a deal with the government of Papua New Guinea (PNG). According to this arrangement, simply put, all refugees on boats journeying to Australia will never be allowed to settle in Australia.

With the current number of world refugees standing at 41 million, such a measure may deter refugees from seeking refuge in Australia. But what will happen when the world refugee figures is increased to 100 million, 500 million? Is this far-fetched? Not really.

It is easy for the Australian Greens and other humanitarians, as well as some NGO’s, to criticise governments or majot political parties. In fact, the position of the Australian Greens about the PNG deal had the hallmarks of political gain rather than proper criticism. A cynic can clearly see that the PNG deal gave the Greens a field day, but at the end of the day, they not only failed to address what makes refugees refugees – they offered no alternative policies.

The Greens appear to want to be humanitarian and benevolent. If they had it their way, one should ask them, how many of the world’s 41 million refugees do they think Australia should take? If they open up the doors for the boats, and this seems to be their only vague policy, how will they deal with the consequences of the precedent they will be setting for the refugees – and their smugglers?

The current PNG option has not yet been tested, and it may or may not work. If it does, it may work for as long as the number of boats is manageable. But, PNG may not turn out to be a bad enough alternative to deter refugees anyway. This will all depend on what refugees are running away from and what they view as preferable alternatives.

Thus far, each of the receiving countries has been trying to single-handedly deal with the problem in a manner that serves their own short-term interests and appease their own voters. What they are totally ignoring are three main points:

1. Addressing the reasons that create refugees

2. Adopting a global approach to solving the problem

3. Having policies that will be able to deal with much higher numbers

At the present time, the fact that wealthy nations, most of whom are would be refugee recipients, are contributing greatly in creating global inequity. They are conducting needless wars, exploiting resources, imposing sanctions, using the underdeveloped world as a venue for slave labour and more, thus hugely contributing to creating the refugee “problem.”

These conditions have created many refugees from countries such as Palestine, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq , Iran, Syria, to name very few.

This basic aspect is currently totally ignored by the culprits, who, instead of addressing it and accepting their responsibility and role, adopt very shy refugee intake policies. With this prevailing attitude, it would not be unrealistic to assume that for every refugee they take in, they turn away ten, and maybe create one hundred.

What is also often overlooked is that by far, the highest numbers of refugees settle in neighbouring countries that are not in a position to take refugees. Jordan, a country of limited resources and very little water to supply the needs of its 6.5 million citizens, had to accept one million Iraqi refugees and most of them are still unable to return home 10 years on.

Jordan, a decade later, was again inundated by another wave of refugees, another million, this time from Syria. This figure is not officially confirmed, but the figures available show it to be about accurate. This amounts to one third of the country’s own population. This is equivalent to Australia being inundated by 7 million refugees, or the USA inundated by 100 million refugees.

A global approach needs to be based on understanding the underlying facts behind the problem. Thus, nations that have been bigger contributors to the problem should bear the bigger responsibility in resolving it by way of accepting more refugees, that they have, in reality, created.

The way the world is currently, makes it unlikely to expect that the above is foreseeable. But as problems generally get worse when not addressed at the right time and in the right manner, the refugee problem could escalate to an extent that in the absence of a realistic global moratorium, individual nations, may move further and further to the right and their constituencies become more radicalized.

In Australia, the Australian Labour Party (ALP) and the Liberals are already competing in their draconian approaches. The ALP changed course in light of over 20,000 refugees arriving annually “illegally” by boats. The Greens are not offering any real policies other than criticizing the major parties.

Being an island nation, Australia is in a fortunate position that under any situation, provided that its surveillance is up to scratch, it will be able to detect refugees, spotting them long before they arrive. Other would-be refugee recipient nations often have no such facilities.

Spotting them is one thing, dealing with them is another. In the absence of a proper global approach, what will nations like Australia do if or when the numbers rise ten folds or more?

If the rich world (aka the “Free World”) continues to exploit poorer nations, to ravage their homelands with needless wars, exploit their resources, pollute their land and water, build factories that are best described as slave labour camps, it cannot continue to wipe its hands of, and pretend to be a part of the solution when in fact it is the main cause, instigator and major contributor to the problem.

If this neo-colonialist “contribution” can be stopped, the world can then turn to face dealing with “real refugees”, environmental refugees, drought, earth-quake and other natural disasters refugees. Aid organizations can then be better able to focus on nation-building programs rather than refugee-camp building programs. Thus, the intake of refugee migrants can then be dealt with realistically and effectively.

Depending on how quickly the problem escalates, how high the refugee numbers grow and how many manage to dodge border security measures of the receiving nations, depending on how to the right world policies shift and what moves the sentiments of voters at the time, slogans such as “stop the boats” may be rewritten to say “bomb the boats”, and they may become the clincher to put a PM in Australia’s Lodge or even a President in USA’s White House.

If the world continues to sweep this tragedy underneath the carpet and continues to create more refugees, we may one day witness air-force planes and drones programmed to bomb boats of specific shapes sizes and colours.

We may see naval ships bombing refugee boats at sea without prior warning, and trade ships banned from picking up victims at the pain of getting bombed themselves.

Is this scenario too far-fetched? It is for now, but if countries like Australia start receiving 1000 boats a day (and the USA receive ten-fold), then desperate calls will attract desperate measures – this applying to both the refugees and the nations they are seeking refuge in.

The situation of refugees could become so dire, they will be prepared to take ever higher risks – risks that those who have not lived through the terror of war will never, ever understand.

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‘A Briefing on Syria’ hosted by Jewish Federation of Palm Beach

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Nearly 50 people attended ” A Briefing on Syria” on Monday, July 22 hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Interfaith Clergy Committee of Palm Beach Cuonty, and the American Muslim Alliance of FloridaProfessor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Robert Rabil, moderated a dialogue between Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, senior political adviser, government relations director and strategist for the Syrian American Council; Oubay Atassi, a member of the Syrian National Council and president of Doraltech; Ahed Alhendi, the founder of Syrian Youth for Justice; and Shlomo Bolts, a researcher, writer and activist for multiple Syrian pro-democracy organizations in Washington, D.C.Ghanem, who received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Damascus University, makes frequent trips to Syria and the Middle East, and routinely participates in and speaks at international conferences on Syria. 
Atassi has held numerous seniro positions within the telecommunications industry, including vice president of multiple divisions for Nortel Networks in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Miami and is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and English. Alhendi fled Syria for the U.S. after being imprisoned and tortured for political activism as a student. He has written for Reuters, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, and has been interviewed by CNN, NPR and Bloomberg, to name a few media sources. Bolts received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and graduate degree from Cambridge University.
He previously worked for the (CFR FRONT)Project on Middle East Democracy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Orthodox Jewish social justice group Uri L’Tzepek, where he is currently a prison reform consultant. Much of the dialogue and Q&A at this educational program centered on Syrian President Bashar Assad, and how the West could be helpful regarding the present conflict. “When Bashar came to power in 2000, many people expected he would make changes,” said Chanem. “When the Arab Spring was sweeping the region, many experts discounted the possibility that it would spread to Syria. Today, the Syrian army’s combat ability has been significnatly degraded; many soldiers have defected or deserted. 
The Assad regime is presently supported by Iran and Hezbollah, who have recently helped Assad regain momentum. General Salim Idris is a reliable partner who shares our ideals, and the international community should support his efforts as he works to diligently to unify the ranks of the armed opposition.” “Assad was like G-d,” said Alhendi. “At the Christian school I attended, students were forced to pray for Jesus and Assad, and power outages and other technical difficulties were blamed on Israel. Today, the Syrian rebellion is not a struggle between secularists and Islamists, but Jihadists are strong because the liberals are not getting adequate support from the West.” With regard to a sectarian conflict, Ghanem said,
“The Syrian rebellion is not Sunnis versus Alawites. The opposition includes Alawites, Christians and Syrians of all backgrounds. Similarly, Assad is supported by a number of Sunnis, who benefited from his rule. The longer the war continues, however, the more likely that it will turn the sectarianism that Assad is fomenting to take hold. The U.S. has provided humanitarian support, but the humanitarian catastrophe is symptomatic of a much larger problem that can only be resolved with assertive American leadership. “Many Latin American countries are supporting Assad, particularly Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador,” said Atassi. “I have personally refused to meet with Argentinean President Cristina Kirchner because of her pro-Assad positions.
I also believe that a large segmetn of the Latin American press is anti-American and anti-Zionist. “The Syrian regime deliberately and systematically targets civilians as Assad armed forces collapse,”[[[[[[said Bolts, an Orthodox Jew of Syrian ancestry.]]]]] “Iran and Hezbollah are taking over from Assad; Iran will eventually gain access to Syria’s chemical weapons, making Israel far more vulnerable.” The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County serves residents from Boynton Beach to Jupiter and west to Wellington as teh central Jewish community-building organization of the greater Palm Beaches. Federation strengthens Jewish identity, energizes the community’s relationship with Iserael and meets the human needs of the Jewish community in Palm Beach County, Israel and 70 countries around the world.
[ed notes;if you were wondering wether this event was held by some ordinary jewish charity in palm beach florida,with none other then altruistic motives regarding Syria crisis,no sorry to dissapoint you,this group is very much zionist to the core!!! All about Zionism tomorrow night at… – Jewish Federation of PalmShow Your Solidarity with Israel – American Zionist Movement
The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County: Zionist EventsThe Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County: A Zionist Experience

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Zio-Nazi Security Policy in a Changing Middle East

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 Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon believes that Israel’s recent period of relative peace could be shattered by conflict and instability spilling over from its neighbors.Speaking to a standing-room-only audience at The Washington Institute on June 14, he provided a sweeping assessment of the risks confronting Israel today, from Iran’s nuclear objectives, to the conflict in Syria, to the Palestinian campaign to delegitimize Israel. Below are highlights from his speech; for more, download the complete PDF transcript or watch video of the event.IRAN 
“We believe and we insist that, in the end, this regime should face a very clear dilemma: whether to go on with its rogue activities — on top of it, military nuclear capability — or to survive as a regime. That should be their objective. [There is] no doubt that this regime has come to be the main generator and instigator for instability in the Middle East. You can find the fingerprints in Afghanistan, on the wrong side; in Iraq, on the wrong side; in Bahrain, in Yemen, on the wrong side; in Syria, on the wrong side; in Lebanon, in the Palestinian arena, in Africa, in South America, in Asia, with their terror infrastructure.”
 [ed notes:its important readers notice how the zionist dog asserts that in his opinion (israhells)Iran is siding with wrong sides of  the conflicts,many of wich israhell and its subserviant western gov’s actually instigated and created,wether in Yemen,Bahrain,Iraq,Afghanistan,Syria,Lebanon etc…
“[I]n order to avoid the military option, which should be anyhow the last resort, all the others should be used and exhausted. We believe it is still achievable, but we should demonstrate more the determination and political stomach to go all the way in order to prevent a military nuclear Iran. In this regard, to conclude, I believe that the cooperation and the bond between the (zionist ran)United States and Israel is very, very important.””I believe that the regime’s intention is to acquire the capabilities to become a threshold state and then to be ready to make the decision when and how to break out — namely, to produce nuclear bombs…They enrich on a daily basis more low-enriched uranium, 20-percent enriched uranium, and I have the [historical] perspective. [In 2005], they had zero grams of enriched uranium; today they enriched almost eight tons of 3.5-percent enriched uranium…[and] they have 180 kilograms of 20-percent-enriched uranium. It’s bad news.”SYRIA
“Al-Qaeda elements [are] coming from Iraq to Syria with the idea to destabilize Syria and then to destabilize Lebanon, destabilize Jordan and Saudi Arabia, having a stronghold in Sinai, and encircle Israel. This is the idea. The idea is to defeat Israel — but, so far, to impose their ideology in the territories in which they operate.””We are in a very sensitive position, of course, so any Israeli intervention might affect the side that we might support — not for its benefit. Nevertheless, we put for the Syrian regime clear redlines — very clear.
One is not to allow any delivery of sophisticated weapons to any terror factions, militias (whether it is Hezbollah or any other faction), not to allow chemical agents to these kinds of factions, and to keep our sovereignty in the Golan Heights — not to allow any crossing fire from the Golan Heights, intentionally, not intentionally, to our side. And when they violate, or they cross, these redlines, as we did in the Golan Heights, in any crossing fire, we act.”“The worst outcome in Syria is a chaotic situation, but we can manage it. [[[[[Chaos meaning a vacuum in which al-Qaeda elements, terror elements will come in and will challenge us, will challenge Jordan, will challenge the stability of the region.]]]] [[[[[[[I believe that we can manage it.”]]]]]]]
[ed notes:regarding jordan notice he admits,below,(its no secret of course jordanian king is a puppet whos throne is thanks to israhell,seeh
ttp://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2011/06/zionist-watch-israhell-ensures-jordan.html ) that israhell and its lackey zionist ran us need to protect Jordan…   a few problems arise  from his comment on need to secure jordan as a partner..one will recall that a jordanian official ran al qaeda cells in iraq while ago..   http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/09/former-jordanian-minister-admits.html
the zionist media likes to claim al qaeda is out to dethrone the zionist jordanian puppet king,wich is of course lies,they(jordanian officials themselves arm and fund these terrorists in Syria,Iraq…now why would moshe yaalon say that a power vaccum is the worst scenario,wich could affect jordan,but they can manage it???how do you manage it if indeed al qaeda were able to overthrow israhells strongest regional partner in jordan?only way to manage such an occurrance is to manage it literally,by supporting it thru back channels,while demonizing it publicly,and rethorically…jordan and israhell strengthen al qaeda in Syria thats obvious… 

JORDAN “From our standpoint, it should be very clear that Jordan is an asset in the Middle East; in terms of stability, it is a very important asset for stability in the region. And that’s why we supported and we actually believe that Jordan should be supported by the (zionist ran)United States, by other allies, in order to keep Jordan as a stabilizer in the region.”
EGYPT
“In the current situation, our two defense establishments, Egyptian and Israeli, have good cooperation for the benefit of our two countries.””With all the complexities, with all the differences between the Muslim Brotherhood ideology and the idea of having these kinds of relations with us the way that [they are] implemented now — actually, the Egyptian commitment to the peace accord [continues]…because of the understanding that there is no way to get the U.S. financial support without being committed to the peace accord, a matter of interests.” 
TURKEY “We should not delude ourselves. We are not going to go back to the golden age of strategic relations, until 2004.[[[[[ But, yes, we have prosperous trade between the two countries, a matter of interests. ]]]]]]]We do not threaten each other, of course. And we wish to have the ambassadors back in the capitals — a diplomatic relationship — without any illusions. But hopefully, in the end, we will solve the crisis in the near future.”
Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon served for thirty-seven years in the Israel Defense Forces, rising to the position of chief of the general staff. Following his military retirement, he joined the Likud Party, winning election to parliament in 2009 and again this year. After serving as minister of strategic affairs in the previous government, he was named minister of defense in the new coalition government. Between his military and political careers, he served as a distinguished visiting fellow at The Washington Institute, where he authored the study Lessons from the Palestinian ‘War’ against Israel (2007).

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Zionist Saudi is recruiting Yemenite mercenaries and sending them to help opposition forces fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Western intelligence sources say the operation is being organized by the Kingdom’s general intelligence service, headed by the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan.The Paris-based Intelligence on Line reports that in its latest internet posting.According to the story, hundreds of Yemenite migrant workers (in Saudi Arabia), whose visas have expired, are being offered military training and pay in order to help out the rebels in the Free Syrian Army. They are also being promised that upon their return from Syria, they will be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia once again.Their training is being provided by army and intelligence officers of the Pakistani intelligence service, SIS, which is known to have good ties with Saudi intelligence.

The operation is being coordinated with the CIA, and American intelligence officers are also involved in training members of the Free Syrian Army in camps in Jordan.The Yemenite mercenaries are crossing into Syria from Turkey, whose intelligence services are also privy to the clandestine operation. The recruitment of the Yemenites is intended to provide a counterweight to the assistance that the Syrian regime is getting from Iran, Shiite militias in Iraq, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.Saudi Arabia is the leading provider of aid to the opposition in Syria, sending weapons and money. While Saudi authorities are comfortable with religious Muslim fighters, the Saudis — like the Americans and their partners — are trying not to strengthen extremists who were sent or financed by al-Qaeda.

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