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US Senators press Joint Chiefs chairman on Syria

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Netanyahu’s John McCain says he’ll block Gen. Martin Dempsey’s nomination to a 2nd term until a clear assessment on US force in Syria is given

Times of Israel

Two senior senators pressed the top US military official for his assessment about the use of US force in Syria as his reluctance to give Congress his personal opinion threatens his nomination.

Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. John McCain, a leading Republican, sent a letter to Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday with 11 extensive questions about Syria as well as the war in Afghanistan.

The letter comes a day after McCain and Dempsey tangled at a congressional hearing. The Republican lawmaker said he would block Dempsey’s nomination to a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until he gets an adequate response from the general.

McCain and Levin have been pushing for a more aggressive response by the Obama administration to the deadly civil war that has killed an estimated 93,000 and displaced millions of Syrians, creating a humanitarian crisis in neighboring countries such as Jordan and Turkey.

Among the questions was a request for Dempsey’s assessment of the “costs, benefits and risks associated with training and arming vetted elements of the Syrian opposition? In your view, could such action alone be sufficient to adequately build the military capability of the moderate opposition in Syria and create the necessary conditions for the administration’s stated policy objective – Bashar Assad’s departure and a negotiated solution to the conflict in Syria — to succeed?”

Assad is president of the Arab nation.

The senators also asked Dempsey whether the US military has the ability to significantly reduce Syria’s air power, ballistic missiles and heavy artillery, and whether taking that step would shift the balance of power in the civil war.

Col. Edward Thomas, a spokesman for Dempsey, said the military leader would respond to the request.

At the hearing Thursday, McCain asked Dempsey to provide his personal opinion on which approach in Syria carries greater risk for US national security interests: continued limited action on the part of Washington, or more significant steps such as establishment of a no-fly zone and arming rebel forces with the weapons they need to stem the advance of Assad’s forces.

Dempsey said he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of US military force in Syria, but he declined to detail those choices.

“It would be inappropriate for me to try to influence the decision with me rendering an opinion in public about what kind of force we should use,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey added that the question of whether to support the opposition forces in Syria “with direct kinetic strikes … is a decision for our elected officials, not for the senior military leader of the nation.”

The use of kinetic strikes, a military term that typically refers to missiles and bombs, “is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government,” he said.

Dempsey’s response, McCain said, contradicted his commitment to provide the committee with his personal views, even if those opinions differ from the administration in power.

In releasing the letter, the senators said they expected answers “as soon as possible in order to move forward promptly with the confirmation.”

The letter also seeks Dempsey’s assessment of the Afghan National Security Forces and the risks associated with pulling US forces out of Afghanistan.

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World’s ‘Most Moral Army’–IsraHell soldiers have depraved “fun” making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

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electronicintifada.net

Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”

Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Nesim Pesarel, one of the “Heritage House” residents, seen in a photo from his personal Facebook page.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.

Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

The page also appeals for donations “to support our guests and ‘lone soldiers.’” Residents of the “Heritage House” settlement also take part in colonization activities in other parts of the occupied West Bank, including Hebron.

Alex Winston is the “den mother” of The Heritage House men’s dormitory. Alex Winston is a member of the Israeli army’s Givati Brigade.

Nesim Pasarel (right with weapon) and Jonathan Leibovits (seated)

(Update: The gallery was removed shortly after the publication of this post.)

The true face of the “IDF”

In recent months, The Electronic Intifada has highlighted incidents of Israeli soldiers using social media to advocate brutal violence, and acts of sadistic torture and murder of children.

The Electronic Intifada also revealed images soldiers posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram of nudity, drug use and violence and most notoriously of a Palestinian child seen through the scope of a sniper’s rifle.

This week, the army began investigating a video posted online of Israeli soldiers frying a small bird alive, an act that had no purpose but gratuitous animal cruelty.

Israeli army attempts to halt social media scandals

The “Rachel Corrie pancakes” photos provide yet another window into the Israeli army’s culture of violence and come just as the occupation forces have tried to staunch the flow of embarrassing incidents on social media that have hurt its propaganda efforts.

The campaign, which includes this YouTube video, urges soldiers to “improve their image online.”

 

The voiceover in the video commands:

Soldier! Improve your appearance! Always remember: You are the face of the IDF. So improve your appearance – online!

The IDF is glad to invite you to get connected, share, love, tweet, respond, and show the pretty face of the IDF.

So go into the official pages and send us pictures, videoclips, and stories. The IDF on the Internet. One army, everybody’s face.

The “lone soldiers” at the Heritage House settler-colony have clearly not got the message.

With thanks to Dena Shunra for assistance with research and translation and Benjamin Doherty for assistance with research.

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Iran’s Pivot to the East

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Visitors from Iran take pictures outside an exhibition hall of the China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Oct. 17, 2011. Exporters at China’s largest trade show, the Canton Fair, say a darkening economic outlook in Europe and the United States is weighing on orders for Chinese-made goods from Western buyers, potentially boding ill for China’s growth prospects. (photo by REUTERS/Bobby Yip )

Iran was traditionally a trading partner of Western economies. Even post-revolutionary Iran relied more on trade with Western rather than Eastern partners or developing countries. However, in the past few years, stringent sanctions imposed by Western governments, as well as the growth of Eastern trading partners, have changed Iran’s trading patterns. This article will take a closer look at two important trends: the transformation of Iranian exports and the changes in Iran’s trading partners.

The included table summarizes the country’s trade statistics over the past two Iranian calendar years, plus a projection for the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2014.

Oil and gas exports initially took a dive in 2012 due to EU sanctions on the purchase of Iranian oil and US sanctions on the Iranian Central Bank, which undermined exports to non-European buyers of Iranian oil. However, growing gas and gas condensate exports will be the main factor behind the growth of petroleum exports in the current Iranian calendar year.

Indicators

All figures in billions US$

1390

(ended March 20, 2012)

1391

(ended March 20, 2013)

1392

(ends March 20, 2014) *

Oil and gas exports 81.7 66.2 75.8
Non-petroleum exports (including services) 31.9 34.1 34.8
Imports 71.0 62.3 59.9
Trade Surplus 34.5 38.0 50.7
Main Source: Iran Economics Magazine (Eqtessad-e Iran), June 2013 *Projected

The real success story in Iranian exports is the expansion of the country’s potential in non-oil exports. In fact, the government has set a goal to achieve balanced trade between Iran’s non-oil exports and the country’s imports. Admittedly, the non-oil exports such as cement and petrochemicals are also partly dependent on the availability of inexpensive energy in the country. Nonetheless, the country is promoting non-oil exports to reduce its dependency on oil export revenues.

Based on the latest statistics from the Iran Customs Administration, in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, 2013, the value of Iran’s non-oil exports reached $7.7 billion while the value of imports stood at $9.4 million, i.e., a quarterly non-oil trade deficit of $1.7 billion.

Taking into account the oil and gas exports, the country is producing a healthy trade surplus that will help the economy regain a new balance after years of failed economic and trade policies under the Ahmadinejad government. Though severe banking sanctions have impeded the repatriation of export revenues, Iran will develop new mechanisms to repatriate these funds and to boost its economy.

In fact, one of the consequences of the current banking sanctions is the growth of a new type of barter trade. The sanctions-related difficulties in making payments for imports have compelled many Iranian merchants to look for export opportunities in order to generate their own hard currency income outside Iran. The proceeds from exports are then used to import the needed goods — a method that circumvents banking transactions between Iran and foreign banks. The devaluation of the Iranian rial in 2012 has further facilitated the growth of non-oil exports from Iran — a welcome development for Iranian merchants.

Changing trade partners

In the 1990s, during the process of the country’s post-war reconstruction, Iran introduced a pro-European foreign and trade policy, mainly focusing on trade with the EU, especially with Germany. For more than 15 years, Germany was Iran’s largest trading partner followed by Japan, Italy and France.

The emergence of the Iranian nuclear stand-off and the consequent sanctions led to a gradual decline in trade with Western partners. This process was accompanied by trade growth between Iran and Asian partners such as China and India. The Iranian calendar year 1387, which ended on March 20, 2009, represented the first year in modern history that Iran had traded more with Eastern (Asian) countries compared with Western nations.

If we look at the official statistics of the first quarter of the current Iranian year, the ratio is 75% (Asian trading partners) and 25% (rest of the world). The 2012 EU-wide trade with Iran had dropped to 12.8 billion euros from 27.8 billion euros in 2011. Within the EU, Italy, Germany and Greece were the top trading partners of Iran. Evidently, the continued growth of Asian trading partners is also related to the fact that the same countries are also the main buyers of Iranian crude oil, i.e., China, India, Japan and South Korea.

Presently, Iran’s main imports are automobiles, mobile phones, cigarettes, medical equipment, industrial equipment, barley and wheat, mostly imported from China, India, Turkey, the UAE, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea. The major exported items are petroleum, gas condensate, petrochemical products, iron ore concentrate, cement and bitumen.

The UAE features as one of Iran’s top import and export trading partners because the UAE, especially Dubai, is used by many European and Asian companies as the location for the re-export of goods to Iran. Furthermore, Dubai-based traders are key players in managing Iran’s international commodity exports in petrochemicals and petroleum products.

A final point on trading partners is the growing role of regional export markets for Iran. In fact, for non-oil exports, Iraq is the most significant market for Iranian products, with annual trade hitting $10 billion. Other regional markets such as Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan are also gaining in significance.

Outlook

The upcoming change of government in Iran will lead to new policies and initiatives. On one hand, the Rouhani government will attempt to secure some sanctions relief through creative nuclear diplomacy. On the other hand, there could be potential for reviving some Iran-EU trade in areas that are not hit by external sanctions, such as pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Evidently, a lot will depend on the outcome of nuclear negotiations, which will be resumed after the official inauguration of the new government. Nonetheless, the process of reviving Iran-EU trade will take time.

The fact is that many businesspeople and government officials are not happy about the growing presence of Asian companies and products in the Iranian market. They argue that the lower quality of such products will increase the actual cost to the Iranian economy and believe that Iran should look for ways to reintroduce imports from the more developed economies. The combination of this tendency, as well as sanctions imposed by Western governments, will compel Iran to look for medium-quality products in countries such as South Korea, South Africa and Brazil, thus further boosting trade with emerging economies.

In the meantime, the new momentum generated by the June elections will push Iranian industrialists to develop export markets. Considering the growing trend of non-oil exports and the declining trend of imports (also clear in the above table), it would be conceivable that Iran will achieve its goal of a balanced non-oil trade by 2014.

 

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Live in peace or go back to Khazaria

According to Dr. Eran Elhaik, a population geneticist at the School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, the "genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.”
According to Dr. Eran Elhaik, a population geneticist at the School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, the "genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.”In about the year 740 CE, Bulan, the king of Khazaria, converted to Judaism, and afterwards most of the Khazars also accepted Judaism.Dr. Elhaik wrote: “At the final collapse of their empire (13th century), many of the Judeo–Khazars fled to Eastern Europe and later migrated to Central Europe and admixed with the neighboring populations.”In Supplication 27 (“For the People of the Frontiers”) of the Saheefah, Imam Zain al-Abideen as-Sajjad (peace be upon him) included the Khazars on a list of enemies on the borders of the Islamic world.
According to Dr. Eran Elhaik, a population geneticist at the School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, the “genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.”
By Hamid Golpira

Most of the Israelis believe that Muslims do not want to live in peace with Jews and are opposed to the idea of a Jewish homeland, but neither of those two misconceptions is true.

Palestinian Muslims are ready to live in peace with Jews in Palestine, as long as everyone has equal rights, including the right to vote, which is not the case today.

And Muslims are not opposed to the idea of a Jewish homeland. They just believe that a Jewish homeland should be in Khazaria or somewhere else but not in Palestine.

Everyone is talking about a two-state solution for Palestine, but a one-state solution through a referendum with the participation of all the people living in Palestine — Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people with other belief systems — would be the best solution.

However, all of the disenfranchised Palestinians would have to be given the right to vote for it to be a valid referendum.

And for that to happen, all of the 5.8 million Palestinians in the diaspora would have to be granted the right of return and the right to vote in the referendum.

If that happened, the plebiscite could be organized.

However, most of the Jewish Israelis are opposed to this proposal because they would then be in the minority.

There are about 2.6 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, about 1.7 million Palestinians living in Gaza, and about 1,662,100 Palestinians living in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the territories of Palestine occupied before the Six-Day War of 1967.

Thus, there are a total of 5,962,100 Palestinians living in Greater Palestine.

As of May 31, 2013, there were a total of 6,054,700 Jews living in Greater Palestine and the occupied Golan Heights, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

As of May 31, 2013, there were also 318,200 people who are neither Jewish nor Palestinian living in Israel according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. These “others” are defined as “non-Arab Christians, members of other religions, and persons not classified by religion in the [Israeli] Ministry of the Interior.”

So the entire area controlled by Israel — Greater Palestine, the Golan Heights, which rightfully belongs to Syria according to international law, and the Shebaa Farms, which rightfully belongs to Lebanon according to international law — has a total population of 12,335,000 and is approximately 49.09 percent Jewish, 48.33 percent Palestinian, and 2.58 percent others.

And there will be an Arab majority in Greater Palestine shortly after December 2014, according to a report published by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics in December 2010.

“The number of Palestinians (Arabs) will reach that of Jewish residents by the end of 2014, around 6.1 million, at the current growth rate,” the report said.

But if all of the Palestinians in the diaspora returned, the occupied territories would have a population of about 18,135,000, with approximately 11,762,100 Palestinians, 6,054,700 Jews, and 318,200 people who are neither Jewish nor Palestinian.

Then the region would be approximately 64.86 percent Palestinian, 33.39 percent Jewish, and 1.75 percent others.

Thus, over 60 percent of the MPs in the new parliament of the new country would be Palestinian, if a referendum were to be held to determine the final status of Palestine, followed by a parliamentary election.

This is the road to peace, if anyone wants to take it.

Some people will say that the Palestinian Muslim majority of the new country would oppress the Jewish minority.

However, this is not what history shows.

Muslims and Jews lived together in peace and harmony for centuries before the establishment of the Zionist regime, and the Holy Quran says Jews are People of the Book, which means they are monotheists with a book of true revelation and thus must be accorded due respect.

And during all those centuries, there were many pogroms in Europe, and Jews actually fled from Europe to the Islamic world so they could live in peace.

On several occasions between 1490 and 1492, Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire sent a fleet under the command of Kemal Reis to the Andalucia region of Spain to save the Sephardic Jews from the oppression of the Spanish Inquisition and allowed them to settle in the territories of the Ottoman Empire.

Kemal Reis also rescued Muslims during his trips to Spain, since they were also being persecuted.

The Alhambra Decree, which was issued on March 31, 1492 by the joint Catholic monarchs of Spain — Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon — ordered the expulsion of Jews from the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon and their territories and possessions by July 31, 1492.

In response to the Alhambra Decree, Sultan Bayezid II issued proclamations ordering Ottoman citizens to welcome the Jewish refugees from Spain. He also allowed the Sephardic Jews to become Ottoman citizens.

In 1506, Admiral Kemal Reis returned to Andalucia and rescued more Spanish Jews and Muslims, and then transported them to the safety of the Ottoman Empire.

Albert Einstein, who believed Jews and Muslims could live together and opposed the Zionist project to establish Israel in Palestine, wrote in 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people. Despite the great wrong that has been done us [in the Western world], we must strive for a just and lasting compromise with the Arab people… Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

If some Jews still do not want to live together in peace and prefer to live apart, then they should look for somewhere outside of Palestine to establish a Jewish homeland.

Perhaps they could find some empty, unpopulated tract of land to live on.

Or they could go to Russia and live in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast of the Russian Far East.

Or perhaps they could move back to Khazaria, since it seems that most of the Ashkenazi Jews — but not the Sephardic, Mizrahi, and Maghrebi Jews — are of Khazar origin and have little or no Hebrew ancestry.

According to a report published in the October 2003 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, 52 percent of Levites of Ashkenazi origin have a genetic signature that originated in Central Asia. The population geneticists who prepared the report said that the source of this genetic signature could have been the Khazars, a Turkic people who established a powerful state between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that flourished from the seventh century to the tenth century.

They formulated the hypothesis based on the fact that the signature, a set of DNA variations known as R1a1, is common in the region north of Georgia where the kingdom of Khazaria was located.

In about the year 740 CE, Bulan, the king of Khazaria, converted to Judaism, and afterwards most of the Khazars also accepted Judaism.

Itil, which is located about 40 kilometers south-southwest of Astrakhan, was the capital of Khazaria from the middle of the 8th century until the end of the 10th century.

In Supplication 27 (“For the People of the Frontiers”) of the Saheefah, Imam Zain al-Abideen as-Sajjad (peace be upon him), the son of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), included the Khazars on a list of enemies on the borders of the Islamic world.

In his 1976 book The Thirteenth Tribe, Arthur Koestler presented historical sources that provide evidence that Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of the Khazars.

Dr. Eran Elhaik, a population geneticist at the School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University, launched the Khazar DNA Project in 2012.

In an article entitled “The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses” that was published in the online version of the journal Genome Biology and Evolution on December 14, 2012 and updated on January 16, 2013, Elhaik wrote: “Alternatively, the ‘Khazarian Hypothesis’ suggests that Eastern European Jews descended from the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century… Our findings support the Khazarian hypothesis and portray the European Jewish genome as a mosaic of Near Eastern-Caucasus, European, and Semitic ancestries, thereby consolidating previous contradictory reports of Jewish ancestry.”

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published on December 28, 2012, Elhaik said that the various groups of European and non-European Jews have no blood or family connections, adding, “The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. We are talking here about groups that are very heterogeneous and which are connected solely by religion.”

His findings show that the dominant element in the genetic makeup of European Jews is Khazar, and this component is the most dominant in the genome of Central European Jews, at 38 percent, and Eastern European Jews, at 30 percent.

He also noted that the “genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.”

In the Genome Biology and Evolution article, Elhaik also wrote: “The religious conversion of the Khazars encompassed most of the empire’s citizens and subordinate tribes and lasted for the next 400 years until the invasion of the Mongols. At the final collapse of their empire (13th century), many of the Judeo-Khazars fled to Eastern Europe and later migrated to Central Europe and admixed with the neighboring populations.”

However, since other peoples now live in the territory that was once Khazaria, perhaps it wouldn’t be a good idea for Ashkenazi Jews to move back to that region.

At the end of the day, it would be better for everyone to live together in peace in one state in Palestine.

And the only way to achieve that goal would be to hold a referendum to create such a state.

And if the Israelis and their supporters try to block the referendum, the Palestinians and their supporters should use the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to press the issue of the referendum.

Every effort should be made to organize the referendum so there can be one state in Greater Palestine where everyone — Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people with other belief systems — can live in peace with equal rights.

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Police: Jewish teens burned cats ‘out of boredom’

Four 15-year-old boys called in for questioning after officers on patrol spot them holding spray cans, lighter, later find incinerated cats. Teens say they acted out of boredom

ed note–Burning innocent animals is the prescribed method of atoning for sins and appeasing the Jewish god Yahweh in what is referred to as a holocaust. It is something as deeply embedded in the Jewish religion, culture and mindset as making the sign of the cross is to Catholics. It is for this reason that Israel prefers spectacular displays of fire and explosions when murdering people in Gaza and in Lebanon as well as the reason for the psychotic Jewish youth featured in this story setting innocent cats on fire.

lest we forget–

‘If any member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, when they realize their guilt and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering for the sin they committed a female goat without defect. They are to lay their hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering. Then the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the Lord. In this way the priest will make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.–Leviticus 4

‘In the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes’–Deuteronomy 20:16-18 

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Police suspect four teenage boys from a town near Modiin burned and killed three cats. Officers on a routine patrol noticed the teens carrying suspicion objects on Friday night and later found three dead cats nearby.

According to the police, the teens said they acted out of boredom. They will report for questioning along with their parents on Sunday.

At around 2 am on Friday, Shai District police officers on a patrol noticed four teens holding spray cans and a lighter. This aroused their suspicion and they subsequently found three burned cats after scanning the area.

The teens told police they did not plan to burn the cats and that they acted of boredom. They apologized for their actions, according to the police.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Military Police have opened an investigation into a video posted online that shows a soldier seen frying a live bird. The soldier was apparently found and will be questioned and most likely indicted for cruelty to animals.

The video garnered much attention on social networks, but was taken off YouTube on Wednesday night, shortly after it was uploaded. In the 33-second clip, the soldier, dressed in military trousers and a white shirt, is seen holding a small bird’s legs, and dipping it in boiling liquid.

The small bird flaps, and then – after encouragement of an off-screen person – the soldier again dips the bird’s head in the pot, holding it under for a few seconds.

“Is it dead?” asks the off-screen person. The soldier who holds the bird examines it before replying, “Yes.”

The IDF spokesperson said, “The video presents a serious case which is not in line with the values of the IDF. Military Police have opened an investigation and will pass the findings onto the military prosecutor.”

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ر الببلاوي رئيس حكومة مصر المؤقت: نبي الله عيسي بن مريم عليه السلام أبوه يوسف النجا


المختص

منذ أن تم تكليفه برئاسة الحكومة، ودفاتره القديمة يعاد فتحها من جديد، فبعد حديثه منذ عام عن ضرورة إلغاء الدعم، ومقال له قبل 3 أعوام يدعم فيه ترشيح جمال مبارك للرئاسة، تداول نشطاء مقال سابق للدكتور حازم الببلاوي رئيس الوزراء الجديد، تناول فيه كلاماً محض اختلاق أسطوري
لم يأت في أي دين أو وثيقة تاريخية كما يخالف معتقد المسلمين والمسيحيين معاً.

رئيس الوزراء الجديد نشر له مقال في جريدة الشروق بتاريخ 22 أبريل 2011 بعنوان «حكومة مدنية لشعب متدين» .. قدم فيها عرضاً تاريخياً لأنبياء الله الذين نزلوا إلى مصر، إلا أنه وقع في خطأ عقائدي كبير حيث اعتبر ان سيدنا عيسي هو ابن ليوسف النجار من زوجته مريم و قال نصا “وعندما ولد السيد المسيح فى أرض فلسطين، هرب يوسف النجار مع زوجته مريم وابنهما الرضيع إلى أرض مصر لعدة سنوات خوفا على حياة الطفل

قبل أن يعودوا من جديد إلى فلسطين. 
و هو ما يتصادم مع عقيدة المسلمين بأن عيسي ولد من أم و بلا أب
الطريف والغريب أن هذه الرواية لا تتعارض فقط شكلاً وموضوعاً مع العقيدة الإسلامية ولكنها أيضاً تعارض عقيدة المسيحيين ما يعني أن الببلاوي بدلاً من أن يستدعي حقائق تاريخية ودينية لعرضها في مقاله، عرض لأساطير وأكاذيب عكست حقيقة الخلفية الدينية والفكرية لرجل الاقتصاد ذي الـ 77 عاماً.
رابط المقال
http://www.shorouknews.com/columns/v…7-3f2cf16353bf

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Helen Thomas on Her Resignation and Middle East

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Thomas: Israel should get out of Occupied Territories; White House Correspondents Assoc. out of line –  

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Helen Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American news reporter, member of the White House Press Corps and author. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club and the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association. Her most recent book, co-authored with Craig Crawford is Listen Up, Mr President: Everything you Always Wanted Your President To Know and Do.

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Helen Thomas on Her Resignation and Middle East

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. Last May 27 in Washington, veteran journalist and the veteran of the White House press corps Helen Thomas was leaving the White House. Somebody came over and asked her a question. It turned out he had a video camera. She answered the question. And that led to what many people think was a forced resignation from the Hearst newspaper chain, an end to her career covering the White House, one of the most renowned careers of the White House press corps.
I (just for full transparency) at the time wrote a piece called “In defense of Helen Thomas”. If you want to see it, it will be on our website. And now joining us to talk about what happened that day and what happened since and her views about that and the Middle East is Helen Thomas, who I don’t think needs further introduction. Thanks for joining us. So, Helen, talk a bit about that day, first of all. What was happening? You were leaving the White House, and what happens?
 
HELEN THOMAS, COLUMNIST: I had a friend with me, and we were encountered by this rabbi. I didn’t know him. He had a yarmulke and he had two—.
 
JAY: This is Rabbi Nesenoff, I think his name is.
 
THOMAS: Yes. And he had two sons with him. He said they want to be—he stopped me and said they would like to be journalists, and I said they should go for it, they’ll really never regret it. And all of a sudden he says, what do you think of Israel? And he pulls out his cell phone, I thought, but I guess it was a camera. And I said they should get the hell out of Palestine. And I obviously was referring to them occupying all of the West Bank, Gaza, and all the places where they have come from nowhere to control and tyrannize the Arabs, Palestinians.
 
JAY: Now, there’s been some debate whether you meant the occupied territories, as they’re referred to now—it’s mostly essentially the West Bank and Gaza—and/or did you mean Israel as defined by 1967 borders.
 
THOMAS: Well, if we could get them back to the ’67 borders it certainly would be a triumph, but they’re not about to move anywhere. They keep taking and keep bulldozing homes on the West Bank. They have Jewish-only roads. They would never tolerate that here.
 
JAY: So what was your frame of mind when you answered the question?
 
THOMAS: I was free as a spirit. I had no idea that I was going to be interviewed. At the same time, I’m very blunt. I always try to answer honestly any question. I didn’t know I was being interviewed. It was a sneak stealth attack.
 
JAY: The debate that’s taken place, or part of the—there’s been various debates that took place about what happened that day and what happened to you afterwards. What is your view, in terms of the—Israel within ’67 borders, Palestine in terms of West Bank and Gaza? What is your view on this?
 
THOMAS: My view is that you should not create another nation in somebody else’s country, and the Palestinians were 85 percent in the majority, until they began the immigration for the Jews and for the Zionists because they had designated Jerusalem as their home, that God gave it to them. Well, I mean, that’s—what God? Who? And so forth. Everything like that is just very debatable. Jews have been persecuted all over the world. There’s no question about that. Certainly the Nazis—I mean, it’s too horrifying to think of what they did and the silence in the world when it was happening. At the same time, they aren’t the only ones who fought in World War II. I had—my brothers, two brothers, were there. All my relatives. Every American was involved. So it isn’t a question of the Holocaust was a simple thing going on. The Russians lost 25 million people.
 
JAY: When the rabbi asked you, well, where should they go, you said, get the hell out. And he asked you, well, where should they go, and you said, Germany, Poland, America.
 
THOMAS: They immediately, in their propaganda minds, considered it Auschwitz. I didn’t say that, and they know damn well I didn’t say that.
 
JAY: Do you understand why it seemed to resonate?
 
THOMAS: I understand why they’re always the victim, nobody else is: it helps them.

JAY: Do you understand why it sounded to some Jews who may not even be—.

THOMAS: I understand what—they want to think what they want to think. But it’s not true, and they can’t face that.

JAY: That being—?

THOMAS: Saying that I’m sending them to a concentration camp. I mean, come on.

JAY: In terms of what you think should be done now, what the solution is now, what would you like to see?

THOMAS: I’d like to see the occupation ended. I’d like to see the—.

JAY: And when you mean occupation, you’re talking West Bank and Gaza.

THOMAS: Israeli occupation of the Arab world, all, Golan Heights, everything, Gaza. What the hell are they doing there?

JAY: And some people try to interpret what you said meaning the Jews should get out of—that there essentially shouldn’t be a country or a state of Israel, the Jews should get out of the region.
 
THOMAS: Israel has already been recognized as a country by our country, and so you can’t turn that around. It was recognized by Truman at three o’clock in the morning when the Zionists started knocking down the door and demanding. That’s never been—no country’s ever been recognized in that way. The debate was still going on in the UN, but that’s past history. They should get out of all the occupied territories, the Israelis.

JAY: Now, one of the accusations or one of the things that is said about Israel, especially there’s people like Irwin Cotler and other people, they talk that Israel is the reflection or the product of a global Jewish identity, so if you attack Israel, you’re attacking Jews. What do you think of that?

THOMAS: If they want to take that mantle for all the wrong things that Israel is doing now, so be it. I think they should deny that.

JAY: No, well, I think the evidence is pretty clear that that position is not actually the view of a lot of Jews. So talk about what happened after you made the statement.

THOMAS: Well, I think that I was misinterpreted in many ways of being anti-Semitic. I’m more Semitic than any of these critics. So it made me laugh, really. What is anti-Semitic?

JAY: Well, you know that when they say anti-Semitic, they mean hatred of Jews. They don’t—I know Arabs are Semites too, but the way the phrase is used, it means hatred of Jews.

THOMAS: They use it. They use it themselves. It’s horrible to say. But I can count so many Jews who are my friends and who do understand I’m anti-Israeli but I’m not anti-Semitic.

JAY: Some of the people that support Israel say that you can’t be anti-Israel and not be anti-Semitic. They say the two—one equates the other. If you’re anti-Israel, you’re—.

THOMAS: I could be anti-aggression, anti-occupation, and so forth. Is that—they want to put that on their mantel? No, surely not. I know—I cannot believe that they would assume that.

JAY: So what happened after your remarks went public? What was the next thing that happened?

THOMAS: Retirement.

JAY: So what’s the story there? Why did you retire?

THOMAS: Why did I retire? Never by my own volition. Everybody’s being fired for what they say these days. You can—but not if you say anything about the president of the United States. You can call him anything in the book. But you can’t say anything about Israel. That automatically makes you anti-Semitic.

JAY: Well, so Fox News didn’t offer you a job right away [inaudible]

THOMAS: Not for $2 million.

JAY: Yeah. This is a reference, obviously, to Juan Williams, who was fired at NPR and was immediately given a $2 million contract by Fox to protect his freedom of speech, they say. But no one rushed in to protect your freedom of speech.

THOMAS: Well, I think I had some protectors. But, you know, it’s—I don’t want anyone to stick their necks out and get—walk this line.

JAY: What did you make of the reaction of the White House press corps to your forced resignation?

THOMAS: Shocked. Shocked.

JAY: They issued a statement. Let me read the statement. This is an excerpt of the statement by the White House Correspondents Association. “Helen Thomas’ comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them.”

THOMAS: I didn’t say the board wasn’t—believed the same thing. And I can defend my remarks. People who are being brutalized every day—. We all should be saying the same thing.

JAY: In your experience at the White House, has the White House Correspondents Association ever issued a statement like this before?

THOMAS: No, not that I know of. I’ve been there a long time.

JAY: So, I mean, what has it got to do with them what a particular journalist has to say?

THOMAS: Nothing. They want to take away my awards and everything else. Who in the hell are they?

JAY: So when your employer, the Hearst chain—someone must pick up the phone and say, Helen, you’ve got to resign.

THOMAS: They were very nice to me. Very hard for any company to stand the kind of pressure—. You know, I think—I don’t blame Hearst at all. Any company probably would have caved.

JAY: But don’t you think particularly a newspaper has to be able to stand up to this kind of pressure?

THOMAS: If they have courage and if they don’t mind losing a lot of money.

JAY: Well, I guess that’s part of the problem with the economic model of these news organizations.

THOMAS: Especially when they’re going down the drain. Poor newspapers. I love newspapers. I can’t live without them.

JAY: So in terms of your feelings now about what happened to you, about what was said, what’s your takeaway of this? What conclusions do you come to?

THOMAS: There’s no real freedom of speech in this country if you mention Israel. You can call the president everything in the book, and nobody says anything. They’re all—. But somehow this is the no-no. This is off the—you’ve crossed the line when you talk about Israel.

JAY: What do you make of how most of the media covers the Middle East and covers Israel?

THOMAS: Very distorted. Very. I don’t think it’s fair at all. But at the same time, when it is fair, like AP would be fair, a wire service, people don’t get it. They don’t understand. The Palestinians are dubbed as terrorists and all the Muslims are terrorists. I mean, this is so unfair. I don’t understand people who would fight for civil rights in this country and anywhere in the world, but when it comes to Semitism, then you can’t say anything.

JAY: Well, I know the blog I wrote, “In defense of Helen Thomas,” which was on our website—it was also on Huffington Post—it got thousands and thousands of reads and thousands of comments, and the vast majority of comments were actually in defense of Helen Thomas.

THOMAS: God. That’s nice to hear.

JAY: And a few days after you resigned, there was a poll taken in The Washington Post asking whether Helen Thomas should get her seat back in the White House press room, and apparently 92 percent of the people said yes, Helen should get her seat back.

THOMAS: Good for them. Thank you!

JAY: Did you ever consider fighting this?

THOMAS: No.

JAY: How come?

THOMAS: Because I think employers have the right to keep you or fire you.
 
JAY: Was your seat in the White House dependent on the job you had with Hearst?
 
THOMAS: No, not at all.

JAY: Could you have fought to keep the seat?
 
THOMAS: No. Never.
 
JAY: Why?
 
THOMAS: Because it doesn’t belong to me.
 
JAY: Well, a lot of people think it did. So you still have an audience out there. Are you going to come out of retirement, perhaps? Are you going to do some writing?
 
THOMAS: Absolutely. I have a lot to say.

JAY: Thank you for joining us. And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

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State-sponsored Terrorism in India

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By Sajjad Shaukat

In his recent statement, the Indian former home ministry and ex-investigating officer Satish Verma disclosed that terror-attacks in Mumbai in November 26, 2008 and assault on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001 were carried out by the Indian government.

According to Indian media‚ the fake encounter case involving a senior officer under-Secretary of Interior Ministry Ishrat Jahan has submitted an affidavit in the court stating that a member of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe team Verma told him that in the terrorists’ attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai were pre-planned, and were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation.”

In fact, under the pretext of these self-arranged episodes, New Delhi not only suspended the process of dialogue with Islamabad, but also Confidential Building Measures (CBMs), bringing both the nuclear countries to the brink of war.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while repeating old baseless allegations against Islamabad had stated that Pakistan has “epicenter of terrorism,” and Islamabad should “end infrastructure of terrorism.”

Indian top officials and media left no stone unturned in tarnishing the image of Pakistan, and country’s InterServices Intelligence (ISI) through concocted stories regarding Mumbai carnage and Parliament attack, linking it with the banned organisations, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD).

As regards the Mumbai mayhem, while fully cooperating with New Delhi, Pakistan had took action against the banned outs, LeT and JuD by lodging FIR against some suspected persons, and also detained many individuals for investigation. But Lahore High Court had released Hafiz Saeed on bail, saying that there was no evidence against him about the Mumbai catastrophe.

However, India failed in supplying solid proof to Pakistan in relation to Mumbai tragedy except providing a self-fabricated story which was quite fake—full of loopholes, created by RAW, while death of Indian Anti-terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare was also pre-planned.

The real story of the Mumbai carnage proved last year, when a day after the Indian media exposed the name of the terrorist, Wazhul Qamar Khan whose name was included in the list of 50 alleged terrorists given to Islamabad in March, 2011. In this regard, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram admitted that what the media described an embarrassing lapse—for preparing the list was true. While, Pakistan’s law-enforcing agencies were desperately looking for Wazhul Khan. But Wazhur Qamar “is living in the suburbs of Mumbai with his family” and “is regularly reporting to a court that gave him bail” as reported by The Times of India. Besides, reports suggest that another most-wanted culprit, Feroz Abdul Khan who was supposed to be hiding in Pakistan has also been found out in India.

In the recent past, India has executed Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the Mumbai attacks and Afzal Guru, In fact, RAW had taken forced statements from them that they had links with ISI and LeT.

India and Pakistan had resumed the new phase of talks in March, 2009. Every time, prime ministers and foreign ministers of Pakistan and India ended their meetings with issuance of positive notes, vowing for the settlement of real issues, but the same failed without producing tangible results due to Indian hidden diplomacy. In this respect, New Delhi has always blackmailed Islamabad to take action against the culprits of Mumbai carnage.

Notably, on November 10, 2011, the then Prime Minister Gilani and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Maldives. Both the rulers agreed to improve their bilateral relations especially in trade, and also stated that all the issues were discussed. Quite contrarily, two days after that meeting, Manmohan Singh stated, “I left Gilani in no doubt that if public opinion in India is not satisfied that justice is being done to those responsible to the barbarous attack of Mumbai, it would not be possible to move forward with the peace process.”

Similarly in 2012, Pakistan’s President Zardari and P.M Singh met on the sidelines of the NAM Summit in Tehran during which Singh repeatedly said that expeditious conclusion of the Mumbai terror attack trial in Pakistan would be a major measure in bilateral relations. Besides, he failed to give any definite date for his promised visit to Pakistan.

Especially, with the support of RAW and US, in November 2010, the six legal heirs of the Mumbai catastrophe filed a civil law suit in a district court in New York about alleged support of ISI’s two ex-director generals including few others, and also asked Pakistan to dismantle LeT.

Besides, by following self-devised scheme, FBI arrested a US citizen, American-born Pakistani, David Headley from Chicago. Under torture by FBI, he maligned the ISI and confessed his involvement in 26/11 attacks. But David Headley changed his testimony, absolving the ISI leadership from planning the Mumbai tragedy. However, India was badly disappointed when a New York federal court dismissed the case, saying that under the US foreign law, Pakistan’s ISI “enjoy immunity”

Particularly, in January 2013, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde disclosed that organised training camps run by the fundamentalist parties, RSS and BJP were promoting Hindu Terrorism, and were behind the Samjhauta Express, Meccca Masjid, Ajmer Sharif and Malegaon blasts. He added that these parties were involved many times in Hindu Muslim violence in India, especially Gujarat and Babri Masjid incident.

While taking positive steps, Islamabad already signed a number of trade agreements with New Delhi, which allowed India exports of multiple items across the Wagah border. It also granted India Most Favoured Nation status, which permits trade in almost everything. On the other hand, New Delhi has allowed investments by Pakistanis in India.

Owing to Indian delaying tactics, Pak-Inlhi is determined to keep its illegitimate control on Kashmir.

 dian real issues, especially Kashmir dispute have still remained unsettled because New De

Nonetheless, Satish Verma’s disclosure about Mumbai and Parliament attacks including admission of other officials regarding various subversive acts have clearly proved state-sponsored terrorism in India.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Breaking-free

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by Nahida the Exiled Palestinian

Those who robbed Palestine have NO moral or ethical argument whatsoever, so they got into the habit of using two fig leaves to cover their nude morality: Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.

Accusing Palestinians or human right activists of being hateful, racist and antisemites because they EXPOSE and DETEST the ideology of SUPREMACY rampant amongst the occupiers of Palestine, yet simultaneously keeping MUTE about such supremacy within, is hypocrisy at best, and active deception at worst.

What a bizarre configuration imposed upon Palestinians and their supporters; they call activists racists for fighting racism, while they consolidate the racism of others by propagating such accusations as a smoke screen to silence truths and concealugliness in one shot.

Palestinians and their genuine supporters must walk away from the distraction of those who insist on injecting our struggle with banners of “fighting antisemitism”, or “fighting holocaust deniers”, these are NOT our battles, these battles belong to ADL and its ilk.
Palestinians and their genuine supporters must come together to dialogue, explore strategies and hopefully work for  unified aims with clear vision without having to tiptoe around their thoughts along the path for freedom, and without having to sacrifice their aspiration of liberation on the altar of sensitivities of their persecutors and for the sake of not offending their oppressors.

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Is Your Child Risking a Brain Tumor with Cell Phone Usage?

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A smaller brain means a bigger risk. While there may be a heightened risk for brain tumors among cell phone users of all ages, younger people have smaller brains with more connective tissue than mature brains. In other words, they can absorb up to three times as much radiation.

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By Elizabeth Renter

Natural Society

What is the appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone? Just a couple decades ago, the mobile technology was only in use by a small percentage of the population. But cell phone use has grown exponentially in a relatively short amount of time, and it’s not just adults who are using them. Children as young as 10 (and sometimes younger) are given cell phones, and some experts say this could be putting them at a heightened risk of brain tumors and cancer.

The connection between cell phone use and increased risk of brain tumors has been made several times, with some nations taking it more seriously than others. In Australia, the link between cell phones and possible brain tumors in children is being taken quite seriously. The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is distributing a fact sheet to all families purchasing cell phones, warning against the dangers of radiation and their potential link to brain tumors. They are urging parents to limit cell phone use by children and teens and telling them to keep the phone away from their head while in use.

Radiation put off by cell phones has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the World Health Organization in the U.S., although some might say the U.S. is focusing less on the issue at hand – despite saying that cell phones are in the same cancer-causing category as lead and engine exhaust just a couple years ago. While we don’t allow our children to play with pesticides or diesel, we readily hand them cell phones.

Related Read: Why Children Should LIMIT Cell Phone Use

Just a few Reasons to Limit Cell Phone Use (Especially for Children)

  • Researchers with a study released in July 2011 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute said they found no connection between cell phone use and the risk of brain tumors in children. But immediately after, they were lambasted by the Environmental Health Trust, who said their study included many statistical errors and their conclusion was flawed. Rather than not showing a link, the Trust determinedthe study actually proved a 115% increased risk of brain tumors in children who used cell phones over those who didn’t.

“There’s every indication that this study actually found that children have a doubled risk of brain cancer,” said Lloyd Morgan, a senior research fellow of the Trust. “For them to just state that we don’t think there’s a problem is, for me, quite mystifying.”

  • Another study conducted at the Örebro Hospita in Sweden revealed that 10 years of cellphone use resulted in an average 290% increased risk of brain tumor development. Interestingly, the tumor development was found on the side of the head in which the cellphone was most used.
  • But the risk of developing a brain tumor isn’t the only consequence. One report shows just how damaging EMFs can be for children, revealing that due to developing organs, lower bone density of the skull, lower body weight, and a less effective blood brain barrier, children are very vulnerable to cell phone radiation. This is especially true for unborn children, with research showing that microwave radiation emitted by cell phones negatively influencing fetal brains.

A smaller brain means a bigger risk. While there may be a heightened risk for brain tumors among cell phone users of all ages, younger people have smaller brains with more connective tissue than mature brains. In other words, they can absorb up to three times as much radiation.

Additional Sources:

ABC News

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