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ZIONIST RULERS OF THE GULF

It is the rulers of the Gulf- among others- that allowed Israel to exist and expand and flourish and – even if they helped the Palestinians financially- they stood as an impasse regarding any attempt at liberating Palestine .At the same time they subjugated their people by owning the country itself and the people, which is a kind of syndrome called the Gulf Syndrome and another kind of slavery or genocide and a different version of the one practiced on Palestinians.

During the first decade Israel fared well in the eyes of its masters, with the help of the Saudis who opposed any form of Arab unity as waged by leader Nasser. It could maintain the Arab world in a partitioned condition , it won all the wars and expanded . It is only during the last decades that it started faring poorly . It will be to no avail denying the fact that Israel is undergoing an existential crisis that was never witnessed before , it is the first time that Israel is trying to find an identity of its own . The question of who are we –as a nation- is being raised among Jews and Israelis inside and outside the occupied territories . For this, intellectuals have been mobilized and debates and studies organized and societies and movements created in order to decide the form of identity that Israel should assume .http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=325843984162129&set=a.382887555124438.92830.100002095913284&type=3&theater

ISRAEL : WHO AM I ?
Probably the USA is the first Israel and Israel was an Anglo Saxon dream that materialized centuries before Jewish people ever dreamt of a homeland .It materialized in the North Continent and many Israels were supposed to sprout here and there because it is a plan that was meant to spread . The advanced military base that the US created in Palestine under the name of Israel happened at the time when the area was witnessing great changes . The Arab Revolution through which Arabs sought to gain independence -as a nation -was manipulated by the colonialists the same way the Spring Revolutions were  manipulated . It led to the partition of the nation where the Gulf dynasties - allies of the colonialists- were installed in the Gulf .

 It is the rulers of the Gulf- among others- that allowed Israel to exist and expand and flourish and - even if they helped the Palestinians financially- they stood as an impasse regarding any attempt at liberating Palestine .At the same time they subjugated their people by owning the country itself and the people, which is a kind of syndrome called the Gulf Syndrome and another kind of slavery or genocide and a different version of the one practiced on Palestinians. 

During the first decade Israel fared well in the eyes of its masters, with the help of the Saudis who opposed any form of Arab unity as waged by leader Nasser. It could maintain the Arab world in a partitioned condition , it won all the wars and expanded . It is only during the last decades that it started faring poorly . It will be to no avail denying the fact that Israel is undergoing an existential crisis that was never witnessed before , it is the first time that Israel is trying to find an identity of its own . The question of who are we –as a nation- is being raised among Jews and Israelis inside and outside the occupied territories . For this,  intellectuals have been mobilized and debates and studies organized and societies and movements created in order to decide the form of identity that Israel should  assume .

 Not only Professors like Finkelstein and Chomsky but also Israelis like Shlomo Sands and Ian Pappe and so many others are looking for an Israeli identity to come up with an answer to the question who are we and under what label should we  exist?  This crisis originates from the defeat of Israel in the two consecutive wars it launched on Lebanon which caused the dissatisfaction of USA.  Shameful defeat at the hand of a handful of committed young fighters with light weapons over the fifth army in strength world wide. If Israel derives its identity from being a military state and an advanced military base for the colonialist powers , then definitely this identity is being strongly shaken by this defeat at the hands of determined local people, and definitely Israel will have to look for another form of identity and a role that will secure its presence and existence as something other than a US and European military power. Now this is not easy, and recovering the old military prestige is no more possible. Israel’s own existence is therefore threatened not by Iran or Hizbullah, and definitely not by a possible Palestinian state,  but by the immanent danger of being forsaken by the country that sustains it and caters to it ie:  USA. If the presence of the strong Jewish Lobby was enough and if Israel’s existence depended on such lobby this identity crisis would not have occurred in the first place or- at least -would not have taken this dimension. 

Now Let’s look at the Gulf countries’ or KSA achievements. Form the constant unhindered flow of oil to the historical fall of the USSR to the Arab fake Springs , we have a chain of victories over here that made the glory of the traditional alliance,  in addition to  the total subjugation of Gulf Arabs  and the desired partition of the nation, not to forget the protection of US and European interests. It is enough to mention the fall of the USSR that could have never happened without its spectacular defeat at the hands of the Islamist fighters of al Qa’ida who are the Arab Afghanis recruited by the CIA in Arab countries , and trained in US with Saudi financing to fight the atheist Soviets in a war that was final in bringing the end of what was called the Soviet Union. 

The last but not least victories of this alliance happened not too long ago in Libya where the Islamist recruited fanatics –along with the NATO- overthrew Kaddhafi and handed the country to the NATO in a war where US and allies were spared the severe losses they suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan . Compared to the glorious achievements of this holy alliance that are not over yet,  but have spread to Lebanon and Syria ,the Israeli condition that is not able to recover from a limited military defeat,  seems indeed pitiable . The primary role is given now to the sectarian Islam and not to the Zionist Jew and US will have to change its heart and it will,  and the change that Turkey underwent- from a secular military State to a state dressed with Islamic garbs that will introduce it again to the Islamic and Arab world- tells a lot about what is being favored by the world order nowadays .
THE ZIONIST KING ISRAHElL : WHO AM
 I ?

Probably the USA is the first Israel and Israel was an Anglo Saxon dream that materialized centuries before Jewish people ever dreamt of a homeland .It materialized in the North Continent and many Israels were supposed to sprout here and there because it is a plan that was meant to spread . The advanced military base that the US created in Palestine under the name of Israel happened at the time when the area was witnessing great changes . The Arab Revolution through which Arabs sought to gain independence -as a nation -was manipulated by the colonialists the same way the Spring Revolutions were manipulated . It led to the partition of the nation where the Gulf dynasties – allies of the colonialists- were installed in the Gulf .

It is the rulers of the Gulf- among others- that allowed Israel to exist and expand and flourish and – even if they helped the Palestinians financially- they stood as an impasse regarding any attempt at liberating Palestine .At the same time they subjugated their people by owning the country itself and the people, which is a kind of syndrome called the Gulf Syndrome and another kind of slavery or genocide and a different version of the one practiced on Palestinians.

During the first decade Israel fared well in the eyes of its masters, with the help of the Saudis who opposed any form of Arab unity as waged by leader Nasser. It could maintain the Arab world in a partitioned condition , it won all the wars and expanded . It is only during the last decades that it started faring poorly . It will be to no avail denying the fact that Israel is undergoing an existential crisis that was never witnessed before , it is the first time that Israel is trying to find an identity of its own . The question of who are we –as a nation- is being raised among Jews and Israelis inside and outside the occupied territories . For this, intellectuals have been mobilized and debates and studies organized and societies and movements created in order to decide the form of identity that Israel should assume .

Not only Professors like Finkelstein and Chomsky but also Israelis like Shlomo Sands and Ian Pappe and so many others are looking for an Israeli identity to come up with an answer to the question who are we and under what label should we exist? This crisis originates from the defeat of Israel in the two consecutive wars it launched on Lebanon which caused the dissatisfaction of USA. Shameful defeat at the hand of a handful of committed young fighters with light weapons over the fifth army in strength world wide. If Israel derives its identity from being a military state and an advanced military base for the colonialist powers , then definitely this identity is being strongly shaken by this defeat at the hands of determined local people, and definitely Israel will have to look for another form of identity and a role that will secure its presence and existence as something other than a US and European military power.

Now this is not easy, and recovering the old military prestige is no more possible. Israel’s own existence is therefore threatened not by Iran or Hizbullah, and definitely not by a possible Palestinian state, but by the immanent danger of being forsaken by the country that sustains it and caters to it ie: USA. If the presence of the strong Jewish Lobby was enough and if Israel’s existence depended on such lobby this identity crisis would not have occurred in the first place or- at least -would not have taken this dimension.

Now Let’s look at the Gulf countries’ or KSA achievements. Form the constant unhindered flow of oil to the historical fall of the USSR to the Arab fake Springs , we have a chain of victories over here that made the glory of the traditional alliance, in addition to the total subjugation of Gulf Arabs and the desired partition of the nation, not to forget the protection of US and European interests. It is enough to mention the fall of the USSR that could have never happened without its spectacular defeat at the hands of the Islamist fighters of al Qa’ida who are the Arab Afghanis recruited by the CIA in Arab countries , and trained in US with Saudi financing to fight the atheist Soviets in a war that was final in bringing the end of what was called the Soviet Union.

The last but not least victories of this alliance happened not too long ago in Libya where the Islamist recruited fanatics –along with the NATO- overthrew Kaddhafi and handed the country to the NATO in a war where US and allies were spared the severe losses they suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan . Compared to the glorious achievements of this holy alliance that are not over yet, but have spread to Lebanon and Syria ,the Israeli condition that is not able to recover from a limited military defeat, seems indeed pitiable . The primary role is given now to the sectarian Islam and not to the Zionist Jew and US will have to change its heart and it will, and the change that Turkey underwent- from a secular military State to a state dressed with Islamic garbs that will introduce it again to the Islamic and Arab world- tells a lot about what is being favored by the world order nowadays .

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U.S. GOVERNMENT’S “SECRET INTERPRETATION” OF PATRIOT ACT: “EVERYTHING” IS RELEVANT–SO SPY ON EVERYONE

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 The second perverse policy is the so called “Global War on Terrorism.” As many critics have pointed out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely make the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. A prudent American president would end the present policy of “sustained hysteria” over potential terrorist attacks, order the removal of most of the new safety barriers in Washington and elsewhere, treat terrorism as a serious but not a strategic problem, encourage Americans to regain their confidence, and refuse to let al Qaeda keep us in a state of fright.  Lt.Gen William Odom Former Director NSA

The second perverse policy is the so called “Global War on Terrorism.” As many critics have pointed out, terrorism is not an enemy. It is a tactic. Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely make the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world. A prudent American president would end the present policy of “sustained hysteria” over potential terrorist attacks, order the removal of most of the new safety barriers in Washington and elsewhere, treat terrorism as a serious but not a strategic problem, encourage Americans to regain their confidence, and refuse to let al Qaeda keep us in a state of fright.
Lt.Gen William Odom
Former Director NSA

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Government’s “Secret Interpretation” of Patriot Act: “EVERYTHING” Is Relevant … So Spy on EVERYONE
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The Washington’s blog | Thursday, July 11, 2013, 13:24 Beijing

Government’s Interpretation of Spying Turns 200 Years of American Law On Its Head

Senators Wyden and Udall – both on the Senate Intelligence Committee, with full access to information on the spying program – have said that for at least 2 years that the government was using a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act which would shock Americans, because it provides a breathtakingly wide program of spying. And see this.

Wyden and Udall said that they couldn’t reveal to the public – or even other members of Congress who lack top security clearance – what the secret interpretation is … and that most Congress members weretotally ignorant about it.

The author of the Patriot Act and chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner – says that the government has gone far beyond what the Patriot Act intended, and that the Act “was originally drafted to preventdata mining” on the scale that’s occurred.

A top NSA whistleblower told us that the secret interpretation is that the government spies on everyone.

The Wall Street Journal has just disclosed the specifics of the “secret interpretation”:

In classified orders starting in the mid-2000s, the court accepted that “relevant” could be broadened to permit an entire database of records on millions of people, in contrast to a more conservative interpretation widely applied in criminal cases, in which only some of those records would likely be allowed, according to people familiar with the ruling.

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“Relevant” has long been a broad standard, but the way the court is interpreting it, to mean, in effect, “everything,” is new, says Mark Eckenwiler, a senior counsel at Perkins Coie LLP who, until December, was the Justice Department’s primary authority on federal criminal surveillance law.

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Two senators on the Intelligence Committee, Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) and Mark Udall (D., Colo.), have argued repeatedly that there was a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act.The senators’ offices tell the Journal that this new interpretation of the word “relevant” is what they meant.

Interpreting “relevant” as meaning “everything” throws more than 200 years of American law on its head … plus a couple hundred additional years of British common law on which early American law was based. The most basic principle of evidence law is that only information actually relevant to the case can be admitted.

Moreover, top national security experts say that pretending that “everything” is “relevant” means that intelligence agencies will be swamped with useless information …which will make them less able to prevent terrorist attacks.

And the courts are providing no checks and balances on the spying program.

The Washington’s blog

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/governments-secret-interpretation-of-patriot-act-everything-is-relevant-so-spy-on-everyone.html

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White House Ducks Out of Senate’s First Guantanamo Hearing in Five Years

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Though president Obama recommitted to closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in May, the first Senate hearing in five years held to discuss precisely that topic was notable for the lack of any White House witnesses.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA: A U.S. military guard holds leg shackles while preparing to move an 'enemy combatant' within the detention center on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

RT

In May during a major speech outlining US defense topics, including ongoing drone strikes in Afghanistan, Yemen and other regions of the world, Obama addressed the administration’s renewed commitment to push for cleared prisoner transfers out of Guantanamo, with the aim of eventually closing down the prison.

On Wednesday, the Senate held its first hearing since 2009 on whether to shut down Guantanamo, though according to an aide for Senator Dick Durbin who spoke with The Daily Beast, the Obama administration was invited but declined to send a witness to bolster its case to shut down the facility.

Both Thursday’s hearing as well as Obama’s renewed effort to close Guantanamo comes as detainees continue on a hunger strike in protest of their indefinite detention as well as conditions at the prison. The force-feeding of the hunger strikers has in particular become a magnet for criticism by those who argue for the facility’s closure and a growing number of human rights advocates.

“I believe it violates international norms and medical ethics. And at Guantanamo, it happens day after day and week after week,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said at the hearing of the continued force-feedings.

Feinstein, who requested in April that the White House resume cleared prisoner transfers out of Guantanamo, has in the last few months become one of the most visible proponents of drawing down operations at the center.

Both Senators Richard Durbin Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee, urged the administration to outline a process for closing the detention center in July. The two senators also urged Obama to direct the Department of Defense to stop conducting large-scale force feedings at the detention center.

Only a few days before the request made by the two senators a judge had ruled that only Obama himself had the power to intervene in halting the force-feeding of hunger strikes.

Of the 166 prisoners who still remain in the camp, 86 have already been cleared for release. However, owing to political opposition in Congress, early attempts by the Obama administration through the Department of Justice during its first term to transfer prisoners to other locations failed.

The notable absence of any witnesses on the part of the White House in Wednesday’s hearing also indicates that the White House is not behind a plan to repatriate prisoners back to their countries, according to sources who spoke with The Daily Beast.

“I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the administration could be doing more to close Guantánamo,” Durbin said on Wednesday, going on to explain that he and Feinstein had met with “senior White House officials” to discuss how to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo.

The president has been clear that he wants Guantánamo closed, and the national security waiver provides an avenue to start clearing transfers,” said C. Dixon Osburn, the director of Human Rights First’s law and security program. “If the White House believes it does not have the authority, they should tell Congress what authority they need and make it to the Hill and say so.”

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Zionist Saudi -’IsraHell’ Deal to Arm Syria Militants

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Saudi -’Israeli’ Deal to Arm Syria Militants

Jul 25, 2013

Saudi Arabia has agreed with "Israel" to finance a deal, worth $ 50 million to buy the old weapons from the "Israeli" army in order to be sent to the armed opposition in Syria.

In remarks to the "Israeli" radio, a well -informed source highlighted that the deal "will include anti-tank missiles, machine guns, cannons, ammunition, light vehicles, spare parts, communications and night vision devices."

"These arms won't affect the "Israeli" army in the event they felt into the hands of the Syrian army or "terrorist" movements," the source said.

The "Israeli" radio further mentioned that "both Turkey and Jordan assured "Israel" that they agree on transferring the arms through its territories."
The deal comes as the Zionist entity continues to support the Syrian opposition armed groups on the logistic, military and media levels so that these groups continue their practices of killing, destruction and sabotage of public and private facilities in Syria.

Meanwhile, sources revealed to the Agence France-Presse that the militias in Syria prepare for an all-out attack to tighten control over Aleppo and its countryside in northern Syria.

According to the information, Saudi Arabia supports such an attack.

"Weapons and ammunition, including anti-tank missiles, are delivered on daily bases to Syria rebels for the battle of Aleppo," an opposition source said, adding that Saudi Arabia had "decided to make the armed groups spread their control all over Aleppo and its countryside."

The source added that "the next stage will be trying to control al- Assad Academy of Military Engineering, located at the southern entrance to Aleppo, a few kilometers from Khan al-Assal."

For his part, a source close to the authorities told the agency that "the Syrian army is acting defensively because it is unable to carry out offenses because of the shortage in units."

Source: al-Ahed news, Translated by website
Wahabi CIA Agent

Zionist regime in Saudi Arabia has agreed with “IsraHell” to finance a deal, worth $ 50 million to buy the old weapons from the “IsraHell” army in order to be sent to the armed opposition in Syria.

In remarks to the Zio-Nazi radio, a well -informed source highlighted that the deal “will include anti-tank missiles, machine guns, cannons, ammunition, light vehicles, spare parts, communications and night vision devices.”

“These arms won’t affect the Nazi  army in the event they felt into the hands of the Syrian army or “terrorist” movements,” the source said.

The Zio-Nazi radio further mentioned that “both Turkey and Jordan assured “IsraHell” that they agree on transferring the arms through its territories.”
The deal comes as the Zio-Nazi entity continues to support the Syrian Zio-NATO RAT’S armed groups on the logistic, military and media levels so that these groups continue their practices of killing, destruction and sabotage of public and private facilities in Syria.

Meanwhile, sources revealed to the Agence France-Presse that the militias in Syria prepare for an all-out attack to tighten control over Aleppo and its countryside in northern Syria.

According to the information, the Zionist Saudi regime supports such an attack.

“Weapons and ammunition, including anti-tank missiles, are delivered on daily bases to Syria rebels for the battle of Aleppo,” an opposition source said, adding that Saudi Arabia had “decided to make the armed groups spread their control all over Aleppo and its countryside.”

The source added that “the next stage will be trying to control al- Assad Academy of Military Engineering, located at the southern entrance to Aleppo, a few kilometers from Khan al-Assal.”

For his part, a source close to the authorities told the agency that “the Syrian army is acting defensively because it is unable to carry out offenses because of the shortage in units.”

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Nazi barred from Rouhani inaugural

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Times of Israel

“We’re not taking it personally,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson told The Times of Israel Thursday. “What is perhaps a little pathetic is that the Iranians felt the need to tell the whole world that they won’t be tainted by our presence. That says more about them than about us.”

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi blithely declared that Tehran had invited leaders of all countries to the August 4 event, except those of the United States and Israel.

“For the first time after [the] Islamic Revolution victory it is decided to invite foreign officials for the ceremony,” Araqchi said, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency. “We have invited all. The letter of invitation includes all countries, except the US and [the] Zionist regime [because] we do not recognize the latter as a country.”

Diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Tehran ended formally after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, “so it’s not really a surprise that they’re not inviting us to official events in Iran,” Hirschson said. “At some point in the future we will have diplomatic relations again, and then we will invite them and they will invite us.”

Yigal Palmor, another Foreign Ministry spokesman, said, “If we can’t go to Iran, we will bring Iranians over here.” He was apparently referring to the visit earlier this month of prominent Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who attended the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Still, the US and Israel won’t be the only nations missing Rouhani’s inauguration. According to the Guardian newspaper, Great Britain will not send any official representation to the event due to the European Union position that only Tehran-based diplomats attend. The British embassy in Iran has been closed since November 2011, when demonstrators stormed and vandalized the building to protest sanctions London had imposed on the regime.

However, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said last week that London is “ready to improve our relations on a step-by-step basis” if Tehran showed goodwill in the nuclear question.

The US cut all relations with Iran in 1980, as a direct result of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, during which Islamists held more than 50 Americans for 444 days in the embassy building. Last year, Canada followed suit and cut diplomatic relations with Tehran.

Meanwhile, Israeli leaders continue to call for an escalation of sanctions against Iran.

“Iran must stop all enrichment. It must remove all the enriched nuclear material from its territory. It must shut down the illicit nuclear facility in Qom. And all work on plutonium production must cease,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday in Jerusalem. “I believe, Mr. Minister, that the pressure on Iran must increase because that’s the only way we’ll see a real change in Iran’s behavior.”

Also on Wednesday, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz met with Hague in London, telling the British foreign secretary that Rouhani “is laughing all the way to the bomb.” The only way to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is to increase sanctions and combine them with “a substantial military threat.”

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Jewish groups launch program to aid Syrian refugees living in Jordan

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Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief will focus its efforts on children in the Zaatari refugee camp, which is currently home to over 150,000 Syrian refugees.

ed note–The political photo-op version of a Jerry Lewis Tellathon for guillable Gentiles.

Note that there are no Jewish groups raising money to aid Palestinians living a hell-hole existence in Gaza, the West Bank, Southern Lebanon, etc where Israel has destroyed their world and made them refugees.

Haaretz

Jewish humanitarian organizations are due to launch an aid program for refugees from the Syrian civil war living in Jordan within the coming weeks. The program will focus on children in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan, where close to 150,000 refugees have arrived over the last year.

A coalition of 14 Jewish organizations, mainly from the United States, have established the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief in an effort to aid the victims of the Syrian Civil War, which has been raging for over two years. International aid organizations estimate that over one million Syrian citizens have already fled the country and their number is growing by the day. Around a third of the refugees have crossed over into Jordan and similar numbers are now in Lebanon and Turkey.

The Jewish coalition, which is being coordinated by the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) from its New York headquarters, initially considered focusing its activities in Turkey, but the Ankara government responded that it did not need external help. (The possibility of working in Lebanon was ruled out for security reasons).

The Jordanian government, which is already hosting several international organizations, was more responsive. Over the past two months, the coalition has been finalizing planning and raising funds for its welfare program for children in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees.

Despite the fact that the JDC and some of the other Jewish organizations involved have offices and operate programs in Israel, the Syrian refugee project will be managed from New York. In its initial stages, it will operate via international NGOs already active in Jordan, both to avoid diplomatic complications and to facilitate work with Syrian civilians, many of whom see Israel as an enemy state.

It is not yet clear at this stage whether the JDC or other Jewish organizations will be sending their own teams to work openly in Jordan. They are joining a large group of international aid organizations already active in working with Syrian refugees in Jordan.

This isn’t the first time the JDC will be working with Syrians. The last operation was in the early 1990s, when the JDC helped the remaining Jews of Syria emigrate as part of a secret agreement between former President Hafez Assad and the Clinton Administration. This time, however, they will not be helping a Jewish community and the program will be part of a growing range of non-sectarian projects carried out by Jewish organizations in developing countries.

There was no official response from the JDC, but officials in Jerusalem and New York confirmed that funds are to be allocated for an aid program for Syrian refugees in Jordan over the next few weeks.

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US Military Plans Direct Intervention in Syria

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The Pentagon is planning a major escalation of the US-led war against Syria, involving direct US military involvement to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In a letter to Democratic Senator Carl Levin, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Martin Dempsey spelled out proposals and cost estimates for various potential US interventions in Syria. His plans include training opposition militias in Syria; missile strikes against Syrian targets; setting up a “no-fly zone” to ground or destroy Syria’s air force; seizing “buffer zones” of Syrian territory near Jordan or Turkey; and Special Forces raids to seize chemical weapons.

Pentagon plans include large-scale operations, costing at least tens of billions of dollars per year. Dempsey said Special Forces strikes would cost over $1 billion a month, and missile strikes—requiring “hundreds of aircraft, ships, submarines, and other enablers”—would cost “in the billions.”

Dempsey’s letter followed a vote last week by the US House and Senate intelligence panels to directly arm opposition forces in Syria. Until now, they had been funded and armed by US-allied oil sheikdoms such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and not directly by the US. This allowed Washington to cynically claim the opposition was not on its payroll, even as the CIA coordinated the flow of arms and money.

The Obama administration lobbied intensively for the votes to arm the opposition in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden, CIA Director John Brennan, and Secretary of State John Kerry all called or briefed members of Congress.

The original justification for the Syrian war—that it was a humanitarian struggle to defend a democratic uprising of the Syrian people—is so nakedly exposed that the US and its European allies barely bother to repeat it. They recklessly armed Al Qaeda-linked forces like the Al Nusra Front and promoted a “moderate” stable of CIA assets and regime turncoats, hoping to topple Assad. While the Syrian people faced an onslaught of US-backed gangs and militias, the media and bourgeois “left” praised these forces as revolutionary fighters for democracy.

This criminal policy is now in shambles. This opposition faces defeat due to its lack of popular support and the international spread of the war. In recent months, select Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah helped Assad turn the tide of battle against Sunni Islamist-dominated opposition militias.

Washington’s response is to prepare for an even greater bloodbath. Powerful sections of the ruling class are pushing for a broad US war to oust Assad and forcibly assert US imperialist hegemony over the Middle East. Anthony Cordesman, an influential strategist from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), made his case for such a war in a Washington Post column yesterday titled “Syria’s Ripple Effect.”

He wrote, “If Assad succeeds in crushing the opposition or otherwise maintains control over most of Syria, Iran will have a massive new degree of influence over Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon in a polarized Middle East divided between Sunni and Shiite …This would present serious risks for Israel, weaken Jordan and Turkey, and, most important, give Iran far more influence in the Persian Gulf, an area home to 48 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves.”

Cordesman outlined a spectrum of US actions, from providing anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles to the Western-backed militias to imposing a no-fly zone to permit direct US intervention: “US officials could make clear that either the rebels will succeed with such weapons—leading to a negotiated departure of Assad’s government and the installation of a new national government—or the United States will join with allies in creating a no-fly zone.”

Cordesman’s proposal amounts to a call for the Pentagon and its allies to prepare for broad regional or even global wars with mass casualties and devastating effects on the world economy. It could involve the US in a war not only with Syria, but also with Hezbollah forces and the Assad regime’s international backers—Iran, upon which the US imposed further sanctions last week, or even Russia and China.

Layers within the US military have cautioned against a rapid, all-out war, primarily because they are not sure that they are prepared for how such a war would escalate. Thus, in his letter to Levin, Dempsey reportedly wrote: “Once we take action, we should be prepared for what comes next. Deeper involvement is hard to avoid.”

Sections of the ruling class propose to strengthen the opposition and wage a long-term proxy war in Syria to carry out a neocolonial partition of the country. Citing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s comment that Assad “will never rule all of Syria again,” the New York Times wrote yesterday that Washington is preparing “the long-term reality of a divided Syria,” of which Assad would only control a “rump portion.”

All these plans to escalate imperialist intervention in the Middle East reflect the crisis and breakdown of American democracy. Ten years after the disastrous and unpopular US invasion of Iraq, imperialist strategists are formulating plans for another ruinous war, with contempt for the views of the population. Fully 61 percent of the population opposes US involvement in the Syrian war, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

The ruling elite’s ability to press forward with plans for war underscores the deeply reactionary role of the media and the petty-bourgeois “left” in suppressing any overt expression of popular opposition. In particular, the role of pseudo-left groups like the International Socialist Organization (ISO) in the US, Die Linke in Germany, or the New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) in France is clear. They have worked continuously to market filthy imperialist wars to left-liberal sections of the middle class as “revolutions.”

These parties have not only supported the wars in their publications, but also played a direct role in the intelligence operations necessary to organize the war. Early in the Syrian war, the NPA’s Gilbert Achcar attended a covert October 2011 conference of the CIA-backed Syrian National Council (SNC) opposition group to advise it on the mechanics of foreign intervention.

These parties have functioned as mouthpieces for various sections of the intelligence community who favor an imperialist overthrow of Assad in alliance with the Islamist opposition.

Thus, a recent article by the NPA’s main writer on Syria, Gayath Naïssé, titled “Self-organization in the Syrian people’s revolution,” praises the opposition militias that control the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, writing that “a democratic dream has been realized in Deir ez-Zor.” He enthuses that “a free electoral process “was organized for the first time in forty years” as it was described by Khadr, a member of the local council of the opposition which was elected on Sunday by the inhabitants of the “liberated’ areas.”

This is a blatant falsification of the political record of far-right, Al Qaeda-linked militias that have seized various Syrian cities with US support, imposing a reign of terror on the population. In Deir ez-Zor itself, they operate death squads that have recorded widely-publicized videos of themselves murdering inhabitants opposed to their policies. More broadly, Islamist opposition militias have become notorious for looting areas that they control—most notably destroying factories in Aleppo, in order to fund their arms purchases from the United States’ allies.

The ISO’s latest statement on Syria—a piece by Michael Karadjis first posted on the Australian pseudo-left site Links —attacks any opposition to US intervention to back the Syrian opposition. Denouncing “lazy talk of the trickle of light weapons from abroad representing some great ‘war on Syria,’” it attacks opponents of the US intervention as people “terribly frightened about the prospect of a trickle of arms reaching the rebels from the wrong people.”

The statement adds, “It is not up to socialists within imperialist countries to demand our governments not provide arms just because we understand our government’s aims are different to ours and such arming demands a political price from the rebels … If the US or other imperialist states did decide for their own reasons to provide some arms, we should also not protest against it, robotic-style.”

This passage underscores how the ISO functions as a conscious defender of imperialism and war. While acknowledging that the Syrian opposition consists of forces armed by the US government and that therefore act as its stooges, it demands that these pro-US stooges in Syria be armed to the teeth, and that no opposition to such a proxy war be organized.

Such forces are accomplices in the devastation of Syria and ongoing preparations for even broader and bloodier imperialist wars.

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Syrian rebels praise US steps to arm opposition

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Syrian National Coalition calls Washington’s decision to give vetted groups weapons a ‘move forward

Times of Israel

The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has welcomed the decision by the Obama administration to send arms to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The Syrian National Coalition says it’s a “move forward.”

President Barack Obama opposed providing any lethal assistance to Syria’s rebels until last month. The US administration is now moving ahead with sending weapons to vetted rebels after securing the approval of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

There has been concern in the West that US weapons could end up in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups.

SNC’s statement on Thursday’s said it’s committed to ensuring weapons reach only those loyal to the Coalition and its affiliated military councils — indicating the SNC will try to prevent US weapons from reaching al-Qaeda fighters in Syria.

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EXCLUSIVE: We Expose South Shields EDL Thug With Mosque ‘BOOM!’ Tattoo

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EXCLUSIVE: We Expose South Shields EDL Thug With Mosque 'BOOM!' Tattoo

By Andy Hughes Location: South Shields

VIDEO: Sky Tyne and Wear exposes EDL thug Shaun Reah

A thug who sparked outrage when he revealed a tattoo of a mosque being blown up during an EDL rally has been tracked down by Sky Tyne and Wear.

Shaun Reah, 39, from South Shields, was pictured lifting up his T-shirt to reveal an image of a Muslim place of worship with “BOOM!” emblazoned across it.

Since the Birmingham demonstration, organised by right wing group English Defence League on Saturday July 20, Mr Reah has received hundreds of death threats after he was identified by young Muslims.

Sky sources say he has been forced to flee his house in South Shields and has been in hiding at a friend’s house nearby.

But we tracked him down in a side street in South Shields, where we confronted him about his controversial tattoo.

Mr Reah has now had the tattoo changed following the public outcry.

He told Sky Tyne and Wear: “I’ve had it removed because people found it offensive.”

When asked why he got the tattoo, he replied: “It was just a daft thing to do.”

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Livni Warns IsraHell It Faces A Worldwide Boycott

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Political realists who follow the shenanigans of Israel’s right-wing government suggest that Livni may be involved in a strategy to jump start the negotiations. She may also be playing the “good cop” to signal potential European boycotters that Israel does have a few reasonable leaders.

by James M Wall

 

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is the Israeli cabinet minister with the task of finding a way back to peace talks. At the moment, she is one more frustrated negotiator.

Livni was so frustrated that she kicked off the month of July with a speech in which she said that if negotiations with the Palestinians don’t start up again soon, Israel will face a worldwide economic boycott.  The Jerusalem Post reported on her speech:

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warned Monday at an accountants’ conference in Eilat that lack of progress on the Palestinian track could lead to a potential disaster for Israeli exports.

“Europe is boycotting goods,” said Livni, head of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians. “True, it starts with settlement [goods], but their problem is with Israel, which is seen as a colonialist country. Therefore, it won’t stop at the settlements, but [will spread] to all of Israel,” she said.

This is not what we expect to hear from an Israeli minister.  Nor it is usual for a minister to address the youth of her country with this reminder:

During her Eilat speech, Livni said she was impressed that youth in the country protested against the government decision to export natural gas.

“I appreciate the fact that they care and are thinking about the future, and obligating us to think about the future,” she said. “But the time has come for the same youth to ask, to what kind of state do they want to leave the gas reserves? To a Jewish democratic Israel? Or to a binational Arab state? Or to an apartheid state? It is impossible to deal with economic issues and to ignore the important diplomatic issues related to two states for two peoples.”

Colonialist country? Apartheid state? These are terms rarely attached to Israel by loyal supporters of the regime. No wonder the political party, Bayit Yehudi, which is linked to Livni’s Hatnua Party in an “uneasy alliance” in the Netanyahu coalition, was quick to respond with an attack on Livni:

“The policy of sowing fear of boycotts is detached from reality. The Israeli economy is innovative and ground-breaking. The entire world comes here to learn from us, and business people are amazed at Israeli technology and innovations. We advise Livni and her friends not to panic.”

Political realists who follow the shenanigans of Israel’s right-wing government suggest that Livni may be involved in a strategy to jump start the negotiations. She may also be playing the “good cop” to signal potential European boycotters that Israel does have a few reasonable leaders.

That, however, is an unrealistic rejection of hope in a time of darkness. If Livni, a major Israeli cabinet figure, recognizes the growing danger of a worldwide boycott, the least we can do is take her at her word and see what she and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are trying to work out.

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She acknowledged that Israel is its own worst enemy when it refuses to see the impact of boycotts on Israel.  It is in this sense that Livni has a much stronger grasp of what is best for Israel than those U.S. religious leaders who still believe in the superiority of interfaith exchanges working for justice.

Ha’aretz columnist Gideon Levy sees the value in Livni’s recognition of the power of boycotts. He  gives her a strong endorsement:

“Anyone who really fears for the future of the country needs to be in favor at this point of boycotting it economically.”

Levy, however, does not believe an indifferent Israeli public will be receptive to Livni’s warning:

As long as Israelis don’t pay a price for the occupation, or at least don’t make the connection between cause and effect, they have no incentive to bring it to an end.

And why should the average resident of Tel Aviv be bothered by what is happening in the West Bank city of Jenin or Rafah in the Gaza Strip? Those places are far away and not particularly interesting. As long as the arrogance and self-victimization continue among the Chosen People, the most chosen in the world, always the only victim, the world’s explicit stance won’t change a thing.

Turning the light of realism on that indifferent public, Levy adds:

It’s anti-Semitism, we say. The whole world’s against us and we are not the ones responsible for its attitude toward us. .  .  .  Most Israeli public opinion is divorced from reality − the reality in the territories and abroad.

Israeli’s right wing media, like its counterparts in the U.S., promotes the public’s “divorce from reality” by calling actions supporting Palestinian justice as anti-semitic attacks on Jews.

To the Times of Israel, opposition to Israeli self-absorbed policies are seen as ongoing battles in a theater of war.

This recent Times story was explicit: From the war in Iraq to the battle against Israel boycotters. In that piece, war strategy is transferred to a political strategy, designed to defend Israel from criticism.

Can an idea honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan prove effective in defending against assaults on Israel’s legitimacy in North America? David Dabscheck, deputy managing director of the Israel Action Network [IAN], thinks so.

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS)against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.

The idea, in the words of General Stanley McChrystal — commander of the US Joint Special Operations Command — that “it takes a network to defeat a network” played a central role in his concept for fighting insurgents in the Middle East . .  .  .

“It became clear to me and to many others that, to defeat a networked enemy, we had to become a network ourselves,” McChrystal recalled in Foreign Policy“We had to figure out a way to retain our… levels of knowledge, speed, precision, and unity of effort that only a network could provide.”

The two-year old Israel Action Network figured it needed to form a network to combat its own enemy network.

“We realized we were facing a different type of challenge,” reflected Dabscheck. “We faced a decentralized challenge originating from different groups. If this is a network challenge,” he said, echoing McChrystal, “it takes a network to defeat.”

Dabscheck is wrong, of course.  There is no war between networks.  The boycott strategy has won. It is the only pressure that works. Gideon Levy explains:

A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.

On the assumption that the current status quo cannot continue forever, it is the most reasonable option to convince Israel to change. Its effectiveness has already been proven. More and more Israelis have become concerned recently about the threat of the boycott. When Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warns about it spreading and calls as a result for the diplomatic deadlock to be broken, she provides proof of the need for a boycott. She and others are therefore joining the boycott, divestment and sanction movement. .  .  .  .

Not a bad outcome for a non-violent movement which began when “In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call”.

 The picture at top of John Kerry with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was taken in Rome. It is from The Times of London. The picture is by Kerry Miaden Antonov/Reuters.

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