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Lavrov: Russia open to honest dialog on Ukraine

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Moscow’s foreign minister says conflict ‘was not created by us’ and calls for ‘partner-like’ talks

Times of Israel

Russia is open to having an “honest, equal” dialog with foreign states on the crisis in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

“We are open to an honest, equal and objective dialog with our foreign partners to find a way to help all of Ukraine come out of the crisis,” Lavrov said at a televised news conference in Moscow with his Tajik counterpart, in a clear reference to the West.

“We are ready to continue dialog on the understanding that this dialog should be honest and partner-like, without attempts to portray us as one of the sides in the conflict.”

Lavrov added: “This crisis was not created by us [Russia]. All the more, it was created in defiance of our repeated and longstanding warnings.”

Tensions between Moscow and the West have surged in recent days as pro-Moscow forces took over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which then announced plans to hold a referendum on becoming part of Russia.

Lavrov has held talks with Western officials including US Secretary of State John Kerry, but without reaching any breakthrough.

The Russian foreign minister launched a new attack on the Ukrainian government that took power after the overthrow of president Viktor Yanukovych and said terror and chaos were reigning in the country.

“The so-called temporary government is not independent and depends very unfortunately on radical nationalists who carried out an armed seizure of power,” Lavrov said.

“There is no kind of de facto state control for law and order,” he said.

Lavrov said far-right radicals of the Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) group were “playing the tune” and accused them of using methods of “terror and intimidation.”

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Arthur Topham: Majority of the Canadian Media Are Controlled by Zionists

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Syria Under Fire: Zionist Destabilization
TEHRAN (FNA)- The fact that the Israeli lobby has dominated the Western mainstream media and doesn’t allow them to practice freedom of speech and perform professionally is no closed book to those who follow these media’s coverage of the Middle East’s current affairs.

A veteran Canadian author and editor says that Canada is home to one of the largest Israeli lobbies in the West, and there are numerous Jewish advocacy organizations that pursue the interests of the Israeli regime and have long launched a massive campaign against freedom of speech in the name of combating “anti-Semitism”.

According to Arthur Topham, the major mission of these organizations is to advocate for any and all things Jewish and anything connected with Israel and with maintaining the status quo mindset which includes ongoing propaganda and advocacy related to the Holocaust Myth, pushing the whole “anti-Semitism” and “racism” issues in order to gain political points with whatever government is in power and also a strong focus on maintaining and strengthening Canada’s “hate crime” laws which act as a major defense against the Canadians who try to expose the crimes of Israel against the Palestinian people and who criticize the Zionist ideology and all the related issues connected with Jewish financial and media and corporate power around the world.”

Arthur Topham is a 67-year-old writer, gold miner and publisher of the Radical Press (www.radicalpress.com), an alternative internet news and opinion website which has been in continuous operation in British Columbia since June 1998.

Since 2007, Topham has been accused by the Canadian government of spreading anti-Semitic sentiments and promoting hatred against “people of the Jewish religion or ethnic group.” He has been arrested and jailed once for publishing materials which were critical of the Israeli regime’s treatment of the Palestinian people. He is currently being investigated in a court and if found guilty, he could receive a two-year jail sentence and be prohibited from publishing.

“It’s important for readers to understand that all the so-called “hate crimes” which we hear constantly being spoken and written about in the Jewish-controlled mainstream media are products of the efforts of the Zionist lobby groups here in Canada and elsewhere to manufacture legal mechanisms that could be used by either “human rights” commissions and tribunals or the criminal code of the Canadian judicial system to control and censor the fundamental right to free expression or “freedom of speech”, especially as it now is being applied to the internet here in Canada,” said Topham in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

Arthur Topham took part in an interview with FNA and responded to some questions regarding the growth and influence of the Israeli lobby in Canada, the state of Israeli-Canadian relations, the dominance of Jewish advocacy organizations over the mass media in Canada and Stephen Harper government’s discriminatory measures against Iran. What follows is the text of the interview.

Q: It’s said that Canada is one of the most pro-Israel countries in the Western hemisphere and that it is home to an influential Israeli lobby. It’s also noted that Canada has endeavored a great deal in 1948 to secure the recognition of the Israeli state in the United Nations. Why is the Israeli lobby so powerful and dominant in Canada? What makes Canada and Israel so robustly attached to each other?

A: Given the recent international display of abject and shameful obeisance to Israel and the Zionist agenda by the current Harper government, it’s safe to say that such extreme, overt behavior is definitely indicative of a very powerful and influential Israeli lobby here in Canada. But, that said, I’m hesitant to state that the majority of the Canadian population are as openly and unabashedly pro-Israel as the Harper government itself.

One must keep in mind that the Harper Conservative government was re-elected in 2011 by only 39.62% of those who actually voted. In other words out of a total of approximately 24 million eligible voters only 14.7 million cast their ballots and of that figure only 5.8 million voted for Harper. It was the second lowest voter turnout in Canadian history, the lowest being the 2008 election when Harper was able to win a minority government. So in reality Harper only received two percent more of the votes than in 2008 but due to the election system we have here in Canada that 2% translated into an additional 24 seats in parliament which gave the Harper Conservatives a majority win. Harper called it a “decisive endorsement” of his party’s campaign platform but that was hardly the case considering the far greater number of citizens who didn’t vote Conservative. In fact many Canadians described his win in far less flattering terms.

As for Canada’s role in the UN’s decision to recognize the state of Israel, it’s my understanding that Canada wasn’t all that interested in involving itself in the whole Zionist issue of a “homeland for the Jews” in Palestine. The Canadian Prime Minister at the time, William Lyon Mackenzie King, had done his best to not get involved in the controversy surrounding the British White Paper of 1939 but, unfortunately, he was eventually drawn into playing a greater role by the USA when Britain transferred the Palestine question to the UN in the spring of 1947. The United States, worried about the Soviets gaining too much influence in the region, pressured Canada to join a commission the US was planning to create to counter the Soviet initiatives and that led to greater involvement on the part of Canada. When it came time for Canada to support the partition plan in November of 1947 apparently Mackenzie King only grudgingly accepted it so I would have to say that in general Canada at the time of the creation of Israel wasn’t in any way as zealous about Israel as what we are seeing today with the Harper government.

To answer your question about why the Israeli lobby is so powerful and dominant in Canada I suspect that the reasons are no different than what you would find were you to ask that same question of any western nation where the Jews have settled in numbers prior to and since the turn of the 20th century. One of the primary sources for the dispensing of their disproportional power and influence has been their secretive masonic organization known as B’nai Brith, a Rothschild-funded, occult hierarchical system founded in the USA in 1843 and now having thousands upon thousands of lodges and chapters around the world. The first Canadian B’nai Brith masonic lodge was established in Toronto back in 1875 and by the beginning of the 1900s the Jews were already well established in Eastern Canada with sizeable communities in Montreal and Toronto.

Given the “power of the purse” thanks to the usurious fractional reserve banking system which they created, their influence within Canada’s legal system, academia and the media all fitted into the standard template used by the Zionists for centuries for infiltrating and influencing host nations and their governments.

In 1913 with the establishment of the Rothschild banking cartel’s US Federal Reserve and B’nai Brith’s branch organization the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) the Zionists became increasingly more politically involved in areas of government, the economy and media and by the end of WW2 their power and influence had risen beyond their wildest expectations by their political and media manipulation and management of the most controversial subject ever to have been raised in the 20th century, that being, the alleged “Holocaust of 6 million Jews” by Germany during the war of 1939 – 1945. It was the presumed extermination of the unbelievable number of Jews by Hitler’s regime that became the determining factor in the fate of Palestine and the Middle East in general and influenced the voting results in May of 1948.

As to your question regarding the robust attachment for Israel by Canada I would have to say that it’s primarily the result of the Zionist lobby’s inordinate power over the present Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Previous governments have not disgraced their nation to the extent that Harper has been since 2008 and hopefully any new change of government would see this despicable practice end.

Q: How many Zionist and pro-Israeli organizations are currently operating in Canada? What are their major missions and responsibilities? What are the sources of their funding and budget?

A: The principal Zionist and pro-Israeli organizations currently operating in Canada are B’nai Brith Canada, the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), formerly the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, but it needs to be mentioned that one of the most long-standing Jewish lobby organizations was the Canadian Jewish Congress which has operated here since 1919 and only ceased its efforts in 2011 when it basically merged with the newly formed Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

As with all of them their major missions are to advocate for any and all things Jewish and anything connected with the state of Israel and with maintaining the status quo mindset which includes ongoing propaganda and advocacy related to the Holocaust Myth, pushing the whole “anti-Semitism” and “racism” issues in order to gain political points with whatever government is in power and also a strong focus on maintaining and strengthening Canada’s “hate crime” laws which act as a major defense against Canadians who try to expose the crimes of the state of Israel against the Palestinian people and who criticize the Zionist ideology and all the related issues connected with Jewish financial and media and corporate power around the world.

I haven’t been able to determine the sources of their funding and budgets but one can easily extrapolate that their funding either comes from government grants or from various Zionist Jew organizations that rely upon wealthy donors from within their community.

The newest umbrella organization, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, is likely the most relevant lobby group in Canada in terms of our nation’s connections with the state of Israel and the policies of Harper government when it comes to affairs related to the Middle East. They are the most vocal group pushing government and the Zionist media here in Canada with respect to issues of free speech on the internet and their “hate speech” legislation which they are directly responsible for having incorporated into Canadian jurisprudence. As well they are active in fighting to destroy the boycott of Israel movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions known as BDS) and, of course, the most prominent lobby group responsible for influencing the Harper government’s foreign policies with respect to Canada’s sanctions against Iran.

Q: Many critics of the Canadian foreign policy have argued that the mainstream media in the North American country are overwhelmed by the Israeli lobby and publish what the pro-Israeli advocacy groups dictate to them. May you please explain for our readers the roots and reasons of the expansion and growth of the Israeli influence and dominance over the Canadian media?

A: Well to be as honest as possible, Kourosh, it’s a joke to even speak of the “Canadian” media as though it actually exists. What that term “Canadian” implies is that our media is composed of a wide variety of publishing companies and independent newspapers and magazines and television stations which are owned and operated by an assortment of Canadians who are not directly affiliated with either the Zionist political agenda or the Jewish lobby organizations or the foreign state of Israel. But that, unfortunately, is not the case and hasn’t been the case for well over half a century or longer.

All estimates that I am aware of place the ownership and or control (direct or indirect) of “Canadian” media by Jewish interests at somewhere around 95% and possibly more. And so it’s not simply that the Jewish lobby groups here in Canada overwhelm the “Canadian” mainstream media and dictate to it because of their influence but more the case of actual and willing collusion between the two entities in question. There’s no doubt in my mind or in the minds of most Canadians who understand the dynamics of Jewish power and influence that Canada’s so-called “independent” media is little more than an illusion manufactured by the Zionist-controlled media itself, and this also includes the supposed flagship of national, partisan, real Canadian media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It too is heavily burdened down with pro-Zionist Jewish staff at practically all levels from the executives who set policies to the news broadcasting staff and film editors and writers and inevitably functions as the mouthpiece of pro-Zionist, pro-Israeli propaganda supporting the Harper government and its disastrous and humiliating policies toward all things relating to Arab/Muslim relations. This of course is not any different than all the other western nations including the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. The BBC in England performs the very same functions on behalf of Israel and the Jewish lobbyists there and in some ways is even more blatant in its avowed pro-Zionist propaganda.

Q: As you earlier mentioned,  it seems that certain Western states, including Canada, have inextricably tied their national interests to the interests of Israel and interpret any minor criticism of Israel as a hate crime. Several prominent academicians and authors have been imprisoned in Europe and Canada for criticizing Israel in the recent years. I also read that certain charges were leveled at you over the critical remarks you made against Israel on the Radical Press website. Would you please tell us what you think about this hate crime which is seemingly seen by the Western officials as exclusive to Israel? Is it fair and logical to ban criticism of Israel simply because it sounds ant-Semitic?

A: It’s important for readers to understand that all the so-called “hate crimes” which we hear constantly being spoken and written about in the Jewish-controlled mainstream media are products of the efforts of the Zionist lobby groups here in Canada and elsewhere to manufacture legal mechanisms that could be used by either “human rights” commissions and tribunals or the criminal code of the Canadian judicial system to control and censor the fundamental right to free expression or “freedom of speech”, especially as it now is being applied to the internet here in Canada.

Laws specific to these so-called “hate crimes” or more aptly “thought crimes” when viewed from an Orwellian perspective, didn’t surface until after WW2 and were connected first with the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which themselves were in large measure based upon or directly related to what the American writer Arthur R. Butz called the “hoax of the Twentieth century” which of course was in reference to the Zionist Jew’s claim that six million European Jews were exterminated by the German military forces during WW2. In other words the Holocaust legend (Lie) was what the Zionists used in order to justify all their subsequent demands for “hate crime” legislation here in Canada and elsewhere around the world.

By as early as March, 1953 the Canadian Jewish Congress was already appearing before a Special House of Commons Committee that was reviewing and studying a Criminal Code amendment bill and lobbying to have Parliament introduce special criminal offences related to “hate propaganda.” By January 1965 Canada’s federal Minister of Justice Guy Favreau had named a Special Committee under the Chairmanship of Dean Maxwell Cohen (Jewish) to report to him on “hate propaganda” and then after another five years of intense lobbying, in June of 1970 Parliament adopted and Royal Assent was given to amendments to the Criminal Code, based largely on Cohen Committee recommendations, designed to deal with the advocacy of genocide and “hate propaganda.”

Throughout the 1970s and 80s additional efforts continued to expand upon the “hate crime” concept within Canadian jurisprudence and in 1984 the famous, landmark case of James Keegsra began. This is one that my former lawyer Mr. Douglas Christie first became involved with; a case that catapulted Mr. Christie on to the world stage as Canada’s foremost fighter against these Zionist created censorship laws based on the thought crime revolving around the emotional state of mind called “hate.”

In December of 1990 the Supreme Court of Canada in the Keegstra case upheld s.319(2) of the Criminal Code as a “reasonable limit on Charter-guaranteed freedom of expression” and on the same day in another “hate crime” related case Taylor the Court upheld s. 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act on the same grounds. Both decisions laid the groundwork for all the subsequent “hate crime” cases that occurred through the last 15 years and we can easily see that in every case it has been the Jewish lobby organizations here in Canada who are either responsible for having laid the charges against people or are inevitably the primary interveners in the cases.

It’s also worthy of note that in June of 1998, the very month that I began publishing my monthly tabloid The Radical, B’nai Brith Canada, at its annual general meeting in Ottawa, unanimously adopted a resolution urging that “Holocaust denial” be made a criminal offence. The rest, as they say is history but to put it all into a broader perspective any analysis of the origins and development of “hate crime” legislation in Canada easily shows that without the constant push and shove of the Zionist lobbyists and the ongoing, relentless daily propaganda by the Zionist-controlled media indoctrinating the population with the “Holocaust Myth” these so-called “crimes” would likely never have entered into our statutes.

Of course in reply to your question “Is it fair and logical to ban criticism of Israel simply because it sounds anti-Semitic?” the answer is obviously a resounding no! It’s illogical and unjust to use such spurious, vexatious undemocratic laws to stifle debate on issues of such vital importance to a nation’s domestic and foreign policies.

Q: I read that you were charged with a hate crime because of your anti-Israeli writings on the Radical Press website. I would like to know how the local authorities treated you after they leveled those accusations against you. Were you eventually jailed for the alleged violations?

A: Unlike many Canadians who’ve been charged with these “hate crimes” I was not only charged with a Sec. 319(2) Criminal Code offence in May of 2012 but even prior to then I had been charged with a Sec. 13(1) “hate crime” offence by the Canadian Human Rights Commission back in November of 2007. So my ongoing battle to retain my right to free expression and publish on RadicalPress.com is now in its 7th year of continuous litigation on two fronts.

It’s also of interest to note that in both cases it was the Jewish lobby organization B’nai Brith Canada who was responsible for laying the complaints against me. The first Sec. 13(1) charge was the least invasive of the two and it only resulted in my receiving written documents accusing me of the crime and then email and telephone exchanges between the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) which took over once the CHRC determined that the case should move ahead to the tribunal stage of persecution. That case was stayed back in 2009 pending the outcome of another case that preceded my own and which only this January ruled that it could continue even though the Canadian Parliament repealed the infamous Sec. 13(1) legislation in the Canadian Human Rights Act back in June of 2012.

The more recent Sec. 319(2) criminal code charge was a different matter. After the agents of Zionism laid their complaint with the British Columbia “Hate Crime Team” a long investigation took place which eventually culminated in police helicopters surveilling my home, RCMP officers stalking both my wife and myself and spying on us and finally the BC Hate Crime Team traveling up from Vancouver approximately 600 km and then arresting me on May 16, 2012 while I was on my way to work. I was handcuffed and taken to jail and my dear wife left with our vehicle on the side of the highway. While in jail the police obtained an illegal search warrant and entered my home and stole all of my computers, electronic files and firearms and when I was eventually released that same evening I was no longer permitted to access the internet or post on any of my websites including ones related to my other business which was connected to with the mining industry. Fortunately Mr. Douglas Christie had been working with me on the first Sec. 13(1) charge and I was able to contact him and retain his services in order to get released from jail rather quickly.

In all fairness I must add that throughout the period of my arrest and incarceration I was not in any way brutalized or abused by the police. In that sense I suppose I was very fortunate indeed.

Q: There’s a growing trend in the West for equating the criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism and opposition to Jewry. As a result, the critics of the actions and policies of Israel, including its systematic killing of the Palestinian people and its illegal settlement constructions are easily vilified and defamed as anti-Semite. Is the criticism of Israel really equal to anti-Semitism?

A: When one digs down to actual root of the whole issue of “anti-Semitism” it becomes very obvious just how the Zionist Jews have been employing this erroneous term, as they do the “Holocaust Myth”, to justify all of their “hate crime” laws throughout most of the West including European nations. Here in Canada and the USA the vast majority of so-called Jews are acknowledged to be descended from the Ashkenazim or Eastern European Jews who, according to most researchers and investigators, have very little to no direct connection to the Semitic people of the Middle East and are not Semites themselves so it’s ludicrous and illogical and absolutely deceptive on their part to continually be playing this “anti-Semitic” card in their gamble to take over the world. If I and others in Canada were being severely critical of the Palestinian people or other Arabic nations then there might be just cause to call us “anti-Semitic” but in the case of the Zionist Jews it is nothing but more subterfuge and deceit designed to mask their geopolitical motives and their blatant and racist treatment of the Palestinian people.

Q: Canada regularly blasts Iran for its alleged violations of human rights. In September 2012, it unilaterally closed its embassy in Iran and also expelled the Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. Some critics and experts believe that Israel is behind these anti-Iran moves by the Canadian government. What’s your viewpoint on that? Why has Canada adopted such a hostile attitude toward Iran while the new Iranian administration has taken a conciliatory approach toward the West and is moving toward normalizing its ties with the international community?

A: Those critics and experts who say that Israel is behind the Harper government’s vehement and irrational attacks upon Iran are absolutely correct in their assessment of the real reasons for this abominable and hateful behavior on the part of the Harper government toward Iran. There is no other plausible explanation for Canada’s anti-Iran behavior given the degree of power and influence that the Jewish lobbyist wield over Harper and his traitorous band of sycophantic Ministers. When one adds to this negative attitude the tremendous pressure that the US government places on Canada to keep in line with AIPAC’s program of vilification of Iran, it’s easy to see why the mix of these two neo-con, Zionist-controlled governments would be synchronized to spread disinformation and outright hatred toward one of last remaining nations on the face of the planet not under the control of the Rothschild Banking cartel.

Q: Treating Israel with a sort of awe and fear and veneration has become a religion and a tradition in such countries as Canada. Those who behave or opine otherwise will be ostracized and accused. How is it possible to change the atmosphere and create an environment in which everybody can freely express his viewpoints regarding Israel without being fearful of prosecution or defamation?

A: It is in large measure the result of decades upon decades of ongoing propaganda concerning the “Holocaust Myth” and the “evil Nazis” and “anti-Semitism” and all of Hollywood’s and the Jewish media’s deception coupled very successful attempt at brainwashing many of the Christian sects in both Canada and the USA and turning them into Christian Zionists that has led to this unnatural and indecent and false “respect and veneration” of Israel and its Zionist ideology.

From my personal experiences and perspective on the matter of Israel I believe that only peaceful and logical solution to altering the present state of affairs in Canada is to continue to make available to the general public as much alternative information on the realities of what Zionism truly is and what the crimes of Israel are and also to continue to expose the underbelly of the Jewish lobbyist groups here in Canada and point out to Canadians just how these foreign pro-Israel organizations like B’nai Brith and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs are committing treasonous acts against the nation by using their wealth and power and influence to subvert the policies of the federal government and turn the country into another clone of Israel.

I also firmly believe that Canadians who are opposed to the Zionist lobbyist and to the actions of the Harper government should work more closely with those in the Arab community in order to facilitate greater understanding of this problem and help other Canadians to realize that their support for Harper is counter-productive to a harmonious and lasting relationship with the Middle East. The degree of control of Canada’s mainstream media is one of the greatest stumbling blocks standing in the way of peace between the east and the west. Anything therefore that the east can do to help those of us here in west to get the message out regarding the Zionists and their lobby groups can only have a beneficial effect for both of us in the long run.

Interview by Kourosh Ziabari

 

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Assad Expresses Solidarity with Putin Efforts to Restore Security in Ukraine

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voiced solidarity with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin’s efforts to restore security and stability in Ukraine.In an cable sent to the Russian leader, Assad said expressed “on his behalf and on behalf of the Syrian people Damascus’ solidarity with President Putin’s efforts to restore security and stability to the friendly country of Ukraine in face of the coup attempts against legitimacy and democracy, in favor of the terrorist extremists,” official news agency, SANA, reported.

Putin and Assad

The Syrian leader also praised Putin’s “wise policy and commitment to the international legitimacy and legal rules that govern relations among countries and peoples.”

“President Assad stressed that President Putin’s policy which is based on the international legitimacy and the objectives of the UN remain the guarantee for all world peoples to create a balanced and transparent world based on respecting the sovereignty of countries and the right of peoples to decide their destiny,” the cable said.

“President al-Assad reiterated Syria’s support to President Putin’s rational approach which favors peace and seeks to establish a global system that supports stability and combats extremism and terrorism, expressing confidence in President Putin’s capability to contribute to restoring legitimacy and calm to Ukraine and to help the Ukrainian people end extremism and terrorism in their country,” the cable added, according to SANA.

Earlier, President Putin stressed at a press conference that what happened in Ukraine violates the constitution and it is a coup and seizure of power by the forces of arms, considering the current Ukrainian authorities as illegitimate.

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Zio-Wahhabi Internet Celebrity Returning from Syria Jihad: The Factions Fight One Another, Not the Regime [VIDEO]

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A Saudi internet celebrity who is known as “al-Sambateek” and whose name is Suleiman al-Subeii tells the story of how he went to Syria to fight Jihad and ended up noticing that the so-called rebel factions are, in fact, fighting each other while accusing each other of heresy and using that as a pretext to justify conducting attacks against one another and murdering each other. At the end of the interview, he advises his fellow Saudis not to go to Syria to fight there.

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Suspend the I$raHell Football Association’s FIFA membership

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Membership of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) should be suspended until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Since 1967, Israel has maintained a brutal military occupation of Palestine, building illegal settlements and a separation wall on stolen land, despite condemnation by the UN and International Court of Justice. Within Israel, over fifty laws discriminate against its Palestinian citizens. When influential sports organizations say nothing in the face of an injustice of such magnitude they are complicit.

Commercial and cultural actions worldwide are increasingly demanding an end to Israel’s repressive policies.

It is now time for sports initiatives to add their voice.

The Israeli occupation specifically impacts on Palestinian football by restricting movement of players within the West Bank, between the West Bank and Gaza, and preventing them from taking part in international competitions. Israel limits imports of vital sporting equipment. Players have been harassed, detained, imprisoned and killed.

There is blatant well-documented racism within Israeli football. Players of Palestinian origin suffer insults from the terraces: Beitar Jerusalem football club is arguably worse than any in Europe with chants of ‘Death to Arabs’ and arson attacks. Any efforts made by the IFA to stop this abuse have been ineffective.

In 2013, footballers like Eric Cantona, Frederic Kanoute and 50 other international players challenged UEFA’s decision to hold the Men’s U-21 tournament in Israel. Eminent human rights activists questioned how an organisation that clearly promotes anti-racism can place a major competition in an openly racist country. Yet UEFA still plans to hold the U-19 Women’s final there in 2015 and may consider Israel as a venue for preliminary matches in Euro 2020.

FIFA has recognized some Israeli abuses and created a Task Force aimed at facilitating the movement of players and equipment. But its success depends on the goodwill of the Israeli Defence Forces.

When FIFA formally suspended the membership of the South African FA between 1964 and 1992, its action contributed to international pressure to end apartheid.

Therefore, the petition asks FIFA to follow this precedent and suspend the Israeli FA. The Israeli government must at some point take notice.

References

http://rcir.org.uk/?page_id=428

http://www.uisp.it/newsletter_remote/mossawa.doc

To:
FIFA
I call on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Chiedo che la FIFA sospenda da suo membro la Federazione Israeliana fino a che Israele non si decida a rispettare i diritti umani dei Palestinesi e…

I call on FIFA to suspend membership of the Israeli Football Association until Israel respects the human rights of Palestinians and observes international law, thus enabling Palestinian footballers to play and compete nationally and internationally.

Chiedo che la FIFA sospenda da suo membro la Federazione Israeliana fino a che Israele non si decida a rispettare i diritti umani dei Palestinesi e ad osservare le leggi internazionali, consentendo così ai calciatori Palestinesi di giocare e partecipare alle competizioni nazionali e internazionali.

Je demande à la FIFA de suspendre l’adhésion de la FA israélien jusqu’à ce qu’Israël respecte les droits humains des Palestiniens et observe le droit international permettant ainsi aux footballeurs palestiniens de jouer et à la concurrence nationale et internationale de s’appliquer.

Hago un llamamiento a la FIFA que suspenda la afiliación de la Asociación de Fútbol Israelí hasta que Israel respete los derechos humanos de los Palestinos y acate la ley internacional así permitiendo a los futbolistas palestinos a jugar y competir tanto a nivel nacional como internacional.

Sincerely,

 

[Your name]

 

http://www.thenation.com/blog/178642/after-latest-incident-israels-future-fifa-uncertain

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I$raHell sending agents to help Syria militants

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Press TV

A high-ranking Syrian official says Israel is dispatching officers and undercover agents to Syria to join foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the Damascus government.

In an interview with Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network on Monday, Bouthaina Shaaban, the political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stated that Damascus has information indicating that Israeli officers are operating in Syria and monitoring the fighting.

She also commented on last week’s Israeli airstrike near the Syrian border with Lebanon, saying Tel Aviv is using weapons shipments as an excuse to attack Syria and Lebanon.

The Syrian official further stated that there were undercover agents among the wounded militants recently treated by Israel.

The remarks come as Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported on March 2 that the Israeli regime is paying large sums of money to foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria in exchange for information on fellow al-Qaeda-linked militants.

The report added that at least three different militant groups have been in regular contact with Israeli intelligence officials.

In late February, an unnamed Israeli commander admitted that the Israeli military is in contact with the foreign-backed militant and terrorist groups inside Syria.

The Israeli commander said the militants have provided Israeli intelligence officials with information on the identity and medical condition of the wounded militants.

Some reports also say hundreds of terrorists have received treatment in Israeli hospitals and most of them have returned to Syria, where they fight against government forces.

On February 18, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to a secret field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights, which offers medical services to the injured militants coming in from Syria.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011.

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Zio-Nazi Military Support to Syria Al Qaeda Terrorists, Operating out of the Golan Heights

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Global Research

The Jerusalem Post has reported on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the IDF field hospital in the occupied Golan heights.

This hospital was set up to treat wounded Al Nusrah mercenaries, who are directly supported by the Israeli military operating out of the Golan Heights.  The JP acknowledges that the hospital is being used to support the jihadist insurgency.

Netanyahu referred to the Hospital as the place which  “separates the good in the world from the evil in the world.”

“The good”, according to Netanyahu “is Israel”, which in a bitter irony wholeheartedly supports the Al Qaeda “freedom fighters” in Syria;  “the bad” refers to Iran which supports Bashar Al Assad.

The good, the prime minister said, is Israel, which “saves lives from the daily slaughter taking place in Syria. This is the true face of Israel.”

The evil, he continued, is Iran, which is arming those carrying out the slaughter. (Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2014)

While the IDF field hospital was established to support Al Qaeda in an operation coordinated by IDF Special Forces, Netanyahu casually accuses Iran for  “its support of terrorist groups around the world”. (JP, February 19, 2014)

The IDF top brass tacitly acknowledges that  “global jihad elements inside Syria” are supported by Israel.

Netanyahu toured the Golan Heights with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.

At a lookout point overlooking the Syrian border, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan briefed Netanyahu on the presence of global jihad elements inside Syria, as well as on the work being done to fortify the Israeli-Syrian border fence. (Ibid)

In the image below:

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon next to a wounded mercenary, Israeli military field hospital at the occupied Golan Heights’ border with Syria, 18 February 2014″

Jerusalem Post (English edition), 19 February 2014 ,by Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post, 19 February 2014

Jerusalem Post (English edition), 19 February 2014 ,by Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post, 19 February 2014

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Syrian rebel leader thanks PM for standing by wounded

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an IDF field hospital for treatment of wounded from the civil war in Syria, in Ramat ha Golan, Northern Israel. February 18, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90)  Read more: Syrian rebel leader thanks PM for standing by wounded | The Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits an IDF field hospital for treatment of wounded from the civil war in Syria, in Ramat ha Golan, Northern Israel. February 18, 2014. (photo credit: Kobi Gideon /GPO/FLASH90).

 

Times of Israel

A Syrian opposition leader praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Friday for publicly voicing support for rebels wounded in the drawn-out struggle against Syrian President Bashar Assad, now entering its fourth year after talks in Geneva between the Assad regime and the opposition collapsed.

Opposition leader Muhammad Badie told Israel Radio Friday that the Syrian opposition appreciated Netanyahu’s decision to visit and speak at a field hospital for Syrians wounded in the conflict during a Tuesday tour of the Golan Heights.

Speaking from Istanbul, Badie thanked those working to assist the Syrian people in their struggle.

He added that Netanyahu’s pubic presence near the Syrian wounded was an “important message.”

On Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke at an IDF base where injured Syrians are receiving medical care. He said Israel’s humanitarian efforts to help the Syrian wounded highlighted the difference between Jerusalem and Tehran, which backed Assad.

As nuclear talks commenced in Vienna, Netanyahu said, “On the day on which world powers begin negotiations with Iran, it is important that the world sees footage of this place, a place that separates the good in the world from the bad.”

He said the “good” was embodied by Israel’s endeavors to save the lives of Syrians hurt in the ongoing conflict, which he termed a “daily massacre,” while Iran continued to support Assad’s violent ways.

In Early February, Channel 2 News aired footage of a secret Israeli field hospital in the Golan Heights that has treated over 700 Syrians since the war began.

Israeli soldiers escort a wounded Syrian patient into a secret military field hospital in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: screen capture, Channel 2)

Israeli soldiers escort a wounded Syrian patient into a secret military field hospital in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: screen capture, Channel 2)

The army hospital, staffed by soldiers in uniform, includes an emergency room, an intensive care unit, an operating room, a mobile laboratory, a pharmacy and an x-ray facility. It treats Syrian patients who cross the border regardless of creed, ethnicity – or with which faction their loyalties lie.

The once-sporadic treatment of Syrian nationals in Israel has, by now, become routine, the report made clear: The wounded cross the border and IDF medical teams deployed in the Golan Heights give them preliminary treatment. Those who are well enough are sent back across the border, and those who require further treatment are evacuated to the military hospital, a field commander at the facility told Channel 2. In this way, the hospital treats about a hundred Syrians per month.

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Those who seized power in Kiev want to sour relations between West & Russia – Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.(Reuters / Zoubeir Souissi)

The suggestion of Kiev’s new self-proclaimed government to swap economic aid for the placement of US missile defense shield looks too much like an attempt to sour relations between the West and Russia, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Financial aid to the self-proclaimed government in Kiev is currently being discussed, with US secretary of state John Kerry arriving on Tuesday. Although the Russian Foreign Minister said it had heard no previous mention of the swap, earlier on Wednesday, Ukraine’s ambassador to Belorus, Mikhail Ezhal did mention that such an idea was in the works. When asked about this suggestion at a news conference with his Spanish counterpart, Lavrov said that ” if it is true, then we have another example wherein, completely unhindered by our Western partners, those who have taken over the Rada are trying to gamble on the relationship between Russia and the West, and are trying to cause frictions in this relationship with their attempts at fishing in murky waters.”

Lavrov, for his part, believes that such ways of doing business aren’t serious enough and that “our Western partners are well aware of these games.”

The American missile defense shield in Europe has been a continued topic of contention between Russia and the US. The idea was supposedly always aimed at deterring threats from rogue states like Iran and North Korea, but Russia was never convinced. In November 2013, a welcome progress was reached in the P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program, but that was followed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel making a phone call to his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu to say that this “does not eliminate the need for US and European allies to continue implementing missile defense plans in Europe,”according to the Department’s website.

The Russian FM made a number of other observations on how the Ukrainian crisis has unfolded, believing its escalation to be tantamount to an armed coup aided by the West. “We are certain that the root of all problems here is that the international community did not react to the anti-government protests in time; they were carried out by armed men and accompanied with grossly illegal violations. Instead, [the international community] praised those protests.”he said.

“In essence, it was an armed coup,” the Russian FM added

The foreign minister went on to say that Moscow pledges to do its utmost to prevent further bloodshed and threats to civilian lives.

In this sense, Lavrov believes that strong foreign praise for the unconstitutional uprising is counterproductive to those aims.

According to Lavrov, special attention should have been given to the February-21 agreement between ousted President Yanukovich and Ukraine’s opposition, which was designed to ease the political deadlock in the country.

The EU-brokered agreement, signed by President Yanukovich and the opposition, sought an immediate cessation of hostilities. Part of the agreement was a limiting of presidential powers in favor of giving the Rada more, as well as a return to the 2004 constitution. A national unity government was also promised by the two sides and Presidential elections were to be held as soon as the new Constitution was adopted, but no later than December 2014.

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Is US public opinion on I$raHell shifting?

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US public opinion on Israel

And what if the answer is “Yes”?

By Alan Hart

A recent public opinion poll asked Americans which of two options they would favour if a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict was no longer on the table. (It is in the rhetoric of leaders and diplomats but not in reality.) The two options were:

  • The continuation of Israel’s Jewish majority [presumably this assumes permanent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and continuing ethnic cleansing of it by stealth] even if it means that Palestinians will not have citizenship and full rights.
  • One democratic state for all in which Jews and Arabs would be equal.

Only 24 per cent supported the continuation of things as they are.

According to the poll, 65 per cent of those asked for their opinion preferred the one-state option.

What explains this?

Is it that an apparent majority of Americans are at last understanding and supporting the need and rights of the Palestinians for justice, or is it something else – an indication that while they are not much concerned about the rights of the Palestinians, an apparent majority of Americans are fed up with an Israel they rightly perceive to be the obstacle to peace?.

Whatever the reason for it – empathy with the Palestinian claim for justice or not – a significant shift in American public opinion really does seem to be underway.

While I was thinking about my own answer to this question I read a magnificent piece by Gideon Levy in Haaretz with the headline AIPAC, the Kremlin of US Jewry. In this article Gideon, who along with Amira Hass is the conscience of Israeli journalism, explained, very convincingly, why AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is in reality “anti-Israel”.

Here, slightly shortened and with my emphasis added, is what he wrote.

It’s the biggest convention of Israel-haters, attended yearly by some 15,000 representatives, and the damage, historically speaking, that it has done to Israel is perhaps graver than any done by Iran. The convention is held once a year, and time seems to stop. It’s always the same wheeler-dealers, the same kitsch (trash), the same hollow applause, and the same standing ovation for every Israeli prime minister, no matter his policy. The world turns round and round, but this never changes. Even Israel changes, but not in their eyes. Here Israel is worthy only of applause, blind and automatic applause, now and forever.

Like at similar conventions held in Romania by Nicolae Ceausescu, all they do is praise the great leader. Welcome to Bucharest in Washington, to the Kremlin of American Jewry, behold the yearly AIPAC conference. Only here can Netanyahu use his old tricks and gimmicks and be met with a full auditorium on its feet.

Behind Netanyahu sat a young American woman who rose to cheer him when everyone else did. I said to myself, Why exactly did she get up and cheer? For the ongoing occupation? For the undermining of Israeli democracy? For the ever prevalent racism in Israel?

“I’m pro-Israel, I’m AIPAC,” says the organization’s slogan. Pro-Israel? The organization’s critics claim that it sometimes acts against US interests; that it also acts against Israeli interests.

Bravo, AIPAC. Seek out the conservative right among American Jewry. But long ago, Israel should have said, “No, thanks.” Not every show of loud and pushy, even crazed support is a display of friendship. Sometimes caring and friendship mean criticism. But that is not in AIPAC’s playbook.

The word is that the organization’s power is waning, but it doesn’t look that way on the ground. We see what happens to Congress members who dare to criticize Israel. AIPAC is still in the field with its army of lobbyists, and it is the second most effective lobby in Washington, after the gun lobby – and this should cause Israel to worry. Just like the gun lobby, the Israel lobby is not a good partner. It has affected US policy in the past, as one of the factors that led to continued American support for the occupation, as well as Israeli violence and expansion.

If AIPAC wanted to show true friendship for Israel, it would have stopped cheering long ago and started whispering. Whisper in the prime minister’s ear, that something bad is happening to the state that AIPAC loves so much. Whisper that something bad is happening in America, too, that people are becoming fed up with Israel’s refusals. A false friend would give a drug addict more and more money, and the addict would thank him for it. A true friend would send him to rehab, and the addict would be angry. The occupation addict is in need of a true friend, one that would send her to rehab. AIPAC, and the United States along with it, has opted to be the false friend – and that’s as anti-Israel as it gets.

Whatever the reason for it – empathy with the Palestinian claim for justice or not – a significant shift in American public opinion really does seem to be underway. Staying with Gideon Levy’s analogy, this might explain why President Obama felt free enough to suggest to occupation addict Netanyahu that he and Israel should consider rehab.

“If Israel sees no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction” [and] if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.” (Barack Obama, interview with “Bloomberg View” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg)

Obama did so in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg for “Bloomberg View“ shortly before he received Netanyahu in the White House. Obama’s message to Netanyahu via Goldberg included the statement that “There is a limit to the power of the man who bears the title leader of the free world.”

And he explained what he meant with these words. “If Israel sees no peace deal and continued aggressive settlement construction,” and “if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.”

We do not know whether or not Obama had the balls to say this to Netanyahu face to face, but even if he didn’t, Netanyahu would still have got the message.

Akiva Eldar’s interpretation of Obama’s message to Netanyahu via Goldberg was that he, the president, “is sick and tired of fighting on Netanyahu’s behalf vis-a-vis the Europeans and automatically vetoing (in the UN Security Council) their proposals condemning the settlements”.

But there was more to Obama’s message than that. He was effectively saying that if Israel continues to be opposed to peace on terms the Palestinians can accept, no occupant of the White House will be able to protect Israel from the tightening noose of isolation and sanctions.

My guess is that Obama, unwilling to confront the Zionist lobby and its allies head on by taking to the bully pulpit and going over the heads of Congress, is entertaining the hope that when he has to admit that Secretary of State Kerry’s peace process was a mission impossible, and then as the BDS (Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment) campaign gathers global momentum with the real potential to make Israel’s Jews feel the pain, a majority of them will say to Netanyahu: “Enough. We insist that you be serious about peace with the Palestinians on terms they can accept.”

That could happen. What Obama called the “international fallout” if Israel stays on its present course could cause a majority of Israeli Jews to want to save themselves from Zionism. But…

It’s great news that a significant shift of American public opinion is underway, but it may very well be that it’s too late to stop a Zionist-driven countdown to catastrophe for us all.

Something else could also happen. A rising global BDS tide could be counter-productive. It could reinforce what very many Israeli Jews have been conditioned to believe by Zionist propaganda and result in them saying something like: “This proves that the world hates Jews. World go to hell!” And that, no doubt, would set the stage for a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine followed, most likely, by the transformation of the rising global tide of anti-Israelism into anti-Semitism. (That might be what Zionism wants in order to go on justifying, if only to itself, its reason for being.)

For the sake of discussion let’s suppose that, at a point, reason prevails and the clear and present danger of isolation and sanctions does cause a majority of Israeli Jews to demand peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.

The question that would then arise is this. Could Netanyahu or any other Israeli prime minister deliver?

If the statements of the leaders of the racist and neo-fascist tendency in Israel (secular and religious) can be taken at face value, the answer is “NO!” They are totally opposed to an Israeli withdrawal from more or less all the occupied West Bank to create the space for a viable Palestine state with East Jerusalem its capital and/or Jerusalem an undivided city and the capital of two states. And they will never, ever, agree to one state with equal rights for all because that would mean the end of Zionism.

My conclusion? It’s great news that a significant shift of American public opinion is underway, but it may very well be that it’s too late to stop a Zionist-driven countdown to catastrophe for us all.

I would like to be proved wrong.

Note

In a most remarkable article for Haaretz on 7 March (If I were an American Jew, I’d worry about Israel’s racist cancer), Daniel Blatman, a history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called on American Jews to end their silence “and cooperate with the shrinking groups of Israelis who have not yet lost hope that it’s possible to stop this downslide towards the abyss.”

That caused me to wonder what I would be thinking and feeling if I were a Palestinian. This question first entered my mind a few days ago as I was watching the images of “Five Broken Cameras”, the Oscar-nominated film documenting the struggle of the West Bank village of Bil’in against Israeli occupation and continuing settlement expansion. It was screened on BBC Four television. (Broadcast to a small audience and starting at 10.30 p.m. but it was transmitted. I imagine Zionism’s watch dogs here in the UK were furious.)

I entertained the thought that if I were a Palestinian I would hate Israeli Jews and not want peace with them. The fact that this is NOT the mindset or the position of the vast majority of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians, meaning that what they hate is not Israel’s Jews but Zionism, is a tribute to their humanity. Zionism, assisted by the persecution of Jews on and off down the centuries (mainly by Europeans, not Arabs) has stripped most Israeli Jews of their humanity. They need to claim it back if there is ever to be peace based on an acceptable amount of justice for the Palestinians.

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