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Syria: The Crime and the Criminals

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Iran Bashing, Terrorism and Who Chose The Chosen People

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Naziyahu issues Iran warning in Holocaust memorial speech

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‘Has the world learned a lesson from the mistakes of the past? Today we are again faced with clear facts and before a real danger. Iran calls for our destruction,’ prime minister says in main Holocaust memorial service.

Ynet

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the country’s annual memorial day for the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust by issuing a stern warning Sunday to the world to learn the lessons of the past and prevent another Holocaust.

At the opening ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Netanyahu linked the Nazi genocide to Iran’s suspected drive to acquire nuclear bombs and its leaders’ repeated references to the destruction of Israel and its denial of the Holocaust. Netanyahu said that just like before World War II, there were those in the world today who refused to face uncomfortable truths.

“In this place I have said many times that we must identify an existential threat in time and act against it in time and tonight I ask ‘why in the years before the Holocaust did most of the world’s leaders not see the danger ahead of time?’ In hindsight, all the signs were there,” he said.

“Has the world learned a lesson from the mistakes of the past? Today we are again faced with clear facts and before a real danger. Iran calls for our destruction, it develops nuclear weapons.”

Sunday night’s main ceremony at Yad Vashem included six survivors who lit six symbolic torches to commemorate the 6 million dead. A video segment on each one’s personal story was presented.

The Israeli flag flew at half-staff and a military honor guard stood at one side of the podium as poems and psalms were read and the Jewish prayer for the dead was recited.

In his comments, President Shimon Peres spoke of his own family’s destruction in the Holocaust and said Israel was the deterrence against another one happening.

“We must not ignore any occurrence of anti-Semitism, any desecration of a synagogue, any tombstone smashed in a cemetery in which our families are buried. We must not ignore the rise of extreme right-wing parties with neo-Nazi tendencies who are a danger to each of us and a threat to every nation,” he said.

“A strong Israel is our response to the horrors of anti-Semitism but it does not excuse the rest of the world from its responsibility to prevent this disease from returning to their own homes.”

Justice Minister Livni said: “The Jewish people has gone through a transformation: From a yellow badge in the shape of a Star of David to a Star of David engraved in the metal that went into the making of Air Force aircrafts, tanks and IDF ships.”

Livni further said: “Israel of 2014 is still a threatened country, and there are those who refuse to acknowledge our existence and work to remove us from the world map, but Israel is an independent country, and is strong enough to cope with the threats.”

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, who also spoke at the Holocaust memorial service in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak said: “The IDF is the proof of the revival of the Jewish people and its move to independence.”

Gantz added that “in the time the Jewish people struggled to survive in Europe, they sowed the seeds of optimism. They taught one another bravery to stand up and fight the Nazis. The legacy they left is the lighthouse guiding our way.”

Hours before the opening ceremony, an annual report by Tel Aviv University on worldwide anti-Semitism said violent attacks against Jews worldwide dropped in 2013, but anti-Semitism was becoming more widespread in Europe amid a rise in popularity of extremist parties

Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities across Europe, expressed concern over the increasing popularity of far-right parties, especially in France, Hungary and Greece, where they are expected to make big gains in European Parliament elections next month.

He also mentioned the situation in Ukraine, where Jews are caught in the middle of the conflict between nationalists and Russian separatists, with both sides using anti-Jewish rhetoric while accusing each other of harboring anti-Semitic supporters.

The stated links between the Holocaust and Iran showed how more than six decades later, the mass murder of Jews during World War II is still a central part of Israel’s psyche. The nation was created just three years after the end of the war, and hundreds of thousands of dazed survivors made their way to Israel.

Six million Jews were killed by German Nazis and their collaborators in the Holocaust, wiping out a third of world Jewry. Today, fewer than 200,000 elderly survivors remain in Israel.

The annual memorial day is one of the most solemn on Israel’s calendar. Restaurants, cafes and places of entertainment are shut down, and radio and TV programming are dedicated almost exclusively to documentaries about the Holocaust, interviews with survivors and somber music.

On Monday morning, Israel will come to a standstill as sirens wail for two minutes. Pedestrians typically stop in their tracks, and cars and buses halt on the streets while drivers and passengers stand with their heads bowed.

Further ceremonies include the public reading of names of Holocaust victims at sites around the country, including Israel’s parliament. Schoolchildren dress in white and stop their studies to hold memorial ceremonies.

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MKs pan Kerry for saying I$raHell could become ‘apartheid’

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Zionist Anti-Defamation League also slams Washington’s top diplomat, who warned of aftermath of talks’ collapse

Times of Israel

Right-wing MKs on Monday panned a comment attributed to US Secretary of State John Kerry to the effect that if Israel does not sign a peace agreement with the Palestinians in the near future, it will become “an apartheid state” like South Africa.

Senior Israeli officials, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, remained mum on the reported comments.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) tole The Times of Israel that not only was Kerry’s prediction false, it could also be applied to Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank far more accurately than to Israel.

“There are many alternatives [to a two-state solution] and there is room to consider them in the future. Today there is not a single Jew in Gaza, not a single Jewish soldier, and we still can see very well that hatred for Israel rules there,” he said.

“I think that the secretary of state saw for himself that it’s impossible to change reality; and the reality is that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas chose to go the way of terror and Hamas. Therefore, any effort to put blame on Israel is wrong and unfair,” Danon added.

According to a recording obtained by the Daily Beast, Kerry made the comments Friday to a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, a nongovernmental organization committed to fostering closer ties between Europe, North America, and Japan.

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” Kerry told the gathering. “Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens — or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state. Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”

Also responding to Kerry’s comparison Monday was Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), who wrote on his official Facebook page that “there are some words that must not be uttered.”

Katz said that on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to reflect the atrocities inflicted on Jews by the Nazis “while the world stood silent,” Kerry’s comments stood out even more starkly against the reality of the Jewish state.

“The US secretary of state describes Israel as an apartheid state. Us? The Jewish state that rose to defend itself from existential threats? Kerry, shame on you! There are some words that must not be uttered,” Katz wrote.

In the United States, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) director Abraham Foxman said the American Jewish organization was “startled and disappointed” by the report that Kerry had “used the highly inappropriate and offensive term ‘apartheid’ to warn what might become of Israel should an agreement not be reached.”

Foxman said it was “startling and deeply disappointing” that a “knowledgeable, experienced” diplomat of Kerry’s caliber would choose to “use such an inaccurate and incendiary term” to describe the politics of a country with which he is so intimately familiar.

He added that while the ADL appreciated Kerry’s “deep concern for Israel and his desires to ensure that it have a future of peace and security,” his choice of words could not be seen as an expression of friendship or support.

“If he used the repugnant language of Israel’s adversaries and accusers to express concern for Israel’s future, it was undiplomatic, unwise and unfair,” Foxman said.

A nine-month negotiating period brokered by the US is due to end on Tuesday, and US President Barack Obama said over the weekend that a “pause” in US efforts might now be necessitated.

The already teetering talks finally collapsed in recent days, since Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah on Wednesday signed a unity pact with rival Hamas, and Israel suspended all negotiations a day later, saying it would not sit down with a Palestinian leadership that was shored up by the Islamist terror group.

The use of the term “apartheid” to refer to Israel is likely to anger many Israeli officials. While running for president in 2008, Obama rejected associating the label with Israel, calling it “emotionally loaded, historically inaccurate, and it’s not what I believe.”

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Zionist Rand Paul: Cut aid to Palestinians unless they recognize I$raHell as Jewish state

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Zionist Rand Paul in I$raHell

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he will introduce legislation that would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority unless its government recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

Paul (R-Ky.), a likely contender for the Republican presidential nod in 2016, said the law was needed because of the interim governance agreement last week between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

He said he would introduce the legislation this week if there is no such statement after five weeks — the deadline set by Hamas and the Fatah faction to establish an interim government that would lay the ground for elections.

“In the absence of such a clear, unambiguous statement on the part of the newly unified Palestinian government, the United States should act to enforce the law and cut off aid to the Palestinian government until they recognize Israel’s right to exist,” Paul said.

Referring to Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and is termed a terrorist group by the United States, Israel and the European Union, Paul said, “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with an entity that does not believe it should exist and that has used terrorist tactics to seek its end. That being said, the new unity government has a chance to put itself on the record as clearly believing in the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state, as Israel recognizes the right of a Palestinian state to exist.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that any peace agreement must include Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

“It should also declare an immediate and lasting cease-fire to enable negotiations,” Paul said of the Palestinian government.

U.S. law bans the distribution of funds to any Hamas-affiliated entity. The Palestinian Authority has said the interim government will have the backing of Hamas but will not be affiliated with it.

Paul has drawn criticism in the past from the pro-Israel community for advocating cutting assistance to Israel as part of his broader advocacy for an end to U.S. foreign assistance.

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Sheldon Adelson’s BuzzFeed strategy won’t fix I$raHell apartheid

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Screenshot of reThink Israel content on BuzzFeed, including article about wild cat

reThink Israel hopes cute animal photos will make people forget about the occupation.

When people think of Israel’s assaults on Palestinians, what often comes to mind are soldiers, separation walls, bulldozers, rockets and drones.

All this has assured Israel’s military dominance but it also has become a public relations disaster, spurring among other things the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which now threatens Israel both economically and politically.

Recognizing this, Israel and its affiliated lobby groups around the world have been waging a counter-attack.

New battlefield

Zionists are having to think of new, more subtle ways to defend the occupation and dispossession of Palestinians. A new battlefield has opened up in an unlikely place:BuzzFeed, the fast-growing soft news website that rose to prominence by disseminating videos of cute animals, but now has pretensions to serious journalism.

A group called reThink Israel has paid for eleven articles on BuzzFeed in the last two months. The content of the articles — all written in the typical BuzzFeed listicle style — is at first glance relatively harmless and apolitical.

One is headlined 12 Neighborhoods That’ll Stop You In Your Tracks.” It features photos of trendy neighborhoods in such cities as London, Montreal and Melbourne, along with “Tel Aviv, Israel” and “Haifa, Israel.” Another article promises readers12 Sounds From Israel You’ll Soon Be Obsessed With,” and then there is “17 reasons Jaffa is the Brooklyn of Israel.”

Casual readers would be forgiven for thinking these lists are compiled by a journalist.

However, a small byline saying “reThink Israel, Brand Publisher” betrays that these articles are “advertorials.” This is a word used in the media that means an article that is placed by an advertiser but styled to look like editorial or journalistic content.

BuzzFeed calls itsponsored content.”

Dubious

Although such articles erase the supposedly bright line between journalism and advertising, the practice has become increasingly common as other streams of media revenue dry up.

Last year, The Atlantic published an advertorial for the Church of Scientology but quickly removed it and apologized to readers following scorn from the public and journalists.

The episode prompted the satirical website The Onion to produce a spoof advertorial headlined The Taliban Is A Vibrant And Thriving Political Movement.”

Although companies often advertise in this dubious manner, for political groups to do so is rare.

“Propaganda”

ReThink Israel claims not to be a political group. Its website says “you won’t see any stories about religion or politics on this site.” Using a narrow definition of politics, this is true. However the lack of politics in the content is itself part of a political strategy to promote Israel as a “normal” and appealing country rather than a violent occupier of millions of Palestinians.

The financier of reThink Israel is the American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

At Yeshiva University last October, as reported by Philip Weiss for Mondoweiss, Adelson described reThink Israel as as “an NGO for hasbara” — the Hebrew word Israel uses to describe its official outreach and propaganda.

He added: “We’re going to provide information, propaganda if you will. We also say that we’re cool. The beaches are cool, the clubs are cool.” Adelson wants Israel to be “cool” to distract young Americans from Israeli policy.

Extreme

Adelson’s views on the Israel and the Palestinians are extreme. At the same Yeshiva University event he notoriously said there is no such thing as a Palestinian people” and called for the United States to threaten to fire an atomic bomb at Iran.

In 2012, he switched from funding the Democrats to the Republicans and is now widely viewed as the most influential donor vetting potential Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential election.

Adelson has justified his party switch on the grounds the Republicans are more pro-Israel. He also has major influence in Israel itself, where he owns several newspapers and is an important supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Adelson’s influence and extremism were apparent when New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a possible 2016 Republican contender, apologized to the billionaire for using the term “occupied territories” to describe the West Bank.

Yet for all the money he has poured in to propaganda efforts, including reThink Israel, even Adelson has his doubts. Last October he said, as quoted by Mondoweiss:

“Hasbara’s not going to work and my cavalry coming over the hill really isn’t any cavalry. But with my lifetime experience, I think it’s very difficult to try to convince somebody when they think … I’m such a bad guy I have no right to do that. I occupy somebody else’s territory, I torture them … we created apartheid. So you can’t get really very far when somebody thinks all these bad things of you.”

Adelson’s observations can be expanded to apply to Israel’s other efforts to soft-sell its image: pinkwashing — portraying the country as LGBT-friendly — and greenwashing — selling Israel a protector of the environment.

Perhaps in Adelson’s doubts there is an inkling of a realization that Israel doesn’t have an image problem, but a reality problem that a few articles in BuzzFeed are not going to fix.

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John Kerry and I$raHell apartheid

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US and Israel see eye to eye on Israel’s demand to recognized as a “Jewish state.” (Matty Sher / US Embassy Tel Aviv)

Anti-Palestinian advocates are up in arms over US Secretary of State John Kerry’swarning that Israel could become an “apartheid state” in the absence of a two-state solution.”

The Anti-Defamation League declared itself startled and disappointed that Kerry would use the “offensive term ‘apartheid’ to warn what might become of Israel should an agreement not be reached with the Palestinians.” The neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel has meanwhile demanded that Kerry be sacked.

Caught on tape

Kerry made his “apartheid state” comment in a closed meeting of “influential world leaders” on Friday and lashed out at Israeli and Palestinian leaders, blaming both for the failure of negotiations. Kerry’s comments, caught on tape and reported by The Daily Beast, included:

A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens – or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state … . Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.

Philip Weiss at Mondoweiss has already made the obvious point that the “apartheid” description has long applied, although Kerry posits it as a hypothetical future scenario.

Weiss wonders: “How long are you allowed to issue dire predictions of future apartheid when there have been two sets of laws for different ethnicities under Israeli sovereignty for 47 years of the occupation (and different sets of laws inside Israel from the jump)?”

Can’t be Jewish and democratic

And Kerry has previously warned about the grave danger and indeed the supposed impossibility of a one-state solution – which he refers to in his latest comment as a “unitary state.”

But Kerry’s concerns are revealing in what they leave out: he makes no mention whatsoever of Palestinian rights. His only concern is preserving Israel as a “Jewish state.” That is the only solid commitment he and the administration he represents have.

And this is why Kerry’s reported positions in the US-brokered negotiations have hewed so closely to those of Israel on the most substantive issues.

Kerry is implicitly stating that a state based on equal rights and democracy would be “a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

Is he admitting then that Israel’s “right to be a Jewish state” is indeed incompatible with democratic principles, a case I make in The Battle for Justice in Palestine (read an excerpt from the chapter Does Israel have a right to exist as a Jewish state”).

Ignoring Palestinian rights

By contrast, the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) puts the rights of all Palestinians front and center. These include ending the occupation and colonization of all land Israel conquered in 1967; ending all the forms of discrimination Israel practices against Palestinian citizens of Israel; and respecting, promoting and implementing Palestinian refugee rights, including the right of return.

As I’ve explained previously, a two-state solution is theoretically compatible with the full implementation of all the Palestinian rights set out in the BDS call. And the BDS call does not take a position on one or two states.

But the kind of two-state solution envisaged by Kerry and his boss President Obama, and by “liberal” Zionists everywhere, is not designed to respect and restore Palestinian rights, but to negate them in order to pursue the overriding goal of protecting a Jewish majority and therefore Jewish political supremacy throughout most of historic Palestine.

Kerry’s goal is to get Palestinians to legitimize this kind of discrimination as quickly as possible in the form of a “state” that would leave the vast majority of Palestinians – refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel – permanently shorn of their basic rights solely because they are not Jewish.

Opposing Palestinian rights while supporting a state

Indeed Kerry’s comments closely echo the immortal words of The Crisis of Zionism author Peter Beinart, explaining to ex-Israeli prison guard and The Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg in 2010, how he simultaneously forcefully opposes rights for most Palestinians while strongly supporting a Palestinian “state.” Beinart said:

I’m not asking Israel to be Utopian. I’m not asking it to allow Palestinians who were forced out (or fled) in 1948 to return to their homes. I’m not even asking it to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state. I’m actually pretty willing to compromise my liberalism for Israel’s security and for its status as a Jewish state. What I am asking is that Israel not do things that foreclose the possibility of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, because if it is does that it will become–and I’m quoting Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak here–an “apartheid state.”

Kerry, like Beinart, supports the discrimination and racism necessary to maintain Israel’s status as a “Jewish state.” He just wants it to be hidden behind a “two-state solution” with Palestinians blessing their own subjugation.

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Palestinians call for refusal of I$raHell army service

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A Baladna announcement for a popular gathering against conscription last month featuring the rap group DAM.

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Palestinians in present-day Israel are calling on all Arab citizens of Israel to refuse to serve in the army.

In an emailed statement, the Coalition Against Military Service, led by Baladna, the Association for Arab Youth, and consisting of Palestinian youth and other civic organizations, urges an “escalation in efforts to refuse military service” including “mandatory service imposed on the young Arab Druze and Circassians, as well as the civic service imposed on the rest of the spectra of the Palestinian people.”

The statement followed an announcement by Israeli army radio last week that authorities had begun mailing recruitment notices to all Palestinian Christian youths.

Except for small groups such as the Druze, Palestinian citizens of Israel are not required to perform army service.

“We warn that although these orders are not binding, they intend to pressure Arab youth to enlist in the [army] and separate them from their people. We call to block recruitment and all tactics of the government to dilute and distort our Palestinian identity,” the statement says.

Due to systematic discrimination, Palestinian youths in Israel have few opportunities. With many benefits tied to army service, Israel may be banking on desperation driving some youths into the army’s hands.

Condemning what it calls “Israelization tactics,” the coalition calls on municipalities and local councils to oppose recruitement and urges participation in the General National Congress Against Conscription, organized by the Coalition Against Military Service, which will be held next month in the city of Sakhnin.

“Racist motives”

The mailing of recruitment notices comes amid an intensified effort by Israel to co-opt Palestinian Christians who form a significant part of the 1.5 million Palestinians who are citizens of Israel.

On 24 February, Israel’s parliament passed a law identifying Palestinian Christians as “a non-Arab minority group” and granting them special status.

The initiative is led by the extreme right-wing lawmaker Yariv Levin from the governing Likud party who has been open about his goal of splitting Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

Levin described Christians as the “natural allies” of Israel and “a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within.”

In a recent op-ed for The Electronic Intifada, Baladna director Nadim Nashif said that the law was “linked to a much larger and systematic process of ‘divide and conquer’ as well as to attempts to destroy Palestinian identity among Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel.”

A coalition of Palestinian organizations in present-day Israel said that the law’s “racist motives … foreshadow the enactment of more racist bills and policies, which we will oppose.”

Refusal

Israel’s attempt to recruit and co-opt Palestinian Christians into its army of occupation and colonization comes at a time of increased resistance to compulsory enlistment among the Palestinian Druze population.

Last month, for instance, 18-year-old Omar Saad was handed his sixth jail sentence for his ongoing refusal to serve in the army.

Saad began serving his sentence earlier this month.

Also, earlier this month, 50 Israeli youths of various backgrounds sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly announcing their refusal to serve in the army citing Israel’s systematic abuses of Palestinians.

Roni Lax, a 20-year-old signer of the letter, said, “We stand in solidarity with the ultra-orthodox youth and the Arab youth – Christian and Druze, some of whom are currently in an army prison.”

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Color Revolutions. Getting Our Facts Straight on the “Arab Spring”

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The so-called Arab Spring is one of the most pivotal geopolitical happenings of the current century and one which will no doubt reverberate and define the academic discourse on the subject in later generations.

That being said, it becomes disheartening to find out that the majority of the talking points on the Arab Spring echoed from both mainstream media as well as “non-aligned”, independent sources ring of the stereotypical western narrative of spontaneous, indigenous uprisings rising up corruption and despotism.

While no doubt unsavory strongmen like Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt had well earned the resentment of their population, to engage in a reductionist paradigm of the Arab Spring illustrating down-trodden masses merely rising up against political exploitation does injustice to the behind-the-scenes networks of NGOs and special interests who helped influence popular sentiment and channel it in ways to bolster western objectives.

While the notion that the US government, and specifically the corporate-financiers overlords of Wall Street and London, were behind the Arab Spring are scoffed at by “skeptics” and “academics”, the financial and political connections are well established and open for all to independently verify. The year 2011 was truly the Year of the Dupe and unless we collectively identify this engineering of our past and by extension our destiny, we run the risk of making true yet again Napoleon Bonaparte’s adage that, “History is a set of lies that people have agreed upon.”

The Mainstream Left, the Fake Neo-Con “Right”, and the Islamists

Our first stop in deconstructing the myth of the Arab Spring relates to the standard view propagated by the mainstream left and the likes of MSNBC, CNN, most of academia, and well-intentioned “critics of the conspiratorial right-wing” (which does warrant legitimate criticism but for different reasons). A classic case of this which can be found replicated across a host of websites is the articleHow the Conspiratorial Right is Spinning Egypt’s Protests by Sarah Posner. According to her thesis, she claims the Arab Spring was a legitimate popular uprising spurred spontaneously by political reasons and that Islamists and religious groups played a marginalized role in the January 2011 protests in Egypt. From her perspective, any assertion to the contrary is a byproduct of a conspiratorial right-wing spinning the protests against the ambitions of a politically awakened populous.

Where I agree with her most definitely is when she calls out the lunacy of the Neo-Con Islamophobic right-wing featuring the likes of “former terrorist” Walid Shoebat (also exposed by conservative writer here) among others like WorldNetDaily who wittingly or unwittingly perpetuate the neo-imperialist strategy of tension revolving around an engineered “clash of civilizations.” The role of these figures is to perpetuate the fake left/right political paradigm in context of the narrative of the mainstream left wing, spinning reality into partisan categories and keeping the concerted imperialist agenda from coming to light.

Islamophobic interpretations mainly keep the political hamster wheel spinning in a strategy of tension keeping people divided and squabbling over unnecessary and artificial points. In the Neo-Con right wing’s fantasies, Obama is ananti-American secret Muslim and Posner correctly sums their disinformation as being, “that the Muslim Brotherhood is behind the protests, and that Obama is somehow linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and an evil plot to subvert “Judeo-Christian” values, America, and Western.”

The right-wing narrative is a disingenuous ploy by the imperialist establishment to spin US financing of terrorism by the NATO-GCC powers, specifically through Saudi Arabia and Qatar by jettisoning all the blame on the Obama “left” using the Fox News/WND/Neo Con mantra of Obama the Muslim”. In doing such, the tracks of money and the political connections are covered up and repackaged into a rhetorical box to be used by the right wing to frighten the average unaware American with propaganda about a growing Islamic threat, completely ignoring the fact that from Mali to Pakistan, we can see a direct connection of US support for terrorist groups to push forward its hegemonic designs, and under US/Saudi control. Saudi Arabia is the primary underwriter of global terrorism, created through its network of madrassas and Islamic charities, an outgrowth of Operation Cyclone during the Soviet-Afghan War where both the US and the Saudis collaborated to leverage Islamic proxies against the Soviet Union. This isn’t merely conspiracy theory or a conflated connection; the US West Point Combating Terrorism Center notes (pg. 24, PDF):

During the first half of the 1980s the role of foreign fighters in Afghanistan was negligible and was largely un‐noticed by outside observers. The flow of volunteers from the Arab heartland countries was just a trickle…but by 1984, the resources being poured into the conflict by other countries—especially Saudi Arabia and the United States—had become much greater, as had the effectiveness and sophistication of the recruitment efforts.

It is worth noting that US funding for the Islamists began BEFORE the Soviet invasion, contrary to the mainstream narrative. Some might defend the operation from the perspective of the fact that it facilitated the collapse of the Soviet Union but to do so would be myopic to the true power brokers and their full-scale agenda. Also noteworthy is the financial connections between the GCC and the West.

The Protesters

Where does Posner (and the mainstream left) go wrong? They go wrong in ignoring the fact that there is indeed a conspiracy although different from the myopic misperception of the right wing so focused on bashing Obama, Muslims and the left they fail to see the true power-brokers and their hegemonic designs. The Muslim Brotherhood also played a prominent role along with the moderate and secular youth cannon-fodder in the streets and the subsequent political landscape but for different reasons. It is correct to assert that secular, politically-minded individuals made up a bulk of the protestors in Egypt to a degree but also served as a smokescreen for a resurgent Muslim Brotherhood. However, who was coordinating them? In April 2011, the New York Times published US Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisings which noted:

“A number of the groups and individuals directly involved in the revolts and reforms sweeping the region, including the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and grass-roots activists like Entsar Qadhi, a youth leader in Yemen, received training and financing from groups like the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House, a nonprofit human rights organization based in Washington.”

In clarifying who these particular groups were, it further notes:

“The Republican and Democratic institutes are loosely affiliated with the Republican and Democratic Parties. They were created by Congress and are financed through the National Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in 1983 to channel grants for promoting democracy in developing nations. The National Endowment receives about $100 million annually from Congress. Freedom House also gets the bulk of its money from the American government, mainly from the State Department. “

The role of US-funded, Serbian-based NGO, CANVAS (formerly known as “Otpor!”), in coordinating protest movements around the world according to US geopolitical interests is noted in the JourneyMan Pictures documentary The Revolution Business.” NGO leader Srdja Popovic openly admits to his antics and confirms that the iconic “Otpor! fist” used by his organization during the Serbian protest movement in 2000 that ousted Slobodan Milosevic was deliberately replicated in copy-cat “color revolutions” (see here for examples).

No one doubts that the masses in the street were legitimately agitated and wanting change. What we must point out, however, is that these misguided people are being lead by individuals towing the western agenda and channeling their ambitions to accomplish what the west and the financial power-brokers seek. Interesting is the role of the National Endowment for Democracy in financing these NGOs and movements; according to one of its founders, Alan Weinstein, “Alot of what we [NED] do was done 25 years ago covertly by the CIA.” Interestingly, the US State Department has been attempting to cover its track in these actions amid growing public awareness.

In Google’s Revolution Factory, Tony Cartalucci points out the specifics behind the Egyptian uprising’s NGOs and their western corporate funding and notes the role of what he calls globalist con-man in chief” Mohammed ElBaradei. While feigning opposition to the US and Israel, it is revealed that ElBaradei sits on the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group (ICG), a corporate-funded institution alongside George Soros, “geopolitical advisor” Zbigniew Brezinzski, Neo-Cons like Richard Armitage, suspected financial criminal Larry Summers, and most striking of all considering his feigned anti-Israeli rhetoric, the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, Stanley Fischer who serves as governor of the Bank of Israel, and former-Foreign Minister of Israel Shlomo Ben-Ami. The ICG has taken down ElBaradei’s profile from their website, probably because many people were linking to it as evidence, but a screenshot can be seen here.

ElBaradei led the National Front for Change which included the CANVAS-trained, US State Department-funded April 6 MovementWael Ghonim of Google, and a coalition of opposition parties. ElBaradei arrived not in 2011 but in February 2010 where April 6 members would be arrested waiting for his arrival. The April 6 Movement took part in the US-State Department-backed “Alliance for Youth Movements/Movements.org” conference in December 2008 attended by the State Departments’ James Glassman and Jared Cohen after which they would subsequently travel to Serbia to receive training from CANVAS.

Worth repeating is that many if not most of those in these movements are legitimate people but with political demands focused on political abstractions as opposed to concrete, pragmatic solutions put forward simultaneously, they are doomed to continue running the political hamster wheel and generating the power for western destabilization and corporate interests.

Counter-revolutions would define Egypt after January 2011 with ElBaradei ousted by his own movement. After that, the Muslim Brotherhood was installed into power per western objectives and ultimately removed in July 2013 when the west directed its proxies in the Egyptian military to capitalize on popular agitation against the Brotherhood and channel that revolutionary fervor to ensure the west remained at the top of the pyramid as noted by Dr. Michel Chossudovsky. The controlled nature of Egyptian politics can also be noted by Tony Cartalucci in Morsi & the Muslim Brotherhood Challenged in Egypt.”

The Arab Spring, because of outside interference and lack of cohesive, indigenous pragmatism, would increase despair and result in political failure and in the case of Syria and Libya, western-backed insurrection. While the political pieces at the bottom of the pyramid continue to shift like a jigsaw puzzle, the apex remains the same and the equation remains constant.

Islamists and Syria

In Muslim Brotherhood Are Western Proxies, Tony Cartalucci gives us the true role the Muslim Brotherhood are playing in executing western objectives across the Middle East, namely acting as a proxy in a premeditated sectarian and political front against Iran. This is not the conjecture of conspiracy theory but was documented as far back as 2007 by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker piece, The Redirection, cited literally hundreds of times by the alternative media and Tony Cartalucci but stubbornly ignored in the mainstream media where Justin Bieber’s marijuana habits are apparently more significant to our destinies than US support for international terrorism. In “The Redirection”, it is stated,

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.” The Redirection, Seymour Hersh

As if to address those who would claim that such support was passive, the active nature of the destabilization campaign was noted as follows:

“…[Saudi Arabia’s] Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.” The Redirection, Seymour Hersh

The US-backed and supported Saad Hariri political faction in Lebanon has been the driving force behind this destabilization on Syria’s border, serving as a logistical conduit and staging ground for radical Sunni militants in a premeditated sectarian division. Interestingly, a US intelligence professional interviewed by Hersh noted that:

”Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and the Shiites” –The Redirection, Seymour Hersh

Some may try to defend this engineered clash of civilizations by asserting that it was necessary to avert a rival and resurgent Iran and its Hezbollah proxy from dominating the region and perpetuating terrorism. One must question how the US bolstering radical Islamist groups isn’t perpetuating a resurgence of extremism that would increase terrorism across the region. The reality is not that the west wants to prevent a crisis but rather that it wants to engage in what is called “crisis management”. It wants to channel the violence and tension that it engineers as the “Swiss Army knife” with which it could carve out a Middle East and world order in its own image.

Some may claim that this is all conflated conspiracy theory where individual points are taken and connected on baseless ”guilt-by-association” to form a false paradigm. Putting to rest this particular criticism is the fact that Gary Gambill of the Neo-Con “Middle East Forum”, which regularly features Islamophobic propaganda perpetuating the talking-points of the fake “War on Terror”, wrote a disgustingly titled article,Two Cheers for Syrian Islamists. In his article, Gambill attempts to justify and defend US support for the Syrian rebels which he admits are made up of mostly radical Islamist Al Qaeda types. He claims that it is justifiable on the basis of undermining Iranian influence and curtailing the Syrian government’s “foreign policy adventurism” along with bringing Syria into the orbit of the petrodollar-tied conservative Sunni monarchies of the Gulf.

Gambill gives a frank insight into the depths of depravity perpetuating the western campaign against Syria. He attempts to mislead readers into believing that the rise of Islamists is coincidental and merely aligned to “US interests”, ignoring the work of Hersh pointing out the deliberate engineering of regional terrorism by the west. Tony Cartalucci’s analysis of this intellectually-insulting article by can be found in Globalist Rag Gives “Two Cheers” for Terrorism which notes that Gambill’s talking points are merely pandering to the lower and mid-level pawns of the imperialist establishment’s myriad of “intellectuals” and think-tanks. Considering the blood and toil spent supposedly fighting “the terrorists”, US financing of terrorism to achieve premeditated geopolitical ends is an insult to the blood of veterans shed fighting a monster of the west’s creation.

Let’s not forget Ed Husain’s piece published on the Council on Foreign Relations’ website in August 2012 titledAl Qaeda’s Specter in Syria which stated:

“The Syrian rebels would be immeasurably weaker today without al-Qaeda in their ranks. By and large, Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions are tired, divided, chaotic, and ineffective. Feeling abandoned by the West, rebel forces are increasingly demoralized as they square off with the Assad regime’s superior weaponry and professional army. Al-Qaeda fighters, however, may help improve morale. The influx of jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.”

To make matters worse, the West is not simply financing extremism against Syria, Iran and its proxies but also in locations where western logistical and financial interests are geopolitically at stake. One particular case is against Pakistan where Chinese investments in the deep-sea port city of Gwadar in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan province a is being intentionally destabilized with an armed “Free Baluchistan insurgency” coupled with a simultaneous National Endowment for Democracy-backed network of NGOs. The technicalities of the region’s political dynamics notwithstanding, the west is exploiting and stoking tension to accomplish its objective of keeping down any alternative axis of power from developing in an inevitably mutli-polar world. Interestingly, many of the “Baluchi rebels” are on record radical Salafi and militant Sunni Taliban-types and though this is exposed and is a verifiable open secret, western aggression continues unabated.

A Word of Advice to the Alternative Media

When will we learn to put aside the futile and artificial paradigms foisted upon us in the media and realize the complexity of the Middle East and how the west capitalizes on division to further its hegemony? The time of resistance is now or never. Resistance is our existence and our very identity against the wave of disinformation drowning the world; we should not let what we do not know stop us from speaking out against what we do know. That being said, I urge the alternative media to not simply resort to an “anti-West” approach and in the process end up accidentally absorbing the very toxic pieces of disinformation that are the byproducts of a politicized perception management.

An example of this is a recent episode on RT’s “CrossTalk” titled Springless Arabs.” While well-intentioned and seemingly “critical” of the west, it ended up perpetuating various pieces of critical disinformation that bolster the western agenda. In particular, the myth that the west was somehow “taken aback” and “surprised” at the rise of Islamists (as opposed to having deliberately engineered their rise to target rival secular nationalist regimes) was one that is commonly perpetuated in the western media and echoed on this show. Another myth was echoed by Professor Joshua Landis and journalist Nabila Ramdani on the show was the bogus idea that somehow, the west is propping up “secular regimes” to keep “Muslims down” and in opposition to the Islamists as opposed to the fact that the secular regimes are the target of the west. Nabila Radmani even implied that Assad is being preferred by the west over the rebels because the west is somehow afraid of political “Islam”.

NO. The west deliberately engineered the Arab Spring. The west deliberately engineered the rise of Islamists to destabilize the Middle East and create a united front against Iran and ultimately undermine RUSSIA and CHINA.

Yes, the people in Tunisia, Egypt, and elsewhere like Bahrain had every right to rise up and overthrow western-propped strongmen like Ben Ali and Mubarak but the political reality that succeeded them was one of western hegemony.

In the case of Syria and Libya, regardless of political nuances that were present, the west deliberately empowered radical elements and opposition parties to overthrow the Libyan state and attempt the Balkanization of Syria but to no avail. Anything beyond the paradigm documented here on the psyop of the Arab Spring is disinformation, intentional or not. Unless this pivotal event in global geopolitics is accurate conveyed to later generations, we run the risk of basing our analysis of subsequent and inter-related events on a mythology crafted by the west and for the west through its characteristic means of compartmentalization and spin.

Let us truly democratize our resistance and make it pragmatic by escaping the deadly chamber of the US’s “democracy theater” and realize that it is no hyperbole to note that there are puppet masters behind the scenes. Already, Americans are talking about the 2016 elections. Liberals want Hillary Clinton; conservatives are pondering everybody from Rand Paul to Marco Rubio and some even Jeb Bush.

To do so would be to spit in the face of the truth; no matter who wins the elections, if the corporate-financier interests behind the scenes crafting the agenda are not exposed, boycotted, and replaced, who we vote for doesn’t matter and all the public will receive is the same objective regurgitated through the appropriate partisan spin. To tip the balance of power in our favor, we must reach out to our communities with information like this and work to develop local, pragmatic, and technological solutions to everyday problems.

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Is the Palestinian Authority Controlled by I$raHell?

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) must stop demeaning its people. One can understand being fooled once or even twice, but being fooled over and again every three to four years for the last 20 years is just going overboard.

It becomes a bit annoying to continue hearing cries from the same “deceived” Palestinian leaders repeating empty threats in response to Israeli intransigence and lies. I heard it directly from several high level PLO officials that should the current negotiations fail to reach an agreement by April 29, the PA was prepared to join UN organisations. They spoke specifically of the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICCJ).

Early in April, Israel broke a nine-month-old agreement by refusing to release the final batch of Palestinian “hostages” as it agreed to with the US Secretary of State last July. Half-heartedly, the PA submitted applications to join 15 UN organisations. Half-heartedly, because the token measure ratified accords obligating the PA to fulfil UN conventions, none of which could have empowered the PA to put an end to Israel’s wanton disregard of international law.

The decision to endorse UN treaties such as the 4th Geneva Convention, protocol one, Conventions against Corruption, Rights of the Child, Civil and Political Rights, Consular Affairs … etc., was most likely to mollify rising internal frustrations with the sham negotiations. It was not directed at Israel and this might explains the US’ muted displeasure with the toothless measures.

Now the PA is disingenuously leaking out information about dismantling the Authority and turning over its role of managing the occupation to Israel. Israel and its America Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) ex-staffer who is mediating the talks on America’s behalf, understand very well that the PA threats are for local political consumption just like the inconsequential move to join irrelevant UN organisations.

It is mind-boggling that the PA expects others to take its threats seriously. Shouldn’t they first take other steps such as ending security co-ordination to protect Israel’s illegal settlers? How about joining relevant UN organisations like ICCJ or endorsing article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention- which Israel is categorically violating- instead of signing the worthless protocol one.

Just like the self-proclaimed “chief” Palestinian negotiator who publicly resigned more than a month ago protesting, ostensibly, the lack of progress at the peace talk. In reality however, he was incensed by informal parallel secret negotiations conducted with Israel behind his back. He backed off once assured of his role as the main collaborator. Interestingly though, he did not seem bothered enough to resign after Israel failed to carry out a feeble agreement he himself negotiated last July.

It is not just Israel’s disregard to the international law, but this type of Palestinian leadership – lacking self-respect- who represent the biggest threat to the future of Palestine. It is the grovelling Oslo-created Palestinian VIP class. VIP passes are renewable benefits bestowed by the Israeli army to supposedly facilitate the movement of Palestinian officials. Obviously, VIP Palestinian club members do not experience the reality of occupation and have for the most part enjoyed this status since the establishment of the PA in 1994 as long as Israel was content with their performance.

To be taken seriously, the PA must first end this joke and limit the “intravenous” VIP status for its officials to no more than two years. Not to suggest a far-fetched “radical proposal” like ending security co-ordination with Israel, PA should at a minimum return all VIP passes and insist on its security co-ordinators and negotiating team to navigate Israeli military barriers like normal citizens.

Besides making Israel and AIPAC American’s mediator sit and wait, reminding these officials of the evil of occupation might be an incentive to change the way VIP holders negotiate with Israel.

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