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India’s New Chief Sees I$raHell as Ally on Terror

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Israeli leaders are celebrating the upset victory in Indian elections of the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, whose leader, the reputedly anti-Muslim Narendra Modi, wants closer ties with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized economic ties on Sunday when he told his cabinet about his Friday phone conversation with the Indian prime minister-elect. The Israeli leader called Modi to congratulate him. Reports in both the Times of Israel and India’s Economic Times quoted Netanyahu telling the cabinet that Modi wants “to deepen and develop economic ties with the state of Israel.” The Times of Israel reported in detail on massive Israeli investment in the economy of India’s Gujarat state in the 13 years since Modi became its chief minister.

But in-depth analyses in two conservative dailies, Israel’s Maariv and the New York-based International Business Times, both describe a deeper reason for the two leaders’ shared enthusiasm: a belief on both sides that they share a common enemy in radical Islamist terrorism.

India’s 1.3 billion population, though roughly 154 times the size of Israel’s 8.2 million, bears a striking demographic similarity. It’s about 80% Hindu. Its 176 million Muslims, the world’s second-largest Muslim community after Indonesia’s, make up about 14.4% of the population. Christians make up just under 3%. Israel is 75% Jewish, 16% Muslim and just under 3% Christian.

British rule in India ended in 1947 with the partition of the country into two states, majority-Hindu India and majority-Muslim Pakistan. The partition was accompanied by massive bloodshed and has left ongoing bitterness.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is commonly described as Hindu-nationalist, favoring a stronger identification of the Indian state and nation with the majority Hindu religious tradition, from which India gets its name. The party opposes the strictly secularist ideology of founder Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress Party which ruled India for 61 of its 67 years of independence. BJP includes openly anti-Muslim elements, and Modi himself has a checkered past in Hindu-Muslim relations. His Gujarat state was wracked by deadly anti-Muslim rioting that left more than 1,000 dead in 2002, shortly after he became chief minister. His alleged role in the rioting led to his being banned from the United States until recently.

Israel, however, cultivated close ties with Modi and with the national BJP, which was in power in New Delhi at the time, seeing them as important allies. The Forward’s Ami Eden reported in 2003 on a warm reception given at the time to a visiting BJP leader, India’s then-deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, just days after he was charged in India with helping to incite a 1992 anti-Muslim riot. Advani was also under fire at the time from human rights advocates for his close ties to Modi, who was considered a leader of the BJP’s radical anti-Muslim wing.

AJC issued a statement this past Friday, immediately after Modi’s victory was announced, congratulating BJP on its victory and recalling its past ties with Modi.

BJP ruled India for nearly six years between 1998 and 2004, but it lacked a majority and was forced to rule in coalition with moderate regional parties that checked its radical wing on the national stage. In this year’s elections, Modi won an outright majority in parliament and will face fewer limits. Maariv’s analyst Lev Aran, a former staff director of the Knesset’s India-Israel Friendship Caucus, wrote that Modi’s ability to deepen India’s Hindu sectarian identity would be limited by India’s constitution. Still, he wrote,

Modi will find ways to designate India as the homeland of the Hindus. Textbooks will be changed to describe India as their homeland, refugees from Bangladesh will acquire a sort of “law of return,” and Hindu religious ceremonies, with the participation and leadership of Modi and his ministers, will become the norm in India’s public square. To draw a somewhat problematic comparison, Modi will erode India’s sacred secular ethos as a state of all its citizens and move it towards the sort of Zionist ethos currently on the rise in Israel.

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Nashville Immigrants Too Scared to Call the Police

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  • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain a woman in Phoenix, Arizona on August 17, 2013.

For years Claudia lived a clandestine life in Nashville’s Clairmont Apartment complex – a clutch of buildings on the city’s south side that had become home to hundreds of low-income immigrants. Claudia rarely ventured outside the lines of daily routine, prepping her three children for school, getting herself to work, and then quickly back home in the evening. An undocumented immigrant, Claudia lives in fear of US authorities. She is desperate to remain in the United States, as she fled Honduras after the father of her two daughters was murdered by gangs who also threatened Claudia and her girls.

Claudia’s deliberately quiet life in Nashville ended when her daughter Adriana, then 10 years old, was assaulted in an isolated stairwell.

Claudia and her neighbors heard Adriana scream. Claudia raced to the stairwell. The man who assaulted Adriana tried to run, but neighbors captured him. At that moment, despite her horror of what happened, Claudia didn’t want to call the police.

“One always has this fear of being illegal,” she said.

Across Nashville and the rest of the United States, undocumented immigrants like Claudia are often terrified of the police – to the point that they hope to avoid officers even when they desperately need police protection. In Nashville and elsewhere, Human Rights Watch has interviewed immigrants who suffered assault, sexual harassment, labor violations, being kidnapped, or robbed and were still scared to call the police. Some are terrified of calling an ambulance in an emergency. Not only does this mean immigrant communities may not receive the help that they need – it also means more violent criminals will likely remain free, staking out new victims.

This fear, which permeates entire immigrant communities, became more pronounced when local police officers in many cities like Nashville began working in tandem with the US agency that enforces immigration law and deportations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or “ICE”). Since 2007, Nashville has taken part in two such programs which, to varying extents, mandated that law enforcement work together with ICE. Both these programs have seriously damaged the relationship between immigrants and the police.

Yet Nashville, like many places within the United States, has had an evolving and contradictory relationship with their growing immigrant populations. Some local law enforcement officials have called for crackdowns on immigrants and collaborated with harsh federal immigration enforcement policies. At the same time, Nashville launched “El Protector,” an outreach program established in 2004 where police actively seek to build ties and trust with the city’s immigrants. And Nashville’s local nongovernmental organizations along with concerned citizens have pushed for greater tolerance and dialogue. All these factors work together to form the essential relationship between authorities and immigrants – ties that, if made correctly, could help keep people safe.

Nashville is emblematic in the debate over how the United States interacts with undocumented immigrants. During the 2000s, Nashville’s foreign-born population doubled, soaring from 58,539 in 2000 to 118,126 in 2010 – becoming 7.4 percent of Nashville’s total population. By the mid-2000s, the state of Tennessee began to clamp down, barring unauthorized immigrants from obtaining drivers’ licenses and creating barriers to social services such as healthcare for low-income people.

The first program in which Nashville police collaborated with ICE was called “287(g),” a reference to the relevant section of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under this program, specially trained local law enforcement officers are authorized by the federal government to identify and detain deportable immigrants they encounter in the course of their daily duties.  In other words, any run-in with police could lead to deportation for any immigrant – even if he or she was not charged with a crime and had no criminal record.

The assault against Claudia’s daughter happened in 2010, when Nashville was still part of 287(g), which helps explain Claudia’s reluctance to call the police.

Under political pressure and the threat of lawsuits, the Davidson County Sheriff in Nashville announced in 2012 that 287(g) would no longer be necessary because “the program was not having significant impact” in the community. Police officers for the city of Nashville told Human Rights Watch they understood the program had created a “culture of fear” in the community and hoped the end of 287(g) would mean “new ways to engage with law enforcement.”  Unfortunately, when the 287(g) program ended, Nashville had already begun participating in another program, “Secure Communities” (which ICE claims is mandatory and is in effect across the United States). Under this program, immigrants are flagged for possible deportation through a database whenever their fingerprints are taken.  If the program is implemented as intended, fingerprints of people in police custody submitted by local law enforcement to the FBI for background checks are automatically searched against immigration databases. If ICE determines that a person may be deportable it requests that local law enforcement detain him or her for transfer to ICE and possible deportation.

A worrying byproduct of both programs is the chilling effect they have had on crime victims’ willingness to report crimes and collaborate with law enforcement. Despite efforts to improve outreach to immigrants, with Secure Communities still in place and without congressional action on immigration reform, deep fears that contacting the police could trigger deportation persist.

They appear to be well-founded. Between August 2010 and May 31, 2013, Nashville’s Davidson County identified 9,632 people as “matches” with ICE databases and likely flagged them for deportation via Secure Communities. These figures appear quite similar to those from the 287(g) program. According to ICE, from 287(g)’s inception in April 2007 through August 2012, 10,785 people were identified for deportation.

In Claudia’s case, her neighbors ultimately convinced her that the police should be called. The man who assaulted her daughter needed to be stopped from hurting others, they said. After Claudia relented, a neighbor called the police.

Claudia even agreed that her daughter could testify at the trial. She was told that she and her daughter likely now qualified for a U visa, created for crime victims. But during the trial, local police together with ICE raided Claudia’s building, searching for suspected gang members. Her terror of deportation took hold, and she fled the next day, as did many of her neighbors. She purposefully isolated herself, missed court dates for Adriana’s assailant’s trial, and was even too afraid to meet with lawyers about the potential visas.

She fled because, ultimately, living underground in the United States was better than going back to Honduras, where she feared for her own and her daughters’ lives.

Claudia and her neighbors weren’t wrong in assuming that a run-in with Nashville’s police in 2010 could lead to deportation. The 287(g) program, implemented in Nashville from 2007 to 2012, was supposed to weed out serious criminals in the immigrant community. But this isn’t what happened.

During this time, unauthorized immigrants who were caught fishing without a license or driving without a taillight had deportation proceedings brought against them. A study by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) shows that before 287(g), the percentage of people in Nashville’s Davidson County who were arrested and then deported for driving without a license was 18 percent. After 287(g) began, that number skyrocketed to 43 percent.

During our research in Nashville in 2013, the unauthorized immigrants Human Rights Watch interviewed all had knee-jerk reactions in wanting to keep officers far away. Ultimately, however, most did call the police. But this may not always be the case.

A 2008 study by the National Council of La Raza and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition compared how African Americans and Latinos responded to crime. Their information showed that only 4 percent of Black respondents said they knew of a crime that had not been reported to the police. However, a massive 42 percent of Latinos answered the same way. Also telling: while 27 percent of Blacks said they would not call the police to report a crime, 54 percent of Latinos would not.

Elena’s story illustrates why this fear of contacting authorities wasn’t unfounded. Elena, living in Nashville but originally from Mexico, had just given birth to her son, Luis. She had been home from the hospital for four days when she heard a knock on her door and found a woman posing as an immigration official, saying that Elena was to be deported and her children taken into government custody. The woman tried to force her way into Elena’s home, and in the struggle, she stabbed Elena 12 times, then kidnapped her baby boy.

Yet even in the wake of this horrific attack, Elena recalls that her immediate response to cries by neighbors to call 911 was to say “No.”

“I still think about it … I was more concerned about my legal status,” she said. “Even when I was in the ambulance, bleeding, the thing I kept thinking was ‘Who will take care of my children when I am deported?’”

Elena’s assailant was apprehended in Alabama. But instead of having her kidnapped child and her other children returned, they were all taken into temporary custody by child-protective service officials, while the FBI and police investigated a claim by the kidnapper that Elena had agreed to sell her baby. It took weeks before Elena regained custody of her four children. The assailant later pled guilty to kidnapping and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Ultimately, many in Nashville acknowledged the rift 287(g) created between the police and the immigrant community – a divide that makes Nashville a more dangerous city, as criminals are not necessarily properly apprehended – and some hoped the switch to Secure Communities would help heal the divide. But even that program still effectively intermingles federal immigration enforcement with public safety and feeds mistrust between police and the community.

Nashville is still dealing with people who are terrified of reporting crimes, and they’re haunted by memories of families and friends being treated as criminals, or even deported, when they did so. Much of the terror is related to fall-out from 287(g), but some goes even deeper. Many immigrants come from countries where police are corrupt – and even violent – and not to be trusted. It can be a challenge to temper these inherent fears.

Nashville’s El Protector program has helped. Under El Protector, officers conduct community meetings, go door-to-door in commercial strips, host youth camps, health fairs and sponsor community festivals. They also maintain a network of volunteer translators who are given dedicated cell phones and are on call to help when police are faced with a non-English-speaking victim or subject of a law enforcement stop. They work on improving their relationships with the community and on educating people on the importance of reporting crimes.

But Nashville, indeed the state of Tennessee and other states and localities across the nation, should go further in repairing their relationships with immigrant communities and in treating immigrants fairly under the law. California, for example, passed the TRUST Act in October 2013, under which local law enforcement may respond to a request from immigration authorities to hold a flagged immigrant only if the immigrant has been convicted or arrested for certain serious offenses. Similarly, a Chicago ordinance prohibits local law enforcement from detaining individuals for immigration authorities except in certain instances, such as when individuals are charged with or convicted of felonies. A federal court in Oregon recently found that counties could not detain people solely for ICE without violating their constitutional rights.  In the wake of the decision, over a dozen Oregon counties announced that they would no longer comply with ICE “holds” or requests that a non-citizen be held.

State bills similar to California’s have been proposed in Massachusetts and Maryland while in other places governors and local officials have acted to break the link between public safety and immigration enforcement. These laws and policies are not perfect. They still expose some immigrants to the harsh federal immigration regime that fails to consider family or community ties.  However, they have the potential to begin to rebuild the trust of immigrant communities in law enforcement and ensure that all crime victims and witnesses can have recourse to the police.

As Elena explains, the stakes, in terms of ensuring the safety of immigrants and citizens alike couldn’t be higher: “I feel tranquil now because I have my child and I am alive. But do I feel secure? Never.”

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‘Arab Spring opened a Pandora’s box of extreme Islamism

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John Wight is a writer and commentator specializing in geopolitics, UK domestic politics, culture and sport.

Members of the Libyan emergency services extinguish burning rubble on May 21, 2014 following an explosion at a carpet factory the previous evening in the Sallaheddin neighbourhood of the capital Tripoli.(AFP Photo / Mahmud Turkia).

​The military rebellion that took place in Libya recently, planned and led by former general, Khalifa Hiftar, involved an assault on the nation’s parliament in Tripoli and on an Islamist organisation in Benghazi.

Hiftar, who defected to the US in the 1980s before returning to Libya to participate in the NATO-driven assault on the former Libyan leader and his government, has pledged to fight Islamist militants in Libya, who currently exert a major influence over the country’s fragile government.

Hiftar’s emergence at the head of a coalition of ex-Libyan army personnel and sympathetic tribal forces, in a country reduced to chaos after NATO’s military campaign led to Gaddafi’s downfall in 2011, is further evidence of a gathering backlash against Islamism and religious extremism throughout the Arab world. This wave of Islamist violence and terror has turned out to be the major beneficiary of the wave of uprisings which swept through the region starting in late 2010 and which came to be known as the Arab Spring.

Sadly, what began as a spontaneous mass movement of people no longer willing to exist within the stifling constraints imposed on their lives and aspirations by autocracy, having done so for decades, turned in on itself when its political and popular tide ran out in Libya and the West intervened to co-opt it as a proxy to advance its own geopolitical and regional agenda.

The consequent chaos and destabilization wrought in Libya, and later Syria, created a political vacuum that was filled by the forces of reaction, otherwise known as Sunni fundamentalism. The proliferation of this malignant ideology on the back of the Arab Spring has been a disastrous development for the region, plunging it into an abyss of sectarian and communal conflict in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, while growing in Africa and attracting more and more young Muslim men into its ranks across the world.

Many witnessing its growing influence over the past few years had considered its spread as further confirmation of the death of Arab nationalism as a counter hegemonic political force in the region; its high tide in the 1950s and 1960s responsible for spurring its economic and social development. A variety of factors resulted in the decline of Arab nationalism through succeeding decades, however, not least of which was the West’s success in blunting its potency, either via the use of proxies, such as Israel, or directly via the projection of military and economic power.
Dark chapters

 

A view of the damage caused after explosions that took place at midnight, in the Salaheddin district of Tripoli May 21, 2014.(Reuters / Ismail Zitouny)A view of the damage caused after explosions that took place at midnight, in the Salaheddin district of Tripoli May 21, 2014.(Reuters / Ismail Zitouny).

To get an idea of what the Arab world would look like under the iron heel of Islamism, you only have to consider the tragedy to befall Afghanistan. In the sixties and seventies, Afghanistan benefited from the influence of Soviet-style planned economic development. The state control of economic development was a key factor in the success of the modernising governments that peppered the Arab world in the same period, involving the use of the region’s vast oil wealth to invest heavily in infrastructure, education, and industry. In Afghanistan secularism, women’s rights, education, freedom of religion, and modernity had created an urban society to compare with any when it came to modernity.

But, then, in response to a campaign waged by the Afghan government to extend the modernising reforms to the countryside, a campaign that involved an attempt to break the power of local Mullahs and clerics, a resistance movement began. Soon it attracted the support of the West, seizing the opportunity to undermine a Soviet ally, and soon became a cause celebre for Islamists throughout the world, descending on the country to wreak havoc.

The fate of Afghanistan after a bitter conflict lasting years is one that we are by now familiar with. What is important for us to understand today is that it is the same fate that awaits those nations across the Middle East which currently find themselves the subject of similar campaigns of Islamist terror – specifically Libya, Syria, and Iraq.

But, increasingly, the backlash created provides the region with hope of a resurgence of something approaching the Arab nationalism that once acted as a lynchpin and unifying political force, capable of bringing Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and every Arab minority under the same umbrella.

While the Syrian people and government remain locked in a brutal struggle with an invasion of Sunni fundamentalists intent on turning the country into a graveyard, in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise on the back of the country’s first democratic elections since the toppling of the Mubarak dictatorship led straight to their demise. Millions of Egyptians poured back out onto the streets in late June-early July 2013, fearful of the direction which former president, Mohamed Morsi, and the Brotherhood were taking the country in. Events in Syria and Libya were clearly a prime factor in the determination and size of these protests, revealing the abiding suspicion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s intentions in a society with strong secular and liberal traditions.

Step forward the Egyptian armed forces, led by their commander-in-chief, Abdul Fattah el-Sisi.
Sisi’s intervention and forced removal of Mohamed Morsi from office, followed by the army’s ruthless suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood in conjunction with the mass arrest of its leadership and supporters in the aftermath, has been popularly supported in Egypt. Likewise, Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army still enjoy popular support in Syria after three years of merciless violence has decimated large swathes of that country.

Increasingly, and in some cases at huge cost, Sunni fundamentalism and extremism is being resisted across the Arab world. Speed the day when it is reduced to nothing more than a dark chapter in the region’s history.

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Pope Francis expoected to apologize to Herzl

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It sounds a little far-fetched and for some purists perhaps unthinkable: A pope, a rabbi and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land and follow in the steps of Jesus.

But that is just one of the groundbreaking aspects of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the Middle East that starts on Saturday (May 24), a visit in which he hopes to shore up interfaith dialogue, strengthen diplomatic relations and find new ways to build peace.
The Argentina-born pope will be accompanied by colleagues Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Sheik Omar Abboud, both from Buenos Aires. It is the first time a pope’s official delegation has included members of other faiths on an overseas trip.

But Francis’ trip to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel has already been overshadowed by controversy over plans to celebrate Mass in a location revered by Orthodox Jews. Religious extremists were blamed for spray painting the walls of churches and monasteries in Israel with vitriolic graffiti that included “Death to Christians” and “We will crucify you.”

The attacks were roundly condemned by Catholics and Jews. Zion Evrony, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, immediately responded by describing Francis as “a friend of the Jewish people” and stressing that the attacks were isolated.

“They were condemned by political and religious leaders,” Evrony said. “They do not represent the policy of the government or the opinions or sentiments of the majority of Israelis. Israel respects and protects religious freedoms.”

To be sure, in a region wracked by centuries of political and religious conflict, there are plenty of challenges.

The Rev. David Neuhaus from the St. James Vicariate for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel said the pope is sending a powerful message not only about dialogue and collaboration, but “sharing dreams.”

“These possibilities need to be underlined for those of us in the Middle East who are so used to the present realities of fighting, bad-mouthing, competition and negativity,” Neuhaus said from Jerusalem.

Skorka is rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, and Abboud is president of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue in Buenos Aires. Francis knows both men from his days as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.

“Francis’ friendship with Skorka and Abboud will hopefully raise questions about our assumptions and allow us to imagine a world where different relations can be born,” Neuhaus said.

This is only the pope’s second foreign trip since he assumed office in 2013 — following his highly successful visit to Brazil last summer — and it is certain to present the greatest test of his political and personal leadership to date.

When Pope John Paul II visited Israel in 2000, he prayed at the Western Wall and apologized to the Jews. Pope Benedict XVI provoked fury in 2009 when he remembered the “millions” killed during the Holocaust without specifying the precise number of 6 million Jewish victims on a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

Francis has already stressed the “strictly religious” importance of this trip, which marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagorus.

That 1964 visit was the first step in overcoming 1,000 years of bitter conflict between the two oldest branches of Christianity, although the two churches are not yet in full communion with each other.

Francis is scheduled to meet with the current Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, who represents 230 million Orthodox Christians, on four occasions during this trip. The two men will sign a joint declaration despite opposition from some Orthodox leaders.

“It’s clear that this visit cannot resolve all the problems of the dialogue of truth, but it will deepen the friendship and the brotherhood, the fraternal relations,” Cardinal Kurt Koch, who heads the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told Vatican Radio.

The three-day visit is packed with official appointments and a grueling physical schedule for the 77-year-old pontiff.

In Jordan, he will meet with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania and celebrate Mass in a stadium in Amman where 1,400 children will receive Communion for the first time. In Bethlehem, a meeting is scheduled with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and refugee children.

The pope’s plan to celebrate Mass in the Cenacle, the room where Christ is believed to have celebrated the Last Supper, angered Orthodox Jews, who also revere the site as the tomb of King David. Some Palestinian officials had hoped the pope would use his trip to Bethlehem to recognize Palestine.

But that seems highly unlikely after it was revealed that Francis would visit the tomb of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl, seen by many as a gesture apologizing for the Vatican’s initial opposition to Jewish self-determination.

When he flies to Israel, Francis will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as local rabbis. Like his predecessors, Francis will visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem.

It’s clear that the pope has the power and popularity to set a new tone in the Middle East, but one veteran Vatican watcher has already warned that may not be enough to bring about real change.

“The pope has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader, but he is not a miracle worker,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a well-known Jesuit author and analyst in Washington. “The pope constantly surprises us, leads us to hope, but experience warns us to be realistic.”

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PFLP loses funding after lambasting Abba$

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A handout picture released by the Palestinian president’s Press Office shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas attending a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Thaer Ghanaim/PPO)

News of the Palestinian left’s objection to Fatah and Hamas sharing power in the government passed quickly and without much attention. But the new public rift between Mahmoud Abbas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) makes significant revelations about what politicians are up to.

Al-Akhbar learned from informed Palestinian sources that the situation has secretly reached a boiling point and a level of unprecedented tension between the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas has decided to end his relationship once and for all with the PFLP. He also halted the transfer of the money allocated to the PFLP and financial dues issued by the Palestinian National Fund, and prevented the organization from receiving invitations to attend any official meetings including the session of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee.The sources reported that “the PFLP’s anger unleashed against Abbas” by leaders in and outside Palestine expresses their rejection of “the political direction adopted by the powerful leadership in the PLO and came after the PFLP’s demands to stop the corruption and unilateral approach adopted by Abbas.” Therefore, these unannounced decisions, in the sources’ opinion, are aimed at punishing the PFLP for its positions “but have no legitimacy and no value, rather they are illegal and strictly punitive in nature.”

The same sources told Al-Akhbar that Abbas’ reaction was not just the result of the PFLP’s rejection of negotiations. “What prompted him was the campaign that was recently launched by the front regarding political and financial corruption in the PLO’s institutions, the way Abbas monopolizes Palestinian decision-making and the limiting of consultations about government formation to Fatah and Hamas.”

Al-Akhbar also learned that a series of secret meetings were held in Ramallah between Abbas and the PFLP’s temporary representative at the the Executive Committee, Abdel Rahim Mallouh, in the presence of the committee’s secretary, Yasser Abed Rabbo, and Palestinian intelligence chief Major General Majed Faraj. Similar meetings were held in the Jordanian capital between the Palestinian National Council chairperson Salim al-Zaanoun and his deputy Taysir Qubaa from the PFLP. In the last meeting, the front’s leadership was informed of Abbas’ decision to “stop dealing once and for all with the organization and consider it outside the PLO’s institutions because of its withdrawal from a Central Council meeting, statements it has issued, and for describing the Oslo Agreement as a betrayal of the Palestinian people.”

The sources said the PFLP informed Abbas, Zaanoun and other Palestinian leaders of its categorical rejection of Abbas’ decisions describing them as a “cheap attempt to blackmail the organization in order to provide support for the futile negotiations with Israel and to carry on with this unilateral approach in dealing with the PLO’s institutions.” It also affirmed that the front’s positions are steadfast in this context and will not change.

A PFLP leader, who preferred to remain anonymous, denounced the decisions saying at one of the meetings: “Would Abbas have taken such a step had the PFLP abandoned its position on negotiations for example or provided support inside the PLO or recognized Israel?” He wondered: “Does Abbas think that cutting money allocated to the families of martyrs, political prisoners and activists inside the PFLP – which are their inherent right – is going to dissuade it from its principled and historical positions? Does one person, regardless of his political status, have the right to expel a founding faction of the PLO without dialogue and an institutional decision?” He went on to say: “The PFLP is the second organization in the PLO and one of its main and founding factions… Abbas’ decision reflects exactly this unilateral, exclusionist approach that he represents and adopts inside the Palestinian Authority and Fatah.”

Regarding the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, official Palestinian sources revealed that Abbas has put together the final vision for a government of technocrats agreed to by Fatah and Hamas. These sources said that they will likely choose an interior minister from the Gaza Strip so he would be able to reach an understanding with Hamas and other factions freely while the finance minister will be from the West Bank so he could stay close to the president.Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and member of Hamas’ Change and Reform bloc, Ahmed Baher, said that the sacked government which has been led by his organization since 2007 is preparing to hand over its ministries to the national reconciliation government that will declared in the coming few days. Baher added in a speech at the launching of a novel in Gaza yesterday that “the government urges our brothers to hand over their ministries to their brothers in the unity government.”

Despite this progress in forming the government, Fatah’s spokesperson in Gaza Fayez Abu Aita denied that the Fatah official in charge of the reconciliation effort, Azzam al-Ahmed, is going to visit Gaza today. He explained in a press statement that Ahmed’s visit is still in the works “but it will take place after Abbas finishes studying the results of the previous consultations that Ahmed carried out with the Hamas leadership last week.” Ahmed had announced that the unity government was going to be formed probably in a week, confirming that contacts have been made with several countries to guarantee support for this government. “In addition, the United States and the international quartet will work to ensure that it will be recognized,” he added

Mohammed Dahlan, the Fatah MP who was dismissed from his organization, announced yesterday that he has decided to participate in the next parliamentary and presidential elections despite the two-year prison sentence issued by the magistrate’s court in Ramallah against him on charges of libel and slander. He said on his Facebook page that this latest decision issued against him is meant to impede his participation in the upcoming Fatah conference.

Hamas leader and former advisor to the sacked government’s prime minister, Ahmed Youssef, said the names of the candidates for the next government are now with Abbas. He said in a statement that the PA president is putting his final touches, choosing a name out of three candidates for every ministry. “The government,” he added “is going to be small, consisting of 15 to 16 ministers.”

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About 6,000 U.S. troops headed to Jordan for military exercise

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Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) sail in formation June 16 during Exercise Eager Lion 2013. About 6,000 U.S. troops will take part in this year’s Eager Lion exercise in Jordan from May 25 to June 8. (MCS2 Corbin J. Shea / Navy)

Roughly 6,000 U.S. troops will take part in this year’s “Eager Lion” exercise in Jordan from May 25 to June 8, a Defense Department spokesman said.

Eager Lion involves a total of more than 12,500 troops from more than 20 countries, Cmdr. William Speaks told Military Times on Tuesday. The major U.S. units taking part include the Army’s 17th Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Armored Division; the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; elements of the Navy’s Task Force 51/59; and the 407th Air Expeditionary Group.

The U.S. troops taking part in the exercise will not stay in Jordan for military operations in the region, said Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command. Last year, the U.S. military left Patriot missiles and F-16 fighters in Jordan to counter potential threats from the civil war in neighboring Syria, but Taylor said there are no such plans this year.

This year’s exercise involves scenarios ranging from training for a humanitarian assistance to practicing integrated air and missile defense, Taylor told Military Times on Tuesday.

Since the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq and the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, al-Qaida has seized a considerable amount of territory in both countries. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a particularly virulent al-Qaida affiliate that reportedly has thousands of foreign fighters and has outgunned the Iraqi military.

The Eager Lion training scenarios this year are not geared toward combating ISIL, Taylor said.

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Thursday, May 15 marked Nakba Day, Yawm an-Nakba, “Day of Catastrophe”, the onset of the displacement of up to 800,000 Palestinians, at the time 67% of the population, followed by the destruction of over 500 villages since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, under the commitment agreed to by the then British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour, in November 1917.

This week: “Figures released by the Ramallah-based Central Bureau of Statistics … put the number of registered Palestinian refugees at 5.3 million. Those refugees live in 58 United Nations-run camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” Tragedy on a scale near unimaginable – ongoing.

Hardly the day to plan another one. However, undaunted, Britain’s current Foreign Secretary, William Hague (“I have been a Conservative Friend of Israel since I was sixteen”) hosted a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group (Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US) to continue plotting to further decimate another Middle East country and overthrow yet another sovereign head of State.

As increasingly chilling, verified images appear of “opposition” – read insurgent – atrocities in Syria: beheadings, behandings, crucifixions, summary executions and, of course, cannibalism, Hague announced that: “the Syrian opposition would have its diplomatic status in the UK upgraded”, according to the BBC.

The Foreign Secretary was  clearly following in his  master’s footsteps since last week the Obama regime granted diplomatic foreign mission status to the “Syrian National Coal-ition” offices in New York and Washington, with a welcome present of a further promised $27 million  increase in  “non-lethal  assistance to  rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.” This brings the total US support for the above crimes to $287 million.

Strangely, two days before the London meeting, it was announced that Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was awarded “special mission” temporary diplomatic status to visit London, “to protect her against arrest and potential prosecution for alleged breaches of international law, including war crimes” relating to Israel’s attack on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009.

In December 2009 Livni cancelled a visit to Britain after an arrest warrant was issued by a London Court. “The British government subsequently changed the law on universal jurisdiction … in connection with international war crimes … Previously, citizens could apply directly to a Judge for an arrest warrant.”

Currently, London lawyers Hickman Rose working with Gaza’s Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) had again been seeking a warrant for Livni’s arrest, Hickman Rose requesting that the Crown Prosecution Service advise the police to apprehend her: “for suspected war crimes and to liaise with the Attorney General to approve criminal charges.”

PCHR Director Raja Sourani commented of the Foreign Office’s stunt: “As lawyers for the victims of widespread suspected Israeli war crimes, PCHR is very concerned that these kind of political acts endorse the ‘rule of the jungle’ rather than the ‘rule of law.’” Indeed.

The Foreign Office is remarkably selective when it comes to alleged war criminals. Livni’s visit met “all the essential elements for a special mission, and for avoidance of any doubt on the matter, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed consent to the visit as a special mission”, they commented.

The reason for Livni’s visit was shrouded in secrecy. What is known that the evening of the “Friends of Syria” meeting, she was to address a fund- raising dinner for the Jewish National Fund at London’s luxury Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel ($725 a night current lowest available rate, no wonder funds are needed.) But all those Foreign Office diplomatic sleights of hand to enable something she could have done by video-link?

Well, here’s a thought. Two days before Ms Livni’s arrival in London aided by the Foreign Office’s diplomatic goal post displacements, Major General Amos Yadlin, former Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force, who headed military intelligence between 2006-2010 said that “ Israel should weigh launching a military strike at Syria if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons against his civilian population …”

Preferable, though, mooted the General, would be a NATO led action led by the US, with Turkey the key country, establishing a no fly zone over Syria “at the very minimum.” Libya revisited. There should also be “standoff strikes” by NATO aircraft at strategic government targets.

“If Israel discovers that Assad is using chemical weapons against his people in mass attacks, it should intervene militarily”, said the representative of a regime who has used chemical weapons – not alone white phosphorous but also depleted uranium, both a chemical and radioactive weapon – against the Palestinians. Ironically, the article is headed: “Israel should punish Assad for killing civilians”, an expertise Israel has honed with impunity over sixty-six years.

Right on cue, on May 13th, in the lead to the London Conference, Human Rights Watch produced a report of “strong evidence” that Syrian government forces were using chlorine bombs.

Coincidentally, the previous day a letter had been sent to Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, querying the organization’s seemingly extraordinarily partisan relationship with the US government.[1]

A flavour of the content is at paragraph 2:

For example, HRW’s Washington advocacy director, Tom Malinowski, previouslyserved as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and as a speechwri-ter to Secretary  of State Madeleine Albright. In 2013, he left  HRW after being nominated as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor under John Kerry.

The letter was also signed by former UN Assistant Secretary General, Hans von Sponeck, current UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Richard Falk and over one hundred scholars

John Kerry was, of course, also in London for the meeting, two days after he and President Obama had met with alleged former brothel owner Ahmed al-Jabra, who heads the “Syrian National Coalition”, in Washington. Jabra too had hopped on a ‘plane to London to attend the up-market plotting venue. A world away from the prison cell in Syria where he allegedly spent time for drug dealing.

Al-Akhbar has written regarding Ahmed al-Jabra of security records showing him: “as a fugitive wanted for criminal offenses, including fraud, corruption, and even assassination plots that were not carried out. According to the source, records show that Riyadh handed over ‘the suspect Ahmad al-Jarba’ to Damascus in 2008, on charges of drug trafficking, in accordance with an extradition agreement between Saudi and Syrian security services … Jarba was tried and sentenced to a prison term at the time.”

Moreover: “ … another entry involving Jarba, which the Qatari security services undoubtedly also have in their records. After the coup staged by the outgoing Emir of Qatar Hamad against his father Khalifa al-Thani, the latter’s Foreign Minister fled to Syria, where he became a vocal supporter for restoring the previous Emir. At the time, according to the records, Emir Hamad’s people asked Ahmad al-Jarba to assassinate the exiled Qatari Foreign Minister … Al-Jarba even received payment after accepting to carry out the mission, the source claimed.” [2]

Perhaps these most serious allegations regarding the man who now has upgraded diplomatic status in the US and UK have passed the State Department and Whitehall by. Whatever, they certainly seem to play fast and loose with awarding diplomatic credentials. In context, if the real reason for the action over Justice Minister Livni’s status change was not so she could attend the plotting against Syria – just over three weeks before the Syrian Presidential election on 3rd June, which President Assad is widely expected to win – it would be beyond astonishing.

Incidentally, at the Jewish National Fund cash-making bash, Livni told an illuminating tale: “Recalling her family history, the minister also jokingly confided to the audience that as Justice Minister it was ‘embarrassing that my parents met while they were robbing a British money train to buy weapons to fight against the British army.’

“Ms Livni told her audience: ‘The first thing I want to emphasise is my parents were freedom fighters and not terrorists. I am not willing to accept any comparison with terrorists like Hamas who are looking for civilians to kill.’”

Clearly this was a week of triumph for selective perception.

Meanwhile, double standards at all levels are the order of the days. Obama, Kerry and Hague repeat the same words: “(President) Assad has no place in Syria’s future” (will any one ever ask what business it is of theirs?) Syria’s election has been declared a “farce”, but that of the US imposed fascist Junta in Ukraine on 25th May is regarded by as a “vote crucial to finding a way out of the crisis and preventing the country from tearing apart further …”

“The US and its allies are working ‘to send a unified message to pro-Russian separatists …’” that interference will not be tolerated. Whilst in sovereign Syria they are giving ever escalating $millions and arms to up to 80 groups of foreign terrorists led by an alleged serial criminal to bloodily interfere at mass murderous level.

In all there is only one consistency: illegal interference in nation states and barely believable levels of double standards. Incidentally Mr al-Jarba refers to the coming “new Syria.” For anyone looking at the ruins of the US’ “new Iraq” and “new Libya”, that should be enough to send all banging on government doors, emailing, telephoning, demonstrating: “Never, ever again.”

 

Notes

See: Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government.

See also:The Criminal Record of the Head of the Syrian National Coalition.”

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Nun helps broker agreements between rebels, government

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Paintings of Mary and Christ are seen in the damaged Um al-Zenar church in Homs, Syria, May 9. (CNS/Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri)

Paintings of Mary and Christ are seen in the damaged Um al-Zenar church in Homs, Syria, May 9. (CNS/Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri)

National Catholic Reporter

For Syria’s three-year armed conflict to come to an end, all foreign fighters and the external powers that support them must first leave the country, said Mother Agnes Mariam, a Carmelite nun in Syria, during a public lecture April 29 at Saint Mary’s College of California. That departure, she said, would allow the Syrian people the safety to resolve their political differences through non-violent negotiations.

She has been working vigorously with the Mussalaha Reconciliation Initiative, a Syrian community-based non-violent collective, to achieve such a resolution. Her work has included brokering agreements between members of Syrian rebel forces and the government of President Bashar al-Assad to deliver food to beleaguered citizens and to arrange for the evacuation of women and children from conflict zones.

Recently she has convinced some fighters to put down their arms in exchange for amnesty. Some of these men are now working with Mussalaha, which she helped start in Homs in January 2012.

Mother Agnes Mariam, superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated in Homs, is now on an international lecture tour to call attention to what she sees as media misrepresentations about the Syrian war that has left 150,000 dead and 9 million displaced.

During her lecture at St. Mary’s College, she said that the initial legitimate expression of opposition to policies and practices of the Assad government has been hijacked by extreme Islamists who are supported by outside governments and are trying to impose their views on all of Syria.

Her appearance at the Christian Brothers’ college, nestled in the hills of Moraga east of Oakland, was not without controversy. Some in attendance interrupted her with accusations that she is too partial to the Assad government.  “I am a nun, not a geopoliticist or a diplomat,” she said. “I do not take sides. But I have experience and a conscience.”

Michael McAlpin, communications director at St. Mary’s, told NCR that a half-dozen people called with objections to Mother Agnes Mariam’s presentation. “While we were respectful of the perspectives of those individuals, we welcome speakers to stimulate insightful and provocative conversation on campus,” he said.

She spoke passionately against the terror currently wielded by Islamic fundamentalists, known as “takfiris,”who are trying to impose their interpretation of Shariah law through extreme violence including kidnappings and beheadings. “We are back to the barbarian era,” she said.

In April, Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt was assassinated in Homs. The 75-year-old priest had lived in Syria for nearly 50 years and had refused to leave this war-torn city, instead staying to help the poor and homeless. He was beaten by unidentified armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to the Jesuits’ Middle East province. Van der Lugt, a psychotherapist, had worked in Syria since 1966 and had been offering shelter in his monastery to Muslims and Christians left homeless by the war.

In December, Islamist rebels abducted 12 Greek Orthodox nuns from Syria’s ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Jesus, is still spoken. They were released on March 9.

The takfiri movements, which include Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), are responsible for the vast majority of rebel violence, said Mother Agnes Mariam. The 61-year-old native of Lebanon insisted that most of these fighters are receiving armed support from other countries, especially the Gulf states and Western nations.

Her conviction echoes that of Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo who, in a videotaped interview in late February on the Orantes website for Syrian Christians, said, “Unfortunately, the U.S., France, and England do nothing except add poison to things by aiding those who want to declare an Islamic state.” But, he added, peace is “always possible.” The first condition is for the “terrorists to leave.” When they are gone, he believes, “We Syrians can come to an agreement.”

That sentiment pervades much of the country, said Rick Sterling, an American peace activist who visited Damascus, Latakia and Homs last month with Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate from Ireland, as part of an 18-person delegation. He told NCR that the delegation found a pervasive sentiment among Syrian religious leaders and citizens that many of the fighters are “stooges of foreign powers trying to destroy Syria.” Some of the fighters joined as a way to express their opposition to Assad, he said, but many are mercenaries eager to make money. In the process they become “indoctrinated into the extremes of Islam,” he said.

Maguire, in a published report on the trip, said the group met with Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios Laham and Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun. They are “sure that if other countries will stop the flow of arms, fighters and other interference in Syria, the Syrian people will be able to reach an understanding amongst themselves and rebuild Syria together,” she wrote

Meanwhile, the fighting continues with attacks and counterattacks in what Mother Agnes Mariam termed the “engineering of chaos.” It has left Syria with more than 40 percent of its pre-conflict population as internal or external refugees.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has called the situation “unconscionable. … No effort should be spared to forge peace.”

Last week, rebels in Homs agreed to a ceasefire and began leaving the besieged city. For her work to end the violence throughout, Mother Agnes Mariam was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Egypt sentences Mubarak to three years over corruption

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Egypt’s deposed president Hosni Mubarak waves from behind the accused cage during his trial on May 21, 2014 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Hassan Mohamed)

 

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced ousted president Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison on charges of stealing public funds.

“The court orders Mohammed Hosni Mubarak to be sent to jail for three years,” said judge Osama Shaheen as Mubarak looked on from a cage flanked by his sons, who were sentenced to four years in jail on the same charges.

The court fined Mubarak and his sons 21.197 million Egyptian pounds ($2.98 million) and ordered them to repay about 125 million Egyptian pounds of funds the court said they had stolen.

Mubarak’s former intelligence chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is poised to be elected president next week.

The verdict may please some Egyptians who lived through three decades of autocracy under Mubarak, but analysts say that businessmen loyal to him are still influential.

Rights groups say that abusive practices of the Mubarak regime are alive and well as another former military man prepares to take the reins of power.

Mubarak has been under house arrest at a military hospital since August pending retrial in a case of complicity in killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule.

It was not immediately clear if the three years Mubarak and his sons have already spent in jail would be counted toward the sentence and if Mubarak would return to the army hospital or be sent to prison.

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Is Talking About Media Ownership Anti-Semitic?

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Huffington Post: Asserting that the corporate press is owned by powerful people has anti-Jewish “undertones”

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In a hit piece on UKIP founding member and MEP Gerard Batten, Huffington Post columnist Asa Bennett makes the bizarre implication that questioning media ownership is an act of anti-Semitism.

The article, entitled Meet Gerard Batten, The UKIP MEP Scare-Mongering About Islam, Immigrants And Bilderberg, cites a quote by Batten in which he points out that media owners are amongst the attendees at the annual Bilderberg Group conference of global power brokers. “Look who owns the media, it is owned by powerful people and they go to powerful meetings like this,” Batten said during an interview with Alex Jones last year.

“Batten’s focus on media ownership draws concern from Jewish groups for its undertones,” writes Bennett, before quoting Mark Gardner, from the Community Security Trust (CST), who states, “Gerard Batten stresses that he does not believe the more extreme conspiracy theories about the Bilderberg Group, but any notions of secret political and media power can risk echoing well-worn anti-Semitic ideas.”

Apparently, according to Asa Bennett, Mark Gardner and the Huffington Post, merely voicing the opinion that the corporate media is owned by powerful people and that media ownership is becoming increasingly consolidated (both of which are manifestly provable facts), makes you a Jew-hating anti-Semite.

The article cites no example whatsoever of where Batten has made any anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic remarks. This is a classic case of an ad-hominem attack where name calling and baseless smear is used to attack someone’s character in the absence of facts.

The reality is that just six corporations own all the major media outlets and that the press has never been more centralized into the hands of a powerful few. All of these six companies – Viacom, Disney, GE, News-Corp, Time Warner and CBS, have at one time or another been represented at Bilderberg meetings.

Another twist of irony is the fact that the Huffington Post is itself owned by a huge media conglomerate in AOL, which purchased the leftist news outlet in 2011 for $315 million dollars. Before their split in 2009, AOL owned numerous television networks and Hollywood production companies thanks to its 2000 merger with Time Warner.

Bennett also implies that merely talking about the Bilderberg Group, of which Batten has been a fierce critic, or ascribing any influence to the organization is a baseless conspiracy theory.

Bennett obviously failed to research the fact that Bilderberg chairman Étienne Davignon bragged about how the euro single currency was a brainchild of the secretive group, with documents uncovered by the BBC proving that the euro was being discussed by Bilderberg members as far back as 1955, nearly 50 years before it came into effect.

He also omitted leaks out of the 2006 Bilderberg conference in Ottawa which show that the cabal was plotting for the housing bubble to burst and the economic collapse two years in advance, along with the plethora of other examples proving Bilderberg has exercised kingmaker power as well as setting the consensus for global policy on numerous occasions.

Bennett also erroneously dismisses Batten’s assertion that “the European Union had been originally proposed by the Nazis.” This is an absolutely verifiable fact and is proven by US Military Intelligence report EW-Pa 128, also known as The Red House Report, which details how top Nazis secretly met at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on August 10, 1944 and, knowing Germany was on the brink of military defeat, conspired to create a Fourth Reich – a pan-European economic empire based around a European common market.

As is routine for establishment hit pieces targeting populist voices with the “conspiracy theorist” jibe, Bennett’s article is heavy on smear and insinuation but thin on factual honesty.

The mass media has done its level best to check UKIP’s runaway success by contriving all manner of ludicrous hit pieces directed at the party and its leader, Nigel Farage, whipping up leftists into a fervor by constantly smearing UKIP members as racist and extremist.

However, the only extremism in evidence has been directed against UKIP itself by crazed leftists, including an assault on Batten’s home after a brick was thrown through his window last week. Another UKIP candidate, Bobby Anwar, was viciously attacked by his Labour Party supporting neighbors who assaulted him with a sharp metal object. Nigel Farage has also been physically attacked on numerous occasions.

Current polls show that UKIP is enjoying a last minute surge of support and remains on course to triumph in this week’s European elections, illustrating how constant attacks by a discredited establishment have helped and not hindered the party’s popularity.

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