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Dutch Intellectuals Apologize to Putin for Lies on MH17, Syria, Ukraine…

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A letter sent by a prominent Dutch Professor to Russian president Vladimir Putin has attracted much media attention in Europe.  The letter was written by Professor Cees Hamelink and signed by dozens of Dutch intellectuals and professors. Below is the letter in its entirety.

Dear Mr. President Putin,

Please accept our apologies on behalf of a great many people here in the Netherlands for our Government and our Media. The facts concerning MH17 are twisted to defame you and your country.

We are powerless onlookers, as we witness how the Western Nations, led by the United States, accuse Russia of crimes they commit themselves more than anybody else. We reject the double standards that are used for Russia and the West. In our societies, sufficient evidence is required for a conviction. The way you and your Nation are convicted for ‘crimes’ without evidence, is ruthless and despicable.

You have saved us from a conflict in Syria that could have escalated into a World War. The mass killing of innocent Syrian civilians through gassing by ‘Al-­‐Qaeda’ terrorists, trained and armed by the US and paid for by Saudi Arabia, was blamed on Assad. In doing so, the West hoped public opinion would turn against Assad, paving the way for an attack on Syria.

Not long after this, Western forces have built up, trained and armed an ‘opposition’ in the Ukraine, to prepare a coup against the legitimate Government in Kiev. The putschists taking over were quickly recognized by Western Governments. They were provided with loans from our tax money to prop their new Government up.

The people of the Crimea did not agree with this and showed this with peaceful demonstrations. Anonymous snipers and violence by Ukrainian troops turned these demonstrations into demands for independence from Kiev. Whether you support these separatist movements is immaterial, considering the blatant Imperialism of the West.

Russia is wrongly accused, without evidence or investigation, of delivering the weapons systems that allegedly brought down MH17. For this reason Western Governments claim they have a right to economically pressure Russia.

We, awake citizens of the West, who see the lies and machinations of our Governments, wish to offer you our apologies for what is done in our name.

It’s unfortunately true, that our media have lost all independence and are just mouthpieces for the Powers that Be. Because of this, Western people tend to have a warped view of reality and are unable to hold their politicians to account.

Our hopes are focused on your wisdom. We want Peace. We see that Western Governments do not serve the people but are working towards a New World Order. The destruction of sovereign nations and the killing of millions of innocent people is, seemingly, a price worth paying for them, to achieve this goal.

We, the people of the Netherlands, want Peace and Justice, also for and with Russia.

We hope to make clear that the Dutch Government speaks for itself only. We pray our efforts will help to diffuse the rising tensions between our Nations.

Sincerely, Professor Cees Hamelink 

 

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Interview with the Norewegian physician who helped the oppressed people of Gaza

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Erik Fosse

Kourosh Ziabari – Fars News Agency: Dr. Erik Fosse, a prominent Norwegian medical doctor, who has been in the Gaza Strip during the recent Israeli incursion tells Fars News Agency about his experiences with the deadly Israeli aggression and its impacts on the Palestinian civilians.

According to Dr. Erik Fosse, more than 400 children were killed during the Israeli regime’s military operation in Gaza since early July and about 30% of the injured are children 18 years old or below (the international bodies have put the number at over 475).

“I’ve worked in the Middle East and with the Palestinians for more than 30 years, and what often surprises me is not the fact that so many people get traumatized by these wars, but that all the young people that experience tragedies like this are so resilient and end up growing courageous people,” he said.

Erik Fosse is a Norwegian physician and professor of medicine at the University of Oslo. He is the director of the Intervention Centre at the National Hospital “Rikshospitalet”. Dr. Fosse is known globally for his humanitarian work in Palestine both during the 2008-2009 Gaza Massacre and also in the recent war that the Tel Aviv regime launched on Gaza in July.

Working with another Norwegian doctor Mads Gilber in the war-hit Gaza, Fosse has been at the center of Israeli and Western media’s attention in the recent weeks. They’ve been providing medical services to the severely injured Palestinians in the Al-Shifa Hospital. In 2013, the two Norwegian colleagues published a book entitled “Eyes in Gaza” which is a first-hand account of their observations during sixteen days of presence in the besieged Gaza Strip during the 2008-2009 22-day war. Last year, King Harald V of Norway appointed Fosse as Commander of the Order of St. Olav.

In an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency, Erik Fosse talks about his impressions about the children of Gaza who have been the target of Israel’s ceaseless airstrikes, the psychological difficulties the people of Gaza undergo as a result of losing the members of their family, the international community’s response to the war on Gaza and the legal aspects of Israel’s deadly offensive into the besieged enclave. What follows is the text of the interview.

Q: Would you please tell us about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip since you have been there for the last time, the situation of the hospitals and their treatment of the injured? Please, give us a picture of the situation in the caged Gaza Strip.

A: I left the Gaza Strip three weeks ago and there are two major problems. First is the background of the humanitarian situation due to the siege that has lasted now for seven years, which caused serious problems to the Gaza’s economy, including the huge unemployment. The people of Gaza have compensated for a long time for the consequences of the siege through the tunnels to Egypt. But after the coup d’etat in Egypt last year, the tunnels were closed down and therefore the impact of the siege by Israel is now stronger and much more notable.

The main problem of the siege is its impact on economy; there’s no trade, and business is impossible. They made some money on the tunnels, which means that the money could get into the Gaza Strip, but now the tunnels are closed down. This is the main impact, because it makes Gaza a society with no normal business and no real money flow. This is very bad for the society.

Then, of course, you have the impact on the getting of fuel and technology for the generators and daily life. This impacts the people’s ability to get electricity and clean water. Then we have the direct impact on goods such as foodstuff and clothing for the people with little money. It’s also becoming extremely difficult for the hospitals to get instruments and medicine. This is taking a lot of time and also is becoming so expensive for them. Then we have the current situation with the civilian casualties that we have seen in the previous attacks like this, as of course in the present situation. I must say that today, the number of casualties, the number of injured and destroyed buildings are much higher than the attacks in 2008-2009. We have more than 9,000 injured and close to 2,000 dead and that’s more than what we saw in 2009.

For the hospitals, this means that since the war started on the sixth of July until now, they have been on constant alert, including the Al-Shifa hospital where I worked. The staff work one day on and one day off, and they’ve been doing this for more than one month. And when they are on the job, they have to work almost 24 hours continuously, because they are receiving so many injured people, and they should fight against the clock to make as many people as possible survive. The dirts, dispensables and other resources at the hospitals are reaching a maximum point, and this is an impossible situation that has lasted for one month, that is a very long time, while I will remind you that the war in 2008-2009 lasted three weeks.

Q: It was in the reports that during its month-long incursion into the Gaza Strip, Israel used banned weapons, including depleted uranium and white phosphorus against the civilian population. Is it true, and if so, then what is the impact of using such materials on the unarmed civilians?

A: Actually, I have no information about the depleted uranium or phosphorus. It’s allowed to use phosphorus weapon, but it depends on how you use it. About the depleted uranium, I don’t know. I think the most important thing about what we have seen by the use of weapons is that it’s legal to use weapons against military organizations. The problem is that we see very sophisticated and accurate weapons used against the civilian population. So, it’s not necessarily that such weapons are illegal; it’s more related to the way they are used. When it comes to depleted uranium, I think it’s also a matter of the type of weapons and explosives which contain the uranium. I personally have no experience in this war of depleted uranium or phosphorus weapons, but I have seen patients hit by very accurate weapons, bombs and rockets. Also, you can question the routine of bombing civilian houses because, even if they [the Israelis] announce the bombing 80 seconds before they bomb, this cannot be in accordance with the international law.

Q: Something which has been very much discussed in the recent weeks by the media is that as a result of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, it was impossible for the hospitals to get medicine and medical supplies needed for the treatment of the patients and wounded, especially the children who were affected during the attacks. Do you have any specific information on that?

A: We could get some, but there were definitely things which we couldn’t find in Gaza. It was really difficult to get them through, particularly from Israel, so that is correct. It’s also the case that there were medical persons, people like me – I had to leave Gaza after one week, and then I tried to get back 10 days later, but I was not allowed in and never got any permission to enter again. And I think this was also an experience for lots of international organizations that because of the siege, weren’t allowed to send health workers in. I stayed one week in Israel trying to get a permission to enter Gaza by the end of the attack.

Q: What do you think about the international responses to the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip and the silence of the Western governments that even refused to verbally condemn the massive civilian casualties? Why do you think they didn’t show any firm reaction and were so inattentive to the atrocities that took place in this one month of continued attacks on the besieged Gaza?

A: Well, I don’t know why, but I’m disappointed by the European Union and the United States in this [sic] and think it’s quite clear whatever they think about the Palestinians and Hamas as an organization or Israel, there’s definitely a huge asymmetry in the casualties. Hamas has fired more than 3,000 rockets against Israel, but in fact the casualties are really low. The main casualties on the Israeli side are military personnel. If you look at the Palestinian side, the story is completely different. The majority of victims are civilians, 35% are under 18 years and children and also the absolute majority of the injured are civilians.

Whatever you think of the parties, I’m really shocked that the international community didn’t react strongly to this huge asymmetry and also the deliberate targeting of the houses of the people when you know that the people actually have no income and from the outset live under very bad conditions and if you raid their homes, we will not know the long-term impacts and the number of casualties and the material damages in the months to come can be much more higher, so I’m really surprised that the international community didn’t react directly to the humanitarian disaster and the complete asymmetry of civilian casualties on the two sides.

We cannot really compare rockets fired mostly like symbols against Israel that caused very little damage and the using of most sophisticated weapons directed towards the civilian population of Palestine. And then, they of course explain that Hamas is hiding among the civilians, but I think this argument is not valid. Hamas is a political party. They [the Israelis] are targeting their political leaders and they are by international law identified as civilians. If you look at the location of IDF headquarters in Israel, it’s in the center of Tel Aviv, so they are also hiding among the civilian complexes and this is the same in all countries, so actually there’s no excuse for the enormous attack on the civilian population.

Q: Just recently, the British MP George Galloway has made the argument that if Hamas, as claimed by Israel, is hiding its weapons in the civilian areas and using the people as a human shield, then why should Israel target and attack this human shield? If it knows that the weapons are being put in places where thousands of unarmed civilians live, then why should Israel bomb such areas and regions?

A: That’s an excuse. First of all, Gaza is a densely populated area. There are very few regions where there are no people and I think this is the reason they are attacking the civilians. I think to them these civilian Palestinians are of less value, so they are expendable to get through the weapons. To me, as a medical doctor, what I see is that they attack civilians and I think there’s no valid excuse for that. Then, when it comes to Hamas and its policy, this is another issue. It is a political party and of course they have to be accountable for their actions. This is an asymmetry and a total disregard of the civilian wellbeing and the civilian lives.

We must understand that the United Nations still defines Gaza as an occupied territory and a territory occupied by Israel. That means that Israel is responsible for the civilian wellbeing and health. Therefore, they have a responsibility for these people and I don’t think the way they attack them is showing that responsibility.

Q: During the 2008-2009 Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip known as the Operation Cast Lead and also during the recent military operation against the besieged Gaza, there have been suspicions that Israel used some form of Dense Inert Metal Explosive (Dime) that you said is very much dangerous and destroys everything within a four-meter radius. Would you please explain about the characteristics and impacts of such a material against the civilian population?

A: This is not a dramatic and sinister weapon. This is because the bombs that are carried by unmanned drones have to be very light because the drones cannot carry that much weight. So actually they drop these bombs that have a very strong explosive effect, but in a very short range. On the other hand, these bombs can be navigated, they have small wings, camera, etc. and are extremely dangerous. However, if they are used against the military targets, they are perfectly legal. If they are used against the civilians, that’s of course an illegal use, and since they are very accurate weapons, we have a lot of civilians injured by it, which again, is an illegal use of the weapon.

Concerning the injuries, these weapons don’t create shrapnel in the air. The victim is hit by a liquid metal that is very hot; a lot of energy is emitted in a short distance. These weapons are shot into the ground and a lot of energy comes from down-up so very often we see the lower parts of the body are seriously injured with agitation. This weapon is commonly used in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

I think it’s wrong to talk about illegal weapons. We should talk about the illegal use of weapons and that is why it is important for us to record what type of weapon has been used if we have a civilian victim, because it should be a very precise and accurate weapon and the victim is a civilian person, and there are no military injured in the same event, so in my opinion that’s much more interesting to discuss. No weapon is legal, even in war, to be used against the civilians. It’s not legal to bomb a house because we suspect something is being hidden there.

Q: Some of the actions of Israel during the recent aggression against the Gaza Strip, according to many international law experts, amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity because of the deliberate targeting of the civilian population. Is it really possible and practical to hold Israel accountable over these crimes and launch an independent inquiry into its conduct? Will the US and its European allies allow such an investigation to take place?

A: Well, I don’t know. But with regard to the 2008-2009 attacks, we had the Goldstone Report and that definitely explained everything to the UN officials regarding that campaign. I think it’s quite natural that they [the Palestinians] follow up with an independent international inquiry by the UN and I really hope that’s going to happen. Then, there will be the international law institutions that have to follow up such issues, but how that’s going to be done, we don’t know. And of course, it’s important that all the UN member states follow this impartially and take action.

Q: Something which has been very much striking during the recent Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip is the killing of children. Do you have any figure of how many children were killed? Why do you think Israel has targeted the children in such a broad extent?

A: In my opinion, we have seen evidence that children have been affected by very precise weapons. I suspect that children are targeted not simply by an accident, because of the nature of the victims. For example, there were four children playing at the beach while they were attacked by a modern cocktail rocket, and there were no adults nearby. It’s very difficult to understand that it was an accident. If you look at the actual numbers, as of August 10, it was 1,935 people killed, at least those whose bodies were found in the ruins, and 9,886 people injured. When we look at the number of children, there are 467. I’m a bit uncertain where they put the age limit, but I think in this statistics, it’s 18 years. So around 24% of the killed are children. And if you look at the injured, there are 3,009 recorded children injured which is close to 30% of the total children. This is very similar to the figures in the Operation Cast Lead.

Q: You’ve been to the Gaza Strip for a long time in 2008-2009 and also in the recent weeks, and have just returned to Norway. What were the most striking and heartrending scenes that you witnessed there? What have been the most important experiences you’ve had, especially in the Al-Shifa hospital which I noted was attacked several times by the Israeli army?

A: The biggest problem for me is the issue of children. It’s not necessarily the injury of the children; but you have an injured child in the bed, and you know that her parents, brothers and sisters are all killed, and so a couple of others; they’re struggling with their own injuries, but eventually we would have to tell them that they no longer have a family, and they have to be taken care of by their uncles or aunts or somebody else. Behind all the figures of the injured and killed, you have several families that have lost their children, and the children that have lost their parents. And of course this is going to be a tragedy for this people for a long time. I’m really sorry about this. I think about my friends in Gaza and the years to come when they have to live with these problems. It’s very difficult for anybody from the outside to really understand or comprehend the situation that is devastating the Palestinian families.

Q: So, what’s your perspective on the psychological impact of the recent war on the people of Gaza? They have to live with bitter and painful memories and heartrending scenes that they constantly witness.

A: As I said, this is something which they have to live with for many years, and they have to cope with it and struggle with it, and for some of them, it’s going to cause a severe damage to their mental health. I’ve worked in the Middle East and with the Palestinians for more than 30 years, and what often surprises me is not the fact that so many people get traumatized by these wars, but that all the young people that experience tragedies like this are so resilient and end up growing courageous people. Of course they will carry this burden and trauma with them, but amazingly the majority of them grow up and become positive and important citizens of the Palestinian society. But of course they have to carry this burden with themselves for their whole life. When you look at these figures, almost 2,000 people killed, the majority of them are parents and children that have to grow up.

Q: And finally, I want to ask you the reason why you have been to the Gaza Strip. There are many Western statesmen, politicians, intellectuals, authors and activists who are watching the mass killing in the beleaguered territory in silence and inaction, but you’re one of those who have broken the wall of silence and took action to help the people of Gaza. What has taken you to Gaza?

A: Well, I work for different organizations and they have projects. I’ve been to Gaza in May this year. We have lots of projects with them. We know them and I’ve worked with them in the wartime. I think that I can make a difference. It’s very important for the leadership of Gaza and my colleagues that somebody come and share his experiences in these difficult times. So, it’s quite natural for me to go there due to a long-term collaboration both in peace and war, and I always support them. I think it’s a privilege because most people in the world have to look at this and have no way of helping, so at least I can be there and support them when they are in such a need. So believe me, in a situation like this, they need all the support they can get from anywhere. I’m honored to have been able to work with them and actually very grateful that I’ve had such an opportunity.

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Western media’s biased coverage of the war on Gaza irrational: Ilan Pappé

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Ilan-Pappe

 

Kourosh Ziabari – Tehran Times: As Israel continues its massive military aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has already cost the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, the international condemnation of the atrocities committed by the Tel Aviv regime and its cruel massacre of the unarmed citizens of the besieged Gaza grows steadily.

Just recently, a group of Jewish scholars, most of whom were born in the Occupied Territories and teaching at the Israeli universities, have signed a petition, calling on the government of Benjamin Netanyahu to stop its deadly incursion into the coastal territory. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 2,030 Palestinian have been killed so far, including 1,444 civilians.

A prominent anti-Zionist Israeli historian and intellectual, who is best known for his outspoken criticism of the Israeli government and his opposition to the occupation of Palestinian territories, believes that the Western mainstream media are giving a lopsided and unfair coverage to the war on Gaza, which has many different reasons, including the influence of the Israeli lobby and the fear of these media outlets of being branded anti-Semitist.

In an exclusive interview with Tehran Times, Prof. Ilan Pappé said that Zionism has reduced Judaism “into a narrow minded ethno-nationalism that depended on the success of a colonialist project.”

“The Zionist project from its very beginning was having as much of Palestine as possible with as few Palestinians in it possible. The means for achieving it have changed with time,” he said.

“In 1948, the major effort to achieve it was attempted when half of the country’s indigenous people were expelled. More sophisticated means were used afterwards; military rule, discriminatory legislation and small scale ethnic cleansing operations,” he added.

Ilan Pappé is a political activist, historian and professor at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, Britain. He is also the director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. From 1984 to 2007, he was a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa. A former member of Israel’s Hadash Party, he was the party’s candidate for the parliament (Knesset) elections in 1996 and 1999. In 2012, he published the book “The Bureaucracy of Evil: The History of the Israeli Occupation” that was released by the Oneworld Publications.

Prof. Pappé took part in an exclusive interview with Tehran Times and responded to our questions on the recent Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip and the historical, legal aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The following is the text of the interview.

Q: It was reported that Israel launched its military incursion into the Gaza Strip after Hamas allegedly kidnapped and killed three young Israeli settlers. So far, more than 2,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered in the month-long conflict. Do you consider this mass killing in such a broad extent, and the obliteration of the civilian infrastructure of the Gaza Strip a logical, proportionate and justifiable response to the kidnapping of three Israeli citizens, while there isn’t still reliable evidence showing that the abduction was done by Hamas?

A: No, of course not and the destruction of Gaza is not really a retaliation to the abduction and killing of the three settlers. The incident was a pretext for implementing a policy that was formulated long time ago towards the Gaza Strip; a geopolitical area of Palestine for which Israel has no clear policy. It manages, at least in its own eyes, quite successfully, the rest – 98 percent – of Palestine. It imposes harsh restrictions on the Palestinian minority inside Israel and colonial rule in the West Bank. These policies were also tried in the Gaza Strip but it was to risk to have settlers there and it was too full of refugees for to be seriously considered part of Israel. So it was Ghettoized with the hope that it would be domiciled in such a way. But Gaza resists and the only way Israel deems possible to react to this, is to use all its military might to crash that rebellion.

Q: Can we interpret the Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip as an effort to ruin the newly-formed unity government in Palestine? Is Israel trying to delegitimize Hamas in the eyes of the people of Gaza Strip who voted unanimously in the 2006 legislative election to bring it to power, and to pretend that Hamas is not capable of providing security and welfare for them?

A: Indeed, there  is also a more immediate reason for the particular timing of this assault. The Fatah-Hamas unity government and the Palestinian Authority decision to replace the ‘peace process’ with an appeal to international organizations endangers in the eyes of the Israelis their control over the West Bank. So the wish was for destroying Hamas politically in the West Bank and militarily in the Gaza Strip.

Q: It seems that a growing number of Israeli academicians, intellectuals, journalists and ordinary citizens on the streets are turning frustrated at the policies of Israel and its brutalization of the Palestinian citizens. I just read that a large group of Israeli university professors have signed a petition, calling on Tel Aviv to cease its military operations against the civilian population in Gaza. So, we see an emerging trend in opposition to the Israeli policies. What’s your take on that?

A: I would not exaggerate the number of dissenting voices inside Israel. There are of course such voices, but the society at large, 87 percent according to one poll, is not only behind the government’s policy in Gaza, but even demand a more brutal action over there. So I think we cannot rest our hopes for an end to the violence in Palestine on a change from within Israel. Only strong pressure from the outside can produce such a result.

Q: Do you think it’s possible to stop Israel from intensifying its assault on the Gaza Strip and violating the international law? Israel has hasn’t paid any attention to the UN bodies’ condemnations and calls for the cessation of hostilities. So, it sounds like international law doesn’t have any mechanism for obligating Israel to abide by its commitments as an occupying power under the international law. What do you make of it?

A: The only way of stopping Israel is adopting towards it the same attitude adopted against South Africa at the time of Apartheid.  For this to be effective, one would have hoped to see a change in the American position. This is not likely to take place soon. But also in the case of South Africa, the American position was an obstacle for an effective action against South Africa. The fall of the Soviet Union convinced the Americans that South Africa was not needed any more in the cold war. So something similar has to occur to change American positions. But in the meantime it is important to build the solidarity movement with the Palestinians on the basis of human and civil rights’ agenda.

Q: All of those Israeli politicians, diplomats, intellectuals and academicians who break the wall of silence and level some criticisms against the discriminatory practices and policies of the Israeli government with regards to the Palestinian people are immediately defamed as anti-Semites and self-hating Jews. Have you ever faced such charges? What’s your perspective on those who want to officially sanction any criticism of Israel under this pretext and obstruct the way to a meaningful dialog on what’s happening in that sensitive region of the world?

A: Yes a lot. Self-hating Jew is a common reference to me. But I have no problem with my Jewish identity. My conflict is with Zionism. I think Zionism reduced Judaism into a narrow minded ethno-nationalism that depended on the success of a colonialist project. This brought more misery to Jews around the world, rather than helping them to defeat anti-Semitism. I think now that the Jews are already a third generation in Palestine, they can be recognized as a separate ethnic group provided they are willing to share the land with the indigenous people and not strive to dispossess them.

Q: The United States government has offered its unconditional and unrestrained support to the Israeli government in its deadly operations in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Washington is the largest financial and military benefactor to Israel. Israel will never be held accountable if this approach continues. Does it mean that Israel, with its criminal record of murdering the Palestinians would always remain immune to accountability before the international community?

A: I think one should not take a deterministic view on this. First of all, the United States was not always pro-Israeli and the American public is not the same as its political elites. In fact, there is a far more significant change in the attitude towards Israel among young American, including many Jews, than in Israel. Secondly, America’s ability to impact world politics has seriously diminished. States such as Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa and China (the BRICS countries) have more influence than ever before. If they will be recruited to the campaign to change the reality on the ground in Palestine than there is a good chance for change and peace.

Q: In a September 2006 article, you referred to the Israeli policies in the Gaza Strip as an incremental genocide, and reiterated that its ongoing military assault on the caged people of Gaza represents the continuation of that lethal policy. Do you believe that Israel is carrying out a project of ethnic cleansing and is trying to kill as many Palestinians as possible so as to alter and distort the demographics of the region and realize its plan for establishing the Greater Israel?

A: I think it is a bit more nuanced. The Zionist project from its very beginning was having as much of Palestine as possible with as few Palestinians in it possible. The means for achieving it have changed with time. In 1948 the major effort to achieve it was attempted when half of the country’s indigenous people were expelled. More sophisticated means were used afterwards; military rule, discriminatory legislation and small scale ethnic cleansing operations. In Gaza all these means proved useless and therefore the idea was to Ghettoize Gaza and hope that this would separate its people from Palestine. But when they resisted the reaction became genocidal.

Q: It’s understandable why the Israeli media are giving a lopsided and biased coverage to the war that Netanyahu and his entourage have inflicted on the empty-handed Palestinians. But why do the Western mainstream media, that most of the times proudly boast of their adherence to the codes of ethics and professionalism follow the same path and don’t talk the truth and present the realities of this unjust carnage that is playing out in the beleaguered Gaza Strip?

A: An excellent question. There is no good reason for this biased Western coverage. I think it differs in explanation for different parts of the West. In the United State, there is a strong pro-Zionist, Jewish and Christian, presence in the media which reflect both AIPAC and the Christian Zionist Churches’ point of view on Israel. The more liberal press, especially the New York Times, slowly become more critical on Israel but still has not walked the extra mile, may be because of timidity. In Europe I think the fear of being accused of anti-Semitism is still very strong, as well as financial consideration connected to pro-Zionist corporations. So they adopted the paradigm of balance and parity which continues to provide Israel with immunity.

This interview was originally published on Tehran Times daily.

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Majority of Young Americans Don’t Support I$raHell Anymore

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Omid-Safi

Kourosh Ziabari – Fars News Agency: An Iranian-American professor of Islamic studies believes that the world is waking up to the atrocities and cruelties of the Israeli regime and this is manifested in the mass rallies being held in condemnation of Israel across the world.

According to Prof. Omid Safi, although the Western governments have been mostly silent on the carnage of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, the people in different countries, from France to Brazil and from Malaysia to Argentina have strongly stood by the people of Palestine and held massive demonstrations to voice their support for them.

“The latest studies indicate that now a majority of younger people in America are no longer supportive of Israeli policies,” said Prof. Safi in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency. “For the first time, many Americans are able to see firsthand the reality of the brutal oppression that Palestinians have been suffering from for decades. Second, there is a translation of the Palestinian cause from an “Arab cause” or a “Muslim cause” to a humanitarian cause,” he added.

“Many people are increasingly able to relate to Palestine as what it is and what it has been for decades: a human rights catastrophe,” Safi noted.

Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and specializes in Islamic mysticism, contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He had previously taught at the Duke University and published several books and articles on the scholarly journals and non-academic papers. Through the past years, he has led the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion. Safi has been described by Amazon.com as one of the leading Muslim public intellectuals living in the United States.

To discuss the recent wave of violence and bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and the different aspects of the Israeli regime’s incursion into the besieged territory as well as the international reactions to the Israeli offensive, FNA did an interview with Prof. Omid Safi currently based in North Carolina. The following is the text of the interview.

Q: The civilian death toll resulting from the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip is increasing rapidly, and the United Nations and the world powers have been unable, or unwilling to stop Israel from blowing up the besieged territory. What do you think about the international responses to the ongoing war in Gaza and the killing of more than 2,000 citizens that the Western mainstream media have preferred to leave unnoticed?

A: I would differentiate about the international response and the international political structure. In terms of the response, we have seen demonstrations against the Israeli atrocities in every continent. The response has been present in London, Chicago, Malaysia, Tehran, South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Paris, New York, Australia, and so many other countries. Even in the United States, the strongest supporter of Israel worldwide, we have seen a turning of the popular opinion against the Israeli atrocities.

The structure, on the other hand, is a different story. The current international structure is broken, fractured, and morally bankrupt. In the existing geopolitical order, there are two powers capable of exerting the needed pressure on Israel to halt their genocidal assault on Gaza. The first is the United States, and the second the United Nations. The United States has been for a few decades the primary party responsible for both arming Israel and providing it with political cover. And therefore, the United States has no moral credibility for stopping Israel. As for the United Nations, the current structure of the UN reflects the victorious parties in World War II. The structure of the Security Council permits the United States to repeatedly veto any resolutions against Israel. The world community, reflected in the General Assembly, has passed dozens of resolutions condemning Israeli occupation of Palestine, right of refugees to return, etc., but none of them have a force of law. So we are in need of a radical transformation of the existing structure to one that both reflects the will of the worldwide community while protecting the rights of individual communities as well as individual human beings.

Q: It goes without saying that what Israel is doing in the Gaza Strip, that is the killing of civilians and pounding the hospitals and other non-military infrastructure, is a violation of international law. What international entity is responsible for investigating these violations? If Israel can get away with war crimes, then does it mean that the international law is so fragile and worthless that can be violated in such a massive extent, while the violator will never be held responsible?

A: I am fully in favor of bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court. It is long overdue. The Israeli politicians responsible for such massacres fully deserve to be brought to justice alongside others such as Tony Blair, George Bush, and genocidal dictators who have the blood of thousands on their hands.

Q: What do the people in the United States and the European countries think about the Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip? What we can understand is that the official approach of these governments is remaining silent and inactive on the tragic events unfolding in Gaza. What do their people feel? Are they similarly indifferent about the plight of the beleaguered citizens of the Gaza Strip?

A: The view of most Americans – I am in a better situation to comment on USA vs. Europe – is largely shaped by the corporate media that reflects neoliberal capitalism, the current status of the United States as a hegemonic world power, and militarism. In many ways, the issue is not simply about prejudice towards Arabs/Muslims, though that is absolutely real, nor the notion of “Jews controlling America”, though there is no reason to deny the power of groups like AIPAC to put pressure on elected American officials, nor is it simply the commonly asserted notion of “Jewish control of US media”, though there is a great deal of pressure from Jewish lobby organizations here as well. It is a much bigger issue related to Americans being both misinformed and informed in a particular slant that reinforces American hegemony and militarism.

Q: Why do you think the Arab states in the Persian Gulf region have showed such a passive reaction to the ongoing war on Gaza? Why is the destiny of the people of Palestine so unimportant to these Arab leaders, and why is it that they don’t speak out against the cruelty taking place in Gaza by their arch-foe, Israel?

A: Because Palestine for them is largely speaking a political symbol, and not truly a humane concern for the suffering of Palestinians. Most of these Arab states, certainly Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have incredibly warm relationships with both United States and Israel. Saudi Arabia is working on military campaigns with Israel, and Egypt is also complicit in holding Palestinians under siege by closing the passage way in Rafah. All too often, the Arab leaders pay lip service to “the Palestinian cause” while being more concerned with their sectarian interests and their own repositions in the geopolitical restructuring of the Middle East vis-à-vis Iran, Turkey, Saudi, Israel, etc.

Q: It’s widely believed that Israel has been long trying to eliminate the cause of Palestine from the political discourse of the international community, reduce the sensitivity and importance of the Palestinian issue in the eyes of the Western and Arab public, dissuade the world from giving moral and political support to Palestine and then go ahead with its policy of ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Territories. Has it succeeded in realizing this plan?

A: No, I actually see these efforts failing. The latest studies indicate that now a majority of younger people in America are no longer supportive of Israeli policies. I think there are two reasons for this change: one [is] social media. For the first time, many Americans are able to see firsthand the reality of the brutal oppression that Palestinians have been suffering from for decades. Second, there is a translation of the Palestinian cause from an “Arab cause” or a “Muslim cause” to a humanitarian cause. Many people are increasingly able to relate to Palestine as what it is and what it has been for decades: a human rights catastrophe.

Q: Worldwide rallies were held on the International Quds Day (July 24) and people from different countries took to the streets to condemn Israel for its unrelenting mass killing of the Palestinians. In the absence of firm reaction by the Western powers, how much effective can such demonstrations and protests be in forcing the Tel Aviv regime to abandon its atrocious policies?

A: These rallies may not stop the current massacre. But as people of faith, we are promised that no lie can live forever, that “the truth has come and falsehood has vanished.” Every form of tyranny and oppression is ultimately bound to crumble upon itself. What will ultimately bring about this crumbling is not the mere passage of time, but a rising up of people of goodwill here, there, and everywhere, until we change our reality, our society, and our condition. And we come to see the reality of “God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in their soul.” [Qur’an 13:11]

This interview was originally published by Fars News Agency.

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ISIL Is Being Aided and Abetted by I$raHell: Brandon Martinez

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Brandon-Martinez

Kourosh Ziabari – Fars News Agency: Brandon Martinez, a Canadian journalist and freelance writer, believes that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is the co-product of the Israeli regime and the United States who are supporting it financially and militarily.

According to Brandon Martinez, ISIL is pursuing a Zionist agenda that was set out in 1980s by a fanatic Israeli strategist Oded Yinon who had envisaged the balkanization of the Middle East nations that are not supportive of Israel’s expansionistic, imperial agenda.

“Recently we saw Israel bomb several Syrian military sites to aid the ISIL insurgency in the south of the country, which illustrates quite clearly that ISIL is being aided and abetted by Tel Aviv as part of a broader Zionist destabilization plot in Syria,” said Brandon Martinez in an interview with Fars News Agency.

“Israel’s ultimate agenda, as outlined in the [Oded] Yinon document and other Israeli geopolitical manifestos, is to have Muslims and Arabs fighting and squabbling amongst themselves so that nobody can challenge its hegemony and also so that it can get away with the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine with little protest from the outside world,” he added.

As said by Mr. Martinez, it’s in the best interests of Israel to ignite infighting and dispute among the Muslims and Arab nations, while in effect the different Muslim denominations, including the Shiites and Sunnis, are not at odds and always lived in peaceful coexistence as long as the foreign powers don’t pit them against each other.

Brandon Martinez is a journalist and freelance writer with a special focus on the foreign policy issues and Middle East current affairs. A critic of the “farcical War on Terror”, he has long blogged on Zionism, Israel-Palestine, American and Canadian foreign policy, war, terrorism and deception in media and politics. Martinez is a frequent contributor to Press TV.

What follows is the text of FNA’s interview with Mr. Brandon Martinez on the recent rise of the ISIL in Iraq and Syria and their relationship with the world powers.

Q: Brandon; what do you think are the ultimate objectives of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? Why have they embarked on a project of rabblerousing and igniting sectarian conflict in the region?

A: I believe the stated goal of ISIL to create an “Islamic caliphate” in the Middle East is just a cover story for a more sinister agenda. In my opinion, the real objective of ISIL is to deliberately blacken the name of Islam as well as to purposefully cause sectarian strife across the Muslim world. As we have seen, ISIL militants have engaged in medieval savagery and have often videotaped their brutalities for the world to see. They commit these heinous inhuman acts, such as beheadings, mass shootings, etc., in the name of Islam by flying Islamic banners and symbols. But the fact is that most of those targeted and victimized by the group are Muslims.

ISIL is not waging a “jihad” against the bandit state of Israel, which kills and injures thousands of Arabs and Muslims each year; nor is the group acting against the corrupt dictatorships plaguing the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, etc.) Yet ISIL radicals have a menacing presence in Syria and Iraq, two Arab, Muslim countries neighboring Israel that the Zionists have long sought to weaken and subjugate for the sake of “Greater Israel.” This is hardly a coincidence. In my honest opinion, ISIL is nothing more than a conglomeration of hardened criminals, psychopaths and murder-for-hire thugs in the employ of the Americans, the Israelis and the Saudis.

Q: Can we consider the threat of the disintegration and balkanization of Iraq serious? Is the ISIL capable of realizing its plans for dominating Iraq and Syria and destroying their sovereign governments?

A: ISIL is certainly a formidable threat to the sovereignty and well-being ofIraq, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. As we have seen over the past few years, the ISIL, Al-Nusra insurgency in Syria has thrown the entire country into chaos and devastation. The terror group is relatively well-armed, well-trained and well-organized and its fighters are ruthless fanatics consumed by a violent ideology. The current Iraqi government under Maliki is weak and fragile, as it has to deal with so many other problems plaguing the country. Now faced with ISIL incursions into major Iraqi cities, the Maliki regime may well collapse under the pressure. No matter how many setbacks ISIL suffers, they always seem to recuperate and launch more attacks. ISIL’s Israeli, American, Saudi backers seem willing to throw infinite amounts of money and resources at the group. If that support continues indefinitely, the governments of Iraq and Syria may not be able to withstand the ISIL onslaught. Let’s hope that is not the case.

Q: In one of your recent articles, you noted that fragmenting and weakening the Middle East has been part and parcel of the Israeli regime’s plans for the Middle East. You cited the Zionist strategist Oded Yinon as writing in 1982 that “[e]very kind of inter-Arab confrontation” will assist Israel in the short run and “will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon.” So can we conclude that the ISIL and the Al-Nusra Front are being funded and equipped in part by the Israeli regime, while it apparently sounds like they are Muslim fighters trying to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East?

A: Yes, I have drawn that conclusion indeed. Recently we saw Israel bomb several Syrian military sites to aid the ISIL insurgency in the south of the country, which illustrates quite clearly that ISIL is being aided and abetted by Tel Aviv as part of a broader Zionist destabilization plot in Syria. Israel’s ultimate agenda, as outlined in the Yinon document and other Israeli geopolitical manifestos, is to have Muslims and Arabs fighting and squabbling amongst themselves so that nobody can challenge its hegemony and also so that it can get away with the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine with little protest from the outside world. With international attention focused on the turmoil happening in Syria and Iraq, Israel escapes the gaze of the international community and can move forward with its imperialist objectives relatively unnoticed. Israeli PM Netanyahu for instance has pointed to the atrocities occurring in Syria and Iraq as “proof” that the Arab, Muslim world is inherently backwards and uncivilized and that Israel is the only civilized, rational actor in the region. What Netanyahu failed to mention is that he and his gang in Tel Aviv are the hidden hand behind much of the unrest in the Middle East.

Q: Do you consider the current crisis in Iraq and Syria the result of a division between the Shiites and the Sunnis? Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has said that the different Islamic denominations, including the Shiites and Sunnis, don’t have any conflict or dispute with each other, and what is burning the region in unrest is foreign intervention combined with the greediness of the extremist, fundamentalist sects for furthering their territorial ambitions. What’s your take on that?

A: I believe the Sunni-Shia divide is largely a manufactured one. This type of sectarian rivalry was relatively benign until the US invaded Iraq on false pretenses in 2003 on behalf of the Israeli regime. Israeli geopolitical thinkers like Oded Yinon talked about pitting different Middle Eastern ethnic and religious factions against one another as a strategy of tension. This is exactly what we see unfolding today in Syria, Iraq and other states in the region. There may well be some fanatics in both the Sunni and Shia camps who are promoting division and distrust, but such people are little more than useful idiots for the imperial powers who are bent on subjugating the various peoples of the Middle East. The US and Israel are covertly supporting the fundamentalist, sectarian groups as proxies to accomplish their goals. The only beneficiary of such a conflict between the Sunni and the Shia is Israel and the US. The Zionists have made it an art form to trick others into confrontations that ultimately benefit Israel. Muslims must wake up and realize who the real enemy of their religion is – and it is not other members of their religion.

Q: It’s reported that around 3,000 of the ISIL fighters in Syria and Iraq are foreigners. Aren’t the United States and the European countries afraid of the returning of these terrorists to their countries? How do they justify the presence of their citizens in the ranks of terrorists fighting in a distant country thousands of miles away?

A: It is very hard to believe that these militants emanating from Western countries aren’t known to the intelligence agencies; the very same spy agencies that have the capability to tap everybody’s phone, as former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed. These people presumably pass through security check-ins at airports and border crossings, yet Western governments have routinely failed to detain any of them before they reach their destination or upon their return back home. This isn’t believable. In my opinion, the US and other Western countries are covertly allowing these malcontents to make their way to Syria and Iraq; perhaps even aiding and abetting their travels. To comprehend this you must understand that these Western countries are not acting in the interests of their own respective nations, but have prioritized the interests of a foreign state above their own; that state is Israel.

Q: Some military analysts have said that ISIL possesses remarkable and advanced armament and military equipment, and since its manpower is made of foreign fighters and prisoner escapees, it can carry out its operations and hit the targets without difficulty. Who is equipping ISIL and providing it with the state-of-the-art armament it currently possesses? Is it really possible for a fundamentalist cult to conquer and gain control over so many cities and provinces without the support and sponsorship of foreign powers?

A: ISIL is a Frankenstein monster manufactured in the laboratories of the CIA and Mossad. ISIL is undoubtedly receiving military armaments from abroad. It has been demonstrated that ISIL’s advanced weaponry, including chemical weapons, originates from the US, Saudi Arabia and other places. ISIL most likely attains weapons from the black market as well; the black market weapons trade is dominated by the American and Israeli secret services. The group’s meteoric rise is not simply owed to the fanaticism of its members. Nobody would even have heard of this group if not for the financial and military backing of its American, Israeli and Saudi benefactors. The crisis in Syria is not the result of indigenous discontent with the government of Bashar al-Assad. Most members of ISIL and al-Nusra Front are not even Syrians. The chaos reigning down upon that Arab country was scripted in Washington and Tel Aviv a long time ago.

Q: The U.S. Department of State and the European powers as well as international organizations such as the UN Security Council have so far refused to brand ISIL a terrorist organization, and the Western security experts mostly talk of it as a “militant organization” rather than a terrorist group; this is while they claim that they have no interest in the empowerment and rise of the ISIL. How do you explain this? How can we interpret the U.S. approach to the current turmoil in the region? Is it really the case that the U.S. officials prefer to stay away from the developments and let the ISIL move forward with its devilish plans for the balkanization of Iraq and Syria?

A: It is very interesting indeed that the US and Europe refuse to brand ISIL a terrorist organization, despite the group’s crystal clear track-record of blood-curdling atrocities against civilians, including women, children and elderly. At the same time many Western governments, under Israeli pressure, have designated Hamas and Hezbollah, two clear enemies of Israel, as “terrorist groups.” The reality is that ISIL is not a clear enemy of Israel and is in fact a geopolitical tool of the Zionists. As such the US and Europe are not eager to put the terrorist label on ISIL and thereby undermine the group’s support networks. If the US and EU were to slap the “terrorist” distinction on ISIL it would be illegal to provide that group with money or weaponry under international and even national laws. Since the US and many European powers are overtly and covertly supporting the ISIL terrorists, these governments will likely never label it a terrorist organization.

The US policy has been one of extreme partisanship in favor of the “rebels” in Syria. It has contributed in no small way to the havoc and mayhem plaguing that nation, and deliberately so. Now that the world has seen what these “rebels” are truly all about, mass murder and carnage, Washington is, on the surface, distancing itself from them, but only on the surface. The covert support for ISIL and al-Nusra Front will continue on through the CIA’s back-channels.

US foreign policy in the Middle East has, for many decades, been guided by Israel’s imperial desires. America’s current policies vis-à-vis Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Arab-Muslim countries clearly underscore that reality. Destabilization is a Zionist stratagem to divide and conquer Israel’s Middle Eastern adversaries and competitors. It doesn’t serve any true US national interest to pursue this bull-headed approach to the Muslim world, but it does advance Israel’s regional goals as well as the broader Zionist-Neocon pursuit of a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world.

In this respect, we must view Washington’s destructive and scandalous actions in the Middle East and North Africa as an extension of Tel Aviv’s pernicious agenda.

This interview was originally published by Fars News Agency.

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All factors point to CIA aerially assassinating Brazilian presidential candidate

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Wayne MADSEN

 

 

The plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who was running in second place behind incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, has severely harmed Rousseff’s chances for re-election. Campos’s successor on the ticket, former Green Party leader Marina Silva, a George Soros puppet, now stands a very good chance of unseating Rousseff in an expected run-off election. Rousseff’s defeat would signal a victory for the Obama administration’s covert activities to eliminate from the scene progressive presidents throughout Latin America.

A review of post-World War II history reveals that of all the many ways intelligence services have used to eliminate political and economic threats, murder by plane crash rank in second place, just ahead of automobile accidents and poisoning, and only behind the use of firearms and munitions, as the Central Intelligence Agency’s favorite modus operandi for political assassination.

The aerial assassinations of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco sá Carneiro, Pakistani President Muhammad Zia Ul-Haq, prospective Indian Prime Minister Sanjay Gandhi, American United Auto Workers’ Union President Walter Reuther, former Texas Senator John Tower, and Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone all bore the markings of the involvement of one or more U.S. intelligence agencies in putting ends to political careers that threatened the underpinnings of Imperial America.

Latin America, in particular, has been plagued by plane crashes that have killed two leaders who were determined to pull away from American political influence, President Jaime Roldos Aguilera of Ecuador and President Omar Torrijos of Panama. Both leaders died in 1981, with Roldos dying just a few months before Torrijos. John Perkins, the author of «Confessions of an Economic Hitman» and a former member of the U.S. intelligence community, fingered the United States in both plane crash assassinations.

This background of U.S. involvement in aerial assassinations makes the August 13 crash of the Cessna 560XLS Citation aircraft in Santos, Brazil, which killed pro-business Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Campos, his aides, and the crew, all that more suspicious, The timing of the crash, during an election campaign that had favored an easy victory for Rousseff, has raised significant questions among Brazilian investigators and the general public.

Since its introduction in 1996, the Cessna 560XLS Citation model has enjoyed a perfect safety record. The sudden death of Campos upended the Brazilian presidential election campaign in a manner that may benefit the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency’s long-range agenda for Latin America.

Disturbing questions are being raised about the ownership of the aircraft bearing the tail number PR-AFA. The plane’s murky record of owners and registration, along with the lack of cockpit voice recordings thanks to an apparent malfunction in the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, has a number of Brazilians wondering whether the plane was sabotaged by the United States. Rather than having the recording of the conversations of Campos’s flight crew, the recorder only had the voice recordings from a previous flight.

The plane was flying en route from Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport to Guaruja when it crashed in a residential area of Santos.

The plane was operated by AF Andrade Enterprises and Holdings, which is based in Ribeirão Preto in Sao Paulo state, but leased from Cessna Finance Export Corporation, a division of Textron, a major U.S. defense and intelligence contractor. Cessna is a division of Textron. The malfunctioning cockpit voice recorder was manufactured by another U.S. defense and intelligence contractor, L-3 Communications. AF Andrade’s business is centered on its ownership of a distillery. A spokesman for AF Andrade said the $9 million aircraft had not been recently inspected but stressed that it had a perfect maintenance record.

However, the spokesman for AF Andrade could not specifically state who owned the aircraft but admitted that it, but likely only the lease, was up for sale and had recently been purchased by a group of «factory owners and importers» from Pernambuco. Campos was a former governor of Pernambuco.

The purchasers turned out to be a consortium that included Bandeirantes Tires, Ltd. The tire company said that negotiations on transferring ownership were ongoing when the plane crashed and that Cessna Finance Export Corporation had not yet approved the final leasing rights. Brazilian observers believe the Cessna that crashed was a «ghost plane», with murky ownership in order to cover up the plane’s use for covert operations involving the CIA. Similar planes with spotty ownership and registration records were used by the CIA to rendition kidnapped Muslims for interrogation and imprisonment at American «black sites» around the world.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team to Brazil to investigate the plane crash. However, if the NTSB’s performance on such crashes as TWA 800 and American Airlines 587 is any indication, the agency only excels at cover-ups of criminal actions.

Campos was replaced on the ticket by Silva, who is a darling of the Soros-financed and directed globalization and «civil society» movement. Silva, who is a pro-Israeli adherent of the Assemblies of God Pentecostal church, is much more pro-business and pro-American than Rousseff of the left-leaning Brazilian Workers’ Party. Recently, Rousseff, along with her fellow BRICS leaders from Russia, India, China, and South Africa, created a new development bank that challenges the supremacy of the U.S.-run World Bank. The creation of the bank infuriated Washington and Wall Street.

Silva, who may be enjoying more than a mere sympathy vote, recently gained in polls against Rousseff. The Brazilian president is seen by Washington as an adversary, especially after details were leaked by Edward Snowden of massive National Security Agency surveillance of the Brazilian president.

If Rousseff were forced into a run-off with Silva as either first or second-place finisher in the first round, Aecio Neves, of the conservative Social Democratic Party has stated he would endorse Silva if he comes in third. The political arithmetic could then spell trouble for Rousseff, who would have likely glided to victory had it not been for Silva’s advancement to the head of the Socialist Party ticket.  Silva’s vice presidential running mate is Beto Albuquerque, whose «civil society» credentials in consumer and human rights protection indicates a Soros «upbringing».

The current polls for the October 5 first round is Rousseff with 36% of the vote, Silva with 21%, and Neves with 20%. However, with Neves out of the race in the scheduled October 26 second round, some polls show Silva beating Rousseff 47% to 43% while others show Silva defeating Rousseff by a staggering 9%. Of course, opinion polls are no longer independent but corporate and Western intelligence agency contrivances used to sway public opinion and engage in the «predictive programming» of entire populations.

The favorable outcome for Silva as a result of the possible aerial assassination of Campos and his aides has many suspicious about the CIA’s role in the plane crash, especially after CIA fingerprints were discovered on presidential aerial assassinations of Torrijos and Roldos in 1981. Just this past February, the presidential helicopter normally used by Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, a strong opponent of Washington’s policies and an ally of Rousseff, crashed in the mountains on a flight from Guayaquil to Quito. Correa’s personal pilot was killed in the crash. Correa, who was addressing a campaign rally at the time of the crash, stressed that he was not scheduled to be on the flight of the Indian-made Dhruv helicopter. However, the suspicion of CIA sabotage could not be suppressed among the Ecuadorian population.

Silva is being touted as Brazil’s «Third Way» candidate. Third Way is an international movement that has been used by corporate politicians, many of them financed by Soros, to infiltrate and take over historically pro-labor, socialist, and progressive parties. The Third Ways’ most notable politicians include Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, French Prtesident Francois Hollande, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and former Prime Minister Romeo Prodi, Portugal’s Jose Socrates, Israel’s Ehud Barak, and officials of the Brazilian Socialist, Green, and Social Democratic parties, including Silva, Neves, the late Eduardo Campos, and former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. However, when it becomes advantageous to assassinate one Third Wayer in order to promote another, there is no problem to eliminate someone like Campos in order to make way for a more popular (and controlled) politician like Silva, especially when the interests of Israel and Wall Street are at stake.

The Cessna carrying Portuguese Prime Minister Sá Carneiro, which crashed while the prime minister was flying to a re-election rally in Porto, destroyed the leftist Democratic Alliance’s future prospects because the two Sá Carneiro loyalists who succeeded him lacked his charisma. Eventually, Mario Soares, a Third Way and pro-NATO «socialist-in-name-only», a «SINO», became prime minister and ushered Portugal down the path of «Third Way» subservience to a united Europe and globalization. The ambassador to Portugal at the time of Sá Carneiro’s death was CIA officer Frank Carlucci, whose fingerprints were on the 1961 assassination of former Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in the Congo. Carlucci became deputy director of the CIA, and National Security Adviser and Defense Secretary under President Ronald Reagan. Carlucci is also the chairman emeritus of the CIA-connected Carlyle Group. The suspicious death of Campos in Brazil appears to be a carbon copy of the CIA’s quick dispatch of Sá Carneiro, with Rousseff the ultimate target of the action and Silva and her globalist backers as the beneficiaries.

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IS I$RAHELL A U.S. ALLY? THE STAGGERING COST OF I$RAHELL TO AMERICANS

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IS Israel a U.S. Ally? Phillip Giraldi, Former CIA Officer, weighs in.

Israel has corrupted the U.S. Congress. The U.S. General Accounting Office has concluded that Israel “conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US ally.” Israel’s head of government publicly humiliates the U.S. President, its government ministers insult and ridicule John Kerry, and its intelligence officers actually provide alarmist and inaccurate private briefings for American Senators on Capitol Hill. No other country interferes in our system in as many ways as Israel.

“Israel’s spying on the U.S. is primarily directed at obtaining information on military systems and advanced computing applications that can be used in Israel’s sizable armaments industry.” It adds that Israel recruits spies, uses electronic methods, and carries out computer intrusion to gain the information. “

“Israel has obtained significant advantage by systematically stealing American technology with both military and civilian applications. The US developed technology is then reverse engineered and used by the Israelis to support their own exports with considerably reduced research and development costs, giving them a huge advantage against US competitors. Sometimes, when the technology is military in nature and winds up in the hands of an adversary, the consequences can be serious. Israel has sold advanced weapons systems to China that are believed to incorporate technology developed by American companies, including the Python-3 air-to-air missile and the Delilah cruise missile. There is evidence that Israel has also stolen Patriot missile avionics to incorporate into its own Arrow system and that it used US technology obtained in its Lavi fighter development program, which was funded by the US taxpayer to the tune of $1.5 billion, to help the Chinese develop their own J-10 fighter; see this amazing video presentation here!

Presentation at the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship” on March 7, 2014 at the National Press Club. Ernie Gallo: The U.S.S Liberty: what really happened? What did not?

THE STAGGERING COST OF ISRAEL TO AMERICANS

If Americans Knew
April 12, 2013
Updated: August 8, 2014

Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey. It is among the world’s most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union.[1] Israel’s unemployment rate of 5.8% is better than America’s 7.3%,[2] and Israel’s net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 30th in the world while the US sits in last place at a dismal 193rd.[3]

Yet, Israel receives more of America’s foreign aid budget than any other nation.[4] The US has, in fact, given more aid to Israel than it has to all the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean combined—which have a total population of over a billion people.[5]

And foreign aid is just one component of the staggering cost of our alliance with Israel.

Given the tremendous costs, it is critical to examine why we lavish so much aid on Israel, and whether it is worth Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. But first, let’s take a look at what our alliance with Israel truly costs.

Before the Iraq War in 2003

Direct Foreign Aid

According to the Congressional Research Service , the amount of official US aid to Israel since its founding in 1948 tops $121 billion (adjusting for inflation, $233.7 billion as of March 2013), and in the past few decades it has been on the order of $3.1 billion per year.[6](In 2014, for example, this amounted to $8.5 million every single day.)

But this money is only part of the story. For one thing, Israel gets all of its aid money at the start of each year, rather than in quarterly installments like other countries.[7] This is significant: It means that Israel can start earning interest on the money right away – interest paid by the US since Israel invests these funds in US Treasury notes. In addition, because the US government operates at a deficit, it must borrow money in order to give it to Israel and then pay interest on it all year. Together these cost US taxpayers more than $100 million every year.

Israel is also the only recipient of US military aid that is allowed to use a significant portion annually to purchase products made by Israeli companies instead of US companies. (The costs to Americans caused by this unique perk are discussed below.)

In addition, the US gives roughly $1.6 billion per year to Egypt and Jordan in aid packages arranged largely in exchange for peace treaties with Israel. The treaties don’t include justice for Palestinians, and are therefore deeply unpopular with the local populations.[8]

On top of this, the US gives more than $400 million to the Palestinian Authority each year,[9] much of it used to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by Israel and to bolster an economy stifled by the Israeli occupation.[10] This would be unnecessary if Israel were to end the occupation and allow the Palestinians to build a functioning and self-sustaining economy.

Yet, there’s still much more to the story, because parts of US aid to Israel are buried in the budgets of various US agencies, mostly the Department of Defense. For example, since at least 2006, the American Defense budget has included between $202 and $504 million per year for missile defense programs in Israel.[11]

In all, direct US disbursements to Israel are higher than to any other country, even though Israelis only make up 0.1% of the world’s population. On average, Israelis receive 7,000 times more US foreign aid per capita than other people throughout the world, despite the fact that Israel is one of the world’s more affluent nations.[12] And that number rises significantly when one considers disbursements to Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority and Defense spending on behalf of Israel.

Additional Ad hoc support for Israel

Dr. Thomas Stauffer, a Harvard economist and Middle East studies professor who twice served in the Executive Office of the President, wrote a comprehensive report about all components of the relationship with Israel’s cost to American taxpayers for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs in 2003. He wrote:

 

“Another element is ad hoc support for Israel, which is not part of the formal foreign aid programs. No comprehensive compilation of US support for Israel has been publicly released. Additional known items include loan guarantees… special contracts for Israeli firms, legal and illegal[13] transfers of marketable US military technology, de facto exemption from US trade protection provisions, and discounted sales or free transfers of ‘surplus’ US military equipment. An unquantifiable element is the trade and other aid given to Romania and Russia to facilitate Jewish migration to Israel; this has accumulated to many billions of dollars.”[14]

 

Israel has often used its privileged access to US military technology against both the US government and US corporate interests. According to the Associated Press in 2002,

“In France, Turkey, The Netherlands and Finland, Israeli companies have edged such U.S. firms as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics out of arms deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years. The irony, experts say, is that tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars and transfers of American military technology helped create and nurture Israel’s industry, in effect subsidizing a foreign competitor.”

The AP article quoted a vice president at the Aerospace Industries Association of America, who bluntly said, “We give them money to build stuff for themselves and the U.S. taxpayer gets nothing in return.”[15]

Meanwhile, according to the Christian Science Monitor , Israel has also “blocked some major US arms sales, such as F-15 fighter aircraft to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s. That cost $40 billion over 10 years.”[16]

Even worse, Israeli weapons “buttress the arsenals of nations such as China that the United States considers strategic competitors, alarming US military planners,” the Associated Press article went on to report. “[In 2001] US surveillance planes flying along China’s coast were threatened by Chinese fighter jets armed with Israeli missiles… Had Chinese fighter pilots been given the order to fire, they could have brought down the US planes with Israeli Python III missiles… US defense chiefs say Israel sold China the missiles without informing the United States.”[17]

Lost jobs, trade, and standing

One of the most devastating indirect costs of the US alliance with Israel was the Arab oil boycott of 1973. The Arab states imposed the boycott in protest of U.S. support of Israel during the 1973 war, in which Arab countries attempted to reclaim lands Israel had invaded and occupied in 1967.

“Washington’s intervention triggered the Arab oil embargo which cost the U.S. doubly: first, due to the oil shortfall, the US lost about $300 billion to $600 billion in GDP; and, second, the US was saddled with another $450 billion in higher oil import costs,” wrote Stauffer in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.[18]

Then there’s the cost in lost jobs. “US policy and trade sanctions reduce US exports to the Middle East about $5 billion a year, costing 70,000 or so American jobs,” Stauffer estimates. “Not requiring Israel to use its US aid to buy American goods, as is usual in foreign aid, costs another 125,000 jobs.”[19]

But perhaps the most damaging cost to the US has been its loss of standing in the Arab and Muslim worlds, where US largesse towards Israel as it commits human rights violations[20] provokes deep resentment. “To many of the world’s Muslims, it places the US taxpayer on the Israeli side of its conflicts with Arabs,” observed the Associated Press article.[21]

According to Harvard professor Stephen Walt, “The 9/11 Commission reported that 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s ‘animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with US foreign policy favoring Israel.’ Other anti-American terrorists—such as Ramzi Yousef, who led the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center—have offered similar explanations for their anger toward the United States.”[22]

There are many more potential categories of costs that are even more difficult to quantify. All in all, Stauffer estimates that Israel cost the US about $1.6 trillion between 1973 and 2003 alone—more than twice the cost of the Vietnam war.[23]

Costs since Stauffer’s study in 2003

Israel’s cost to American taxpayers has remained high since Stauffer’s 2003 study. The US currently gives Israel an average of $3 billion a year in military aid, under an agreement signed by the Bush administration to transfer $30 billion to Israel over ten years, starting in 2009.[24]

All of the other extras and costs remain and in some cases have increased since 2003. For example, “Despite a tough economic climate and expected US budget cuts—including drastic cuts to the US military budget—US lawmakers will provide $236 million in fiscal 2012 for the Israeli development of three missile defense programs,” reported Israeli newspaper Haaretz.[25]

In addition, the US government “has provided $205 million to support the Iron Dome, manufactured by Israel’s state-owned Raphael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. The system uses small radar-guided missiles to blow up in midair Katyusha-style rockets with ranges of 3 miles to 45 miles, as well as mortar bombs… Legislation moving through the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives would give Israel additional $680 million for the Iron Dome system through 2015.”[26]

And if, as many experts believe, the US would not have invaded Iraq without intense and sustained pressure from Washington insiders who advocate actively on behalf of Israel,[27] this adds yet another dimension of staggering cost to the equation: “hundreds of billions of dollars, 4,000-plus U.S. and allied fatalities, untold tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths, and many thousands of other US, allied, and Iraqi casualties,” according to retired US foreign service officer Shirl McArthur.[28]

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda Bilmes put the cost of the Iraq War at over $3 trillion, and incalculably more if you take into account the opportunity costs of the resources spent on this unproductive war. For example, higher oil prices due to the war have had a devastating impact on America’s economy, and so have the surging federal debt and the servicing of that debt. Without the war, the 2008 financial crisis almost certainly would not have been as severe, and the Afghanistan war most likely would have been shorter, cheaper, and more effective.[29]

The Israel lobby and partisans are currently gunning for a war with Iran with the same zeal they showed in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[30] By all estimates, the costs of a war with Iran will be much higher than the Iraq war. In addition to the loss of life, analysts predict, for example, that if Iran’s oil production were taken out of the world market, gas prices would rise 25-70 percent.

If the Straits of Hormuz (straits adjacent to Iran through which 20% of the world’s oil production passes on a daily basis) were attacked or blockaded, the cost of oil would skyrocket to a level never seen before, and the economic recession or depression that followed would be nothing short of “apocalyptic,” according to Matthew Yglesias writing for Slate .[31]

Reasons and Consequences

So now we are back to the question of why America continues to pour money into a state that commits daily human rights violations, defies US strategic interests,[32] provokes rage and resentment among billions of people,[33] competes with and crowds out US interests using technology subsidized by US taxpayers, and sells America’s military secrets to its enemies.[34]

The answer is simple and summed up well by professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer in their ground-breaking article in theLondon Review of Books , “The Israel Lobby,”[35] and their book The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy .[36]

“Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state?” the article asks. “One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

“Instead, the thrust of US policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics, and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby.’ Other special-interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that US interests and those of the other country—in this case, Israel—are essentially identical.”[37]

 

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is consistently ranked in the top two most powerful lobbies in Washington.[38]And it is only one arm of the much larger, multi-faceted, and well-financed Israel lobby.[39]

According to Congressman Jim Moran, “AIPAC is very well organized. The members are willing to be very generous with their personal wealth. But it’s a two edged sword. If you cross AIPAC, AIPAC is unforgiving and will destroy you politically. Their means of communications, their ties to certain newspapers and magazines, and individuals in the media are substantial and intimidating. Every [Congress] member knows it’s the best-organized national lobbying force.”[40]

Senator Joseph Lieberman proudly stated, “Any attempt to pressure Israel, to force Israel to the negotiating table by denying Israel support, will not pass in Congress… Congress will act against any attempt to do that.”[41]

It’s true: The US Congress, along with the executive branch, overwhelmingly support virtually any action or wish of the Israeli government, no matter how at odds with US national interest or security,[42] primarily because of the power of the Israel lobby.[43]

Even when two AIPAC employees were indicted on espionage charges in 2005, and it was determined that they had obtained classified US government information illegally and passed it to Israeli agents, the charges were quietly dropped on technicalities.[44] AIPAC fired both employees and issued a statement that they were fired because their actions did not comport with AIPAC standards.[45] One of the fired employees, Steven Rosen, filed a lawsuit for defamation, claiming his actions were, in fact, common practice at AIPAC.[46]

When Israel attempted to sink a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Liberty , in 1967, killing 34 Americans and injuring over 170, it still failed to put a dent in aid to Israel.[47] Indeed, aid quadrupled the following year.[48]

Though Congressmen receive payments and support from the lobby in exchange for their loyalty, the American taxpayer is left footing the bill. As detailed above, the total cost has run from a bare minimum of $121 billion since 1948 (the cost of foreign aid alone) to $1.6 trillion or more, factoring in Defense appropriations, oil crises, the sinking of the USS Liberty , the heightened risk of terrorism, lost trade and co-opted technology, and countless other factors. If the Iraq war and the increased risk of a war with Iran are factored in, the cost skyrockets even higher.

Critics point out how much brighter our future would be if we had invested these billions or trillions in veteran rehabilitation and care, education, job creation, social security, housing, environmental clean-up and prevention, roads, bridges, health care, and scientific and health research. Or if Americans had simply held onto their tax dollars and used them as they saw fit, in our own economy. If some of the higher estimates are closer to the mark, our support for Israel could easily have covered the $700 billion TARP bailout with a great deal left over for massive stimulus spending and/or tax breaks.

If Israel were using these funds for a good purpose, one could debate whether the price was worth it. But Israel uses most of the money to prolong a 47-year military occupation (which regularly involves gross violations of international law),[49] commit egregious human rights violations,[50] and destroy billions of dollars worth of Palestinian homes and infrastructure[51] (resulting in still more U.S. tax money being sent to Palestinians to rebuild demolished homes, hospitals, and schools), while building illegal, Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land.[52]

It makes the prospect of peace ever more distant, creates dangerous hostility to the US, placing Americans in peril, and puts the US Congress in violation of the Arms Export Control Act,[53] all for the sake of campaign contributions.

There is no good reason to keep throwing good money after bad in a failed, ill-founded policy. It’s long past time for a fundamental rethinking of the American government’s blank check to Israel.

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This report was produced by If Americans Knew analysts, particularly Pamela Olson, a President’s Scholar at Stanford University 1998-2002 with a major in Physics, a minor in Political Science, and 1600 GRE scores. Before coming to IAK, Olson lived and worked in the West Bank; worked as a researcher in Moscow, Siberia, and China; and was a research analyst at the Institute for Defense Analysis. She is the author of Fast Times in Palestine.

This analysis updates the groundbreaking 1998 work by Richard Curtiss, The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers, published in theWashington Report on Middle East Affairs. Mr. Curtiss, following military service in World War II, served for 30 years as a career Foreign Service Officer. He received the U.S. Information Agency’s Superior Honor Award and the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in Public Diplomacy, USIA’s highest professional recognition. Upon retirement, Mr. Curtiss co-founded and the American Educational Trust, which produces the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He is also the author of two books on U.S.-Middle East relations. A more extensive bio can be read here.

Read the full story here: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost.html

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Victory for the resistance in Gaza, as the struggle for a free Palestine continues

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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Aug. 29 statement from the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN)

It is with much love and pained happiness that the members and supporters of the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) watch the daughters and sons of Palestine celebrate on the streets of Gaza. We wish our children and families there a future full of hope, freedom, and achievement, and congratulate them and the entirety of the Palestinian and Arab peoples on this historic victory.

For 51 days, our people withstood Zionist Israel’s bombing and killing campaign. Although we mourn a total of 2,143 sacred martyrs, the vast majority civilians, including close to 500 children, Israel clearly lost this battle on both military and political levels. One of the strongest armies in the world could not accomplish its goal of disarming and defeating the unified Palestinian resistance in Gaza. All the Palestinian resistance groups participated together in the defense of our land, and proved, like in 2006 in Southern Lebanon, that Israel’s military is not invincible. Understanding this, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon signed the ceasefire agreement with the Palestinians without even allowing a cabinet vote.

Israel also lost on the battleground represented by the court of public opinion. Millions of people across the world rallied in condemnation of Israel and in support of Palestinian rights, the largest in South Africa and the UK. Numerous Latin American governments, led by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, exerted diplomatic pressure by recalling ambassadors from Israel, suspending trade agreement negotiations, declaring Israel a terrorist state, and in the case of Ecuador, cancelling a state visit to the pariah country.

The ceasefire agreement reportedly includes opening all crossings to Gaza, allowing reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, allowing the entry of materials needed for reconstruction, and permitting fishing for a distance of 6 to 12 nautical miles from shore. In a month, Palestinians will repeat their demands to reopen Gaza’s airport and seaport. But our people recognize that the victory in Gaza was a victory of resistance, and not of negotiations. We remember clearly that Israel previously entered into dozens of agreements that it had violated, so we have no illusion that this time will be different.

That is why we continue to call for an unconditional end of the Israeli siege on Gaza, as well as an end to occupation and colonization of Palestinian land. And why we demand that Israel, the U.S., and the war profiteers are held accountable for the destruction and devastation. Congressional and Obama Administration support and protection of Israel is unacceptable, and our responsibility as residents of the U.S. is to demand that this government initiate an arms embargo on Israel, and immediately end all aid to Israel as well. Corporations that sell the weapons of mass destruction used by Israel to drop bombs, fire missiles, and kill our people cannot be allowed to do business as usual, so we call for continued protests and targeting of Boeing and others.

We must also continue to make Israel pay, by redoubling our efforts on Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaigns, which are legitimately taking a toll on the criminal state, as evidenced by the incredible Block the Boat organizing in California two weeks ago, and the countless other victories this year alone—Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Chicago universities Loyola and DePaul, and University of Michigan; Presbyterian Church; SodaStream; and more.

In addition, we demand that the Palestinian Authority immediately sign the Rome Statute and become members of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will allow investigations of Israeli war crimes on behalf of our people in Gaza.

This victory made clear that Israel is living on borrowed time. It is no longer possible to discuss only the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Most Palestinians have been challenging the racist, settler-colonialist nature of Zionist Israel for years, and now the rest of the world is recognizing it. Fascist, anti-Arab legislators and parties are core members of Netanyahu’s coalition government, and settler thugs are terrorizing Palestinians regularly. The concept of Israel as a state exclusively for people who share the religion of Judaism is the problem. Zionism is the problem. People can no longer justify the right of an apartheid state to exist, just like we could not justify South Africa’s before the fall of apartheid there.

Another lesson learned is that the reactionary Arab regimes are truly enemies of the Palestinian and Arab peoples. From the role Egypt played in the siege to the clear siding of the Gulf and other Arab monarchs with Israel, there is no question that the U.S.’ imperial plans for the region was also struck a strong blow by the Palestinian resistance.

Finally, this victory was driven by the steadfast will of our people in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, 1948 Palestine, and the rest of the world. Palestinians and Arabs led the forces of resistance by any and all means, including the mass Arab and Muslim mobilizations in this country, the largest ever in support of our people’s rights. USPCN participated in and led coalitional efforts in many of the cities where we have chapters or members—New York, Detroit, the Bay Area, Chicago, St. Louis, Youngstown, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. And the solidarity expressed with other oppressed communities here was significant as well, with the parallel made between the Ferguson uprising and the Gaza resistance being an essential political connection that must endure.

We salute the strong and brave people of Gaza and all of Palestine. We together mourn our martyrs and together celebrate this victory, and pledge to continue organizing and resisting until Liberation and Return!

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I$raHell’s American, English and Australian cheerleaders

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Have you ever wondered why Western, especially American, journalists find it so much easier to converse with Israeli officials than they do with their Palestinian counterparts?

“The reason is obvious,” says Amer Zahr, a Palestinian-American comedian, writer and speaker.

In a post published on his blog, the Civil Arab, he says the reason for the natural bonding between between American journalists and Israeli officials is that all of Israel’s official mouthpieces speak perfect unaccented English – because they are not from Israel!

Zahr provides us with useful profiles highlighting the American, British and Australian roots of the top six characters acting as Israel’s cheerleaders to Western publics.

Peter Lerner is the foreign press spokesperson for the Israel Defencee Forces. He was born in London in 1973. He immigrated to Israel in 1985. Hebrew… is his second language. You might have wondered why Peter Lerner sounds more like a spokesperson for the Queen than he does for Israel. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel.

Dore Gold is a diplomat who has served in many Israeli governments. He was once Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. He is currently the president of an Israeli think tank in Jerusalem. He was born in Connecticut, attended high school in Massachusetts, and earned a BA, MA and PhD from Columbia University in New York City. He has appeared on television numerous times during Israel’s latest offensive, defending and explaining the policies of the Netanyahu government. As you might expect, his English is perfect. Mr Gold lives in Jerusalem. He might even live in a house that once belonged to Palestinians. Of course, I don’t know that for sure, but trust me, in Jerusalem it’s a safe bet. You might have wondered why Dore Gold sounds like a Yankees fan. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel.

Mark Regev is the official spokesman of the Netanyahu government. In 1960, he was born in Australia [as Mark Freiberg], where he grew up and finished college. He immigrated to Israel at the age of 22, when he began his graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has remained in his adopted homeland ever since. Hebrew is also his second language. You might have wondered why the official Israeli spokesman sounds like Crocodile Dundee. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel.

Michael Oren was most recently Israel’s ambassador to the United States. He was born in upstate New York. He earned his MA and PhD from Princeton University in New Jersey. He immigrated to Israel in his mid-twenties. He has lectured at dozens of American campuses. He articulately defends Israeli policies on American televisions across our great country. Well, he is usually articulate, if you don’t count his recent interview on MSNBC when he suddenly (and quite conveniently) couldn’t hear Andrea Mitchell when she asked him about reports that Israel had eavesdropped on John Kerry last year. But even when he flusters and fumbles, he speaks eloquent East Coast English. You might have wondered why Michael Oren sounds like an American university professor. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel.

Micky Rosenfeld is the Israeli police spokesperson to the foreign press. He speaks English flawlessly. That’s because he is English. Yup, he was born in England and grew up there. He is blond and blue-eyed. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. He grew up with Duran Duran, the English Premiere League and bland food. The garlicky cuisine of his new homeland must have come as a bit of a shock to him. You might have wondered why Micky Rosenfeld sounds like Piers Morgan. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel.

Ron Dermer is Israel’s current ambassador to the United States of America. He has been all over CNN in recent weeks. He attended the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Israel is his twenties. He was born in 1971 in Miami Beach, where both his father and brother were once the mayor there. He is one of Netanyahu’s closest advisers, writing many of his speeches, in English I assume. He is highly educated, yet for some reason he still sounds obnoxious and rude during just about every interview. You might have wondered why Ron Dermer sounds like a whiny kid from Florida. Why wouldn’t he? He is, after all, a foreigner in the land of Israel…

Amer Zahr finishes by reminding us of what these American, English and Australian cheerleaders for Israel are actually guilty of: “Justifying racial supremacy, ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate bombing campaigns,” all of which “definitely sounds better when it’s done in an accent we can all relate to”.

He concludes: “But I’m sure every American listening to them still wonders why all these Israelis sound like the next door neighbour. Why wouldn’t they? They are, after all, foreigners in the land of Israel. Foreign colonist settlers.”

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CDC Whistleblower Revealed

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Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem, Sr

Whistle blower from the CDC breaks the silence. Bill Thompson employee of the CDC reveals years and years of deliberate fraud designed to cover up the cause of the autism epidemic. 340% increased risk of autism in vaccines are given too early. The numbers are twice as high for black children – and the CDC knew it. It took 30 years for this info to be released.

 

 

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