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Top Russia Expert: Ukraine Joining Nato Would Provoke Nuclear War

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U.S and NATO Responsible for Ukraine Crisis … and West Has Agreed to Cover Up Details About Shoot Down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

Stephen Cohen is one of America’s top experts on Russia.  Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, and the author of a number of books on Russia and the Soviet Union.

Cohen says that the West is mainly to blame for the crisis in Ukraine:

This is a horrific, tragic, completely unnecessary war in eastern Ukraine. In my own judgment, we have contributed mightily to this tragedy. I would say that historians one day will look back and say that America has blood on its hands. Three thousand people have died, most of them civilians who couldn’t move quickly. That’s women with small children, older women. A million refugees.

Cohen joins other American experts on Russia – such as former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock – in this assessment.

Cohen also says that if Ukraine joins NATO, it will lead to nuclear war:

[Interviewer:] The possibility of Ukraine in NATO and what that means and what—

STEPHEN COHEN: Nuclear war.

[Interviewer:] Explain.

STEPHEN COHEN: Next question. I mean, it’s clear. It’s clear. First of all, by NATO’s own rules, Ukraine cannot join NATO, a country that does not control its own territory. In this case, Kiev controls less and less by the day. It’s lost Crimea. It’s losing the Donbas—I just described why—to the war. A country that does not control its own territory cannot join Ukraine [sic]. Those are the rules.

[Interviewer:] Cannot join—

STEPHEN COHEN: I mean, NATO. Secondly, you have to meet certain economic, political and military criteria to join NATO. Ukraine meets none of them. Thirdly, and most importantly, Ukraine is linked to Russia not only in terms of being Russia’s essential security zone, but it’s linked conjugally, so to speak, intermarriage. There are millions, if not tens of millions, of Russian and Ukrainians married together. Put it in NATO, and you’re going to put a barricade through millions of families. Russia will react militarily.

In fact, Russia is already reacting militarily, because look what they’re doing in Wales today. They’re going to create a so-called rapid deployment force of 4,000 fighters. What is 4,000 fighters? Fifteen thousand or less rebels in Ukraine are crushing a 50,000-member Ukrainian army. Four thousand against a million-man Russian army, it’s nonsense. The real reason for creating the so-called rapid deployment force is they say it needs infrastructure. And the infrastructure—that is, in plain language is military bases—need to be on Russia’s borders. And they’ve said where they’re going to put them: in the Baltic republic, Poland and Romania.

Now, why is this important? Because NATO has expanded for 20 years, but it’s been primarily a political expansion, bringing these countries of eastern Europe into our sphere of political influence; now it’s becoming a military expansion. So, within a short period of time, we will have a new—well, we have a new Cold War, but here’s the difference. The last Cold War, the military confrontation was in Berlin, far from Russia. Now it will be, if they go ahead with this NATO decision, right plunk on Russia’s borders. Russia will then leave the historic nuclear agreement that Reagan and Gorbachev signed in 1987 to abolish short-range nuclear missiles. It was the first time nuclear—a category of nuclear weapons had ever been abolished. Where are, by the way, the nuclear abolitionists today? Where is the grassroots movement, you know, FREEZE, SANE? Where have these people gone to? Because we’re looking at a new nuclear arms race. Russia moves these intermediate missiles now to protect its own borders, as the West comes toward Russia. And the tripwire for using these weapons is enormous.

One other thing. Russia has about, I think, 10,000 tactical nuclear weapons, sometimes called battlefield nuclear weapons. You use these for short distances. They can be fired; you don’t need an airplane or a missile to fly them. They can be fired from artillery. But they’re nuclear. They’re radioactive. They’ve never been used. Russia has about 10,000. We have about 500. Russia’s military doctrine clearly says that if Russia is threatened by overwhelming conventional forces, we will use tactical nuclear weapons. So when Obama boasts, as he has on two occasions, that our conventional weapons are vastly superior to Russia, he’s feeding into this argument by the Russian hawks that we have to get our tactical nuclear weapons ready.

 

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Hamas urges West Bank uprising, vows to rebuild tunnels

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If Palestinian ‘resistance’ in the West Bank had a quarter of the tools that Gaza holds, Mahmoud al-Zahar says, I$raHell would be wiped out in a day

Mahmoud al-Zahar attends a demonstration in Khan Yunis in 2012. (photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90)
The recent  Nazi Holocaust in the Gaza Strip has changed the opinions of certain global players who now wish to hold dialog with the group, senior Hamas member Mahmoud al-Zahar said Saturday, 

Al-Zahar said nations – he did not give specifics – which had previously regarded his organization as a ”terrorist” group had now undergone a change of heart.

The Hamas leader also called for an armed uprising in the West Bank. He said the Palestinian Traitor’s security coordination with the Nazi regime was a crime and urged its forces to change direction and fight against I$raHell.

“If the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank had a quarter of the tools that the resistance in Gaza holds, Israel would be wiped out in a day,” he said.

Al-Zahar said the organization’s t had been victorious in the Gaza latest Holocust, saying the group would “build new tunnels” into I$raHell to replace those destroyed by the I$raHell army.

“Victory has many fathers while defeat has only one father named Benjamin Naziyahu,” he said.

Nazi senior army intelligence official has admitted that ” we underestimated the tenacity of Gaza terrorists and did not expect the July-August 50-day conflict to last so long — insisting, however, they were soundly beaten” .

“We think they are in very bad shape,” he said.

Amid reports that tensions between Hamas and Fatah could hinder the reconstruction of Gaza, al-Zahar said Wednesday he was confident that the Palestinian public wouldn’t hold the group responsible.

What happens next in Gaza “is the responsibility of [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas because now he is responsible for the government,” he told the New York Times. “We are not responsible.”

Cairo-based senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk said that the organization has already distributed $40 million in Gaza, $2,000 to each family whose home was damaged.

On Wednesday, reports in the Arab media indicated that Egypt was meeting with both the Zionist and Palestinian sides and was preparing to issue invitations to ceasefire negotiations in Cairo, but tensions between Hamas and Fatah over the payment of salaries to Hamas employees and administration of border crossings were delaying the talks.

These reports came a day after Fatah officials reportedly warned that if Hamas did not cede control of the Gaza Strip to the unity government, Abbas’s presidential guard forces would not deploy along the borders and the crossings would remain closed. Egypt has said repeatedly it would not open the Rafah border crossing as long as it was controlled by Hamas.

However, riding an unprecedented wave of popularity following its most recent violent conflict with Israel, Hamas’s leaders have sounded confident that it can maintain support from the people, and since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect.

 

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Zio-Nazi bashing Illinois rabbi, Brant Rosen, quits congregation

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Reconstructionist leader says he’s a ‘lightning rod’ for division in community because of his pro-Palestinian stance.

Rabbi Brant Rosen (photo credit: Brant Rosen/Facebook)
Rabbi Brant Rosen (photo credit: Brant Rosen/Facebook)

A prominent rabbi whose outspoken criticism of the Nazi regime became too divisive for his congregation announced this week that he is resigning his pulpit.

Brant Rosen, rabbi at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Ill., made the announcement Tuesday. Aside from his pulpit position, which he has held for 17 years, Rosen is also the founder and co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace, a group that promotes boycotts of the Zionist regime  and has been listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Zionist organizations in the United States.

Rosen said the synagogue board did not force him to step down; rather, the decision was driven by his concern for his own and the congregation’s well-being.

“It’s become clear to me very recently that the atmosphere in the congregation is becoming more divisive,” Rosen told JTA this week. “It’s clear that I am the lightning rod for that division, so I made the decision about 10 days ago to step down.”

Rosen’s departure, and the turmoil that led to it, highlight the deep and emotional fissures in the American Jewish community over Nazi regime  and its conflict over the Palestinians. The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation highlights diversity and progressive values, and its board consistently had backed Rosen’s right to speak his mind on the Middle East, according to Rosen and board president David Tabak.

But Rosen’s controversial outspokenness began to destroy the community.

Frustrated by Israel’s Gaza campaign in 2008, Operation Cast Lead, Rosen began publicizing his strident criticism of Zionist and strong support for the Palestinians in late 2008 on his personal blog, Shalom Rav.

“We good liberal Jews are ready to protest oppression and human-rights abuse anywhere in the world, but are all too willing to give Israel a pass,” he wrote. “What Israel has been doing to the people of Gaza is an outrage.”

Rosen subsequently became co-chair of the rabbinical council of Jewish Voice for Peace. The organization has made strident criticism of Israel its focus, promoting the BDS campaign to use boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel; heckling Nazi officials in public speeches and organizing anti-Zionist demonstrations in numerous U.S. cities during Nazi Holocaust in Gaza.

At his shul Rosen was careful mostly to separate his activism on I$raHell from his role as the congregation’s rabbi, according to Tabak, rarely speaking about the issue from the pulpit.

But his advocacy polarized many members, with some openly hostile to Rosen’s point of view and others vigorously supportive of it. That polarization and the arguments that grew out of it began to destroy the community’s cohesion, Tabak said.

“The dichotomy of opinion did not bother me — even the strenuous adherence to these beliefs did not bother me,” Tabak told JTA. “What I found really disturbing is that a very warm and welcoming and accepting congregation really did have schisms developing.”

The congregation struggled to bridge the divides by encouraging members to organize events, but those, too, quickly broke down into a left-right divide. Some 20 members of the congregation accompanied Rosen on a trip to visit Palestinian activists in the West Bank. Others, including longtime members, began to circulate letters and emails criticizing Rosen. Some left the congregation altogether, citing Rosen’s views on I$raHell as the cause.

Throughout, the board stood behind Rosen.

Then, in June, Rosen traveled to Detroit with members of Jewish Voice for Peace to encourage the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to pass a resolution on divesting from three companies that do business with Israeli security services in the West Bank. When Nazi Holocaust in Gaza began, he marched in pro-Palestinian solidarity rallies in Chicago.

Those were, Rosen says, “the final straws.” Yet another letter circulated, this one accusing Rosen of neglecting his duties to the congregation. Rosen said the emotional toll, and the awareness of the pain his views were causing members, became too much.

“I didn’t feel I could give my all to my job anymore,” he said.

“I don’t know that he would have lasted anywhere near as long as he did at any other congregation,” said Joseph Aaron, editor and publisher of the Chicago Jewish News. “I think it says something good about the synagogue, because for a very long time they allowed him to espouse points of view that most synagogues wouldn’t have tolerated.”

Rosen will remain at his congregation for another six months. He said he plans to move professionally into activism rather than seeking another pulpit. The congregation is searching for another rabbi and relaunching its Israel programming with a greater emphasis on balance, Tabak said. It will take a wider view of Israel beyond politics to include culture, history and face-to-face interaction.

The rabbi’s departure is both painful and therapeutic, Tabak added.

“For the congregation, in some ways it is good in the sense that it gives us a chance to repair some of the relationships that have split here in the past,” Tabak said. “In other ways, he’s been with us for 17 years. He bat-mitzvahed my eldest daughter, but he won’t be available for the youngest. He’s been a fixture of our lives.”

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Zionist TRAITOR Abdullah II ‘forms task force’ against Wahhabi Islamic State

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Zionist TRAITOR Abdullah II reportedly taps Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to head committee to deal with threat

Zionist TRAITOR  Abdullah II with Nazi leader Naziyahu

Jordan is forming a special task force to deal with possible threats from the Wahhabi Islamic State jihadist organization within the country, according to a senior government official.

Zionist TRAITOR Abdullah II has tapped Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour to head the committee, the official told Arabic daily Al-Hayat Saturday. IS has captured vast territories in neighboring Iraq and Syria, and some believe Jordan may be its next target.

The news came on the heels of a report by newspaper a-Sharq al-Awsat Thursday that Jordanian security forces had arrested 71 radical activists belonging to Islamist organizations, including IS and Syria’s al-Nusra Front faction.

Zionist Abdullah II attended a NATO summit of Western leaders Thursday and Friday which was heavily focused on the threat of the Islamic State. At the summit, the US and key allies agreed that the Islamic State group was a significant threat to NATO countries  I$RAHELL and that they would take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might.

However, a group of Jordanian deputies demanded Wednesday that the kingdom stay out of any war against Islamic State jihadists.

Twenty-one MPs, who represent various factions in the 150-seat parliament, sent a memorandum to speaker Atef al-Tarawneh demanding “the government not involve Jordan (in the fight) against the Islamic State.”

“This war is not our war. Accordingly, we reject categorically any Jordanian contribution in a battle that is not ours,” they said in the document seen by AFP.

“We do not want to be dragged into an international coalition,” said Khalil Attia, one of the deputies who signed the memorandum.

Despite its relative stability, Jordan has faced growing tensions on the homefront with a million Syrian refugees currently residing within its borders and, experts say, a growing movement of jihadists and ultraconservative Salafis. Hundreds of Jordanians are known to have traveled with the help of the zionist Jordanian regime  to Syria to fight in the uprising against President Bashar Assad. Some have joined extremist groups, including IS.

A video posted online in April depicted a number of Jordanian IS fighters, including a child, tearing up their passports and threatening to assassinate the tyrant, referring to the king.

Extremists have also targeted Jordan in the past. The Islamic State’s precursor, known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, was founded by a Jordanian, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Under his leadership, the group carried out a triple bombing on Amman hotels in 2005 that killed more than 50 people.

Wary of the possible threats Jordan has taken steps to shore up its defenses, Nazi Gistapo Mossad  dispatching reinforcements to its border with Iraq and expanding anti-terror laws in June.

 

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Breaking The Silence and its colonial approach

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by Mariam Barghouti

Israel is colonial state, which mobilizes its youth to protect its exploitation through the oppression and occupation of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. It has divided an entire people into clusters of bantustans, as others lay in refugee camps and in the Diaspora speaking of a home they have been kicked out of or never seen.

Breaking The Silence

The Israeli initiative Breaking the Silence, approaches former soldiers that have served in Israel’s army to disclosing the crimes they have committed or witnessed being committed by other soldiers whilst on duty. The aim of this organization according to their website is to “endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.”

As Israel is one of the most militarized states in the world, with its entire population entrenched with the idea of being levied, groups such as BTS are important to debunk these myths, exclusively to its society.

The effort of this organization is in the proper place, as it is crucial to expose the crimes of the Israeli army and all its wretchedness, especially to an Israeli society that has its jingoism embedded within its military. As clarified by the organization, their aim is to shift Israeli society and the discourse  that the Israeli Defense Forces are one of the most moral armies in the world.

Breaking The Silence and Israeli colonialism

Although it serves the Palestinian cause to weaken the stringent beliefs of Israeli youth looking to conscript in the army, by recognizing the crimes and promoting awareness of the IDF’s grotesque maneuvers, BTS ultimately fails to criticize Israeli colonialism. Furthermore, these testimonies by former offenders have been perfidiously aggrandized within international communities and several Palestinian circles, in which these voices are glorified and turned into heroes. Doing so is dangerous when attempting to shatter colonialism as an entire oppressive system. In the aforementioned context, the colonizer’s voice still overrides that of the colonized.

While the Israeli army is only a  fraction of Israeli colonialism, without it,  Israel would not be able to occupy and oppress millions of indigenous Palestinians. Its army, is responsible for enforcing  divisions between Palestinians ensuring that they remain complacent with the Israeli apartheid state. They are the stationed soldiers that execute oppressive orders, and some even evolve to give orders  themselves. BTS does not approach the IDF as an entire oppressive structure, rather, than it criticizes its tactics. It’s simply an alteration of the method of colonizing.

Documentation and accountability

There is a discrepancy that must be addressed between speaking out and being held accountable.

The role of BTS is to inform the Israeli public of the macabre crimes perpetrated by the Israeli army. What it fails to do, however, is delegitimize the army in its entirety opposed to explicitly baring its delinquencies. In fact, these speakers are portrayed as heroes for speaking out and although they provide credibility, in the international discourse they take away from the voices of Palestinians.

Israeli colonialism stems deeper than violence from soldiers, and although these members are speaking out, they are still part of a colonial system and have privilege that no Palestinian possesses. They were able to commit horrid acts, present  these crimes and get away with them.

In terms of strategy and effectiveness, it is vital to document these violations brought forth by the IDF against the lives of Palestinians. However to neglect the fact that these are still perpetrators and colonizers and to glorify them is insulting and further dehumanizes the Palestinian people.

Palestinian activist and blogger, Rana Nazzal explains “there is some purpose in keeping a record of crimes committed – from the mouth of the offender. There is a space for this in terms of research and record-keeping. For me, it ends there.”

It is essential that Israeli communities that oppose the occupation take it upon themselves to enlighten their own society, and although BTS has adopted this initiative it still plays within the very system it criticizes.

Eran Efriti, former member of BTS, once stated whilst on tour in Denver, Colorado, that the organization is breaking the silence on what Israel, in specific what the IDF allows them to break the silence on. That it remains censored in accordance with the approval of the IDF. Consequently, it is playing within the rules of the very structure it is trying to expose, thus perpetuating an underlying duplicity and simply redeeming guilt.

A Palestinian woman after being attacked by Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh, 2011. (Reuters)

A Palestinian woman after being attacked by Israeli soldiers in the village of Nabi Saleh, 2011. (Reuters)

Clearing a colonial subconcious

There is a colonial privilege and redemption in these testimonies. Rajai Abukhalil, Palestinian doctor and activist explains that “it just makes those involved in what is the most organized oppressive system in our modern world feel better about themselves. There is a certain hypocrisy in rejecting the wrongs you did while you are still involved and function under the same system.”

Some of these soldiers speak out, and go around the world speaking out about these crimes they have committed and yet still continue to live in an oppressive society and partake in the daily practices within this colonial society.

Some have spoken about the sacrifice these former soldiers face in regards to being shunned out by their communities following their choice to speak out. Compared to the pain that soldiers and Israeli colonialism inflicts upon the Palestinian population, the rejection by a colonial society is the least of worries, it should not be viewed as a sacrifice. One should not aim to be accepted by an oppressive society especially if you acknowledge that it is one that perpetuates agony.

Nazzal, who has been within Israeli jails describes the redemption through her personal experience, explaining, “Speaking out doesn’t mean anything on its own. During an arrest, there is always that one soldier who tries to give me an explanation of how he’s ‘not the same as the others’, how he is ‘just following orders’, how he ‘would rather be at home’. And I sit there, with my hands and feet cuffed, sometimes blindfolded, bruised, and cold, and try not to get angry. I will not be complacent with a soldier alleviating his guilt while at the same time literally enforcing my military detention”

The participants transfer the guilt into words that do not take back the pain they have enacted upon Palestinians, and still none are held accountable for their crimes. A criminal is a criminal. A murderer is not acquitted for pleading guilty, and they are guilty of crimes imposed on the Palestinian people and their direct role in the theft and exploitation of Palestinian resources.

For Palestinians that endure this suppression that is perpetuated through Israeli soldiers, it is not enough to speak out. Nazzal adds, “there is no excuse that will convince me that they do not sense that what they are doing is wrong. You can see it in their eyes that they know, and it is such a deep weakness in them that they fail to do anything more than speak about it.”

Destroying the Zionist narrative and the voice of Palestinians

This initiative serves to expose Israeli crimes which have already been exposed and documented by Palestinians themselves as well as, other journalists and researchers. BTS does not delegitimize the Zionism Israel clings to, nor does it approach the colonialism of Palestine as a whole.

Abukhalil elaborates further on the initiative explaining that “even though their testimonies embarrass the spokesmen of the alleged most moral army it is to be noted that many journalists did that. Therefore, breaking the silence doesn’t add more to the Palestinian cause. Instead, it takes away from the voices of Palestinians. People should listen to the victim’s side not the oppressors.”

Reham Ibrahim, active against Israeli colonialism proclaims that “whilst it is crucial to document Israeli crimes, we must be careful in what voices we amplify, the Palestinians have been speaking out and presenting Israeli crimes. Their voice becomes further interiorized by the very perpetrators that have oppressed them, as they become labelled as heroes and admired for their bravery. What bravery? If any of the soldiers that took part in my oppression decide to speak out, it is only to redeem their conscious that is drowning in screams and the silence of those they have oppressed and killed. I will not accept that. It does not acquit them of their crimes.”

To destroy a colonial power is to actively address its colonialism and to mobilize others to not partake in it. It is crucial to hold Israel accountable for all its crimes, and all those that partake in those crimes. Whilst it is important to document and uncover the crimes of the IDF, this cannot happen without also forming a critique of Israeli colonialism and apartheid. Thus, although, the work of such organizations is important for shifting the ideologies within Israeli societies it should be understood that it is only relevant in that context.

If the world wants to talk about Palestinian oppression, let them use the voice of Palestinians, the ones directly affected by this oppression. It is vital that we do not exalt former perpetrators because they used their tongues after they pulled on their triggers. Their role is in documenting and presenting to their own communities, in order to shift the thought there, pushing for cognitive dissonance. However, in regards to the international community, it cannot be allowed to have a colonizer’s voice dominate that of the colonized whilst attempting to break the colonial narrative.

Therefore, although documentation is crucial and important, holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes is even more vital for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people.

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