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Outrage, Demand to Be Heard, Calls for Change Fuel Protests in Cities Nationwide

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From coast to coast, communities are revolting against a pattern of police abuse and unifying under a demand that underlying racial tensions be placed squarely in the debate over the U.S. justice system

Diamond Nimene, left, and Samaria Muhammad, right, chant with fellow protesters in Atlanta on Thursday during a demonstration against the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo: AP/David Goldman)

In cities and communities across the United States on Thursday night people came out into the street in solidarity protests galvanized by a grand jury decision not to indict the police officers involved in the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City and the larger issue of racial discrimination and police brutality that has come to the fore in recent months.

Following a previous night of spontaneous protests in some cities,a larger number of organized protests and rallies (in pictures) took place in New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Buffalo, and dozens of other big cities. Similar demonstrations took place in mid-sized cities and smaller communities as well.

In Manhattan, several large contingents of protesters roamed through the streets, chanting slogans and carrying signs. As the New York Times reports:

several groups of protesters roamed through Manhattan. They caused lanes to be closed on the Brooklyn Bridge, on the West Side Highway and at the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels. The protesters also targeted the Staten Island ferry terminal. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested, but officials did not provide further details.

About 300 people moving north on Broadway toward Times Square lay down at 34th Street for 11 minutes of silence to commemorate the number of times Mr. Garner was heard in a video of his fatal encounter saying he could not breathe. The protesters then moved north and onto Seventh Avenue, where they were involved in a skirmish with police officers blocking the intersection of 42nd Street.

According to the Guardian:

In New York the largest group of protesters, somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, was far more organized than the previous night. On Wednesday demonstrators had seemed to roam the streets, intermittently splitting apart and converging to shut down traffic on several important highways and bridges around the traffic-heavy island of Manhattan.

In contrast, on Thursday night a coalition of groups led demonstrators. On the Brooklyn Bridge some organizers wore headsets and stopped marchers for photographers. Police had already closed the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge when protesters crossed and marchers only appeared to break police lines once.

Scenes of protest in cities across the country:

New York City:

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Washington D.C.:

Atlanta:

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Boston:

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Cleveland:

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Los Angeles:

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San Francisco:

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Detroit:

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Minneapolis:

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Buffalo:

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The protests in other cities proved, as the Associated Press noted in its coverage, that the decision in the Garner case has converged with other cases of police brutality and misconduct to spawn a national debate about race and institutional injustice, issues critics say have largely been ignored despite the historic and pervasive impact they have on community members. AP reports:

Even before the decision in the Eric Garner case came down, racial tensions were running high because of last week’s grand jury decision not to charge a white officer in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Other cases were added to the mix on Thursday:

— In the tiny South Carolina town of Eutawville, a white former police chief was charged with murder in the 2011 shooting of an unarmed black man. Richards Combs’ lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward police to obtain the indictment more than three years after the killing.

— In Cleveland, the U.S. Justice Department and the city reached an agreement to overhaul the police department after federal investigators found that officers use excessive force far too often, causing deep mistrust, especially among blacks. The investigation was prompted chiefly by a 2012 police ar chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed people in a hail of 137 bullets.

Just last week, protesters took to the streets of Cleveland after a white police officer shot and killed a black 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be pellet gun.

On Twitter, the actions were being tracked with the hashtag #ThisStopsToday:

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Why I Want to Burn Everything Down Right Now—And Why I’m Not Going To

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America doesn’t have a race problem. America is the problem.

One week after a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson came word Wednesday that a grand jury in New York would not be indicting NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner; that’s despite the fact that Garner’s death was: 1. Ruled a homicide; 2. Due to a chokehold maneuver that has been banned by the NYPD; 3. Captured on video.

Garner’s haunting last words, “I can’t breathe,” have become a rallying cry for the many demonstrating in New York and elsewhere—just as “Hands Up” did in the wake of Michael Brown’s death.

I can feel that same discomfort in my throat that I know he must have felt.

But since last week’s decision in St. Louis County, another set of words have stayed planted in my mind. Four of them, to be exact. They were uttered by Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shortly after last week’s grand jury decision.

While consoling Brown’s mother—and amid the shouts of those in the crowd around them demanding justice—Head screamed, “Burn this bitch down!” And he screamed it again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again.

Every time I watch a video of this moment, I can feel that same discomfort in my throat that I know he must have felt—when you’ve got more words left inside than your voice has the strength to say.

It’s become a tradition every couple years for the United States to be confronted with its complicated history with race …

Many were quick to condemn Head, arguing that his outburst further incited the violence that happened that night. Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder went a step further and said in a radio interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that Head should be arrested and charged with inciting a riot. Police are, in fact, looking into charges against Head. And Head himself has since come out and apologized, saying that he “screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment.”

But with each police killing that passes and the lack of justice that follows, Head’s initial words might be more justified than we’re willing to admit.

The words “conversation” and “problem” trivialize the reality.

Just starting from Rodney King and the L.A. riots in 1992, it’s become a tradition every couple years for the United States to be confronted with its complicated history with race; whether it be via the O.J. Simpson trial, the murder of Amadou Diallo, the Jena 6, or the countless unarmed African American men and women who have been killed by police and others for fitting the description.

Each time, in some form, many will say, “America needs to have a conversation about race” or “America has a race problem.” But the words “conversation” and “problem” trivialize the reality—as if a series of town halls or forums will do the trick.

America doesn’t have a race problem. America is the problem. It is a country whose true greatness remains shackled by its even greater flaws. But we have a tough time acknowledging those flaws are still with us—or that millions have benefited directly and indirectly from its legacy. Maybe it’s denial. Maybe it’s ignorance. Or maybe it’s just fear.

But I’ve reached the Fannie Lou Hamer point of being sick and tired of being sick and tired—of trying to figure out why. I’m ready to burn this bitch down:

I’m ready to burn down the schools that have set so many of our children up to fail for so many years, turning them into guinea pigs for the next great education experiment.

I’m ready to burn down the jails and prisons that incarcerate us in disproportionate numbers, break up families, and have become revolving doors and dumping grounds for the mentally ill. 

But as I’m prepared to light that cocktail, I think of James Baldwin.
“This is your home, my friend. Do not be driven from it.”

I’m ready to burn down the courts that have sentenced us for so many years for minor offenses and in years past failed to deliver justice for parents like Mamie Till Mobley.

I’m ready to burn down the police departments that profile us, harass us, and sometimes even torture us.

I’m ready to burn down the Capitol and state houses that are supposed to represent us, but more and more often represent only the highest bidder.

I’m ready to burn down every institution that has profited on our backs because the market is “free.”

And I’m ready to burn down every redlined, foreclosed, gentrified neighborhood still reeling from the fallout of our War on Drugs; neighborhoods that kill us with higher rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

But as I’m prepared to light that cocktail, I think of James Baldwin. Specifically, this passage from Baldwin’s essay, “A Letter to My Nephew”:

But these men are your brothers, your lost younger brothers, and if the word “integration” means anything, this is what it means, that we with love shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it, for this is your home, my friend. Do not be driven from it.

In one of the essay’s final lines, Baldwin writes, “We cannot be free until they are free.”

It’s a statement as true today as it was when it was first published more than 50 years ago. But, sadly, freedom is still passing us by—all of us.

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TRAPPED AND ZAPPED!: ‘ALLOOSH’S KILLERS SWALLOW THE BAIT IN DOUMAA; DEGRADATION OF JAYSH AL-ISLAM

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DAMASCUS:

Doumaa:  We have told you on numerous occasions that ‘Alloosh is on the verge of death.  We meant it.  Yesterday, in an attempt to recover the old luster he tapped his nail into his own coffin.  At the gate to the Wattaar Factory in Doumaa, he tried to send in hundreds of his remaining rats to control the factory and use it as a base to facilitate penetration of the capital.  His plan was to put areas of the capital under his “fire control”.  The problem he had was that MI had been monitoring many communications and found converging evidence of the plan to attack the factory.  Needless to say,  the SAA was immediately informed of the plan and prepared the area to snare him.

The SAA’s ambush was to involve creating the impression in the minds of the attacking terrorists that the factory was left unguarded at night but for a few soldiers on the periphery.  Thus, when the rats would come in and find the area vacated, they would order more of their litter-mates to further reinforce their positions.  What the SAA did, was to conceal hundreds of infantrymen around the factory while placing sharpshooters in positions advantageous for their specialty.  According to our sources, once the rats had congregated inside the factory, both artillery and infantry opened fire on them killing an estimated 40+ in the first burst.  What happened thereafter was a turkey shoot.

We don’t have the details yet on the casualties suffered by ‘Alloosh’s rats.  We do know that the airwaves were filled with invective and accusations by groups allied with ‘Alloosh accusing him and his confederates of treason and treachery.  It is also noted that the plan may have been hatched by the feckless, useless and brainless apes of Saudi Arabia operating out of Jordan.  Some evidence of that – although nothing detailed.  ‘Alloosh is finished and his organization is on the threshold of dissolution.

NEWS AND REPORTS:

Putin outmaneuvers Erdoghan.  Watch for changes in Turk policy and watch how the neo-cons destroy America:

http://nsnbc.me/2014/12/07/putin-pipeline-moves-eu-stupidity/

A Russian diplomat calls Erdoghan a terrorist and warns of Turkey’s downfall:

http://awdnews.com/top-news/10345-russian-diplomat-turkey-has-become-a-%E2%80%9Cmafia-state%E2%80%9D-and-a-%E2%80%9Cterrorist-hub%E2%80%9D.html

Read this nice expose on John Bolton, the cowardly war-mongering rat who laps up the slime left behind by his Zionist heroes:

http://21stcenturywire.com/2014/12/06/john-bolton-as-ignorant-as-he-is-dangerous/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=john-bolton-as-ignorant-as-he-is-dangerous

John Esq. sends this article which he explains tells us nothing we didn’t already know:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/150085/un-reveals-israeli-links-with-syrian-rebels-report

Read more at http://www.syrianperspective.com/2014/12/trapped-and-zapped-allooshs-killers-swallow-the-bait-in-doumaa-degradation-of-jaysh-al-islam.html#jpIsIs4gKSVhiL8u.99

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ISIS FIASCO AT DAYR EL-ZOR; SYRIAN ARMY SMASHES RATS

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by Ziad Fadel

AGAINST THE WALL OF INFAMY; DER’AH DISASTER FOR JORDANIAN RODENT KING

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DAYR EL-ZOR:

The Syrian Army has succeeded in dislodging remnant ISIS rodents from the mountain overlooking the Workers’ Quarter in the city and killed 52 of them in firefights which demonstrate the clear superiority of SAA training over the scatterbrained zeal of the heretic Wahhabists.  Weapons and ammunition were also seized and distributed to the PDCs for use in killing Saudi apes.

Huwayjat Al-Muree’iyya on the south bend of the Euphrates River about 10kms from the city:  The SAA and MoD report large losses to the rats without any details.

Huwayjat Sakr north of the city:  SyrPer confirms the deaths of 193 rodents from ISIS based on a last count during assessment.  Most of the rats were foreigners without papers because it appears the Turks don’t let them retain the means to leave the battle zone at will:

Muhammad Zaayid Al-Hussayn

Ahmad Al-Yaaseen

Mus’ab Al-Dayri

Muhammad Ghassaan Mirzaan

Daawood Al-Yusufi

Kaazhim Al-Hammaad (IRAQI HOG CANKER SORE)

Raami Al-Hassan

Ahmad Al-Taahaa

Waa`il Muhsin Al-Khaleef

Rawaad ‘Alyawi

Jihaad Shaakir Al-‘Assaaf

Ruhoom Al-Khaayer

‘Abdul-Qaadir Mustafaa

Umraan Taajeddeen

‘Abdullah Al-Hindi (IRAQI WARTHOG DROPPING)

Muhammad Maazin Turaydi

Ghassaan Al-Hilaal

Muhammad Hassaan Mustafaa Al-Saajir

Mirjaan Thaabit Hussayn Al-‘Allaawi (IRAQI HORSE FLY DNA)

Ahmad Hussayn Al-‘Allaawi (IRAQI HORSE FLY TWIN DOUBLE HELIX)

The campaign to assault the base is now over.  According to our sources and the honest media, the ISIS rat assault packs left the scene on Saturday morning.

DER’AH:

Al-Shaykh MiskeenThe leader of Kateebat Usood Al-TawheedSalaah Al-Khalaf, a/k/a “Al-Dabboor” i.e. “The Wasp” seen here in his swan song.  The heretic’s death was reported by SyrPer yesterday.  We wish him a very long sojourn in Hell.

مقتل الإرهابي صلاح الخلف متزعم ما يسمى

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Zio-Wahhabi Rat’s training kids for jihad, UN says

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BY AVI LEWIS 
December 7, 2014
"Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
    “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)“Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
    “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
    “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
    “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • "Cubs of the Caliphate." Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)
  • “Cubs of the Caliphate.” Children are seen receiving military training by Islamic State militants in a camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)

 

A total of seven images were distributed across social media platforms, including Twitter and jihadi forums, showing a group of adolescents wearing face masks and military fatigues, crouching in shooting positions, and struggling to cock large weapons.

Zio-Wahhabi exploitation of children for warfare and other purposes was documented in a November report by the UN entitled Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria.” ISIS, as well as ISIL and IS, is an acronym for Islamic State.

According to the dispatch, the jihadi group has “instrumentalized and abused children on a systematic scale,” using them in combat roles, as spies, guards, cooks, medics and even suicide bombers.

“I saw at least 10 armed ISIS members aged 13–14 years old,” an unnamed interviewee from Al-Hasakah, Syria told the UN inquiry.

“These boys served as guards at ISIS headquarters and at checkpoints. They were armed with Kalashnikovs and grenades,” he said.

"Cubs of the Caliphate." Children pose for a photograph in a training camp near Damascus, Syria, December 6, 2014. (photo credit: SITE Intel Group)

The report observes that adolescents have been the victims, witnesses and perpetrators of public executions, and details an account of a 16-year-old boy reportedly cutting the throats of two Syrian soldiers captured from Tabqa airbase in late August 2014.

The document notes that “ISIS prioritizes children as a vehicle for ensuring long-term loyalty,” and that by instilling in them a strict adherence to jihadist ideology, the terror group seeks to form a “cadre of devoted fighters that will see violence as a way of life.”

In June, watchdog group Human Rights Watch said in a report that the Zio-Wahhabi and other armed groups in Syria were recruiting kids as young as 13, training them with weapons and sending them into battle.

They were assigned the same military duties as adults, and children and adults alike signed up for suicide-attack missions.

Since 2013, the Zio-Wahhabi has ruthlessly carved out large swaths of Syria and Iraq for its self-styled Islamic caliphate, drawing widespread condemnation for its brutal tactics, massacres of civilians and execution of captives, including some Western hostages.

Thus far, 200,000 people have died over the course of Syria’s three-year civil war, according to the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights.

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Zionist authors urge Belgium to recognize Palestine

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Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman among 800 Zionist public figures who sign letter ahead of parliament vote
BY MARISSA NEWMAN 
December 7, 2014
Amos Oz in Jerusalem, May 3, 2010 (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Amos Oz in Jerusalem, May 3, 2010 (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

Prominent Israeli authors Amos Oz, David Grossman, and A.B. Yehoshua were among 800 Israeli signatories to a letter sent to the Belgian parliament on Sunday, calling on it to recognize a Palestinian state.

Many of the public figures behind the motion — including 10 Israel Prize winners, Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman, five former diplomats, several former MKs, and five ex-ministers — have already submitted the same appeal to the Danish and British parliaments, and will send a draft to other European countries seeking to pass a resolution on Palestine.

“Your initiative to recognize a Palestinian state will advance the peace prospects, and encourage Israelis and Palestinians to reach a resolution to the conflict,” the letter exhorted.

The missive called for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with “Israeli recognition of Palestine, and Palestinian recognition of Israel.” It also decried the “political deadlock and ongoing occupation and settlement, which leads to conflict with the Palestinians, and torpedoes any possibility of an agreement.”

Belgian legislators from the ruling coalition are working on a nonbinding resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, adding to a groundswell of support within the European Union.

Even if such a legislative resolution from the government parties comes quickly, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said Wednesday he would first push for a new EU initiative to bring Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table to reinvigorate the peace process.

Belgian legislators are completing work on a text and it was expected that a resolution would be tabled quickly, said Peter Luykx, a legislator for the N-VA party, the biggest in Belgium’s four-party ruling coalition.

“We have a first draft text and our ambition is to bring it swiftly to the parliamentary committee” dealing with foreign policy issues, Luykx said in an interview.

He insisted that the resolution wouldn’t show unconditional support for Palestinian statehood, but that “quite a few conditions and strings are attached.”

Reynders told VRT network that in the end, “it will be up to the government to decide when it is suitable to move toward recognition.”

Last Tuesday, France’s lower house voted to urge the government to recognize a Palestinian state. On October 30, Sweden became the first Western European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood. Parliamentarians in in Britain, Spain and Ireland have approved nonbinding motions urging recognition.

Israel has denounced the votes as counterproductive to peace efforts.

“Israel believes the vote in the National Assembly, which supports recognition of the state of Palestine, will only distance the chances of reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians,” said Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.

“Such decisions will only make the Palestinian positions more extreme and sends the wrong message to the leaders and peoples of this region,” he said. A solution to the conflict will only be found through direct negotiations between the two parties and not through unilateral actions, Nahshon added.

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Syria: Nazi jets bomb near Damascus airport

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State TV says no casualties were caused in Nazi strikes on Damascus and town of Dimas, near Lebanon border.

An image from Arab social media alleges to show an Nazi strike in Syria, Dec. 7, 2014. It was not immediately possible to confirm its reliability. Photo by Social Media

Syrian media reported on Sunday evening that Zio-Nazi jets had bombed targets near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, north of Damascus and near the border with Lebanon.

There were no reports of casualties in the reports, which were carried by Syrian state TV and the state news agency SANA. Lebanese websites linked to the Syrian regimes also carried the reports.

Residents of Damascus reported hearing loud explosions on the outskirts of the city

Zio-Nazi officials have neither confirmed nor denied the reports and it is unclear how reliable they are.

According to the reports, Nazi air force flew at least 10 sorties over the Dimas area and attacked several military targets.

Lebanese sources that the Israeli air force had been flying over southern Lebanon since Sunday morning. It was not specified whether the planes entered Syrian air space or fired from within Lebanese air space.

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Arab parties presenting united front – up to a point

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Raised electoral threshold may actually benefit rival factions at I$raHell’s next election, tentatively scheduled for March 17.

By  | Dec. 7, 2014
Hanin Zoabi (Gil Eliahu)

Haneen Zoabi. Photo by Gil Eliahu
MKs from the Arab parties meeting last week to discuss forming a joint bloc.

MKs from the Arab parties meeting last week to discuss forming a joint bloc.

Late last Wednesday, as Knesset faction leaders convened in order to determine the date of the upcoming election, MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) submitted two proposals. The first called for avoiding a snap election and postponing it by several months. The second was to delay implementation of the new law that raises the electoral threshold to 3.25 percent, so it would not apply to the upcoming election. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein replied that the first proposal was irrelevant, and that he would look into the second one.

According to Knesset sources, after the session was over Edelstein talked to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), whose reply, as delivered by MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) consisted of one word: no. The required percentage will be 3.25 of valid votes cast, up from the previous 2 percent.

Zahalka admitted to Haaretz that his appeal was based on the fact that the Arab factions are not really prepared for an election. Everyone realizes that holding an election in three months requires hasty organization. Raising the threshold bar requires Arab factions to make a difficult choice: going it alone or uniting.

Last Tuesday, Arab MKs convened for a meeting that was intended to discuss the Jewish nation-state bill. The agenda changed due to the dissolution of the Knesset. Instead, the MKs discussed the possibility of running as one list in the March 2015 election. They agreed to a photo op at the start of discussions, but barred journalists from the session itself.

The photo was released within minutes, mainly among the Arab media – it is rare to see all of the Arab MKs around one table. The show of unity was aimed not only at overcoming the electoral threshold, but also in response to the wishes of the Arab public, which has been feeling under threat and assault lately. Following the photo op, all that was left was to prepare the way for unification, or, at least, for a sincere partnership.

As yet, no one knows how the multiple and serious fractures within the Arab community can be bridged. Only last week, an epic battle erupted between Hadash and Balad, following harsh words uttered by outgoing Hadash chairman MK Mohammed Barakeh against MK Haneen Zoabi and Balad’s founder, Dr. Azmi Bishara. Since these words were spoken in an interview with Haaretz (Hebrew edition), the headline in Balad’s newspaper read: “Barakeh ending his career in the arms of Haaretz, bootlicking the Israeli Zionist left.”

Hadash, on the other hand, cannot forget the bitter campaign waged by Balad against it during the last local authority election in Nazareth. As if they didn’t lack local reasons to squabble, events in the Arab world have provided further ideological fodder. The Islamic Movement in Israel celebrated the 2012 electoral victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, while Hadash celebrated its downfall a year later.

Despite this, on Tuesday there was serious discussion about running as one list in the coming election. One participant said the atmosphere at the meeting was positive, with a clear decision not to run as three separate parties (Balad, Hadash and United Arab List-Ta’al). The goal was to run as one or at most two parties. “It’s not only because of the threshold, but also due to the public atmosphere and the fascist right that is already threatening the Arab presence in this country,” says Hadash secretary-general Aiman Ouda. “If we want to gain our public’s trust, we must demonstrate unity – we are ready to be very flexible.”

Ouda was slated to join the Knesset in light of the retirement of MK Hanna Swaid. But with the dissolution of the parliament, he will have to go through another election campaign.

The prospective MK says most of the effort will be geared at increasing voter turnout. “We must get as many people out as we can, since if the extreme right is trying to establish a state for only one nation, we must pull in the other direction and get as many MKs as we can into the Knesset,” Ouda said.

Talk of a united party has accompanied every election campaign, but reasons were always found to oppose such a move. Up to now, it didn’t happen mainly because each party was convinced it would get in. This time, though, things are different.

Dr. Nihad Ali, a sociologist from the Western Galilee College and the University of Haifa, believes that raising the electoral threshold is actually good for Arabs. “I, together with University of Haifa professors As’ad Ghanem and Sami Samocha, submitted a document calling for raising the electoral threshold, since it would promote Arab unity. This was a clear demand made by the Arab community in surveys we conducted over the years. Most of the Arab public wants a united front so that one – or at most two – lists will encourage people to come out and vote.”

According to Ali, the Arab public wishes to integrate into Israeli society on equal terms, but is insulted by the prevailing racist atmosphere. “If the nation-state bill had passed, there would have been a call, including from me, to boycott the election. One can’t participate in elections in a country that determines, in a Basic Law, who is a first-class and who a second-class citizen. Under such circumstances, Arab parties would lose their significance and become a pitiful fig leaf.”

Ali uses the term “double orphanage” when describing the situation of Israel’s Arabs. “Israel doesn’t want us and the Palestinian national movement cannot integrate us. We remain orphans.”

Officials in the Arab parties believe there will be two Arab lists in the upcoming election: Hadash will run with Ta’al, and United Arab List with Balad. Recently, there were calls to include nonpolitical figures, but this is unlikely to happen given the numerous contenders. It’s difficult to bring in an outsider “star” to Arab parties, as occasionally happens in the Jewish parties.

Key figures in Balad and Hadash estimate that if a single united list is assembled, each party will have to swallow its pride and make serious concessions, so two lists is the more likely scenario. A source in United Arab List-Ta’al said that, so far, there is no agreement on a common list, even though that is the wish of Arab voters. Each respective party believes it will garner enough votes on its own to pass the threshold, so it doesn’t feel under pressure. There is, however, a desire to combine forces in order to increase Arab representation, so all options are being studied.

Attorney Osama Saadi, the secretary-general of Ta’al, says his party is an important political force in the Arab community. He says “this must be reflected in any joint list – things in the future will not continue in the same way as before.” Ta’al will request two realistic slots in any coalition that is eventually assembled.

Presenting one united list (or two) will serve as the opening salvo in the drive to increase voter turnout. In the last election, between 53 percent and 56 percent of eligible Arab voters cast a vote. MK Basel Ghattas (Balad) says, “If we can draw out 70-75 percent of eligible voters, Arab representation in the Knesset will grow substantially, which could alter the state of things. Thus, unity and laborious groundwork are the keys to success.”

Unity is not the only challenge facing Arab parties – calls to boycott the election are also being heard. The northern branch of the Islamic Movement has long boycotted Israeli elections for ideological reasons. They are joined by young people who have despaired of elections, stating their protest and nonconfidence in Israel’s democracy. Such people have been prominent in every public event or protest in Arab society in recent years, especially with regard to the Prawer Law (the forced relocation of Negev Bedouin into centralized communities) and during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

Journalist Majd Kayyal, who was interrogated by the Shin Bet security service after attending a conference in Beirut, believes the public struggle of the Arab community should be taken out of the Knesset. He believes in “waging a legitimate public protest, within the confines of the law and freedom of speech. We say that whoever wants to vote can – but not for Zionist parties, which do not serve our interests. Public protest is essential, since we can’t rely on the Knesset as the only tool for obtaining rights.”

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UN reveals Zio-Nazi links with Syrian rebels

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UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels

Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

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Dec. 7, 2014 
Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers stand near the border with Syria in the occupied Golan Heights as they prepare to evacuate a wounded Syrian let in for medical treatment, September 23, 2014. 

Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels.

The observer force, UNDOF, was established in 1974 as part of the separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria. The agreement set up a buffer zone several kilometers wide. About 1,000 UN observers supervised the implementation of the agreement until 2013, when theSyrian civil war severely reduced the force’s ability to function.

While Croatia and Austria pulled out and Ireland, Fiji and India agreed to send troops, the increase of attacks on UN forces in recent months caused the force to abandon many of its positions along the front and to transfer its command to the Israeli side of the border.

The observers have continued to file reports to New York, which were relatively mundane; but their content changed in March 2013, when Israel started admitting injured Syrians for medical treatment in Safed and Nahariya hospitals. The Syrian ambassador to the UN complained of widespread cooperation between Israel and Syrian rebels, not only treatment of the wounded but also other aid.

Israel at first asserted the injured were civilians reaching the border of their own initiative and without prior coordination because they could not obtain suitable treatment in Syria. Later, as the numbers increased, Israel said it was coordinating with civilians but not opposition groups. However, the reports reveal direct contact between the IDF and armed opposition members.

According to a report from December 3, 2013, a person wounded on September 15 “was taken by armed members of the opposition across the ceasefire line, where he was transferred to a civilian ambulance escorted by an IDF vehicle.” Moreover, from November 9 to 19 the “UNDOF observed at least 10 wounded persons being transferred by armed members of the opposition from the Bravo side across the ceasefire line to IDF.”

Further reports indicated similar incidents. However, cooperation between the IDF and Syrian rebels that was revealed in UN observer reports does not just include transferring the wounded. Observers remarked in the report distributed on June 10 that they identified IDF soldiers on the Israeli side handing over two boxes to armed Syrian opposition members on the Syrian side.

The last report distributed to Security Council members, on December 1, described another meeting between IDF soldiers and Syrian opposition members that two UN representatives witnessed on October 27 some three kilometers east of Moshav Yonatan. The observers said they saw two IDF soldiers on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and letting two people enter Israel. The report, contrary to previous ones, did not note that the two exiting Syria were injured or why they entered Israel.

This specific event is of particular interest in light of what happened on the Syrian side of the border in the exact same region. According to the report, UN observers stated that tents were set up about 300 meters from the Israeli position for some 70 families of Syrian deserters. The Syrian army sent a letter of complaint to UNDOF in September, claiming this tent camp was a base for “armed terrorists” crossing the border into Israel. The Syrians also warned that if the UN would not evacuate the tent camp, the Syrian army would view it as a legitimate target.

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Snowden film ‘CitizenFour’ wins top documentary award

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Director Laura Poitras of the best feature award nominee "Citizenfour" poses at the International Documentary Association's 2014 IDA Documentary Awards in Los Angeles December 5, 2014. —  Reuters
Director Laura Poitras of the best feature award nominee “Citizenfour” poses at the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards in Los Angeles December 5, 2014. — Reuters

LOS ANGELES: CitizenFour, filmmaker Laura Poitras’s documentary about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, was given the top award for best feature by the International Documentary Association on Friday.

The IDA award for CitizenFour follows the film’s best documentary win at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards this week. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award last month and is among 15 films advancing in the Oscars best documentary race.

CitizenFour gives a fly-on-the-wall account of Snowden’s tense days in a Hong Kong hotel and encounters with journalists as newspapers published details of NSA programs that gathered data from the Internet activities and phone records of millions of Americans and dozens of world leaders.

US filmmaker Poitras shared a Pulitzer Prize this year for her role in publicizing the Snowden documents. She was awarded IDA’s Courage Under Fire award last year for her “conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth.”

The IDA, a 30-year-old non-profit organization that aims to support documentary films and culture, also bestowed honors on veteran actor-filmmaker and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford, who was given the career achievement award.

Cable network Show time’s Time of Death was named best limited series, while best short documentary went to HBO Films’ Tashi and the Monk, about a Buddhist monk and his 5-year-old charge Tashi.

Last year’s IDA best feature winner, Jehane Noujaim’s The Square, was nominated for an Oscar this year, losing out to 20 Feet From Stardom.

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