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Lebanese Muslim leaders slam Zio-Wahhabi anti-Christian attacks

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Lebanese Muslim leaders slam anti-Christian attacks and violence perpetrated in the name of Islam

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In Beirut, Lebanon’s highest Muslim authorities meet for the first time since the appointment of the country’s new chief mufti. In a joint statement, they denounced the threats to the unity, security and stability of the Arab world. They slammed Zio-Nazi regime for its plans to divide Muslims. They also came to the defence of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

In its final press release yesterday, the special Islamic summit held in Beirut at the headquarters of Dar el-Fatwa, Sunni Islam’s main body, made several points, like condemning violent and discriminatory practices by Zio-Wahhabi takfirist Islam, condemning coercion in religious matters, calling for respect for everyone’s private and public rights, and reiterating the principle of pluralism in Muslim-Christian relations and intra-Muslim relations.

Coinciding with Card Dominique Mamberti’s visit to Lebanon, the meeting, the first held after the election of Lebanon’s chief Mufti, brought together four major Muslim clerics: Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian (Dar el-Fatwa); Abdel Amir Qabalan, vice president of the (Shia) Higher Islamic Council; Druze Sheikh Akl Naim Hassan; and Assad Assi, head of the Alawi community in Lebanon. Mohammad Sammak, co-chair of the National Committee for Islamic-Christian dialogue, coordinated the event.

Made urgent by the latest developments, the summit was dedicated to “the alarming situation in Lebanon and the Arab world, and its consequences on intra-Muslim and Muslim-Christian relations.”

In their final press release, the clerics expressed “extreme concern about the denominational, sectarian and racist unrest in several Arab countries”. Such developments, read the statement, are “a danger to the unity of these countries, Lebanon included, starting with their security and stability.”

Zio-Nazi plans

“These disorders fall into the plans of the Israeli enemy to divide Muslim ranks and tear the national fabric that unites the various components of Arab societies,” the text said.

What is happening “gives the impression that Muslims in general and Arabs in particular have given up on giving the Palestinian cause priority, and that the latter [. . .] is the responsibility of sectarian religious projects.”

Eight recommendations

Therefore, the summit issued the following eight recommendations:

“1 We urge Muslims to see no differences among themselves. This does not mean the absence of disagreements, but it does mean the acceptance of differences and respect for others, based on the rule of faith according to which ‘believers are brothers’. The variety of schools and interpretations does not abolish nor weaken this sense of brotherhood based in the belief in God, His Prophet and the Qur‘an [. . .].

“2 We say that “the killing of a Muslim by another Muslim is banned in accordance with the Qur‘an.”

“3 We condemn all forms of extremism and judgments of apostasy (takfir) pronounced against other believers in a God, a practice that is also a deviation from the tolerance that characterises Islam [. . .] and twists or distorts its image.”

“4 The right way for intra-Muslim and Islamic-Christian relations involves justice, moderation, respect for diversity and differences among men.”

Condemning terrorism and extremism

“5 We condemn the terrorist behaviour that accompanies extremism and against which the Prophet had warned us. Such actions are contrary to Islamic Sharia and the principles that affirm the dignity of man and the immunity of every human soul.”

“6 We invite Muslims from all schools in Lebanon and the Arab and Islamic world to focus on the fundamentals of faith of the Muslim doctrine and avoid misinterpretations that make Islam say what it does not say; avoid getting caught in the trap of discord that the Israeli enemy and the forces that support it are trying to rekindle. There is but one Muslim religion, although its ways (sharia) are multiple. God alone is the judge of the differences among people.”

Eastern Christians

“7 In the name of religious, humanitarian and national principles, the summit condemns religiously motivated attacks against Eastern Christians, including attacks against their homes, villages, property and places of worship, when in fact the Prophet had recommended that they be respected, protected and defended. These attacks, like those suffered by other Muslims and non-Muslims belonging to other faiths and cultures, like the Yazidis, are tantamount to aggression against Islam itself.”

“8 The summit reiterated its faith in respect for human dignity, private and public freedoms, especially religious freedom, and its rejection of any coercion in religion or in the name of religion.”

Respect for the Lebanese Constitution

In conclusion, the summit reiterated “its faith in the existence of national states that ensure the equality of rights and duties, and urged the Lebanese to respect the state’s institutions, their constitution and their laws, to defend civil peace whilst acknowledging diversity within the state.”

It also “warned against calls that lead to discord and reiterated fraternal ties among Muslims of different schools, as well as Lebanon’s ability to wisely resolve its internal crisis [. . .]. It reiterated its hope that Lebanon, once it elected a new president, the only Christian president in the Arab world, can become a model to solve the crises that affect many brother Arab states.”

 

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Neocon Fugitive Given Ukraine Province

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By Robert Parry 

The latest political move by the U.S.-backed “pro-democracy” regime in Ukraine was to foist on the people of Odessa the autocratic Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili, a neoconservative favorite and currently a fugitive from his own country which is seeking him on charges of human rights violations and embezzlement.

New York Times correspondent David M. Herszenhorn justified this imposition of a newly minted Ukrainian citizen on the largely Russian-speaking population of Odessa by saying that “the Ukrainian public’s general willingness to accept the appointment of foreigners to high-level positions underscores the deep lack of trust in any government after nearly a quarter-century of mismanagement and corruption.”

But Herszenhorn made no apparent effort to gauge how willing the people of Odessa are to accept this choice of a controversial foreign politician to govern them. The pick was made by President Petro Poroshenko and is just the latest questionable appointment by the post-coup regime in Kiev.

For instance, shortly after the Feb. 22, 2014 putsch that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych, the new U.S.-endorsed authorities in Kiev named thuggish oligarch Igor Kolomoisky to be governor of Dnipropetrovsk in southeastern Ukraine. Kolomoisky, regarded as one of Ukraine’s most corrupt billionaires, ruled the region as his personal fiefdom until he was ousted by Poroshenko earlier this year in a dispute over Kolomoisky’s use of strong-arm tactics to maintain control of Ukrainian energy companies. [SeeConsortiumnews.com’s Ukraine’s Oligarchs Turn on Each Other.”]

Poroshenko also has granted overnight Ukrainian citizenship to other controversial foreigners to hold key positions in his government, including Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, an ex-U.S. State Department official whose qualifications included enriching herself through her management of a $150 million U.S.-taxpayer-financed investment fund for Ukraine. [See Consortiumnews.com’sUkraine Finance Minister’s ‘American Values’.”]

Beyond his recruitment of questionable outsiders, Poroshenko has made concessions to Ukraine’s far-right nationalists, including signing legislation to extend official recognition to Ukrainian fascists who collaborated with the Nazis in killing Jews and Poles during World War II. In a bitter irony, the new law coincided with the world’s celebration in April of the 70th anniversary of Russian and U.S. troops bringing an end to the Holocaust. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “How Ukraine Commemorates the Holocaust.”]

Now Poroshenko has given Saakashvili his own province to govern, rescuing him from an obscure existence in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. According to a New York Times profile last September, Saakashvili was there “writing a memoir, delivering ‘very well-paid’ speeches, helping start up a Washington-based think tank and visiting old boosters like Senator John McCain and Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state.”

McCain and Nuland were key neocon backers of the coup that ousted Yanukovych and touched off the bloody civil war that has killed thousands of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, while also reviving Cold War tensions between the West and Russia. Before the coup, McCain urged on right-wing protesters with promises of U.S. support and Nuland was overheard hand-picking Ukraine’s new leadership, saying “Yats is the guy,” a reference to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who became prime minister after the coup.

According to the Times profile, Saakashvili also “entertained David H. Petraeus, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” another neocon favorite who ran into legal trouble himself when the FBI discovered he had shared top-secret information with his biographer/lover and then lied about it to FBI agents. Petraeus, however, received only a suspended sentence and a fine in contrast to intelligence-community whistleblowers who have faced serious prison time.

Models, Nude Artist and Massage Therapist

While cooling his heels in Brooklyn, Saakashvili fumed over charges leveled against him by prosecutors in his home country of Georgia. According to the Times profile, Saakashvili was accused of “using public money to pay for, among other things, hotel expenses for a personal stylist, hotel and travel for two fashion models, Botox injections and hair removal, the rental of a yacht in Italy and the purchase of artwork by the London artist Meredith Ostrom, who makes imprints on canvases with her naked, painted body. …

“Mr. Saakashvili is also accused of using public money to fly his massage therapist, Dorothy Stein, into Georgia in 2009. Mr. Saakashvili said he received a massage from Ms. Stein on ‘one occasion only,’ but Ms. Stein said she received 2,000 euros to massage him multiple times, including delivering her trademark ‘bite massage.’ ‘He gave me a bunch of presents,’ said Ms. Stein, who splits her time between Berlin and Hoboken,” including a gold necklace.

The Georgian prosecutors also have charged Saakashvili with human rights violations for his violent crackdown on political protesters in 2007.

However, in Herszenhorn’s May 31 article about Saakashvili’s appointment as Odessa’s governor, the Times correspondent (who has behaved more like a pro-Kiev propagandist than an objective reporter) wrote that the criminal charges against Saakashvili and other officials from his government are “widely perceived as a campaign of political retribution.”

Herszenhorn didn’t say where he had gained that perception, but it is true that Official Washington’s neoconservatives will broach no criticism of their longtime hero Saakashvili, who was a big booster of the Iraq War and even named a boulevard in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in honor of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Saakashvili apparently felt that his close ties to the Bush administration would protect him in summer 2008 when he provoked a border clash with Russian troops over the rebellious territory of South Ossetia. Georgia suffered a sharp military defeat and Saakashvili’s political star quickly faded among his countrymen, leading to his party’s rejection at the polls and his exile.

But Saakashvili’s love of the high life might find similar attitudes among some of the other “carpetbaggers” arriving in Ukraine to take Ukrainian citizenship and get top jobs in the post-coup government. Estonian Jaanika Merilo, an associate of Finance Minister Jaresko’s, was brought in to handle Ukraine’s foreign investments, but Merilo is best known on the Internet for her provocative party photos.

Janika Merilo, the Estonian being put in charge of arranging foreign investments into Ukraine. (From her Facebook page via Zero Hedge)
Janika Merilo, the Estonian being put in charge of arranging foreign investments into Ukraine. (From her Facebook page via Zero Hedge)
Janika Merilo, an Estonian brought into the Ukrainian government to oversee foreign investments. (From her Facebook page via Zero Hedge)
Janika Merilo, an Estonian brought into the Ukrainian government to oversee foreign investments. (From her Facebook page via Zero Hedge)

Yet, as much fun as some of these well-connected politicians and bureaucrats may be having in Kiev, the plight of the average Ukrainian continues to worsen as “free-market” reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund take hold. Those “reforms” have included slashing old-age pensions, removing worker protections, and hiking the price of heating fuel.

Now, the latest “democratic” reform is to appoint a neocon politician on the run from his own country’s criminal justice system to govern what is likely to be a hostile population of ethnic Russians in Odessa.

On May 2, 2014, neo-Nazi street fighters set fire to Odessa’s Trade Union Building and burned alive dozens of ethnic Russians who had taken refuge there. The building was also spray-painted with Nazi slogans, including praise for the Galician SS, a Ukrainian force that fought with the Nazis and slaughtered Jews. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Ukraine’s Dr. Strangelove Reality.”]

Overseeing that tense city now is an unelected ex-Georgian neocon politician who is facing charges in his homeland for human rights abuses and misuse of government funds — more “democracy promotion” in the tragic land of Ukraine.

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ZIO-WAHHABI & I$RAHELL ADMIT SECRET TALKS TO IMPEDE IRAN

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Israel isn’t a big fan of Saudi Arabia’s support of a Palestinian state. Saudi Arabia doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. But if there’s one thing that can bring the two together, it’s a shared animosity towards Iran, and the two nations finally admitted as much on Thursday.

“The government of Saudi Arabia has long recognized the vital role played by UNRWA in bringing dignity to the refugees of Palestine,” Saudi Fund for Development Vice Chairman Yousef Ibrahim Al-Bassam told the United Nations Relief and Works Agency at a ceremony last month.

The event was to mark the Saudi government’s signing of agreements worth $111.5 million toward Palestinian refugees, and it’s the kind of move not widely appreciated by the Israeli government. On Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to the UN David Roet accused the UNRWA of having a political agenda.

But if there’s one thing that can bring enemies together, it’s an even greater shared enemy. For Israel and Saudi Arabia, that boogeyman is Iran.

While a secret alliance has long been suspected, representatives from the two nations confirmed that Israel and Saudi Arabia had held a series of talk about how to thwart Iran’s influence in the Middle East.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington Thursday, retired Saudi general Anwar Majed Eshki used particularly alarmist language to describe Tehran. He described the Islamic Republic as aggressive nation that partakes in acts of terrorism, led by a regime which should be toppled for the greater good of the Middle East.

Eshki stood alongside Dore Gold, soon to be the next director general of Israel’s foreign ministry.

“Our standing today on this stage does not mean we have resolved all the differences that our countries have shared over the years. But our hope is we will be able to address them fully in the years ahead,” Gold said.

The presentation was the summation of five top secret meetings held between Tel Aviv and Riyadh beginning in 2014.

“We discovered we have the same problems and same challenges and some of the same answers,” Shimon Shapira, a retired Israeli general, told Bloomberg View. He went on to say that the two countries had considered political and economic strategies for how best to hinder Iran’s regional activities.

While suspicions of the Saudi-Israeli relationship have lingered, concrete evidence was first presented through diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks in 2010. Yacov Hadas, a former deputy director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, explained the reasoning for warming relations between his country and the Gulf Arab states.

“Gulf Arabs believe in Israel’s role because of their perception of Israel’s close relationship with the US but also due to their sense that they can count on Israel against Iran,” the cable read.

As for the recent spike in covert cooperation, that can likely be traced to the Iran nuclear talks with the US and P5+1 nations, and Saudi’s unproven allegations that Tehran is arming Houthi rebels in Yemen. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia have been two of the most vocal opponents to the lifting of Iranian nuclear sanctions, and Saudi Arabia has depended on heavy assistance from the United States for its bombing campaign against the Houthis.

The final deadline for a formalized agreement on the nuclear deal is fast approaching, expiring on June 30. If everything goes according to plan – the gradual permission for Tehran to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes – fear could drive Israel and Saudi Arabia even closer.

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Jews Joining Palestinian Boycott of I$raHell

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(left, BDS movement skirts political gridlock.)
 
Israel’s barbarous treatment of Palestinians is making many “progressive” US Jews join the Palestinian “BDS” movement (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions.) Here, CUNY Professor Peter Beinart predicts this fissure will become the focus of  American Jewish politics. 
It may be time for Mossad to rally US Jews with some “anti Semitic” false flag attacks. Nothing like a pogrom to keep the “lesser brethren” in line.
 
by Peter Beinart 

The news that [billionaire GOP funder] Sheldon Adelson will this weekend host a secret conference for Jewish groups aimed at countering the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is yet more evidence that “pro-Israel” activism in the United States is entering a new phase…

 
BDS is growing because the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has died. For six years, Netanyahu has publicly rejected the idea of a Palestinian state along the 1967 lines, with land swaps.
Most Palestinians have lost any faith that negotiations with Israel can bring them a state anytime soon. And Mahmoud Abbas’ failure to end the occupation, or stand for election, has wrecked his legitimacy among Palestinian activists.
 
The BDS movement has entered this breach. It offers Palestinian activists a way to bypass their divided, corrupt, ineffectual politicians by taking the struggle against Israel into their own hands. Its three planks — an end to Israeli control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel and the return of Palestinian refugees–offers something for each of the three main Palestinian populations (those in the occupied territories, those inside Israel proper and refugees) and thus unites a divided people. 
 
As a nonviolent movement that speaks in the language of human rights and international law rather than Islamic theology, the movement also attracts progressive allies who would never join a movement defined by suicide bombings and the Hamas charter.
 
Already, BDS is changing the landscape of organized American Jewish life. First, it is making Washington less important, which may make AIPAC less important. AIPAC’s power rests on the relations between its members and members of Congress. But the BDS movement bypasses Congress in favor of universities, liberal Christian groups and trade unions, where it can gain a more sympathetic ear. 
 
The response has been a gold rush among American Jewish groups seeking to lead the anti-BDS charge. In 2010, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council on Public Affairs created the Israel Action Network to combat Israel’s “delegitimization.” As the Forward notes, AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee have all recently “set up operations geared at students” largely to do the same thing. In Washington, AIPAC still dominates. But in these new arenas where the BDS struggle will be fought, AIPAC is just one Jewish group among many.
    
The second consequence of the rise of BDS will be to increase the prominence of Jewish Voices for Peace. Right now, many establishment-minded American Jews don’t know what JVP is. In their mind, J Street still represents American Jewry’s left flank. But as the only significant American Jewish group to support BDS, Jewish Voices for Peace will grow in prominence as the movement itself does. 
 
Already, non-Jewish BDS activists cite JVP as evidence that American Jews do not monolithically oppose their cause. The more that mainstream American Jews hear this, the more enraged at JVP they will become. How exactly that rage will express itself, I don’t know. But as JVP grows, its battles with the American Jewish establishment will make those of J Street look tame.
 
Finally, BDS will spark a growing debate among American Jews about Zionism itself. American Jews are used to thinking of Palestinians as residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. (By using the phrase “Arab Israelis,” American Jews even delude themselves that the Arabs living inside the 1967 lines are not really Palestinian.) But many of the Palestinians active in BDS live in the West or hail from Israel proper or both. That means that for them personally, the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the rights of Palestinian refugees are at least as important as the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
 
Ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza doesn’t threaten its character as a Jewish state. To the contrary, it may help preserve it, which is why many centrist American Jews support the two-state solution. But as the BDS movement grows more prominent, it will spark more debate about Palestinian citizens and Palestinians refugees, both subjects that expose the tension between Israel’s democratic character and its policies — in immigration and public life — that privilege Jews.
 
Inside the American Jewish establishment, the first response to the BDS movement’s challenge to Zionism has been to cry anti-Semitism. But that response conceals a dirty little secret: that many “pro-Israel” activists haven’t thought much about the tension between Jewish statehood and liberal democracy, and thus don’t really know how to justify Zionism to an audience of skeptical, progressive non-Jews. 
 
Justifying Zionism to liberals is not an impossible task. But neither is it intellectually or morally simple. And it will require establishment-minded American Jews to defend principles they have long taken for granted. Of all the BDS movement’s consequences for American Jews, that may prove the most significant of all.  

– See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2015/06/Jews-Joining-Palestinian-Boycott-of-Israel.html#sthash.pOEOmh4W.dpuf

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‘Israel’ and the Water Card

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BREAKING NEWS: The Spirit of Rachel Corrie, Humanitarian Ship to Gaza Attacked  by Israel in International Waters

The New York Times hailed Israel’s ingenuity in addressing its water needs, but played down how Israel exploits its military domination to divert water away from Palestinians and to Israelis, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

Israel is the object of widespread admiration for its economic and technical accomplishments and the ingenuity that went into them — for being a nation that made the desert bloom. Much of the admiration is quite warranted, with Israeli talent and resourcefulness having not only produced blooms on kibbutzes but also a leading high-tech sector today.

The comparisons involved, however, usually leave unstated how much of the accomplishment rests on the prerogatives Israel has wrested for itself as an occupying power (not to mention the many billions of dollars through the years of U.S. assistance to Israel, which effectively has shifted burdens from Israeli to U.S. taxpayers).

A section of the barrier -- erected by Israeli officials to prevent the passage of Palestinians -- with graffiti using President John F. Kennedy's famous quote when facing the Berlin Wall, "Ich bin ein Berliner." (Photo credit: Marc Venezia)

A section of the barrier — erected by Israeli officials to prevent the passage of Palestinians — with graffiti using President John F. Kennedy’s famous quote when facing the Berlin Wall, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” (Photo credit: Marc Venezia)

Three years ago, presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a speech in Jerusalem that illustrated the kind of incompletely based comparisons that are typical. Referring to the disparity (which he actually understated) between the per capita gross domestic product of Israel and that of areas assigned to the Palestinian Authority, Romney’s explanation was: “Culture makes all the difference” — by which he meant that something akin to the Protestant work ethic drove Israeli enterprise but was missing from Arab culture.

He made no mention of the numerous physical, legal and resource impediments, within a few miles of where he was standing, to Palestinian economic activity that were part of the Israeli occupation, ranging from denial of building permits to prohibitions on Arab use of transportation networks. Of course, Romney’s motivation for saying what he did undoubtedly had something to do with the audience and pocketbooks to which he was appealing (he was speaking at a fundraiser attended by prominent Jewish-American backers).

Moreover, Romney is a very wealthy man who repeatedly demonstrated in other ways during the campaign his difficulty in comprehending the circumstances of those less well off. But his remarks suggested a view of Israel and the Palestinians that was both sincerely held and shared by many other Americans.

Even more to the point in understanding better the underpinnings of Israeli success are respects in which that success has benefited not only comparatively but absolutely from having conquered, and continuing to control, territory on which other people live. Israel has exploited resources in the Palestinian territories because it has the military strength to do so, with land being the most obvious and fundamental resource.

With control of the land, Israel enforces differential use of man-made as well as natural resources, to the benefit of Israelis and the detriment of Palestinians. The reserving of the best highways in the West Bank for use only by Israelis, for example, bestows an obvious benefit on Israelis in enabling them to conduct their business more efficiently, without being slowed down by any annoying Palestinian vehicles.

Think of this arrangement as HOT lanes in which who gets to use them is determined not by willingness to form a car pool or to pay a toll but instead by an occupying army that admits onto the entrance ramps only members of the favored ethnic group.

Among natural resources, water is vitally important and also involves Israelis benefiting absolutely as well as comparatively from their being an occupying power. That is why it is especially discouraging to read Isabel Kershner’s article in the New York Times about management by Israel of water resources.

Firmly in the blooming-desert tradition, the article is a laudatory piece about how through technology and shrewd regulation Israel has beaten a drought and taught the sort of lessons from which thirsty Californians could benefit. Half of the above-the-fold space on the Times front page is occupied by a picture of a sparkling blue hotel swimming pool against a backdrop of the barren Negev desert.

The article barely mentions how water has been a factor in conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and even that brief mention may leave only the impression that Israel is living up to its water-related obligations in the Oslo accords and that Palestinians are whining about the price they have to pay for water. The caption of the main picture (of an aqueduct in the West Bank) accompanying the after-the-jump portion of the article says that “Israel shares a mountain aquifer with the West Bank, and provides water to the Palestinians.”

What the article does not say is that a major factor in Israel’s ability to beat droughts and to fulfill demand from its own citizens for water is that it uses its control over the Palestinian territories to consume, heavily and disproportionately, water resources from those territories — and in so doing, to deny those same resources to the Palestinians. This involves principally, though not exclusively, aquifers in the West Bank.

Of water currently being drawn from West Bank aquifers, Palestinian residents of the West Bank use only 17 percent. Jewish settlers in the West Bank use 10 percent, and the remaining 73 percent goes to Israel proper. The water problems of West Bank Palestinians are exacerbated by Israeli restrictions on drilling new wells and repairing old pipes. The Israeli-built wall in the West Bank, which lies east of some of the most exploitable parts of the mountain aquifer, eases settler and Israeli use of the nearby wells and separates many Palestinians from their traditional water supplies.

A similar pattern of use prevails with Jordan River water. As Kershner’s article notes, Israel extracts much of the water from the Jordan River system by moving it from Lake Tiberias to drier parts of Israel. Even though only a very small percentage of the Jordan River itself abuts Israeli territory and most of the river forms the boundary between the occupied West Bank and the kingdom of Jordan, Israel denies Palestinians any access to the river water.

The situation for residents of the Gaza Strip is even worse, and not only because of the damage to water infrastructure from Israel’s military assaults and blockade. Gaza depends for water on a coaster aquifer that straddles the boundary with Israel and in which the underwater flow is from east to west.

Israel has significantly reduced the amount of water that reaches the Gaza Strip by constructing a heavy concentration of deep wells on its side of the border. That Israeli upstream exploitation and the Palestinian drawing of what remains of the aquifer in the Gaza Strip have lowered both the level of the water table and water quality for Gazans, with much encroachment of saline sea water.

That swimming pool pictured on the front page of the Times is kept full not only because of Israeli ingenuity, although that is part of what is involved. It is full also because Israel uses its power over Palestinian resources to exploit them for the benefit of Israelis without regard for the deleterious effect on the Palestinians themselves.

The passionate American attachment to Israel has several roots, including well-founded admiration for Israeli accomplishments. But a further root is ignorance of many of the ways in which what may be admirable in what Israel has accomplished is based in part on policies and practices that are not. Management of water resources is but one example.

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A Step Toward Progress: Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie In Hijab Case

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“With Islamophobia proving to be alive and well in America, it’s crucial to protect the freedoms of those who are constantly being subjected to discrimination.”

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Back in 2008, Samantha Elauf was denied employment at an Abercrombie and Fitch store in Oklahoma on the basis that she wears a hijab, or headscarf worn for religious (Islamic) purposes.

Elauf brought this case to the attention of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), which then took it to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC proceeded to file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on this case came on Monday, deciding in favor of Elauf and against Abercrombie by an 8-to-1 vote. The 1964 Civil Rights Act was the legal precedent that helped the EEOC and Elauf win.

As Al Jazeera explained,“The legal question before the court was whether Elauf was required to ask for a religious accommodation in order for the company to be sued under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which, among other things, bans employment discrimination based on religious beliefs and practices.

With Islamophobia proving to be alive and well in America, it’s crucial to protect the freedoms of those who are constantly being subjected to discrimination. The ruling serves as a small victory for Muslim-Americans. We still have a long way to go, but it is a step toward progress, nonetheless.

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Over 30 Thousand March Against Global Elites Ahead Of G7

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‘The representatives of the richest and most powerful countries in the world lay claim to decide the fate of the entire world, without having any legitimation for this’

People protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015. The summit will take place June 7/8 on Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

People protest against the upcoming G-7 in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015. The summit will take place June 7/8 on Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

As representatives of some of the most powerful countries in the world prepare to gather for their annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting, this time at a castle in the German town of Elmau, tens of thousands marched through nearby Munich on Thursday to protest the summit’s politics of “neo-liberal economic policies, war and militarization, exploitation, poverty and hunger, environmental degradation, and the closing-off towards refugees.”

Over 34,000 people reportedly turned out for Thursday’s march, with one demonstrator identified as Julia byEuronews declaring “we must not lose hope that one day the world really will be equal, and we will all have the same values.”  The massive protest is just one of many mobilizations, including alternative summits and direct actions, in the lead-up to the gathering of global elites, which will take place June 7 and 8. Government representatives of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States will formally take part.

Footage of Thursday’s march can be viewed below:

 

The annual meeting of global powers has long been the target of demonstrations for global justice.

“The representatives of the richest and most powerful countries in the world lay claim to decide the fate of the entire world, without having any legitimation for this,” reads a statement from Stop G7 Elmau 2015. “Therefore we fight alongside the Blockupy movement, the anti-war movement, the anti-racist movement, the struggle for better living and working conditions, and the protests against environmental degradation.”

“Refugees Welcome…. #TTIP not” #G7Demo pic.twitter.com/Zgjm6SAFsghttps://t.co/I9FjKnSwBY #G7#Protest in #München #Munich #Migrants #Refugee

— Muschelschloss

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(@Muschelschloss) June 4, 2015

This year, protesters are calling particular attention to corporate-friendly trade agreements such as theTransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), wars and militarism, inhumane policies towards migrants and refugees, the climate crisis, austerity, and mass surveillance.

The G7 summit has fallen under criticism for what many say are repressive “security” measures, including: border checks, the deployment of nearly 20,000 police, and a wire fence surrounding the Elmau Castle—the luxury resort where the meeting will take place. Some say this heavy militarization has turned the G7 summit location into a “fortress.”

Full crowd shot that still goes back 5 blocks of people protesting the #g7 in #Munich todaypic.twitter.com/P0neeXgJft

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Survey: Zio-Wahhabi Consider Iran Their Top Enemy, Not I$raHell

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There is a great identity of interests and threats and agendas … some would even like to join forces with I$raHell.

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Zionist college has quietly conducted an opinion poll in Saudi Arabia, concluding that the Saudi public is far more concerned about the threats of Iran and the Islamic State group than I$raHell, and that the vast majority of Saudis support a decade-old peace offer to the Jewish state.

The survey conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya provides Zio-Nazi with a rare glimpse inside Saudi Arabia and may change Zio-Nazi perceptions about the desert kingdom. The two countries are longtime foes with no diplomatic relations.

The poll found that 53 percent of Zio-Wahhabi named Iran as their main adversary, while 22 percent said it is the Islamic State group and only 18 percent said I$raHell. The poll, conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, surveyed 506 Saudis over the phone and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points. It was carried out over the past two weeks, starting in late May.

The poll also showed that a majority of Saudis think their country should seek nuclear weapons if Iran acquires an atomic bomb. A whopping 85 percent also support the Zio-Wahhabi-led Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for peace with I$raHell in return for a full Zio-Nazi withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders.

The results indicate significant common ground between Zio-Wahhabi regime and Zio-Nazi regime, whose prime minister, Naziyahu, has been outspoken in his criticism of an emerging nuclear deal between Iran and global powers. Netanyahu, who believes Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, says the deal will leave much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact. He has also claimed that unnamed Arab countries, presumably Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf countries, share his concerns. Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, insisting its atomic program is for purely peaceful purposes.

“What we think here in Israel about the Saudis is not exactly what they are,” said Alex Mintz, who heads the IDC’s Institute for Policy and Strategy and oversaw the survey. “There is a great identity of interests and threats and agendas … some would even like to join forces with Israel.”

The questioners told respondents that they worked for the IDC, though they did not say they or the school were Zionist. Mintz said few people questioned the source of the survey, and those who did raise questions did not make the connection to Zio-Nazi regime. He said there were no unpleasant exchanges.

The institute, which last year carried out similar surveys of Iranians and Gazans, said it relied on information gathered from the Zio-Wahhabi directory and bureau of statistics to proportionally sample 13 regions of the country based on their populations. It said Arabic-speaking Zionist called a mixture of mobile phones and landlines and encountered a 22 percent response rate.

Mintz said the full results of the poll would be revealed next week at the IDC’s 15th annual “Herzliya Conference,” a gathering of Israel’s military and political elite, but offered The Associated Press the data in advance.

Although Zio-Nazi regime and Zio-Wahhabi regime Saudi have no official contact they have grown closer in recent years, mostly due to their common concern over Iran. A quarter of the poll’s respondents said Zio-Nazi regime and Zio-Wahhabi should join forces to fight Iran together.

Zio-Wahhabi was the driving force behind the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, offering Zio-Nazi regime a comprehensive ‘peace’ with dozens of Arab and Muslim countries in exchange for a withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Naziyahu has said the initiative might be a starting point for discussions but that it is unacceptable as a take-it-or-leave-it offer.

Mintz said he hoped the Zio-Nazi government would seize on the new information to adjust its traditional policies.

“We assume that we know what people in Iran, Gaza and Saudi Arabia think, but guessing and actual empirical evidence is two different things. For example, nobody that I talked to thought that Saudis would say by a margin of 3-to-1 that Iran scared them more than Israel, nobody predicted that,” he said.

“This is really a Sunni-Shiite divide and it has nothing to do with Israel and their focus has shifted. There is a commonality of interests between Saudi Arabia and Israel right now that the Israeli government should take advantage of and capitalize because it is unique in the history of the two states,” he said.

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Naziyahu Vows To ‘Never Forgive’

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French Telecom Giant Orange Boycotts I$raHell Deal

Some Israeli leaders were too furious about the decision, as the Israeli culture minister Miri Regev who called on French President Francois Hollande to fire Ricahrd, and show him “zero tolerance.”

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The French telecommunications giant, Orange on Thursday announced decision to end its brand licensing deal with the Israeli firm Partner Communication and quit its operations in the country.

The decision, according to the PNN, comes a day after the chairman of Orange, Stephane Richard said in Cairo that he wished to end the agreement, even though there was a huge risk of financial penalties from doing so, and that the decision was in part due to the firm’s relations with Arab countries.

In his statement, the CEO said: “I would cancel contract with Israel tomorrow if I could…

“We didn’t renew the contract, we wanted to change the terms of the contract and include a termination date, as there previously wasn’t a termination date, and gave us no possibility of leaving the deal.”

Non-political explanations:

Orange’s official explanation of the act denied any political relations, as the official statement on the company’s website said that “It has NOT intended to take part, in any form, in a political debate.”

The official explanation said that the decision was only about brand licensing.

“The Orange Group is not an operator in Israel. It has a brand licensing agreement with the operator, Partner Communications. The Orange group is not a shareholder in Partner and thus has no influence on the strategy or the operational development of the latter.”

The statement also said that “The agreement, which was signed before the acquisition of Orange by France Telecom in 2000, is the only long-term brand licensing agreement with the Group. In line with its branding policy, Orange does not wish to maintain the brand presence in countries where the Group is not or is no longer an operator. In this context, while strictly respecting existing agreements, Orange wishes to end this brand licensing term.”

Israeli anger

Israeli leaders voiced their anger regarding the act. Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu described it as an “absurd play in which Israeli democracy defends itself against rocket attacks and terror tunnels and takes automatic condemnation and boycott attempts will not be forgiven,” according to Ynet Israeli news outlet.

Netanyahu called on the French government to “publicly renounce the unfortunate remarks and actions of a company partly owned by the French government.” and that Israel’s friends “say out loud that they oppose every kind of boycott against the Jewish state.”

Partner CEO Haim Romano warned that Orange would pay a price if it cancelled the arrangement. “We have not received anything official,” he said. “For now we will demand an apology and clarifications of what their CEO said,” Ynet reported.

Some Israeli leaders were too furious about the decision, as the Israeli culture minister Miri Regev who called on French President Francois Hollande to fire Ricahrd, and show him “zero tolerance.”

Partner firm quickly issued a letter to its employees following the recent events calling it a violation of its rights, demanding compensation by paying hundreds of millions of euros that [Partner] invested with great effort over the years. “

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US Backed Zio-Wahhabi regime Naval Blockade

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Leaves 20m Inside Yemen Facing Humanitarian Disaster

Aid agencies say embargo imposed by US and UK-backed Arab coalition has had dramatic effect, with almost 80% of population in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies.
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A boy and his sisters watch graffiti artists spray on a wall, commemorating the victims who were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, May 18, 2015.Twenty million Yemenis, nearly 80% of the population, are in urgent need of food, water and medical aid, in a humanitarian disaster that aid agencies say has been dramatically worsened by a naval blockade imposed by an Arab coalition with US and British backing.Washington and London have quietly tried to persuade the Saudis, who are leading the coalition, to moderate its tactics, and in particular to ease the naval embargo, but to little effect. A small number of aid ships is being allowed to unload but the bulk of commercial shipping, on which the desperately poor country depends, are being blocked.

Despite western and UN entreaties, Riyadh has also failed to disburse any of the $274m it promised in funding for humanitarian relief. According to UN estimates due to be released next week 78% of the population is in need of emergency aid, an increase of 4 million over the past three months.

The desperate shortage of food, water and medical supplies raises urgent questions over US and UK support for the Arab coalition’s intervention in the Yemeni civil war since March. Washington provides logistical and intelligence supportthrough a joint planning cell established with the Saudi military, who are leading the campaign. London has offered to help the Saudi military effort in “every practical way short of engaging in combat”.

On western urging, Riyadh had promised to move towards “intelligence-led interdiction”, stopping and searching individual ships on which there was good reason to believe arms were being smuggled, and away from a blanket policy of blocking the majority of vessels approaching Yemeni ports. But aid agencies and shipping sources say there is little sign of any such change. UN sources say that only 15% of the pre-crisis volume of imports is getting through, and that the country depends on imports for nine-tenths of its food.

“There are less and less of the basic necessities. People are queueing all day long,” said Nuha Abdul Jabber, Oxfam’s humanitarian programme manager in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. “The blockade means it’s impossible to bring anything into the country. There are lots of ships, with basic things like flour, that are not allowed to approach. The situation is deteriorating, hospitals are now shutting down, without diesel. People are dying of simple diseases. It is becoming almost impossible to survive.”

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