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Palestine: The end or a new beginning?

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Future of Palestinian cause

By Alan Hart

There is a strong case for saying that Palestine is a lost cause. And it, the case, can be summarised as follows.

Why a lost cause?

  • The nuclear-armed Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel is the regional superpower and not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. The vast majority of its Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda and as a consequence are not open to rational and reasoned discussion about justice for the Palestinians. And that leaves Israel’s leaders free to continue the policy of taking (stealing) for keeps the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Arabs on it.
  • As things are, the major world powers are not going to use the leverage they have to cause (or try to cause) Israel to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.
  • The regimes of a corrupt, authoritarian and divided Arab order have no interest in any kind of confrontation with Israel, and they do not have the will to use the leverage they have to press the major powers, the one in Washington DC especially, to oblige Israel to be serious about peace on the basis of justice for the Palestinians and security for all.
  • The occupied and oppressed Palestinians have no credible leadership. (And that reality won’t be changed simply by Mahmoud Abbas standing down to make way for another “president”.)

The idea for this article was triggered by an analysis written for Al-Shabaka:The Palestinian Policy Network, by Palestinian professor Tariq Dana. The title of his policy briefing paper was Corruption in Palestine: a self-enforcing system”.

Dana is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hebron University. (Established in 1971 it was the first educational institution for university education in Palestine).

Al-Shabaka, which means the network, was created in 2009 and is registered in California. It brings together some of the best and brightest Palestinian writers and thinkers around the world and describes itself as “a think-tank without borders and walls”. Its mission, drawing from the experience of the Palestinian people, is “to engage the broadest spectrum of perspectives in debate on policy and strategy”, and, “to communicate ideas and strategies on resolving the Palestinian-Israel conflict to Palestinian communities as well as to Arab and other policy communities and interested parties worldwide.”

Corruption

The Overview to Dana’s policy briefing paper noted that, according to a recent survey, 81 per cent of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians believe the Palestine Authority (PA) is corrupt.

Dana then put some flesh on the bone of corruption with this statement.

Corruption in Palestinian Authority (PA) institutions should not be perceived as merely a matter of administrative and financial wrongdoing committed by irresponsible individuals whose behaviour is driven by greed and personal interests. The scandals that Palestinians hotly debate from time to time -– such as embezzlement of public funds, misappropriation of resources, and nepotism – are an outcome of longstanding corruption embedded in the underlying power structure that governs the Palestinian political system and that were rooted in the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) prior to the Oslo process.

If I was in dialogue with Dana I would ask this question. Isn’t the real point that the PA has become just like all other Arab governments? I imagine the answer would be “Yes”.

From conversations many years ago I know that Arafat and the other founding fathers of Fatah and the authentic PLO didn’t want that to happen. They really did want their state to be democratic (which was one of the reasons why the Arab regimes feared and even loathed the authentic PLO). I can recall, for example, what was said to me by Khalid Hassan, a founding father of Fatah and its intellectual giant on the right. “We have to be democratic. If we become just another Arab regime we will fail.”

Dana also offered this observation.

Corruption has been a major contributing factor to the Palestinian national movement’s inability to achieve its objectives and now also serves the objectives of Israel’s occupation.

My way of putting it is to say that corruption helped to guarantee that the PA became, by default but effectively, a Zionist collaborator.

Dana’s conclusion was this:

Corruption will remain endemic within the PA as long as the Palestinians themselves do not begin restructuring their national institutions according to democratic principles and standards of accountability, as part of a broader strategy to pursue self-determination and Palestinian national rights, including freedom from occupation.

That call for restructuring Palestinian institutions echoed one made by Osamah Khalil, a co-founder of Al-Shabaka, in March 2013. (He is Assistant Professor of History of the US in the World at Syracuse University.) In a briefing paper with the headline “’Who are you?’ The PLO and the limits of representation, his conclusion was the following:

If Palestinians want a representative body, national unity, an end to factional differences and to a corrupt and illegitimate leadership, they will need to build that movement themselves from scratch. They will also need to make the previous body and its leaders – regardless of their revolutionary origins and rhetoric, titles, symbolism and emotional ties – obsolete and irrelevant. With a past marked by failure, Palestinians must imagine and work towards a very different future. Otherwise there will be little hope of finding a successful strategy or vehicle to achieve Palestinian rights.

Given that liberation was the goal and that the Palestinian past is indeed “marked by failure”, as Khalil states, complete understanding of it has to take account of two most important facts.

Building a new liberation movement

The first is that Arafat risked everything – his credibility with his leadership colleagues and his life – to prepare the ground on the Palestinian side for peace on terms which a rational government in Israel would have accepted with relief. (Israel’s response was to invade Lebanon all the way to Beirut with the objective of liquidating the entire PLO leadership and destroying the organisation’s infrastructure.) If the major powers led by America had backed Arafat after he secured support for his policy of politics and unthinkable compromise in the shape of a two-state solution, peace would have been there for the taking if Israel’s leaders had wanted it.

The second is that the occupied and oppressed Palestinian people have not failed. Israel’s policy was and is to make life hell for them in the hope that they will abandon their struggle and either surrender on Zionism’s terms or, preferably, pack their bags and leave to start a new life in Arab and other countries. The steadfastness of the occupied and oppressed Palestinian people (not their leaders) is a success, not a failure.

In my analysis the process of building a new Palestine liberation movement “from scratch” would have to begin with something I have been advocating for several years – the dissolution of the PA and handing back to Israel complete responsibility for its occupation of the West Bank.

As I have noted in previous articles, that would impose significant burdens – economic, security and other – on Israel. But with complete responsibility for occupation would come full accountability.

How might that benefit the Palestinians?

Exposing Israeli racism, oppression and colonisation

Israel’s racism, oppression and ongoing colonisation of the West Bank (ethnic cleansing slowly and by stealth) would be exposed, fully naked, for the whole world to see, and that could assist the mobilisation of public opinion everywhere for pressure on governments to use the leverage they have to cause (or try to cause) Israel to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians.

I think it can be assumed that Israel would prevent the Palestinians under its control from engaging in activities to rebuild their liberation movement on democratic foundations. So how, actually, could the rebuilding be done?

Palestinian diaspora action

In my view it could only happen if the incredible, almost superhuman steadfastness of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians was supplemented by practical and coordinated Palestinian diaspora action.

The composition of the Palestinian diaspora by countries and numbers of Palestinians resident in them is roughly the following. Jordan – 2,900,000; Israel – 1,600,000; Syria – 800,000; Chile – 500,000; Lebanon – 490,000; Saudi Arabia – 280,245; Egypt – 270,245; United States – 270,000; Honduras – 250,000; Venezuela – 245,120; United Arab Emirates – 170,000; Germany – 159,000; Mexico – 158,000; Qatar – 100,000; Kuwait – 70,000; El Salvador – 70,000; Brazil – 59,000; Iraq – 57,000; Yemen – 55,000; Canada – 50,975; Australia – 45,000; Libya – 44,000; Denmark – 32,152; United Kingdom – 30,000; Sweden – 25,500; Peru – 20,000; Columbia – 20,000; Spain – 12,000; Pakistan – 10,500; Netherlands – 9,000; Greece – 7,500; Norway – 7,000; France – 5,000; Guatemala – 3,500; Austria – 3,000; Switzerland – 2,000; Turkey – 1,000; and India – 300.

In the past I have advocated that Palestinians in the diaspora should take the lead in bringing the sidelined Palestinian parliament-in-exile, formerly known as the Palestine National Council (PNC), back to life, refreshed and reinvigorated by elections to it in every country where Palestinians live. Bu on reflection, I think that idea needs to be modified.

Are there enough diaspora Palestinians who care enough to become politically engaged to rebuild their national institutions on democratic principles and standards of accountability?

I still believe there needs to be a new institution elected by Palestinians everywhere with the prime task of debating and determining Palestinian policy and then representing it by speaking to power with one voice, but I think it should not style or present itself as a Palestinian parliament-in-exile.

In reality there’s something almost absurd about having a parliament for a state that does not exist. And if an institution elected by Palestinians everywhere did pose as a parliament-in-exile, its American representatives and those who are residents and citizens of other countries could be accused of having dual loyalty.

The big question is this: Are there enough diaspora Palestinians who care enough to become politically engaged to rebuild their national institutions on democratic principles and standards of accountability?

It isn’t a question of resources because there are many very wealthy diaspora Palestinians. It’s a matter of will.

If the answer is “Yes”, there could be a new beginning for the Palestine liberation movement.

If the answer is “No”, it can’t and won’t happen. Then, when Israel’s leaders conclude that they can’t force the occupied and oppressed Palestinians to abandon their struggle for an acceptable amount of justice, the most likely endgame will be a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

If such an obscenity is allowed to happen, I think future honest historians will conclude that the Palestinian diaspora was complicit by default.

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Jewish communal upheaval

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Jewish communal upheaval

By Lawrence Davidson

The illusion of solidarity

The insistence that Israel is somehow the national embodiment of the Jewish people has always been dangerous.This is so because it tied a diverse group spread over the globe to the apron strings of a single political entity and its ideology (Zionism). Thus identified, the Jews were allegedly what a bunch of Zionist ideologues said they were, and were also supposedly exemplified by the consistently unsavoury practices of the Israeli state.

The Zionists tried to force the Jews into this Procrustean bed through the monopolisation of elite Jewish organisations and the emotional blackmail of those who might have dissenting views. The mantra here was that if a Jewish person had disagreements with Israel, he or she should express them behind closed doors and never in public. Behind closed doors the dissenter could be contained. However, if he or she went public with their differences, they undercut the myth of Jewish community solidarity with Israel. To go public in this fashion was a mortal sin, and one risked being shamed within one’s community. Those who persisted were labelled “self-hating” traitors.

It is a long-standing effort at censorship. Some people might get upset with those who publicly accuse Charles Schumer of having dual loyalties involving Israel, but no one seemed to get equally upset with those Zionists who have accused thousands of Jews worldwide of being “self-haters” because they publicly came out against Israel’s atrocious treatment of the Palestinians.

On the “verge of fratricide”

It was inevitable that the Zionist requirement of public silence would get harder to enforce the more outrageous the behaviour of Israel’s political leadership became. On the American scene, the combination of the brazen intrusion of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into US politics (particularly his 3 March 2015 address to Congress) and the warmongering position on Iran taken by Jewish organisations openly allied to Israel seems to have been the tipping point. The combined adamance of this Zionist front has forced American Jewish congresspeople and senators to make a choice, and do so publicly. Those who have chosen, against the wishes of the Israeli government, to support the Iran nuclear agreement as reflecting the long-term interests of the United States (and Israel) are now treated to the same degree of defamation as those Jews called “self-haters”.

A national window on what Greg Rosenbaum, the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, calls “the verge of fratricide in the Jewish community” was opened by a front page article in the 29 August 2015 issue of the New York Times (NYT). That article is entitledDebate on Iran fiercely splits American Jews”.

The NYT’s main example of this near-fratricidal behaviour is the case of Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York. Nadler, like the state’s senior senator, Charles Schumer, has spent his entire political career supporting Israel. The only difference between the two is that unlike Schumer, Nadler has come out in support of the Iran agreement. However, that is all it took to make him a target.

According to an interview with Nadler in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and reprinted in the 25 August 2015 edition of Forward, the New York representative was hit by “vociferous attacks” labelling him a “traitor”, one who wants to “abandon the Jewish people”. According to the NYT’s piece, he has also been called a Kapo (the name given to Jewish collaborators with the Nazis), and a “facilitator of Obama’s holocaust”. New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Zionist stalwart, has sworn to work for Nadler’s defeat come the representative’s next primary election and has been harassing him in various ways ever since he announced his support for the Iran deal.

This sort of thing has been going on across the nation where American Jewry interfaces with national politics. It is interesting that the one who is trying to bring civility back into this internecine debate is a gentile: Barack Obama. Again, according to the NYT’s article, Obama, speaking on “a webcast for major Jewish organisations”, called the treatment of Nadler “appalling” and then, ignoring a fast unraveling political status quo, said “we’re all pro-Israel, and we’re family”. Nonetheless, he concluded that “It’s better to air these things out even if it is uncomfortable, as long as the tone is civil”. Alas, President Obama sounds like a marriage counsellor who comes too late to the party.

Persistent incivility

The truth is that the tone of the edicts coming out of Israel both past and present, and then transmitted by elite Jewish-Zionist organisations down the line to the synagogues and community centres in the United States, has never been civil. Israel’s self-righteous position has always been that it has an unquestionable right to tell American Jewry when to support or not support their own (that is US) national interests. And if you don’t follow its lead, you will be accused of betraying “your people”. This persistent incivility has just been below the US’s public radar till now. We can all thank Netanyahu and his Likudniks for the fact that that is no longer the case.

So what does this mean for the future of US-Israeli relations? Well, according to the NYT, some are predicting “long-term damage to Jewish organisations and possibly to American-Israeli relations”. One thing is for sure, the abrasive Zionist modus operandi will not change. It is built in to the historical character of both their ideology and Israeli culture.

The real questions lie on the American side of the equation. For instance, will American politicians who have belatedly become uneasy with Israeli behaviour come to understand that what they face is a fundamental difference in worldview? Jeremy Ben-Ami, the head of JStreet, in a rare moment of clarity, was cited in the NYT article as having spoken of “a fundamental break between Democratic Party leaders inclined toward diplomacy and the worldview of a conservative Israeli government which has more in common with Dick Cheney”. Ben-Ami is surely correct here, even though he shortsightedly confines the problem to the current Israeli government.

A corresponding question is will American Jews who disagree with Israeli policies come to realise that this is more than a family squabble? It is a fundamental break between those who favour humanitarian values and sensible diplomacy, and those who favour the ways of war and ethno-religious discrimination. In truth, American Jews who support civil and human rights have no more in common with Israel and its culture then they do with xenophobic fanatics of the Republican right. They just have to accept that fact and, on the basis of that awareness, take a public stand.

Conclusion

It is probably accurate to describe current events as doing lasting damage to American Jewish organisations. It is not the case that “names can never hurt you”, and there has been a lot of harsh name-calling within these groups. From the anti-Zionist perspective this is all for the good. These organisations had long ago turned into fronts for Israel and have been hurting, not helping, American Jews.

As to the future of the US-Israeli relationship, it is hard to know if the storm that has blown up over the nuclear agreement with Iran has delivered a lasting blow. The Zionist lobby still has a lot of financial power and an increasingly firm alliance with the Republican right. And, who knows, we might someday see those barbarians back in the White House. On the other hand, that evolving alliance will continue to alienate more liberal Jews and Democratic politicians.The safest prediction to make is that while recent events might not spell the end of America’s “special relationship” with Israel, they are surely a big step in the right direction.

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A frightened Palestinian boy vs the ugly face of the Nazi occupation

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Palestinian boy at Nabi Saleh

By Uri Avnery

The misdeeds of Napoleon’s occupation army in Spain were not photographed. Photography had not yet been invented. The valiant fighters against the occupation had to rely on Francisco Goya for the immortal painting of the resistance.

The partisans and underground fighters against the German occupation of their countries in World War II had no time to take pictures. Even the heroic uprising of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw was not filmed by the participants. The Germans themselves filmed their atrocities, and, being Germans, they catalogued and filed them in an orderly way.

“Soldiers shoot with guns. The Palestinians shoot pictures”

In the meantime, photography has become common commonplace. The Israeli occupation in the occupied Palestinian territories is being filmed all the time. Everybody now has cellular phones that take pictures. Also, Israeli peace organisations have distributed cameras to many Arab inhabitants.

Soldiers shoot with guns. The Palestinians shoot pictures.

It is not yet clear which are more effective in the long run: the bullets or the photos.

A test case is a short clip taken recently in a remote West Bank village called Al-Nabi Saleh.

Every Israeli has seen this footage many times by now. It has been shown again and again by all Israeli TV stations.  Many millions around the world have seen it on their local TV. It is making the rounds in the social media.

The clip shows an incident that occurred near the village on Friday, two weeks ago. Nothing very special. Nothing terrible. Just a routine event. But the pictures are unforgettable.

The village Al-Nabi Saleh is located not far from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. It is named in honour of a prophet (Nabi means prophet in both Arabic and Hebrew) who lived before the time of Muhammad and is said to be buried there. His extensive tomb is the pride of the 550 inhabitants.

Al-Nabi Saleh is build on the remains of a crusader outpost, which in its turn was built on the remains of a Byzantine village. Its history probably goes back to ancient Canaanite times. I believe that the population of these villages has never changed – they just changed their religion and culture according to the powers that be. They were in turn Canaanites, Judaeans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and finally Arabs.

The latest occupation (until now) is the Israeli. These new occupiers have no interest in converting the locals. They just want to take their land, and, if possible, induce them to go away. On part of the lands of Nabi Saleh an Israeli settlement called Halamish (“flint”) was set up.

The conflict between the village and its new “neighbours” started immediately. Between them is an ancient well, which the settlers have renovated and claim as their own. The village is not ready to give it up.

Like in many other villages in the area, such as Bil’in, on every Friday, right after the prayers in the mosque, a demonstration against the occupation and the settlers takes place. A few Israeli peace activists and international volunteers take part in them. The demonstrators are generally non-violent, but on the fringes teenagers and children often throw stones. The soldiers shoot rubber-covered steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades, and sometime live bullets.

As in many small Arab villages, most inhabitants belong to one extended family, in this case the Tamimis. One Tamimi boy was shot dead in one of the demonstrations, a girl was shot in the foot. It is a Tamimi boy who features in the recent event.

“The clip that rocked the world”

The clip that rocked the world starts with one lone soldier, who was obviously sent to arrest a boy who had (or had not) thrown a stone.

The soldiers jumps across the rocky terrain, looks for the boy who is hiding behind a rock and catches him. It is 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi, with one arm in a plaster cast.

The soldier puts his arm around the neck of the boy, who cries in terror. Soon his 14-year-old sister appears, and soon after that his mother and other women. They all tear at the soldier, who tries to push them away with his other arm. During the wild struggle, the sister bites the arm of the soldier, the one which holds his gun.

The soldier is masked. This is a new thing. Why are they masked? What are they hiding? After all, they are not Russian policemen who fear the revenge of the gangsters. When I was a soldier, long ago, masks were unknown.

Recently a brigade commander shot and killed a boy who had thrown a stone at his car. The army condones and even lauds such acts of “self-defence”.

During the melee, one of the women succeeds in ripping the soldier’s mask off. We see his face – just an ordinary young man, recently out of high school, who is obviously at a loss of what to do. There seem to be photographers all around. One sees their feet.

Would the soldier have used his gun if the photographers had not been there? Hard to say. Recently a brigade commander shot and killed a boy who had thrown a stone at his car. The army condones and even lauds such acts of “self-defence”.

For some minutes the scene goes on – the boy crying and pleading, the women pushing and hitting, the soldier pushing back, everybody shouting. Then another soldier approaches and tells the first soldier to release the child, who is seen running away.

We don’t know who the soldier is. It is hard to guess his background. Just a soldier, one of many who enforce the occupation, who face the demonstrations every week.

Another angle to the event is provided by one of the protesters off camera, so to speak, who was caught for a fleeting moment. He was recognised.

He is a teacher who bears the names of two illustrious persons – the Zionist founder Theodor Herzl and the composer Franz Schubert. Herzl Schubert is a veteran left-wing peace activist. I have met him in many demonstrations.

On the morrow of the showing of the footage on all Israeli television stations, the cry went up to dismiss him. What, a leftist peace demonstrator in the schoolroom?

Zionist McCarthyism

Schubert was not accused of preaching his opinions in class. His peace activities did not take place during working hours. The very fact that he took part in a demonstration in his own free time was enough. His case is now “being considered” by the Education Ministry.

No one demands the dismissal of the rabbi who prohibits the selling or renting of apartments to Arabs. Or the rabbi who wrote that under certain conditions it is permissible to kill non-Jews, including children.

This, by the way, is no exceptional case. A respected female educator who was chosen as headmistress of an art school was blocked upon the discovery that many years ago she had signed a petition calling on the army to allow soldiers to refuse service in the occupied territories. The petition did not call for refusal but only respect for the moral decision of the refusers. That is enough. The ministry, now led by a nationalist-religious demagogue, promised “to consider the matter”.

These cases of a new McCarthyism concern, of course, only leftists. No one demands the dismissal of the rabbi who prohibits the selling or renting of apartments to Arabs. Or the rabbi who wrote that under certain conditions it is permissible to kill non-Jews, including children. Their salaries are paid by the state.

Many millions around the world must by now have seen the Nabi Saleh footage. It is impossible to assess the extent of the damage.

It is not that this clip is especially revolting. Nothing terrible happens. It is the face of the occupation, the present face of Israel, that imprints itself on the minds of the viewers.

For many years now, almost all news footage coming out of Israel has concerned the deeds and misdeeds of the occupation. Gone and forgotten is the face of Israel as the progressive state created by the victims of the most hideous mass crime in modern history. The state of pioneers who “made the desert bloom”. The bastion of freedom and democracy in a turbulent region.

That picture has long been wiped out. The Israel that presents itself to the world now is a state of occupiers, of oppressors, of brutal colonisers, of soldiers armed to the teeth who arrest people in the middle of the night and persecute them during the day.

This face changes the perception of Israel throughout the world. Every TV clip and news item adds imperceptibly to this change. The attitude of ordinary people around the world, also including Jews, is changed. The damage is lasting and probably irremediable.

The terrified face of young Muhammad Tamimi may well haunt us for a long time to come.

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Palestine: Thousands attend funeral of mother killed in Nazi firebombing

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Riham Dawabsha’s body undergoes autopsy before burial in Duma; Netanyahu expresses sorrow, vows to catch the killers

The funeral for Rahim Dawabsha in the West Bank town of Duma on September 7, 2015 (Screen capture: Channel 2)

The funeral for Rahim Dawabsha in the West Bank town of Duma on September 7, 2015

Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral Monday of Riham Dawabsha, who succumbed overnight to wounds she suffered in a firebomb attack on her home on July 31. She was buried in her home village of Duma, near Nablus in the West Bank.

Dawabsha died late Sunday at the Tel Hashomer hospital, near Tel Aviv, where she had been receiving treatment for burns to 90 percent of her body inflicted in Nazi Jewish attack on her family home. It was her 27th birthday.

Her body was taken to the pathology institute in An-Najah National University for an autopsy. From there, the deceased mother was moved to the mosque in Duma, where she was laid to rest after midday prayers. Mourners carried Fatah and Hamas flags.

The autopsy was performed in part because the Palestinian Authority is planning to file a suit against the Zio-Nazi regime at the International Criminal Court in The Hague over her death and that of her husband and baby boy. The fatal attack have been carried out by Nazi Jewish terrorists.

Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. (Channel 2 screenshot)

Benjamin Naziyahu expressed condolence to the Dawabsha family on the death of Riham, and said the Nazi security establishment was doing its utmost to apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice.

Palestinians called for a “day of rage” throughout the West Bank in response to the death. Nazi security forces were placed on heightened alert.

Riham’s grieving father Hussein complained bitterly at the apparent lack of progress in efforts to apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

“There is no such thing as not being able to find them,” he said, according to the Zionist Ynet news site. “It is not my profession and I am not the Shin Bet [domestic security service]. An entire family was lost here.”

Dawabsha was left fighting for her life for the past five weeks after assailants hurled firebombs through the window of the family home, killing her 18-month-old son, Ali, on the spot. Her husband Saad was also critically wounded and died days later. The family’s second son, five-year-old Ahmed, is being treated at Tel Hashomer for massive burns.

Ahmed’s condition has improved, and he has been seen on Zionist TV speaking and eating, and asking about his parents.

Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat pleaded for international intervention Monday, saying in a statement that the Nazi regime is to be held to account for the “martyrdom” of Riham Dawabsha, her son and her husband.

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible,” he said. “Once again we call upon the international community to protect the Palestinian people under occupation, and to put an end to Nazi culture of impunity.

“If Israel is not stopped and held accountable then Riham will not be the last victim of Israeli terror… The assassination of the Dawabsha family reflects the clear connection between hate speech, settlement expansion and the impunity granted to Israel by the International community.”

Joint (Arab) List party leader MK Ayman Odeh said that the root cause of the problem that led to the deadly attack was the Zionist occupation of the West Bank.

“The terrible crime of burning alive the Dawabsha family horrified all of us, but we must not forget the soil that gave root to this crime,” he said in a statement. “The occupation and the trampling of the basic human rights of Palestinians is what gave rise to those base murderers, who are still roaming free, perhaps even planning another crime.”

MK Omer Bar-Lev of the opposition Zionist Union party warned that “barbaric” extremist Jewish activists were “taking over” the country and destroying ‘Israel’s’ ‘democratic’ nature.

“The writing was on the wall,” he said in a statement. “Riham Dawabsha was another victim of a sick, messianic and barbaric cult that has taken over our country and is threatening to destroy us from within.

“The heinous, premeditated criminal act brings disaster upon us and opens a growing black pit in the fabric of the relationship between Jews and Arabs,” Bar-Lev continued.

MK Zehava Gal-on, who leads the left-wing Meretz party, also bemoaned the fact that there have been no arrests made in connection to the attack. She said Dawabsha’s death should serve as a wake-up call.

“The death of Riham Dawabsha is a reminder to anyone who was shocked last month and then forgot, to be moved to action,” she said in a statement. “To the education minister who must integrate into schools projects to campaign against racism. To the the prime minister, who visited the Dawabsha family after the arson, and immediately went back to fanning the flames of hatred. To the security and law enforcement authorities who have still not arrested one guilty person for the arson.”

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S. Africa may cancel dual citizenship to curb Nazi army enlistment

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Obed Bapela (R), a deputy minister in South African President Jacob Zuma’s office, who threatened to summon students who visited Israel to an investigation. (YouTube)

African National Congress considering change in bid to stop country’s Zionist from serving in Nazi army
Obed Bapela (R), a deputy minister in South African President Jacob Zuma’s office, who threatened to summon students who visited the Zionist gime to an investigation.

Obed Bapela, a senior ANC official who heads its National Executive Committee on International Relations, said the “model” of dual citizenship may not have “a place in the world,” the South African daily The Sunday Times reported.

The government in Pretoria has been among the most hostile to the Nazi regime of I$raHell in recent years. South Africa’s minister of higher education Blademande, a member of the Communist Party, has openly campaigned to boycott Zionistiversities and other institutions, and was denied entry into the country for a working visit to Palestinian Authority areas in April.

An ANC party conference discussed the Zionist-Palestinian conflict, including the issue of South Africans serving in the Nazi army, in July. The issue would be taken up again in the party’s National General Council in October, the Times said.

The country’s Jewish Board of Deputies has accused ANC officials of singling out South African Jews.

While Nazi army enlistment was cited explicitly by Bapela and others as the reason for reconsidering South Africa’s acceptance of dual citizenship, no figures have been provided by the party for how many South Africans actually serve in the Nazi army a population over 53 million and large immigrant populations from Asia and other parts of Africa, any change to the South African constitution to enable stripping South African migrants to Israel of their citizenship may end up affecting millions of other citizens.

Jews account for an estimated 0.2 percent of the country’s population. It is not known how many currently serve in the the Nazi army.

In July, Bapela called for an investigation of politically active students who had visited I$raHell under the auspices of the South Africa I$raHell Forum, since the visit brought the African National Congress into “disrepute,” he said.

The director of the South Africa I$raHell Forum, Dan Brotman, told the Zionist daily Haaretz that “some of the participants, who will be future leaders in South Africa, were under enormous pressure not to come or received threats over being kicked out of their political parties.”

“The goal is not to make them pro-Zionist, but to expose them to a narrative they really don’t hear in South Africa,” he said.

Bapela said I$raHell was “offering free trips and holidays to embarrass the ANC,” adding that it was a “campaign by I$raHell to distort our stand on Palestine. We have a clear position that supports Palestinian freedom. No leader of the ANC in a private capacity or for the party will visit I$raHell. It will be putting the ANC in disrepute.”

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Ab-A$$ to declare end of O$lo peace proce$$

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PA president to tell UN General Assembly this month that failure to establish Palestinian state voids past agreements

BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF September 7, 2015
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may be planning to announce the cancelation of the Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian officials has said.

Dr. Ahmed Majdalani, a senior PA official and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an in an interview published Sunday that Palestinian leaders were considering the drastic move in light of the failure of those agreements to bring about a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian National Council is set to meet in mid-September to discuss the Palestinians’ next move in the stalled peace talks. One option favored by many, reports suggest, is to announce the cancellation of the Oslo accords begun in 1992, as well as the 1994 Sharm el Sheikh agreement and a later “Paris agreement,” which together establish PA authority over Palestinian civilian and security affairs, and regulate economic relations between the PA and Israel.

Abbas is slated to announce the decision in his speech at the UN General Assembly later this month. He will note in the speech that the UNGA recognized a “state of Palestine” in 2012. He will argue that Israel has failed to abide by the existing accords by failing to establish a Palestinian state, and that therefore the Palestinians were no longer bound by the agreements.

Palestine, Abbas is expected to declare, is an established state under occupation.

In preparation for the dramatic announcement, Majdalani said he had visited and consulted with various Palestinian factions, visiting Syria recently to meet leaders of factions not represented in the PLO.

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222 Rooms Rented for Zio-Wahhabi Shalom Bin Saud

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222 Room Rented for King Salman Last Week Stay in DC
222 Room Rented for Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Salman Last Week Stay in DC
Zionist puppet  Salman bin Abdulaziz booked the entire Four Seasons Hoel for his three-night stay, forcing guests who had booked to stay in the 222-room hotel during his visit to be moved to nearby luxury hotels.

And the hotel, where suites run for more than $2,000 a night, has added some new touches to suit the 79-year-old Zionist rat tastes.

Eyewitnesses told Politico they’ve seen gilded furniture wheeled into the hotel this week, with red carpets being laid down in the hallway and even on the asphalt of the hotel’s parking garage.

Georgetown’s streets were lined with Cadillac SUV’s belonging to Zionist puppet Salman’s delegation, which includes Saudi Zio-Wahhabi diplomats as well as his own family and assistants.

He is known for having quite the entourage. Just last month he brought 1,000 people for a vacation on the French Riviera, closing down an entire beach, according to Mail Online.

Zio-Wahhabi Salman, who ascended to the throne in January following the death of his half-brother Zio-Wahhabi Abdullah, met with Obama to discuss the Iran nuclear deal past Friday.

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