Archive | November 19th, 2018

Daesh suffers devastating defeat as Syrian Army liberates entire Al-Safa region

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was finally able to upend the remaining Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorists in the Al-Safa region of southern Syria on Monday.

Led by their 3rd Corps and 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army stormed Daesh’s last positions in western Al-Safa on Monday morning.

This powerful attack by the Syrian Arab Army would result in Daesh’s full capitulation in southern Syria.

According to a military source in Sweida city, the remaining Daesh terrorists in western Al-Safa agreed to surrender their last positions after suffering heavy casualties over the last three days.

The source added that some of the Daesh terrorists managed to evade capture by fleeing to the Badiya Al-Sham region of eastern Homs.

With Daesh’s defeat in Al-Safa, the Syrian Arab Army is now in full control of southern Syria for the first time since 2011.

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Gaza: Nazi celebrate kids deaths

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In video from Tel Aviv demonstration, crowd can be seen chanting, ‘There is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza’

Video has emerged of far-right Nazi protesters celebrating the death of children in Gaza during a counter-demonstration to an anti-war rally in Tel Aviv’s Zionist Rabin Square over the weekend.

“There is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza,” the men can be seen chanting as part of a roughly formed song that also included the stanzas “I hate all the Arabs” and “Gaza is a cemetery.” Is this Anti-Semitic is not because the Arabs not Jews.

The mob also called for Israeli Arabs to be stripped of their citizenship.

The Saturday night gathering was meant to counter a much larger left-wing demonstration in favor of ending the conflict in Gaza and resuming peace talks. Several thousand left-wing activists had gathered in Tel Aviv’s Zionist Rabin Square, where they were calling for an end to bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians

Hundreds of Nazi far-right activists participated in the counter-rally at the scene, with police fanned out to prevent altercations between the two sides.

Some people can be seen in the video urging the demonstrators to stop singing, but they refuse to listen.

The anti-Arab protesters also voiced threats against Arab MKs Ahmad Tibi and Hanin Zoabi, both of whom have been voicing staunchly pro-Palestinian points of view of late.

“Ahmad Tibi, I want you to know, the next child that gets hit, is yours,” the crowd can be seen chanting. “I hate Tibi the terrorist.”

Earlier this week, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein rejected calls for a criminal investigation into Zoabi for allegedly inciting violence when she said in June that the kidnappers of three Zionist teens in the West Bank (later, the teens’ bodies would be found in a field) were not terrorists. On Tuesday she was suspended from Knesset deliberations for six months.

“This is the Jewish state; I hate you Hanin Zoabi,” the crowd chanted.

Palestinian sources report that over 1,100 Gazans have been killed during the military offensive.

 

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Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis

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With Statement Equal Parts ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Imbecilic,’ Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis

“This Donald Trump statement—simultaneously pledging never-ending support for Saudi Arabia and blaming Iran for every Middle East problem—reads like a 6th grader’s school report.”

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure from the White House November 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure from the White House November 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a bizarre, exclamation point-riddled statement on Tuesday that one critic said reads more “like a 6th grader’s school report” than an official White House press release, President Donald Trump shrugged at the CIA’s conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi—”maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”—and declared that the U.S. will continue to back Saudi Arabia because it is one of the world’s largest oil producers, a major purchaser of American arms, and an ally in the “fight against Iran.”

“This is, without a doubt, the most uninformed, imbecilic, toady, poorly-written, categorically untrue statement I have ever seen from a president of the United States.”
—Joe Cirincione, Ploughshares Fund

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn just hours after his statement went public, Trump said Khashoggi’s murder “is a very complex situation, it’s a shame, but it is what it is.”

“It’s all about America first. We’re not going to give up hundreds of billions of dollars in [weapons] orders and let Russia, China, and everybody else have them,” the president added. “Saudi Arabia, if we broke with them, I think your oil prices would go through the roof. I’ve kept them down, they’ve helped me keep them down.”

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“The world is a very dangerous place!” reads the very first line of Trump’s written statement, which proceeds to falsely accuse Iran of fueling the humanitarian crisis in Yemen—a product of years of relentless bombing by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition.

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, denounced Trump’s attempt to blame Iran for Saudi atrocities as “shameful” and joked, “Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests—just like the Finns do?”

 

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Mr. Trump bizarrely devotes the FIRST paragraph of his shameful statement on Saudi atrocities to accuse IRAN of every sort of malfeasance he can think of. Perhaps we’re also responsible for the California fires, because we didn’t help rake the forests— just like the Finns do?

Despite reports that the CIA has “high confidence” in its conclusion that MBS ordered Khashoggi’s killing, Trump said in his statement on Tuesday that intelligence agencies are still assessing evidence and proclaimed, “It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event—maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

“That being said,” the president continued, “we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“Today’s delusional White House statement makes clear the Trump will do just about anything to protect his business interests and his dangerous march to war with Iran.”
—Kate Kizer, Win Without War

Trump goes on to smear Khashoggi by parroting Saudi Arabia’s talking point that the Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident was an “enemy of the state” and “a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Foreign policy experts and peace activists were aghast at Trump’s fact-free and downright strange statement, which comes on the same day the CIA is expected to present its full findings on Khashoggi’s murder to the president.

“This is, without a doubt, the most uninformed, imbecilic, toady, poorly-written, categorically untrue statement I have ever seen from a president of the United States,” Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione wrote on Twitter. “A complete disgrace.”

Kate Kizer@KateKizer

Re-upping. Today’s delusional White House statement makes clear the Trump will do just about anything – including a blank check of support for a foreign government to murder U.S. residents and starve millions – to protect his biz interests & his dangerous march to war with Iran.

Kate Kizer@KateKizer

My latest in @thehill: MbS’ most recent blatant human rights violation, the apparent murder of Jamal #Khashoggi, is on Trump. #JusticeForJamal #YemenCantWait https://thehill.com/opinion/international/411502-trump-has-emboldened-mbs-to-act-with-impunity#.W8UBhSrxw8Y.twitter 

Jason Rezaian

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This @realDonaldTrump statement– simultaneously pledging never ending support for & blaming for every Middle East problem — reads like a 6th grader’s school report, with too many exclamation marks & words that don’t need capitalizing. https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/20/politics/trump-statement-saudi-khashoggi/index.html 

Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, said the president is “making himself into a sort of ‘accessory after the fact’ to Mr. Khashoggi’s grizzly murder” by working hard to “whitewash the Saudi Royals’ crimes.”

“The U.S. is a party to the bloodshed in Yemen, and this statement tells us that President Trump intends to keep it that way,” Rainwater added. “Presidential tantrums notwithstanding, members of Congress need to dust off their moral compasses and finally vote to extricate the U.S. from this man-made catastrophe in Yemen.”

During a press conference after Trump’s statement went public on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stood firmly behind the president’s remarks and expressed confidence that billions of dollars in weapons deals with the Saudis “will be completed in a timely fashion.”

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“We are hopeful that each of those commitments that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia made to the United States to purchase equipment will be completed in a timely fashion,” said Pompeo on Saudi Arabia completing $110 billion arms agreement. https://cbsn.ws/2A8pQtT 

William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, argued in a new report (pdf) that Trump is vastly inflating the economic impact of U.S. arms deals with Saudi Arabia in order to justify maintaining his cozy relationship with the kingdom.

“The president’s assertion that it is possible to balance benefits to the U.S. economy against the heinous behavior of an ally doesn’t hold up to scrutiny,” Hartung wrote. “No economic benefit, no matter how large, can justify continuing to arm a regime that has not only killed a journalist in the most brutal way imaginable but has killed thousands of civilians in indiscriminate bombing attacks in Yemen, many of them with U.S.-supplied bombs and aircraft. But if economic arguments are to be brought into play, they should at least be accurate. This has not been the case.”

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Naziyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

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Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned
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By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel.

Late on 13 November, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Hamas, the Islamic movement that rules Gaza, approved a long-term truce brokered by Egypt.

Both are keen to avoid triggering an explosion of popular anger in Gaza, the consequences of which would be difficult to predict or contain.

The tiny enclave is on life support, having endured three devastating and sustained attacks by Israel, as well as a suffocating blockade, over the past decade. Thousands of homes are in ruins, the water supply is nearly undrinkable, electricity in short supply, and unemployment sky-high.

In the hands of warmongers

But as is so often the case, the enclave’s immediate fate rests in the hands of Israeli politicians desperate to cast themselves as Israel’s warmonger-in-chief and thereby reap an electoral dividend.

Elections now loom large after Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s hawkish defence minister, resigned on 14 November in the wake of the clashes. He accused Netanyahu of “capitulating to terror” in agreeing to the ceasefire.

Lieberman takes with him a handful of legislators, leaving the governing coalition with a razor-thin majority of one parliamentary seat. Rumours were rife over the weekend that another party, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home, was on the brink of quitting the coalition.

Scuppering the ceasefire

In fact, Netanyahu recklessly triggered these events. He had smoothed the path to a truce earlier this month by easing the blockade. Fuel had been allowed into the enclave, as had $15 million in cash from Qatar to cover salaries owed to Gaza’s public-sector workers.

At this critical moment, Netanyahu agreed to a covert incursion by the Israeli army, deep into Gaza. When the soldiers were exposed, the ensuing firefight left seven Palestinians and an Israeli commander dead.

The two sides then upped the stakes: Hamas launched hundreds of rockets into Israel, while the Israeli military bombarded the enclave. The air strikes killed more than a dozen Palestinians.

Lieberman had reportedly expressed outrage over the transfer of Qatari money to Gaza, claiming it would be impossible to track how it was spent. The ceasefire proved the final straw.

Hamas leaders boasted that they had created a “political earthquake” with Lieberman’s resignation. But the shockwaves may not be so easily confined to Israel.

“Moderate” hyena

Strangely, Netanyahu now sounds like the most moderate voice in his cabinet. Fellow politicians are demanding Israel “restore its deterrence” – a euphemism for again laying waste to Gaza.

Naftali Bennett, the head of the settler Jewish Home party, denounced the ceasefire as “unacceptable” and demanded the vacant defence post.

There was flak, too, from Israel’s so-called left. The opposition Labour Party leader, Avi Gabbay, called Netanyahu “weak”, while former Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he had “surrendered to Hamas under fire”.

Warmongering Israeli public

Similar sentiments are shared by the public. Polls indicate 74 per cent of Israelis favour a tougher approach.

Sderot, close to Gaza and targeted by rockets, erupted into angry protests. Placards bearing the slogan “Bibi Go Home” – using Netanyahu’s nickname – were evident for the first time in his party’s heartland.

With this kind of goading, an election in the offing, and corruption indictments hanging over his head, Netanyahu may find it difficult to resist raising the temperature in Gaza once again.

But he also has strong incentives to calm things down and shore up Hamas’s rule.

The suggestion by some commentators that Netanyahu has turned a new leaf as a “man of peace” could not be more misguided. What distinguishes Netanyahu from his cabinet is not his moderation, but that he has a cooler head than his far-right rivals.

Overriding aim: to undermine the Palestinian national project

He believes there are better ways than lashing out to achieve his core political aim: the undermining of the Palestinian national project. This was what he meant on 14 November when he attacked critics for missing “the overall picture of Israel’s security”.

On a practical level, Netanyahu has listened to his generals, who warn that, if Israel provokes war with Hamas, it may find itself ill-equipped to cope with the fallout on two other fronts, in Lebanon and Syria.

But Netanyahu has still deeper concerns. As veteran Israeli military analyst Ben Caspit observed: “The only thing more dangerous to Netanyahu than getting tangled up in war is getting tangled up in peace.”

The Israeli army has responded to months of largely non-violent mass protests at Gaza’s perimeter fence by killing more than 170 Palestinian demonstrators and maiming thousands more.

The protests could turn into an uprising. Palestinians storming the fence that imprisons them is an eventuality the Israeli army is entirely unprepared for. Its only response would be to slaughter Palestinians en masse, or reoccupy Gaza directly.

Netanyahu’s preference for Hamas

Netanyahu would rather bolster Hamas, so it can keep a lid on the protests than face an international backlash and demands that he negotiate with the Palestinians.

Further, a ceasefire that keeps Hamas in power in Gaza also ensures that Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, can be kept out.

That was in part why Netanyahu, against his normal instincts, allowed the transfer of the Qatari money, which had been opposed by the Palestinian Authority. It is not just a fillip for Hamas, it is a slap in the face to Abbas.

A disunited Palestine, divided territorially and ideologically, is in no position to exert pressure on Netanyahu – either through Europe or the United Nations – to begin peace talks or concede Palestinian statehood.

That is all the more pressing, given that the White House insists that President Trump’s long-delayed peace plan will be unveiled within the next two months.

Leaks suggest that the US may propose a separate “entity” in Gaza under Egyptian supervision and financed by Qatar. The ceasefire should be seen as a first step towards creating a pseudo-Palestinian state in Gaza along these lines.

Palestinians there are now caught between a rock and a hard place. Between vengeful hotheads such as Lieberman, who want more carnage in Gaza, and Netanyahu, who prefers to keep the Palestinians quiet and largely forgotten in their tiny prison.

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The absent intellectual war against Islamist cutthroats

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The aerial war waged by the United States and its Western and Arab allies against the cutthroats of the so-called “Islamic State” (formerly known as the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” – ISIS – or the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” – ISIL) is a mere tactic in a war without a strategy.

That is the message of a recent article, “Bombs do not kill ideas”, by Arab affairs analyst Magdi Abdelhadi.

As American efforts to build a broad coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria appear to have made some headway, the question who will defeat the ideology of ISIS and other similar groups gains in urgency. No doubt in any one’s mind that the F22s or drones will kill the terrorists of ISIS as they did once in Afghanistan, and continue to do in Pakistan or Yemen or Somalia. But unless the doctrine that produces the likes of ISIS is challenged and undermined, it won’t be long before the Middle East is shaken again by another terrorist takeover in Yemen or Libya or other parts of the troubled region.

No one seems to have any idea how to stem the tide. Military force will put the menace at bay for a few years, but will not eradicate the Islamist ideology…

The crux of the matter is, as Abdelhadi points out, “the doctrine that produces the likes of ISIS”. But it is such a taboo subject among the politically correct Western intelligentsia that no one dares to tackle it head on.

Indeed, the fact that it has become a no-go area for politicians, journalist and academics is a triumph of the Islamists. As Abdelhadi says:

There are many ways in which religion can inform politics and provide a moral compass for society. But Islamism collapses the difference between the sacred and the profane, because that is the only way it can survive and dominate, by subsuming everything under the black or green banner of al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brothers.

So, what to do?

The answer, with which we wholeheartedly agree, is not one that is likely to yield results in our lifetime. In Abdelhadi’s words:

The antidote will have to start by deconstructing the founding myths of Islamism as defined by the founder of the Muslim Brothers, Hasan al-Banna. Foremost among these are: Islam (or any other religion for that matter) has an answer to all human questions; Muslims can only prosper under the rule of Sharia; and that Muslims once lived in a utopia that can be resurrected if only they can be herded again under the leadership of the one-party state of the faithful.

But any attempt to debunk the Islamist myths, Abdelhadi continues, “will inevitably run into conflict with the official institutions who subscribe to the same set of myths. The only difference between them and Islamists is that they don’t pursue the ‘lost utopia’ in a belligerent or subversive way.”

Consequnetly, “[o]nly a head-on intellectual confrontation with such ideas that have become deeply entrenched in Muslim majority societies [will] defeat an ideology that continues to cause so much bloodshed and mayhem.”

Although this intellectual effort has already begun in a number of countries, it is still by and large an individual affair and has not yet assumed a wide or deep enough scale to make a difference.

Abdelhadi rightly says that for such a movement to take on the vicious ideology of Islamism and expose its lies, it would  have to turn into something much bigger.

However, for that to happen first there would have to be freedom of expression and a free media, neither of which are on the horizon in the countries that are most ripe for the Islamist cancer.

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The traditional Islamic roots of “Islamic State”

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By Magdi Abdelhadi*

While the debate in Western capitals has focused on the wisdom of being sucked into another Middle East quagmire, in the Arab world the brutality of the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) has sparked some unprecedented soul searching.

Departing from the usual conspiratorial discourse that sees foreign plots in all that befalls Arab societies, a growing number of voices are laying the blame for the proliferation of groups such as IS squarely on Arab-Islamic culture.

Brutal “utopia”

First to come under attack after the IS leader appointed himself caliph this summer was the hallowed notion that the historical caliphate was some kind of a golden age, a lost utopia, that Muslims should strive to resurrect.

One writer after another exposed the ruthlessness of successive caliphs in their pursuit of power and suppression of dissent and concluded that IS, far from being an aberration, was in fact a textbook example of brutality in the name of Islam.

…it is time to examine Islamic tradition and purge its literature of books that glorify military prowess and supremacy in the name of Islam.

Instead of blaming foreign powers for a home-made malaise, critics are saying it is time to examine Islamic tradition and purge its literature of books that glorify military prowess and supremacy in the name of Islam.

A Saudi scholar, Ibrahim al-Belahi, lambasted Islamic culture for its obsession with the myth of the golden past and its chronic inability to think of the future as something completely different.

Speaking on primetime TV, Al-Belahi said ethics for the Arabs meant only sexual morality, adding that his countrymen fail to realise that Western culture has higher moral standards in all other aspects of life when compared to Arab societies – a highly unusual thing for a Saudi to say publicly in the ultra-conservative Gulf region.

False legitimacy

Several other critics picked on the oral tradition, known as hadith, attributed to the Prophet Muhammad in which he is reported to have threatened his enemies saying that “he had come to slaughter them” – a line that was quoted in one of the propaganda videos released recently by IS.

A prominent Egyptian broadcaster launched a scathing attack on that tradition, which was written long after the death of Muhammad and is still used today to bestow religious legitimacy on everything from female genital mutilation to the killing of apostates. The authenticity of such tradition is the subject of much controversy, not least because it has been elevated to the status of the Koran itself. As a result, the broadcaster is now being investigated for blasphemy.

Incubator of extremist ideologies

This has added more fury to the burgeoning rage against the official Islamic establishment, which has been accused of being the incubator of the very ideas that led to the emergence of militant Islamic ideologies.

While traditionally secular critics have directed their wrath at the Wahhabi (Saudi) brand of Islam, this time the oldest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, has come in for a lot of harsh criticism.

Far from inoculating the youth against militant Islam… the Azhar curriculum contains the very seeds of extremism that blight some Muslim-majority societies today.

Despite being often touted as the bastion of moderation and a bulwark against intolerance and extremism, writers and scholars have sought to expose this as a fallacy, highlighting that the extremist views propagated by IS are part and parcel of the religious education offered by the thousands of schools and seminaries run by Al-Azhar, which also trains thousands of imams for Egypt and the wider world.

Far from inoculating the youth against militant Islam, its critics argued, the Azhar curriculum contains the very seeds of extremism that blight some Muslim-majority societies today.

The whole tenor of the debate is that Muslim societies should stop blaming others for their woes, and acknowledge their own complicity.

The moral of this debate is simple and frightening. The ideological sources of extremism have firm roots in traditional Islam, and unless this is widely acknowledged and uprooted, bombing IS out of existence, if that is at all possible, will provide the world only with a reprieve, before another clone takes over in Yemen or Libya or Somalia.

Root and branch reform

Contrary to the mantra repeated by Western politicians that IS offers a distorted or warped view of Islam, the debate in the Arab world points exactly in the opposite direction: IS, Al-Qaeda and other militant groups draw upon the mainstream texts of Islamic tradition. The sermon by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadiafter IS captured Mosul this summer could have easily been delivered in any mosque in Cairo or Riyadh or Morocco.

Only a root and branch reform of the way Islam is preached and taught would drain the swamp from which the likes of IS grow and flourish.

The debate in the Arab world today may just be the beginning of a process that will inevitably be very difficult and long.

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Jews on the path to Nazism?

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Are Israel’s Jews – some of them – on their way to becoming Nazis?

By Alan Hart

Some and perhaps many will regard my headline question as offensive but I make no apology for asking it; and I take comfort from the fact that my decision to pose it is fully supported by one of my very dear Jewish friends, Nazi holocaust survivor Dr Hajo Meyer.

Before I ran my proposed headline past him, I was well aware that he believes, and has said in public, that Zionism is seeking to dehumanize the Palestinians in the same way the Nazis sought to dehumanize him in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

“Zionism is to modern enlightened Judaism what Nazism was to Germany’s traditional ethical values.” (Dr Hajo Meyer, holocaust survivor)

When I asked him if he thought my proposed headline question should be asked, he said “Yes, absolutely”. He added: “Zionism is to modern enlightened Judaism what Nazism was to Germany’s traditional ethical values.” (One of Hajo’s most important books is titled An Ethical Tradition Betrayed: The End of Judaism).

The headline was provoked in my mind at the end of October by the announcement that, with the approach of next January’s election, Israel’s ruling Likud party, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, is joining forces with Yisrael Beiteinu, the ultra-nationalist group led by Avigdor Lieberman, the extreme-right foreign minister in the present coalition government.

As noted by Larry Derfner (who was fired from The Jerusalem Post for telling some truths on his website), “Lieberman has a thoroughly deserved international reputation as an Arab-hating, war-loving, neo-fascist”. (Derfner also noted that the label “neo-fascist” was pinned on Lieberman by Martin Peretz, “the stridently pro-Israel, ex-publisher of The New Republic.”)

Symptoms of fascism

Fascism is one of those concept words with meaning that depends to some extent on what is happening at a particular moment in history. Germany under Hitler, Italy under Mussolini and Spain under Franco were fascist states. The hallmarks of this fascism were governments dominated by dictators with magnetic personalities, who rallied their followers with messages which appealed to strident nationalism and promoted suspicion or hatred of both foreigners and “impure” people within their own nations (mainly Jews in Hitler’s case).

Today the term fascist is generally used to describe governments or individual leaders (as well as military dictatorships) which practice racism even if they do not preach it, and act in an arbitrary, self-righteous way in defiance of international law.

In October 2010, Uri Avnery wrote a warning piece with the headline “Weimar In Jerusalem: the rise of fascism in Israel”. He concluded that Israel was not yet the “goose-stepping” Germany of Hitler’s days but could become something very like it unless Israeli society mobilized the democratic forces within itself. He added: “But for that to happen, it must awake from the coma, understand what is happening and where it is leading to, protest and struggle by all available means – as long as that is still possible – in order to arrest the fascist wave that is threatening to engulf us.”

Two years on Netanyahu’s deal with Lieberman is surely an indication that the wave is gathering strength.

One of the most chilling reactions to their decision to make common cause for election purposes was that of Azriel Livnat. Who is he? A former senior member of Lehi, the Zionist terrorist organization also known as the Stern Gang (which offered to join forces with Hitler’s Nazis), and the father of Likud’s Limor Livnat, the current minister of culture and sport. In an interview on 30 October with Israel’s Channel 7, the settlers’ main media outlet, Azriel Livnat said this: “Maybe now the Likud will return to its roots. I hope that the two unified parties will guard the settlements and the entire Land of Israel, and that the vision of a Jewish state on both banks of the Jordan River will be fulfilled.”

Under the sub-heading of “Israel’s place in the international club of fascists”, Avnery offered an observation which I think is spot on.

This [the wave of fascism] is not a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. All over Europe and America, overt fascists are raising their heads. The purveyors of hate, who until now have been spreading their poison at the margins of the political system, are now arriving at the centre. In almost every country there are demagogues who build their careers on incitement against the weak and helpless, who advocate the expulsion of “foreigners” and the persecution of minorities. In the past they were easy to dismiss, as was Hitler at the beginning of his career. Now they must be taken seriously.

In Netanyahu’s case there is scope for wondering how seriously we should take him. Yes, he is most definitely committed to a Greater Israel and denying the Palestinians a state on any terms (land and other) they can accept; but on other matters is he the master of bluff? Does he really believe, for example, that an Iran armed with a few nuclear bombs could and would pose an existential threat to the Zionist state (if he does, he’s mad); or did he decide to play the Iran threat card to get Palestine off the agenda, in order to allow Israel to continue its colonization and slow ethnic cleansing of the occupied West Bank without fear of sanction by the major powers?

Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall “was to Zionism what Mein Kampf was to Nazism”

There is, however, every reason to take Lieberman seriously, and the key to understanding why is in his party’s description of itself as “a national movement with the clear vision to follow in the brave path of Ze’ev Jabotinsky”.

In the first and still existing Western draft of the history of the making of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, Jabotinsky is described as being not only the founding father of the Haganah and thus the Israeli army but also the founder of “Revisionist Zionism”.

As I explain at length in my book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, “Revisionist Zionism” is actually honest Zionism. Those who in 1897 proclaimed the coming into existence of Zionism (sometimes described as “practical Zionism” and/or “socialist Labour Zionism”) were dishonest.

They agreed not to go public with their real goal – a Jewish state in all of Arab Palestine. Instead they talked and wrote for public consumption about the need for Jewish settlement, by obvious implication something far short of statehood; and they pretended they could come to an agreeable accommodation with the Arabs. Simply stated, they didn’t want the world and their fellow Jews especially to even think about the probability that the creation of a Jewish state would require some and perhaps many Palestinians to be dispossessed of their land, their homes and their rights.

It was to anaesthetize the Jewish conscience that Zionism’s pre-Jabotinsky leaders came up with the monstrous, wicked propaganda lie that Palestine was “a land without people for a people without land”.

Enter Jabotinsky. His book The Iron Wall: We and the Arabs was published in 1923. Its main thrust was that Zionism had to take Palestine from its Arab owners by force or not at all. (Two years later Adolf Hitler published Volume One of Mein Kampf.)

Jabotinsky’s book became the main inspirational text for most Jewish nationalists who became Israelis. (In my view The Iron Wall was to Zionism what Mein Kampf was to Nazism).

To understand Jabotinsky’s mindset is to understand how and why Israel became the arrogant, aggressive, oppressive, fascist state it is today and, also, why Lieberman is what he is. For that reason I am now going to quote (as I do in my book) nine paragraphs from The Iron Wall.

There can be no discussion of voluntary reconciliation between the Arabs, not now and not in the foreseeable future. All well-meaning people, with the exception of those blind from birth, understood long ago the complete impossibility of arriving at a voluntary agreement with the Arabs of Palestine forthe transformation of Palestine from an Arab country to a country with a Jewish majority.

Any native people view their country as their national home, of which they will be the complete masters. They will never voluntarily allow a new master. So it is for the Arabs. Compromisers among us try to convince us that the Arabs are some kind of fools who can be tricked with hidden formulations of our basic goals. I flatly refuse to accept this view of the Palestinian Arabs.

They have the precise psychology that we have. They look upon Palestine with the same instinctive love and true fervour that any Aztec looked upon his Mexico or any Sioux upon his prairie.Each people will struggle against colonizers until the last spark of hope that they can avoid the dangers of colonization and conquest is extinguished. The Palestinians will struggle in this way until there is hardly a spark of hope.

It matters not what kind of words we use to explain our colonization. Colonization has its own integral and inescapable meaning understood by every Jew and every Arab. Colonization has only one goal. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible. It has been necessary to carry on colonization against the will of the Palestinian Arabs and the same condition exists now.

Even an agreement with non-Palestinians (other Arabs) represents the same kind of fantasy. In order for Arab nationalists of Baghdad and Mecca and Damascus to agree to pay so serious a price they would have to refuse to maintain the Arab character of Palestine.

We cannot give any compensation for Palestine, neither to the Palestinians nor to other Arabs. Therefore, a voluntary agreement is inconceivable. All colonization, even the most restricted, must continue in defiance of the will of the native population. Therefore, it can continue and develop only under the shield of force which comprises an Iron Wall which the local population can never break through. This is our Arab policy. To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy.

Whether through the Balfour Declaration or the Mandate, external force is a necessity for establishing in the country conditions of rule and defence through which the local population, regardless of what it wishes, will be deprived of the possibility of impeding our colonization, administratively or physically. Force must play its role – with strength and without indulgence. In this, there are no meaningful differences between our militarists and our vegetarians. One prefers an Iron Wall of Jewish bayonets; the other an Iron Wall of English bayonets.

If you wish to colonize a land in which people are already living, you must provide a garrison for that land, or find some rich man or benefactor who will provide a garrison on your behalf. Or else? Or else, give up your colonization, for without an armed force which will render physically impossible any attempt to destroy or prevent this colonization, colonization is impossible – not difficult, not dangerous but IMPOSSIBLE! Zionism is a colonizing adventure and therefore it stands or it falls by the question of armed force. It is important to speak Hebrew but, unfortunately, it is even more important to be able to shoot – or else I am through with playing at colonization.

To the hackneyed reproach that this point of view is unethical, I answer -absolutely untrue. This is our ethic. There is no other ethic. As long as there is the faintest spark of hope for the Arabs to impede us, they will not sell these hopes – not for any sweet words nor for any tasty morsel, because this [the Palestinians] is not a rabble but a people, a living people. And no people makes such enormous concessions on such fateful questions, except when there is no hope left, until we have removed every opening visible in the Iron Wall. 

That, a decade before the Nazis came to power in Germany, was the ideology of what was called Revisionist Zionism. Its big idea was the application of brute force in order to give the Arabs, when they had been dispossessed of their land, no hope of getting it back. There was to be no consideration of what was morally or legally right or wrong. Compromise was entirely ruled out. It was a “them or us” strategy.

With that attitude prevailing as Israel heads further and faster down the road to Nazi-like fascism, there can be no hope for an initiative from within for peace on any terms the Palestinians could accept.

…there will at some point be a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and that might well convert the rising, global tide of anti-Israelism into classical anti-Semitism, bringing on Holocaust II, shorthand for another great turning against Jews, starting quite possibly in America.

Does that mean there’s no hope at all?

If the answer is “No”, I think the future is predictable. As I have indicated in previous articles, there will at some point be a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and that might well convert the rising, global tide of anti-Israelism into classical anti-Semitism, bringing on Holocaust II, shorthand for another great turning against Jews, starting quite possibly in America.

My friend Hajo thinks that is what Zionism wants because it believes that it’s only a matter of when not if the monster of anti-Semitism goes on the rampage again, and that when it does very many American and European Jews will flee to Israel for refuge and permanent settlement.

If that is really what Zionism’s in-Israel leaders want, I said to Hajo, they might be disappointed because there’s another possible scenario. To best protect themselves by playing their necessary part in preventing anti-Israelism being transformed into classical anti-Semitism, American and European Jews might distance themselves from the Zionist monster, say goodbye to it. This they would hope, as I do, would demonstrate that they are not complicit in the Zionist state’s crimes. Hajo agreed this was a possibility.

Larry Derfner refuses to give up on hope. Under the headline “The Bibi-Lieberman deal: A wake-up call to the would about Israel”, he wrote that by unifying himself and the country’s ruling party with “an internationally despised neo-fascist”, Netanyahu has brought Israel “a sizeable step closer to the limits of Western tolerance.”. And he, Derfner, expanded that thought with these words:

Ultimately that’s good news. The only way Israel is ever going to give up the occupation and its habit of military aggression is by going too far – by becoming such a Goliath that the Western world finally tells it to clean up its act or find some new allies.

In my view there is merit in Derfner’s argument to the extent that it’s not impossible the limits of Western tolerance of Israel’s defiance of international law and constant sabotaging of efforts for peace will be reached and passed, and that a day could come, possibly in the last year of President Obama’s second term, when Israel will be told “Enough is enough”, and that it will be totally isolated and subjected to the full range of sanctions if it does not comply with international law. But…

Even if that were to happen, it’s by no means impossible that Israel’s nuclear-armed leaders would tell the whole non-Jewish world to go to hell.

In my book I wonder aloud if future historians will conclude that catastrophe for all was inevitable from the moment Britain gave Zionism a spurious degree of legitimacy with the Balfour Declaration.

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Lest we forget: Bygone lights shining on our dark present

Arabs past and present


Mohamed El-Doufani* writes:

Nostalgia is often based on myths or an idealised vision of the past and, as such, is rarely a helpful illuminator of the present or guide to the future.

But occasionally one stumbles upon hard evidence of days long forgotten in the Arab world, or blurred and distorted by dysfunctional, primitive traditions and/or the venomous ideas of malicious forces among us, which shine a light on the darkness in which we currently live. 

The photographs below are snippets of the Arab world as it was once upon a time. 

Compare and contrast with scenes from, for example, contemporary Egypt with its ubiquitous hijab and its variants – a Jewish tradition rooted in Judaism and propagated by Islamists – or Libya with its bearded, gun-toting hoodlums and louts, and it won’t take you long to see how we’ve hurtled backwards, thanks to the poisons of Wahhabism, the Muslim Brotherhood, the retarded Salafists and dictatorship, which found in these poisons useful tools to rule over hapless, semi-literate, superstitious populations. 

Qur’an reciter Sheikh Mustafa Ismail and his wife. She is not wearing a veil: does that make her a non-Muslim?

Qur’an reciter Sheikh Mustafa Ismail and his wife. She is not wearing a veil: does that make her a non-Muslim?

 

Sheikh Ahmad Hasan al-Baquri, Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments during 1952-59 and head of Al-Azhar University, and his daughter before the invasion of the Wahhabi ideology.

Sheikh Ahmad Hasan al-Baquri, Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments during 1952-59 and head of Al-Azhar University, and his daughter before the invasion of the Wahhabi ideology.

 

Damascus University Medical School graduates, 1940. Men and women sitting together in modern clothes. No beards, no hiijab, niqab or any of their variants.

Damascus University Medical School graduates, 1940. Men and women sitting together in modern clothes. No beards, no hiijabniqab or any of their variants.

 

In 1977 UNESCO declared that education in Iraq was the best in the Middle East and was comparable to that in Scandinavia.

In 1977 UNESCO declared that education in Iraq was the best in the Middle East and was comparable to that in Scandinavia.

 

Spectators watching a football match in Basra Province, Iraq. Note how orderly and well presented everyone is.

Spectators watching a football match in Basra Province, Iraq. Note how orderly and well presented everyone is.

 

Yemen gives a loan to the World Bank! How times have changed, with many Yemenis now facing starvation, thanks to the Saudis, and the country riven with multiple conflicts – north vs south, tribe vs tribe, jihadists vs humans and animals.

Yemen gives a loan to the World Bank! How times have changed, with many Yemenis now facing starvation, thanks to the Saudis, and the country riven with multiple conflicts – north vs south, tribe vs tribe, jihadists vs humans and animals.

 

It’s 1946 and a boat carrying illegal European migrants in search of work and a better life in Egypt is seized in Alexandria.

It’s 1946 and a boat carrying illegal European migrants in search of work and a better life in Egypt is seized in Alexandria.

 

Einstein and Iraqi physicist Abd-al-Jabbar Abdallah, the first Chancellor of Baghdad University.

Einstein and Iraqi physicist Abd-al-Jabbar Abdallah, the first Chancellor of Baghdad University.

 

It’s 1925 and Cairo wins a prize for being the most beautiful city in the world.

It’s 1925 and Cairo wins a prize for being the most beautiful city in the world.

 

Jerusalem Airport in 1920, renamed Atorot airport after Israel occupied the city.

Jerusalem Airport in 1920, renamed Atorot airport after Israel occupied the city.

 


*Dr Mohamed El-Doufani is an editor, writer, analyst and commentator specialising in the Middle East and North Africa, and Russian and US foreign policies.

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Happy to Gobble Up Whatever Saudis Say

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Happy to Gobble Up Whatever Saudis Say, Trump Reportedly “Skeptical” of CIA Determination That Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Hit

“CIA doesn’t just contradict the Saudis, but also the Trump WH.”

“Trump’s Secretary of State making goo-goo eyes at the murderer.” Mike Pompeo meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

All the circumspection, laughter, and Trump administration statements that even at the time seemed bizarre and gullible, say critics, appear even more damning on Friday night after the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency believes the evidence shows that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, directly ordered the murder of  journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the Post‘s reporting:

In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence.

Khalid told Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.  It is not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at his brother’s direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by U.S. intelligence.

In a statement in response to the Post‘s story, the Saudi ambassador denied the accuracy of the reporting—claiming he never lured Khashoggi anywhere—and said such a “serious accusation should be not be left to anonymous sources.”

Josh Dawsey

@jdawsey1

CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince MBS was responsible for Khashoggi killing. Trump has been briefed. He keeps asking about body — CIA doesn’t know — and saying MBS maybe didn’t order the killing. And he talks about oil and arms sales. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-concludes-saudi-crown-prince-ordered-jamal-khashoggis-assassination/2018/11/16/98c89fe6-e9b2-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html?utm_term=.b9db8b0b3657 

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination

Audio recordings, intercepted phone calls and other intelligence link Mohammed bin Salman to killing that Saudis say was conducted by rogue elements.

washingtonpost.com

One U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions told the newspaper that the agency’s “accepted position is that there is no way this happened without [the crown prince] being aware or involved.”

Offering further details, the Post reporting adds:

Among the intelligence assembled by the CIA is an audio recording from a listening device that the Turks placed inside the Saudi consulate, according to the people familiar with the matter. The Turks gave the CIA a copy of that audio, and the agency’s director, Gina Haspel, has listened to it.

The audio shows that Khashoggi was killed within moments of entering the consulate, according to officials in multiple countries who have listened to it or been briefed on its contents. Khashoggi died in the office of the Saudi consul general, who can be heard expressing his displeasure that Khashoggi’s body now needed to be disposed of and the facility cleaned of any evidence, according to people familiar with the audio recording.

The CIA also examined a call placed from inside the consulate after the killing by an alleged member of the Saudi hit team, Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side and who was photographed entering and leaving the consulate on the day of the killing.

Since Khashoggi’s disappearance, the degree to which President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet—including Secretary of State Mike “I-Don’t-Want-to-Talk-About-the-Facts” Pompeo—have dodged and squirmed on publicly condemning the Saudis while accepting their denials has been characterized in numerous ways, including: impossible to ignore, “preposterous,” and a “disgrace.”

While the reporting on the CIA’s determination that the crown prince was the person who ordered the assassination was new on Friday, it’s nearly certain—if the assessment by an organization known for lying and misleading is to be believed—that the intelligence on which the agency has based this determination has been available to them—and therefore the president—for some time.

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Steve Silberman

@stevesilberman

Now that CIA has concluded the Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s assassination, it’s worth looking at these two photos again, both taken after the killing: Trump’s Secretary of State making goo-goo eyes at the murderer, and Khashoggi’s son being forced to shake his hand.

As the Post reports, the president has “privately” been shown the CIA’s evidence that the crown prince was involved, but Trump “remains skeptical that Mohammed ordered the killing.”

Trita Parsi

@tparsi

Wow! CIA concludes-with high confidence-that MBS ordered the slaughter of .

This isnt surprising. Releasing the conclusion, however, is.

CIA doesn’t just contradict the Saudis, but also the Trump WH.

A major blow to the campaign to save MBS!https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/cia-concludes-saudi-crown-prince-ordered-jamal-khashoggis-assassination/2018/11/16/98c89fe6-e9b2-11e8-a939-9469f1166f9d_story.html?utm_term=.99c69775211f&__twitter_impression=true&noredirect=on 

As the Post reports, the president has “privately” been shown the CIA’s evidence that the crown prince was involved, but Trump “remains skeptical that Mohammed ordered the killing.”

 

 

 

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