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Georgia Clark, teacher who asked Trump to deport ‘illegal’ students, wins job back

By Joshua Rhett Miller

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A Texas teacher who lost her job after asking President Trump on Twitter to remove the “illegal students from Mexico” from her school has won an appeal to get her job back.

Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath ruled Monday that the series of offensive tweets sent in May by Georgia Clark — an English teacher at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth — were protected by the First Amendment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Clark, whose Twitter account has since been deleted, is now entitled to return to the classroom with back pay and employment benefits or district officials can fork over one year’s salary.

The teacher was fired in June after seeking assistance from Trump in a barrage of tweets that she said she thought were private messages to the commander-in-chief, Clark later told a district investigator.

“Mr. President, Fort Worth Independent School District is loaded with illegal students from Mexico,” one message sent on May 17 read. “Carter-Riverside High School has been taken over by them.”

In another tweet, Clark said her earlier attempts to “remove the illegals” were rebuffed by local and federal authorities in Fort Worth, where 34 percent of residents are Hispanic or Latino, census data shows.

School officials had argued that Clark waived her First Amendment rights by signing a contract with the district, an assertion that Morath ruled was erroneous.

Clark did not “waive her right to contact, outside of the workday” elected officials about topics in which they have jurisdiction, according to Morath’s ruling.

“But while teachers retain free speech rights, these rights are not unlimited,” Morath wrote.

Superintendent Kent Scribner said late Monday that the district stood by its decision to fire Clark, saying it was in the “best interest” of all students.

A spokeswoman for the district, meanwhile, characterized Morath’s decision as a technicality, adding that all options are now being explored.

“This is all we are going to say right now as we have not yet had a chance to review and analyze the entire decision,” spokeswoman Barbara Griffith told the newspaper.

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Antisemitism claims have one goal: To stop Jeremy Corbyn winning power

The Jewish community’s alienation from Labour has been years in the making – but it is Johnson’s Conservatives who have embraced hostility to minorities

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds aloft a copy of the party’s manifesto on 21 November (AFP)3kShares

Asupposed antisemitism crisis in Britain’s Labour party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader has erupted back into the headlines.

This time barely any effort has been made to conceal the fact that the accusations relate to the “danger” that Corbyn could soon win power, with Britain gearing up for a general election in less than a month.

This week Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, added his voice to argue in the Times newspaper that the opposition leader was “unfit for high office” – the first time a chief rabbi has ever sought to interfere in the outcome of a general election. Calling Corbyn “mendacious” and warning that the election result would serve as a measure of Britain’s “moral compass”, he urged the public to “vote with their conscience”. 

His intervention followed a letter to the Guardian signed by a handful of public figures – many of whom are not Jewish – including John Le Carre, Fay Weldon, Simon Callow and Joanna Lumley, pressing voters to reject Labour on 12 December. They wrote: “The coming election is momentous for every voter, but for British Jews it contains a particular anguish: the prospect of a prime minister steeped in association with antisemitism.” 

The left is not only highly resistant to antisemitism but recognises the crimes committed by Israel without holding Jews responsible

Calling on voters to listen to the Jewish community’s concerns, and prioritise them over the likelihood that it would give the Conservatives the chance to continue their austerity policies and push ahead with a hard Brexit, they added: “Which other community’s concerns are disposable in this way? Who would be next?”

Their remarks echoed those of Jonathan Romain, a senior rabbi in Maidenhead, the constituency of the recently departed Conservative leader Theresa May. In the pages of the Daily Mail this month, Romain pleaded with Jewish voters to choose any candidate but Labour’s because Corbyn “poses such a threat to Britain’s Jews”. 

Like many others making this accusation, Romain left it for his readers to infer what precisely the supposed “threat” consisted of. But to aid them, he repeatedly referenced the fight against Hitler and the Nazis, as well as the Kindertransport that saved many thousands of Jewish children from extermination camps by bringing them to Britain. 

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Meanwhile, the Jewish Chronicle’s editor, Stephen Pollard, who has spent most of his career working for right-wing tabloid newspapers, used his paper’s front page to warn readers – once again – of the Corbyn menace. He cited a poll last month that found 87 per cent of British Jews believed Corbyn was an antisemite. Some 47 per cent claimed they would “seriously consider” emigrating were he elected prime minister.

Evidence sidelined

The survey has been widely quoted as further, irrefutable proof that Labour has become “institutionally antisemitic” on Corbyn’s watch. All the evidence shows otherwise, but facts have not held much sway in a debate driven chiefly by emotion and insinuation.

Facts have not held much sway in a debate driven chiefly by emotion and insinuation

Last month the Economist magazine, no friend to Corbyn or the Labour party, published a survey of British attitudes towards Israel and Jews, broken down into ideological factions. 

It found that “very left wing” voters – the people who share Corbyn’s politics – were among the least likely to hold antisemitic views, even though they also had by far the most critical views of Israel. By contrast, supporters of the right were three and a half times more likely to express antisemitic opinions. The centre, representing the Liberal Democrats and the Blairite wing of the Labour party, expressed little antisemitism but also rarely criticised Israel. 

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The findings were clear: the left is not only highly resistant to antisemitism but recognises the crimes committed by Israel without holding Jews responsible. The Economist survey offered confirmation of Labour party records showing that instances of antisemitism among its 500,000 members were rare – at just 0.08 percent of the membership.

Media’s influence

The evidence has, nonetheless, been overshadowed by the new survey suggesting that much of the Jewish community views Corbyn’s Labour party as plagued by antisemitism. Who, after all, wants to tell British Jews that they don’t know an antisemite when they see one?

The reality is that the main impression most British Jews have formed of Corbyn has been one presented to them by by a hostile media

But like a painting by an old master, layers of grime and dust have accumulated that need to be removed before we can see the true picture. 

The reality is that the main impression most British Jews have formed of Corbyn has been one presented to them by the media – a media that is hardly dispassionate about Labour’s prospects. It is owned and controlled by large corporations that have benefited from decades of free-market fundamentalism Labour is now threatening to overturn. 

Anyone who doubts the media’s ability to shape wider public opinion should remember its role in a strange electoral phenomenon long noted by psephologists. Many working-class voters prefer a Conservative government, even when it should be clear that their interests will be harmed as a result. 

A demonstration organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside Labour Party offices in London in 2018 (AFP)
A demonstration organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside Labour Party offices in London in 2018 (AFP)

There is, after all, a reason why corporations are so ready to plough their money into propping up loss-making newspapers – and it isn’t out of concern for the wider social good. It is about maintaining a climate of opinion in which their right to make money is unimpeded.

Other Jewish voices

In contrast to the manufactured media consensus on Corbyn, an interview this month with John Bercow, the former Speaker of the House of Commons, was a reminder that there are contrary voices inside the Jewish community. After 22 years serving in parliament alongside Corbyn, Bercow observed of the Labour leader: “I have never detected so much as a whiff of antisemitism from him.” Nor, he added, from the Labour Party.

There are good reasons why more Jews may be reluctant to speak up on Corbyn’s behalf, however. 

Last April, Jewish actor Miriam Margolyes found herself accused of antisemitism after she argued that the antisemitism complaints against Labour were being exaggerated to stop Corbyn from becoming prime minister. In a telling sign of how the climate against Corbyn is being manufactured by the media, a letter from prominent Jews and public figures in support of Corbyn, including Mark Ruffalo, Steve Coogan and Mike Leigh, could find a home only in the New Musical Express. Home Office-backed counter-extremism group waging Twitter campaign against CorbynRead More »

Corbyn has been one of the most outspoken and visible anti-racism campaigners in parliament for decades. In fact, it is his long-standing vocal support for oppressed ethnic and national minorities that lies at the root of the current antisemitism “crisis” in his own party. 

The Labour leader has been a leading champion of the Palestinian cause, demanding that Israel end more than half a century of belligerent occupation that has oppressed Palestinians and is in clear breach of international law.

His activism long ago made him unpopular among many fellow MPs in his party, Jews and non-Jews alike, who are members of the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) lobby. They have thrown their support fully behind Israel. LFI is one of the many organisations that connects the Labour party to Israel. All are anachronistic – remnants of a time when the British left treated Israel as nothing other than a sanctuary for Jews fleeing a long history of persecution in Europe. 

But these Labour lobby groups reflected too a lingering European racism only too willing to overlook the legacy of Israel’s creation – the mass suffering of Palestinians ruled over by an unaccountable, brutal Israeli army.

It was Palestinians, not Europeans, who were made to atone for Europe’s racism towards the Jewish people. Corbyn acknowledges that historical fact. Most of his parliamentary colleagues refuse to do so. Some may even unconsciously resent him for highlighting their own hypocrisy and unthinking racism towards Palestinians.

Unpopular Miliband

It is important to remember that antipathy towards the Labour Party from many in the British Jewish community is nothing new – and long predates Corbyn’s leadership. Perhaps most revealing on this score was the dismal polling among Jews of Corbyn’s predecessor, Ed Miliband, who is himself Jewish. 

A Jewish Chronicle survey in early 2015 found that only 22 per cent of Jews intended to vote for Labour under Miliband’s leadership, compared to 69 per cent who backed the Conservative party. 

Also, five times more British Jews thought Tory leader David Cameron was good for their community than Miliband. The reasoning of many was indicated by their answer to a further question: 73 per cent said the parties’ attitude towards Israel and the Middle East would be “very” or “quite” important in influencing how they voted.

Labour MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband (2L), talks with residents on a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019,
Labour MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, talks with residents on a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on 8 November (AFP)

A poll a few weeks earlier had noted that the overwhelming majority of Britons thought it irrelevant that Miliband was Jewish in deciding how they would vote. Paradoxically, it was British Jews who largely saw Miliband negatively in relation to his Jewishness. 

‘No passion’ for Israel

Miliband was not accused of antisemitism – that might have sounded a little too improbable – but he was found guilty by a significant number in the Jewish community of failing to be a strong advocate for Israel. For example, he antagonised many with his criticisms of Israel when it launched an attack on a blockaded Gaza in 2014 that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including some 550 children. 

Miliband was found guilty by a significant number in the Jewish community of failing to be a strong advocate for Israel

The Jewish Chronicle also noted how his reputation had been harmed with many British Jews by his support the same year for non-binding legislation calling for the UK to recognise Palestinian statehood. 

As Israel’s Haaretz newspaper observed: “For British Jews therefore, there is a troubling question: Is Miliband Jewish enough? Does he have loyalty to the tribe? … The fact that British Jews have such little confidence in him is mainly due to his lack of passion for Israel.” This was made clear at a fundraising dinner by the Community Security Trust, a leading Jewish organisation, in March 2015. The audience noisily booed a video featuring Miliband. 

The mood among many British Jews was articulated by another popular Jewish actress, Maureen Lipman. Appalled by Miliband, she renounced five decades of support for the Labour Party, saying he had shown there was “one law for the Israelis, another law for the rest of the world”. 

In the run-up to the 2015 election, Lipman urged other Jews to vote for any party but Labour to stop Miliband becoming Britain’s first Jewish prime minister in more than 130 years. Perhaps hoping British voters suffered from collective amnesia, Lipman pulled the same stunt again last year, suggesting this time it was Corbyn who had made her a Tory. 

This month she released a mock advert for Beattie, a character associated with her since the 1980s, urging voters not to back Corbyn or Labour. The video was heavily promoted by the Mail and Sun newspapers, the latter calling it a “blistering attack”

Nationwide echo-chamber

Corbyn’s democratic socialism is the first serious attempt by Labour since the Thatcher years to try to reverse the enormous and relentless economic gains made by Britain’s corporate ruling class. And Corbyn’s much more outspoken position in support of Palestinian rights – no different from his backing for black South Africans under apartheid rule – is unprecedented for a leader of a major British party.

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That has made him especially vulnerable to attack both from a billionaire-owned media worried about his economic policies and from Israel lobbyists worried about where he might take British foreign policy on Israel. 

Both have found antisemitism an effective weapon with which to damage Corbyn – both because of the seriousness of the offence and because it has been difficult to rebut such claims given the intentional blurring of antisemitism’s meaning since his election to lead Labour. 

The main Israel lobby groups in the Labour party, from the LFI to the Jewish Labour Movement, have pushed hard for the Labour Party to change its rulebook on antisemitism. Last year the party was forced to adopt a highly controversial definition drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), shifting the focus from hatred of Jews to criticism of Israel. 

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The Labour party conference in Brighton on 24 September (AFP)

With a media-wide consensus on Corbyn’s antisemitism problem, it was inevitable that a significant proportion of British Jews would come to accept that Labour is indeed antisemitic. They have been living in a nationwide echo-chamber for the best part of four years.

An expanded definition

Unlike Miliband, of course, Corbyn has no ethnic card to play in his own defence. That has left him uniquely exposed. Once antisemitism was redefined by Labour’s adoption of the IHRA code, Corbyn’s decades of campaigning for justice for Palestinians easily became conflated with antisemitism. It has allowed his critics to reframe his decades of his anti-racism activism as proof of his racism.

Once antisemitism was redefined by Labour’s adoption of the IHRA code, Corbyn’s decades of campaigning for justice for Palestinians became conflated with antisemitism

In addition, for those British Jews who regard Israel as central to their identity, Corbyn’s record of vocal criticism of Israel has been perceived as an attack on who they are. Many have been only too ready to accept claims that his support for justice for Palestinian is rooted not in principle but in antisemitism.

The ludicrous lengths to which his opponents – whether in the pro-Israel lobby or in the media – have been prepared to go in malevolently expanding the meaning of antisemitism to harm him is illustrated by the reaction to his economic platform. 

Labour’s history is rooted in socialism, redistributive policies, workers’ rights, and curbs on the capitalist class profiteering at the public’s expense. But now Corbyn’s criticisms of those who exploit workers, or accumulate vast wealth, or hide it off-shore where it can’t be taxed, are also being denounced as antisemitic. 

Revealing prejudices

The assumption of his critics – revealing their prejudices rather than his – is that Corbyn is referring to “Jews” when he speaks of bankers, capitalists, a corporate elite or the establishment. This process was tentatively started by Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, but has become commonplace since. 

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But the more I think about It, the more it seems it really is.
This is ‘nudge, nudge, you know who I’m talking about don’t you?’
And yes I do. It’s appalling https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1040857497534230528 …Jeremy Corbyn@jeremycorbynTen years ago today the financial crash began.

The people who caused it now call me a threat. They’re right.

Labour is a threat to a damaging and failed system rigged for the few.

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the financial crash last year, Corbyn warned that he would crack down on those responsible for nearly wrecking western economies by creating a giant Ponzi scheme that repackaged debt. He tweeted: “The people who caused it now call me a threat. They’re right.” 

Pollard responded: “This is ‘nudge, nudge, you know who I’m talking about, don’t you?’ And yes I do. It’s appalling.”  As writer David Rosenberg observed: “Stephen Pollard and Jeremy Corbyn. One of them seems to think all bankers are Jews. Clue: it is not Jeremy Corbyn.” 

The fact that so many Jews now believe Corbyn and his party are antisemitic does not prove their beliefs to be true – any more than the fact that sections of the working class vote Tory means the party will take care of their interests. 

Wildly inflated figures

Jews are as susceptible as everyone else to media propaganda and manufactured “moral panics”. And given their justifiable fears of a revival of antisemitism, they are likely to be even more open to manipulation by a media determined to block Corbyn’s path to power.

How effective this campaign has been outside the Jewish community is highlighted in a new book, Bad News for Labour

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Academics have noted the astonishing power of the media’s wildly inflated claims against Labour to dupe the British public (Reuters)

Academics Greg Philo and Mike Berry have noted the astonishing power of the media’s wildly inflated claims against Labour to dupe the British public. This has been equally true of Labour Party members, even when the media’s claims conflict with their own direct experience. 

One survey they undertook for the book shows that on average respondents estimated that 34 per cent of Labour members had been accused of antisemitism.

That was over 300 times larger than the true figure.

When asked how they arrived at such a huge figure, many cited the scale of media coverage. As Philo observed in one interview: “A recurring theme of their answers was the sense that it simply must be on a vast scale, given how much publicity there’s been around it – the sheer amount of fuss and coverage in the media, as they saw it, and the amount of money being put into investigating the issue.” 

One-sided programme

Respondents had been influenced, Philo pointed out, by headlines like “Corbyn’s antisemite army” or descriptions of Labour as “riddled with antisemites”. He also noted the role of the BBC, which is widely trusted, in bolstering the misleading coverage. 

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Its recent Panorama programme “Is Labour Anti-Semitic?” presented 17 former Labour staffers attacking the Corbyn-led party. But the programme-makers failed to identify who these critics were. Many were in fact Israel lobbyists – one was even a former employee of the Israeli embassy in London. 

While the show included one person replying to the complaints, it entirely excluded the many Jewish voices in Labour that defend Corbyn. Philo observed that both the BBC and Guardian, two media organisations often seen as offering a counterweight to the right-wing press, had repeatedly failed to address the evidence of whether Labour actually had an antisemitism problem. 

“That is a key source of their power – they can impose silence and simply refuse to discuss their own role,” he concluded. Not surprisingly given the current climate, the Bad News book itself came under fire for being antisemitic in questioning the media’s antisemitism narrative. A book launch in Brighton had to be cancelled after a torrent of abuse from Corbyn opponents. 

Rise of Jew hatred on right

Perhaps the greatest irony of the current calls from Jewish leaders and public figures to vote against Labour is that the only possible beneficiary will be the Conservative Party, led by Boris Johnson, known for his dog-whistle racism

The Tories have been moving relentlessly to the right in recent years and now emphasise a “hostile environment” policy towards immigrants and ethnic minorities. 

A demonstrator takes part in protests outside a meeting of the National Executive of Britain's Labour Party September, 2018 (Reuters)
A demonstrator takes part in protests outside a meeting of the National Executive of Britain’s Labour Party September, 2018 (Reuters)

After many years of media indifference, there are finally the first signs that the Conservatives may be coming under limited scrutiny for an Islamophobia long rampant in the party’s ranks. Even so, anti-Muslim racism among Tories still receives marginal coverage compared to the reporting of Labour’s supposed antisemitism problem. This is doubly misleadingly. 

First, Islamophobia appears to be far more entrenched and widespread among Conservatives than antisemitism is in Labour. But equally importantly, and almost totally ignored, antisemitism too is a more significant problem on the right than the left, as the Economist survey starkly highlighted.

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Remember, respondents on the right were three and half times more like to express hatred of Jews than the left. 

That is reflected in the current rise in western societies of white nationalist movements that have been either maligning Jews or targeting them with physical violence. 

British Jews have been persuaded that they have something to fear from a Labour government because Corbyn is a long-time critic of Israel. But all the evidence suggests that they ought to be far more frightened of the reawakening of a traditional right-wing bigotry towards Jews. 

The media and Israel lobby may have been largely successful in recruiting British Jews and many others to their self-serving campaign to stop Corbyn becoming prime minister. But ultimately the Jewish community risks being engulfed by Britain’s expanding “hostile environment” if the Conservatives are allowed to remain in power and continue their drift rightwards unhindered.

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Prisoners of Palestine: 15 thousand women and girls detained by the occupation since 1967

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Illegally Nazi occupied Ramallah: The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies has documented the arrest of more than 15,000 women and girls since 1967, while 2100 women and girls have been arrested since the Al-Aqsa Intifada, including dozens of minors, wounds, patients and elderly women.

The Center added that the occupation escalated during the Jerusalem Intifada in 2015 from the policy of arresting women and girls, where the number of arrests reached about (800) cases, including minors and injuries, and still (44) prisoners in the Israeli jails, including (20) mother with dozens of children .

He called for stopping all forms of abuse and torture against Palestinian prisoners in Nazi camps and their release .

In a press release on the occasion of the International Day Against Violence against Women, which falls on the 25th of November each year, PCHR called upon the international community to implement the provisions of humanitarian conventions on the ground without favoritism or political hypocrisy of any party .

He stressed that the occupation authorities practice all forms of torture, violence and abuse of Palestinian prisoners in prisons without deterrence .

He explained that international institutions enact laws and legislate that prohibit violence and torture against women, but turn a blind eye to the excesses of the occupation and its crimes against Palestinian prisoners, which encourages the occupation to continue these inhuman practices .

He added that there are 29 female prisoners serving different sentences, including 8 women prisoners whose sentences are more than 10 years, above the two families; the wounded Shurooq Salah Dwayat (22 years) from Jerusalem, and Shatila Suleiman Abu Ayada (26 years) from the occupied interior, and issued by the Israeli courts Sentenced to 16 years in prison .

He said that the occupation issued more than (64) administrative decision against women and girls between the new and renewal, and is still held in the prisons of two prisoners under administrative detention, and they are the captive Alaa Bashir of Qalqilya and Sunrise of the body from Bethlehem .

Al-Ashqar pointed out that the prisoners suffer from the policy of deliberate medical negligence, whether for sick or wounded patients who were shot, and complain for many years of the lack of a female doctor in the prison clinic to care for them, and the lack of appropriate medicines for cases of sick prisoners .

PCHR appealed to international human rights and humanitarian institutions, especially those concerned with mirror issues, not to double standards, to provide justice for Palestinian prisoners, to release all of them from prisons, and to intervene urgently to end their ongoing suffering.

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Nazi Gestapo forces arrest 12 Palestinians from the West Bank


By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Nazi illegally Occupied Palestine : Nazi army arrested at dawn on Wednesday, 12 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, after a raid of their homes and inspected.

According to local sources, the Nazi occupation forces arrested the prisoner Emad Diriyeh, Yasser Abu Ajamiya from Bethlehem, and Raji Masalmeh from Hebron.

They also arrested Muhammad Hamza Herzallah, Bilal Dhiab, Najib Omar Murshid, Bassam Dhiab from Jenin governorate, Hashim Ma’an Afaneh from Qalqilya, Mohammad Shehadeh from Nablus, and Yousef Al-Sheikh from Bedouin village, northwest of Jerusalem.

Nazi army said in a statement that its forces arrested at dawn today 12 Palestinians from several cities in the occupied West Bank, allegedly suspected of involvement in “violent” acts. 

He added that the detainees were taken for questioning at various Nazi interrogation camp.

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C.I.A propaganda: Iran’s attack on Saudi Aramco from start to finish

Reuters: Details of Iran’s attack on Saudi Aramco from start to finish

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TEHRAN – Four months before a swarm of drones and missiles disrupted the world’s largest oil processing plant in Saudi Arabia, Iranian security officials gathered at a heavily fortified complex in Tehran.

Among those present were senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the elite branch of the Iranian military establishment, whose competencies include missile development and covert operations.

The main theme on that May day was how to punish the United States for withdrawing from a historic nuclear agreement and its return to economic sanctions against Iran, two steps that dealt a severe blow to the Islamic Republic.

In the presence of Major General Hussein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, a senior commander stood addressing the audience, while quoting four sources familiar with what took place in the meeting quoted the commander as saying, “It is time to publicize our swords and teach them a lesson.”

Hardliners spoke of attacking high-value targets, including US military bases.


The outcome of the meeting, however, was a plan that did not amount to an open confrontation that could result in a devastating US response. Iran has opted instead to target oil facilities in US ally Saudi Arabia, a proposal discussed by top Iranian military officials at that meeting in May and at least four subsequent meetings.


This account of events, described by Reuters as three officials familiar with the meetings and a fourth official familiar with Iran’s decision-making, represents the first description of the role Iranian leaders played in planning a September 14 attack on Saudi Aramco.


Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has agreed to the operation under strict conditions that Iranian forces should avoid injuring any civilians or Americans, the officials said.


Reuters could not confirm this account of events from the Iranian leadership. A Revolutionary Guards spokesman declined to comment. Iran has insisted it was not involved.


Ali Reza Mir Yousufi, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations in New York, rejected the account. He said Iran had not played a role in the attacks and there had been no meetings of senior security officials to discuss such an operation and Khamenei had not authorized any attack.


“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Mir Yusufi said in response to detailed questions from Reuters about those meetings and what was said about Khamenei’s role.


The Saudi government communication center did not respond to a request for comment.


The CIA and Pentagon declined to comment. A senior Trump administration official did not comment directly on Reuters findings, but said Tehran’s behavior and “history of devastating attacks over decades and supporting terrorism is why its economy is in chaos.”


Yemen’s Iranian-allied Houthi group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Saudi oil facilities. US and Saudi officials dismissed the announcement, saying the complexity of the process referred to Iran. The Houthis are a key part of a civil war against Saudi-backed forces.


Saudi Arabia was a strategic target.


The kingdom is Iran’s main rival in the region and the giant of the oil industry, whose production is vital to the global economy. Saudi Arabia is an important security partner for the United States.


But its war in Yemen, where thousands of civilians have been killed and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by a group of Saudi workers last year, has strained relations with members of the US Congress.


Congress did not see a wave of support for military intervention in support of Saudi Arabia following the attack.


The 17-minute attack on two Aramco facilities by 18 drones and three low-altitude missiles revealed how much the Saudi oil company was exposed despite billions the kingdom spent on security.


Fires broke out in Saudi Arabia’s Khurais facility and the world’s largest oil processing plant, Abqaiq.


The attack has temporarily halved Saudi oil production and disrupted 5 percent of global oil supplies. World oil prices rose.


The attack prompted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to accuse Iran of “an act of war.” Additional US sanctions were imposed on Tehran. US officials also told Reuters the United States had launched cyber attacks on Iran.

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TEHRAN (Reuters) – A plan by Iranian military commanders to strike Saudi oil facilities has evolved over several months, the official familiar with Iran’s decision-making said.


“Details were discussed at length in at least five meetings and final approval was issued” by September, the official said.


Three officials told Reuters the meetings took place at a secure location inside the complex in southern Tehran. They said Supreme Leader Khamenei attended one of those meetings at his residence, also located inside the compound.


Among those attending some of those meetings were Yahya Rahim Safavi, Khamenei’s top military adviser and deputy to Qasem Soleimani, who heads the Revolutionary Guards’ foreign and secret military operations, the officials said. Rahim Safavi could not be reached for comment.


One potential target was initially discussed at a seaport in Saudi Arabia, the official familiar with the decision-making process said. The source did not want to give further details.


The four officials said the ideas were ultimately ruled out because of fears of heavy casualties that could lead to a harsh response from the United States and encourage Israel to push the region into war.


The official familiar with the decision-making said the group had settled on a plan to attack the two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia because it could make headlines and do economic damage to an opponent while delivering a strong message to Washington.


“The agreement on Aramco was reached almost unanimously,” the official said. “The idea was to review Iran’s ability to reach depth and its military capabilities.”


It was the worst attack on oil installations in the Middle East since Iraqi President Saddam Hussein set fire to Kuwaiti oil fields during the 1991 Gulf crisis.


US Senator Martha Maxali, a former Air Force Republican who was briefed by US and Saudi officials and visited the Abqaiq facility after the attack, said the attackers knew exactly where they should be hit to cause the most damage.


“The attack revealed a person who understands very well the operations of a facility similar to what he has, not just bombing targets based on satellite imagery,” she told Reuters. It said the drones and missiles “came from Iranian territory, from an Iranian base.”


A Middle Eastern source briefed by a state investigating the attack said the launch site was the Ahwaz airbase in southwest Iran. The assessment is similar to what three US officials and two other people who spoke to Reuters, a Western intelligence official and a Western source working in the Middle East, said.


Instead of flying directly from Iran to Saudi Arabia over the Gulf, they said, missiles and drones took various indirect routes to oil facilities as part of Iran’s bid to hide its involvement in the attack.


According to the Western intelligence source, some planes flew over Iraq and Kuwait before reaching Saudi Arabia, giving Iran a reasonable chance of being implicated.


“It would have been different if the missiles and drones had been seen or heard flying on their way to Saudi Arabia over the Gulf from a southern air route,” he said.


Revolutionary Guards leaders briefed the supreme commander on the successful operation hours after the attack, according to the official close to Iran’s decision-making circles.


Media around the world showed images of fires burning at Saudi oil installations. The Saudi stock market tumbled and world oil prices jumped 20 percent immediately after the attack. Saudi Aramco officials gathered in the so-called “emergency management room” at the company’s headquarters.


One official who spoke to Reuters said the result of the operation delighted Tehran, which dealt a painful blow to Saudi Arabia and mocked the United States.

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The IRGC and other branches of the Iranian army report to Khamenei as their head. The Supreme Leader’s reaction was defiant in Trump’s abandonment last year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the so-called nuclear deal with Iran.


That deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Russia, France, China and Britain – as well as Germany led to the lifting of billions of dollars of sanctions on Iran in return for Tehran to restrict its nuclear program.


Trump’s demand for a better deal prompted Iran to embark on a two-track strategy to mitigate the effects of US re-sanctions that have paralyzed its oil exports and cut Iran off from the global banking system almost entirely.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed willingness to meet US officials on condition that all sanctions are lifted. Simultaneously, Iran boasts its military and technical capabilities.


In recent months, Iran shot down a US drone and seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 20 percent of the world’s oil traffic passes. Tehran has declared stockpiles of enriched uranium in violation of the nuclear deal as part of its pledge to resume its nuclear program.


Aramco’s attacks were an escalation that came at a time when Trump is pursuing his long-stated goal of withdrawing US troops from the Middle East. Just days after announcing a surprise withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria, the Trump administration said on October 11 it would send fighter jets, missile defense weapons and 2,800 extra troops to Saudi Arabia to bolster the kingdom’s defenses.
US Defense Secretary Mark Asper warned Tehran in an interview with reporters: “Do not attack another sovereign country and do not threaten US interests or American forces or we will respond.”


However, Iran seems to have calculated that the Trump administration will not risk a full-scale attack that could destabilize the region in order to protect Saudi oil, said Ali Waiz, project manager for the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit group working to end international conflicts.


A preacher said militants in Iran “have come to believe that Trump is just a tiger” on Twitter. So there is no diplomatic or military price for any pressure on their part. “


A senior Trump administration official dismissed the idea that the Iran operation had strengthened its ability to reach an agreement to ease US sanctions.


“Iran knows exactly what it needs to do to lift the sanctions,” he said.


The administration says Iran must end support for terrorist groups in the Middle East and submit to tougher conditions that completely eliminate its nuclear ambitions. Iran says it has no links to terrorist groups.
It is unclear whether Iran will comply with US demands.


In one of the last meetings ahead of the attack on Saudi oil facilities, another commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was already looking ahead, according to an official close to Iran’s decision-making circles who was briefed on the meeting.


“Trust that God Almighty will be with us. Start planning for the next attack,” the commander told senior security officials.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER RESEARCH ‘ Video’

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THEY DON’T WANT TO FIND ANSWERS THAT WILL REDUCE THEIR REVENUE

CHEMO, SURGERY, RADIATION ONLY – NOTHING ELSE “PAYS”

The truth about cancer research.

First thing to know:

It’s a cancer “industry” first and foremost.

Bottom line: They don’t want to find answers that will reduce their revenue.

Chemo, surgery, radiation only – nothing else “pays.”

They know it doesn’t work and they know patients know it doesn’t work – so they rush them into it right.

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Ab-A$$ Zionist puppet security services assault the freed prisoners in the center of Ramallah

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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RAMALLAH: Members of Ab-A$$ Zionist puppet security services assaulted the tents of Palestinian prisoners freed in 2007 in the center of Ramallah, arresting and detaining a number of them.

The prisoners said in a statement; arrived “Jerusalem” a copy of it, that a force of the Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ security services raided at two o’clock in the dawn of tents, which are housed by the freed prisoners sit in central Ramallah.

They added that the members of the agencies demolished the tents and confiscated their belongings and equipment. They also abducted the lawyer Abdul Raziq al-Arouri, Ehab al-Saddah, Mohammed Adeli and Mohammed al-Ja’bari. From the consultant hospital in the suburb of Rayhan in the city.

The liberated prisoners also documented the assault of the security services on al-Arouri’s vehicle by puncturing its tires.

The freed prisoners held Zionist puppet Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh what they called “the crime of breaking up tents and assaulting them as interior minister and prime minister”. 

They described the dealings of security services with them at dawn today, “bullying led by the Palestinian government,” calling for the release of the prisoner freed Jamjoumom, and return their tents to them. 

They also affirmed in their statement that they will continue their peaceful sit-in in the center of Ramallah, announcing that they will hold a press conference during the day to show their next escalation. 

The release of the salaries of the freed prisoners to 2007 in the wake of the division, and the majority of those who have spent in the prisons of the occupation between 10 and 21 years.

The Palestinian Authority cut the salaries of 35 Palestinian prisoners from the occupied West Bank, including five prisoners in the prisons of the occupation, alleged what it called a “violation of legitimacy”, in addition to cutting the salaries of prisoners released from the Gaza Strip as well.

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SUPPRESSION OF CURES

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THE STORY OF DMSO

WHAT OTHER MEDICINES HAVE THESE MONSTERS KEPT FROM US?

For decades, CBD oil from the cannabis plant was illegal, research was banned and doctors who used it were persecuted.

Tens of thousands are in jail today for possessing the raw plant material.

Now, finally it’s legal in all 50 states.

What other medicines have these monsters kept from us?

What “monsters” am I talking about?

The FDA, Big Pharma, Congress and the captive news media which will sing any song they’re paid to sing.

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Thus the occupation killed the captive Sami Abu Diak

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Jerusalem the capital of Palestine: Nazi occupation forces killed a sick prisoner of cancer Sami Abu Diak (36 years), by mistake and deliberate medical negligence before he got cancer, as part of the torture procedures against him and the prisoners in the Nazi Camps.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said that the Nazi regime started killing the prisoner Abu Diak before he was diagnosed with cancer, which resulted from a mistake and deliberate medical negligence, since 2015 he underwent a medical error after undergoing surgery in the Zionist hospital “Soroka”, where part of his intestine was removed As a result of his frequent transport through the so-called “Al-Bosta” vehicle, which represents another journey of torment, prisoners were poisoned in his body and had kidney and pulmonary failure.

Abu Diak also underwent three surgeries, and remained under the influence of anesthetic for a month connected to artificial respirators, until he was later diagnosed with cancer.

The Prisoners Club confirmed that in all attempts to release him, the Nazi regime refused to do so despite his certainty that he had reached the final stage of the disease. The date of the second of December next to consider the issue of his early release.

The Prisoners Club held the Nazi occupation authorities fully responsible for the killing of the prisoner Abu Diak through the systematic policies of torture, including the policy of medical negligence, which uses the right to treatment as a tool to abuse the prisoner.

She explained that the Nazi occupation authorities are implementing this through many procedures, including: “Depriving the prisoner of treatment or procrastination in providing it, and the late detection of the disease, because of the delay in conducting medical examinations and transportation to hospitals, there are dozens of prisoners have been waiting for years for surgery for them, some of them He reached a stage where it is difficult to provide treatment, except for the conditions of families that do not meet the minimum health conditions of prisoners, which caused hundreds of prisoners to suffer from various diseases.

His last message from the detainee was: “To every conscience, I live in my last hours and days. I want to be in my last days and hours beside my mother and my loved ones. I want to die in the arms of her. Hands and feet, and in front of a jailer who loves death and feeds, and delights in our pain and suffering. “

Abu Dayak, from Silat Al-Dahr village in Jenin governorate, was arrested on 17 July 2002 on charges of resisting the occupation. He was sentenced to life imprisonment three times and (30) years. He has another brother, Samer Abu Dayak. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, where he accompanied him throughout his illness in the so-called “Ramla clinic” detention facility for his care.

Abu Diak has five brothers, including his brother Samer, in addition to his parents who were deprived of his farewell today.

It is noteworthy that Abu Diak is the second prisoner killed by the occupation slowly due to medical negligence in recent months, preceded by the prisoner Bassam Sayeh, who rose on September 8, 2019, bringing the number of martyrs of the National Movement captive since 1967, to 222 martyrs, Among them (67) prisoners were killed through the policy of deliberate medical negligence.

This brings the number of martyrs killed by the occupation since the beginning of this year, five martyrs, namely: “Fares Baroud, Omar Awni Younis, and the supporters of Taqatqa, Bassam Sayeh in addition to Sami Abu Diak.”

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The Bar Association suspends work tomorrow in solidarity with the prisoners whose salaries are cut


By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Illegally occupied RAMALLAH, West Bank: The Palestinian Bar Association announced on Wednesday the suspension of work in all courts and public prosecutors on Thursday from 11 am until the end of working hours in solidarity with the severed prisoners.

The union said in a press statement issued by: “In light of the continued intransigence in not dealing with the demands of the freed prisoners to re-pay their salaries cut in violation of the law, and in the face of deteriorating and serious health, which can threaten their lives and physical integrity.”

She added: “We at the Palestinian Bar Association declare our full solidarity with the demands of the prisoners on hunger strike, especially our colleague, the liberated lawyer Abdul Raziq Khasib Al-Arouri as demands of the law.” Political as the prisoners represent the state of national consensus in all stages of the Palestinian liberation struggle. “

She continued: “We decided to suspend work in all courts and prosecutors and in front of all institutions on Thursday from 11:00 until the end of the working hours,” bearing the authorities in charge of the safety of the protesters and end their suffering and fulfill their demands.

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Transfer of 10 released striking prisoners to hospitals

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