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Trump Was Right: NATO Should Be Obsolete

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by MEDEA BENJAMIN

The three smartest words that Donald Trump uttered during his presidential campaign are “NATO is obsolete.” His adversary, Hillary Clinton, retorted that NATO was “the strongest military alliance in the history of the world.” Now that Trump has been in power, the White House parrots the same worn line that NATO is “the most successful Alliance in history, guaranteeing the security, prosperity, and freedom of its members.” But Trump was right the first time around: Rather than being a strong alliance with a clear purpose, this 70-year-old organization that is meeting in London on December 4 is a stale military holdover from the Cold War days that should have gracefully retired many years ago.

NATO was originally founded by the United States and 11 other Western nations as an attempt to curb the rise of communism in 1949. Six years later, Communist nations founded the Warsaw Pact and through these two multilateral institutions, the entire globe became a Cold War battleground. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, the Warsaw Pact disbanded but NATO expanded, growing from its original 12 members to 29 member countries. North Macedonia, set to join next year, will bring the number to 30. NATO has also expanded well beyond the North Atlantic, adding a partnership with Colombia in 2017. Donald Trump recently suggested that Brazil could one day become a full member.

NATO’s post-Cold War expansion toward Russia’s borders, despite earlier promises not to move eastward, has led to rising tensions between Western powers and Russia, including multiple close calls between military forces. It has also contributed to a new arms race, including upgrades in nuclear arsenals, and the largest NATO “war games” since the Cold War.

While claiming to “preserve peace,” NATO has a history of bombing civilians and committing war crimes. In 1999, NATO engaged in military operations without UN approval in Yugoslavia. Its illegal airstrikes during the Kosovo War left hundreds of civilians dead. And far from the “North Atlantic,” NATO joined the United States in invading Afghanistan in 2001, where it is still bogged down two decades later. In 2011, NATO forces illegally invaded Libya, creating a failed state that caused masses of people to flee. Rather than take responsibility for these refugees, NATO countries have turned back desperate migrants on the Mediterranean Sea, letting thousands die.

In London, NATO wants to show it is ready to fight new wars. It will showcase its readiness initiative – the ability to deploy 30 battalions by land, 30 air squadrons and 30 naval vessels in just 30 days, and to confront future threats from China and Russia, including with hypersonic missiles and cyberwarfare. But far from being a lean, mean war machine, NATO is actually riddled with divisions and contradictions. Here are some of them:

* French President Emmanuel Macron questions the U.S. commitment to fight for Europe, has called NATO “brain dead” and has proposed a European Army under the nuclear umbrella of France.

* Turkey has enraged NATO members with its incursion into Syria to attack the Kurds, who have been Western allies in the fight against ISIS. And Turkey has threatened to veto a Baltic defense plan until allies support its controversial incursion into Syria. Turkey has also infuriated NATO members, especially Trump, by purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile system.

* Trump wants NATO to push back against China’s growing influence, including the use of Chinese companies for the construction of 5G mobile networks–something many NATO countries are unwilling to do.

* Is Russia really NATO’s adversary? France’s Macron has reached out to Russia, inviting Putin to discuss ways in which the European Union can put the Crimean invasion behind it. Donald Trump has publicly attacked Germany over its Nord Stream 2 project to pipe in Russian gas, but a recent German poll saw 66 percent wanting closer ties with Russia.

* The UK has bigger problems. Britain has been convulsed over the Brexit conflict and is holding contentious national election on December 12. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, knowing that Trump is wildly unpopular, is reluctant to be seen as close to him. Also, Johnson’s major contender, Jeremy Corbyn, is a reluctant supporter of NATO. While his Labour Party is committed to NATO, over his career as an anti-war champion, Corbyn has called NATO “a danger to world peace and a danger to world security.” The last time Britain hosted NATO leaders in 2014, Corbyn told an anti-NATO rally that the end of the Cold War “should have been the time for NATO to shut up shop, give up, go home and go away.”

* A further complication is Scotland, which is home to a very unpopular Trident nuclear submarine base as part of NATO’s nuclear deterrent. A new Labour government would need the support of the Scottish National Party. But its leader, Nicola Sturgeon, insists that a precondition for her party’s support is a commitment to close the base.

* Europeans can’t stand Trump (a recent poll found he is trusted by only 4 percent of Europeans!) and their leaders can’t rely on him. Allied leaders learn of presidential decisions that affect their interests via Twitter. The lack of coordination was clear in October, when Trump ignored NATO allies when he ordered U.S. special forces out of northern Syria, where they had been operating alongside French and British commandos against Islamic State militants.

* The US unreliability has led the European Commission to draw up plans for a European “defense union” that will coordinate military spending and procurement. The next step may be to coordinate military actions separate from NATO. The Pentagon has complained about EU countries purchasing military equipment from each other instead of from the United States, and has called this defense union “a dramatic reversal of the last three decades of increased integration of the transatlantic defence sector.”

* Do Americans really want to go to war for Estonia? Article 5 of the Treaty states that an attack against one member “shall be considered an attack against them all,” meaning that the treaty obligates the US to go to war on behalf of 28 nations–something most likely opposed by war-weary Americans who want a less aggressive foreign policy that focuses on peace, diplomacy, and economic engagement instead of military force.

An additional major bone of contention is who will pay for NATO. The last time NATO leaders met, President Trump derailed the agenda by berating NATO countries for not paying their fair share and at the London meeting, Trump is expected to announce symbolic US cuts to NATO’s operations budget.

Trump’s main concern is that member states step up to the NATO target of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024, a goal that is unpopular among Europeans, who prefer that their taxdollars to go for nonmilitary items. Nevertheless, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will brag that Europe and Canada have added $100 billion to their military budgets since 2016–something Donald Trump will take credit for–and that more NATO officials are meeting the 2 percent goal, even though a 2019 NATO report shows only seven members have done so: the U.S., Greece, Estonia, the UK, Romania, Poland and Latvia.

In an age where people around the world want to avoid war and to focus instead on the climate chaos that threatens future life on earth, NATO is an anachronism. It now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing around the globe. Instead of preventing war, it promotes militarism, exacerbates global tensions and makes war more likely. This Cold War relic shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe, or to mobilize against Russia or China, or to launch new wars in space. It should not be expanded, but disbanded. Seventy years of militarism is more than enough.

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Reversing Pro-Palestinian Stance of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s Coup Government Moves to Restore Ties With ‘Israel’

Morales cut off diplomatic ties with Israel over its deadly 2009 assault on the occupied Gaza Strip and called for top Israeli officials to be charged with genocide.

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Self-declared interim President Jeanine Añez during a press conference at the Bolivian Palace of Government on November 24, 2019 in La Paz , Bolivia. (Photo by Gaston Brito Miserocchi/Getty Images)

The right-wing coup regime in Bolivia announced plans Thursday to restore diplomatic relations with Israel, reversing ousted former President Evo Morales’ 2009 decision to cut off ties with the country over its weeks-long assault on the occupied Gaza Strip that killed over a thousand Palestinians.

Speaking to the media Thursday, Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric expressed hope that reestablishing ties with Israel will “lead to positive aspects for both sides and contribute to Bolivian tourism.”

Israel’s foreign ministry celebrated the foreign minister’s announcement in a statement.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ​actively worked for a long period of time to promote the renewal of the relationship, also with the help of the Brazilian president [Jair Bolsonaro] and minister of foreign affairs, with whom I recently spoke on the subject at the U.N. Conference in New York,” said Israeli foreign minister Israel Katz. “The departure of President Morales, who was hostile to Israel, and his replacement by a government friendly to Israel, allows the fruition of the process.”

The move comes over two weeks after Morales, Bolivia’s first Indigenous president, was forced out by a military coup that brought right-wing Senator Jeanine Añez to power.

In addition to threatening to arrest leftist lawmakers and giving the Bolivian military free rein to gun down Indigenous anti-coup protestors, the Añez government quickly pushed Bolivia’s foreign policy to the right.

As the New York Times reported earlier this month:

The most radical changes have come from the Foreign Ministry. In just a few days, Ms. Añez, has cut Mr. Morales’ alliances with leftist governments in the region. She broke off relations with President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and kicked out hundreds of Cuban doctors working in the country.

Bolivia’s new foreign minister, Karen Longaric, said the country will quit the Venezuela-led economic bloc Alba and is considering leaving the left-leaning regional association, Unasur.

The Añez government’s decision to restore ties with Israel represents another major break from the foreign policy of Morales, who formally recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2010 and called on the International Criminal Court to charge top Israeli officials with genocide over the 2009 assault on Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead.

“Bolivia had diplomatic relations with Israel,” Morales said in a 2009 speech. “Considering these grave attacks against… humanity, Bolivia will stop having diplomatic relations with Israel. The crimes committed by the Israeli government affect peace and stability in the world.”

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Iraqi Prime Minister to Step Down as Human Rights Defenders Condemn Security Forces’ Attacks on Anti-Government Protesters

The country’s top Shiite cleric called for a change in leadership Friday “to preserve the blood of [Iraq’s] children.”

by: Julia Conley,

Iraqi protesters during clashes amid a demonstration against state corruption, failing public services, and unemployment in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on October 5, 2019. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced Friday that he would resign following weeks of anti-government protests and a violent response from security forces which has been condemned by global human rights campaigners.

Protesters in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square cheered after Abdul Mahdi said he would submit his resignation to Parliament. The announcement came a day after at least 25 people were killed by security forces wielding live ammunition and tear gas in the southern city of Nasiriyah. 

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Nationwide, more than 62 protesters were shot dead on Thursday and more than 400 people have been killed in the protests since they began October 1.

Earlier on Friday, the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for a change in leadership amid the demonstrations, which have been led largely by young people protesting high unemployment rates, government corruption, and weak public services. 

“The Parliament, from which this current government is drawn, is asked to reconsider its choice in this regard and act according to Iraq’s interest… [to] preserve the blood of its children,” said al-Sistani.

The violence that erupted in Nasiriyah on Thursday led Amnesty International to repeat its demand that Iraq’s government end its crackdown on unarmed protesters.

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“This brutal onslaught is just the latest in a long series of deadly events where Iraqi security forces meted out appalling violence against largely peaceful protesters,” said Lynn Maalouf, the organization’s Middle East research director. “The international community must speak loudly and clearly, pressing for Iraq to rein in the security forces and launch effective and impartial investigations aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for unlawful killings and other serious violations.”

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Nazi Gestapo arrests brother of Palestinian prisoner who died in jail

Palestinian political prisoner Sami Abu Diak died in prison due to medical negligence, 19 November 2019 [Twitter]

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Israeli occupation forces arrested the brother of Sami Abu Diak, a cancer-stricken Palestinian political prisoner who died last week while in Israeli custody, according to the Official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Following the invasion in Sielet ath-Thaher town, where the family are based in south of the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the soldiers were reported to have fired many gas bombs and grenades before raiding the Abu Diak family home.

While violently ransacking Abu Diak’s home, the soldiers damaged their property claiming to search for something.

Ragheb Abu Diak, a family member, told Wafa the entire family were interrogated for several hours after being held hostage in one room.

He also said Salah, Sami’s brother, was detained. No reason was given for his incarceration.

Sami’s other brother, Samer, is a political prisoner who is serving a life term and suffers numerous health complications in the Ramla prison clinic, International Middle East Media Centre reported.

Sami Abu Diak died in Israeli Asaf Harofeh hospital after suffering from intestinal cancer for three years. He was arrested by Israel in 2002 and sentenced to three life terms plus 30 years. Several operations in prison resulted in kidney and lung failure, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Commission explained.

After being refused compassionate leave to be with his family, in his last message from prison before his death, Sami wrote: “To those with a living conscience, I am living my final hours and days, there is nothing I would like more than spending them near my mother; between my loved ones, I would love to utter my last breath in my mother’s arms; I do not wish to die cuffed and shackled…”

His death brings to 221 the number of Palestinian prisoners who have died in Israeli prisons since 1967.

According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights group, there are currently 5,250 prisoners in Israeli jails, including 205 children and 44 women.

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics says there have been approximately one million Palestinians arrests since 1948.

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Who is winning the race for 10 Downing Street?

After years of deadlock and recrimination over Brexit, Britain is heading for another early general election in December to try to settle the matter. The promise by Boris Johnson, the prime minister, to get Brexit done by October 31st, “do or die” has been killed off by Parliament. But at the fourth time of asking, on October 29th he secured backing for an early election after agreeing to set aside temporarily his EU withdrawal bill.

Britain will thus go to the polls for the third time in less than five years on December 12th to elect 650 Westminster mps. Mr Johnson will be hoping to improve upon the disastrous performance of his predecessor, Theresa May, whose snap election in 2017 backfired. Her Conservative Party threw away a 17-seat majority, and had to govern as a minority government with a “confidence and supply” deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. That has blocked the government’s ability to pass Mrs May’s and Mr Johnson’s Brexit deals, as well as the threat to leave without a deal.

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The election is particularly hard to predict, for two reasons. First, Britain’s electoral landscape has changed markedly. The country has become polarised into Leave and Remain camps. At the same time, the old two-party system has fragmented into more of a four-party configuration; in addition to the Conservatives and Labour, the strongly pro-Remain Liberal Democrats and the avidly pro-Leave Brexit Party both poll in double figures. Moreover, Scottish and Welsh nationalists have drawn support.

A second factor is that, under Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system, in which seats are allocated to candidates who win a plurality of votes in their constituencies, voters are increasingly likely to vote tactically—switching parties to maximise support for the strongest Leave or Remain candidates.

Our general-election tracker aggregates data from half a dozen polling firms to give a sense of where national sentiment lies, but does not predict the distribution of seats*. It should be read with caution.

Demographics

We have also aggregated data for key voter groups: by age, occupation and region.

Voting intention by age

From 20152019Jan 2019MarJunSep0102030405060702015 electionEU referendum2017 electionEuropean electionsDec 10th 2019Dec 10th 2019UKIP 1%UKIP 1%Brexit 1%Brexit 1%Green 3%Green 3%Lib Dem 11%Lib Dem 11%Con 25%Con 25%Lab 54%Lab 54%All18- to 34-year-olds45- to 54-year-olds65 and older

Since the eu referendum in June 2016 Britain has become a country that votes increasingly by age. Jeremy Corbyn, the avowedly socialist Labour leader, enjoyed a cult-like status among many young people going into the 2017 election. He will be hoping to energise the young once more, yet he faces a battle with the Liberal Democrats for their vote.

Voting intention by occupation

From 20152019Jan 2019MarJunSep010203040502015 electionEU referendum2017 electionEuropean electionsDec 10th 2019Dec 10th 2019UKIP 0%UKIP 0%Brexit 1%Brexit 1%Green 3%Green 3%Lib Dem 14%Lib Dem 14%Lab 34%Lab 34%Con 44%Con 44%AllWhite-collarBlue-collar

The Tories may not seem a natural home for many blue-collar workers. But Mr Johnson—who was educated at Eton, Britain’s most famous private school, and speaks with a posh accent—is a charismatic leader. He also promises to invest in Britain’s beleaguered public services and to leave the EU quickly. As a result the Tories now attract nearly as many blue-collar voters as Labour do. At the same time Labour’s softer line on Brexit has won it support among rich folk who might otherwise balk at Mr Corbyn’s left-wing manifesto.

Voting intention by region

From 20172019Jan 2019MarJunSep010203040502015 electionEU referendum2017 electionEuropean electionsDec 10th 2019Dec 10th 2019UKIP 0%UKIP 0%Brexit 3%Brexit 3%Green 4%Green 4%Lib Dem 15%Lib Dem 15%Con 35%Con 35%Lab 42%Lab 42%AllLondonSouthMidlandsWalesNorthScotland

The Conservatives hope to gain seats in Labour’s pro-Brexit northern heartlands and Labour will want to make gains in pro-eu metropolitan constituencies. The snp is expected to wrestle more votes from the other parties in Scotland and add to their tally of 35 seats out of a possible 59.

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Prisoners ‘Authority: The Prisoners’ Law does not differentiate between prisoners on a party basis


By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Illegally Nazi Occupied Palestine:  The head of the Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority, Qadri Abu Bakr, said that the Prisoners and Editors Affairs Law in force does not differentiate between prisoners of Hamas or Fatah or any other faction.

He added that every released prisoner who works in another position whose salary exceeds a certain amount determined by law, who cuts his salary, on the grounds that there is someone who is worthier than him, especially those who do not have additional income.

He pointed out that there are dozens of freed prisoners who have been cut their salaries, as they own special projects, and their names appeared in the statements of the Ministry of Finance.

And on the freed prisoners sit in the middle of Ramallah, Abu Bakr said that these prisoners have cut their salaries since 2007, since Hamas, after receiving the tenth government, transferred their salaries from the item of freed prisoners to high-ranking officials, and accordingly their salaries were suspended as freed prisoners.

“It seems that there are other reasons for this sit-in, and Hamas may not want to go to national unity, or want to use them for electoral gains,” he said.

It is reported that Hanna Nasser, head of the Central Elections Committee, is scheduled to meet Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ tonight in order to present the issue of the striking and severed prisoners with the hope of resolving it.

For his part, Alaa Al Rimawi, the spokesman for the freed prisoners who had their salaries, said that the prisoners will not be an obstacle to holding Palestinian elections or contribute to straining the internal scene. He added,  “We will not be prevented in front of the Palestinian people’s unity for this. Drink water. “

Occupation arrests 7 Palestinians and allegedly confiscating weapons in Nablus

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Last night, at dawn on Sunday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested several Palestinians, following a campaign of raids and arrests in separate areas of the occupied West Bank.

A spokesman for the occupation army announced that his forces had arrested 7 Palestinians, who were allegedly “wanted”, and he claimed that his forces had found a “Carlo” weapon in Nablus.

In Bethlehem, the occupation forces arrested, on Sunday dawn, a young man, Amer Ali Dhweib, 29, from the town of Za’tara, east of Bethlehem, after his house was searched and searched.

The boy, Osama Ali Al-Baden, 16, from the town of Taqqou ‘, southeast of Bethlehem, also received a notification to review her intelligence in the Gush Asiun Nazi Jewish settlement complex in the south, after razing and searching his father’s house.

From Jenin, the Nazi occupation forces arrested the released prisoner, Ezz Al-Din Freihat, from the town of Al-Yamoun, west of Jenin, while he was passing a military checkpoint near the Bazariya junction, Tulkarm district.

The Nazi occupation forces also raided the house of the liberated prisoner, Louay Faisal Al-Hashlamoun, and wreaked havoc in it in the Wadi Abu Katila area in the city of Hebron. The occupation forces handed a boy, Osama Al-Baden, a notice to review their intelligence, after storming his house in the town of Tuqu ‘s southeast of Bethlehem.

The Nazi occupying forces also raided the house of the liberated prisoner, Ashraf Yasser Ghanem, and began searching it inside the village of Al-Jarousheh, north of Tulkarm. They launched sound bombs and confiscated Palestinian workers, west of the town of Habla, south of Qalqilya.

On the other hand, the Nazi occupation forces raided a house and started searching it inside the town of Taqqou ‘, southeast of Bethlehem.


The father of the prisoner, Asim Al-Barghouthi: If he is sentenced to life or two, he will be released soon

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The Nazi military “Ofer” Court condemned the prisoner, Asim Al-Barghouthi, for the three shootings in two different incidents in the West Bank during the month of December 2018.

Omar Al-Barghouthi, “Abu Asif”, said that the “Ofer” court, on Thursday, condemned his son, Asim (34 years), in the killings and shootings, and the verdict has not been decided yet.

He added that if he takes life or two, the relief is close, hoping that the prisoners and his son will be released with them in a close exchange deal.  

He explained that his son Asim’s morale is very high. Since he was arrested, he immediately started preparing for his master’s thesis in history, and he will finish it soon. He also proves his memorization of the Holy Qur’an, where he kept it completely in his previous arrest.

The Hebrew newspaper “Israel Hayom” reported that Asim had confessed to the details of the indictment, in which he was accused of killing three Zionist.

The Nazi occupation claims that Al-Barghouthi carried out a shooting attack at the entrance to the Ofra settlements in Ramallah on December 9 of last year, which resulted in the killing of Nazi Jewish settler. After 4 days, he carried out a shooting attack at the Givat Assaf settlement, killing two soldiers and wounding A third was seriously injured.

He also claims that his brother, the martyr Saleh Al-Barghouthi (29 years old), participated in carrying out the same operation, as the occupation executed him after he was shot inside his vehicle from a distance of zero.

During the current year, the Nazi occupation forces demolished the house of the Barghouti family, and all family members, including Asem’s mother, were arrested for various periods.


Report: 360 Palestinian detainees during last November

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A Palestinian center documented the arrest of 360 Palestinians from different parts of the Palestinian territories during the month of November.

The Palestinian Prisoners Studies Center said in a report today, Sunday, that the Nazi occupation forces arrested 360 Palestinians during the month of November, including 58 minors, and children under the age of 12, in addition to eight Palestinians.

“Prisoners of Palestine” documented the arrest of seven Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including two merchants who were arrested at the Beit Hanoun-Erez crossing, and another during his attempt to catch up with his brother, who left a week ago to conduct an operation in his eye in the hospitals of the West Bank.

The Nazi occupation forces arrested two fishermen while they were fishing in front of the beaches of Rafah, and two other young men were arrested while crossing the separation corridor east of the Strip.

The Nazi occupation authorities issued 74 administrative detention decisions during the past month, including 40 new ones, the majority of whom were released prisoners who were re-arrested again and placed under administrative detention.

On the level of the beaten prisoners, the prisoner Musab Al-Hindi, 29, from the village of Tal, Nablus district, continues his hunger strike for the 69th day in a row, while the prisoner Ahmed Omar Zahran (42 years) continues his strike for the 71st day in a row, pointing out that their health condition is in danger Intense.

The Indian captive suffers from persistent dizziness, poor eyesight, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach acids, severe joint pain, general emaciation throughout his body, and weight has decreased about 25 kilograms, he lives on water only and refuses to eat support or perform medical examinations.

While the captive Zahran suffers from bad health symptoms and complains of severe pain throughout his body, and there is an imbalance in the work of the heart rate, and he is unable to speak or stand on his feet, he has lost weight more than 20 kilograms, and he suffers from persistent dizziness.


Arrests in Jerusalem and continuous incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque 

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The Nazi occupation forces arrested two brothers from the Old City in occupied Jerusalem, while settlers continued storming the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Nazi occupation police and intelligence forces stormed several houses belonging to the family of “Abu Ghazaleh” in the Bab Hatta neighborhood of the Old City, where they searched and sabotaged them, and beat their residents with payment and propulsion.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center stated that the occupation forces arrested the two brothers, Musab and Mustafa Ghazala, and transferred them to investigate one of its centers in the city.

During the morning and afternoon hours, the occupation police stormed several areas in Silwan (south) and Al-Issawiya, to the northeast, and chased children and boys in an attempt to intimidate them.

The Nazi occupation police summoned the liberated prisoner, Muhammad al-Abbasi, for interrogation in one of its centers, after it was released on Thursday, as he was detained in the occupation prisons for a period of seven years, against the background of stabbing a settler.

In another context, the Islamic Endowments Department stated to “Quds News” that the occupation police allowed 76 settlers to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque from the “Mugrabi Gate”.

She added that Nazi Jewish settler groups wandered in the courtyards with the special forces of the occupation police, and performed their Talmudic rituals near “Bab al-Rahma”, provoking the worshipers in the mosque.

The prisoners of “Ashkelon” decide to go on hunger strike

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The Ashkelon (33) prisoners decided today, Tuesday, to begin an open-ended hunger strike, in refusal of the continuous and escalating repression against them more than a month ago.

The Prisoners Club explained that the administration of the occupation camps, and in a new repressive step, transferred ten prisoners from the prison, and informed them that, if they carried out the strike, it would transfer them to “Al-Maabar” section (12), which is a cell that is not suitable for human life and is full of insects, bearing in mind that Part of the captives are patients with chronic health problems.

The Prisoners Club said that the occupation detention administration destroyed and vandalized all the prisoners’ possessions, in a repression carried out last October, after which all the prisoners were transferred to “Nafha” detention, except for a group of sick prisoners who held them in “Al-Ma’bar” in harsh conditions. .

A few days ago, the administration of the female detainees returned the prisoners transferred to Ashkelon, to find all of their possessions destroyed, and they found a Qur’an with footprints, which led the prisoners to refuse to receive any of their destroyed properties, and sent a letter of protest to the prison director.

It is noteworthy that the administration of the Nazi occupation camps has escalated repression since the beginning of this year, the most prominent of which was in the “Ofer” and “Negev” detention centers.

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Son of Al-Shobaki Prison: Save my father before it is too late

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Illegally Nazi occupied: The son of the prisoner, Fuad Al-Shobaki, criticized the weakness of the media campaign calling for the release of his father, who has exceeded eighty in Nazi occupation prisons.

Al-Shobaki wrote in a brief message, saying: “Weeks ago, calls were launched to protect the sick prisoner Sami Abu Diyak, which did not rise to form a public opinion that pressured the occupant, who had all his steps studied, leaving him dying until his martyrdom, even after he refused to implement the will to die in the bosom of his mother, to become the martyr 222 of Captive movement. “

He added: “Today we recall that the eighty-year-old fighter Fouad Al-Shobaki suffers from the spread of malignant disease and in poor health stages. We do not want a new martyr among the rotten cell walls, now betting on our ability to stop Israeli bullying, armed with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and an agreement Geneva III, the strength of the international community in deterring the oppressive practices of the Nazi occupation. “

The prisoner Fuad Al-Shobaki (84 years) suffers from a serious deterioration in his health conditions, especially as he suffers from malignant diseases as shown in the medical examinations he was subjected to in the occupation hospitals.

Al-Shobaki, known as “Sheikh of the Prisoners”, is the oldest in the prisons of the Nazi occupation. He has been detained since 2006 and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.

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Prisoner’s Authority: Prisoners of Ashkelon are in a disastrous position

The Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority reported, this evening, Thursday, that the Israeli Occupation Prisons Administration transferred the prisoner Ismail Ali Al-Mudarib from the day before yesterday, 37 days in a row, against his administrative detention, from isolating the Negev to isolating the prison of Aila.

Illegally Nazi occupied Ramallah: Prisoners in “Ashkelon” prison confirmed that they found the prison situation a catastrophic after they returned to it from “Nafha” prison, after they were repressed and transferred a month ago .

The Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority said in a statement today, Sunday, that the Commission’s lawyers were able to visit a number of prisoners, who confirmed that they found the Qur’ans torn and lying on the ground, as well as all their belongings destroyed and their clothes dumped in the square a month ago, while they found writings offensive to the Islamic religion and the prisoners It was written by Zionist prisoners who had been in prison during that time .

The commission noted that the penalties imposed by the Ashkelon prison administration on the prisoners are still continuing, as it transferred nine prisoners to different prisons, namely: Ziyad Bazar, Amin Ziyad, Issa Jabareen, and in the name of al-Na`san to “the Negev”, and each of: Muhammad Naji , Sharif Naji, and demanded a gambling to “Gilboa”, Iyad Al-Hallous, to “Hadarim”, and Ahmed al-Sufi to “Nafha” .

It is noteworthy that the oppression forces stormed Ashkelon prison on October 23, assaulted the prisoners and wreaked havoc on their belongings, and transferred them to the Nafha prison

With video The occupation publishes the details of the assassination of Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad)

President Abbas: We are going to the elections after the factions agreed

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Palestine: ‘Prisoners We will not be an obstacle to the elections’

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Illegally occupied Ramallah: The spokesman for the released prisoners, Alaa Al Rimawi, said this evening, Saturday, that the prisoners will not be an obstacle to holding the Palestinian elections or contribute to straining the internal scene.

Al-Rimawi added in a press conference that the prisoners continued their hunger strike: “We will not object to the unity of the Palestinian people for that. We accepted an invitation from the factions and the personalities of the national community to stop the strike from drinking water.”

Al-Rimawi added, “Our message is addressed to President Mahmoud Abbas, whom we believe for sure that if the issue reaches him, he will not accept a grievance for your children, and we say it clearly that we realize that the darkness reached you from Dr. Hanna Nasser, then we have certainty that you will not respond to a grievance that came to you.”

President Abbas called that this space they presented is confident that he is capable of the issue of striking prisoners who have been cut their salaries, tonight, continuing: “Since 2007 we have been going out and demonstrating, then we go back to the detainee and then spend a month and then pretend, and then we return to the detainee again and again for the first time for the first time since 14 Month”.

He continued, “It was agreed with the head of the intelligence service, Majid Faraj, and the former prime minister, Rami Al-Hamdallah, to return our salaries. We went back and demanded the implementation of the decision. We have now returned after an appeal to put the solution in the hand of ”Zionist puppet Ab-A$$,” ‘Added by Shoah’ and we are here committed to what the brothers see in the initiative committee and the president.”

The head of the Central Elections Committee, Hanna Nasser, is scheduled to meet Zionist puppet Ab-A$$ tonight in order to present the issue of the striking and severed prisoners, in the hope of resolving it.

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Does Vauxhall Labour want a self-promoting millionaire as its MP?

The Clarion

October 17, 2019

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Photo by John Lubbock (CC BY-SA 4.0)

By Obi Saiq, Labour member, postal worker and CWU member

As the selection race continues in soon-to-be empty Labour seats across the country, many candidates are airbrushing their political records in order to win support.

A particularly extreme and curious case of this has arisen just across the river from Parliament in Vauxhall, where Jeremy Corbyn’s office has been rumoured by several publications to be supporting the businessman, landlord and Mayor of Progress-dominated Lambeth council, Ibrahim Dogus. In addition, Dogus’s website says he has received endorsements from major unions including Unite, the GMB, the Bakers’ Union and my union, the CWU.

Dogus runs several restaurants around Westminster that are frequented by Members of Parliament, run under the banner of his company, Rimad Ltd, for which he stood down as a director in 2017 but remains the Business Development Manager according to his councillor profile. He also claimed to be the owner in an interview earlier this year with The Independent and owns the majority of shares in the company.

Dogus owns a local newspaper called Lambeth Life, a real estate company called Belvedere Road Properties, the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the Labour4SME campaign, amongst others. He’s also well known for running the British Kebab Awards.

Despite only moving to the area in the last two years after being a prominent figure in Labour circles in Enfield, Ibrahim Dogus is clearly one of the front-runners in the Vauxhall selection process. Labour members in the area and more widely should know the following about him.

1. He is emphatically not on the Labour left

In the 2015 leadership election, Dogus supported Yvette Cooper and hosted fundraisers for her at one of his restaurants. Further, his business donated £2200 to her campaign through free tables and food according to her register of interests

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During the 2016 leadership coup, while his restaurant Troia tweeted enthusiastically about hosting an Owen Smith fundraiser, he did not take a public position or defend Jeremy Corbyn. He made one comment saying he’d give free dessert to Corbyn and Smith if they made-up at one of his restaurants. Before 2015 he was a well-known ally of Labour-to-Change UK defector Joan Ryan MP and was her fundraising officer when he lived in Enfield.   

This is quite noteworthy as Dogus now often paints himself as a staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. He regularly and enthusiastically posts photos of Corbyn visiting his restaurant, and he has written about how he met Corbyn when he was a student living in Islington North to suggest he has always been a supporter. His record tells a different story. 

Dogus and the other male candidates long-listed have also ignored the wishes of the local left (and the CLP as a whole – which voted unanimously) to have an all-women shortlist. 

2. His record as an employer is… not great

Dogus claimed to be a living wage employer on LabourList, but indirectly admitted that his restaurants do not pay the living wage (although claimed that they host charity and Labour events to compensate for it). He’s also admitted on Twitter that they do not pay the living wage.

After speaking to former employees from his restaurants, when Dogus was director of Rimad in 2016 he was paying his staff a poverty wage of £3.87 – the under-18 minimum rate at the time and literally the least anyone could be paid. Employees provided payslips which confirm this.

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After many of these questions have been raised on Twitter, Dogus has gone on the offensive about how many of his businesses, such as CEFTUS, SME4Labour and With Love Cafe are Living Wage employers, which is seemingly true. However, the fact remains that he is not a living wage employer when it comes to his chain of restaurants which presumably generate most of his wealth. The same may well go for other enterprises he does not mention.

A reminder: Labour policy, rightly, is for 16 and 17 year olds to be paid a living wage of at least £10/hr. Dogus has paid less than half of this. For socialists, this is obviously not suitable, to say the least, for a candidate supposed to represent and advance the cause of labour.

3. He has used his wealth to advance his campaign in Vauxhall

Dogus only moved to Vauxhall around two years ago. Around the same time, he changed the addresses of his businesses from Enfield to a flat near Waterloo according to Companies House. As mentioned above, he was previously an activist in Enfield. 

In this time he has set-up and funded a paper called Lambeth Life which goes out to every home in Vauxhall and regularly features stories about its publisher. Recently it was revealed by an activist in Vauxhall that it had been posted through every door in the constituency via Royal Mail and carried a two-page spread and a front cover story about Dogus’ candidacy, promoting links to campaign website and social media pages.

A few months ago it ran a three page spread about him becoming the Mayor of Lambeth, his back-story and also mentioned the various positive media stories written about him in the last few years. The article failed to mention he was the paper’s publisher and it’s obvious he’s set up the paper to promote himself and his campaign in the area. 

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He owned a similar paper called Enfield Voice back in 2012 before he ran for selection unsuccessfully in Enfield South. This type of practice should not be acceptable, and it puts wealthy candidates at an advantage over everyone else, particularly the type of working-class candidates Labour should be putting forward to advance socialist politics. 

4. He seems to have given money to the Tories!

In 2013, whilst he was a fundraising officer for Enfield North CLP, it is alleged and seems to be established that Dogus made a £1250 donation to then Tory MP for the area Nick de Bois for a table at a local fundraising dinner. 

He has replied to this in the changes section of his Wikipedia entry, arguing the money was paid on behalf of his organisation CEFTUS to build cross-party support and that he didn’t attend. He also says that the Labour Party had cleared him of any wrongdoing. 

However, in an archived article for the Haringey Advertiser, a spokesperson for the Enfield North Conservatives said: “There has never been any mention of the Centre for Turkey Studies or any other organisation – this was received as a personal donation and recorded as such.” 

The full reasons behind the donation are unclear. Dogus has called these accusations a ‘lie’ in a Left Foot Forward article. However, there is various evidence for this claim. In addition to a publicly available receipt from then local Conservative MP Nick de Bois, Dogus was photographed with de Bois and former prime minister John Major at a Tory party event. There are at the very least some extremely serious questions to be answered. 

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Why are the leadership and some unions backing Dogus?

Most people who have met Dogus will admit he’s a friendly, charming individual. He has built a lot of contacts in the PLP through owning businesses that MPs often visit, and through his various campaigns and think-tanks that his wealth has allowed him to set up and accumulate. It would appear to many like he’s rubbed all the right shoulders.

One can imagine that members of the leadership have mistaken a friendly personality for having left-wing politics. 

Labour should be trying to give a voice to trade unionists and working-class campaigners, not wealthy bosses who can afford to set up their own newspapers in order to parachute themselves into a safe seat, and whose record suggests a commitment mainly to self-promotion. If Corbyn (or some around him) and some major unions are seriously backing Ibrahim Dogus in the upcoming Vauxhall selection, then perhaps in the future they should do more due diligence first, or consider the political principles involved more seriously.

Moreover, we need to win in the Labour Party a political culture and political representatives that advance, well, labour over capital.

• We offer Ibrahim Dogus a right of reply and encourage him to respond to anything here he regards as untrue, inaccurate, unfair or wrong politically.

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Labour West Bromwich candidate was forced to hand over £11,500 after tax evasion probe

By Peter Madeley | West Bromwich 

Labour’s candidate to replace Tom Watson in Sandwell was accused of trying to smuggle more than £10,000 out of the country for the purpose of “tax evasion”.

Corbyn-ally Ibrahim Dogus (second right) is bidding to replace Tom Watson for Labour in West Bromwich East

Ibrahim Dogus, a kebab tycoon and the mayor of Lambeth, was embroiled in a tax evasion probe in 2011 after giving his aunt £11,500 in cash from his restaurant and asking her to take it to Istanbul on a flight from Heathrow.

The money was seized by UK border officials, who found it in satin purses, envelopes and a sock with a zipped compartment.

In a court case, Mr Dogus, who is a close friend of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claimed the money was being sent to Turkey to repay a debt to his brother-in-law.

However, UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials described his story as “unbelievable” and said his financial activities were “highly unorthodox”.

They said: “The UKBA submits that this cash is recoverable property, namely sourced from tax evasion.”

A judge upheld an application for the forfeiture of the cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act. He did not face criminal charges as the seizure fell under civil law.

The revelations emerged following an investigation by The Times, and come just days after Mr Corbyn launched a manifesto that pledged the “biggest ever” crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion.

Mr Dogus was parachuted in by Labour to fight West Bromwich East after deputy leader Tom Watson announced he was standing down for personal reasons.

He had previously failed to gain candidacy in his home seat of Vauxhall and in Birmingham Hall Green.

Mr Dogus’s conduct has been questioned on several occasions in recent years.

He was accused of paying staff at his restaurants “poverty wages” of less than £4 an hour, and faced criticism from Labour activists after he donated £1,250 to the Conservative Party in 2013.

A spokesman for Mr Dogus said he disagreed with the court’s decision. “Mr Dogus rejects, in the strongest possible terms, any allegation of wrongdoing or illegality,” he added.

“He condemns any individual, organisation or business that does not pay its taxes fully.

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“Mr Dogus no longer instructs the solicitor who acted for him in 2011 and reported the conduct of his previous solicitor to the relevant regulator.”

Labour is defending a majority of 7,713 in West Bromwich East, a seat which the party has always held.

In a constituency with a 68 per cent Leave vote, Remainer Mr Dogus faces competition from pro-Brexit candidates Nicola Richards for the Tories, independent George Galloway, and the Brexit Party’s Christian Lucas.

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