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Remembering Mohammad Abukhdeir, 6 years on

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Remembering Mohammad Abukhdeir, 6 years on

Mohammad Abukhdeir was 16 years old when he was kidnapped and brutally murdered by Israeli settlers. (Independent)

The story of Mohammad Abukhdeir is one of countless examples of Israeli oppression. His death, and the injustices that followed, are a reminder of what can happen when racism goes unchecked. $10 million a day in unconditional funding from the US makes Americans complicit.

by Kathryn Shihadah

Mohammad Abukhdeir, 16, was kidnapped and murdered on July 2, 2014 near his East Jerusalem home. He was beaten, then doused with gasoline and, according to his autopsy, set on fire while still alive. His Israeli killers were caught; two are serving life sentences, and a third was sentenced to 21 years.

The day before Mohammad’s kidnapping, 3 Israeli teens from an Israeli settlement had been buried, after having been themselves kidnapped and killed by Palestinians. (In the previous months, a 10-year-old Palestinian boy, 7 teens, and 26 other Palestinians had been buried after having been killed by Israelis. Since 2000, Israelis have killed 2,172 Palestinian minors, while Palestinians have killed 134 Israeli minors.)

The Israeli teens’ funerals had included hundreds of Israelis rioting and shouting “Death to Arabs.” Right-wing government officials and politicians joined demonstrations or posted on social media, encouraging vengeance. Few, if any, mentioned the Palestinians previously killed by Israelis. Similarly, U.S. news reports on the Israeli deaths neglected to include that information.

Yosef Chaim Ben-David, convicted of killing Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old East Jerusalem Palestinian, at court in 2018.
Yosef Chaim Ben-David, convicted of killing Mohammed Abukhdeir, at court in 2018. (Olivier Fitoussi)

Mohammad was chosen apparently at random for a revenge killing. He was abducted in view of witnesses and a surveillance camera. Israeli police found his charred body an hour later in a forest near Jerusalem. Burns covered 90% of his body.

The perpetrators included a 29-year-old settler named Yosef Haim Ben-David and two 16-year-old boys. They confessed soon after, and gave a detailed account of the incident. Ben-David said the three regretted their actions. “We’re not like the sons of Ishmael [meaning Arabs]… We’re Jews. We have a heart,” and  “I request forgiveness from the family for what happened…That’s not my character and I am not that kind of man.”

Insult to injury

The day before Mohammad Abukhdeir’s life was taken, Netanyahu’s eulogy at the Israeli boys’ funerals similarly rang with self-congratulation and condemnation of the “enemy “:

Three gifted, innocent and upstanding boys were struck down by evil murderers…despicable kidnappers of children, heinous murderers whose brothers rejoice at the spilling of innocent blood…

A deep and wide moral abyss separates us from our enemies. They sanctify death while we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty while we sanctify compassion.

When Netanyahu heard about Mohammad’s murder, he managed to denounce the incident, while once again applauding Israeli righteousness and vilifying Palestinians:

I would like to send my condolences to the Abu Khdeir family…I know that in our society, the society of Israel, there is no place for such murderers.

And that’s the difference between us and our neighbors. They consider murderers to be heroes. They name public squares after them. We don’t. We condemn them and we put them on trial and we’ll put them in prison.

Promises, promises

Israel’s leading politicians vowed that the Jewish murderers would be treated the same as any other murderer:

Netanyahu: I pledge that the perpetrators of this horrific crime will face the full weight of the law…We do not differentiate between [Jewish and Palestinian] terrorists and we will respond to all of them, wherever they come from, with a firm hand.

President Shimon Peres: “If a Jew kills they will be put to the court like any other criminal, there is no privilege, the law is equal to all and all are equal before the law. On that there is no compromise. We do not distinguish between blood and blood.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman: “The shocking murder of Mohammed Abukhdeir is beyond being a despicable crime…The murderers should be punished to the full extent of the law.”

Outcomes

When a Palestinian is convicted of murder – or even suspected of murder – he is often hunted down and killed (nicknamed “trial by assassination”). The perpetrators of Mohammad Abukhdeir’s murder were spared this custom: they had their day in court.

Yosef Haim Ben-David received a life sentence plus 20 years; one of the minors also received life, and the other was handed a 21-year sentence.

An example of punitive home demolition, a practice which the US government condemned in 2014, contending that such a move amounted to collective punishment.
An example of punitive home demolition, a practice which the US government condemned in 2014, contending that such a move amounted to collective punishment. (static.timesofisrael.com)

Palestinians can also expect to have their family’s home demolished, whether they have been found guilty, are believed to be guilty, or were already killed by Israeli law enforcement. This is known as punitive home demolition, and although it is illegal under international law, Israel has demolished about 80 homes and apartments since 2014, leaving well over 300 innocent family members homeless. (Read this report on punitive home demolitions.)

Mohammad Abukhdeir’s parents demanded that their son’s killers’ homes also be demolished, the judge in the case responded,

[I] understand the feelings of the victim’s family, which submitted the petition. And yet, [home demolitions] are a preventative tool, not a punishing tool. We must remember that the perpetrators underwent legal proceedings, they were convicted, and were given lengthy sentences.

The Israeli Defense Ministry also argued that because Israeli Jew-on-Palestinian terror is so “infrequent,” home demolition as a deterrent is unnecessary. In fact, Jewish settlers have for years attacked Palestinians and their property. Even the Washington Post reported that the frequency of such terror attacks have been rising at an alarming rate, especially since the Trump administration has been vigorously pro-Israel.

Many Palestinians see this as proof that Israel’s punitive home demolition policy is racist.

Israel has also begun yet another punitive practice, that of suing the families of Palestinian attackers for “reparations.” In what is being hailed as “a new era against terrorism,” the first case seeks $2.3 million from a young widow who with 3 small children whose husband was killed after allegedly ramming his car into a group of Israeli soldiers.

Other Palestinians have been subject to similar lawsuits, even when the family’s breadwinner had been killed and the family home demolished.

In Mohammad Abukhdeir’s case, however, no reparations were required of the killers because, according to Ha’aretz, they had “no real assets.”

At least 18,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed during Israel's 50-day military operation in 2014.
At least 18,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed during Israel’s 50-day military operation in 2014. (ichef.bbci.co.uk)

Ongoing adversity

Palestinians have much to mourn. Some still remember the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948, when 750,000 were exiled from their homes and lands; hardly a day has gone by since without persecution, injustice, and tragedy.

Within days of Mohammad’s murder, Israel launched a major, devastating attack on the Palestinian territory of Gaza – the third such attack in just six years. About 2,200 Palestinians were killed in this operation, of which two-thirds were civilians; 73 Israelis were also killed, 6 of them civilians.

Much has been written about this incursion – NGOs have reported on the devastation, the UN called for an investigation, and the International Criminal Court is now examining the conflict as well. Read more here and here.

The story of Mohammad Abukhdeir is one of countless examples of Israeli oppression – and one of only a handful in which due process even made a showing.

This has gone on for decades because the US, Israel’s benefactor (to the tune of $10 million a day in aid) and the international community have turned a blind eye. It is time for compassionate and justice-loving people of the world to say Stop.


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Levy: The Pigs of Kibbutz Lahav – Look at Them and See ‘Israel’

Levy: The Pigs of Kibbutz Lahav – Look at Them and See Israel

The pigs at Kibbutz Lahav Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

It is impossible to be humane and remain silent in the face of the torture of animals, just as it is impossible to fight for human rights and remain silent as human beings are tortured.

Around Kibbutz Lahav, before it was founded, were Bedouin villages whose inhabitants were expelled to the Hebron Mountains and to Sinai. Israel never heard their cry either…

By Gideon Levy, reposted from the Israeli newspaper Haaretz

The pigs of Kibbutz Lahav scream in pain. “The high-pitched, thin, hysterical screams emerge from newborn piglets. In a room that looks like a narrow, dark crawl space, lit by artificial red light, workers are sitting and cutting off the tails and penises with a kind of scissors.” (Haaretz Hebrew edition, April 10).

The description could leave no reader indifferent. But the kibbutz business manager, Yossi Cohen, was in fact indifferent to this description, which, as he put it, “serves an agenda.” Documentation in the slaughterhouse was illegal, he said. The report should be directed against the 95 percent of Israelis who eat meat, not against his kibbutz; at Lahav there are good people, he wrote (Haaretz Hebrew edition, April 17).

There are indeed good people at Kibbutz Lahav. I knew two of them, the late Tamar Golan, and Haim Oron, and no one is more deserving of that description than they are. Lahav is also a kibbutz that belongs to a moment that is entirely well-intentioned. But in a place that is all good intentions and good people, the most terrifying crimes are being committed. It’s 2020, and it seems that we no longer need to explain that the torture of helpless animals is like the torture of human beings.

Would you want to live in a neighborhood with a gallows or a slaughterhouse? Could you close your ears to the terrified screams of the tortured animals? Apparently yes. Israelis are used to living in repression and are impervious to what is done in their name and in their backyard, the screaming of pigs or the crying of children abducted from their beds in the middle of the night. Look at Lahav and see Israel. They both live in peace with these actions.

It is impossible to be humane and remain silent in the face of the torture of animals, just as it is impossible to fight for human rights and remain silent as human beings are tortured. The attempt by the manager in the moral kibbutz to pass on the blame for the torture of pigs onto 95 percent of Israelis is typical. We are all to blame for the fact that Kibbutz Lahav cuts off the tails of piglets. We are all to blame for the fact that “the piglet pulls itself on its front legs into a corner to escape the strike of the swift attacker. Its back legs are paralyzed. One of them drags a leg, swollen like a balloon, some lie convulsing uncontrollably. A worker is seen lifting up a little piglet and slamming its head into the ground, over and over. Then it’s thrown into the container, still twitching.” We are all to blame for our silence and for consuming meat, but this is all happening in Lahav, and Cohen sees nothing bad about it. He’s working according to regulations.

The “crime” of Glass Walls, the organization that documented what is happening in Lahav, is the most important and influential action that can be taken now. Like other injustices and crimes, awareness determines experience. Most meat eaters are not aware of what is happening in the industry that brings them their steak. It’s not the place where the animals live that’s the worst. Rather, it’s their short and tortured lives, which should shock anyone with a conscience. Methodical torture, from the moment they are born until they are slaughtered, is the crime. Their death is actually the happiest moment in their lives, perhaps the only one.

When more Israelis know about what is happening in the meat industry, they will restrict their consumption of meat products or stop altogether, just as we may be allowed to believe that when they know more about what is happening in the occupied territories, they will come out against it even more. But we defend ourselves well: Documentation is a crime. Don’t show us and don’t tell us, neither what’s happening in the slaughterhouse at Lahav nor in the refugee camp at Khan Yunis across from it.

Lahav is a kibbutz with many achievements. The app INakba, from the organization Zochrot, reminds us, however, that around Kibbutz Lahav, before it was founded, were Bedouin villages whose inhabitants were expelled to the Hebron Mountains and to Sinai. Israel never heard their cry either, just like the screams of the piglets, which should have torn apart the souls of the moral, socialist pioneers of Kibbutz Lahav.

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How Workers Can Win the Class War Being Waged Against Them

by RICHARD D. WOLFF

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair

Organized labor led no mass opposition to Trump’s presidency or the December 2017 tax cut or the failed U.S. preparation for and management of COVID-19. Nor do we yet see a labor-led national protest against the worst mass firing since the 1930s Great Depression. All of these events, but especially the unemployment, mark an employers’ class war against employees. The U.S. government directs it, but the employers as a class inspire and benefit the most from it.

Before the 2020 crash, class war had been redistributing wealth for decades from middle-income people and the poor to the top 1 percent. That upward redistribution was U.S. employers’ response to the legacy of the New Deal. During the Great Depression and afterward, wealth had been redistributed downward. By the 1970s, that was reversed. The 2020 crash will accelerate upward wealth redistribution sharply.

With tens of millions now a “reserve army” of the unemployed, nearly every U.S. employer can cut wages, benefits, etc. Employees dissatisfied with these cuts are easily replaced. Vast numbers of unemployed, stressed by uncertain job prospects and unemployment benefits, disappearing savings, and rising household tensions, will take jobs despite reduced wages, benefits, and working conditions. As the unemployed return to work, most employees’ standards of consumption and living will drop.

Germany, France, and other European nations could not fire workers as the United States did. Strong labor movements and socialist parties with deep social influences preclude governments risking comparable mass unemployment; it would risk deposing them from office. Thus their antiviral lockdowns keep most at work with governments paying 70 percent or more of pre-virus wages and salaries.

Mass unemployment will bring the United States closer to less-developed economies. Very large regions of the poor will surround small enclaves of the rich. Narrow bands of “middle-income professionals,” etc., will separate rich from poor. Ever-more rigid social divisions enforced by strong police and military apparatuses are becoming the norm. Their outlines are already visible across the United States.

Only if workers understand and mobilize to fight this class war can the trends sketched above be stopped or reversed. U.S. workers did exactly that in the 1930s. They fought—in highly organized ways—the class war waged against them then. Millions joined labor unions, and many tens of thousands joined two socialist parties and one communist party. All four organizations worked together, in coalition, to mobilize and activate the U.S. working class.

Weekly, and sometimes daily, workers marched across the United States. They criticized President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s policies and capitalism itself by intermingling reformist and revolutionary demands. The coalition’s size and political reach forced politicians, including FDR, to listen and respond, often positively. An initially “centrist” FDR adapted to become a champion of Social Security, unemployment insurance, a minimum wage, and a huge federal jobs program. The coalition achieved those moderate socialist reforms—the New Deal—and paid for them by setting aside revolutionary change.

It proved to be a good deal, but only in the short run. Its benefits to workers included a downward redistribution of income and wealth (especially via homeownership), and thereby the emergence of a new “middle class.” Relatively well-paid employees were sufficient in number to sustain widespread notions of American exceptionalism, beliefs in ever-rising standards of working-class living across generations, and celebrations of capitalism as guaranteeing these social benefits. The reality was quite different. Not capitalists but rather their critics and victims had forced the New Deal against capitalists’ resistance. And those middle-class benefits bypassed most African Americans.

The good deal did not last because U.S. capitalists largely resented the New Deal and sought to undo it. With World War II’s end and FDR’s death in 1945, the undoing accelerated. An anti-Soviet Cold War plus anti-communist/socialist crusades at home gave patriotic cover for destroying the New Deal coalition. The 1947 Taft-Hartley Act targeted organized labor. Senate and House committees spearheaded a unified effort (government, mass media, and academia) to demonize, silence, and socially exclude communists, socialists, leftists, etc. For decades after 1945—and still now in parts of the United States—a sustained hysteria defined all left-wing thought, policy, or movement as always and necessarily the worst imaginable social evil.

Over time, the New Deal coalition was destroyed and left-wing thinking was labeled “disloyal.” Even barely left-of-center labor and political organizations repeatedly denounced and distanced themselves from any sort of anti-capitalist impulse, any connection to socialism. Many New Deal reforms were evaded, amended, or repealed. Some simply vanished from politicians’ knowledge and vocabulary and then journalists’ too. Having witnessed the purges of leftist colleagues from 1945 through the 1950s, a largely docile academic community celebrated capitalism in general and U.S. capitalism in particular. The good in U.S. society was capitalism’s gift. The rest resulted from government or foreign or ideological interferences in capitalism’s wonderful invisible hand. Any person or group excluded from this American Dream had only themselves to blame for inadequate ability, insufficient effort, or ideological deviancy.

In this context, U.S. capitalism strode confidently toward the 21st century. The Soviet threat had imploded. A divided Europe threatened no U.S. interests. Its individual nations competed for U.S. favor (especially the UK). China’s poverty blocked its becoming an economic competitor. U.S. military and technological supremacy seemed insurmountable.

Amid success, internal contradictions surfaced. U.S. capitalism crashed three times. The first happened early in 2000 (triggered by dot-com share-price inflation); next came the big crash of 2008 (triggered by defaulting subprime mortgages); and the hugest crash hit in 2020 (triggered by COVID-19). Unprepared economically, politically, and ideologically for any of them, the Federal Reserve responded by creating vast sums of new money that it threw at/lent to (at historically low interest rates) banks, large corporations, etc. Three successive exercises in trickle-down economic policy saw little trickle down. No underlying economic problems (inequality, excess systemic debts, cyclical instability, etc.) have been solved. On the contrary, all worsened. In other words, class war has been intensified.

What then is to be done? First, we need to recognize the class war that is underway and commit to fighting it. On that basis, we must organize a mass base to put real political force behind social democratic policies, parties, and politicians. We need something like the New Deal coalition. The pandemic, economic crash, and gross official policy failures (including violent official scapegoating) draw many toward classical social democracy. The successes of the Democratic Socialists of America show this.

Second, we must face a major obstacle. Since 1945, capitalists and their supporters developed arguments and institutions to undo the New Deal and its leftist legacies. They silenced, deflected, co-opted, and/or demonized criticisms of capitalism. Strategic decisions made by both the U.S. New Deal and European social democracy contributed to their defeats. Both always left and still leave employers exclusively in positions to (1) receive and dispense their enterprises’ profits and (2) decide and direct what, how, and where their enterprises produce. Those positions gave capitalists the financial resources and power—politically, economically, and culturally—repeatedly to outmaneuver and repress labor and the left.

Third, to newly organized versions of a New Deal coalition or of social democracy, we must add a new element. We cannot again leave capitalists in the exclusive positions to receive enterprise profits and make major enterprise decisions. The new element is thus the demand to change enterprises producing goods and services. From hierarchical, capitalist organizations (where owners, boards of directors, etc., occupy the employer position) we need to transition to the altogether different democratic, worker co-op organizations. In the latter, no employer/employee split occurs. All workers have equal voice in deciding what gets produced, how, and where and how any profits get used. The collective of all employees is their own employer. As such an employer, the employees will finally protect and thus secure the reforms associated with the New Deal and social democracy.

We could describe the transition from capitalist to worker co-op enterprise organizations as a revolution. That would resolve the old debate of reform versus revolution. Revolution becomes the only way finally to secure progressive reforms. Capitalism’s reforms were generated by the system’s impacts on people and their resulting demands for change. Capitalism’s resistances to those reforms—and undoing them after they happened—spawned the revolution needed to secure them. In that revolution, society moves beyond capitalism itself. So it was in the French Revolution: demands for reform within feudal society could only finally be realized by a social transition from feudalism to capitalism.

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Quashing the Vote

by: EVE OTTENBERG

Photograph Source: Paul Sableman – CC BY 2.0

In late May, before the surge of Covid-19 cases in 22 states, Trump threatened to withhold aid to Michigan and Nevada over their plans to permit voting by mail. Such withholding is illegal. Trump alleged that vote by mail leads to voter fraud. This is hogwash. Trump’s fabrication about voter fraud is an attempt to distract from what he and some Republicans are up to, namely, voter suppression. But even Trump had to back down from his threat.

This voter suppression continues with no shame, despite people preferring absentee voting amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The issue is simple: people should not have to choose between voting and catching a potentially lethal disease. Some in the GOP get this. Trump does not. Or he pretends not to, because this is just too big an opportunity to quash the vote for the GOP to pass up. Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson tweeted in response to Trump’s threat: “We sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia.” Trump’s attack on Nevada did not note that the secretary of state, Barbara Cegavske, is a Republican. Meanwhile the Republican Iowa secretary of state sent out absentee ballot request forms, but this displeased the Republican controlled state legislature, which voted in mid-June to prevent such coddling of voters from happening again.

Compounding the outrage of Trump’s false accusations about vote by mail is the fact that he and his wife…voted by mail! They did so in Florida in the 2018 mid-term elections. Evidently vote by mail is a privilege reserved for the royal family – at least that was Trump’s view, which he didn’t bother to conceal. Hiding in his bunker in early June, however, he may have reconsidered his ostentatious claims of aristocratic entitlement. Fear can work wonders, but no doubt they will be short-lived.

Trump’s “attacks on mail-in voting have fueled an unprecedented effort by conservatives to limit” it before the election, noted the Washington Post in June. Texas stands at the forefront of this battle. Its lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, has led the charge against vote by mail and called it a scam. The governor, Greg Abbott, says he feels like he’s watching a tennis game, as the debate bounces back and forth in the courts. An appellate court upheld vote by mail expansion in mid-May, with the Texas Supreme Court later ruling that lack of Covid-19 immunity doesn’t qualify a voter for a mail-in ballot. But this ruling also stated that voters determine “whether in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury due to a physical condition.” Those physical health conditions are age of 65 or older and disability. It’s up to a voter with asthma, for instance, to judge the safety of in-person voting. An appeals court later concurred with this approach.

The New York Times reported on June 2 that Republicans fear Trump’s anti-vote by mail campaign could damage them. But that hasn’t impelled them to break ranks in any major way. Meanwhile in over a dozen states, lawsuits promoting vote by mail have gone forward. NBC noted that most battleground states offer “vote by mail without needing a reason to do so.” Well, now people have a reason. It’s called Covid-19. Still there are obstacles – addressed by suits in North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But $20 million to fight such suits has been pledged by Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee. Nothing like Republican resolve to make voter suppression great again.

The big picture here is ugly. A democracy in which one of the two major political parties believes it cannot win if many people vote won’t remain a democracy for long. (In fact, by other metrics, the Economist magazine judged the U.S. merely a partial democracy some time ago.) Republicans want to ditch voters. Clearly that is because most voters don’t like Republicans. But instead of changing the policies that people find so obnoxious, this party clings to its false, hateful and hated ideology and decides to give the people the heave-ho. Trump even acknowledged this when vote by mail was first proposed as a solution to touching Covid-19-infected voting screens. He made the telling remark that if all these people voted, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

The alternative here stinks. If the Republicans are the party of Wall Street, war and the big corporations, what are the Democrats? The party of Wall Street, war and the big corporations. True, the Dems have a progressive wing that from time to time coughs up leftish populist politicians, but the trend, ever since the Carter presidency, then accelerated under Clinton and turbo-charged by Obama has been corporate sycophancy and sleep-inducing centrism, set off by a gilded frame of…Democratic billionaires. These plutocrats are so at home with centrist Dems that Republican billionaire Michael Bloomberg became a candidate in the recent Democratic primary. So no, there is little salvation there. But little is better than zero. Compromised and hypocritical as they may be, Democrats still believe you win by persuading voters. Republicans believe you win by eliminating them.

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Conspiracy Theories Malign And Benign – Face Masks And ‘Israeli’ Training Of US Police

Frightening numbers of people still believe that profit-maximising corporate media merely disseminate something called ‘news’. In reality, ‘mainstream’ ‘news’ is chock full of Pavlovian bells, trigger terms designed to shape and control public opinion.

When journalists use terms like ‘secretive’ and ‘hermit’ to describe North Korea, they mean ‘Evil’. When Venezuelan presidents Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro are described as ‘leftist’, it means ‘Evil’. When Julian Assange is described as the ‘controversial’ WikiLeaks editor, it means ‘Evil’.

No news reporter would refer to the ‘secretive’ US. None would label George W. Bush the ‘hard-right’ US president. Barack Obama is never described as ‘controversial former US president Barack Obama’. Obama bombed seven Muslim countries, destroying Libya, but the word ‘controversial’ is not prefixed to his name in news reports. The same is true even of Trump. But why not?

The insertion of adjectives implies judgement and the default ‘mainstream’ position is that Western leaders should do the judging:

‘It was my job to report what those in power were doing or thinking… That is all someone in my sort of job can do’, as the BBC’s Nick Robinson infamously admitted while working as ITV political stenographer. (Robinson, ‘”Remember the last time you shouted like that?” I asked the spin doctor’, The Times, July 16, 2004)

It is Robinson’s job to report what Western leaders are doing and thinking, but he is allowed to judge and label enemies of the West.

Similarly, in journalistic usage, the term ‘conspiracy theory’ does not signify a theory that happens to involve a conspiracy; it means ‘Evil’. Pavlov’s bell is being rung and the words deranged, dangerous and unworthy of discussion are intended to pop, as if by magic, into the heads of readers and viewers.

During the 2003 Iraq war, we were criticised for promoting a ‘conspiracy theory’ – a deranged, dangerous argument – in explaining the US-UK rush to war. In fact, the Downing Street memo, and much other evidence, unarguably does show that Bush and Blair secretly conspired to wage war in 2003, come what may, regardless of UN arms searches and other bear-trap ‘diplomacy’ intended to jerry-build a casus belli for war. Bush and Blair wanted the war because Big Oil wanted the oil, and one million Iraqis paid the price with their lives. That was and is our ‘theory’, it does indeed involve a conspiracy, but it is not deranged, and it is not dangerous (except, potentially, for the criminals who committed the crime).

In May, the BBC reported on ‘conspiracy theories… such as 5G [mobile phone technology] being linked to the spread of coronavirus’. The Financial Times also reported:

‘Having first gained momentum online in early January, the 5G conspiracy theory — which alleges, among other things, that Covid-19 has either been caused by the frequencies used for the new wireless technology, or that those signals impair the human immune system — has spilled rapidly into the offline world.’

This does indeed describe a theory – one for which we have seen no credible supporting evidence – but not a conspiracy. The FT description does not point to a theory that the government and technology companies conspired to annihilate humanity by causing Covid-19 using 5G. In other words, the term ‘conspiracy theory’ was again here being used as a Pavlovian bell to mean ‘Evil’, deranged and dangerous.

Although journalists consistently load ‘conspiracy theory’ with this between-the-lines judgement, that doesn’t mean, as in the case of the Iraq war, that all conspiracy theories are deranged and dangerous. And it also doesn’t mean that it is wrong for us to view some conspiracy theories as deranged and dangerous.

Last week, Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens tweeted on the use of face masks:

‘the primary purpose of enforced muzzle wearing in public spaces (which protects nobody against anything) is to humiliate the wearer and make him or her accustomed to unquestioning obedience to authority’.

This was indeed a conspiracy theory – literally, and also, in our opinion, in the deranged and dangerous sense commonly used by journalists.

Remarkably, Hitchens was suggesting that governments around the world have ordered the public to wear face masks as part of a vast global conspiracy, presumably involving thousands of professional scientists, to train us in obedience to authority. Perhaps Hitchens also believes that the enforced wearing of seat belts in cars and on planes is part of the same sinister plan ‘to humiliate’ democratic citizens ‘and make him or her accustomed to unquestioning obedience to authority’.

We have been studying state-corporate efforts to instil obedience in citizens for decades – such efforts certainly do exist and we have written about them at length. Hitchens’ view, however, is laughable; or would be but for the stark fact that his readers of the Mail on Sunday are often elderly and therefore have much to lose from taking him seriously.

Hitchens’ argument is of course premised on his belief that a face mask ‘protects nobody against anything’, a view that is also well-represented to the left of the political spectrum. The OffGuardian website commented last month:

‘Face masks work well for surgeons who want to avoid dribbling or sneezing into their patients, but are useless when it comes to stopping viral infections. In terms of preventing the spread of COVID 19 there is no evidence that they achieve anything at all.’

Hitchens and OffGuardian had better be right. If they are not, they are handing out advice that is encouraging people to take risks that could cost lives.

OffGuardian focused on conflicting UK government guidance on whether wearing face masks protects against Covid-19. The advice quoted – that evidence on use of face masks was ‘quite weak’ and ‘extremely weak’ – was issued by the notoriously shambolic and mendacious Tory government in March and April when it was trying to protect the small available supply of protective equipment to ensure it reached front-line health workers. OffGuardian also focused on research mostly relating to influenza and influenza-like illness. The authors of a paper in The Lancet commented in April:

‘Previous research on the use of masks in non-health-care settings had predominantly focused on the protection of the wearers and was related to influenza or influenza-like illness. These studies were not designed to evaluate mass masking in whole communities.’

Cambridge University reported last month:

‘Population-wide use of facemasks keeps the coronavirus “reproduction number” under 1.0, and prevents further waves of the virus when combined with lockdowns.’

Lead author Dr Richard Stutt described the conclusion:

‘If widespread facemask use by the public is combined with physical distancing and some lockdown, it may offer an acceptable way of managing the pandemic and reopening economic activity long before there is a working vaccine.’

On June 24, the American Thoracic Society reported research by the Chinese University of Hong Kong on ‘how public interest in face masks may have affected the severity of COVID-19 epidemics and potentially contained the outbreak in 42 countries in 6 continents’. The study’s authors noted:

‘In many Asian countries like China and Japan, the use of face masks in this pandemic is ubiquitous and is considered as a hygiene etiquette, whereas in many western countries, its use in the public is less common.’

The authors found ‘a clear negative correlation between the awareness or general acceptance of wearing a face mask and its infection rates’. Sunny Wong, MD, associate professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, commented:

‘One classic example is seen in Hong Kong. Despite [Hong Kong’s] proximity to mainland China, its infection rate of COVID-19 is generally modest with only 1,110 cases to-date. This correlates with an almost ubiquitous use of face masks in the city (up to 98.8 percent by respondents in a survey). Similar patterns are seen in other Asian areas, such as Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. To date, there are more than two million cases in the U.S. and more than one million cases in Brazil.’

Another recent study by Virginia Commonwealth University looked at coronavirus death rates in 198 countries in an effort to establish why some had very high death rates and others very low. Christopher Leffler, one of the study’s authors, commented:

‘What we found was that of the big variables that you can control which influence mortality, one was wearing masks.

‘It wasn’t just by a few per cent, it was up to a hundred times less mortality. The countries that introduced masks from the very beginning of their outbreak have had hardly any deaths.’ (Our emphasis)

Research shows that even homemade masks made from cotton T-shirts or dishcloths can prove 90 per cent effective at preventing transmission.

In May, a paper published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences delivered this dramatic verdict:

‘Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic worldwide. We conclude that wearing of face masks in public corresponds to the most effective means to prevent interhuman transmission, and this inexpensive practice, in conjunction with extensive testing, quarantine, and contact tracking, poses the most probable fighting opportunity to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the development of a vaccine.’ (Our emphasis)

study in The Lancet has reached similar conclusions:

‘We encourage consideration of mass masking during the coming phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are expected to occur in the absence of an effective COVID-19 vaccine… Mass masking for source control is in our view a useful and low-cost adjunct to social distancing and hand hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.’

The Lancet paper made the crucial point that face masks protect other people from the wearer, not vice versa:

‘People often wear masks to protect themselves, but we suggest a stronger public health rationale is source control to protect others from respiratory droplets.’

The point was reinforced by Rich Davis, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Director at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in the US. Davis has published photographs showing how face masks block respiratory droplets coming from the mouth and throat. Davis’ experiment used bacteria and, as he acknowledged, ‘bacteria are incredibly different from viruses!’ He added:

‘But since we expect respiratory droplets to be what primarily spreads #COVID19, I exploit the presence of (easily to grow and visualize) bacteria in respiratory droplets, to show where they go.’

A May 2020 evidence review cited by The Lancet – a review of dozens of scientific studies – found:

‘The preponderance of evidence indicates that mask wearing reduces the transmissibility per contact by reducing transmission of infected droplets in both laboratory and clinical contexts. Public mask wearing is most effective at stopping spread of the virus when compliance is high. The decreased transmissibility could substantially reduce the death toll and economic impact while the cost of the intervention is low. Thus we recommend the adoption of public cloth mask wearing, as an effective form of source control, in conjunction with existing hygiene, distancing, and contact tracing strategies. We recommend that public officials and governments strongly encourage the use of widespread face masks in public, including the use of appropriate regulation.’

Online critics have poured scorn on this evidence, sometimes on the basis that the above evidence review, for example, and the Cambridge University study, have not been peer reviewed. But in a fast-moving field, where some kind of overview is needed promptly, it is the most reasonable approach, bearing in mind the usual caveats that the work has not gone through a thorough process of vetting and checking as part of the normal academic peer-review process. This nevertheless remains highly credible evidence.

It is not necessary to be 100% convinced by studies indicating the usefulness of face masks. The point is that Hitchens’ and OffGuardian’s declared certainty that face masks are worthless is highly questionable, to say the least. Given that this is the case, should we not all err on the side of caution by using face masks, particularly when interacting with the old and infirm who are at most risk from Covid-19?

Antisemitic Conspiracy Theory

Last week, another ‘conspiracy theory’ took centre stage after Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow education secretary for sending an approving tweet about an interview in which the actor Maxine Peake had said:

‘The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s office explained why he had asked Long-Bailey to step down.

‘The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory. As leader of the Labour party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority. Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.’

Again, Starmer’s use of ‘conspiracy theory’ did not carry the literal meaning of the words. It was being used to suggest that Peake’s argument was ‘Evil’, deranged and dangerous. After all, she was not proposing a conspiracy theory – the claim that the Israeli state helps train US police is factual, not theoretical, and such training does not involve a conspiracy but open cooperation between governments. Amnesty International reported in 2016:

‘Baltimore law enforcement officials, along with hundreds of others from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state as well as the DC Capitol police have all traveled to Israel for training. Thousands of others have received training from Israeli officials here in the U.S.’

Writing for Middle East Eye, Sheren Khalel notes of the four US police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd:

‘before being fired and charged over the incident, all four officers had been employed by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), which participated in a 2012 training conference in Minneapolis that was held by the FBI and Chicago’s Israeli consulate’.

Derek Chauvin, the officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, ‘was a training officer at the department, having worked there for the past 18 years’.

LabourNet offers further evidence suggesting links between Minneapolis police and specialist Israeli training. Since Floyd’s death, numerous images and videos have appeared showing Israeli soldiers kneeling on the necks of Palestinians in an identical manner.

Peake’s comment was not anti-semitic – there is no reason to assume she implied, or was motivated by, hatred of Jews. It was not anti-Israel; it was not even anti the Israeli secret service. It was a statement of her belief about lessons learned by US police from Israeli forces. Inevitably, the Guardian’s leading columnist Jonathan Freedland took a different view, commenting that Peake displayed:

‘a cast of mind that sees the worst events in the world and determinedly puts Israel at the centre of them, even in defiance of the facts or basic common sense’.

For many British people concerned about human rights, Israel does indeed often take centre stage for a number of rational reasons: Israel is continuing to commit one of the most brutal acts of colonial-settler ethnic cleansing in recent history, and Britain bears moral responsibility for this catastrophe inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948. Moreover, Britain and the US are currently supplying massive military, economic and diplomatic aid in support of this ethnic cleansing, which is happening, as Noam Chomsky noted in his classic work, ‘The Fateful Triangle’, in an oil-rich region where local conflict could easily trigger global and even nuclear conflict.

These are powerful, reasonable reasons for placing Israeli crimes centre stage. The deeper point is that most leftists place the destructive impact of the profit-orientation of corporate greed, not Israel, centre stage. If any country takes centre stage in leftist thought, it is the US, the key corporate power.

Of course, a tiny fringe of racist fake leftists (a racist cannot be leftist, if the term ‘leftist’ is to retain any meaning) do focus on Israel because they hate Jews who they believe control the world. But it is no surprise that a survey published in The Economist last November found that people identifying as ‘very left-wing’ were among the least likely to express antisemitic attitudes. Those identifying as ‘very right-wing’ were three and a half times more likely to express hostile attitudes towards Jews. Exactly what we would expect, of course, given the monstrous historical record of right-wing anti-semitism.

Other surveys have strongly supported these conclusions, including an October 2016 report by the Commons home affairs committee and a September 2017 report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and a Labour Party report discussed here in February 2019.

The Palestine Solidarity campaign has commented:

‘There is no clear evidence that Israel has trained US police officers in the technique of “neck kneeling” as a tool of restraint.’

However:

‘Learning from forces who implement a totalising matrix of control and domination, through a belligerent military occupation, makes racialised communities in the United States less safe by facilitating the transfer of knowledge on how to repress and control oppressed communities.’

Even if Peake’s observation was factually wrong on the specific technique of ‘neck kneeling’, she nevertheless performed an important public service by drawing attention to issues that are never discussed. As Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International USA’s researcher for arms control, security and human rights commented:

‘With a long record of human rights violations, Israeli security forces are an incredibly problematic training partner.’

For Freedland to link Long-Bailey to a mind-set that despises Israel for racist reasons smacks of a kind of McCarthyite extremism, given that she signed up to the Jewish Board of Deputies’ ‘Ten Pledges To End The Antisemitism Crisis’ in the Labour Party.  As Israel-based former Guardian journalist Jonathan Cook wrote at the time:

‘Under these new terms, anyone can be automatically denounced as an antisemite if they try to challenge the changed definition of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel, or if they acknowledge that a pro-Israel lobby exists’.

Cook concluded:

‘The decision by Long-Bailey and the other two [Labour leadership] candidates to back the Board’s pledges has effectively turned the pro-Israel lobby into an executioner-in-waiting. It empowers these groups to destroy any one of them who becomes leader and tries to promote a Corbyn-style progressive platform.’

Sure enough, Long-Bailey has fallen victim to the very pledges she supported, exactly as Cook predicted.

Not only has Israel trained US police oppressing African-Americans, Israel’s ambassador Alon Leil admitted that Israel gave armament technology to apartheid South Africa. In 2006, an article by Chris McGreal in the Guardian, quoted Leil:

‘We created the South African arms industry. They assisted us to develop all kinds of technology because they had a lot of money. When we were developing things together we usually gave the know-how and they gave the money. After 1976, there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies.’

The love affair was understandable. As McGreal noted:

‘Stepping into modern Israel, anyone who experienced the old South Africa would see few immediately visible comparisons. There are no signs segregating Jews and non-Jews. Yet, as in white South Africa then and now, there is a world of discrimination and oppression that most Israelis choose not to see.’

It is a bitter irony that the UK anti-semitism witch-hunt – ostensibly a campaign against discrimination and oppression – is in large part about protecting Israel’s apartheid discrimination and oppression. The hope is that by trashing the reputations of UK politicians, journalists and commentators seeking to break the silence, the British public can be denied even the option to ‘choose not to see’.

A key part of that strategy will continue to involve hanging Pavlovian trigger terms like ‘conspiracy theory’ and ‘anti-semite’ around the necks of anyone daring to criticise Israel.

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Nazi MK: ”Arabs in Israel are time bomb that must be ‘defused”

Nazi Bezalel Smotrich

He said his goal is to maintain Jewish majority across ‘Israel’, which is the stolen land of Palestine.

Extremist Nazi MK and former minister has described birth rate among Arabs in Nazi occupied Negev as “demographic time bomb” that must be “defused”, Zionist media reported on Thursday.

The Times of ‘Israel’ reported the extremist MK, who was a Transportation Minister until recently, Bezalel Smotrich, stating that there are some 200,000 Arabs in the Negev desert who “double themselves every 12 years” due to high birthrates.

Haaretz reported him warning: “It is a bomb that must be handled. If we don’t defuse it, it will blow up on us much stronger.”

The extremist MK added: “The more Western you make them, the more the birthrate will come down,” stating that his goal was “to maintain the Jewish majority, not just in Israel, but in the Negev.”

The member of the Jewish Yamina Party argued that this was: “The vision of [David] Ben-Gurion, not of Yamina,” referring to the first Nazi prime minister.

Arab MK Ahmed Tibi responded to Smotrich in a tweet written in German: “He describes the settlers who carry bombs as children and the Bedouin children as a demographic time bomb…

“His racist remarks came just one week after the murder of Eyad Hallaq by the Nazi police just because he was an Arab and Palestinian.”

Meanwhile, Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List party, wrote on Twitter: “Smotrich is desperate for attention. I demand they issue a restraining order against him for gas stations, in case he repeats the mistakes of the past.”

Odeh’s remark was in reference to Smotrich’s arrest prior to the 2005 Gaza disengagement by the Shin Bet security service.

Smotrich was held on suspicion of planning to block major roads and for stockpiling gasoline, to allegedly damage infrastructure in a bid to prevent the withdrawal. However, he was released without charge.

The Joint List MK Heba Yazbak described Smotrich as a racist who never missed a chance to incite hatred against Arabs.

On Twitter, she wrote: “It’s not the birthrates that should bother Smotrich but rather the desire of [Arab] society to get rid of the national supremacy policy he represents.”#Jewish Settlers#Israeli Occupation#Settlers#Racism#Bezalel Smotrich#MK#Racist

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Nazi mass arrests of more than twenty Palestinians, including a woman

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Night Arrests (1)

Nazi occupied Jerusalem: At dawn today, the occupation forces launched a massive campaign of arrests in the city of Jerusalem and its environs, and the Nazi occupied West Bank, targeting a woman and more than twenty Palestinians.

The Awad Samreen family council in Silwan reported the arrest of 50-year-old Palestinian Ibtisam Saeed Awad Samreen (Umm Muhammad Sharaf), after they raided, searched and vandalized her home.

He said in a statement, that Samreen suffers from many diseases such as scleroderma, pressure, diabetes and liver diseases, denouncing the process of storming her house and arresting her.

The Nazi forces and intelligence forces stormed Al-Issawiya village, northeast of Jerusalem, and began a raid and search of Palestinian homes in it.

He knew among the detainees; Ali Muhammad Obaid, Amjad Ali Obaid, Mahmoud Shafiq Obaid, Mahmoud Ramadan Obaid, Iyas Hussain Obaid, Muhammad Walid Obaid, Nayef Waseem Obaid, Wissam Nayef Obaid, Tamer Darwish, and Majd Mustafa.

According to local sources, the Nazi occupation forces arrested three young men from Qalandia refugee camp, north of the Nazi occupied Jerusalem. Anas Yaqoub, Abdullah Alqam and Ismail Abu Latifa, along with the arrest of Raed Nimr Mahmoud Abdel-Jawad from the town of Anata, northeast of the city, after they raided his home at dawn.

She added that clashes erupted between young men and the Nazi occupation forces in Qalandia, which led to a number of Palestinians being shot and strangled by poison gas.

In the Nazi occupied West Bank, the Nazi occupation forces arrested Mujahid Basil Al-Barghouthi from the village of Kober, north of Ramallah, Saeed Rabah Dwaikat, Aseel Nasser Dwaikat, and Ahmed Yasser Dwaikat from Nablus.

The Nazi occupation forces also arrested Nasser Bassam Baajawi, while he was in his workplace in the occupied interior, from the town of Ya`bad in Jenin.

Also arrested was Ibrahim Khamis, 18, and Nidal Ibrahim Abu Ahour, 41, from Bethlehem. 

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Yemeni forces target the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi rear … the Ministry of Defense, an air base and military sites

Trump-Saudi war on Yemen, cartoon | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Today, Tuesday, the Yemeni Armed Forces announced the implementation of the fourth deterrence operation that targeted the capital of the aggression Riyadh and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi depth, with a large number of ballistic missiles, wings and drones.

The armed forces spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Sari, said in a statement: We have implemented – with the grace of God – the largest offensive operation “the fourth deterrent balance” on the capital of the Saudi enemy

The statement clarified that: The fourth deterrence balance operation destroyed the Ministry of Defense and Intelligence, Salman Air Force Base and military sites in Riyadh, Jizan, and Najran.

And that the fourth deterrence balance operation was carried out with a large number of ballistic missiles, the “Quds” wings, “Zulfikar”, and the Air Force marches

The Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman affirmed that the fourth deterrence balance operation came in response to the continuation of the unjust blockade and the brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people.

Brigadier-General Sari warned the Saudi-Zionist-American aggression countries against the consequences of persisting in his prostitution, aggression, criminality and exercising his criminal blockade, stressing our legitimate and steadfast right that necessitates the religious, moral, humanitarian and national duty to defend Yemen and its steadfast people

The Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman confirmed that we will carry out more and more powerful military operations until the siege is lifted, the aggression is stopped, and freedom and independence are achieved.

Statement text:


A statement issued by the Yemeni Armed Forces in the
name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

In response to the continuing unjust embargo and brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people and our dear country, the Yemeni armed forces, with the grace of God Almighty, carried out the largest offensive operation, the “Fourth Balance of Deterrence,” which targeted the capital of the Saudi enemy with a large number of ballistic missiles, air forces, and wings.
With God’s help and payment, our Quds and Zulfikar missiles and Samad 3 marching planes destroyed military headquarters and centers in the Saudi enemy’s capital, including the Ministry of Defense and Intelligence and Salman Air Force Base and military sites in Jizan and Najran.

The Yemeni Armed Forces warn the enemy against the consequences of persisting in its aggression, aggression, crime and the practice of its criminal blockade, and it affirms its legitimate and inalienable right that necessitates the religious, moral, humanitarian and patriotic duty to defend the dear, steadfast and steadfast people of Yemen.

The Yemeni armed forces, with the assistance of God, assure and seek the assistance of God that they will carry out more and more powerful military operations, until
the siege is lifted, the aggression is stopped, and freedom and independence are achieved.

Long live Yemen, free, dear, independent, and
victory for Yemen and for all the free and honorable nation.

Issued by the Yemeni Armed Forces,
Sanaa 3, Dhu al-Qi’dah 1441 AH
, corresponding to June 23, 2020 CE


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Sushant Singh Rajput, late Bollywood actor, was a true Zionist puppet

By: Sammi ibrahem,Sr

File picture of actor Sushant Singh Rajput talking to the press at the International Indian Film Academy Rocks show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., July 14, 2017 (photo credit: REUTERS)

File picture of Zionist puppet Sushant Singh Rajput talking to the press at the International Indian Film Academy Rocks show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S., July 14, 2017

Nazi Gilad Cohen, the Deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific at the Nazi Foreign Ministry, paid homage to the late Bollywood Zionist puppet Sushant Singh Rajput Tuesday on Twitter. He lauded the Indian actor as being a “true friend of Israel,” adding that at this time ‘Israel’ looks east.

“Sending my deepest condolences on the passing of [Sushant Singh Rajput], a true friend of Israel. You will be missed!” Nazi Cohen said on his official Twitter page. He then linked his Twitter post to a music video of an upbeat song from the soundtrack of the 2019 Bollywood action thriller Drive, titled Makhna,” which Zionist puppet Rajput was featured in alongside his co-stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Vikramjeet Virk, Sapna Pabbi, soaking up the Nazi occupied Tel Aviv sunshine and scenery. 

Zionist puppet Rajput, who won acclaim for his role in the 2016 biopic of then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was found dead at his home in Mumbai on Sunday, police said.He was 34 years old.

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German ‘peace’ prize for fugitive Nazi’s

Israeli war crimes fugitive receives German peace prize

By: Ali Abunimah

Woman speaks into microphone
Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni has evaded arrest or questioning in the UK, Belgium and Switzerland over her role in war crimes in Gaza. (Brookings Institution)

Human rights defenders are urging Germany’s Brückepreis to withdraw their 2020 award from Tzipi Livni, an Israeli politician who has bragged about her role in war crimes against Palestinians.

The citation for the Bridge Prize, as it is known in English, says that Livni is being honored for promoting “free thinking, democracy, openness and humanity” and for “her freedom-oriented peace policy.”

The prize is given to individuals who have dedicated their life’s work to democracy and peaceful understanding among peoples and comes with a cash award of $2,800.

But far from promoting peace, Livni is accused of involvement in “war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the blockaded Gaza Strip” when she was Israel’s foreign minister during its 2008-2009 assault on Gaza, the human rights group Euro-Med Monitor wrote in a letter to Brückepreis president Willi Xylander on Tuesday.

Livni “worked relentlessly during the internationally condemned operation to whitewash Israel’s assault on Gaza’s civilian population,” the letter adds, noting that the Israeli attack took 1,400 Palestinian lives, the vast majority civilians.

“Real hooliganism”

Nor has Livni been shy about her role in and support for the Gaza massacre.

She told Israeli media in January 2009: “Israel demonstrated real hooliganism during the course of the recent operation, which I demanded.”

The Goldstone Report, the independent UN-commissioned inquiry into the assault, also quotes Livni stating: “Israel is not a country upon which you fire missiles and it does not respond. It is a country that when you fire on its citizens it responds by going wild – and this is a good thing.”

And instead of promoting democracy, Livni has supported the ethnic cleansing of Palestinian citizens of Israel in order to make Israel’s population more purely Jewish.

A former justice minister, Livni also told Palestinian negotiators, “I am against law – international law in particular. Law in general.”

That is hardly the record of someone who deserves recognition for contributing to international peace and understanding.

Pursued for war crimes

On several occasions, Livni has had to evade arrest or questioning by judicial authorities seeking to investigate her for war crimes, in the UKSwitzerland and Belgium.

Giving the Brückepreis to an Israeli politician accused of war crimes would “contribute to whitewashing the crimes of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians” and could “further incentivize Israeli politicians to escalate atrocities against Palestinians when knowing that such brutalities wouldn’t affect their international standing,” Euro-Med Monitor adds.

Yet in Germany, sadly, elites continue to believe that providing unconditional support for Israel no matter what crimes it commits and fawning praise for Israeli war criminals, are forms of atonement for the German government’s murder of millions of European Jews.

The real lesson from Germany’s crimes ought to be that no one should escape accountability for war crimes, and that includes Tzipi Livni.

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Tzipi Livni.s career in the Mossad

 Said Zulficar replied on Thu, 06/18/2020 – 00:00

Tziporah Malka Livni is the daughter of Yeruhan Eitan Livni, a leading field commander of Irgun Zvai Leumi and later a Herut member in the Knesset.
Generally unknown to the public is her career in the Mossad from 1980 to 1984 during which time she was assigned to run the Mossad safe house in Paris (she speaks French), s he was then a member of the elite unit”Operation Wrath of God” , a covert group who assassinated Palestinian activists and Arab nuclear scientists abroad. She is believed by French Intelligence to have been involved inter alia in the murders in Paris of Egyptian scientist Yahya el-Mashad ad Iraqi scientist Abdel-Razak.

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Livni

 Frank Dallas replied on Thu, 06/18/2020 – 07:42

Livni’s father was an Irgun commander. He was arrested on 4th April 1946 for his role in the Night of the Trains sabotage in which 2 British and 4 Arabs died. Sentenced to 15 years he escaped in the famous Irgun prison breakout. Livni followed in her dad’s grisly footsteps by working for Mossad in her twenties. She is quite right that Israel went wild in the Cast Lead operation. It was an act of barbarity and partly, of course, punishment for the January 2006 election won by Hamas. Democracy is not supposed to produce the wrong result. Not only did the Palestinians have to be punished for assuming that democracy meant they could vote for who they liked ( just like British Labour voters who were told they would be anti-Semites if they voted for Corbyn-10.2 million did anyway)they had to be chastened for anticipating the US/Israel coup to bring about regime change and stopping it by Hamas taking over Gaza. Of course, the immediate cause of Cast Lead was the Israeli attack on Gaza of 4th November 2008 (the day of the US election, surprise, surprise). When the Palestinians responded, that was the green light for Israel to go wild, as it always does. Don’t forget though that in January 2008 a ceasefire was offered by the Palestinians and rejected by the Israelis, as usual. Livni is absolutely right: Israel is a wild country which responds with unhinged violence to any perceived provocation, refuses peace offer after peace offer and glories in conflict and killing. It is a country founded on the terrorism her father practised. After she cancelled a visit to the UK in 2009 to avoid arrest, Milliband,(Foreign Sec) apologised, as did PM Brown. Did you hear them apologise to the Palestinians slaughtered by Israeli madness? Livni has been welcomed by leading western politicians. Now a body which promotes international understanding in Europe awards her a gong. Such is the corruption of the international order: it supports regimes that go wild and punishes peacemakers.

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What alternative to law does she support?

 Paul E Merrell replied on Thu, 06/18/2020 – 13:16

@ “Livni also told Palestinian negotiators, ‘I am against law – international law in particular. Law in general.'”

She should be asked to expand on what she prefers to law:

“The law, Roper, the law. I know what’s legal, not what’s right. And I’ll stick to what’s legal. . . . I’m not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain-sailing, I can’t navigate, I’m no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh there I’m a forester. . . . What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? . . . And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you – where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? . . . This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast – Man’s laws, not God’s – and if you cut them down . . . d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow the[n]? . . . Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”

R. Bolt, A Man for All Seasons, Act I, pg. 147 (Three Plays, Heinemann ed. 1967), as quoted in Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill, 437 U.S. 153, 195-196 (1978).


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