U.K. synagogue bars controversial Jewish Zio-Nazi academic speaker

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Nazi Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University is associated with anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, who was banned from Britain last year.

Mordechai Kedar

Nazi Mordechai Kedar
A leading London synagogue has cancelled a talk by an Jewish Nazi academic who said earlier this year that the only way to deter terrorists is by raping their female relatives.
Jewish Nazi Mordechai Kedar, of Bar-Ilan University, was due to speak at the Finchley United Synagogue on Monday night as part of a speaking tour in the United Kingdom organized by the local Zionist Federation, the Jewish Chronicle reported.Finchley congregants were notified that Kedar’s appearance had been cancelled, but no explanation was given.

The federation had previously called off scheduled talks at three Jewish schools after complaints about his links with American anti-Islamist activist Pamela Geller, who was banned from Britain last year.

Jewish Nazi Kedar told Zionist Radio in July that “the only thing that can deter terrorists… is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.”

Jewish Nazi Kedar and Bar Ilan University subsequently issued a statement that the rape statement was hyperbolic and Kedar was not recommending committing “such despicable acts”.

In 2013 comments to Zionist news site Ynet, Nazi Kedar maintained that without “an end to immigration, we will soon be hearing the death throes of the [European] continent as we know it.”

Reacting to the cancellation of Kedar’s talk in Finchley, federation chairman Paul Charney said that there had been “a concerted effort to smear the reputation” of Kedar, who was an “expert in the Islamic and Arabic worlds”.

But political scientist Michael Pinto-Duschinsky said that Kedar’s presence in the UK would be “toxic for interfaith relations”.

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British Christian Zionist hailed as ‘godfather’ of Zio-Nazi reburied in I$raHell

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The ashes of John Henry Patterson, a British Christian Zionist hailed as the “godfather” of the Nazi Defense Forces (NDF) by Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Naziyahu, were reburied in a ceremony near Netanya.

Born in 1867, Lt. Col. Patterson came to Palestine during World War I after serving in east Africa as a colonial officer, where he became famous for killing two giant man-eating lions. Patterson eventually commanded the Jewish Legion, the first Jewish force on the field of battle in the area in nearly two thousand years, in campaigns in Gallipoli and Palestine.

Ze’ev Jabotinsky, a leading figure in Zionism who was also one of Patterson’s fellow soldiers, once said that “in all of Jewish history we have never had a Christian friend as understanding and devoted.”

Naziyahu’s father was close friends with Patterson when the two worked together to advocate for I$raHell statehood. Naziyahu’s brother Yonatan, who was killed in Operation Entebbe in Uganda in 1976, was named in Patterson’s honor.

Naziyahu described Patterson as helping to reshape the image of the Jewish people from centuries of wonderers without a homeland to warriors.

“[Patterson] had absolute confidence that the Jews would make remarkable soldiers – not adequate soldiers, but remarkable soldiers. And I think he had a lot to do with that. He began the reconstitution of the ability of the Jews to defend ourselves,” Naziyahu said, the Independent reported.

Alan Patterson, grandson of John Henry Patterson, said that it was one of his grandfather’s dying wishes to be buried alongside his fellow soldiers. Patterson’s ashes, along with his wife Frances, had been interned in California, where he lived when he passed away in 1947. They will now be interred in Moshav Avihayil, which was founded by Jewish Legion veterans in 1921.

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War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda: Secrecy, Surveillance and Censorship

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by JOHN PILGER

Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and theWashington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity?  And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

These are urgent questions. The world is facing the prospect of major war, perhaps nuclear war – with the United States clearly determined to isolate and provoke Russia and eventually China. This truth is being turned upside down and inside out by journalists, including those who promoted the lies that led to the bloodbath in Iraq in 2003.

The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government”. It is the government. It rules directly without fear of contradiction and its principal aim is the conquest of us: our sense of the world, our ability to separate truth from lies.

The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of obedient clichés and false assumptions.

This power to create a new “reality” has building for a long time. Forty-five years ago, a book entitled The Greening of America caused a sensation. On the cover were these words: “There is a revolution coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originate with the individual.”

I was a correspondent in the United States at the time and recall the overnight elevation to guru status of the author, a young Yale academic, Charles Reich. His message was that truth-telling and political action had failed and only “culture” and introspection could change the world.

Within a few years, driven by the forces of profit, the cult of “me-ism” had all but overwhelmed our sense of acting together, our sense of social justice and internationalism. Class, gender and race were separated. The personal was the political, and the media was the message.

In the wake of the cold war, the fabrication of new “threats” completed the political disorientation of those who, 20 years earlier, would have formed a vehement opposition.

In 2003, I filmed an interview in Washington with Charles Lewis, the distinguished American investigative journalist.  We discussed the invasion of Iraq a few months earlier.  I asked him, “What if the freest media in the world had seriously challenged George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld and investigated their claims, instead of channeling what turned out to be crude propaganda?”

He replied that if we journalists had done our job “there is a very, very good chance we would have not gone to war in Iraq.”

That’s a shocking statement, and one supported by other famous journalists to whom I put the same question. Dan Rather, formerly of CBS, gave me the same answer.  David Rose of the Observer and senior journalists and producers in the BBC, who wished to remain anonymous, gave me the same answer.

In other words, had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist.

Even now, despite the millions who took to the streets in protest, most of the public in western countries have little idea of the sheer scale of the crime committed by our governments in Iraq. Even fewer are aware that, in the 12 years before the invasion, the US and British governments set in motion a holocaust by denying the civilian population of Iraq a means to live.

Those are the words of the senior British official responsible for sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s – a medieval siege that caused the deaths of half a million children under the age of five, reported Unicef.  The official’s name is Carne Ross. In the Foreign Office in London, he was known as “Mr. Iraq”.  Today, he is a truth-teller of how governments deceive and how journalists willingly spread the deception.  “We would feed journalists factoids of sanitised intelligence,” he told me, “or we’d freeze them out.”

The main whistleblower  during this terrible, silent period was Denis Halliday. Then Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and the senior UN official in Iraq, Halliday resigned rather than implement policies he described as genocidal.  He estimates that sanctions killed more than a million Iraqis.

What then happened to Halliday was instructive. He was airbrushed. Or he was vilified. On the BBC’s Newsnight programme, the presenter Jeremy Paxman shouted at him: “Aren’t you just an apologist for Saddam Hussein?” The Guardian recently described this as one of Paxman’s “memorable moments”. Last week, Paxman signed a £1 million book deal.

The handmaidens of suppression have done their job well.  Consider the effects.  In 2013, a ComRes poll found that a majority of the British public believed the casualty toll in Iraq was less than 10,000 – a tiny fraction of the truth. A trail of blood that goes from Iraq to London has been scrubbed almost clean.

Rupert Murdoch is said to be the godfather of the media mob, and no one should doubt the augmented power of his newspapers – all 127 of them, with a combined circulation of 40 million, and his Fox network. But the influence of Murdoch’s empire is no greater than its reflection of the wider media.

The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News – but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times.

The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia – when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and Nato.

This inversion of reality is so pervasive that Washington’s military encirclement and intimidation of Russia is not contentious. It’s not even news, but suppressed behind a smear and scare campaign of the kind I grew up with during the first cold war.

Once again, the evil empire is coming to get us, led by another Stalin or, perversely, a new Hitler. Name your demon and let rip.

The suppression of the truth about Ukraine is one of the most complete news blackouts I can remember. The biggest Western military build-up in the Caucasus and eastern Europe since world war two is blacked out. Washington’s secret aid to Kiev and its neo-Nazi brigades responsible for war crimes against the population of eastern Ukraine is blacked out. Evidence that contradicts propaganda that Russia was responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner is blacked out.

And again, supposedly liberal media are the censors. Citing no facts, no evidence, one journalist identified a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine as the man who shot down the airliner. This man, he wrote, was known as The Demon.  He was a scary man who frightened the journalist. That was the evidence.

Many in the western media haves worked hard to present the ethnic Russian population of Ukraine as outsiders in their own country, almost never as Ukrainians seeking a federation within Ukraine and as Ukrainian citizens resisting a foreign-orchestrated coup against their elected government.

What the Russian president has to say is of no consequence; he is a pantomime villain who can be abused with impunity. An American general who heads Nato and is straight out of Dr. Strangelove — one General Breedlove – routinely claims Russian invasions without a shred of visual evidence. His impersonation of Stanley Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper is pitch perfect.

Forty thousand Ruskies were massing on the border, according to Breedlove. That was good enough for the New York Times, theWashington Post and the Observer — the latter having previously distinguished itself with lies and fabrications that backed Blair’s invasion of Iraq, as its former reporter, David Rose, revealed.

There is almost the joi d’esprit of a class reunion. The drum-beaters of the Washington Post are the very same editorial writers who declared the existence of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction to be “hard facts”.

“If you wonder,” wrote Robert Parry, “how the world could stumble into world war three – much as it did into world war one a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire US political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats versus black hats took hold early and has proved impervious to facts or reason.”

Parry, the journalist who revealed Iran-Contra, is one of the few who investigate the central role of the media in this “game of chicken”, as the Russian foreign minister called it. But is it a game? As I write this, the US Congress votes on Resolution 758 which, in a nutshell, says: “Let’s get ready for war with Russia.”

In the 19th century, the writer Alexander Herzen described secular liberalism as “the final religion, though its church is not of the other world but of this”. Today, this divine right is far more violent and dangerous than anything the Muslim world throws up, though perhaps its greatest triumph is the illusion of free and open information.

In the news, whole countries are made to disappear.  Saudi Arabia, the source of extremism  and western-backed terror, is not a story, except when it drives down the price of oil. Yemen has endured twelve years of American drone attacks. Who knows? Who cares?

In 2009, the University of the West of England published the results of a ten-year study of the BBC’s coverage of Venezuela. Of 304 broadcast reports, only three mentioned any of the positive policies introduced by the government of Hugo Chavez. The greatest literacy programme in human history received barely a passing reference.

In Europe and the United States, millions of readers and viewers know next to nothing about the remarkable, life-giving changes implemented in Latin America, many of them inspired by Chavez. Like the BBC, the reports of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and the rest of the respectable western media were notoriously in bad faith. Chavez was mocked even on his deathbed.  How is this explained, I wonder, in schools of journalism?

Why are millions of people in Britain are persuaded that a collective punishment called “austerity” is necessary?

Following the economic crash in 2008, a rotten system was exposed. For a split second the banks were lined up as crooks with obligations to the public they had betrayed.

But within a few months — apart from a few stones lobbed over excessive corporate “bonuses” — the message changed. The mugshots of  guilty bankers vanished from the tabloids and something called “austerity” became the burden of millions of ordinary people. Was there ever a sleight of hand as brazen?

Today, many of the premises of civilised life in Britain are being dismantled in order to pay back a fraudulent debt – the debt of crooks. The “austerity” cuts are said to be £83 billion. That’s almost exactly the amount of tax avoided by the same banks and by corporations like Amazon and Murdoch’s News UK. Moreover, the crooked banks are given an annual subsidy of £100bn in free insurance and guarantees – a figure that would fund the entire National Health Service.

The economic crisis is pure propaganda. Extreme policies now rule Britain, the United States, much of Europe, Canada and Australia. Who is standing up for the majority? Who is telling their story? Who’s keeping record straight? Isn’t that what journalists are meant to do?

In 1977, Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, revealed that more than 400 journalists and news executives worked for the CIA. They included journalists from the New York Times, Time and the TV networks. In 1991, Richard Norton Taylor of the Guardian revealed something similar in this country.

None of this is necessary today. I doubt that anyone paid theWashington Post and many other media outlets to accuse Edward Snowden of aiding terrorism. I doubt that anyone pays those who  routinely smear Julian Assange – though other rewards can be plentiful.

It’s clear to me that the main reason Assange has attracted such venom, spite and jealously is that WikiLeaks tore down the facade of a corrupt political elite held aloft by journalists. In heralding an extraordinary era of disclosure, Assange made enemies by illuminating and shaming the media’s gatekeepers, not least on the newspaper that published and appropriated his great scoop.  He became not only a target, but a golden goose.

Lucrative book and Hollywood movie deals were struck and media careers launched or kick-started on the back of WikiLeaks and its founder. People have made big money, while WikiLeaks has struggled to survive.

None of this was mentioned in Stockholm on 1 December when the editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, shared with Edward Snowden the Right Livelihood Award, known as the alternative Nobel Peace Prize. What was shocking about this event was that Assange and WikiLeaks were airbrushed. They didn’t exist. They were unpeople.

No one spoke up for the man who pioneered digital whistleblowing and handed the Guardian one of the greatest scoops in history. Moreover, it was Assange and his WikiLeaks team who effectively – and brilliantly – rescued Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and sped him to safety.  Not a word.

What made this censorship by omission so ironic and poignant and disgraceful was that the ceremony was held in the Swedish parliament  — whose craven silence on the Assange case has colluded with a grotesque miscarriage of justice in Stockholm.

“When the truth is replaced by silence,” said the Soviet dissident Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.”

It’s this kind of silence we journalists need to break. We need to look in the mirror.  We need to call to account an unaccountable media that services power and a psychosis that threatens world war.

In the 18th century, Edmund Burke described the role of the press as a Fourth Estate checking the powerful. Was that ever true? It certainly doesn’t wash any more. What we need is a Fifth Estate: a journalism that monitors, deconstructs and counters propaganda and teaches the young to be agents of people, not power. We need what the Russians calledperestroika – an insurrection of subjugated knowledge. I would call it real journalism.

It’s 100 years since the First World War. Reporters then were rewarded and knighted for their silence and collusion. At the height of the slaughter, British prime minister David Lloyd George confided in C.P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian: “If people really knew [the truth] the war would be stopped tomorrow, but of course they don’t know and can’t know.”

It’s time they knew.

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UK Midlands outrage: Police teargas and ‘assault’ students protesting tuition fees

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A student protest at Warwick University against soaring tuition fees was broken up by police and security guards using tear gas and significant force. Protesters were threatened with a Taser, pushed to the ground and rammed against a wall, activists say.

The protest, organized by Warwick For Free Education, occurred on Wednesday as part of a nationwide chain of student demonstrations coordinated by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

The students had decided to hold a peaceful sit-in at the university’s Senate House in protest at rising fees for higher education that have been introduced under PM David Cameron’s government.

A spokesman for Warwick University said university security guards, who were monitoring the protest, were subjected to a “shocking and unprovoked act of violence,” which prompted them to call for a police presence. But the spokesman’s claims were contradicted by students who insisted the protest was quiet and peaceful.

One of the student protesters told OpenDemocracy.org that approximately 50 students attended a rally on Warwick University’s campus before making their way to occupy the reception area of the university’s Senate House. He claimed his fellow protesters were seated peacefully in a large circle, only to be besieged by security guards and officers.

Following the arrival of West Midlands Police officers, clashes ensued. A formal statement published on the Warwick For Free Education website alleges that “at least 20 students were assaulted by university security and police.”

Protesters were “punched, pushed onto the floor, dragged, rammed by their throat into the wall and kneed in the face,” the protest group claims.

‘Disproportionate force’

Footage published online shows an officer shoving the students with considerable force, while protesters shout, “What are you doing?”

The YouTube video reveals screaming students, visibly shocked and fearful, being forcibly dispersed by police.

One girl, who appeared to be filming the protest, was physically hauled forward by an officer and subsequently pushed away as she screamed in a terrified manner. A nearby student who witnessed the event shouted at the officer, “Get your hands off her! Mate, what are you doing? This is peaceful.”

The officer appeared to respond by lunging toward the young man in a threatening manner with a can of CS gas.

CS or tear gas is a commonly used agent for riot control. Exposure creates a sensation of burning, and causes excessive tearing of the eyes so that the subject’s vision is temporarily impaired.

One student who had attended the demonstration told the Coventry Telegraph that a police officer “took out his CS spray and sprayed it in one person’s eyes and then into a crowd of about 10 people.”

“A Taser was taken out and was being made to crackle by pressing the trigger, but it wasn’t used,” he added.

The student said the force deployed felt “particularly disproportionate.” “When the police came they didn’t say why they were there. A lot of younger students were visibly shaken and left in tears.”

The activist added the violence the students experienced was a “shock” because the protest was “quiet.” “We weren’t even shouting,” he emphasized.

‘Released without charge’

On Wednesday, just before 9 pm, a spokesperson for West Midlands Police declared on Twitter that the protest was still ongoing. The force had made three arrests, following what it claimed were “reports of an assault.”

“During the disorder, a Taser was drawn and an audible and visible warning was issued to prevent further incidents. The Taser was not fired,” another Tweet posted by the police force read.

Warwick University Students’ Union said in a statement that the force deployed by West Midlands Police was “disproportionate.”

“From the footage we have seen of this incident, we absolutely believe that disproportionate force was used against protesters. We stand in solidarity with the Warwick students who were unnecessarily harmed in this action.”

West Midlands Police arrested one person on suspicion of assault, while two others were arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers. All three have been released without charge, Warwick For Free Education announced on the group’s Facebook page Wednesday night.

Shocked and disgusted by yesterday’s events, staff and former students at the university have launched a petition calling for an “immediate review of the university’s police liaison policies,” and for the university to make “an unreserved apology” to the students who endured violence on university property.

It also demands that the university issue a firm guarantee it will assist “students in making complaints through the Independent Police Complaints Commission and, if necessary, pursuing legal action against the police.”

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The UK’s I$raHell flag-waving Christian preachers

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Christian friends of Israel

Perpetuating Christmas misery: Christian priests who support the regime that trashes Bethlehem
By Stuart Littlewood

When I criticised one of the 12 members of the UK parliament who recently voted against Palestinian statehood, I found myself immediately under attack in the press from a local churchman for my “anti-Israel outburst”. His own outburst was a catalogue of misinformation.

The gospel according to Mark Regev

  • ”Israel is the only democratic state in the Middle East with full rights of voting and freedoms to all its citizens, be they Jewish or Arab.”
  • ”Only Israel protects Christians and Muslims.”
  • ”In Gaza, when Hamas ‘won’ the ‘elections’, they went on a killing spree, murdering the losing Fatah politicians.”
  • ”Israel heavily subsidises both Gaza and the West Bank.”
  • ”The EU, by contrast, subsidises Hamas who use the money to buy  rockets to fire on Israel.”

For good measure, he also spoke of “daily salvos of rockets launched at Israeli towns” and claimed Israel is a front-line defence for the West

Were these his words? Or God’s words? Or words from the gospel according to Mark Regev and his hasbara unit in Tel Aviv? If the reverend gentleman had been to the Holy Land he couldn’t possibly have come away with such a distorted view – unless he went as a guest of the Israeli propaganda machine.

This Christmas, who knows what nonsense some of our God-fearing Christian churchmen will be feeding wide-eyed congregations about the “Little Town of Bethlehem”? Those who cherish the biblical image would  weep to see Christ’s birthplace today hemmed in by Israel’s monstrous eight-metre separation wall, bristling with gun towers. They’d weep again to see the routine humiliation of its residents (Christian and Muslim alike) at the checkpoint, where they are penned like cattle and forced to queue for hours on their way to work in Jerusalem, and again coming home (I know, I’ve queued with them).

Unholy misery, now and always

This particular churchman is sadly mistaken if he thinks Israel is some sort of liberal Western democracy. It is riddled with discriminatory laws against non-Jews. Civil liberties, due process and basic human rights are denied to those who are not of the tribe. And there are more racist laws to come. The Israeli cabinet has approved a bill that defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Gerald Kaufman, himself a Jew, stood up in the House of Commons and asked the prime minister (column 915) if he would

condemn the new Israeli government bill which removes what are defined as national rights from all Israeli citizens who are not Jews, makes Hebrew the only national language and has been denounced by the Israeli attorney-general as causing a deterioration in the democratic character of the state. Will he make clear that statutory repressive removal of citizenship rights on the basis of religion will turn Israel into an apartheid state?

Agent Cameron, oozing adoration as always for the criminal entity, replied:

What I’d say to the Rt Hon Gentleman is this, that one of the reasons I’m such a strong supporter of Israel is that it is a country that has given rights and democracy to its people, and it’s very important that that continues. When you look across the region, and you look at those indexes of freedom, you see that Israel is one of the few countries that actually ticks the boxes in terms of freedom and it’s very important it continues to do so.

As sick remarks go, this is pretty high on the Richter scale, coming as it does from the latest in a line of British prime ministers who have trampled and destroyed the fledgling democracies of Palestine and Iran. The entire Israeli government would be locked up if they tried to practise their racist policies here or anywhere else in the civilised world.

Furthermore, Israel illegally occupies East Jerusalem (which includes the Old City and most historic sites) and the West Bank and cruelly blockades Gaza. Respected Israeli journalist and former Knesset member Uri Avnery gives an excellent account of the present situation in his article “Jerusalem: The Unholy City. Anglican clergy ought to read it, Cameron too.

And it doesn’t help to demonise Hamas by accusing it of persecuting Christians. Hamas pledged to protect the Christians in Gaza, but Western Christendom has not endeared itself to our Muslim brothers and sisters and it’s no surprise that hotheads occasionally vent their frustration on local Christian communities. But whichever way you look at it, the main reason why so many Christians have left the Holy Land is decades of relentless oppression by Israel.

When the self-righteous point the finger and talk of “daily salvos of rockets” launched at Israeli towns, they forget to mention the never-ending bombardment of Gaza by Israel’s tanks, fighter-bombers, helicopter gunships and naval gunboats.

When I visited Gaza our small group were warmly welcomed by the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, at a meeting arranged by Gaza’s Catholic priest. Relations were clearly friendly, and afterwards Haniyeh told Gaza TV: “We are Palestinians first, and Muslim or Christian second. We stand together.” I hear that some Hamas ministers send their kids to the Catholic school.

After Hamas won the elections fair and square in 2006, in order to exercise its democratic right to govern it had to put down an attempted coup by rivals Fatah backed by Israel and meddlers America and Britain. Those creatures from the dark side of our planet, having failed in their plot to subvert the democratic process, then viciously turned the screws in a policy of mass strangulation that continues to this day.

Palestinians are entitled to resist, yet the West demands they renounce violence without ever requiring Israel to do the same and withdraw from the occupied territories. When the self-righteous point the finger and talk of “daily salvos of rockets” launched at Israeli towns, they forget to mention the never-ending bombardment of Gaza by Israel’s tanks, fighter-bombers, helicopter gunships and naval gunboats. Nor do they admit that the town of Sderot, which is such a vital asset to Israeli propaganda, was actually built on the ruins of a Palestinian village ethnically cleansed, like hundreds of others, by Zionist terrorists and its inhabitants put to flight and denied the right to return.

The ugly truth is that Israel, quite apart from its mega-crimes against the people of the Holy Land, has a vast nuclear arsenal, won’t sign the non-proliferation treaty and won’t submit to UN inspection and safeguards. It has signed but not ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, similarly the Chemical Weapons Convention. It has not signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. It stands accused of using banned weapons against Gaza’s civilians. And it routinely defies international law and UN resolutions. No-one wants the rogue state as a neighbour.

What sort of a churchman is this?So what sort of churchman, in the run-up to Christianity’s most important festival, defends a regime that has turned Bethlehem into a prison, shelled its university and besieged the Church of the Nativity for 40 days killing nine inside? What sort of churchman would support a regime – the same regime – that has outraged the world by indulging in the wholesale slaughter of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including the snuffing out of 500-plus children and maiming of thousands more, only last summer? Those unspeakable atrocities are still fresh in every decent person’s memory.

And what sort of churchman supports a regime whose territorial ambitions, unless checked, will see few if any Christians left in the land where Christianity began? Well, the sort who belongs to Anglican Friends of Israel, for instance. Their purpose, among others, is to resist calls for a boycott of Israel, support Israel in securing defensible borders and protect the Christian communities threatened by Islamic extremism. They make no mention of Israel’s brutality towards Arab Christians; nor are they concerned with Palestinian defence and security. It is entirely one-sided, favouring Israeli domination in the Holy Land and the continued subjugation of the weak. So, there is nothing noble or Godly about these Anglicans.

The Times of Israel last week reported Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as saying: “The Muslim and Christian worlds will never accept Israel’s claims that Jerusalem belongs to them. The Jerusalem that was occupied in 1967 belongs to us.” And so it does, technically. But shouldn’t it really belong to all?

Three religions, two peoples, one land – it was a challenging scenario at the best of times but is now turned into a nightmare by extremists, religious and political. They must find a way to live together and stop being a pain in the ass to the rest of the world. The only acceptable starting point, it seems to me, is for the UN to implement its 1947 plan to make Jerusalem a corpus separatum – an international city under UN control – putting an end to tiresome claims of exclusivity.

Happy Christmas, land of unholy misery!

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The October Revolution – NOT the Labour Party – gave Britain the NHS! ”VIDEO”

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‘Toxic brand’: Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists ‘more moral’ than believers

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Nearly two-thirds of British people stated that religion causes more harm than it brings benefits, according to a new poll, which shows Muslim beliefs at odds with those of the rest of society.

The poll of 2,004 people conducted by Survation exclusively for Huffington Post UK revealed that nearly two in five Britons have no religious allegiance, with just 56 percent describing themselves as Christians.

The figures for active worship are even more stark, with 60 percent of the population surveyed claiming they are “not religious at all” with only 8 percent saying they are “very religious.”

“Religion has become a ‘toxic brand’ in the UK,” Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion at Lancaster University, told HuffPost UK.

“What we are seeing is not a complete rejection of faith, belief in the divine, or spirituality, though there is some of that, but of institutional religion in the historic forms which are familiar to people.

Young people tended to be less skeptical. Roughly 30 per cent of 18-24 year olds believe that religion does more good than harm, while only 19 per cent of 55-64 year-olds agree.

70 percent of Jews, who constituted about 1 percent of those surveyed, claimed that religion was a force for the negative, more than any other group.

The participants also showed that they did not believe that belief was an indicator of being a good person, with 55 percent saying that atheists are just as likely to be moral as believers. In fact, more (8 percent) thought the irreligious were more likely to be good people than the theists, than vice versa (6 percent).

“This survey just confirms what we know is the common sense of people in Britain today – that whether you are religious or not has very little to do with your morality,”
 said Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association.

“Most people understand that morality and good personal and social values are not tied to religious belief systems, but are the result of our common heritage and experience as human beings: social animals that care for each other and are kind to others because we understand that they are human too.”


“Not only that, people understand that religious beliefs themselves can be harmful to morality: encouraging intolerance, inflexibility and the doing of harm in the name of a greater good. We only need to look around us to perceive that fact.”

The results show a continuation of existing trends, with church attendances halving to only 800,000 a week over the past half-century, and the number of Christians falling from 72 to 59 percent in just a decade between the 2001 and 2011 surveys, with a corresponding increase in those openly irreligious.

Indeed, the only religion to exhibit growth in the period was Islam, from 3 to 5 percent.

While only 2.5 percent of those surveyed were Muslims, those who were displayed a greater commitment to their faith. One in five UK Muslims describes themselves as “very religious,” and only 7 percent say they are not religious at all.

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Military-Grade Malware Linked to US and British Intelligence Agencies

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With ‘degree of technical competence rarely seen,’ Regin technology found infecting government and telecom systems in Russia and Saudi Arabia

Symantec, which published a technical whitepaper on the software Sunday, says its likely "one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state." (Photo: Grant Hutchinson/flickr/cc)

Symantec, which published a technical whitepaper on the malware Sunday, says it’s likely “one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state.” (Photo: Grant Hutchinson/flickr/cc)

Security researchers have recently exposed a sophisticated new “military grade” malware program which is specifically targeting governments, academics and telecoms and, according to new reports, is suspected as being the handiwork of U.S. and British intelligence agencies.

According to security analysts with the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, which has been tracking the malware known as “Regin” for two years, the technology has two main objectives: intelligence gathering and facilitating other types of attacks.

Perhaps most notable, security researchers point out, is that none of the targets are based in either the U.S. or U.K. According to the Guardian, 28 percent of victims are based in Russia and 24 percent are based in Saudi Arabia. Ireland, with 9 percent of detected infections, has the third highest number of targets.

Since initial signs of the malicious software emerged in 2008, there have only been 100 or so victims uncovered globally. These include telecom operators, government institutions, multi-national political bodies, financial institutions, research institutions, and individuals involved in advanced mathematical/cryptographical research.

Described as highly complex, the malware works by disguising itself as Microsoft software and then stealing data through such channels as “capturing screenshots, taking control of the mouse’s point-and-click functions, stealing passwords, monitoring the victim’s web activity and retrieving deleted files,” according to Guardian reporter Tom Fox-Brewster.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, told Fox-Brewster that his firm does not believe Regin was made by Russia or China, “the usual suspects.” According to Fox-Brewster, this leaves the U.S., U.K. or Israel as the “most likely candidates,” an assumption that Symantec threat researcher Candid Wueest said was “probable.”

On Monday, Intercept reporters Morgan Marquis-Boire, Claudio Guarnieri, and Ryan Gallagher published the first of an investigative series on Regin. Specifically, they note, Regin is the suspected technology behind both a GCHQ surveillance attack on Belgium telecom operator Belacom as well as an infection of European Union computer systems carried out by the National Security Agency. Both attacks were revealed last year through documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

On Sunday, Symantec was the first to report on the technology, publishing a technical whitepaper which described Regin as “a complex piece of malware whose structure displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen.”

“Its capabilities and the level of resources behind Regin indicate that it is one of the main cyberespionage tools used by a nation state,” the paper continues.

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‘Diabolical & absurd’: Outrage as Save the Children gives Tony Blair Global Legacy Award

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Former Minister of the United Kingdom and Global Legacy Award Honoree Tony Blair. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Save The Children/AFP)

A decision by UK charity Save the Children to give Tony Blair its annual Global Legacy Award has unleashed a torrent of criticism highlighting the former PM’s role in Britain’s 2003 Iraq war and his controversial business dealings in the Middle East.

The former Labour leader, who is currently a key focus of a public inquiry into Britain’s invasion of Iraq, received the honor on Wednesday night at a star-studded gala hosted by the charity in New York.

Save the Children’s decision to offer Blair the award has provoked outrage across the UK, with critics insisting the move utterly discredits the charity.

@georgegalloway World’s biggest criminal Tony has been awarded ‘Global Legacy Award’ from @SavetheChildren. Pls withdraw the award.

Blair was honored with Save The Children’s ‘Global Legacy Award’ in supposed recognition of his vanguard leadership on the world’s international development stage.

While serving Britain as prime minister, he formally committed the country to allocating 0.7 percent of its GDP to overseas aid. His administration also founded the Department for International Development (DFID).

Following the announcement of Blair’s award at the Illumination Gala in New York’s Plaza Hotel, he fraternized with Hollywood celebrities such as Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Dakota Fanning.

Speaking at the gala, Blair said: “From the beginning of humankind there has been brutality, conflict, intrigue, the destructive obsession with a narrow self-interest.

“But throughout all human history, never has been extinguished that relentless, unquenchable desire to do good. To act not only in self-interest and sometimes to even to act in defiance of it.”

AFP Photo/Antony DicksonAFP Photo/Antony Dickson

The former prime minister is central to Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into Britain’s controversial and protracted war in Iraq. UK MPs, campaigners and citizens have long argued that the brutal war divided Britain and blackened Blair’s decade-long leadership.

Damning allegations relating to Blair’s role as Middle East envoy and businesses dealings with autocratic rulers and others in the region have also been levelled.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Blair had signed a multimillion pound contract with a Saudi Arabian oil company in 2010 to broker secret deals on the firm’s behalf with Chinese state officials.

The revelation raised serious questions over the former PM’s diplomatic role as Middle East envoy, and his personal vested interests in the region.

I kid you not. World’s most despicable crook Tony has just been awarded ‘Global Legacy Award’ from @SavetheChildren @georgegalloway

When news of the covert deal surfaced, Oliver Miles, a former UK ambassador to Libya who has called for Blair to be removed from his role as Middle East peace envoy, said the former prime minister should disclose his financial interests in the region.

Earlier this year, Blair managed to successfully quash a Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged corruption regarding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

In July, a former political associate of Blair’s suggested his role in advising the Egyptian government was highly convenient.

The former prime minister could battle the threat of Islamism on the one hand, he told the Guardian, and sink his teeth into “mouth-watering business opportunities” in return for Bush-era advocacy on the other.

Incensed by the revelation of Blair’s award, UK citizen Joe Cook said the charity’s decision to honor him in this regard was “horrendous, diabolical and absurd.”

Another Briton took to Twitter to demand Save the Childen revoke the award, arguing the former prime minister was “the world’s biggest criminal.”

Co-conspirator to the killing of at least 3 million HUMANS. Let’s give him an award. pic.twitter.com/0LIp3fyTcE

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UK approved $11mn I$raHell arms sales before Gaza war

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Shame on you UK

British Israel Coalition

A new report has revealed Britain’s approval of arms sales to the Zio-Nazi regime of I$raHell worth nearly USD 11 million (£7 million) in the six months before the regime’s latest Holocaust against the Gaza Strip.

The Sunday report by The Independent newspaper raised fresh concerns about the use of British-made weapons and equipment by the Nazi army during the 50-day Holocaust  on Gaza that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and wounded 10,000 others in July-August.

Citing government figures, it added that the sales included components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles.

The figures also show that the British government has issued 68 export licenses for exports of military-use items to I$raHell between January and June.

“The Independent can reveal that ministers in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have also ordered a fresh review of military export licenses to Israel granted prior to the outbreak of the conflict after officials found 12 instances where arms containing British components may have been used in Gaza” by the Nazi army, it added.

“The refusal of the government to suspend these licenses caused a split in the coalition and led to the resignation of Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi, who described Britain’s stance during the Nazi land and air assault as ‘morally indefensible’,” the British daily said.

Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) confirmed to the newspaper that “right up until the eve of the bombing, the UK was supporting licenses for the same kinds of weapons that (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) Vince Cable’s own review found are likely to have been used against the people of Gaza.”

“Unfortunately it would not have been the first time UK weapons were used by Israel. The public was rightly shocked by this summer’s bombardment. That is why the UK must announce an embargo on all arms sales to Israel and an end to military collaboration.”

Katy Clark, a Labour party lawmaker, also said, “It is now abundantly clear that not only did the UK refuse to condemn Israeli military action,” but also it actively allowed UK companies to arm the Israeli military throughout the latest war on the beleaguered enclave.

Last month, the British government ordered the new review of licenses after campaigners began proceedings in the High Court to challenge its decision not to suspend the 12 licenses after Downing Street insisted Nazi had a “legitimate right to self-defense.”

In August, The Independent revealed that arms export licenses worth $70 million had been granted to 130 British defense manufacturers since 2010 to sell military equipment to the Tel Aviv regime.

These range from bulletproof garments to naval gun parts and armored vehicles.

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