Archive | October 7th, 2010




‘Death to the Arabs’ is graffiti in Jewish holy site in occupied E. Jerusalem

Oct 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

Writes a friend: This is the tomb of Simon the Righteous, the one near the houses stolen by the settlers in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem [the neighborhood that the Obama administration did nothing to stop house evictions in]. To be precise, the “Tomb” site contains two caves, one of them called “Simon the Righteous’ Cave”, where he is believed to have been buried, and the the other, where the graffiti was shot, is called “The Small Sanhedrin Cave”, and 23 members of the Sanhedrin are believed to have been buried there.

Notice that property in this neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem was bought up by local and foreign Jewish investors some years ago.

‘When history speaks’ for Israel in the Times it leaves out the Palestinians

Oct 06, 2010

Remi Brulin 

Rémi Brulin, an adjunct professor at New York University who is completing his dissertation entitled “The US Discourse on Terrorism Since 1945, and how The New York Times has Covered the Issue of Terrorism” (more here), sent us the following in response an article that ran in the New York Times Travel section last Sunday – When History Speaks in Israel:

The article in question is “When History Speaks in Israel,” and is one of the starkest examples of a complete erasure of the Palestinian from the history of the region that I have seen in a long time. I actually did a word search of the article and the word “Palestinian” doesn’t appear once! It is very much reminiscent of old claims that the Palestinian people “don’t exist,” that Israel was ” a land without a people for a people without a land”, etc…

Just read the lede:

CHAIM KAHANOVICH, an 18-year-old Polish Jew, caught his first brown glimpse of the Holy Land from the deck of a steamer in November 1924. He would never leave. Dark-haired, short and solid, Chaim brought with him a teenager’s blazing passion and an ideologue’s stubborn commitment to a cause. The long, slow journey had taken him from Warsaw by train to the Black Sea port of Constanta, then by ship through the Bosporus Straits and across the Mediterranean to Palestine. There at last, rising like the back of an ox from the blue water of Haifa Bay, was the sere ridge of Mount Carmel — the Promised Land.

From his boyhood study of Torah, Chaim would have known that Carmel was the place where the prophet Elijah faced down the pagan priests of Baal and fled the wrath of Queen Jezebel. But he had not come to Palestine to study Torah. He and his comrades were called halutzim — pioneers — and they had made aliyah (literally the ascent) to the Holy Land to plow the soil, plant grapevines and citrus groves, raise chickens, tomatoes and children, and to found a new nation.

I know the details of Chaim’s life and circumstances because he and his wife, Sonia, were relatives of mine (my maternal grandfather was their first cousin), and I recently went to Israel with my oldest daughter, Emily, for the first time to retrace their journeys and uncover what I could about our family’s story — a story of immigration shared by thousands of others. What made this trip especially inspiring was that I was able to cover so much of Israeli history: in this ancient but recently conceived nation, the founders lived just a generation ago. It’s as if the children and grandchildren of Washington, Jefferson and Adams were around to give interviews and point out historical sights.

I am usually quite critical of the New York Times in its coverage of many issues that have to do with foreign policy, but even for the Times this is particularly obscene.

I was shocked by this article especially because, with my class at NYU, I am currently using Sandy Tolan’s The Lemon Tree, the premise of which is precisely that so many Israelis ignore everything about their past, and especially about the fact that Palestinians lived for generations in those villages that became Israeli villages in 1948.

I was shocked also by this article because I had just read Johann Hari’s great interview of Gideon Levy in the Independent. The following passage especially stood out:

He was fourteen during the Six Day War, and soon after his parents took him to see the newly conquered Occupied Territories. “We were so proud going to see Rachel’s Tomb [in Bethlehem] and we just didn’t see the Palestinians. We looked right through them, like they were invisible,” he says. “It had always been like that. We were passing as children so many ruins [of Palestinian villages that had been ethnically cleansed in 1948]. We never asked: ‘Who lived in this house? Where is he now? He must be alive. He must be somewhere.’ It was part of the landscape, like a tree, like a river.

Goldberg’s Goldstone smear

Oct 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent attack on J Street included a swipe at Justice Richard Goldstone. Emphasis mine:

J Street helped arrange visits by Judge Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist appointed by the U.N. to investigate the most recent conflict in Gaza, to Capitol Hill. Goldstone’s work, heavily reliant on Hamas for uncorroborated information, has been condemned on both the left and the right…. 

This is a serious charge, and a chestnut of the Israel lobby. Last year AIPAC said that the Goldstone investigation was “rigged.” Alan Dershowitz elaborated: the report “could have been drafted by Hamas extremists” and members of the fact-finding mission “were accompanied on their investigations in Gaza by actual Hamas activists who showed them only what they wanted them to see.”

Goldstone specifically refuted the charge in an interview with Bill Moyers in October 2009:

BILL MOYERS: What were your standards of evidence, as you conducted these discussions, investigations and hearings in Gaza?

RICHARD GOLDSTONE: Well, we spoke to well over 100 witnesses. We didn’t, obviously, take at face value everything we were told.

BILL MOYERS: Yeah, one criticism was that those witnesses were supplied by Hamas militants.

RICHARD GOLDSTONE: Well, in fact, that’s not correct. We made our own inquiries, and we decided who we would see. We weren’t given a list by Hamas or anybody else. We chose incidents, 36 out of as I say, could have been hundreds. But we chose the people we wanted to see, and certainly, there was no Hamas presence anywhere near the vicinity of where we saw people. There were malicious statements to the effect that they were, but I can give you every assurance that it didn’t happen. And I can assure you that if it did happen, I wouldn’t have been prepared to continue to operate under those situations. I would have insisted that they leave. And if I couldn’t achieve that, I would have abandoned the investigation.

So Goldberg is calling Goldstone a liar.

Goldstone’s description of his methods is borne out by a reading of his report. You will find that while the UN Human Rights Council mission interviewed Hamas officials on such issues as the character of the police force that was devastated by Israeli attacks, the mission relied overwhelmingly in its investigation on interviews of scores of Palestinian individuals (including for instance, the Fatah father whose 13 and 18-year-old sons were killed by an Israeli mortar). It also refers to many reports of non-governmental organizations, from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to B’Tselem to Human Rights Watch to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. There are extensive quotes from, say, Eyad el Sarraj of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, and Sara Roy of Harvard, and Breaking the Silence’s Israeli soldier testimonies about their actions in Gaza.

Even the report’s finding that it could not credit or discredit Israel’s allegation that Palestinian militants fired from alongside Al Quds Hospital before Israelis destroyed that hospital– Goldstone didn’t base that conclusion on interviews with Hamas, but on interviews with doctors and other witnesses.

I don’t see any “uncorroborated information” that comes from Hamas.

Furthermore, the Goldstone report goes after Hamas. It accuses the military wing of Hamas of likely war crimes in its attacks on southern Israeli towns. And it accused Hamas of human rights violations:

[S]ecurity services under the control of the Gaza authorities [Hamas in Goldstone’s definition] carried out extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, detentions and ill-treatment of people, in particular political opponents, which constitute serious violations of the human rights to life, to liberty and security of the person, to freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to be protected against arbitrary arrest and detention, to a fair and impartial legal proceeding; and to freedom of opinion and expression, including freedom to hold opinions without interference.

So I wonder. What facts support Goldberg’s damaging assertion?

Mearsheimer: ‘Israel, with the help of the lobby, is effectively committing national suicide’

Oct 06, 2010

Adam Horowitz

Cléa Thouin, assistant editor for the Journal of Palestine Studies, interviews John Mearsheimer on “The State of the Israel Lobby and Obama“:

Obama’s toast. Time for the Europeans to step in

Oct 06, 2010

Gil Maguire 

Gil Maguire posts at the Irish Moses blog:

President Obama’s apparent inability or unwillingness to force Israel to continue its partial settlement freeze has become an embarrassment. Since the U.S. has proved incapable of being an honest broker and standing up to the Israelis, it should withdraw from the negotiation process and defer to the Europeans who appear ready to take on the responsibility of working toward achieving a fair and reasonable resolution to the Israeli-Arab conflict over Palestine.

It has become clear that President Obama is incapable of standing up to Israel and its right-wing Likud lobby in this country. While the President has talked the talk of taking strong action to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and gave a strong speech in Cairo indicating how he intended to work hard to ensure that the Palestinians finally get the state long-promised them, when faced with the difficulty of walking the walk of such a challenging policy, the President has repeatedly tripped, skipped, and now is crawling, humbled, in the opposite direction.

His first stumble occurred early in his administration when he failed to support his nomination of former U.S. Ambassador Charles Freemen to the post of intelligence czar when he was challenged and smeared by the Israeli lobby. That was a bad sign. Ambassador Freeman was an excellent choice and his views on Israel, while critical, were mainstream. Unquestioning admiration of Israel should not be a mandatory qualification for holding office in this country. Nonetheless, Israel’s veto caused Ambassador Freeman to withdraw, with little or no support or objection from the Obama administration.

The second stumble occurred after President Obama had quite properly insisted that all illegal settlement building by the Israelis stop, immediately and entirely. This long-overdue action predictably caused an uproar in the Israeli lobby and in Congress, the dependable right arm of the lobby. Instead of standing his ground, the President backed down after the Israelis offered a partial and leaky farce of a 10 month moratorium on illegal settlement building which excluded East Jerusalem and 3000 already approved building permits for West Bank illegal settlements.

The final and most embarrassing stumble occurred this past week when Prime Minister Netanyahu refused repeated administration requests to extend the partial freeze of illegal settlement building for even a few months to allow negotiations with the Palestinians to proceed. Instead of using all the power available to a U.S. president to force Netanyahu to extend the freeze, Mr. Obama instead decided to bribe Mr. Netanyahu with a huge package of diplomatic, political and U.S.-funded additional military equipment commitments to Israel. So far, that ludicrously one-sided bride has been rejected by Mr. Netanyahu.

It seems clear that the U.S., for whatever reasons, has proved incapable of having any positive influence on the Israelis toward achieving a fair and reasonable settlement with the Palestinians, and that our vital national security interests will continue to suffer great harm as a result. Since President Obama has not proved willing to or capable of standing up to the Israelis and the Israeli lobby in this country, the U.S. needs to withdraw from this charade and defer to our allies in Europe, including the Quartet powers, to resolve this conflict.

The Europeans, who appear increasingly frustrated by President Obama’s dilatory conduct, are much closer to the problem, not, or at least less influenced by the Israeli lobby, and likely less intimidated by Israel than is the U.S. and its current president. Moreover, European leaders and diplomats have said repeatedly and emphatically that Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem portions of Palestine are illegal. U.S. officials typically use terms like “unhelpful” when describing Israeli settlement activity.

Perhaps not coincidentally, President Sarkozy of France, in a press conference this week with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, indicated that Europe needs to take an active role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Europe’s top diplomat, Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Unions High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy, and Vice President of the European Council, has spent the last two weeks consulting with U.S. and international diplomats at the UN in New York. She is now in discussions with Israeli and Palestinian leaders after consulting with US Special Envoy George Mitchell and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair. It seems likely she will attempt to have Europe play a much bigger role in resolving this conflict.

European nations, including those on its periphery like Turkey, are showing greater independence in criticizing and even sanctioning Israel for its illegal, oppressive conduct toward the Palestinians. For instance, Norway just informed Israel that it will no longer have access to Norwegian naval bases and Norwegian offshore waters for testing Dolphin-class submarines being built for it in Germany. That is a very harsh step showing clear displeasure with Israeli conduct.

Turkey, led by its articulate Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, has also staked an independent position very critical of Israel’s illegal conduct toward the Palestinians and has imposed severe sanctions on Israel for its conduct in Gaza and in the Gaza Flotilla incident. Turkey has also been pushing for greater international involvement in the Israel-Palestinian direct talks.

Speaking last Tuesday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Davutoglu stressed Turkey’s desire for greater involvement in Middle East issues. During a question and answer period after his speech, Davutoglu described Gaza as an open air prison for 1.5 million Palestinians. He said that more international involvement was needed to achieve the two state solution.

He stressed the illegality of Israeli settlements under international law and pointed out that bargaining for a temporary freeze on an activity that was already illegal made no sense. Finally, he said the Palestinian issue was affecting the entire world and that solidarity from the international community was needed to impose the two state solution based on the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem, and that an end of the road was needed, not a road map. He concluded by saying that while Turkey’s vision was peace, peace would not be attainable so long as some countries have more rights than other countries, alluding to U.S. favoritism toward Israel at the expense of Palestinian rights.

A few weeks ago, former U.S. Ambassador Charles Freeman was invited to give a talk to European leaders and diplomats in Norway entitled: Americas Faltering Search for Peace in the Middle East: Openings for Others? He too stressed that solving the Israeli-Palestinian issue is a vital national security interest of the U.S. and its allies. More importantly, he said that the U.S. was incapable of resolving the conflict and that, “Only a peace process that is protected from Israel’s ability to manipulate American politics can succeed”. He suggested greater European involvement coupled with enforcement of the rule of law and sanctions for violations of international laws by the Israelis as the best means for achieving a lasting settlement fair to both Israelis and Palestinians.

Deferring to the Europeans on the Israeli-Palestinian issue would have several advantages for the U.S., and for the negotiation process: It would reduce the political pressure of this issue on the U.S. and the Obama administration. It would undermine the ability of Israel and its U.S. lobby to manipulate and control the issue through its excessive influence on the U.S. mainstream media and Congress. It would put Israel in a much weaker, much more visible political position, where its immoral and illegal conduct toward the Palestinians would be exposed to daily critical scrutiny. European actions aimed at stopping and sanctioning illegal actions and conduct by Israel would not be threatened by U.S. veto power as is currently the case with United Nations efforts to sanction Israel.

It would allow the Europeans to use their much greater economic leverage against Israel whose trade with Europe is almost double what it is with the U.S. Israel’s import trade with Europe is three and a half times larger than its import trade from the U.S. Finally, the much higher Muslim population in European countries will provide a counterweight to Israeli propaganda, and provide more balanced political pressure on European politicians who will hear the outrage expressed by their Muslim constituents about illegal and oppressive conduct by the Israelis in their continued occupation of the Palestinians.

It is regrettable that Ambassador Freeman did not get the support he deserved from President Obama when his appointment was opposed by the Israeli lobby. If he had been part of the Obama administration he might have convinced the president and his other advisors that a strong backbone is needed to conduct an effective foreign policy, and that minor, third tier states like Israel, should not be allowed to hinder the vital national security interests of the United States.

The U.S. needs to escape from its captive role as the enabler of Israel’s illegal and immoral conduct toward the Palestinians. We don’t need to be Israel’s eternal lap dog; it’s embarrassing, humiliating, and profoundly immoral for us to play this contemptible role. Let Israel deal with a new team of honest broker mediators, the Europeans. We can then watch contentedly from the sidelines and lick our paws.

The Jews sang ‘We are not afraid’ as 8 Israeli warships surrounded their little boat

Oct 06, 2010

Edith Lutz 

Edith Lutz was one of two women on the Jewish boat to Gaza, intercepted last week. Here is an excerpt of her diary entry in an Israeli jail, before she was deported earlier this week.

I’m writing from my dirty prison cell. I do not know what kind of prison, where the prison is located. Givat what? I didn’t repeat my question to the drivers, lo ichpat li, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I write down what happened as soon as possible in order to save as much as possible from the images, words and impressions before they get lost or inaccurate in my memory.

I’m sitting on a dirty broken plastic chair, staring at the lattice of the big blue iron door from where loud noises are coming. Go on writing, don’t get disturbed. But there is still the rocking from the waves and a strange tiredness. Lie down on your bed, rest a while. Rest and write, rest and write.

I’m looking for the lines that I scrawled down during the last hours on board the ship. Here they are: 

Tuesday morning. We are entering Gaza waters.

Bad news: the toilet doesn’t function any more. And I haven’t been there since yesterday. The men are fastening the banners and hoisting the sail. The peace flags! We have to hurry, they’re coming. „They are coming“ were the last words in the diary of a German resistance fighter before he was taken to his execution. I feel we are not going to die.

I was calm and confident. Some agitation, yes, we had to get the flags up swiftly.

Itamar [Shapira] suggests to bundle them. Lillian and I protest, they have to be hoisted up, one by one. Glyn, Lillian and I connect them to the ropes. We run out of strings, how to fasten the rest of the flags? We look into every corner, into our bags for more strings and we succeed. They’re all up now, all 42 flags with 84 doves and more than a hundred names of people who wanted to accompany us. The boat looks beautiful! An old used-up vessel blossoming many-coloured in the calm blue waters. [Reporters] Vish [Vishvanath] and Eli [Osherov] are circling round the boat in the dinghy to take pictures. Everybody is fascinated.

9.30 One navy boat appears at the horizon in the north. We put our life-vests on and get seated backboard with our personal belongings and a bottle of water. The two media guys are going to the left and right respectively to document the events that are awaiting us. I’m sitting beside the engine room. Glyn explains to me how to switch the motor off, in order to be ready if he tells me to do so.

10.00 A second boat sighted, doesn’t seem to move, maybe waiting for us.

10.30 Lillian is coming from the obstructed loo. Nervousness affects the bladder. “Geh du auch Pipi machen!“

Lillian speaks the Hessian dialect of her parents, she had to leave Germany as an 18-months-old. It’s easier for the men. Securing balance with one hand in another man’s they can pee overboard.

10.45 War ships are coming towards us. Somebody shouts „Eight ships“. They’re swiftly coming closer. I can discern their faces, young faces, some handsome. I try to study them. Unrest is growing around me. Reuven is coming over to me to sit down in the shadow. The sun is too hot on the side that the soldiers are approching rapidly. Itamar is standing there talking to them. He is speaking the prepared words in Hebrew and English. I hear him saying, „We are peace activists“. Reuven ( who is now sitting on the engine room) is shouting „Ivrit, ivrit“. He tries to talk to the soldiers, shouting, he’s lost his calmness.

I see Lillian getting uncomfortable and ask Yonatan to change places with her, so she can sit on my left. We hook arms as was settled. I do not hook arms with Reuven [Moskovitz], because he is going to play the harmonica. I wonder if he will be able to. His hurt soul can only shout. „Nobody is listening to him“, observes Lillian.

Nor have they listened to Itamar. The soldiers were performing like robots. They did not seem to be able to listen. Shema Israel.

Yonatan signals to Reuven, to play the harmonica, but I realize, Reuven is no more able to. So I start singing We shall overcome, with Yonatan, Lillian and others joining me. We get to the second stanza,“We are not afraid, we are not afraid“.

There is a beautiful Hebrew song, „The whole world is but a small bridge and the main thing is, ha-ikar, lo l-fached, not to be afraid. 

Lillian cries, „Look what they are doing to poor Glyn!“.

Lillian could not believe her eyes. „It’s a dream, a bad dream, it’s not reality“, she said to me later when we were sitting in the police car.

They are roughly pushing Glyn from the helm into the cabin. I cannot see what is happening to him from my position.

While I tried to calm Reuven I watched something unbelievable. I see Itamar lying bent on the floor of the opposite warship, in restraint. „Handcuffed“, I should write, as he was, but in the image that occured to me, the image of the „kelbl oifn furl“, he appeared „gebundn mit a shtrik“. 

And I watched something even more cruel. I suddenly hear a penetrating cry and see Yonatan on the floor opposite to me writhing in pain. What is happening?

This was quite unexplicable. Later, when the atmosphere cooled down, I asked Rami [Elhanan] and he explained to me that Yonatan received electroshocks. I didn’t even know such macabre things existed in the army (though I know them from my former experience as a nurse in psychiatry).

Reuven is getting distraught when he sees his harmonicas spread on the floor, surrounded by heavy soldiers’ boots. He cannot sit any more, he has to get up. I can’t keep him back. I am worried that his emotion will inflame the atmosphere and lead to violence. I therefore address the soldier standing next to him: „He’s nervous, he’s a Holocaust survivor“.

Maybe silly naive words, but they brought about a turning point in the atmosphere. The helpless-looking young soldier nods, when our eyes meet. A slight touch of a timeless meeting.

Reuven is collecting the scattered harmonicas into a plastic bag. He sits down beside Rami and is soon calming down. Rami and I exchange relieved glances. Rami, a quiet character with a solid body, has a soothing effect on all of us.

Another soldier asks me, „Would you not rather sit inside?“ „No“, I reply, „I have to watch what is going on. I have to look into your faces, to assure myself that you are human beings. Isn’t it crazy that we are afraid of each other?“ This soldier, he too, nods (did I hear a „yes“?) and I see his face changing from a rigid expression to a more relaxed one.

I’m looking around the boat, trying to retain the incredible image, the tremendous display of force: eight warships, some with cannon balls, approximately 7-10 soldiers on each boat, our backboard crowded with around seven soldiers besides us (where only five passengers were allowed to sit), and a mighty warship in the distance – to encounter nine peaceful activists.

What madness! If people in Germany, the EU and the US would only know that they are also financially attributing to this insanity! (And to much much worse atrocities!) Where are the true friends to take Israel – sick from the Holocaust and hundreds of years of suffering – by the hand, guide her to the mirror and tell her to take off that insane nasty cruel mask; help her to be Israel ha-jaffa.

Bil’in, 7/30/10

Oct 06, 2010

Adam Horowitz 


Matthew Graber submitted this photo to the Israel Project’s “Best Shots of Israel” contest.

Gaza siege kills one-month-old Palestinian infant Mo’taz Hani Abu Nada

Oct 06, 2010


And more news from Today in Palestine:

Land/Property/Resource Theft and Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
10 days after settlement freeze expires, 350 new units under construction
West Bank settlers satisfied with the momentum; council chair: Building proceeding normally, not at a heightened pace.

Settlers damage trees after harvesting olives, locals say
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers damaged 16 olives trees belonging to residents in the Nablus region on Wednesday after harvesting the olives and depriving several families of their income source, the village council chief said.  Rashed Mazar, Yanun village chief, told Ma’an that residents saw settlers from the Gideonim outpost in the Itamar settlement leave nearby agricultural lands in a jeep, towing a wagon filled with olive leaves behind it.

Palestinians accuse Israel of judaizing East Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — Senior Palestinian officials on Tuesday strongly accused Israel of putting the final touches of judaizing east Jerusalem for declaring the whole city as the unified capital of Israel, warning that this would escalate tensions between the two feuds.  The Palestinian accusation came after the Jerusalem authorities ‘ approval of a plan to make changes to the Wailing Wall, which is called by Palestinians as al-Buraq wall, west of al-Aqsa Mosque, including digging tunnels and building Jewish synagogues and police stations near the holy site.

Report: Israeli minister threatens PA development
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan threatened on Tuesday to do his utmost to prevent construction of the new Palestinian city of Rawabi if his demands weren’t met, an Israeli newspaper reported.  The Jerusalem Post, an English-language Israeli daily, reported Wednesday that Erdan, during a visit to the planned site near Ramallah, said he had demanded that the developer offer solutions for potential environmental problems.

Replanting The Saffa Valley,  Palestine Monitor
In Palestine, planting trees has become a courageous act of resistance against the ever-encroaching settlements on Palestinian agricultural land. On Sunday, 3 October, farmers and international activists joined together to launch the Palestine Solidarity Project’s campaign to replant the Saffa Valley. For the first two months of the project they will prepare the land for planting trees in the winter.

Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment
Ma’asara Demonstration 1.10.10 Israeli Army attacks clowns and kids

Trial in killing of American activist Rachel Corrie resumes in Israeli court
Haifa, Israel – The Haifa District Court will resume hearings on Thursday, October 7 in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza.  Rachel Corrie, an American student activist and human rights defender from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting Palestinian home demolitions with fellow members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Chicago faith leaders issue statement in support of activists targeted by the FBI
Chicago anti-war and international solidarity activists whose homes were raided by the FBI last month publicly declared their decision to resist government intimidation and harassment today in Chicago.  The Chicago activists decided to invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify in front of a Grand jury investigation.  This morning the peace and solidarity activists were surrounded by a diverse community of Chicagoans who stood outside the Federal Court building to send a clear message that FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas will not silence dissent and peace activism in the United States.  Stephanie Weiner, one of the subpoenaed activists, said to the press in Chicago, “We believe we have been targeted because of what we say and who we know. This sets a dangerous precedent and endangers the rights of every person. It goes beyond this corner and those subpoenaed.”

Israel deports nobel peace laureate
RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) – Irish Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire was deported from Israel Tuesday after spending more than a week in detention at Tel Aviv Airport as she attempted to fight the deportation order.

Egypt sends positive indicators to allow Lifeline (5) into Gaza Strip
Organizers of the Lifeline (5) convoy have received positive indicators from the Egyptian government that the caravan could cross into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing point.
Sailing To Gaza – excerpt from a personal diary, Edith Lutz
I`m writing from my dirty prison cell. I do not know what kind of prison, where the prison is located. Givat what? I didn`t repeat my question to the drivers, lo ichpat li, it doesn`t really matter. What matters is that I write down what happened as soon as possible in order to save as much as possible from the images, words and impressions before they get lost or inaccurate in my memory.  I`m sitting on a dirty broken plastic chair, staring at the lattice of the big blue iron door from where loud noises are coming. Go on writing, don`t get disturbed. But there is still the rocking from the waves and a strange tiredness. Lie down on your bed, rest a while. Rest and write, rest and write.  I`m looking for the lines that I scrawled down during the last hours on board the ship.

Iyad Burnat – Bil’in Model of Wall Resistance
In the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, a 770 km Separation Wall weaves in and out of Palestinian towns and villages separating Palestinians from their homes and land.  The construction of this wall by Israel isolates 29 Palestinian towns (area of 216,567 dunums or 54,141 Acres) from the West Bank and leaves them on the Israeli side of the wall.  Within the West Bank remain 138 villages with an area of 554,370 dunums unable to access the towns that are on the other side of the Wall. The construction of this Separation wall is set to illegally isolate and fragment 12.6% of the total area of the West Bank, or 5,661 sq. kilometers of Palestinian land.

Chicago group brings campaign to end US aid to Israel to transit riders, Adam Horowitz
Beginning yesterday, the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine has posted signs like the one above in Chicago Transit Authority “el cars” for the next month.

The latest entries for the Israel Project photo contest, Adam Horowitz
We’re helping to collect photos for the Israel Project’s ‘Best Shots of Israel’ contest. Here are some more entries.

The Siege (Gaza & West Bank)/Humanitarian/Restriction of Movement/Human Rights/Racism
Israeli Siege Claims the Life Of Gaza Infant
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Tuesday, that a 30-day old infant died due to sharp shortages in medical supplies and medical equipment in Gaza Strip hospitals, induced by the siege imposed by Israel.

Israel is now punishing Palestinians shamelessly, Amira Hass
What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who opposes her foreign rulers?

UN suspends food distribution in Gaza schools
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The UN World Food Programme is carrying out tests on fortified date bars and milk following reports of stomach problems among students at three WFP-supported Gaza schools.  A number of children were taken to hospital last week, but they were later released, the Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip said.  While the cause of the symptoms is not yet confirmed — the ministry suspects improper storage conditions — distribution of WFP school snacks in Gaza has been put on hold pending lab tests by food safety experts, the UN agency said Tuesday.

Humiliating Israeli video condemned
Clip of an Israeli soldier humiliating a female prisoner called illustrative of “sick mentality of occupier”.

PFLP urges family of filmed detainee to sue Israeli army
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged the family of the woman filmed blindfolded and handcuffed by an Israeli soldier as his colleague danced around her to file suit against the Israeli army.  The PFLP said in a statement Wednesday that a legal suit was necessary to prosecute the Israeli soldiers involved in the filming and to “expose these disgraceful practices.”  The video surfaced on YouTube on Monday, after controversy following the release of pictures by a former Israeli soldier on a social networking site showing her near blindfolded Palestinians. The photos prompted Israeli rights groups to release similar pictures showing soldiers humiliating Palestinians.  The party called on the media to shed more light on Israeli soldiers’ conduct.

Olympics chief vows to aid Palestinian athletes
Jacques Rogge, during visit to West Bank, expresses concern over ‘obstacles’ facing Palestinian athletes, urges Israel to grant them free movement regardless of politics.

Hammad: Israel tried to decoy students into working as spies
Minister of interior Fathi Hammad stated Tuesday that the Israeli occupation made failed attempts to lure students into working as informers against the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

A Failing Grade for East Jerusalem Schools, Ir Amin
The opening of the school year provides an annual opportunity to turn the public gaze, if only briefly, from the boiling political arena to the education system — both for its successes and its failures.  While the media spot lights will be trained on the minister of education, the president, other senior officials, the festivites at various schools around the country, and opinionated panelists debating on the status of teachers in Israel, the most neglected and marginalized sector in the jurisdiction of the Israeli education system will continue to remain outside the circle of discourse. None of these panelists, presumably, will refer to the fact that in East Jerusalem, more than half the children within the ages of compulsory education cannot matriculate into the public school system. Although they are entitled by law to free compulsory education, but in East Jerusalem the law is not the law, education is not education, and there are certainly no free rides.

Towards accountability: John Dugard interviewed
Last month, Professor John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, chaired a meeting on universal Jurisdiction in the Hague. Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Dugard about means of bringing Israel to account for its human rights violations, particularly the legal mechanism of universal jurisdiction.

Featured photojournalist: Muhammed Muheisen
Muhammed Muheisen is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Jerusalem. He joined the AP in 2001, covering the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Israel, then moved to international assignments in 2003. In this set he documents the lives of children living in refugee camps in the West Bank

Confiscating Childhood in the Occupied Territories, AHMAD BARQAWI
Thirteen is the age for a lot of things; it carries a certain significance for every boy that reaches that age with all the promises that life has to offer; it’s a time when boys get their first bike, enjoy their favorite video games, make it into the school’s football squad, it’s a time when boys begin to marvel at and appreciate the mysteries of life pre-adulthood, and for some; it’s even a time when they experience their first innocent crush; but if you’re a thirteen year old boy in occupied Palestine; you’re placed under house arrest by the Israeli authorities.

Junk Food: Israel’s Weapon of Mass Destruction in Gaza
If this research on the effects of junk food is accurate, then Israel’s decision to allow junk food into Gaza, whether knowingly or unknowingly, will be incredibly destructive on the health and well-being of the Palestinian people in Gaza. If Israel officials are purposely allowing junk food into Gaza for this reason, then the junk food should be viewed for what it really is– a weapon of mass of destruction.

Gazans battle tomato moths
Farmers in the Gaza Strip are battling an army of moths. The insects are threatening the Palestinian territory’s tomato crop that earns the impoverished area more than $60 million a year. The problem is so bad that the Israeli government has allowed traps to be especially brought into Gaza to capture as many as possible. Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza.

1 injured in arrest raid on Hebron village
HEBRON (Ma’an) — One Palestinian was injured during a detention campaign by Israeli forces in the Hebron village of Adh-Dhahiriya on Tuesday morning, witnesses said.  Witnesses said 14 Palestinians were detained during the raid after Israeli forces stormed homes, and deployed riot dispersal means, including tear gas and sound grenades. The injured was identified as Talal Azban.

Reactions to Mosque Arson

US condemns mosque arson
Washington issues official censure of Beit Fajar mosque vandalism, calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. West Bank village still reeling from incident; PA, Jordan offer assistance in rebuilding torched prayer house.,7340,L-3964782,00.html


IOF rounded up 700 Palestinians in Al-Khalil this year
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained 700 Palestinians in Al-Khalil district since the start of 2010 until end of September, a report by the Palestinian prisoner’s association said.

Israel detains Islamic Jihad leader
NABLUS (Ma’an) — A prominent Islamic Jihad leader was detained at a flying checkpoint south of Nablus on Monday night, relatives said.  Umm Malik, wife the political leader Yousif Al-Arif, said her husband was on his way home from a visit to the Jalud village, where a prisoner had just been released and received by his family. “Before he reached the Huwwara checkpoint, an Israeli flying checkpoint stopped his car for inspection and he was taken out of the vehicle and transported to a second location,” she told Ma’an.

Brother of lifetime prisoner detained at Ramon prison
TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces at Ramon prison detained the brother of a lifetime prisoner on Monday as the young man visited his relative, the Tubas Prisoners Society reported.  Mahmoud Abu At-Tayyeb traveled to the southern Israel prison with a permit to visit his brother Younis, the society reported, and was detained without cause from the facility.

Israel’s Arab Helpers    

Hamas: PA forces detain 8 West Bank affiliates
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining eight affiliates of the Islamist movement in the West Bank and summoning dozens, a statement issued Wednesday read.  Hamas said the detentions were carried out in the central district of Ramallah, the southern district of Hebron and the northern district of Qalqiliya.  On Tuesday, the Islamist movement called on Fatah to end “recklessness in cooperation with Israel, which contradicts with the concept of reconciliation,” after three party members were charged with causing the death of three PA security officers in Qalqiliya in June 2009.

Palestinians hand 20-year sentence to Hamas fighter (AFP)
AFP – The Western-backed Palestinian Authority has sentenced a Hamas fighter to 20 years in prison over a deadly 2009 shootout with Palestinian police, a court official said Tuesday.*

Can Palestinian police get respect through soccer clinics?
The West Bank police force has embarked on a community outreach campaign, organizing soccer clinics, town meetings, and antidrug information chats for kids. Will it bolster respect for the much-maligned police?

Bahar calls on Fatah to dissolve Fayyad government
Dr. Ahmed Bahar has called on Fatah faction to adopt a courageous decision and dissolve the illegitimate government of Salam Fayyad in the West Bank.

Hamas: The PA’s violations against our cadres make reconciliation impossible
Hamas said it is concerned about the violations committed against its cadres in the West Bank, saying this situation does not provide the appropriate conditions necessary for the reconciliation.

Bardawil: Fatah courts paid off by Israel
Hamas leader Salah Bardawil said trials against Hamas supporters in Fatah authority courts are unlawful and reflect the extent of Fatah’s cooperation with Israel.


Hamas threatens attack on Palestinian Authority officials
Despite efforts toward Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, Hamas spokesperson says group will strike PA officials if they continue to arrest Hamas members.

Political Developments

Rival Palestinian factions ‘to meet October 20’ (AFP)
AFP – The bitterly divided Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas plan to hold a second round of reconciliation talks in Syria on October 20, a senior Gaza-based Hamas official said on Tuesday.*

No mention of settlement freeze at Israel cabinet meeting
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — During its weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister and his seven top ministers did not discuss extending a temporary moratorium on settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli media reported., Contrary to prior reports, the ministers only discussed Israel’s preparation for flotillas to Gaza, and the work of the UN’s Turkel committee examining a prior aid flotilla that came under deadly naval fire in May, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office announced, according to Ynet, an Israeli news site.

Livni: Netanyahu wasted two years before talking with PA
Speaking at Harvard University, Kadima leader says ending conflict with the Palestinians is a clear Israeli interest, not a favor to the United States.

Bill Clinton: Mideast peace would undercut terror (AP)
AP – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would take away much of the impetus for terrorism around the world.*

Report: King Abdullah meets Israeli minister
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — King Abdullah of Jordan reportedly hosted Israeli Welfare Minister Yitzhak Herzog in his palace Tuesday.  “The coming period is a moment of historic opportunity, which coming generations will judge today’s leaders by,” Abdullah said.  “Therefore, we must not miss it,” he added, according to the Israeli news site Ynet.

Egypt ‘doing everything’ to save peace talks
Speaking at a ceremony marking Yom Kippur War Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says Israel, PA cannot afford to miss another chance for peace.,7340,L-3964720,00.html

‘Jordan postpones appointing ambassador to Israel’
King Abudllah is reportedly waiting for the results of peace talks; Jordanian peace negotiator: Israel torpedoed talks at their outset.

Other News

Turkel summons Arab-Israelis who took part in Gaza flotilla
Head of Arab Monitoring Committee, Rahat resident who were aboard Turkish ship during command raid in late May to testify before inquiry commission.,7340,L-3965133,00.html

New US consulate to open in west Jerusalem
US plans to maintain a strong presence in the eastern part of the capital, despite moving bulk of services to Arnona neighborhood.

Settlers threaten riots over synagogue sealing
Radical right gearing to fight decision to seal illegally built synagogue at Ma’ale Shomron settlement; warn they will stage protests, burn tires, set Palestinian farmland ablaze and block roads.,7340,L-3964742,00.html

West Bank summer camps indoctrinate settler children in Arab deportation
PNN Exclusive -Israeli Channel 2 broadcasted a report on summer camps for settler’s children in the West Bank, focusing on building settlements and singing religious songs., ImageOne of the administrators of the camp said, “We are instituting the idea of settlements in Judea and Samaria to increase focus on building in them. The youth learn in this camp the importance of settlements and the hard work and number of hours that go into building them in the Land of Israel.”

Army and Shin Bet to step in after second Lod murder
Mayor’s efforts are ineffectual because of tense relations with Arab community; Public Security Minister steps in with plan to collect illegal weapons.

‘Talansky celebrated Sharon stroke: The country’s mine!’
Witness in corruption case claims US businessman rejoiced when former PM fell into a coma, said “I bet on the right guy!” after giving Olmert money.

Court rules gay partners are not couples under Inheritance Law
Association for Civil Rights in Israel: Ruling pushes legal field back decades, represents discrimination against same-sex couples.

Would-be historic performance of Israeli orchestra at Wagner Festival canceled
Event was planned as an act of reconciliation between the Wagner family, which has a Nazi past, and Israel, where the conductor’s music was opposed and often boycotted.

Want a child? Replace your wig
Rabbi advises woman trying to conceive for almost three years to remove ‘immodest’ wig. Shortly afterwards, she becomes pregnant.,7340,L-3954236,00.html

Analysis/Opinion/Human Interest

Human Rights Watch: Yes, War Does Have Rules
In Haifa earlier this month, an Israeli colonel identified as “Yossi A.” said repeatedly that “in a war zone there are no civilians.” The colonel, who drafted operating regulations for military bulldozers, was testifying in a civil trial about the death of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

Gideon Levy in NYC: Israel is ‘the only occupier in history that’s completely convinced of its own present ongoing victimhood’, Ahmed Moor
I was fortunate enough to see Gideon Levy speak on Tuesday at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The discussion was organized to promote his new book, The Punishment of Gaza, which covers Israel’s policy and actions there from 2005 to 2009. While Levy told a number of tortured anecdotes about encounters with Palestinians, the talk was mostly about Israelis which I appreciated. I think Levy understood that many of us in the audience were aware of the situation in Gaza and Palestine more generally.

Israel Needs to Stop Playing the Victim, Joharah Baker for MIFTAH
The Palestinians are constantly being accused of “playing the victim,” an unflattering role by any standards. Many Palestinians would agree that we do not want to be portrayed as the victim so as not to delegitimize our argument or weaken our point. Not that we don’t have ample reason to call ourselves victims in the face of Israel’s oppressive occupying machine. However, putting yourself in this category necessarily means you are accepting a much weaker starting point than your opponent, a position that begs sympathy rather than rational and valid support.

Dennis Ross acts as a key channel between White House and Israeli government
Dennis Ross, a longtime Middle East expert, has emerged as a crucial, behind-the-scenes conduit between the White House and the Israeli government, working closely with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s private attorney – and also Defense Minister Ehud Barak – to discreetly smooth out differences and disputes between the two governments.

Obama faces humiliation over Middle East talks
The consequences of failure will be serious for the US president; for the region and the wider world, they are potentially disastrous.

Controlling the narrative in Israel and Palestine
This is quite possibly the most important piece of writing by a Western observer. It covers the widest territory of arguments possible and examines the various narratives brilliantly. The author was on the Mavi Marmara, and his words are stones. (ed.) Take a helicopter-view of history and the bludgeon of reality emerges.

How to raise a Jewish child: Step 1. Get Israeli flag; Step 2. Wrap child; Step 3. Repeat, Adam Horowitz
Cecilie Surasky sent along the following brochure with the note: “This was given to me by a friend, it’s from a major Bay Area Jewish Community Center (JCC). As a parent of a JCC kid myself, I’m interested in a class about raising Jewish children. Apparently it’s quite simple – just wrap them in an Israeli flag. Also note, the workshop description doesn’t even mention Israel.”  Guess it’s sorta implicit.

Has Employment Become a Condition for Marriage?
Nablus – PNN –Exclusive – Samir prepared as a young boy for a just life in his thirties. He worked as a teacher in a secondary school in Nablus and moved into a new apartment after years of renting.  Married for six years, Samir says of his apartment, “It’s like a dream that this has come so far. I had two choices: to marry and live as a renter, or to delay marriage until I built a house or bought an apartment. I did the math and I figured that since I was nearing thirty, building an apartment would require years I didn’t have, so I cooperated with my wife to rent this apartment.”


President Sleiman: Israel Can’t Protest Ahmadinejad Visit
05/10/2010 Lebanese President Michel Sleiman said during Monday’s meeting with cabinet that Israel does not have the right to object to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming visit to Lebanon.  President Sleiman said receiving heads of states is part of every nation’s right to exercise its sovereignty and Israel has no authority to challenge Lebanon’s sovereign privileges, IRNA reported.  The Iranian president is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on October 13th to visit southern Lebanese villages of Bint Jbeil and Maroun al-Ras, near the Lebanese border with occupied Palestine.  The Iranian chief executive will hold talks with senior Lebanese officials, including President Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri during his two-day visit to Lebanon. He is also scheduled to meet with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.  Tel Aviv has been trying to pressure Beirut into canceling President Ahmadinejad’s visit. Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Ban at UN headquarters that Tel Aviv was “extremely worried” about the Iranian president’s visit.  An article published last week in Israeli daily Ha’aretz had suggested that Israel could kidnap President Ahmadinejad when he visits Lebanon.

Najjar won’t act on Syria warrants unless laws obeyed
BEIRUT: Lebanon is set to disregard alleged arrest warrants issued by Syria against prominent Lebanese officials and figures close to Prime Minister Saad Hariri, since Lebanese judicial authorities were not informed of them officially by their Syrian counterparts.

Hezbollah, Syria seek to discredit Hariri tribunal (AP)
AP – Hezbollah and its ally Syria are mounting a campaign to undermine the U.N. tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by raising doubts about the court’s neutrality ahead of indictments expected to accuse members of the Shiite militant group in the killing.*

Nasrallah, Indonesian leader discuss Muslim unity
BEIRUT: Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah received Saeed Akil Seraj, head of the Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdatu al-Olamaa, on Tuesday to discuss current affairs in the Muslim world. The two figures met in the presence of several Lebanese Muslim experts and discussed current affairs affecting the Muslim community in Indonesia, Lebanon and Palestine.

Syrian troops fire on suspected border smugglers
BEIRUT: Units of the Syrian cavalry fired gunshots on smugglers trying to cross the border river of Nahr al-Kabir on Tuesday. The units opened fired at a number of smugglers trying to cross the river, which separates Lebanon from Syria, between the Lebanese village of Rimah and the Syrian village of Bahlawaniya, but no casualties were recorded.

Will Hezbollah defeat Israel (again!) in the coming war?, Franklin Lamb
On a clear day you can see Akka, Palestine from my favorite Lebanese village, Maron al Ras, where more than a few analysts here conjecture that the next and 6th aggression by Israel against Lebanon will begin.  On any day, but particularly since 9/21/10, you can also see beefed up Zionist military patrols, assorted electronic listening posts, sundry spy devices, new Raytheon produced surveillance equipment, two new supposedly camouflaged cinder block one room shacks with Zionist soldiers peering out menacingly while talking on their, Hezbollah monitored, cell phones to girlfriends, mothers, pals and their HQ’s. They frequently glare from widows heavily screened to keep out stones that tourists on the Lebanon side of the ‘blue line’ regularly throw at them when UNIFIL guys
aren’t paying attention or shoo them away.


Tuesday: 9 Iraqis Killed, 7 Wounded
At least nine Iraqis were killed and seven more were wounded in light violence. Meanwhile, the United States wants to help Iraq reorganize its civil service into a decentralized entity that will give more authority to provincial governments.

Assassination attempt against Al Maliki thwarted
A cleaning worker thwarted a major assassination attempt against Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki and a number of security chiefs during a visit to Diyala administration building in summer 2007, Al Qaeda former leader in Diyala Abu Omar Al Azzawi told Alsumaria News.

More journalists killed in Iraq than in 2009: IPI (AFP)
AFP – More journalists have been killed in Iraq so far this year than in all of 2009, press watchdog IPI said Tuesday in a statement.*

Syria’s Assad, Shiite leader call for Iraq unity govt (AFP)
AFP – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a joint call on Tuesday with visiting Iraqi Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim for a national unity government to be formed in Iraq.*

UN health agency, Iraq studying birth defects (AFP)
AFP – The World Health Organisation and Iraqi authorities are carrying out a survey of birth defects in Iraq following media reports of abnormal patterns in Fallujah, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday.*

Iraqi politics: Breakthrough or another breakdown?, Jane Arraf
A flurry of proposals has led to considerable movement in Iraq’s seven-month political deadlock, but neither Iraqi nor U.S. officials are counting on an imminent announcement ending Iraq’s epic struggle to form a government.

Iraq a house divided
Seven months after parliamentary polls hailed as a harbinger of democracy in the region, Iraq is still without a functioning government. Breaking this deadlock requires a delicate balancing of sectarian and political interests, as well as the blessing of regional players like Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. – Sami Moubayed

Iraqi Christians flee homeland even as war fades (Reuters)
Reuters – Bassam Hermiz has slashed prices to clear his stock of electrical appliances, close his shop and join many thousands of other Iraqi Christians abroad.*

U.S. and other world news

More Nato trucks burnt in Pakistan
At least eight trucks are set on fire and one driver killed in the Pakistani city of Quetta, police officials say.

US Bases Abroad Trigger Suicide Terrorism: Are There Other Options?
Can it be that American military bases abroad, usually thought of as “stabilizers” in tough neighborhoods, are really the primary cause of radical terrorism against the US and its allies? That is what Robert Pape and James K. Feldman compellingly argue in their new book released this week titled Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It.

Late soldier’s letters tell of rapes at camp
Capt. Nichola Goddard, who in 2006 became the first female Canadian combat death, wrote to her husband that women working at bases in Afghanistan were often victims of sexual harassment or assault, and that in one week there had been six rapes at her camp.

Riz Khan – Secret CIA prisons
As Poland expands its investigation into a secret CIA prison on its soil, can the victims of extraordinary rendition who were held without charge ever get justice and will the CIA be held to account?

Want To Know If The FBI Is Tracking You? Look For One Of These
This past August, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that placing tracking devices underneath cars isn’t actually a breach of the Fourth Amendment, so long as law enforcement officials think someone is a criminal.

Prosecuting border activists for leaving water for migrants is unjust
238 people died along the Arizona-Mexico border this past year.

The (latest) Muslim-baiting ad of the season, An Ohio Republican falsely suggests in a new ad that his black (and Christian) Democratic opponent is Muslim Video, Justin Elliott
Looks like the latest Muslim-baiting ad of the season is here, this time in the Ohio state treasurer’s race.  Republican Josh Mandel released an ad that ostensibly targets Democrat incumbent treasurer Kevin Boyce’s ethics. But, as you’ll see, there’s also a claim (of questionable accuracy) made about a mosque. And the ad references a lobbyist linked to Boyce who goes by Noure Alo. But in the ad, Alo’s full name —  Mohammed Noure Alo — is used, Barack Hussein Obama-style.

Disneyland in veil compromise
Disneyland, the renowned theme park in the Californian city of Anaheim, has allowed a Muslim employee to wear a specially designed headscarf in a compromise after initially prohibiting her veil. Noor Abdallah sought the legal assistance of an attorney after she was told she could not wear the hijab at work because the Disney dress code does not allow for religious apparel of any kind. Abdallah, although not fully satisfied with the compromise, says the scarf approved by Disney is a “good first step” in letting her dress in compliance with her beliefs.

Ahmadinejad warns the U.S. against military attack on Iran
“The U.S. first started a psychological war in the form of financial sanctions in order to weaken our country and is blatant enough even to threaten us that the military attack option was still on the agenda,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern Iranian city of Gorgan.

Sanctions begin to compound Iran’s severe economic problems
TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government, already faced with growing opposition from competing political forces within Iran, is confronting new pressure brought on by severe economic problems, including some triggered by international sanctions.

Erdogan: First Turkish satellite to be launched in 2012
The satellite will ease Turkey’s reliance on U.S. intelligence in its operations against the separatist Kurdistan workers Party (PKK).

US firm assists in jamming probe
Maryland company pinpoints location of interference with Al Jazeera Sports’ broadcast of the football World Cup.

FEATURE-Islamic beauty: Can halal cosmetics outgrow their niche?
* Lack of unified certification body may restrict growth
* Beauty worth $500 mln of $2 trln global halal market
* Taps into wider trend for ethical beauty products

2 poems for Gaza

Oct 06, 2010

Lillian Rosengarten 

Today we are running two pieces from the two women aboard the Jewish boat to Gaza, who were deported by Israel in recent days. Here is Lillian Rosengarten, of New York:

On Sunday September 26, 2010, we were finally together for the first time on our small catamaran boat “Irene” I was quickly aware of the kindness and generosity of spirit from the crew and passengers, all Jews.  We were five Israelis, one German, one American and our British captain Glyn. Together we were united with a common desire to reach Gaza and offer our support as Jews to our Palestinian brothers and sisters under siege. We wanted to let them know there are Jews who want to help and that the Zionism we see within the Jewish government is a harsh distortion of Judaism which betrays the sorrow and suffering of Jews under the Nazis. 

It is because I am a Jew and have a dream of a different Israel  that I must speak out against the cruelty bestowed upon the Palestinian population. I strongly believe Jews have a moral obligation to not oppress their  neighbors as they were once oppressed. They must attempt to understand the suffering perpetuated on them. 

A friend reminded me of this timely poem by  W H Auden:

“ September 1, 1939
Now I and the public know
What all school children learn
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.”

I leave you with a short poem written on our journey.


You have risen from
Ashes of the holocaust
To become your own enemy.
We weep for you.

You should have learned so well
Man’s inhumanity to man
Is hell.

We are your brothers and sisters too.

Why Obama caved (Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is his Democratic fundraising tool)

Oct 06, 2010

Philip Weiss 

The Israeli lobby is deeply enmeshed in the Democratic Party, as we frequently note here, for financial reasons. Consider Mark Gilbert of Boca Raton, FL, the deputy national finance chair of the Democratic Party. He loves Israel, his wife Nancy runs tours to Israel. Barack Obama has praised Mark and Nancy Gilbert as “dear friends.” Gilbert raised $500,000 for Obama last time around and has privileged access to White House policy makers.

Lately Alex Cockburn picked up the following fundraising letter written by the Gilberts that reflects the usual complete confusion about national identity that Zionists have– they seem to regard Michael Oren as a political prophet. And note that they are raising money for Obama by quoting a foreign ambassador, Michael Oren, and praising a rightwing leader, Netanyahu. Notice that there is not a word about illegal colonies or Palestinian national aspirations (Jewish prejudice at work), and contempt for the suffering people of Gaza. Emphasis mine:

‘Dear Friends,

“Under the radar” is not what we’re used to in the Jewish community.

We demand it big and bold and we need it loud and clear.  (and- that is A. O. K.! )

But- when work is done quietly and not with SCREAMING headlines, we sometimes miss it.

Silly us!  WAKE UP EVERYONE…. It’s a new (Jewish) year ! And our President and his team (and YES, our CONGRESS) have done, are doing and WILL continue to do extraordinary work in connection with America’s best friend: the State of Israel.

 At the Israeli Ambassador’s residence on Monday, the annual Rosh Ha Shanah (Jewish New Year for our non-Jewish friends on this email) reception guest list included national and international Jewish organization leaders; elegantly dressed Foreign Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, a host of Rabbis from across the religious spectrum ; famous authors, renown professors and magnificently decorated military personnel from several countries including at least one  U.S. 3-star General (Dayton). 

We were invited because my husband Mark is the National Deputy Finance Chairman of the Democratic party, I’m the owner of an Israel tour company and have been heavily involved in tourism to Israel for 15 years and probably- and most importantly- because our daughter was Ambassador Oren’s student at Yale.

Thank You, President Obama!

Ambassador Oren and his wonderful wife Sally warmly received each guest -then stood before the assembled crowd in what was the best stump speech for President Obama that I have heard from any world leader (and yes, Ambassador Oren speaks FOR Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel!). Without a note, Ambassador Oren outlined the brilliant accomplishments and strong support of Israel demonstrated by the Obama Administration in LESS THAN 2 YEARS!  Oren invoked our President’s name, time and time again: (please memorize these bullet points and tell everyone you know!)

  • President Obama has led the global effort to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

  • President Obama’s leadership (and coaxing) has produced an international coalition that INCLUDES China and Russia who have implemented unprecedented sanctions against Iran, which, according to conversations at the Monday reception, appear to have caught Iran off-guard

  • President Obama and his team are spending more time on this issue than almost any other issue facing our country today

  • President Obama and our Congress have provided Israel with every cent (and then some) of foreign assistance requested by Israel

  • President Obama has restored Israel’s QME (qualitative military edge) which had been neglected for the last 8 years

  • President Obama is the FIRST American leader to say – in an Arab country (Egypt)  that the Arab world must recognize Israel as a JEWISH state and in a support of Israel’s legitimacy to affirm the –quote- “unshakeable “ bond between the USA & Israel

  • President Obama & team played a critical role in leading a UNANIMOUS vote to include Israel in the OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation & Development). The vote was  31-0 admitting Israel to this prestigious organization

  • President Obama has dispatched leaders of the Joint Chiefs to Israel not once, but four times already in his less-than-2-years in office ( before that the Joint chiefs had not been in Israel for YEARS (not once during the ‘last’ administration)

  • The Obama administration has integrated US missile technology into Israel’s expanding missile shield. NO OTHER AMERICAN PRESIDENT HAS DONE THIS. 

  • The Obama administration continues to fund development of ARROW-3,  Israel’s advanced long-rage, high-altitude system for countering Iranian ballistic missiles

  • President Obama asked Congress for $205 million dollars for Israel’s IRON DOME rocket defense system (which will reduce incoming rocket threats from Hizbullah in the north and Hamas in the south…) – this request is IN ADDITION TO the $3 BILLION budgetary request for Israel’s security assistance!

  • And my personal under-the-radar item; the Obama team’s clever input to re-wording the Gaza blockade language which not only garnered international support for Israel (and a promise not to condemn Israel if Gd forbid there is another flotilla incident) BUT effectively thwarted several pending flotillas in Mediterranean and Persian Gulf ports… that simply became the boats-to-nowhere!

  • And last, but surely not least, (and listed in this basic order by Ambass. Oren) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiators are sitting as we speak at a table together – talking.  Who knows what the result will be….but talking is the only way to get anywhere. And it is a giant step in a positive direction.

This email is too long already and I hope you have gotten this far, but you must realize that the list of bullet points above is extraordinary.


And all accomplished by the Obama team and the current congress- in less than two years in office.

Looking ahead to 5771, may you and your families be blessed with a beautiful year, filled with good health, good times and ….peace.

With warm regards from our house to yours,


Nancy & Mark Gilbert.’

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assassinating the resistance: PFLP fighters survive attack

Today, the Israeli military attempted a targeted killing of three “militants” (freedom fighters) from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The main target was apparently Ahmad al-Ashkar. The Israeli military hasbara spokeswoman said, “The organization was planning attacks against Israel in the coming days.”

Does anyone really believe that these three PFLP members were “planning” an incipient attack against “Israel,” or that Israel is justified in attempting to assassinate them while its blockade constitutes an ongoing act of mass terror against the population of the Gaza Strip? Will we see condemnation of this attack from any quarter? Just from the PFLP, probably, and perhaps obliquely from Ma’an News. It’s true that the three militants escaped with light injuries and were not killed, but that isn’t the point. The point is intent, and the intent was assassination and the crushing of resistance.

So I ask my comrades David Samel and Ahmed Moor who rushed to condemn the killings of four paramilitary settlers in Hebron: where’s the condemnation of this attack? Will it be forthcoming? Or was the rush to condemn merely positioning with respect to racist consumers of our own writings? Surely trying to assassinate three resistance fighters is a far more disgusting act in intent, more clean-cut and odious, than the killing of four paramilitary settlers at the hands of a population that those settlers, particularly those near Hebron, have been torturing and imprisoning for decades, right?

No, no one will be called upon to condemn this attack; there will be no loyalty tests about “condemning” attacks against the innocent (or the less-guilty); there will no categorical assertions about how it is wrong to try to murder freedom fighters; how attempted assassinations are despicable. Hillary Clinton won’t be perorating about attempted targeted killings, the foot-pump that tries to accelerate the spinning-wheel of violence. There won’t be any nuanced, perceptive commentary about how Israeli murders of Palestinians are both in effect and in intent murders of Israelis because they are undertaken with the expectation of reprisals.

No, there won’t be any hand-wringing about the precise moral coordinates of an attempted killing of PFLP muqawama, or fine-grained discerning of their exact moral positioning vis-a-vis Gazan civilians . There will be no attempt to look at the way Palestinians themselves understand their own violence, nor any assertions of the absolute inviolability of the right to resistance in all its forms. 

There will simply be silence, speaking cacophonously to the institutionalized racism of Israeli and Western culture, and proving the absurd hypocrisy of the hyenas who rush to condemn the violence of their victims.

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Demonstrating still a crime: Military night raids and arrests resume in Ni’ilin

from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

Four people, 17 to 45 year-old, were arrested by the army in Ni’ilin tonight, in the first pre-dawn raid operation in months. The renewal of night raids and arrests may signal a return to their use as a scare tactic to quell demonstrations and the village’s struggle against the Wall and theft of their lands.

Large military forces closed in on Ni’ilin at around 2 AM tonight, just before dozens of soldiers staged a raid on the village, entering it from four sides in order to arrest residents for their alleged part in the weekly demonstrations against the Wall. Initially, no armored jeep or other vehicles were used – infantry soldiers entered the village on foot, sneaking into the sleeping village under the cover of dark like common thieves.

The first house to be raided was that of 17 year-old Mohammed Ameerah. the house was surrounded by large forces that then continued to forcefully enter the house and arrest the teenage boy.

The funeral of Mohammed's brother, Youssef Ameerah on August 4th,  2008. Picture credit: Oren Ziv\ActiveStills

The funeral of Mohammed’s brother, Youssef Ameerah, on August 4th, 2008.

Picture credit: Oren Ziv\ActiveStills

Mohammed Ameerah’s older brother, Youssef, was critically injured by Border Police officers on July 30th, 2008, and died of his wounds five days later at the Ramallah Hospital. Youssef he sustained mortal wounds when Border Police officers shot him in the head with rubber-coated bullets that penetrated his skull, from inside an armored military jeep, at close range. At the time of the shooting he was standing in a yard overlooking Ni’ilin’s main street during a demonstration protesting the killing of ten year-old Ahmad Mousa the previous day.

After leaving Mohammed Ameerah’s house, soldiers continued to the house of 45 year-old Othman Ameerah who was taken from bed, cuffed and blindfolded. The arrest and the raid on the house also caused great distress to Ameerah’s wife who suffers from late stage caner, and whose sole care taker is her husband.

It was around then that seven military jeeps entered the village. The soldiers first hurled the blindfolded Mohammed and Othman Ameerah into one of the jeeps, and then continued to raid the houses of twenty year-old As’ad Nafe’ and eighteen year-old Tareq Musleh who were both arrested. Musleh regularly volunteers as a medic with the Palestinian Red Crescent association. He takes part in demonstrations in this capacity, and his arrest is a clear infringement on the rights of medical forces at places of conflict as guaranteed by international law.

Since demonstrations in Ni’ilin began in May 2008, Israel used unprecedented force to try and suppress the village’s unarmed struggle. More than 120 arrests were made and no less than forty people were shot with live ammunition – including 29 by the forbidden 0.22″ caliber bullet. The military’s disproportionate use of force has also caused the death of five demonstrators, two of them minors – one Ahmad Mousa, as young as ten years-old.

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Dear Friends,

Two items tonight. 

All that I can say about the disgusting first item is that as much as I love dogs, those trained by humans to bite harder and harder the more the ‘enemy’ struggles need to be imobolized by some not-dangerous-to-animals (4-legged and 2-legged), substance that that will instantly put them to sleep for a few hours, till the boat or flotilla reaches port and the animals can be safely caged. 

Are there no limits to what the world will allow Israel to do?  Sick world.  Sick sick Israel!

 [My highlighting below]

Item 2 is about the new proposed law that demands that anyone wanting Israeli citizenship must pledge loyalty to the Jewish democratic state.  For one thing, Israel is far from democratic.  For a second, this law is aimed mainly at Arabs. 

Makes me want to return my Israeli citizenship!  Perhaps that’s what needs doing.  If we could convince 3 or 4 thousand Israelis to do that, the leaders might think twice.

But it’s unlikely that we can find even 1000 ready to take that step. 

Too bad.




October 07, 2010

Baring Teeth

 Attack dogs ‘have proved their capabilities’ (archives) Photo: Courtesy of IDF Spokesman

    Dogs to be used in next flotilla raid

IDF learns lessons from Turkish flotilla: Oketz unit dogs will be first to go aboard, keep area sterile until soldiers arrive,7340,L-3966094,00.html

Hanan Greenberg

The IDF is learning from its experience with the flotilla to the Gaza Strip, and when the next flotilla – if there is one – is boarded by the navy, the soldiers will be assisted by attack dogs from the Oketz unit. The dogs will be the first to board the decks, to prevent harm to soldiers from hostile elements on board. 

“As soon as you put an attack dog in an area where soldiers are supposed to get to, it keeps the place sterile and prevents anyone from approaching,” a military source said. “Dogs can be placed by crane or other means. They’ll be the first, and after them, the soldiers.”

Dogs from the Oketz unit are trained to immobilize an enemy by biting – the more the enemy struggles, the harder the bite. “Attack dogs have proved their capabilities on many occasions,” the source said. “They are strong and merciless, but in fact this is a non-lethal weapon that can certainly do the work (on the deck).” 

The same source said dogs were involved in preparations for boarding the Turkish flotilla, but it was believed there would be no violent opposition from the people aboard the Marmara, so they were not sent onto the decks. 

‘Dogs can operate on board’

“After that flotilla, we understood that this is indeed a good method and we’re improving our abilities,” he said. “A dog has no problem operating on a boat and can do great work.”

It must be noted that in military investigations, officers have pointed out that after the Shayetet soldiers had succeeded in getting onto the deck, their operation was easy. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified to the Turkel committee that the area which the soldiers reach must be sterile, and even hinted at the need for snipers. 

Recently, in light of the Oketz unit’s operational success, it has been decided to expand its activities in war and emergency situations. The unit will take part in training with other units which the dogs will then meet on the battlefield. 

“This will create cooperation and familiarity between the dog handlers and dogs, and the officers,” the military source said. “Then, when they have to operate during war, the initial familiarity of each handler and each dog with a different unit will increase efficacy.”



October 07, 2010

Israel’s Netanyahu backs Jewish loyalty oath

 Mr Netanyahu has given his backing to the citizenship bill

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has re-introduced a proposal to require any non-Jew taking Israeli citizenship to swear allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state”.

The proposal has angered Israel’s Arab minority, which makes up 20% of Israel’s population.

Labour party ministers, who also oppose the bill, say they expect a new freeze on settlement building as a payoff.

This is a key Palestinian demand in the current peace talks.

The Israeli cabinet is expected to back the proposal on Sunday. It then goes before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

If approved, the new law will affect a small number of non-Jews who seek Israeli citizenship.

It will not affect those who seek citizenship under the law of return which gives people of Jewish ancestry the right to settle in Israel and gain citizenship.

Correspondents say it will mainly apply to Palestinians married to Israelis who seek citizenship on the basis of family re-unification, foreign workers, and a few other special cases.

Possible ‘payoff’?

The proposal, which is being backed by Mr Netanyahu, has been welcomed by right-wing ministers.

“Everyone who wants to receive Israeli citizenship must swear loyalty to the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state,” ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told public radio.

Mr Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party made the oath the centrepiece of its campaign in the 2009 election, which eventually led to it becoming the second largest member of the governing coalition after Mr Netanyahu’s Likud.

Proposed citizenship oath New wording: “I swear that I will be a loyal citizen to the state of Israel, as a Jewish and democratic state, and will uphold its laws.”Mainly affects Palestinians married to Israelis, foreign workers, and a few other special cases where people seek to be naturalised as Israeli citizensDoes not affect people of Jewish ancestry and their spouses who have the right to settle in Israel and gain citizenship under the law of returnCabinet rejects oath of loyalty.

But the Labour Party, the junior coalition partner, has questioned the proposed change to Israel’s citizenship law.

“I hope that Mr Netanyahu’s support is a payoff to Mr Lieberman, so that the prime minister will be able to extend the freeze without breaking apart his coalition,” an unnamed minister told Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

Both Mr Netanyahu and Yisrael Beitenu have denied any deal involving an extension of the partial settlement freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The recently renewed peace talks are currently at risk of collapse over ongoing Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank, with the Palestinians threatening to walk out unless the freeze is reinstated.

Divisive issue

Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is one of Israel’s key demands in any eventual peace deal with the Palestinians.

To that end, Mr Netanyahu has rejected the right of return of Palestinian refugees, calling it a device to destroy the state of Israel by demography.

Israeli Arabs Comprise 20% of the population. Descend from Palestinian inhabitants pre-1948Mid-East talks: Where they stand

The Palestinians, in the form of the Palestinian Authority, have agreed to recognise Israel as a state, but have rejected the demand to recognise its Jewish character.

They say it is unnecessary, that it ignores the Israeli-Arab citizens of Israel, and that in effect, it invalidates the right of return of refugees from previous wars.

Also, the issue of requiring some citizens – mainly Israeli Arabs – to swear allegiance to a Jewish state has proved deeply divisive within Israeli society.

In proposing the requirement, right-wing parties had focused on perceived disloyalty among Israeli Arabs, drawing widespread criticism as well as support.

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Find this reply by David Hirsh to Neve Gordon here.

As part of a series entitled ‘Universities in Crisis’ on the website of the International Sociological Association, Neve Gordon, a supporter of the campaign to exclude Israeli scholars from the international academic community, writes a report on the state of academic freedom in Israel.

Gordon, N, (2010) ‘An assault on israeli academic freedom – and liberal values’ Blog of the International Sociological Association (ISA),, downloaded 6 october 2010.

He describes a demonstration in which he took part on his campus at Ben-Gurion University  in May 2010, which protested against the Israeli assault on the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship which was heading towards Gaza.  He then describes a counter-protest the next day in which students demonstrated their support for the Israeli forces.  ‘There were … shouts demanding my resignation’, writes Gordon, and ‘one student even proceeded to create a Facebook group whose sole goal is to have me sacked.’  The Facebook page carried personal denunciations and death threats.

A right wing political group published a ‘report’accusing sociology departments of being unpatriotic and left wing.  The President of Tel Aviv University asked to see syllabi being taught at Tel Aviv University.  A newspaper article reported that another right wing organisation had tried to persuade donors to Ben-Gurion University to make their giving conditional on an end to ‘anti-Zionist’teaching.  The President of Ben-Gurion University publicly opposed this campaign as a threat to academic freedom but the Education Minister, a member of the right wing Likud party, writes Gordon, simply opposed this campaign on the basis that it was aimed at harming donations.  ‘The problem is’, he concludes, ‘that instead of struggling over basic human rights, we are now struggling over the right to struggle.’

As is clear from the reports from other countries, these kinds of right wing campaigns against academic freedom, against the intellectual left and against disciplines such as sociology are far from unique to Israel.  But antizionism as a political framework is always tempted to treat things which are done by the right in Israel as though they were manifestations of the essential racism and the essential illiberality of the ‘Zionist’ state.

Neve Gordon’s argument is that the phenomena he describes are manifestations of a much broader ‘protofascist’ asault against Higher Education and liberal values in Israel.  He writes that this assault is being mobilized by ‘numerous forces in Israel’ and also by ‘neoconservative forces in the United States’.  He writes that this assault is targetted first against the universities because ‘they are home to many vocal critics of Israel’s rights-abusive policies’, voices which are considered ‘traitorous and consequently in need of being stifled’.

He writes that the right wing organisations see universities as ‘merely arms of the government’ and so politically controllable.  He characterizes right wing colleagues as ‘a thought police’ and right wing students as ‘spies’.  The ordinary but nevertheless worrying mobilisation of a right wing and anti-liberal political current is presented in the language and in the framework of Israeli exceptionalim.
This text exemplifies two tendencies which characterise much discussion of the Palestine-Israel conflict, of the campaign to boycott Israel and of contemporary antisemitism.

Firstly it is once removed from a discussion of the issues themselves.  It is ‘struggling for the right to struggle’.  In this text there is no discussion of the substantial issues themselves.  Rather they are mobilized as weapons in the struggle over the boundaries of legitimate discourse.  Issues which are raised but not discussed: Israeli human rights abuses; the assault on the ‘flotilla’; ‘anti-Zionism’, ‘post-Zionism’, ‘Zionism’; Israeli patriotism and unpatriotism; the proposed boycott of Israel and antisemitism; the connections between ‘protofascism’, the Israeli right, the American neocon right and the American Christian right.  The issues are raised and mobilized rhetorically but not analysed.

The right wing groups of which Neve Gordon is correctly, in my view, wary, aim to define the left as being outside of the legitimate boundaries of Israeli discourse.  Neve Gordon, on the other hand, aims to define those right wingers as being outside of the boundaries of liberal and antiracist discourse.  Neither argues why the other is wrong on the substantial issues.  Instead, both are ‘struggling’ to have the discourse of the other recognized as illegitimate.

This is not necessarily as bad as it sounds.  For example it is normal that racism or homphobia or misogyny is recognized as being outside of the legitimate boundaries of sociolgoical discourse.  Sociologists would not try to debate with a colleague who claimed that black people were inferior to white people.  Historians would not try to debate with a colleague who said that the Atlantic slave trade never happened.  We would argue, rather, that the questions were illegitimate.

We do not want to get into an apparently rational discussion with racists over racist questions.  We do not want to treat racists as though they were one side of a legitimate debate.  If there were serious people who began to ask these questions, if the questions became legitimate in the public sphere, in spite of our efforts to prevent that, then we might still have to debate, to mobilise the reasoning and the evidence against racism.

The second tendency which Gordon’s text exemplifies is that towards the conflation of, and the slippage between distinct phenomena.  For example he mentions that Alan Dershowitz argued that Israeli professors who support the campaign for their Israeli colleagues to be excluded from the global academic community should themselves resign from Israeli academic institutions as part of this ‘boycott’.  He also mentions that some students at the protest were calling for his resignation. 

And he conflates these calls for resignation, made by people with no power to fire anybody, with a call upon universities to carry out a purge of ‘leftist’ faculty.  In a discussion of academic freedom this distinction may be thought to be important, yet one phenomenon is piled on top of the other in order to give the whole greater rhetorical weight.

Gordon says that people want to sack him because he is critical of Israeli human rights abuses.  Some of his opponents say they want him to resign because he agitates for a boycott of his colleagues in Israel academia.  Sacking is not the same as a call for resignation.  Criticism is not the same as a call for boycott.

Instead of rebutting Dershowitz’s argument about the academic boycott Neve Gordon characterizes it as being outside of the boundaries of what is legitimate in a university.  In return, Dershowitz characterizes Gordon’s pro-boycott stance as being outside of what is legitimate in a university.  Either position may be right or wrong, but Gordon doesn’t make an argument here.  Instead he relies on the conflation of criticism with boycott and on the conflation of a call for resignation with a sacking.  In both cases speech acts are conflated with acts of exclusion by power.  It may be his case that the speech acts feed into a discourse whose logic is then concrete exclusion.  But then again, the case has to be argued and the mechanisms analysed.

There is another more subtle conflation here.  The very name ‘Alan M. Dershowitz’ has become a synecdoche for something bigger than the flesh and blood individual who is its apparent referent.  The name ‘Alan M. Dershowitz’ connotes the fearsome power of the ‘Israel lobby’ (was he not the man who single-handedly prevented Norman Finkelstein from winning tenure?), it connotes all that is threatening about the neocon agenda (has he not written a lawyerly defence of torture?), it connotes all the lies of the ‘Zionists’ (has he not written ‘the case for Israel?’).  The name ‘Dershowitz’ stands symbolically amongst Gordon’s imagined audience, for the whole of ‘Zionism’, which itself is understood as a racist and totalitarian movement of global influence and notoriety.

Neve Gordon’s political project is to have Israel recognized as an apartheid state, to make it into a pariah, to position Israel itself outside of the boundaries of legitimate countries.  The terminology he employs in this piece, ‘protofascist’, ‘thought police’, ‘spies’ is not justified by the evidence he presents.

What he presents is bad enough and it is familiar to academics all over the world.  He shows that there are right wing individuals and groups who wish to position sociology outside of the boundaries of legitimate scholarly inquiry.  He is aware that right wing parties sometimes win elections and form governments.  These are real threats to academic freedom which we should take seriously and which we should oppose.  But Gordon is also clear that for the moment at least, the university sector in Israel is bravely and successfully defending itself, and the institutions are not bending to the pressure.

But for Israel-boycotters, Israel comes first, it is the one state whose academics should be excluded, it is the state moving towards fascism.  And it may or may not be.  But his anecdotes do not make the case.  This is less a debate and more a struggle over what is, and what is not to be legitimately debated.  There is a tendency for reason and evidence to take second place to rhetoric, conflation and keywords which communicate unspoken and emotional connotation.

Neve Gordon’s position tends to mirror that against which he is struggling.  He is against those who would have him silenced but he is for his Israeli colleagues being silenced in the global scholarly community.  He is for his own right to free speech and academic freedom but he refers to his right wing colleagues as ‘thought police’ when they use their free speech to criticize him and their academic freedom to oppose his views.  He opposes the right wing tendency to see Israeli universities as ‘merely arms of the government’ and he shows how the universities are successfully defending their own independence from government.  Yet then how can he argue that Israeli universities should be boycotted because they are complicit with the crimes of the Israeli government?

Neve Gordon says that things are so bad in Israeli universities that he receives death threats and calls for his sacking.  He says that things are so bad that he and his colleagues are using g-mail instead of university email addresses for fear that a hostile university administration might open their emails and take action against them.  Interestingly anti boycott academics in Britain have received death threats too, have been faced with rhetoric which questions their fitness to be recognized as academics too, and many are afraid to use university email addresses too, since there have been examples of pro-boycott academics in authority gaining access to colleagues’ inboxes.  Ironically, it is the global corporation Google which we all appear to trust more than our own university administrations.

There is nothing wrong with arguing that certain kinds of question ought not to be considered to be legitimate questions.  But if arguments concerning the positioning of the boundaries of legitimate discourse are not made with careful clarity, avoiding conflation, avoiding rhetorical tricks and demonization, then there is a possibility that the struggle itself will slip off the terrain of rational discourse.  If one side is tempted to shout ‘antisemite!’ at all who oppose Israel’s actions and the other is ready to shout ‘Zionist!’ at all who raise the issue of antisemitism then the space for political or academic discussion, debate, analysis and research will be closed off.  If argument and evidence are replaced by ad hominem attack, with accusations and counter-accusations of bad faith replacing communicative action, then knowledge becomes, more definitively than ever, power.

David Hirsh

Goldsmiths, University of London

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October 7, 2010by Hanan Habibzai

By Hanan Habibzai STAFF WRITER

It have been nine years since the U.S led invasion of Afghanistan but the situation in Afghanistan is worsening, gap of confidence between the people and US backed government is widely increasing.ISAF turned embedded force and International mission in Afghanistan remained unsuccessful.

Keeping tabs on the events of the war in Afghanistan is not difficult. Press coverage includes daily reports of soldiers dying and killing, corruption within government and even stories from the far flung tribal areas.

But there is little about what the ordinary Afghan thinks. What is his story? How does the war affect him? Does he want warlords to stay in power? Does he want more troops, be they from the US or France? Do they make him feel safe?

When answered these questions weave the missing thread through the real story of the war. These answers tell a frustrating tale. 

Look back to May 2009, for example, when US air strikes killed more than 100 civilians.This is when the Afghan people first began to lose faith in President Barack Obama.

Some of those ordinary Afghans killed in the bombs on two fuel tankers earlier April 2009, had survived Russian invasion.

As protocol required Obama and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton expressed their deep sympathy with the victims, and said sorry for the civilian deaths.

But a change occurred. Right at that moment that the ordinary people of Afghanistan lost faith in Obama’s commitments for peace and stability.After the death of yet more non-militants, they began to suspect that Obama could not keep his early promises to protect civilian live in Afghanistan.

Karzai, meanwhile, in the US at the time, and travelled back to the devastated area. He sanctioned the award of 100,000 Afghanis (US$2,000) to each of the victim’s families.

This is the price of an Afghan life:

Along with the government ‘gift’, families were forced to sign a document to say they were happy with the settlement. Happy that the $2,000 should clean up the human mess that bombs leave behind. For those families with little money, their options were limited.

In the west, some countries have a law to protect animals. If anyone dares to harm an animal, he or she will face justice. In my country a human life can be taken very easily because there is little justice.

Since the war began, mass killing has become part and parcel of everyday life. If any dare to challenge this notion or to call for justice, perhaps, they accused of being insurgents. This is the story of the ordinary Afghan.

The ordinary Afghan, who testimonies I have spent years collecting, does not understand why the international forces have not found key Al-Qaida leaders ,like Osama Bin Ladin. He does not understand his fellow countrymen and women are paying the price. None of Afghan invaded or attacked a foreign country but by invading their country a war brought to the villages and valleys of Afghanistan.

Three decades of war takes its toll:

Some of those ordinary Afghans killed in the bombs on two fuel tankers earlier  September 2009, had survived Russian invasion. They would not be surprised by theirs deaths because of what they had seen once before.

When a small group of Taliban hijacked two tankers which carried fuel for NATO forces in northern Kundoz province , local people saw it as a chance to get free fuel for their lamps.

They remembered a time back in 1980s, when Mujahideen gave out captured equipment seized from the Russian invaders. These included fuel, food, cloths and car spare parts.

On pondering further on the Russian invasion, the ordinary Afghan remembers that, despite war, the USSR considered attacks on locals’ haphazard and foolhardy way to conduct their military campaign. Such attacks would only bring retaliation and in turn cause a long drawn out battle.

The Russians strategy was to give to the Afghan government at the time. They didn’t keep private jails and they tolerated petty looting. 

But the Americans and Germans decided to frightened local people when the Taliban stole their tanks, heavily bombing them. After World War II it was the first mass killing committed by German troops in the history.

local people saw it as a chance to get free fuel for their lamps.

Isn’t it strange, Afghans are saying to themselves, that while we did not expect peace from the Russian army because, well they were invaders and committed to no international treaty.

Yet these Americans and Germans invaded Afghanistan under the cloak of an international treaty committed to peace. But so far, it poses a continuous threat to normal life.

Lives in countless Afghan villages have been threatened since 2003, for the lives of perhaps one or two Taliban militants were hidden there. Sometimes they are killed in these deadly air strikes, other times they escape. But what is consistent is that hundreds of ordinary villagers have been killed by wild card strikes.

Women rights, democracy, human rights and political stability are the constant battle cry of the invaders. But ordinary Afghans appreciation of such gifts is tampered by heavy bombs, which are damaging all hopes of democracy and justice.

Meanwhile, the criminals and sadly comical farce of Karzai’s government remains. After allegedly winning the elections last year, hopes of competency governance is vanishing fast.

It seems unlikely that my country will be free of its current government, full of drug lords and war criminals, who care little for social justice and democracy and more about lining their already bulging pockets.

This is just a snapshot of what my fellow Afghan witnesses day by day. He also sees a resurgent Taliban, offering an alternative. 

And it is because of this that NATO must talk to the Taliban. There is no option but to negotiate. The Taliban alternative, while distasteful to some, is more palatable than the trekking across Europe sleep on the streets of Calais or to stay at home and hope the bombs do not fall.





What would you do if soldiers came to take your land away? Would you be brave enough to stand up to them, with your family in harm’s way? What if a soldier pointed a gun at your daughter? Would you be able to push it away, and not pick up a gun yourself?

Perhaps if you had the courage of Abdallah Abu Rahmah. And yet, his courage is not unique. It is shared by the great majority of Palestinians, who commit larger and smaller actions of nonviolent resistance to the occupation with dignity and steadfast determination every day of their lives.

Abdallah Abu Rahmah helped to organize that resistance into weekly protests, capturing the attention of the world. He has hosted a group of Nobel Laureates and other international leaders known as The Elders, pictured here paying their respects to Abdallah’s cousin, Bassem, who was killed by the Israeli army last year in one of these protests.

The Israeli authorities want to make an example out of Abdallah. In August, he was unfairly convicted of organizing illegal marches and of incitement and now awaits sentencing. The prosecution has demanded that Abu Rahmah be sent to prison for a period exceeding two years, stating that a harsh sentence is required to serve as deterrence to others who may follow in his footsteps.

We follow in his footsteps, as do many others. Across the globe thousands of people have written and called their governments with a simple message: Abdallah Abu Rahmah has committed no crime, and we demand his freedom!

We who draw inspiration from his actions must speak now. Now is the time to raise our voices and ensure that Abdallah Abu Rahmah is free to organize and advocate for the rights of his community. We stand with Abdallah.

Israel must realize that leaders like Abdallah offer the best hope for a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike. We need to tell our governments to use their influence with Israel to free Abdallah Abu Rahmah.

In solidarity,
Jesse Bacon,
Jewish Voice for Peace

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Dear Friends,

The depiction below of yesterday’s proceedings at the trial are accurate.  I and my spouse (Israel) can affirm this because we were there the entire day.  The first witness claimed not to have remembered at almost every question that the Corrie’s lawyers asked.  The second witness appears to be entirely incompetent for his position as head of the investigation department, as is evident below from his responses. 

This is not the first time that we have witnessed incompetence in the military.  When we attended the trial of Yonathan Ben Artzi we were amazed at the unprofessionalism evident in some of the officers and at their total lack of knowledge of what constitutes pacifism.  Some of these lapses also were apparent to the judge, as we could see from his questions and annoyance.  Yet nevertheless Yonathan lost his case.  It would not surprise me that the same will occur with the present trial, not due to any fault in their lawyers, but rather to the system.  Let us hope not.



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October 7, 2010

Israeli soldiers to testify behind screen in Corrie Case

Extraordinary state secrecy motion is granted

Haifa, Israel – The Haifa District Court on Thursday granted a government request to allow soldiers to testify behind a screen in the lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza.

The order includes the driver of the bulldozer that killed Rachel, who is slated to testify later this month. However, Judge Oded Gershon ruled that both the commander of the unit and the second soldier in the bulldozer that hit Rachel would testify in plain view, because their faces were already publicly known.

Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender from Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting the

demolition of Palestinian homes.

In asking for the highly unusual protective measures, state attorneys argued that they were necessary to protect the soldiers’ safety and prevent their images from being circulated. They based the request on an overbroad security certificate issued by Defense Minister Ehud Barak in 2008, but did not provide concrete evidence to substantiate their concerns for the soldiers’ safety or security.

Corrie attorneys opposed the motion, arguing that allowing the soldiers to testify behind a screen infringes upon the right to an open, fair and transparent trial. They asked to dismiss the request, filed just 48 hours before the first soldier’s testimony. Alternatively, the lawyers asked the court to allow the family to see the witnesses even if the public could not, but their request was denied. Lawyers for the Corrie family plan to appeal the decision to the Supreme

Court of Israel.

“While Rachel stood in front of a wall to protect the two families huddled behind it, the state is now making the soldiers hide behind a wall that denies us the opportunity to see them,” said Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother. “The State of Israel has been hiding for over seven

years. Where is the justice?”

The first witness testified behind a screen.

The first soldier to testify under the extraordinary new measures was the commander of the second bulldozer. Known to the court only as A.S., with voice muffled behind the screen, he told the court he did not see the other bulldozer strike Rachel and did not remember much about that day.

Contrary to the detailed affidavit he signed less than eight weeks ago, A.S. said he did not know how Rachel had been hurt; did not know the distance from which the bulldozer had approached Rachel; and did not know the height and width of the mound of earth the

bulldozer was pushing.

Also testifying on Thursday was the head of the Military Police Special Investigative Unit, Shalom Michaeli, who oversaw the investigation into Rachel’s killing. He told the court that

he stood by his 2003 investigation and saw no reason that anyone should have been prosecuted.

Michaeli was also in charge of the investigation into the killing of Iman al Hams, a 13-yearold Gaza school girl who was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier in Rafah as she lay injured on the ground in October 2004. A military police internal investigation subsequently found major failures in Michaeli’s investigation, saying it was conducted unprofessionally and with negligence. The solider who killed al Hams was court-martialed but subsequently acquitted –

in part because of this flawed investigation.

Michaeli’s cross-examination revealed similar flaws in the Corrie investigation. These flaws support the family’s claim of government negligence, for allowing soldiers and their commanders to act recklessly using armored military bulldozers without due regard for the presence of civilians.

 Michaeli said that he ordered only a partial transcript of radio transmissions because he did not think it important to transcribe the full audio.

§ He said he did not go to the site of Rachel’s killing because it was dangerous, the terrain had already been altered, and the vehicles removed by the Israeli military. He acknowledged that he could have gone to the scene in an armored vehicle, but chose not to.

§ Michaeli testified in his written affidavit that when he inspected the bulldozer he did not find any signs of blood or other evidence that the vehicle had injured anyone. However, in court testimony he said the bulldozer could have been washed “or even painted”

before he inspected it.

§ Michaeli said he knew, prior to opening the investigation, there was a video camera recording the area around the clock. But he failed to obtain the tape until March 23, a week after the incident, because it had been previously taken by senior commanders.

When questioned about his failure to interrogate the camera operator, who panned away from the scene only minutes before Rachel was killed, he said he did not think it was relevant.

§ When asked whether he questioned the bulldozer crews about an Israeli military manual for low intensity conflict that states bulldozers should not be operated near people, Michaeli said the manuals were not relevant. He added that bulldozer operators could not be expected to follow such procedures in this zone. He went on to say that he believed the Israeli army was “at war” with everyone in the area, including the ISM peace activists.

Michaeli still heads the Military Police Special Investigative Unit, but has since been promoted from Sergeant Major to Warrant Officer.

“Today I was struck by the lead investigator’s failures – his failure to look for evidence, to secure evidence, to resolve conflicting evidence, and to turn evidence over to this court,” said Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father. “This is not what we and the U.S. government were promised by the government of Israel when Rachel was killed and it is not what we will accept now.”

The proceedings on Thursday were attended by representatives of the US Embassy, who have closely followed the hearings throughout the trial.

Subsequent hearings are scheduled for October 17,18 and 21 between the hours of 9:00-16:00 before Judge Oded Gershon at the Haifa, District Court, 12 Palyam St., Haifa, Israel.

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Speaking In Tongues–The Deadly Dialect of the Zionist Language

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 October 6, 2010

by crescentandcross

“By way of deception, thou shalt do war…”

–motto of Israel’s Mossad

We all see them some time in our lives, but certainly with more frequency these days as events become increasingly heady. In virtually every city in America on some street corner there is some self-appointed preacher standing there, oblivious to how he or she appears, hollering like some Old Testament prophet at the top of his or her lungs that “the end” is near and whose message is almost invariably some version of–

“Best listen up what I’m sayin’ here sonny n’ missy, lest you find yourself a-swimmin’ for your life in a lake o’ fire”…

And then, inevitably (and in short time) they lose it… Like an old, worn out combustion engine whose ball bearings went bad years ago, a performance that started off as just mildly insane breaks down into total madness. A religious epileptic seizure of sorts takes over, complete with all the shrieking, babbling, shaking, convulsing and quivering as “the spirit” comes over Mr. or Mrs. Self-Appointed Prophet who has now become God’s bullhorn for the truth.

Generally speaking, as unsettling as they are to be around, nevertheless our Pentecostal neighbors these days are basically harmless. True, their families usually have some substantial “issues” and once in a while someone needs to get some medical attention after that rattlesnake they were God’s honest sure wouldn’t bite them did, but rarely do they do something REALLY crazy, like get hold of a few hundred nukes and threaten to blow up the world with them.

However, once in a while, you do get a Max Cady, the character played by Robert DeNiro in the movie Cape Fear who, once getting out of the slammer for raping and beating up a teenage girl years earlier, decides the rest of his life will be devoted to getting revenge against his former lawyer whom he blames for his 14-year imprisonment. All who saw that movie will remember how at the end of the drama all Cady’s plans for revenge fall apart as a storm-swollen river is rising around him and inch-by-inch he is getting closer to meeting his maker, at which point “the spirit” comes over him, resulting in a climactic cacophony of babbling and incoherency in what religious fanatics refer to as “speaking in tongues”.

The truth however is that Max Cady is not as much a fictional character as we’d all like to think. He is the real deal, large-and-in-charge and much more powerful than we’d like to imagine. He is running our affairs every bit as much as the character played by DeNiro in Cape Fear. The only real difference between the movie and the drama we are all dealing with is scale. After thousands of years of planning during his stint in the slammer, the Max Cady of our own Cape Fear taught himself to read, think, philosophize and map out his revenge against the same cruel world that banished him from his self-appointed rightful place amongst “the nations,” and now that he is out he is 1,000 more dangerous than he was before he went in.

His name is Zionism, and now we are watching as he rampages through civilization, wreaking havoc everywhere in his drive to bring his own personal version of God’s wrath upon a world that deserves everything coming its way for all the suffering he’s endured these last 2,000 years.

The problem for us of course is that we do no recognize Max Cady for who he is these days. Like the fictional character in Cape Fear who knows the system and understands human nature and how to exploit it, today’s head case (represented by Zionism, Judaism and Jewish interests) has painted itself as the upstanding, law-abiding world citizen, misunderstood and unnecessarily persecuted and oppressed by evil, fanatical, vengeful others who can’t be reasoned with.

And what makes this character so dangerous is that when “the spirit” comes over him and he starts “speaking in tongues”, he does not go through the religious equivalent of an epileptic seizure we normally see in today’s Pentecostals. He doesn’t froth at the mouth, shake, quiver or go through convulsions. He’s as calm, cool and collected as a cucumber or as silent as cancer making its way through the body’s alleyways and avenues until one day you wake up one morning and–VOILA!–find out you’re a walking dead man and there is no reversing it. Even when he does explode (as he periodically does in places such as Gaza and southern Lebanon) he always knows what to say in seducing the masses into believing it was “self-defense”, thus giving him an open road to continue on in the bible-thumping mayhem he has planned for another day.

The really, REALLY crazy thing about all this is that we were warned years ago about the fanatic Max Cady and his associates planning to impose their own version of Sharia law on the world. Our little slice of heaven didn’t have to turn into Cape Fear, but we let it all the same. We were warned that these people were part of a family of liars whose “native tongue” was dishonesty and couldn’t tell the truth if there were a fortune to be made by doing it.

Furthermore, today’s Max Cady, having demonstrated by his own actions to be the animal he was–should have been either executed or kept locked up for life, but what did we do? Having bought into all his seductive words when he was “in the spirit” and speaking in tongues, we, the parole board of mankind, let him out in ’48. We turned him loose on an unsuspecting world and, not merely content with giving him simple clemency, gave him the keys to the kingdom, along with all the guns, money and police protection he needed for his long planned-for rampage upon mankind.

And this–if we entertain any notion of transforming our own global version of Cape Fear back into the Garden of Eden–we must understand, that when these people are “in the spirit” and “speaking in tongues,” their native tongue is lying. They speak of peace but what they really mean is war. They speak of justice but what they really mean is chaos. And, like the wolf in the tale of Little red Riding Hood, they always have an answer when asked about their predatory, violent features, and like the foolish girl in the story who winds up the main course because of her stupidity, unfortunately we believe them.

Take for example a news story appearing in Haaretz recently entitled “ADL ‘outraged’ by West Bank mosque arson, condemns extremist Jewish violence” that reads in part–

“The Anti-Defamation League on Monday condemned the torching of a Palestinian mosque in the West Bank, an act believed to have been carried out by angry settlers as part of their “price tag” operation.

“We are outraged by the attack on the mosque in Bayt Fajar,” Anti-Defamation League Israel office said in a statement. “We join with Israeli officials in condemning this act of hate, and hope that the joint IDF-Palestinian investigative team will identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this vicious act and bring them to justice according to the law.”

“These violent acts, which are believed to be the work of Israeli Jewish extremists,” are unacceptable, added the ADL. “Political opposition should be expressed in peaceful and legal ways”.

The words “Thank you God, for not making me a Gentile” were spray-painted elsewhere in the village and two cars were torched in another location. No suspects have yet been caught.”

Remember as you read this that the people being quoted here–the ADL–are “in the spirit” and as such are “speaking in tongues” which needs to be translated for it to make sense, so here goes–

“Boo, hoo hoo. Palestinians killed, their homes destroyed and children shot. BFD. Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares, because we aren’t bothered one iota. Happens everyday in Zionist-occupied Palestine and we don’t say anything about it. It’s God’s will that the land of Israel be cleaned of impurities, but we can’t say that publicly, because if we do our own hypocrisy will be exposed, given the fact we constantly lecture the entire planet on the dangers of racism, extremism and bigotry. However, there is that last thing dealing with “Thank you God, for not making me a Gentile” that is really stinking the place up bad, so for the sake of covering our own tracks and putting people back to sleep, we must condemn this”.

It is like that with people who are sociopathic and criminal in nature. They have no remorse about the suffering and injustice they dump into the lives of innocent others. It’s only when they are caught that they go through the motions of pretending to be normal humans whose main building materials are compassion and empathy. The cops show up to question our sociopath suspects and, “in the spirit” and “speaking in tongues” it is just S.O.P.–lie and deny, lie and deny–continuing such business throughout the investigation and subsequent trial. Babbling cleverly and using all the tried-and-true magic tricks they learned from the head of their household, they continue speaking in tongues and pouring the seductive narcotic of deception into the well.

If all this proves ineffective and they wind up convicted, they change the dialect a bit, come to court on sentencing day with a clean-shave, fresh haircut, penitent demeanor and contrite look and do their best to get the sentence reduced. Assuming they are successful, they stroll out of court whistling and go back to business as usual.

And mind you, it is not just news stories featuring the crocodile tears of the ADL over some torched mosque. The sweet nothings and seductive ramblings of those speaking in tongues is literally everywhere throughout the Western media where all sorts of other diametrically-opposite ideas are installed on the public harddrive as well. Operatives working for Jewish interests–speaking in tongues as they gin up another apocalyptic war between the Christian West and the Islamic world–baptize Ground Zero as “sacred ground”, ostensibly because of the terror attacks of 9/11–

–What is lost in translation however and what they really mean in calling it “sacred” is that on that spot, a religious ceremony took place, one rooted in Jewish ritual murder and that the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day were sacrificed on the altar of Zionism, which they worship as their God.

Netanyahu–speaking in tongues–gives an interview in which he says “You don’t want a messianic, apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs…When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran” , going further by saying “We have never had a situation in the history of the world in which a radical regime with a retrograde ideology and apparently known ambitions on the use of force will get access to the weapons of mass death” and ending with “the Iranian nuclear challenge represents a hinge of history” and that Western civilization “will have failed” if Iran is allowed to develop nuclear weapons…

And all of that sounds really good, harmless (and some might say prophetic) until you run it all through some translation software, at which point you learn that what Netanyahu–speaking in tongues–is really saying to the Western world is

“Best listen up what I’m sayin’ here sonny n’ missy, lest you find yourself a-swimmin’ for your life in a lake o’ fire…Destroy Iran before Israel destroys you…”

And so it goes, on and on in this modern day Tower of Babel, where Max Cady and his associates–”in the spirit” and babbling on and on–seduce an easily-seduced world through their gift of tongues–forked ones at that–and weave a web of deceit that (as Mossad capo Rafael Eitan once quipped) leaves us “scurrying around like drugged cockroaches.”

© 2010 Mark Glenn

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I just caught a clip with Dick Marty, from the Council of Europe, where he discusses Poland’s involvement in the CIA’s programme of torture and rendition.

It certainly is very damning:

“On 7 March 2003 a CIA Gulfstream Jet landed at a remote airstrip in north-eastern Poland. Human rights officials and campaigners are convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the most senior al-Qaeda suspects, was on board.

American agents took him to a secret facility where, he says, he was tortured before being eventually transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

The secret transfer of CIA prisoners is said to have taken place in both Poland and Lithuania – a region where, only a generation ago, people were subject to arbitrary detention and torture at the hands of Communist secret police.

Now, seven years on, the full story of Poland’s secret detention site is emerging.

Dick Marty, the Council of Europe’s former Rapporteur on Torture, told the BBC: “If I use the judicial standard of proof – and I used to be a magistrate – then I say ‘Yes, Mohammed was in Poland. Yes, he was tortured.'”

Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner on Human Rights, said he now believed detainees had been subjected to “intense torture” and called for prosecutions.

The CIA’s Inspector General, the internal watchdog, has said he was subjected to “183 applications of the waterboard” in a single month, one of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” then used by the CIA.

At the heart of the counter-terrorism programme launched in the wake of 9/11, believed to be codenamed Greystone, was a decision to use secret detention sites to hold what it termed “high-value detainees”.

Dick Marty’s reports have described them as a “global spider’s web” of clandestine sites, linked by secret rendition flights.

The BBC has seen logs which confirm that executive jets leased by the CIA landed at the isolated Szymany airstrip in north-east Poland between December 2002 and September 2003.”

This is the 2007 report [a PDF] from the Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees involving Council of Europe member states: second report.

The AFP has more.

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