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I am writing you this letter to inform you about the national anti-racism and

Islamophobia demonstration on the Nov 6.This demo is called by Unite Against

Fascism. Backed by TUC and MCB, supported by most if not all anti-racism

campaigns and organisations, all major trade unions, and a long list of people that

you will find it attached to this letter.

This demonstration will be a real test for our unity to oppose the growing racism and

Islamophobia in UK, Europe and USA.This demonstration is planned to prevent racism

from growing,and to set an example and a standard for international anti-fascist

movements, which is clearly needed-judgingby the amount of calls for advice that

UAF receives from Europe, USA and Australia.

Unfortunate things are happening today that we cannot and must not try to hide from.

We are in danger of facing at this time a repeat of what happened before the Second World War.

A Tory government, ongoing imperialist wars in Muslim countries and major economic crisis are

creating the conditions for racist and fascist organisations like the BNP and EDL to grow. Mosques

have attacked, spy cameras constantly monitor Muslim communities, plans to build the new mosque

in Dudley have been blocked. Minarets have been banned in Switzerland the burka ban is spreading

across Europe, the next step is banning the hijab in schools and workplaces like in France, de-legalizing

halal slaughter, isolating Muslims. There has an increase in racially motivated attacks and killings.

We will be increasingly treated like the Jews in the 1930’s and if we allow the fascists to win, then we

could face mass deportation, or concentration camps. In short, we are facing serious-but preventable-

danger.We lucky in the UK in the respect that there is an active and highly vocal anti-racist left movement- we need to get more involved with this and strengthen it, or we will end up facing the

far right on our own..

Please read the attached link to the RRI for racial attacks since July- Sep 2010.

The mobilisation for the 6 November is national, there will be coaches coming from as far as Scotland.

People from different communities, white, black, Muslim, Sikhs, Christian, Hindus, Roma,

non-religious groups, gay, lesbian, MP’s, women’s groups, children, left wing political parties, musicians and others.

In relation to your organisation, we would like your involvement, by booking coaches for your community members to attend. I will supply you with leaflets and tickets at some point this week inshaALLAH.

To reach the aim of the demo we need everybody out on the day and with one voice we all say

NO TO RACISM NO to ISLAMOPHOBIA. We need demonstration as big the two million people

march organised by Stop The War in 2003.

Allah Said in the Quaran:

[Yusufali 4:135] O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.

Wasalam Alium

Mirfat H Sulaiman

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October 10, 2010

by Debbie Menon


By Justin Raimondo via

Winfield’s father asked, “No one else thought it was wrong?” Winfield’s reply: 

“No, everyone just wants to kill people at any cost, they don’t care, the Army is full of a bunch of scumbags, I realized.”

Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon, Jeremy Morlock and Adam Winfield are the other four Stryker soldiers who face murder charges. (Photograph: Public Domain)

We often hear, from antiwar activists as well as pious politicians and every sort of commentator, that we should all “support the troops.” No matter what one thinks of the particular war being fought, this kind of boilerplate is invariably appended:  “But of course,” we are told, “everyone supports the troops.” We honor them for their service. We pat them on the back and say: “Good job!”

In this context, consider the details of the most recent atrocity coming out of Afghanistan, the activities of the “Thrill Kill platoon,” which is accused of murdering Afghan civilians and keeping body parts as trophies. The alleged mastermind of the thrill-killers, Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, is also under investigation by military authorities on suspicion of carrying out similar murders in Iraq. The Gibbs “kill team” is suspected of slaughtering at least seven Afghan civilians, and quite possibly more, in the most heinous manner imaginable. Gibbs and four others were arrested in June, and seven others are being held.

These twelve apostles of mayhem — assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade, and stationed at Forward Operating Base Ramrod, along the border with Pakistan — randomly chose unarmed Afghan civilians to murder. Then they shot them, or blew them up with grenades, mutilating the victims. Gibbs, the alleged ringleader, made necklaces out of the body parts. They covered up their killing spree by placing weapons near the corpses, and the incidents went down in the records as gun battles with “insurgents.”

Gibbs reportedly has a tattoo on his left calf which is a pictorial record of his crime spree: it consists of two crossed pistols encircled by six skulls. According to news reports, the red skulls indicate murders carried out in Iraq, and the blue skulls represent Afghan kills.

Knowledge of the killings was widely shared in the camp, and it’s hard to imagine higher-ups were unaware of what was going on. But there was indeed one apparently unwilling participant, Adam Winfield, who desperately tried to reach out to his parents, to whom he confessed the murders.

The “honor the troops” brigade will tell us this is just another case of a few bad apples: this latest incident is no reason to condemn the entire US military – is it?

Well, quite frankly, it is, because, as Winfield pointed out to his parents in a February 14 Facebook posting: “Pretty much the whole platoon knows about it. It’s okay with all of them pretty much. Except me…. I want to do something about it [but] the only problem is I don’t feel safe here telling anyone.” “I talked to someone,” Winfield continued, “and they told me this stuff happens all the time and that when we get back there is always someone that spills the beans so it normally works its way out.”

Winfield’s father asked, “No one else thought it was wrong?” Winfield’s reply:

“No, everyone just wants to kill people at any cost, they don’t care, the Army is full of a bunch of scumbags, I realized.”

Winfield resigned his position as the platoon’s team leader because “I cannot be a leader in a platoon that allows this to happen.” He went on to make a key point:

“There are no more good men left here…. I started to think whether I should quit and just give up because it’s stupid to get smoked in Afghanistan. The Army really let me down when I thought I would come out here to do good, maybe make some change in this country…. I find out that it’s all a lie.”

None of this would have come out if not for an investigation into alleged drug use by soldiers. Investigators uncovered widespread and rampant drug use, including hashish, opium, and anti-depressants which are issued by the military: in the course of their investigation, one of the thrill-killers – apparently under the influence at the time – spilled the beans. In addition, Winfield’s parents made repeated calls to military authorities immediately upon learning of this horror, but before I get to any of that I want to underscore Winfield’s words:

“There are no more good men left here.”

Of course there aren’t. What kind of person joins the military at this particular point in time – a point when the US is engaged in endless wars of aggression, and stories of atrocities committed by “our” soldiers are coming out all the time? For the most part, precisely the kind of person who would delight in the orgy of bloodlust conducted by the “thrill kill platoon.” The military has become an outlet for the sociopaths in our midst.

Yes, I know, with the recession people will be joining for economic reasons: after all, where else can they find a job?

Economic considerations no doubt play a large part in the decision to go into the military, but other factors also play a part in making this choice: alongside economic necessity, in this instance, is the generalized knowledge that atrocities are being committed over there. Winfield says the whole platoon knew about what was going on with the “thrill killers,” and the same can be said about the entire country when it comes to atrocities being committed in Iraq and Afghanistan by US troops, and I don’t just mean Abu Ghraib. This grisly record is common knowledge, and, in deciding to join up, the prospective US soldier is consciously choosing to ignore or downplay the moral aspects of being asked to commit atrocities: it’s much more important to him (or her) to make a living.

This is the definition of a moral monster.

There was a time, not so long ago, when the decision to seek a career in the military did not involve becoming such a monster. That time has long since passed. To put on an American uniform today is to become complicit in a criminal enterprise, and this characterization is not by any means limited to the thrill-killer platoon but to the entire killing machine deployed to carry out Washington’s grand design.

When Winfield’s parents contacted US military authorities they were told nothing could be done unless Winfield came forward in Afghanistan – where his life was at risk. The others suspected him of being “soft,” and threats had already come in from the thrill-killers that if he squealed his life was worth nothing: the ringleader waved the finger of a dead Afghan in his face to illustrate the point.  The day he learned of the situation his son was in – Valentine’s Day, a Sunday — Winfield’s father left message on the Army Inspector General’s hotline, the Army’s criminal investigations division, and the office of Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrat of Florida.

The response was nil. A few days later, Private Winfield was forced by his sergeant to engage in yet another random murder: Winfield says he aimed high and missed, but the military is still charging him in the killing.

The Army knew what was going on. As that officer said to Winfield, this sort of thing goes on all the time. It’s part of our “footprint,” even in areas where we aren’t engaged in military operations. Where US military bases exist, murders and rapes committed by US military personnel are common: the bases themselves are ringed with bars, houses of prostitution, and other less-than-savory establishments, catering to the thuggish tastes and habits of our centurions as they guard the perimeters of the American empire. These bases are running sores on the faces of our client states and protectorates, and, as in Japan, immensely resented ambassadors of ill will.

So what can we do about it? Short of getting the US out of Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention the rest of the world, the antiwar movement can engage in an aggressive campaign of counter-recruitment. This latest atrocity, which has been downplayed by the US media, should be publicized extensively, in tandem with a focused effort to persuade young people not to join up. If the media is running “public service announcements” and ads promoting military service,  we should run counter-ads – and take full advantage of the controversy when the networks refuse to run them.

The US military is a criminal enterprise, just as the ruling elite in this country is the equivalent of a crime syndicate: and they are getting away with murder. One day, the people’s justice will be visited on them. Let’s hope that rough justice doesn’t unfairly impact us all.

The US is exporting its sociopaths overseas, in hopes that the havoc such people usually wreak can be put to some “good” use, but such callousness will soon blow back in our faces when Johnnie-the-thug comes marching home. We’ve already seen a spate of vicious murders committed by just-released veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars: mental illness is rife among these veterans, and a disproportionately large segment is turning violent. More worrisome, gang members are reportedly joining in droves, and being accepted because the military is desperate to make its recruiting quota. They are boasting that when they come back, trained to kill by professionals, they’ll be in good shape to continue their criminal activities on the home front.

It will be a harsh justice indeed as these deranged killers visit the same sort of destruction on us as they inflicted on their innocent victims overseas.

Justin Raimondo is a regular contributor to The American ConservativeChronicles magazine. In addition to his thrice-weekly column for, he also writes two columns a month for Taki’s Top Drawer. He is the author of several books. This article first appeared in


I’ll be speaking at California Lutheran University’s Lundring Events Center with Reason magazine senior editor Brian Doherty, author of Radicals for Capitalism, a delightfully comprehensive history of the modern libertarian movement on October 26 from 5:30p.m.-7:30p.m. The forum, with the topic “Anti-Interventionism: The Left and Right Wing Traditions,” is being hosted by the Steven and Susan Woskow Trust and co-sponsored by Students for Liberty, the World Can’t Wait, Ventura County Libertarian Party, Center for Equality & Justice, and The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP to secure your seat: Steven Woskow at 805-306-1860 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              805-306-1860      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              805-306-1860 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              805-306-1860      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

The autumn speaking tour is still shaping up, on both coasts, and I’ll announce events in this space as they are finalized. There’s still time  to book me at your campus or local event: for more information, email

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October 10, 2010

by Gordon Duff  


By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

Do we all have to apologize to the Iranian president?  Who’s going to tell Jon Stewart? Will he be less of a “bigot” now? Coincidences are piling up.  Will he admit to his “anal/rectal confluence?”

Two weeks ago, President Ahmadinejad of Iran called for a UN investigation of 9/11.  He was called a lunatic by President Obama.  Now, Fox News, new owner of Farsi 1, Iran’s biggest entertainment network, has blown the lid off 9/11, calling it a “whitewash” and saying that the 9/11 Commissioners staged a coverup.

What can we say we have proven?  Can we prove Israel was involved?  No.  Can we make a case, based on both direct testimony, documentary and  circumstantial evidence, that they were involved and that failing to investigate this is part of a conspiracy?  Yes.

Do we have to prove how it was done?  No.  Was Osama bin Laden involved?  We don’t know.  It depends.  The only way he could have been involved is if he were still working for the CIA and under their control.

Who should the next guest be?  Attorney General Eric Holder?

“Mr. Holder, based on what we have just heard from these two highly reliable sources, clear evidence of a massive criminal conspiracy within the United States government, how do you suggest dealing with this problem?”

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October 10, 2010

by Gordon Duff  


By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

“The Supreme Court created a new “corporate”  nobility where, in place of “divine right” , a sub-human species,  a parasitic class, congress, lobbyists, the Pentagon, the organs of state security, all bowing and scraping to their masters in China, Israel, Saudi Arabia and London.  They have attached themselves like leeches, sucking the life out of America.

…the Bush presidency was illegal and all acts under his authority are, according to the constitution as written, “null and void.” If only we could bring the thousands, the millions who died because of this genuinely criminal act back to life.“

America’s “mid-term” elections are coming up, one-third of the senate, all members of the house and a number of state government offices are up for grabs.  These elections used to be the subject of little interest and even less money.  Now, $1.2 billion is going to be spent, and with “relaxed” campaign laws, read “gutted-eliminated,” the election is going to be a big win for one group only, the international crime syndicates. 

On the front, there are issues, well, not to a serious person, but there are a lot of accusations being made with this kind of money flowing into the media.  “America is filling with Muslims,” in reality 1% of the population, half professionals, half small business owners, almost none either criminals or unemployed.  This is the theatre, the circuses that are supposed to keep the “public” amused while the knife goes in from behind.

This year, it is working like a charm.

The latest charge is that President Obama’s policies are making jobs move to China.  What jobs?  Are there still people employed in America?  Are there any jobs left that China would want?

Oddly, China is the one country that isn’t spending money on the American elections.  Previously, they poured money into the American political process to, well, how do we say it?  Relax efforts to stem illegal technology transfers and spying?  Of course, when we track how the most vital missile technologies made it to China, we can follow a trail, Japanese organized crime, Taiwan front companies and Bush family members brokering the deal, the same Bush family members that made sure Saddam had anthrax and bubonic plague.  Didn’t know that? Thought “they” were “keeping you safe?”

Where is the money coming from that is funding both the “anti-immigration” ads and those attacking jobs going overseas?  We aren’t sure about the source of the money, the real source.  It is being “channeled” or “laundered” through groups like the US Chamber of Commerce and a dozen others, all “conservative” and “free enterprise.”  Whenever you hear “conservative” or “free enterprise,” hide your wallet and stand with your back to the wall.  For certain, don’t bend over.  They have a plan, it involves you living under a bridge and your children dying in a country somewhere conveniently abundant in gas, oil or opium.

Election money sources seem to be areas of the world known for human trafficking, narcotics production and lax financial crimes enforcement.  The US Chamber of Commerce, of course, is the lobby group that has pushed for open borders, worked to fill America with illegal aliens, as part of its program of eliminating the minimum wage and destroying trade unions.  Funny how those who squeal the loudest about the evils of illegal immigration are the same ones whose sweat shops, canneries and slaughter houses are raided over and over by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents.

This is the single group most responsible for jobs going overseas, the huge NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) “toilet flush” of jobs, first to Mexico then to China.


What if the “president” that said:  “Don’t throw the constitution in my face.  It’s just a g-d damned piece of paper” was, by constitutional standards, was never legally the president at all?  Get a copy of the constitution and look for language that states:

“In cases where one political party is afraid of losing an election, the Supreme Court will scrap the constitutional process and seize control of a state government, end ballot counting and will appoint a president.” (Article I of the Neo-Constitution)

Let’s look at, perhaps the funniest issue of all, “adherence to the constitution.”  The term “adherence” would mean, to a rational person, “strict construction-ism,” the school of thought that says, “If it isn’t in writing, you can’t do it.”  OK, I can live with that.  Millions of Americans are “up in arms”in an effort to return America to legal “constitutional” government.

However, the groups that are saying they want strict “adherence” to the constitution are funded by those heading the other way at a thousand miles per hour.  When Bibi Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, brags about how easy it is to dupe Americans, these are the folks he is talking about.  Let’s look at a few recent issues:

  • In 2000, the Supreme Court stopped the Florida ballot count and selected a president, by a 5/4 vote on “strict party lines.”  Americans later learned that the voting machines in Florida had been “hacked” and the actual vote had gone to Gore by as much as 200,000 majority.  Later, we found Ohio had been rigged also and that, in all states that used electronic voting, elections had been tampered with.  Even without that revelation, the actual end count showed Gore a victor, something censored from the press.  More importantly, there is no provision in the constitution that allows, under any imaginable circumstances, the application of “equal protection” to be applied under these circumstances, the legal theory that several “justices” misapplied as an excuse for doing their part to rig the election. In fact, no legal precedent was created.  This was a one time thing, a coup de etat, as the election ruling was openly illegal, unsupportable and totally unconstitutional.  States choose their own electors, hold their own elections and the federal government has no right to interfere.  “States rights” is the lynch-pin of “strict construction.”   Thus, the Bush presidency was illegal and all acts under his authority are, according to the constitution, “null and void.” If only we could bring the thousands, the millions who died because of this genuinely criminal act back to life.

  • In America’s history, no single act did more to codify feudalism than the recent Supreme Court decision, another 5/4 “party line” decision, to give corporations all rights of citizens but none of the responsibilities.  The “game” of course, was to allow corporations to buy elections and control the government, giving them the right to regulate themselves through a government they employ.  They decide if they pay taxes, poison air, build defective products, injure their workers or, in fact, obey any laws.  Corporations also gain, with control of government, the power to send American troops overseas on commercial adventures, such as the ones America is now “enjoying” at their behest.  What the Supreme Court and the media avoided discussing openly is the simple fact that corporations are answerable to their stockholders only and that most large corporations that operate in the United States are foreign owned and foreign controlled.  The Supreme Court created, in fact, a new nobility where, instead of knighthood and physical prowess counting for leadership, we will have an “in between” class of political types, a “sub-human” species that will make up a parasitic class, congress, lobbyists, the Pentagon, the organs of state security, all bowing and scraping to the corporate masters in China, Israel, Saudi Arabia and London.  When our constitution was trampled on by the Supreme Court (5/4), real Americans became slaves in their own country.

  • Years ago, Senators Barry Goldwater and William Fulbright tried to force AIPAC, the lobby group for the State of Israel to be classified as “foreign.”  He saw Israel’s influence in the United States, because of their control of banking, the media and a number of informal organizations of a “terrorist” or “criminal” nature, as a threat to American sovereignty.  Today, 85% of congress have sworn oaths of allegiance to Israel equal to their oaths to their own country and America is in an unprecedented decline.  Can these things be tied together, the virtual stranglehold the Israel lobby has on the US government and our wars in the Middle East and the financial collapse?  Many think so.  However, control of congress and the media have stifled all debate.  If allowing “dual citizens” to rule America, many in government are Israeli citizens, and a massive foreign lobby to control congress isn’t unconstitutional, I don’t know what is.  It is as though America had lost the revolutionary war.

  • If the constitution does one thing, it forbids the government from forming a bank.  The most unconstitutional act, even taking into account Bush era abuses, the infamous “Patriot Acts” that tore up the Bill of Rights entirely, was when President Wilson gave full authority to the Rothschild family to control American currency under the misnamed “Federal Reserve System.”  There is nothing “federal” about it, it “reserves” nothing and there is no “system” to it at all, unless playing both sides against the middle, selling us our own money and charging us interest on it is a “system.”  I call it criminal and it is most certainly very “unconstitutional.”

  • 9/11 was not unique.  When President Kennedy was murdered, the Warren Commission covered it up.  Planning the “investigation” was part of planning the assassination.  Whoever planned the 9/11 attacks also knew they could control the investigation.  When the 9/11 Commission learned that the government knew about the attacks in advance, something that didn’t fit their predetermined conclusions, they simply ran for cover.  Well, anyone claiming the 9/11 cover-up is conspiracy has “egg on their faces.”  The real heart of the cover-up was, of course, subverting the legal process, suppressing every constitutional effort, grand juries, lawsuits, that tried to force the government to obey its own laws.

“Everyone on the commission was covering for someone”…Col. Shaffer

“It was a whitewash and a lie from top to bottom”  Michael Scheuer (CIA bin Laden expert)

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Who will win the upcoming elections?  With China out of the running, it may be Israel, it may be the drug cartels in Afghanistan, the marriage of CIA and Taliban that makes a brutal war “almost funny.”  It could be the oil companies, it might be the defense industries, it certainly won’t be a political party loyal to the United States and its constitution, not the real constitution, flawed or not.  Don’t count out the Mexican drug cartels, a new political force in the American south-west nearly equaling the Mormon church in influence.

When Bush said the constitution was “just a g-d damned piece of paper” he wasn’t kidding.

The constitution was written to be the “law of the land.”  Laws require courts and courts are run by judges.  Judges are bought and old like potato chips.

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Perhaps the most bizarre thing about attempts to really analyze the Lobby and find the limits of its influence is that they are met way too frequently by accusations that the analyst who attempts to do so is “obfuscating” the role of the Lobby. If Jewish, the accusation gets an endearing twist: he is indulging in “Jewish tribalist apologetics.”

Odder still is that these accusations have no rational rhyme or reason. Instead, those making the most wide-ranging claims proclaim their monopoly on Historical and Analytical Truth, pretend counter-arguments are gratuitous, and in the process talk very little about class, capitalism, and Empire. When we get to the Middle East, apparently materialism doesn’t matter for the Empire—we need to look to nationalism, ideology, Zionism, special interests, and the other stocks-in-trade of those who don’t want to talk about the political economy of American imperialism.

What makes this a sort of perverse Orientalism is that rational analysis is permitted when we make the analytical transition to Latin America (I think). Take Venezuela. The Israeli state hates Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. The American government hates Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. The Lobby hates Hugo too. All would rather see a pro-Israeli policy comprador in place of Hugo—someone who would funnel oil money away from his people towards multinational petroleum corporations. The domestic elite would get in on the binge, taking a cut of the proceeds for selling out their own people. But almost no one would argue that the Lobby or Jewish capital—as opposed to capital some of which happens to be owned by Jews—or Israel is driving American policy towards Venezuela.

Without question, there is a convergence of interests. That convergence tends to be tacitly understood as one driven by the bigger force: the general ideology and material needs of American Empire. The Lobby serves a useful role, too: whenever Chavez criticizes Israeli atrocity, the Lobby accuses him of anti-Semitism, thereby adding to the ongoing demonization. There are reasons why other sectors of American capital tolerate the Lobby, too. Still, the core thrust of policy is neither the Lobby nor Israel nor Israeli or Jewish-linked capital pushing and yanking American policy this way and that. The core thrust of policy is the general needs of American and global capital, congealing in the practice of the American government.

My question: Why, when this logic is extended to American foreign policy in the Middle East, do we suddenly have to be subject to talk about “obfuscating” the role of the Lobby? Or “apologizing” for Israeli interference in the virginal Buchananite innocence of American isolationist republicanism? Because Israel is in the Middle East, and because of geographical proximity to Iran and Iraq, influence is commensurately greater? It’s all very strange. On the one hand, interests American and Israeli are commensurately more intense in the Middle East. The geo-political game’s axis rotates around the Suez and control over the economic development and trajectories of the huge and potentially powerful states of Southwest, South, and East Asia.

On the other hand, we must ask the empirical question: does Israel serve America? Does America serve Israel? Or do “their” elites, who frequently hold investments in the same companies, generally service each other amidst occasional spats and, less frequently, strong divergences of opinion, especially on the core issue for the Lobby/organized American Jewry/Israel: the occupation? I think it’s the latter. The role of the Lobby is clearly immense in preventing Obama from imposing a two-state “solution” on Israel-Palestine.

Tribalist ideology alongside the material interests of the core American weapons manufacturing firms and an Israeli society largely constructed around a permanent garrison economy have crystallized into a Lobby that pushes policies clearly dangerous to the broader interests of American empire. I think overt formalized apartheid is perceived as dangerous to large segments of American capital—hence the formation of J Street as a counter-lobby.

That’s clear. Less clear—because no one bothers with serious argument—are the claims about Israel “determining” American policy vis-à-vis Iraq or Iran. If the Israel Lobby was a “deterministic influence” or the “core determinant of policy” in the hyper-serious jargon of those who indulge this delusion, we’d be carpet-bombing Isfahan and Tehran. Go look at the JINSA and AIPAC websites. Reality is more complicated than “the Lobby wags the dog in the Middle East,” although those befuddled by multi-variate analysis will call me a dogmatic materialist, a shill for Israel, a Judeophile Zionist, or whatever verbal abuses they concoct in lieu of the arguments they can neither make nor win.

Take another example. Phil Weiss’s invaluable Mondoweiss blog has a piece up discussing Barry Goldwater’s confession about how the “Israel lobby is way too powerful, it could send us to war, and money’s at the root of it.” Phil, who clearly sees the Lobby very differently than I do, comments, “Note especially the fear that a special interest could deliver us into war for Israel.” This rhetoric assigns a place for “special interests” in diverting the natural course of American government, basically paralleling the Walt-Mearsheimer thesis of the Lobby diverting American foreign policy from a more benignly humane course. But there are no “Special Interests” in Washington.

Policy is the outcome of discussions and debates amongst constellations of powerful interests –usually agreeing, sometimes disagreeing. None are “special.” Special interests are neither aberrant nor external to the system. They are the system. Seriously, stop reading J.J. Goldberg and go read Richard Drinnon (better, read both)! We have been facing West and burning and killing brown-folk for centuries. We live in a racist capitalist empire. The people who helm that empire make good money from occupation and from sowing chaos, and until that is re-integrated into the analysis, there will be no analysis, just recycled dogma.

Against real analysis, consider Goldwater’s bizarre invocations of American pre-lapsarian purity:

The damage that this self-interest brings on is that self-interest groups are now, more than ever, running this country. You take the Israel groups, and there are many of them . . . if just a rumor goes out that the president is going to sell some military equipment to an Arab nation, overnight there will be 60 to 70 senators siding up with the Israeli group. Why? Because they have money, and they threaten. But they’re not the only ones.

You name it, there’s an organization in Washington working for it, all self-interest….The last example was when we wanted to fulfill our promise to sell Saudi Arabia some F-15s. We sent them a few, but then the Israeli group got up in arms and, by God, it stopped. I think the first tabulation we got, 65 senators were opposed to it before any debate or any discussion. And that’s held true with every weapons system that we’ve wanted to sell any of the Arab countries.

Is opportunistic embrace of a confused Goldwater really helpful in understanding why history happens the day it does? No, I don’t think so. Organizations don’t make Washington work for their self-interest. Washington is founded on organizations working for their self-interest.

That doesn’t mean just profits. The Israel Lobby helped quash arms deals in the 80s that would have been a feast for the military-industrial complex. (Goldwater was probably obliquely referring to the Al-Yamameh deal). But how relevant is that to current maneuverings between the Lobby and other sectors of the military industrial complex? Arms deals involving sales to the Arab states now go through unimpeded, usually lubricated by streams of weapons or arms sent off to Israel or Israeli or Israeli-American arms companies, most of it ending up back in the domestic military industrial firms anyway, a nice two-for-one theft from the American taxpayer, deftly accomplished while blame gets foisted on the Lobby.

Very useful and powerful, something of which elites are doubtless aware, unless they are so damnably stupid that they can’t look at their own balance sheets and lobbying strategies and make intelligent decisions based upon them. Furthermore, if we take the ability to politicize arms sales as a measuring stick, the Lobby has lost autonomous power since the 80s (not that I am sure that measuring tool is the appropriate one).

Are there responses, nuances, counter-arguments, qualifications, hedges, or rebuttals that I’ve missed? Is there a problem with this research program other than that it upsets received wisdom? Let me know. Or just call me a Zionist. Whatever’s easier.

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Category: Death By Diversity, Diversity Is Our Greatest Strength, Free Speech, Hatred Of White People, Jews

What do you think they talk about? I’m guessing it’s about how Jews are a poor, oppressed, powerless minority group who have absolutely no say as to what goes in the news industry.

As you probably know, Rick Sanchez got fired from his anchorman job at CNN a day after he gave a radio interview and mocked the idea that that Jews are a poor, oppressed minority group in America, especially considering they pretty much run the news industry. He and the host got off on that subject because Sanchez called Jon Stewart a “bigot” for always making fun of him. See, Sanchez, who’s as white as you and me, was trying to claim victimhood status, apparently being too darned dumb to understand that having a Spanish name doesn’t make you a victim; having brown skin is what makes Hispanics “victims”. Sanchez is about as “Latino” as Christina Aguilera.

That was his first mistake. As Steve Sailer so eloquently points out, Victimism is a high stakes, dangerous game, and you’d better know exactly what you’re doing when you sit down to play. Sanchez was clearly in way over his head. He’s like the tourist in Vegas who sees all the excitement at the World Series of Poker, so he plunks down his $10,000 entry fee, and asks “Does the dealer stand on soft 17?”

Sanchez somehow made it to his position on the basis of his perceived “ethnicity” without anyone ever sitting him down and explaining the official rules of Victimism to him. He’s white, and it doesn’t matter that he grew up speaking Spanish in Cuba, and then in Miami after fleeing Cuba, because a white man can never be a victim (unless he’s a homosexual). His second mistake was accusing Jon Stewart of being a bigot. Jon Stewart’s real name is Jon Liebowitz, and people named Liebowitz can never be a victimizer. And they generally don’t take very kindly to being accused of being bigoted or prejudiced. They’ll be the ones calling people racists and bigots, thank you very much.

And his third mistake was not taking the hint from his interviewer on the radio show. Obviously thinking that Sanchez is as dumb as a box of rocks and has no idea he’s wading into dangerous territory, he helpfully points out that Liebowitz/Stewart doesn’t fit the profile of a “bigot”, being an oppressed minority himself. In other words he was saying “Uh, Rick…you’d better cool it man. Jon Stewart can’t be a bigot; he’s not white. He may look white, but he’s actually Jewish, and you are on very dangerous ground here.” I guess he thought Sanchez didn’t realize Stewart is Jewish.

But not only did Sanchez know Stewart’s Jewish, he knew a few other things, too. He said that most of the people who run CNN and the other news networks are just like Stewart, and the idea that Jews are a poor, oppressed minority in this country is absurd.

Of course, it’s lunacy to think Jews run the news industry. Which is why Sanchez was fired almost immediately after saying Jews run the news industry.

Makes sense to me!

It’s funny if you do a Google news search about his firing. Most of the headlines say he was fired for calling Jon Stewart a bigot. Yeah, that’s a good one. And people wonder why no one trusts the news media?

And if you read the reactions from commentators, both left and right, it’s clear they’re terrified of the Jewish control of the news media. Not a one of them, liberal or “conservative”, suggests that what Sanchez said is wrong. They all talk about how “stupid” or “dumb” he is for saying it, not that he’s crazy for believing it. The mainstream “conservatives” are actually mocking him for having the guts to tell the truth. He speaks more truth in 30 seconds than Glenn Beck has in his entire career, and he’s a pariah, and he deserved to get fired because there are some things you just don’t talk about.

That’s modern “conservatism” for you, folks.

Hell, most of these “conservatives” are so terrified of Jewish power that they would freak out if you suggested that Jews run our nation’s synagogues.

Of course, what’s really telling is a story I wrote about some time ago. Joel Stein, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote a column a while back boasting that Jews control Hollywood, Wall Street, DC, and the news media. Not just boasting about it, but saying that anyone who doesn’t know this fundamental fact of life in America is pretty much an idiot.

Joel Stein can brag that Jews control the news media, Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street, and nobody bats an eye.

Rick Sanchez can simply state that Jews run the news industry, and he’s instantly fired.

That’s because Rick Sanchez is a white man, and Joel Stein is a Jew.

And “conservatives” cheer Sanchez getting fired for saying what everyone knows is true, and which Jews like Joel Stein rub in our faces.

Which is really disgusting. The craven cowardice is simply breathtaking.

Don’t EVER believe a word a mainstream “conservative” says.





Unite Against Fascism and Birmingham NUT present:


Anti-racism and resistance in the

West Midlands

2:30pm Saturday 16th October @

African-Caribbean Millennium Centre,

339 Dudley Rd

Birmingham B1S4HB 

Join UAF and Birmingham National Union of Teachers celebrating Black History Month.

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With Brian Travers from UB40, Jack Dromey Labour MP for Erdington, Maxi Hayles from BRAMU, Weyman Bennett, UAF Joint Secretary and Steve Jolly from No to Spy Cameras. Chaired by Birmingham NUT.

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DateOctober 10, 2010  Author
Gilad Atzmon

Following Zio=Nazi Avigdor Lieberman’s address at the UN last week, Aluf Benn wrote (1)  in Haaretz:

“During the past few weeks, Zio=Nazi Netanyahu invested a great deal of effort in trying to convince the leaders of the world that he is serious about peace with the Palestinians. He asked them to ignore the resumption of settlement construction, and convinced Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Ab-A$$ not to quit the negotiations.

Now comes Lieberman, Zionist most senior diplomat, and tells all those leaders that… Netanyahu is faking. Even worse: the foreign minister is implying that Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize the racist  Zio=Nazi regime of ‘Israel’ as a Jewish state is merely cover for the expulsion of Arab citizens.”

Zio=Nazi Netanyahu, Zio=Nazi Barak and many other Nazi’s are often  ‘outraged’ by  Zio=Nazi FM Lieberman. I guess that Zionist grasp that their senior diplomat  exposes the Zionist ploy: when Zionist talk peace — what they really mean is war with no end.  When Zio=Nazi regime spokesmen insist that Lieberman “misrepresents Zio=Nazi regime policies” — what they really mean is that he fails to repeat the Zionist official lies.  As it stands, Lieberman’s UN speech few days ago, conveys not only Zionist cabinet vision, it is also a devastating glimpse into the Zionist mindset, worldview and spirit. Lieberman is a transparent image of the Zionist desire for racial and cultural homogeneity. Many Zionist’s claim to detest him and his ideas: but my guess is that they grasp that Lieberman is actually their true mirror. Otto Weininger wrote in “Sex & Character” that people hate in others that which they detest in themselves. Many Israelis ostensibly oppose Lieberman because he reminds them of the bigot whom they can’t stand in themselves. Some people do not like to look in the mirror; others are devastated when the mirror gazes back at them with pity.

“We, the Israelis are united”, Zio=Nazi Lieberman told the UN assembly (2) , “now we have a stable coalition, stable government and we have the support of a majority of Israel’s citizens.”  Lieberman is obviously correct: the Zionist are now more united than ever. In fact, there is no political opposition in the Zionist state except from the Arab parties.  Yet, “we are not ready to compromise our national security or the vital interests of the State of Israel” Lieberman continued.

This says it all : unlike the rest of humanity who regard the concept of peace as a means towards reconciliation and harmony,  for Lieberman — and in fact for  every Zionist politician I can think of —  the word ‘peace’ only translates as ‘security for the Jews’

Lieberman is no fool. Unlike the Zionist so called ‘peace camp’ who rally for Zionist withdrawal to pre-1967 lines, the Zio=Nazi Foreign minister knows that occupation alone is not the root of the problem. He also understands that a further Zionist withdrawal won’t significantly change anything. Rather, Lieberman fully understands that the right of return is actually at the heart of the Palestinian cause, yet he is not willing to discuss it. Instead, Lieberman insists that “recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people” is of the essence, because he basically wants Israel to be a ‘Jews only’ club.  And it is crucial to admit here, that this point is also totally vital for Israelis and Zionist Jews around the world too.

But here, there is a shocking twist: whilst we understand that Zionists insist on operating within a ‘Jews only’ club — the Jewish anti Zionists are apparently not much different. For some reason, the Jewish opponents of Israel also insist on operating in what seem to be just more Judeo-centric tribal dissident political cells.  It is pretty obvious that the ‘Jewish boat to Gaza’ was a Jews only vessel.  I can only assume that ‘Jews for Peace’,  ‘Jews for Palestine’, and ‘Jews against Zionism’ are then, all simply different exercises in a Jewish national and tribal politics  that is also racially orientated, or, at the very least ethno centric. For some reason ‘Political Jews’ do not like to mix with others, whether it is the Likud party, ‘Yisrael Beiteinu or ‘Jews for Peace in Palestine’.

Lieberman was actually totally honest in the UN when he admitted: “we should focus on coming up with a long-term intermediate agreement, something that could take a few decades.” It is completely obvious that the Zionist are not ready for peace.  It may, indeed, take decades before they encompass the notion of harmony and reconciliation. One may also wonder at this stage, if the Jewish left is any different? How many years will it take before ‘Jews for Peace’ understand that solidarity with Palestine is a universal humanitarian cause?  Is not 200 hundred years of Jewish assimilation* enough time for Jews to join the battle for humanism as ordinary participants?  I myself would love to believe that even a day is more than enough. Clearly the facts suggests otherwise.

Lieberman admits that “the guiding principle for a final status agreement must not be land-for-peace but rather, exchange of populated territory”. This idea obviously appeals to most Zionist — because it emphasizes and expresses the true meaning of a Jewish affinity towards segregation.

Embarrassingly enough, this affinity toward isolation is also inherent within the Jewish left. On the one hand, we have the Global BDS Movement  (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction for Palestine) (3), a movement driven by a universal and ethical call to boycott Zionist Goods — yet on the other hand we have also the  J-BIG (Jews For Boycotting Israeli Good) (4) who rally for the exact same cause — but would accept Jews only.  For some reason, even the  ‘good Jews’ ( those who  oppose Israel and Zionism ) refuse to share political space with the Goyim. One may also wonder at this stage,  how can anyone ‘boycott as a Jew’? What is implied by this ethno centric political call? Do they really refuse to buy Caterpillar  boots or Motorola phones — ‘as Jews’?   I was a Jew for the first four decades of my life, and I somehow, never managed to do a single thing  solely and exclusively ‘as a Jew’.

Along the years I have challenged a few secular Jewish anti Zionists : I ask them   why do they insist on operating politically as Jews — especially considering the fact  that they  claim to be secular, or even atheist? What do they actually mean then, when they say, ‘as a Jew I support X or oppose Y’.  I have never yet heard an answer that was decent enough to report.

I am afraid that Zio=Nazi Lieberman is brave enough to provide an answer :  He does speak ‘as a Jew,’ and it seems he is at least consistent and coherent, though somewhat deluded. Expressing it as ‘historical truth’, he speaks of “almost 4000 years during which the Jewish People were born in the Land of Israel, while developing the corpus of ethical and intellectual treasures that have been instrumental in giving rise to Western Civilization.” Lieberman goes on to claim that “2000 years of forced exile, and interim conquest by Byzantines, Arabs, Mamelukes, Ottomans and others, cannot, and never will, impair the unbreakable bonds of the Jewish People to its homeland. Israel is not only where we are. It is who we are.”

Evidently, Zio=Nazi Lieberman regards the Bible as a historical text. He believes in a Jewish continuum. He seems to consider that the Old Testament’s ‘eye for an eye’ is the spiritual foundation  of Western Civilization.  He is obviously wrong : he is probably not familiar enough with Athens. Lieberman also fails to realize that Jesus’ preaching for universal brotherhood was actually an attempt to counter, revise and amend Hebraic tribalism.

Yet, Nazi Lieberman  is at least crystal clear in his vision. He believes  in an ‘eternal bond’ between  ‘spirit’ and geography: Israel is not ‘just where we are’ — it is also ‘who we are’. This statement is actually crucial for an understanding of what is assumed by Zionists to be a ‘magical’ power inherent within their world view.

However, Lieberman is clearly misinformed — a brief reading of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People would help him trace his Khazarian ancestors. And yet, Nazi Lieberman  is at least articulate . His identity assumes meaning, because it cements Jewish contemporary existence with Talmudic supremacy.  It sets out to frame the ‘here and now’ within an historical context.   It bonds the current robbery of Palestine with a very similar Biblical tale of plunder.  I guess that these facts alone explain why Nazi Lieberman is a major political player in the Zionist state.  It also explains why the Zio=Nazi regime followed and approved his demand for a ‘Loyalty oath’ to the Jewish state. 

If we want to understand Jewish political identity; If we want to understand the depth of Zionist belief in racial supremacy (or alternatively why nine brave Jews insist on breaking the siege on Gaza in a ‘Jews only’ yacht),   Nazi Lieberman is a key figure. It is actually Lieberman the right wing hawk who helps us to understand the insular ‘Jews for Palestine’, J-BIG and  J- Street.

Lieberman is becoming more and more popular amongst Zionist and Israelis. He is a key member in the Zio=Nazi coalition.  Jewish anti Zionism, on the other hand, is far from being popular amongst the Jewish masses.  If we talk in terms of numbers, it is not even marginal. True, it is loud, occasionally verging on noisy, but it is far from being clear about what it is trying to achieve.  It is inconsistent and still apparently founded on a misleading myth of ‘Jewish universal and ethical tradition’.  The truth of the matter though, is devastating: There is no coherent Jewish secular value system;  instead, there are just different modes of Jewish political exceptionalisms. 

For some peculiar reason, the Jewish left refuses to intermingle within the rest of the solidarity movement.  Instead of grasping, once and for all, the true dynamic meaning of universalism, pluralism and ethics, it is there to exchange symbolism. ‘We want to show’, they seem to be saying, ‘that there are some good Jews around’. 

I guess however, that Jewish leftists are too intellectually lame to grasp that such a statement is actually the ultimate form of anti Jewish racism : because  it says to the world that ‘the rest of the Jews’ are indeed, little more than reactionary Zionists. 

It refers to ‘the rest of the Jews’ then, as a non ethical collective. 

I do realize that many of us detest Lieberman, but the truth must be said — the Zionist Foreign Minister is an eloquent glimpse into contemporary Jewish politics and identity politics.





* On September 29, 1791, France became the first country in the world to emancipate its Jewish population. By 1796, Britain, and the Netherlands had granted the Jews equal rights with gentiles. Napoleon also freed the Jews in areas he conquered. By the beginning of the 20th century Jews were emancipated throughout Europe. And yet, for some reason, Jewish left has failed to assimilate. It operates as an exclusive political cell. 

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Back to Gaza

Oct 09, 2010

Jared Malsin 

I arrived in Gaza on Thursday. This the first time I’ve been back to any corner of Palestine since I was deported by Israel in January.

It took a week of paperwork and waiting in Cairo to get approval from Egypt to enter Gaza. After obtaining the permit, I met up with Kristen Chick, the Cairo correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and together we hired a driver in Cairo to take us to Rafah at one in the morning on Thursday. We raced across the Sinai in a taxi that appeared to be held together with scotch tape.

Arriving at the crossing around 6:30 AM, we were among the first to enter the terminal when it opened at 9, alongside a hundred or so Palestinians, many of them carting huge piles of luggage. One woman brought a refrigerator in a box. Another, brass-colored curtain rods.

At the border I was smiling to hear Palestinian Arabic, which I can understand better than the Egyptian dialect. I remarked to Kristen about the impressive cultural unity of the Palestinian people. Despite the separation imposed by Israel between the populations of the West Bank, Gaza, Palestinians inside Israel, and the vast refugee/diaspora populations elsewhere, roughly the same Arabic is spoken by all of them, and, I think, the same national consciousness. Palestinians waiting at the border ask me, “So, you’re going to Palestine?,” instead of reducing it to the particularity of “So you’re going to Gaza?”

Adel, friendly employee of the Egyptian Ministry of Information, guided us through the process of crossing the border, liaising with the mukhabarat who control the border. (Overall, crossing was much easier than my first visit to Gaza one year ago, when I joined the Rachel Corrie Foundation’s delegation. Last year we waited for two days at the border before being allowed in.)

By noon on Thursday we were standing in the parking lot on the Palestinian side of the crossing. I had forgotten that one of the first sights you see when you enter Gaza is an abandoned white building that is so riddled with bullet holes that it has altered the shape of the building – it’s no longer square, the edges are rounded off.

We shared a taxi to Gaza City with the curtain rods lady, who is apparently from one of the wealthier Gaza families. She asked me if it was my first time in Gaza and then remarked, “The foreigners always arrive when there’s war.” My guess was this was a reference to the International Solidarity Movement activists, like Rachel Corrie, who have been trying for years to use their bodies to protect Palestinian life and property.

On the taxi ride to Gaza city the realization began to take hold that I was back in Palestine, the country where I lived and worked for much of the last three years before my deportation. With this realization, the adrenaline began to flow, overcoming my exhaustion.

My euphoria was in contrast to the downbeat feeling at the Ma’an office in Gaza. While my colleagues there welcomed me warmly, they seemed tired, more depressed than last year.  I suspect this was the inevitable effect of life under siege, but the staff were also discouraged by recent cutbacks imposed by the Ma’an management in Bethlehem. When I visited last year the phones were ringing, the police scanner crackling. This time the office seemed empty.

Emad, the director of the Ma’an office, took me to lunch where we talked politics. He apologized, as usual, for his English, which, of course, is very good. “You know I was 15 when the [first] Intifada began,” he explains by way of explanation, “None of us when to school in those days. Then I was in [Israeli] prison for four years, and after that I finished a bachelor’s and a master’s in American Studies.”

After eating, Emad and I went to a phone store to investigate why my Palestinian Jawwal phone was not working. After five minutes we experience one of Gaza’s notorious power cuts, which incurs moaning and eye-rolling from the guys in the shop. A few minutes later they drag a generator out onto the sidewalk and the electricity blinks back on. As we leave the street was filled with the roaring of the generators.

Emad told me that the situation in Gaza is “quiet,” this despite that the day I arrived, Israel launched multiple airstrikes in Gaza, injuring as many as a dozen people. One strike was overnight – one of Israel’s routine attacks in response to the homemade rockets lobbed over the border by Palestinian fighters. The second was an apparent attempted assassination on a group of guerillas from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The strike wounded three people. More on that later.

Jared Malsin blogs here. A report on his deportation is here.

Young Jew at Princeton: Yes, American Jews are to blame for ennabling injustice

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 

Beautiful. Brandon Davis in the Daily Princetonian. And yes he identified as a Jew to write this piece. They wouldn’t a run it if he didn’t. But: Young Jews get this. They understand why I say that Palestinian statelessness is an American Jewish achievement, of 60 years standing. The young un’s are going to save American Jews from the incredible selfishness of the Israel lobby generation. Davis is a sophomore. You go, dude:

just as it is fair to criticize Israeli policies, it is fair to criticize its apologists — groups that claim to represent the entire American Jewish community. American Jews have traditionally been at the forefront of progressive movements. But in recent years, American Jewish institutions have trended toward the ugly side of Zionism, defending — or at least apologizing for — the Israeli hard right in its continuation of the occupation of the West Bank and repression of Palestinian identity. The undeniable injustices of the Israeli government and military warrant criticism; silence in the face of these injustices warrants criticism as well.

It is time for American Jews to stand up against oppression, violence and religious fundamentalism. The tribalism that has persuaded the Jewish people to categorically stand up for Israel for so many years is foolish and outdated. The occupation of the West Bank is wrong. The blockade of Gaza is wrong. The displacement of Palestinian villages is wrong. The continued construction of settlements is wrong. And American Jews have enabled all of it. It’s about time a Jew stood up and said so.

Reports from the Corrie trial in Haifa

Oct 09, 2010


and other news from Today in Palestine:

Ethnic cleansing / Deportation / Discrimination

Lawmakers facing expulsion mark 100th day of protest
Three lawmakers threatened with expulsion from Jerusalem marked their 100th day of protest at sit-in at the International Committee for the Red Cross headquarters on Friday. Israeli authorities issued deportation orders in April for former Jerusalem affairs’ minister Khaled Abu Arafah and two other Palestinian Legislative Council members, Ahmad Atoun and Muhammad Totah, who were all voted into public office with the Hamas bloc. Israel’s Interior Ministry issued the decision on the basis of the officials’ political affiliation.

Deportation of Palestinians with Gaza ID continues
JERUSALEM: When 31-year-old Farid Sha’aban was driving with his friend near the Israeli city of Beer Sheva in late October 2008, he could not imagine how drastically his life was about to change. “The police stopped us. They came right at me, handcuffed me, and drove me directly to the Gaza Strip,” Sha’aban told The Media Line … Israeli government officials claim that less than 100 Palestinians have been deported from the West Bank to Gaza during 2008 and 2009, but Sari Bashi says this figure represents only a tiny fraction of the deportees. “Most people are deported to Gaza from Israel, or after being arrested for questioning, detention, or following conviction,” she said.

Israel: Grant status long denied to Arab village in central Israel
Discriminatory Planning Procedures Prevent Access to Basic Services; Court to Rule on Demolition Orders — (Jerusalem) – The Israeli government should grant legal status to a 60-year-old village with a population of about 600 Palestinian-Israeli citizens, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities have refused to recognize the village as residential, even as they approved an immediately adjacent residential development for Jewish Israelis. The authorities have given no justification for the difference in treatment.

Land and property theft and destruction / Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

(roundup) West Bank protests mark olive harvest
Israeli forces detained two Palestinian teenagers picking olives near Hebron on Friday as weekly anti-wall protests across the West Bank marked the start of the olive harvesting season. In a weekly anti-wall demonstration in An-Nabi Salih, west of Ramallah, locals said one man was hospitalized after being hit in the chest by a live bullet. He was taken to Yasser Arafat hospital in Salfit, where medics said his condition was serious….

Gaza olive harvest begins in the Beit Hanoun buffer zone while strawberry picker in Beit Lahiya is shot by Israeli snipers
Unbeknown to the olive pickers, nearby in the North of Gaza in Beit Lahiya a farm worker in the Siafa area 27 year old Zeyad Mohammed Tambora now and then worked for a farmer in Siafa area, had just finished picking strawberries when suddenly with no warning his right foot was hit by a bullet. He was carried back by his 2 cousins from the farmland at about 300 meter from the fence and they escorted him to a waiting car on a donkey cart. Arriving at hospital Tuesday at about 10.00 AM Zeyad then underwent surgery to stop the bleeding. The bones in his foot are smashed and according to doctors he might have problems to walk for the rest of his life and he is not expected to be walking for a few months.

8 detained at anti-settlement rally
Three foreign nationals and one Israeli activist were among those detained at the weekly demonstration in Beit Ummar, protesting the confiscation of village land to build the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement, protest organizers said. The Palestine Solidarity Project said forces also detained locals Khalil Abu Maria, 20, Husien Dhehda Hasen Sleibi,18, Zeid Mohammad Isa Awas ,28, and a fourth resident who was not identified. In a statement, the PSP said soldiers held down an Israeli activist and sprayed pepper spray directly into her eyes before detaining her.

PA official: Settlers attack farmers in north
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while they were harvesting olives in the northern West Bank village of Burin south of Nablus Saturday morning, a Palestinian official told Ma’an … Doughlas said the settlers arrived from an illegal settlement outpost near Bracha settlement, and that they damaged several olive trees before Palestinian residents intervened forcing them to leave. No injuries were reported.

Extremist Jews damage Palestinian olive trees (AP)
IRAQ BURIN, West Bank – Extremist Jews ripped off branches and cut the roots of Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank village of Burin, residents said Saturday, as the yearly harvest of the important crop begins. The attack came at the beginning of the 45-day Palestinian olive harvest. It’s traditionally a time of heightened violence, as a minority of extremist Jews tries to provoke Palestinians.

Zionist settlers damage olive trees using chemicals
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Zionist settlers destroyed tens of fruitful olive trees in Al-Mughir town, northeast of Ramallah, on Friday after spraying them with a chemical material. Local sources said that the settlers spoiled 55 olive trees using a white chemical material unknown to locals, adding that the material dries the trees and slowly kills them. They noted that farmers could not reach the area, which is adjacent to a Zionist settlement, fearing attacks by those settlers. In another location, Zionist settlers attacked tents pitched by shepherds in the Jordan Valley and damaged drinking water ponds for cattle, witnesses reported.

A perfect day ruined / Stella
Once we arrived at the family’s olive trees, Mahmud’s wife began singing Palestinian folk songs. In any other world this would have been a perfect day with good food and happy people enjoying each other’s company while they worked. But this is not that world. This is occupied Palestine .A military jeep pulled up close to Mahmud’s land and two soldiers approached us. They said we could not stay there without permission from the District Coordination Office (DCO). We explained that it is nonsense for Mahmud’s family to be forced to ask “permission” to farm land that he legally owns.

Dundee men’s next Gaza aid mission to go by road
Two Dundee activists will set off on an aid mission to Gaza this weekend after a deadly raid ended the last attempt, The Courier can exclusively reveal. Ali El-Awaisi (21) was on the Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla attempting to run the blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid, when Israeli troops boarded the ship and killed nine passengers. However, both he and his friend Waseem Mughal (25) will enter the country by road under the Road To Hope banner

#BDS: Boycott Starbucks at Bradford College!
Bradford College has put up signs to say that Starbucks Coffee will be coming to their campus soon. This is unacceptable and we must all make a united effort to either halt the plans completely, or at the very least encourage students and staff to boycott its products.

Bristol volunteers set off on Gaza aid convoy
9 Oct – Members of the Bristol Gaza Link leave the city today to take essential supplies across to the country. The organisation is joining up the Road To Hope convoy which leaves London tomorrow.They will be driving through Europe and crossing over by ferry to Tripoli in Libya before travelling via Egypt to Gaza, arriving at the end of October … The team leaving today includes Ebrahim Musaji who along with Sakir Yildirim and Cliff Hanley from Bristol, was on-board the Mavi Marmara in May which was raided by Israeli forces.

New Libyan aid convoy to head for Gaza
TRIPOLI, (PIC)– A new Libyan aid convoy dubbed Quds-5 is finalizing preparations to head for the Gaza Strip carrying relief material, a media source in Gaza revealed. The source in the Gaza-based government committee to break the siege quoted Libyan sources as saying that aid convoys from Europe and North Africa would start arriving in Libya on Sunday.

Jazza music festival 12 & 13 October 2010
@ THE SCALA 275 Pentonville Road, London — The live concert on both dates will feature Cleveland Watkiss – vocals, the Orient House Ensamble and the Sigamos String Quartet with special guest Shadia Mansour … Jazza Music Festival is organized in association with the Free Palestine Movement, leading advocates for the humanitarian rights of Palestinians and the right of free access throughout Palestine.

Gaza flotilla attack: calls for international criminal court to step in
…The international criminal court is being urged to prosecute members of the Israeli defence force for the raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. Turkish victims have formally requested an investigation, the Guardian has learned. Lawyers acting for Turkish citizens injured or killed when Israel intercepted the flotilla in May have written to Luis Moreno Ocampo, the court’s prosecutor, claiming there is an “overwhelming” case for prosecution.

Proceedings of Rachel Corrie trial on October 7, 2010
from Dorothy Naor: 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. Israeli soldiers to testify behind screen in Corrie case

Military investigator testifies in Rachel Corrie trial
…Head of the Military Police Special Investigative Unit Shalom Michaeli testified at Haifa District Court that he could have gone to the site of Rachel’s killing in an armored vehicle but had chosen not to because it was dangerous and the terrain had changed, a statement from the foundation said. Michaeli further said he ordered only a partial transcript of radio transmissions because he did not think it important to transcribe the full audio. A video recording of the incident revealed that the camera operator panned away from the scene minutes before Corrie was killed, but Michaeli said he had not thought it relevant to question the operator, the foundation said.

The cycle of violence continues

A. Settler violence

Video shows settler leader run[ning] over Palestinian children
An Israeli settler deliberately ran down two Palestinian children on a road in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Friday, witnesses said. A video of the incident from the Al Jazeera news network shows an Israeli-plated car swerve towards the children, one of whom is thrown over the windscreen. The car then drives off … The Israeli news site Ynet identified the driver as David Be’eri, who heads settler organization Elad, an organization which collects donations to “discreetly purchase property for Jews in Silwan,” the site said. Be’eri was questioned by police and released on bail, the report added.

Israeli settler hits two Palestinian children with his car in Jerusalem
Eyewitnesses reported that after the Friday prayer at the Silwan protest tent, clashes erupted between Israeli settlers and Palestinian youth. According to the witnesses report, head of Elad settler organization, David Be’eri, deliberately hit the two children with his car and fled the scene. Israeli sources on the other hand stated that the two kids were hurling stones at Be’eri before he rammed them with his car. The two children were identified as Imran Mansour, 11 and Eyad Gheith 10, and were taken to Al-Maqased hospital for treatment. Their wounds were described as moderate.

Settler version

Settler leader runs over stone throwers
…”David [Be’eri] left his home together with his son and began driving when suddenly he was attacked by dozens of masked men who began to throw stones from every direction,” his associates said in comments to the press.”He tried to escape, first by driving in reverse, but the vehicle behind him blocked his path. It must be understood that he an ambush was prepared for him, which included cameras brought to the scene ahead of time.”,7340,L-3966413,00.html

Eyewitness: Palestinian youth run down
This AFP photo shows how young the children are, hardly ‘men’ as Be’eri described them

Israeli settlers attack family in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, October 9, (Pal Telegraph) Five Jerusalemites were injured Friday night, following an attack by Israeli settlers on them [again] in the “Saadia” area in the Old City of Jerusalem. According to witnesses, a group of Israeli settlers attacked last night the family of “Qirsh” in the Old City in Jerusalem, where they overwhelmed the family with tear gas, injuring: Mazen Qirsh, and his wife Basma “38 years” and were immediately taken to the hospital. Thaer, Tamer, Mazen and Dana (all from Qirsh Family) were also injured during the Israeli settlers attack on the family. Mazen reported that, “The Israeli settlers were escorted by the police during their attack on us, who did nothing to prevent them from implementing their attacks”.

Woman dies of heart attack sustained in Silwan shooting
A Palestinian woman in her fifties died on Friday of a heart attack sustained two weeks ago following the Silwan shooting in East Jerusalem. Haniyeh Auda suffered a heart attack when an Israeli settler guard opened fire at her son-in-law Samer Sarhan, who was mortally wounded by the shooting. Auda was transferred to hospital following the shooting where she died on Friday.

Locals report Palestinian shot by settlers in Hebron
Two Palestinians were injured near Hebron Friday, witnesses said. Locals reported that an Israeli resident of an illegal settlement north of Hebron fired live ammunition at Ibrahim Muhammad Sharif Basal. In a separate incident, Salem Nabil Abu Quedar was injured when he was hit in the face by a sound grenade thrown by Israeli forces, residents said. Both men were hospitalized, but medics said their conditions were stable.

B. Extra-judicial killings

2 Al-Qassam leaders killed in Hebron raid
HEBRON (Fri noon) — Two leaders of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, were killed overnight Friday in Hebron during an Israeli army raid in the Jabal Johar village’s Abu Sneineh neighborhood, witnesses told Ma’an. The two killed were identified as Nashat Al-Karmi, a senior military commander and Maamoun Al-Natsha, local Hebron commander … Witnesses further said Israeli troops raided the area and confiscated cameras from journalists at the scene … Israeli bulldozers were seen demolishing a three-story home in search of “wanted” Palestinians in hiding, witnesses said.

Report: ‘Two Palestinians killed, ten wounded during Israeli invasion of Hebron’
Fri a.m. — Palestinian medical sources in the southern West Bank city of Hebron reported Friday morning that two Palestinians were killed and ten others were wounded after the army invaded the city, surrounded a house of a resistance fighter and fired mortars at it. Shortly after midnight, at least 40 military vehicles and armored bulldozers invaded Jawhar Mountain in Hebron while several army choppers fired flares . Troops then surrounded a three-story home and started demolishing it.

Al-Qassam vows revenge over Hebron killings
Hamas’ military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades vowed Friday that it would respond to the killing of two senior commanders during an Israeli raid in Hebron. Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubaidah said the militia would “reply in a suitable way to such a crime,”

Fatah armed wing promises response to Hebron killings
Fatah’s armed wing the Al-Aqsa Brigades said Friday that their response to the killings of two Palestinians in Hebron was “only a matter of time.” … In a statement, the Al-Aqsa Brigades cited the men as “friends” of the armed wing of Fatah, and said the two groups had participated in joint missions in the West Bank during the Second Intifada. The Al-Aqsa Brigades said their response to the assassinations would be “quick and strong” and would equate the sacrifices of the two leaders.

Demonstrations in Gaza over Hebron killings
…After noon prayers, hundreds of Hamas leaders and affiliates took to the streets, calling on the Al-Qassam Brigades and other armed groups to respond to the assassinations. An Israeli military statement said forces intended to arrest the men, but during the raid one suspect opened fire, and was killed by return fire, while a second suspect was killed when “forces employed engineering tools [bulldozers?],” to make him leave the building he was hiding in, after he refused to surrender.

Brother of killed leader says Israel offered exile
Nashat Al-Karmi, killed by Israeli forces overnight in Hebron, refused an offer by Israeli authorities to be exiled for five years, his brother said Friday. Bashar Na’em Al-Karmi said the proposal was made to his brother one month ago, but that Nashat refused because he “did not give up easily.”

Siege / Restriction of movement / Human rights

Olympics chief concludes regional tour
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge concluded his visit to the region Friday after holding “very constructive” talks with the Israeli president, Shimon Peres. Concerns over the free movement of Palestinian athletes and officials were raised in the meetings. Peres offered “his constructive cooperation” to find solutions, the committee said in a statement. Rogge also met with members of the Israeli Olympics committee including its president, Zvi Varshaviak. Since the meetings, the international committee has announced that representatives of the Palestinian and Israeli committees will meet in Switzerland later this year to tackle the issue of travel restrictions.

Easing of blockade not enough to rebuild Gaza (AP)
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel’s decision to allow some construction material into the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is barely making a dent in alleviating a crushing housing shortage in the impoverished Palestinian territory. A few dozen stalled international reconstruction projects — from sewage plants to wells and community centers — are beginning to move forward four months after Israel eased its Gaza blockade under international pressure. But one of the most pressing needs in the remains unmet: Economists and aid officials say thousands of homes destroyed in Israeli military offensives cannot be rebuilt because Israel continues to prevent most imports of cement and steel.

Dubai medics on mission to Gaza
A Dubai-based medical charity is facing its toughest challenge yet as its doctors and nurses cope with power cuts and defective equipment during a humanitarian mission in Gaza. A team of seven medical professionals from the UAE and several other countries have spent the past five days treating sick children at the Gaza European Hospital. The medics, four of whom are based in Dubai, have performed 16 “very complicated” surgeries and screened more than 70 children

Israel closes Gaza crossings for weekend
Israeli authorities closed down the two goods crossings into Gaza for the Israeli weekend, a Palestinian Authority crossings officials told Ma’an on Friday. Raed Fattouh said the closure was “usual” and that crossings would be reopened for the transfer of goods on Sunday. On Thursday, Israel allowed 160 trucks into Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing in the south, in addition to fuel and cooking gas.

3,500 pass through Rafah crossing
Border administrators said 1651 Palestinians returned to Gaza, most of whom were patients who had received treatment in Egyptian hospitals, whilst 1821 left Gaza through the terminal. Officials said 276 Palestinians were refused permission to cross … Crossings officials said the Erez pedestrian crossing between northern Gaza and Israel was partially open during the week, recording the exit of 941 individuals from Gaza, including 652 residents, 245 foreign nationals, and 44 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship….

‘Peace talks’ / Political developments

Arab League backs Abbas over talks
Arab League leaders say they support the Palestinians’ decision to stop direct talks with Israel unless the Israelis agree to halt all settlement construction in the West Bank. But the ministers, who held preliminary talks on Friday in Libya, also said in a statement after the meeting that they will give the US another month to find a way to break the impasse. The decision represents a compromise as the US struggles to prevent a total collapse of direct negotiations between the two sides that began last month.

US welcomes Arab League’s show of support
Washington officials pleased with Arab League’s statement allotting United States with one month to pressure Israel into halting settlement construction, returning parties to negotiating table,7340,L-3966538,00.html

Egypt FM says Arabs wary of war to free Gaza
Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit of Egypt asserted Saturday that “radical solutions such as mobilizing armies and declaring war are not being considered” to free Gaza of its blockade … Abu Al-Gheit was quoted by Egyptian media outlets Saturday, after the Arab League follow-up committee ended its emergency meeting in Sirte, Libya

Abbas may circumvent Israel, ask US to recognize Palestinian state (Reuters)
Unilateral declaration considered if peace talks with Israel remain in limbo, though previous pronouncements have been received coolly.

Source: Abbas hints at resigning if talks fail
The source said Abbas hinted at resigning from his post if peace talks with Israel failed during a meeting of the Palestinian National Council of Amman, which he attended before heading to Libya for the session … On Thursday, Palestinian negotiations team member Nabil Sha’ath said Abbas would be resigning but did not detail when the president would step down.

Abbas hints [of] dismantling PA if peace talks fail
During a Friday night meeting with the Arab Follow-up Committee in Sirt Libyan city, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, cast doubts on the future of the Palestinian Authority should peace talks fail to lead to a Palestinian State … Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Palestinian official told France Press that Abbas presented a number of alternatives for the Palestinian State should peace talks with Israel fail to achieve this goal due to the ongoing construction of settlements.

Fatah: Assassinations aim to destroy talks
Fatah Revolutionary Council member Jamal Nazzal said the killing of two Hamas militants by Israeli forces in the West Bank on Friday was an attempt to drag Palestinians into a cycle of violence. He referred to what he called former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s equation, that violence plus violence equaled liberation from peace talks.

Fayyad: Killing Palestinians will not lead to peace
Ramallah-based Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the assassinations of two Palestinians by Israeli forces in the West Bank on Friday undermined the Palestinian Authority, and would not lead to peace. Fayyad condemned the killings in Hebron “whatever the excuses or names were,” and said peace would not be achieved by the killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers. He said his government strongly denounced the Israel army’s use of violence.

Gaza leaders say airstrikes aimed at thwarting talks
Several Gaza leaders believe Israel’s recent increase in aerial strikes against the Gaza Strip aim at derailing both peace and Palestinian unity talks, and to prompt a response from factions.

Hamas says halting negotiations insufficient
…Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement to the Saturday that “what is needed is to completely stop negotiations rather than suspending them or subordinating them to the US stance.” He explained that “giving the US administration another opportunity would be useless and could only encourage them to exert more pressure on the Palestinian and Arab side as they continue with their indefinite military and political support to Israeli occupation.”

Hamas tells PA to ‘unleash West Bank resistance’
Hamas has called on the Palestinian Authority to “unleash the resistance in the West Bank” by releasing political prisoners from jail and ending security coordination with Israel, a spokesman said.  Sami Abu Zuhri said “Israel’s continued offenses and invasions in Hebron come within the context of escalating Israeli crimes and attacks,” following the killing of two Al-Qassam Brigades leaders on Friday, a statement read. “This attack comes with talks that the occupation is using as a cover to continue these crimes,” the spokesman said.

OECD chief warns Jerusalem conference could be canceled
Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), sent a harsh letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning that due to comments made by Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov (Yisrael Beitenu),  the decision to hold a tourism conference in Jerusalem could be hindered. Misezhnikov said in an interview with Haaretz on Monday that although some countries have cancelled their participation in the OECD conference to be held in Jerusalem later this month, the fact that most countries have not cancelled their participation is a show of support for Israel’s territorial claims in Jerusalem.

Livni: Resume settlement freeze
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni told Channel 2’s “Meet the Press” Saturday Israel should declare a new construction moratorium in the West Bank if that is US President Barack Obama’s only request …   “For me, a moratorium has nothing to do with ideology. What are a few buildings compared with the people’s desire for peace?” she told “Meet the Press”.Livni said she told the PM he must make every effort to prevent the peace talks from collapsing.,7340,L-3966699,00.html

Other news

3 women set out to improve Israel’s image even in the Arab media
Israel’s image may not be at its best at the moment, but the pro-Israeli scene in the U.S. is quite lively. One of the most interesting pro-Israeli organizations currently operating in the U.S. is “The Israel Project”, which was launched in 2002 by only three women – Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, Margo Volftsun and Sheryl Schwartz, who have taken upon themselves the daunting task of improving Israel’s image in the foreign media. [Good luck with that….]

Israel orders stealth fighter jets
Up to 20 radar-evading Joint Strike Fighter jets worth $2.75bn to be delivered by US firm from 2015 through 2017.

Israel-US fighter jet deal threatens Mideast: Syria
…”We are told that (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu will announce a two-month freeze on settlements, provided this issue is not raised again, and obtain in exchange a deal for very sophisticated arms,” he said. “The question is no longer a two-month settlement freeze, but rather a threat to Arab security.”

Israel may seek PA cooperation on would-be UNESCO heritage
The Israel World Heritage Committee is recommending that the terraced fields in the Judean hills be classified as protected UNESCO heritage sites – a project that Israeli preservationists hope will lead to cooperation with the Palestinian Authority to protect ancient agricultural land on both sides of the Green Line … many of the areas are under threat of being paved over to build homes or infrastructure. Near the West Bank village of Walaja, an area rich in terraced fields, work has already begun on a section of the West Bank separation fence.

Hamas denies receiving letters from Shalit family
Hamas denied on Saturday news reports claiming that the Islamic movement has received letters from the family of a captive Israeli soldier. Hamas leader Isma’il Radwan told reporters that there was nothing new to report on the prospects of a prisoner exchange. “The occupation is trying to provoke reactions in this regard after its failure to discover anything by military force or intelligence. They try to find other ways to get information,” Radwan said.

Hamas denies reports that Israel rescued collaborator
Hamas’ military wing on Friday denied media reports that the group uncovered a senior member sharing intelligence with Israel. An Egyptian newspaper said Thursday that the Al-Qassam Brigades discovered an affiliate was supplying intelligence to help Israel locate captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

An act of quiet defiance where wine is the most wicked thing
Since the militant Islamic movement Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, enjoying a drink in this tiny Palestinian enclave of 1.5 million people has become a high-risk pursuit … Determined that he would not be made to give up drinking wine, Mohammed decided in 2007 that instead of paying a small fortune to buy it on the black market he would try making his own.

Video: Dead Sea to be topped up by Red Sea water
Water levels in the Dead Sea are falling sharply and farms and businesses along its shore are suffering. Lying in Jordan’s Rift Valley, it is the world’s saltiest sea and authorities have come up with an ambitious plan to pump water – through a pipeline from the Red Sea – to top it up. But as always with water in the Middle East, it is a contentious issue, as Ben Thompson reports.

African migrant injured by Egyptian forces
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police shot and injured an African migrant on Saturday as he and another migrant were spotted trying to cross illegally into Israel through southern Gaza’s Kerem Shalom crossing.


A typically cautious article from the Boston Globe (owned by the NY Times) about what seems to be a dual loyalty case:
Akamai employee charged with fraud
By Hiawatha Bray. An employee of Cambridge Internet company Akamai Technologies Inc. was arrested yesterday and charged with wire fraud after allegedly trying to sell confidential information about the firm to a foreign government, according to the US attorney’s office … The complaint claims that in June 2006, Doxer sent an e-mail message to the Boston consulate of a foreign country listed in the complaint only as “Country X.’’“I am a Jewish American who lives in Boston,’’ he allegedly wrote … While Doxer said he was mainly motivated by “my desire to help our homeland and our war against our enemies,’’ he also asked to be paid $3,000 for the information, investigators said.

Contrast that with a frank Reuters/Haaretz/Ynet article about the same case:

US Jew charged in wake of botched Israel spying attempt
An Akamai Technologies employee was charged with trying to give confidential company information to an undercover FBI agent he thought worked for a foreign government, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday … In June 2006, Doxer emailed a foreign country’s consulate in Boston with his offer to help … Court papers indicated the country was Israel. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny that it was Israel.

Analysis / Opinion

Prime Minister Lieberman / Gush Shalom
This week Israel’s security forces practiced the putting down of mass demonstrations and protests among Israel’s Arab citizens and their imprisonment in a large detention camp to be established at Golani Junction in Galilee. The exercise was based on a scenario of the riots being provoked by implementation of Avigdor Lieberman’s plan for “an exchange of populations”, i.e. massively depriving Arabs of their Israeli citizenship. A week ago Lieberman voiced this heinous idea on the podium of the UN Assembly General and Prime Minister Netanyahu murmured some weak reservations. Now it turns out that the security forces are already preparing to implement it in practice, under the responsibility of none other than Labor Party leader Ehud Barak – the Minister of Defence.

An evaporating Palestine / Rannie Amiri
“For 17 years they [Palestinians] negotiated with the Israeli government during settlement construction … ”  — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 1 October 2010 … The price of clinging to power and remaining in the good graces of the U.S. State Department has been forsaking Gaza. The Israeli government seized on this, bolstering Abbas’ stature by pretending they had found a trusted negotiating partner — all while the quiet annexation of land continued. But it is hard to solely blame Abbas. As Netanyahu stated, Israel has mastered the art of entering empty dialogue with Palestinians as new East Jerusalem and West Bank settlements are built. As the map shows, Palestine is evaporating. It is now just a tangle of checkpoints, roadblocks, barriers and military zones.

Arab regime credibility hanging by its last invisible thread / Alan Hart
Arab leaders know that with America’s mid-term elections fast approaching, there is no way a humiliated, increasingly desperate and isolated Obama can even think about applying real pressure on Israel. (I am still of the opinion that he did not enter the Oval Office programmed to do Zionism’s bidding. His real problem was that he was too inexperienced and naïve…) So why are they, Arab leaders, going through the motions? The short answer is that once again they are seeking to cover the ugly nakedness of their impotence.

Leaked letter reveals Obama’s contempt for international law /Stuart Littlewood
It has been an unsettling week watching Obama’s unholy alliance with Israel take the world a step nearer the edge of the abyss … It’s obvious lawyer Obama needs a refresher course in United Nations rulings and codes of conduct before this pathetic relationship gets hopelessly out of hand.

On the road to Damascus, thinking of Monty Python / Yvonne Ridley
… Later that day we walked through the ancient ruins of the oasis city of Palmyra north-east of Damascus, and I began to realise then just how insignificant Israel really is in the grand scheme of things in the Arab world. The state is just over 60 years old and in that time it has never known a day of peace for itself or its neighbours. It is in a permanent state of advanced paranoia and is always on a war footing, real or imagined. That sort of negative energy and existence can never be sustained for very long but, in the Middle East, time is measured in centuries not months and years.

His father’s boy / Uri Avnery
WHICH IS the real Netanyahu? * Bibi the weakling, the invertebrate, who always gives in to pressure, who zigzags to the left and to the right, depending whether the pressure comes from the US or from his coalition partners? * The tricky Likud chief, who is afraid that Avigdor Ivett Lieberman might succeed in pushing him towards the Center and displace him as the leader of the entire Right? * Netanyahu, the man of principle, who is determined to prevent at any cost the setting up of the State of Palestine, and is therefore using every possible ruse to sabotage real negotiations?

Injustice in three dimensions / Robert Fisk
I am now the proud owner of a wooden “Perfecscope” … Into this I can place a card bearing two identical photographs of Palestine – each more than 100 years old – and when I peer through the eyepieces, I perceive two facts: that the peasants stand out in three-dimension against the fertile fields and trees of Ottoman Palestine; and that this ancient province was not the “barren” land which Israeli song and legend makes it out to be.

A destructive regression / Claude Kandiyoti
A minority of self-proclaimed guardians of the Jewish people’s purity is securing a monopoly over Jewish identity … In France, with the biggest Diaspora community after the U.S., and its own rabbinical court, the ultra-Orthodox have nonetheless hijacked conversion, and the whole process has become a nightmare.


Friday: 2 Iraqis killed, 14 wounded
Excerpt: …In Baghdad, a body was discovered in the Tigris River. Two bystanders were wounded in Adhamiya, when a clash broke out after a sniper wounded an Iraqi soldier. A massive demonstration against the political deadlock was held in Firdous Square. A recent spike in rocket attacks on the Green Zone was reported. The body of a young woman, apparently tortured, was found in Madaen. In Basra, four prison guards were wounded when prisoners attacked them, and several inmates were treated for tear gas exposure

Saturday: 6 Iraqis killed, 22 wounded
Excerpt: Displaying newfound confidence that he has the support to remain prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki called on rival parties to make concessions and enter into talks to end the political impasse plaguing Iraq for the last seven months. He also asked opponents living in exile to return home. Meanwhile, at least six Iraqis were killed and 22 more were wounded in violence located mostly in central Iraq. Three brothers were killed execution-style after being dragged out of their home in Garma. Their driver was wounded. The suspected killers were described as dressed in military uniforms.

For Mandaeans, a journey to peace
Scattered by Iraq war, many find solace here. Worcester — For all he has lost in his flight from Iraq, Samir Aljuhily is reminded every day of just how much he has gained, how far he has come, each time he opens the door of his apartment without fear it will be rigged with bombs … Massachusetts is home to the country’s largest and fastest-growing number of Mandaeans, members of a non-Arab, pre-Christian race whose 60,000 people have been scattered worldwide since Iraq erupted in sectarian violence in 2006.

Other Mideast

Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities (AP)
Attempt to infiltrate nuclear institutions follows computer virus attack on Bushehr power plant — Iran revealed for the first time Saturday that some personnel at the country’s nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West, but that increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

Report: Ahmadinejad won’t visit Israel border
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won’t approach Israel’s border during an upcoming visit to Lebanon, the Iranian broadcaster IRNA reported Saturday. The Iranian leader was reportedly planning to throw a symbolic stone toward Israel during a visit to southern Lebanon, where he planned to tour sites from the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.

In south Lebanon, tourism develops despite threat of war / Mona Alami
KHIAM, Lebanon (IPS) – The contours of a modern medieval castle stretch along the Wazzani River delineating Lebanon’s border with Israel. A few meters away from the United Nations-mandated Blue Line, on Lebanon’s first line of fire with Israel, a tourism project at an estimated cost of 20 million dollars is slowly taking shape.

Hezbollah chief Nazrallah emerges from bunker to plant a tree (AP/dpa)
Hezbollah launch campaign urging Lebanese citizens to plant one million trees around the country — A television station run by Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has aired a rare spot showing the group’s reclusive leader emerging from hiding to plant a tree. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has rarely been seen in public since his Shiite Muslim group battled Israel in a month-long 2006 war, fearing assassination. He gives news conferences via satellite link.

Laws are causing Christian disaffection / Jill Hamilton
The multi-stranded patriarchal system of religious laws affecting Christians in the Middle East are long overdue for reform … Unlike the Jews and Muslims, Christian courts have no websites. Nor do they publish precedents of cases or judgments, or allow court reporters or members of the public to attend court hearings.The way Muslims are subjected to sharia law is often regarded with distaste in western society, yet sharia courts in Israel and the West Bank are a beacon of transparency compared to the Christian courts.

Brotherhood to run in Egypt polls
Main opposition group announces plan to contest November’s legislative vote, despite calls by some for a boycott.

U.S. and other world news

ADL leader criticized over NY mosque
Jewish agency opposes new center’s location — Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was confronted at the organization’s annual meeting yesterday in Boston by members who suggested his opposition to a proposed Islamic center near the site of the terrorist attacks in New York has sullied the century-old organization’s reputation for fighting prejudice and promoting religious freedom.

Oh no! Scary Muslims! – Scott Horton interviews Will Grigg on conservative cowardi ce
Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the popular fear that an all-powerful global Islamic Caliphate is impending – despite the fact nearly all Muslim countries are controlled by U.S.-friendly authoritarian governments, the displacement of ancient Christian communities during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the resemblance of America’s increasing paranoia about Muslims to German antipathy toward Jews in the interwar period.

UPDATE: More terrorism fear-mongering exposed as frivolous / Glenn Greenwald
[links to several articles, including this from the NY Times 7 Oct:] …For years, Americans in general and New Yorkers in particular have been told by some of their political leaders that they have to be afraid, always afraid. It’s as if Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous words were turned upside down. What we have to fear, these politicians in effect say, is not just fear itself but everything else as well.New Yorkers were having none of it this week.

Canada’s war on Islam: the case of Mahboob and Momin Khawaja / Stephen Lendman
Canada, like other Western countries and Israel, is partnered in America’s War on Islam — a post-9/11 “war on terror” scheme to vilify Muslims as culturally inferior gun-toting terrorists for political advantage. As a result, thousands of innocent victims have been lawlessly persecuted, bogusly charged, imprisoned, tortured, and in some cases extrajudicially murdered in cold blood.

French Muslims feel increased scrutiny amid terror concerns
…There are Moroccan women with head coverings shopping for fruits, Tunisian merchants selling sweets and olives, Congolese and Senegalese playing a game of football in the park, and bearded Pakistanis chatting over tea at the corner shop. Many of these people are second-generation immigrants, sons and daughters of those who came here in the big immigration wave of the 1960s. This generation was born right here in France – they speak French and hold French citizenship exactly like any old-timer in a beret feeding the pigeons in the Jardin du Luxembourg.But, they say, they are still treated differently.

‘Operation Recovery'” On 9th anniversary of Afghan war, veteran-led campaign seeks to end deployment of traumatized soldiers
BROCK McINTOSH: Well, what I’m doing here in Washington is helping to launch a new campaign called “Operation Recovery,” where our goal is to stop the deployment of traumatized troops. A lot of soldiers are being forced on multiple deployments, and a lot of these soldiers have mental trauma, they have sexual trauma, and a lot of these soldiers are on psychotropic drugs to deal with this trauma. And we believe that soldiers have a right to heal from that trauma, and we also believe that the idea of traumatized soldiers being placed in an environment where they’re supposed to help civilians is not a good—it’s not a good idea.

Losing the propaganda war / Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON – On the ninth anniversary of the United States military intervention in their country, a report released on Thursday finds that Afghans remain deeply distrustful and resentful of the impact and intent of foreign forces there.

Pakistan to reopen border crossing
Announcement comes just hours after nearly 30 lorries carrying supplies for Nato troops in Afghanistan are torched. Video: Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reports on the continuing attacks on Nato supply lorries in Pakistan

true, obvious (40 years ago, and today)

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 

The New America Foundation is doing Israel and Palestine. From Chris Hayes, at their twitterfeed:

Biggest impression after 36 hrs in E Jerusalem, is that there are all kinds of situations here that seem totally unsustainable & yet endure

 And from Madayo:

Day/Lesson 2: “Israel rules E. Jerusalem poorly and cruelly–not because Israelis are evil, but because they shouldn’t be ruling it at all.”

A Bedouin boy changed the power balance of my marriage, maybe forever

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 


Last month my wife and I visited Wadi Rum in southern Jordan. It’s a famous desert, with majestic scenery, including a mountain feature called T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom (below). The arrangement is that you come to a small settlement at the edge of the desert and hire an outfitters to take you into the desert in 4X4s and bring you round to all the sights, then put you up in tents. 7pillars

One of the sights is a siq, or channel, between two mountains, with ancient pictographs on the walls (including the one at the top of this post).

The Toyota deposited us, our lazy driver didn’t stir from the wheel, and a boy of about 11 came out of the shadows and ran barefoot ahead of us across the hot sand toward the siq.

I don’t like aggressive guides so I ignored his pitch, but my wife fell in with him. I went ahead, up and down the tortuous siq, the rock polished by thousands of visitors, but I could hear the kid and my wife chattering. My wife falls for some people; and she can be charming. Later, when it became an issue, she said that she loved the kid because he loved the place he lived in, he was energetic and enterprising, and he was knowledgeable.

He even got out a flashlight to point out some of the more obscure pictographs. “This is snake,” I heard him saying, to her oohs and ahs. “Be careful!” I heard her call out as he showed off, scaling a steep chute of stone. He grinned as he jumped down into the sand.

Another Toyota had come and I befriended a Canadian couple on vacation from Dubai, and then we were leaving, and my wife called out to me from a bush. “Phil do you have 3 dinars [$4.50]?”

The kid crouched over an array of cheap souvenirs. My wife was buying a couple of bags of tea. 

I brought the money over, and my wife said, “This is my husband.”

The kid said, “He is a lucky duck of a man.”

My wife laughed.

The phrase has echoed for weeks. When I complain about the shopping– lucky duck. When I complain about having to email her files from her computer that she forgot to take with her, lucky duck. The clay pots must come inside now… lucky duck. When I complain about anything at all, the Bedouin boy sides with my wife. I know that the unexamined life is not worth living; so is this who I am– a lucky duck of a man, now and fore.

So the post-racial president makes a peace deal, and

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 

From Noam Sheizaf at 972:

IBA Radio is reporting that Israel’s security forces ended Thursday a large national drill, in which the civil defense forces, police, military police, fire department and Israel’s prisons unit trained for large scale riots in the Israeli-Arab public, following a signing of a peace agreement that would include “population exchange” (transfer of Arab population to the Palestinian state).

According to Kol Israel’s report, in such an event, a large detention camp for Palestinian citizens will be constructed in Golani Junction, at Israel’s north, and all illegal aliens will be released from prisons to make room for Palestinians.

Livni ‘expects the Jews to understand’ (but what if they aren’t Jews?)

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 

We posted an anonymous report of Tzipi Livni’s speech at Harvard the other day. Our (Jewish) correspondent dilates:

Tablet did what amounts to a fawning interview with Livni the day after the speech (she presumably was informed that Ha’aretz went ahead & covered it). This is the key:

David Samuels of Tablet: But we have no connection to military life. When we see pictures from the war in Lebanon or Operation Cast Lead, we say, “This is wrong. Why should we support this? It’s terrible. This is not what Judaism in my synagogue was about. This is an army that’s killing people.”

Livni: I made a speech at Harvard, and someone asked me the same question. [Here, Livni’s handler states that the person who asked the question was also a Jew. Livni nods.] He said, “How can you speak about Jewish values when the Israeli army killed a thousand people in Gaza?” I said to him the following: “I don’t ask the world to turn a blind eye when Israel is attacking Gaza or Lebanon, and I’m willing to be judged by the entire world, as long as the world is judging us according to its own values…. When a terrorist is looking for a child to kill, on the lines at a discotheque, at a pizza parlor, on buses… etc. When an Israeli soldier in Gaza is trying to kill terrorists sometimes, by mistake, civilians are also killed.”

I expect the Jews to understand because they know that in Israel, these soldiers are our children. An Israeli soldier is raised on values of respecting human life…

My friend–the “person who asked the question above”–is IN NO WAY A JEW. That nodding… That assumption again…. And on the part of the handler no less. It speaks volumes.

What is the Hebrew word for ‘optics’?

Oct 09, 2010

Philip Weiss 


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.


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Dear All,


The message below is an important one for several reasons.  What takes place in the United States with impunity is likely also to occur in Israel.


And apart from relating what is happening and requesting you to act, the second part of the message contains (thanks to Ed Kent who forwarded) a live case of what can happen and following that instructions of your rights if by chance you find yourself on the suspect side of the coin.


This is not the first time in American history that fascistic acts and principles have entered the American lives.  Apart from the slave trade eras, there was also the 1920s when the Red scare and fear of immigrants deported 100s if not 1000s, killed Sacco and Vanzetti who were accused of being anarchists and of murdering 2 people (but the trial and verdict were very controversial), during WWII interring Japanese were but nor Germans, and we should not forget that prevalent in the South were the KKK and discriminatory laws through the 1960s, and the 1950s saw the McCarthy era with loyalty oaths—to mention a few.  These are scary periods where many innocents get hurt.  Please do your part to oppose these present acts by whatever nonviolent means you can, including writing letters as requested by the IJAN.






International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network Friday, October 08, 2010    United States



Statements Call for International Solidarity

Stop raids against US anti-war activists and international solidarity activists



Dear Fellow International Solidarity Activist,


We are calling on our international allies to take action in support of long-time peace and human rights activists who have come under attack for their work against U.S. occupation and military intervention abroad.


On September 24th, 2010, the FBI subjected about a dozen anti-war activists and activists working in solidarity with struggles in Palestine and Colombia to searches and raids of their homes in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.  Activists in California, Wisconsin and North Carolina were also harassed.


The activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan were served with Grand Jury subpoenas.  They are refusing to testify, a brave choice which could land them in jail. The illegitimate Grand Jury process, which began on October 5, must be stopped. The raids and Grand Jury process constitute an FBI abuse of power clearly designed to create a climate of fear among those who dare to fight for peace and justice.  We must be vigilant in our defense of these activists and their right to continue their important international solidarity work without harassment.


This is an escalation of the daily targeting of and culture wars against Arab and Muslim communities and immigrants in the United States. It is a continuation of the long-standing repression of dissent in the United States from McCarthyism to the brutal targeting of peoples’ movements by COINTELPRO, and, of most recently, environmental justice activists.  It is also part of an increasing wave of right-wing hate that has been legislated through state and federal policies that turn police into immigrant bounty hunters.  


We are calling on our counterparts – anti-war, human rights, Palestine and other international solidarity activists, anti-racist activists and grassroots organizers – to act in solidarity with those being targeted by political repression. We ask you to stand with us now to publicly defend the rights of all activists and communities in the United States who express dissent against U.S. policy and who work for peace, human rights and global justice within and beyond US borders.




Tell them that the US government has to be held accountable for this repression and that you join with the US activists in condemning US war and occupation, including its support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and US intervention in Colombia.


Below is a draft fax or email and is also useful for talking points if you call the US embassy.


Here is a link to international US embassy contact information:


IF YOU ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, Call the U.S. Attorney General

Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: .


Please email your letters on 10/11 October and ‘bcc’ or send a separate copy



Here is a link to important statements and reports with greater details on

the raids and calls to action:


In the months ahead we will be contacting you again to ask that you demonstrate your

solidarity as these activists face grand jury trials. 


Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. 


In solidarity and joint struggle,   



Center for Constitutional Rights


Grassroots Global Justice Alliance


International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network


Malcolm X Grassroots Movement


United States Palestinian Community Network



Sample email or fax:  


As international anti-war and international solidarity activists and organizers, we denounce the raids of the US government on US-based Palestinian solidarity activists, anti-war activists, and other international solidarity workers that took place in several U.S. cities on Friday, September 24th, 2010. We denounce the daily raids on immigrants and the repression of Arabs and Muslims who stand up for their families and communities.


We are outraged by the denial of human and civil rights of social justice activists who speak for justice and peace for our world. We pledge our solidarity with efforts to fight for the humanity of all people and against the role of the US government in domestic political repression, and international war, occupation and intervention.


We demand that the US Government:


**Hold the FBI and all intelligence and police agencies accountable to stopping the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists


**Immediately return all possessions taken from the activists’ homes: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.


**End the illegitimate grand jury proceedings designed to intimidate and criminalize the targeted activists


The activists being targeted are involved with many groups, including:


*         The Twin Cities Anti-War Committee


*         The Palestine Solidarity Group


*         The Colombia Action Network


*         Students for a Democratic Society


*         Freedom Road Socialist Organization



[Forwarded by Ed Kent] 

A good example of a recent story of FBI intimidation.

(Wired) — A California student got a visit from the U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigation this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device
on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.
The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real,
whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism
investigation and what the authorities would do.

It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was
being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back,
the student told in an interview Wednesday.

The answer came when half-a-dozen FBI agents and police officers
appeared at Yasir Afifi’s apartment complex in Santa Clara, California,
on Tuesday demanding he return the device.

Afifi, a 20-year-old U.S.-born citizen, cooperated willingly and said
he’d done nothing to merit attention from authorities. Comments the
agents made during their visit suggested he’d been under FBI
surveillance for three to six months.
An FBI spokesman wouldn’t acknowledge that the device belonged to the
agency or that agents appeared at Afifi’s house.

“I can’t really tell you much about it, because it’s still an ongoing
investigation,” said spokesman Pete Lee, who works in the agency’s San
Francisco headquarters.

Afifi, the son of an Islamic-American community leader who died a year
ago in Egypt, is one of only a few people known to have found a
government-tracking device on their vehicle.

His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals saying it’s legal for law enforcement to
secretly place a tracking device on a suspect’s car without getting a
warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway.

Brian Alseth from the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state
contacted Afifi after seeing pictures of the tracking device posted
online and told him the ACLU had been waiting for a case like this to
challenge the ruling.
“This is the kind of thing we like to throw lawyers at,” Afifi said
Alseth told him.

“It seems very frightening that the FBI have placed a
surveillance-tracking device on the car of a 20-year-old American
citizen who has done nothing more than being half-Egyptian,” Alseth told

Afifi, a business marketing student at Mission College in Santa Clara,
discovered the device last Sunday when he took his car to a local garage
for an oil change. When a mechanic at Ali’s Auto Care raised his Ford
Lincoln LS on hydraulic lifts, Afifi saw a wire sticking out near the
right rear wheel and exhaust.

Garage owner Mazher Khan confirmed for that he also saw it. A
closer inspection showed it connected to a battery pack and transmitter,
which were attached to the car with a magnet. Khan asked Afifi if he
wanted the device removed and when Afifi said yes, Khan pulled it easily
from the car’s chassis.
“I wouldn’t have noticed it if there wasn’t a wire sticking out,” Afifi

Later that day, a friend of Afifi’s named Khaled posted pictures of the
device at Reddit asking if anyone knew what it was and if it mean the
FBI “is after us.” (Reddit is owned by CondeNast Digital, which also

“My plan was to just put the device on another car or in a lake,” Khaled
wrote, “but when you come home to 2 stoned off their asses people who
are hearing things in the device and convinced its a bomb you just gotta
be sure.”

A reader quickly identified it as an Orion Guardian ST820 tracking
device made by an electronics company called Cobham, which sells the
device only to law enforcement.

No one was available at Cobham to answer’s questions, but a
former FBI agent who looked at the pictures confirmed it was a tracking

The former agent, who asked not to be named, said the device was an
older model of tracking equipment that had long ago been replaced by
devices that don’t require batteries. Batteries die and need to be
replaced if surveillance is ongoing so newer devices are placed in the
engine compartment and hardwired to the car’s battery so they don’t run
out of juice. He was surprised this one was so easily found.
“It has to be able to be removed but also stay in place and not be
seen,” he said. “There’s always the possibility that the car will end up
at a body shop or auto mechanic, so it has to be hidden well. It’s very
rare when the guys find them.”
He said he was certain that agents who installed it would have obtained
a 30-day warrant for its use.

Afifi considered selling the device on Craigslist before the FBI showed
up. He was in his apartment Tuesday afternoon when a roommate told him
“two sneaky-looking people” were near his car.

Afifi, already heading out for an appointment, encountered a man and
woman looking his vehicle outside. The man asked if Afifi knew his
registration tag was expired. When Afifi asked if it bothered him, the
man just smiled.

Afifi got into his car and headed for the parking lot exit when two SUVs
pulled up with flashing lights carrying four police officers in
bullet-proof vests.

The agent who initially spoke with Afifi identified himself then as
Vincent and told Afifi, “We’re here to recover the device you found on
your vehicle. It’s federal property. It’s an expensive piece, and we
need it right now.”

Afifi asked, “Are you the guys that put it there?” and the agent
replied, “Yeah, I put it there.” He told Afifi, “We’re going to make
this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”
Afifi retrieved the device from his apartment and handed it over, at
which point the agents asked a series of questions — did he know anyone
who traveled to Yemen or was affiliated with overseas training? One of
the agents produced a printout of a blog post that Afifi’s friend Khaled
allegedly wrote a couple of months ago. It had “something to do with a
mall or a bomb,” Afifi said. He hadn’t seen it before and doesn’t know
the details of what it said. He found it hard to believe Khaled meant
anything threatening by the post.

“He’s a smart kid and is not affiliated with anything extreme and never
says anything stupid like that,” Afifi said. “I’ve known that guy my
whole life. “

The agents told Afifi they had other agents outside Khaled’s house.
“If you want us to call them off and not talk to him we can do that,”
Afifi said they told him. “That was weird. … I didn’t really believe
anything they were saying.”

When he later asked Khaled about the post, his friend recalled “writing
something stupid,” but said he wasn’t involved in any wrongdoing. Khaled
declined to discuss the issue with

The female agent, who handed Afifi a card, identified herself as
Jennifer Kanaan and said she was Lebanese. She spoke some Arabic to
Afifi and through the course of her comments indicated she knew what
restaurants he and his girlfriend frequented. She also congratulated him
on his new job. Afifi got laid off from his job a couple of days ago,
but on the same day was hired as an international sales manager of
laptops and computers for Cal Micro in San Jose.

The agents also knew he was planning a short business trip to Dubai in a
few weeks. Afifi said he often travels for business and has two teenage
brothers in Egypt whom he supports financially. They live with an aunt.
His U.S.-born mother, who divorced his father five years ago, lives in

Afifi’s father, Aladdin Afifi, was a U.S. citizen and former president
of the Muslim Community Association here, before his family moved to
Egypt in 2003. Yasir Afifi returned to the U.S. alone in 2008, while his
father and brothers stayed in Egypt, to further his education he said.
He knows he’s on a federal watchlist and is regularly taken aside at
airports for secondary screening.

Six months ago, a former roommate of his was visited by FBI agents who
said they wanted to speak with Afifi. Afifi contacted one agent and was
told the agency received an anonymous tip from someone saying he might
be a threat to national security. Afifi told the agent he was willing to
answer questions if his lawyer approved. But after Afifi’s lawyer
contacted the agency, he never heard from the feds again until he found
their tracking device.

“I don’t think they were surprised that I found it,” he told Threat
Level. “I’m sure they knew when I found it. … One of the first
questions they asked me was if I was at a mechanics shop last Sunday. I
said yes, that’s where I found this stupid device under my car.”
Afifi’s attorney, who works for the civil liberties-focused Council on
American Islamic Relations, said this kind of tracking is more egregious
than the kind her office usually sees.

“The idea that it escalates to this level is unusual,” said Zahra
Billoo. “We take about one new case each week relating to FBI or law
enforcement visits [to clients]. Generally they come to the individual’s
house or workplace, and there are issues that arise from that.”
However, she said that after learning about Afifi’s experience, other
lawyers in her organization told her they knew of two people in Ohio who
also recently discovered tracking devices on their vehicles.
Afifi’s encounter with the FBI ended with the agents telling him not to

“We have all the information we needed,” they told him. “You don’t need
to call your lawyer. Don’t worry, you’re boring. ”
They shook his hand and left.

On Oct 9, 2010, at 6:09 PM, wrote:

   Subject: When An FBI Agent Knocks  
When An Agent Knocks
   If an Agent Knocks – Federal Investigators and Your Rights
   People opposing U.S. policies in Central America, giving
   sanctuary to refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador, struggling
   for Black liberation, and against nuclear weapons, are today
   more than ever likely to receive visits from FBI agents or other
   federal investigators. Increasingly, agents are also visiting
   the families, friends, and employers of these activists.
   This pamphlet is designed to answer the most frequent questions
   asked by people and groups experiencing government scrutiny, and
   to help them develop practical responses.
   What is political intelligence?
   Political intelligence is information collected by the
   government about individuals and groups. Files secured under the
   Freedom of Information Act disclose that government officials
   have long been interested in all forms of data. Information
   gathered by government agents ranges from the most personal data
   about sexual liaisons and preferences to estimates of the
   strength of groups opposing U.S. policies. Over the years,
   groups and individuals have developed various ways of limiting
   the collection of information and preventing such intelligence
   gathering from harming their work.
   Do I have to talk to the FBI?
   No. The FBI does not have the authority to make anyone answer
   questions (other than name and address see errata), to permit a
   search without a warrant, or to otherwise cooperate with an
   investigation. Agents are usually lawyers, and they are always
   trained as investigators; they have learned the power of
   persuasion, the ability to make a person feel scared, guilty, or
   impolite for refusing their requests for information. So
   remember, they have no legal authority to force people to do
   anything — unless they have obtained an arrest or search
   warrant. Even when agents do have warrants, you still don’t have
   to answer their questions.
   Under what laws do the agents operate?
   In 1976, FBI guidelines regulating the investigation of
   political activities were issued by Attorney General Edward H.
   Levi. Criticized by liberals and conservatives alike, the
   guidelines were issued in the wake of a Congressional
   committee’s report of highly questionable activities by the FBI,
   monitoring the activities of domestic political groups seeking
   to effect change. The report exposed the FBI’s counter-
   intelligence program (COINTELPRO) under which the agency
   infiltrated groups, compiled dossiers on, and directly
   interfered with individuals engaged in activities protected by
   the First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and association.
   The FBI COINTELPRO program was initiated in 1956. Its purpose,
   as described later by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, was “to
   expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize
   activities” of those individuals and organizations whose ideas
   or goals he opposed. Tactics included: falsely labelling
   individuals as informants; infiltrating groups with persons
   instructed to disrupt the group; sending anonymous or forged
   letters designed to promote strife between groups; initiating
   politically motivated IRS investigations; carrying out
   burglaries of offices and unlawful wiretaps; and disseminating
   to other government agencies and to the media unlawfully
   obtained derogatory information on individuals and groups.
   In 1983, Attorney General William French Smith issued
   superseding guidelines that authorized “domestic security/
   terrorism” investigations against political organizations
   whenever the FBI had a reasonable belief that these groups might
   violate a law. The new guidelines permitted the same intrusive
   techniques the FBI used against organized crime.
   The Smith guidelines were justified by the Attorney General’s
   observation that “our citizens are no less threatened by groups
   which engage in criminal violence for political… purposes that
   by those which operate lawlessly for financial gain.” He
   concluded: “we must ensure that criminal intelligence resources
   that have been brought to bear so effectively in organized crime
   and racketeering investigations are effectively employed in
   domestic security/ terrorism cases.” The guidelines provide,
   therefore, no safeguards to protect against infringements of
   First Amendment rights.
   Worst, they ignore the history of COINTELPRO abuses, and abolish
   the distinction between regular criminal investigations and
   investigations of groups and individuals seeking political
   change. They fail to limit the investigative techniques used to
   obtain data on political groups, so that now the FBI may use any
   technique, including electronic surveillance and informers,
   against political organizations.
   Today, the FBI may begin a full investigation whenever there is
   a reasonable indication that “two or more persons are engaged in
   an enterprise for the purpose of furthering political or social
   goals wholly or in part through activities that involve force or
   violence and a violation of the criminal laws of the United
   States.” The FBI has interpreted “force or violence” to include
   the destruction of property as a symbolic act, and the mere
   advocacy of such property destruction would trigger an
   investigation. Even without any reasonable indication, under a
   separate guideline on “Civil Disorders and Demonstrations
   Involving a Federal Interest,” the FBI may investigate an
   organization that plans only legal and peaceful demonstrations.
   Another set of rules governing=2 0federal intelligence gathering
   is Executive Order 12333, in force since 1981. It authorizes the
   FBI and CIA to infiltrate, manipulate and destroy U.S.political
   organizations, as well as to use electronic surveillance — under
   the pretext of an international intelligence investigation.
   What federal agencies are likely to be interested in a citizen’s
   political activities and affiliations?

The FBI is still the major national intelligence-gathering
   agency. There are also many other federal, state, local and
   private investigative agencies. At least 26 federal agencies may
   gather intelligence, including the Immigration & Naturalization
   Service, Internal Revenue Service, and the Treasury Department’s
   Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Local police agencies
   sometimes contain “special services” units and narcotics or
   other “strike forces” in which federal, state, and local
   agencies cooperate. The Central Intelligence Agency and National
   Security Agency are partic ularly active when a political
   organization has or is suspected to have international contacts.
   Military security agencies and increasingly significant
   “private” research institutes and security agencies also gather

A recent Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of the
   Livermore Action Group, an anti-nuclear organization, revealed
   that the Navy, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, and the Marine Corps
   all sent agents to the Group’s public meetings and kept
   newspaper reports of such meetings. Most chilling was the
   revelation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) —
   the federal agency charged with implementing martial law in the
   event of a nuclear war — was also watching the Livermore group.
   Federal and state, local and private agencies, all tend to share
   information in a variety of ways.
   How does the FBI learn about citizens and organizations?  

Political intelligence is gathered from public sources, such as
   newspapers and leaflets. It is also collected by informers who
   may be government employees or people recruited by them.
   Political intelligence is also collected through FBI visits to
   your home or office. We are here most concerned with this aspect
   of intelligence gathering.
   Agents may be sent to interview people after FBI officials
   decide there is a “reasonable indication” that an organization
   or person meets the guidelines for a “domestic security”
   investigation. Such interviews are a primary source of
   information, for most people are not aware of their right not to
   talk to federal agents.  

Most people are also unaware of the limits to the power of FBI
   and other investigative agents. Many people visited by agents
   are also afraid of being rude or uncooperative. Age nts may be
   friendly and courteous, as if they are attempting to protect you
   or your organization, or express admiration for your
   organization and its goals. Occasionally, the FBI may persuade a
   disaffected member of an organization to give them information
   about other members, including their personal lives, character
   and vulnerabilities.
   A major job of FBI agents is to convince people to give up their
   rights to silence and privacy. For example, after a Quaker
   pacifist spoke in Anchorage, Alaska, at a memorial service for
   El Salvador’s Archbishop Romero, FBI agents visited a local
   priest and interrogated him about the speaker. The agents asked
   about the speaker’s organizational affiliations and expressed
   fears about “terrorist connections.” The agents informed the
   priest that they would do a “computer check” on the speaker and
   his wife, and asked the priest if the two might do violence to
   the U.S. President, scheduled to visit the area. These
   interrogations were repeated in the community by agents who
   later admitted there was no basis for their questions about
   “terrorist connections” and the danger to the President.
   What if I suspect surveillance?
   Prudence is the best course, no matter who you suspect, or what
   the basis of your suspicion. When possible, confront the
   suspected person in public, with at least one other person
   present. If the suspect declines to answer, he or she at least
   now knows that you are aware of the surveillance. Recently,
   religious supporters of a nation-wide call to resist possible
   U.S. intervention in Central America noticed unfamiliar people
   lurking around their offices at 6 a.m., but failed to ask what
   they wanted and who they were. If you suspect surveillance, you
   should not hesitate to ask the suspected agents names and
   inquire about their business.
   The events giving rise to suspicions of surveillance vary
   widely, but a general principle remains constant: confront the
   suspected agents politely and in public (never alone) and
   inquire of their business. If the answer does not dispel your
   suspicion, share it with others who may be affected and discuss
   a collective response. Do not let fears generated by
   “conspicuous” surveillance create unspoken tensions that
   undermine your work and organization. Creating fear is often the
   purpose of obvious surveillance. When in doubt, call a trusted
   lawyer familiar with political surveillance. Please do not call
   the number that was printed here as the Movement Support Network
   Hotline, because it is no longer active, and is now the private
   residence of an unrelated person.
   How should I respond to threatening letters or calls?
   If your home or office is broken into, or threats have been made
   against you, your organization, or someone you work with, share
   this information with everyone affected. Take immediate
   steps20to increase personal and office security. You should
   discuss with your organization’s officials and with a lawyer
   whether and how to report such incidents to the police. If you
   decide to make a report, do not do so without the presence of counsel.
   What rights do I have?
   1.The Right to Work for Change. The First Amendment to the U.S.
   Constitution protects the rights of groups and individuals who
   advocate, petition, and assemble to accomplish changes in laws,
   government practices, and even the form of government political
   intelligence gathering is not supposed to interfere with these rights.
   2.The Right to Remain Silent. The Fifth Amendment of the
   Constitution provides that every person has the right to remain
   silent in the face of questions (other than name and address)
   posed by any police officer or government agent.
   Since 1970, however, federal prosecutors may request judges to
   order a subpoenaed witness to testify, after a grant of
   immunity, at a grand jury hearing or at a criminal trial. This
   grant of immunity means that your Fifth Amendment right to
   refuse to testify is taken away. What is given to you is only
   the promise not to use your testimony against you in a
   subsequent criminal prosecution. But you can still be charged
   with a crime. Failure to testify after a grant of immunity is
   discussed on page 12 below.
   3.The Right to be Free from “Unreasonable Searches and
   Seizures.” Without a warrant, no government agent is allowed to
   search your home or office (or any other place that is yours and
   private) You may refuse to let FBI agents come into your house
   or into your workplace. unless they have a search warrant.
   Politeness aside, the wisest policy is never to let agents
   inside. They are trained investigators and will make it
   difficult for you to refuse to talk. Once inside your home or
   office, just by looking around, they can easily gather
   information about your lifestyle, organization, and reading habits.
   The right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures”
   is based on the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. This
   Amendment is supposed to protect against government access to
   your mail and other written communications, telephone and other
   conversations. Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect
   government interference with writings and conversations. Modern
   technology makes it difficult to detect electronic surveillance
   on a telephone line, other listening devices, or cameras that
   record whatever occurs in a room. Also common are physical
   surveillance (such as agents following in car or on foot), mail
   covers, and informers carrying tape recorders.
   What should I do if police, FBI, or other agents appear with an
   arrest or search warrant?
   Agents who have an arrest or search warrant are the only ones
   you are legally required to let i nto your home or office. You
   should ask to see the warrant before permitting access. And you
   should immediately ask to call a lawyer. For your own physical
   safety you should not resist, even if they do not show you the
   warrant, or if they refuse to let you call your lawyer. To the
   extent permitted by the agents conducting a search, you should
   observe the search carefully, following them and making mental
   or written notes of what the agents are doing. As soon as
   possible, write down what happened and discuss it with your lawyer.
   What should I do if agents come to question me?
   Even when agents come with a warrant, you are under no legal
   obligation to tell them anything other than your name and
   address. It is important, if agents try to question you, not to
   answer or make any statements, at least not until after you have
   consulted a lawyer.
   Announce your desire to consult a lawyer, and make every
   reasonable effort to contact one as quickly as possible. Your
   statement that you wish to speak to the FBI only in the presence
   of a lawyer, even if it accomplishes nothing else, should put an
   end to the agents’ questions. Department of Justice policy
   requires agents to cease questioning, or refrain from
   questioning, anyone who informs them that he or she is
   represented by a lawyer. To reiterate: upon first being
   contacted by any government investigator the safest thing to say
   is, “Excuse me, but I’d like to talk to my lawyer before I say
   anything to you.” Or, “I have nothing to say to you. I will talk
   to my lawyer and have her or him contact you.” If agents ask for
   your lawyer’s name, ask for their business card, and say you
   will have your lawyer contact them. Remember to get the name,
   agency, and telephone number of any investigator who visits you.
   If you do not have a lawyer, call the local office of the
   National Lawyers Guild.
   As soon as possible after your first contact with an
   investigator, write a short memo about the visit, including the
   date, time, location, people present, any names mentioned by the
   inves tigators, and the reason they gave for their
   investigation. Also include descriptions of the agents and their
   car, if any. This may be useful to your lawyer and to others who
   may be contacted by the same agents.

After discussing the situation with your lawyer, you may want to
   alert your co-workers, friends, neighbors, or political
   associates about the visit. The purpose is not to alarm them,
   but to insure that they understand their rights. It might be a
   good idea to do this at a meeting at which the history of
   investigative abuse is presented.
   If I don’t cooperate, doesn’t it look like I have something to hide?
   This is one of the most frequently asked questions. The answer
   involves the nature of political “intelligence” investigations
   and the job of the FBI. Agents will try to make you feel that it
   will “look bad” if you don’t cooperate with them. Many people
   not familiar with how the20FBI operates worry about being
   uncooperative. Though agents may say they are only interested in
   “terrorists” or protecting the President, they are intent on
   learning about the habits, opinions, and affiliations of people
   not suspected of wrongdoing. Such investigations, and the kind
   of controls they make possible, are completely incompatible with
   political freedom, and with the political and legal system
   envisaged by the Constitution.
   While honesty may be the best policy in dealing with other
   people, FBI agents and other investigators are employed to
   ferret out information you would not freely share with
   strangers. Trying to answer agents’ questions, or trying to
   “educate them” about your cause, can be very dangerous — as
   dangerous as trying to outsmart them, or trying to find out
   their real purpose. By talking to federal investigators you may,
   unwittingly, lay the basis for your own prosecution — for giving
   false or inconsistent information to the FBI. It is a federal
   crime to make a false statement to an FBI agent or other federal
   investigator. A violation could even be charged on the basis of
   two inconsistent statements spoken out of fear or forgetfulness.
   Are there any circumstances under which it is advisable to
   cooperate with an FBI investigation?
   Never without a lawyer. There are situations, however, in which
   an investigation appears to be legitimate, narrowly focused, and
   not designed to gather political intelligence. Such an
   investigation might occur if you have been the victim of a
   crime, or are a witness to civil rights violations being
   prosecuted by the federal government. Under those circumstances,
   you should work closely with a lawyer to see that your rights
   are protected while you provide only necessary information
   relevant to a specific incident. Lawyers may be able to avoid a
   witness’ appearance before a grand jury, or control the
   circumstances of the appearance so that no one’s rights are
   How can grand juries make people go to jail?
   After being granted immunity and ordered to testify by a judge,
   grand jury witnesses who persist in refusing to testify can be
   held in “civil contempt.” Such contempt is not a crime, but it
   results in the witness being jailed for up to 18 months, or the
   duration of the grand jury, whichever is less. The purpose of
   the incarceration is to coerce the recalcitrant witness to
   testify. In most political cases, testifying before a grand jury
   means giving up basic political principles, and so the intended
   coercion has no effect — witnesses continue to refuse to testify.
   Witnesses who, upon the request of a grand jury, refuse to
   provide “physical exemplars” (samples of handwriting, hair,
   appearance in a lineup, or documents) may also be jailed for
   civil contempt, without having been granted immunity.
   The charge of “criminal contempt” is also available to the
   government as a weapon against uncooperative grand jury
   witnesses. For “criminal contempt0 there is no maximum penalty —
   the sentence depends entirely on what the judge thinks is
   appropriate. Charges of criminal contempt are still rare. They
   have been used, however, against Puerto Rican independentistas,
   especially those who have already served periods of
   incarceration for civil contempt.
   Is there any way to prevent grand jury witnesses from going to jail?
   There is no sure-fire way to keep a grand jury witness from
   going to jail. Combined legal and community support often make a
   difference, however, in whether a witness goes to jail and, if
   so, for how long. Early awareness of people’s rights to refuse
   to talk to the FBI may, in fact, prevent you from receiving a
   grand jury subpoena. If the FBI is only interested in getting
   information from you, but not in jailing you, you may not
   receive a grand jury subpoena.
   What can lawyers do?
   A lawyer can help to ensure that government investigators only
   do what they are authorized to do. An attorney can see to it
   that you do not give up any of your rights. If you are
   subpoenaed to a grand jury your lawyer can challenge the
   subpoena in court, help to raise the political issues that
   underlie the investigation, and negotiate for time. Your lawyer
   can also explain to you the grand jury’s procedures and the
   legal consequences or your acts, so that you can rationally
   decide on your response.
   A law enforcement official can only obtain your name and address
   if he or she has a reasonable suspicion to believe that you have
   committed or are about to commit a crime (note #2). Thus,20if an
   FBI agent knocks at your door you do not have to identify
   yourself to him; you can simply say “I don’t want to talk to
   you,” or “You’ll have to speak to my lawyer,” and then close the
   door. An FBI agent, unlike a local police officer, does not have
   jurisdiction to investigate violations of state statute.
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