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04 January 2011

Zio=nazi is planning to build a closed “compound” in the Negev Desert for asylum seekers currently in the country, which will be run by Zionist’s Prison Services.

Ketziot Military Nazi Camp, which holds Palestinian political prisoners and next to which Zionist plans on building the closed “compound” for asylum seekers

This is according to a document prepared for the National Planning and Building Council and recently obtained by the Zionist news daily Haaretz.

“The very fact that it is charging the Prison Service, which specializes in operating prisons, with running the facility indicates that the government intends to operate the facility as a closed compound, once the legislative amendments are complete,” the document states.

The Zio=Nazi regime first announced plans in November 2010 to move asylum seekers currently to a detention center in the Negev Desert. However, at this time plans for doing so were unclear.

The document, prepared by planning experts Shlomit Dotan-Gissen and Tomer Gothelf, notes that in a closed compound, asylum seekers would not be permitted to leave without the authorization of the facility’s supervisors, although they would be allowed to move about within the different areas of the compound and between the living quarters and public areas, reported Haaretz.

Such a facility would be in direct violation of the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, of which Zio-Nazi is a signatory. Article 26 of the Convention, entitled Freedom of Movement, states: “Each Contracting State shall accord to refugees lawfully in its territory the right to choose their place of residence to move freely within its territory, subject to any regulations applicable to aliens generally in the same circumstances.”

The facility is apparently intended to house 7,000 asylum seekers and would be operated by a staff of 1,000-1,5000, providing asylum seekers with basic needs, such as housing, food, hygiene, health services, according to Haaretz.

Zio=Nazi’s considers only a small number of the 35,000 people, primarily Africans, who have entered the Zionist state over the past few years, as refugees. The rest are viewed as illegal economic migrants. Over the past year, immigration police in Tel Aviv have conducted mass arrests in areas largely populated by internationals, with little regard as to the legal status of these people It is unclear how the immigration police will determine who qualifies for detention in the closed asylum facility or how long they will be detained.

It is also unclear as to whether Article 32 of the Convention, on the subject of expulsion, will be acknowledged. The article states, “The expulsion of such a refugee shall be only in pursuance of a decision reached in accordance with due process of law. Except where compelling reasons of national security otherwise require, the refugee shall be allowed to submit evidence to clear himself, and to appeal to and be represented for the purpose before competent authority or a person or persons specially designated by the competent authority.”

Authors Gissen and Gothelf recommend that the facility be built next to the Ketziot Military Prison, which is a camp style prison where Palestinian prisoners are kept in tents, “because of its isolation from populated areas and because the operational benefits that could be reaped from setting it up next to an already operating prison,” reported Haaretz.

“Detention is a terrible trauma and may be even more serious for people who were exposed to this trauma in the past,” noted Dr. Ido Lurie, medical director of the Open Clinic operated by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. “Most of those arriving in Israel were persecuted in their countries for political and other reasons. Many of the refuge seekers underwent additional traumas like rape, torture and abuse while passing through Sinai.”

“The UN Convention states that the country the refugee arrived in is responsible for his welfare, health and rights – including freedom of movement, access to documents and the right to work. With all the complexity, there are many other solutions,” Ido said.

The municipality of Bnei Brak, a largely Jewish ultra-orthodox city just east of Tel Aviv, is also stepping up efforts against migrant workers and asylum seekers living in the suburb. In early November the city’s municipality announced it would take steps against landlords renting rooms to migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers in the city’s Pardes Katz neighborhood.

At the time, many foreign residents reported having their electricity and water cut off without warning. When the renters spoke with their landlords, they were told to speak with the municipality. Some residents reported being without electricity and water for days.

Now the municipality is taking to court home owners who rent to migrant workers and asylum seekers.

Over the last few weeks, it has indicted a property owner on charges of violating the planning and building laws by subdividing flats into small apartments for rental purposes without a permit, reported Haaretz.

On Monday, the city’s local affairs court issued an injunction ordering the owners to cease renting the buildings until it issues its verdict, according to the news daily. The city is apparently denying charges of racism, saying it is merely upholding the law, and added that it plans to indict additional home owners on similar charges in the coming weeks.

Lior Birger of Assaf, the Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, protested the city’s conduct on this matter.

“Contrary to the municipality’s claims, these people are legal,” she said. “They have temporary protection documents that enable them to rent an apartment just like anyone else. It’s a pity the municipality has chosen to take such an extreme step against people who are liable to find themselves out on the street.”

Iftach Cohen, legal advisor to the Anu Plitim refugee advocacy organization, termed the decision a “direct result of the policy of the Interior Ministry headed by [Minister] Eli Yishai, which encourages poor populations to hate each other. The neglect of the impoverished ultra-Orthodox population of Bnei Brak leads to racist phenomena, and unfortunately, the municipality has given in to this mood and even bolstered it by means of selective enforcement.” 

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Thu 6 Jan 2011
Jewish chronicle


On 29th December, MPACUK made headlines at the Jewish Chronicle. It seems the Ilford team with their recent boycott campaign has caused a slight stir, the Jewish Chronicle even commented that “if activists truly wanted to help the plight of the Palestinians they should work towards encouraging dialogue, not the opposite.” Oooh, touchy! If we don’t make a difference then why take the time and effort to record and publish our actions?

The purpose of this campaign was to raise awareness of boycotting settlement goods as well as educating the Muslim masses on the importance of boycotting Israeli produce. We wanted to raise awareness and educate Muslims and people of morals and ethics to take up this boycott campaign and to stop buying products that are produced in the racist, apartheid state of Israel.

The oranges, melons & herbs have been grown on stolen Palestinian land, the soups and tinned products were made in factories on illegal settlements stolen from the Palestinians.

Most people seem to feel irate that Tesco workers were put out by the campaign which was held for a period of 9 weeks, forgetting the Palestinians who are ‘put out’ every day of their lives living in an open air prison, or living without a loved that has been killed by snipers or F15’s dropping bombs everyday of their lives.

It’s because we care that MPACUK have launched this campaign, to let all stores that sell Israeli goods know that they will be held to account for supporting the terrorist state of Israel. The boycott is not directed at any religious or ethnic group, but rather it is directed at those companies that are supporting the racist occupation of Palestine. The boycott list will testify to this: we are not discriminating between the supporters of Israel. If a Muslim company is caught collaborating with Israel it will be boycotted just as vigorously as any other company.

The JC reports on how we apparently set out to irritate other shoppers, however our aim was merely for Ilford MPACUK activists to visit their local stores, fill up their trolleys with Israeli goods, scan and bag them, and then refuse to buy the products. As you saw in our campaign video last time, we are making customers wait in line, while we demonstrate in stores selling Israeli goods. Yes, we are taking up their time while we speak to the store managers and hold them to account, for helping the apartheid state of Israel; but is the inconvenience we cause to those standing in checkout queues greater than the inconvenience caused to the Palestinians that have to stand at Israeli checkpoints?

The few filmed were made aware of what we were doing but decided not to move. We have every right to demonstrate against injustice! We have every right to speak up. We will not be silenced and we will make a stand against the people who support the injustices of this world! …Every little helps!

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By race/ethnicity, African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the United States (US). At the end of 2007, blacks accounted for almost half (46%) of people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the 37 states and 5 US dependent areas with long-term, confidential, name-based HIV reporting. In 2006, blacks accounted for nearly half (45%) of new infections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Even though new HIV infections among blacks overall have been roughly stable since the early 1990s, compared with members of other races and ethnicities they continue to account for a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV—from new infections to deaths.


Estimated Rates of New HIV Infections,
by Race/Ethnicity and Gender, 2006

 		Estimated Rates of New infections, by Race/Ethnicity and gender, 2006 This a vertical bar graph with six bars. The y-axis represents rates per 100,000 Population.    The bar representing Black Men starts at zero and ends at 115.7 and the bar representing Black  Women starts at zero and ends at 55.7.  The bar representing Hispanic/Latino Men starts at zero  and ends at 43.1 and the bar representing Hispanic/Latina Women starts at zero and ends at 14.4.   The bar representing White mean starts at zero and ends at 19.6 and the bar representing white  women starts at zero and ends at 3.8.


Source: CDC. Subpopulation Estimates from the HIV Incidence Surveillance System—United States, 2006. MMWR. 2008; 57(36):985–989.


The Numbers

New HIV Infections1


  • In 2006, black men accounted for two-thirds of new infections (65%) among all blacks. The rate of new HIV infection for black men was 6 times as high as that of white men, nearly 3 times that of Hispanic/Latino men, and twice that of black women.

  • In 2006, black men who have sex with men (MSM)2 represented 63% of new infections among all black men, and 35% among all MSM. HIV infection rates are higher among black MSM compared to other MSM. More new HIV infections occurred among young black MSM (aged 13–29) than among any other age and racial group of MSM.

  • In 2006, the rate of new HIV infection for black women was nearly 15 times as high as that of white women and nearly 4 times that of Hispanic/Latina women.


HIV and AIDS Diagnoses3 and Deaths


  • Although new HIV infections have remained fairly stable among blacks, from 2005–2008 estimated HIV diagnoses increased approximately 12%. This may be due to increased testing or diagnosis earlier in the course of HIV infection; it may also be due to uncertainty in statistical models.

  • At some point in their lifetimes, 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV infection, as will 1 in 30 black women.

  • From 2005–2008, the rate of HIV diagnoses among blacks increased from 68/100,000 persons to 74/100,000. This increase reflectsthe largest increase in rates of HIV diagnoses by race or ethnicity.

  • In 2008, an estimated 18,328 blacks received an AIDS diagnosis, a number that has remained relatively stable since 2005.

  • By the end of 2007, an estimated 233,624 blacks with a diagnosis of AIDS had died in the US and 5 dependent areas. In 2006, HIV was the ninth leading cause of death for all blacks and the third leading cause of death for both black men and black women aged 35–44.

Prevention Challenges

Like other communities, African Americans face a number of challenges that contribute to the higher rates of HIV infection.


Sexual risk behaviors, such as unprotected sex with multiple partners, with a partner who also has other sex partners, or with persons at high risk for HIV infection can be common in some communities.


Injection drug use can facilitate HIV transmission through the sharing of unclean needles. Casual and chronic substance users may be more likely to engage in unprotected sex under the influence of drugsand/or alcohol.


African Americans continue to experience higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than any other race/ethnicity in the US. The presence of certain STDs can significantly increase the chance ofcontracting HIV infection. A person who has both HIV infection and certain STDs has a greater chance of infecting others with HIV.


The socioeconomic issues associated with poverty, including limited access to quality health care, housing, and HIV prevention education, directly and indirectly increase the risk for HIV infection and affect the health of people living with HIV.


Lack of awareness of HIV status. In a recent study of men who have sex with men (MSM) in five cities, 67% of the HIV infected black MSM were unaware of their infection.


Stigma also puts too many African Americans at higher risk. Many at risk for HIV infection fear stigma more than knowing their status, choosing instead to hide their high-risk behavior rather than seek counseling and testing.


What CDC is doing

CDC has initiated a wide range of activities to (1) better understand those factors that drive the HIV and AIDS epidemic among African Americans in the US, (2) expand HIV testing and access to medical care, (3) develop new interventions and scale up the availability of effective interventions, and (4) mobilize African American communities to combat the HIV crisis. Some examples of CDC activities:


  • CDC works closely with state and local health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs) to effectively utilize current HIV prevention interventions proven to be most effective for African Americans.

  • CDC research has led to new interventions that reduce HIV risk in African Americans. CDC continues to identify, develop, and evaluate new behavioral and biomedical interventions for individuals at greatest risk and those living with HIV.

  • CDC is conducting research to better understand and plan interventions to address the social, community, financial,and structural factors that place many African Americans at risk and hinder access to prevention and care.

  • CDC is working with African American leaders from every sector to mobilize communities of color against HIV and deliver culturally appropriate campaigns and messages, including the Act Against AIDS campaign. For more information, visit

  • In 2010, CDC announced a second 3-year expanded HIV testing program that supplements an initiative started in 2007 to increase HIV testing among African Americans. CDC is expanding the program to an additional five state, territorial, andmetropolitan health departments. It also broadens the target population to include African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos, as well as MSM and injection drug users of any race/ethnicity. Funding for the program was increased from $36 million to approximately $62 million.

1 New HIV Infections refers to HIV incidence, or the number of people that are newly infected with HIV.


2 The term men who have sex with men (MSM) is used in CDC surveillance systems. It indicates the behaviors that transmit HIV infection, rather than how individuals self-identify in terms of their sexuality.


3 HIV and AIDS Diagnoses indicates when a person is diagnosed with HIV infection or AIDS but does not indicate when the person was infected


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Jan 6, 2010 

ZioNazi shelling kills one Palestinian

US, Zio-Nazi  ‘biggest threats to Turkey’

Canada urged to probe death of Iranians

Zionist Mu-Barak  halts full aid delivery to Gaza

‘Over 3,000 tons of bombs fell on Gaza’

‘Egypt attack price of snubbing Zionism’

WikiLeaks: Zio+Nazi charged bribes for goods entering Gaza

Report: Nazi Netanyahu ordered Shin Bet to investigate senior aides

‘Dangerous’ political websites blocked from viewing at Zionist’s airport

Gates Sending 1,400 More Marines to Afghanistan

Islamic Group Is CIA Front, Ex-Turkish Intel Chief Says

The Hidden Hand in the Free-Pollard Campaign

IDFZio=Nazi Gestapo  2 Palestinians on Gaza border


Iraq Depleted Uranium Contamination Linked To Illness, Deformities & Death


Please check out the brand new book detailing Israel’s deliberate attack on the USS LIBERTY here

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January 5, 2011


Why have you let ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing,’ like the rabid John Hagee, bamboozle you into worshiping Israel and hating Muslims?

If you’re a REAL CHRISTian, that means you’re a follower of Christ, who came to Earth to bring a new message of peace, love and understanding of thy neighbors, which is why JC’s teachngs are called the NEW Testament.

I’m not talking about ALL Christians, just the ones who worship Israel and pray for the “End of Times,’ that the loony Tim LaHaye shouts about like some carnival barker drawing in the ‘marks’ so that his inside crew can pick their pockets.

Only these days, the ‘inside crew, are online book outlets that push LaHaye’s noxious and idiotic books, like his “Left Behind.”

Yet you sit in your pews, wide-eyed and almost foaming at the mouth when pseudo-Christians like Hagee and that noxious Pat Robertson preach cherry-picked passages from the OLD Testament that always talks about the Jews/Israelite’s killing these people or butchering en masse those tribes who were minding their own business, until the blood-thirsty Jews decided to steal some land or wealth and prayed before pagan idols for help slaughtering those they didn’t like.

What ‘Holy Men of Gawd’ like John Hagee Has in Store for you CHRISTians


If you know your Bible–and I have read that book several times–then you’d know that Christ taught us to ‘feed the hungry, minister to the sick and shelter the homeless,’ like when he preached his beautiful “Sermon on the Mount.”

Yet you ignore that and instead, rally around frauds like Hagee and pray, wish and hope for WWIII, to bring about ‘Armageddon’ so you can be ‘Raptured’ up to heaven, ascending a stairway made out of the charred, radioactive corpses of hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dead humans.

Yet the word ‘Rapture’ is NOWHERE to be found in the KJV Bible. If you’ve become so enthralled with nuking Iran, Pakistan and any other nation your beloved state of hate, Israel doesn’t like, maybe it’s time to refresh your memory with JC’s Beatitudes, like this one:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Perhaps a little reminder of JC’s “Golden Rule” will help break you away from that brainwashing that is destroying you?

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Still bowing before that ‘Golden Calf of Apartheid Israel?’

Did you forget your 10 Commandments, like this one:

1.You shall have no other gods before me.

In other words, stop listening to those who command you to bow down before Apartheid Israel.

Did this one slip your mind?

2.You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

What is it with all those graven images in ‘Christian’ churches, like the cross, religious statues and my favorite, the one showing JC with lily-white skin? 

He was born in Palestine 2,000 years ago, so that means he was either brown-skinned or maybe even black. Did you ever think the REAL reason why Joseph and Mary were refused room at the inn was because they were BLACK? 

This is what your Bible says about JC’s ethnic background, but none of those ‘bible-thumping’ money lovers ever preach these passages:

Daniel in the Book of Daniel and John in the Book of Revelation both give us a physical description of Christ. Both describe him as having “hair like wool, eyes like fire, and feet like polished brass.” 

Does this image of JC, which portrays him as being black, scare the ‘bejesus’ out of your warped minds that insist that Christ looked like the white-skinned, blue-eyed kid next door?


“The Rapture” is contrived from the footnotes contained in the Scofield Reference Bible that was edited by C.I. Scofield, copyrighted, and first published in 1909. The 1917 edition is infamous for its propagation of the false teaching known as premillennialism with “the Rapture” being a popular part of that system of belief.

Premillennialism was declared a heresy at the 431 AD Council of Ephesus.

Next time you swoon before that religous idol in your church that shows JC with blue eyes and pure white skin, think twice about what you’re bowing before.

And what about the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not murder.” Did that get replaced with hate for Muslims, Arabs and Persians?

“Kill ’em all and let G-d sort them out” type of thinking?

Don’t you realize that many of your preachers are being bought off by Israel, bribed with gifts of money and customized Lear Jets, like the late Jerry Falwell received from Israel in 1979?

Others, like that clown Pat Roberston, is worth around 700 MILLION DOLLARS, due to his nefarious dealings with African dictators and their stolen ‘blood’ diamonds? Maybe another quote from the NEW Testament will take off those ‘Star of David’ blinders you’ve got on your eyes:

“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

In the end, this is what you deluded fools are really supporting:

Vanunu’s Message to Hillary Clinton re: The Apartheid Wall

Just weeks after his FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL began the whistle blower of Israel’s underground WMD Facility sent this message to Senator Clinton and USA Christians.

For the record, I do not consider myself a Christian and I don’t believe in organized religion, since it has become a refuge and tax dodge for thieves, liars and scoundrels.

Even though I was forcibly baptized into the the cult of misogynists and rapist priests, the Catholic Church and spent eights years getting brainwashed by sexually starved nuns who tried to go against their God’s will and deny their biological need for intimate relations with a man.

For awhile, I joined an Assembly of God Pentecostal church, where they ‘talk in tongues and roll around on the floor,’ as if they had been possessed by a demon.

That lasted until one day I asked the preacher what all the money the flock was donating, what that money was being used for. His face got red, and he pointed a finger at me and screeched: “It’s not up to you to question what God does with his money.”

In April, 1997 two pilots who worked for Operation Blessing charged that planes linked to Robertson and his ministry flew mostly to haul equipment for his African Development Co., a private diamond operation. Robert Hinkle, the chief pilot told reporter Bill Sizemore that of about 40 flights within Zaire during the half-year period he was there, “Only one or at most two” were related to the humanitarian mission of Operation Blessing. The rest were “mining-related.”

“We got over there and we had ‘Operation Blessing’ painted on the tails of the airplanes, Hinkle told the Virginian-Pilot, “but we were doing no humanitarian relief at all. We were just supplying the miners and flying the dredges from Kinshasa out to Tdshikapa.” 

One of Robertson’s former business partners recalled that, although he often traveled in the minister’s jet, he never saw Robertson crack open a Bible. ‘Everywhere we were flying he had the Wall Street Journal and Investors’ Daily.’

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January 6, 2011

by crescentandcross 


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 by Philip Giraldi,


 January 06, 2011


The record of the America’s law making body Congress and its judiciary since 9/11 has been nothing short of pathetic.  The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 might well be described as one of history’s more spectacular euphemisms employed to gut a constitution, somewhat akin to Hitler’s “emergency act” in the wake of the Reichstag fire of 1933. It is better known as the Patriot Act I.  Patriot Act I became law six weeks after the fall of the twin towers and was followed by the the Patriot Act II of 2006, the two laws together diminishing constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of association, freedom from illegal search, the right to habeas corpus, prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, and freedom from the illegal seizure of private property.

The First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments in the Bill of Rights have all been discarded or abridged in the rush to make it easier to investigate, torture, and jail both foreigners and American citizens. The Patriot Act also incorporates the Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of October 17th, 2001, which permits the freezing of assets and investigation of individuals suspected of being financial supporters of terrorism. “Suspected” is the key word, as there is no oversight or appeal to the process.

The Military Commission Act of 2006 followed the Patriot Acts, creating military tribunals for the trying of “unlawful enemy combatants,” including American citizens. Unlike a civil or criminal court, the accused needs only a two-thirds vote by the commission members present to be convicted. The act permits the indefinite jailing of suspects in a military prison without providing access to a lawyer or charging with a crime.

The government is not required to produce any normally admissible evidence at a commission hearing and can rely on hearsay or even on information obtained overseas during torture to make its case. Detainees do not have access to any classified information being used against them and cannot cross examine or even know the identity of witnesses.

The MCA suspends habeas corpus for anyone charged and forbids the application of the Geneva Conventions to mitigate conditions of confinement or to challenge the judicial process or verdict. The Geneva Conventions also cannot be invoked if the accused subsequently claims he was tortured or otherwise abused, protecting overly zealous interrogators from later charges of “war crimes.” The act was also designed to cover all cases that were pending, meaning that it was retroactive.

More recently, the United States Attorney General has indicated that he will not prosecute government officials who committed torture under the Bush Administration in spite of Washington being a signatory to international treaties condemning the practice.  The Obama Administration has also declared that it has the right to kill any American citizen anywhere in the world if it suspects that person is involved in supporting terrorism.

The sole due process required to carry out the execution is review of a secret dossier by a government lawyer.  The assassination, inevitably in a country with which the US is not at war since Washington is not legally at war with anyone, is carried out by a hellfire missile fired from a drone.  If the target’s family is traveling with him, that is regarded as unavoidable collateral damage.

And the new judicial world order has been given its own defense mechanisms to make it bulletproof.  Challenges to illegal incarceration or denial of constitutional rights are routinely rejected by the courts, concurring with Administration claims of state secrecy to keep both whistleblowers and those detained out of the legal system.  Today, someone can be accused of terrorism support after sending $5 to a charity. 

American Muslims who voice their discontent over the internet or phone regarding heavy handed FBI tactics can themselves be targeted, frequently encountering a new friend in the form of a government informant and eventually being talked into committing a “terrorist act.” Their new friend gives them a fake bomb or unusable weapon and they are then arrested and sentenced to twenty years in prison.

The sorry state of American jurisprudence and vanishing liberties under Bush-Obama would rather suggest that the pot not be calling the kettle black, but, alas, the pumped-up-by-hubris elected and appointed leaders in Washington do not know the meaning of the expression “shut up.”  One would think they might be less tone deaf at a time when they are seeking a phony legal formula to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but that would suppose that someone in the federal bureaucracy actually knows what he is doing.

The latest case of foot in mouth involves Russia.  The US media has been reporting critically on the recent conviction in Moscow of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.  Khodorkovsky had earlier been convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2005 and has been in jail ever since. 

The conviction prompted commentary from no less than Hillary Clinton who said it “raises serious questions about selective prosecution – and the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations” while the White House saw “…due process violations and what appears to be an abusive use of the legal system for improper ends.”  In some accounts there are suggestions that the Administration will block Russian entry into the World Trade Organization to punish Moscow for its failure to establish an “independent judiciary” and a “rule of law.”

Now excuse me, one might well ask why the Clintons and Obamas of this world feel themselves empowered to criticize legal procedures in another country involving a citizen of that country while failing to protect actual American citizens like Rachel Corrie, but it is quite likely a question not worth exploring.  If there is some net gain attainable by antagonizing Russia unnecessarily it is difficult to determine what exactly that might be. 

The Clinton/Obama comments also reveal a profound level of ignorance about recent history.  Russia was looted by the so-called oligarchs in the 1990s and Hillary Clinton should be asking how it was that Mikhail Khodorkovsky became one of the richest men in the world in little more than ten years, starting as a salesman for used computer parts.  His business acumen must have been truly remarkable, but he also received more than a little well documented assistance from international organized crime.  The fact is that Khodorkovsky is guilty of all charges and possibly some others to include torture, criminal conspiracy, and homicide and there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he stole upwards of $15 billion from the Russian people. 

If Clinton and Obama had bothered to check they almost certainly would have discovered a file on Khodorkovsky’s activities about a foot thick at the FBI offices on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s move to hold the oligarchs accountable for their crimes, which included multiple murders in addition to massive corruption and fraud, is extremely popular and so it should be.  Most oligarchs have fled to Western Europe or to Israel to avoid prosecution.

So why the sympathy in the media and within government circles for the oligarchs?  Well, it is the usual nonsense.  Hardliners in Washington, many of whom are our good old friendly neocons, need an enemy and Russia was available.  Some have also cleverly woven into their narrative the theme of anti-Semitism, always available when all else fails.  The fact is that most oligarchs and their enablers from the West who looted Russia were Jewish and a number were Israeli citizens. 

But they were also criminals.  The two facts are not necessarily congruent, but if apologists for Khodorkovsky can twist reality to make it look as if someone is planning a pogrom, so much the better.  What we are seeing is the usual neocon narrative:  come up with a viable enemy to justify those huge defense budgets and label him an anti-Semite to make the story even more compelling.

Ironically, Hillary Clinton’s own State Department, which interviewed an international observer at the trial, reported that the legal proceedings seemed to be fair.  Russian courts are not US courts but that might actually be an advantage given what we Americans have seen lately.  In one respect at least their judicial system has to be regarded as better:  they no longer have gulags while we Americans have offshore and secret prisons in Guantanamo and elsewhere. 

But the real question has to be, why are we again interfering in something that we only dimly understand when we just might leave it alone?  Who named us the Lord High Executioner for the entire world?  It is the ultimate tragedy, what the Greeks would call nemesis, that a nation that once prided itself as a shining city on the hill or as “indispensable” can now be summed up with another word.  That word is “rogue.”

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by Keith Johnson


George Orwell coined the phrase “double speak” in his science fiction classic “1984.”  According to Wikipedia: double speak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.  Some examples from the book are:

War is Peace

Freedom is Slavery

Ignorance is Strength

We certainly have evolved into that kind of society, with organiztions like the ADL operating in much the same way that the Ministry of Truth does in the novel.  Both employ double speak as part of its modus operandi to disseminate lies and distort reality.

The latest example of this technique being used comes to us courtesy of ADL head, Abraham Foxman, who recently condemedformer White House journalist, Helen Thomas, for statements she made in a speech delivered to a group of Arab American students at the University of Dearborn last Thursday.  In that speech, Thomas made this truthful and factual assessment of the political reality dominating our society:

“We are owned by the propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. … We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

Foxman responded by stating:

“Helen Thomas has clearly, unequivocally revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite.  Her suggestion that Zionists control government, finance and Hollywood is nothing less than classic, garden-variety anti-Semitism. This is a sad final chapter to an otherwise illustrious career. Unlike her previous, spontaneous remarks into a camera, these words were carefully thought out and conscious. It shows a prejudice that is deep-seated and obssessive.”

How do you like them apples?  Here we have a white man—born to Eastern European parents—calling a Semitic person an anti-Semite.  If that’s not double speak, I don’t know what is.

That’s right.  Helen Thomas is a true, honest to goodness Semite.  She is of Lebanese decent, which makes her Arab Semitic. 

Even today, most dictionaries define the word “Semite” as: amember of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.

Is Foxman a Semite?  I’m not so sure.  We do know that he was born to Polish parents in a town that once belonged to Poland, but is now part of the Republic of Belarus in Eastern Europe. According to his biography, posted on the ADL website:

“Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust as an infant by his Polish Catholic nanny who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost.”  

That hardly makes him a Semite—according to our academic definition—unless of course there is something about his background that we don’t know about.  Can his ancestry be traced back to the Middle East, or do his ancestors hail from the plains of southern Russia and the Caucasus Mountains, where many Jewish Poles are more often linked to the Khazars of Central Asia, who converted to Judaism in the late seventh and early eighth centuries?

Though raised a Catholic, Foxman now identifies with Judaism.  But Judaism does not make you a Semite.  Judaism makes you Jewish, Scientology makes you a Scientologist, and Christianity makes you a Christian.  We’re talking about a belief system here, not genetics.

Of course many Judaists will disagree.  They believe that their Jewishness constitutes a genetic bloodline that can be traced back to the legendary Abraham of the Old Testament.  They even claim that certain genetic studies have proven this to be a scientific fact.  But these studies are sponsored by Judaists, authored by Judaists, and are conducted at Jewish institutions.  Their papers are released with misleading titles that are picked up by ignorant journalists who propagate conclusions that the real studies have never reached.  Not one study has been able to find a gene that is unique to Jews.  The reason they don’t is because no two people share the same version of the human genome text except pairs of identical twins.  These studies are full of flaws and distortions using data that does not fit the theory they set out to prove.

Still, many Judaists insist that they are direct descendants of a Jewish people that received the Torah in Sinai.  They maintain that their exile from the “Promised Land” set them on a two thousand year journey of wandering throughout much of the world, and that they always managed to preserve that crucial bloodline that links that them to the children of Abraham.

Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand, author of the book, “The Invention of the Jewish People,” has done a thorough job of debunking some of the more widely propagated myths in support of this Jewish Diaspora.  His research is supported by archaeological evidence discovered—following an earthquake in the 1980’s—that discredits the great exodus of the 13th century B.C., among other things. 

“Moses could not have led the Hebrews out of Egypt into the Promised Land, for the good reason that the latter was Egyptian territory at the time. And there is no trace of either a slave revolt against the pharaonic empire or of a sudden conquest of Canaan by outsiders.

Nor is there any trace or memory of the magnificent kingdom of David and Solomon. Recent discoveries point to the existence, at the time, of two small kingdoms: Israel, the more powerful, and Judah, the future Judea. The general population of Judah did not go into 6th century BC exile: only its political and intellectual elite were forced to settle in Babylon. This decisive encounter with Persian religion gave birth to Jewish monotheism.

Then there is the question of the exile of 70 AD. There has been no real research into this turning point in Jewish history, the cause of the diaspora. And for a simple reason: the Romans never exiled any nation from anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. Apart from enslaved prisoners, the population of Judea continued to live on their lands, even after the destruction of the second temple. Some converted to Christianity in the 4th century, while the majority embraced Islam during the 7th century Arab conquest.”

As you can see, there is much to suggest that many people who refer to themselves as Semites are doing so incorrectly.  But, of course, we’re still defining Semites according to the academic standard.  If you define a Semite within the context of anti-Semitism, you get a whole other story altogether. 

What is anti-Semitism?  According to the ADL website, anti-Semitism is:

“The belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews.”

Two European writers from the late 19th century, Wilhelm Marr and Heinrich Von Treitschke, are the ones often credited with applying the word Semite exclusively to Jews.  But I reject this notion.  Am I allowed to do that, or am I forced to accept the assumptions of two self proclaimed anti-Semites?

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to apply the word Semite to a wide range of Semitic speaking people from the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.

If you want my definition of anti-Semitism, I would refer you to what is being done to the people of Gaza.  That’s anti-Semitism on steroids. 

I would also apply the term anti-Semitism to the growing Islamophobia taking place here in the United States and in parts of Europe. 

The Iraq war was anti-Semitic, as is the war in Afghanistan as well as what is being planned against the people of Iran. 

The ADL is anti-Semitic.  When plans were announced to build an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero, Abe Foxman came out against it.  Some called old Abe out for his hypocrisy on that one.  And although he has recently tried to repair the ADL’s image by condemning certain acts carried out against Muslims, he continues to feed the flames of racism and bigotry (behind the scenes) by allowing his group to be allied with organizations like “Family Security Matters” (FSM), a fiercely anti-Islamic group that propagates lies and peddles in fear and loathing against Muslims. 

According to Source Watch:

“Family Security Matters (FSM) originated in 2003 as a project of the Center for Security Policy a hawkish security policy think tank and advocacy group. Soon after its formation FSM claimed to represent “security moms”. While generally supportive of President George W. Bush’s domestic and international security policies, FSM have had their differences with the Republican administration over issues such as immigration policy, U.S. policy towards Russian Presdient Vladimir Putin. Since the Democratic ascendancy in the 2006 mid-term elections, FSM have also published criticisms of the Bush administration — such as those byNewt Gingrich — for being too cautious in their strategy in the Middle East.

FSM states on its website that its mission is to “inform all Americans, men and women, about the issues surrounding national security; to address their fears about safety and security on a personal, family, community, national and international level; to highlight the connection between individual safety and a strong national defense; to increase civic participation and political responsibility; and to empower all Americans to become proactive defenders of our national security and community safety.”

And Media Matters says this in an article from 2004 entitled“FOX’s “security mom” expert spouted Bush-Cheney talking points

“Family Security Matters (FSM) is a front group front for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a conservative Washington think tank think “committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength.” (The phone number listed  on the FSM website is answered by the CSP.) The FSM website features articles by, among others, right-wing syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin Michelle and CSP president Frank J. Gaffney Jr., whose lies and distortions Media Matters for America has documented.” 

If we were to take the ADL’s definition of anti-Semitism, and replace the word “Jews” with “Muslims,” you would find that FSM fits those criteria to a “T.”  Let’s try it.  What is anti-Semitism?

“The belief or behavior hostile toward Muslims just because they are Muslim. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Muslims, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Muslims.”

Want proof of their anti-Semitism?  Take a look at some of these excerpts, taken from articles that FSM runs on its website: 

From “What is Islam?

“Islam is a comprehensive totalitarian form of slavery. It is the opposite of freedom. Its very name, Islam means submission or surrender. True to its name, Islam strives for nothing short of enslavement of the body of humanity as well as the bondage of its mind. This non-negotiable surrender to Islam requires the individual, as well as the society, to disenfranchise themselves of many of the fundamental and deeply cherished human rights.”  

“Islam is not a religion, but a harmful thorn; thus, we must make laws to fight this unwanted thorn growing like mushrooms in our backyards. If Islam is not controlled, these mushrooms soon will blossom and become mushroom-clouds.”

From “Islam—Phobia or Simple Misunderstanding?

“The problem we face at the Mosque and elsewhere is not one of moderate Islam versus an extreme or perverted version. The problem is with the fundamental nature of Islam itself. Read the Koran, listen to the Imams. One need not be selective in the passages he chooses, just try to understand what the Koran is commanding the faithful to do. For anyone who still has doubts after that, play back the tape of millions of wildly cheering Muslims from Cairo to London after the 9/11 attacks.”

From “Why Would a Woman Convert to Islam?

“…as so many autobiographies of Muslim women note, the religion bans anything that is fun (“haram”or forbidden). No chewing of gum, no bicycle riding, no make-up, no eating in public, no painting of nails, no pets, no questions, and of course, no answering back. For many Muslim women, there is an eagerness to assert independence as soon as adulthood is reached.” 

“By and large, Islam devolves into extremism, the repression of women, inequality, and brutality such as the stoning of adulterers. Converts, however, refer to the celebration of old-fashioned family values and hospitality, values which have been eroded in the West. For many, Islam is an escape route from the cultural degradation of Western society.

But what converts often confuse is culture and religion. The warmth a family confers is not the same as the demands of religious obedience.”

This is just a sampling.  There are plenty more.  I would challenge you to browse their website and find at least one article sympathetic to Muslims. 

So what is the ADL’s connection to this group?  Well, the Executive Vice President is Linda G. Cohen, who also serves as a trustee on the New Mexico Board of the Anti-Defamation League. 

No wonder we don’t find this organization listed among the many radical-right groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So who are the real anti-Semites?  I guess that all depends on whom you ask. 

Unfortunately, nobody is asking me.





by Keith Johnson 

On December 14, 2010, 56-year-old Clay Duke attended a board meeting of the Bay School District in Panama City, Florida.  After a few minutes of deliberation, the meeting was opened

up to the local citizenry. 

That’s when Duke rose from his seat, walked to a nearby wall, and spray-painted the letter “V” inside a red circle.  The scrawl was a direct reference to the film V for Vendetta, whose hero—a masked vigilante named “V”—uses the same symbol as his signature trademark.  Duke then pulled a gun, and ordered the room to be cleared of all but six board members.

“I’m going to die today,” said Duke, as he paced around the podium. 

Duke had fallen on hard times.  Like so many Americans, he was broke and unemployed. His

wife, Rebecca, had been laid off from her job—with the 

same school district—and was about to receive her last unemployment check.  To make matters worse, Duke suffered from a bi-polar disorder and was off his meds.  He’d reached his breaking point, and decided to take his own life as a way out of his desperate situation.  Unfortunately, he also planned to take a few people with him.  

Two of the board members tried to reason with Duke, but to no avail.  After a few minutes, he raised his firearm and began shooting.  Luckily, none of the bullets made contact with his intended victims.  Duke, however, was not so lucky.  A security guard returned fire from behind and shot him in the leg.  He fell to the ground and turned his gun on himself.  That was the end of Clay Duke.

The incident received nationwide coverage, with the mainstream media placing heavy emphasis on Duke’s mental instability and past run-ins with the law.  They were also very deliberate in their efforts to characterize him as a delusional paranoid.  Several of the articles contained a statement from one of Duke’s previous defense attorneys, Ben Bollinger, who said, “He was one of these Y2K people.  He was one of those believers that the world was going to [make a] turn for [the] worst and he was stockpiling weapons—assault weapons.”

Bollinger apparently got this impression from Duke when he represented him on a case back in 2000. 

Think about what’s happened since then? Has the world turned for the worst?  You tell me.  Maybe Duke wasn’t as paranoid or delusional as the press would have you believe. 

Prior to his action, Duke posted this statement on his Facebook page:

“My Testament: Some people (the government sponsored media) will say I was evil, a monster (V)… no… I was just born poor in a country where the Wealthy manipulate, use, abuse, and economically enslave 95% of the

population. Rich Republicans, Rich Democrats… same-same… rich… they take turns fleecing us… our few dollars… pyramiding the wealth for themselves. The 95%… the us, in US of A, are the neo slaves of the Global South. Our Masters, the Wealthy, do, as they like to us…”

Again, this doesn’t sound like a man who is completely ‘off his rocker.’  You have to admit that he was quite prophetic in his prediction that the “government sponsored media” would say that he was “evil” and “a monster.”  They have, in fact, done just that.  But what do you make of the rest of his observations?   Do any of you, in this so-called ‘patriot movement’ of ours, see anything in there that you’d disagree with? 

For the most part, the patriot movement has been careful to avoid applauding Duke for his actions.  But that doesn’t mean they’ve been un-sympathetic.  Unlike the mainstream press, the citizen’s media has been correct in pointing out that Duke, himself, was a victim of this tragic event.  He was the victim of an economy that has been deliberately engineered to collapse, of a pharmaceutical industry that prescribes dangerous psychotropic drugs, and of a Zionist controlled Hollywood that produces films like V for Vendetta.

Oh, Boy!  I just heard a thousand jaws hit the floor as they read the end of that last paragraph.  You were all with me about the “economy,” the “pharmaceutical industry,” and maybe even about “Zionist controlled Hollywood.” But many of you were certainly ready to part ways with me for suggesting that there may be something insidious behind one of the patriot movement’s most cherished films. 

In terms of cinematic fiction, V for Vendetta has become a cult classic among many patriots.  It ranks right up there with 1984and The Matrix.  Clips, quotes, and images from the film can be found on several patriot and 

alternative websites.  If you visit any number of conspiracy sites, you will also find many posters using the Guy Fawkes mask as their avatar.  A number of tax protesters in the United States, as well as in Europe, have dressed up in the V costume during some of their demonstrations.  Some patriot groups commemorate the 5th of November—the day the real Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament—and have used that day to stage protests and hold rallies.

For those not familiar with the film, here is the basic premise:

In the near future, Britain is ruled by a totalitarian government under the fascist Norsefire party. Evey Hammond, a young woman who works at the state-run British Television Network, is rescued from an attempted rape perpetrated by members of the secret police by a Guy Fawkes-masked vigilante known as “V”. 

He leads her to a rooftop to watch his destruction of the Old Bailey. Norsefire tries to explain away the incident as a controlled demolition, claiming the building was no longer structurally sound, but V takes over the state television broadcast the next day, exposing the lie. He urges the people of Britain to rise up against the oppressive government and meet him in one year, on 5 November, outside the House of Parliament Houses, which he promises to destroy. 

Patriots love films that are set in a dystopian future, where ‘lone wolf’ vigilantes take on ‘the system’ and sometimes.

sacrifice their own lives to 

inspire future generations to take up the cause from where they left off.  Zionist controlled Hollywood understands this, and is more than happy to accommodate.  They have their ear to the ground, and are fully aware of the rising patriot movement, and of the vast political awakening that has occurred since 9/11. 

Not only do they want to cash in on these disenfranchised people, but they also want to win them over to help propagate the Zionist agenda.  They realize a revolution is imminent, and they want to make sure that they are instrumental in engineering and controlling that revolution.

If we are to believe that the New World Order is in control of Hollywood, and that they use all mediums to spread their propaganda, then we must be careful to scrutinize every little thing they offer us.  Why would the NWO allow a film to be produced that inspires people to challenge their authority?  Only the most naïve of us would suggest that this one flew low enough under the radar to escape their scrutiny. 

No, this film was produced by the NWO specifically to direct the fear and loathing of its audience against the mythical image of a 4thReich, and away from any criticism of Jewish power, the Israeli lobby, and the Zionist oppression of the Palestinian people.

V for Vendetta is rife with Hitler, Nazi, and Holocaust imagery that are intended to further embed into our consciousness that all of our modern fears are entrenched in events that occurred over 65 years ago.  

Zionists want to convince you that your fears of a fascist police state are precisely what they were fighting against during WWII.  Regardless of what concerns you, Zionist propagandists will find a way to connect it with the Nazis.  They are determined to condition you to believe that all evil emanated from Nazi Germany, and that most of the contemporary mechanisms of government control originated from that source.  We are to believe that they, alone, are the enemy.  They always have been, and they always will be.

This propaganda is relentless.  I recently scanned through the TiVo directory on my TV cable box.  First, I typed in the keyword, ‘Hitler.’  Over 70 titles came up for programs scheduled over the next two weeks.  Here’s a short list:  Hitler’s Ghost, When Hitler Invaded America, The Hunt for Hitler, The Fatal Attraction of Adolph Hitler, The Making of Adolph Hitler, and Hitler’s Last Deadly Mission.

Next, I typed in the word, ‘Nazi.’  74 titles came up.  Here’s that short list: Nazi Ghost Train, Nazi UFO Conspiracy, Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy, Nazi Secret Weapons, Nazi Supership, andHunting Nazis.

Finally, I decided to type in the names of two other famous dictators: ‘Stalin’ and ‘Mao.’ I came up with squat.  You know what else I didn’t find?  I didn’t find any programs dealing with the USS Liberty, The Lavon affair or Operation Cast Lead.  Go figure.

Is it that the American people are just not interested in other historical figures and events, or is it that we are being told what we should be interested in?  I think we all know the answer to that.  We have been, and continue to be, indoctrinated to only one significant event in history.  It is this event, and those characters from that era, that drive the propaganda of the New World Order.

If you are constantly on your guard against Nazism, you become less inclined to criticize Israel.  In the minds of most Americans, the Nazis (who are the legendary oppressors of the Jewish people) and the Zionists (who purport to be the defenders of the Jewish people) are polar opposites.  If you believe that the Nazis are the ultimate evil, it is very easy to be persuaded into believing that the Zionists are the ultimate good.  This is exactly what the Zionists want you to believe.

But I know what some of you are going to tell me.  You’re going to tell me that you haven’t fallen for that trick.  You’re

going to say that you are critical 

of Zionists precisely because they are acting like the Nazis, right?  I’m constantly hearing this claim.  What you are saying is that the abused child has now become the abuser.  This is a defense argument.  Attorneys who represent child molesters use it to play off the sympathies of the jurors, often resulting in lighter sentences for their clients.  When you make this kind of argument, you are unwittingly coming to the defense of the Zionists.

In addition to that, you are breathing new life into Hitler’s lungs and keeping the imminent danger of his influence fresh in the minds of the public.  It makes it that much easier for Zionist propagandists to convince the gullible that the New World Order is synonymous with Nazism.  But don’t fall for it.  Hitler is dead, and the Nazis went out of business in 1945. 

Does that mean that Nazis have disappeared from the face of the earth?  Certainly not.  As a matter of fact, I can take you to where they live in my own community.  You’ll find both of them standing outside of their singlewide trailer smoking cigarettes.  They wear black boots, shave their heads, and have a swastika tattooed on their forearm. 

If you look in through one of their bedroom windows, you will see a Nazi flag that they use as a curtain because they are too poor to replace the one that was there before.  Yes, they’ll tell you that they are Nazis.  But I assure you; they aren’t plotting to take over the world.  They’re too busy smoking methamphetamine and stealing bicycles.  No, my friends, the NWO is not synonymous with Nazism. The NWO is synonymous with Zionism.

American Free Press writer Michael Collins Piper explains this best in his book, The New Babylon.

He explains that the NWO is “the intended realization of a Talmudic dream to establish a Jewish utopia.”  Their idea of utopia is a “global imperium” that is ruled over by a “Jewish elite.”

The Zionist movement is at the very heart of this realization, which specifically set out to create the state of Israel as a“geographic and political entity.” 

Piper states that, “The Zionist cause has been integral to the plan for a New World Order.”

He goes on to explain that, “It was the rise of international Jewish finance, and the consequent emergence of the Rothschild Empire—as a foremost influence in that realm—that is central to advancing the New World Order.”

To paraphrase him further, Piper points out that the consolidation of Rothschild power over the British Empire laid the foundation for the political, financial, and structural framework of the New World Order.

Piper says that the United States today has become “the virtual engine of Rothschild power.”  In the Jewish worldview, the United States constitutes, “The New Babylon.”  It has become “the seat of power,” and the mechanism whereby which “they want to achieve the New World Order.”

This is the reality of the New World Order.  But the makers of V for Vendetta would have you believe otherwise.  They accomplish this by introducing Nazi imagery into a contemporary setting, and blending it with modern images of the police state: surveillance cameras, black-clad paramilitary police, etc.  By doing so, they propagate the message that the threat of Nazism is still very much alive.

The political party that rules over the people with an iron fist is called Norsefire, alluding to the Nordic/Aryan archetypes and mythology that are alleged to be integral to Nazi ideology.


The colors of the Norsefire party’s flag are black, white and red, and also utilize a perverted cross symbol that is similar to the swastika.


The ‘Chancellor’ of the Norsefire party is an Adolph Hitler clone by the name of Adam Sutler, who delivers impassioned speeches in a Hitler-esque style.

Before being interrogated, the film’s heroine—Evey—is dressed down and has her head shaved.  This familiar image of the concentration camp victim stays with her throughout the remainder of the film.

Part of V’s back-story reveals that he, himself, was among many other ‘political dissidents’ and ‘social deviants’ who were subjected to Nazi-like medical experiments while interned in a concentration camp.  The facility was eventually burned to the ground.  But unlike the other prisoners, V managed to escape.  He emerges from the flames with superhuman strength and unbridled rage.  This baptism by fire symbolizes V as both the embodiment of the Holocaust survivor, and of those who perished. 

He then sets out on a mission of revenge—a vendetta—against those whom did him wrong.  This mission of vengeance is the very essence of Talmudic Judaism.  Lately, it has become a very popular theme in films like Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, the latter of which spawned a new film genre known as “Jewish revenge porn.”

V takes on the persona of Guy Fawkes, a real life British martyr who was part of the legendary “Gun Powder Plot” to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.  He dons a Guy Fawkes mask both to cover up the disfigurements he suffered in the fire, and as a symbol of violent rebellion.

Throughout the film, V delivers very thought provoking monologues that are quite inspirational.  One of the more often quoted monologues from the film takes place after V commandeers the state-run TV station and broadcasts his message throughout London:

“Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression.

And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”

Who can argue with that?  I’ll be the first to admit that here is a lot of truth that can be gleaned from the dialogue in this film.  But then the message gets mired in overtones of orchestrated violence, which V makes very attractive. 

Throughout the film, V uses terrorist tactics to disrupt the government’s infrastructure.  He also romanticizes these acts of terrorism by setting music to his demolitions and quoting poetry as he kills his adversaries. 

V’s exploits eventually inspire the population to take a stand against their oppressive government.  At the end of the film, thousands of Londoners, all wearing Guy Fawkes masks, march on Parliament to watch it blown to Hell.

Obviously, V’s extraordinary success as a lone wolf vigilante could only be accomplished in a fictional setting.  In the real world—particularly here in present day America—the expectation that one man’s acts of violence will inspire a mass revolt is absurd. 

Terrorism only works to the advantage of the government.  That is why rational activists, who are trying to gain the trust and empathy of the people, avoid violence like the plague.  If we are to believe that government’s stages false flag events as a pretext to clamp down on the liberties of its people, we must also recognize that they do so for lack of the real, organic, homegrown acts of terrorism that they are constantly warning us about.  

But, believe me, our government loves it when emotionally fragile individuals like Clay Duke take the Hollywood bait and emulate screen heroes like V.  It saves the FBI the trouble of having to set up some poor Somali-born kid to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, or the MOSSAD from convincing some Nigerian half-wit to stick firecrackers down his shorts before boarding an airliner. Governments fear mass uprisings, but encourage individual acts of aggression.  Individuals are easy to contain, and their acts of terrorism are easy to absorb and exploit.

As we have witnessed with the Clay Duke tragedy, there is nothing romantic about violence.  There was nothing cinematically breathtaking in his actions.  There was no theme music playing in the background.  He did not dazzle us with his acrobatic dexterity.  In reality, all acts of violence are ugly and repulsive.

I am not accusing the filmmakers of deliberately inciting violence.  But, in light of the actions taken by Clay Duke, it certainly played a part in doing just that.  However, I am strongly suggesting that the filmmakers were deliberate in their efforts to advance Zionist propaganda for the very reasons I have outlined above.  And who were those filmmakers?

First of all, the film was adapted from a 1982 graphic novel by Alan Moore, a self-described Kabbalist and Chaos Magician who also penned the 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen,” that advocated false-flag terror as a Machiavellian “end justifies the means” scenario that unites the world under a global government following the nuking of a major U.S. city.  But Moore actually distanced himself from the film version of V for Vendetta, complaining that the producers changed the “Fascism Vs. Anarchism” theme to “American Conservatism Vs. American Liberalism.”

Then we have Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers, all three of whom are powerful Jewish Hollywood producers.  The Wachowski Brothers penned the script.  They are also the creative force behind another partriot favorite The Matrix, which likewise contained a great deal of Zionist propaganda.  For instance, Zion is the subterranean refuge that serves as the only safe place for the unplugged humans to escape from the evil machines.


Natalie Portman strolling through Tribeca with boyfriend, Nat Rothschild. Nat, 36, is a Brit financier and member of the prominent Rothschild banking family.

Then, last but not least, we have Israeli actress Natalie Portman playing the part of the film’s screen heroine, Evey.  Now, this may surprise many patriot fans of this movie.   Did you know that—at the same time this film was in wide release—Ms. Portman was dating 36-year-old Nat Rothschild.  That’s right—Nat Rothschild—from the same Rothschild family that most all of us patriots can agree sits at the very tippy top of the New World Order. 

Now, all of these things might seem inoccuous and innocent when weighed individually.  But when added together, they make a strong argument for the thesis I’ve set forth.

I am not making a plea for patriots to censor this film from their minds, remove clips from their websites, or refrain from reciting quotes from the film.  But I do suggest that they be cognizant of the underlying subtext of Nazi imagery, and how it being used to transport us out of the present and into the distant past.

We have all heard the term, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”  Well, if you consider Nazism to be your enemy, and Zionism to be its greatest foe, then it can be argued that Zionism is your greatest ally. But Nazism is not our problem, and it hasn’t been a problem to anyone for over half a century.

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I’m not coming to the defense of the Nazis.  I am neither a Hitler apologist, a Nazi sympathizer, or a Holocaust denier.  In fact, I am diametrically opposed to those who celebrate Hitler, advance Nazi


ideaology, or adopt Nazi symbolism as part of their identity.  Not for fear that these people might inspire a resurgence of Nazism, but because it works to the advantage of Zionist propagandists.  

They like nothing more than to use these cartoon images of bald headed youths—waving Nazi flags and giving the ol’ “Sieg Heil” salute—to scare little old ladies into thinking that Hitler is poised to march down Main Street at any given moment and bring about a second Holocaust.  What’s even more dangerous, is that they superimpose these images on rational critics of Israel in order to advance un-constitutional hate speech legislation.

Listen, if you’re still worried about the Nazis, I’ve got a suggestion for you:  Stop thinking about it!  Stop talking about it!  The only place they exist is in your mind.  If you are concerned about another Holocaust, how about addressing the one that is going on in Palestine.  If we don’t stop the Holocaust there, we may never have a chance to stop the one coming here.

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Stunner: Protesters in Tel Aviv call Barak ‘child murderer’ of Gaza!

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


Unbelievable.This fills my eyes with tears. Jews are coming home. Two years after Gaza, Goldstone is resonating and the blood can’t be washed away. A beautiful moment in the moral arc of the universe. Gaza can’t be forgotten. Israel will be changed by this, so will the lobby… Remember that the Defense Minister is the charming man who hoodooed Bill Clinton and whose knee Barack Obama sat at, months after the Gaza massacre, in which 300-400 children were killed and hundreds more maimed and every child in the strip terrorized/traumatized. From Ynet:

Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke before an audience Tuesday as a guest speaker in an Iran seminar held in the Tel Aviv University. Barak discussed the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and the Middle East’s political-security state but was repeatedly interrupted by protestors who waved pictures of Palestinian victims. The protestors shouted “You murder children in Gaza” and called Barak “a phony liar.”

The audience was mainly comprised of senior officials in the security establishment as well as Israeli and foreign academics. The protestors were quickly removed from the hall by Barak’s and the university’s security guards. The minister later said he did not see fit to respond to the claims.


GQ story on Dubai job suggests Zionism is dumbing Jews down

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


Ronen Bergman, an Israeli, has a big piece in GQ on the Dubai Job, and how Israel hurt itself with the hotel-room assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh last year. A glance at the piece tells me that it is written too much Inside the Israeli narrative (how did Mossad screw up?) and not inside the American one (our client is destroying our brand). But it touches on one of my favorite themes, are Jews smarter. Here’s the takeaway paragraph:

As one very senior German intelligence expert told me: “The Israelis’ problem has always been that they underestimate everyone—the Arabs, the Iranians, Hamas. They are always the smartest and think they can hoodwink everyone all the time. A little more respect for the other side—even if you think he is a dumb Arab or a German without imagination—and a little more modesty would have saved us all from this embarrassing entanglement.”


Good guys actually won this shootout at the Hasbara Corral

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


I hear that NPR had a very good report on Israel cracking down on dissent; you can see the Jawaher Abu Rahma Killed-by-Israel poster at the link. And the IDF already seems to be abandoning the claim that Abu Rahma wasn’t even at the protest in Bil’in. Hanan Greenberg, who offered the original report that “Palestinians lied” about her teargassing, now tries to walk the story back in Ynet:

Assessments made by IDF officials Monday determining that Jawaher Abu Rahma not only did not choke to death by tear gas but did not even attend the Bilin anti-fence protest prompted the outrage of activists who participated in the rally and saw the woman with their own eyes. On Tuesday, criticism was also leveled by IDF officers claiming that army elements were quick to make assumptions before all the facts had been checked.

“In these types of events, matters should be examined in a thorough and level-handed manner instead of rushing to conclusions based on mere thoughts,” an IDF officer said. He noted that unlike the manner in which the army conducts operational inquiries, the probe in this case was based on Palestinian documents which do not yield concrete conclusions but hypotheses at best.


‘Charlie Rose’ transcript saves Hoenlein from on-air allegation he served as Netanyahu’s emissary

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


Watch this Charlie Rose episode from last night to hear Rashid Khalidi soberly explain reality: Palestinians were promised a state 63 years ago and the check is still in the mail; and meantime, there is only one sovereign political entity between the river and the sea and it is or will be majority Palestinian but ruled by Jews. Palestinian statehood without the ability to keep Israeli soldiers from entering any one’s home in the West Bank whenever they like is meaningless. Ramallah is an “excrescence” on Palestine, it is a bubble of prestige and sink of international dollars where, yes, you can get a cappucino for $12. 

Also watch it to see

Aluf Benn of Haaretz say at 11:00 or so that rumor has it that Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Orgs went to Syria at the behest of Netanyahu to negotiate with the Syrians… Hoenlein has admitted going to Syria and meeting President Assad but said that it was not at the behest of Netanyahu, a humanitarian mission. I imagine there could be an issue of needing to register the Conference of Presidents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act?

Then read the official transcript at Charlie Rose, the name Malcolm Hoenlein does not appear in the transcript, though it’s in the interview. Nor the name Ron Lauder. Despite my headline, I don’t know if there’s a rat here. These transcripts are not all that great. Note that the transcriber dropped some other language later in the answer, of a trivial character. Transcript, with dropped words in [BRACKETS]:

CHARLIE ROSE: My understanding and my impression is notwithstanding everything you just said that very recently there’s been some suggestion that they’re prepared to do [Turkey is prepared to play intermediary role between Israel and Syria]–

ALUF BENN: They’re always prepared to do it. Israel is not so happy about that, but, again, unless there’s something secret going on that we don’t know about, Prime Minister Netanyahu to this day has not shown signs of taking the Syrian threat seriously. Every other week there’s a story about a messenger. Only tonight [IT WAS PUBLISHED THAT MALCOLM HOENLEIN] one of the American Jewish leaders went to Damascus and met Syrian officials and obviously the rumor is that he was sent by Netanyahu in a similar way to — an [THAT RONALD LAUDER, ANOTHER] American Jewish leader[,] mediated 12 years ago. But it takes time to see these things are serious. But there is strong voice, especially among the Israeli security establishment which says the [BEST WAY AND THE SHORTEST WAY AND] surest way around Israel’s strategic problems is making peace with Syria.


If you can make it here–

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


These folks from Existence is Resistance were carryingPalestinian flags through Times Square in remembrance of Jawaher Abu Rahma when they got on to TV, the Jumbotron, with love. Sweet moment. Watch the whole video. Thanks to Max B.


Rehabbin’ Rick Sanchez to rent his garments at NY synagogue, tickets $25 a pop

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


Memo to Helen Thomas. Rick Sanchez has a new p.r. guy, Ronn Torossian, and has announced a public confessional with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for Jan. 13 at a synagogue in New York. “What did he really say? What did he really mean?” Tickets available here.  Per Wikipedia, Torossian is a big Israel supporter who has handled Girls Gone Wild, the Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, and other rightwing Israeli figures. Oh and the Hebron Fund. And you thought Sanchez was going to start talking about the Israel lobby? (Well, I did.)


‘Democracy Now’ interviews two witnesses to the killing

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


The great Amy Goodman had two witnesses to the killing of Jawaher Abu Rahma on today’s show, the second a doctor who was at the demo and says that CS gas is well known to cause deaths. Some excerpts:

Goodman: Jonathan [Pollak], we want to begin with you. Since unnamed sources in the Israeli military are denying that Jawaher was even at the protest, did you see her there?

JONATHAN POLLAK: I did see her at the beginning of the protest, and I did see the ambulance evacuating her. It’s important for me to say that these are completely unsubstantiated reports coming from, as you said, anonymous sources. We have numerous eyewitnesses all attesting to her being there or attesting to her being hurt by tear gas. We have the ambulance driver who evacuated her saying that he evacuated her from the area of the demonstration and that she was semiconscious when she got to him and told him she had breathed tear gas, that her injury was a result of tear gas inhalation. We also have the medical reports that suggests—that clearly say that she had died as a result of a cardiac arrest as—a cardiac arrest caused by tear gas inhalation. We also know that she died in the hospital, from the hospital reports. I also know it personally, because I spoke to people at the hospital all night long.

This is outrageous, basically. What the army—what the IDF is saying is outrageous. They’re spreading rumor without any fact. If you ask me, this is not even newsworthy. And yet, people keep on reporting it.

AMY GOODMAN: Reporting that unnamed sources are saying this?

JONATHAN POLLAK: Yes. Well, unnamed sources in the army, and they’re reporting it as news. This is the news that opened Israeli news last night. This is in all the Israeli newspapers, with front-page—in the front page, a version that is completely not based on any fact and is only based in rumor. And the only reason that they publish it is because the army says so. And we, on the other hand, our version is completely backed by fact and by evidence, but it is only provided as a response.

AMY GOODMAN: Can you tell us who Jawaher Abu Rahma was, her brother killed a year ago in a similar protest in a similar place, protesting the separation wall in Bil’in?

JONATHAN POLLAK: Well, they were actually both killed in pretty much the same place, near the separation barrier in Bil’in. Unfortunately, I didn’t know Jawaher herself very well. I knew the family pretty well. So I can’t tell you much about her. I can tell you that her family, her entire family, is very involved in the struggle. As you said, her brother was killed last year after an American-made tear gas projectile, high-velocity tear gas projectile, hit him in the chest, a tear gas projectile that was shot, in contradiction to manufacturer orders, directly at him from short distance—killed him on the spot…

DANIEL ARGO: this tear gas is well known, for the last 80 years, to cause—that it may cause severe injuries and even death. The Israeli army, the same anonymous officers in the Israeli army, claimed in the last several days that they are not aware of any significant injuries or deaths occurring because of tear gas. But the facts are against them. They are very well aware of the history of this tear gas.

AMY GOODMAN: Let me ask you about this issue, an Israeli official contending tear gas disperses rapidly in the air over open ground, it does not kill protesters, again questioning whether Abu Rahma was even at the December 31st demo.

DR. DANIEL ARGO: This is against—this is totally different from all the researches and all the reviews that are being made in the medical—in different medical journals. Just a year and a half ago, one of the best medical journals in the world, the British Medical Journal, published a big article about the dangers of using different tear gases, and especially put emphasis on CS gas, saying that it might cause severe injuries and even death. From what I heard and from evidence that we had about the death of Abu Rahma, it seems as if—that her injury and her death was the consequences of tear gas injury. And that would not be the first case, not in the medical history, and unfortunately not in Palestine, as well.

AMY GOODMAN: Dr. Argo, considering how much tear gas we see they used, why would only she die or be affected in this way?


I think we can somehow compare it maybe to, for example, for different medications or to different toxins that are being used. Not every person who is being exposed to any compound would react the same way. Some would develop some side effects; some might not develop any side effects at all. Even more, a person can develop side effects to a tear gas, very slight side effects, and in the next week develop a much harder reaction to a tear gas.


Another liberal Zionist endorses BDS– well, S anyway

Jan 04, 2011

Philip Weiss


Bernie Avishai is an influential Israeli-American columnist, embraced by liberal Zionists, a speaker at J Street’s conference. He goes to Sheikh Jarrah demonstrations.Here he approvingly cites Howard Sachar’s recipe (at Foreign Policy) for a US-imposed solution in Israel/Palestine, to create two states (thanks to Ofer):

More specifically, will U.S. President Barack Obama grasp the opportunity to jump-start a reasonable version of the Quartet’s master plan for the Holy Land? It is a formulation, after all, that reflects the weight not only of its sponsors’ best collective judgment and self-interests but also of their untapped collective powers of enforcement, including the selective bestowal or withdrawal of diplomatic, economic, or military support.

P.S. Avishai seems to favor gov’t sanctions, but not boycott and divestment. From the Nation last year:

Sanction the Israeli government for activities that obstruct peacemaking. Hurt the settlements. But boycott and divest from the private sector, and you may¨create an economic implosion. Israel’s ratio of debt to GDP looks eerily like that of the weakest EU economies. Unlike Greece, Israel has a rising class of cosmopolitan entrepreneurs who have been politically complacent, especially during the second intifada and Bush administration. But only they can lead the country out of political crisis—and only if they can hold on to their prestige, which is itself rooted in international commerce


In Ramallah: ‘Today an orchestra, tomorrow a state’

Jan 04, 2011

Alice Rothchild


A few tales from Ramallah: 

The dangerous qanun and the intoxication of power

We leave the taxi at Qalandia checkpoint and for 50 shekels grab a ride in the back of a truck with Israeli license plates. The truck doors advertise flooring and construction, three scruffy men sit in the front seat, and soon we are staring through dusty windows at the imposing separation wall, massive amounts of construction and garbage, new cream white apartment and office buildings, and a disarray of cars all heading in opposing directions. In Ramallah, people do not give you their addresses; we are in search of Supermarket Baghdad.

After a dizzying tour of the rainy, foggy city (it seems that men in this culture do not ask for directions easily), we find the supermarket and discover that Israeli Orange phone cards are no longer sold in the West Bank, (first sign of boycott). After a quick call on the one remaining functional phone, Ali Amr, a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston who is home to see his family after a year, meets us a block from the market.

The son of a Moroccan mother and Palestinian father and a talented musician, Ali’s journey home was infinitely more torturous than ours. 

He explains, as a Palestinian he has to enter through Jordan via the Allenby Bridge. He is required to renew his Jordanian Military service papers annually in Jordan, in order to enter Palestine or travel back to the US.

Arriving several days ago, he and his father headed to the border from Amman at 4 pm, got through the Jordanian border without difficulty after a brief interrogation. It seems that studying music in the US is not an entirely legitimate excuse for avoiding the military, but Ali was armed with paperwork from the music school. They then waited in line for an hour to get on a bus to the Israeli border.

Half an hour later, squeezed together with other travelers, “like they do for animals in a cage,” Ali and his father reach the line for the soldiers. I should mention that Ali’s father is a law professor at Al Quds University; he usually dresses formally in a suit and tie, and when I met him I was struck with his dignity as well as good humor. After half an hour, the soldiers checked Ali’s bags and threw his bags and qanun, an Arabic lap harp with 72 strings and delicate inlaid carvings, onto the x ray machine. Everyone was allowed to pass but Ali and he was separated from his father. 

Ali was interrogated for a second time, “Where they asked me just the same questions…Seems like they have a list of questions that if you answer one wrong, trouble.” Ali remembers his rising fear and nervousness, and finally stepped outside. ”It felt just like I got out of prison.” They let him go with papers that “me the 19 year old kid that’s coming from America is clean and not terrorist,” but then the terror began.

His luggage arrived, but no qanun. After endless waiting, Ali asked for his musical instrument and was told to come for further questioning. The soldiers knew the qanun was from Syria, (imported to the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music when Ali was a student there) despite no evidence on the instrument, and insisted that Ali pay a large tax to bring it back into Palestine. Ali and his father where shocked. Ali has traveled all over the world with his qanun and come back home and has never been asked to pay. 

The soldiers insisted that he planned to sell it in the West Bank, despite the certificate confirming Ali as a student at Berklee College of Music, his work as a professional musician, and his instrument. He pleaded, he argued, the soldiers started threatening him. “You wanna pay to take it or we take it.” They took his ID and told him to wait. More pleading and arguing and then the soldier yelled, “It’s your decision.” He grabbed the qanun and threatened to smash it if they did not pay. At this point, Ali’s father said, “Wait!” He asked for the bill and the soldiers came back, 866 shekels ($220). Ali remembers sweating with fear and then took out his emergency money that was supposed to pay for his travel expenses and for repairs on the qanun, and handed it all over.

The two hour incident left Ali shaken, fearful, and crying. “But the situation is that there is no way we can get the money back from them…There is no one to talk to. No one to sue. The only paper I have is the receipt that they will never consider when I visit again and they will make me pay again and put it in their pockets and go get drunk with it in some Israeli bar. They are all 19 – 20 years old kids…holding guns.” And so one of Ramallah’s most talented young musicians is welcomed home.

Today an Orchestra tomorrow a State

We are warmly received by Ali’s parents, but the family is in a bit of a frenzy. Ali’s older brother Mohammad has just arrived from Switzerland to play viola in the first performance of the Palestine National Orchestra. Classically trained professional Palestinian musicians from all over the world had converged on Ramallah, often requiring special visas from Arab countries, and after three days of rehearsals, the concert was starting in an hour. Would we like to come? 
We found ourselves in a massive traffic jam in front of the impressive Ramallah Cultural Palace where hundreds of Palestinians had come to witness the historic birth of this orchestra, a tribute to the arts and cultural identity of the city.

The concert logo featured a cello with a red flower in the center and the profile of a woman’s face wrapped in a keffeya. The program announced: Today an Orchestra tomorrow a State. The hall must have held 1500 people, and young people sat on the stairs down to the stage. As the orchestra played a very respectable Ligeti, a Mozart Exsultate featuring a Japanese/Palestinian soprano, an Allegretto by Arnita for oboe and strings, and Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, dark suited VIPs arrived surrounded by heavy security.

Although cell phones rang, people whispered in hushed conversations, and clapped between movements, Ali said later, “People need to be educated.” For me the most moving response was the tears, probably a mix of pride and pain, a palpable yearning to be whole, to be able to live normally like cultured people all over the world, to celebrate national aspirations without the accompaniment of tanks and apache helicopters. Ramallans were holding their heads high and I could see it on their faces.

Dancing in the prison

There is something uncomfortable for me about having too much fun in a place where there is so much suffering, but it was New Year’s Eve and a friend from the Kennedy School at Harvard who had returned home to Ramallah to do his field work, invited us to a party. We couldn’t resist this opportunity and found ourselves in a lovely apartment near the Bank of Palestine with his gorgeous sister who is studying at Swarthmore, an Israeli friend from University of Pennsylvania, and his aunt, a brilliant sociologist (among other things) with a wildly irreverent tongue.

After tea, the aunt went to her party and we traipsed to a local restaurant hired for the evening. Long tables were set with humus and baba ganoush, rows of party hats, blowers, masks, and a smattering of Christmas decorations. Crowds of 20 and 30 somethings arrived. The women in tight slinky dresses and dizzying high heels, movie star beautiful, shimmered and danced with handsome young men. (My fashion statement tended towards “haute schlep,” but I was old enough to be everyone’s mother and for the record, I held my own on the dance floor). The DJ blared music way beyond my auditory comfort level, but the throbbing beat was inspirational and the hookah smoke mixed with the fog machine creating an other worldly sensibility.

Although I got fairly tipsy on a few sips of Arak, I knew I was rubbing shoulders and hips with the educated upper class of Ramallah, graduates from the Friends School, many schooled in the US, sophisticated, upwardly mobile, famous fathers and high expectations. To add to my general confusion, in between the celebrating I had intense conversations with journalists and activists about Gaza and BDS and one state solutions and getting tear gassed in Bi’iln. My friend spent much of the evening dancing, laughing, and enjoying himself with an exuberance I rarely experience.

He explained the contradiction: we must never forget we live in a prison, but we cannot behave like we do. We have to put on our clothes and clean our houses and dance with abandon on New Year’s Eve.

Bullets in the kitchen

New Year’s day, Ali’s parents, his father a law professor and his mother a practicing lawyer, take us for a tour of Ramallah. I am struck by the amount of construction, the huge mansions next to empty lots, the roller coaster hills, the fascination with English: “Henny Penny Fried Chicken,” “Yummy Mummy Pastries,” “Birth Café.” His parents came from Morocco for better opportunities for their children who would have been unable to work because they are Palestinian.

From 1997 to 2001 they lived in an apartment on the edge of Ramallah and experienced shelling from a nearby Jewish settlement, from 9 pm til morning. “I didn’t see bullets until I came here,” his mother remarked. A bullet through the kitchen window forced them to move to a safer place. 

The most striking stories that emerged were from the invasion in 2002. When the invasion started all the children were at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and Ali’s mother ran to bring them home. The family experienced 28 days of total curfew followed by 2 months where they were allowed to leave the house for 2 hours once a week to buy food. Ali’s mother was sure they would be killed so she stayed close to her children at all times so they would die together.

Men slept at night fully clothed as they could be awoken at any time and hauled off to prison. At one point 60 neighbors in Al Bireh were placed in one house while soldiers occupied the others. 
After the invasion, soldiers were still very present. In 2003 when Ali’s paternal grandmother died in Hebron, the family traveled for seven hours in five different cars, changing at each checkpoint before they got to the funeral. They described Ali’s sister studying at Al Quds University, getting up at 4 am to get to school “before the soldier’s opened their eyes,” running through the hills to get there unnoticed.

One time she slept at Al Quds for 2 weeks rather than risk returning home. Before an exam in mathematics, soldiers confiscated her calculator. 

For me, the most painful moment came when we drove along a city road and looked down a hill at Area C, to the Jewish-only settler roads, and a settlement looming on the nearby hilltop. At another point, the barbed wire, guard towers, and rows of caravans came right up against the road and Palestinian homes, some now abandoned. Ali’s usually cheerfully gracious mother became clearly anxious and upset as his father’s voice rose with exasperation and frustration, the past merging with present as painful memories filled the car. Even the mythical city of Ramallah cannot escape the fact of occupation. 


One family in Gaza

Jan 04, 2011

Jen Marlowe



One Family in Gaza from Jen Marlowe on Vimeo.

Just months after the Israeli assault that killed 1,390 Palestinians, I visited Gaza. Among dozens of painful stories I heard, one family stood out. I spent several days with Kamal and Wafaa Awajah, playing with their children, sleeping in the tent they were living in, and filming their story.

Wafaa described the execution of their son, Ibrahim. As she spoke, her children played on the rubble of their destroyed home. Kamal talked about struggling to help his kids heal from trauma.

What compelled me to tell the Awajah family’s story? I was moved not only by their tragedy but by the love for their children in Wafaa and Kamal’s every word.

It is now the two-year anniversary of the assault on Gaza, and today, January 4th, is the two-year anniversary of what the Awajah family (and so many other families in Gaza) lived through. The 23-minute film is complete. Their story will now be told.

Palestinians in Gaza are depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals. Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through.

For more information, schedule a screening, purchase a DVD, or support this project through a tax-deductible donation please contact

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Australians respect Wikileaks so take a step back

Posted: 05 Jan 2011 03:42 PM PST

The people have spoken:

Australian voters are sharply at odds with the Prime Minister over the release of classified US government cables, a new poll has found.

The survey suggests just one-quarter of voters agree with Julia Gillard that the diplomatic cables recently published by WikiLeaks should have remained secret.

The findings show 59 per cent support WikiLeaks in making the cables public and 25 per cent oppose it.


The survey of 1000 Australians by UMR Research was conducted between December 16 and 21, three weeks after the cables began appearing.

UMR’s managing director, John Utting said support for the release of the cables was strongest among men, the more affluent and younger voters, and the better educated.

“There is little difference between the two major parties, while Green voters overwhelmingly support the release,” he said.


Mr Utting said he most significant finding was ”the almost complete lack of support” for prosecution of Mr Assange.

“The public is overwhelmingly against this. There is just no support for it.”


Just remind me why the MSM keeps on publishing this man?

Posted: 05 Jan 2011 03:32 PM PST

Sound familiar?

It’s been a very long time since Jewish-speaking peoples brought benefit to humanity by, say, developing new medicines and technology or advancing democracy and human rights.

Indeed, the area where the Jews seem most adept at innovation would be terrorism. Airplane hijackings, suicide bombings, and mega-terrorism are among their claims to originality.

Oh wait…


Behold US Zionist lobby PR

Posted: 05 Jan 2011 03:01 PM PST

This is the best they can do? Good luck to them:



Israel told US it would keep Gaza on brink of collapse

Posted: 05 Jan 2011 03:12 AM PST

The Middle East’s Only Democracy Inc:

Israel told U.S. officials in 2008 it would keep Gaza’s economy “on the brink of collapse” while avoiding a humanitarian crisis, according to U.S. diplomatic cables published by a Norwegian daily on Wednesday.

Three cables cited by the Aftenposten newspaper, which has said it has all 250,000 U.S. cables leaked to WikiLeaks, showed that Israel kept the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv briefed on its internationally criticized blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The territory, home to 1.3 million Palestinians, is run by the Islamist Hamas group, which is shunned by the West over its refusal to recognize Israel, renounce violence or accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deals.

“As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge,” one of the cables read.

Israel wanted the coastal territory’s economy “functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis,” according to the November 3, 2008 cable.


Don’t ignore the oppression-backing Better Place gloss

Posted: 05 Jan 2011 02:40 AM PST

Israeli electric car company Better Place is accused of providing charging stations in the occupied West Bank and being run by former military men suspected of war crimes. The firm has received media coverage in Australia, mainly over allegations of favourable business deals, but nothing about backing apartheid in Palestine.

The Zionist state’s attempts at greening its image is underway. We shouldn’t be fooled by this kind of propaganda piece in theJerusalem Post which praises the wonderful innovation of Better Place. Perhaps, but on whose backs? Dead Arabs:

After a successful run of high-tech and computer-related innovation, Israel is focusing its ambitions on the next big thing — preparing the world for life without coal and oil.

Israel is driving to become a world leader in alternative energy, with the government throwing its support behind cutting-edge technologies. The number of private entrepreneurs entering the so-called “clean-tech” sector has swelled dramatically.

Already, a number of firms are moving to roll out new ideas. Perhaps the country’s best known clean-tech company —Project Better Place — aims next year to activate a network of charging stations for electric cars across Israel, which would be one of the most extensive such grids in the world.

Others are still in early stages. On a 10-meter (yard) stretch of a northern highway, the firm Innowattech tested out its system of tile-like generators, which are installed under roads and convert the weight and motion of passing vehicles into electricity. It is now looking to expand, claiming that a kilometer-long (0.6-mile) lane of its generators could power more than 200 households.

Alex Klein, an analyst at Emerging Energy Research, a Cambridge, Mass., research firm, said Israel has in a way benefited from its small size, forcing it to develop products for export.

“Given that it has a small market locally, its role will continue to be innovating new next-generation technology. Pound for pound it is a pretty key incubator of technologies,” he said.

Israel already has a formidable track record. Bolstered in large part by veterans of shadowy high-tech military units, it helped develop such innovations as instant messaging, Internet telephony and wireless computer chips.

The government is now pushing for that entrepreneurial drive to be directed into environmentally clean technologies, not only as an economic opportunity but as a necessity for an arid, resource-poor nation. Israel, which now depends almost entirely for its energy on imported coal and natural gas, has set a goal to have 10 percent of its electricity generated by alternative means by 2020.

In November, the government approved a plan to spend $600 million over the next decade to reach that goal, with much of the money poured into encouraging green construction and development of new technologies.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented the plan as a security necessity.

“I view this as a national goal of the highest importance because the addiction to oil has led to the Western world being dependent on the oil-producing countries and harms the standing and security of the state of Israel,” he said.


The philosophy behind Openleaks

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 10:08 PM PST

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, once of Wikileaks and now working on the OpenLeaks project, spoke last last year about his plans and how to bring truly transparent information:


Here’s a rough transcript. Extract:

There’s project staff that has to manage all of this, that has to take care of all the servers.

There’s the whole public that wants to be informed, that wants some buzz going on, some website they can go to and see what’s happening.

There are NGOs. There’s the press. There potentially is the government that has their own interests.

So these are all sorts of different parties. And what we found out what is one of the most important points here is that they all scale completely differently. Some of these are very quick. They are very dynamic. If you had a system to manage them efficiently, you could pull in a lot of resources. And others are very slow. They need time to do work properly. They are stuck in their own organizations that have slow processes or whatever. So they all have different capabilities to scale, and that’s why all of that has to be broken down somehow, so that you can address all of these areas in the fashion that is most suitable for them.

If we look at how leaks work, actually, we can see two different areas. Or basically actually that is a—it’s going from the local scale to a global scale, and there’s a lot in between. But if you look at the local scale, on a per-country level for example, or if you go even lower in the regional or physically local level, then these have localized problems. So you need to make sure that you transport the information as close to where it matters as possible, just because something about corruption in a small department in a small town here in Germany or in another place in the world will just drown in the flood of let’s say in the vicinity of a release of a few thousand documents from a war, or diplomatic cables or whatever.

So these two cannot compete with each other, or they cannot even coexist with each other, because one thing is just going to shut up the other thing. So what you need to make sure is that you distribute the material as close to where it matters as possible.


Two pictures of criminal US adventures in the Middle East

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 04:32 PM PST


Roads, canals and schools built in Afghanistan as part of a special U.S. military program are crumbling under Afghan stewardship, despite steps imposed over the past year to ensure that reconstruction money is not being wasted, according to government reports and interviews with military and civilian personnel.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan have spent $2 billion over six years on 16,000 humanitarian projects through the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, which gives a battalion-level commander the power to treat aid dollars as ammunition.


In the spring of 2008, Gen. David H. Petraeus decided he had spent enough time gazing from his helicopter at an empty and desolate lake on the banks of the Tigris River. He ordered the lake refilled and turned into a water park for all of Baghdad to enjoy.

The military doctrine behind the project holds that cash can be as effective as bullets. Under Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq at the time, that principle gained unprecedented emphasis, and it has become a cornerstone of the war effort in Afghanistan, now under Petraeus’s command.

But today the Baghdad park is nearly waterless, more than two years after a U.S. military inauguration ceremony that included a marching band and water-scooter rides. Much of the compound is in ruins, swing sets have become piles of twisted steel, and the personal watercraft’s engines have been gutted for spare parts.

The troubled history of the venture speaks to the limitations and mishandling of a program that has provided U.S. military commanders with $5 billion for projects in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past six years. The program has given officers enormous flexibility to address urgent needs with few bureaucratic hassles.


US journalists are scared of being seen as anything other than lovers of power

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 04:26 PM PST

This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. Here’s Newsweek explaining why so few major American reporters are standing up for Wikileaks. This supposed obsession with “balance” – which usually means little more than siding with the powerful – is spurious and regarded as such across the world (see here):

So why are American journalists hesitant to speak up for Assange? There are essentially three reasons.

1. Refusal to engage in advocacy: American journalists, unlike many of their foreign counterparts, have a strong commitment to objectivity and nonpartisanship. At many mainstream media organizations, signing petitions is verboten, and many journalists impose such rules on themselves. According to Shapiro, who co-wrote the Columbia letter, when they circulated the document, “Some people said, ‘As a journalist, I make it my practice never to sign a petition.’ ” As an example, Bill Grueskin, the dean of academic affairs at Columbia’s Journalism School, did not sign. Asked why by NEWSWEEK, he said he’s “not much of one for signing group letters.”

2. Opposition to Assange’s purpose: That same notion of objectivity shared by journalists makes many of them suspicious of WikiLeaks’s journalistic bona fides. Assange has an advocacy mission: to disrupt the functioning of governments. Many investigative journalists, like the famous muckrakers at the turn of the last century, have had a similar orientation, says Shapiro, who wrote the book Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America. “WikiLeaks springs from the same purpose as investigative journalism: a sense that the system is corrupt and the truth can be told,” says Shapiro. “It’s a reformist rather than radical agenda.” Even so, many mainstream reporters, editors, and producers might see associating with Assange as inappropriately endorsing an advocacy mission.

3. Opposition to Assange’s methods: Some journalists, while perhaps believing Assange should not be prosecuted, are so disgusted with his approach that they are reluctant to weigh in publicly. Sam Freedman, a journalism professor at Columbia University, did not sign the letter his colleagues circulated because, “I felt the letter did not adequately criticize the recklessness—the disregard for the consequences of human lives—of a massive dump of confidential info.” Freedman says prosecuting Assange would set a dangerous precedent for legitimate journalists. But many think, as Freedman does, that Assange did not exhibit the judiciousness that a journalist must when releasing classified information.


Hello media, there aren’t too equal sides under occupation

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 04:20 PM PST

Calling on bravery in Middle East reporting.

Few takers? Keen to appease the Zionist lobby? Worried about a lack of balance against Israeli crimes?

Best work for the BBC, then.

Jonathan Cook investigates.


Ahmadinejad as the moderate

Posted: 04 Jan 2011 04:10 PM PST


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought some kind of nuclear fuel swap deal more than a year ago, but faced internal pressures from hard-liners who viewed it as a “virtual defeat,” according to US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

The report, available on the WikiLeaks website Tuesday, also suggested Iran trusted the United States more than ally Russia to follow through with the UN-backed proposal: providing reactor-ready fuel in exchange for Iran giving up control of its low-enriched uranium stockpile.

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