Archive | January 13th, 2011



By Roni Sofer


Yisrael Beiteinu’s motion to probe funding of left-wing rights groups expected to pass Wednesday. ‘Cooperation between Israeli, global organizations to hurt IDF and label its soldiers war criminals must be stopped,’ says MK

The Knesset will discuss Wednesday a motion by MK Faina Kirshenbaum (Yisrael Beiteinu), who is calling for a parliamentary investigation on the funding of leftist organizations in Israel, especially those filing lawsuits against IDF officers.
Kirshenbaum has garnered the support of much of the right wing, in addition to a number of Kadima MKs, for her motion. It calls on the government to probe who is really behind the organizations monitoring IDF operations in the West Bank.
Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Likud, National Union, and Habayit Hayehudi have all announced that they will vote in favor of establishing an investigation committee to this end.

Kirshenbaum wants the committee to include Yesh Din, Machsom Watch, B’tselem, Adallah, Breaking the Silence, and others in its probe.

“The Israeli organizations’ operations severely harm Israel’s legitimacy throughout the world,” Kirshenbaum said. “The cooperation between Israeli and global organizations to hurt the IDF, its soldiers, and its commanders must be investigated and stopped.”
Kirshenbaum added that most of the organizations were being funded by “international, anti-Zionist agencies” as well as a number of foreign countries.
Her motion says a coalition of international organizations has been working under the guise of human rights advocacy in order to take away the IDF’s legitimacy in the West Bank, encourage draft-dodging, and label soldiers and commanders war criminals.
Lawsuits have already been filed against a number of IDF officers in different countries throughout the world, the motion says, suggesting that links between the lawsuits and Israeli organizations can be proved.

Hagai El-Ad, who heads the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, compared the desired Knesset committee to that which investigated Senator Joe McCarthy in the US in the 1950s.

In a statement published by ACRI in the names of 16 rights organizations, El-Ad said McCarthyism in the US ended in a “witch-hunt” against suspected communists.

Breaking the Silence, for its part, said all of its financial sources were documented “with full transparency” online. “We would like it if Yisrael Beiteinu’s website could enlighten us as to the funding received by Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently being investigated by police,” the group said.

Machsom Watch was also up in arms. “We are all patriots. Lieberman will not teach us about the love of our country,” a statement from the women said, while B’tselem also boasted “full transparency”, adding that “political persecution will not stop us”.

Hannah (75), a Machsom Watch activist, even said IDF officers are happy with the organization’s presence at military checkpoints.

Hannah comes at least once a week to one of the checkpoints in the West Bank, arriving early in the morning. Hundreds of Palestinians waiting to pass are already familiar with this energetic Israeli who, unlike her soldier compatriots, is completely unarmed.

“Our purpose is to prevent in advance any abuse at the checkpoints,” she says. “It’s not easy coping with the bureaucracy, but sometimes we manage to make a difference and assist the Palestinians.”

Hannah notes the issues raised by many Palestinian workers who talk with her freely. The notes are written up into a report which is submitted to Machsom Watch and posted on the internet.

Soldiers’ responses vary. Some treat the Machsom Watch volunteers with contempt, but some admire the women’s work. “We greatly esteem the Machsom Watch activists,” one soldier said to Army Radio on Monday.

The volunteers maintain ongoing communication with the Civil Administration and even with the army. “Some people say we disturb the soldiers, but the commanders are actually happy (with what we do),” Hannah says.

Original article available at:,7340,L-4009155,00.html

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[Uri Avnery]


By Uri Avnery

IT IS easy to despair before the filthy wave of racism that is engulfing us.

The remedy for this despair: the growing number of young people, sons and daughters of the new Israeli generation, who are joining the fight against racism and occupation.

THIS WEEK, several hundred of them gathered in a hall in Tel Aviv (belonging, ironically, to the Zionist Federation of America) to launch a book published by the group “Breaking the Silence”.

In the hall there were some veterans of the peace camp, but the great majority of those present were youngsters in their twenties, male and female, who have completed their military service.

“The Occupation of the Territories” is a book of 344 pages, consisting of almost 200 testimonies by soldiers about the daily and nightly life of the occupation. The soldiers supplied the eyewitness accounts, and the organization, which is composed of ex-soldiers, verified, compared and sifted them. In the end, 183 of some 700 testimonies were selected for publication.

Not even one of these testimonies was denied by the army spokesman, who generally hastens to contradict honest accounts of what is happening in the occupied territories. Since the editors of the book have themselves served as soldiers in these places, it was easy for them to distinguish between truth and falsehood.

The book makes very depressing reading, and not because it details gruesome atrocities. On the contrary, the editors made it a point not to include incidents of exceptional brutality committed by sadists, which can be found in every army unit in Israel and throughout the world. Rather, they wanted to throw light on the grey routine of the occupation.

There are accounts of nocturnal incursions into quiet Palestinian villages as exercises – breaking into random houses where there were no “suspects”, terrorizing children, women and men, creating mayhem in the village – all this to “train” the soldiers. There are stories about the humiliation of passers-by at the checkpoints (“Clean up the checkpoint and you will get your keys back!”), casual harassment (“He started to complain, so I hit him in the face with the butt of my weapon!”). Every testimony is meticulously documented: time, place, unit.

At the launch of the book, some of the testimonies were shown on film, with the witnesses daring to show their faces and identify themselves by their full name. These were no exceptional people, no fanatics or bleeding hearts. No weepers of the “we shoot and we weep” school. Just ordinary young people, who had time to come to grips with their personal experiences.

There are even occasional flashes of humor. Like the tale of the soldier who had for a long time been manning a roadblock between two Palestinian villages, without understanding its purpose or its security value. One day, a bulldozer suddenly appeared from nowhere, uprooted the concrete blocks and drove off with them, again without any explanation. “They have stolen my roadblock!” the soldier complains, having got used to the place.

The titles of the testimonies speak for themselves: “To produce sleeplessness in the village”, “We used to send neighbors to disarm explosive charges”, “The battalion commander ordered us to shoot anyone trying to remove the bodies”, “The commander of the navy commandos put the muzzle of the rifle into the man’s mouth”, “They told us to shoot at anybody moving in the street”, “You can do whatever you feel like, nobody is going to question it”, “You shoot at the TV set for fun”, “I did not know that there were roads for Jews only”, “A kind of total arbitrariness”, “The [Hebron settler] boys beat up the old woman”, “Arrest the settlers? The army cannot do that”. And so on. Just routine.

The intention of the book is not to uncover atrocities and show the soldiers as monsters. It aims to present a situation: the ruling over another people, with all the high-handed arbitrariness that this necessarily entails, humiliation of the occupied, corruption of the occupier. According to the editors, it is quite impossible for the individual soldier to make a difference. He is just a cog in a machine that is inhuman by its very nature.

GROUPS OF young people who are simply fed up are springing to life in the country. They are signs of an awakening that finds its expression in the daily fight of hundreds of groups devoted to different causes. Only seemingly different – because these causes are essentially bound up with each other. The fight against the occupation, for the refugees who seek shelter in this country, against the demolition of the houses of the Bedouin in the Negev, against the invasion of Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem by settlers, for equal rights for the Arab citizens in Israel, against social injustices, for the preservation of the environment, against government corruption, against religious coercion, etc etc. They have a common denominator: the fight for a different Israel.

Young volunteers for each of these fights – and for all of them together – are needed today more than ever, in face of the racism that is raising its ugly head all over Israel – an open racism, shameless and indeed proud of itself.

The phenomenon by itself is not new. What is new is the loss of any vestige of shame. The racists shout their message on every street corner and earn applause from politicians and rabbis.

It started with the flood of racist bills designed to delegitimize the Arab citizens. “Admission committees”, “loyalty oaths”, and much more. Then came the religious edict of the chief rabbi of Safed, forbidding Jews to let apartments to Arabs. This still caused shock and embarrassment. Since then, however, all the dams have broken. A gang of 14-year old boys ambushed Arabs in the center of Jerusalem, using a 14- year old girl as bait, and beat them unconscious. Hundreds of rabbis all over the country signed a manifesto forbidding the letting of apartments to “foreigners” (meaning Arabs who have lived in the country for centuries). In Bat Yam, a city bordering Tel Aviv, a stormy demonstration called for the expulsion of all Arabs from the town. Next day, a demonstration in Tel Aviv’s squalid Hatikva quarter demanded the expulsion of refugees and foreign workers from the neighborhood.

Ostensibly, the demonstrations in Bat Yam and Hatikva were aimed at different targets: the first against Arabs, the second against foreign workers. But the same well-known fascist activists appeared and spoke at both, carrying the same placards and shouting the same slogans. The most conspicuous of these was the assertion that the Arabs and the foreigners are endangering Jewish women – the Arabs marry them and take them to their villages, the foreign workers flirt with them. “Jewish Women for the Jewish People!” cried the posters – as if women were property.

The connection between racism and sex has always intrigued researchers. White racists in the US spread the rumor that “niggers” have bigger penises. Among German Nazi newspapers, the most sensationalist was Der Stürmer, a pornographic sheet filled with stories about innocent blond girls seduced by the money of crooked-nosed ugly Jews. Its editor, Julius Streicher, was condemned and hanged in Nuremberg.

Some believe that one of the roots of racism is a feeling of sexual inadequacy, the lack of self-confidence of men afraid of sexual impotence and/or competition – the very opposite of the picture of the macho racist he-man. It is enough to look at the racist protesters to draw conclusions.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE famously said that every person is a racist – the difference being between those who admit it to themselves and try to combat it and those who do not.

That is undoubtedly true. I have a simple test for the power of racism: you are driving and somebody cuts your path. If it is a black driver, you say: “Damn nigger!” If it is a woman, you shout: “Go home to your kitchen!” If he wears a kippah, you cry: “Bloody Dos!” (“Dos” is a derogatory Hebrew term for a religious Jew.) If it is a driver without special features, you just shout: “Idiot! Who gave you a driving license?”

The hatred of strangers, the aversion to everyone who is unlike you, are – so it seems – biological traits, remnants from the time of ancient man, when every stranger was a threat to the limited resources the tribe had to depend on. It exists in many other animal species, too. Nothing to be proud of.

The civilized human being, and even more so the civilized human society, has a duty to fight these traits – not only because they are ugly in themselves, but also because they hinder the modernization of the globalized world, In which cooperation between peoples and between people is imperative. It takes us back to the stone age.

The situation here is now moving in the opposite direction: the country is embracing the racist demon. After millennia as the victims of racism, it seems as if Jews here are happy to be able to do unto others what has been done to them.

IT IS impossible to ignore the central role played by rabbis in this filthy mess. They ride the wave and assert that this is the spirit of Judaism. They quote the holy texts at length.

The truth is that Judaism, like almost every religion, includes racist and anti-racist, humanist and barbarian elements. The Crusaders, who massacred the Jews on their way to the Holy Land and who slaughtered the inhabitants of Jerusalem – Muslims and Jews alike – when they conquered the city, shouted: “God Wills It!” One can find in the New Testament magnificent passages preaching love, side by side with quite different sections. So, too, in the Koran there are Surahs full of love for humankind and calls for justice and equality, as well as others full of intolerance and hatred.

So, too, the Hebrew Bible. The racists quote Rabbi Maimonides, who interpreted two biblical words as a commandment not to let non-Jews reside in the country. The whole Book of Joshua is a call to genocide. The Bible commands the Israelites to murder the entire tribe of Amalek (“both man and woman, infant and suckling”) and the Prophet Samuel dethroned King Saul because he spared the lives of Amalekite prisoners (1 Samuel 15).

But the Hebrew Bible is also a book of unequalled humanity. It starts with the description of the creation of man and woman, stressing that all human beings are created in the image of God – and therefore equal. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he him.” The Bible repeatedly demands the treatment of “Gerim” (foreigners living among the Israelites) as Israelites, “because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt”.

As Gershom Schocken, the owner and long-time editor in chief of Haaretz, pointed out in an article republished this week on the 20th anniversary of his death: Ezra did indeed expel the non-Jewish wives from the community, but before that, foreign women played a central role in the Biblical story. Bathsheba was the wife of a Hittite, before she married King David and became the mother of the house from which the Messiah will come in due course (or from which, as Christians believe, Jesus – who was born 2010 years ago today – already came.) David himself was the descendant of Ruth, a Moabite woman. King Ahab, the greatest of Israelite kings, married a Phoenician woman.

When our racists present the ugliest face of Judaism, ignoring its universalist message, they do great damage to the religion of millions of Jews around the world. The most important Jewish rabbis were silent this week in face of the racist fire that was ignited by rabbis, or murmured something about “ways of peace” – referring to the rule forbidding the provocation of Goyim, because they might treat the Jews in their countries as the Jews treat the minorities in their own state. Up to now, no Christian priest has yet called upon his flock not to let apartments to Jews – but it could happen.

The silence of the “Torah sages” is thunderous. Even more so the silence of the country’s political leaders: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres did not roar his outrage, and Binyamin Netanyahu has contented himself with calling upon the racists “not to take the law into their own hands”. Not a single word against racism, not a single word about morality and justice.

WHEN I listened to the ex-soldiers at the “Breaking the Silence” meeting, I was filled with hope. This generation understands its duty to heal the state in which they will spend their lives.

In the words of the Hanukkah song, which is rapidly becoming the anthem of the anti-racist demonstrations: “We come the darkness to expel!”

Reposted from the Gush Shalom website. The original column can be viewed here.

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Testimonies reveal IDF campaign to dismantle Palestinian society

By Roi Maor

IDF soldier testimonies, collected by Breaking the Silence, and published exclusively on +972 (here and here), confirm that the intent of the IDF during the Second Intifada was to undermine the ability of Palestinian society to politically challenge Israel, by destroying its capacity to function as an integrated whole


Reading the testimonies collected by Breaking the Silence (BTS), one is struck, as Joseph described, by the recurring theme of purposelessness that characterizes military operations during the Second Intifada. Joseph suggests these activities do have a purpose: they train soldiers to dehumanize Palestinians. This is in line with a great deal of scholarship, which points out that ideologies and opinions are often produced by actions, rather than the other way around.

But there is also another purpose which motivates these seemingly senseless activities. The IDF came into the Second Intifada with a way of thinking about military operations, that is very different from the classic notion of war. The BTS testimonies substantiate that the intent of the IDF during the Second Intifada was to undermine the ability of Palestinian society to politically challenge Israel, by destroying its capacity to function as an integrated whole.

This was not a subconscious effort, or a tacit notion. The highest echelons of the IDF explicitly articulated this campaign in internal meetings and documents, presentations before foreign audiences, articles in professional journals, and sometimes even press interviews.

The proponents of this policy drew their inspiration from conceptual frameworks developed by the US military, which in turn go back to Soviet military doctrine. An entire language was adopted, littered with acronyms such as RMA (Revolution in Military Affairs), SOD (System Operational Design) and EBO (Effects-Based Operations). One of its phrases, “Shock and Awe”, became famous during the Iraq War, which was planned and carried out, to a substantial extent, according to those principles.

Describing these concepts in full would take a book or two, and would not be easy, considering that there is little agreement on their meaning or implications. I would like to focus on just one of them, which I consider especially important for understanding IDF operations during the Second Intifada.

The terms “rival system rationale” or “rival as rationale” reflect a new understanding of the best way to achieve victory in war. Traditionally, the threat the enemy posed was thought to emanate from its fighting forces. Victory was achieved when these forces could no longer fight, either because they were destroyed, or because their logistic support was destroyed or depleted.

According to the new thinking, an easier way to defeat the enemy was by attacking its rationale. In this context, “rationale” stands for whatever enables the enemy to operate as a coherent entity which works to achieve certain goals. Even with the enemy’s fighting force largely intact, without a rationale, it cannot pose a serious threat. Fighters can engage in random violence, but they no longer work together to achieve a purpose your own side considers undesirable.

The reason why this doctrine refers to “rival” instead of “enemy” is explained quite well in the following passage:

The second framed discussion is that of the Rival as Rationale, the purpose of which is to define and describe the rival as a system. Although rival is traditionally thought of as an adversary, SOD intentionally takes a broad perspective in that the rival may be any condition or component, whether friendly or enemy, that is to be disrupted or influenced.63 It leads to a definition of the rival by examining the logic, motives, intent, behaviours, culture, economics, and interrelationships of the rival with other entities in the system.64 This definition provides an account of the exploitable tensions within the system.

The best way to “dismantle” the rival system’s rationale is to attack the connections between its various parts, and to keep it constantly unhinged and unstable. Hence, in Iraq, the use of “shock and awe”. In the West Bank, the same ends were achieved through the massive use of internal checkpoints, and by the constant pressure of “disruptive” operations. These “disruptive” actions, specifically targeting the civilian population (a weak link in the “rival system”), turned into a routine procedure, described in BTS testimonies, and admitted even by the commander of the IDF infantry brigade [PDF] in the West Bank.

This operational method was successful, as far as it goes. Palestinians’ ability to act together as a whole with a common purpose was severely compromised. At the price of Palestinian civilians’ immense suffering, Israeli decision makers were provided with increased room for diplomatic maneuvers, which they then proceeded to waste on shortsighted foolishness. The IDF certainly cannot take all the “credit” for this outcome, but its contribution was crucial, and intentional.

Reposted from +972 Magazine. Original post here.




An end to the occupation first  [Ha’aretz]

When world leaders are busy with “bringing the conflict to an end,” who pays attention to the perpetuation of the occupation?

By Akiva Eldar


Like every year-end, once again they’re promising that the next 12 months will be “a decisive year.” Fact: Even Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that in August 2011, when Prime Minister Salam Fayyad finishes building institutions in the West Bank, the United Nations will recognize the Palestinian state.

Brazil and Argentina have already recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. And most importantly, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said clearly that the status quo is unacceptable to the United States; she insisted that the Israeli government put forth a map with permanent borders as soon as possible. As for me, I’ll bet that next year the conflict will remain at a standstill. That’s the best-case scenario. Meanwhile, the settlements will grow like mushrooms and Hamas will continue striking roots.

Fostering the illusion that the conflict is ending doesn’t bring a solution closer; in fact, the focus on the final-status talks offers an alibi for deepening the occupation. The high and mighty words about two states for two peoples silence the protest voices of a nation that for more than 43 years has lived under the occupation of another nation. The testimonies of 101 discharged soldiers who served in the West Bank over past decade and collected their comments in a book published by Breaking the Silence show that even the status quo Clinton referred to doesn’t reflect the situation.

Contrary to the impression that government spokesmen are trying to create – that Israel is gradually withdrawing from the territories based on the necessary caution dictated by security needs – the soldiers describe a steadfast effort to tighten Israel’s hold on the West Bank and the Palestinian population.

It says in the book that the continued construction in the settlements is not only about stealing land whose future the two sides are meant to decide through negotiations. The increased presence of a Jewish population brings with it an increase in security measures such as the policy of “separation.” The testimonies show that this policy practically serves to control, plunder and annex the territories. It funnels the Palestinians through the Israeli control mechanism and establishes new borders on the ground through a policy of divide and rule. These borders mark the “settlement blocs,” which Israeli politicians argue are part of Israel (greater Ariel and the areas around Ma’aleh Adumim ).

Soldiers who served in the Civil Administration say the settlers play an active role in imposing military rule over the Palestinians. The settlers hold public positions and are permanent parties to the discussions and the decisions by the army on matters concerning the Palestinians in areas where they live. Settler violence against the Palestinians is also used to control the Palestinian population.

Stories about “economic prosperity” in the West Bank create the impression that life under foreign occupation can be tolerable and even not so bad. So it’s not so bad that negotiations continue for a year or two. But the soldiers who have served at the checkpoints or the fence crossings describe how they decide who will pass, which goods may move from one city to the next, who may send his children to school or make it to university, and who will receive medical treatment.

The book has testimonies about the confiscation of homes, agricultural land, vehicles and even farm animals, sometimes for security reasons, but often because annexation is the motive. Sometimes the Israel Defense Forces also “confiscates” people too, for “training.” They break into a house at night and take someone into custody until the end of the exercise.

According to the 2003 road map, the “decisive year” during which the conflict would end went by five years ago. The Foreign Ministry pulled the map out of storage when it wanted to protest against Brazil and Argentina, who didn’t wait until the end of the negotiations. So what if Israel promised at that time that even during the process’ first stage it would freeze settlement construction and remove all outposts built since March 2001?

Who can remember that Israel promised to respond to the improvements in the Palestinian security organizations by gradually withdrawing to the lines before the second intifada? When world leaders are busy with “bringing the conflict to an end,” who pays attention to the perpetuation of the occupation?

The piece is available here.

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According to one cable in the latest WikiLeaks batch, the powerful Israeli security official Amos Gilad believes Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas won’t survive politically beyond 2011.

Abbas is certainly at a crossroads. Will he go down in history as the great liberator or a big loser? The United States appears intent on making him a loser, pushing him to restart direct talks with Israel even though there is no indication that this time would be any different than the past 19 years.

Worse, the incentives America is reportedly offering Israel to freeze a settlement enterprise that is illegal under international law further frays Abbas’ credibility. Abbas insists that East Jerusalem be included in any new freeze. The United States, which has yet to formally spell out its incentives, seemingly supports Abbas’ position, but it has often turned a blind eye so long as the settlers build quietly.

Judging by their statements during the last short-lived round of direct talks, the American administration wants a deal today, with the messy business of implementation pushed into a distant, post-Obama future.

We have been here before. The 1993 Declaration of Principles was followed by a dozen agreements. However, implementation was held hostage to Israeli security considerations and its insatiable appetite for Palestinian land. This ensured the failure of the Oslo peace accords and led to the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000. The main “progress” throughout was the relentless settlement construction.

There is a way out for Abbas — and the Palestinian people — of the trap of endless negotiations as the ground is pulled out from under their feet: To work for an end to the occupation before going into negotiations. What would this involve? The Palestinians would state that they are committed to living in peace and security with Israel, but will not negotiate until it withdraws its soldiers and settlers from the occupied territories, finally applying the principle that underpins United Nations Security Council resolution 242 of 1967 — “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war.”

Thereafter, Palestinians and Israelis would negotiate final status issues, including a just resolution for Palestinian refugees, security and water. International peacekeepers would be placed between the two sides, including around Gaza, to maintain security for both sides until a final status agreement is signed.

This approach is gaining strength with Palestinian analysts. Amman-based analyst Mouin Rabbani recently wrote for the congressional newspaper The Hill that Palestinians should “agree to negotiate only the mechanisms of a permanent end to the Israeli occupation” before turning to final status issues. Ramallah-based businessman Sam Bahour, who blogs at e-palestine, says that trying to solve final-status issues “while the boot of occupation is still on our necks is hallucination at best and a crime at worst.”

The proposal to end the occupation first and then negotiate final status may sound like a pipe dream. Surely, however, the failure to reach a settlement since the 1991 Madrid conference is evidence that negotiating under occupation doesn’t work.

It would be hard for Abbas to go this route and flout the Obama administration’s will. The United States could curtail its annual aid package to the PA or even reimpose sanctions on the West Bank, as happened after Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections. Israel could withhold the revenues it collects on “behalf” of the Palestinians and escalate arrests, closures and other repressive measures.

But what are the options? For the PA to continue to provide Israel with a political cover for its land grab? Palestinians are close to forcing Abbas to stop negotiating under these conditions. If that happens, either the struggle to liberate the occupied territories will be ramped up or there will be a concerted push for a one-state solution of “Israel-Palestine” with equal rights for all citizens (or both). The United States would have left itself without a role to play; even its U.N. veto would not be particularly effective in such circumstances.

The Palestinian people know they are not without power. The boycott movement is picking up steam, world public opinion is increasingly supportive and the Europeans, living in the same neighborhood, may offer some help. Most importantly, ending the PA’s dependency on America would help rebuild the Palestinian national movement, the biggest source of power of all.

In the final analysis, Abbas is the only person who can politically save himself. Pulling out of negotiations until there is an end to occupation is not an easy course to take, but if Abbas chooses it he will leave behind a far better record for the history books.

Nadia Hijab is co-director of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.

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The Samouni Family Children – Survivors of the Israeli Massacre


January 12, 2011 is a day I will never forget, visiting the Samouni family could not possibly be anything but a life-changing event.  Words simply cannot describe the devastation wrought upon this family by a marauding band of Israeli psychopaths, otherwise known as the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defence Forces.


Little Ahmed, shot twice in the chest, died after days without medical care as the Israeli’s would not allow it.


Today my team heard from mothers and fathers and children the story of the hell on Earth created by Operation Cast Lead.  Forty-eight people were killed in this family, children shot in front of parents, parents shot in front of children, a group of 97 in one home blasted to bits by rockets and mortars.  Made to live amongst the mutilated and dead for several days, ambulances were kept away and some died slowly over hours and even days.

Samouni family children murdered by Israel.


If you knew the details of this story you would conclude as one mother did, those soldiers that committed these acts, could not be considered human.  These were demons with the latest high-tech weapons, courtesy of the US tax-payer and if the good people of the US knew what was done in their name here, they would be sick to their stomachs.  Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen and to go completely unpunished.


But amidst all the horrifying memories the children still have their moments of childhood, even if they quiver with terror in the night as the Israeli jets fly overhead as they do to this day nearly every night.  I love these people, we are all touched beyond words by the experience of being with them, I wish we could take the whole world on a date with this most incredible family.



Sazaan & Fares








Mushira, Noorhan, Noor & Amal.


























The Samouni family children


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by crescentandcross

There is much confusion on definitions concerning Jews, Judaism, Zionism, and Israel. I sense that the water has been muddied on purpose. There is a foggy, murky dimension to defining a Jew. In this essay I will attempt to clarify definitions based on logic and reason. Please post comments with your ideas.

What is the Torah and Talmud?– A collection of Rabbinic-written/war-making documents.

The claim that the god of creation wrote the Torah is ludicrous–what kind of creator god writes destruction? If the Talmud is admittedly written by Rabbis, why would a Rabbinic-written document supercede omniscient god-written documents? They wouldn’t. What makes sense is that the Torah, Talmud and other Jewish holy books, including the Protocols, are all written by power-seeking Rabbis.

If God wrote Genesis then how could every verse of Genesis be disproven by modern evolutionary science? Much of the Torah/Old Testament is plagiarized, more proof that the origin is man made, not god made. Take the fictional god out of the Torah and what is left? How to hate and make war on non Jews. The Jewish holy books are about superiority, subversion, dominance, control, genocide, in other words how to practice evil while claiming divinity. Clearly a “creator” god did not write any Jewish book. God the Creator does not teach war, Rabbis impersonating god do.

What is a Jew?–Someone who practices Judaism, which means someone who reads and believes in the Torah and other Jewish holy books. For example someone born Catholic is not necessarily a Catholic, a Catholic is someone who practices Catholicism, if someone born Catholic chooses not to believe or practice Catholicism then they are no longer a Catholic. Same for a Jew. Jews are not a race because many different races comprise the whole of the Jews and Judaism.

What is a Secular Jew? –Over half of American Jews do not attend temple, they are atheistic and may celebrate Jewish holidays.  A secular Jew does not believe in the Torah as a defining guide to their life.

What should we call a non-practicing Jew? –Human of course.  A non practicing Jew, someone who rejects the psychopathic god of the Torah/Bible and is trying to be a compassionate person cannot be a Jew because practicing Jews that follows the Torah are taught to be ruthless toward others.  Someone who has come to their senses about the evil called Judaism should not be blamed or lumped together with practicing religious Jews anymore than a non-practicing Catholic being blamed for the evils of the Pope and the Vatican Church state.

Over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, no Ethiopian Rabbi can be a top Rabbi, white Jews discriminate heavily against black Jews in Israel.

How can anyone claim that the Jews are a race?

Eastern European “white” Ashkenazi Jews:

Recent DNA genome tests confirm that Palestinians are the most pure Shepardic Jews.  The great irony of the genocidal policies of Israel is that Ashkenazi controlled Israel is busy killing off the most authentic Hebrew people.

The real “blood” Shepardic Jews in this picture are the Palestinians being intimidated by an IDF soldier:

If Jews are NOT a Race then why are so Many Rabbis Racist? –Good question.  Religions are memeplexes based on a collection of unproven and contradictatory memes.  It makes no sense and doesn’t have to make sense because Israel is a theocratic state.  Remember when the Catholic Church made the law, you could be accused of being a witch, no proof was needed.

Under Rabbinic law, a child born of a Jewish mother is automatically and legally a Jew even if that mother does not practice Judaism.  Based on this, practicing Jews unable to prove lineage may not be able to legally marry in Israel.  For instance, an male Asian practicing Jew may not be able to emigrate to Israel or marry a Jewish woman.

Can you imagine that if in America you had to get approval to marry from a white racist Evangelical Southern Baptist preacher?  That’s what living in Israel is like, religious insanity caused by allowing Rabbis to determine civil law.  Israel is a theocratic state, there is no distinction between civil and religious law.

What is a True Torah Jew? Jewish apologists like to claim that “good” Jews follow the Torah unlike the more modern and more racist Jews who follow the Talmud which superceded the Torah. The Torah, however, is racist and ethnocentric and the source reference for the Talmud.  There are no good practicing Jews, the only way for a Jew to be good, that is compassionate and human, is to abandon all Jewish holy books. In fact many authors, including myself, believe that Christianity was the new consciousness of the Age of Picses giving the Jews an out to the old consciousness.

What is “antisemitism”? A political smear tactic.  Antisemitism is used a political weapon, the “racist” card, played to quell criticism of criminal Jewish activities.  When someone points out crimes of Jewish people it is not racism but the Jews spin it as racism so that they can continue committing crimes.  Anyone who uses the slur “antisemitism” is either a dupe or a criminal since the term antisemitism makes no logical sense.  Arab semites far out populate Jewish semites and most Jews are not even semitic but other races.   Zionist Jews responsible for 9112001 are antisemitic because that false flag blamed on Muslims has led to the deaths of tens of millions of semitic Middle Easterners.

For example as investigators of 9112001 false flag and coverup learned of nearly 100% Jewish involvement the ADL defamed them as antisemites because the ADL is part of Jewish racketeering criminal syndicate running cover for other Jewish criminal organizations like Wall Street banks and the Federal Reserve. When a Jewish spy, like Jonathan Pollard, is caught stealing national secrets for Israel, the ADL screams antisemitism for saying the spy was a Jew. The ADL lobbies for the release of Jewish spies that did damage to the host nation America,  the ADL is involved in spying.  If you point out ADL director Abe Foxman’s anti American treasonous behavior you will be of course labeled a racist antisemite.

What is the ADL and SPLC?  The Anti Defamation League is the most rabid defamatory organization on the planet.  The wealthy Southern Poverty Law Center defames anyone critical of Jewish money and power. Both pretend that the Jews are an oppressed minority who rights are threatened by white racists.

They are Jewish supremacist organizations, they have appointed themselves as the guardians of American thought, both anti-freedom, anti-first amendment, anti-second amendment smear and defamatory organizations working in the the interests of Jews world wide, Israeli state, and especially Jewish control of the United States.  Criticizing Jews is allowed under the First Amendment that is why the ADL and SPLC are busy trying to get hate laws that will outlaw free speech.  According to Jewish supremacist Abe Foxman, criticizing Jewish crimes is hate speech.

There is no known or proven connection of the ADL or SPLC to Rockefellers or the Rothschilds like Jewish apologist David Icke claims.

What is a Zionist? Someone who approves of the Israeli state, a Jewish homeland.  This can be someone non Jewish such as an Evangelical Christian, in fact Christian Zionists probably outnumber Jewish Zionists because there are over 75 million American Evangelical Christians in the United States alone. The great irony is that many Christian Zionists are funding the returning Jewish diaspora, believing all the while that Israel will be wiped out, 2/3 of Israel killed in end times battle of Armageddon.

What is Zionism?  The political expression of Judaism.   It is the only expression possible for Judaism.  Whoever tells you that Zionism is bad and Judaism good has never read and comprehended the Old Testament or is a paid shill to muddy the water.

What is Israel?  A Jewish war-making state based on the Torah.  Israel can not exist outside of it’s holy books since the holy books are the source of its legitimacy.  The Torah is the foundation of Israel, without the Torah, Israel could not have the “Star of David” as it’s flag.  The Israeli flag is racist, it means “Jews only”.  Since the Torah is exclusionary and racist, it is a war making document.  Israel can only exist in a state of war unless Israel becomes non theistic which is highly unlikely.

Israel is becoming more theistic, thus more racist and more violent.   Israel is a militant “national socialism” state, i.e. fascist.  Any Jew that thinks they will experience freedom in Israel is sadly mistaken, Israel is the most fascist state in the world and becoming more militant everyday.  Loyalty oaths the new trend.  What an irony, the Jews who escaped Nazi Germany are now trapped in a Rabbinic fascist nightmare.

What is the Menorah?  The Menorah is a phallus based icon representing permanent erection.  It is the prime symbol of Judaism because it represents male dominance of a patriarchal religion.  Jewish feminists are fools to have a menorah in their domain.

The donkey penis inverted is the exact size, shape, curvature, thickness of the menorah.

Animals with large penises have trouble maintaining erection so the curved semi-erect

donkey penis that seems flaccid is inverted to represent ultimate male power.

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Can there be Peace in the World? The western world is in a state of war because Jews control the monetary and political systems of the major western states, namely the USA and the UK.  Christians that pray to the Jew god hoping for peace are severely deluded, the Jew god is a god of war. There can be no peace for the west so long as Israel exists, there can be no peace for Jews so long as the Torah exists.

See the Torah for what it is, a war-making document written by power-mad Rabbis. Judaism is a war-making, tribal religion… it makes war on all things outside of the tribe, not just other nations but plants and animals, even the earth itself. Israel exists in a state of war because Israel is the first order expression of Judaism. There is no peaceful state of being for practicing Jews or Israel because their holy books are about making war and destroying god’s enemies, which is everyone non Jewish.  Jews are waging war on the entire world, there is no identity for Jews outside of war, they are god’s chosen war mongers.

IDF Soldiers in Prayer with Torah & Tefillin

A Minyan and Torah Reading in a War Zone.

Chabad Yeshiva students bring a Torah scroll to an IDF unit.



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An appeal from South Africa: Please sign this petition in support of Archbishop Tutu and circulate widely.


In Defence of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has publicly criticised Israeli policy towards Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. He has also criticised Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. These criticisms are well-known.Recently, his criticisms of Israeli policy have elicited bitter personal attacks. Amidst calls for him to be removed as Patron of the Cape Town and Johannesburg Holocaust Centres of the South African Holocaust Foundation, Tutu has been attacked and labelled an  “anti-Semite” and a “bigot”.

Disagreements should be debated openly, but these personal attacks are totally unacceptable.

During the Second World War, which killed 60 million people, Nazi Germany killed socialists, gay men and lesbians, Roma people, and resistance fighters, but its most systematic destruction was of the Jewish people. Six million Jews were transferred to ghettos and concentration camps before being murdered.

This grotesque crime against humanity must never be forgotten. Its legacy and lessons belong to and must be guarded by all of humanity. Racism -including anti-Semitism- sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and inhumanity must be resisted wherever they occur. As stated in the Mission Statement of the South African Holocaust Foundation, we must build “a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued.”

This is precisely the cause to which Tutu has dedicated his life. He represents the finest tradition of resistance to all forms of oppression. He has taught us that understanding the Holocaust begins with appreciating that the only way for each of us to be safe is for all of us to be safe. He embodies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document born of the horrors of the Second World War, the rights contained in which pertain equally to Israelis and Palestinians.

To use the Holocaust in an attempt to de-legitimise Tutu is to undermine its legacy and insult the memory of its victims. To call him an anti-Semite, because he has attacked the policies of the Israeli government, is outrageous, renders the term meaningless, and enfeebles the necessary efforts to defeat real anti-Semites and racists.

We give our support to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a most appropriate patron of the South African Holocaust Foundation

Richard Kuper

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