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Egypt: wants Zio-Nazi ambassador out



Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament unanimously voted on Monday in support of expelling Zio-Nazi ambassador in Cairo and halting gas exports to the Zio-Nazi Jewish state.

The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Zionism. But it signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Zionist ally Hosni Mu-Barak a year ago in a popular uprising that ended his 29 years in power.

The vote was taken by a show of hands on a report by the chamber’s Arab affairs committee that declared Egypt will “never” be a friend, partner or ally of Israel. The report described the Zio-Nazi state as the nation’s “number one enemy” and endorsed what it called Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms” against Israel’s “aggressive policies.”

There was no immediate comment from Israel on the vote by the People’s Assembly, the Egyptian parliament’s lower house.

Egypt became the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with zionism in 1979. The treaty came six years after the two Middle East neighbors fought the last of their four wars. However, the accord produced a “cold” peace, and most Egyptians still view Israel as their nation’s enemy.

There have been bouts of tension in relations between the two neighbors, mostly over zionist perceived reluctance to proceed in good faith with peace talks with the Palestinians, but leaders of the two nations have consistently kept open channels of communication.

The parliamentary report also called for the recall of Egypt’s ambassador in the Zio-Nazi state and a revision of Egypt’s nuclear power policy in view of the widespread suspicion that Israel has a nuclear arsenal of its own.

“Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity (Israel), which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation,” said the report. “It will deal with that entity as an enemy, and the Egyptian government is hereby called upon to review all its relations and accords with that enemy.”

Monday’s vote by parliament could serve as an indication of what may lie ahead.

The Islamists who dominate the 508-seat chamber, as well as the largely powerless upper house, would like to see the president’s wide executive powers curtailed in the country’s next constitution, while boosting those of the legislature.

If they have their way, statements like Monday’s could impact on relations with Zionism.

The parliament’s vote could also give the generals who succeeded Zionist Mu-Barak an added incentive to keep the office of the president as the nation’s most powerful institution and ensure that Egypt’s next leader is beholden to the military.

The ruling military council is led by Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Many of its members are veterans of Egypt’s last war with the Zio-Nazi regime in 1973, but they also have worked to maintain the peace since 1979.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which controls just under half of the seats in the powerful People’s Assembly, wants a president with an Islamist background.

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Resisting Zionist Oppression Courageously


by Stephen Lendman


On March 8, women worldwide commemorate International Women’s Day. It celebrates over a century of economic, political, and social achievements.

This year for Palestinians, Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike for justice is highlighted. After three weeks, it’s taken a toll. Nonetheless, she’s determined to resist Israel’s lawless arrest, detention, torture, and degrading treatment.

Since arrested on February 16, she’s only ingested water. However, for the past five days, extreme nausea prevents her from drinking more than 1.5 liters daily.

Steadily her health deteriorates. She’s experiencing chest pain and dizziness. Her lawyer said she can barely speak. She’s also tired and can’t move much.

She refuses Israeli Prison Prison Service (IPS) medical care. She’ll accept only Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) doctors. On March 4, IPS officials denied PHR-I’s request to see her.

Repressively they said non-prison physician access is only allowed for second opinions. Since Hana refuses IPS treatment, request denied.

On March 4, PHR-I petitioned the Petach Tikva District Court, demanding immediate access to Hana. No word on if it’s approved or rejected. PHR-I expressed grave concern for her health. After two weeks without food, muscle decomposition begins. The heart and other organs are affected.

On March 5, Hana’s lawyers petitioned Israel’s Military Court of Appeals to end her administrative detention. Her scheduled March 7 hearing was postponed until March 11 or 12. She vowed to continue hunger striking for justice.

For days, Palestinians rallied supportively. A candlelight vigil was held. Dozens of other Palestinian prisoners hunger struck with her. According to Palestinian Prisoners’ Club head Qadoura Fares, they’re also protesting their own horrific conditions.

Fares said growing numbers of prisoners began refusing food. Israel doesn’t care if they live or die. On March 6, IPS authorities transferred about 80 political prisoners from Gilboa Prison to Nafha in Negev desert isolation.

Since February 28, they’d been hunger striking supportively. Earlier they did in mid-February for one day. In response, Israel punished them harshly. Now they’ll endure Nafha Prison isolation far from home. Israel often does it punitively. As a result, their suffering increases.

Torture is official Israeli policy. So is state terror and many other forms of cruel and inhuman treatment. April 17 marks Palestinian Political Prisoners Day. Dozens of human rights and other organizations worldwide called for a day of international action against Israeli injustice.

On March 7, the Addameer Prisoner Support group called for immediately releasing all female political prisoners on International Women’s Day. Among them they named Lina Jarbuni, Wurud Qassem, Salwa Hassan, Alaa Jubeh, Yusra Qaadan, Manal Suwan, and Hana.

According to PLO data, around 100,000 Palestinians, including 10,000 women, were lawlessly administratively detained since 1967. Many spent months or years uncharged with no trials. Young children are affected as part of Israel’s collective punishment policy, violating international law.

Addameer said Israel now detains 36 women administratively uncharged. To raise global awareness, the above named seven were highlighted.

(1) Lina Jarbuni

Arrested on 18 April 2002, she was sentenced to 17 years in prison. She’s currently at HaSharon.

(2) Wurud Qassem

On October 4 2006, she received 6 years in prison. She’s currently at Damon Prison.

(3) Salwa Hassan

Arrested on 19 October 2011, she’s at HaSharon Prison awaiting trial.

(4) Alaa Jubeh

On December 7 2011, she was arrested. She’s also at HaSharon. So far, she’s unsentenced. Though age 17 when arrested, she’ll be treated like an adult. Israel makes no distinction in violation of international law.

(5) Yusra Qaadan

Arrested on March 4, 2012 while visiting an imprisoned family member, she’s currently detained for interrogation in Beersheva.

(6) Manal Suwan

On March 6, 2012, she was arrested. She’s currently undergoing brutal interrogation at HaSharon. Virtually all Israeli interrogations use torture, abusive and degrading treatment to force innocent detainees to confess. It’s standard policy.

(7) Hana Shalabi

On February 16 2012, she was re-arrested less than four months after release as part of Israel’s October 18, 2011 Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Earlier she was lawlessly detained for two and a half years.

On February 23, 2012, she received a six month administrative detention without charge. On March 4, it was reduced to four months. For her and thousands of other Palestinian political prisoners, four minutes is too long.

As a result, Hana, Khader Adnan, and others hunger strike for justice. Hana’s at HaSharon. On March 8, day 22 and counting began.

Addameer highlighted their plight, saying:

All Palestinian prisoners are treated abusively, including children and women. They endure “sexual harassment, psychological and physical punishment and humiliation, and a lack of gender-sensitive healthcare. These practices (violate) international law and must stop immediately.”

Free or incarcerated, Israel treats all Palestinians oppressively. Children and women are especially affected, including young girls.

On March 7, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan, and Al Dameer called for Hana’s immediate release. They hold Israeli responsible for her life and welfare.

A joint March 8 Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations (PCHRO) statement said Palestinian women and girls are “regularly subjected to harassment, intimidation and ill-treatment by Israeli military authorities and as a consequence they are denied the enjoyment of basic human rights such as education, health and freedom of movement. Such treatment amounts to an assault on their dignity and security of person in violation of international law.”

“The international community of States cannot continue to avert its gaze while Israel refuses to apply international human rights law, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), in the OPT.”

“Israel is not only in violation of the positive duty to implement its obligations under CEDAW, but also, through the imposition of illegal policies such as restrictions on the freedom of movement, is in breach of its negative duty not to interfere in the enjoyment of the rights under the Convention.”

Israel spurns all international law abusively. Contemptuously, it treats Palestinians horrifically for praying to the wrong God and demanding freedom on their own land in their own country.

As a result, they’re called terrorists. World leaders able to act do nothing. With or without help, their liberating struggle continues.

Hana, Khader, and many other courageous hunger strikers highlight its importance. Millions worldwide support them. Everyone should! Their struggle is ours!

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In IsraHell, ‘Having an old friend for dinner’



“Tell me, do the evil men of this world have a bad time? They hunt and catch whatever they feel like eating. They don’t suffer from indigestion and are not punished by Heaven. I want Israel to join that club. Maybe the world will then at last begin to fear us instead of feeling sorry. Maybe they will start to tremble, to fear our madness instead of admiring our nobility. Let them tremble; let them call us a mad state. Let them understand that we are a savage country, dangerous to our surroundings, not normal, that we might go wild, that we might start World War Three just like that, or that we might one day go crazy and burn all the oil fields in the Middle East. Personally, I don’t want to be any better than Harry Truman who snuffed out half a million Japanese with two fine bombs.”

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 1982

2012 Mark Glenn


Doubtful that anyone can forget that infamous scene in Silence of the Lambs, where FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) listens in horror as convicted serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) describes having eaten someone’s liver ‘with fava beans and a nice chianti’…

Disquieting, for sure, but not nearly as much as what followed, when the soft-spoken Lecter switched from merely talking about that particular meal to affecting a series of slurping sounds, intimating how much he’d enjoyed it.

What made this particular scene (and indeed Lecter’s character in general) so unnerving was the clashing of polar opposites. He was not a frothing-at-the-mouth, wild-eyed, screeching, barely-human madman whose mental illness you could spot from a mile away.

Rather, he was everything you’d never expect a serial killer to be–gentle, genteel, highly-educated, polished in manners, refined in his demeanor and in total control of himself at all times. His bearing, education and position in society–serving as a veneer of sorts–cloaked the fact that he was for all intents and purposes a monster every bit as dangerous to innocent human life as any mad dog or a lion that had escaped from the local zoo.

Of course, given the ‘it can’t happen here’ attitude prevailing in the American mindset, Lecter’s disturbed and disturbing character had little lasting effect on the mental peace of the viewing audience after that 2 hour sojourn. Slightly shaken but not stirred, moviegoers were well on the road to recovery a mere few moments after the credits began rolling as they simply reminded themselves that the cannibalism they’d just seen was the product of the same Hollywood that has produced other monsters such as King Kong and the Terminator, and that no such nightmares existed in the real world…

…or so they thought.

Reality is another animal altogether however. Cannibalism—i.e. the consuming of other human beings–is very much alive and well in the 21st century, despite the fact it’s not recognized as such.

Remember—there are all sorts of ways of ‘consuming’ and ‘devouring’ others. It doesn’t necessarily have to feature a platoon of barely-clad, highly-muscular, bone-in-nose head hunters with spears and painted faces chasing a lone, terrified 2-legged meal through the jungles or forests of wherever. Mel Gibson certainly did justice to this topic in his brilliant must-see Apocalypto but so did Oliver Stone with Wall Street.

No, in the 21st century, the theme of ‘consumption’ has been subjected to all sorts of nose jobs, face lifts and tummy tucks, making it virtually unrecognizable from the raw, unbridled evil featured inSilence of the Lambs. Keeping a watchful eye on evolving trends, the practitioners of this ages-old rite in human sacrifice realized some time ago that the days of them openly engaging in their ritualistic, out-in-the-open-making-a-meal-outta-Mikey shenanigans were at an end, given the fact that schtick like this just won’t fly in today’s modern, enlightened world.


–In which case cannibalism–in ALL its forms–is not just perfectly acceptable, but made fashionable and even co-celebrated by curious Jewish-wannabe others, most notably those proudly calling themselves Christian Zionists.

It’s true that sometimes this voracious Judaic appetite to destroy and devour innocent others–historically-documented from Biblical Egypt to modern day Iraq–gets the kind of play it deserves. After all, who can forget the video footage of the ‘made men’ of La Kosher Nostra, the infamous rabbis of the ‘Kidney Mafia’ being hauled away by the FBI in cuffs a few years back for their role in the ghoulish business of organ harvesting/trafficking? And yes, once in a while a Hannibal Lecter such as Bernie Madoff gets caught and must contend with Johnny Law.

But sadly, these instances are—proportionally-speaking—too few and far between. Like a farmer whose crops are being devoured by millions of locusts, he does manage to swat a few of them to their deaths, but the millions of others simply continue on with their meal to his own personal devastation.

Likewise, today there are millions of instances where innocent people are having their livers (and just about everything else their maker saw fit to give them) ripped out of them and carved up in satisfying this peculiar cult’s ‘call of the wild’ and no one gets called to the principal’s office over it. One need look no further than what’s been done to the people of Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and everywhere else that’s become the great buffet table of Israel’s bloodfeast as proof that what mass murderer Stalin said was right—

“One death is a tragedy, one million deaths is a statistic.”

And those responsible for all this devouring and digesting of innocent people in the various countries destroyed for Israel’s benefit–individuals with names such as Perle, Wolfowitz, Abrams, Podhoretz, Kristol et al—do they feature as characters like Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, meaning recognized as the menace to society they are and put behind strong, steely bars?

Heaven forbid. They’re as free and unstoppable as some biblical hurricane sent by some angry god who really wants a lot of people to die for reasons inexplicable to the rest of the sane world. And showing that indeed they are the remorseless, Lecteresque gluttons for human flesh and its accompanying suffering that they are, after having finished a meal such as Iraq, Gaza, Libya, or wherever, they simply belch out loud, wipe the corners of their mouths, toss the napkin on the table and walk away from it all, thinking of nothing more than who their next meal is going to be.

Those residing in the civilized world can just plain fughettabout the foolish notion that those within Mundus Judaicus will eventually come to grips en masse with the fact that theirs is a barbaric culture with strong cannibalistic trends, traditions and trajectories. Yes, we see a few wayward fish leaving the school here and there as it were, having decided they would rather live as angelfish than as piranhas, but in general, the members of the school remain united, swimming obediently in the direction that the lead shark takes them.

Yes, in general, things will remain as they are and as they have been for (literally) milleniae. When ordered to attack and devour innocent people, they will do so. When ordered to devour and despoil as their forefathers of old did, they will do so.

‘Why?’ one may ask… ‘How do we say such things with such certainty?’

Because at the end of the day, it is the nature of the beast that dictates the actions of the beast…Organized Jewish interests, which we can accurately characterize as Cannibalism, Inc., will continue to invade, destroy, despoil, and devour and will not think twice about doing it because, when all is said and done, ‘they know not what they do…’

The past is always a good indicator as to what will happen in the future, and on that note let us consider then what just recently took place in virtually every Jewish family and community throughout the world, and particularly in Israel.

The yearly celebration of Purim…

A particularly good case study of the Judaic tendency for devouring others, for sure. It—like many Old Testament-oriented feasts celebrating the death and destruction of others–is the religious version of the daily ‘2 minute’s hate’ found in George Orwell’s 1984, in which all slaves to Big Brother are forced to come together as a mentally-enslaved people and ‘lose themselves in the moment’ while cursing Goldstein, declared an enemy of the state years before—

‘In its second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices…The little sandy-haired woman had turned bright pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like that of a landed fish. Even O’Brien’s heavy face was flushed. He was sitting very straight in his chair, his powerful chest swelling and quivering as though he were standing up to the assault of a wave. The dark-haired girl behind Winston had begun crying out ‘Swine! Swine! Swine!’ and suddenly she picked up a heavy Newspeak dictionary and flung it at the screen…

What makes this particular festival of Purim so disturbing are the overt cannibalistic overtones dominating the festivities. Besides the religiously-mandated drunkenness, Jews gather at homes and eat prepared foods made to resemble the body parts (ears, eyes, feet, internal organs–you name it, they make it) of Haman, the Persian ruler described in the book of Esther who conspired against them.  

Compare and contrast this with what Judaism’s 2 main competitors—Christianity and Islam–do at their various religious feasts. At Christmas time, Christians eat Gingerbread cookies. At Eid al Fitr, Muslims eat Kahka, cookies filled with nuts and covered with powdered sugar. They have no equivalent where they devour the symbolic body parts and organs of their enemies, because, quite simply, they—unlike their Judaic counterparts– have no tendencies or motivations celebrating revenge, despoilment and gloating over the suffering of others.

In fact, no other religion of any civilized people on the planet engages in something like this. The closest we could possibly come to finding something like this would be some of the voodoo practices found in the Caribbean or West Africa.

What’s worse about all this is that no one from within the Jewish community sees anything, well,abnormal or disturbing about it. Vered Guttman, writing for Haaretz during the week of Purim, lists her favorite recipes for that celebration and gaily writes of the “great Jewish sense of humor” in that“many of the dishes served in Purim have to do with Haman’s body parts and organs”.

And while we are on the topic of the ‘great Jewish sense of humor’, who can forget that semi-recent issue of Heeb Magazine (‘The Goy Issue’) where a cartoon strip entitled ‘How to cook a Gentile’featured prominently in that magazine’s issue, where two Jews are extolling the various recipes handed down generation after generation in preparing, cooking and eating non-Jews?

Again, an important exercise in sizing up the plusses and minuses of any topic is to compare and contrast.

We have already tried comparing and have had no success, as there is no equal to be found. Other religions trying to bring mankind closer to the better side of his nature simply DO NOT gloat over the death and destruction of ‘the other’, nor do they engage in eating their wheat-based facsimiles.

Let us then contrast…

We can JUST IMAGINE what the result would be IF anyone—as individuals, as followers of a religion or, as in the case of Israel—as a NATION—were to engage in some similar business of ‘eating Jews’.

Let us imagine for a moment a Christian religious feast celebrated yearly commemorating the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 AD by the Roman army. Imagine Christians getting together, drinking themselves silly and then eating sweets and other delicacies made to appear as the body parts of the same Judaic elements responsible for their leader being killed and who then used every method available to destroy them as a religion and as a people. Absent that, imagine the hurricane of howling and the tsunami of screeching that would result if these Christians engaged in some sort of ritualistic celebration such as beating a piñata resembling Caiaphas, (the Jewish equivelant of Haman) who was (is) primarily responsible for sentencing Jesus Christ to death?

Or the Iranians, for that matter, who happen to be the subject of singular hatred during Purim. Imagine that today’s Iranians (the progeny of the ancient Persians) had their own version of Purim, but instead of the Jews killing 75,000 Persians, the Persians grew tired of Jewish control of their economic and political matters and thus rose up and kicked the Jews out of their country. Let us then imagine that this event is celebrated by today’s Iranians making sweets—not resembling body parts of Jews, but rather, the boats and carriages used in expelling them somewhere else.

There simply would be no end to the quality or quantity of noise resulting from such a situation…

However, typical with anything involving a people such as the Jews who have perfected the character flaw of hypocrisy to a baseness that even Satan himself can look upon with awe and amazement, when they celebrate the destruction of their enemies by eating them, no one is supposed to be bothered, no one is supposed to be concerned for what it portends and intimates. Fun & games, grins and giggles.

Now, some will doubtless say that worrying over all this is tantamount to the proverbial mountain from a molehill business. ‘Harmless fun, nothing more, don’t read too much into it’.

And this would certainly be the case except for the particular and peculiar personality quirks making Israel what she is and the Jewish people what they are.

By her history, the Jewish state has more than proven her penchant for violence, revenge, provocation, manipulation and a whole host of other unsavory qualities that make her such a danger to world peace.

She is the ONLY country in the world to have developed biological weapons that target specific races of people…She is the only one who has threatened to launch nuclear weapons against the entire planet should her precious little experiment in Jewish self-rule in the Middle East prove to be a failure.

So, in this age, where apocalyptically-minded individuals with psychopathic personalities like Hannibal Lecter have managed to amass an incalculable amount of power in terms of money, military, media and political influence and whose identity is rooted in the destruction and devouring of innocent others, you’ll forgive some of us for seeing ourselves as real life characters in an extended version of Silence of the Lambs, where Lecter has just escaped and where each of us is considered fair game in his eyes.

And on that note, let us then consider probably the most frightening theme to be touched upon in that art-imitating-life film—the ending.

Lecter has traced his nemeis, the same Dr. Chilton who ran the mental institution where he was confined to some Caribbean country…Lecter, having a last phone chat with FBI agent Clarice Starling, eyes Dr. Chilton as he steps off the plane that brought him and ends their conversation by saying–

‘I do wish we could chat longer but I’m having an old friend for dinner…’

The lesson of course being that serial killers with a mind to eating their victims will never stop. They will watch, they will plan, they will follow, and then they will execute. And they will do this while maintaining their place of importance in society, using everything that their demeanor, education, money, influence and affluence provides them.

And likewise with today’s version of Cannibalism, Inc, meaning organized Jewish interests. Like a swarm of locusts out of the Old Testament or a platoon of barely-clad, highly-muscular, bone-in-nose head hunters with spears and painted faces chasing a lone, terrified 2-legged meal through the jungles or forests of wherever, they will capture, they will kill and they will devour according to the spiritual nature that was infused into them by their mentors and minders.

And the rest of us will be the ‘old friends’ they are having for dinner…

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“The Mother of All Bombs”: a “great weapon” to use on Iran, says US air force chief


by Global Research News
A top US Air Force general has described the biggest conventional warhead – the 30,000-pound bunkerbuster

bomb – as “great” for a military strike on Iran.


Such glib comment about a massive killing device comes in the same week that US President Barack

Obama appeared to caution against “loose talk” about war in the Persian Gulf.


“The massive ordnance penetrator [MOP] is a great weapon,” said Lieutenant General Herbert Carlisle,

the US Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, who added that the bomb would likely be used in

any attack on Iran ordered by Washington.


The MOP also referred to as “The Mother of All Bombs” is designed to drill through 200 feet of reinforced

concrete before detonating its massive warhead. It is believed to be the biggest conventional, non-nuclear,

weapon in the American arsenal. In terms of destructive capability, it can be said to be the most fearsome

explosive weapon among a range of massive-blast ordnance developed by the Pentagon over the past decade.


“A 30,000-pound (13,600-kg) bunker buster bomb designed to smash through some 200

feet of concrete before exploding is a “great weapon” that could be used by U.S. forces in

a clash with Iran over its nuclear program, an Air Force general said on Thursday.


The Pentagon has begun working on military options if sanctions and diplomacy fail to prevent

Tehran from building a nuclear weapon.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal in an interview on Thursday that planning

had been going on “for a long time.”


The tough rhetoric from the Pentagon came despite President Barack Obama’s effort this week to tamp

down “loose talk” and “bluster” about possible military action, saying there was still an opportunity for


Carlisle also told the Credit Suisse-McAleese defense conference that a conflict with Syria or Iran could

see U.S. military operations influenced by new tactical thinking at the Pentagon known as Air-Sea Battle.

That approach aims to take advantage of highly networked and integrated U.S. forces.

Carlisle said the tactics focus on operating in multiple domains, from air and sea to space and cyberspace,

while networking and integrating information from the different areas, like satellites and sensors on stealth

fighters and unmanned aircraft.

“There’s a space capability, there’s a cyber capability, there’s fifth-generation, low-signature force capability,”

he said.

“All those things are on the table and being thought about as we do this operational planning,” Carlisle added,

noting that Syria and Iran have developed significant defenses aimed at keeping potential attackers at a

distance, a strategy Air-Sea Battle was designed to circumvent.

Carlisle said cyberspace could be a factor in a conflict with the two countries. “All of the leadership has said nothing is

off the table with respect to what we would employ and use,” he said. (Reuters, 9 March 2012)

The development and deployment against Iran of the MOP was documented in a 2009 Global Research article by

Michel Chossudovsky:

Of military significance within the US conventional weapons arsenal is the 21,500-pound “monster weapon”

nicknamed the “mother of all bombs” The GBU-43/B or Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) was categorized “as

the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed” with the the largest yield in the US conventional arsenal. The

MOAB was tested in early March 2003 before being deployed to the Iraq war theater. According to US military

sources, The Joint Chiefs of Staff  had advised the government of  Saddam Hussein prior to launching the 2003 that

the “mother of all bombs” was to be used against Iraq. (There were unconfirmed reports that it had been used in


The US Department of Defence has confirmed in October 2009 that it intends to use the “Mother of All Bombs”

(MOAB) against Iran. The MOAB is said to be  “ideally suited to hit deeply buried nuclear facilities such as Natanz or

Qom in Iran” (Jonathan Karl, Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran? ABC News, October 9, 2009). The truth of the

matter is that the MOAB, given its explosive capacity, would result in extremely large civilian casualties. It is a

conventional “killing machine” with a nuclear type mushroom cloud.

The procurement of four MOABs was commissioned in October 2009 at the hefty cost of $58.4 million, ($14.6 million

for each bomb). This amount  includes the costs of development and testing as well as integration of the MOAB bombs

onto B-2 stealth bombers.(Ibid). This procurement is directly linked to war preparations in relation to Iran. The

notification was contained in a 93-page “reprogramming memo” which included the following instructions:

“The Department has an Urgent Operational Need (UON) for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried

targets in high threat environments. The MOP [Mother of All Bombs] is the weapon of choice to meet the

requirements of the UON [Urgent Operational Need].” It further states that the request is endorsed by Pacific

Command (which has responsibility over North Korea) and Central Command (which has responsibility

over Iran).” (ABC News,  op cit, emphasis added). To consult the reprogramming request (pdf)click here

The Pentagon is planning on a process of extensive destruction of Iran’s infrastructure and mass civilian casualties

through the combined use of tactical nukes and monster conventional mushroom cloud bombs, including the MOAB

and the larger GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which surpasses the MOAB in terms of explosive


The MOP is described as “a powerful new bomb aimed squarely at the underground nuclear facilities of Iran and North

Korea. The gargantuan bomb—longer than 11 persons standing shoulder-to-shoulder [see image below] or more than

20 feet base to nose” (See Edwin Black, “Super Bunker-Buster Bombs Fast-Tracked for Possible Use Against Iran and

North Korea Nuclear Programs”, Cutting Edge, September 21 2009)

These are WMDs in the true sense of the word. The not so hidden objective of the MOAB and MOP, including the

American nickname used to casually describe the MOAB (“mother of all bombs’), is “mass destruction” and mass

civilian casualties with a view to instilling fear and despair. See Towards a World War III Scenario? The Role of Israel

in Triggering an Attack on Iran, Part II The Military Road Map, Global Research, August 13, 2010

“Mother of All Bombs” (MOAB)

GBU-57A/B Mass Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

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Divide and Conquer Score 1+ to the Zionist!!



Its a sad sad day, when you realise the Palestine Solidarity campaign, the BDS campaign and the Palestine Solidarity campaign all appear to have been invaded and taken over by the “PC Nazis” ie Jewish control freaks hell-bent on controlling the narrative. Its an even sadder day when you see one person you look up to and admire attacking another’s freedom of speech. While choosing to exercise his own.

At a push this to could be described as anti Semitic…. yet Ali chooses to attack Gildad Atzmon with charges of anti semitism.

Personally I don’t know either man so I have no interest in this argument, but this is not the only “event” of such nature. And there is a definite pattern emerging of on going attacks on Palestine activists who don”t kowtow to a certain line of thinking (ie how the Jews involved in the Palestine freedom movement think it should go.).This concerns me so much because its taking away the focus on the people who are really suffering , those living in the West Bank, Gaza , the48 Arabs and of course those living in the diaspora particularly in the refugee camps.

There is so much more to this story in its entirety and and if I had not seen  other activists taken down in this way, I would not of been writing this. I suggest any one wanting  to find out more start digging, look at both sides of the argument and decide for yourself or even better decide to ignore it and focus on Palestine and the end goal of freedom

As for me I see nothing wrong in anything Atzmon has written, unlike many of those now denigrating him, he has been through the system and says it like it is. Atzmons problems are because he is speaking out in public,  he is bringing to light many things that Jews would rather not heard spoken about publicly. The accusation of anti Semitism charged against Atzmon should give anyone with nous a clue, in the words of Shulamit Aloni… “Anti semitism its a trick we use”.

But having said all this its Palestinians  themselves who must define the struggle…. فلسطين فوق الجميع

As activists our focus should be on Palestine, and if your a Jewish activist for Palestine you should grow a thick skin, things will be said that may hurt you. Truths may be shown that will hurt you even more, but the truth will set you free as much as it will set the Palestinians free.We are all such a wide diverse bunch,.,if you dont agree with what some one is saying just ignore it. We are not all going to agree and certainly trying to find common ground on one common definition of anti Semitism and what constitutes anti Semitic rhetoric should not be defined in the limits of Palestinian activism .just as character assassinations should not be a part of said limits either.

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Zio-Nazi TV celebrity, wife of Nazi vice PM demands bombing, “suffering” of Gaza civilians


Zio-Nazi talk show personality and socialite wife of Nazi Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has called for escalated bombing of Gaza and for the “passive residents” to be made to “suffer.”

Criminal Zio-Nazi Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, wrote on her Facebook page in Hebrew on Saturday:

” I hope that at tomorrow’s cabinet meeting a decision will be accepted to enter Gaza and kill all those responsible for the nightmare that is happening in the south. It’s time even for the passive residents of Gaza to suffer the way the residents of the south are suffering.”

Since Friday, Nazi bombing has killed more than 20 people in Gaza and injured dozens more, following an Nazi extrajudicial execution on Friday that set off retaliatory rocket fire by Palestinian armed groups. No Zio-Nazi have been killed. Today, racist Zionist US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on  both sides – all sides – to make every effort to restore calm.”

Nir Mozes Shalom’s Facebook post is followed by dozens of other comments by users, many of which support her violent sentiments.

The celebrity also used her Twitter account to incite bombing and violence against civilians in Gaza, and when some people objected she responded, “I forgive those who hate themselves and respond against my tweet to attack Gaza. Keep sunbathing. Perhaps if Gazans get hurt in their home they will eventually take action against the killers.”

Nazi Judy Mozes’s Twitter

 Nazi @JudyMozes Judy Mozesמרחמת על אלו ששונאים עצמם ומגיבים נגד הציוץ שלי לתקוף את עזה.תמשיכו להשתזף.אולי אם העזתים יפגעו בביתם ינקטו סוף סוף בפעולות  נגד הרוצחים. Mar 11 via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

But even that wasn’t enough for some of her followers. Inbal Shalit, for example, responded, “We don’t need to attack Gaza, we need to spray and destroy Gaza!!!! The sooner the better.”

inbal shalit’s Twitter

Judy Mozes
Nazi JudyMozes Judy Mozes
מרחמת על אלו ששונאים עצמם ומגיבים נגד הציוץ שלי לתקוף את עזה.תמשיכו להשתזף.אולי אם העזתים יפגעו בביתם ינקטו סוף סוף בפעולות  נגד הרוצחים.

in reply to Nazi @JudyMozes

 Nazi @inbalshalit inbal shalit Nazi @JudyMozes לא צריך לתקוף את עזה , צריך לרסס ולהשמיד את עזה!!!!!!!!! ויפה שעה אחת קודם





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  • Australia inspired by the best…Guantanamo Bay


    Posted: 13 Mar 2012


    Having spent extensive time in Australian detention centres across the country, this news, via the Sydney Morning Herald, is sadly predictable but shows the utter contempt by authorities towards a free press.

    Following America’s lead in Gitmo for media? What cretins. And what role, if any, has British multinational Serco played in these restrictions?

    The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.

    Documents released under freedom of information show the ”deed of agreement” that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ”informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay”.

    The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, as ”the right balance” in circumstances that included ”the current climate associated with media ethics, media ‘phone hacking’ [in Britain]”.

    In an email to a reporter who was consulted on the policy, Immigration’s national communications manager, Sandi Logan, said, ”I reckon while the phone hacking scandal is all the rage, what else would the media expect of us? Trust you say? Gimme a break, sorry!”

    The Greens’ immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young, said yesterday ”the idea that [media access] guidelines have, even in part, been inspired by Guantanamo Bay is absolutely appalling – it really shows the attitude of Immigration and [the] government – they have forgotten that they are dealing with asylum seekers, not criminals or terrorists.”

    The policy requires that journalists visiting detention centres must be escorted at all times by Immigration officers. There is a bar on any ”substantive communication” with detainees, a right for officials to censor recordings, and the right for Immigration to immediately end any visit.

    The chief executives of the largest media organisations, including Fairfax Media’s Greg Hywood, News Ltd’s Kim Williams and the heads of all TV broadcast networks last month condemned the agreement as ”unacceptable censorship”.

    Documents released to the Herald under FOI show the agreement was drafted with reference to past departmental policy and present practice at NSW, Victorian and Queensland prisons.


    In his submission, Mr Logan justified tight restrictions on media access to safeguard the privacy of detainees, prevent publicity that could affect refugee claims and to manage ”risks that during any media visits detainee clients would use the media’s presence as an opportunity to protest their continuing detention”.

    Mr Logan privately consulted 12 journalists. More responses were negative than positive, with the proposed arrangements being described as ”incredibly restrictive”, ”draconian and heavy-handed”, ”a shocker” and ”a lawyer’s picnic.” However Immigration made no further submission to Mr Bowen who endorsed new arrangements without amendment on October 6.

    Since October, the ABC, SBS, Channels Seven, Nine and Ten, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph have signed the deed of agreement for visits variously to detention facilities at Villawood, Maribyrnong, Inverbrackie and Wickham Point.

    In their letter to Mr Bowen last month, media CEOs argued the fact media organisations have signed the deed ”should not be taken as agreement to its terms”.

    Corporate media admit; we’re far too close to power


    Posted: 13 Mar 2012


    This speaks for itself (via the Guardian):

    Politicians and journalists have had an unhealthily close relationship to one another, according to Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent

    He told a Bath literature festival audience that MPs and reporters formed “a giant club” at Westminster.

    Successive governments had courted newspaper proprietors, said Blackhurst, and told of his time at the Daily Express where he was deputy editor to Rosie Boycott.

    They were appointed by Lord Hollick, a Labour peer, and the paper was moved away from its traditional Conservative support.

    Blackhurst said: “We were trying to turn the paper into a more liberal and upmarket paper but management lost its nerve. They sold the paper toRichard Desmond

    “Within a fortnight, the heavy bulk of the Labour cabinet was fawning over Desmond. We were really shocked by it.”

    Two other panellists, Labour MP Tristram Hunt and Lib-Dem MP Don Foster, also referred to the political-media nexus.

    Hunt said a “symbiotic relationship between the press and politics” had always existed.

    But Foster said the relationship between Westminster and the media should be regulated. “Politicians are trying to manipulate the media and the media is trying to sell papers… It’s got to change.”

    A fourth panelist, the former Guardian staffer Malcolm Dean, pointed out that those “newspapers with the lowest level of trust have the highest circulation and papers with the highest level of trust have the lowest circulation”.

    The sorry state of Israeli propaganda


    Posted: 13 Mar 2012


    Here’s some free advice to the Zionist state; placing Shimon Peres, the father of the colonies and defender of anti-democratic moves inside Israel, in a woeful video talking about “peace” will be about as effective as Assad in Syria riffing about non-violent resistance:


    Memo to media; US massacre in Afghanistan is about Afghans not US military


    Posted: 12 Mar 2012


    Another tragedy in Afghanistan. And what do most of the corporate media focus on? How will this affect NATO strategy? What will US troops do? Will Obama’s supposed counter-insurgency tactics be derailed?

    What about wondering about the Afghans themselves?

    Here’s FAIR:

    The news that a U.S. Army sergeant killed 16 civilians, most of them children, in southern Afghanistan early Sunday morning was treated by many media outlets primarily as a PR challenge for continued war and occupation of that country.

    “Afghanistan, once the must-fight war for America, is becoming a public relations headache for the nation’s leaders, especially for President Barack Obama,” explained an Associated Press analysis piece (3/12/12). Reuters(3/12/12) called it “the latest American public relations disaster in Afghanistan.”

    On the NBC Today show (3/11/12) the question was posed this way: “Could this reignite a new anti-American backlash in the unstable region?” The answer: “This is not going to bode well for the U.S. and NATO here in Afghanistan,” explained reporter Atia Abawi. “Obviously people here very fearful as to what’s going to happen next, what protests will come about throughout different parts of Afghanistan, and how the Taliban are going to use this to their advantage.” “People,” as used here, would not seem to include Afghans, who are presumably less frightened by protests against a massacre of children than they are by the massacre itself.

    The front-page headline at USA Today (3/12/12) read, “Killings Threaten Afghan Mission.” The story warned that the allegations “threaten to test U.S. strategy to end the conflict.” In the New York Times (3/12/12), the massacre was seen as “igniting fears of a new wave of anti-American hostility.” The paper went on to portray occupation forces as victims:

    “The possibility of a violent reaction to the killings added to a feeling of siege here among Western personnel. Officials described growing concern over a cascade of missteps and offenses that has cast doubt on the ability of NATO personnel to carry out their mission and has left troops and trainers increasingly vulnerable to violence by Afghans seeking revenge.”

    The fact that the massacres occurred two days after a NATO helicopter strike killed four civilians was “adding to the sense of concern.”

    This morning’s ABC Radio AM fit perfectly into the mould, playing quotes from Western leaders and White House flaks:

    TONY EASTLEY: There are fears that the shooting rampage by a lone US soldier may derail the Afghan peace process and undo months if not years of work.

    The Afghan army is on a higher alert after the American soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians and burnt their bodies. Nine of the dead were children.

    The Afghan parliament has passed a resolution demanding the soldier face a public trial in Afghanistan, and already talks on a new strategic partnership between Kabul and Washington look like being put on ice.

    Emily Bourke reports.

    EMILY BOURKE: The deaths of 16 Afghan civilians at the hands of a rogue US soldier continues to outrage and worry world leaders, especially as the Taliban is now promising to strike back. 

    The British prime minister David Cameron. 

    DAVID CAMERON: Really is an absolutely appalling thing that has taken place and of course it will have its impact, but we must do everything we can to make sure that it doesn’t in any way derail the very good work that American and British and other ISAF forces are doing in Afghanistan. 

    And it is worth remembering why we’re in Afghanistan – we’re there to train up the Afghan army and the police so that that country is able to look after its own security 

    EMILY BOURKE: The Taliban has described the Americans as terrorists and barbarians, but White House spokesman Jay Carney says the US led mission will continue. 

    JAY CARNEY: I’m sure there will be discussions ongoing between US military leaders as well as civilian leaders in Afghanistan and the Afghan government in the wake of this incident, but our strategic objectives have not changed and they will not change. 

    Yes, we Kony?


    Posted: 12 Mar 2012

    Australia inspired by the best…Guantanamo Bay

  • Corporate media admit; we’re far too close to power
  • The sorry state of Israeli propaganda
  • Memo to media; US massacre in Afghanistan is about Afghans not US military
  • Yes, we Kony?

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Shadia Mansour, first lady of Arabic hip-hop, featured in Esquire mag contest

Mar 13, 2012

Allison Deger

(Photo: Hip Hop Diplomacy)

Esquire magazine is hosting a run-off for the “hottest” woman and Palestinian hip-hop artist Shadia Mansour is in the running.

The contest with “sixty-four women, six rounds, and one winner — your winner — without any actual consequences” is kitschy at best, and sexist at worst. But (unfortunately) it is also one of the few mainstream profiles of a Palestinian woman outside of the “terrorist” or “victim” paradigm. Best of luck to Shadia, the first lady of Arabic hip-hop.

For a reminder on Shadia Mansour’s way with words and rhythm, check out her “El Kofeyye 3arabeyye” music video.


Egypt is looted, and the U.S. press calls it ‘reform’

Mar 13, 2012

James North

Joseph Stiglitz

One of the more annoying and dishonest features of the mainstream American media over the past couple of decades has been its use of the word “reform,” without quotation marks, as shorthand for a set of controversial economic policies the United States and global institutions like the International Monetary Fund have imposed on the poor nations in the global south.

The word “reform” is biased; no right-thinking person could be against it. If the New York Timesand the Washington Post had followed their own rules about objectivity, they would have instead used neutral terms, like “neoliberalism,” or “the Washington Consensus,” and they would have pointed out that distinguished economists like Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, along with large, vocal masses of people in the poor countries themselves, have warned for years that the “reform” policies are a slow-motion disaster.

The latest evidence for the failure of neoliberalism comes from Egypt, and even the mainstream press is finally recognizing it. In the Washington Post recently, Stephen Glain blamed the U.S government, the IMF and the World Bank for pushing policies that severely damaged Egyptian agriculture, to the point where the country now has to waste precious foreign exchange to import nearly all of the wheat it needs for bread, the staple food.

An earlier Post article showed how the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) funded a Cairo think tank that vigorously promoted the “privatization” of state-run companies, public resources, and lands. Privatization, one of the tenets of the neoliberal orthodoxy, is supposed to foster competition, efficiency and economic growth.

In fact, the privatizations were rigged by Gamal Mubarak, the deposed dictator’s son, and his cronies, who gained control of companies worth billions of dollars at fractions of their true value. (The Post reported that the Chicago-based international law firm Baker & McKenzie arranged many of the deals.) The biggest of Gamal’s shady partners, Ahmed Ezz, inherited a state-owned steel company, which he turned into an inefficient monopoly.

Instead of wasting $10 million on their think tank, U.S. AID could have simply stopped any adult Egyptian in the street and asked them how privatizations conducted by the Mubarak regime would turn out.

Professor Joe Stiglitz uses the terms “market Bolsheviks,” or “market fundamentalists,” to describe the zealots who have imposed neoliberalism across the global south. His choice of words is brilliant. The unelected apparatchiks at U.S. AID or the IMF who have pressured the governments of Egypt or Bolivia or Zambia over the past 20 years or so, without caring about or even knowing the reality in those places, are the spiritual descendants of the Soviet central planners who coldly treated human beings as statistics.

Meanwhile, a small group of thieves stole billions of dollars of public property that had been built up by the Egyptian people. At the very least, the mainstream press should stop calling this colossal robbery “reform.”

Remnick ignores the Nakba’s role in Israeli ‘democracy’

Mar 13, 2012

Omar Barghouti

Editor’s Note: Earlier today Phil posted on a recent New Yorker article by David Remnick titled “Threatened“. Omar Barghouti emailed out this response to Remnick’s piece and gave us permission to publish it.

How sickeningly typical, predictable, and utterly immoral of soft Zionists!

Nakba denial is always an indicator of deep-seated racism and a profound deficiency in intellectual honesty, not to mention moral decency. But in this article Nakba denial, indeed denial of the existence of 62% of the Palestinian people (those outside the occupied Palestinian territory), is taken to a whole new level, whereby Israel’s “birth” becomes a glorified “experiment in Jewish power, unique after two millennia of persecution and exile” and where Israel’s “structures of governance are point of pride.” Alas, according to the editor of the New Yorker, this wonderful democracy is currently (only currently) undergoing an “impasse.” Jewish fundamentalists (and settlers are largely assumed to be part of that camp, without much justification) are gaining power and undermining an otherwise flourishing Israeli Jewish “democracy” that is closer to the European social-democratic model. The fact that almost all of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people and other Arab peoples for the last six decades have been committed predominantly by avowedly secular Jews — of European descent — is lost on this influential author.

The fact that Zionist gangs ethnically cleansed in a well-documented, pre-meditated crusade of massacres, expulsions and terror, most of the indigenous Palestinians to establish a Jewish-dominated state in Palestine is never mentioned. Only “the occupation” has corrupted the otherwise innocent, thriving, miraculous Israel.

Palestinians are revolted by this relentless Zionist revisionism, deleting most of us out of existence and only recognizing an ever shrinking subset of our rights, with the not-so-hidden intent of saving Israeli apartheid.

True, by US mainstream “media” standards, this article passes as revolutionary–after all, the author describes Israel with such taboo terms as “apartheid,” “fundamentalism” (in reference to the Jewish brand, for a change), “xenophobia,” “racism,” etc. But the omission of the foundational injustice committed by the Zionist movement and later Israel against the Palestinian people is inexcusable, professionally, morally, or otherwise.

The spoils of lawfare, or please do not pet the Islamists: Shurat HaDin’s 2012 ‘Ultimate Mission to Israel’

Mar 13, 2012

Paul Mutter

Part of me very much wishes to believe this is all a viral marketing effort leading to a forthcoming episode of Portlandia where they go to Israel. It is almost that surreal, but in a somewhat entertaining manner.


Shurat HaDin – an Israeli “lawfare” group that set up legal roadblock after roadblock against “Gaza Freedom Flotilla II” last year – has for several years offered tours of Israel that take in the sort of sights a military fanboy would love, from Hezbollah watching on the Lebanese border to visiting the IAF units that carry out targeted killings and viewing military trials of alleged Hamas operatives (that was part of the 2011 trip). Also, there is a BBQ. The one-week trip costs around US$3,000 and is billed as “Taking it to a Whole New Level,” “The Ultimate Mission to Israel”.

No argument here.

As a sometimes-national security blogger, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was curious about this sort of combat voyeurism and how it might speak volumes about the further militarization of Israeli society, though a friend’s perhaps uncharitable assessment is that most of the people who do go on these trips are not Israelis, but IDF fanboys from the U.S. (the works of Tom Clancy were mentioned in passing in the discussion). In that case, these trips say more about the way the IDF is perceived in both countries than anything else.

Here’s this year’s agenda. As you can see from the screenshot, I mentioned the Gaza flotilla to start with not just because it’s Shurat HaDin’s claim to fame in the U.S. media (its charity work in Israel and lawsuits against terrorist financiers not being well-known outside of the country) but because, apparently, one of this year’s highlights is a trip to the undisclosed naval base where the Israeli navy is holding flotilla ships it’s impounded. It’s not clear which ships they’re referring to, but since only a single ship from the 2011 effort reached Gazan waters, I imagine they are also referring to ships from the 2010 effort.

I guess it’s really only fair that the lawfare group be allowed to tour these prizes – the navy might have actually boarded and impounded the ships in both cases, but Shurat HaDin made their job so much easier the second time through its pressure campaign against the organizers and the Greek government. With one exception, a French boat, none of the second flotilla’s ships made it further than Greek territorial waters.

I imagine anyone who might be linked to the IAEA is not allowed to go any further than the gift shop when the group makes a stop at the Research Center for Atomic Energy (do you think one can buy plausible deniability Jericho missile keychains there?).I’d have to say that this year’s most questionable whistlestop for Shurat HaDin is the opportunity for ticket holders to visit a Druze village that has apparently become home to a number of refugees fleeing Syria’s nascent civil war. With several Syria events planned for the trip, apparently, I guess there is not much concern over that conflict escalating in the Golan Heights area.

You all probably think I’m appalled with many aspects of this itinerary – no, not the BBQ, obviously, the gawking at refugees, yes – yet I must look for the silver lining, and to me that silver lining is the timing of the summer’s venue, July 9-16.

Why is this cause for cautious optimism? Because some informed comment has determined that if Israel is going to attack Iran this year, it will almost certainly be before the end of this summer. Surely this indicates that war with Iran is unlikely in the tour organizers’ minds who, based on where they’re getting to go, must have a feel on the pulse of the security forces (who are generally not as sanguine about the prospect of war with Iran as Ehud Barak appears to be).

And while Netanyahu might be an overly rude guest – just ask Obama – he does not seem to be an overly rude host (he hasn’t expelled Gideon Levy or the Arab minority yet). Surely, he would not risk waging war with Iran and inconveniencing Israel’s most gung-ho tourists?

Muslim activists give NYPD chief Ray Kelly the cold shoulder

Mar 13, 2012

Alex Kane

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD chief Ray Kelly (Photo: AP)

Ray Kelly, the current head of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and a potential future mayoral candidate, has a problem. Month after month of revelations unearthed by the Associated Press (AP) has painted a damning picture of his police force’s massive and arbitrary spy operation targeting Muslims.

So now, Kelly is embarking on a public outreach effort to bring Muslim leaders over to his side. He’s had some success, and the likes of Zuhdi Jasser, an anti-Muslim activist, have publicly praised his actions. But Muslim activists highly critical of Kelly and the NYPD’s spying have called the public outreach a “sham” effort that has excluded the very people who have been requesting meetings with the NYPD over Muslim community-police relations.

Kelly has withstood months of withering criticism of the NYPD’s efforts to monitor and catalog virtually every aspect of Muslim life in New York City and elsewhere. Last week, Kelly met twice with Muslim leaders at One Police Plaza. The leaders came out of the meeting singing Kelly’s praises. Mayor Michael Bloomberg received the message; on his weekly radio show, Bloomberg said that “almost all of the Muslim groups he has spoken to in recent weeks are supportive of New York City’s surveillance programs,” the AP reported.

Muslim activists, though, say that’s simply not true. Last Friday, I spoke with Debbie Almontaser, a prominent Muslim leader in New York who was formerly the head of the city’s first dual-language Arabic public school. Later that day, Almontaser was set to participate in a press conference denouncing the meetings and the NYPD’s surveillance program.

Debbie Almontaser (Photo: WNYC/Flickr)

Almontaser, currently a coordinator and board member for the Muslim Consultative Network, was invited to the first of the meetings with Kelly. She rejected the offer, though, because she was only given 24 hours notice, and found it “insulting” that the NYPD was picking who to meet with.

“Police Commissioner Kelly has hand selected individuals” to meet with, said Almontaser. “He has just intentionally disregarded the call for a meeting or giving a courtesy invitation to individual leaders from the coalitions that have been asking for meetings for the past year.”

Almontaser also raised questions about the leaders meeting with Kelly. “Those leaders that he met with are leaders in their own right, providing services to individuals in their community,” she said. But “whether or not these people have the expertise of being able to critique legal, constitutional matters that infringe on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, that has yet to be determined. Because if they were able to critique this surveillance project, and they read the extensive documents that were released by the Associated Press, they very well would see that this project is really infringing on our civil liberties.”

As for the claim that, in general, Muslims are supportive of the NYPD spy efforts, Almontaser also said that was false. She noted that the coalitions organizing last week’s press conference–the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and the Islamic Leadership Council of New York–represent over 65 organizations.

Kelly’s public outreach efforts came the same week as yet another damning report from the AP was published. The latest AP article definitively shows that the NYPD spied on people just because they practiced Islam–a detail that contradicts Bloomberg’s previous statements. The article was based on once-secret documents that show the NYPD compiled detailed information on Egyptians, Syrians and Albanians in the city. From the AP:

The New York Police Department collected information on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans specifically because they were Muslims, according to newly obtained secret documents. They show in the clearest terms yet that police were monitoring people based on religion, despite claims from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the contrary…

In late 2007, however, plainclothes officers in the department’s secretive Demographics Unit were assigned to investigate the region’s Syrian population. Police photographed businesses and eavesdropped at lunch counters and inside grocery stores and pastry shops. The resulting document listed no threat. And though most people of Syrian heritage living in the area were Jewish, Jews were excluded from the monitoring.

“This report will focus on the smaller Muslim community,” the report said.

Similarly, police excluded the city’s sizable Coptic Christian population when photographing, monitoring and eavesdropping on Egyptian businesses in 2007, according to the police files.

“This report does not represent the Coptic Egyptian community and is merely an insight into the Muslim Egyptian community of New York City,” the NYPD wrote.

In response to the report, Almontaser said: “They are just specifically targeting Muslims, period. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconstitutional.”

The AP revelations are likely to keep streaming out. Still, Muslim activists have an uphill battle to fight. A Quinnipiac University poll released today reports that 58 percent of people surveyed support the NYPD’s dealings with the Muslim community.

The evolution of Peter Beinart

Mar 13, 2012

Adam Horowitz

May, 2010 to Jeffrey Goldberg (emphasis added in both quotes):

I’m not asking Israel to be Utopian. I’m not asking it to allow Palestinians who were forced out (or fled) in 1948 to return to their homes. I’m not even asking it to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state. I’m actually pretty willing to compromise my liberalism for Israel’s security and for its status as a Jewish state.

March, 2012 on the Daily Beast:

Zion Square’s mission is to launch a conversation not just about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not just about the specter of war with Iran, not just about the relationship between Israel and diaspora Jews, not just about Jewish theology and culture, but about the struggle to confront the ethical responsibilities of a world in which Jewish fortunes have radically changed. My own deeply held belief is that that struggle should be guided by the principles of Israel’s declaration of independence, which envisions a Jewish state that ensures “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex.” I believe that such a state can only be achieved through a new commitment to full citizenship for those Palestinians who live within the green line, and through the creation of a Palestinian state beyond it.

A work in progress. How long before Beinart reconsiders his thoughts on the right of return? Or the idea of a Jewish state all together?

To my unborn children

Mar 13, 2012

Today in Palestine

To my unborn children, by Nader Elkhuzundar a 24 year old blogger in Gaza
I know you probably won’t be there to read this. Maybe I would be dead before you see the light. Or rather, witness how very inhumane and so unjust this world has become. I’ll just write anyway, maybe at least your elder brother or sister witnesses all that and read this.
Ever since I came to Gaza, I’ve been dreaming of a better life. Peaceful and quiet. No explosions or blood. No injuries or martyrs. Nothing but a regular peaceful life each and every one of us would wish for.
In Gaza, everything is different. In Gaza, Israeli F16s substitute birds. In Gaza, we sleep on the continuous buzzing coming from the ever-existent drones. We wake up to find that there’s no electricity. In Gaza, explosions are the sunshine and the smell of ash is the cent of the city.
Electricity barely comes in Gaza, where it’s very dangerous to live in. Every moment you live is considered a new life because it’s very dangerous and Israelis bring their toys over to Gaza and play with us the hard way.
My beloved unborn children, being a Gazan means that you’re strong willed, courageous, and like no other. As you grow up, you’ll learn all about the different kinds of weapons and arms both allowed and internationally forbidden. What’s different in Gaza is that Israel doesn’t distinguish its targets. Meaning, they kill anything that moves with a smile. Frankly, they would kill us more than once if possible.
Growing up in Gaza isn’t easy. Growing up in Gaza is a challenge. A quest. And the reward is a strong courageous personality. So brave to the point that you’d stand in front of a tank with a bare chest and a rock. Daring it to move forward yelling ‘over my dead body’. More like mashed if you want to know.
Another thing you’ll gain as a Gazan is that you’ll be able to distinguish the sounds of whatever that kills. Be a M-16, AK-47, .50 Cal, Shells from the Israeli warships in the sea, warplanes in the sky, tank shells, and the list goes on forever. Living in Gaza is a challenge of patience. Only the strong and the brave can survive. By survive, I mean living yet another day of struggle and a million hardships a day.
Last but not least, don’t leave Palestine. It’s where you belong. It’s where everything counts and where whatever little will make a huge change. Don’t leave Palestine because it’s my motherland. Your motherland. Don’t leave Palestine because at the end of the day, it’s all you’ve got left. Don’t leave Palestine even if you’ll be living on olive oil and thyme all your life.
PS: tell your mother that I love her so much. Kiss her cheeks and forehead for me.
With all my love,

Nader is a blogger in Gaza, read more on his blog Sleepless in Gaza,. Nader got accepted to a university in the UK but needs donations to cover tuition, you can donate to his college fundhere.

Land Theft / Ethnic Cleansing / Apartheid / Refugees

On the way to join Friday prayers at a protest tent in Tel Rumeida, three of us stopped to stand with a Palestinian man who was being detained by a soldier on Shuhada Street near Beit Hadassah, an Israeli settlement. The soldier immediately said to us, “Go, you cannot stay here!”. We told him it was our job to stay until he released the man. At that, he threatened to arrest us. We said “OK, call the police if you like. We are not leaving.” He picked up his phone, then immediately gave the Palestinian his ID back so he could go on his way. We left.
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Israeli right wing’s vision for West Bank annexation (to ‘pull the rug out from under apartheid accusation’), Philip Weiss

Today Avigdor Lieberman says that there will be no corridor between Gaza and the West Bank. That is part of the rightwing’s new vision for breaking up Palestinian life into cantons. Under this plan, Israel would annex 60 percent of the West Bank containing the settlements and allow Palestinian freedom of movement within the remaining areas, but cut the West Bank Palestinians off from Gaza.

Palestinian Man Struggles to Replace All Four Limbs

The last time Palestinian Mohammad Ismael walked on his feet was when he went to the hospital to amputate his legs because he was suffering from a debilitating arterial disease.  Since then he has been bedridden, especially after the amputation of his arms as well. But Ismael has not lost his nerve and seems to be confronting his current situation with a determination that defies his tragic fate. He is referred to as the “man that transcends his wounds” in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on a funeral procession east of Gaza City on Tuesday, injuring three Palestinians, hours after a truce was agreed to halt cross-border violence. Mourners carried the bodies of Bassam al-Ajla and Muhammad Thaher, who were killed in an airstrike in the city’s Shujaiyeh neighborhood on Monday evening, to the eastern cementry. Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiyah said troops opened fire at the mourners, wounding three people, who were taken to al-Shifa hospital.

Father, Daughter, Killed In Israeli Air Strike
Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Monday that a father and his daughter were killed when the Israeli Air Force bombarded Tal Az-Za’tar area in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli raid kills Palestinian school child
Israeli warplanes launched a series of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday the latest of which targeted a school in northern Gaza killing a student and wounding six others.

IOF aggression on Gaza displaced dozens of families

The Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip over the past four days had completely destroyed ten housing units and partially damaged 350 others, the Palestinian government in Gaza said.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt offered to provide fuel to Gaza if militants agree to a ceasefire with Israel, Hamas-affiliated MP Younis al-Astal said Monday. The Gaza Strip has faced up to 18-hour blackouts per day since Egypt cut fuel supplies through an underground tunnel network, and officials are negotiating an emergency route to stave the power crisis. Gaza’s sole power station shut down on Saturday evening for the third time in the past month.
Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament votes in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament unanimously voted on Monday in support of expelling Israel’s ambassador in Cairo and halting gas exports to the Jewish state. The motion is largely symbolic, because only the ruling military council can make such decisions, and it is not likely to impact Egypt’s relations with Israel. But it signals the seismic change in Egypt after the ouster of longtime leader and Israel ally Hosni Mubarak a year ago in a popular uprising that ended his 29 years in power.

Clinton condemns Palestinians for Israeli bombings
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited only rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip into southern Israel in her condemnation of the violence in Gaza over the weekend. Clinton declined to condemn Israel for the strikes that have left at least 20 Palestinians dead, including a 12-year-old boy. “Let me also condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel, which continued over the weekend,” Clinton said during an appearance on Monday before the UN Security Council.

Israeli talk show personality and socialite wife of Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom has called for escalated bombing of Gaza and for the “passive residents” to be made to “suffer.”
An Israeli spokesman has refused to apologize after tweeting a video of a bomb attack in Israel from three years ago while discussing the current violence. Israeli forces have killed at least 20 people, including a 12 year-old boy, in the past three days in an ongoing series of aerial raids. Israel claims its attacks are in response to Palestinian “terrorists” who are firing rockets into the country.
Today I went to my corner shop to get bread for my breakfast. It was closed – two members of the family had been killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight. Like every Gazan, they never know when they leave the house in the morning if they, their child, their brother,sister, mother, father, friend will return home alive. And if they do make it home, will there be electricity to read or study, will there be gas to cook with, will there be medicine for the sick? Will the international community take responsibility today for enabling with its silence, Israel’s killing of their loved ones, by both quick deaths and slow? Is this child a terrorist or collateral damage? Take the seven-year-old brain-dead child pictured, admitted to Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City while I was there this-morning – does he look like a terrorist? Or like a civilian victim of collateral damage? Take the 12 killed overnight, and at last count, the three more killed today – ‘terrorists about to attack Israel’ says the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) to justify their attacks on innocent civilians going about their daily business, walking in the street, going to school.

Gaza flare-up stokes debate about Israel killings policy
Israel’s assassination of a top Gaza militant, which brought hundreds of rockets raining down on the Jewish state and the danger of further escalation, has left some wondering if its policy of targeted killings is still effective.

The Israeli army continues its military attacks against the Gaza Strip. The attacks started Friday, March 10 at 5:30pm. I heard the first terrible explosion as I drove back to Gaza City from Khan Younis. There was a lot of smoke, shattered windows, and a fire in this blue car that was targeted by a missile from an Israeli drone. These offensive acts, though supposedly targeting Palestinian armed resistance men, are illegal according to international law. Every human is entitled a trial. As usual, the entire civilian population including women and children, pays the highest price and bears the brunt of this terrible situation. Already several children have been killed, one was on his way to school when he was hit by shrapnel.
Two days before the Israeli onslaught on Gaza this weekend, the strip’s fisherman told Al-Akhbar’s Doha Shams how a once-thriving local industry has been decimated by draconian Israeli restrictions and the neglect of both Fatah- and Hamas-led administrations.
Other Violence Against Palestinians
Settlers open fire at Silwan students, injured taken to hospital
Israeli settlers opened fire on a Palestinian bus carrying the Silwan University Students League home from a trip to the West Bank on 10 March. Amongst the injured were four students hurt by shattering glass windows hit with live ammunition. They were taken to Al-Maqased Hospital along with three suffering from shock and trauma. As news spread, parents in Silwan began to flock to the hospital to see if their children were amongst the injured. The Students League and Fatah political party issued a statement condemning the settlers’ criminal act and Israeli authorities’ complicity.
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Hana / Political Detainees / Prisoners
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Monday rejected a request by MK Ahmed Tibi to visit hunger-striking detainee Hana Shalabi in prison, the minister’s office said. The Israeli prison service and Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovich turned down the minister’s request despite Tibi’s role in brokering a settlement to end detainee Adnan Khader’s 66-day hunger strike in February, a statement from Tibi’s office said.

IPS punishes prisoners for their solidarity with hunger striker
The Gilboa prison administration increased punishments against Palestinian prisoners for displaying solidarity with administrative detainee Hana’a Shalabi, who is on hunger strike.

The closing arguments in the trial of Palestinian activist, Bassem Tamimi, will be heard on Wednesday, March 14 at the Ofer Military Court. Tamimi, a grassroots organizer from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, has been in jail since March last year, indicted on protest-organizing charges. The hearing on Wednesday will be the final session in the trial before the verdict.
IOF soldiers storm West Bank cities, round up 10 Palestinians
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed five West Bank cities and their villages at dawn Tuesday and rounded up ten Palestinian citizens.

IOF troops at dawn Monday arrested eight Palestinians in different areas of the West Bank on the pretext they are wanted by the occupation.

IOF soldiers arrest three Palestinians in Halhul
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up three Palestinian citizens including two of one family from their homes in Halhul village, to the north of Al-Khalil, at dawn Sunday.

Palestinian detainee bleeding in detention
The health of Palestinian detainee Mahmoud Al-Muslemani is rapidly deteriorating and is suffering from internal bleeding in Israeli captivity.

Dirar Abusisi, who just marked the second anniversary of his kidnapping by Israeli and Ukrainian intelligence agents, is literally wasting away in an Israeli prison.  He was originally apprehended by Israel because its intelligence service thought he knew the whereabouts of then hostage, Gilad Shalit.   When Israel realized it had been hoaxed by Hamas into arresting him and that he had no idea where Shalit was, Israel concocted a story that he was the movement’s chief rocket engineer and founder of a purported Gaza version of West Point.

Detainee goes on hunger strike protesting renewal of his administrative custody
Administrative detainee Mohammed Abu Arab went on hunger strike to protest the Israeli renewal of his administrative custody for four months, his father said.

Popular Protests / BDS / Activism & Solidarity
obstructing access to the village since the beginning of the second Intifada. The peaceful demonstration was met with a heavy tear gas from the Israeli military. Since 2000, the main road from Beit Dajan to Nablus has been blocked by the military. The village of about 4000 inhabitants is located only 9 kilometers from Nablus, but it wasn’t until a new road was built in 2005 that the villagers could access their closest city without taking a 60 kilometer detour. However, even with the new road, travelling to and from Nablus still takes twice the time it used to. It wasn’t until 2009 that anyone could go to Nablus after 5 pm without coordination with the District Coordination Office, the link between the PA and the Israeli military.
Like every Friday, on March 9th residents of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, went to protest the Apartheid wall, which encloses their lands and denies them of basic human rights. A part of the protest was an attempt to break a hole in the wall. Activists were met with rubber coated steel bullets, skunk water and tear gas, sometimes fired directly at the demonstrators.
On Saturday, March 10th, 2012, more than 400 Palestinian women, supported by Israeli and international activists, gathered in the village of Beit Ommar for the second womens’ organizing conference of popular resistance to the occupation. Women of all ages arrived in the village from various parts of the West Bank, and were joined by both Palestinians and Israelis had taken the trip from Israel. After a cup of tea or coffee, registration and social mingling, close to 400 women found their seats in the main hall.
The topic for this conference was “Practicing Civil Obedience”. Banners at the conference center showed slogans like “End the occupation” and “Tear down the wall” and expressed support for Hana Shalabi, the Palestinian political prisoner on hunger strike for more than three weeks.

Gaza Activists Prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week, Rana B. Baker and Joe Catron – Gaza
After two successful Israeli Apartheid Weeks (IAWs) in 2010 and 2011, the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), together with the One Democratic State Group (ODSG) and  the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI),  are  gearing up for Gaza’s third IAW.

Christian theologians, academics and church leaders recently converged in Bethlehem to meet with the local Palestinian church and challenge the Christian Zionist influence within the evangelical movement.

Friend and contributor Dena Shunra put us in contact with Noam Gur, currently undergoing the process of refusing to serve in the Israeli army. Noam is an 18 years old, queer feminist vegan activist currently living in Kiryat Motzkin, near Haifa, but was born and raised in Nahriyya, near Akka and the Lebanese border.
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Photos: Artists Against Apartheid 11/03/2012
Photo essay via Heri Rakotomalala Photo Ensemble Acalanto performs at Artists Against Apartheid. View beautiful photographs from the eighteenth Artists Against Apartheid concert in Montreal via Heri Rakotomalala. Photo Montreal representing at Artists Against Apartheid! Concert took place as part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 and featured New York City-based hip-hop collective Rebel Diaz, Montreal-based Haitian artist Vox […]

Political Developments
Ex-Israeli spymaster: Iran response to Israeli attack would be devastating
Former Mossad head Meir Dagan says military action against Iran will not stop the Islamic Republic from attaining the bomb.
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Human Interest / Analysis / Op-ed

Health care is a unique issue in international politics and discussions of modern civilization.  As an institutional entity, it has both a substantial and direct implication regarding the very existence of human populations.  That’s in contrast to markers such as employment, GDP, or literacy that have effects that are slightly harder to trace out.  Indeed, the authors of the 2010 World Health Report recognized that “promoting and protecting health is essential to human welfare and sustained economic and social development” and that people “rate health one of their highest priorities” .  As a majorly accepted sentiment, it becomes morally difficult to justify institutional health care inequalities if we choose to believe in principles of democracy and Rawlsian equality of opportunity.
Elderly Palestinian woman focused on reading 
This time, as part of Still Going Strong, we meet an elderly woman in the occupied West Bank who is determined to get an education. And she’s going about it in a rather unusual way. Paul Brennan reports from Jaba.

U.S. dollars and supplies to Israel are wasted effort
In recent days, a 19-year-old Palestinian was critically wounded when the Israeli military fired a U.S.-supplied high-velocity tear-gas canister at his head, one in a long series of attacks against civilians using these U.S.-supplied “crowd-control items.” These canisters, meant to be fired from long distances to disperse nonviolent crowds, are often fired by the Israeli military toward civilian demonstrators at very close range. This makes them more akin to salt-shaker-size bullets than nonlethal crowd control items, and the repeated misuse of these canisters has had devastating consequences on both Palestinian and American civilians.

It’s no accident that as soon as Bibi Netanyahu returned from Washington DC, where he apparently was rebuffed yet again in his attempts to wage war on Iran, Israel decided to wage war on Gaza instead. Gaza serves as a punching bag for Israeli leaders when they need some two-bit country to beat the crap out of (to use Michael Ledeen’s memorable phrase).

How Israel Stacks the Legal Deck
Palestinian baker and activist Khader Adnan captured headlines recently for a 66-day hunger strike that led him to the brink of death. His ordeal began in the dead of night on Dec. 17, 2011, when Israeli soldiers broke down the door of his West Bank home. Adnan was arrested before his terrified wife and daughters, and was reportedly abused verbally and physically upon detention and later in interrogation.

The brutal, inhuman event she was referring to was the killing in the Iraqi city of Fallujah of four American civilian contractors, whose SUV was ambushed by rocket-propelled grenades the day before.  The four men, all employees of the infamous mercenary outfit Blackwater, were shot, their bodies burned, mutilated, and dragged through the streets in celebration.  The charred corpses of two of those killed that day were strung up on a bridge over the Euphrates River.  The news, and accompanying photographs, sent shockwaves of horror and disgust through the United States and prompted endless editorials from coast to coast.

Palestinian Folkloric Fairy Tales: Palestinian Painter, Bissan Rafe, Federico Cao
‘Someone once described my work as emotive and powerful without the need for jargon yet criticized that my politics use art as its tool; to which I simply replied: ‘Politics are the opinions or sympathies of a person, the total complex of relations between people living in society’ (Merriam Webster). Be it governmental, emotional or spiritual, it comes down to every single form of art being a political dogma.’ — Bissan Rafe


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Dear Friends,

Apart from the 1st item, which is commentary, and the reports in ‘Today in Palestine,’ none of the additional 5 items is about the latest Israeli attack on Gaza.  International papers of course reported that this round apparently is at an end, but not as major news in any of the international press.  Other events were more pressing—Syria, the American soldier massacre of 16 in Afghanistan, and so on.  The world furnishes plenty of events to fill the pages of newspapers.


Item 1 is “War in Israel’s south will not defeat Gaza terror.  As a whole, the criticism of this editorial is justified.  However, why use the word “terror” to depict the shooting of missiles.  Why not Gazan violence rather than terror?  Why not Israeli “terror.”  It was, after all, Israel that began the entire measly episode, which the Palestinians could be counted on to respond as they did.  They played right into Israel’s hands.   And so today 25 Palestinians are dead (including a 12 year old, a 7 year old, and a 17 year old).  Replace Gaza “terror” with Gaza violence.  Of course kids in Israel’s south were scared by the missiles.  Of course Israelis in the south suffer from the Gaza strikes.  Israel’s leaders and military got what they wanted: confirmation that ‘Iron Dome” works—but they got it at the expense of Israeli citizens and Palestinian lives.   If I sound bitter, I am.  All we get in this country is war and more war!  Israel’s leaders thrive on it!  You can read more about the past 4 days in Gaza in ‘Today in Palestine’ (item 6).


In item 2 Ramzy Baroud extols Palestinian women in “Silent Palestinian Warriors.”  The term ‘warriors’ does not in this case refer to military might.


Item 3, “Bridging the Gap,” is an idea that probably will never see actualization, but it is a beautiful dream.  Better yet would be no bridges, just roads which Palestinians and Jews and tourists and all could drive on, as once they could, from the West Bank or Tel Aviv or Sderot into Gaza and back.  Still, till that happens, this bridge idea is much more desirable than what Israel’s leaders are trying to do, namely, to cut Gaza off from Palestine.


Item 4 reports that Tristan Anderson’s parents are attempting to convince Israel to re-open their son’s case.  I fear that even if they succeed, they will not succeed in having an honest and transparent investigation of the incident that left Tristan blind in one eye and paralyzed on one side of his body.  I hope to be proven wrong.  But the Israeli military seldom (very very seldom) admits in any way to having committed a crime, and the judges usually take the IOF side.


Item 5, sent to me by a friend, is a bit old, and if you have already seen it, I apologize.  I’m very very behind in reading emails.  But this brief commentary is worth your time if you have not seen it.  It has Bibi’s number, and how!


Item 6 is ‘Today in Palestine.’


May both the Gazans and Israelis in the south, and all good people the world sleep in peace tonight, and every night.




1 Haaretz

March 13, 2012


War in Israel’s south will not defeat Gaza terror

Was it really necessary, after a long period of calm, to embroil Israel in a war that paralyzes the lives of a million civilians?


Haaretz Editorial

Tags: Israel terrorism Palestinians

The war in the south has introduced a new, illusive item to the conventional statistics of casualties and fatalities. The technological wonder Iron Dome has become, justly, the hero of the hour. The cause for the war has become marginal and the central index for success or failure is now the number of missiles the Israel Defense Forces intercepts.


But was it really necessary, after a long period of calm, to embroil Israel in a war that paralyzes the lives of a million civilians? Is the assassination of the Popular Resistance Committees’ secretary general worth the disruption the state is undergoing? Worth the economic damage, the halt of studies and, especially, the danger of plunging into a military ground operation in Gaza?


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On the face of it, the chronology is in Israel’s favor. The defense minister’s version is: “This round began with killing Zuhair al-Qaissi, one of the Popular Committees’ leaders, who were apparently involved with preparing a large-scale attack. I cannot say yet whether this attack has been thwarted.”


If indeed we’re dealing with a “ticking bomb,” there’s no argument it had to be defused. But Ehud Barak is not sure this is the case, and it is not clear if the attack itself has been thwarted. In this situation, one may well ask whether all the consequences of killing al-Qaissi had been taken into account. Even more critical, wasn’t the killing an excuse for a much wider offensive – in view of the chief of staff’s statement from a few weeks back, that Israel will ultimately have to carry out a wide-scale attack in Gaza?


The people living in the south have understood, as they are always forced “to understand,” the implications of the war against terror in Gaza. Now it is the decision makers’ turn to understand that Iron Dome is not a substitute for policy making or, better yet, freedom from making policies.


The war in the south must end immediately. It will not defeat terror nor reduce the Gaza threat. The notion that a wide-scale operation, like Cast Lead, will create a long-term change is also an illusion.


The solution is elsewhere, around the negotiation table, from which the government is seeking refuge under Iron Dome.



2 Palestine Chronicle

March 13, 2012

Silent Palestinian Warriors

(Illustration: Luis Vazquez/Gulf News)



By Ramzy Baroud


On March 8, Palestinian women rallied in Gaza and Ramallah to mark International Women’s Day. Activities were held in various cities, villages and refugee camps. Women in Palestine are united by a shared struggle, untold hardship, and also a legendary ability to withstand, survive and flourish under the harshest of circumstances.


Even those women who are unable to articulate a discourse that can be validated by western academic standards in fact represent an unparalleled model of women’s empowerment. The human spirit can thrive in times of hardship, and Palestinian women have led the way of popular resistance to injustice. This is hardly a sentimental or poetic assertion, but a historic fact that goes back many decades.


Currently, Hana Shalabi is the lead symbol of the struggle and resistance of Palestinian women, if not women everywhere. Hana went on a hunger strike on February 16.


Hana’s story is troublingly typical. She has spent 25 months under what Israel calls ‘administrative detention’, a bizarre legal system that allows Israel to hold Palestinian political activists indefinitely and without charge or trial.


She was released in October 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange deal, only to be kidnapped by soldiers a few months later. “She was beaten, blindfolded and forcibly strip-searched and assaulted by a male Israeli soldier,” the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations said, as reported by Maan news agency (March 9).


Hana’s hunger strike followed that of Khader Adnan, who recently ended the longest hunger strike ever staged by a Palestinian prisoner. Both Hana and Adnan had decided that enough was enough. Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hana’s aging parents, joined her hunger strike and quest for freedom.


Indeed, neither Hana’s case, nor that of Khader is isolated by any means. Charlotte Kates, who is active with The National Lawyers Guild, recently wrote, “Imprisonment is a fact of life for Palestinians; over 40 per cent of Palestinian men in the West Bank have spent time in Israeli detention or prisons. There are no Palestinian families that have not been touched by the scourge of mass imprisonment as a mechanism of suppression”.


Gaza’s Minister of Women’s Affairs Jamila Al Shanti reportedly told Reuters TV that all Gazan women are heroines. “I tell this woman who is a heroine and is brave, whether she is a house wife or a working mother, she is a prisoner, a wife of a martyr, a mother of a martyr.”


Hana and her mother are from the West Bank. No amount of political disunity or factional strife can separate these two entities.


However, the heroism of Palestinian women has no boundaries. Hanin Zoabi is one of the most dedicated fighters of equality and human rights. She is an MP in the Israeli Knesset, representing the Balad party. In 2010, she courageously took part in a Gaza freedom flotilla which attempted to break the Israeli siege on Gaza, along with hundreds of other Palestinian and international activists. She was arrested after Israel stormed the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, killing nine and wounding many more.


Since then, Hanin became the target of some of the most racist attacks by Israeli media, politicians and other MPs. The Knesset Ethics Committee maliciously stripped her of parliamentary privileges, as right-wing, religious and ultra-nationalist parties continue to scrutinise her every move. However, she remains steadfast and adamant that Israel must shed its ethnic-based identity and become a state of all its citizens. She demands equal rights for Palestinians, and the respect of international law by the Israeli government. This has turned her into a pariah in a state that has no room for criticism when it comes to its racial and militaristic agendas.


While political division has wreaked havoc on all aspects of Palestinian society, women, as per their historic role, continue to bridge the gap. In an interview with Reuters in Ramallah, Palestinian Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said: “The women’s movement, as a result of hard work and the support of open minded men, has been able to change the reality and to break the barriers and borders that had been set in place.”


Unlike men, however, Palestinian women — especially those in traditional areas — tend to be silent fighters. Their role is often overlooked, and their daily struggle barely makes headlines. Nonetheless, they are the balancing core that keeps Palestinian society functioning despite occupation, infighting and an impossible number of challenges.


I recall with endless gratitude Umm Ali Al Shubaki, a woman from my old refugee camp in Gaza. Her strength of character was incomparable. During Israeli military raids of the camp, she literally ran after tanks and jeeps, ready to throw herself between the soldiers and any man or boy they were about to unlawfully apprehend. Although she was herself poor, she organised with other women in the camp to ensure that every house of a martyr or prisoner received the needed financial and social support. I last saw her 20 years ago. She was bandaged after being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.


Umm Ali, Hana and Hanin have been the targets of an intense attack on the very core of Palestinian society. Yet somehow they prevail, and they represent Palestinian society’s strongest asset. They organise beyond party affiliation, political agendas or factional divides.


They give Palestine its name, its essence and together they knit its ever promising future.


– Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. (This article was originally published in Gulf News on March 14.)



3 Haaretz

March 13, 2012


Bridging the gap between the West Bank and Gaza with a dream

Jewish architect Marc Mimram has come up with a radical plan to link the Palestinian Authority areas. The Frenchman believes his 37 kilometer bridge could benefit everyone, including Israel.


By Noam Dvir

French Jewish architect Marc Mimram has an idea that borders on the utopian: to build a huge, multistoried bridge stretching 37 kilometers in order to physically connect the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the two areas under Palestinian Authority rule.


The plan, made public for the first time in the pages of Haaretz, is for a bridge that would rise to a height of 20 meters above the ground, with steel or concrete columns at 250-meter intervals. The bottom story is designated for desalinated water; the two next stories are for vehicle traffic; above them, another waterway brings salt water from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea, topped by a story with two-way railroad tracks.


Mimram developed this plan independently in his Paris office, and paid for it out of his own pocket. One of his students at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the third generation in a family of architects from Bethlehem, pleaded with him to present it to his parents. Three weeks ago, Mimram came here for a short visit and talked with Palestinian VIPs.


At the cafe where we met, Mimram used a napkin and a pen to explain. “When you create new crossing infrastructure, you contribute to both the places that are connected,” he said, drawing a line from right to left. “But at the same time, you hamper the places that are left out.” Mimram gestures with his hand above the line. “I am interested in seeing how infrastructure can contribute to the environment and what other roles it can fill.


“Bridges,” he continues, “are meant to cross geographic and social borders as well as landscapes. But they can be used to serve other goals. My bridge is a structure with mixed uses.”


The southern face of the bridge would be covered with solar panels that in effect would turn it into the largest solar power plant in the world. Unlike previous plans to connect the West Bank with the Gaza Strip, Mimram’s suggests one that contributes to Israel as well. Agricultural areas making use of the desalinated water flowing through the bridge would be established along the route, and salt water from the Mediterranean would increase the level of the Dead Sea.


The bridge is planned to stretch in a straight line from Gaza to the southern West Bank, bypassing large concentrations of the Israeli population. Mimram hopes that despite security and environmental issues, the Palestinian Authority and Israel will cooperate to promote the project, which constitutes, in Mimram’s words, a “symbol of peace.”


The architect admits his idea is naive. Like all architects, he has planned many, many projects that were never built. “I know people will say that it is possible to shoot at Sderot” from the bridge, but he says there will be checkpoints at the entrances and exits, as in airports.


Mimram, 56, is a leading figure in bridge and infrastructure planning around the world. He was educated both as a civil engineer and an architect, and recently planned bridges in Morocco, China and France. One of his best known pedestrian bridges crosses the Rhine at the border between Germany and France, connecting Cologne and Strasbourg. There, too, he encountered sharp disagreements about the character, design and role of the bridge. After prolonged negotiations, the two countries decided to promote the project together.


Mimram often visits Israel. His grandparents lived here, and as a young man he volunteered at Kibbutz Ramot Menashe in the north. He speaks halting Hebrew but says he feels a strong relationship with the country. During our conversation, he often says “our” and “with us” when talking about Israel.


The issue of movement between the West Bank and Gaza was addressed in the mid-1990s (see box ). The goal of a “safe passage” was to create a physical link between the two sections of the Palestinian Authority and ease the passage of merchandise, services and people.


More and less realistic plans for a crossing have been formed over the years, each centered on a clearly political narrative. The plan differences stem mainly from how they approach various threats to security, and from the concern that Israel would be divided in half by massive infrastructure not under its control.


At this point in time, the leading ideas include a 30 to 40 kilometer tunnel which would provide good security but cost a fortune; a deeply-dug road cutting across Israel, with railroad tracks next to it; or a bridge, a relatively simple planning and building project expected to run into sharp opposition from the security apparatus and environmental organizations that will object to building across the entire north of the Negev.


Mimram wants to remain neutral. His plan is the only one until now whose infrastructure would benefit Israel. His bridge has the potential to put the brakes on desertification by giving the go-ahead to intensive agriculture, and the water transported by the bridge could also serve communities close to its path, such as Kiryat Gat. The solar panels would produce alternative energy. A land bridge this long has never been constructed, but is possible from an engineering perspective.


Mimram’s project has received support from the Palestinian side. During his visit he met with Jad Isaac, the head of the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem, a nonprofit that focuses on agriculture, infrastructure and planning in the Palestinian Authority. “Mimram’s idea is challenging and thought provoking,” Isaac told Haaretz. “We’ve wasted many years and a lot of money to understand how to connect Gaza to the West Bank, or to save the Dead Sea. What he suggests solves many problems at the same time.”


Isaac is convinced that sooner or later Israel will have to promote a solution to connect these two parts of the authority, but he objects completely to a tunnel. “A tunnel is a humiliating solution,” he says. “We are not moles and it is impossible to put the Palestinians underground for 40 kilometers. Mimram’s project has value as a symbol of cooperation and a true peace: a win-win situation for both sides. I’m dying to see the response of the Israeli government to this idea.”


Senior members of the Palestinian Authority are very interested in the bridge, including outgoing prime minister Salam Fayyad, who has asked to meet with Mimram at the first opportunity. But Mimram, who is surprised by the general lack of willingness to advance the project, has decided to slow his efforts. He prefers to refrain from approaching decision makers on both sides, and hopes the project will continue on its own.


Ron Pundak, cochairman of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum, seeks to put a damper on enthusiasm for the bridge. Like Isaac, he too opposes the idea of a tunnel “that reflects the ugly nature of the military and security conception” of the situation. But he believes Mimram’s bridge, with all its functions, is likely to be impossible to build.


“The need for a land passage between Gaza and the West Bank is irrefutable and there can be no permanent agreement or peace without it,” Pundak says. “It has to be a crossing with a designated goal that does not interfere with existing Israeli infrastructure, and takes Israel’s master plan into consideration as well as environmental issues.


“I am excited by the interest in this issue but I’m not falling off my chair from Mimram’s general concept,” Pundak adds. “He looks at it as a symbol. We are not seeking symbols but rather practicality. We in the new Middle East have lived in an era of symbols for too long.”



4 Haaretz


March 13, 2012


Parents of U.S. activist hurt in West Bank protest ask Israel to reopen case

Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, California, was hit by a tear gas canister and left comatose during a violent 2009 demonstration in the village of Naalin.


By Jack Khoury

Tags: IDF West Bank Israel Supreme Court

The parents of an American activist wounded during a West Bank protest in 2009 appealed the High Court of Justice on Tuesday against the decision to close the case against Israeli security forces.


Tristan Anderson, 38, of Oakland, California, was hit by a tear gas canister and left comatose during a violent 2009 demonstration in the West Bank village of Naalin.


In 2010, the Justice Ministry declared that no indictments would be filed against police in the case of the American activist, with Ministry spokesman Ron Roman saying that the investigation determined there was no criminal intent in harming Anderson.


The investigation was opened in May and closed several weeks ago, but results were made public only Sunday.


Israel has said its forces were responding to attacks by violent demonstrators who were ignoring an order declaring the area an off-limits closed military zone. Such clashes are a weekly Friday event in several places along the Israeli separation barrier, as Palestinians and their backers gather to confront Israeli troops.


Israel says the 680-kilometer barrier is necessary to keep Palestinian attackers out. The barrier juts into the West Bank in some places, leaving about 10 percent of the territory on the Israeli side. Palestinians view it as a land grab.


On Tuesday, Anderson’s parents, Nancy and Michael, appealed the High Court against the decision to close the case, saying that the Israeli officials only investigated the conduct of Border Police soldiers while ignoring a second force that was present during the protest.


According to the family’s attorney Michael Sfard and Emily Sheffer of the Yesh Din NGO, the West Bank district of Israel Police initiated an investigation of the March 2009 incident at the time, but only investigated a Border Police squad that wasn’t positioned near Anderson and could not have caused his injury.


However, several crews operating nearby that were stationed near Anderson’s whereabouts were not investigated at all, despite the fact that two of those squads admitted to using protest-dispersal equipment that included gas-canister launchers.


In addition, the Andersons’ legal crew also claimed that the investigation team never bothered to visit the scene of the protest before deciding on closing the probe.


The Andersons added that a previous appeal submitted by them, and accepted by the state, demanding that the investigation be completed, was not followed, and that investigations officials continued to ignore what they said were clear evidence indicating another Border Police squad that was never questioned and that could have wounded the American activist.


In addition, the Andersons claim, the case was closed even following another appeal, relying on the eyewitness accounts from Palestinian and international witnesses as well as on a then newly exposed video clip purporting to show police officers firing toward a small group of civilians as they flee for cover.


The Andersons’ legal team claims that the video also proves that security officers directly aimed their protest-dispersal equipment from close range, in an apparent contradiction of the IDF’s rules of engagement.


“This is an extreme case of police negligence,” the High Court submission said, adding that it was “unacceptable that the agency in charge of investigating a shooting incident doesn’t inspect the scene of the shooting nor try to identify its origin.”


“Despite the fact that we alerted the investigators on two occasions that they were investigating the wrong people, authorities continue to insist on not interrogating the relevant suspects,” the Andersons’ lawyers said.


The Justice Ministry said in response that the submission was accepted in the State Prosecutor’s Office High Court division and that it would submit its reply to the High Court through the proper channels.



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Mar 6th 2012

DURING his meeting with Barack Obama on Monday, Bibi Netanyahu said Israel “must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

“I believe that’s why you appreciate, Mr. President, that Israel must reserve the right to defend itself,” Netanyahu said. “After all, that’s the very purpose of the Jewish state, to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny. That’s why my supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains master of its fate.” flash: Israel is not master of its fate. It’s not terribly surprising that a country with less than 8m inhabitants is not master of its fate. Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia and Portugal are not masters of their fates. These days, many countries with populations of 100m or more can hardly be said to be masters of their fates. Britain and China aren’t masters of their fates, and even the world’s overwhelmingly largest economy, the United States, isn’t really master of its fate.


But Israel has even less control over its own destiny than Portugal or Britain do. The main reason is that, unlike those countries, Israel refuses to give up its empire. Israel is unable to sustain its imperial ambitions in the West Bank, or even to articulate them coherently. Having allowed its founding ideology to carry it relentlessly and unthinkingly into what Gershom Gorenburg calls an “Accidental Empire” of radical religious-nationalist settlements that openly defy its own courts, Israel is politically incapable of extricating itself. The partisan battles engendered by its occupation of Palestinian territory render it less and less able to pull itself free. It is immobilised, pinned down, in a conflict that is gradually killing it. Countries facing imperial twilight, like Britain in the late 1940s, are often seized by a sense of desperate paralysis. For over a decade, the tone of Israeli politics has been a mix of panic, despair, hysteria and resignation.


No one bears greater responsibility for the trap Israel finds itself in today than Mr Netanyahu. As prime minister in the late 1990s, he did more than any other Israeli leader to destroy the peace process. Illegal land grabs by settlers were tolerated and quietly encouraged in the confused expectation that they would aid territorial negotiations. Violent clashes and provocations erupted whenever the peace process seemed on the verge of concrete steps forward; the most charitable spin would be that the Israelis failed to exercise the restraint they might have shown in retaliating against Palestinian terrorism, had they been truly interested in progress towards a two-state solution. Mr Netanyahu believed that the Oslo peace agreements were a mirage, and his government’s actions in the late 1990s helped make it true.


Having trapped themselves in a death struggle with Palestinians that they cannot acknowledge or untangle, Israelis have psychologically displaced the source of their anxiety onto a more distant target: Iran. An Iranian nuclear bomb would not be a happy development for Israel. Neither was Pakistan’s, nor indeed North Korea’s. The notion that it represents a new Holocaust is overstated, and the belief that the source of Israel’s existential woes can be eliminated with an airstrike is mistaken. But Iran makes an appealing enemy for Israelis because, unlike the Palestinians, it can be fitted into a familiar ideological trope from the Jewish national playbook: the eliminationist anti-Semite. With brain-cudgeling predictability, Mr Netanyahu marked his meeting with Mr Obama by presenting him with a copy of the Book of Esther. That book concerns a plot by Haman, vizier of King Ahasuerus of Persia, to massacre his country’s Jews, and the efforts of the beautiful Esther, Ahasuerus’s secretly Jewish wife, to persuade the king to stop them. It is a version of the same narrative of repression, threatened extermination and resistance that Jews commemorate at Passover in the prayer “Ve-hi she-amdah”: “Because in every generation they rise up to destroy us, but the Holy One, Blessed be He, delivers us from their hands.”


Mr Netanyahu is less attractive than Esther, but he seems to be wooing Mr Obama and the American public just as effectively. The American-Israeli relationship now resembles the sort of crazy co-dependency one sometimes finds in doomed marriages, where the more stubborn and unstable partner drags the other into increasingly delusional and dangerous projects whose disastrous results seem only to legitimate their paranoid outlook. If Mr Netanyahu manages to convince America to back an attack on Iran, it is to be hoped that the catastrophic consequences will not be used to justify the attack that led to them.

Mr Netanyahu thinks the Zionist mission was to give the Jewish people control over their destiny. No people has control over its destiny when it is at war with its neighbours. But in any case, that is only one way of thinking of the Zionist mission. Another mission frequently cited by early Zionists was to help Jews grow out of the “Ghetto mentality”. Mr Netanyahu’s gift to Mr Obama shows he’s still in it.

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