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TUT Broadcast Sammi Ibrahem: Interviews Gilad Atzmon

TUT Broadcast Double Header Friday

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1st hour–yours truly discussing the latest news involving the Jewish yutes who tore the clothes off a Palestinian woman in front of her husband and son, as well as the implications of a Romney Presidency.

2nd hour–Sammi Ibrahem interviews Gilad Atzmon concerning the recent ruling by the Israeli judge that the deliberate murder of Rachel Corrie was an accident.


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For many Israelis, Rachel Corrie was a nuisance


American peace activist Rachel Corrie: 'Anyone following Israel's path over the last decade could hardly be surprised when the court literally blamed the victim for her own death.' Photograph: Getty Images

The state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie – this is the decision an Israeli court reached yesterday. The ruling, made by Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa district court, may have come as a shock to some, but anyone following Israel’s path on a slippery slope, particularly over the past decade, could hardly be surprised when the court literally blamed the victim for her own death. “An unfortunate accident,” is what Gershon chose to call the tragedy. “She did not distance herself as a reasonable person would have done.”

Corrie, bulldozed to death by a massive D9 Caterpillar on 16 March 2003, was part of an activist group called ISM – International Solidarity Movement. This is a group of international activists who advocate nonviolent demonstrations in the West Bank (and Gaza back then, before the disengagement in 2005) in solidarity with Palestinians opposing the occupation.

A nonviolent movement, you say?

Well, isn’t that what Israelis were always looking for? For their enemies to abandon terror, suicide bombings and rockets and to go down the route of Gandhi? Yet, in reality the ISM is probably one of the most hated organisations roaming the roads of Judea and Samaria these days. Seen as foreigners who have come from afar to meddle in local affairs, they have been accused of antisemitism, supporters of terrorists and allies of Hamas. For a majority of Israelis, these people have nothing to do with peace. They’re a nuisance.

A recent example of that attitude is the case of a young Dane called Andreas Ias, who took part in a nonviolent ISM demonstration this year in the West Bank.Footage of IDF colonel Shalom Eisner ramming Ias in the face with his rifle as he was slowly walking around the protest area went viral, and showed clearly the true feelings Israelis have for the Rachel Corries of the world.

The Israeli establishment has less and less patience for activists of any kind of late. As part of the recent government offensive on human rights in Israel, freedom of expression has been hit hard. Not only are leftwing activists who oppose the occupation summoned for interrogations – even J14 activists, those who lead the peaceful social protests against the cost of living, have been interrogated by police long before they take to the streets in an attempt to intimidate citizens of “the only democracy in the Middle East” to exercise their freedom to protest.

As news of Judge Gershon’s decision broke, and as it spread like wildfire across social networks, the local Hebrew media barely batted an eyelid. The items covering the Corrie verdict on websites of Israel’s largest newspapers barely lasted an hour on the home page. Corrie’s story may be well known to Palestinians and leftwing activists, but one would be hard pressed to find people in Israel who actually know who she is to begin with.

Another reason for the sparse media attention in Israel could be the fact that this is a long drawn out case which probably isn’t over – as the Corrie family intends to appeal to the supreme court. And with the American ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, saying only a week ago that the investigation so far into the incident has not been sufficient, the Corries may feel they have the administration’s support to pursue this further. One can only hope that Gershon’s ruling was indeed an “unfortunate accident” as well, to be amended in the future.

For the Corrie family this is, of course, another horrible blow in its attempt to bring someone, anyone, in the IDF to accountability. On that day in 2003, a D9 driver demolished a young girl and her family. Yesterday in Haifa, with what may seem like a single court decision, a judge pushed forward the ongoing demolition of the Israeli justice system and the remainders of Israeli democracy itself.

In a country where the military is considered sacred and investigates itself, and where the judicial system has enabled occupation for over 45 years, could one have seriously expected a different outcome?

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Romney campaign: No to Syria no-fly zone for now


TAMPA — Mitt Romney’s topforeign-policy advisors said Thursday that the presumptive Republican nominee is not ready to support growing international calls for establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria.

“The governor has not called for a no-fly zone. Close friends of his such as Sens. McCain, Lieberman, and Graham have called for a no-fly zone for weeks. That is not a step that Governor Romney has made,” senior campaign advisor Rich Williamson told The Cable on the sidelines of a foreign-policy event here at the Republican National Convention.

The Washington representatives of the internal Syrian opposition and the Free Syrian Army publicly called on the Obama administration to support a no-fly zone inside Syria this week. French PresidentFrançois Hollande said Monday that France would recognize a rebel government if the Syrian opposition declared one, and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian signaled supportfor a no-fly zone last week.

Williamson and other panelists at the event, hosted by the International Republican Institute, including former Sen. Jim Talent, former Sen. NormColeman, and former Rep. Vin Weberall heavily criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis over the last 18 months.

But the Romney team struggled to draw clear distinctions between its policy and what the Obama administration is already doing. For now, the Romney camp is sticking to its calls for arming the rebels directly but not using U.S. military assets inside Syria.

“If we had taken Romney’s advice on working with the opposition to help organize them and help the moderates and help arm the opposition, we wouldn’t be in the crisis we are in now,” Williams told The Cable.

Romney would have not wasted time placating Russia at the U.N. Security Council and would have assembled a “coalition of the relevant” tosupport the Syrian rebels diplomatically, politically, and with weapons to fight the regime, Williamson said.

“When the U.S. has vital interests at stake, it’s now going to play Mother-May-I with the Security Council … as we’ve seen with the Security Council on Syria and the intransigence of Moscow,” he said.

Coleman said that the Obama administration is “leading from behind” on Syria and that strategy hurts U.S. effectiveness across the spectrum of international issues.

“The challenge we’re facing is that some of those folks in the coalition of the relevant are questioning U.S. resolve … so the lack ofleadership has consequences that in the end make it more difficult to form the kind of coalitions we need to solve problems,” he said.

“President Hollande has pointed in the direction that wehave wanted to go for a long time,” Weber said. “You have to give him credit for providing leadership in a situation where the U.S. has not provided leadership.”

Talent compared the situation to the international intervention in Bosnia and pointed to Bill Clinton’s reluctance to intervene until the situation had dramatically worsened.

“When you’re leading from behind — and let’s face it, that’s what the administration has been doing —  you don’t have control over events,” he said.

Williamson acknowledged that the Obama administration is working with the opposition to vet rebel groups and help them organize, but said that a President Romney would have been doing so a long time ago.

“We appreciate the fact that only 13 months after Governor Romney suggested [working with the opposition], President Obama took his advice, but 17,000 people have died,” Williamson said. “Allowing things to drift, holding your breath, crossing your fingers, and hoping things are getting better doesn’t solve the problem. Where has the U.S. been? The answer unfortunately is missing in action.”

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Russia demands probe into ‘barbaric’ violence near Damascus


A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition’s Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC Syria) on August 26, 2012 shows bodies lying in a mass grave who activists said were killed by regime forces in Daraya near Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/HO/LCC SYRIA)

MOSCOW: Russia on Wednesday called for an impartial investigation into the latest “barbaric” violence near Syria’s capital Damascus, where hundreds of deaths have been reported since the weekend.

“We insist on a meticulous and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the latest tragic events” using the resources of the United Nations’ newly-opened office in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said.

The ministry specifically cited the discovery of several hundred bodies near the Damascus suburb of Daraya on Sunday, and a deadly bombing at the funeral of two loyalists of President Bashar Assad’s government on Tuesday in the town of Jarmana.

The watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 320 people had been killed in the five-day onslaught on Daraya by government troops, while 27 people died at the funeral bombing.

“Moscow decisively condemns these barbaric acts of violence,” the ministry said in a statement.

It added that there was “no alternative” to the peace plan of Kofi Annan despite his resignation from the post of U.N.-Arab League envoy over the plan’s apparent failure.

“Without doubt, certain interested forces do not abandon their attempts to escalate tensions in Syria even more, disrupting any steps toward political regulation,” it said, without detail.

Russia has resisted pressure to support outside intervention against the Syrian regime to the criticism from Western leaders, throwing its support behind the Annan plan and calling for dialogue between the warring sides.

It has also refused to join other powers in calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s resignation but is stepping up its calls on his government to undertake more serious efforts at peace talks.

Moscow has accused the United States and its allies of seeking to oust the current regime, Moscow’s closest Middle East ally, a trading partner and the host of a Russian naval base in the eastern Mediterranean.

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West urges Arabs not to target IsraHell at U.N. nuclear meet


VIENNA (Reuters) – Western envoys are urging Arab states not to berate Israel over its assumednuclear arsenal at the U.N. atomic agency’s annual conference, fearing this could imperil wider efforts for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, diplomats say.

A senior diplomat said Arab countries would criticize Israel but were divided over whether to submit a resolution on the issue to next month’s annual General Conference of the United Nations’ 154-nation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In a surprise move at last year’s IAEA gathering, the Arab group refrained from singling out Israel in this way in what was called a “goodwill gesture” ahead of planned talks in 2012 on creating a zone without nuclear arms in the Middle East.

Israel welcomed this as a “positive” move, in a rare conciliatory exchange in an otherwise heated debate that underlined deep Arab-Israeli divisions on nuclear issues.

Diplomats said Arab states had not yet decided whether to propose a non-binding but symbolically important draft text criticizing “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” at this year’s week-long meeting that starts on September 17.

They expressed concern that an Arab move against Israel would discourage the Jewish state from attending the talks due to be held later this year on a nuclear arms-free Middle East.

An Egyptian plan for an international meeting to lay the groundwork for the possible creation of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was agreed at a review conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2010.


But the Western official organizing the conference, Finnish diplomat Jaakko Laajava, said in May he had yet to secure the needed attendance of all countries in the region.

It was a sign of the difficulties involved in getting Israel, its arch-foe Iran and other Middle East nations to sit around a table this year to discuss the divisive issue.

“It is a very fragile process that needs to be launched,” one European diplomat said. “Singling out Israel would not at all be helpful, would be counterproductive.”

Israel is widely believed to possess the Middle East’s only nuclear arsenal, drawing frequent Arab and Iranian condemnation.

The Jewish state is the only Middle Eastern country outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Israel and the United States regard Iran as the world’s main proliferation threat, accusing Tehran of covertly seeking a nuclear arms capability, something the Islamic state denies.

Arab states scored a diplomatic victory in 2009 when IAEA members narrowly endorsed a resolution urging Israel to join the NPT and place all its atomic sites under agency supervision.

Brought up again in 2010 to keep up pressure on Israel, the resolution was defeated after a bruising diplomatic battle, in which Washington and its allies argued that zeroing in on Israel would harm any hope of banning nuclear arms in the region.

In June this year, Arab states asked for the “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” issue to be put on the conference agenda, but it remains unclear whether they will follow that with a proposed resolution or refrain, as they did in 2011.

Israel’s refusal to become party to the NPT or to place its nuclear installations under IAEA safeguards is “exposing the region to nuclear risks and threatening peace”, they said.

Israel has never confirmed or denied having nuclear weapons under a policy of ambiguity aimed at deterrence.

It says it would only join the NPT after a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement. If it signed the 1970 NPT pact, it would have to renounce nuclear weaponry.

An Arab resolution aimed at Israel would “undermine any genuine attempt to promote confidence and security in the Middle East,” Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. nuclear body, Ehud Azoulay, said in a letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

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World leaders squirm as Iran summit turns tense


A showpiece summit hosted by Iran stumbled as soon as it opened on Thursday when the head of the UN pressed Tehran on its nuclear stand, and Egypt’s new leader publicly sided with Syria’s opposition.

The double challenge, before the leaders and delegates of the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement, upset Iran’s plans to portray the two-day summit as a diplomatic triumph over Western efforts to isolate it.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opened the event with a speech blasting the United States as a hegemonic meddler andIsrael as a regime of “Zionist wolves.”

He also stated that his country “is never seeking nuclear weapons” and accused the UN Security Council, under US influence, of exerting an “overt dictatorship” over the world.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who looked irritated at Khamenei’s remarks, shot back that Iran should boost global confidence in its nuclear activities by “fully complying with the relevant (UN) Security Council resolutions and thoroughly cooperating with the IAEA,” the UN’s nuclear watchdog.

He warned about the current state of bellicose rhetoric coming from Israel and Iran, saying “a war of words can quickly spiral into a war of violence.”

Egypt’s new President Mohamed Morsi — making the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian head of state since the 1979 Islamic revolution — in turn embarrassed his hosts by voicing support for the opposition in Syria, which is fighting the Damascus regime unwaveringly backed by Iran.

“The revolution in Egypt is the cornerstone for the Arab Spring, which started days after Tunisia and then it was followed by Libya and Yemen and now the revolution in Syria against its oppressive regime,” Morsi said.

That contradicted the line put out by Damascus and Tehran, which assert that the Syrian uprising is a “terrorist” plot masterminded by the United States and regional countries.

Morsi’s address prompted a walkout by the Syrian government delegation and drew a sharp response from Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, who accused the Egyptian leader of inciting further bloodshed in Syria.

Iran’s state media failed to mention the contentious parts of Ban and Morsi’s speeches in their coverage of the summit.

The summit to-and-fro over Iran’s nuclear ambitions had its roots in an unusually frank meeting Ban held with Khamenei and Ahmadinejad after arriving on Wednesday.

Ban told them Iran needed to provide “concrete” steps to ease the international showdown which has raised the spectre of airstrikes on nuclear facilities, threatened by both Israel and the United States.

Tensions have been raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency unveiling a new Iran “task force” to scrutinise Tehran’s nuclear programme and its compliance with UN resolutions.

Additionally, the latest IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear progress was expected to be released this week — possibly even during the Tehran summit.

The report is said to highlight expanded enrichment in Iran and suspicions concerning an off-limits military base in Parchin, outside Tehran, where warhead design experiments might have taken place.

Ban, whose presence at the summit had been criticised by the United States and Israel, also took Iran’s leaders to task for recent comments calling Israel a “cancerous tumour” that should be cut out of the Middle East. He urged both Iran and Israel to cool the bellicose language.

“I strongly reject any threat by any (UN) member state to destroy another, or outrageous comments to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust,” Ban said in his summit speech.

“Claiming another UN member state does not have the right to exist or describe it in racist terms is not only utterly wrong but undermines the very principles we have all pledged to uphold,” he said.

“I urge all the parties to stop provocative and inflammatory threats. A war of words can quickly spiral into war of violence. Bluster can so easily become bloodshed. Now is the time for all the leaders to use their voices to lower, not raise, tensions,” he said.

A total of 29 heads of state or government are attending the Tehran summit, including those of Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority, Sudan, Qatar and Zimbabwe.North Korea was represented by its ceremonial head of state, parliamentary president Kim Yong-Nam, rather than the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un.

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Former Israeli commandos dominate politics

File - In Thursday, April 5, 2012 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, former deputy chief of staff and national security adviser Uzi Dayan, center, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak attend an event marking 40 years since the rescue operation of an airline hijacking, in Ramat Efal near Tel Aviv, Israel. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to fill a sensitive Cabinet post recently, he turned to an old army buddy from his days in an elite commando unit. His choice for minister of civil defense, Avi Dichter, replaced another graduate of the country's legendary Sayeret Matkal unit. As tensions heat up with Iran, Netanyahu appears to be relying too heavily some say on veterans of Matkal. Its supporters say the unit's outsize role is a testament to the intelligent, daring and creative qualities it requires from its members. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to fill a sensitive Cabinet post recently, he turned to an old army buddy from his days in an elite commando unit.

His choice for minister of civil defense, Avi Dichter, replaced another graduate of the legendary Sayeret Matkal unit. Netanyahu’s defense minister and vice premier, as well as Israel’s opposition leader, also served there.

It’s Israel’s most famous and secretive military unit. Among its known exploits are the 1976 rescue of hostages from an Air Franceplane in Uganda, a mission commanded by Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, who was killed there.

In building his team at a time of tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Netanyahu appears to be relying heavily — too heavily, some say — on veterans of Sayeret Matkal. Supporters say the unit’s prominent role reflects the intelligence, boldness and creativity of its soldiers.

Critics counter that skills honed in the military do not necessarily translate to the civilian arena and that key voices, particularly those of women, are being left out of critical decisions.

“It’s a certain fraternity that for many years has managed to place security as the central issue in the country,” said Yael Dayan, a former lawmaker and daughter of the late Moshe Dayan, the famous Israeli general and statesman. “They need a war to justify their own existence.”

In a country that worships its war heroes, the military has long been a breeding ground for Israeli leaders. The exclusive, tight-knit Sayeret Matkal unit stands out.

Lawmaker Yohanan Plesner, a graduate of the unit who still does reserve duty, said the transition was seamless.

“When you are given an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age, it gives you the confidence to take on that responsibility at the national level,” said Plesner, 40, a rising star in the opposition Kadima Party. “There is no doubt that Israeli society appreciates those people who have risked their lives for the state.”

On Tuesday, Netanyahu attended a gathering of his former army mates in memory of a late Druse Arab commander of the unit who oversaw Netanyahu during a secret mission. “You are my brother,” Netanyahu said of the late commander, in a statement released by his office.

Israel’s daily Yediot Ahronot said the commander saved Netanyahu’s life during a clandestine operation in Syria at the end of the 1960s. A spokesman for Netanyahu did not immediately comment on the claim.

Netanyahu’s office has declined to comment about the unit.

The military’s website identifies Sayeret Matkal unit “the best combat unit” in the Israeli military and “one of the best special forces units in the world.”

“It performs a variety of reconnaissance and commando missions, relying on extensive training as well as the most technologically advanced equipment available,” said Capt. Eytan Buchman, a military spokesman. He refused to elaborate.

Sayeret Matkal is primarily responsible for intelligence-gathering missions behind enemy lines, so most of its operations are classified. But the unit has also been tasked with counterterrorism and hostage rescue operations, earning it a mythical status with the public.

The 1976 operation in Uganda is among few that have been made public.

In 1972, the commandos, disguised as airline technicians, raided a hijacked Sabena airliner on the ground in Israel. Netanyahu took part in the operation. A photograph of Ehud Barak, now Israel’s defense minister, standing on the wing in white overalls as the hostages were disembarking has become part of Israeli lore.

The following year, commandos rowed boats to the Beirut beach and proceeded to kill top leaders of Black September, the Palestinian group that carried out the massacre of 11 members of the Israeli delegation to the 1972 Munich Olympics. The soldiers were dressed as civilians. Shorter soldiers, like Barak, were disguised as women.

The unit is believed to have later carried out similar assassinations and kidnappings of other wanted men, including the 1988 killing of Abu Jihad, a senior figure in the Palestine Liberation Organization, in a naval commando operation on the shores of Tunisia.

Sayeret Matkal has also had its fiascos, notably a 1992 training accident in which five soldiers were killed during a drill reportedly preparing for a possible assassination attempt on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Candidates go through a rigorous selection process that includes psychological profiling and intense physical challenges. Only a few dozen are chosen each year and their basic training lasts 20 months. They earn their red beret after a grueling 120-kilometer (75-mile) march and then embark on specialized training that includes advanced navigation, weapons training, a sniper’s course and camouflage, according to the army website.

Known in Israel simply as “the unit,” only a few hundred serve in it at any given time. The prime minister sometimes stops by headquarters for a visit to hear about their exploits.

“A huge part of the brand is its secrecy. No one really knows exactly what they do there,” said Ofer Shelah, a military analyst.

Being a member of this prestigious club grants access to high society and an old-boys club that can open doors in the military, the business world and politics. “Israeli politics is based on loyalties, friends promoting friends,” Shelah said.

Unit fighters have gone on to become prime ministers, security service bosses, military chiefs, generals, lawmakers and wealthy businessmen.

At a ceremony last week marking Dichter’s appointment the minister who would oversee civil defense if there is war with Iran, Barak spoke about their 40-year history together and how they’ve crossed paths in secret missions.

“I’m convinced you will bring to the job all the experience you have amassed over the years,” Barak said.

Shelah countered that career soldiers were often “the least qualified to lead political systems.”

“Their military jobs are not built on agreements, on open dialogue, on accepting the opinions of others or considering public opinion. Politics is all about that,” he said.

Social psychologist Eyal Efrati, a retired colonel who once headed the military’s behavioral science department, said the unit’s prominence has more to do with Israeli society than the characteristics of the soldiers.

“We have this yearning for these people to lead us like they lead us in the army,” he said. “It is important for us to hold on to this so that we can feel that no matter what happens, there will be someone to protect us.”

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Judge Oded Gershon’s ruling earlier this week that the state of Israel is not to blame for the death of Rachel Corrie, came as no surprise. In fact it reaffirms everything we know about the Jewish state – its politics, legal system and spirit. Israel is surely a most peculiar state – it is impervious to ethical thinking and humanist thought. Accordingly, Judge Gershon gave this week a kosher stamp to a cold-blooded murder and by so doing, he proved, once again, that Israeli criminal actions are consistent with the most vile interpretations of Old Testament and Talmudic Goy-hating.

As one would predict, Judge Gershon, restricted himself to legalism and litigation as opposed to ethical thinking – he actually blamed Corrie for not ‘behaving reasonably’. Yet, one may wonder what is this ‘reason’ or more precisely, what does an Israeli mean when he or she refers to ‘reason’.

Rachel Corrie was bulldozed to death by an Israeli military D9 Caterpillar on 16 March 2003. She was part of ISM (International Solidarity Movement), a non-violent pro-Palestinian peace activist group. Being an American youngster, Corrie mistakenly believed that Israeli soldiers were humanly driven. Being a reasonable person she must have believed that an Israeli bulldozer driver would never drive over her body. She was wrong. Corrie clearly failed to grasp that Israeli ‘reasoning’ was lethally fuelled by psychosis and fantasies of destruction.

Corrie failed precisely where so many solidarity activists fail. Israel is no normal state. It is a state of one people only – and a people who believe themselves to be chosen. The meaning of this is both simple and devastating. The people of Israel believe that their lives and security is a cosmic asset that must be maintained at the expense of the rest of humanity. However, make no mistake, Israeli psychosis is consistent and even driven by reason, but this ‘reason’ is somewhat different to that of the rest of us. It is certainly far from being universal.

Rachel Corrie, on the other hand, is a universal symbol. She is the epitome of solidarity, empathic thinking and courage, but her tragic death is also a clear indication that something is fundamentally wrong with Israel. Rachel Corrie’s death makes it clear that it isn’t just the Israeli leadership or military elite who are blind to human life and moral conduct.  It isn’t just Netanyahu or Barak who are in a state of dismissal of human life.  We are dealing here with a murderous continuum; it is the leadership, the anonymous soldier, the bulldozer driver – and also Judge Gershon and the Israeli legal system.

Israel could have used Corrie’s family legal appeal to mend its ways. But Judge Gershon was actually honest enough to admit that the murder of Rachel Corrie was the ‘right thing to do’. It was her fault, she shouldn’t have been there in the first place, he said. Judge Gershon provided us this week with the true meaning of ‘Israeli reasoning’. The murder of Corrie was consistent with Israeli survival philosophy and with Israeli interpretation of Jewish statehood. This week, Judge Gershon left us with a kosher stamp for a cold-blooded murder.

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U.N. chief excoriates Iran for threats to IsraHell, Holocau$t denial


Without naming Iran, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon denounced his hosts in Tehran on Thursday for threatening to destroy Israel and for denying the Holocaust.

“I strongly reject threats by any member state to destroy another or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust,” Ban said in his speech to a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in the Iranian capital.

“Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to uphold,” he added.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and this month described Israel as a “cancerous tumor”. In 2005 he caused uproar by being quoted as saying that Israel should be “wiped off the map”.

Persian language scholars say a more correct translation of his comment would read: “Israel must vanish from the page of time.”

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Mask of Zion Report: Rachel Corrie, Murdered by ZIO-Nazi 9 years ago.

Mask of Zion Report Aug 30, 2012

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Jonathon’s tribute to Rachel Corrie, murdered by Israel 9 years ago.


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