Sunday, 19 November 2017

In “democratic” israel you have different laws for people depending on their ethnic origins

Israeli army says the soldiers ultimately ended the clash; none of the stone-throwers were arrested
In a video captured by human rights organization Yesh Din, masked Israeli settlers can be seen throwing stones at Palestinians below in front of IDF soldiers on November 17, 2017.In a video captured by human rights organization Yesh Din, masked Israeli settlers can be seen throwing stones at Palestinians below in front of IDF soldiers on November 17, 2017. Yesh Din, Twitter
Israeli oldiers were documented standing by as a group of settlers threw stones at Palestinians in the Nablus area on Friday.
The incident was caught on camera by researchers with organizations Yesh Din and Rabbis for Human Rights. The Israel Defense Forces said the video misrepresented the incident, and that the soldiers “took action to end the friction.” None of the stone-throwers were arrested.
 According to Yesh Din, at around 12:30 P.M., a trash fire started by a farmer near the Palestinian town of Burin began to spread. As firefighters arrived, a group of masked Israelis came to the area and began throwing stones at Palestinians present.
 As for the video, the IDF claims it was “documented at the beginning of the discord and does not represent the event.” The soldiers, says the IDF, “did act to end the incident. After the settlers acted forcefully, the soldiers dispersed them using stun grenades and riot control measures.”
According to the army, the fire began near Burin and spread toward Givat Ronen, but wasn’t started at the outpost in the first place. This weakens the settlers’ claim of deliberate arson.
Last Summer Haaretz published a report on police investigations of similar situations that lead to no arrests. Left wing activists documented at least nine incidents of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinians within two months, one in which police stood by as Israelis threw stones at Palestinians, that concluded without a single arrest.
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Saudi Torture Victims Include Former King’s Son



Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah
Friday 17 November 2017
Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah who was once considered a future crown prince, was beaten and tortured, along with five other princes, when he was arrested and interrogated in Riyadh during the ongoing political purge in the kingdom, Middle East Eye has confirmed.
All six princes were admitted to hospital in the 24 hours following their arrest. One of the men was in such a bad condition that he was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit – treatment which occurs when there is a high risk to the life of a patient, such as organ failure, from the heart, lungs, kidneys, or high blood pressure.
Hospital staff were told that the injuries sustained in each case were the result of “suicide attempts”. All had been severely beaten, but none of them had fractures. The marks on their bodies were consistent with the imprints left by military boots.
At least 17 of those detained were taken to hospital, but the number maltreated in the purge ordered by the current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is certainly higher, according to sources who MEE is unable to identify because of concerns for their safety.
MEE has learned that medical units have now been installed in the Ritz-Carlton hotel where the beatings have taken place. This is to prevent torture victims from being taken to hospital.
MEE has also learned that in addition to the Ritz-Carlton, the detainees were also held in two other hotels including the Courtyard, Diplomatic Quarter hotel which is across the road from the Ritz-Carlton.
Both the Ritz-Carlton and the Courtyard are run by the Marriott International hotel chain. A spokesperson for Marriott International told MEE on Friday that the Ritz-Carlton and the Courtyard, Diplomatic Quarter were “not operating as traditional hotels for the time being”.
According to a civil rights attorney in Houston, Texas, the hotels are only liable to Saudi Arabian laws.
“If there is a crime being committed, then that crime is governed by the country which you are in,” Randall Kallinen told MEE.
Both hotels appeared to be booked out and not admitting guests for the whole of December, according to their websites on Friday.
Prince Miteb, who is 65, served as minister of the National Guard, a military force drawn from tribes loyal to the House of Saud whose main role is to protect the royal family, from 2013 until his arrest on 4 November.
Prince Miteb has a background in the military and was considered among the possible contenders to inherit his father’s throne prior to the appointment of the current King Salman as crown prince in 2012.
MEE can also confirm that Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd, the son of the late King Fahd who was arrested after this year’s Hajj in early September, was admitted to hospital close to the time of his arrest, although his fate is still unclear.
The purge, conducted in the name of an anti-corruption drive, has also involved the freezing of around 1,700 bank accounts.
According to one US source, bin Salman has claimed he intends to collect $1 trillion from the princes and businessmen that he has arrested.
The Financial Times newspaper reported on Thursday that Saudi authorities were offering deals to detainees, including billionaire tycoons such as Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, in which they would surrender up to 70 percent of their wealth in return for their freedom.
The arrests, interrogation and mistreatment being conducted in hotels owned by a US-based chain with an international reputation has raised questions about how Marriott International has allowed its facilities to be used in such a way.
MEE asked Marriott International to clarify what its company policy was on allowing its premises to be used as detention facilities and asked for comment on allegations that detainees were being tortured.
A spokesperson said: “The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh and the Courtyard, Diplomatic Quarter are not operating as traditional hotels for the time being. We continue to work with the local authorities on this matter.
“We remain in close contact with the guests and groups holding existing reservations; working with them to assist with their reservations and minimize disruption to their travel and event plans.”
Source: Middle East Eye
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Liberal Israeli leaders were contemplating genocide in Gaza already in 1967

Levi Eshkol, prime minister of Israel in the 1960s.
“Perhaps if we don’t give them enough water they won’t have a choice, because the orchards will yellow and wither.”
That is what Israeli Prime Minster Levi Eshkol said in 1967 about Gaza, as revealed in newly declassified documents from the time. Ofer Aderet of Haaretz reported about this today.   
As I have already written, Eshkol, the leftist ‘liberal Zionist,’ was very willing to send Palestinians to the moon:
“I want them all to go, even if they go to the moon”, he said. 
As is widely known, the standard UN definition of Genocide includes “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”.
These newly declassified documents reveal that the genocidal policy was indeed there already in 1967. This is important, because it sheds light on later policies, such as Israel’s siege of Gaza, which is part of an ‘incremental genocide,’ as historian Ilan Pappe has been calling it since 2006, and it puts the notion of a “huge concentration camp”, the term Haaretz journalist Amira Hass has used for Gaza, in historical perspective.  
Indeed, Eshkol was aware in the months after the 1967 war of the “suffocation and imprisonment” in Gaza in 1967, as the declassified documents reveal. And he was quite clear about this being an instrument to effect Israeli strategy:
“precisely because of the suffocation and imprisonment there, maybe the Arabs will move from the Gaza Strip”, he said.
Eshkol was also paraphrasing Herzl, when Eshkol told the cabinet he was “working on the establishment of a unit or office that will engage in encouraging Arab emigration.” He noted that
“We should deal with this issue quietly, calmly and covertly, and we should work on finding a way from them to emigrate to other countries and not just over the Jordan [River].”
This is a near quote of Herzl’s 1895 diary entry:
“We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly”, Herzl wrote.
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan was approving of Eshkol’s (and Herzl’s) ideas. He said, 
“By allowing these Arabs to seek and find work in foreign countries, there’s a greater chance that they’ll want to migrate to those countries later.”
Dayan raised the idea of giving the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza permits to work abroad, in the hope that some would prefer to stay there.
Eshkol was rather obsessed with the ethnic cleansing of Gaza as a prime issue:
“We are interested in emptying out Gaza first”, he said.
This shows that the notion of the complete ethnic cleansing of Gaza is not limited to right-wing politicians such as Moshe Feiglin, who as Likud Knesset co-speaker in July 2014, provided a 7-point plan to Netanyahu, to do just that.
Eshkol also provides for other more apocalyptic options:
“Perhaps we can expect another war and then this problem will be solved. But that’s a type of ‘luxury,’ an unexpected solution.”
This ‘luxury’ (for Zionists, that is), is quite precisely what the ‘leftist’ Israeli historian Benny Morris was speaking about when he told Ari Shavit in 2004:
“But I am ready to tell you that in other circumstances, apocalyptic ones, which are liable to be realized in five or ten years, I can see expulsions”.  
Dayan, by the way, was a bit more ‘generous’ than Eshkol, and suggested that out of the 400,000 Gazans, the 100,000 whom he considered ‘not refugees’ would be allowed to stay. 
Dayan also seems to suggest the ‘Bantustan’ blueprint, which is the idea that has informed Israeli policy in the West Bank, even within the ‘peace-process’ of the last few decades, even when Israel was supposedly being ‘generous’:  
“No soldier will have any interest in interfering in the lives of the inhabitants. I have no interest in the army sitting precisely in Nablus. It can sit on a hill outside Nablus”, Dayan said.
In the same way, Israel does not need to be IN Gaza, or only occasionally. It’s much easier to just control the prison from outside, from a nearby hill…
In 1967, Israel was experiencing the duality of exhilarated joy at the ‘liberation’ of the new territories (as even ‘leftist hero’ Ehud Barak puts it), and the ‘trouble’ of the Palestinian presence. This is embodied in Eshkol’s words:
“I suggest that we don’t come to a vote or a decision today; there’s time to deal with this joy, or better put, there’s time to deal with this trouble”.
The ‘trouble’ was of course the Palestinian ‘demographic problem’, which has been looming upon Israel from its very beginning.
“I cannot imagine it — how we will organize life in this country when we have 1.4 million Arabs and we are 2.4 million, with 400,000 Arabs already in the country?”, Eshkol said.
These words are very interesting to scrutinize. When Eshkol says “we are 2.4 million”, he is actually not including the Palestinian citizens of Israel (known in Israel as ‘Israeli Arabs’). This is clear, because in 1967, the total population of Israel was nearly 2.8 million. The last time the population was 2.4 million was early 1963. The prime minister couldn’t possibly be making a numerical error of that magnitude. No; Eshkol is clearly excluding the Palestinian population from the count, and treating it as a population to be regarded as a fifth column, an alien population, of ‘Arabs already in the country’ – just like the 1.4 million Arabs who have just come under Israel’s control. Let it be noted, that in late 1966, Israel relinquished its 19-year military regime over Palestinian citizens in Israel. Eshkol’s words demonstrate that whilst the relinquishing of this regime happened technically, and for ‘moral’ reasons, the establishment’s overall perception of Palestinian citizens was still as ‘others’.
The concern with the ‘demographic problem’ in the minutes is all-consuming. Education Minister Zalman Aranne was emphatic about the ‘demographic threat’:
“The way I know the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora, after all the heroism, miracles and wonders, a Jewish state in which there are 40 percent Arabs, is not a Jewish state. It is a fifth column that will destroy the Jewish state. It will be the kiss of death after a generation or a generation and a half”.
Adding vitriolic spices of ‘Arab hatred’ and the ‘high birth rate’ of Arabs, Aranne continued:
“I see the two million Jews before me differently when there will be 1.3 million Arabs — 1.3 million Arabs, with their high birth rate and their permanent pent-up hatred. … We can overcome 60,000 Arabs, but not 600,000 and not a million”.
Finally, there is an interesting part about Jewish settlement in Al-Khalil (Hebron). Eshkol showed the ministers a letter he received in November 1967 from associates of the dean of Hebron Yeshiva — which had relocated to Jerusalem after the 1929 Hebron Massacre — asking the government to “make appropriate arrangements to let dozens of the yeshiva’s students, teachers and supervisors return and set up a branch in Hebron.” Labour Minister Yigal Allon (author of the famous Allon Plan to annex large swaths of the West Bank) was all for it: “There is a benefit in finding the first nucleus of people willing to settle there. The desire of these yeshiva students is a great thing. There aren’t always candidates willing to go to such a difficult place”, he said.
So much for rogue religious rightwing settlers twisting Israel’s arm.  
Those who have followed the Zionist historical trace may not be surprised by these statements, nor that they are uttered by ‘liberal-Zionists’, by ‘leftists’.
The logic here is, after all, Zionism 101. Nonetheless, they can still be shocking to read, and they should be. These are statements that convey clear intention of ethnic cleansing, and even Genocide. Emptying out, suffocation, deprivation of water till orchards wither. These words are not uttered by rightist Zionist leaders, but by leftist ones. No wonder Israel keeps these archives hidden for 50 years and more
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

IG: US Has Installed Child Rapists in Afghanistan

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An Afghan boy looks on he stands at the site of a landslide that killed at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead at the Argo district in Badakhshan,inputted on May 4th, 2014. Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images.  An Afghan boy looks on he stands at the site of a landslide that killed at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead at the Argo district in Badakhshan,inputted on May 4th, 2014. Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images.   

US Troops Taught For Years Child Sex Abuse Is ‘Culturally Accepted’ In Afghanistan

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U.S. troops deploying to Afghanistan were taught for years that child sex abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, and were provided no guidance that it constituted a violation of the law and human rights until late 2015.
A new Pentagon inspector general report reveals that although troops weren’t explicitly discouraged from reporting cases of child sex abuse, the issue was not discussed until numerous media outlets reported that troops were encouraged to ignore local Afghan officials abusing little boys.
Interviews of troops from the report suggest that military officials didn’t really care much about stopping child sex abuse.
“In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command, or that it was best to ignore the situation and to let the local police handle it,” the report noted.
One interviewee said after he reported an Afghan commander who abused little boys to his chain of command, he was told: “It was out of our control” and “There’s nothing we can do about it” and “It’s their country.”
“Soldiers [were] told to ignore it and drive on,” another interviewee stated.
The cultural presentation sailors had to undergo stated that pedophilia is an issue in Afghanistan, but added that readers should “control and overcome any frustration caused by cultural differences that they may experience during their deployments.”
Additionally, the presentation advised sailors that they should ask their chains of command what to do in specific circumstances.
Marine Corps cultural training told Marines that they “need to understand the culture, accept it without making judgments, and figure out how to work with it or around it to accomplish your mission.”
The training also said that sometimes Afghan men joke about pedophilia, but Marines should just ignore it and “move on.”
Marines were not given any guidance about what they should do if they ever encounter instances of pedophilia.
The inspector general’s finding was damning. Effectively, the military only started to care about the problem of pedophilia and abuse after media outlets started reporting on the issue.
“We determined that the DoD did not conduct training for personnel on identifying, responding to, or reporting instances of child sexual abuse involving ANDSF personnel before 2015,” the report noted.
While troops have been told to report human rights violations since 2011, child sex abuse was not declared as a violation until September 2016. Between 2010 and 2016, 16 cases of child sex abuse were reported to the Pentagon, but because no proper reporting mechanisms existed, the exact number of cases is unknown.
The first explicit guidance to report child sex abuse only came about in September 2015, following a report from The New York Times, which interviewed former soldiers. They stated they were told to ignore child sex abuse, despite hearing the screams of boys being sexually abused by high-level Afghan officials on U.S. military installations.

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Pentagon: ISIS ‘Defeated’ But US Will Stay (illegally) in Syria

Russia Questions What US Goal in Syria Has Become
US military intentions in Syria have never been exactly transparent, but are becoming ever less so, as Pentagon officials loudly declare ISIS to have been “defeated” in the country, but insist that they intend to remain.
This is a potential major legal issue, because Syria never authorized the US invasion in the first place. US officials always presented the authorization as being UN resolutions supporting the fight against ISIS, but that would no longer apply.
Moreover, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has pointed out that Secretary of State Tillerson has repeatedly assured him that the “only” US goal in Syria is to fight ISIS. This is adding to Russian concerns about what the US is actually planning on doing next.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is trying to present this as keeping “ISIS 2.0” from coming into existence. While this is also the pretext for staying in Iraq, there is a major difference between a permanent deployment in Iraq that the US-backed government there supports, and trying to stay in Syria forever despite explicit opposition from the Syrian government.

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عيد للتأسيس وعيد للتصحيح


نوفمبر 17, 2017

ناصر قنديل

في كلّ عام يحتفل القوميون بعيد تأسيس حزبهم في اليوم الذي يحتفل فيه البعث في سورية بذكرى الحركة التصحيحية بصفتها عيداً للتأسيس الثاني، فقد ولد حزبهم من جديد على يد القائد الراحل الخالد حافظ الأسد، كما ولد للسوريين القوميين الاجتماعيين حزبهم على يد عبقرية وقيادة الزعيم أنطون سعاده. ومنذ الحركة التصحيحية تصحّحت العلاقة بين القوميين والبعثيين، وعبرهما بين تيارين في النضال القومي يمثلهما كلّ من الحزبين، حتى اختلطت دماء الشهادة تجمعهما في ميادين المواجهة عام 1982 في مواجهة الاجتياح «الإسرائيلي» للبنان، وبعدها في ولادة المقاومة التي رسمها أبطال لبنانيون بدمائهم، ووقفت سورية وراءهم بدعم لا محدود، وكان القوميون في طليعة هؤلاء، يتقدّمون الصفوف.

جدّدت الحرب الأميركية «الإسرائيلية» على سورية والتي جنّدت لها كلّ إمكانات هذا الحلف بامتداداته العربية والإقليمية، فرص تعميد هذا الحلف بالدم، فكان القوميون مرة ثانية في طليعة الذين حملوا السلاح للدفاع عن سورية تحت قيادة رئيسها المقاوم بشار الأسد. وهذه المرّة امتداداً لما بدأ في تجربة المقاومة في لبنان، كان حزب الله ضلعاً ثالثاً في شراكة الدم، وبدور طليعي رائد وقيادي كامتداد لدوره في المقاومة، لتكتمل عناصر نشوء التحالفات العابرة للعقائد، بين تيارات صنعت لها مكائد التقاتل والفتن في أزمنة متعدّدة، ليثبت أنّ الحروب في منطقتنا هي حروب أميركية «إسرائيلية» مهما تغلفت بشعارات عقائدية، وأنّ مقابل هذه الجبهة من يمثل وجدان أمته وشعبه مهما كان الشعار الذي يرفعه، فكثير من القوميين العرب والإسلاميين تحوّلوا لجبهة الحرب الأميركية وكثير مقابلهم وقفوا في خندق المقاومة والدفاع عن الأوطان ووحدتها وموقعها في مواجهة المشروع الصهيوني.

يتقدّم في سورية ثلاثي «البعث» و«القومي» وحزب الله، ومن ورائه ثلاثي تمثله الدولة السورية والدولة الإيرانية والدولة الروسية، بخلفيات عقائدية متباينة أيضاً، لكن بما يجمع في العمق ويعبر العقائد، منهج الدفاع عن مشروع الدولة الوطنية، والاستقلال والسيادة كمفاهيم أولية لقيام الدول، ومن ضمنها احترام حق الدول بصياغة هويتها بما تختاره بحرية واستقلال لنفسها، وهذا كافٍ لقيام تحالف يعيد صياغة معادلات المنطقة والعالم، ويحترم في خصوصيات مكوّناته ما يعمل لأجل أن يحترم في علاقات الدول وبين الخصوم، فكيف بين الحلفاء؟ ومرة أخرى يتقدّم نموذج يقول إنّ الذي يجمع ويفرق ليست العقائد ولا الهويات ولا الديانات، بل المواقع من مشروع الهيمنة الاستعمارية وخيار مواجهتها، ولا مكان ثالثاً للدول في هذا الاختيار، كما لا مكان ثالثاً لأحزاب منطقتنا بين خياري الالتحاق بمشروع الهيمنة وفي رأس أهدافه اليد «الإسرائيلية» العليا، أو المقاومة بلا حدود ولا مساومة.

يحق للأحزاب التي تنجز وتخلص لخيارات التأسيس وإعادة التأسيس أن تحتفل بأعيادها، لتجدّد التزامها بالمضيّ في خيارات اختبرت نجاعتها، وبذلت دماء غالية لتثبيتها. وتستحق هذه الأحزاب التحية في أعيادها، فمبارك للقوميين ومبارك للبعثيين في سورية، ومبارك لخيار المقاومة بهما، وما يقدّمان من انتصارات تفخر بها الأمة، وشريكهما الثالث في المقاومة حزب الله، وحليفيهما إيران وروسيا، لتكون سورية القادمة بقيادة الرئيس بشار الأسد، القاعدة الصلبة لحلف سيكتب الكثير من تاريخ المنطقة ومستقبل العالم.



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Seven Years after israeli Forces Destroy Mosque, Muslim Worshipers Ordered to pay $37,000

IMEMC News & Agencies – November 17, 2017


 
Israeli occupation authorities have ordered Muslim worshipers to pay NIS130,000 ($37,000), seven years after destroying their mosque in Rahat, southern Israel.
Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court ruled, according to Days of Palestine, that the founders and operators of the mosque would pay the fine as a compensation to the state of Israel.
The lawsuit was filed by the Southern District Public Prosecutor’s Office, against eight residents of Rahat who were members of the mosque committee, and demanded compensation of NIS459,500 ($130,000).
Muslim worshipers, who are original Palestinian residents, remained at home when Zionists occupied Palestine in 1948, built it to fulfill their needs. They apparently applied for the needed licenses to build the mosque, but were refused.
Occupation authorities claim that the mosque was illegally built in 2010, by the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, on public property.
Six months after it was built, the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court and District Court marked the 400-square meter structure for demolition.
According to the state, the defendants initiated and conducted false procedures to delay and obstruct the evacuation, and even called on the public to oppose the demolition.
The defendants said that they had exhausted the legal procedures for preventing the mosque’s destruction and gave up, after the mosque was set to be demolished.
“Naturally, when you talk about a holy place built by the residents, and the residents see police forces in great numbers coming and demolishing the mosque, it bothers and hurts them,” they explained.
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السعودية تقف على كفّ عفريت وتنتظر مصيراً حالك السواد

السعودية تقف على كفّ عفريت وتنتظر مصيراً حالك السواد

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فهد الريماوي

نوفمبر 18, 2017

رغم أنّ عالم اليوم متخم بعلامات التعجّب والاستغراب، ومفعم بمحركات الذهول والاندهاش، إلا أنّ الجاري حالياً في المملكة السعودية على يد المراهق السياسي الأمير محمد بن سلمان يتخطّى كلّ لوائح الشذوذ والضلال، ويتجاوز أفدح فوضويات العبث والهوس واللامعقول.

وحتى لو أنّ ما يفعله هذا الأمير المتسرّع يحظى برعاية العرّاب ترامب، ويتغطّى بزفة إعلامية صاخبة ومتعدّدة الأبواق والأناشيد والزغاريد، فهو محضُ مغامرة بل مقامرة مجنونة وطاعنة في الطيش والتهوّر، من شأنها وضع المملكة المرتبكة في عين العاصفة وبؤرة المخاطر الجسيمة.

وما دام ترامب غشيماً في ميدان السياسة الخارجية، ومأزوماً في عقر البيت الأبيض، ومشكوكاً في صحة فوزه بالانتخابات الرئاسية، ومرشحاً للعزل والسقوط في أية لحظة.. كيف يجوز لأمير آخر الزمان، محمد بن سلمان، أن يعتمد على دعمه، ويطمئنّ إلى حكمته، ويضع كلّ البيض السعودي في سلته؟ وكيف يحق له أن يتجاهل ويتغافل عن درس مسعود أو متعوس البرزاني الذي حرّضه نتنياهو وشجّعه ترامب على التمرّد والانفصال عن العراق، ثم تخلّيا عنه قبل صياح الديك، وتركا له أن يتجرّع وحده سمّ الهزيمة وعلقم الاستقالة؟

بأقلّ القليل من الملاحظة، وبغير حاجة للكثير من المتابعة والتمعّن والتدقيق، يستطيع أيّ مراقب سياسي التأكّد أنّ هذا المستهتر يحرث في البحر، ويكتب خلف السطر، ويرسم فوق الغيم، ويزرع خارج الحقل.. بل يريد أن يحصد قبل ان يزرع، ويقرّر قبل أن يفكر، ويصلّي قبل أن يتوضّأ، ويبلغ الخاتمة دون ان يبدأ، ويُمعن في «حرق المراحل» وسلق الأحكام وخرق نواميس الطبيعة، بغير روية وتبصّر وتحسّب للعواقب.

لا يمكن لفاسد أن يحارب الفساد، ولكن يمكنه محاربة الفاسدين ليحلّ محلهم، او يستولي على ما لديهم.. ولا يمكن لوزير دفاع فاشل في «عاصفة حزمه» على اليمن لما يقارب ثلاثة أعوام، أن يحرز النجاح ويجترح المعجزات حين يستغلّ سلطات والده الملكية، لاغتصاب ولاية العهد وتسلّم زمام الحكم.. ولا يمكن لأعرابي يتلفع بالعباءة الأميركية، ويطمئن لصداقة العمّ سام، أن يسلك دروب الصلاح والإصلاح، أو ينتهي على خير وسلام.. وشاهدنا ما حصل للملك فيصل بن عبد العزيز، ومن بعده لشاه إيران وحسني مبارك وغيرهم.. ولا يمكن لأمي في العلم الاستراتيجي يخوض حرباً على جبهتين: داخلية تطال شيوخ الوهابية وأمراء الفساد معاً، وخارجية تطال إيران واليمن وسورية وحزب الله، أن يخرج من هذه الحرب المزدوجة سالماً غانماً، او تظفر بلاده برايات العزّ والفخار والانتصار.

هذا المدلّل يلعب بالنار، ويدفع بلاده إلى التهلكة، ويحمّلها فوق طاقتها، ويزلزل أركانها ويخلخل مكوّناتها الأهلية وسلامها الوطني والاجتماعي، ويرفع أفضل العناوين وأرقى الشعارات لتحقيق أرذل الأهداف والغايات، وفي مقدّمتها الاستئثار بالسلطة والوصول إلى كرسي العرش دون وجه حق، او مستند كفاءة وعبقرية.

آجلاً أو عاجلاً، سوف تثبت الأيام أنّ أعدى أعداء السعودية لم يستطع التجنّي عليها، وإلحاق الهزيمة بها، وجرّ الويلات والنكبات عليها، مثلما فعل محمد بن سلمان الذي عاث في بلاده، من خلال الارتجال والاستعجال، خراباً وتفكيكاً ودماراً… وقديماً قال الشاعر:

لا يبلغُ الأعداءُ من جاهلٍ

ما يبلغ الجاهلُ من نفسهِ

كم من حاكم عربي وأجنبي خسر حياته، وضيّع بلاده، ومزّق شعبه، من دون أن يقصد ويتعمّد، وإنما لأنه اعتدّ بنفسه، واغترّ بقوّته، واستبدّ برأيه، واستأثر بصنع القرار، واصمّ أذنيه عن النصح والمشورة، واندفع بتأثير الصلف والغرور والحماس وليس الحكمة والروية لتحقيق أحلامه وبلوغ مقاصده.

يخطئ مَن يتوهّم أنّ الحكم صنعة سهلة ورحلة ممتعة، فالحكم الرشيد الذي يستحقّ اسمه هو جماع مشقة ومسؤولية وقوة ذكية لا بدّ أن تستند إلى جملة شروط وقواعد وحيثيات معروفة في أبسط كتب السياسة، ومبادئ القانون، ودروس التاريخ… الحكم علم وفنّ وخبرة وممارسة حصيفة لإدارة شؤون الدول، وتنظيم علائق المجتمعات، ورعاية الصالح الوطني العام، وتوفير مستلزمات الأمن والعدل والنماء والتقدّم والعيش الكريم للناس.

وعليه… فالحكم في أصله وغايته عقد وثيق وعميق بين الحاكم والمحكوم، ورباط توافقي بين أهل السرايا وأهل القرايا، وهمزة وصل ديمقراطية بين القمة الرسمية والقاعدة الشعبية.. وكلّ ما عدا ذلك محضُ تسلّط وتحكّم وتجبّر مهيمن، ولكنه غير قابل للدوام.

كلّ مَن يسكت عن تخبيصات ابن سلمان المركبة والثلاثية الأبعاد هو شيطان أخرس، وكلّ مَن يسايره أو يشاركه في هذا الشطط هو خادع ومخادع يريد توريطه في ما لا تُحمد عقباه، وكلّ مَن يهلل ويصفق له، ويتغزّل بعبقريته هو كاذب ومنافق يتلهّف على كسب ودّه ونيل شرهاته وعطاياه.

واقع الحال أنّ هذا الأمير الغرير والمغرور والمغامر قد رجّ مملكة التكاسل والتثاقل رجّاً عنيفاً، ووضعها على كفّ عفريت، وقذف بها في دوامات «الربيع العربي» وحرائقه وفتنوياته التي حسب أهل الخليج عامة أنّ رياحها وأعاصيرها لن تبلغهم أو تصل إلى بلادهم، فإذا بها تجتاحهم وتعصف بادئ الأمر بما كان يسمّى «مجلس التعاون الخليجي» وتمزقه شرّ ممزق، ثم لا تلبث أن تحصل من ابن سلمان على تأشيرة دخول للديار السعودية عامة، ولمخادع الأسرة الحاكمة بشكل خاص.

رحَم الله المملكة العربية السعودية، فهي سائرة إلى الموت والهلاك، ولا تجوز على الميت إلا الرحمة مهما كانت ذنوبه وعيوبه وسيئات حياته…!

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Israel’s Money Machine

[ Ed. note — Another excellent article from Philip Giraldi about Jewish power in the US. The fact that the Russian news outlet RT is forced to register in America as a foreign agent–while Jewish billionaires raising money for Israeli occupiers are not–speaks for itself. Beyond this context, however, Giraldi provides some additional information that should outrage each and every American.
For one thing, the actual amount of US tax dollars funneled to Israel each each is far beyond the $3.8 billion we customarily hear about. Additional monies, described by Giraldi as “special funding for Israeli-connected projects,” are also given. These include funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, as well as a $12 million “legislative amendment” that was proposed by one congress member, ostensibly for the purpose of helping Israel settle its “Ethiopian community.”
And then on top of all that we have a network of some 3,600 Jewish tax-exempt charitable foundations, with net assets of $26 billion, a number of which are funding illegal settlements. One such foundation is that operated by the family of Trump son-in-law Jared  Kushner. Why isn’t Kushner forced to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? Why is AIPAC likewise not forced to register, along with Jewish billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson of Haim Saban? But no, the Trump Justice Department seems to think RT poses a greater threat to US security.
Ironically, all this comes just as a bill has been introduced in Congress to require the Secretary of State to certify that US funds to Israel do not go to support detention, interrogation or abuse of children. The bill is called “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act,”H.R. 439, and was introduced yesterday by Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota. Its chances of passage are probably slim, but certainly that such a bill has been introduced in the first place is a welcomed sign. ]
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By Philip Giraldi
The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied West Bank. The organization being fêted was the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), which has fourteen regional offices in the United States and operates under the slogan “Their job is to look after Israel. Our job is to look after them.” In attendance were Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Gerald Butler. Entertainment was provided by the singer Seal.
Hollywood Jewish royalty was thick on the ground, the grub was strictly kosher and billionaires competed to see who could give the most to such a worthy cause. The 1,200 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel donated a record $53.8 million, with Oracle founder Larry Ellison leading the pack with a contribution of $16.6 million. Israeli media mogul Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton’s most generous supporter, served as host of the event and donated $5 million. Two weeks ago, a similar gathering of 1,200 in New York City dubbed “A Night of Heroes,” attended by GOP major donor casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, raised $35 million, $7 million coming from Adelson personally. FIDF reportedly was sitting on $190 million in contributions for the year before the Hollywood and New York events.
Donations to FIDF are tax deductible as the organization is registered with the U.S. Treasury as a 501(c)3 educational and charitable non-profit foundation. One might well ask how it is possible that the American taxpayer should subsidize a foreign military organization that is regularly accused of war crimes in its ongoing brutal and genocidal occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem? One might also wonder how an organization that continues a military occupation in opposition to multiple United Nations resolutions that have been endorsed by Washington gets any kind of tax break at all? And finally, one might reasonably ask why an organization that already gets in excess of $3.8 billion annually directly from the U.S. Treasury needs more money to allegedly provide creature comforts for its soldiers?
The answer to all of the above would be that Jewish power in the United States makes it happen. But more particularly, it is Jewish money that does the trick since cash on the table provides access both to the media and to the people that matter in Washington. A tight circle of billionaire oligarchs, including Saban, Ellison and Adelson as well as Paul Singer and Bernard Marcus directly support organizations like FIDF as well as major pro-Israel groups like the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Institute for National Security of America. The billionaires are not shy about where their loyalty lies, boasting as does Saban, that he is a one issue guy and that issue is Israel. Adelson has stated that he wishes that he had served in the Israeli army instead of the U.S. military and wants his son to grow up to “be a sniper for the IDF.” Both have publicly advocated bombing Iran. In Adelson’s case, the bomb would be nuclear.
Sometimes both the Israel agenda and the financial support is deliberately hidden, as in the case of the recently launched “Christian engagement in the Middle East” anti-Iran Philos Project, which was funded by Singer. The billionaires also directly donate to the campaigns of politicians and support projects that engage in the message management that is used to justify pro-Israel policies in Congress and the media.
Much of the current agitation to “do something” about Iran comes, for example, from these groups and media assets. In truth, American aid to Israel has become virtually untouchable and is something like a goose that keeps on laying golden eggs. The operation of “The Lobby,” generally regarded as the most powerful voice on foreign policy in Washington, led Professors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer to ask, “Why has the U.S. been willing to set aside its own security … in order to advance the interests of another state? [No] explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the U.S. provides.” They observed that “Other special interest groups have managed to skew foreign policy, but no lobby has managed to divert it as far from what the national interest would suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. interests and those of the other country—in this case, Israel—are essentially identical.”
The money committed by the Jewish oligarchs on behalf of Israel has turned out to be a good investment, returning billions for millions spent. Since the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948, it has been “the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II,” according to the Congressional Research Service. The United States has provided Israel with $233.7 billion in adjusted for inflation aid between 1948 through the end of 2012, reports Haaretz.
The $38 billion over ten years in military assistance that the Obama recently promised to Israel is far less than what will actually be received from the United States Treasury and from other American sources, including handouts from Congress. To cite only one recent example, in September Congressman Alcee Hastings proposed a legislative amendment that would give $12 million to help settle Israel’s Ethiopian community. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), speaking in the most recent legislative discussion over Israeli aid, stated that the $38 billion should be regarded as a minimum amount, and that Congress should approve additional funds for Israeli defense as needed.
At its most recent meeting in March 2017, AIPAC announced the latest windfall from America, applauding “the U.S. House of Representatives for significantly bolstering its support of U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation in the FY 2017 defense appropriations bill. The House appropriated $600.7 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense programs.” And there is a long history of such special funding for Israeli-connected projects. The Iron Dome missile-defense system was largely funded by the United States, to the tune of more than $1 billion. In the 1980s, the Israeli Lavi jet-fighter development program was funded by Washington, costing $2 billion to the U.S. taxpayer before it was terminated over technical and other problems, part of $5.45 billion in Pentagon funding of various Israeli weapons projects through 2002.
How Israel gets money from the United States Treasury is actually quite complex and not very transparent to the American public, going well beyond the check for $3.8 billion handed over at the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1st. Even that check, uniquely given to aid recipient Israel as one lump sum on the first day of the year, is manipulated to produce extra revenue. It is normally immediately redeposited with the U.S. Treasury, which then, because it operates on a deficit, borrows the money to pay interest on it as the Israelis draw it down. That interest payment costs the American taxpayer an estimated $100 million more per year. Israel has also been adept at using “loan guarantees,” an issue that may have contributed to the downfall of President George H.W. Bush. The reality is that the loans, totaling $42 billion, are never repaid by Israel, meaning that the United States Treasury picks up the tab on principle and interest, a form of additional assistance. The Bush-era loan amounted to $10 billion.

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