Saturday, 21 November 2009

CAMERA DISTORTS THE PICTURE

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November 21, 2009 at 7:45 am (Associate Post, Extremism, Hasbara, Israel, Palestine, zionist harassment)


Zionist propaganda body seeks volunteers to distort Wikipedia input on Middle East

by Khalid Amayreh

A Zionist hasbara (propaganda) body based in North America is trying to recruit “volunteers” whose main job is to distort the input of the internet’s most visited websites in Israel’s favor.

Propaganda efforts are reportedly focused on popular sites such as Wikipedia, the huge on-line encyclopedia which can be edited by anyone

CAMERA, which calls itself a “committee for accuracy in Middle East reporting in America,” already has a team of dozens of paid Jewish propagandists who regularly and often scandalously distort basic data pertaining to such themes as Israeli apartheid, Zionism and its ideological similarity to Nazism, Israeli state terror and ill-treatment of Palestinians as well as other issues related to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Recently CAMERA sent a circular to potential Zionist propagandists, asking them to help ensure a pro-Israeli bias in the internet.

“The idea behind Wikipedia is that if thousands of well-meaning and informed volunteers collaborate on an online encyclopedia, the result would be more accurate, up-to-date and inclusive than any print encyclopedia could possibly be.”

The circular went on: “CAMERA seeks 10 volunteers to help us keep Israel-related entries on Wikipedia from becoming tainted by anti-Israel editors. All it takes to be an effective volunteer is a basic comfort level with computers. Call or email me, and I will train you on how to become a volunteer Wikipedia editor.”

Reputed for its notoriously mendacious and inaccurate input, CAMERA has consistently sought to exonerate the Israeli occupation forces of war crimes committed against innocent civilians especially in the Gaza Strip.

Acting as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Israeli occupation army, the group, relying on questionable and often concocted statements by Israeli army spokespersons, argued on many occasions that the widespread killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army occurred by mistake and that measures were often taken to minimize civilian casualties.

Earlier this year, the Israeli army carried out a virtually genocidal onslaught against the nearly totally unprotected Gaza Strip, killing and maiming thousands of innocent civilians, including hundreds of children.

Moreover, a sustained aerial bombing by the Israeli air force destroyed more than six thousand Palestinian homes and hundreds of public buildings including more than a hundred mosques.

CAMERA, whose staff includes former Israeli Shine Beth’ officials, attacked the recently-published Goldstone report, accusing the former South African Judge, who is Jewish, of reporting “inaccurate information.”

The Goldstone report, based on meticulously authenticated data obtained first-hand testimonies from victims, accused the Israeli forces of knowingly and deliberately committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 21-day onslaught.

The data contained in the Goldstone report were corroborated by testimonies made by Israeli soldiers who took part in the winter onslaught.

Israel, apparently fearing international condemnation, had refused to cooperate with the Goldstone commission.

Report: The Palestinian society is still young


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[ 21/11/2009 - 08:02 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- A report issued Friday by the Palestinian central bureau of statistics said that the age structure of the Palestinian society in general and children in particular indicates that this society is still young, where the children under age 18 constitute 49.4 percent of the total population.

The report, which was issued on the occasion of the world children’s day, also stated that according to data collected from a survey of the Palestinian household expenditure and consumption conducted in 2007, the poverty rate among poor families, who have children, reached 59.3 percent and 47.2 percent for childless families.

It added that the percentage of male and female students who dropped out of school in the basic education (elementary stage) was 1.6 percent and in secondary education was 6.5 percent.
The results of the labor force survey 2009 (second quarter) showed that the percentage of employed children, whether paid or unpaid, amounted to 32,000 children which comprises 3.9% of the total number of children in the age group 10-17 years, the report noted.

Jew Convicted of Murdering 5 People Flees to Israel and Later Becomes Obama’s Guest at the White House

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Published November 21, 2009

An article appearing in a recent online edition of the Jewish Forward lays out perfectly the criminal syndicate that is Israel and how any Jew anywhere, convicted even of multiple murders, can not only flee there and be safe, but even be invited to the White House later.

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In his lively introduction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the recent General Assembly in Washington, Leonid Nevzlin reminded the audience just how unexpected and unusual a role this was for him.

“There was a time not so long ago when I couldn’t even imagine standing here in this place, in this country, only blocks from the decision-making capital of the world, with this responsibility,” Nevzlin said, describing his life as a businessman and apathetic Jew in Moscow before he made aliyah in 2003 and became a heavyweight among Jewish philanthropists.

His prominent speech — which earned him a standing ovation by the collected leadership of the American Jewish federation world — was the privilege given to him as international chairman of the yearly gathering and its major sponsor. And though the exact figure has not been disclosed, organizers of the G.A. have told the Forward that his money played a significant part in making the three-day event happen. Nevzlin’s charity, NADAV, was also conspicuous as one of the main organizers of the conference’s many forums and workshops.

The speech represented a crowning moment of what has been a complete rebranding effort by Nevzlin, 50, erasing his past as a Russian oligarch who just narrowly escaped jail, convicted in absentia last year in a Moscow courtroom to life in prison for ordering the murder of five people. A recent article about him in Forbes magazine — which estimated his wealth in 2004 to be $2 billion — was headlined, “The One Who Got Away.”

Israel, which has refused repeated attempts to extradite him to Russia, has helped greatly in this transformation. He has become an important philanthropist there, using his charity to fund projects that promote “Jewish peoplehood” and to gain influence and respectability in the process. This past September, he made a donation of $6 million to establish the Museum of the Jewish People, a new iteration of Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv’s Diaspora Museum.

Now, with a very visible onstage handshake with the Israeli prime minister and a visit with President Obama at the White House as one of 50 invited guests during the G.A., Nevzlin is effectively positioning himself to become a philanthropic force in the United States, as well.

According to Dede Feinberg, co-chair of this year’s G.A. and former president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Nevzlin’s problems with the Russian authorities were not an issue in granting him the chairmanship. “I did not know about it. And it was only after the G.A. that I asked,” Feinberg said. “And I learned that he was completely exonerated by courts in Israel. I said, okay, good enough for me.” Feinberg was referring to Israeli courts’ refusal to extradite Nevzlin.

The only hint in Nevzlin’s speech that he has a past that still hounds him was his mention of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the onetime head of the Yukos oil company, who is now sitting in a Siberian jail, serving a nine-year prison sentence. Nevzlin was Khodorkovsky’s deputy, and together with him he held the controlling shares in Yukos, a multibillion-dollar enterprise that made them both very rich and powerful in the 1990s.

In October 2003, Khodorkovsky was arrested for tax evasion and fraud, accused of embezzling $25 billion. He and his supporters, however, have blamed Vladimir Putin for inventing the charges as a way of breaking up the influential business empire. Khodorkovsky was then the richest man in Russia, and he made no secret of his political ambitions, funding opposition parties and democracy efforts.

The same month that Khodorkovsky was arrested, Nevzlin entered Israel on a tourist visa and began his self-imposed exile.

“My friend Khodorkovsky never came to terms with his Jewish identity, and that’s one of the reasons why Putin and his henchman have gotten him and many others behind the barbed wire of the modern-day Gulag,” Nevzlin told the G.A. in his speech.

Though he had been involved in reviving Jewish life in the former Soviet Union, it’s clear that Nevzlin immigrated to Israel not only because, as he put it in his speech, “it was time for me to join the Jewish people,” but also because he was escaping the fate that his friend and business partner had met. Nevzlin and his representatives did not return calls for comment on this story.

Not long after Nevzlin left, the Russian authorities charged him with a whole range of criminal offenses. He was said to have contracted out Yukos’s head of security — who is now serving a 24-year jail sentence and has denied both Nevzlin’s guilt and his own — to kill individuals who were getting in the way of Yukos’s business dealings. Among the dead were Valentina Korneyeva, a Moscow businesswoman who owned a building in central Moscow that Yukos’s holding firm, Menatap, wanted to buy, and Vladimir Petukhov, mayor of Nefteyugansk, where Yukos’s largest production unit was based.

Twice the Russian authorities tried to extradite Nevzlin, but both times Israel’s State Attorney’s Office denied the request, citing insufficient evidence. In 2006, the argument even reached Israel’s High Court of Justice, which concurred with the State Attorney’s Office.

Last summer, Russian courts tried and convicted Nevzlin in absentia and sentenced him to life in prison. Earlier this year, in response to an appeal, they upheld the verdict and ordered him to pay 5.5 million rubles, about $235,000, in compensation to the victims and their families.

Nevzlin has maintained that all the accusations against him are baseless, politically motivated fictions invented by Putin and his circle. The Russian authorities have continued to pursue Nevzlin’s extradition, even demanding that the United States, where he now travels frequently, hand him over. But his visit to the White House with Jewish leaders offers strong proof that he has been given a de facto exoneration by America’s government. The White House confirmed his visit and his meeting with Obama on November 9, but not whether he was vetted by the state department or any other government agency.

Meanwhile, his life in Israel has revolved largely around his philanthropic efforts. He set up an institute on Eastern European and Russian Judaism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has funded many projects through his charity, NADAV— named after himself and two other Yukos shareholders, Vladimir Dubov and Mikhail Brudno. Run by his daughter, it tries to confront what Nevzlin said in his G.A. speech was the biggest threat facing the Jewish world: “A failure to articulate a single, global Jewish identity.”

In addition to donating heavily to, and leading, the renewal of Israel’s Diaspora Museum, Nevzlin is on the board of governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the board of trustees of Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal.

Misha Galperin, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, said he was responsible for the marriage between Nevzlin and the Jewish Federations of North America, organizers of the G.A. He thinks that Nevzlin’s appearance at the gathering marks his entrance on the American Jewish scene. “Many people were quite taken with him,” Galperin said.

Asked if Nevzlin’s past had been an issue, Galperin bristled and wondered whether one would ask the same question of Natan Sharansky, the new head of the Jewish Agency for Israel who was accused by the Soviet Union of being a CIA agent and sentenced to 13 years in jail. “The two cases have absolutely the same validity,” Galperin said, “none.”

–end of Forward piece

Once again, the organically-criminal nature of the Jewish state is unmasked. One can just imagine the shrieking that would take place if someone convicted of murder in Israel–absentia or not–were to flee to another country and that country refused to extradite the criminal back to Israel for justice. Furthermore, the fact that Nevzlin–A MAN CONVICTED OF ORDERING THE MURDERS OF 5 PEOPLE–was treated as a guest in the White House by the president himself shows just who is running things in Washington.

More than this though, the most notable thing is the complete absence of outrage from the Jewish community. Much like their moral silence when it came to other infamous individuals such as Bernie Madoff and the organ harvesting rabbis, so too do American Jews obviously have no problem with one of their most powerful and important organizations associating with a convicted murderer, the attitude apparently one of “The victims were Gentiles, so what’s the BFD?”

And people still wonder why there is this thing known as “Islamic terrorism” when criminals such as this are free to come and go as they please and when American leaders are so willing to consort with men whose hands are covered with innocent blood?

(c) 2009 Mark Glenn

nomorewarsforisrael@gmail.com

Hammad: Blocking firing of rockets after unanimous endorsement of all factions


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GAZA, (PIC)-- Fathi Hammad, the interior minister in Gaza Strip, has said that his ministry would not block firing of resistance rockets at Israeli targets unless all Palestinian factions unanimously endorsed such a step.

He told a press meeting organized by the Palestinian media forum on Saturday that the Hebrew media's talk about launching a new offensive on the Gaza Strip was farfetched and fell in line with the psychological warfare.

The minister also said that the Hamas leadership was imposing a media blackout on all statements regarding the prisoners' exchange deal, adding that such a blackout was an essential part in the negotiations.

Shifting to the internal issues, Hammad noted that his ministry managed to continue with its work despite the martyrdom of 350 of its cadres and the destruction of more than 60 of its premises in the latest Israel war on the Strip.

He denied presence of any political prisoner in Gaza, adding that only prisoners awaiting trial for criminal charges were in jail.

The minister asked the journalists to visit the house of former PA chief Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza to see for themselves that no security elements were occupying it.

He finally said that his ministry had formed a human rights unit that monitors the work of the ministry.

AMERICA, HOME OF THE (INSERT WORD HERE)

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November 20, 2009 at 9:56 am (Activism, Associate Post, Corrupt Politics, Democracy)


Intro by Chippy DeeThis was a dark day for this country – a very strong defender of the people, Lynne Stewart, entered prison – a lawyer and activist. Charles Barron accompanied her. It was one of the saddest sights I’ve seen. Before entering she told the crowd of about 200 that she loved them and then said today was the anniversary of the execution of Joe Hill and reminded us of some of his final words – “Don’t mourn. Organize.” This may be just the beginning.

Terror Trial Lawyer Begins Prison SentenceSurrounded by supporters, disbarred civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart surrendered to U.S. marshals Thursday to begin her prison sentence.On Tuesday, a federal appeals court judge upheld her conviction and ordered the 70-year-old to begin serving her 28-month sentence.

Stewart was found guilty in 2005 of helping a client who was convicted in a plot to blow up city landmarks to communicate with fellow extremists.

Before heading to prison, a defiant Stewart said she was in good spirits.

“It’s very hard to feel downhearted today. I know there will be other day’s but I can take whatever they dish out. I am part of a movement, I am part of a left movement a mass movement and I am not going to back off ever,” Stewart said.

The judge who ruled on the case is deciding whether to change her sentence after an appeals court suggested it may be too lenient.

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ LYNNE STEWART, AMERICA’S NEWEST POLITICAL PRISONER

November 21, 2009 at 9:06 am (Activism, Associate Post, Current Affairs, Photography)


TURNING HERSELF IN TO FEDERAL MARSHALS

Photos © by Bud Korotzer














Also read THIS report by Stephen Lendman

PALESTINIAN ‘PRESIDENT’ STEPS DOWN WHILE HIS NATION MOURNS ITS OLIVE TREES

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November 21, 2009 at 10:26 am (Corrupt Politics, Fatah, Israel, Occupied West Bank, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, zionist harassment)


Apathy, as Mahmoud Abbas abandons an irrelevant presidency
By Daoud Kuttab

A political leader’s decision not to seek re-election usually triggers fervent discussion about potential heirs. Yet, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ withdrawal from the presidential election scheduled for January 24, 2010, has produced nothing of the kind in Palestine – not because of a dearth of leadership or a reluctance to mention possible successors, but because the presidency of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has become irrelevant.

Abbas’ withdrawal comes at a time when Palestinian frustration with the political process has rendered suspect the entire rationale behind the PA, established in the mid-1990s, following the Oslo Accords. The main component of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) agreement with Israel was a five-year interim period during which talks were expected to lead to an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Sixteen years later, it has become clear that the Israelis have made no effort to come to terms with Palestinian national aspirations – and that no effective effort has been made to convince them. The number of illegal Jewish settlers in Palestinian areas has doubled, leaving Palestinians increasingly convinced that negotiations are a waste of time. Many recall the preferred strategy of the former Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir: “I would have conducted negotiations on autonomy for 10 years, and in the meantime we would have reached a half-million people in the West Bank.”

Initially, the five-year interim agreement called for the election of a Palestinian Legislative Council and an executive leader whom the Israelis wanted to call a “chairman,” spurning the word “president.” Because Arabic makes no distinction between chairman and president, the Israelis accepted use of the Arabic word rayyes in the official English text.

Palestinian refugees in exile and other Palestinians living in the diaspora were not allowed to vote. East Jerusalem Palestinians were allowed to vote only at the post office or at booths outside the city limits.

Abbas’ withdrawal merely confirms the obvious. Another such election in the near future, including the one set for January, is unlikely to occur, mainly owing to the continuing rift between the PLO and the Hamas Movement, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Hamas participated in the 2006 legislative elections, which followed Israel’s military withdrawal from Gaza. But for years Hamas and other radical Palestinian groups have rejected the Oslo process, on the grounds that free elections under Israeli occupation would be absurd. Hamas has the power to stymie the vote and has indicated that it would do so.

Moreover, Abbas has not given up his positions as head of the PLO and leader of its biggest faction, Fatah, which remains in control in the West Bank. Abbas cannot resign from his post for the foreseeable future, lest the Hamas-backed speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council take over. At the same time, no PLO official is likely to seek the presidency without Abbas’ approval, which he will withhold until a new mechanism for ending the occupation is found.

The PLO will likely gain much from Abbas’ decision, because it de-emphasizes the status of the PA president and raises the profile of his post as chairman of the PLO’s executive committee. That shift, in turn, clears the way for a generational change in leadership – and, more importantly, a transition to post-Oslo politics.

The PLO’s old guard – men like Yasser Arafat and Abbas, who led the liberation organization from exile and returned home with the Oslo Accords – have dominated the Palestinian political landscape up to now. After they depart the scene, Palestinian leaders who were born under occupation and spent time in Israeli prisons will most likely fill the vacuum.

The most prominent such figure is Marwan Barghouti, the leader of the student movement at Bir Zeit University in the 1980s and one of the main organizers of the First Intifada, resulting in his deportation by Israel in the late 1980s. In 2002, he was arrested and sentenced to a long prison term on charges that he led the Second Intifada, which had begun two years earlier, and ordered some of its military attacks.

Despite being imprisoned, Barghouti was recently elected to Fatah’s central council, and a number of others who spent time in Israeli prisons will join him. One is Jibril Rajoub, imprisoned for 19 years and deported in the First Intifada, only to return to lead one of the security services after the PA was established. Another is Mahmoud Dahlan, also an ex-prisoner and former security official, although the loss of Gaza to Hamas, for which many Palestinians hold him partly responsible, has dimmed his leadership prospects.

Finally, there is Nasser al-Qudwa, the former PLO representative to the United Nations. Qudwa is a dark-horse candidate to succeed Abbas – a possible compromise figure who has never been directly involved in security or military activities. For many Palestinians, Qudwa, a soft-spoken, multi-lingual nationalist (and Arafat’s nephew), presents an acceptable face for Palestine both locally and internationally.

The coming months will reveal whether we are, indeed, witnessing the dawn of the post-Oslo era in Palestinian politics, and whether a new leader, with new supporters, will be required to revive the Palestinian cause. Whoever emerges on top will have to present an effective strategy to end four decades of military occupation and bring about a truly independent state that a majority of Palestinians can embrace.


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Mourning uprooted olive trees in West Bank villages

By Gideon Levy

The old tractor sputtered up the hill, its engine seemingly about to expire, but its big wheels bumping across the rocky terrain. We stood in the back, swaying wildly, holding on for dear life. On the hilltop loomed the big antenna of the settlement of Yitzhar, whose houses lay on the other side of the hill. The very knowledge of their presence inspired dread. It was a glorious sunny day, the spectacular valley sprawling below. The houses of the Palestinian village of Burin lie in this valley, which lies between two hills: on one stands Yitzhar; on the other, Har Bracha, outside Nablus.

Burin is caught between a rock and hard place, between Har Bracha and Yitzhar. We have visited Burin often, most recently after settlers burned down some of its homes. Settlers once stole a horse from a villager, torched fields, demolished a home in the village and uprooted olive trees. We have frequently documented the uprooting of olive trees: Less than a month ago, in this space, we told the story of the beautiful vineyard belonging to the agriculture teacher Mohammed Abu Awad from the village of Mureir, whose 300 trees were felled by intruders – probably from the illegal outpost of Adei Ad – using buzz saws.

Here, clues left by the criminals suggest that they used handsaws and ripped out the crowns of the trees with their hands, one crown after another, one branch after another, rending and wounding the trees. In Mureir, the agriculture teacher wrapped the stumps in sacks, giving them the look of figures in shrouds. Here, in Burin, the stumps remain where they were hurled on the ground, stacks of dead wood, branches withering, until finally the farmer will use them as firewood to heat the village’s clay ovens, the tabuns.

But the feeling is the same, the affront is the same and so is the grief. In October, the farmer Abu Awad said about the ruins of his vineyard in Mureir: “What must you feel if you plant and tend and then it’s all cut down? What must I feel? If I had been there, I’d have told them, cut off my hands, but don’t cut down my trees – What did the tree do to them, for them to treat it like this?” (Haaretz Magazine, October 16)

And now the farmer Ibrahim Imran tells us in Burin: “These trees are like my children.” Hands or children, the grief of those who tend their olive groves is searing and deeply moving. The inability of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces and of the officers of the Israel Police to protect the groves of these farmers, to protect their property and their honor, is the inability of all of us.

We stood on the rear fender of the tractor as it clambered its way up the hill. Standing with us was Ruth Kedar, an activist from Machsom Watch, which monitors checkpoints, and Yesh Din (Volunteers for Human Rights). She has crisscrossed the territories in her private car for years, documenting wrongs and injustice. Her husband, retired colonel Paul Kedar, is also active in Yesh Din. It’s worth lingering over his riveting biography: Paul Kedar comes from a Revisionist family; his father was one of Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s secretaries. He himself was one of the founders of the Israel Air Force and later served as air attache in Paris during the period of the Sinai Campaign. He has been in the Mossad and served as consul general in New York, among other state posts. He was a friend of Moshe Dayan and Shimon Peres. He too now devotes his time to documenting the occupation and struggling against its abuses. The Kedars, now in their eighties, will soon receive the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and deservedly so.

Above the noise of the tractor, one of the Palestinian farmers tells us that he heard that his neighbor, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, from Yitzhar, has permitted the killing of all non-Jews. Indeed, Shapira, head of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar (named for the biblical Joseph), recently published a book, “The King’s Torah,” in which he states that it is permissible to kill every gentile who constitutes a threat to the Jewish people, even if he is a child or an infant.

When Imran arrived to work his land early Thursday morning, he was appalled. It was, he says, “the height of frustration,” and adds: “After God, I rely only on my olive trees. These trees are no less than 70 years old. My great-great-grandfather planted them.”

Imran called everyone he could think of – the District Coordinations Offices, the International Red Cross, B’Tselem and Yesh Din – and also filed a complaint with the Israel Police at Ariel. Investigators came to the grove and took fingerprints, he says, but he has yet to receive confirmation of having submitted a report. Yesh Din is now handling his complaint.

An IDF jeep suddenly arrives to see what’s going on – just the kind of jeep that rarely shows up when the settlers go on a rampage.

A spokesman for the Shai (Samaria-Judea) District of the police stated in response: “On November 12, a resident of Burin complained that he noticed that 90 olive trees on his land had been chopped down. The damage was documented by the criminal investigations department at the site, and trackers scoured the area to find footprints. Testimonies were taken from two locals: the owner of the land and his worker. The police are conducting additional investigative activities, among them locating suspects and witnesses. The Samaria District police are also operating on the intelligence plane.”

Israeli forces shoot at Gaza bird-catchers, farmers


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Eva Bartlett, The Electronic Intifada, 20 November 2009

On 15 November at 8:30am, a number of young men went as usual to the land near Gaza's northern border with Israel planning to catch birds. Amjad Hassanain, 27, was among the bird-catchers hunting near the border fence when Israeli soldiers began shooting.

The shots which missed the other bird-catchers hit Hassanain, grazing his shoulder. Cameraman Abdul Rahman Hussain, filming in the vicinity, reports having seen the group of bird-catches head north.

"We were near the former Israeli settlement of Doghit," said Hussain, referring to the area northwest of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

"I had gone to the border area to photograph a young bird-catcher. We were about 400 meters from the border fence, but when we heard the shooting, we moved back to around one kilometer."

According to Hussain, the other men had to carry the wounded Hassanain one kilometer from the site of injury, then transferred him to a motorcycle and finally to a car.

"He was covered in blood, I couldn't tell where he was hit," said Hussain.

There to document the work of bird-catchers, Hussain was surprised by the shooting.

"They always go there to catch birds. They put their nets close to the fence in order to catch as many as possible." Like the bird-catchers, Hussain believed the Israeli soldiers along the border were familiar enough with the bird catching activity that they wouldn't shoot.

Two hours later, Mahmoud Mohammed Shawish Zaneen and seven other farmers took a break from their work plowing land east of Beit Hanoun.

"We had three tractors with us. We'd been working since 8am, planting wheat. At first we worked about 450 meters from the border fence, but later we were 700 meters away," he explained.

The farmers had paused to drink tea when Israeli soldiers began shooting.

Zaneen added, "The tractors were stopped and we were sitting on them. There were about seven Israeli soldiers, on foot. They shot the other tractors and then shot mine. They didn't give us any warning, just started shooting."

The bullet which pierced Zaneen's left calf continued into his right calf.

Since the end of last winter's Israeli invasion of Gaza, at least nine Palestinians have been killed, and another more than 34 injured, by Israeli shooting and shelling in the border areas in Gaza's north and east.

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian human rights advocate and freelancer who arrived in Gaza in November 2008 on the third Free Gaza Movement boat. She has been volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement and documenting Israel's ongoing attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. During Israel's recent assault on Gaza, she and other ISM volunteers accompanied ambulances and documenting the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.


This is Zionism: Transfer the best solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict




Reported: 22:06 PM - Nov/19/09

(IsraelNN.com) Transfer of Arabs from the Palestinian Authority to actual Arab countries was the most popular solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, according to a poll this week by Israel National News. Of the more than 6,400 people surveyed, 53.2 said 'Transfer of Palestinians to another Arab country' when asked, "What's the best solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict?"

The "two-states for two peoples" solution being pushed by the United States and the international community received 30.8 percent support, while the idea of giving Palestinians Jordanian citizenship was approved by 14.5 percent. Maintaining the status quo received 1.3 percent of the vote.
To take the latest poll and see results of other surveys, go to the Arutz Sheva/IsraelNationalNews.com home page and scroll/page down below "More Headlines."

Halaika: Israeli plans to destroy the Aqsa Mosque in final stages


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[ 20/11/2009 - 08:59 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Palestinian MP Sameera Al-Halaika of Hamas’s parliamentary bloc in the PLC has warned Friday that the Israeli schemes to destroy the Aqsa Mosque were in their final stages, adding that the Arab and Muslim silence sends the wrong message to the IOA.

She also deplored the “state of death” that engulfs the Arab and Muslim world and the clear indifference they demonstrated towards the holy Muslim shrine, explaining that the organized Israeli ethnic cleansing program of the Arab and Muslim presence in the occupied city of Jerusalem was going on unopposed and reached the final stages.

In this regard, the legislator called on the Arab and Muslim nations and officials to end their inexplicable silence and urged them to sincerely stand beside their Muslim and Arab brothers in occupied Jerusalem who, according to Halaika, face monstrous cancer that works day and night to diminish the Palestinian presence in the city either through demolishing their homes or through confiscating and canceling of their residency IDs among other illegal practices with the aim to change the demography of the city in favor of the Jews.

Halaika’s remarks came after the Aqsa foundation for heritage and endowment exposed new Israeli excavations, including two tunnels and two elevators near the western part of the Mosque in order to link Al-Magharba gate with Al-Buraq plaza, and to make storming the Mosque an easy job.

Abbas:".. I do not think that the Israelis have caused division among Palestinians..."

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Did I get this right? It's Brazil's President to clear the picture of Middle East shenanigans to Ahmadinejad? Abbas, the other Arab "Democratically elected" Pinocchio,... via Haaretz, here

"Mahmoud Abbas wants Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to convince Iran to put an end to its support for the radical Palestinian movement Hamas.
"Iran supports Hamas with money. Hamas' decisions are in the hands of Tehran," Abbas said Friday in an interview with the Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo.
Abbas' remarks were clearly aimed at Lula's next Middle East visitor on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad."I hope [Lula] can tell [Ahmadinejad] a few things about everything that is happening in the Middle East. I think the president will," Abbas was quoted as saying.

For Abbas, problems among Palestinians are "a pretext that helps reinforce Israel's argument that they do not know who their partners are" on the Palestinian side when it comes to talks.

An Israeli soldier guards a group of blindfolded Fatah supporters who fled the fighting in the Gaza Strip and crossed into Israel

"I do not think that the Israelis have caused [division among Palestinians], but they encourage it and keep it up for their own benefit," he explained. "We believe that Brazil should play a role in the peace process, and we will ask it to take the opportunity to take on the role. I know [Brazil] is respected by the Israelis and the Arabs, and by the Palestinians in particular," Abbas said........

President Shimon Peres made an official visit to Brazil earlier this week, where he called Richard Goldstone, who authored the United Nations report accusing Israel of perpetrating war crimes in its Gaza offensive earlier the year, "is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence," Peres told his Brazilian counterpart, adding that the South African jurist "was on a one-sided mission to hurt Israel."

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Israel warship to join NATO Terror force

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Israeli and North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials say Israel will dispatch a warship to join a NATO naval force, marking an upgrade in ties.

An Israeli missile ship will join NATO's Active Endeavor naval force, aimed aimed to prevent the passage of terrorists and weapons of mass destruction as well as improve the security of the region's shipping industry.

Israeli defense officials say Israel already has a liaison officer with the naval force. They say the dispatch of the ship within months marks an important step up in Israel's relationship with the NATO alliance.

The move was discussed this week by Israel's military chief of staff and NATO's visiting military commander, Giampaolo Di Paola.

In Brussels, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said Friday the alliance separates such activities from political events in the Middle East.

In July Haaretz reported that Israel was to issue a request to allow it to join NATO's Active Endeavor naval force.

While Israel is not a member of NATO, other non-members are taking part in the operation, including ships from Russia and Ukraine.

It was reported that a solution would be found to avoid Israeli ships approaching the shores of Arab countries, particularly those with which Israel has no diplomatic relations - including Syria, Lebanon and certain North African countries.

The intent is for an Israeli gunboat to occasionally join one of the month-long operations of Active Endeavour, which has been underway since 2001.

Israel would not require major preparation to join the NATO operation, and its delegation would focus on control and monitoring procedures, as well as coordination of communications terminology.

Sources in the army view joining the operation as important both in terms of stepping up Israel's relations with NATO, as well as its image - as Israel is often accused of aggression in enforcing the siege on Gaza by sea haaretz

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The New York Mets and the business of terrorism

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By hosting an event in support of Hebron settlers at Citi Field, the New York Mets are supporting terrorism. (Mamoun Wazwaz/MaanImages)

When I first learned that the New York Mets were hosting a fundraiser for the nonprofit Hebron Fund at Citi Field in support of the Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, I honestly assumed it was a joke, albeit a poor one. When I realized this was an actual, planned event, I still found it almost impossible to believe. This is because, even aside from the devastating impact of settlement expansion on the prospects for peace in the region, I have had the misfortune to see, repeatedly and at first hand, the fruits of the Hebron Fund's labors.

During the summers of 2005 and 2006, and very briefly in 2008, I spent several weeks working as a human rights observer in the Tel Rumeida section of Hebron, home of the Beit Hadassah and Tel Rumeida settlements that are supported by The Hebron Fund. During that time, I encountered racist graffiti with such statements as "Gas the Arabs" and "Fatimah, we will rape all Arab women." I repeatedly observed settlers throwing stones and clods of earth at young Palestinian girls on their way to elementary school; yelling racial epithets at Palestinians walking in the streets; pushing, kicking, and spitting on Palestinian children and (occasionally) adults who were quietly minding their own business; and hurling large stones down on Palestinian homes and residents from settlement balconies.

I have witnessed this behavior by men and women, boys and girls, from pre-school-aged children to middle-aged adults. I was myself assaulted, on Shabbat, by a group of six teenage settlers, when I came between them and their intended victim, an elderly Palestinian woman who also happened to be the proud mother of a US Navy fighter pilot (the picture of her son standing by his plane was prominently displayed on her living room wall). The settler youths then turned to attack my companion, a young Scandinavian woman who was videotaping the original assault. I have heard and read numerous, credible reports of far worse violence than I personally experienced from other human rights observers, who were in the area for different and/or longer periods.

The Hebron settlers engage in this violence for the express purpose of driving out Palestinian families from Tel Rumeida, site of the Cave of Machpelah, or Cave of the Patriarchs, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Settler leaders have said as much in at least one published interview, and a young man from the Beit Hadassah settlement confirmed it to my face in September 2006. The settlers' efforts have been remarkably successful: of more than 600 Palestinian families originally living in the neighborhood, probably less than 100 remained when I was last there in 2008. If the settlers continue to receive free reign, and full funding, we may soon add a new chapter of completed ethnic cleansing to the troubled history of this ancient city.

According to the US Code, Title 22, Chapter 38, S 2656f, our country defines terrorism as "premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents." The Hebron settlers' violence is certainly premeditated. It is, by their own admission, politically motivated. It is perpetrated solely against noncombatant targets (overwhelmingly children), and it is obviously the work of a subnational group -- the settlers themselves.

The business of the Hebron settlers is terrorism, pure and simple; not quasi-terrorism, crypto-terrorism, neo-terrorism, potential terrorism, or something akin to terrorism, but the very thing itself. And the business of the Hebron Fund is funding terrorism. This does not mean that all, or even most, donors knowingly support these actions; many may be innocent victims misled by the fund's innocuous marketing materials. Although the fund's staff and Board member attempt to maintain a cloak of respectability, they are another matter entirely.

This year's Hebron Fund dinner will "honor" Hebron settler and spokesman Noam Arnon (whose picture is featured with other "Hebron Fund and Hebron Community Leaders" on the Hebron Fund website). In 1990, Arnon told Israel Radio that three Jewish militants, convicted of car-bombings that killed three Palestinians and maimed two Palestinian mayors, were "heroes" who sacrificed themselves "for the security of Jews." In 1995, Arnon was further quoted by the Associated Press when he called Baruch Goldstein, another settler who slaughtered 29 Palestinians at prayer in Hebron and injured more than 100 others, an "extraordinary person" denied "historical justice."

The 2008 Hebron Fund dinner honored Board member Myrna Zisman, who accepted her award on behalf of Yifat Alkoby, an "extraordinary woman" who received international attention in 2006 when she was videotaped repeatedly calling a Palestinian woman and her daughters whores and telling them to stay in their "cage," as the family sought refuge in their own home, with bars on the windows to protect them from recurring settler attacks.

I could say something about how the Mets, as a treasured New York City institution, shouldn't be lending their facilities, or their name, to such practices, and that would certainly be true. I could say something about the extraordinary irony of such an event being held on top of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, and that would be true as well. Yet the larger truth is that no American team, no American business, and no American individual should be providing material support for terrorism, or assisting those who provide such support. Unless and until the Mets reverse their terribly ill-considered decision to host this event, that is precisely what they have chosen to do.

Aaron Levitt is a member and past board member of West End Synagogue in Manhattan, a member of Jews Against the Occupation (JATO), and is presently Director of Research at a large New York City social services agency. Levitt has been working in support of a just peace in Israel/Palestine for the past seven years. He can be contacted at aaronjlevitt A T gmail D O T com.

The Graphic Imagery of the Lobby



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Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11:58AM


Following Peter Oborne’s exposure of Britain's Jewish Lobby, some interesting graphic images are emerging.

As always, the Zionist sites are the place to find them.





The one on the Left can be found on the rabid Zionist CST Blog.

The CST (The Community Security Trust) is there to 'protect the Jewish community'. As it seems, they also invest some effort protecting the rest of the British People.

This one is also found on their blog.

It refers to an article that was initially posted on indymedia.org.uk under the title “Your unelected leaders”.

The idea is good, I myself do not like the pink. However the panthers look friendly (to British politicians at least).


Harry's Place are not too original unfortunately.


They recycle the old image of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. They are obviously misleading themselves and their readers.

Peter Oborne’s program was an expose. He presented the names, the numbers and the locations. At the end of the program Oborne reassured us all “we haven’t found anything resembling a conspiracy”. Indeed they are doing it all in the open.

In case you find any interesting relevant imagery please notify me so I add it to the emerging gallery of Zionised Britain.

Book review: A Palestinian century in a poet's life

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Mya Guarnieri, The Electronic Intifada, 20 November 2009



My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness bills itself as "A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century." To better understand Adina Hoffman's biography of the Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, however, consider it: "A Palestinian Century in a Poet's Life." But this syntactical slip doesn't discredit Hoffman's work. By deftly stacking shattered recollections atop dusty stones of history Hoffman has built a literary landmark -- not only is My Happiness the first English-language biography of a Palestinian writer, it offers an evocative biography of pre-1948 Palestine.

The biography of place lost begins with the village Saffuriyya, which was perched atop a hill in the Galilee. Ali's childhood there was difficult but idyllic. His father was hobbled by a bout of polio and unable to work, leaving his family poor. Ali, who was born in 1931, attended school for only four years before he began to support his parents and their growing brood. At a time he should have been learning math, Ali worked as a businessman, selling eggs in Haifa.

Eventually Ali, a savvy entrepreneur, ran a kiosk from his family home. He built a small but bustling business, with an eye turned towards his fiancee, Amira, betrothed to him since birth, "whose trickling laughter and graceful gait," Hoffman writes, "had entered his bloodstream so profoundly that she almost seemed to be part of him ..."

Amira's presence, along with the gentle Galilee, softened the rough contours of Ali's early life. The landscape later conjured in Ali's poetry and recreated in Hoffman's book, teems with life and seems somehow different from the surrounding world, almost magically so. Hoffman writes:

"The thorns themselves seemed to smell sweetly there, and though he couldn't say which perfume belonged to what plant -- or explain how he knew the difference between the fragrance of a Nazareth sage bush and a sage bush with its roots in the soil of Saffuriyya -- the boy was convinced that he could tell in his nose when he'd crossed the border ..."

Saffuriyya sat on rich land that yielded mounds of fruit including "the most sought-after pomegranates in the whole Galilee." Saffurriyya was a "village of the Quran, of epic tales and colored Damascene or Cairene prints of their heroes ..." And most importantly, Saffuriyya was a thread weaving Ali and his family through the fabric of Palestine.

But the cloth was torn on a July night in 1948 when Israeli forces bombed the village. Ali and his family fled to Lebanon. There the teenaged Ali hawked goods in a refugee camp until the spring of 1949, when he and his family returned to freshly-named Israel. After sneaking over the border under the cloak of night, they settled in Nazareth, less than 10 kilometers from the remains of their village. Ali opened the kiosk that later became one of the two souvenir shops he owns today.

Though his own career as a poet began late in life, Ali's store in Nazareth was a frequent meeting place for important Palestinian literary figures, including Michel Haddad amongst others. At this point the book becomes, as Hoffman calls it, a "kind of group portrait." Hoffman explains, "Taha is hardly the only artist in this story ... To understand Taha and his place in Palestinian and indeed Arabic letters, it's crucial to be conscious of the range of personalities that have surrounded him over the years."

While the reader occasionally loses Ali in My Happiness, the book compels the reader to search out his poetry -- available to English-readers in So What: New and Selected Poems 1971-2005 translated by Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi and Gabriel Levin -- and there he comes into full view.

Ali's poems, each powerful in its own right, resonate most deeply when taken as a whole. When considered in such a gulp, recurring themes and images take on new dimensions. In "Ambergris," published in So What, he writes:

This land is a whore
holding out a hand to the years ...
Our land makes love to the sailors
and strips naked before the newcomers ...
there seems to be nothing that would bind it to us,
and I -- if not for the lock of your hair,
auburn as the nectar of carob ...
Your braid
is the only thing
linking me, like a noose, to this whore.
Here, hair chains the narrator to a land that will betray and suffocate him. But in "The Place Itself, or I Hope You Can't Digest It," also published in So What, hair appears again, this time as a thing of comfort:

And so I come to the place itself ...
Where are the bleating lambs
and pomegranates of evening --
the smell of bread
and the grouse?
Where are the windows,
and where is the ease of Amira's braid?
In both Ali's poetry and Hoffman's biography -- which Booklist recently named one of the top ten biographies of 2009 -- Ali's deep, and deeply complicated, connection to the land is highlighted. Hoffman, in turn, takes great care to explain the historical circumstances his ambivalence is born of. My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness should be considered, then, a crucial complement to -- but not substitute for -- Ali's work. Much as Ali's poems are in tune with each other, so does Hoffman's biography work in harmony with Ali's writing, life and times.

Mya Guarnieri is a Tel Aviv-based journalist and writer and a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post. Her work has also appeared in Outlook India --- India's equivalent to and subsidiary of Newsweek --- as well as The National, The Forward, Maan News Agency, Common Ground News Service, Zeek, The Khaleej Times, Daily News Egypt and other international publications.


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Churches call for ‘resistance’ against “Israel” and IOA continues plans in Jerusalem

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Churches call for ‘resistance’ against “Israel”

Fri, 20 Nov 2009, Press TV

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has called for “resistance” against Israel’s decision to expand its settlements in east Jerusalem Al-Quds.

WCC declared that the expansion of the Israeli settlements “may destroy any chance for peace”, AFP reported.

Secretary General Reverend Samuel Kobia called on organizations related to the Council “to act with resolve, in concert … to reverse this decision of the Israeli government and the settlement program it represents.”

Israel on Wednesday announced that it will build 900 new homes in east Jerusalem Al-Quds, which it occupied in 1967.

Expressing “great disappointment”, Kobia said the leading council of Christian and Orthodox churches “strongly condemns the decision … to expand the illegal Gilo settlement as we believe that this decision will hinder attempts now in process to restart the peace negotiations.”

“If settlements continue to expand and proliferate, they will further complicate negotiations and may destroy any chance for peace” Kobia said in a statement.

The WCC brings together 348 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican churches representing about 560 million Christians in 110 countries.


IOA plans to build seven huge settlement suburbs in Occupied Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Quds information center has disclosed Thursday that the Israeli occupation authorities have prepared the blueprints for seven settlement projects in the occupied city of Jerusalem as part of its efforts to judaize the Palestinian city.

In a statement it issued and published by the Quds Press, the center pointed out that the new suburb that the IOA announced it would construct in Israeli settlement of Gilo was indeed a prelude for seven bigger settlement projects the IAO wants to build in the occupied Palestinian city.

The center also quoted sources inside the IOA as saying that the rightist government of premier Binyamin Netanyahu would carryout the projects after the diplomatic “misunderstanding” with the US administration regarding those settlements is absorbed.

On Wednesday, defiant Netanyahu government unveiled a new settlement project it intends to erect in the occupied Palestinian city after it puts the foundation stone in the site in clear undermining to international will, the center underscored.

According to records of the center, 900 settlement units would be built in the settlement suburb of Gilo that currently comprises 8000 settlement units accommodating 35,000 Israeli settlers.

The second project, the center added, would include the construction of 107 settlement units in the suburb of Noav Tzion that currently comprises 70 settlement units accommodating nearly 400 Israeli settlers.

A third settlement project, the Moscovitch suburb, that was named after the US-Jew billionaire who finances the settlers in the occupied city, would be built on occupied Palestinian land in Jabbal Al-Mukabber, north of Jerusalem city, and would include hundreds of settlement units, the center revealed.

More Israeli settlement projects comprising of thousands of settlement units would also be erected in the Israeli colonies in the city and would accommodate tens of thousands of new Israeli settlers as part of the efforts of the IOA and the Jewish administration of Jerusalem municipality to Judaize the city, the center confirmed.

The legitimate PA government of premier Ismael Haneyya in the Gaza Strip and other concerned officials and personalities have repeatedly warned of the escalated Israeli efforts to judaize the city of Jerusalem, and urged the Arab and Muslim worlds to immediately take decisive steps to thwart such Israeli plans.

Bahar: Abbas and Fatah conspire against the Palestinian people and the PLC


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[ 20/11/2009 - 08:10 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Palestinian MP Dr. Ahmad Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament said Friday that the legislature would continue its functions till a new parliament is elected and sworn-in, describing the step as 100% constitutional.

In an interview with the PIC at his office in Gaza, Bahar described the “miserable” efforts that fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction to transfer the authority of the elected PLC to the appointed central council of the PLO as “unconstitutional”, adding that the present set-up of the PCC itself was also unconstitutional.

Bahar strongly deprecated the practices of Abbas’s militia in the West Bank against the elected Palestinian legislators, accusing Abbas and Fatah faction of conniving against the Palestinian people and the against the duly elected parliament in harmony with the Israeli wishes.

“Abbas couldn’t marginalize the role of the Palestinian Legislative Council”, Bahar stressed, adding, “We have had foiled the Israeli conspiracy and the Fatah conspiracy against the PLC more than once after they attempted to derail the functions of the legislature as they (Fatah and Abbas) had unpatriotic positions in this regard”.

Zionist Control of Britain’s Government: 1940-2009 by William A. Cook


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Friday, November 20, 2009 at 8:01AM Gilad Atzmon

“After so many years of setting the tone, bribing UK politicians and controlling the BBC they (Zionists) are used to being untouchable.” (Gilad Atzmon, “Britain Must de-Zionist Itself Immediately,” Nov. 17, 2009, MWC News).
This week the British people listened to the Daily Mall’s Peter Oborne present, on Channel 4, his devastating account of the Jewish lobby’s control of their government. Now we know that virtually all the principal politicians in the UK of both parties, like their brothers across the lake in our House and Senate, take “contributions” from the Israeli lobby machine ensuring that the Anglo-American mid-east policies follow the dictates of the Israeli government. Gilad Atzmon responded to this report in his article “Britain must de-Zionise itself immediately,” noting that this control has been in place for so many years the lobby feels “untouchable.”
How many years are “many” one might ask? In 1941, the High Commissioner of Palestine, Harold MacMichael, Senior Palestine Mandate officer for the British Mandate forces in Palestine, sent the following “Top Secret” “Memorandum on the Participation of the Jewish National Institutions in Palestine in Acts of Lawlessness and Violence” to the Secretary of State, dated October 16th, a report prepared by The Palestine Police, Criminal Investigation Department:
The memorandum illustrates—indeed, brings into full limelight—the fact that the Mandatory is faced potentially with as grave a danger in Palestine from Jewish violence as it ever faced from Arab violence, a danger infinitely less easy to meet by the methods of repression which have been employed against Arabs. In the first place, the Jews … have the moral and political support … of considerable sections of public opinion both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America … all the influence and political ability of the Zionists would be brought to bear to show that the Jews in Palestine were the victims of aggression, and that a substantial body of opinion abroad would be persuaded of the truth of the contention.
Quite obviously, MacMichael understands that the Mandatory has little power at home over the zealous actions of the Zionists as they manipulate public and political opinion even as they expand their terrorism against the British Mandate government in Palestine. This is an untenable position to be in, responsible for government control and security of those under its authority, i.e. Palestinians as well as Jews, and knowing that the Jews are set on driving the British out of Palestine, and knowing that the home government can offer little help.
The Zionists and their “gangs,” a euphemism for well equipped and well trained military forces, launched a full scale terrorist rebellion against the British by robbing banks, indiscriminate killing of British police, and the assassination of British minister-resident Lord Moyne in 1944. By the end of World War II things got even worse: “The Haganah carried out anti-British military operations—liberation of interned immigrants from the Atlit camp; the bombing of the country’s railroad network; sabotage raids on radar installations and bases of the British police mobile force; sabotage of British vessels … and the destruction of all road and railroad bridges on the borders.” All of this terrorism was conducted against the Mandate Government while the home government remained silent under the pall of Israeli Zionist propaganda (Meir Pa’il, “From Hashomer to the Israel Defense Forces: Armed Jewish Defense in Palestine,” World War II). www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/source/History/resist.htm.
But recording the acts of terrorism does not do justice to the conditions the Mandate government faced. MacMichael describes the reality of the forces aligned against the police in Palestine.
A second matter which deeply impressed me is the almost Nazi control exercised by the official Jewish organizations over the Jewish community, willy nilly, through the administration of funds from abroad, the issue of labor certificates in connection with the immigration quota, the forced contributions to funds and the power of the Histadruth. … The community is under the closed oligarchy of the Jewish official organizations which control Zionist policy and circumscribe the lives of the Jewish community in all directions…
Perhaps one of the most frightening observations MacMichael makes comes at the very end of his dispatch: “As matters now stand it seems to me inevitable that the Zionist Juggernaut which has been created with such intensity of zeal for a Jewish national state will be the cause of very serious trouble in the Near East.” Prophetic words indeed.
The memorandum provided by the Palestine Police Department includes approximately 50 0 pages of seized documents from the Jewish Agency and related organizations. These documents reveal the intention of the Zionists that controlled operations in Palestine as they worked to force into existence a Jewish State. “We regard it as our duty to caution you against any attempt to decide on an anti-Zionist solution … We regard it as a duty to utter another warning. Do not postpone the political solution for ten years … The Jews are a nation. The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. The Jewish State will be established. It is better that it should be established with your help and for your benefit, than against you” (The Jewish Resistance Movement, March 25th, 1946, Rhodes House Archives).
The Mandate Criminal Investigation Department was headed by Richard Catling. Catling’s memorandum begins with an understanding of the “intricate Jewish political, social and economic structure in Palestine.” A series of appendices chart these structures marking in passing that “… the Palestine Royal Commission Report of 1937 understood ‘The Agency (Jewish) is obviously not a governing body; it can only advise and cooperate in a certain wide field.’ But allied as it is with the Vaad Leumi, and commanding the allegiance of the great majority of the Jews in Palestine, it unquestionably exercises, both in Jerusalem and in London, a considerable influence on the conduct of government.” Catling’s frustration with the actual control of the Jews over British policy in Palestine glares through this document: “This powerful and efficient organization amounts in fact, to a government existing side by side with the Mandatory Government…”
The Zionist controlled Jewish Agency actively undermined the legal authority in Palestine even as it operated to undermine support for that government in Britain, placing UK forces in harms way as they attempted to fulfill their authorized responsibilities in Palestine. It also demonstrates the determination of the Agency’s leadership in undermining the very nation that gave it a means of establishing a “homeland” in Palestine through the Balfour Declaration. The wording of that declaration is rarely presented in its full form: “His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” The declaration did not intend to establish a Jewish State. Indeed, the wording, “national home,” was used intentionally instead of “state.” Additionally, the first draft referred to the principle ‘that Palestine should be’ reconstituted ‘as the national home of the Jewish people.’ In the final text, the word ‘that’ was replaced with ‘in’ to avoid committing all of Palestine to the Jews only.
Now perhaps we can answer the question, “How many years has the British government been under the control of the Zionist influence?” Three score and ten, the biblical age. Perhaps it’s time that Britain is reborn, free from the shackles that bind it to this corrupt power that flouts international law, wantonly commits crimes against humanity, and in brazen arrogance tells the Nations United to shove its demands to comply with the civilized communities of the world.
(Note: Sir Richard C. Catling’s files have been released to this writer by the chief Archivist of the Rhodes House Library of the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. Some of the material presented above comes from the “Introduction” of a yet to be published book due out this coming spring.)
William A. Cook is a Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and serves as editor and writer for multiple Internet publications. His published books include Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy, Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied: The Rape of Palestine, and The Chronicles of Nefaria, a novella. www.drwilliamacook.com.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Odierno & Hill met with IRGC 'Quds' Qassem Suleimani ....

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In the Economist/ here

".... The White House has called him a terrorist. A UN Security Council resolution singles him out as a suitable target of sanctions. So why—if a report leaked to The Economist proves correct—would he recently have had a chat with General Raymond Odierno and Ambassador Christopher Hill, America’s two most senior officials in Baghdad?

The answer is that regional diplomacy requires Iran’s involvement if a stable Iraq is to have a chance of emerging after the election due in January. General Suleimani has great influence in Iraq through a web of politicians and insurgents. It was he who brokered a peace deal last year after Iraq’s security forces fought against the Mahdi Army militia loyal to a Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who has spent most of the past two years in Iran. With American combat troops due to leave Iraq next year, American officials reluctantly, it seems, turned to General Suleimani. General Odierno and Mr Hill, who deny the event, are said to have met him in the office of Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani, who has known the Quds Force commander for decades. “It’s a complicated world,” says an American official. ....... the Americans are seeking to persuade the Iranians that it would be unwise of them to meddle in Iraq’s internal affairs once the American security umbrella has been removed.

They are most unlikely to heed such requests. Iraq’s three beefiest neighbours—Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey—have seen their influence in Baghdad wax as the Americans’ wanes. All three fear lest the vacuum left behind be filled by a regional rival. All three keenly seek to raise their influence—among other things by trying to bolster the electoral chances of those Iraqis with whom they have most in common. The Saudis and Iranians, in particular, are wary of the non-sectarian alliances emerging in the run-up to the election due on January 21st, preferring to back sectarian fronts. Simply put, the Iranians back the Shias and the Saudis back the Sunnis. The Turks back the Turkomans, especially in the oil-rich but disputed area around Kirkuk. Though still wary of Kurdish power in northern Iraq, the Turks have recently been coming to terms with it. But they still fear that an independent Kurdistan evolving in Iraq may encourage Turkish Kurds to seek a similar goal in Turkey.



"The Syrians, too, are loth to be left out, though they have less of a say. They may look to a new front that has emerged in the province of Nineveh, around the city of Mosul, which remains a stronghold of Sunni nationalists and Baathists.....

Whatever General Suleimani may have told his American interlocutors in September, the Iranians have been energetically boosting their sectarian allies, though it is never crystal clear which of Iraq’s various Shia outfits they prefer. Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s own parliament, followed the general to Baghdad to persuade Shias to stick together in a united front rather than form non-sectarian alliances with Sunni Arabs or Kurds, most of whom are Sunni too. “The Iranian pressed us pretty hard,” said an Iraqi confidant of the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki. So far, Iran’s plea for Shia sectarian purity in Iraqi electoral alliances has fallen on deaf ears. Similarly, the Saudis are said to be trying to persuade their Sunni co-religionists in Iraq to stick together too. Saudi rulers are still loth to accept that Iraqi Sunnis must either play second fiddle or compete alone; if they joined Shia-led alliances, they would be junior partners—yet with more clout than if they ran on their own.

Iran and Syria have long been accused of backing insurgents in Iraq. But regional competition is for the moment being fought out more eagerly in the political arena than on the battlefield. No single alliance is likely to win a majority of seats. So months of horse-trading are likely to ensue after the poll. Iranians, Turks and Saudis will try to mediate. But America no longer seems able to orchestrate a new deal."

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