A Zionist air strike on Tuesday killed three Palestinian fighters of “Al Quds Brigades”, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, in the Gaza Strip, the group said this afternoon.
The group stated the Zionist shelling targeted members of the group in Rafah, a town bordering Egypt, near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
Al-Manar Website correspondent reported that the Zionist bombing targeted a group of resistance fighters while they were fighting off the occupation forces penetrating in the region.
Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman spokesman in Gaza, dr. Ashraf al-Qodra, identified the three martyrs as Ismail Abdul-Hamid Abu-Joudeh, 23, Abdul Shafi Saleh Mahmoud Abu Moammar, 33 and Shaher Hamouda Mahmoud Abu Shanab, 24.
In the city of Lugansk a crowd of demonstrators stormed to local administration building and forced the Kiev-appointed governor to resign.
Donetsk: 10’000 people have prevented a pro-nationalist rally featuring Vitalii Klitchko from taking place and have demanded the release of the popularly elected governor (still held in Kiev).
The chief of the neo-Fascist organization Right Sector, Dmitri Iarosh, has announced that he will run for President in the upcoming elections.
The Crimean authorities have announced that if the “yes” vote wins in the upcoming referendum (surveys indicate a 80%+ for the “yes”) Crimea will have both Russian and Crimean-Tatar as official languages.
The Crimean authorities have also announced that Tatars will be offered a Vice-premiership, 2 positions of Minister, and several key positions in the “power ministries” (police, internal affairs, military, security, emergency) and that the budget to re-located Tatars deported by Stalin will be doubled.
A Ukrainian survey 22’000 Ukrainians (on a social media website) has shown that 84.5% support the idea of Ukrainian forces conducting an “anti-terrorist” operation in Crimea against the “men in green”, possibly with the help of NATO.
My SITREP of Mach 8th has triggered two good criticisms from “parviziyi” who said that I had characterized two recent demonstrations in Kharkov and Donetsk as “big” whereas in reality, considering the sizes of these cities, they were rather small and most Russian-speakers in these cities had remained silent. Parvizivi is correct, and I should stick to figures and not qualify them with subjective (and possibly incorrect) characterizations. He second criticism what that I had implicitly accusing Putin of lying when I said that I believed that the “polite armed men in green” were from Russia and not from the Crimea as claimed by the Kremlin. This point deserves more detailed answer. The “polite armed men in green” Why am I claiming that the “polite armed men in green” are Russian Spetsnaz and not local self-defense militias? There are many reasons: These men are carrying weapons which only the Russian military uses (such as the Pecheneg machine gun). They are using a type of vehicle (Tigr) only used by Russian forces. They also carry modified special weapons which only Spetsnaz forces do. Some of their vehicles have military license plates which belong to the Russian Caucasus military region. But no less relevant is that some of them have basically admitted that they were from Russia and that others have published photos of themselves in the Russian social media which have linked them to Spetsnaz GRU forces. Russian speakers can check out the following links:
http://news.liga.net/video/politics/995029-spetsnaz_v_krymu_oproverg_slova_putina_my_rossiyskie_soldaty.htm http://argumentua.com/reportazh/dokazatelstva-chto-tak-nazyvaemaya-samooborona-kryma-eto-spetsvoiska-rossii http://news.bigmir.net/ukraine/798023-V-Krymu-rabotaet-GRU–Specnazovca-opoznali-po-birke http://news.bigmir.net/ukraine/798928-Rossijskij-specnaz-hvastaetsja-fotografijami-iz-Kryma As to the issue of which Spetsnaz units these are, there have been some information leaked about the 3rd Guards Spetsnaz Brigade from Toliatti and the 31st Independent Air-Assault Brigade from Ulianovsk being moved to the Crimea, these leaks were eventually denied by official sources. Again, Russian speakers can check out these: http://parkgagarina.info/novosti/11042-samarskie-deputaty-vspoloshilis-po-povodu-tolyattinskogo-spetsnaza.html http://www.tltnews.ru/tlt_news/16/477766/ http://parkgagarina.info/novosti/11042-samarskie-deputaty-vspoloshilis-po-povodu-tolyattinskogo-spetsnaza.html http://www.rosbalt.ru/federal/2014/02/25/1237666.html http://news.progorodsamara.ru/news/view/161762 I think that to identify the actual units involved in interesting but not crucial. For whatever this is worth, my personal guess is that Spetsnaz teams were first used in recon missions to prepare for the landing of a larger mixed force of Spetsnaz, Air-Assault and Airborne forces and that a rotation is probably currently taking place replacing some of the original Spetsnaz units with dedicated peacekeeping forces. I would also add that there are real Crimean self-defense forces being organized to defend the peninsula and the contrast between the “polite armed men in green” and the Crimean self-defense forces could not be greater: The Crimean Volunteer Self Defense Forces (CVSDF) are composed of various age groups. The “polite armed men in green” (PAMG) are all young men of the same age group. The weapons of the CVSDF are a mix of weapons while the units used to create the first “official” Crimean military forces have been issued the standard AKM-74. The PAMG have mostly modified, very expensive advanced weaponry including night-vision gear, sniper weapons and scopes, individual radios and, according to some sources, even individual IFFtransponders. Neither hte CVSDF or the newly formed official Crimean military seem to have more than cars and trucks as transportation. The PAMG all have exactly the same advanced all-terrain armored assault vehicles and trucks. I could go on listing more and more signs which all point to the very same conclusion: these are Russian special operation forces. Now, am I implying that Putin is lying about that? Not at all! I am not implying anything – I am explicitly stating that he is lying about it! Look, we are all adults here, and we all understand that not only do most politicians lie, some a lot some less, but that any head of state, ANY, simply HAS to lie sometimes for reasons of raison d’état. Covert operations are, by definition, operations which are not recognized by the state and Russia, like any other state, has that kind of operations. In this case, for purely legal reasons, the Russians have chosen to deny that they have sent in a protective force from Russia proper. I personally would have admitted from day 1 that these were Russians forces, but Putin and Lavrov have decided otherwise and I am sure that they have good reasons for that. Does that fact show that Putin is “a liar” or does that put a smear on his character? That question is really naive. First, Putin as an officer of the Soviet external intelligence service (PGU KGB SSSR) had to conceal his real mission while he was in Germany. For him the fact of lying in defense of the Russian state interest is as natural as dealing with water for a fisherman. Second, any head of state has to accept that the obligation to sometimes deny the truth comes with the office. Putin cumulates not one, but THREE functions which all make it impossible for him not to lie: he is a (former) intelligence officer, he is a politician and he is a head of state in charge of a superpower. Is there really anybody out there so naive as to think that everything Putin says is the truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth?! Even Hassan Nasrallah, probably the most honest political leader on the planet has, at times, been force to maybe not lie, but be less than totally forthcoming about some facts, at least temporarily, for reasons of security and strategic interest. So if somebody really believes that every word Putin says is always 100% true – please contact me, I have a bridge to sell you Stay tuned, kind regards, The Saker
Demonstrators block a main street in the eastern Libyan coastal city of Benghazi during a protest against the extended mandate of the General National Congress, the country’s highest political authority, on February 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Abdullah Doma)
The partitioning of Libya is no longer the concern of pessimists alone but a tangible reality. Islamists are imposing their rule by force and the government and parliament are paralyzed. Some talk blatantly about their intention to strip the non-Arab inhabitants of the south of the country of their citizenship. Add to this mess direct Western intervention in Libya’s internal affairs and one can only conclude the partitioning of the country is on the horizon.
New York- The United States, Britain, and France collectively decided on direct and total control of Libya’s future, after reducing the role of the United Nations to a minimum. The three countries are not even considering the participation of other countries with former major interests in Libya, such as Italy, which had historical links with Libya during and after the colonial era. The same goes for the countries that contributed to the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the confiscation of his money and provided information, personnel, and military training to the revolutionaries.
In the recent Rome Conference held on March 4, the final statement in paragraph 15 stipulated that “participants agreed to establish an international partnership for Libya to monitor its progress and the implementation of past conventions.” Behind the scenes, the international conference was understood to be between the three western states who have veto power in the UN Security Council.This is the new phase of the Libyan crisis, which began with the 2011 revolution with its many patrons and sponsors.
Libyans interviewed by Al-Akhbar revealed their confusion, uncertainty, and fear about the predicament in which they found themselves in after the revolution. Although the Libyan revolution aimed to attain freedom to begin with, they cannot speak freely for fear of retaliation. They said that their country is no longer a state. Even those who are in control are acting as if everything was temporary and that the state is bound to unravel. According to a Libyan source, “Public spending is done outside the regulatory frameworks with no oversight. Theft is rampant on all levels and the National Congress has lost its credibility and seen as an enemy of the people. Everyone is looking for a share of Libya’s cadaver.”
The Islamists, in particular, do not believe their chances in the democratic process are high, especially after their experience in the past few years. They have gained more power through their current strategy than by using the ballot box. This is why they cling to the security sector through certain figures. Assistant Secretary of Defense Khaled Mohammed al-Sharif, also the commander of the Libyan National Guard, is the number one security official in Libya. Despite the fact that Defense Ministry has changed hands a number of times, he has remained in his post. He has also received training by al-Qaeda.
Similarly, Abdul-Hakim Belhaj, who fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, is now on the side of the US. Today he controls the Moaitiquia base in the Tajoura neighborhood of Tripoli. The base, originally built by the US, had been the largest American base in North Africa before Gaddafi’s revolution and can accommodate more than 10 thousand soldiers. However, the base does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Defense Ministry or any kind of Libyan sovereign control.
This is in addition to al-Hadaba prison, which does not fall under official control either. It is directly under the supervision of Khaled al-Sharif and is where top former regime figures are being held, including the infamous Abdullah al-Sanousi. Security is like the oil sector, which is being sold outside state supervision after armed groups took over the oil fields and ports.
There is also a private airport in Misrata, which operates direct flights to Istanbul, away from the eyes of state supervision. Through this airport, fighters are transported to Syria via Turkey. The US is in control of Libya’s security sector and is planning to link the country’s security to NATO through a number of measures including the deployment of more drones. Today, the US is more concerned about the war on terror in the region than with oil revenues. They left the oil projects to the British and construction and contracting to Turkey.
Belhaj does not seem to have enough popularity to win seats in the elections. Although he founded al-Watan party, it failed to gain a single seat in the Libyan National Congress. Libyans are agitated and are calling for early general elections, but the Islamists are opposed to the idea because they are aware of the the magnitude of public discontent against them. The Islamists seem to be closer to the British in their policies and do not object to London’s orders. This is reflected in London’s relationship with Abdul-Rahman al-Sowaihali al-Misrati who claims to be representing Misrata, a representation based on his control of a battalion of gunmen.
Many rumors are being circulated in Libya that these figures, especially Khaled al-Sharif, are obstructing the creation of a national armyand a unified state. They only believe in tribal security and militias, which give them strength and support from abroad. They know that the democratic process will not be in their favor.
Ever since the revolution, Libya has not had a clear leadership and the situation has only grown more complicated. Geographically, Libya is basically split into three distinct regions and ethnically divided between Arabs, Amazigh, Touareg, and Tubu. The UN played a principal role in the declaration of Libya’s independence from Italy in 1951, with the help of the Dutch special envoy Adrian Bildt, which included the three regions of Tripoli, Barqa, and Fezzan. Therefore, the Libyans feel that the UN has a clean record based on their past .
Today, these regions seem to be rivals. Non-Arab minorities living in southern Libya face losing their citizenship. The non-Arab minorities – the Amazigh, the Tubu, and the Touareg- make up almost 8 percent of the population, but are spread over a vast geographical area. Without the loyalty of these tribes to the central state, Libya’s southern, eastern, and western borders would be wide open. Since Roman times, the borders were only be protected by these tribes through alliances between their leaders and the central government.
Yet there are those who have come to believe that the country could be controlled through drones if the minorities were to boycott the dialogue. Libya will not be able to regain its national conscience without the real participation of all its social components, based on clear, unifying ideals. Islamic fundamentalism is not a unifying factor because the people are divided over the issue. Libya does not have many religious sects, but there are various Islamic ideologies due to divisions in loyalties. On the other hand, Darna, the base of Islamic extremists is boycotting the dialogue. So the question remains, do the countries with the upper hand in Libya want the country to remain united? The Libyans are certainly doubtful.
Based on these growing problems, it is necessary for the UN to keep a relatively independent role in the Libyan crisis to avoid providing an umbrella for the projects of the countries meddling in Libya’s internal affairs. But there is talk about changes in the UN Libyan delegation and bringing in western blood to replace the current representative, Tarek Mitri.
Warshefana: A Painful Libyan Story
The events that took place in the town of Warshefana, between December 19- 29, 2013, are the best example of the tragedy of blind tribal zeal afflicting Libya. Islamist tribal militias stormed the Warshefana area between Tripoli and al-Zawiya, 40 kilometers from the capital, with thousands of men armed with heavy, medium, and light weapons, including guns, tanks, armored vehicles, and rocket launchers. The militias plundered the city, killing 21 people and injuring more than 100. They kidnapped citizens based on their ethnic identity, executing them or torturing them in secret prisons. Three of those who died from torture were found with their hands tied, after their bodies were dumped outside of a school in the Friday Market area and transferred by citizens to the hospital in Abu Salim.
According to eyewitnesses from the area, homes and shops were burned to the ground after being looted. Water and electricity were cut off from the town for several days. Its factories and farms were destroyed and its cars burned. It was bombarded arbitrarily, including its mosques. The attack targeted regular citizens and several officials. The head of the Shura and Hokama Council, Mohammed Mokhtar Tantoush, was kidnapped, as well as the head of the local council of al-Aziziyah al-Kubra, Omar Ali Tantoush.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan denied knowing anything about the invasion of Warshefana. The same went for Defense Minister Abdullah al-Thani. However, the fighters claimed they were under orders to apprehend 274 suspects. But regardless of the controversy over the names and the number of suspects, the collective punishment of a whole area in this manner is a violation of all human rights and a crime in all senses of the word. In response to the operation, people living in this area said that there are 5,600 wanted individuals in Tripoli and if the same approach is used for their arrest, the capital and all that is in it would be destroyed. They believe the issue to be part of the tribal racism practiced by militias from one tribe against the others.
The residents of Warshefana did not find anyone to complain to about the collective injustice they face in Libya. Security is not under anyone’s control. The national army is nonexistent. They could only complain to foreign human rights organizations and the UN delegation in Tripoli.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
Unlike Blair, Cameron to make first visit in four years, stay less than 30 hours, with logistics being handled by PMO rather than Foreign Ministry.
David Cameron at UJIA fundraiser Photo: Isaac Strang/UJIA
After nearly four years in office, British Prime Minister David Cameron is to make his first visit to Israel as prime minister on Wednesday. He is scheduled to spend some 22 hours in Israel and another seven hours in the Palestinian Authority.
Cameron, who postponed his scheduled visit last month because of floods in Britain, is going ahead with the visit despite Foreign Ministry sanctions.
The logistics for the visit are being handled, as a result, by the Prime Minister’s Office.
That this is Cameron’s first visit here shows the degree to which Cameron, unlike Tony Blair and even to a lesser extent his immediate predecessor Gordon Brown, has opted against taking a very active role in the Middle East diplomatic process.
As much as Blair was identified with the Middle East peace process and involved, one official said, Cameron has kept his distance, perhaps as a way of doing the “un-Blair thing.” He is not personally involved, and has no desire to be in a mediating role, the official added.
The official said French President Francois Hollande has taken a similar posture, much less involved in Middle East diplomatic issues than was his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy. Unlike Cameron, however, Hollande visited Israel about a year and a half after his May 2012 election, coming here last November.
During his visit, Cameron is expected to express support for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s diplomatic efforts, and – alongside with expressing understanding and support for Israel’s security concerns – will likely criticize construction in the settlements and in Jerusalem beyond the Green Line.
While this is Cameron’s first visit here, he visited Egypt in 2011 and has visited Persian Gulf States on a number of occasions.
Cameron is scheduled to meet with President Shimon Peres soon after his arrival, followed by an address to the Knesset, a visit to Yad Vashem, and a dinner meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The British prime minister, who will be accompanied on his trip by British businessmen, is scheduled to participate in a business event Thursday morning, as he hopes to boost bilateral economic and scientific ties. Currently, bilateral trade is some $8.5 billion.
He is then scheduled to go to Bethlehem and meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior Palestinian officials.
Iran and the diplomatic talks with the Palestinians are expected to be the two main topics on the agenda of Cameron’s talks with Netanyahu, with Netanyahu expected to continue using the interception of the Klos C to press the point that Iran has not changed and cannot be trusted.
Diplomatic officials said that for the most part Britain follows the US lead regarding Iran and pointed out that, unlike Italian and German businessman, British businessmen have not used the thaw in relations with Iran to make their way to the country looking for business opportunities.
The call for boycotting Israel has grown significantly in recent years. The main purpose of this global campaign is to bring Israel to account for its human rights violations against Palestinians. The reason such civil action is necessary is because governments around the world with the power to intervene have repeatedly failed to utilise international legal apparatus in to hold Israel to account for its crimes.
However, successful boycott campaigns have revealed that ordinary people do have the power to act and respond to Palestinian calls for intervention. The destruction of Palestinian infrastructure through Israeli military assaults, routine demolitions of essential resources such as water wells, and blocking access to farmlands; means that Palestinians are unable to freely harvest their lands and bring their produce onto the markets. It is well documented that farmers are attacked by extremist settlers, and shot at by army personnel. Entire initiatives such as the Olive Cooperative have been built in response to these attacks, so that international solidarity activists can go to Palestine simply to help farmers harvest their crops and document the violent assaults some face on a daily basis.
Fishermen off the coast of Gaza face similar deadly assaults, this time from Israel’s naval vessels. Thus, peaceful farming or fishing is now a luxury for Palestinians, yet Israel is exporting its own produce globally and reaping the financial rewards for it. Its exploitation of stolen Palestinian lands in the West Bank should not be allowed to enter European markets and the boycott campaigns seek to highlight this.
The boycott of illegal settlement produce is becoming established. However, there is now also a move to boycott Israeli produce too, as Israeli companies have been found to breach EU food labelling regulations by labelling settlements goods as ‘produce of Israel’. By doing this, they mislead consumers into believing that the goods are legitimately farmed in Israel, instead of illegitimately farmed on stolen Palestinian land, often exploiting Palestinian labour.
Recent statistics reveal that illegal settlements profit from exporting their produce to Europe to the tune of 230 million Euros a year. When compared to Palestinian exports, this is fifteen times greater in value. Thus, the EU imports 100 times more produce per illegal Israeli settler than it does per legitimate Palestinian resident of the West Bank.
The success of the boycott campaigns reflects the feeling on the ground. Ordinary Brits do not want to be a part of Israel’s racist and illegal occupation policies, and they do not wish to support the illegal settlements by buying their produce.
British Politicians Oppose Boycott
Both the Conservatives and the Labour Party have both come out against boycott of Israel.
David Cameron stated in October 2012:
In a speech by David Cameron at the annual dinner of the United Jewish Israel Appeal, Cameron said on boycotting:
“And to those in Britain’s universities and trades unions who want to boycott Israel and consign it to an international ghetto, I say not only will this Government never allow you to shut down 60 years worth of vibrant exchange and partnership that does so much to make both our countries stronger but I also say this: we know what you are doing – trying to delegitimise the State of Israel – and we will not have it.”
The Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, recently stated ”it is not Labour policy to support boycotts. We would like to see even stronger economic ties with Israel’. His comments were reported on twitter following a London meeting on 7 February 2013.
European Consumer Labelling laws
The EU is considering making it illegal for Israel to sell produce from the illegal settlements labelled as ‘produce of Israel’. This would be a marked step towards obstructing settlements from profiting from the land they have stolen.
Produce to Boycott
Products to look out for are: dates, citrus fruits and herbs, and manufactured products including cosmetics, carbonation devices, plastics, textile products and toys.
Recently, Morrisons supermarket was found to be selling medjoul dates labelled as ‘Produce of Israel’ but which were in fact from illegal settlements.
1) Every time you go shopping, ‘Check the Label’ on the produce you buy. Ensure they are not from Israel, West Bank or Jordan Valley. If you do see produce from these places, take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the store and location.
2) If you find produce from Israel, West Bank or Jordan Valley ask to speak to the store Manager and explain that the produce are from illegal Israeli Settlements as they are grown on land that has been stolen from Palestinians. Ask for them to be removed from the shelves and for them not to be stocked again. Please also ask for the suppliers name if it is not clear as this is useful information. Email your experience to email@example.com
3) If you do not want to approach the Manager whilst you are shopping, contact the stores Head office on their customer service number/email explaining your concern.
Tesco Customer Service Centre, Baird Avenue, Dundee, DD1 9NF
According to the iskra-news.info last night ,Ukrainian gold reserves (40 sealed boxes) were loaded on an unidentified transport aircraft in Kiev’s Borispol airport. The board took off immediately.
A source in the Ukrainian government confirmed that the transfer of the gold reserves of Ukraine to the United States was ordered by the acting PM Arseny Yatsenyuk.
So my guess is, that is if indeed this report is true it either means the new ruling elite have stolen the gold bullion or perhaps their is a legitimate fear of the Russians taking possession of this bullion, whatever the facts, it still looks very shady indeed.
Official narrative: gold bullion is going to USA (maybe to reassure the Germans their gold is in safe hands, after all the despite numerous requests from the German Govt The Feds have not given access for them to even view their Gold Bullion) . Real narrative: probably to Switzerland where it is divided between Yulia Tymoshenko and her cronies.
Imagine, just imagine, the outcry that would follow an imagined call by a European Muslim or Christian religious leader suggesting sending hundreds of thousands of Jews to concentration camps. The Sheikh or priest or bishop would be lambasted beyond imagination, and his denomination or church would immediately distance itself from his foolish remarks.
Political authorities would also declare that Nazi-minded Sheikh or bishop has no place in modern Europe and that governments would nip the hateful and racist elements in the bud. In short, he would be looked upon as a pariah, to say the very least. He even might be forced to commit suicide under public pressure.
As to Jewish circles, their protests would be clarion and omnipresent.
But how would things look like if such a call took place in Israel and was made by a popular rabbi, with hundreds of thousands of followers?
According to a weekly Hebrew magazine, several rabbis, including the rabbi of Safad, Shmuel Eliyahu, recently proposed the establishment of death camps for the Palestinians.
The magazine indicated that the creation of these camps would be the duty of all devout Jews.
The Yedeot Ahronot’s YNet on Saturday, 15 January quoted the rabbis as stating that the Torah requires Jews to wipe out any trace of the so-called Amalek in Palestine . Many religious Jews refer to their perceived or real enemies as Amalek.
The YNet quoted Jewish intellectual Audi Aloni as saying that calls for the extermination of Palestinians are openly made in the synagogues as the genocidal idea has become a practical option.
“No one objected to Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Safad and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Chief Rabbi of Beit El, who undersigned the advisory opinion, which suggested approval for their opinion.”
I realize that these evil men don’t represent Jews everywhere, nor do they even represent the entire rabbinic community. There are many esteemed rabbis who reject outright the satanic mindset permeating through the landscape of the sick minds of people like Elyahu, his cohorts and evil colleagues.
The Torah, after all, was supposed to be a light upon humanity. But when it becomes, thanks to those rabbis of Satan, a tool for genocide, there is obviously a huge catch-22 hanging over Judaism’s conscience.
Again, the fact that these nefarious rabbis don’t represent the entirety of Judaism is no guarantee that their damage will be limited. A fool man’s fire could frustrate a thousand wise men who wouldn’t know how to put it off.
Isn’t this the way the holocaust started? It didn’t start with concentration camps, or even with Kristalnacht. Such death camps as Auschwitz , Treblinka, Mauthauzen and Bergen Belsen became only known much later.
The purpose of this small piece is not to vilify or demonize Jews. Nor am I particularly enthusiastic about hurling Nazi epithets at Jews. However, nothing should be further from truth.
The call for sending millions of Palestinians to concentration camps means that a sizeable segment of the Israeli Jewish society is capable, at least mentally, of embarking on the unthinkable. It means that a real Jewish holocaust against the Palestinian people is not outside the realm of imagination.
This matter is well known, even known too well for us who live in this part of the world. After all, Israel demonstrated two years ago, during its Nazi-like onslaught on the Gaza Strip, that it could do the unthinkable.
And that was not the first time Israel behaved manifestly nefariously. In 2006, during the Israeli aggression on Lebanon , the Israeli air force dropped more than 2,000,000 cluster bomblets on South Lebanon civilian areas, arguably enough to kill or maim at least 2 million Lebanese children.
The scant media coverage of the latest diabolic statements by the rabbis of evil in no way lessens their gravity and seriousness. After all, these are not marginal or isolated figures in society.
In fact, paying not sufficient attention to this phenomenon is tantamount to encouraging it. If Germans and others had not kept silence in the late 1920s and early 1930s, many things wouldn’t have occurred.
I would want to be cautious drawing historical analogy between every thing happening in Israel today and everything that happened in Europe several decades ago. However, there are certain parallels that shouldn’t escape our attention, and the latest outrageous statements by these diabolical rabbis are one of them.
Let no one say that words are innocuous and can’t kill; nay, words can kill and do kill. A few years ago, a Jewish immigrant from France decapitated a Palestinian cabby from East Jerusalem after the taxi-driver gave the killer a ride to his home north of Tel Aviv. And when the murderer was eventually arrested and interrogated by the police, he said he heard his neighborhood synagogue rabbi say that the lives of non-Jews had no sanctity.
More to the point, it is abundantly clear that thousands of Israeli soldiers would rather heed and obey their respective rabbis’ homilies than their army superiors’ instructions when it comes to treating Palestinians. This fact was revealed during the Israeli onslaught on Gaza two years ago when Israeli soldiers knowingly and deliberately murdered innocent civilians, including children, by the hundreds.
But this is not the time for demonization; it is rather the time for action. Jewish leaders of all orientations should speak up as strongly as possible against those who are besmirching the good name of their religion.
The likes of Shmuel Eliyahu must be told that there is no place in Judaism for those who advocate genocide for non-Jews. In the final analysis, when Jews or anybody else think or behave or act like the Nazis acted, they simply become Nazis themselves.
Finally, Jews shouldn’t keep silent in the face of these abominations just because the media and public opinion in the West are more or less keeping silent. Well, since when a moral stance was decided by other people’s apathy or silence? In fact, the immoral silence of much of the west toward what is happening in Israel these days is bad and dangerous for Jews and their future.
Anything that causes moral desensitization to occur is definitely bad, and this is putting it mildly.
Dear friends,A week has passed since I have placed a donation button on this blog and I feel that I ought to give you a short update on the donations received. A total of 65 people from 7 countries have made donations ranging from 2 dollars to 100 dollars. 2 people have chosen to make a "recurrent payment". All this refers to donations made thr […]
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Daniel Bushell in this latest Truthseeker - simply fantastic! Comment: having myself worked for one of the NGOs Daniel mentions in his report and having had privileged access to information about another one he mentions, I can confirm that what Daniel says is 100% correct. Sorry, I cannot go into more details, but I feel that I should confirm this.The Saker […]
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