"A century of dispute peaks in south Beirut"

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“… Who would have thought that a gynecologist’s office in the Hizbullah-dominated southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh would be the symbolic place where the colonial and anti-colonial struggles of the past century would reach their confrontational peak and bring to a head this long-simmering war. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s call Thursday night for all Lebanese to stop cooperating with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which is investigating and will soon indict those it believes killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others five years ago, followed an attempt by STL officers to examine patient files in the doctor’s office in Dahiyeh a few days ago, presumably because the STL has evidence it believes implicates some Hizbullah personnel in the assassinations. Hizbullah supporters, mostly women, beat back the STL party and quickly heightened the political confrontation that has been brewing in the country for months.
Nasrallah’s open call to boycott and actively oppose the STL marks a historic moment of reckoning that is as dangerous as it was inevitable. This is because Hizbullah and the STL represent perhaps the two most powerful symbols of the two most important forces that have defined the Middle East for the past century or more: On the one hand, Western (including Israeli) interests and interventions that seek to shape this region in a manner that suits Western aims more than it suits indigenous rights, and, on the other hand, native Arab-Islamic-nationalist resistance that seeks to shape our societies according to Arab-Islamic worldviews as defined by a consensus of local actors, identities and forces.
Stripped to its core, this tension between Hizbullah and the STL is a microcosm of the overarching fact of the modern era in which Western-manufactured Arab statehood has generally failed to gain either real traction or sustained credibility; thus it has fallen on groups like Hizbullah to play a leading role in confronting Israeli and Western power in a manner that most Arab governments have been unable or unwilling to do. Therefore we live through this historic but frightening moment when a century of confrontation reaches a pivotal juncture: the collective will of the Western-dominated world (the Security Council-created STL) confronts the strong rejection and public resistance of the only Arab group (Hizbullah) that has forced an Israeli military withdrawal and confounded the Israeli armed forces, while transcending Arabism and Islamism, religiosity and secularism, Arabs and Iranians, Shiites and Sunnis, and assorted Lebanese Christians and Muslims.
The confrontation now playing itself out in various public milieus between Hizbullah and the STL is made more complex and difficult to resolve because of deep links with other regional actors, especially Israel, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia. The STL is unlike anything that the Arab world has witnessed or experienced in its entire modern history, because it represents something frightening to many Arabs: the unanimous decision of the Security Council of the UN to probe deep into the inner fibers of Arab societies – mostly Lebanon and Syria, in this case – in order to stop the political assassinations that shocked the world five years ago (but that have also plagued the modern Arab world for the past half a century or more, without anyone caring).
The majority of Lebanese want to know who killed Rafik Hariri and would like to see such assassinations cease once and for all, but they have proven unable to do this on their own. The Security Council stepped in forcefully in early 2005 to do the job, and it did so partly because some powers who dominate the council saw an opportunity to hit the Syrians and Hizbullah hard. At a moment when the neoconservative-controlled US thought it could frighten any Arab party into compliance with its dictates simply by brandishing the threat of an Iraq-like assault, the move was made to push Syria out of Lebanon and to disarm Hizbullah. The scenes that followed did not conform to the script the Bush-Cheney White House and their pro-Israeli zealot friends had envisaged, because Syria, Hizbullah, Iran and others pushed back and resisted the moves against them. That dynamic has now reached its climax in events centered on Lebanon.
Two powerful forces confront each other now in public, American-dominated Western colonial intervention in the Arab region, and Islamist-dominated Arab-Islamic resistance from within that same Arab region. Three options present themselves: One of these two forces has to back down, both have to compromise and postpone the day of reckoning in their epic struggle, or they will soon settle this on the battlefields of Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iran, American-dominated Iran and Afghanistan, and the oil and gas fields of the Gulf Arab states. Armageddon will look like a kindergarten cookie dance if the third option materializes, which is now a bit more likely than it was a week ago – because of the past century, more than the past week.…”

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Gilad Atzmon: Zionist Tolerance For a Change

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Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:24PM Gilad Atzmon
‘Jewish left’ is basically an oxymoron. It is a contradiction in terms, because ‘Jewishness’ is a tribal ideology, whilst ‘the left’ are traditionally understood as aspiring to universalism.
On the face of it, the ‘Jewish left’ is, at least categorically, no different from Israel or Zionism: after all, it is an attempt to form yet another ‘Jews only political club’. And as far as the Palestinian solidarity movement is concerned, its role is subject to a growing debate — For on the one hand, one can see the political benefit of pointing at a very few ‘good Jews’, and emphasizing that there are Jews who ‘oppose Zionism as Jews’. Yet on the other hand, however, accepting the legitimacy of such a racially orientated political affair, is in itself, an acceptance of yet another form, or manifestation of Zionism, for Zionism claims that Jews are primarily Jewish, and had better operate politically as Jews(1).
To a certain extent then, it is clear that Jewish anti Zionism, is, in itself, still just another form of Zionism.
‘Jewish dissidence’ has two main roles: First, it attempts to depict and bolster a positive image of Jews in general (2). Second, it is there to silence and obscure any attempts on the part of the outsider to grasp the meaning of Jewish identity and Jewish politics within the machinations of the Jewish state. It is also there to stop elements in this movement from elaborating on the crucial role of Jewish lobbying.
The Jewish Left is there then, to mute any possible criticism of Jewish politics within the wider Left movements. It is there to stop the Goyim from looking into Jewish affairs.
A decade ago I met the Kosher dissident brigade for the first time — As soon as I started to express criticism of Israel and Zionism — they started to bounce around me.
For a short while, I fitted nicely into their discourse : I was young and energetic. I was an award winning musician, as well as a promising writer. In their eyes I was a celebrity, or at least a good reason to celebrate. Their chief commissars reserved the best, and most expensive dining tables ahead of my Orient House’s Ensemble concerts. The five grass-root penniless activists, followed the trend and came to my free stage Jazz Combo afternoon concerts in the Barbican Centre’s Foyer. They all wanted to believe that I would follow their agenda, and become a commissar myself.
They were also very quick to preach to me who were the ‘bad guys’, those who should be burnt in hell: Israel Shahak, Paul Eisen, Israel Shamir and Otto Weininger were just a few amongst the many baddies. As one may guess by now, it didn’t take me too long to admit to myself that there was more wisdom in a single sentence by Eisen, Weininger, Shahak or Shamir than in the entire work of the Jewish Left put together.
I was quick to make it clear to my new ‘Red’ fans that it was not going to work : I was an ex-Israeli, and I no longer regarded myself as a Jew any more. I shared nothing with them and I did not believe in their agenda. Indeed, I had left Israel because I wanted to drift as far away as I could from any form of tribal politics.
Paddling in chicken soup has never been my thing.
Naturally, I bought myself at least a half a dozen enemies, and they were quick to run a campaign against me. They tried to silence me; they desperately ( and hopelessly ) tried to wreck my music career; they mounted pressure on political institutions, media outlets, and music venues. One of them even tried to drag me to court.
But they failed all the way through and they failed on every possible level. The more pressure they mounted, the more people read my writing. At a certain point, people around me were convinced that my detractors were actually running my PR campaign. Moreover, the relentless attempts to silence me could only prove my point. They were there to divert attention away from the crucial role of Jewish politics and Jewish identity politics.
I have asked myself often enough — how is it that they failed with me? But I guess that the same internet that successfully defeated Israeli Hasbara, has also defeated the Jewish left and its hegemony within the movement. In the wider scheme of things, it is totally obvious how marginal the Jewish Marxist discourse is. Its voice within the dissident movement is, in actuality, insignificant.
I guess also, that the fact that I am a popular Jazz artist didn’t make life easy for them — At the time those Jewish commissars labeled me as a racist and an anti Semite, I was touring around the world with two ex Israeli Jews, an Argentinean Jew, a Romanian Gipsy and a Palestinian Oud player. It just couldn’t work for them, and it didn’t.
But here is an interesting twist : In comparison with the contemporaneous Jewish Red terror, Zionism comes across as a relatively tolerant endeavour. In recent months I have been approached by every possible Israeli media outlet. In the summer, Ouvda, the leading Israeli investigative TV show asked repeatedly to join with me and my band on the road. They were interested to launch a debate, and to discuss my ideas in prime time. This week, The Israeli Second Channel approached me for a news item. Again, they were interested in my views. Yesterday, I discussed my views for an hour with Guy Elhanan on Israel’s ‘Kol ha-shalom’ (Voice of Peace).
For the most obvious of reasons, I am very cautious when dealing with the Israeli media. I choose my outlets very carefully. I usually tend to refuse. But, I also accept that as a person who cares about the prospect of peace I must keep an open channel with the Israeli public, and two weeks ago I agreed to be interviewed by Haaretz writer,Yaron Frid. This was my first published interview in Israel for more than a decade.
I must admit that I was shocked to find out that not a single word of mine had been removed or censored. Haaretz let me say everything that the Kosher ‘Socialists’ had consistently tried to stop me from saying.
On my ‘self-hatred’ and Jewishness the Israeli paper Haaretz let me say :
“I am not a nice Jew, because I don’t want to be a Jew, because Jewish values don’t really turn me on and all this ‘Pour out Thy wrath on the nations’ stuff doesn’t impress me.”
It also let me question the entire Zionist ethos; the reality of plunder and deluded historicism : “Why do I live on lands that are not mine, the plundered lands of another people whose owners want to return to them but cannot? Why do I send my children to kill and be killed, after I myself was a soldier, too? Why do I believe all this bullshit about ‘because it’s the land of our forefathers’ and ‘our patrimony’ if I am not even religious?
And about Palestinians’ right of return, I said : “The Israelis can put an end to the conflict in two fucking minutes. Netanyahu gets up tomorrow morning, returns to the Palestinians the lands that belong to them.”
They let me express how I would differentiate between, and define Israel and Palestine: “Palestine is the land and Israel is the state. It took me time to realize that Israel was never my home, but only a fantasy saturated in blood and sweat.”
About chosen-ness, de-Judification and Jewish identity I said, “for Netanyahu and the Israelis to do that (accept the Palestinian right of return), they have to undergo de-Judaization and accept the fact that they are like all peoples and are not the chosen people. So, in my analysis this is not a political, sociopolitical or socioeconomic issue but something basic that has to do with Jewish identity.”
And in the interview I compared Jewish left with National Socialism — And Haaretz’s editorial let it through: “The idea of left-wing Jews is fundamentally sickening. It contains an absolute internal contradiction. If you are leftists it doesn’t matter whether you’re Jewish or not, so on principle when you present yourselves as leftist Jews you are accepting the idea of national socialism. Nazism.”
Haaretz, as could be expected, challenged my opposition to Jewish politics : “Atzmon has been accused from every possible platform of disseminating vitriol against Jews. He, though, maintains that he ‘hates everyone in equal measure.’ He’s also been accused of self-hatred, but he is the first to admit this, and in comparison with Otto Weininger – the Austrian Jewish philosopher who converted to Christianity and of whom Hitler said, ‘There was one good Jew in Germany, and he killed himself’ – he is even proud. ‘Otto and I are good friends.’”
But clearly, at least Israelis can cope with Otto Weininger and his ideology. However — when I gave a talk about Otto Weininger in a London Marxist book shop five years ago (Bookmarks), a ‘synagogue’ of fourteen Jewish Marxists unsuccessfully tried to picket the event and to pressure the SWP into submission.
Guess what; they failed.
Haaretz challenged my take on the Holocaust; yet it printed my answer without changing a single word. “I am fighting against all the disgusting laws and persecutions of those so-called Holocaust deniers – a categorization I don’t accept. I think the Holocaust, like any historical episode, must be open to research, to examination, to discussion and debate.”
And Haaretz, evidently an Israeli Zionist paper, let me express my thoughts about Israeli mass murderers and their destiny. “It might be a good thing if the Nazi hunters hunt down [Shaul] Mofaz and [Ehud] Barak, for example, and not all kinds of 96-year-olds who are barely alive. It’s pathetic.”
It also let me tell Israelis that they are all to be blamed : “In Israel 94 percent of the nation supported Operation Cast Lead. On the one hand, you want to behave like a post-enlightenment state and talk to me about individualism, but on the other hand you surround yourselves with a wall and remain attached to a tribal identity.”
Yaron Frid ended his piece saying, “Israel lost Gilad,” and, “The score, for now: 1-0, Palestine leading.”
I was happy with the article. But I was also jealous. For here in Britain, we are still far from being free to explore these issues.
The message here is plain and simple — Haaretz, a Zionist paper, has let me discuss all those intellectual avenues that ‘the Kosher Socialists’ insist on blocking. A week before my Haaretz special, the Israeli paper featured Mavi Marmara hero Ken O’keefe. Again, Haaretz coverage was fairly balanced; certainly more balanced than BBC Panorama.
The moral is clear : As much as Zionism is repugnant and murderous — it is still way ahead of the Jewish Left , simply because it is still, in some regards at least, part of an ongoing and open discourse.
There is no doubt that amongst the most prolific enemies of Israel and Jewish identity, you will find Israelis and ex Israelis, such as Ilan Pappe, Gideon Levi, Amira Hass, Tali Fahima, Israel Shamir, Israel Shahak, Nurit Peled , Rami Elhanan Guy Elhanan, Jonathan Shapira, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Mordechai Vanunu, Uri Avneri, Shimon Tzabar, myself, and others.
We may not always agree with each other — but we let each other be.
Zionism was an attempt to bring about a new Jew: an ethical, productive and authentic being. But Zionism failed all the way through. Israel is a criminal state, and the Israelis are collectively complicit in relentless crimes against humanity. And yet, Zionism has also succeeded in erecting a solid school of eloquent and proud ‘self haters’. Israelis are taught to be outspoken and critical. Unlike the Diaspora Jewish left, that for some reason, operates as a thought-police, Israeli dissidence speaks out. Israelis are trained to celebrate their ‘symptoms’ — and this also applies in the case of dissidence.
Unlike Jewish Marxism that operates largely as a tribal PR campaign, Israeli dissidence is an ethical approach : You wouldn’t hear Israeli activists shouting ‘not in my name’. The Israelis mentioned above do accept that each Israeli crime is committed in their names. They also accept that activism is the crucial shift from guilt into responsibility. Hence, it is also far from surprising that on the ‘Jewish Boat to Gaza’ mission, the Israeli veteran AIF pilot Shapira and also Elahanan, both spoke about ethics and humanitarian issues, while the British Jew, Kuper, was apparently, judging from his words, perhaps more concerned with the amendment of the image of world Jewry.
Being an ex Israeli, I believe that the only thing I can do for Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, myself, my family, my neighbours and humanity — is to stand firm and speak my heart against all odds.
I also believe that we all know the truth.
We just need to be courageous enough to spit it out.
(1) As bizarre as it may sound to some, ‘Jews Against Zionists’ (JAZ) and ‘Jews for BDS’ (Boycott of Divestment of Israeli Goods) do affirm the Zionist mantra : They operate, primarily, as Jews. As much as it is impossible for uprooted Palestinians to settle in Israel and become a citizen with equal civil rights — it is also impossible for them to join any of the primarily Jewish groups for Palestine.

(2) Richard Kuper, the person behind ‘Irene-the Jewish Boat to Gaza’, was bold enough to admit it — “Our goal is to show that not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians,” he said. It is now an established fact that the Jewish boat carried hardly any humanitarian aid for the Gazans : its main mission, as far as Kuper was concerned, seems to have been to amend Jewish reputation.I have spent the last ten years elaborating on Jewish national ideology and tribal politics. During my journey of grasping what Zionism and Israel stand for, I came to realize that it is actually the Jewish left — and Jewish Marxists in particular — that provide us with an adequate glimpse into contemporary Jewish identity, tribal supremacy, marginal politics and tribalism.

The STL tide has changed: "Enough is enough" "Do you think we’re that stupid?”

By Uprooted Palestinian

“Let’s blame (Imad) Mughniyah for killing Hariri. He’s dead so the investigative trail ends. Just say, ‘We had no idea what he was doing’. No more tribunal. Everyone is happy. And as a sweetener we’ll take Hezbollah off our Terrorism list.” US undersecretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Hezbollah via the Saudi-Syrian, back channel on 10/22/10

“Do you think we’re that stupid?” Hezbollah (smelling a set-up) to Obama via the same channel 10/23/10

Angry Arab ended his report on the encounter in the clinic in the southern suburbs of Beirut saying: “Shame on the Lebanese government and the Lebanese Order of Physicians for providing cover for such a travesty to take place.”
Hizbullah Coordination and Liaison Unit Denies Future Movement lie that it was Informed of STL Investigators Visit to Southern Suburb. I believe, such Formal Inforemation was not done because the STL wanted to test Hezbullah reaction, therefore Hezbullah women were waiting. 
Hasbara At Work
On the other side, Zarathustra (they call him Zara, I used to call him Khara, an editor at a “Palestinian site” speaclised in spreading Zionist Hasbara, crisized Nasrallah’s over reaction.
 
I fully don’t understand the reaction of the Party to the tribunal.” he preyed from a dark room in Yankivile.Nasrallah’s over reaction points to implict quilt.” he added “he calls on “All Lebanese” but everyone who knows anything about Lebanon is that “All Lebanese” are divided up in this matteron sectarian lines. He can preach all he wants to the Sunnis and Christians but that will not change their attitude or view of either the tribunal or the Resistance. “
On the same wave, STL, March 14 Condemned the call for Boycotting Tribunal “Is Nasrallah threatening the Lebanese citizens?” the war criminal Lebanese Forces (LF) leader Geageaasked, adding that Nasrallah’s statements are strange and incomprehensible. “It is not acceptable for any party to make a decision on behalf of all Lebanese. Cooperating with the [STL’s] investigators is an issue that only the Lebanese government decides,” Geagea also said.
 
The ASSHOLE, said that Nasrallah can’t speak on behalf of all Lebanese, “for him (Nasrallah) to try to convince the non Shia Lebanese that he is speaking on behalf of All Lebanon is both inaccurate and insincere.” Zara claimed.
Today Jumblat considered the encounter in the clinic in the southern suburbs of Beirut an attempt to foil any Saudi /Syrian understanding on Lenanon.Moreover, Nasrallah never said or claimed that all Lebanese are united on Resistance.

There, zionist message is Lebanese devided on sectarian lines, there fore Nasrallah can’t speak on behalf of all Lebanese. They ignored the fact that Nasrallah’s “preaching” changed the opinion and the attitude of at least half the Christians (loyal to Michel Aoun, one third of Sunnis, and almost united all the Droze, on both the tribunal and the Resistance. Let us ont forget that the Free Patriotic Movement was the core of “March 14 Movement”, and Jumblat was its leader. YES, as Zara admitted “the Tribunal is politicized and is acting as a tool of the US/Israel/KSA” But the STL tide has changed and is changing every day. Thanks to Nasrallah’s “Preaching”.
 
In harmony with Jeffrey Feltman, Hilary Clinton and March 14 Ramanents Khara claimed that Nasrallah is adding fuel to the fire, he “should stop acting like he is guilty , stop being defensive. Because all he is doing now is adding fuel to the fire
 
Who is adding fuel to the fire?
I shall start, with a voice representing at least Half lebanon’s Christians, Change and Reform parliamentary bloc member MP Nabil Nkoula.
He said “Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has every right to ask the Lebanese not to deal with the international investigators and tribunal. He stressed that the action taken by the international tribunal is a violation of the Lebanese and international even humanitarian laws.” He added that the behavior of the international investigators in the women clinic in Southern Suburbs was unacceptable.“All over the world and including Lebanon there are special laws pertaining to the patients and this law is called secret medical records and they are considered sacred just like a confession in a church. The doctor has no right to reveal any information on any patient even in court without prior approval from the patient,” added Nkoula. “This kind of behavior will push a person not to cooperate with such types of tribunal that are not aimed at reaching the truth but rather silence the Lebanese.”
 
Responding to the statement of head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea who he considered Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech as a threat to the government, Nicolas responded:“If Geagea accepts any one to read his medical file then I will approve his statement.”
 
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“Not before the dust settled down after Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon where he was received as a national hero, Jeffrey David Feltman, landed in Beirut to to deliver a message from Obama.”
 
The message in fact concerned the finding of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (father of the current prime minister Sa’ad Hariri). Both US and Israel worries that STL may find the truth about Israeli Mossad being behind the assassination.”
According to the well informed Dr. Franklin Lamb, Board Member of The Sabra Shatila Foundation and the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, reporting from Shatila in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
    • People are edgy in Dahiyeh and elsewhere in Lebanon about foreigners seeming to snoop around.” thus reported Franklin Lamb from lebanon.
       
  •  Jeffrey Feltman told his friend, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. His mission was to denounce Ahmadinejad’s visit as “provocative, creating instability, and not helpful to the “peace process.”
  • On the same wave Hilary Clinton declared “We reject any efforts to destabilize or inflame tensions within Lebanon. We are very committed to supporting the Lebanese Government as it deals with a number of challenges in its region”
  • “Various diplomatic sources, as well as some political party officials and security contacts think they know what caused yesterday’s incident. Jeffrey Feltman….is the prime suspect among some.”
  • Frightened with Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon, Feltman, rushed to KSA, “to solve the growing STL problem which he admitted Washington and Tel Aviv had underestimated. The Saudi’s told Feltman they would discuss the matter with the Syrians who would contact Hezbollah”
According to Franklin Lamb desperate Feltman, instead of going to Damuscus, arrived suddenly to Beirut
    • “……… His meeting with Lebanon’s President Suleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri were perfunctory. Parliamentary Speaker Berri, ally of Hezbollah even declined to meet with Feltman”
  • “……..what apparently really caused Feltman to urge to STL to squeeze Hezbollah by sending its investigators to Dahiyeh to signal that the Tribunal was impossible to stop, was the rejection by all factions but the Lebanese Forces, of the Feltman Plan. Its reported essence, now apparently scrapped,”
  • “……Given that Washington realized that there is no way that the Tribunal is going to work out, it is best to find a way to trash it. Feltman has a “Dead men don’t talk” plan. Imad, Mughniyah who many thought was dead these past 26 years was really killed this time on February 12, 2008 in Damascus. Beirut sources reveal that Israel, who killed Mughniyah, aimed for February 14, not the 12th in order to deliver the message that it can carry out an assassination at will and on any date. Israel wanted to kill Mughniyah on the same day they killed Hariri, i.e. February 14. But they missed their target date by less than 48 hours due to “mission correction contingencies”
  • ……….Earlier this month, Feltman sent a message to Hezbollah…….if Hezbollah will go along with blaming Mughniyah for killing Hariri that works for the Americans because it will be circumstantial evidence that he also did acts of terrorism in the 1980’s so all files could be closed once and for all. He told more than one person he met with in Beirut this month that he thought his was “a really great plan.
Lamb concluded:
  • Apparently Secretary Clinton and President Obama did too.
  • Hezbollah did not.”
According the editorial in Al Akhbar “Feltman is anxious to have the ‘Hezbollah indictment’ issued sooner than ‘scheduled’ because he senses that Abdallah of Saudi Arabia and Saad Hariri are buckling under pressure, and could end up making a deal with the Iranians and Syrians. Feltman has been adamant in his refusal to link the impasses in Iraq and in Lebanon …”
No surprise, because the tide is changing, causing serious problems to the STL, Feltman, is so desperate to squeeze Hezbullah to reach a deal with Nasrallah, and Zioinist Hasbara outlets are doing their paid job.
They got Nasrallah’s reply yesterday.
The same Hasbara Site, imediatlly after Imad Mughniyah assasination, dropped it’s Bombshell: Syria did it.
 
Khara’s Comment
His over reaction could also points to an implicit guilt !!
 
[One thing Nasrallah is not is naive , but I fully don’t understand the reaction of the Party to the tribunal. He calls on “All Lebanese” but everyone who knows anything about Lebanon is that “All Lebanese” are divided up in this matter on sectarian lines. He can preach all he wants to the Sunnis and Christians but that will not change their attitude or view of either the tribunal or the Resistance.

His over reaction could also points to an implicit guilt !! If the party did not do it (and there is not enough evidence to indict anyone and the witnesses have been proven to be lying) they should not be so reactionary towards the tribunal. The Tribunal is politicized and is acting as a tool of the US/Israel/KSA to be used against the resistance, most rational people believe so. But most people in Lebanon are not thinking rationally and think along sectarian lines, and he FAILED to gain the support of Lebanon the moment he took over Beirut 2 years ago , and for him to try to convince the non Shia Lebanese that he is speaking on behalf of All Lebanon is both inaccurate and insincere. He should stop acting like he is guilty , stop being defensive. Because all he is doing now is adding fuel to the fire]

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The encounter in the clinic in the southern suburbs of Beirut

Talal, a comrade and friend who heads a division at a major medical center at well-known US university, sent me this regarding the “visit” by a Hariri tribunal team to the clinic of a Lebanese physician: “Is it not interesting that the International Tribunal sanctions practices in Lebanon that would be banned in the native countries of its investigators and jurists?
 
For example, they went into a clinic in the Southern district of Beirut asking to check on the names and files of a large number of women who attend the clinic. That would not fly in the USA. One cannot just come in, even with legal sanction, and check wholesale on the FILES (containing sensitive personal information) of ALL those that come through (they claimed to start with 17 names but it was made obvious that it was to be an open ended investigation with a free hand to investigate any file in the clinic).
 
Such an act would constitute a serious violation of Medical Privacy laws, unnecessarily exposing not only their names of a large number of individuals but also the details of their medical conditions as well as other private information.
 
This is ILLEGAL under any of a number of medical privacy laws. One is usually presented with a court order to obtain information on a SPECIFIC person, and no other subjects so as to safe guard people’s privacy.
 
I am amazed the Physician in question even let them in.
 
She should have been the first to kick them out of the clinic, court order notwithstanding.
 
Shame on the Lebanese government and the Lebanese Order of Physicians for providing cover for such a travesty to take place.”
 
 
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Viciously Attacking Israeli Arabs

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 by Stephen Lendman

Reminiscent of Kristallnacht violence, Israeli Arabs in Haifa District’s Umm al-Fahm community were attacked, Haaretz writers Fadi Eyadat, Jack Khoury, and Chaim Levinson headlining, “Police clash with Arab protesters as rightists rally in Umm al-Fahm,” saying:
In Arab Umm al-Fahm, “Dozens of extreme rightists (hooligan West Bank settlers) held a protest against the Islamic Movement,” an initiative advocating Islam among Israeli Arabs on three levels – religious, social, and support for Palestinian self-determination.

Clashes followed, pitting Arab residents against 1,500 police, including special paramilitary and undercover forces, aiding hooliganism, “fir(ing) tear gas and stun grenades” to scatter crowds. Nine Arab residents were arrested, portrayed as instigators when they responded in self-defense.

Haaretz said about “30 right-wing demonstrators traveled in buses from Jerusalem to Umm al-Fahm on (October 27), led by far-right activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir.” Their purpose – in league with police, to hold a provocative demonstration march to incite violence, calling on Israel to outlaw the Islamic Movement (headquartered in Umm al-Fahm), as well as condemn Sheikh Raed Salah’s (its leader) Gaza Freedom Flotilla participation.

Head of the religious Jewish National Front party, Marzel is a notorious bigot, a man saying he was Rabbi Meir Kahana’s “right hand man” – Kahana, the extreme racist former Kach party head until Israel banned it in 1988, calling it a “threat to security.” Gviv is a Knesset aide to MK Michael Ben-Ari (a protest march participant), and spokesman for Marzel’s Jewish National Front party. Both men are fascists.

Their actions, and others like them, defile core Judaic tenets. Exhibit A – holding a provocative/racist/violent rally in an Arab community where they’re not wanted and don’t belong. It was held close the 20th November 5 anniversary of Kahana’s assassination, a man who lived and died by the sword, a rabbi in name only.

On October 27, Al-Jazeerah covered the incident headlining, “Israeli Occupation Forces Attack Palestinians in Um Al-Fahm, During a Provocative March by Fascist Israeli Settlers,” saying:

Violent clashes resulted, “Israeli occupation government policemen….protected dozens of extremist Jewish settlers holding a provocative protest against the Islamic Movement….”

Besides assaulting residents with tear gas and stun grenades, police “physically attacked them which led to injuries and suffocation cases.” MK Haneen Zoubi was harmed, struck in the back and neck by rubber bullets when police opened fire. She believes snipers deliberately targeted her for her Gaza Freedom Flotilla participation, after which she received death threats and calls to expel her from parliament.

Angrily, she denounced police violence, saying: They “proved that they are a far more dangerous threat to me and other Arab citizens than the fascist group that came to Umm al-Fahm,” though for sure former Kahanists and others like them pose a serious threat. Unaccountable, they’re lawless, menacing, and rampage freely in the West Bank.

Umm al-Fahm is Israel’s largest Arab community, its population exceeding 43,000. Before settlers arrived, police and paramilitary goons deployed within and around the city, ready to initiate assaults when they came. Arab residents, of course, reacted defensively.

MK Afu Agbaria was also injured, telling Al Jazeerah that right-wing settlers and police “attack(ed) the legitimacy of the Arab presence in the country in coordination with the right-wing extremists in the government.”

Umm al-Fahm’s Deputy Mayor Mustafa Ghalin told Haaretz that the city “will never be open to those extreme right-wingers,” arriving to incite violence.

On October 28, Muslims.net said “Palestinian leaders called for (a) city-wide strike….in protest (against) premeditated Israeli police brutality and violence.” The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee wants it. It also demands that Israel investigate the violence, committee chairman Mohammed Zeidan saying:

“What happened (on October 27) was a very dangerous occurrence. This wasn’t a Marzel incident. It was an attack by security forces who came to the city” with that in mind. “They planted undercover officers (dressed like Arabs) among us who threw stones (to provoke) and attack. Their decision was clear from the beginning, even though they knew there were Knesset members in the crowd. What we felt on our flesh today has taught us that a new era has started. Racism is no longer found only in documents or on the margins, like with Marzel, but has become a phenomenon among decision makers and carried out on the ground. What happened in Umm al-Fahm is a menacing escalation.”

The committee plans to circulate a message to human rights groups and global figures, highlighting the growing danger. It’s reminiscent indeed of 1930s Germany that escalated from racist laws to widespread violence to death camps and mass extermination. Afterward, worldwide Jewry said “never again,” a hollow slogan given Israel’s decades long slow-motion genocide against Palestinian and Israeli Arabs, former victims now world-class hatemonger/persecutors, committing horrendous daily crimes.

Umm al-Fahm residents understand. So do West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians as well as 1.5 million besieged Gazans. Suffocating under imposed harshness, their very existence is threatened. Yet they endure despite little outside aid, knowing it’s up to themselves to survive, what they’ve done heroically for over six decades and have no intention now of quitting, a lesson Israelis haven’t learned or that what they’re doing is self-destructive.

A Final Comment

On October 27, Haaretz writer Jack Khoury headlined, “Israeli Arab activist confesses to spying for Hezbollah.” Well not exactly. Falsely accused and given a choice of life in prison or less, Ameer Makhoul signed a plea bargain, “approved by the highest ranking levels of prosecution, including the state prosecutor.”

According to Haaretz, he admitted to espionage, contact with a foreign agent, and abetting an enemy, Makhoul saying in court that the story “is not yet finished.” He claims many charges were irrelevant, but took the lesser of two choices. His lawyer said he passed no classified documents or materials to anyone, let alone an enemy agent. All cited information was well known and publicly available. On December 5, he’ll be sentenced. Prosecutors want 10 years. His counsel seeks seven.

Information about him can be accessed through the following link:

http://freeameermakhoul.blogspot.com/

Two earlier Makhoul articles can be found through the links below:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/05/israeli-persecution-of-human-rights.html

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/10/israels-persecution-of-ameer-makhoul.html

Makhoul is an Israeli citizen, human rights activist, and head of the internationally recognized Ittijah organization for Palestinian empowerment. He also chairs the Public Committee for the Defence of Political Prisoners within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel. Moreover, he supports the global BDS movement. Like many others, he was targeted for his activism and faith. In his case, for his prominence as well.

He committed no crime, yet was arrested in May on spurious charges of spying for Hezbollah. In fact, his outspokenness and legal discussions, within and outside Israel, were called communicating with a “state enemy,” outrageous by any standard.

According to Ittijah’s founder, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, “there is no doubt” that he was targeted for his political views. His wife, Janan, said “The story is not finished, it will be told later.” Accepting a plea “was a choice between bad (or) worse” in a nation where Arabs get no justice. It bears testimony to Israel’s lawlessness, its mockery of democratic principles, ones even eroding for Jews.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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CONNECTING THE DOTS: ZIONISM AND ITS EFFECTS – NAN WITHINGTON

>The terror campaign by Zionist Paramiliary groups resulted in the expulsion of 805,067 Palestinians and the destruction of 531 indigenous villages, representing roughly 85 per cent of the native population and the seizure of 92 per cent of the land.

CONNECTING THE DOTS: ZIONISM AND ITS EFFECTS

30. Oct, 2010

by Nan Withington

Most Americans and Europeans believe that Israel was established by the United Nations after World War II as a haven and homeland for the desperate Jewish survivors of the Nazi holocaust who had nowhere else to go. This belief is wrong on two counts:

1. The Israeli declaration of statehood (1948) credits the Zionist movement for the creation of the state of Israel – not the U.N., which had withdrawn its recommendation for a partition of Palestine, and instead planned a U.N. Trusteeship for the “Holy Land” – sacred to Jews, Christians, and Moslems.  At that time (1947), two thirds of the inhabitants in Palestine were Palestinian Christian and Moslem Arabs who had lived there for thousands of years, along with a small Jewish Arab population. However, European Zionist settlers had been entering Palestine for decades in small numbers, and in swelling numbers in the 1940s, so that by 1948 Jews constituted one third of the population in Palestine.   (Zionism will be discussed in the next page.)

2. After W.W. II, U.S. President F.D. Roosevelt sent his friend, Morris Ernst, to enlist help from Western governments to settle the European refugees in countries of their choice. The U.S. and Britain both pledged to receive 150,000; South America, Canada, and Australia another 150,000.  In his book: So Far So Good, Mr. Ernst explains why this humanitarian plan was aborted: “I was amazed and even felt insulted when active Jewish leaders decried, sneered and then attacked me as if I were a traitor. I was openly accused of furthering this plan of freer immigration in order to undermine political Zionism” (p. 138).  Therefore, the refugees were given no choice – they were sent to Palestine, and many were incorporated into the “Haganah” which later became the Israel Defense (sic) Force. This was one of the first effects of Zionism – against Jews and against the Palestinians who would soon be “ethnically cleansed”.

WHAT IS ZIONISM?

Zionism was-and is-a political, nationalist, colonial-settler movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine and beyond, and to “ingather” (or segregate) world Jewry into that ever-expanding “Greater Israel” through a series of wars.

The Zionist movement began in the mid 1800s, but burgeoned after the publication of Theodore Herzl’s book: The Jewish State in 1896.  In his Diaries Herzl outlined the future Jewish state as extending from the Nile to the Euphrates (Vol. II, p. 711).

As early as 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson learned:  “The Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine.” (King-Crane Commission Report) These “inhabitants” were the Christian and Moslem Arabs who constituted 92% of the population! Lord Edwin Montagu, the only Jewish member of the British Cabinet in 1917, vehemently opposed the Balfour Declaration of that year which pledged British support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine. Montagu presciently wrote in a secret Memorandum to the Cabinet: “You will find a population in Palestine driving out its present inhabitants, taking all the best in the country, drawn from all quarters of the globe.”

By 1943 (five years before Israeli statehood), U.S. President F.D. Roosevelt was informed that: “The Zionist organization in Palestine has indicated its commitment to an enlarged program for:
1.    A sovereign Jewish state which would embrace Palestine and probably eventually Transjordan.
2.    An eventual transfer of the Arab population from Palestine to Iraq, and

3.    Jewish leadership for the whole Middle East in the fields of economic development and control.” (U. S. Foreign Relations: Near East and Africa, Vol. IV, pp.676-677).

Israel came into being in 1948 by means of premeditated terrorism (Plan Dalat) which resulted in the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians and the seizure of 78% of their patrimony.  (See The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Israeli Professor Ilan Pappe). Leah Rabin, widow of the slain Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, told former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: “We were terrorists once… Despite all the efforts of all the British army in the land, we went on with terrorism.” (The Christian Science Monitor, September 1, 1997)  One example of Zionist terrorism was the bombing of the King David hotel in Jerusalem in 1948. Zionist terrorism was glorified in Leon Uris’s book and movie, Exodus.  Palestinian towns and villages were subjected to massacres. (Deir Yassin, the best known). More than five hundred of them were bulldozed. (Palestinian homes are still being bulldozed today.)  Secret Zionist underground weapons factories had been built in Palestine; military planes and other advanced weaponry had been smuggled in from Czechoslovakia, the U.S. and elsewhere.  Ex-U.S. W.W.II pilots were hired as mercenaries to fly planes to bomb Arab towns and villages (The Pledge, by Leonard Slater).

Seizing 72% of Palestine was only the beginning of “Greater Israel”.  In the words of prominent American Zionist leader Abba Hillel Silver at the 49th Zionist Organization of America Convention in 1946: “Zionism is not an immigration or a refugee movement but a movement to rebuild the Jewish state for the Jewish nation.” This statement was recently reaffirmed by current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “‘Recognizing the state of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people implies an understanding that the Palestinians are willing to put an end to their refusal to recognize the Jewish state within some border or another.’ The Prime Minister spoke of a state of the Jewish people, meaning one that is also a national home for Diaspora Jews” (Ha’aretz June 8, 2010).  Millions of Jews live worldwide outside of Israel; as former Israeli Knesset member, Uri Avnery stated in his book, Israel without Zionists: “Because Zionism considers Israel the beachhead of world Jewry, world Jewry is seen as an inexhaustible reservoir of manpower and money” (p.163).  Therefore WHAT are the borders of the Jewish state Netanyahu demands the Palestinians to recognize?

How can the remnant of Palestinians living under apartheid in their occupied country – and the millions of others uprooted and living in exile – accept Netanyahu’s outrageous dictate?  Netanyahu is demanding that they accept the usurpation of their patrimony and give up their lawful right to return to their ancestral home. (Dozens of U.N. Resolutions have affirmed their “right of return”; and the “inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”.)

Furthermore, U.N General Assembly Resolution 2621 (XXV, 1970) asserts: “The inherent right of colonial peoples to struggle by all means necessary at their disposal against colonial powers which suppress their aspirations for freedom and independence.” The U.N. definition of genocide is: “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.” Palestine was a country. Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier carried a Palestinian passport. Palestine was brutally erased from the map; the exclusive Jewish state of Israel took its place. An Israeli of tremendous spiritual strength, Yitzhak Frankenthal, whose son was killed by a Palestinian fighter said: “My son Arik was not murdered because he was Jewish but because he is part of the nation that occupies the territory of another.” (The Guardian, July 8, 2002.) Another Israeli, whose daughter was also killed, joined eight other Jews in an attempt to break the siege of Gaza by sea. Jews of conscience do not support the hundred year long genocide against the Palestinians, akin to the genocide perpetrated upon Native Americans.

This historical record shows that Israel was NOT created out of necessity to find a home for Jewish refugees after World War II; rather those hapless people were used to further long-planned Zionist goals. In fact, hundreds of those refugees were killed when Zionist terrorists sank the ships Patria and Sturma filled with Jewish refugees off the coast of Palestine in 1947 (suspicion was cast on the British and Palestinians) to foment international pressure to open Palestine to unlimited Jewish immigration (1968 Year Book, Encyclopedia Britannica).

THE EFFECT OF ZIONIST “INGATHERING”

Soldiers are needed to expand and settle coveted territory, and so the next “ingathering” took place. The most readily available populations of Jews resided in the Arab countries.

In the 1950s Zionist agents provocateurs hid stashes of arms in synagogues and planted bombs in Iraq and other Arab countries with large Jewish populations to frighten the Jews into fleeing to Israel. One of those agents was Nissim Rejwan, who confessed that the emigration was not a rescue operation as reported, but was the result of “intensive Zionist activity inside Iraq” (Jerusalem Post, July 21, 1964).  U.S. transport planes flew hundreds of thousands of those Jews to Israel where they were incorporated into the Israel Defense Force. This was confirmed in a book by anti-Zionist American Rabbi, Elmer Berger, who went to North Africa to interview Rabbis and other Jews who refused to leave their homelands. (See Who Knows Better Must Say). Thus, the UPROOTING of ancient Jewish communities in the Levant was a tragic effect of Zionism.

Millions of Jewish Americans were as yet an untapped reservoir. Former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion told a delegation of American Jews that the task was: “bringing all Jews to Israel… We appeal to the parents to send their children here; even if they decline to help, we will bring the youth to Israel” (The Israel Digest, March 29, 1963).  Prominent American Zionist Samuel Margoshes declared: “Next to the mobilization of World Jewry for the support of Israel, the organization of Jewish life in the Diaspora must be the great task of the World Zionist Organization.  To Zionize World Jewry… to establish Zionist hegemony… is a challenge which will take a generation or two to meet adequately” (The Day, May 30, 1949).

Zionist schools were established across the U.S. teaching Israeli Hebrew. American Jewish youth were sent to Israel during summers to work on kibbutzim. By 1959 Israeli former Knesset member, Uri Avnery, declared: “The Zionist Organization of America holds dominion over the Jews of America with a complete and perfect totalitarian rule.” (Issues, Spring).

The Beyes Afroyim U.S.  Supreme Court decision (five to four) of May, 1967, allowed dual U.S.-Israeli nationality to a naturalized Jewish Israeli, thus overturning two hundred years of U.S. citizenship law, and threatening E Pluribus Unum. Israel has a “Law of Return” which confers Israeli citizenship upon Jews everywhere in the world — all they need do is go to an Israeli Consulate and ask for it. Many Jewish Americans did. (President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship.) Zionist Israel now had the manpower to launch the June, 1967 war in which the entirety of Palestine was seized (and another 350,000 Palestinians expelled), along with the Golan Heights of Syria, Egypt’s Sinai, and southern Lebanon.  Many Jewish Americans fought for Israel in the 1967 war; and many (now dual citizens) are settlers on Palestinian land seized in that war. These settlements are illegal under International Law, specifically U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 which: “emphasizes the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”, and the Geneva Conventions.

However, “Greater Israel” had not yet been reached.  Leo Helman stated in: The Jewish Press: “As a nation, Israel must look forward, beyond the next war, and the one after that” (June 27, 1969).
A larger Israel Defense Force was needed.  Next were the three million Soviet Jews who were targeted for “ingathering”.  After eighteen Georgian Jews appealed for emigration to Israel, a PR campaign went into full swing claiming Soviet Jews were in a new kind of Babylonian captivity.  But was this true?  U.S. Rabbi Marc Schneier lamented in an article in The Christian Science Monitor (June 8, 1988) that: “The great majority of Soviet Jews have not expressed interest in emigrating. They must be provided with the opportunity to learn about Judaism and the means to quicken their sense of Jewish identity.” Zionist agents began taking Hebrew language materials to them. Later, Henry Kissinger inadvertently let slip that when he was the U.S. Secretary of State: “We invented the concept of Soviet Jewish emigration” (McNeil-Lehrer Report, May, 1990).

The Jews who did wish to leave the Soviet Union wanted to go to the U.S. for economic reasons, and thousands were admitted.  However, an Associated Press report from Jerusalem on June 19, 1988 stated: “The Israeli cabinet said today that it would try to force Soviet Jews to travel directly to Israel instead of settling elsewhere.” The U.S. complied; and so Soviet Jews were given no choice and were sent to Israel to help swell the population and settle the Palestinian lands occupied in the 1967 Israeli war of expansion. The Jews of Rumania and Ethiopia were also “ingathered”.
To recapitulate thus far: an effect of Zionism has been to “ingather” several million Jews from Islamic, European, and Western countries (including the USA) into an expanding Israel, and to “Zionize” other millions in the Diaspora.

THE EFFECT OF ZIONISM ON THE MIDDLE EAST

These effects have included, (besides the usurpation of Palestine), invasions, bombings and occupations of Lebanon in 1978, 1982, 1993, 1996, and 2006.  Israel covets the headwaters of the Litani River in southern Lebanon and will certainly make further attempts to gain them. The U.N. Security Council made no attempt to stop Israel’s month long assault on Lebanon in 2006; nor did it when Israel savagely launched “Cast Lead” on the defenseless population under siege in Gaza in 2008. This was not surprising in light of a comment made by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Alright, who told a newspaper editorial board: “The U.N. is a tool for U.S. foreign policy.” (The Christian Science Monitor, May 11, 2001.)

Israel has occupied Egypt’s Sinai three times (once with French and British collusion.)
Israel has made war on its neighbors in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973; and has used its “ally”, the U.S. to further its imperial objectives in the on-going wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond (discussed further in the next section.)

Iraq (the “Cradle of Civilization”) was bombed by the U.S. into a “pre-industrial” state in 1991 according to the U.N. it’s electric grids and water treatment plants were totally destroyed.  Then came ten years of severe sanctions during which 500,000 Iraqi children died.  Madeleine Albright shockingly told Leslie Stahl on TV “60 Minutes” that the cost of their lives was “worth it.” Though a million Iraqis died in Bush Senior’s war of “Shock and Awe”, Iraq was even more savagely bombed and then occupied in 2003 by his son, George H.W Bush, on the basis of lies and false intelligence. Another million Iraqis were killed and four million made refugees. The killing and destruction of civil society goes on at this moment.

Afghanistan was targeted next; the U.S. is engaged in a seemingly endless war there. The so-called “war on terror” extends now into Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. Zionists like Senator Lieberman propagandize daily for a war on Iran, which is surrounded by Israeli and U.S. warships and planes loaded with nuclear weapons. The U.S. and Britain have adopted Israeli practices such as “pre-emptive” war (bombing or invading a country without just cause — a crime under international law); targeted assassinations (even of their own citizens); torture (using Israeli methods of sexual assault and humiliation; abuse of the Koran etc.); and “rendition” (kidnapping people to be sent to third countries for torture and interrogation). Iran, a nation of 72 million people, is now threatened with “obliteration” (the word used by Presidential candidate – now Secretary of State- Hillary Clinton.) Let it be remembered that in 2002, and again in 2006, the entire Arab League of twenty four states and the Palestinians offered Israel peace, recognition, and economic relations if Israel withdrew to the June 4th, 1967 borders and implemented U.N. Resolution 242 upholding the right of return of the Palestinian refugees. Israel (and the U.S.) made NO response to this offer.

THE EFFECT OF ZIONISM ON THE UNITED STATES

Former U.S. Senator J .William Fulbright stated in his book: The Price of Empire (1989): “We have lost our freedom of action in the Middle East and are committed to policies that promote neither our own national interest nor the cause of peace…  The Israeli government dominates our policy in the Middle East.” This statement was echoed in the recent well documented book, The Israel Lobby, by U.S. Professors John Mearsheimer (Chicago) and Steven Walt (Harvard): “Why has the U.S. been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? The thrust of U.S. policy in the region derives almost entirely from domestic politics and especially the activities of the ‘Israel Lobby.’” They go on to say: “There is little doubt that Israel and the Lobby were key factors in the decision to go to war” (in Iraq).

Evidence to support the above statements appeared in the Israeli newspaper Maariv (Jerusalem, Sept. 2, 1994) in an article by Bar-Yosef entitled: The Jews Who Run Clinton’s Court (translated by Israeli Professor Israel Shahak): “Deputy National Security Adviser ‘Sandy’ Berger, and National Security Adviser to the Vice President, Leon Perth, are warm (meaning Zionist) Jews. They have reached positions that are extremely sensitive for U.S. policies. They are by no means exceptions. In the National Security Council 7 out of 10 top staffers are Jews. The situation is not much different in the President’s office which is full of warm Jews. They are joined by a long list of senior Jewish officials in the State Department headed by the head of the Middle East peace team, Dennis Ross. The enormous Jewish influence in Washington is not limited to the government. A significant part of senior media correspondents, newspaper editors, and analysts are Jewish. In the fields of security, and science, in the film industry, in art and literature, the Jewish influence can only be described as immense, with a corresponding enhancement of the Jewish power.”

Where that “Jewish power” would be directed can be found in an article in the Journal, Kivunim, (“Directions”) of the Department of Information of the World Zionist Organization: “The dissolution of Syria and Iraq into ethnically or religiously unique areas is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target…Iraq, rich in oil… is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets” (by Oded Yinon, February, 1982).

These objectives were carried out by the U.S. and Britain for Israel. The “Cradle of Civilization” has been destroyed; two million Iraqis killed; four million made refugees; countless others injured or sick from WMDs (depleted uranium, phosphorous bombs, poisonous water, etc; thousands of Americans and British killed and wounded; a trillion dollars spent for the carnage; and economies plunged into chaos. Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Joseph Wilson, said of this debacle: “This war was never about WMD. It was never a war about terrorism. The so called front on terror didn’t exist until we created it, and it wasn’t about liberation of the poor Iraqi people…it is all about redrawing the political map of the Middle East. What I mean by that is returning the Arab world to its pre-Ottomon stage, so that Israel is surrounded by demographic entities that are no larger than it is and would spend all their time fighting each other and are unable to provide a monolithic block against Israel. It looks to me like they are all geared up to do something with Syria, perhaps Iran” (The Independent Nov.6, 2003, p.27).
Was it by “coincidence” that the U.S. and Britain fulfilled the plan outlined above by Yinon? Or was Senator Fulbright exactly right when he said that Zionists control U.S. foreign policy? An article in The Christian Science Monitor gives a clue to the answer: “Within days of 9/11 Netanyahu said (in D.C.) the attacks present a historic opportunity for the U.S. to dismantle the regimes in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and the leadership of the Palestinian territories” (April 9, 2003 p. 3). Though millions of Americans demonstrated for peace, the U.S. government illegally and “preemptively” carried out Israel’s instructions.

A shocking revelation of U.S. collusion with Israel in the 1967 “Six Day War” was revealed twenty two years later on TV “Frontline” in a broadcast entitled: Israel, the Covert Connection: “In June 1967 Israel went to war with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria capturing all of Jerusalem and what are now the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Officially, the U.S. was neutral. Secretly, it gave Israel full diplomatic support…the final decision to go to war was not taken, say the Israelis, until their intelligence chief Meir Amit had met secretly with CIA Director Richard Helms. The first ones to fire were the Israelis who through this secret channel got the green light of the U.S. Administration to start the war.” (May 16, 1989)  Most Americans still believe Egypt started the war; and to this day they are unaware of U.S. collusion with Israel in that war of expansion.

Even more shocking is the story of the U.S. spy ship, Liberty off the coast of Sinai when the war started. Israel attacked and tried to sink the ship with no survivors. When the U.S. 6th fleet in the Mediterranean sent rescue planes, President Lyndon Johnson personally told the commander of the fleet, Admiral Geis, to call the planes back. Johnson said: “I don’t give a damn if the ship sinks and all the Americans are killed. I will not embarrass my ally (Israel)” (James Bamford, Body of Secrets; also Council for the National Interest Newsletter, 12/’91).  THIS WAS TREASON!

The Liberty was not the first U.S. target Israel attacked. In 1956 Israeli terrorists of Egyptian origin tried to bomb British and American buildings in Cairo to create public hatred in the West for President Nasser. The agents’ provocateurs were caught. This was called “The Lavon Affair” which brought down the Israeli government at the time. Israel is supposedly the U.S.’s “strategic ally”!
Then there is the case of Jonathan Pollard, Zionist American who passed on tens of thousands of top U.S. military secrets to Israel, who is serving a life prison sentence for doing so. Israel and its Lobby have strenuously pressured the U.S. government to release him.

Will the U.S. continue to support Israel’s imperial goals? Professor Israel Shahak laid them out candidly in his book, Open Secrets: “Israeli strategies are aimed at establishing hegemony over the entire Middle East which it has always sought covertly, without hesitating to use for the purpose all means available, including nuclear ones. By insisting on its nuclear monopoly, Israel aims at reducing all other Middle Eastern states to the status of its vassals.”

U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain sang “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the delight of his Zionist supporters. Candidate Clinton (now U.S Secretary of State) declared that Iran would be “obliterated” if it attacked Israel. Interestingly, Burrows and Windrem in their well documented book about Israel’s WMDS, Critical Mass wrote: “Israel wired itself for nuclear war. It was a system that Israel’s enemies could not counter or match. Indeed, they could barely comprehend its complexity… Israel has achieved what strategic analysts call ‘escalation superiority’, the ability to control the pace of a conflict by being able to guarantee that its attackers WILL BE OBLITERATED” (pp. 286 and 288). (Did Hillary read their book?)

Amos Harel, in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz on June 8, 2010,  writes that Israel recently asked the U.S. to double the US army weaponry stockpiled in Israel, including JDAM bombs (Joint direct Attack Munition bombs (used against Lebanon and Gaza) in: “the eventuality of a prolonged war, which would necessitate using the IAF (Israeli Air Force) to attack many targets. AMERICANS MIGHT NEED TO FIGHT.”

Is it a coincidence that the Project for the New American Century created by Zionists Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld states as its “core mission”: “The U.S. must fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars”. And to do so: “advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.” (Was AIDS really from monkeys?) How many Americans know about this “project”? How many would give their consent to these horrors? Do Americans know that Iran is surrounded by U.S. and Israeli ships and submarines loaded with nuclear weapons? Will Iran suffer the same fate as Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and-increasingly-Pakistan?

Zionists have fabricated the idea of a “clash of civilizations” that necessitates a “war on terror”. George H.W. Bush used the word “Crusade” in describing that war—a code word that was well understood in the Islamic world. “Shock and Awe” on Iraq certainly was terror. Islamic, African, South American and other populations have been subjected to Zionist directed terror for decades.
Israeli Professor Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi ominously warned: “Israel’s activities in the Third World are significant reflections of the basic nature of Zionism and the state of Israel, and of the resulting Israeli society and world view. From Manila in the Philippines, to Tegucigalpa in Honduras to Windhoeck in Namibia, Israel’s emissaries have been involved in a continuous war, which is truly a World War. And what enemy is Israel fighting? It is the population of the third world”. (The Israeli Connection, p. 243)

After examining what Zionism is; what its goals are; and what its’ effects have been thus far, this premonition of former Professor of history at the American University of Beirut, Constantine Zuraik, (a Christian Palestinian), written in 1948 shortly after the “Nakba” (“disaster”-the ethnic cleansing of Palestine) is harrowing with portent: “The forces which the Zionists control in all parts of the world can threaten the independence of all the Arab lands and form a continuing and frightening danger to their life. The facilities that the Zionist forces have for growth and expansion will place the Arab world forever at their mercy and will paralyze its vitality and deter its progress and evolution in the ladders of advancement and civilization—that is, if this Arab world is permitted to exist at all” (reprinted in Middle East Forum, Vol. XLIII, 1967).  And as Professor Beit-Hallahmi revealed, not only the Arab world is in peril of destruction.

What can “We, the People” do to stop this horror when our government is Zionist controlled?
There ARE signs of hope. There are grassroots movements like Free Gaza which has sent many ships carrying humanitarian supplies and international activists to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Though Israel attacked a flotilla and murdered nine passengers, more boats will go until the siege is lifted. Viva Palestina, spearheaded by former British Parliament member, George Galloway, has taken several international convoys carrying desperately needed medical and other supplies as well as ambulances and fire engines to Gaza.  Jewish Voices for Peace; the International Ant-Zionist Jewish Network; the BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) campaign; the writings and music of ex-Israeli jazz artist, Gilad Atzmon; the 9/11 Truth movement—these and other organizations and activists are mounting growing opposition to Zionism’s agenda for continuing genocidal wars.

When Iran’s President Ahmadinijad raised questions at the U.N. about 9/11, Western ambassadors walked out. However, the majority of people throughout the world do not believe the U.S. official explanation. The most telling evidence that belies the official story is the discovery by nine eminent physicists of military Super-thermite and Nano-thermite in four different samples of dust from the Trade Center. Their findings are recorded in The Open Chemical Physics Journal, Volume 2 ISSN: 1874-4125 (pp.7-31); and they point to a false flag operation perpetrated to justify the “war on terror”; the “Patriot Act” (sic); the ensuing wars on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the imminent war on Iran; and torture, rendition, and assassination in the name of “national security”.

If enough people challenge the myth of hijackers with box cutters; and an independent investigation proves 9/11 was an “inside job”, the Zionist stranglehold on the U.S. might be broken and a brighter future may unfold.

Nan Withington holds a M.A. in Political Science/ Middle East Studies (thesis: “Zionism and the Arab/Israeli Conflict”, Kent State University). Her husband (from Jaffa) was expelled from Palestine with his family in 1948.

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[ 30/10/2010 – 10:28 AM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– Secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad Movement Ramadan Shallah warned that the Palestinian Authority’s insistence on adopting the option of peace talks with Israeli occupation would eventually lead to the liquidation of the Palestinian cause and the recognition of Israel’s right to exist as a natural part of the region.

Shallah made his remarks in a ceremony held Friday afternoon on the 23rd inception anniversary of his Movement and the 15th death anniversary of late Fathi Al-Shakaki, the founder of Islamic Jihad.

The Islamic Jihad official pointed in his speech to the suspicious remarks made by PA leaders regarding their intention to recognize the Jewish state and warned of another calamity that could befall the Palestinian people as a result of the antinational positions of the PA.

“Today, we are sounding the alarm and warning of a third Nakba (catastrophe) that might result from the insistence on the approach of negotiations with the enemy and the belief that there is no other option but the negotiations,” he said.
“Palestine is not the issue of the Palestinian people alone, and Israel is not a threat to Palestine and its people, but the Zionist project threatens the entire [Arab] nation,” the official added.
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“If anyone thinks he will turn his back to Palestine in order to save himself, he will be delusional because if Palestine is gone and Israel remains in the heart of the nation, no one will survive the flood of the Zio-American project aimed at dominating the region and the world.”
For his part, member of Islamic Jihad’s political bureau Mohamed Al-Hindi called in his speech on the PA to reorient the compass and declare the failure of its peace talks with the Israeli occupation.
“We are acutely aware that this useless process called peace constitutes a cover for all evils and a cover for waiving Jerusalem and losing the entire land of Palestine,” Hindi emphasized.

He also criticized the PA for saying that recognizing Israel as a Jewish state is a matter of indifference to the Palestinian people, affirming that this recognition would affect more than six million Palestinian refugees in the diaspora and one and half million others inside the 1948 occupied lands.

The Islamic Jihad official also slammed the US hegemony over the world and its persistence in killing thousands of civilians all over the globe in the name of democracy.

“The world which is ruled by the US is merciless and heartless and we say to this world, ‘you have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and threaten to kill millions in Sudan, while you are afraid that some of your crimes get leaked to the media so as not to pose a threat to your soldiers,” the official said.

“We understand that your mission in Palestine is to ensure Israel’s security and this means killing and displacing us. You are accomplices in the blockade, [Israel’s] crimes and the Judaization of our holy places, and Israel commits its war crimes on your behalf. You are a gang without values and your democracy is stained with the blood of martyrs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Palestine, but we will extract our rights in our own way,” he added.

Senior Hamas official Khalil Hayya, who attended the ceremony, also highlighted the importance of resisting the Israeli occupation as the only option to liberate Palestine and urged Fatah to have the genuine will to achieve reconciliation in order to strengthen the internal front in the face of the occupation.

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