Hajo Meyer on Jews and Palestine (must see)

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Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:00PM Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon: I think that this film is very effective, the message is clear and transparent.
I salute Dr Hajo Meyer and the person behind this short video.

However, Dr  Meyer whom I admire says, “Jews were pioneers of inter-human ethics”

Though I agree and support Meyer’s stand against Israel I also think that Meyer may be  slightly wrong here. The Old Testament certainly  contains some isolated patches of ethical insights. However, the vast majority of Jewish teaching, the Jewish Bible and the Talmud are anti humanist, non ethical, racially supremacist and tribally orientated.
I could agree with Meyer that Jesus Christ can be seen as the last Jewish prophet, and yet Christ’s attempt to universalize Judaism was rejected by the Jews of his time. The rabbinical authorities have also rejected Jesus and his teaching since then.

As devastating as it may be, Israeli brutality is consistent with a very unfortunate yet common interpretation of Judaism and the spirit of the Old Testament.

Meyer ends up saying that “Israel destroys the Jewish world and the Jewish heritage.”

Again, unlike Meyer  I think that Israel is actually consistent with Jewish heritage. Within this very heritage, the voices of reason and universal ethics are always silenced by a brutal call for conformity. We do not know whether Israel is going to succeed in “destroying the Jewish world”, however, we certainly witness an Israeli attempt to destroy the Palestinian people (in particular) and the Muslim world (in general).

I guess that it is the Palestinians we should care for rather than the Jews or their heritage. 
I am sure that Dr Meyer would agree with me about that.

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HOW 250,000 US EMBASSY CABLES WERE LEAKED

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Via IP
28. Nov, 2010

From a fake Lady Gaga CD to a thumb drive that is a pocket-sized bombshell – the biggest intelligence leak in history


US soldier Bradley Manning, left, who is accused of stealing the classified files and handing the database to the WikiLeaks website of Julian Assange, right. Photograph: Associated Press/AFP/Getty Images

by: David Leigh –  The Guardian

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy.

The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.
What will emerge in the days and weeks ahead is an unprecedented picture of secret diplomacy as conducted by the planet’s sole superpower. There are 251,287 dispatches in all, from more than 250 US embassies and consulates. They reveal how the US deals with both its allies and its enemies – negotiating, pressuring and sometimes brusquely denigrating foreign leaders, all behind the firewalls of ciphers and secrecy classifications that diplomats assume to be secure. The leaked cables range up to the “SECRET NOFORN” level, which means they are meant never to be shown to non-US citizens.

As well as conventional political analyses, some of the cables contain detailed accounts of corruption by foreign regimes, as well as intelligence on undercover arms shipments, human trafficking and sanction-busting efforts by would-be nuclear states such as Iran and Libya. Some are based on interviews with local sources while others are general impressions and briefings written for top state department visitors who may be unfamiliar with local nuances.

Intended to be read by officials in Washington up to the level of the secretary of state, the cables are generally drafted by the ambassador or subordinates. Although their contents are often startling and troubling, the cables are unlikely to gratify conspiracy theorists. They do not contain evidence of assassination plots, CIA bribery or such criminal enterprises as the Iran-Contra scandal in the Reagan years, when anti-Nicaraguan guerrillas were covertly financed.

One reason may be that America’s most sensitive “top secret” and above foreign intelligence files cannot be accessed from Siprnet, the defence department network involved.

The US military believes it knows where the leak originated. A soldier, Bradley Manning, 22, has been held in solitary confinement for the last seven months and is facing a court martial in the new year. The former intelligence analyst is charged with unauthorised downloads of classified material while serving on an army base outside Baghdad. He is suspected of taking copies not only of the state department archive, but also of video of an Apache helicopter crew gunning down civilians in Baghdad, and hundreds of thousands of daily war logs from military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.” He said that he “had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months”.
Manning told his correspondent Adrian Lamo, who subsequently denounced him to the authorities: “Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public … Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed. Worldwide anarchy in CSV format … It’s beautiful, and horrifying.”

He added: “Information should be free. It belongs in the public domain.”

Manning, according to the chatlogs, says he uploaded the copies to WikiLeaks, the “freedom of information activists” as he called them, led by Australian former hacker Julian Assange.

Assange and his circle apparently decided against immediately making the cables public. Instead they embarked on staged disclosure of the other material – aimed, as they put it on their website, at “maximising political impact”.

In April at a Washington press conference the group released the Apache helicopter video, titling it Collateral Murder.

The Guardian’s Nick Davies brokered an agreement with Assange to hand over in advance two further sets of military field reports on Iraq and Afghanistan so professional journalists could analyse them. Published earlier this year simultaneously with the New York Times and Der Spiegel in Germany, the analyses revealed that coalition forces killed civilians in previously unreported shootings and handed over prisoners to be tortured.

The revelations shot Assange and WikiLeaks to global prominence but led to angry denunciations from the Pentagon and calls from extreme rightwingers in the US that Assange be arrested or even assassinated. This month Sweden issued an international warrant for Assange, for questioning about alleged sexual assaults. His lawyer says the allegations spring from unprotected but otherwise consensual sex with two women.
WikiLeaks says it is now planning to post a selection of the cables. Meanwhile, a Guardian team of expert writers has been spending months combing through the data. Freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke obtained a copy of the database through her own contacts and joined the Guardian team. The paper is to publish independently, but simultaneously with the New York Times and Der Spiegel, along with Le Monde in Paris and El País in Madrid. As on previous occasions the Guardian is redacting information likely to cause reprisals against vulnerable individuals.

Source: The Guardian

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Wikileaks: Yemeni President Agreed To Cover up US Attack in Yemen Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels

By SCOTT SHANE and ANDREW W. LEHREN

“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Mr. Saleh said, according to the cable sent by the American ambassador, prompting Yemen’s deputy prime minister to “joke that he had just ‘lied’ by telling Parliament” that Yemeni forces had carried out the strikes.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26927.htm
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Saudi King: US Should Plant Chips in Gitmo Detainees.
By Full US Embassy Cable
The King, proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth. This was done with horses and falcons, the King said.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26928.htm

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Pakistan – China – Iran
Wikileaks Cables: Key Issues

By BBC
Pakistan stand-off: The cables show the US has been attempting to remove highly enriched uranium from a research reactor in Pakistan since 2007.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26929.htm
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US Embassy Cables Leak Sparks Global Diplomacy Crisis
By David Leigh
More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies · Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies · Hillary Clinton leads frantic ‘damage limitation’
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26926.htm
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WikiLeaks Under Attack; No Comment From State Department
By Chris Good
Scanned front page of Monday’s Der Spiegel quotes officials calling Ahmadinejad ‘Hitler’.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26924.htm
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Israel Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
WikiLeaks: Netanyahu Warned U.S. Iran ‘Months Away’ From Nuclear Bomb

By Haaretz Service
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in 2009 that Iran was months away from achieving military nuclear capability, classified documents released by WikiLeaks on Sunday quote a State Department official as saying.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26925.htm
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Oceans of Blood and Profits for the Mongers of War
By Robert Fisk
Coming soon to a war near you; oceans of blood, bodies torn to shreds, of course. But bring your credit card. Or a cheque book. It’s big business. And there may be profits.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26930.htm
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FBI Thwarts Own Car Bomb
Will Americans recoil in yet more contrived fear?

By Tony Cartalucci
The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26923.htm
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The Day the Dollar Died
Video
A hypothetical look at how the collapse of the US dollar may affect the world.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26931.htm
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The American Ruling Class
Video

This “astonishing,” “coruscating” satire poses the question: Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26932.htm
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NATO soldier, 12 Afghan police forces killed in blasts:
At least 12 Afghan policemen were killed Saturday when two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms attacked their headquarters in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
http://bit.ly/eUgMCI
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Senior provincial official, three others killed in Afghanistan:
A senior member of a provincial council and three others were killed in separate attacks in eastern and northern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said.
http://bit.ly/i5rZ4a
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US Kills 3 People In Pakistan: :
The drones struck a vehicle in Hasan Khel village, about 20 miles east of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal district, Geo News reported.
http://bit.ly/eRWZzw
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Airport worker shot dead by US soldiers:
US troops killed an Iraqi airport employee today as he drove near a military convoy on his way to work.
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/98168
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Iraqi leader: No need for U.S. troops after 2011:
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that an agreement requiring U.S. troops to leave by the end of 2011 will stand because Iraqi forces are capable of taking care of the country’s security.
http://bit.ly/evQz5q
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South admits firing first shells in row with North Korea :
South Korea has admitted it fired artillery shells that triggered an early morning clash with North Korea.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O33sfN00oDk&feature=player_embedded
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Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme:
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-saudis-iran
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Wikileaks: Intelligence Directives Blur Lines Between Diplomacy and Spying: –
The United States has expanded the role of American diplomats in collecting intelligence overseas and at the United Nations, ordering State Department personnel to gather the credit card and frequent-flier numbers, work schedules and other personal information of foreign dignitaries.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/29spy.html?_r=1
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US embassy cables: browse the database:
Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 US diplomatic cables. Mouse over the map below to find stories and original documents by country, subject or people
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-wikileaks
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Der Spiegel: US officials called Ahmadinejad ‘Hitler’:
According to the German daily, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the emperor who has no clothes. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is “motivated by paranoia”, the report says.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3991029,00.html
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UK fears for citizens in Muslim countries over WikiLeaks:
Britain has expressed its fear for the wellbeing of its citizens in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and other Muslim countries following “anti-Muslim” comments expected to appear in documents slated to be published Sunday evening by the WikiLeaks website, the Sunday Times reports.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3990917,00.html
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How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked:
From a fake Lady Gaga CD to a thumb drive that is a pocket-sized bombshell – the biggest intelligence leak in history
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/how-us-embassy-cables-leaked
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The job of the media is not to protect power from embarrassment:
It is for governments – not journalists – to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks’ revelations
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/28/us-embassy-cables-wikileaks?
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FBI apparently set up US teen blamed for fake car bomb:
Teenager was apparently set up by federal law enforcement officials who posed as radical Islamic fighters and lured the young man into a plot he believed would lead him to detonate a car bomb at an Oregon Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/fbi-apparently-set-teen-blamed-fake-car-bomb/
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Court asked to order probe of Gitmo psychologist:
A court was asked Wednesday to force an investigation into whether an Army psychologist developed abusive interrogation techniques for detainees at Guantanamo Bay and should be stripped of his license.
http://online.wsj.com/article/APb5fba66db06c46db8fc47fe01ae98597.html
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A billion people will lose their homes due to climate change, says report:
British scientists will warn Cancún summit that entire nations could be flooded
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/28/cancun-climate-summit-weather
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Thousands protest against Irish bailout:
More than 100,000 people gather in Dublin to demonstrate against four-year austerity plan to reduce debts
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/27/ireland-bailout-angry-demonstrators-dublin
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Iceland Is No Ireland as State Free of Bank Debt, Grimsson Says:
Iceland’s President Olafur R. Grimsson said his country is better off than Ireland thanks to the government’s decision to allow the banks to fail two years ago and because the krona could be devalued.
http://bit.ly/gB26Sd
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China, Russia Quit Dollar: –
China and Russia have decided to renounce the US dollar and resort to using their own currencies for bilateral trade, Premier Wen Jiabao and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin announced
http://nation.foxnews.com/china/2010/11/24/china-russia-quit-dollar
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FDIC’s Bair fears federal debt will be ‘next crisis’:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairwoman Sheila Bair would seem to have enough to worry about, with 149 bank failures so far this year and 860 more banks on the agency’s “problem” list.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2010/11/sheila-bair-fdic-federal-debt-oped-banks.html
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U.S. new-home sales down 8.1% for October:
Sales fell in most regions, declining by 23.9% in the West, by 20.4% in the Midwest and by 12.1% in the Northeast. In the South, the month’s sales increased 3.1%.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/october-new-home-sales-down-81-us-says-2010-11-24
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The American Ruling Class: Video –
This “astonishing,” “coruscating” satire poses the question: Is it better to rule the world, or to save it?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26932.htm
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“Let us be peace and joy”
Tom Feeley
Source: Information Clearing House

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Gilad Atzmon: A Surge of Truth

>Here I disagree with Gilad, nothing new, other than its documented. Think about the timing. Usrael is about to lose some bed fellows.

Wikileaks – The Tel Aviv Connection
“Wiki-Murders”…”Wiki-Terror”…”Wiki-War”

Gilad Atzmon: A Surge of Truth

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 8:40AM Gilad Atzmon

It is an “attack on the international community,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in reference to the release of 250.000 secret cables by Wikileaks.
Clinton is correct, this is indeed a long overdue, necessary attack on an ‘international community’ of war mongers and war criminals. 

The leaked cables reveal a very gloomy picture of the state of our world current affairs : It unveils a clear dichotomy between the people of the world and our conflict driven political leadership. 
For most of us, it is plainly clear that Wikileaks is not just an act of pure journalism — it is also the ultimate form of true democracy : it respects the most sacred liberal principle, namely, ‘the right to know’.


She is indeed correct — both Israel and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the US to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. Seemingly, once again America has been caught in bed with the world’s darkest regimes.

White House has ordered government agencies to tighten their handling of classified documents.
But I guess that there is not much they,  or anyone else can do to prevent those leaks now : ultimately, it is human beings who are implementing those global-Zionist  murderous policies — and evidently, human beings are humane and even brave enough to blow the whistle.   

Mrs. Clinton said it was essential that ‘the diplomatic community’ be able to conduct private communications. Yet, it is also essential that people out there know more of the plans of our diplomats and leaders. Especially when these plans lead to genocidal actions.    

“Every country, including the United States, must be able to have honest, private dialogue with other countries about issues of common concern,” said Clinton, and I wonder, what is so “honest” about Mossad chief Meir Dagan partially agitating, with his American counterparts, a student coup in Iran?

Clinton wouldn’t comment on specific details, but did say – for example – that it showed concerns about Iran were real, widely shared and well founded.
She is indeed correct — both Israel and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia urged the US to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. Seemingly, once again America has been caught in bed with the world’s darkest regimes. 
Unlike Clinton,  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad performed a gesture of real leadership and true responsibility today — 
He actually dismissed the leaks in an attempt to strengthen Tehran’s relations with its neighbours.

He realises that peace is patriotic. He must have realised that peace is popular.

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Wikileaks [4]: "Siniora,.. ‘he is a courageous man’, Dagan said…"

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Source Here Via Friday-Lunch-Club

Friday, 31 August 2007, 12:45

S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 05 TEL AVIV 002652 SIPDIS SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 08/24/2017 TAGS PRELPTERMARRMASS, KNNP, UNSC, PKIRIZ,ZP“>ZPJOEGRS“>RSCHLESY, IS SUBJECT: U/S BURNS’ AUGUST 17 MEETING WITH ISRAELI MOSSAD CHIEF MEIR DAGAN

Classified By: Ambassador Richard H. Jones. Reasons: 1.4 (b)(d).

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LEBANON: DAGAN URGES CAUTION

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17. (S) Dagan urged caution with respect to Lebanon, noting that the results of efforts there to bolster the Siniora government would impact Syria and Iraq. The U.S. and Israel, he said, are on the edge of achieving something in Lebanon, and so cannot afford to drop their guard. What is necessary is finding the right way to support PM Siniora. “He is a courageous man,” Dagan said. Syria, Iran and Hizballah are working hard against him. Dagan noted that much of what is animating the leadership of Lebanon to take on Syria is personal: “Hariri, Jumblat and others had their parents executed by the Syrians.” This anti-Syrian sentiment has forged an alliance based on personal and national interests. Siniora has worked well with the situation, but Dagan suggested that the odds are against him. Under Secretary Burns replied that the U.S. is trying to give PM Siniora as much support as possible, and that we would continue to consult closely with Israel on Lebanon. He noted that he would return to Israel in October.

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MEETING PARTICIPANTS

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18, (SBU) Accompanying Under Secretary Burns in the meeting were: — Ambassador Richard H. Jones — Acting PM Assistant Secretary Stephen Mull — Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long — NEA/IPA Deputy Director Nicole Shampaine — Embassy Tel Aviv Counselor for Political Research — Embassy Tel Aviv Political-Military Officer (notetaker)

19. (SBU) Accompanying Mossad Chief Meir Dagan in the meeting were: — Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Salai Meridor — Advisor to Foreign Minister Livni Omer Caspi — Two unidentified Mossad officials

20. (U) Under Secretary R. Nicholas Burns cleared on this cable.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Day When you Could Threaten Us Are Over

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“They say that time cannot run backwards, and I agree with them. The time when you were able to threaten us or target our existence and dignity is over,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

Al-Manar

Mohamad Shmaysani

28/11/2010 Under the auspices of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the Educational Mobilization in the party organized Sunday the 22nd ceremony to honor 2946 university graduates at the Shouhada’ compound in Beirut’s southern suburb.

The graduates pledged loyalty to the resistance path and to the martyrs, many of whom were university students fighting the occupation and receiving education when they gave their lives on the battleground.
Sayyed Nasrallah praised the graduates and felicitated them on their efforts, especially as the country has been passing through difficult times since 2005. “You were determined to continue their education despite the difficulties and their parents’ limited resources,” his eminence said.

Lebanon is passing through a critical stage, as an indictment against Hezbollah is expected to be issued soon by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005. According to media reports, the STL indictment could be issued within days or weeks, and probably before mid December.

Al-Manar Website ran an article by Dr. Franklin Lamb last week relating US Undersecretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffery Feltman’s plan to destroy Hezbollah, and how he told US Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly that destroying the party [through the STL indictment and other means] will be his “gift to Lebanon on Christmas.”

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the situation in Lebanon.

“I will speak about the occasion, the telecommunications file, the STL question, and the occupied Ghajar issue.”

THE OCCASION

“For us, any movement that claims to be a movement of faith should be a movement of science and knowledge. There cannot be separation between faith and knowledge. Imam Ali peace be upon him said that to begin with religion is to know it…One of the main characteristics of the resistance is that it is a movement that gives great heed to science, knowledge, and development of its material and human capabilities. This is why the Israeli enemy acknowledges that it’s been engaged in a war of brainpowers with the resistance. This specialized resistance will triumph in any future confrontation in case it was imposed on Lebanon…This generation is the generation that will witness the great rise of this ummah and the resounding defeat of the powers that have been controlling our choices, capabilities, and riches.”

THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS FILE
Sayyed Nasrallah praised the efforts by resistance and Lebanese army experts which exposed Israel’s full control of the Lebanese telecommunications sector. Telecommunications Minister Charbel Nahhas held a press conference earlier this week and explained along with telecom experts how Israel has had access to every detail in this sector.

“The result of this Israeli violation is eavesdropping, access to short messages, access to subscribers’ data, location of their geographic positions, cloning SIM cards without the knowledge of the subscribers, thus enabling the Israelis of making calls and sending short messages [without subscribers’ knowledge].
They even can plant a phone number in the subscribers’ devices to make and receive calls. This is what we discovered when three of our brothers in the resistance were accused to be Israeli agents.”

The Hezbollah chief added that Israeli operators have been able to track the resistance fighters through the planted numbers. “Many people have been called in as Israeli agents based on telecommunications data, but after they undergo interrogation, it becomes evident they are not.

This proves that Israel has full control of our telecommunications sector. The press conference [of minister Nahhas] shows that there is, first, an Israeli violation of our sovereignty. Second, this brings us to the STL issue, which I will not address, because there are people who have this matter mixed up.

We have a country, a strong army, institutions, and people who are talking about the cellular phone issue, many of them are experts. They all agree that this violation has taken place and the sector is under full control of Israel, and the scope of advantages [for Israel] is big; doesn’t this deserve to be tackled by the responsible officials in Lebanon?

Some officials have lost their tongues as nothing has happened, whereas, beside the revelation by the telecommunications ministry, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) condemned Israel’s violation of this sector, yet politicians in Lebanon remained silent. Those of them who consider Israel an enemy, they could at least condemn this enemy for this violation.”

THE SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON

Sayyed Nasrallah reminded about the frequent amendments of the laws that govern the STL and the evidence it uses. “This is a legislative and executive authority that does as it pleases and amends whenever it wants to. It is really odd how such authority had been given to this tribunal.”

His eminence said Hezbollah has posed many questions about the tribunal the public opinion must know of. He questioned the STL’s decision to hold trials in absentia, a precedent in international tribunals.

First, we asked some legal experts if international tribunals have ever conducted trials in absentia. The answer was that this was a precedent.

Second, we asked if any international tribunal had ever kept witnesses secret. It seems that this is also a precedent.

Third, we asked if any court had ever accepted a written testimony from a witness without appearing in the courtroom, in a sensitive case like this one, when evidence is underrated. We are in front of a sensitive case and a condemnation that could mean the fate of a country.

What is this justice? Have five years of investigations yielded any justice?

Based on previous experience, this tribunal adjusts its rules and procedures to easily issue a previously prepared political ruling. This is the weakest tribunal in history in terms of law and procedures.”

Sayyed Nasrallah promised to hold a press conference to stand on the legal and constitutional perspective of this issue, based on studies and investigations conducted by a number of legal experts in Lebanon abroad. “In brief, this court has nothing to do with the Lebanese constitutional institutions; indeed it is an international resolution issued by the Security Council, but we all know how it was discussed and passed in Lebanon.”

Hezbollah’s S.G. warned that the “new development” was the Israeli factor “again.”

“I am talking about statements made by senior Israeli officials who confirmed supplying the STL with data. The international investigation panel is making use of Israeli data to continue its investigation instead of interrogating the Israelis. Has this investigation, that ignored the Israeli hypothesis [in the Hariri assassination], ever questioned Israel about the evidence [Hezbollah] presented?”

His eminence stressed that any solution should be based on the fact that “this indictment is dangerous and constitutes a threat to it and to its resistance.”

“There are some who believe that this indictment is an opportunity to get rid of Hezbollah the enemy or the rival in Lebanon. We regard the indictment and its repercussions as a threat to Lebanon’s security; eventually this will affect our performance and conduct.
This is why we regard those who adhere to the success of the Syrian-Saudi efforts also adhering to justice and stability in this country.
In this context, we support the Syrian-Saudi track and we call on all other sides, Iranians, Turks, Qataris, or others, to help in this effort that represents the only way out of this crisis. There is great hope that a solution can be reached.”

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that “instigation” had already started against those who would be targeted in the STL indictment. He warned against the “wrong indictment” that the Americans and the Israelis are rushing.

“We all know that the Israelis are bargaining on the indictment and its repercussion. Those who are speaking about a post-indictment solution, I can tell them that by then, it will be too late and we would all have lost the initiative. This is the difference between what’s before the indictment and what’s after it; we still have a chance to sit down and talk. We should not waste time; this is not the way to find a solution.”

His eminence stressed that time was of essence and that “all the evidence which the indictment will be based on have already been published in the Der Speigel magazine, Le Figaro, and the recent report on the Canadian television CBC, knowing that Canadian [prosecutor Daniel] Bellemare has control on the whole file.”

THE PULLOUT FROM THE TOWN OF GHAJAR

Sayyed Nasrallah lashed out at the Israeli plan to pullout from the town of Ghajar as “mere public relations game aimed at giving the international community a fine image of Israel.”


“Their step is incomplete; they are playing a game with regards to Ghajar while they continue to build settlements. Barack Obama’s administration, with all its gravitas, asked Netanyahu to stop building settlements for three months and offered ample military grants in return, but he turned them down, and the US expressed disappointment. They did not condemn it. But if any small incident happens to even an Israeli cow, we see showers of condemnations from across the globe. The Lebanese part of Ghajar [northern part is Lebanese while southern part is Syrian] should return to Lebanon’s sovereignty. The government is free to send the Lebanese army or the Internal Security Forces there; Israel does not dictate who goes in and who does not. The UNIFIL is here to assist the Lebanese army. Its presence where the Lebanese army is not, is meaningless. We consider UNIFIL forces replacing Israeli occupation forces in Ghajar as an unaccepted occupation in disguise.”


The Hezbollah chief added that the solution to the humanitarian problem that faces the residents of Ghajar is that Israel pulls out from the whole town.

“The logical solution is that Israel withdraws from the whole town, not just the Lebanese part. The other part of the town is Syria territory, therefore, the solution is that the Lebanese part returns to Lebanon and the Syrian part is kept temporarily under the care of the Lebanese authorities, until the pullout is complete and the borders between Lebanon and Syria are delineated. We cannot turn a blind eye on the sufferings of the Ghajar residents for political reasons.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said: “There is no doubt that as days pass by, we move closer to a delicate stage that should be dealt with wisely and responsibly. Great heed should be given to our major interests.

Many journalists have been writing about Hezbollah being afraid [of the STL, the indictment, and Israel].

These are miscalculations.

This resistance is unprecedented in Lebanon. We have never been at this level of self confidence, power, ability, vigor, and domestic and regional presence. The indictment will not affect us.

I remind you of the year 1996, when all the tyrants of the world met in Sharm el-Sheikh to save Israel from the martyrdom operations of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in occupied Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

They met and declared Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations. They formed a panel of security ministers and intelligence chiefs who met in the US in a bid to find ways to crush these three organizations. They waged a tremendous psychological war, but they never met again.

Israel used this international condemnation to attack Lebanon with the aim of destroying Hezbollah so that Shimon Peres would win another term as PM.

What was the result?

We chose to confront this psychological war and with the same spirit and determination we confronted Israel’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and the resistance won and Lebanon triumphed.

Today I can tell those bargaining on the STL being the introduction of a new Israeli war that the STL is not more grandiose than Sharm el-Sheikh, and back then we were as strong as we are today. No one can pressure us, not before the indictment or after it.”

“They say that time cannot run backwards, and I agree with them. The time when you were able to threaten us or target our existence and dignity is over,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

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Wikileaks Scandals; Touch of Israel’s Lobby, Rough Diplomacy

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Batoul Wehbe Al-Manar

29/11/2010 Despite US warnings that the publication of secret diplomatic cables on Wikileaks would “place at risk the lives of countless innocent individuals, place at risk on-going military operations, and place at risk on-going cooperation between countries”, the huge and controversial data was published and broadcast placing some countries and lives eventually at risk.

But why the leaked documents are only embroiling the US – with its relations with Israel falling back lately under Obama’s administration, and some Israel’s Middleast allies whose ties had become strained?

News websites Sunday and Monday reported the leaked information as including: Arab leaders privately urging an air strike on Iran, US officials being instructed to spy on the United Nation’s leadership and other “terror groups”, Iran using ambulances to aid Hezbollah, Israel consulting the Palestinian authority and Egypt on Gaza takeover, and several other scandals some published others not serving maybe an Israeli plot against the US and its allies in the region.

The hundreds of thousands of documents made public by the WikiLeaks website revealed the enormous pressure Israel and Arab countries put on the United States to pursue military action against Iran, however some of the papers could also explain why Washington avoided an attack. WikiLeaks published more 250,000 confidential cables, releasing them to the Spanish daily El Pais, Britain’s The Guardian, The New York Times, France’s Le Monde and the German magazine Der Spiegel.

S.A. TO US ON IRAN: CUT OFF THE HEAD OF THE SNAKE


In a major embarrassment to Saudi Arabia, US documents leaked by WikiLeaks said Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. The king made the call during an April 2008 meeting with US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and US General David Petraeus. “He told you to ‘cut off the head of the snake’,” Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, told the US embassy in Riyadh two days after the high-level talks, according to the State Department memo. “The king, foreign minister, Prince Muqrin, and Prince Nayif all agreed that the Kingdom needs to cooperate with the US on resisting and rolling back Iranian influence and subversion in Iraq,” the memo said. But the memo goes on to say other Saudi officials were more cautious about the need for military action, with Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abd al-Aziz pushing for sanctions.

Reacting to the leaks, a Saudi government advisor who asked not to be identified told AFP: “The whole thing is very negative. It’s not good for confidence-building.”

IRAN BETWEEN ISRAEL, US AND NKOREA

According to several documents, some elements in the White House and State Department believed Israel overestimated the Iranian nuclear program and that its evaluations should be taken “with a grain of salt. “

One of the documents shows that Mossad chief Meir Dagan told a US politician that nothing will stop Iran from going nuclear and that the facts on the matter are uncontested. The US Embassy in Israel also reported that in private talks that Israeli officials admitted that a strike on Iran would be much harder to carry out than the attack on the Iraqi reactor had been.

“US intelligence believes Iran has obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that could strike Europe,” one US documents divulged by WikiLeaks said. The documents also show frustration among US diplomats who have been pressing for China to block shipments of missile parts from North Korea to Iran, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported. Iran obtained 19 of the North Korean missiles, an improved version of Russia’s R-27, from North Korea, the cable said, and was “taking pains to master the technology in an attempt to build a new generation of missiles.”

At the request of US President Barack Obama’s administration, the New York Times said it had agreed not to publish the text of that cable.

WHAT ABOUT HEZBOLLAH?

According to a State department confidential cable, Washington requested intelligence on “terror” groups and supporters including al-Qaida and other Islamic groups such as Egypt’s Jamaa Islamiya, Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. It revealed that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered a probe on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as an investigation on possible ties between UN members and “terror” groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Some secret documents said that Iran used ambulances to smuggle weapons into Lebanon during the 2006 July war launched by Israel on Lebanon.

BARAK’S OFFER TO PA, EGYPT

And in major blow to Fatah and Egypt, US documents uncovered a plot from the two sides with the Zionist entity where Israel discussed its planned war on Gaza with the Palestinian leadership and Egypt ahead of time, offering to hand them control of the strip if it defeated Hamas. The attempt to coordinate its devastating offensive against Gaza was revealed by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak whose remarks were included in a telegram sent in June 2009 by then deputy US ambassador Luis Moreno.

ERDOGAN IN ISRAEL’S EYES

Another secret cable claimed that top diplomats in Ankara sees Turkey’s prime minister a religious “fundamentalist” committed to spreading “hatred” against Israel. The dispatch by U.S Ambassador James Jeffrey details a conversation with his Israeli counterpart, Ambassador Gaby Levy and points to a shared assessment of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a demagogue whose policies are fueled by “hatred” rather than political calculations. “He’s a fundamentalist. He hates us religious and his hatred is spreading,” Levy is reported to have said.

In his cable to the State Department, Jeffrey agreed with the Israeli assessment. “Our discussions with contacts both inside and outside of the Turkish government on Turkey’s deteriorating relations with Israel tend to confirm Levy’s thesis that Erdogan simply hates Israel,” he wrote.

Concerning Afghanistan, leaked US documents on Monday painted President Hamid Karzai’s controversial younger brother as a corrupt drugs baron, exposing deep US concerns about graft undermining the war against the Afghan Taliban. Ahmed Wali Karzai has long been dogged by allegations of unsavoury links to Afghanistan’s lucrative opium trade and private security firms. But as a powerful figure in Kandahar, Western officials have kept quiet in public on the president’s younger half brother’s tainted record.

WIKILEAKS=AIPAC

However r in an analysis published by Veterans Today website Gordon Duff says that recent admissions that the Israeli lobby, AIPAC, routinely receives masses of classified information makes them suspect #1 for being the source of Wikileaks.

He indicates that Wikileaks is an intelligence operation to weaken and undermine the American government, orchestrated from Tel Aviv, using dozens of operatives, dual citizens, some at the highest authority levels, spies for Israel. “Through leaking carefully selected intelligence along with proven falsified documents, all fed to a controlled press, fully complicit, Wikileaks is, in fact, an act of war against the United States,” senior editor at Veterans Today says.

Duff describes Wikileaks as a “chickenfeed meant to cover Israel’s tail.” In his analysis he worders whether it is a coincidence that “documents regarding Israel, their spying, influence peddling, suspicions of complicity in terrorism, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, across Europe and even the Detroit bombing, those reports are there, they are classified but you will never see one on Wikileaks. In fact, they are the only classified information that never gets out to the news.”

AHMADINEJAD: WIKILEAKS, US-MADE LEAKS

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday dismissed WikiLeaks documents as “worthless” and “mischief” which would not affect Tehran’s relations with its Arab neighbors. “These documents are prepared and released by the US government in a planned manner and in pursuance of an aim. It is part of an intelligence warfare and will not have their desired political impact. “We are friends with the regional countries and mischievous acts will not affect relations,” he said.

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21 international organizations call for immediate end to Gaza siege

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[ 29/11/2010 – 04:53 PM ]
PARIS, (PIC)– 21 international human rights organizations have called for fresh international moves to lift the siege on Gaza immediately and without any conditions attached.

The organizations in a report to be published on Tuesday said that Israel’s measures to “ease” the siege on Gaza under international pressures did not change anything in the lives of the civilian population of the Strip.

The non-government organizations, including Amnesty International, and the Norwegian Refugee Council, said that no enough construction materials were allowed into Gaza.

They said that only “minor” progress was made in the freedom of movement for civilians while noting no tangible development on Gaza exports.

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