“I’m the most Jewish Catholoc you will ever meet,” The Jewish Chronicle, November 3, 2011. During his stay, Jimmy also met Israeli president Ephraim Katzir and Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek. The trip was fully paid by Lord John Levy of the Friends of Israel Educational Trust. Levy maintains family residence in both London and Tel Aviv. His two sons live in Israel. Levy is a close friend of Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak.
By: Tulin Daloglu posted on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012
Now, 89 years later, despite a vibrant economy and regional clout, Turkey is being threatened by chaos in its neighborhood. But what’s even more critical is the polarization inside the country.
“When we put pressure on Israel to divide their land, we have enormous, record setting events, often within 24 hours. Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 – we have experienced over 90 record-setting, all-time events as we have acted against Israel. And the greater pressure on Israel to co-operate, the greater the catastrophe” – quoted by Drew Zahn in WND, October 28, 2012.
He would never allow insults directed at the army, either towards its current or its past leaders. The president also stressed that he wanted to reassure the military that its allocation, budget and projects would remain untouched.
The rationale behind the army’s statement, which objected to the prosecution of Tantawi and Anan, simply means that Egyptians are not equal before the law.
With Jewish power in America standing at unprecedented levels, it is only natural we should begin to see Jews reap gains and benefits disproportionately greater than those available to other segments of the population.
Take college Pell Grants, for instance. Administered by the US Department of Education, the Federal Pell Grant Program provides grants to low-income students, mainly undergraduates, to help pay college expenses. The grants are named for former Senator Claiborne Pell, a Rhode Island Democrat, who way back in 1972 sponsored an amendment to the Higher Education Act that established the program as well as the funding to pay for it, the idea being to level the playing field and make higher education available to the poor as well as the rich.
“Lack of Finances is No Obstacle”
From a Chabad School, to a Chabad Synagogue, to
A Chabad Yeshiva in Israel
The Department of Education maintains a list of approximately 5,400 public and private colleges and universities at which students receiving Pell Grants may attend classes. These are schools which must be accredited and meet certain other qualifications as defined by Federal Student Aid guidelines, and while over the years religious-affiliated colleges have been included, it is doubtful Senator Pell would have envisioned quite the arrangement that now exists in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
It is here, in this upscale suburb of Detroit, with a median household income of $98,832, that the Michigan Jewish Institute managed to “transform itself from a small campus-based college into a burgeoning online university,” in the words of theJewish Daily Forward . In an article published earlier this month, The Forward reports that the school has done this “thanks in large part” to federal aid designated for low-income students, mainly Pell Grants, totaling more than $25 million over the past five years. And here’s the real kicker: most of this money is going to students who aren’t even studying in the U.S. Most, in fact, are in Israel. Or as the Forward puts it:
But very little of this money has been spent on men and women taking courses in Michigan or, indeed, in the United States. Instead, the majority of MJI’s students can be found working toward an MJI degree in Judaic studies at yeshivas and seminaries overseas, mostly in Israel.
Affiliated with the Chabad Lubavitchmovement, the Michigan Jewish Institute“seeks to serve all segments of the Jewish community,” offering “an environment that adheres to the highest ethical standards and religious traditions of Judaism.” The MJI website lists the address of its “Main Campus” as 6890 Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI, which also happens to be the address of “The Shul,” a Chabad synagogue (“shul” is Yiddish for “synagogue”) built at a reported cost of $6 million, with menorah-shaped glass panels on either end, and which opened its doors in 2002.
A look atThe Shul’s website informs us that the synagogue, located on 40 acres, was intended from the very start to serve as the MJI’s campus, however, it appears that today, ten years later, very few actual classes are taught there. This is due largely to an online degree program that was launched by MJI in 2008—in Judaic studies. There are now also programs in computers and business, but according to The Forward, the vast majority of MJI’s 200 students are enrolled in the Judaic Studies program—and most if not all of them end up studying at yeshivas in Israel. One in particular is the Mayanot Institute, a Chabad yeshiva in West Jerusalem.
Mayanot’s website reassures prospective students that a “lack of finances is not an obstacle” to an education at Mayanot. In addition to grants and scholarships from Jewish institutions such as local American federations, Taglit-Birthright Israel and MASA (a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government), Mayanot directs prospective American students to the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant program.
It’s not unusual for foreign institutions to accept American students who are funded partly by Pell grants and come to study in a year-abroad program. Many overseas schools and colleges operate such programs. But in this case, Mayanot’s website appears to be directly recruiting students by suggesting they apply for Pell grant aid so that they can attend Mayanot in Israel as their primary institution.
A yeshiva in Israel as their “primary” institution of learning? On a Pell Grant? The information gives pause, to say the least, but take special note of Mayanot’s mention on its website of the MASAprogram. MASA is a work-study program which allows Jews to travel and study in Israel. Regular readers may recall a post I put up a few weeks ago about Armando Abed, a Palestinian Christian who was murdered on October 5 during a hotel shooting spree in the Israeli resort city of Eilat. The gunman was identified as William Herskowitz, an American Jew enrolled in MASA. Was Herskowitz also on a Pell Grant courtesy of the US taxpayer? We may never know for sure, but certainly it’s possible. In either event, Pell Grants seem to have become very much the lifeblood of the MJI:
As MJI has expanded rapidly, it has drawn increasingly on the Federal Pell Grant Program, the government’s largest education aid program targeting low-income students, which funnels public funds directly to the school. At the same time, MJI’s net income has soared. According to the institute’s most recent available tax records, between 2006 and 2010 inclusive, MJI’s net income increased to $850,000 from $89,000 — a staggering 860% five-year jump. The school ended 2010 with almost $3 million in assets. So far this calendar year, the school has received $8.7 million in federal aid.
Its academic record is poor? Why on earth, with all this federal money coming in, would the MJI have an inferior academic record? Well, one reason is that the institute is plagued with a low retention rate. At the end of the 2011-12 academic year, the school had 1,522 freshmen, 320 sophomores, 51 juniors, and 26 seniors. Also, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, only 9 percent of its freshmen who began their studies in 2010 returned in 2011 for their second year. It seems that after enrolling and receiving their Pell Grants, most of MJI’s students are going on to study abroad—in Israel. And as The Forward points out, this is no obstacle to a student’s eligibility to receive a Pell Grant.
Thus: Mayanot here we come!
Rivka Preisler, Mayanot’s financial aid officer and finance manager, said that about 15 to 20 of the institute’s 120 students are on an MJI study abroad program partly funded by Pell grants. Preisler said MJI takes “a certain amount” of the Pell grant and the rest is “applied to Mayanot tuition.”
But in addition to Mayanot, the MJI website also lists more than 40 other participating schools in its Study Abroad program. Of these 40-plus schools, three are in Canada, two in Australia…and the rest are in Israel.
But wait! Receiving funding from the US government as it does, MJImust be obliged to observe federal guidelines prohibiting discrimination, right? One would think so. But it kind of comes down to the question of whether Gentiles are allowed to enroll in Jewish yeshivas (not that many would want to, but conceivably some might). And here it gets kind of technical. At the MJI website, we find the school’s Non-Discrimination Educational Policy, which proscribes discrimination in some study areas—but not others. The defining factor seems to be whether the program is a “degree program” or a “certificate program.”
The MJI “admits students to its degree programs” without regard to race, religion, gender, or other considerations, we are informed…but in the very next paragraph the policy advises that only “qualified men of the Jewish faith” are admitted to the “certificate program in Talmudic Law and Jurisprudence.”
In summation, it should be equally emphasized that Pell grants are just that—grants.They don’t have to be paid back. It should also be emphasized that the MJI’s rapid growth and expansion, fueled by its Pell grant money, has come at a time when student loan debt has exploded in the US—now standing at just over $1 trillion.
The Jewish Rainbow
The words “starving” and “artist” often are found together in context, and for a very good reason: in America the overwhelming majority of artists and arts groups don’t make much of a living from their artistic achievements. Perhaps it’s the hallmark of a capitalistic society gone mad that artistic expression is undervalued and often even frowned upon. But in the relatively small urban community of Albuquerque, New Mexico, we find an arts group doing rather well for itself these days.
Last month, the US Economic Development Administration, an agency of the US Department of Commerce, awarded a $1 million grant to theKeshet Dance Company, an Albuquerque dance and repertory group which offers public performances as well as a variety of dance classes for both children and adults.
The grant money will go toward establishing the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center, an “incubator” that is to be housed in the future Keshet Center for the Arts, and which is expected to “support start-up or struggling arts-related businesses with a variety of resources like development services and access to lending providers,” according to theAlbuquerque Journal.
“With this funding, we’re more than halfway done with our fundraising campaign,” said Shira Greenberg, who founded Keshet in 1996 and today serves as the dance company’s artistic director. “We’ll continue to raise funds for the building and are hoping to have the entire center opened by spring.”
Virtually every city in America, large and small, has struggling arts groups of one kind or another—musical, dance, theatrical, and so forth. So why, one might wonder, would this particular group be singled out for such a large grant? And why by the Department of Commerce, when normally one thinks of the National Endowment for the Arts as the main provider of federal grants to the arts?
The award was approved by acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and publicly announced on September 12 by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall. “The arts are a defining part of New Mexico’s history, community and identity,” said Udall. “This innovative public-private partnership will help provide entrepreneurs with the tools and support they need to grow art-focused businesses.”
Art-focused businesses? Is this a new commitment to the arts on the part of the Obama administration? Or is it perhaps more a commitment to a certain typeof art the Obama administration approves of? What is it about Keshet (the word means “rainbow” in Hebrew) that motivated such generosity from the Department of Commerce?
Whether developing productions based on the impact of the Holocaust on American Jews, the images and texts of poet Pablo Neruda, or a modern interpretation of the traditional Nutcracker, Keshet’s repertory engages audiences young and old, opening minds and changing perceptions of what dance and a dancer can be.
The above words can be found at Keshet’s website, where we learn that one of the staples of its repertory is a production entitled Ani Ma’amin, described as “a powerful and thought-provoking modern dance piece exploring the impact of the Holocaust on American Jews.” The program has been performed at numerous locales inside the state of New Mexico, and has even toured outside the state, helped in part by funding from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. This would be the same Jewish Federation, by the way, whose executive director, Sam Sokolove, accused the Friends of Sabeel-North America of promoting anti-Semitism in connection with a recent conference on the Palestine-Israel conflict held in Albuquerque. *
The name Ani Ma’amin (“I believe” in Hebrew) is derived from the so-called 13 principles of faith, propounded by Mosheh ben Maimon, also known as Maimonides. Each of the 13 principles begins with the words “Ani ma’amin be-emunah shelemah” (“I believe with perfect faith”), and while Maimonides didn’t include the holocaust as one of the attestations, it would probably be fairly accurate to say that this has become the 14th principle with the majority of Jews these days. The recitation has been set to music over the years, and according to Wikipedia, “One version of the tune is attributed to the Reb Azriel David, a Modzitser Hasid, who reportedly composed the tune in a cattle car when being taken to Treblinka.” Others were said to have sung the same song, or some variation, as “they were being herded into the gas chambers”, and the melody apparently is still cantillated at holocaust remembrance day services and Passover seders to this day.
All of which brings us, in a roundabout way, back to the Keshet website and its description of itsAni Ma’amin dance production:
Choreographed by Shira Greenberg, the 85-minute piece runs with no intermission. Five dancers recreate the experiences and themes expressed by multiple generations beginning pre-war and culminating at the present-day. Dynamic and emotional movement is threaded together with poetry and video testimonies from Holocaust survivors and children of survivors, with footage compiled from the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
The production is also being promoted as “an educational tool,” and as such is performed for school children, including school matinee productions where “free admission is encouraged,” and where Keshet will even “provide a custom-created, 50-page Curriculum Guidebook at no cost for all educators” who attend the performance. Shows are then followed by “a Q & A audience discussion session to provide an avenue for the community of performers and audience members to process and discuss the work while exploring their reactions to the event and the intense subject matter.” In such manner is a “dialogue about diversity, tolerance, and anti-Semitism” opened, whereby “the young audiences can examine and discuss their own thoughts and actions.”
Following is an Ani Ma’amin segment available on YouTube:
Keshet became one of only a handful of dance companies within the country to offer full-time employment and benefits to professional dancers and staff. [Only 5% -9% of dance companies in major metropolitan areas are able to pay salaries to their dancers – Dance/USA]
Shira Greenberg was named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s 40 Under Forty, recognizing 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the State of New Mexico who “stand out in their fields and are engaged in their communities making New Mexico a better place to live.”
Greenberg, were are informed here, began her formal dance studies at the Minnesota Dance Theatre, and also attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Ithaca College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. And apparently she still maintains her connections to Israel. Earlier this year, Keshet brought “acclaimed Israeli choreographer” Bar Roggel to Albuquerque to collaborate with its repertory dancers in a new production called “Gesher” (Hebrew for “bridge”). The production was scheduled for three performances in late April:
Keshet is excited to welcome Israeli Dancer and Choreographer Bar Roggel to Albuquerque! During the month of April Bar will be working with Keshet in a cultural exchange that involves collaboration, creation, outreach and performance. The exchange will culminate with community-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut performances celebrating Israeli Independence Day across New Mexico.
The project, perhaps not surprisingly, is another one supported by the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. But take note: it isn’t only the Jewish Federation that adores Greenberg. In 2009, Greenberg was awarded the Coming Up Taller award by First Lady Michelle Obama in a ceremony at the White House. The award was given in recognition of Keshet’s work with incarcerated youths at New Mexico’s Youth Diagnostic and Development Center.
“It’s really cool to see these teenage boys who are incarcerated do ballet class, and really doing a good job and being excited about it. It really connects them to their bodies, to each other and to their energy in a different way,” Greenberg enthused.
|Keshet’s Greenberg and Elianna Boswell, with Michelle Obama|
Interestingly, Greenberg has also been recognized as a “top-performing CEO” by New Mexico Business Weekly, and has been the happy recipient of a number of other awards as well, including the Women of Influence Award and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. Also, this holiday season, Keshet will be performing Greenberg’s “Nutcracker on the Rocks,” described as “an original rock-n-roll rendition of the classical holiday tale,” and which includes “the roaring excitement of a Harley Davidson on stage.”
It’s probably only a coincidence, but “Keshet” is also the name of an illegal Israeli settlement in the Golan Heights that was established in 1974 and located near the abandoned Syrian city of Quneitra—destroyed by the Israeli Army in the 1973 war. Get it? After destroying the Syrian city, the Israelis named the new settlement “Rainbow.”
Quneitra, by the way—in what amounts to yet anothercuriosity—also means “bridge.” The city once served as a “bridge” between Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Its ruins can be seen in a video here.
Homeland Security for Jews
If you think the cases of the MJI and Keshet Dance are aberrations, think again. Back in July I posted an article in which I discussed how the Department of Homeland Security has favored Jews and Jewish organizations in the awarding of grants under its Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Between the years 2007-2010 a whopping 73.7 percent of DHS’s NSGP grants went to Jewish organizations, while in the year 2011, the figure rose to 81 percent—meaning non-Jewish organizations got just 19 percent of the grant money that year.
After I posted that article, I then posted an update to it, in which I cited figures on the 2012 grant recipients, which had just then been announced. This year the percentage of Jewish organizations receiving NSGP grants rose even higher—to a staggering 97 percent.
The NSGP grants are designed to provide “target hardening” and “security enhancements” to American nonprofit organizations deemed “at high risk of a terrorist attack,” and DHS Director Janet Napolitano has not only candidly acknowledged that Jewish organizations have made up the bulk of recipients, she has even justified the decision making them such. In a podcast here you can listen to Napolitano explain why she thinks Jews face special risks the rest of us don’t have to worry about.
A Multitude of Tentacles
A rather conservative, albeit in a sense “time honored” institution in America is the Chamber of Commerce. There is a U.S. Chamber of Commerce, established in 1912, as well as a myriad of loosely-to-non-affiliated state and local chambers representing businesses of all sizes in all locales of the country. Based in Washington, the national organization is primarily a lobbying group that has at times been quite reactionary (opposing national health care, for instance), but at the local level, chamber organizations can play a positive role, providing, at least theoretically, a synergism for small businesses, helping them grow and become profitable.
But lately strange mutations have begun to appear—in the form of chamber organizations devoted to promoting Israel. The objective is to foster alliances between US and Israeli businesses, and to that end, conferences and other specialty events are being held, “venture capital missions” are embarked upon, and trade and investment opportunities touted—all seemingly with the goal of interfusing what might be thought of as the commercial and economic “DNA” of both countries. For instance, there is the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, which claims more than 500 members, and which seeks to “boost” the respective economies of both Israel and the Southeast US.
With the backdrop of Israel’s stable economy and innovative companies, AICC’s Professional Committee presented another outstanding seminar on August 23rdin Atlanta that addressed many aspects of “US Jobs and Economy: The Israel Innovation Effect”. Almost 100 members and guests were treated to the program that featured presentations, case studies, and panels to illustrate the theme and engage to participants.
“The presenters delivered another great program that educated our audience about the value of the US-Israel business relationship and prepared them for successful interactions with Israeli companies,” said Greg Kirsch (Ballard Spahr), new chairman of the Professional Committee.
The seminar mentioned above is only one of a number of events promoted or discussed at the AIIC-SE website. In June, the city of Atlanta also hosted the Eagle Star Awards, an annual gala to honor “the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel business relationship,” while in September the Israel Innovation Impact, known also as the “Big Data” conference, took place at the Atlanta headquarters of IBM Internet Security Systems. Organized by the AICC’s Hi-Tech Committee, the three-day event featured representatives from Israeli data processing developers, including Personetics, a firm which “helps enterprises respond to a major shift in consumer behavior.”
“Following the presentations, the audience had the opportunity to rate the Israeli companies in an interactive session and discuss interest in following up with them.”
Other Israeli companies that currently seem to be making or attempting to make inroads into the Southeast US include Data Analytics, a Herzliya-based developer of a system of identifying and analyzing hidden data patterns in large scale data warehouses; Beauty Care, a Yavne-based company which markets “a diversified range of beauty care products,” including Dead Sea products; and Infrastructure Networks, a Tel-Aviv-based provider of industrial Ethernet solutions.
AICC-SE has also been promoting the Journey 12 business conference which took place October 25 in Tel Aviv, and the organization equally boasts of its relationship with the BIRD Foundation (US-Israel Bi-national Industrial Research and Development Foundation), an entity set up by the US and Israeli governments in 1977 whose activities include matchmaking services between Israeli and American companies, and which also provides funding “covering up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization costs.”
One Israeli company which has already gained a foothold in the Southeast is Elbit Systems, a manufacturer of electronic surveillance technology which has been the target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The Haifa-based company now has offices in Talladega, Alabama and Fort Mill, South Carolina. But Elbit is not by any means the only one. The AICC-SE website features an extensive directory of Israeli companies that have established locations in the American Southeast, with state-by-state listings. The list features no less than 80 companies in six states.
But it should be kept in mind that the AICC-SE is not by any means the only philo-israelitic chamber of commerce organization. Not by a long shot. There are at least 19 others, and more seem to be in the fledgling stage. Below is a partial list:
The California Israel Chamber of Commerce—Cupertino, CA
Southern California Israel Chamber of Commerce—Los Angeles
Colorado-Israel Chamber of Commerce—Denver
Florida-Israel Chamber of Commerce—Hollywood, FL
American Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region—Atlanta
America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago—Deerfield, IL,
Maryland/Israel Development Center—Baltimore
Michigan Israel Business Bridge—Bloomfield Hills, MI
American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Minnesota—Minnetonka, MN
America-Israel Chamber of Commerce& Industry—New York
Israeli Business Forum of New York—New York
Ohio Israel Chamber of Commerce—Cleveland, OH
America-Israel Chamber of Commerce-Central Atlantic Region—Philadelphia
Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce—Dallas
Virginia Israel Advisory Board—Tysons Corner, VA
South Carolina-Israel CollaborationNew Mexico-Israel Business Exchange—Albuquerque
Oregon Israel Business Alliance—Portland
Washington Israel Business Council—Seattle
Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)—Tel Aviv
If we think of each one of these organizations as collaborating, like the AIIC-SE, with its own aggregate of Israeli businesses, then what we have here, quite literally, is a multitude of tentacles. Most if not all of these “chamber of commerce” organizations seem to have as their primary goal “matchmaking,” i.e. establishing business relationships between Israeli and American companies. How profitable this is all calculated to be for Goyim-owned American businesses is perhaps questionable. For instance, the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago has a section on its website entitled Why We Do It, which reads in part:
The America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago (AICC) is founded on the premise that a strong and independent Israel requires a robust Israeli economy producing growth, jobs and tax revenue for Israel and its people. Our operations take many forms, but they all are focused on this basic goal. By continually demonstrating to business leaders here in the Midwest that it makes good business sense for them to do business in and with Israel, and by serving as the catalyst for this economic activity, we provide critical support for Israel’s economy and its people.
The emphasis does seem to be very much on benefiting Israel rather than the United States. It isn’t until the next paragraph that we find, added almost as an afterthought, an allowance for the possibility that, oh yes by the way, America might benefit as well.
Be that as it may, the economic DNA integration seems to be proceeding apace. Earlier this year, representatives from 18 Israeli companies attended the Michigan Israel Automotive Event, while a number of Israeli companies are also honing in on the city of Philadelphia. These include IntelliradControl Inc, an Israeli medical device company, and Rosetta Genomics, a medical research firm, both of which have already located there. Other Israeli companies in Pennsylvania are: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Delta Galil Industries, Eci Telecom, Retalix, Scope Metals Group, SHL Telemedicine, Dbmotion, Golan Fine Crafts, and Quantum Systems. And if we click here we can see a list of additional Israeli companies apparently seeking business opportunities in the state of Washington.
The concern for Americans, of course, is we have no way of knowing which of these enterprises are legitimate businesses, and which are Mossad front operations having the objective, possibly, of carrying out industrial or economic espionage against American companies. And as Grant Smith has discussed, Israel has a long history of such activity in the US. But perhaps even more worrisome than a case of industrial espionage, is the possibility that one of these Israeli companies could at some point begin to function in a manner similar to System Planning Corporation. Formerly headed by Rabbi Dov Zakheim, SPC developed a highly sophisticated “Flight Termination System” (FTS), enabling remote control of multiple aircraft on varying frequencies, presumably only for the purpose of guiding drones, but that may have played a role in the 9/11 attacks. Zakheim, by the way, was comptroller of the Pentagon at the time of the attacks, and in a recent article Kevin Barrettdiscusses his and SPC’s possible role in the events of that day:
Zakheim’s FTS system was apparently used to remote-hijack passenger aircraft, and stage a military attack disguised as a hijacking incident, under cover of the 46 military drills happening on and around September 11th, 2001. (One of those drills, a live fly hijacked-plane-into-building exercise, apparently “went live,” while the others provided distractions and excuses.)
Zakheim’s company SPC also had detailed knowledge of the blueprints and architecture of the World Trade Center. An SPC subsidiary, Tridata Corporation, oversaw the investigation of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The knowledge thereby gained was presumably used in the controlled demolitions of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11.
Oddly, perhaps, US officials (some at least) would appear wholly unconcerned about any of this. The US Department of Commerce—the same branch of government that awarded Keshet its $1 million grant—even has an agency that operates out of the US embassy in Tel Aviv and which basically extends an open invitation to Israeli firms interested in moving into America. Called the U.S. Commercial Service, the agency offers what it refers to as its Commercial Connection, whereby it will “find you appropriate contacts in U.S. companies” as well as provide “short company backgrounds on U.S. firms,” and even arrange introductions with company officials.
“An introduction by the U.S. Government gives your company the credibility it needs to be considered a qualified business partner,” states the website. “With 105 offices throughout in the USA, the Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy can be your official U.S. Government partner for contacting American suppliers and service providers!”
In other words, the US Commercial Service functions in a manner very similar to the above-listed “chambers of commerce,” only instead of membership dues, it is funded by U.S. taxpayers. Its staff includes “commercial specialists” who specialize in different industries, such as biotech, computers, electronics, etc.
And…in addition to all of the above, you can go here to find listings for Israel chambers of commerce in other countries, including China, Japan, and Australia. However, it is probably safe to say that no country in the world has been more thoroughly penetrated than the United States. So reaching are the tentacles, we now almost literally seem on the verge of becoming the next Jewish state, if we have not crossed that line already.
H/T to msa
*Sabeel is a Palestinian Christian ecumenical organization founded to advocate for peace and justice and an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza. On Sept. 28-29, the Friends of Sabeel-North America (FOSNA) sponsored a conference in Albuquerque entitled “Justice: The Path to Peace in Palestine/Israel.” The speakers included Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans. In a September 21 op-ed piece in the Albuquerque Journal, Sam Sokolove, executive director of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, and Todd Goldblum, chair of the Israel Action Network-New Mexico, denounced Sabeel and FOSNA for their criticism of Israel and their alleged anti-Semitism. ( See, New Mexico Jews Scream ‘Anti-Semitism!’ Over Sabeel Conference ).
by Kashif Ahmed
Monday, October 29th, 2012
PART 1 OF 4 IN A SERIES OF REPORTS ON LIBYA
Its’ been a year now. A year since the fall of Tripoli to a mixed bag of insurgents, mercenaries and Anglo-American-Israeli stooges, a year since the debased, barbaric scenes in Sirte. A year since LIFG rebels were forced to share a platform with their less-than honourable allies in the Rothschild-NATO controlled NTC. A year, and the meticulously engineered civil war / staggered break-up concocted by the exponents of forth generation warfare, is well under-way.
A year, and Libya stands on the brink of collapse; her cities destroyed, her cultural treasures looted and spread-eagled for sustained exploitation by the impoverished hordes of Western Europe. A year, and the country that once enjoyed the highest standard of living in all Africa; is standing in the soup line, just like every other nation ‘liberated’ by the West: Welcome to the new Libya.
The naivety of those who celebrated the brutal demise of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi; is akin to that of the handful of hapless hangers on who cheered the execution of Saddam Hussein or applauded the perverse, fictional narrative created around Usama Bin Laden and an Anglo-American-Israeli front; that modern day ‘Operation Gladio’ they call ‘Al Qaida’. For unbeknown to those ecstatic, gun totting youths who lay claim to the streets of Sirte; is that their perception of a grand victory was no more than a grand illusion; a cringe worthy, colonial façade, for Libya was lost in a torrent of blood, of song and dance and flag waving tomfoolery.
But how does one explain that to a people who, for reasons not entirely without merit, hated their leader to such a degree that they wrecked their own country to oust him? For those were heady days; when emotive rhetoric and empty rants decimated any semblance of reason and logic like NATO payloads transformed quiet Libyan suburbs into smouldering piles of rubble.
How do you tell these so-called rebels, that the very powers they claim to oppose are now circling Libya like a craven flock of ravenous vultures, eager to pick on the bones of the man Africa once dubbed the ‘King of Kings’. How do you tell them; that the real war has just begun?
Cast your mind back to February 11th 2011, recall the thousands upon thousands of Libyans gathered in Green Square: dignified, resolute and willing to embrace their future in a sober and civilized manner. And look at it today. For if we condemn NATO and the Anglo-American-Israeli crime gang in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must condemn them in Libya and Syria as well. Acknowledge that the so-called leaders of the so-called transitional council hold little sway behind the scenes of this media war, backed as they are, by colonial parasites in the West; Rothschild run vassal states whose blood soaked history of oppression and tyranny in North Africa is unmatched. For lest we forget; that a roomful of NATO puppets do not hold a legitimate mandate to speak for all the people, especially people they’re still fighting in many parts of the country.
Anywhere between 20-30,000 Libyans have already been massacred by those the NTC call their allies, whilst countless others have been displaced or forced into exile: The NATO terrorist attack on the Misurata district of Zliten alone, where invaders murdered 85 people; 33 of whom were children, is a war crime comparable to the bombing of Guernica or the U.S. siege of Fallujah. NATO troops have also incited racist attacks on Libyans of Black African origin; attacks intended to deface the cultural landscape of Libya and reflect the racial tensions that afflict their own failed states / crisis ridden countries in the West.
And make no mistake, that it was the Rothschild-NATO allied NTC who instigated an armed conflict by setting up a fifth column in Benghazi: Would any sovereign nation tolerate the presence of a foreign financed and armed cartel on their land?
Former Libyan PM Jadallah Azous Al-Talhi, along with the ‘African Union’, was working to broker a cessation of hostilities in late February. Colonel Gaddafi actually offered to resign in early March, long before some of the worst episodes of the conflict had occurred. But the rebellion’s handlers in the U.S. and Europe were having none of it: They wanted this war, just as long as it was the Libyans who were dying, of course. And as their vile paradigm began to take form, one couldn’t help but be reminded of that 19th century colonial maxim; when a smug French General was asked why he drafted Moroccan and Algerian Muslims to fight Turkish Muslims for the expansion of Europe; he scoffed and replied:
“If our Arabs win, we get the credit, if our Arabs or others die, who cares?”
Libya fluctuated from a populist uprising to an imperialist proxy war and is now firmly entrenched in the latter: The worst case scenario has more or less come true; for the people’s revolution became a Rothschild revolution; hi-jacked by the Kabbalist devils of usury and fractional reserve banking. Today, numerous militias and U.S.-Israeli backed terrorists roam the streets, Bani Walid is under siege and some of the rebels are only just beginning to realize they were duped by the West.
But a lot of this is academic, because the Anglo-American-Israeli crime gang has temporarily achieved its main objective in their war against the Libyan people:
For in July 2012, extremist Jewry and its Shabbat goy acolytes imposed interest / usury into the Libyan banking system via NTC banking Law 46; which allows the Rothschild controlled, Ben Ghazi central bank (set up in the early days of the war) to invest Libyan monies in any Rothschild central bank around the world, thus killing off the debt free, Islamic financial system in place under Gaddafi.
From 1969-2011, The Libyan economy operated on an interest free (i.e. debt free) basis; opted out of Rothschild’s fractional reserve central banking system, banned the practice of usury and ensured that banks never charged interest on any loans. This Islamic law, based on the Nizam-E-Umar welfare state system implemented in the early days of the Caliphate, was the main reason why Rothschild moneylenders wanted to assassinate Col. Gaddafi.
It was, alas, the same courageous decision that saw our best and brightest Gentile leaders forced to go to war against these money lending devils and their henchmen: All our Prophets fought to abolish this parasitic system of usury, leaders like Julius Caesar, Liaquat Ali Khan, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, JFK and many others also joined the fight from their respective nations; few succeed, most were martyred.
In the months leading up to his assassination, Col. Gaddafi was also going to opt out of Rothschild’s Fiat-paper money scam altogether and go for complete economic independence to begin trading in the Gold Dinar, something that Rothschild and its deranged underlings simply couldn’t stand to see. The Rothschild central bank now hopes to plunge Libya into debt and economic enslavement, just as it’s done to almost every other country in the world today via the vicious, extremist Jew controlled, cycle of borrowing, interest, debt and war.
Remember, that Libya had no external debt and its reserves amounted to $150 billion -which are now frozen (i.e. being stolen) globally.
- Libya did not charge for electricity; reliable power was free to all citizens.
- It was enshrined in law that every Libyan should have a home and home ownership was considered a basic human right.
- Newly married couples would receive a free 60,000-dinar (i.e. $50,000) grant to get them on the property ladder and have a comfortable start to married life.
- Libya had a free national health service.
- Libya provided free education for all citizens.
- If any Libyans had other exceptional medical or educational needs, the government would fund their visits abroad, giving them $2,300 per month for accommodation and travel.
- Libyans who wanted to work the land were given some acres to farm, a little house, tools, livestock and seeds to begin their careers.
- The government would pay half the cost of every Libyan citizen’s first car.
- The price of petrol in Libya was $0.14 per litre.
- If a Libyan graduate was unable to find a job in his or her chosen profession, the government would pay the average salary of their desired job until they were in full time employment.
- A portion of every Libyan oil sale was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
- Every family received $5,000 in child benefit.
- 40 loaves of bread in Libya used to cost $0.15.
- 25 % of Libyans had a university degree.
Libyans can kiss all that goodbye now.
And whilst I appreciate that some dissents had cause for their opposition, no honest commentator could possibly attempt to rationalize the strategic folly of collaborating with your worst enemies to achieve an unstable, short-term political objective at such a high cost.
MUAMMAR AL GADDAFI, 1942 –2011.
A man’s life is never judged in blurry snapshots from afar, but as a clear landscape from above; an empirical overview of how he lived, what he believed in and how he acted upon those beliefs. For me, there were three Muammar Gaddafis: One a heroic, inspirational freedom fighter in the mould of Yasir Arafat, Omar Mukthar and Gamal Abdul Nasser, the other; a flamboyant showman who’d lost sight of the struggle and the last; a set-in-his-ways dictator who cosied up to those who longed for his execution.
Col. Muammar Gaddafi was, in part, the architect of his own demise; opening Libya up to a wretched gaggle of pro-Israeli cutthroats and conmen. Subsidizing the likes of Tony Blair, propping up vile Mossad henchman Nicholas Sarkosy and sleazy Silvio Berlusconi did nothing for Libya and only served to usher the Colonel into an early grave; betrayed, as he was, by each and every one of the aforementioned Rothschild stooges. Giving money to the LSE or paying out for a crime Libya had no part in (i.e. the Lockerbie bombing) further undermined the principals of his revolution and eroded some of the values that’d defined the republic for over 40 years.
It was this decade long policy of appeasement that turned Mummar Gaddafi from a respected Mujahid into little more than a paper tiger, a loose cannon caricature milked for all he was worth by criminal regimes in the West. And it was only his courageous last stand at Sirt; where he fell, guns blazing as promised, which gave us our final glimpse of the once great Bedouin warrior.
Appeasement continued to isolate Libya as a vanguard nation in the struggle against imperialism. Rare triumphs saw Gaddafi successfully sue the Berlusconi government for reparations relating to the decades of damage inflicted by Italian colonists in the 1920s. He also oversaw the completion of the awe-inspiring trans-Sahara water pipeline / Great Man-made River; an ambitious irrigation project which resolved water shortages in the country and helped give Libya the highest standard of living in all Africa. But the self-inflicted coup de grace came in 2003: Agreeing to disarm. Gaddafi made no bigger mistake then when he acquiesced to Western demands and signed away Libya’s right to defend herself. How many times have MENA leaders made this error, and how many times must we explain the simple dynamics of dealing with the Anglo-American-Israeli crime gang? The United States, Israel, Britain, the E.U. and NATO combined will never attack any nation that has even the slightest ability to defend themselves; The Rothschild run United States of America hasn’t won a war in over sixty years: they made no lasting territorial gains in World War II, were forced to broker a partition in Korea, were bled to death in Vietnam, blown away in Lebanon, humiliated in Cuba, annihilated in Afghanistan and chased out in disgrace from everywhere else in-between. The only countries they’ve ever managed to gang rape were those who were disarmed and continuously betrayed from within.
Had I been there at the time, I’d have told Gaddafi that Tony Blair was a pro-Israeli Shabbat goy with the blood of a million Iraqi civilians on his hands…but alas, I wasn’t there, and thus Gaddafi’s delusions of camaraderie with the real ‘Butcher of Baghdad’ were left to roam the ether unchecked. The United States also forged stronger ties with the man they’d been trying to murder for the better part of a decade; even America’s most famous p.o.w; John McCain came to visit!
Zionist Jew serial killer and U.S. war criminal Henry Kissinger put it best when he said:
“Being America’s enemy is dangerous, but being America’s friend is fatal”.
And as the sadistic cackles of a gloating Hilary Clinton were juxtaposed with the bloodied, naked body of Col. Gaddafi; dragged through the streets of his home-town and desecrated like Hector at the walls of Troy, one could look on at this most gruesome of sights and say of the Colonel: There goes a friend of America.
The second incarnation of Muammar Gaddafi manifested itself around the time when the British tried to assassinate him in 1994; allegedly using rouge elements from those who would later partake in the NATO backed war.
The Anglo-American-Israeli crime gang, now wearing the mask of ‘Al Qaida’, tried to ambush and bomb the Colonel’s motorcade. Gaddafi narrowly escaped and was saved thanks to the selfless intervention of his bodyguard, Aisha, who embraced martyrdom, in a swift and stunning act of instinctive bravery. The British-Rothschild conspiracy against Libya was only brought to light by MI6 whistle-blowers Annie Machon and David Shayler, the latter of whom was unlawfully imprisoned by the state for revealing their crimes.
Gaddafi, perhaps in another act of reactionary hubris, apparently began to crack down on perceived “Islamists” in the country and it was in the wake of this externally orchestrated chaos that Libyan forces are alleged to have carried out a massacre in Abu Salim prison. Once again, the abundance of unreliable, anti- Gaddafi rhetoric, made reports on the supposed crime part and parcel of the usual propaganda package doled out to controlled and censored media outlets in the West. But supposing that we go on the testimony of the alleged crimes only witness; had there been those present who would speak the truth; they would have known to inform Gaddafi that his assassination was not planned in Tripoli by “Islamists” but in London by M16, in Langley by the CIA and carried out at the behest of their Israeli Mossad handlers in Herzellia. That said, the Libyan Jamahiriya, just like the NTC today, made a huge error by collaborating with U.S.-UK regimes in the fraudulent ‘war on terror’, particularly the CIA’s kidnap and torture program, better known by the Orwellian euphemism: ‘Rendition’. And there is evidence to suggest that innocent Libyans were being sold out all over the place in 2002-04: The harrowing ordeals of Omar Deghayes, Sami al-Saadi, Khalid al-Sharif, the LIFG’s Abdel Hakim Belhadj and martyr Faraj Hassan can’t be wished away just because Libya was unsurprisingly betrayed by the Rothschilds. For whatever their internal disputes may’ve been; neither Libyan dissents nor Col. Gaddafi’s Jamahiriya should have collaborated with their common enemies to seal the Faustian pact that’s led Libya into its current state of socio-political turmoil.
Gaddafi’s enemies also utilised a variety of tried and tested Cointel pro and false propaganda methods to sour relations between Libya and other Muslim countries (specifically Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon and Palestine): mysterious reports of his expulsion of 30,000 Palestinians, accusations of involvement in the disappearance of popular cleric Musa al-Sadr and his alleged support for Indian occupation forces in Kashmir. All of which contradicted Gaddafi’s calls for an in independent Kashmir at the U.N., his friendly overtures to Iran and his unwavering support for armed intervention against Israel on behalf of Palestine.
By the end of the 90s, Gaddafi’s position as a world leader had been effectively destabilized, and as was the case in Latin America before Chavez, Islamic governments were no longer talking to each other, but directing their commutations through imperialist intermediaries with a vested interest in misrepresenting each side to the other.
But the Gaddafi I’d like to remember is the one who arrived on the scene in 1969, grandson of ‘The Martyr of Khoms’; Abdessalam Bouminyar, who fought back the first wave of Italian invaders in 1911.
Bouminyar, like his grandson would a century later, battled to his last breath defending his land from the hostile presence of a foreign occupation.
Politically active in his youth, a seventeen-year-old Muammar took to the streets to protest the Anglo-Israeli invasion of Egypt and Gaza during the Tripartite Aggression (i.e. Suez Crisis) in 1956.
Graduating from the Benghazi, Royal Libyan Military Academy in 1966, Gaddafi became part of ‘The Free Officers Movement’ and trained with comrades who would later join his Revolutionary Command Council. Libya’s docile monarchy had little interest in addressing long-standing issues of poverty, education and health or in Gamal Abdel Nasser’s campaign to rectify the injustices afflicting MENA nations since the Jewish occupation of Palestine in 1948.
Libya did, however, provide economic assistance with regards to oil prices after the ‘67 Naksa. Casual corruption within the system stagnated the country’s socio-economic progress whilst the regime’s inclination towards pro-Western polices proved unpopular with ordinary Libyans.
Widespread dissatisfaction soon matured into clear opposition; with Muammar Gadaffi leading a commendably clean and bloodless coup d’état on 1st September 1969: Colonel Gaddafi, at the ripe old age of 27, abolished the constitutional monarchy and set into motion a series of radical reforms as the bold, new leader of the Libyan Arab Republic.
In a daring, and successful bid to end poverty, Col. Gaddafi considered nationalizing the oil industry as Nasser had done with the Suez Canal, but made a typically generous concession by ordering Western oil companies to fairly redistribute the wealth they earned off Libya’s resources. They complied: increasing Libya’s share from 50% to 79%.
He also strengthened ties with Egyptian revolutionary Gamal Abdel Nasser and had the U.S. Wheelus Air base shut down; Ghadaffi went onto instigate a process limiting Western interference in his country, clearing out all remnants of the colonial past and encouraging moves to set up an Arab Socialist Union.
Establishing direct democracy via the Libyan Jamahiriya, Col. Gaddafi’s visionary reforms saw the literacy rate shoot up from 10% to 90% within a decade, human rights were established in accordance with The Holy Qur’an and all Libyans were considered equal before the law. Within a matter of months, Gaddafi had transformed Libya from a barren (partially developed) desert outpost into a thriving oasis of endless opportunity.
Life expectancy doubled and a welfare state ensured that every man, woman and child was provided access to free healthcare, education and housing. A variety of university scholarships and post-graduate employment programmes were introduced as the revolutionary council set down plans for a Great Manmade River which would, and did, provide clean water to every part of the North African country. (Today, that marvel of the modern world is a polluted, shrapnel ridden dump–Well done Libyans).
Needless to say, such drastic and positive reforms were frowned upon by parasitic, pro-Israeli regimes across the world; for when Margaret Thatcher was snatching milk from infants and marshalling prison hunger strikes, Col. Gaddafi was making the desert bloom, when Rabin & Begin were trying to exterminate Palestinian children, Col. Gaddafi empowered the fledging PLO to go forward and liberate their nation, when Ronald Regan was butchering unarmed islanders in Grenada, Col. Gaddafi was restoring dignity and valour to the people of North Africa.
The fact that he managed to accomplish these great feats without taking out foreign loans meant that Libya was free of interest accrued debt, the fact that he absolutely refused to partake in fractional reserve banking infuriated the usurious curs of Rothschild, no end. Libya maintained her honourable stance against usury and remained one of the handful of sovereign nations who prevented Rothschild from contaminating their economy with a central bank . Today, the NTC have reversed that position to let those money-lending vampires in through the front door.
Muammar Gadaffi also went onto establish Libyan Revolutionary Committees to raise political awareness amongst the people and supported a variety of freedom struggles around the world; The patron saint of just causes, Gaddafi was the most vocal of world leaders in his support for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and the ANC’s war of liberation against the Anglo-American-Israeli backed Apartheid regime in South Africa.
In the same year that the British government branded Nelson Mandela a terrorist, Col. Gaddafi declared him to the be the only legitimate leader in South Africa. Even a devastating, U.S. terror attack on his home didn’t dissuade him from upholding the truth, even the martyrdom of his six-year old daughter Hannah, her body ridden with shrapnel and crushed beneath the rubble of a wall bought down by a barrage of American bombs, did not intimidate the Colonel to contemplate surrender. In the end, he saw off six Rothschild appointed U.S. presidents, and could only be killed by treachery and the monumental cowardice of NATO; the most venal and disgraced military power on a par with the illegitimate state of Israel and the U.S.
I wonder why the corrupt, pro-Israel Murdocracy and its tabloid media acolytes didn’t just go all out with a proper Gaddafi death apocryphal; perhaps say he was found hiding in a drainpipe, begging for his life whilst wearing a blouse and clutching some Lady Gaga albums. The fact is that we’ve heard it all before; when these vermin killed Che they tried to varnish their shame with tall tales of how he surrendered; lies that weren’t believed when they first told or any time since. Same old story with Allende, Lumumba, Idi Amin, Hussein, Bin Laden and so on. For despite the best efforts of spluttering Rothschild subordinates to discredit or undermine Gaddafi’s fighting spirit, the world is all too aware of the fact that the Anglo-American-Israeli media machine is about as reliable an organ for truth as a leaky boat is for sailing across the Atlantic. Say what you will about the man, but he didn’t run or hide, displayed the courage of his convictions and put his life on the line to demonstrate the sincerity of his beliefs.
I hope Libyans understand the inevitable conflict they’re caught up in, I hope the victorious factions impart some Islamic morals and discipline amongst their unruly partisans. But most of all, I hope Libya doesn’t fall back into the clutches of colonial misrule, because it took 30 years for The Lion Of The Desert to mortally wound his Italian prey; how long will it take to drive out the morally bankrupt dead beats of Europe, Israel and America? Used car salesmen like David Cameron and carpetbaggers from every corner of the Western world have already been instructed to:
“Pack their suitcases for Libya”
by Con-Dem Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond MP. And each and every one of these knife wielding whores is looking for a handout, every last one of these shameless robber barons are looking for a piece of the land Tony Blair described as a:
“…goldmine waiting to be discovered”.
Now some Muslims have been conditioned to believe that we can’t change our political landscape unless we provide a macabre spectacle for criminal regimes in the West to broadcast on CNN. Some grand, violent gesture that makes us look no better than extremist Jews; the sort of people who sodomize a dead man in the streets of his hometown whilst chanting slogans that espouse the diametric opposite of the scenes you’re actually witnessing. For how can anyone lay claim to the embarrassing, barbaric spectacle that transpired in Sirte, why should Muslims work with NATO criminals against their own country; are we incapable of bringing our leaders to account without destroying our entire socio-political infrastructure in the process or routinely violating our principals at the behest of Anglo-American-Israeli parasites? Evidently, if Libya and Syria are anything to go by.
With the fall of Col Gaddafi, Libya is still officially up for grabs, winning bid and the ability to perpetrate the most terrifying acts of ultra violence gets the lot: If the LIFG and Green Army have any sense between them, they’ll form a temporary alliance to restore order, lift the siege on Bani Walid and keep the country united, for I seriously doubt that anyone, be they pro or anti-Gaddafi, is content with the situation as it is. No sane, patriotic Libyan could’ve wanted this when they revived the Green, Red and Black in Benghazi; and its Libyans and Libyans alone who must stand united and reclaim their sovereignty from enemies within and enemies’ abroad. So farewell brother leader, so long NATO and May Allah (swt) guide the people of Libya.
“This is my will.
I, Muammar bin Mohammad bin Abdussalam bi Humayd bin Abu Manyar bin Humayd bin Nayil al Fuhsi Gaddafi, do swear that there is no other God but Allah and that Mohammad is God’s Prophet, peace be upon him.
I pledge that I will die as Muslim.
Should I be killed, I would like to be buried, according to Muslim rituals, in the clothes I was wearing at the time of my death and my body unwashed, in the cemetery of Sirte, next to my family and relatives.
I would like that my family, especially women and children, be treated well after my death.
The Libyan people should protect its identity, achievements, history and the honourable image of its ancestors and heroes.
The Libyan people should not relinquish the sacrifices of the free and best people.
I call on my supporters to continue the resistance, and fight any foreign aggressor against Libya, today, tomorrow and always.
Let the free people of the world know that we could have bargained over and sold out our cause in return for a personal secure and stable life. We received many offers to this effect but we chose to be at the vanguard of the confrontation as a badge of duty and honour.
Even if we do not win immediately, we will give a lesson to future generations that choosing to protect the nation is an honour and selling it out is the greatest betrayal that history will remember forever despite the attempts of the others to tell you otherwise.”
The Last Will And Testament of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi
Sirte, Libya, October 17th, 2011
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