By Gilad Atzmon

ABC News reports this morning – Secretary of State John Kerry did what for many of Israel’s supporters is the unthinkable and used the A-word: apartheid. 
Apparently for many Jewish groups, the suggestion that the Jews only State is, or even could be, an ‘Apartheid State’ is unthinkable.  But far more interesting is the fact that the Jewish Lobby in America believes that it can dictate to the Secretary of State what terms to use and what words to avoid. “Any suggestion that Israel is, or is at risk of becoming, an apartheid state is offensive and inappropriate,” AIPAC’s statement read in part. And it didn’t take long for American Shabbos Goyim within the Congress and Senate to weigh in. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., released a statement urging Kerry to apologize to the Israeli government and people. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, suggested Kerry shouldn’t even have the chance to apologize, as he took to the Senate floor to call for the secretary to step down.
But in truth,  Kerry is actually slightly wrong – Israel is not an Apartheid State. It has never been so and never will  be. Apartheid is a racially driven system of exploitation. But Israel doesn’t want to exploit the Palestinians, it wants them gone!  Israel is racist, nationalist and an ethnic cleanser. The Jewish State is not an Apartheid state, instead it  follows the Nazi model of ethnic purity. That realisation can really upset the progressive Jews. 
In fact, the notion of Apartheid in Israel was introduced by the Jewish left in order to divert  attention from the fact that Israeli totalitarianism and Nazi-like inclinations  deeply embedded within Zionist thought and Jewish political thinking.
Shockingly, the terminological strategy that is used by the Right wing lobby AIPAC against Kerry is also implemented daily by the so-called Left and ‘progressive’ Jewish Lobby that seeks todominate the Palestinian solidarity discourse.  Max Blumenthal ,previously  a dedicated ‘Nazi’ hunter and currently an anti Zionist enthusiast, believes that he knows the elementary kosher criterions necessary to save the Palestinians as well as the correct terminology  for  their struggle. 
Similarly, the pro-Palestinian blog , Mondweiss,  changed its comment policy recently, on their website they wrote: 

“From here on out, the Mondoweiss comment section will no longer serve as a forum to pillory Jewish culture and religion as the driving factors in Israeli and US policy.” 

Both Blumenthal and Mondoweiss seek to dominate the terminology of the relevant discourse. But why? What are they afraid of?

It is time to admit that dominating the language and dictating a political jargon without regard for ethical considerations or even the truth is a contemporary Jewish  political strategy. As we can see, AIPAC, Blumenthal, Mondweiss and others follow a similar strategy. They insist upon imposing  the  notion of ‘correctness.’ But their efforts are actually counterproductive .   By trying to control speech. they help the rest of us to identify the Jewish political dynamic of concealment. Jews on the left as well as the right are fearful of any essential discussion of  Jewish racism and the reason is obvious. Every form of Jewish politics is racially oriented to a certain extent. Though Jews do not form a racial continuum, Jewishness is a racially driven concept.  As much as Israel is a Jews only State, the progressive Jews Voice For Peace  (JVP) is pretty much a Jews only political cell.  
But as the Jewish Left has been desperate to divert the attention from the Jewishness of the Jewish State, and  much as Blumenthal, Mondoweiss and others attempt to stop us from looking into the meaning of the ‘J word’, PM Netanyahu and his  government  are actually increasingly open about the Jewish orientation of their state. They are now demanding that Abbas and the Palestinians accept that Israel is The Jewish State.
We may be able to conclude that though political Jews, are  desperate to dominate the terminology that shapes the political discourse, they somehow fail to agree amongst themselves what this terminology is. 
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By Ziad Fadel

بالفيديو، معارك الجيش السوري و" النصرة" بريف دمشق


Shaykh Najjaar: In the Industrial Zone, SAA clashed with a group of vermin and killed 4, wounding an estimated 9.
Central Prison: No more attacks from the terrorists. Now, it’s the SAA’s turn.  A roving A-team found a group of Jabhat Al-Islam terrorists and killed 2 of them with another 5 surrendering. They were Saudis and Qataris.
Al-Jubayla: Next door to the prison, 11 confirmed terrorist kills.  All were foreign.  No details.
Fighting reported in these areas:
  • Maayer, Maare’, Huraytaan, ‘Anadaan, Al-Mansoora, Al-Shuwayhana, Layramoon, Kuwayris, Rasm Al-‘Abbood, Al-Judayda, Al-Raashideen 4th District (nest destroyed), Bustaan Al-Qasr, Al-Zabadiyya, Al-Saakhoor, Al-Saaliheen, Hanaanu, Bani Zayd Youth Residencies, Old City, Turaab Hulluk (12 vehicles destroyed).

Castillo Roundabout:

Wael obtained the names of the Syrian terrorists who were killed here.  Of the 41 carcasses, 32 were foreigners, mostly Chechens, Daghestaanis and Afghans.  Nobody survived the deadly, but glorious, air attack:
  • Aadam Al-Battaah
  • Sa’eed Hijaazi
  • ‘Abdul-Rahmaan Al-Bakri
  • Mahmoud Keelaawi
  • Hussayn Hammaad
  • Tawfeeq Al-Badawi
  • Muhammad ‘Amr
  • Yahyaa Al-‘Aadili
  • ‘Ali Siraajeddeen



‘Ayn Al-Dilba:

In the Kasab environs.  Wael counted a list of 69 terrorists with 44 wounded.  Almost all the dead and wounded were non-Syrians.  I have learned that Chechen and Daghestaani vermin are turned over to specialized liaison officers in the SAA who consult regularly with Russian counterparts.  The operation was a classic ambush around a convoy of vehicles carrying terrorists eastward in the plain light of day.  Unbelievable:
  • ‘Abdulllah Al-Kaatibi (LEBANTEEZIAN MONKEY VOMIT)
  • Mahmoud ‘Aaref
  • Maaher Radhwaan
  • Sabri Al-Majboor
2 launchers, a mortar, 2 flatbeds with Dosckas and 11 vans with terrorists, weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
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GA attackedGaza City – GazaAt 3:45 AM Gaza time on April 29th, the night guard on board Gaza’s Ark

received a call to leave the boat because it was going to be attacked.

The guard left, but when nothing happened, he returned after 5 minutes. A few
minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat causing extensive damage.

The boat sank part way and is now sitting on the shallow sea floor. The guard
was not injured but was taken to hospital for tests.

Mahfouz Kabariti, Gaza’s Ark Project Manager, says: “The extent and nature of
the damage are currently being investigated. We will provide an update when

“Gaza’s Ark and all our partners in the Freedom Flotilla Coalition are
considering our next move in response to this cowardly act of terrorism, but
our position remains clear: Neither this nor any other attack will stop our
efforts to challenge the blockade of Gaza until it ends,” adds David Heap of
Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee.

“Freedom Flotilla boats have been sabotaged before. This attack comes as we
were almost ready to sail. You can sink a boat but you can’t sink a movement,”
concludes Ehab Lotayef, another member of the Steering Committee.

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David Heap +1-519-859-3579
Charlie Andreasson +970 (59) 8345327

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Gilad Atzmon : a radical thinker
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Following his conference in Geneva on March 20th, L’Armurerie met Gilad Atzmon and  asked him some questions.
(Dieudonne, Anti Semitism, Jewishness, David Duke, Israel Shahak and more’) 
N : One of my first questions has already found an answer during the conference actually!
GA : Don’t worry about that, try again, I may have changed my mind (laughs). 
N : Regarding the Jewish intelligentsia’s campaign against Dieudonné in France, it is not clear what they try to achieve. Their behavior is not exactly reasonable.
GA : You have read my book so you understand that what you may consider as ‘reason’ has very little to do with Jewish reasoning. 
While stressful  reaction to trauma is generally called post-traumatic stress disorder, in the case of the Jews, we are dealing with PRE-traumatic stress. Jews are in many cases tormented by a fantasy of terror. And it is the fantasy of terror that shapes their actions. So they invent a fantasy of an Iranian nuclear threat, and this fantasy of terror would shape their actions and eventually may lead towards a disaster for themselves and the rest of us. For instance, considering the Iranians are in a state of security alert, and for a good reason, they may even misinterpret a move in Israeli airspace that would lead to a reaction !
Interestingly enough, and it is the first time I say it publicly, when you watch “Schindler’s list’, the Jewish crowd on the screen discusses issues to do with gas chambers. They say, «Yes, we’ve heard that there are gas chambers» and, as viewers, we are also terrified by the concept. Then, when the Jews are marched into the showers, we are fully anticipating a mass slaughter and this is obviously the dramatic peak of the movie. But this is in fact the product of a pre-traumatic stress. It’s a fantasy! Because as we are about to learn very soon, there is no gas, we are dealing with showers, simply water pouring out of them. 
N: You mean, in the movie? (Laughs)
GA : Yes, I’m talking about the movie. But this is a classical case, and it’s incredible that Spielberg decided to bring this aspect of Jewish psyche into cinematic life. Spieberg is a very interesting character, do you remember the movie E.T., it is basically the story of a Jew who went out of the ghetto and got into trouble, but eventually made friends with the Goyim. Nevertheless, he still wants to go home, back to the ghetto ! But for the time being he’s with all these goyim, and they love him, which is something that never happened to Spielberg himself (laughs).
N : Usually, not in Israel, of course, but in Europe, they are trying to manipulate us, as you say, «by way of deception » (Mossad’s motto): they act as French people, just like any other citizen. However, in the case of Dieudonné, they actually reveal their strategy and political power.
GA : I have great respect for Dieudonné, and I think this is mutual.
In fact, his story was the emblem of Jewish identity politics. They tell you again and again, «the personal is political», so you say « oh fine, I’m black so my politics will be black then, that’s fine, so I’m going to be concerned with black issues, slavery and discrimination, and I’m going to care little about your thing, i.e, the Shoa, this is your thing.». 
But, apparently, the personal is political only as long as you don’t undermine or eclipse Jewish suffering. Because Jewish suffering is the primary topic and the Holocaust is the new religion — an awful religion indeed.
Because Christianity, for instance, is about spreading goodness, Islam is about peace («Salaam») and about finding yourself. The holocaust religion, however, is about vengeance. There is a very important Israeli philosopher – the late Yeshayahu Leibowitz — who said that Jews believe in many things. They believe in Buddha, in Judaism, you have got Jews for this, Jews for that, Jews for Palestinians, but all of them believe in the Holocaust. Holocaust is the new Jewish religion, and this is their problem. But when they ask you, French people, to make the Holocaust your new religion, this is interfering with your Western values system.
N : Did you happen to read some of the many French critical voices who oppose Judaism such as Proudhon, Toussenel, Drumont, Sorel?
GA : I read Georges Sorel, yes. He is very interesting.
N : Did you know that he was initially a judepophile and opposed Christianity but then ended up being labeled as an anti-semite?
GA : First, it’s not very difficult to get yourself labeled  as an anti-semite. You just have to tell the truth! You know, basically anti-semites are brutally honest people, in most case of Jewish origin! (laughs)
N : Many French people share your opinion. For example, there is a French thinker, Hervé Ryssen, who uses the same metaphor as you when you talk about the mirror, saying that when a Jew accuses you of being an anti-semite, you just have to read the mirror image of the argument to reveal his racism towards goyim.
GA : I actually use the word projection, but the mirror image is no doubt similar. And projection, by the way, is something that Freud taught us about. You know, we have to admit that some of the most interesting humanists in the history of the West are Jews. Christ, Spinoza, Marx were Jews. Why is that?
You see, even if you are not religious and you think all people are equal and everything is pretty much ok, what kind of a new humanist insight can you find in your system?
But if you are full of hatred, and then you turn against your system, there is a lot to look at. I look at my Israeliness or Jewishness, and I come up with a lot of ideas that are slightly more interesting than those of people who were brought up in a very liberal and tolerant environment.
Now there is something very interesting and it’s again the first time I’m saying it. The left is devastated by David Duke for instance. He was in the KKK when he was young. But here is something quite amazing: I read him and I was shocked to find out that this guy knows more about Jewish identity  than I do! How could a supposedly ‘racist’ Gentile who probably never entered a synagogue knows more than I do about Judaism? The reason is in fact very simple : he is a proud white man. He’s interested in nationalism, in the culture of his own people, so he understands things that I am not even allowed to think about. Believe it or not, even as a Jew, I wasn’t allowed to think of myself as a racist. I was a racist, maybe I am still one, but I was not allowed to acknowledge it. Once he acknowledges the he’s talking about white people’s rights, in a way he thinks like Avigdor Lieberma ! But in fact, he is way better than Liberman. David Duke is a humanist because he says, «I want to celebrate my right and you should celebrate your rights»  whether you are Muslim or black or whatever. He believes that all people should celebrate their rights, this is his current philosophy. Avidgor Liberman is not a humanist, because he wants to celebrate his rights at the expense of other people.
N : It is very American to see things this way:  each community working for its own rights. In France, we are taught that universalism is the solution and we shouldn’t work for a specific community, yet we actually have an extremely powerful community, like the CRIF for example, as you were stating during the conference. Except for this specific community, you should be universalist and anti-communitarian, so you can’t really organize a community like in the US. Even nationalism and patriotism are regarded as something bad.  
GA : For sure, and that is exactly the problem. If you are entitled to celebrate your Jewish racism in France, every other group should be entitled to celebrate its own as well, and this is indeed a challenge for the French society, but so far, under the dictatorship of CRIF, you can’t.
N : You talked about political correctness. Do you think that all the ideas forbidden by this political correctness, like studying fascism or World War II in all its aspects, might lead to the solution?
GA : I think that eliminating political correctness, and dismantling the power of the  people who impose this dictatorship and formal frustration is the solution. What is the outcome ? I’m not a prophet. I believe in humanity. I believe in the beauty of humanity. I believe that in the world I was born into, before the Jewish domination and lefty political correctness – which is basically the same thing (the left are Jewish by proxy) – we had great music, great poetry, great thought, great challenges. It was a world where we believed that the political system was a mirror image of our human condition. But now we are being reduced to being consumers and the political system is there just to facilitate consumption.  Political correctness is the vehicle that has facilitated this disaster. So I don’t care if the outcome of it is that we start looking in the history of World War II, I’m fine with it 100%. And, who knows, maybe we’ll find out that the Jews were telling the truth. This would be wonderful! And then I would say, «You know what, I am a Jew. » (laughs)
N : Are you enthusiastic about revisionism ?
GA : Not only am I enthusiastic about revisionism, I argue that the only historians on this planet are revisionists. History is the art, the capacity to look at the past as we move along and to revise what we think about the past as we proceed. This is the true meaning of history.
N : Have you ever read some of Christopher Lasch’s books ? He’s an American thinker who wrote about the elite’s rebellion against the people and said that the Western elite was Pharisaic, dreaming about the Promised Land. In France, It is enough to say that to be considered an anti-semite.
GA : Interesting. I have not read him. I try to read a lot but unfortunately I can’t read everything. I love being in France, I meet a lot of people who are very intelligent and challenging.
N : You are obviously not a leftist, I think we all got it, but you are not a rightist either. Are you an anarchist ?
GA : No, it’s very simple : I believe that the left/right dichotomy is dated. I’m a post-political thinker and I’m interested in the emergence of the ethical conscience. And I believe that the West experienced a great inspiring moment when it was enlightened by Athens, but now it is under the invasion of Jerusalem and we have to bring Athens back.
N: You mean Athens’ original democracy with drawing of lots ?
GA : No, I’m not even talking about democracy there. I’m talking about the birth of the polytheistic culture, with many different reflections of us that reminded us of what we are, and I am talking about ethics. Jerusalem is one god : yes/no, good/evil, Jew/Goy, it’s all about the opposition. And more important, in Jerusalem you have no ethical conscience. You have ten commandments: don’t kill, don’t drink, don’t do, don’t, don’t, don’t. Ethical people don’t need ten commandments. That’s Athens.
N: Do you still vote ?
GA : I’m not participating in the democratic game.
N: You had a conversation with Jacob Cohen in a French café, which was recorded. I watched it and found it very interesting, because Jacob Cohen regards himself as a proper anti-zionist Jew, but in front of you he seemed quite awkward dealing with contradictions.
GA : A lot of people saw it actually. Jacob Cohen is a nice guy. When they talk with me they are pushed back to the tribe, but it is not a bad thing. He is a good guy and a beautiful soul, and talking with me was thought provoking for him. He has contradictions that’s true, but contradiction is a good thing, and we have to learn from our contradictions and to deal with them. I also have contradictions, you know. I call myself a proud self-hater, and sometimes I call myself an ex-Jew. You see,  I have to decide, but I don’t, I’m bouncing back and forth.
N: In the same video, you said that you were kind of «out of ‘jewishhood’» but not really, when you thought of it, as you were always talking about it and so your family and probably your children may be «in» it. How do you think your children will regard themselves ?
GA : It’s a great question. It’s not easy to grow up with a thinker and a musician and I hope that they will be happy and it’s completely up to them. I mean, if my son decides to become a rabbi, I will let him be. But I don’t think that is going to happen. (laughs)
N: Sometimes when we are really radical, our children can turn out to become as radical, but in the opposite direction, so it could happen, don’t you think?
GA : I’m not sure I am that radical. And by the way, you know today during the conference, I talked for the first time about the Jewish genius. We always say they rule the world, but if we have a problem, it’s not because they are stupid, it’s because they are clever. So let’s face it and try to analyze this phenomenon. And the best way to analyze it is to start learning evolutionary psychology, which the left and the Jews don’t allow us to do. Heidegger and many others said that what the Jews hated so much in Hitler was the reflection of what they had in themselves. Otto Weininger grasped it 20 years before Heidegger.  When you hate something in others, it is usually because you find the same thing in yourself. Weininger suggested that this is why so many anti-semites are Jews, because they see in Jews what they don’t like in themselves.
N: On a French website, Scriptoblog (whose founder is Michel Drac, also one of founders of Egalité et Réconciliation), a critic said that Bernard-Henri Levy is the product of the Jewish thinking imploding into the higher strata of the French bourgeoisie. Do you think that this statement is correct ?
G: I think that this is a fair comment. The more interesting question is to ask is what is it about Jewish intelligentsia that attracts the French bourgeoisie?
 N: I think it’s quite accurate, because it’s related to your view of Jewish secularism on the eve of modern Capitalism (back in the industrial revolution). Is Jewish thinking and Jewishness a better software for the capitalist engine (burning/running faster)?
G: Almost. Capitalism at least traditionally, is associated with manufacturing and industry. As we know, Jews do not gravitate towards industry. In the last two centuries the Jewish elite settled comfortably in money, in finance centres, as well as in media and culture. To a certain extent, the emergence of the global and service economy, together with the collapse of manufacturing  in the West, is not surprising at all. The rising elite is a global community that is not connected with rural life or any form of production. It is driven by principles of market economy and greed and, as Milton Friedmann suggested, the market economy is very good for the Jews.
N: I read about a leftist French economist, Francis Delaisi, who wrote a book in 1942 about Nazi economy and politics, which was unavailable until Soral relaunched it. I find very interesting his theory that Hitler adamantly refused to put his country again under the dominion of the Wall Street banks (which, in his opinion, were tied to Jewry) and that for doing this he and his fellow countrymen were burnt to the ground. Some French people think that the Holocaust religion is a hysterical topic dropped in every time somebody is approaching these studies.
G: There you go. The Shoa is a successful political instrument. In the name of the Jewish past we eliminate the future of France and even the West.  
N: Many socialists, I mean real socialists like Leroux, Considerant and others, used the word “Jew” in their writings to embody a super-capitalist metaphor. Nowadays, leftists tend to claim this was the result of an anti-semitic era, but to them the entire history tends to be so. What’s your opinion about that ? 
G: I believe that the fear of anti-semitism is going to get the Jews into major trouble on a global scale. The level of resentment keeps growing and the lack of criticism leads to impunity for the Jewish elite. This is very dangerous. 
N: Abraham Leon published around 1943 a book called “The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation” in which he stated that Jews tends to act as a class, rushing for high-profile bourgeoisie positions and that zionism was the last step of a capitalism starting to rot. Is that a shared opinion?
G: Abraham Leon makes just another cute Jewish intellectual attempt to explain the Jewish cultural and social abnormality. Here is the trick. The Jews are not a class, or people, or race, or a cult, or an ethnicity, or nationality, or the most clever people on the planet, but at the same time they can be any and all of the above simultaneously. Jewishness is an exilic culture, highly adaptable. And this fact alone explains every aspect of Jewish politics, culture and even Jewish talent.  
N: Is it correct to say that Eastern European judaism was an attempt for some Jews to escape from community habits and have new rights in relation to other people, an attempt to be carried out by their wits only instead of using their full potential (physical, social, etc.) ?  It seems as if Eastern European judaism has long been a way for a few people to (1) to deal with powerful elites; and (2) dominate other people (according to Israel Shahak). My question is this, was their conversion to this particular religion a perfect way to satisfy their appetite for depredation ? 
G: It seems as if you confused two issues here. To start with, the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism has little to do with Shahak’s reference to the Jews’ later becoming an instrument of oppression serving  the East European elite.
The Khazars converted to Judaism because of geopolitical conditions unique to the 9th century. Jews became an oppressive class in the East due to the fact that they were freed and could serve the local landowners and aristocracy. Shahak argues that this unique role and affinity to power is inherent in Jewish culture and consistent with the Talmud. I do not have any doubt that Shahak is correct here and Jewish history reveals such affinity to power in different places and at different times.
N: What’s your opinion about the Hezbollah as a resistance movement against Zionism? In France it is forbidden to pronounce this word without condemning it.
G: It is a beautiful thing. A true liberating force. It would be very interesting to study its cultural foundation and to find out why Hezbollah succeeded where Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood failed.
N: You want Europe to bring Athens back and forget about Jerusalem. But the two of them bring with them slavery in one form (physically) or another (debt). Isn’t it time for us to think less about ethical conscience and give back to people their common sense (as Orwell called it, common decency, i.e., a spontaneous perception ordinary people have of what is right and what is wrong)? 
G: Isn’t that exactly what correctness is all about? Who decides what is good for the people, The Guardian of Zion?  The Observer of Judea, or shall we just call it Big Brother?  I believe that Athens , as a principle, is there to make people  think independently and ethically. It moves beyond the Torah and the commandments.
N: And last but not least, a question for which I’ve been trying to find the answer for a long time. Jewish history tells us that Jews have been persecuted since the dawn of mankind because nobody liked them. But after the fall of the Roman Empire, the so-called Middle Ages was quite a deeply rooted era in which people were interconnected through organic communities, respect, maybe sometimes war but still, real links. In this era, it is well known that Jews were regarded as vicious people, and our History teachers tell us that it was all made up by the Church. Through all my research, I’ve found trials, arguments, but all were filled with specific accusations, not only insulting words. How come we can tell today without a doubt that they were all false when, surprisingly, the Romans, Eastern Europeans, Goths and others have said exactly the same things about Jews throughout history?
 G: History, presents itself as an attempt to narrate the past but in practice it is a chronicle of concealment of our shame. Through this chronicle of shame we learn what people were embarrassed about in different eras. Jews have a serious dilemma in that respect. On the one hand they would love to be treated as the ultimate victims, but then, if everyone hates them equally this may as well suggest that something isn’t quite right. Being a revisionist I am here to suggest that through the present we grasp the past. Through our encounter with BHL, Israel, CRIF we grasp the past. If Jews want to change their past they better take away their war-mongering lobbies.
N : Being that radical may lead to trouble. Have you received threats ?
GA : I’m not radical.
N : Yes, you are. We have watched Norman Finkelstein’s «American Radical» and I have much respect for him but you are the radical one.
GA : The people who are scared of me the most are not the Zionists or the Jews. The people who are scared of me the most are the Jewish left. Because I argue that Jewish left is a spin. It’s an oxymoron. If you are a leftist, you’re supposed to be a universalist. If you maintain your Jewish tribal identity, you are racially oriented. So the Jewish left are in fact national socialists. But national socialism is a beautiful thing. If you’re national socialist you believe in the soil, you’re patriotic, you’re running naked in the forest (I’ve never seen a Jew running naked in a forest, by the way), but  you also believe in equality, in universal social justice. The Jews have a very interesting political trick: they always capture both poles of the discourse. So they are the capitalists on Wall Street but simultaneously they also run the opposition, the revolution, and by the time the goyim understand what is going on, the Jews are already years ahead. So they go to Palestine, and they turn it into Israel, and then you find out that all the anti-zionists are also dominated by the Jews. And againby the time you find that out, they have already skipped to the next place and we don’t even know where that is. And this is why — and it is not surprising — Marx, who was a Jew after all, introduced us to dialectical thinking, because they have the dialectic embedded deeply in their culture
N : You mean pilpoul! [Note: Talmudic form of dialog seeking to reconcile contradictions in the Talmud]
GA : Yes ! Pilpoul (laugh) It’s about time they use pilpoul in order to facilitate ethical and universal thinking rather than advancing tribal nonsense.
N : Alain Soral said that when you talk with a leftist, you have an hour-long debate before coming to the point, whereas with a rightist, you go straight to the arguments.
GA : Let me tell you something I have never said to the French press
N : We are not press but okay (laughs).
GA : For me you are the most important press because you’re the only one who speaks with me! (laugh). Egalité et Reconciliation for example is more popular than most of the outlets in France. Now, this is very important : on the right, you have a clear dichotomy between activism and scholarship. Activism is the idea of changing the social reality and introducing justice. Scholarship is about the truth. Heidegger was a scholar. Some other Nazis were social activists and then they became the regime. On the left, we don’t have a dichotomy and this is why they are always compromising the truth in the name of social discourse. It doesn’t take long before they end up with a discourse that is detached from humanity, from reality, and from the truth. And this is why we are going to win and are already wining actually. You know, it is nice talking to you. Yesterday we saw Richard Falk. It was very interesting but the room was filled with a geriatric audience who won’t be here in 10 years. Is this the Palestinian resistance? Today on the other hand we saw young people. I am very happy. 
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Syrian rebels announce creation of unified Southern Front


Ibrahim al-Jabawi, a former police brigadier general turned spokesman for the so-called Southern Front, speaks during an interview with AFP in Amman on April 28, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi)
Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Rebels in southern Syria say they’ve united tens of thousands of fighters and rejected the extremism and infighting that have plagued the uprising elsewhere, but still want for external support.
The so-called Southern Front was created around two months ago and includes some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream rebel groups operating from the Jordanian border to the outskirts of Damascus and the Golan Heights, the rebels say.
The new alliance is in part aimed at alleviating Western concerns that providing greater aid to the fractious rebels would bolster Al-Qaeda-inspired groups and see heavy weapons fall into the hands of extremists.
“The objective is to unify fragmented factions to topple the regime of (President Bashar) al-Assad and work on creating a democratic state that would preserve the rights of all segments and minorities,” Ibrahim al-Jabawi, a former police brigadier general turned spokesman for the alliance, told AFP in Amman.
“These factions have led significant battles against Assad’s forces and achieved victories,” notably in the Golan city of Quneitra near the disputed frontier with Israel and in the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising began in March 2011, Jabawi said.
“In recent days for example, fighters from more than 16 factions liberated a strategic position that belonged to Brigade 61,” a Syrian army brigade responsible for guarding the Golan frontier, he said.
Abu al-Majd, a spokesman for the Yarmouk Brigade, one of the more powerful members of the alliance, said the front had been active since the failure of Geneva peace talks earlier this year.
Saudi Arabia, one of the main backers of the uprising against Assad, has strong influence over rebels in the south, where it has worked with Jordan to help unify the various factions, according to Syrian opposition sources.
Jabawi and others insist their alliance has no place for the Nusra Front, the Syrian wing of Al-Qaeda, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a rogue jihadi group that has been battling other rebels in the north since the start of the year.
“Division does not lead to positive results. That is why we worked to unify moderate factions under one umbrella,” Jabawi told AFP.
“Nusra, which has limited influence in the south, does not have any role in the southern front,” he said, adding that other Islamist groups in the south “are limited and not developing.”
Since early January, ISIS has been at war with the Nusra Front and other Islamist and moderate rebel groups, which accuse it of kidnapping, torturing and killing activists and rebels opposed to its strict version of Islamic governance.
“We do not want the situation of south to reach the situation of the north,” said Abu al-Majd.
In a bid to prevent the infighting that has plagued the rebels since the start of the uprising, the southern alliance says it has established a court in Daraa’s central prison to resolve disputes.
“When there is a problem between (rebel) groups, they can go to the court to solve it. We have judges and lawyers who are working there. We are recruiting even guards and other employees,” Abu al-Majd said.
“At the same place we are planning to build a big hospital.”
Despite projecting an image of unity, moderation and discipline, rebels in the south argue that they have not received the kind of heavy weapons needed to tip the balance against Assad’s army.
And Abu al-Majd said the government troops based in the south are more formidable than in other parts of the country.
“The regime keeps one of the most important concentration of forces in the south. It is not easy to move around…” he said.
“We have enough light weapons but we need weapons that would help us deal with air strikes and tanks,” Jabawi said.
“We hope that Syria’s friends would help us and provide us with such weapons, particularly anti-aircraft guns… to help liberate all southern parts until we reach Damascus.”
At least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles have been supplied to a moderate rebel group fighting in the north by a “Western source” as part of a pilot program, a rebel official told AFP earlier this month.
But it’s unclear whether similar plans are in the works for the south, and such weapons would be of little use against Assad’s air force, which has been employed to devastating effect against the rebels.
Abu Hafs, a fighter from the Martyrs of Huran Brigade, said rebels in the south suffer from shortages of even non-lethal aid.
“We do not have enough hospitals and the ones we have lack basic things,” he told AFP in the northern Jordanian city of Irbid.
(AFP, Al-Akhbar)
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Domino policy: On the war on Syria and Regional Elections – دومينو السياسة _ د اشرف بيومي ، د منذر سليمان ، د وليد عربيد

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Israel steals Palestinian Authority’s (PA) tax receipts

The Israeli regime has decided to use tax money collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a nine-month deadline for the so-called peace talks expired on Tuesday.

Israeli officials said that Tel Aviv would use the tax money to offset debts to Israeli electricity and water companies. The measure by Tel Aviv is aimed at putting more pressure on the Palestinians.

The efforts to reach a deal between the two sides hit a snag in March after Israel refused to release 26 Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so. Israel also continued constructing illegal settlements on occupied lands.

The move prompted acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas to respond by signing letters of accession to 15 international conventions on April 1.

On April 8, Riyad Mansour, the PA ambassador to the United Nations, said Palestine would officially become a state party to 13 of the 15 conventions on May 2.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended the talks after the Fatah movement signed a reconciliation deal with the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas on April 23.

“As long as I’m Prime Minister of Israel, we will not negotiate with a government that is backed by Hamas, an organization that is committed to our destruction,” Netanyahu said in an interview with an American TV channel on April 27.

Last Palestinian-Israeli talks broke down in September 2010, after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

Hariri decides: No to Aoun in Baabda – Lebanon’s presidential election postponed to May 7

Lebanese member of parliament Michel Aoun holds a press conference following a parliament session to vote for the new Lebanese president in the parliament building in downtown Beirut on April 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Joseph Eid)

The Future Movement’s parliamentary bloc announced their support for Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea’s presidential bid on Tuesday, while former Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) ministers Gebran Bassil and Elias Abou Saab in Paris. The bloc’s position could be a matter of courtesy between the Future Movement and the Lebanese Forces. However, based on previous relations between the two allies and leaked information from the Paris meeting, it could now be said for certain that the rapprochement between Future Movement leader Saad Hariri and head of the FPM, MP Michel Aoun, has reached a dead end concerning the presidency.

This is not merely speculation. March 14 officials, particularly from the Future Movement, have been voicing that the their decision is final. Sources from March 14 indicated that Hariri told his allies and several of his assistants that he made up his mind about the presidency and he will not be choosing Michel Aoun for the position. According to the same sources, Hariri made sure he informed his allies prior to his meeting with Bassil, maintaining that he will proceed with dialogue with Aoun, but not on the basis of choosing him as president.

Certain Future Movement officials were intent on publishing this information, adding that Hariri reassured his allies that he will not be betraying the coalition. Parliamentary sources close to Hariri linked this position with two issues: the Saudi rejection of Aoun being chosen as president, and Bassil’s recent visit to Moscow and his talks about oil, gas, and weapons for the army with the Russians.

The sources indicated that negotiations between the FPM and the Future Movement concerning oil and gas “have reached a dead end.” They also revealed that Hariri was annoyed with the “conference held by Bassil in Russia with its foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, especially when he asked Russia to buy oil and gas from Lebanon,” saying that “oil and gas are not cooking oil, you cannot just ask anyone to buy them.” According to the same sources, Hariri was bothered by “Bassil’s statements in Russia about the possibility of sending aid to the Lebanese army.”

  When the picture becomes clearer, contacts will be between the Future Movement and Hezbollah directly, without the need for a middleman.

The sources also maintained that the “US-Iran rapprochement is in its final stages, which should reflect positively on the entire region, including the relationship with Hezbollah.” They indicated that “when the picture becomes clearer, contacts will be between the Future Movement and Hezbollah directly, without the need for a middleman.”

On the other hand, FPM sources expressed surprise about the rumors of Hariri’s backtracking on his amiable stance concerning Aoun’s presidential bid. “The meeting between Hariri and Bassil in Paris yesterday, lasting for five hours, refutes all those unfounded leaks,” the FPM sources explained. “It is Fouad Siniora’s people inside the Future Movement who are spreading such harmful rumors. He is the only one who is not happy with the rapprochement.” This is verified by “recent statements by his close MPs.”

“The FPM has never said that the rapprochement will lead to the election of General Aoun as president,” the sources continued. “We said earlier that the contacts are related to several internal issues.” They indicated that ” some Future Movement partisans are sending a message to Saad Hariri.”

On the eve of the second parliamentary session to elect a new president, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri announced that his bloc will be present and will not participate in attempts to create a lack of quorum, like he promised before the April 23 session. “The Development and Liberation Bloc will be the first to attend and the last to leave the session,” Berri announced and said he will wait for 30 minutes for the quorum before adjourning the session to a later date.

Although he did not set the next date, awaiting what might be emerging in today’s session, Berri said that he had two prospective dates for two other sessions. However, if their quorum is not met, he will not sit idly and merely set new dates. He will act according to his responsibilities as the speaker of parliament to find an exit from the looming crisis. However, Berri did not hide his concerns about a continuous lack of quorum until the country gets close to May 25, the constitutional deadline to elect a president.

“Currently, available data indicates a lack of consensus regarding the new president. Thus the quorum of two-thirds will not be reached,” Berri explained. He maintained that he was not aware of the details of the Paris meetings between Hariri and Bassil. “If it is positive or they agreed on something, it will take some time for it to translate onto the political scene while both sides deal with the agreement with their respective allies. But nothing is tangible yet. If an agreement was reached, the president will be elected in two days at most.”

Does he see external action concerning the issue? “I had informed the ambassadors I met about the need to safeguard the Lebanese aspect, which I am sticking to, and some of the external positions I get directly or indirectly through ambassadors confirm this direction,” Berri explained. “For example, the Americans told me their position on the Lebanese presidential elections. They said they will not pick one candidate over the other, that they will not veto anyone, and they want the elections to be on time.”


This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.



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Amid Security Challenges Iraq Parliamentary Elections Kicks off -Maliki Certain of Victory

Nouri al-Maliki

Iraqi PM Maliki Certain of Victory

Iraq Parliamentary Elections Kicks off Amid Security Challenges

Local Editor

Iraqis started on Wednesday voting in the first parliamentary elections since US troops withdrew, amid security challenges represented by Takfiris who have been for years carrying out suicide and bomb attacks against civilians.

Voters began streaming into election centers Parliamentary Electionsnationwide from 7:00 am (0400 GMT), with polling due to end at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT), as more than 9,000 candidates compete for 328 seats in parliament.

 The run-up to the election has seen Baghdad and other major cities swamped in posters and bunting.

Parties have staged rallies and would-be lawmakers have angrily debated on television.

Attacks on polling stations and campaign gatherings in recent days have cast a pall over the vote, and spurred fears that much of the electorate could stay home rather than risk being targeted.

Some political parties expect high turnout, based on the high rate of participation in the elections abroad and by security forces. Elections abroad and by security forces took place earlier on Sunday and Monday.

Source: AFP


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Syria: Army Eliminates Terrorist Groups, Obliterates Their Weaponry

جبهة كسب: معركة قمّتي النسر والحمرا في أوجها

Syria: Army Eliminates Terrorist Groups, Obliterates Their Weaponry

Local Editor

The Syrian army units continued operations against theSyrian Army armed terrorist groups in many provinces on Tuesday, killing large numbers of terrorists and destroying their hideouts, gatherings and weaponry.

SANA reporter said that the army units carried out a series of operations against terrorists’ dens and gatherings in the northern farms of al-Mleiha town, killing and injuring scores of them, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Other army units destroyed terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Zamalka and Erbin towns in the countryside.

Meanwhile, an army unit inflict heavy losses upon terrorists in Aliyeh farms in Douma area.

In the same context, the army units clashed with terrorists in Jobar neighborhood, eliminating scores of them and injuring others, in addition to destroying their equipment.

A military source told SANA that the army continued pursuing the terrorist groups in the areas of al-Ramouseh, al-Amryeh and al-Rashedeen in Aleppo’s old city, killing 4 of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

The source added that the army clashed with terrorists and targeted their gatherings in the areas of Darat Izza, Hreitan, Handarat, al-Jbeila, Tal Jabeen, Indan, al-Atareb, al-Mansoura, Kweires, Rasm al-Abboud, al-Jadeda, Izzaz, the Industrial Zone, near Aleppo Central Prison, al-Sukkari, al-Amryeh, Bustan al-Qasr, Hanano and al-Sakan al-Shababi, killing and injuring huge numbers of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and weaponry.

A military source told SANA that the army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings in the neighborhoods of al-Qarabees, al-Hamedyeh, Bab hood and Jorat al-Shayyah in Homs city, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among them were terrorists’ leaders.

The source added that the army killed and injured members of two terrorist groups in the areas of al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Amryeh and al-Saan in Homs countryside.

An army unit clashed with terrorists who tried to attack a military checkpoint on Homs-Palmyra highway and killed and injured many of the assailants.

The army units clashed with armed terrorist group in the area between Sasa’ and Tal al-Shahim villages in Quneitra countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army killed all of the group’s members and seized their weapons and ammunition.

Source: Agencies


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The extent of the USA’s drone genocide to be kept hidden from the public

At behest of intelligence chief, Senate removes “modest” provision that would reveal number of people killed by US attacks overseas

Jon Queally
RINF Alternative News

The Senate Intelligence Committee and the Obama administration agree on this: the American people should not know the number of people killed by U.S. drone attacks overseas, nor should they hope to understand the circumstances under which such lethal killings are authorized or executed.

This high-level agreement was confirmed on Monday after a “modest” provision designed to add transparency to the US drone assassination program was killed in the Senate committee following objections by the Obama administration’s intelligence chief.

As The Guardian reports:

At the behest of the director of national intelligence, US senators have removed a provision from a major intelligence bill that would require the president to publicly disclose information about drone strikes and their victims.

The bill authorizing intelligence operations in fiscal 2014 passed out of the Senate intelligence committee in November, and it originally required the president to issue an annual public report clarifying the total number of “combatants” and “noncombatant civilians” killed or injured by drone strikes in the previous year. It did not require the White House to disclose the total number of strikes worldwide.

But the Guardian has confirmed that Senate leaders have removed the language as they prepare to bring the bill to the floor for a vote, after the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, assured them in a recent letter that the Obama administration was looking for its own ways to disclose more about its highly controversial drone strikes.

Critics of the Obama administration’s use of drones and ongoing assassination program say that even though the language of the provision was mild, it was at least a step towards transparency and oversight.

“Congress is charged with oversight of the administration and this is a matter of life and death,” Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times. “A basic report on the number of people killed shouldn’t be too much to ask.”

And Hawkins’ colleague Zeke Johnson, Zeke Johnson, who directs the group’s security and human rights program asked:
“How many people have to die for Congress to take even a small step toward transparency? It’s stunning that after all these years we still don’t know how many people the Obama administration has killed with drones.”

The ‘war on terror’ hasn’t stopped the US backing dictators that support terrorism

US foreign policy has always been about keeping Middle East governments weak and dependent – and undemocratic – ensuring access to and control over the vast oil and gas resources.

Obama with Saudi King Abdullah

Obama cosying up to the King of Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes in the world, and a covert supporter of terrorist organisations.

Washington has an advanced relationship with Kuwait, the small Persian Gulf country out of which the US pushed invading Iraqi forces in the 1991 Gulf War. US troops are stationed in Kuwait on a more or less permanent basis, Kuwait receives considerable military assistance and training from the US, and in return, Kuwait is “the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war,” according to the Washington Post

Like most of Washington’s military and economic relationships with the Arab Gulf states, overriding geopolitical goals like maintaining US hegemony and containing Iran outweigh concerns about Kuwait’s support for the kind of Islamic jihadists that have allegedly propelled the bulk of post-9/11 foreign policy. Al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups are the enemies of the US, Washington officials remind us constantly, and they are persistently plotting to kill Americans. Oh, and please ignore the fact that our Middle East allies send them money and weapons.

The US relationship with Kuwait consists of “mutual discussions in the event of a crisis; joint military exercises; US evaluation of, advice to, and training of Kuwaiti forces; US arms sales; prepositioning of US military equipment; and US access to a range of Kuwaiti facilities,” according to a recent Congressional Research Service report (CRS). In 2004, “the Bush Administration designated Kuwait as a ‘major non-NATO ally (MNNA),’” a designation that “opens Kuwait to buy the same US equipment that is sold to US allies in NATO.”

“During 2003-2011,” according to CRS, “there were an average of 25,000 US troops based in Kuwaiti facilities, not including those rotating into Iraq at a given time.” In 2012, then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta noted, “that there were about 13,500 US troops in Kuwait.”

One would think it would be implicit in the US-Kuwaiti relationship that Kuwait, as the recipient of all kinds of US aid, privileges, and benefits, would refrain from supporting terrorist groups characterized as America’s greatest enemies by the highest Washington officials. And one would be wrong.

The Washington Post:

The amount of money that has flowed from Kuwaiti individuals and through organized charities to Syrian rebel groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to experts whose estimates are endorsed by the Treasury Department.

…Last month, the [Obama] administration decided to go public with its concerns. In a remarkably undiplomatic statement that officials said had been cleared at senior levels, Treasury Undersecretary David S. Cohen called Kuwait “the epicenter of fundraising for terrorist groups in Syria.”

Kuwait is not unique. Saudi Arabia, the cornerstone of US national security policy in the Middle East, has a long and duplicitous history of harboring Islamic extremists of the al-Qaeda, jihadist type. Most recently, the Saudis have led the charge in aiding terrorist groups fighting in Syria. It is a similar story for Qatar.

In Yemen, al-Qaeda groups have long been tolerated and even cultivated. There are “many Yemenis who have come to suspect that their government is not fighting, but helping cultivate, jihadi activity in their country,” Foreign Policy has reported. Abdulghani al-Iryani, a Yemeni political analyst, has said as much about the former Saleh regime and he told Foreign Policy that the collaboration between the new US-supported Yemeni regime and al-Qaeda militants continues. “At all levels of Yemen’s political elite you have collusion and cooperation with militants and terrorists,” he said.

The Pakistani government has intricate ties to jihadist groups and even provided Osama bin Laden with safe haven for years after 9/11. Over the past six years though, US taxpayers have sent them more than $10 billion dollars.

US foreign policy in the Middle East has always been about maintaining dominance over the region, keeping the governments relatively weak and dependent (and undemocratic), and ensuring access to and control over the vast oil and gas resources of the region. The terrorist backlash against this imperialistic and often violent foreign policy is mostly a distraction for US strategists, despite the fact that it became the primary ideological justification for increased US interventionism in the region.

At this point, US policy is perpetuating a dangerous contradiction. Strategists would like to think that this imperialism can be implemented without the blowback of violent extremists and without certain US “allies” directly supporting these terrorists. But it, apparently, cannot be done. Don’t hold your breath for a change in policy to relieve this cognitive dissonance.



Who chose the “chosen people”? It was the self proclaimed “chosen ones”

Dedicated to the long-suffering Palestinians and Iranians who have been sidelined by the United Nations in favour of the Nuclear Apartheid State of Zionist Israel in the most blatant exercise in International Double Standards that our world has ever known.

This video demonstrates that the United States is not a democracy, it is a bribeocracy, largely controlled by Zionists. But citizens of other nations need not be complacent, for there is much evidence to suggest that the same pressures are being brought to bear on their politicians and officials to support Israel’s excesses, and an Internet search will reveal that the first ever European Jewish Parliament held its inaugural meeting early in February, 2012; something that the mainstream media seemed reluctant to publicise.

War Criminal Madeleine Albright is an “Example to Follow” Says US Assistant Secretary of State Malinowski for Human Rights

Tom Malinowski, ex of Human Rights Watch, on normalising the unthinkable

albright iraqi deaths

Malinowki was recently confirmed as the Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

He had previously been Washington Director at Human Rights Watch, and before that ‘he served as Senior Director on the National Security Council at the White House, where he oversaw the drafting of President Clinton’s foreign policy speeches and strategic communications efforts around the world. From 1994 to 1998 he was a speechwriter for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, and member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State’.

Given the guy is quite clearly a card carrying Democrat politician, it is perhaps unsurprising that he used – some might say abused –  his role in Human Rights Watch to drum up support for Obama regime policies, including, quite disgracefully, the bombing of Libya and certain forms of rendition.

Malinowski has recently joined Twitter, and is already giving us some examples of his tawdry U.S. exceptionalism, and demonstrating why he should be totally disqualified from ever being employed by an organisation like Human Rights Watch.

On April 25th, he said in regards to the Russian invasion of Crimea (read from the bottom up):

Fair enough, you might say. I’m sure the Russian state does indeed employ propaganda, designed to fool Russians into supporting amoral policies and politicians. And yet only hours earlier, he had been welcomed to Twitter by an old friend:

As U.S. Secretary of State in 1996, Albright went on T.V. news and openly said that she thought the killing of 500’000 Iraqi children was ‘worth it’ in the course of pursuing U.S. strategic goals. She was of course referring to deaths caused by a sanctions regime on Iraq which even some of the people who had been overseeing it described as ‘genocidal‘.  And this is a person whose ‘example’ human rights champion Tom Malinowski thinks should be ‘followed’.

‘Black is white, up is down, and . . . 2+2 may equal 5′ indeed, Mr Malinowski

Canada becoming even more extreme in supporting zionism. aid group accused of helping Hamas branded as ‘terrorist’

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TORONTO — A Canadian organization that provided humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has been formally branded a terrorist group before the start of a court battle over the revocation of its charitable status.

In a letter to the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, the RCMP said the federal government had added the group to a list of “terrorist entities” as of April 24.

“IRFAN is now classified as a ‘terrorist group’ under Canadian law,” the letter from Supt. Stephane Bonin states.

“As a consequence, any property or asset belonging to IRFAN is now frozen.”

The letter offers no reason for the listing decision but Canada Revenue Agency has said the organization supported Hamas, itself branded as a terrorist organization.

A statement Tuesday from Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney noted CRA’s contention — which was to be argued in court next week — that IRFAN provided aid to groups run by officials of, or who supported Hamas.

IRFAN, based in Mississauga, Ont., sent about $14.6 million in resources to “various organizations associated with Hamas” between 2005 and 2009, the statement said.

The non-profit IRFAN was due in Federal Court of Appeal on May 6 to contest a 2011 CRA decision to revoke its charitable status because of its alleged ties to Hamas and failure to keep proper records.

No one for IRFAN was available to comment, but a lawyer speaking for the group condemned the listing as an attack on humanitarian support for Palestinians.

IRFAN did not know the terrorist listing was in the works and had no opportunity to respond or offer its side of the story, Ottawa-based lawyer Yavar Hameed said in an interview.

There’s no evidence the group did any direct funding of Hamas, he said.

“This listing happens days before we are to present arguments for the first time to the Federal Court of Appeal, so we’re very concerned about the timing with which this listing happens which completely undermines any ability for this organization to work as a charity,” Hameed said.

“On its face, we believe it is an unfair and unconstitutional decision that has been taken.”

Hameed also said the listing was a “nail in the coffin” for Canadian humanitarian support for “orphans and destitute” Palestinians and wondered if the decision was politically motivated.

Even acting for IRFAN as a lawyer puts him in a “tenuous” position because any support for the group could be seen to run afoul of the Criminal Code, he said, adding it is only the second time a Canadian domestic organization has been listed as terrorist group.

Meanwhile, RCMP said Tuesday it had raided IRFAN’s head office in Mississauga and a residence in Montreal as part of a terrorism-financing investigation.

“An extensive amount of documentary evidence along with stored media, money and other records were seized,” police said in a statement.

RCMP offered no further details of Monday’s raids.

Blaney’s statement noted “severe penalties” are in place for those who run afoul of the listing law.

“Canada will not tolerate terrorist activities including the financing of terrorist groups,” Blaney said.

“IRFAN-Canada has knowingly financed Hamas, a listed terrorist entity, for many years.”

In revoking its charitable status that followed two audits over 10 years, CRA referred to unproven suggestions from the U.S. government that IRFAN had ties to an Hamas-linked American aid group.

It also claims IRFAN “repeatedly misrepresented its fundraising activities to the public” and that the revocation decision was fair and legal.

It was not immediately clear whether the Federal Court of Appeal case against CRA had been rendered moot by Ottawa’s listing decision.


Syrians flood squares to show support for army and presidential elections

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Admin

Apr 29, 2014
Provinces, (SANA) Syrians in several provinces on Tuesday took out to the streets in massive rallies to express support to the army, presidential elections and the national principles.
Rallies in Aleppo city
Citizens in Aleppo city staged two rallies in support of the national principles, the constitutional event of the presidential elections and army in the face of terrorism.
The people of al-Sirian and Mahatet Baghdad neighborhoods in Aleppo asserted that Syria’s strength comes from its army and the solidarity of its people, asserting that they will practice their right to vote in the upcoming presidential elections.
Aleppo Governor Mohammad Wahid Aqqad was among the participants, affirming that such rallies reflect the true face of Aleppo and its patriotic people.
Mass rally in Daraa
Locals from Daraa province on Tuesday organized a rally in front of the Workers Union’s building to express their support to the presidential elections and to the Syrian Arab Army in the battle against terrorism.
The participants, holding patriotic banners and waving Syrian flags, expressed their adherence to national unity and rejection of foreign interference in the Syrian internal affairs, adding that the presidential elections are a response to all lies made by USA and the western countries.
They highlighted that the real response to all fake calls of “western freedom” is through going to ballots and practicing the right of voting as to preserve Syria’s unity and dignity.
Daraa Governor Mohammad Khaled al-Hannous called upon Daraa people to participate in the elections because voting is the right and duty of every Syria citizen.
He hailed the sacrifices made by the Syrian army as to preserve Syria’s unity.
For his part, Head of Daraa Branch of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party Shukri al-Rifae said that the presidential elections are Syrian affair and the Syrians are the only side to determine who to rule and lead their country.
He stressed that foreign dictations are rejected, hailing the steadfastness of the Syrians in the face of terrorism and the achievements made by the Syrian army against the terrorist groups.
Mass rallies in Damascus Countryside
Mass marches and rallies were also organized in cities and towns of Qara, al-Nabek, Deir Attiya, al-Sabboura, Qatana, Arna, Bludan, Ashrafiat Sehnaya, Herjalleh, Dahyet Qudsia, and Dahyet Harasta in Damascus Countryside.
The participants showed their support to the national principles, the presidential elections and the army in the face of terrorism, stressing the need for all Syrians to take part in the elections to show that Syria will remain steadfast despite all pressure.
The rallies were attended by Damascus Countryside Governor Hussein Makhlouf and secretary of the Damascus Countryside branch of al-Baath Party Mohammad Bkheit.
Stand at Damascus University
Branch of Damascus University of the al-Baath Arab Socialist Party organized a stand in support of the Syrian Arab Army and the presidential elections.
Head of Damascus University al-Baath Branch Dr. Jamal al-Mahmoud, said that holding presidential election is one of the most important aspiration for the Syrian people, adding that the elections would be a continuation of the achievements carried out by the Syrian army against the armed terrorist groups.
Al-Mahmoud called on all citizens to participate in the election as it represents a public interest and national need to help confront all pressures exerted against Syria.
The participants said that the presidential election is a clear evidence of the sovereignty of the Syrian stances, adding that the coming stage is pivotal stage in the lives of the Syrians.
Celebration at Faculty of Information at Damascus University
In the same context, a celebration was held at the Faculty of Education in Damascus University, with the participation of the Dean of the Faculty, the secretary of the university branch of al-Baath Party, faculty members and many students.
Women’s Union branch in Sweida stages event
A similar event was organized by the Sweida branch of the General Women’s Union.
The event included traditional artistic, musical and dance performances, a ballet recital, and honoring 20 contributors in a charity campaign organized by the Union in 2013 to help the families of martyrs.
Gathering in Tartous
Meanwhile, teachers and students gathered outside the Arab Cultural Center in the city of Tartous to express their stance in support of the army against the terrorist groups and happiness over the holding of the presidential elections.
Members of the Teachers Syndicate branch, al-Baath Party branch members, and Tartous Governor Nizar Ismael Moussa were among the participants in the rally.
This event was held to coincide with the annual conference of the Teachers Syndicate branch, with the conference discussing various issues related to syndical issues and including theatrical performances by students and the honoring of the families of 25 martyrs. 
Student gathering in Hasaka
Similarly, students of al-Furat University in Hasaka gathered in the yard of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and chanted slogans expressing their unswerving support for the army in its battle against terrorism and happiness that the presidential elections will be held on time.
Stand in Sweida
A stand was staged outside Martyr Ghazi al-Debs high school in al-Qaria town in Sweida in which a crowd of youths stressed that they will adhere to the national principles as the country is approaching presidential elections.
Rally in Homs
Residents of Shin town and the neighboring villages in the countryside of Homs crowded in the town’s square to voice their solidarity with the Syrian army that is fighting the fiercest of battles to defend the homeland against foreign-backed terrorism and express support over the holding of the forthcoming presidential elections.
The participants raised the national flags and placards expressing determination to deter terrorism and commitment to the national unity.
They stressed the importance of the democracy being witnessed in Syria in spite of the crisis, noting the persistence of the people to continue the development process through presidential elections.
English Bulletin

Jubilation across country over upcoming presidential election and army’s victories

Israel Army Destroys Mosque, Church as Christians Threatened

Local Editor .A mosque was among several Palestinian structures destroyed by the Israeli army Tuesday in a West Bank village for having been built without permits, concurring sources said. The Israeli army destroyed  mosque and a church in the occupied territories in the latest of a string of racist attacks. Separately, an Israeli man threatened the Roman Catholic bishop of Nazareth and demanded that Catholics leave the country or face God’s wrath. Tabgha church, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, was also vandalized by the Israelis.

Source: AFP
29-04-2014 – 19:11 Last updated

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Al-Mustaqbal Propaganda on Hizbullah Backfires

Al-Mustaqbal Article on Hizbullah Backfires At Newspaper

Nour Rida 

Multiple and intense have been – and still are- the attempts to distort the image of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon.

The March 14 camp has never seized to disfigure the image of Hizbullah. In fact, it has not missed any opportunity to defame the Resistance, yet they commit blatant mistakes, and their scheme backfires at them.

al-Mustaqbql article on martyr Ali Ashmar

The March 14 renown al-Mustaqbal newspaper author, Fady Shamieh, published an article on Monday entitled, “Hizbullah’s Involvement in the Syrian War: Names and facts.” Yet, Shamieh had inserted some wrong names and facts that stood out. In his article, Shamieh has published a photo of a Hizbullah martyr named, ‘Ali Mounif Ashmar‘, mentioning that Ashmar was martyred in Syria in July 2012.

Ali Ashmar was born in Kuwait on the 14th of July 1976. His father named him Ali after the first of the 12 Imams, Imam Ali, the prince of believers (pbuh).

He took part in many operations, the last of which was the Rub al-Tlateen in Odeisseh. On the 21st of March, 1996, Ali blew up a bomb loaded with shrapnel in a Zionist convoy that was made up of several trucks and cars in which “Israeli” officials were present. Numerous injuries and deaths were recorded among the “Israelis.”

One day after the operation, Ali’s body parts were collected, enshrouded and buried near the operation spot.

With such a blatant mistake, al-Mustaqbal newspaper proved it does not follow any fact-checking procedures, which in fact in not unprecedented. The newspaper continues to be a propaganda machine publishing lies and distorted facts.

For those who think the Resistance people and supporters are carrying a counter propaganda, Google will give you the answer. A simple search will demonstrate that Ali Ashmar was undeniably martyred in 1996 and that there were various articles and videos about his martyrdom published long before al-Mustaqbal’s article was published on April 28, 2014.
Source: al-Ahed news 

Russia Vows ’Painful’ Response to New US Sanctions


Lavrov: Russia Rejects US, EU Sanctions in All Their Forms

Russia Vows ’Painful’ Response to New US Sanctions

Local Editor

Russia on Monday vowed to deliver a “painful” responseRussian Foreign Ministry to fresh US sanctions on seven top officials and 17 Kremlin-linked firms that are meant to punish President Vladimir Putin’s stance on Ukraine.

“We will, of course, respond,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency. “We are certain that this response will have a painful effect on Washington.”

The United States and Europe Monday whacked Russia with fresh sanctions for failing to stop soaring tensions in Ukraine.

Source: Agencies
28-04-2014 – 21:19 Last update

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Ukraine SITREP-update April 28, 1447 UTC/Zulu

Russia stands for freedom!The Saker

  • The city hall and the city council buildings of the eastern city of Konstantinovka have been taken under control of Russian-speaking insurgents who say that they are here to protect the local authorities (who are opposed to the revolutionary regime in Kiev) from any attack by the junta.
  • Probably lured by the oligarch-galore in the Ukraine, the Jewish oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has showed up in the Dontesk region to show is support for the new regime.  According to him, “Donetsk is far from being as pro-Russian as it could be”.
  • The Mayor of Kharkov, Gennadi Kermes, has been shot in the back and critically wounded by an unknown gunman who used a rifle from long range.  The bullet passed through Kermes’ body, damaging several internal organs.
  • Six more Right Sector gunmen have been arrested over the week-end when they attempted to penetrate the Donetsk area under cover.
  • According to The Guardian, the Jews of the Ukraine do not fear the neo-Nazi Banderists, but Putin, Russia and Russian propaganda.
  • Obama is about to announce new sanctions against Russia.
  • The EU is about to announce new sanctions against Russia.
  • On Sunday, pro-regime soccer hooligans clashed with pro-federation Russian-speakers.  There were injuries, but not fatalities.
  • A number of fake snuff-videos purportedly made by the Right Sector which show policemen being killed have emerged on the Internet.  They are almost certainly fake, but nobody knows who is behind this action.

A very interesting trend is beginning to emerge: the deepening of the rift between the, shall we say, “official” leaders of the eastern Ukraine and their own electorate.  I am talking about folks like Mikhail Dobkin, Gennadi Kermes (the one shot today) or the various representatives of the Party of Regions in what is left of the Ukrainian Parliament.  The folks leading the anti-regime insurgency are adamant that the Party of Regions and all its members have already betrayed them many times and that the idea of participating in the Presidential elections organized by the junta in Kiev is yet another betrayal.  Yesterday, in one of the most popular talkshows on Russian TV (“Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev“) one of the supposedly “pro-Russian” representatives of the Party of regions ended up having an ugly shouting match with about half of the guests on the show, including three representatives of the pro-Russian insurgency in the eastern Ukraine, and several well-known Russian analysts.  At this point the “least disliked” “official” political figure in the eastern Ukraine might be Oleg Tsarev who was expelled from the Party of Regions and who initially announced that he was running for President, but who dropped out of the race when confronted about that by the local people in Donetsk.  He is also the politician who was invited to the Ukie TV show “freedom of speech”, who was guaranteed protection and then who ended up several beaten and partially stripped of his clothes by neo-Nazi thugs outside the TV station.

Speaking of TV stations, following the ban on the re-broadcast of Russian TV in the Ukraine, a number of TV stations have been stormed and taken under control of local insurgents who, interestingly, did restore the broadcast of Russian TV stations alongside Kiev controlled TV station.  They did not get the Ukrainian stations off the air.

For the time being the twice announced operation to put down the Russian-speaking East has achieved nothing besides getting a few people killed and radicalizing the local population.  The current strategy of laying siege to the rebellious cities is bound to fail as time is most definitely not on the junta’s side.  Again, to me, the eastern Ukraine has reached an escape velocity, a point of no return, and I simply do not see any figure who could make the idea of a federalized Ukraine work.  I am not even sure if Putin could do that.

Finally, there are pretty good signs that somebody is definitely trying to make things worse by, for example, filming the fake snuff-video I mentioned.  Or the shooting of Kermes for that matter.   The irony is that the Right Sector and the Russian-speakers are both opposed to a negotiated settlement and both equally hate the junta in power.  The shot which wounded Kermes today could have been fired by either side.

Note about terminology:

I employ a lot of expressions which I consider value-neutral.  I there speak of the “insurgents” in the East just as I spoke of the “insurgents” on the Maidan.  To me somebody who takes arms against a regime is an insurgent, that does not imply that I condone or condemn what he/she is doing.  Same thing for the expression “revolutionary regime”.  To me a revolutionary regime is one which brings about a radical change, a change in order, in regime.  That can be good or that can be bad.  Ditto for “rebels” who are, in my opinion, those who openly disobey the orders of an authority.  Again, I don’t believe that these expression imply anything other than a factual situation.

Stay tuned, kind regards,

The Saker

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