Inner and Outer Ugliness: Congress Proves Once Again it is Occupied Territory

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By Richard Edmondson

In the photo above we see US Congressman Ed Royce of California discussing HR 11, a resolution he introduced condemning the UN Security Council for its recent action on Israeli settlements. You’ll also notice, to Royce’s right, Florida  Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen brushing her hair with a pink hairbrush.

The scene is from a debate in Congress which took place on January 5, 2017. Royce and a number of other congressional representatives (342 of them in all) became hot and bothered over the UN’s pointing out (correctly of course) that the settlements are illegal. The photo is a screen shot I took from a C-Span video.  It’s a long video, more than eight hours, but if you advance it to about the 5:19:52 mark, you can watch the entire House debate on HR 11, which not surprisingly includes a lot of groveling to Israel (hat tip to Greg Bacon).

Just to refresh your memory, the Security Council, by a vote of 14-0 with 1 abstention, passed a resolution on December 23 “condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.” Voting in favor were Russia, China, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Senegal, Spain, Uruguay, France, Angola, Egypt, Japan, UK, Ukraine; the lone abstention was by the US.

The Security Council action was welcomed by a good many people the world over, although Benjamin Netanyahu threw a temper tantrum, claiming to have “absolute” proof the Obama administration had been secretly behind it. Other critics accused the US of a “betrayal” of its longtime “ally,” and an enormous amount of controversy erupted over the issue in the waning days of 2016 and carrying over into the new year.

Of course, anytime a dispute emerges between the US and Israel, members of Congress can always be counted upon to side with the latter rather than with their own nation–and this time was no exception.

“Today we put Congress on record objecting to the recent UN Security Council resolution that hurt our ally, that hurt Israel, and I believe that puts an enduring peace further out of reach,” fretted Royce.

Let me call once again your attention to the image of Ros-Lehtinen brushing her hair, for throughout a good portion of Royce’s speech, the Florida congresswoman–apparently unaware she was on camera–seemed preoccupied with primping and applying makeup to herself, this presumably in an effort to make herself look “beautiful.”

In the first frame of the montage below we see her with the pink hairbrush, followed by a shot of her rummaging in her purse. In the third frame she pulls out what appears to be lipstick or eyeliner (I’m not an expert on women’s makeup), and lastly applying it with her right hand while still holding the container with her left hand.

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In the following three frames we see a now cosmetically-adorned Ros-Lehtinen giving her speech before Congress and the C-Span cameras:

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“Our closest friend and ally, the democratic, Jewish state of Israel, has been under constant attack by the United Nations,” she claimed.

The Security Council resolution that occasioned Ros-Lehtinen’s diatribe specifically is entitled UNSC Resolution 2334. I put up a post about it on December 24 that contains its full text. The measure expresses “grave concern” that settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, are “dangerously imperiling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines.” It also:

1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

For Ros-Lehtinen, however, UNSC Resolution 2334 was nothing more than an execrable attempt to “delegitimize” Israel–and all the more reason why swift passage by Congress of HR 11 was needed to repudiate it!

This resolution, Mr. speaker, will not undo the damage that has been done at the Security Council, but it sends an important  message to the world that the United States Congress resoundingly, and in a strong bipartisan manner, disapproves of the vote taken on resolution 2334, and it sends a warning to the nations that will gather in Paris next week to discuss the peace process that there will be repercussions if there is a move to introduce a parameters resolution before the 20th and in an effort to further isolate Israel. Our closest friend and ally, the democratic, Jewish state of Israel,  has been under constant attack by the United Nations. Abu Mazen and the Palestinians have pushed a campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state, to undermine the peace process, to achieve unilateral statehood recognition.

For some reason–I’m not quite sure why–the sight of Ros-Lehtinen primping and then fulminating at the podium brought to mind a picture I once saw of an economically-impoverished elderly woman kissing a bird.

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I first came across this image several years ago in a poem posted by Nahida the exiled Palestinian, whose website, Poetry for Palestine, can be found here. Her poem is entitled “Beauty.”  It is not a lengthy poem at all. In fact, it contains a mere five very short, but very powerful, lines:

Sometimes, beauty is mistakenly understood;
Assuming that
If someone is beautiful, they are always good,
When truth is
When someone is good, they are always beautiful.

The woman whose picture accompanies the poem is beautiful in a way that Ros-Lehtinen is not. In addition to berating the Security Council, the Florida congresswoman also attacked the UN Human Rights Council.

“We’ve seen it at  the Human Rights Council where Israel is constantly demonized  and falsely accused of human rights violations while the real abusers of human rights go unpunished because that body has utterly failed to uphold its mandate,” she insisted. “This is a body that allows the worst abusers of human rights–like Cuba, Venezuela, and China–to actually sit in judgement of human rights worldwide. What a pathetic joke!”

It’s interesting that Ros-Lehtinen would single out Cuba, Venezuela, and China as being among “the worst abusers of human rights,” while saying nothing–zip–zero–about Saudi Arabia, a country that executes people by beheading and which currently holds the chair of the Human Rights Council.

 photo syrianchildren.jpg“Yet the only thing they can agree on is to attack Israel,” the congresswoman blubbered on, “the only democracy in the Middle East and the only place in the region where human rights are protected.”

Exceptions were taken to other UN deliberative bodies  as well.

“We’ve seen this scheme to delegtimize Israel at the General Assembly where in its closing legislative session, the General Assembly passed twenty–twenty–anti-Israel resolutions and only four combined for the entire world!” Ros-Lehtinen bellowed.

“These institutions have no credibility, and now we have the unfortunate circumstance of the White House deciding to abstain from this anti-Israel, one-sided resolution at the Security Council,” she added. “Our ally was abandoned, and credibility and momentum were given to the Palestinians’ schemes to delegitimize the Jewish state, to undermine the peace process, and while the damage has been done, Mr. Speaker, by this act of cowardice at the Security Council, we will have an opportunity to reverse that damage.”

What exactly she meant by “we will have an opportunity to reverse that damage” is unclear. Possibly the Trump administration has some plan to introduce a new measure at the UN. In any event, Ros-Lehtinen clearly seems to be a person of both inner and outer ugliness–though of course she is not the only member of Congress with such attributes. Perhaps the most groveling speech of all those given in Congress on January 5 was that delivered by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“The cornerstone of our special relationship with Israel has always been right here in Congress, this institution,” said Ryan. “The heart of our democracy has stood by the Jewish state through thick and thin. We were there for her when rockets rained down on Tel Aviv; we were there for her by passing historic legislation to combat the boycott divestment and sanctions movement; and we’ve been there for her by ensuring Israel has the tools to defend herself against those who seek her destruction.”

“I am stunned! I am stunned!” the House speaker continued, “at what happened last month! This government, our government, abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most! Do not be fooled. This UN Security Council resolution was not about settlements, and it certainly was not about peace. It was about one thing and one thing only. Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish democratic state. These types of one-sided efforts are designed to isolate and delegitimize Israel. They do not advance peace, they make it more elusive.”

If Ryan was the supreme groveler in the debate, Royce would probably have to rank a close second. One thing which seemed terribly to incense the California congressman about the Security Council resolution is that it doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to steal East Jerusalem.

“This dangerous resolution effectively states that the Jewish quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, are in the words of the resolution ‘occupied territory.’ Why would we not veto that?” asked Royce.

“It also lends legitimacy to efforts by the Palestinian authority to put pressure on Israel through the UN rather than to go through the process of engaging in direct negotiations, and it puts wind in the sails of the shameful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” he added.

gzmrg4Royce also claimed that Israel, not Occupied Palestine, is suffering “bullying and harassment.” That may sound like the statement of someone living in a parallel universe, but it is a view shared by New York Congressman Eliot Engel, one of HR 11’s original cosponsors.

“Throughout its entire history the state of Israel has never gotten a fair shake from the United Nations,” insisted Engel. “Year after year after year member states manipulate the UN to bully our ally Israel, to pile on one-sided resolutions placing all the blame for the ongoing conflict on Israel.”

Even those representatives who spoke in opposition to HR 11, did so while expressing their support for Israel at the same time. One such member was Rep. David Price, a Democrat from North Carolina.

“The fact is, H Res 11 runs a real risk of undermining the US Congress as a proactive force working toward a two-state solution,” Price lamented. ” And in this period of great geopolitical turmoil and uncertainty, we must reaffirm those fundamental aspects of our foreign policy, including our strong and unwavering support for Israel, while also demonstrating to the world that we are committed to a diplomacy that defends human rights and promotes Israeli and Palestinian states  that live side-by-side in peace and security, a formulation that has characterized our country’s diplomacy for decades.”

Another who voted against HR 11 was Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois who is also married to Robert Creamer, the Democrat Party operative who was seen in a Project Veritas video discussing plans to have protestors show up at Trump rallies during the campaign. Schakowsky feels that a little bit of criticism of Israel is allowable at times, and furthermore she holds to this belief as a “proud Jew,” as she stated to her colleagues.

 photo thousandeyes_zps2c4c47c1.jpg“I stand here as a proud Jew and someone who throughout my entire life has been an advocate for the state of Israel, and I am standing here to oppose our H Res 11,” said the Illinois congresswoman. “And as a member of congress I have been committed to maintaining America’s unwavering support for Israel, which has lasted from the very first moments of  Israel’s existence. The US-Israel bond is unbreakable, despite the fact that the United States administrations have not always agreed with the particular policies of an Israeli government.”

Yes, to be sure, our own government and Israel’s have not always seen eye-to-eye, but funny how that never seems to stop the billions in US tax dollars flowing into the Jewish state’s coffers each year. Schakowsky went on:

Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush have each vetoed, and sometimes voted for, a UN resolution contrary to the wishes of Israel’s government at the time, and only the Obama administration, until two weeks ago, never, ever cast a vote against what Israel wanted. But opposition to the building of settlements on land belonging to Palestinians before the 1967 war was, with the exception of the land, of course, that’s going to be swapped, agreed to by both parties, has been the official US policy for many decades, contrary, again, to the assertions of H Res 11.  It has also been the policy of the United States to recognize that the only long term solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the violence, the loss of life, is to create two states, one for the Palestinians and one for Israel.

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Exactly how a contiguous Palestinian state is going to be created in a West Bank splotched and dotted with all those settlements, is something Schakowsky left unaddressed. But having voiced a few mild criticisms of Israel, the congresswoman apparently felt an overwhelming need for balance–and so she tossed out a few criticisms of the Palestinians for good measure.

“A two-state solution is the only way Israel can continue as both a democratic and a Jewish state living in peace and security that has eluded her from the very beginning,” she said. “The building of settlements is an obstacle to achieving that goal–and of course settlements aren’t the only obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace. The US resolution reiterates the Palestinian Authority security forces must continue to counter terrorism and condemn all of the provocations.”

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Provocations? It’s an interesting word when referring to a people who have been resisting land theft and occupation for more years than most of us have been alive. It also gives rise to a question: How is it possible to carry out “provocations” against a country or governmental entity that technically speaking is in all likelihood guilty of the crime of genocide? Of course it’s unlikely you’ll get an honest answer to that question from Schakowsky or any other member of Congress.

At any rate, HR 11–a resolution which not only impugns the Security Council but even criticizes the United States–passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 342-80, with 4 abstentions. You can go here to see  the roll call on the vote.

It was Jeffrey Blankfort who first coined the old saying about Washington being Israel’s “most important occupied territory.” I think it was sometime back in the late eighties or the nineties when Jeffrey made that comment, and if anything, over the years, it has become more profoundly true than ever.

Syrian opposition says Palestinians are ‘living in paradise’

 

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‘Israel’s help is vital,’ says representative of Free Syrian Army in rare meeting with Israelis; Zionist Union MK insists ‘Assad must go’

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A rare public meeting between Israelis and Syrians in Jerusalem on Tuesday was interrupted by Palestinian protesters who expressed outrage that Syrians would work with Israelis. The protesters met with a furious response from the Syrians, who accused them of failing to understand what true oppression involves.

“You are living in a paradise compared to Syria,” Issam Zeitoun, a liaison for the Free Syrian Army with the international community, told the protesters as they refused to stop shouting and allow the event to continue. “You should be ashamed.”

The altercation occurred at a packed hall at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where a Free Syrian Army liaison and a Syrian Kurdish representative spoke to students at an event organized by the university’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

“I wasn’t surprised by what happened. I expect that people will behave like this when I speak at an Israeli institution because it is really a serious matter,” Zeitoun told The Times of Israel afterwards.

“Many Syrians and Palestinians see us as traitors,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can judge Syrians for speaking with Israelis in public.

“The intensity of the conflict, and the number of the people we have lost, is too great, and I will personally do all that I can and speak with everyone, not just in Israel, but around the world, in order to change the situation,” he added.

After the protests had died down, Zeitoun told the crowd that Israeli aid to Syrians, which includes Israel’s well-known medical assistance — more than 2,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals since 2013 — is not enough to influence the population to be more pro-Israel. He said there needed to be some action on the political level for the majority of Syrians to be swayed in its attitude to the Jewish state.

Zeitoun, who has become a familiar Syrian opposition representative in the Israeli press, argued that Israel should help create a safe zone in southern Syria, where he is from.

Zeitoun told The Times of Israel he did not believe Israel should intervene militarily, but should make itself felt politically in the Syrian conflict.

“Israel should play a role in getting the political cover from the Russians and the Americans [for a safe zone], and we’ll do the rest,” he said.

He argued that a safe zone could be created on Syria’s border with Israel, and would mark the start of a return to normalcy in the country, where civilian infrastructures such as schools and hospitals, not to mention civil society institutions, have been decimated by six years of bloody war.

The Syrian war has claimed over 400,000 lives, according to UN estimates, and driven millions from their homes.

The discussion was led by Zionist Union MK Ksenia Svetlova, a former journalist who covered the Arab world in Israeli and Russian media, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the current chair of the Knesset’s caucus for Israeli-Kurdish relations. Syrian Kurdish author and journalist Sirwan Kajjo, who hails from the Syrian border town of Qamishili but now lives in Washington, DC, was also on the panel.

According to Svetlova, Israeli cabinet ministers, when they meet on Syria, often ask, “Who is there on the other side that we can talk to and prepare for the next stage?”

She noted that the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is committed to destroying Israel, has grown stronger after six years of fighting in Syria.

“In 2017 we will see the increasing influence of Hezbollah. We will have to make hard choices in regard to action or inaction in Syria,” she said.

Speaking to The Times of Israel after the event, Svetlova criticized those who argue it would be better to allow Syrian strongman Bashar Assad to retake control of the country and bring the war to an end. That would inevitably lead to another rebellion, she contended.

“Every forceful control of a population will end up in rebellion. When they say we need to bring Assad back from the grave, they forget that the slaughter, and the chaos that erupted after, was his doing. To bring back the dictatorship is never the answer,” she said.

Asked if she would accept Assad’s return alongside political reforms, she responded, “If he was going to bring political reforms, he would have introduced them already.”

“Bringing him back will be much worse. It will strengthen [Islamic State] and [its affiliate] the al-Nusra Front because they will have more relevance,” she said.

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Palestinian Colonel Arrested over Criticizing Abbas Presence at Peres Funeral


Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmpud Abbas shakes Israeli PM Banjamin Netanyahu's hand at Shimon Peres' funeral in al-Quds

Palestinian Authority sacked on Friday Colonel Ossama Mansour over a message he wrote to criticize the PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, for offering condolences for the death of former president of Zionist entity Shimon Peres.

According to Palestinian newspapers, Ramallah government arrested Mansour – one day after sacking him – over the same reason, without providing any justification for that. PA agencies sabotaged the Colonel’s house after his arrest.

Before his arrest, Mansour said he accepts the PA’s decision to be fired although he didn’t insult Abbas. However, his arrest sparked a wave of Palestinian activists who demanded the authority to release him.

“We have been rolled with reactions and everyone roared back when it was announced you were heading to console over Shimon Peres .. the founder of settlements whom you are calling to stop .. in addition to his practices after Oslo accord and his statements and participation in the continuous Palestinian suffering. In any case, whether he is a terrorist or not .. whether he is the founder of Ccracking Bones theory during the first intifada or not .. whether he has to do with the massacre at the Jenin refugee camp and the massacre of Jasmine neighborhood in Nablus or not .. whether he has to do with the massacre at Qana [in Lebanon] or not .. whom does he represents so that he made you to head to participate in his funeral whereas most of your people refuse,” Mansour wrote in his letter.

“You can pass by the mother of martyr Yasser Hamdouni and ask her permission. If she agrees, you can go. If she doesn’t agree, you have to make up your decision then. If you decided to participate by yourself in the funeral of the killer of our sons, you would be mistaken. And if you decided so after consultation, you would be misled. There must not be personal or friendly relations with the occupier as long as he continues the policy of arrogance against our people,” Colonel Mansour added.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Increasing dissatisfaction in Palestine with the quisling Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinians have been circulating and signing a document of dissociation form Mahmoud Abbas.  It is amazing that in all the fawning coverage of Peres in US media, none really covered the depth of anger and contempt of him by Arabs (young and old).

It says: “O, ugly face.  I attest to God that I detest you.  You have broken our backs, and hijacked our victory, and aided our enemy, and turned our friends against us, and blackmailed our people, and starved our folks, and besieged our lands.  You have dropped our cause, and accepted humiliating  and permitted debacles.  You betrayed Gaza, and prevented dignity.  Your grey hair is a shame, and your face is fire, and your goodness is lowly, and your evil is revenge.  The tongues of adults, and children have cursed you, o jack ass”.  (It all rhymes in Arabic except the jackass bit at the end).

Even the “Youth of Fath” at Beir Zeit are protesting this humiliating participation.

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Al Jazeera fiery Video Report on Abbas and Sameh Shoukry of Egypt “crying” in Shimon Peres funeral

 

تقرير ناري للجزيرة ◄ حضور و ” بكاء ” سامح شكري – ومحمود عباس جنازة شيمون بيريز

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Yes Al Jazaara, the mouth piece of Qatar and Brotherhood mocked Abbas and Egypt for participation in the funeral of Zionist War Criminal.

Flashback: 20 years ago the Hypocrites received the same war criminal in  Al Jazaara head quarters in Doha,

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Abbas Shakes Netanyahu’s Hand at Peres Funeral: “Good to See You!”

 

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Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmpud Abbas shakes Israeli PM Banjamin Netanyahu's hand at Shimon Peres' funeral in al-Quds

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres’s funeral on Friday in a rare public encounter between the two men.

“Good to see you. Long time,” Abbas said in broken English, a video posted by Netanyahu’s spokesman showed.

Netanyahu and his wife thanked him for coming.

The last substantial public meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu was in 2010, though there have been unconfirmed reports of secret meetings since then.

Abbas was given a front-row seat next to European Council President Donald Tusk.

On Wednesday, Abbas described Peres as a “brave” partner for peace.

“Peres was a partner in making the brave peace with the martyr Yasser Arafat and prime minister Rabin, and made unremitting efforts to reach a lasting peace from the Oslo agreement until the final moments of his life,” Abbas said earlier.

Peres died on Wednesday aged 93 after suffering a major stroke.

Although he is known to the west for wining Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, Peres is well remembered as the man who ordered the devastating “Grapes of Wrath” operation against Lebanon in 1996, which left 175 people dead.

He was also seen as a driving force in the development of the Zionist entity’s  undeclared nuclear program.

Source: AFP

Mahmoud Abbas will attend the funeral of his master

No surprise Arafat did it

Yasser Arafat kisses the hand of Leah Rabin at Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral.

BOTH SOLD 82% OF THE HOLLY LAND FOR A RED PIECE OF CARPET SOAKED WITH PALESTINIAN BLOOD

Netanyahu issue permission to Abbas  to cross into the Israeli entity to participate today in the funeral of former War Criminal, meanwhile Arab MPs of the «Arab common list» in the Knesset, decided to boycott the ceremony.

President Abbas to Attend Zionist Peres’s Funeral

Celebrations in Abbastan and Hamastan (Edited)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will attend the funeral of the ex-president of the Zionist entity and war criminal Shimon Peres, Palestinian officials told AFP on Thursday, in what will be a rare visit to Jerusalem.

Several Palestinian officials confirmed his participation in Friday’s funeral on condition of anonymity. An Israeli defense ministry unit also said Abbas had asked for it to coordinate his participation.

>Report: Abbas, Peres held secret talks

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It is worth noting that Peres was responsible for scores of war crimes committed by the Zionist entity against the Lebanese and Palestinian civilians throughout the past decades.

Source: AFP

Bahrain FM pays tribute to Peres: ‘Man of War”

(AFP) Bahrain’s foreign minister paid tribute to ex-Israeli president Shimon Peres on Thursday, in a surprise statement that drew strong Arab criticism on social media.

“Rest in Peace President Shimon Peres, a Man of War and a Man of the still elusive Peace in the Middle East,” Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said on Twitter.

The response to his tweet was swift.

Like most Arab countries, Bahrain does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and many Arabs associate Peres with the successive wars that have rocked the Middle East rather than the Oslo accords with the Palestinians that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

“The foreign minister is paying tribute and praying for the Zionist terrorist and the killer of children,” complained former opposition lawmaker Jalal Fairooz.

Another critic, Khalil Buhazaa, tweeted: “Diplomacy does not mean rudeness.”

Peres died on Wednesday aged 93 after suffering a major stroke.

Although he is known to the west for winning Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, Peres is well-remembered as the man who ordered the devastating “Grapes of Wrath” operation against Lebanon in 1996, which left 175 people dead.

He was also seen as a driving force in the development of Israel’s undeclared nuclear program.

العرب يتسابقون لـ «تحية روح بيريز» وبعض اللبنانيين يشيدون

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سمحت سخرية القدر لرئيس السلطة الفلسطينية محمود عباس بـ «فرصة» الحصول على تصريح بالدخول الى القدس المحتلة لحضور جنازة الرئيس «الإسرائيلي» السابق شيمون بيريز، بعدما درس رئيس وزراء الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو الموافقة على طلبه ووافق!

يدخل الرئيس محمود عباس بسلام أرض بلاده المسلوبة في القدس حيث «العاصمة اليهودية المنشودة»، والتي كلفت «إسرائيل» حروباً وغزوات «أصيلة ووكيلة» لتبصر النور ولا تزال تلوح في أفق الشرق الأوسط نيات تكريسها منذ لحظة السعي الى إنشاء دويلة كردية وتقسيم سورية. وهو المشروع الذي يجابَه اليوم بأيدٍ من حديد من قبل اولئك المقاتلين أنفسهم الذين قاتلوا «إسرائيل» أيضاً في جنوب لبنان.

الأمعاء الخاوية التي ترفع الهامات والرؤوس وتشمخ فيها الجبهات التي انتصرت على إنسانية المحاضرين بها من وراء قضبان سجون الاحتلال والتي قدمت فلسطين على منابر السلام واجهة الإنسان وقبلة للعالم لم تكف محمود عباس للتخلي عن المجاملات البروتوكولية التي لا تجدي مع هذا العدو وآخرها بطولة الاسير مالك القاضي الذي أفرج الاحتلال عنه بانتصاره على الموت ومضرباً عن الطعام ومحتجاً على القهر والظلم. لم يكف الرئيس عباس أن هذه الأيام تصدف فيها مناسبة الذكرى الـ16 لانطلاق الانتفاضة الثانية انتفاضة الأقصى التي بدأت يوم 28-9-2000 في ساحات الأقصى.. لم تفلح مناشدات محمد الدرة في حضن والده، ولا صرخات الامهات المستغيثات بالقول بإفهام عباس أنه سيفتح الباب لكل الراغبين سراً بالمشاركة بدفن الميت بالمجاهرة والمشاركة معاً.

يتقاطر العالم ليسجل موقفاً للصهيونية العالمية في مثل هذه المحافل، وتقف ايران متفرجة على عدد المتضامنين والذين عبّروا عن حزنهم الشديد من عرب وخليجيين وتدرك أنها هي «السبب».

الموقف الإيراني المؤيد للمقاومة والصعود العلمي والتكنولوجي والعسكري جعلها بالغنى عن التزلف والتودّد لنيل رضا الغرب وجعل جيرانها يلجأون «للشيطان».

تنظر سورية إلى ما يجري… تسأل كيف يتوحّد العرب الذين Arab League appeals to int'l community to protect J'lem and Aqsa Mosque، ووقفوا بالدور بين حكام وملوك ورؤساء وممثلين عنهم للمشاركة بوداع الطاغية.

تناشد القوى الفلسطينية «المقاومة» رئيس السلطة الفلسطينية حفظ ما تبقى من ماء «وجهها ووجهه» وترجوه ألا يحضر وها هي كلّ من «حماس» والجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين، تدعوانه للتراجع عن المشاركة في الجنازة اليوم. تناشد حماس عباس التخلّي عن قراره بتشييع المجرم بيريز، حسب ما قالت، وتنبّهه أنّ مشاركة «الرئيس الرمز» «توفر غطاءً للأطراف الأخرى بالهرولة السياسية وتمثل تشجيعاً لهم للتطبيع مع «إسرائيل».

لم تخطئ حماس في هذا فها هي الأغطية تتوزع والتصريحات تظهر الى العلن..

وزير خارجية البحرين خالد بن أحمد يقول للميت «ارقد بسلام يا بيريز» الرجل نفسه يصف السيد حسن نصرالله بـ Image result for ‫ارقد بسلام يا بيريز‬‎«إرهابي» ويلاحق اللبنانيين على اراضي بلاده، يصنف المحتل داعية «سلام» ويكاد يبدو من أصحاب العزاء، فتصريحاته بقيت تتوالى وآخرها: «أيها الرئيس شمعون بيريز، يا رجل الحرب ورجل السلام الذي لا يزال صعب المنال بالشرق الأوسط»..

قد يكون المشهد إيجابياً لدرجة وضوح الأمور وانبلاجها، الخليج طبّع مع «إسرائيل» علناً وانتهى الأمر!

الذي كان خافياً بكتمان السرّ كالمملكة العربية السعودية بات علنياً، لم تشرح الرياض معنى لقاءات تركي الفيصل بالصهاينة حتى الساعة.. ولم توضح فحوى المشاهد التي تناقلها الإعلام لرجل الأمن السعودي انور عشقي بين «الإسرائيليين»..

قطر ستلبّي «الواجب» كالعادة ويحضر الجهاز الحاكم.. المغرب سيرسل أندريه أزولاي أحد مستشاري الملك محمد السادس للجنازة.

«القناة العاشرة» العبرية نقلت عن مصادر «إسرائيلية» وجود «اتصالات مع دول من الخليج العربي بينها سلطنة عُمان التي قد تحضر الجنازة بدورها، ورجحت مصادر صحافية «إسرائيلية» حضور الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي والملك الأردني عبدالله الثاني.

يراقب الإعلام المصري المشهد ويتكتم إعلام قصر عبد الفتاح السيسي عن البوح بالحقيقة، فلا يؤكد ولا ينفي مشاركته، فالرئيس المصري لا يزال في حيرة من أمره، هل يحضر شخصياً أو يكتفي بإرسال سامح شكري وزير خارجيته؟ يبدو السيسي متحفظاً أكثر عن الإعلان عن تحركاته في الآونة الأخيرة بعد تهديدات تعرّض لها.. عله يفاجئ الكاميرات اليوم!

لا يغيب بعض اللبنانيين عن الحدث ولا يوفر بعضهم جهداً بالظهور بمواقف «معيبة» بحق بلد سجل أول انتصارات العرب على «إسرائيل»، فيضعون حساباتهم الشخصية والتاريخية ويطلقون مواقف قياساً لخلفيات لا تمتّ للقضية بصلة، فيصبح خصوم حزب الله وسورية منظّرين لفلسفة حرية التعبير وموزعين شهادات حسن سلوك ولياقات، وكأنهم خريجو أعرق مدارس الديبلوماسية والسياسة الدولية، اللبناني «السيّئ الحظ» هنا فارس سعيد أول المبادرين لتحية عباس الذي يطالبه الفلسطينيون بالرجوع عن قراره..

فلينم الفلسطينيون قريري العين وليفتخروا، لقد اعتبر فارس سعيد موقف رئيسهم شجاعاً ويدلّ على حنكة سياسية.

غاب عن سعيد أنّ مَن يحيي «الشجاعة» كفضيلة، يسوّق لها قاصداً او غافلاً.. غاب عنه أيضاً أنّ مجرد التفكير بالفرضية هو جهوزية لقبولها وبداية انفكاك تلك العقدة المتينة التي تربط «إسرائيل» بالإرهاب واعتبارها مباحة بين الاعداء وتذاكياً..

غاب عنه أيضاً أن تأييد «الخطأ» لن يتحوّل وجهة نظر أبداً…

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Shame for Fame: by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

I avoided writing about this topic, trying to give Palestine Chronicle and its chief editor Ramzy Baroud the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t think keeping silent is an option any more

In March 2011 I met Ramzy Baroud during his UK tour, I invited him to stay with us in my family home, where he was warmly welcomed. As we both were devoted to working for liberation of our homeland and advocating for justice for our people, I thought we had forged a mutually respectful friendship.

I continued to communicate with Baroud via email and Facebook, sharing my poems, thoughts, comments and articles with him, with hardly any response, if ever.  The communication was a one way street, but I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt and finding excuses, for he is such a busy journalist.

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In December 2013, I posted a series of  comments on Palestine Chronicle of which PC editor published only three while censoring the most crucial.

Being one of my Facebook friends, I wrote to Mr Baroud privately inquiring about the reason of censoring my comments, I never received a reply.

Today, April 12, 2016, I notice that he had deleted me from his list of friends (not sure when),  I contacted him again asking for an explanation, again no reply.

 

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Also today, I noticed that the Palestine Chronicle team, which consists of “professional journalists and respected writers and authors“, has published one of my photoswhich I took during my visit to Palestine in 2012, without asking permission or giving credit.

Furthermore, in the same edition of Palestine Chronicle two poems are published: One is eerily the same topic and same title as a poem I published three years ago and had sent to Mr Baroud.

The second poem also bears almost the same title and has the same topic as one of my prose/poems, written in 2012, and is illustrated by my photograph that I used for the same publication, a photo that is significant because it depicts the garden that triggered me to write the prose/poem in the first place. Mr Baroud also received it via email at the time.

This is irrefutably not a coincidence, and is irrefutably an act of unwarranted hostility, an attempt by a fellow Palestinian to dispossess the intellectual rights of a fellow Palestinian author.

Ramzy Baroud, I am asking you for an explanation. What is going on? What has gone so wrong with you that you engage in such unfathomable act?

Why does Palestine Chronicle participate in censoring Palestinian voices and obfuscating their work, bordering on plagiarism?

Do we really need thought commissars in our movement of liberation?

Is it excommunication against untamed Palestinian voices whose narrative is not approved by anti-Zionist rabbis and lacking the kosher stamp?

 

This kind of subliminal attacks coming from a Palestinian, who brags of his father being a “freedom fighter” and who engages into yet another dispossession and attempted demoralization of a fellow Palestinian freedom fighter is beyond shameful

Is that the price of fame? Does Mr Baroud really think that it will not cost him discredit and shame?

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Poetry for Palestine, July 8, 2011

 

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Palestine Chronicle, Saturday, April  9, 2016

As well as publishing one of Nahida’s photos without authorisation

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Poetry for Palestine, April 28, 2012

 

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia Normalizing Ties with ’Israel’ for Free, Its Regional Scheme Doomed to Fail

 

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed the Saudi policy in the region, particularly the one leading to the normalization with the apartheid “Israeli” entity.

In a speech he delivered commemorating the late Resistance Leader Ismail Ahmad Zahri, he hailed Zahri who represents the first generation of fighters who joined the Resistance movement.

“The late commander Zahri was one of the commanders who contributed greatly to Lebanon’s victory against 2006 “Israeli” aggression,” he said.

His Eminence further mentioned:

“Haj Zahri held the leadership and responsibilities in some Resistance positions and participated and fought in many operations. He [Abu Khalil] is the title of a long-term of Jihad and sacrifice among the resistance ranks.”

“With such devoted leaders we shall triumph,” Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed.

Denouncing the fact that

“the Arab world is in its worst conditions ever,” he highlighted that “the Resistance is the real guarantee for the protection of Lebanon as part of the army, people, and resistance equation that must be protected to protect Lebanon.”

“Even the central cause – Palestine- occupied by the Zionists and which sanctities are being violated on daily basis became very usual and this is what appeared in the recent Arab summit.”

According to His Eminence,

“Today, the biggest development in the bad Arab bad situation is the move of the Saudi Arabia- “Israeli” from being secret out into the public. “Israel” is no longer the enemy of Arabs, and Palestine became a minor cause. This is what the latest Arab statements indicate.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that he visit of the Saudi General to“Israel” is neither the beginning of a relationship nor of coordination. “It is rather moving from the secret to the public.”

“When a known prince as Turki al- Faisal meets “Israeli” officials and an intelligence official follows suit and visits the occupied land, it cannot happen without the Saudi kingdom’s approval.The Saudi Prince and Brigade’s connections with “Israel” doesn’t contradict the policy of Saudi Arabia. However, it is a move in the relations into surface,” he added.

Moreover, the Resistance Leader underlined that Saudi Arabia started normalization with “Israel” and then the fatwas began to legalize this relation.

“Saudi Arabia is offering “Israel” free normalization away from any prices,” he warned.

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say,

“When Saudi Arabia intends to negotiate with “Israel”, the negotiations are expected to move in exchange for heavy prices because it is a great favor to “Israel”. However, the Arab nation is distracted and lost and Saudis are exacerbating that. …,” Nasrallah said

On this level, His Eminence cautioned that

“we are in front of doctrinal and cultural disaster because they are moving towards recognizing “Israel” even in the Sharia.”

“Saudi Arabia is opening the door for “Israelis” without setting any conditions [for normalization], but they are seeking to compel those in Yemen to surrender to them, and to humiliate Bahrainis and achieve victory in Syria,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

However, he assured that the Palestinians have a known and clear choice.

“There is a clear Palestinian vision. It is the approach of the martyr Mohammad al-Faqih. On the subject of “Israel” and Palestine, there is a clear right. There is no room for confusion between right and wrong in this matter.”

As Hizbullah Secretary General slammed the fact that Saudi Arabia is determined to continue the wars in all arenas, he cited that al-Saud continue to refuse dialogue in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.

“However, they initiated dialogue only with the “Israelis” without prices.”

In response, Sayyed Nasrallah urged all sides to take a clear stance against normalization with “Israel”.

“This behavior must be condemned and rejected, because it serves the enemy that is violating the holy sites and aggressing against the people of Palestine.”

On the regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that there is criminality against the Yemenis.

“The massacre committed by Daesh in Sarari was covered by the Saudis because this the culture of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Daesh and al-Nusra even if it was renamed,” he stressed.

Slamming the Bahraini regime’s continuous crackdown against people, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the protesters in Bahrain who so far prevented the authority from arresting Sheikh Issa Qassem.

“The regime in Bahrain is now falsely accusing Sheikh Qassem, who is well known for his integrity, of money laundering, which reflects their bankruptcy,” His Eminence viewed.

Commenting on the Saudi stance over the Syrian crisis, he stated:

“The Saudi foreign minister declared himself governor and custodian of the Syrian people. What the Saudi FM, Jubeir, presented to Russia is farce and a cause for laugh. We tell the Saudis that they cannot win this war or impose their conditions.”

“Does the Saudi minister and his rulers think that they are able to laugh at the people of the world?” he wondered.

To the Saudi rulers, Sayyed Nastallah said:

“Those who slaughtered the priest in the church belonged to Daesh but they carried your culture. Those who carried out massacres in Nice and Karrada and those who slaughtered the Palestinian child believe in your takfiri, Wahhabist ideology.”

“Your scheme has no future and Saudi Arabia and its rulers have a chance to contain the situation. The Yemenis, Bahrainis, Syrians, Iranians and Iraqis are ready to negotiate. Do not be arrogant and do not be blinded by malice. You should rather be partners in addressing the situations in the region.”

Welcoming the new ground achievements in Aleppo, Sayyed Nasrallah said:

“What happened in Aleppo is highly important and has an impact on the regional equations. Imperial dreams have fallen in Aleppo in the face of the perseverance of the resistance and the people.”

Source: al-Ahed news

29-07-2016 | 20:08

Related : MKs to Visit Saudi, Recognized Relations with ’Israel’ Come to the Light

Local Editor

Arab-“Israeli” member of the Knesset Issawi Frej told Zionist media on Sunday that preparations are ongoing for a visit of opposition members in the “Israeli” parliament to Saudi Arabia-a first of its kind.

Frej, 52, member of the left-leaning Meretz party told the broadcasting service Voice of “Israel” that a Saudi delegation that visited the occupied territories last week and met with opposition MPs expressed willingness to enhance relations with the Zionist entity.

The Saudi delegation was headed by retired general Anwar Eshki and included academics and businessmen but, according to “Israeli” media, did not include officials.

However, the delegation met with Zionist officials including director general of the “Israeli” foreign ministry Dore Gold.

Both the Saudi visit and the planned “Israeli” one serve as an example of the rapidly developing bilateral relations between the two sides that have been officially unrecognized since the two close-in-age parts were established.

The first announced cooperation between both sides came this year in April as the “Israeli” war minister Moshe Ya’alon told media that, as part of the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation deal which saw the transfer of sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to the Gulf kingdom, a quartet agreement that included the US on the transfer needed to be reached beforehand.

Ya’alon also said that Saudi Arabia agreed to ensure free shipping for all parties through the straits.

According to “Israeli” media, the deal was part of the subjects of mutual interest that were in discussion when Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited the occupied lands earlier this month.

The deal was publicly criticized in Egypt and was recently annulled by a court ruling. However, an appeal by the government is being reviewed by the High Administrative Court.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

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