The Meaning of Gaza

May 25, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

 Monir Deeb: It looks like the only thing that would make Israel happy with the Palestinians would be if they disappear all together.

Monir Deeb: It looks like the only thing that would make Israel happy with the Palestinians would be if they disappear all together.

Gilad Atzmon interviews Monir Deeb

Monir Deeb was born in Gaza as a refugee. He has been living in the USA for more than three decades. I spoke with Monir about his recent visit to Gaza. 

Gilad:  You have just returned from Gaza. You were there to mourn the death of your father. You have visited Gaza occasionally, did you see any change this time in terms of the people’s spirit?

Monir: The spirit of the Palestinian Gazans always amazes me each time I am there, and this time was no exception. Considering the deterioration of the overall condition of life in general and the lack of a prospect of a better future for the new generation, Gazans maintain a decency and resilience that I haven’t seen anywhere else in the world.

Gilad: What is their secret? how do people manage to maintain their spirits in such appalling conditions?

Monir: It isn’t really a secret, I think it’s more on the lines of what one believes in. Palestinians believe in their cause; Israel was established as a Zionist idea by people who never stepped foot on this land before, most of whom came from Europe, where they had homes. They didn’t belong to the land, even though they tried it for a while, they stopped when they found out that Palestinians labour was cheaper. So the love and attachment to the actual soil is definitely different. No one can fathom or accept that a stranger from Europe who has come to steal your land and replace you by force has more right to the land than you, the indigenous who were born, raised and  lived on the land for many generations past. For the Palestinians this is their home as the land and sun of Palestine has put its stamp on them, unlike those blond blue eyed foreigners that don’t look anything like the locales. Many of the Palestinians that were forced out still keep their original keys to their homes in their towns and villages in Palestine. Most Israelis still keep other nationalities, passports and homes in other countries, which gives lots of hope that those settlers one day will go back where they came from.

Gilad: What about the crossing? Gaza is subject to an ongoing siege, it is the biggest open air prison known to man. Did you detect any changes in Israel’s oppressive measures? 
Momir: Unfortunately it’s even more negative than in the past. Now the crossing is empty most of the time, due to the choke hold that Israel keeps on the 2 Million inhabitants of the strip. That is by restricting and refusing to issue any permits for movement and thereby limiting crossings to the minimum number possible. And by minimal I mean that the crossing is empty 90% of the time and operates with minimal staff. Just a few very ill patients and their companions, either going to the West Bank, Jordan or to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment that is mostly not available in Gaza as its by design of the Siege. I also saw a few labourers – less than a hundred or so – who were packed by the gate in the early morning light . Some of them said they had been there since 5 AM in order to go to work with a special permit arranged mostly by their Israeli bosses who must have some connections to get them such crossing permits. Imagine, that’s about a 100 or so, from the 60% of two million able bodied people who are unemployed, you do the math.  Then there were one or two UNRWA employees, and a few people like me, you can count them on one hand, those who are only allowed to go to their birthplace only when an immediate relative has died which in my case was my father.  Otherwise they refuse you entry into Gaza – even if you were born and raised in Gaza – 99% of the time you are refused entry. It is an open criminal policy of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians from their birthplace.

I have to mention here the feeling that overcomes one when crossing this Erez, this so called Border; you are totally controlled in every way; you are watched, stared at, ordered to move only when they let you, totally dominated by armed Israeli civilians with machine guns and held in a severely restricted area surrounded by fences, gates, electronic surveillance and bulletproof glass windows. Then you are herded like cattle through this maze. Their purpose is to make you feel powerless, worthless and controlled.  I noticed this time, that they- the Israelis- have even trained the Palestinian luggage handlers to have a superior authoritative attitude towards and use intimidating language against their follow Palestinians travellers.

The Israelis who run the show are sitting up above, behind fortified glass windows, with monitoring cameras, computer screens, guards with machine guns. The Israelis spit out orders over megaphones to the Palestinian handlers, who, in turn, run the Palestinian cattle through the security maze. Then even after you and your belongings go through their machines they make you raise up your shirt, pull your sleeves up, turn around, all to show you who’s in control. The feeling that overcomes any decent self respecting human being, including myself, while going through this experience is not at all pleasant. I am by nature a very peaceful person, but at that moment, I wished that the whole place would collapse on them and make them all disappear along with their mazes, computers, electric steel doors and machine guns.

Gilad: This is very upsetting. It is a story of dehumanisation. Is there any hope to have peace with people who impose such a level of oppression? 

Monir: There would be if Israel and Zionism had such a concept on their agenda; but their history and the facts on the ground have shown us the total opposite of peace. For the last 100 years, or at least 70 years, the Israelis have been dispossessing the Palestinians of their homes, land, their water, their freedom, right of return, their freedom to move about within their land and sea. One only needs to look at maps of Palestine from before 1947, and then from today in 2018 to tell the whole story.

Israel could have been a great opportunity for the Jews to solve the so called “Jewish Question” that persisted in Europe, but the Zionists would have had to shake hands and find peace with the Palestinians. Israel has had many such opportunities that it stepped over with one excuse or another.  Israel must acknowledge the Nakba (the 1948 Palestinians catastrophe) that Israel brought upon the Palestinians with their Zionist plans, allow at least some of the refugees to return, and negotiate Jerusalem and the rest of the issues. Had they done so, it would have legitimized Israel as a sovereign country, and not as an occupier settler people as they are widely regarded in the world. Such a peace would also have proven, once and for all, that the Jew is not a problem in Europe or anywhere else (GA: which would accomplish the Zionist promise).

Sadly, this is not the Jewish/ Israeli agenda, so what is left for the Palestinians to do?  You saw in the last few weeks, the Gazans tried a peaceful protest, as Israel has never ‘liked’ Palestinian militant resistance or their Intifadas. But Israel met peaceful protest with military snipers, armed with illegal “internationally “hollow head explosive bullets, and shooting to kill or cripple youth in the prime of their lives and without any consideration to the human catastrophe that the snipers inflict on their targets, children and families. Many of the protestors were actually children themselves.  Tell me, does that sounds like the Zionists Israelis want to make peace with the Palestinians? It looks like the only thing that would make Israel happy with the Palestinians would be if they disappear all together.

Gilad : You were there, as the numbers of Palestinian casualties and fatalities were mounting. How did the Gazans react to the colossal crimes committed against them?  

Monir: I don’t know how each one felt. It’s difficult to tell, but what I can describe to you and want us to question is what drives such young and strong people, people who should have their whole lives ahead of them at such a tender age from 10-12-15, to go to the fence to protest. They know very well what many of their friends, neighbours, brothers and sisters have faced against the most lethal, hollow point rotating bullets, a bullet that tears up every organ in the body it encounters, bullets shot at them by well trained Israeli army snipers, from a distance of up to 1000 yards, bullets aimed with the intent to  kill or cause extreme damage and ending their ability to function normally in everyday life.  You tell me what level of desperation one needs to have to put himself or herself there? That’s what we should ask, and who put them there and this inhuman siege?

Think about it and imagine what state of mind you would  have to find yourself in, to throw yourself forward while knowing what might happen to you?  Is this the price Israelis extract from the people who dare to peacefully protest their siege and oppression? Are those Jewish leaders of Israel and IDF generals who gave orders to shoot to kill, are they sleeping well at night? And if they are, what does that say about them and about their Jewish Israeli society, and all those so called diaspora Jews who support them?

 

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President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan

President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan

ALEX GORKA | 22.05.2018 | WORLD / MIDDLE EAST

President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan

At the very start of his presidential term, Donald Trump promised to do what no other US president had done despite all their efforts. He said he would find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem and close “the ultimate deal.”

Donald Trump will unveil his new Middle East (ME) peace plan in mid-to-late June after the end of Ramadan. The exact date for its publication is yet to be announced. Select allies are already being briefed on the elements of the plan. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has confirmed that the initiative is being finalized.

The details are not yet known, but it is generally believed that the proposal will suggest recognizing Israel as the Jewish people’s homeland. The Palestinian Authority (PA) will be given limited sovereignty. Its territory will include about half of the West Bank, including the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and the entire Gaza Strip, provided that Hamas agrees to disarm. The Jordan Valley will go to Israel, preserving its security presence along the Jordan River. The Old City will also become a part of Israel. Palestine and Jordan will share religious jurisdiction over Jerusalem’s mosques. Abu Dis, located in the eastern part of Jerusalem, will become the capital of the PA. Israel will be responsible for the West Bank and the security of the border crossings. A system for compensating Palestinian refugees will be established and managed by the international community. Their right to return will not be recognized.

The plan will not be presented as a definitive document, but rather as the springboard for generating the momentum to rush into broader negotiations with the leading Arab actors, such as the Persian Gulf states and Egypt. The expectation is that certain mutually acceptable ideas will be discovered that will get the ball rolling.

So the proposal is not a two-state solution, but rather a blueprint offering a smorgasbord of options for further talks.

The plan is expected to be rebuffed by the PA amid signs that the US may slash funding for the West Bank and Gaza. The funds are likely to be reallocated elsewhere. Washington and its allies are looking for prominent Palestinians who would agree to back this plan that is certain to face rejection from the president of the PA. Mahmoud Abbas.

Progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track is a must; otherwise it’ll be a tall order to establish an anti-Iranian coalition that includes the leading Arab states. Saudi Arabia and other potential members of such a group cannot openly cooperate with Israel. The Palestinian problem is an obstacle. The US needs to marshal regional support for this plan. We’re going to start seeing some very intensive diplomatic efforts, including behind-the-scenes meetings. The plan will be inevitably rolled out at an international conference, probably hosted by a large Arab nation, such as Egypt for instance.

As mentioned above, many US presidents have tried to find a solution to the ME conflict. Trump’s plan stands out as an initiative not aimed at bringing the two sides to the negotiating table but rather one that exerts pressure to make them accept it. Resolving the Palestinian issue paves the way for uniting a powerful coalition under the US banner. Another hallmark of the plan is the attempt to find an alternative to the current Palestinian leadership. Finding the right people is part of the effort.

The US position in the region was weakened as a result of the decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Leading the peace process will get the US back onto the field as the leading player and an indispensable nation in the region.

With an anti-Iranian coalition in place and moves underway to roll back Tehran, China will suffer and find itself growing weaker. The rise in global oil prices will make Chinese commodities more expensive and thus its exports will become less competitive. The growth of its GDP could slow as a result.

Russia has the reputation of being an “honest broker” in the ME and its regional influence is on the rise. Keeping Moscow out of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process is one way to contain it.

And in the end, the Palestinians will actually gain nothing. The proposal appears to be highly favorable toward Israel and dismissive of the PA. With Israel retaining control over security almost throughout the Palestinian territory, no full sovereignty is possible. The PA’s borders would not be based on the pre-1967 demarcations as the UN resolutions demand. But Sunni Arab states and others would provide enough economic assistance to the Palestinians to make them pliable.

Donald Trump likes to make “deals.” Perhaps he views the Palestinian problem as essentially an economic issue, not a political one. Because of this perspective he has adopted a “you make concessions to get economic benefits in return” approach. The problem is with the PA’s leadership, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, its people, and also the Arab leaders who want a real political settlement instead of a trade deal, because they aren’t going anywhere. It’s really hard to imagine the Palestinians taking any offer of “limited sovereignty” seriously.

The Israeli-PA conflict is not a problem to be tackled by a club of the chosen. Any peace effort requires broad international representation. The Palestinian leadership insists that Russia and a number of other states and organizations take on the role of mediating such a multilateral peace process.

President Trump’ proposal hasn’t even been made public yet. Nothing official has been heard from Washington so far. But some experts believe that the plan is dead on arrival. Perhaps they have a good reason to think so.

US Envoy Holds Image of Al-Quds without Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock!

 May 23, 2018

Friedman Quds image

US Ambassador to the Zionist entity David Friedman was photographed Tuesday holding an aerial image of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) bearing a simulation of the so-called “Third Temple” instead of the Al-Aqsa holy mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

First reported on the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, the photo of Friedman holding the poster was taken during a tour of Bnei Brak held by the Achiya organization, which aids Israeli children who suffer from learning disabilities, Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported.

A statement issued by the embassy later claimed that Friedman “received the photo from one of the organization’s employees and “was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken.”

According to the statement, Friedmen was “deeply disappointed that anyone would take advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy.”

The embassy which has been recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds in a provocative move by Washington, said that the US policy “is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.”

For its part, Achiya has issued an apology to Friedman and the embassy, saying a staff member on its behalf presented the picture to the ambassador, who “was unaware of its content,” the Israeli daily reported.

SourceIsraeli media

بعد لقاء الاسد وبوتين في سوتشي .. هل نستعد للأخبار العاجلة ؟؟

 بقلم نارام سرجون

لم تعد السياسة علما ولافنا منذ ان بدأ الربيع العربي ورأينا مارأيناه .. السياسة كانت نوعا من الاحجيات والمعادلات الصعبة والمركبات التي يجب تفكيكها .. وأحيانا كانت شكلا من اشكال التنجيم الصعب ..

ولكن أمتلك الثقة الكاملة لاقول ان أبسط مواطن عربي صار يعرف تماما كيف يمكن ان يستنتج اتجاه الحدث السياسي لبلاده وللمنطقة ويستطيع كل مواطن عربي ان يكون خبيرا استراتيجيا ولديه مركز دراسات عن بلده يغنيه عن الخبراء الاستراتيجيين للجزيرة والعربية الذين لم يتوقعوا شيئا الا وحدث نقيضه .. فمثلا كلما ظهر الرئيس الاميريكي في خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يتنبه المنعكس الشرطي السعودي أو السلماني عند المواطن السعودي .. حيث ومن غير تفكير لايجد السعوديون أنفسهم الا وهم يمدون ايديهم الى جيوبهم لافراغها مما فيها من أموال وقطع نقود حتى من القروش والملاليم .. لأنه بعد كل خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يعرف السعوديون جميعا كبيرهم وصغيرهم ان الملك السعودي سيدفع المعلوم والجزية على داير مليم .. وسيشاهد بن سلمان في واشنطن يجلس مذعنا وهو يعرض للنسويق ويضع عليه ترامب لوحة المشتريات والاسعار فيما بن سلمان يهز رأسه كالابله ضاحكا لاحول له ولاقوة ..

وكلما خرج اردوغان بخطاب ناري عن القدس يعرف المقدسيون أن مصيبة قادمة في القدس .. لأن هذا الكذاب والممثل لايفعل شيئا سوى الثرثرة والاستعراض وهو سبب مصائب القدس لأنه كان قائد الربيع العربي الذي استهلك شباب العرب ومدنهم ومالهم .. فعقب كل خطاب يخفق قلب فلسطين هلعا ويتسرع لأنه صار معتادا ان كل خطاب أردوغاني سيتلوه تصفيق اسلامي وتكبير ولكن لاشيء آخر الا ان نتنياهو سيغرز انيابه في لحم قلبها وينهشه وهي تتألم .. والحقيقة هي ان اردوغان الثرثار هو من أضعف القدس وأوصل ترامب ونتنياهو الى مرحلة اللااكتراث لأنه طحن العالم الاسلامي بحروب الاخوان المسلمين وشغل دول الطوق ومحور مقاومة اسرائيل بحروبه العثمانية المجنونة واسلامييه الذين سهلوا لاسرائيل وترامب قرار نقل السفارة الاميريكية الى القدس لأنهم استهلكوا أشرس المقاتلين الاسلاميين في تدمير أنفسهم وأموالهم وامكاناتهم وتدمير كل الشعوب المحيطة باسرائيل واشغال كل أعداء اسرايل عنها ..

فهل نسأل المواطن العربي عن توقعاته السياسية كلما ذهب ملك الاردن الى أميريكا مثلا؟؟ طبعا سيعرف المواطنون العرب من المحيط الى الخليج ان الملك سيجول على صالات القمار أولا ثم سيذهب الى البيت الابيض ليتلقى تعليمات بشأن مؤامرة جديدة وعن هلال طائفي جديد أو قمر عرقي أو شمس مذهبية .. وهل يجهل المواطن العربي ماالذي يتوقعه اذا شاهد امير قطر او ملك البحرين يستقبلان وزير الدفاع الاميركي .. المنطق يقول ان القواعد الاميريكية ستشتغل في قصف بلد عربي ..

وعلى العكس من تلك البدهيات الواضحة .. يستطيع كل مواطن سوري وعربي ان يعرف ماذا سيعني لقاء الرئيسين بوتين والاسد .. في كل لقاء بين الرئيس الأسد وبوتين ترتعش التنظيمات الارهابية ويتحسس كل ارهابي رأسه .. بينما تلتفت عيون المجرمين الى السماء بحثا عن السوخوي .. ويجد نتنياهو نفسه يزداد قلقا على طائراته .. كل لقاء بين الأسد وبوتين يعتبر فاصلة عسكرية كبيرة تسبب الرعب للكثيرين .. فترتعد الرياض وتبول في ثيابها وتهتز الدوحة وتقبل انقرة بقضاء الله وقدره .. وبعد كل لقاء تستعد قطعة كبيرة من الجغرافيا السورية لخلع ثياب الاعدام لارتداء ثياب الحرية .. صارت هناك معادلات بوتين والاسد السياسية .. فكل لقاء بين بوتين والاسد يعني للرئيس الاميركي انه سيخسر قطعة جديدة من سورية التي يحتلها بشكل غير مباشر بالارهابيين .. منذ اول لقاء والذي كان لقاء السوخوي .. ثم تلته لقاءات حلب وغيرها .. هذه المرة ربما اقترب الأسد وبوتين كثيرا من ترامب في الشرق السوري .. ورغم كل مؤشرات السلام ونهاية الحرب السورية فان الاميريكيين يعلمون ان وجودهم في المنطقة الشرقية صار على كف عفريت .. فهناك عبارة اهتزت لها واشنطن قالها بوتين وهي ان القوات الاجنبية يجب ان تحزم حقائبها .. وهي عبارة لايقولها شخص وزعيم عالمي مثل بوتين اعتباطا فهو اتخذ قرارا بشأنها أو أنه تبلغ عبر قناة ما أن الأميريكيين يريدون أن يفتحوا مفاوضات الخروج والانسحاب .. فكل كلمة يقولها بوتين يجب ان تترجم خاصة انها تقال في لقاء مع الأسد الذي يملك الارض بالجيش والشرعية والذي يحارب بوتين الى جانبه .. واذا حاول البعض تفسير الكلام على انه موجه لايران وحزب الله .. وانها في سياق تفاهم اميركي اسرائيلي روسي فهي محاولة تفسير غير موفقة .. لأن الروس والسوريين ليسوا اغبياء لاخراج حلفائهم قبل اتمام الحرب وترك الاميريكيين في الشرق ينعمون بالراحة والاستقرار كي يغيروا الاتفاق ويطلقوا داعش او اي تنظيم جديد .. ومن المعلوم أن لحلفاء سورية من الايرانيين وحزب الله دورا هاما في المعارك البرية ضد الارهاب الذي مثل القوات البرية الاميريكية .. واذا خرج حلفاء سورية من الجغرافيا فاننا سنعود الى نقطة الصفر ولكن اذا خرج الاميريكيون فليس هناك حاجة لبقاء القوات الحليفة بذات الكثافة والدور .. ويمكنها ان تعود الى حالة استشارات فنية وصاروخية كما كانت قبل الحرب .. فالجيش السوري عاد قويا وتمرس على أشرس المعارك .. وتطور .. وأضاف عامل الثقة بالنفس الى رصيده .. والمواجهة مع اسرايل ستكون مواجهة تقنية وصاروخية .. الا اذا تغيرت معطيات المعارك ..

هذان الرجلان لايلتقيان اعتباطا ولاتعنيهما الاحتفالات الاعلامية والكرنفالات التي تقام لملوك الخليج الذين يذهبون لدفع الجزية في الغرب .. فمما لاشك فيه أنهما اجتمعا من أجل أمر هام جدا قادم .. لايسر من سمي (أصدقاء الشعب السوري) .. ولايسر المعارضين الذين ينتظرون منذ 8 سنوات بطاقة الدعوة لاستلام السلطة واعلان نهاية عصر الأسد .. وربما ساجرح مشاعرهم كثيرا وستغوض كلماتي كالسكين في أحشائهم للقول انها بداية عصر الأسد كزعيم عالمي .. بدأت منذ هذه اللحظة التي أعلن فيها لأول مرة بشكل ديبلوماسي ان الوجود الاميريكي في شرق سورية قد انتهت صلاحيته .. وهذا التهذيب الديبلوماسي .. فيه انذار ديبلوماسي .. ولاشك أن على الاميريكيين ان يردوا التحية الروسية بأحسن منها .. والا ..

هذا الحدس والاستقراء في علم السياسة له مماثل فيزيولوجي .. هو ظاهرة بافلوف .. فعندما يرى الناس ملكا سعوديا في واشنطن او أي عاصمة غربية ترتسم ابتسامة عربية عفوية لاارادية فيها مرارة .. فيما يسيل لعاب الاوروبيين والاميريكيين كما كلب بافلوف عندما يسمع جرس الطعام .. جرس الاميريكيين اليوم هو بن سلمان .. حيث يفيض لعابهم ولعاب اوروبة كلما لمحوه كما لو كانوا يلعقون الليمون الحامض ..

ولكن عندما يرى العالم الأسد وبوتين معا .. ترتفع درجة حرارة الأرض .. ويخفق قلب السماء الأزرق للقاء السوخوي .. ويسيل لعاب الدبابات .. وترقص البنادق .. وتجف الحلوق في الغرب والشرق .. فيما تتبلل عروق المدن الحزينة الظمأى بالأخبار السارة .. وتتهيأ الدنيا للأخبار العاجلة ..

   ( الثلاثاء 2018/05/22 SyriaNow)

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served

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May 19, 2018

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served

Top officials, including former CIA officers, Pentagon officials, US Army officers and former diplomats demand explanation of Israeli actions

By Pepe Escobar May 19, 2018 11:57 AM (UTC+8)

In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the UN Security Council, four top former officials at the highest level of the US government have given him legal notice about his duty to advise the US Congress, the ICC and the UNSC, among others, about Israel’s actions coinciding with the “70th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes.”

The letter is signed, among others, by former CIA operations officer Phil Giraldi; former Pentagon official Michael Maloof; former US Army officer and State Department coordinator for counterterrorism contractor Scott Bennett; and former diplomat and author of Visas For al-Qaeda: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World, Michael Springmann.

Maloof, Bennett and Giraldi, as well as Springmann and this correspondent, were among guests at the 6thInternational New Horizon conference in the holy city of Mashhad, eastern Iran. The top themes of the conference’s debates were Palestine and the Trump administration’s unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

As Maloof and Bennett separately confirmed to Asia Times, the letter was written by Giraldi and Maloof at an airport lounge as they were waiting for a flight from Mashhad to Tehran, where it was presented at a press conference this past Tuesday. This correspondent was on a reporting trip in Karaj. We all reunited on Thursday at Mashhad’s airport. The press conference in Tehran was virtually ignored by US corporate media.

Visas for the visiting Americans were an extremely delicate matter debated at the highest levels of the Iranian government between the Foreign Ministry and the intelligence services. In the end, the visitors, under intense scrutiny by Iranian media, ended up finding a huge, eager audience all across Iran.

A new psyops in the making

The letter signatories make a direct connection about Israeli actions that may trigger “and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Russia since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.”

President Trump is also served legal notice that the letter “will be included as evidence in all matters relating to the US Embassy move to Jerusalem/Al Quds and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The letter is to be listed as “exhibit 1 in any war crimes investigation and prosecution (past, present, future) relating to this matter, at all times.”

As Bennett told Asia Times, the main concern is that according to his military sources the current, volatile situation may establish the preconditions for “a new psyops campaign.”

Trump has been served legal notice – pursuant to 18 US Code 4, and 28 US Code 1361 – of “national and international legal violations.” The letter also doubles as “a legal notice to the American people” – and is established as legal protection “against any retaliation, detainment, investigation, sequestration, interrogation, discrimination, imprisonment, torture, financial consequences, or any other negative or prejudicial consequences or actions.”

Moreover, “any action taken against the undersigned will be interpreted as a violation of the following; 18 USC 242 (conspiracy to deny/violate constitutional civil rights); 42 USC 1983, 1984, 1985 (civil action for rights violations); 18 US 2339A (providing material support to terrorists).

The letter may also be interpreted as an olive branch; apart from requesting full whistleblower protection, the signatories offer themselves to fully debrief the President as well as Congress.

The letter is copied to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

There has been no White House response so far.

Considering the US embassy transfer to Jerusalem; the unilateral abrogation of the JCPOA followed by a declaration of economic war against Iran; the new narrative on the DPRK — as in there’s only our deal, or you will be destroyed like Libya; not to mention the treatment of whistleblower Julian Assange, the prospects for a fruitful dialogue remain bleak.

Palestine will remain the priority in spite of them فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم

» Palestine will remain the priority in spite of them  

مايو 18, 2018

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The dispute between America and Iran is summarized in Palestine as the transferring of the US embassy to Jerusalem. The American war which aims at achieving profits has been lost in Syria, but the war of preventing losses continues. The loss which America fears is the growing of the resistance axis due to the victory of Syria and the threat which it represents to Israel’s security. The incitement against the nuclear understanding in order to put it into circulation starts and ends with accusing Iran of employing the moral and material revenues of its understanding in granting more support to the resistance forces. The cause is Palestine. The recognition of Jerusalem as a capital of Israel is related directly to the moral support of the Israelis who are afraid from the variables around them, and in order to show publicly the Arab infidelities to Palestine by saying to the Israelis “despite the losses you are not alone, your new allies; the Gulf rulers are professing of being allied with you, so do not worry”.

The Israelis test their fear with the American reassuring messages, they feel happy towards the American threats to Syria but their optimism was dispersed once they saw that the consequences of the aggression led by Washington were zero. They applauded for the American withdrawal from the nuclear understanding with Iran and celebrated this new stage through targeting Syria with their aircraft, but the result is new deterrence equations. They celebrate the transferring of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the settlers go out to the courtyard of Aqsa Mosque celebrating and feeling happy with the Arab participation and the statements which support their aggression on Syria, but they discover that their new allies have only statements.

After the celebrations ended and after Washington paid the bills of its promises, the question now is what is next. Everything proves that Palestine which they wanted to remove from history and geography comes back strongly with the blood of its people. The Palestinians have to react now and the Israelis have to ask their new allies about what can they offer for the deal of the century to become a fact and about the Palestinian partner who is capable of signing the waiver of Jerusalem. They have to ask them whether if they will participate in offering blood in the coming confrontations and to what extent they can overlook the coming Palestinian days without retreating.

Palestine is deciding the agenda of the region not Israel despite the American decisions which formed the maximum of what can be offered at once. By the end of the American gifts Israel has to show its ability in one of three aspects; a crucial war that changes the equations, an important Palestinian partner in a compromise to announce the end of the confrontations, and the ability to bear a long war of attrition on all fronts, while the Palestinians away from the confusion of many of their leaderships have decided to confront whatever the cost is, with the determination of the first round without fatigue or considerations, since time is the ally of those who stick to their right making strength out of weakness.

Palestine is the priority in spite of them. Neither Trump’s decision, nor the Gulf rulers ‘ money and nor Israel’s brutality and oppression are valid elements to write the history that was started with a blood of child martyr. The fifteenth of May will remain the remembrance of the usurping of Palestine not a festival for the birth of Israel at all.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم 

مايو 14, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– قضية أميركا مع إيران تُختصر بفلسطين ومثلها نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس. فالحرب الأميركية الهادفة لتحقيق الأرباح سقطت منذ زمن في سورية، وتستمرّ حرب منع الخسائر، والخسارة التي تخشاها أميركا هي تعاظم محور المقاومة بنصر سورية والخطر الذي يمثله على أمن «إسرائيل»، وكل التحريض على التفاهم النووي تمهيداً لطرحه في التداول يبدأ وينتهي باتهام إيران بتوظيف عائداتها المعنوية والمادية من التفاهم لتقديم مزيد من الدعم لقوى المقاومة، والقضية هي فلسطين، والانتقال لخطوة من نوع الاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لـ»إسرائيل» يرتبط مباشرة بالدعم المعنوي للإسرائيليين القلقين والمذعورين من المتغيرات من حولهم، ولتظهير الخيانات العربية لفلسطين علناً بلا مراعاة، للقول للإسرائيليين، رغم الخسائر لستم وحدكم. فها هم حلفاؤكم الجدد حكام الخليج يجاهرون بحلفكم فلا تخافوا.

– يختبر الإسرائيليون خوفهم مع رسائل التطمين الأميركية، مع كل جديد، فيرون التهديدات الأميركية لسورية ويفرحون وإذ تأتيهم التفاصيل عن العدوان الذي قادته واشنطن فيضطرون لتبديد تفاؤلهم، والقول إن النتائج كانت صفراً، ثم يأتيهم الانسحاب الأميركي من التفاهم النووي مع إيران فيصفّقون، ويخرجون للاحتفال بتدشين المرحلة الجديدة بطائراتهم في استهداف سورية، فتكون النتيجة وبالاً ومعادلات ردع جديدة، ثم يأتي احتفال انتقال السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس ويخرج المستوطنون إلى باحات المسجد الأقصى، ويفرح الإسرائيليون بالمشاركة العربية، والبيانات التي أيّدت عدوانهم على سورية، فيكتشفون أن ما لدى حلفائهم الجدد ليس أكثر من البيانات.

– أما وقد انتهت مواسم الاحتفالات، والانتظارات بعدما سدّدت واشنطن فواتير وعودها، فالسؤال ماذا عن الغد؟ وكل شيء يقول إن فلسطين التي أرادوا شطبها من التاريخ والجغرافيا تعود بدماء أبنائها للحضور، وبقوة، ومن اليوم سيكون الدور للفلسطينيين ليصيغوا هم الخبر، وعلى الإسرائيليين أن يسألوا حلفاءهم الجدد عما يمكنهم تقديمه لتصير صفقة القرن حقيقة، وعن الشريك الفلسطيني القادر على توقيع التنازل عن القدس، ويسألونهم هل سيشاركونهم تقديم الدماء في المواجهات المقبلة، وكم سيستطيعون التغاضي عن الأيام الفلسطينية المقبلة، من دون الاضطرار للانكفاء؟

– فلسطين تتقدّم وتضع جدول أعمال المنطقة، وليس «إسرائيل»، رغم القرارات الأميركية التي شكلت أقصى ما يمكن تقديمه ودفعة واحدة، ومع نهاية الهدايا الأميركية بقي على «إسرائيل» أن تظهر قدرتها على واحد من ثلاثة، حرب حاسمة تغيّر المعادلات، شريك فلسطيني وازن لتسوية تعلن نهاية المواجهات، قدرة على تحمّل حرب استنزاف طويلة على الجبهات كلها، أما الفلسطينيون فقد قرّروا بمعزل عن ارتباك الكثير من قياداتهم، أنهم ماضون إلى المواجهة مهما كان الثمن، وأنهم يدخلون هذه الجولة بعزم الجولة الأولى بلا تعب ولا كلل ولا حسابات، والشهداء زادٌ لا ينضب والزمن حليف الثابتين على حقهم، يصنعون من الضعف قوة.

– فلسطين إلى الواجهة رغم أنوفهم، فلا قرارات ترامب ولا أموال حكام الخليج ولا التوحّش والبطش الإسرائيلي.. عناصر صالحة لكتابة تاريخ يفتتحه دم طفل شهيد، وسيبقى الخامس عشر من أيار ذكرى اغتصاب فلسطين ولن يكون يوماً عيداً لولادة «إسرائيل».

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US Complicity in Gaza Massacre

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EDITORIAL | 18.05.2018 | EDITORIAL

US Complicity in Gaza Massacre

The horrendous bloodshed this week in Gaza is directly related to US President Trump’s controversial decision to relocate the American embassy to the contested city of Jerusalem.

The US bears responsibility in large part for the atrocity in which more than 60 unarmed Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli military. This was a cold-blooded massacre.

Thousands of others were maimed from live fire. An eight-month-old baby girl, Layla Ghandour, was among the victims after she died from asphyxiation from tear gas fired at the protesters.

Washington’s shameless defense of Israel’s brutal use of lethal force as “restrained” and its subsequent blocking of an independent UN inquiry into the mass shootings only compound Washington’s culpability in the massacre. A massacre which threatens to add further tensions to an already combustible region.

The question is how much of US complicity was a deliberate calculation by Washington to provoke widespread violence, not just in the occupied Palestinian territories, but in the wider Middle East?

Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was implemented despite international warning that the move violated global consensus that Jerusalem should be a shared capital between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Trump’s decision recklessly snubbed Palestinian rights by symbolically siding with Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its “undivided capital”.

Not only that but the US embassy move was pointedly scheduled to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s foundation as a state on May 14, 1948. The date is also marked by Palestinians as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe”, when millions of Palestinians were forced from their homes and ancient land by Israeli settlers.

Such a move by the Trump administration was bound to exacerbate already heightened Palestinian grievances after decades of injustice against their right to statehood and their right to return to ancestral homelands. Some 70 per cent of Gaza’s two million residents claim to be refugees who demand the right to return to their homelands in what is now Israeli-occupied Jerusalem and elsewhere in the modern state of Israel.

Trump’s blatant partisan intervention on the side of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory flies in the face of UN resolutions and international consensus which views Palestinians as having an inalienable claim to statehood. Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory has expanded without relent despite countless UN resolutions condemning such expansion as illegal.

At least one thing is incontestably clear now. Washington’s role in the decades-old conflict no longer has the pretense of being “an honest broker” or “neutral mediator”. For decades, the US has tacitly sponsored Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. It is 25 years since President Bill Clinton oversaw the Oslo Peace Accords. Today, the so-called peace process is dead and Palestinians are further than ever from realizing their right to a state in coexistence with Israel.

Trump has made it clear that as far as the US is concerned there is no peace process, that there is no “Two State Solution”.

It is telling that Palestinian leaders no longer recognize the US as a mediator. The US is part of the ongoing problem of an illegal colonialism against Palestinian people. Israeli governments are not interested in finding an honorable peace settlement. Their tacit position seems to be one of relentless conquest and driving the remaining Palestinian population out of the entire land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.

What is the solution? It seems now that the only decent arrangement is for a One State Solution to be striven for, in which all the people of the Holy Land are entitled to share equal rights. However, that is something that is anathema to the Israeli leaders who want only to create a solely Jewish state.

The international community must face up to the illusion of a Two-State Solution. The world must somehow muster the political will to advocate for the rights of Palestinians to live in the land which was formerly known as Palestine.

For seven decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the source of ongoing conflict in the entire Middle East. Without a proper, just peace settlement that recognizes and delivers on the rights of Palestinians the region will continue to be wracked by violence.

Washington’s brazen and reckless intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be recognized now as an incendiary role. The US has forfeited any claim to be a mediator. It is a malevolent actor.

Israel’s project of conquest is part and parcel with the wider US ambition to control the Middle East for its imperialist designs. America is not some benign player as its mythical image-making would pretend.

The mass murder this week in Gaza in conjunction with the US giving its stamp of approval to Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory is a fitting proof of Washington’s real role in the Middle East. Washington cares not a jot for democracy or peace in the region. It is motivated entirely by hegemonic control for American imperial power.

Chaos and conflict is the fuel for American presence and control. Dispossession of Palestinians goes hand-in-hand with Washington’s strategic planning to balkanize and destroy states. We have seen this nefarious policy with regard to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere. Washington needs Israeli conquest in the same way it needs a cluster of other client despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab dictatorships. To crush indigenous democratic rights in order to project its power interests, chiefly for the huge oil wealth of the region, as well as for denying perceived global rivals from gaining influence, especially if that influence might be more progressive.

The US is hellbent on keeping the Middle East in turmoil and conflict. Forget about lofty claims of “democracy building”. Washington’s power relies on creating war and bloodshed. The Project for a New American Century, and other neocon strategy documents, have long prescribed this very policy of creative-destruction, in hoc with Israel, as a formula to consolidate US power, no matter the cost in millions of innocent lives.

Washington’s callous and criminal disregard for Palestinians is a piece of its strategy for mayhem. The renewed confrontation with Iran is also testimony to this pernicious policy.

The cynicism of the US is staggering. This week at the UN, the American ambassador Nikki Haley walked out when the Palestinian envoy, Riad Mansour, began his address to the Security Council about the atrocity in Gaza. For months, Haley has been denouncing Syria, Russia and Iran over alleged violations. Yet she had not the conscience to listen to how Israeli troops butchered unarmed Palestinians in cold blood.

Haley’s rank hypocrisy is closely matched by Western mainstream news media. Their saturated coverage and hysterical distortions over Syria blaming the Assad government and Russia for alleged atrocities was in stark contrast to their muted response to the US-backed cold-blooded murder in Gaza this week.

The criminal arrogance of the US and its complicity in mass murder was exposed this week. It was an object lesson on how the US is not a force for good, as it so often proclaims. Rather, it is evidently a force for destruction in the interests of its own selfish imperialist designs.

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