Quds Day 2018: World Marks Occasion with Rallies in 800+ Cities

Local Editor

08-06-2018 | 11:18

Millions of people across Iran and other countries are gathering for the International Quds Day rallies in a show of support and solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn the Zionist decades-long occupation of Palestine.
 
Quds Day

In Tehran and other Iranian cities and towns, people are participating in the annual event which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Similar events are planned to take place in London and Toronto as well as in 800 cities worldwide, which usually see people chanting anti-“Israeli” slogans and burning the occupying regime’s flags.

Relatively, organizers in Toronto said the theme of the rally is to push for “justice, peace and love” and countering Islamophobia and racism as well as opposing the “Zionism and “Israeli” war crimes”. 

Near the “Israeli” fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories, Palestinians are expected to throng the site which has become the scene of bloodshed in recent weeks.

The International Quds Day is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with the Palestinians. 

This year, Quds Day has become a larger rallying cry as it comes after months of mass protests in Gaza which proved “Israel’s” inability to stop the Palestinians despite widespread use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

Since late March, over 120 Palestinian protesters were martyred and thousands more wounded by Zionist forces, mainly sharpshooters. The “Israeli” military has come under intense international criticism for permitting its forces to open fire on unarmed protesters in Gaza.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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Great Return March: 52 Palestinians Martyred, 2410 Injured in Gaza Protests

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Great Return March: 52 Palestinians Martyred, 2410 Injured in Gaza Protests

14-05-2018 | 14:47

“Israeli” Occupations Force [IOF] troops had martyred at least 28 Palestinians along the besieged Gaza border Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in al-Quds [Jerusalem].

Palestinian protesters in Gaza

 

It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since a 2014 Gaza war.

The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets.

Protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of the “Israeli” entity’s founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a “Great March of Return”. Black smoke from tires burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border.

“Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell ‘Israel’ and the world we will not accept being occupied forever,” said Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name.

“Many may get martyred today, so many, but the world will hear our message. Occupation must end,” he said.

“Israeli” troops martyred 16 Palestinians Monday, including a 14-year-old boy and a man in a wheelchair, and some 500 protesters were injured, at least 200 by live bullets, health officials said. The man in the wheelchair had been pictured on social media using a slingshot.

The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 70 since the protests began on March 30. No “Israeli” casualties had been reported.

The killings have drawn international criticism, but the United States, which has angered the Palestinians and Arab powers by relocating its embassy to al-Quds [Jerusalem] from Tel Aviv, has echoed the entity in accusing Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

Later in the day, “Israeli” leaders and a US delegation including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, were due to attend the opening of the embassy.

The entity’s military dropped leaflets into the enclave Monday, warning Palestinians “not to serve as a tool of Hamas” or approach or damage the entity’s frontier fence.

But thousands of Palestinians massed at five locations along the line. Of the 35 people wounded by “Israeli” gunfire, four were journalists, the officials said.

The “Israeli” military alleges its troops are defending the border and firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday, the day Palestinians mourn as the “Nakba” or “Catastrophe” when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around the entity’s creation.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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NRhZ: Gilad to Gaza – The Spirit of Trane

April 06, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Arbeiterfotografie

http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=24742

The British jazz musician Gilad Atzmon is already a living legend as a musician, controversial author and A philosopher. The concerts (in Berlin and Cologne) are part of an anniversary celebration of the legendary John Coltrane who died 51 years ago. In this concert Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble reflects on the beauty of the work of this jazz hero.   On the occasion-March 30, 2018, The  Land Day in Palestine, things are escalating again. Palestinians demonstrating for their right of return to their homeland become victims of the Israeli armed violence.  Gilad’s Gun is his Sax.

Recording on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Cologne, Altes Pfandhaus
Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Spirit of Trane

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frank harrison (p)
yaron stavi (b)
enzo zirilli (dr)

Gaza’s Great Return March: 9 Martyred, Including Journalist, 1000 Injured

Local Editor

07-04-2018 | 12:16

While the Palestinians were participating in the peaceful protests outside the occupied borders, “Israeli” occupation forces martyred at least 9 of them, including a journalist, and wounded more than 1,000 others.
 
Gaza

In further details, thousands participated in a mass demonstration demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

While the Palestinian Health Ministry reported on Friday that 293 people were injured by live ammunition after Israeli forces fired on protesters who had gathered near the Israeli border in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Elsewhere, hundreds of protesters suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation.Relatively, one of the martyrs was journalist Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency who was hit during protests Friday.
Later, an AFP photograph taken after he was wounded showed Murtaja wearing a press vest as he received treatment.
Meanwhile, the “Israeli” army declined to comment, claiming it was reviewing the incident.

The deaths brought the number of Palestinians martyred during Friday’s confrontations to nine after thousands gathered along the border for the second week in a row.

Some Palestinians burned mounds of tires and threw stones at “Israeli” soldiers over the border fence.

In all, at least 491 Palestinians were injured by shooting, the health ministry said.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Guaranteeing ’Israel’s’ ’Ethnic Purity’

Darko Lazar

07-04-2018 | 09:14

Palestinian officials say “Israeli” forces are guilty of indiscriminant murder. “Israel’s” Avigdor Lieberman says his soldiers deserve a commendation.

Nakba Day

Shockingly, both are talking about the same event, when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in the besieged Gaza Strip to mark Land Day – the anniversary of the expropriation of Palestinian lands in 1976.

The protests also kicked off a six-week rally, dubbed the Great March of Return. The demonstrations will carry on until the Nakba anniversary on May 15, marking 70 years since 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their villages and towns by Zionist militias.

But in just one week, the “Israelis” have already martyred 30 Palestinians and wounded thousands of others.

According to “Israeli” officials like Lieberman, the Palestinian protesters are guilty of ‘charging’ the fence that separates Gaza from the remainder of occupied Palestine.

“”Israeli” soldiers did what was necessary. I think all our soldiers deserve a medal,” Lieberman said last week.

The “necessary” appears to include a combination of live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets, unmanned drones used to unleash tear-gas, and artillery fire.

On the receiving end of this massive firepower are unarmed Palestinian youths like Abdel Fattah Abd al-Nabi. Footage posted online shows this 18-year-old running with a car tire in his hand, before being shot in the back by an “Israeli” sniper.

“These gatherings are peaceful marches,” an activist with the anti-wall and settlements movement, Jamal Juma, explains. “The side resorting to violence and force is the “Israeli” military. They don’t care about Palestinian lives.”

The 11-year-long deadly blockade of Gaza and three massive, genocidal attacks in just over five years certainly reinforce the argument that the “Israelis” are not too concerned with taking Palestinian lives.

However, massacring dozens of protesters in broad daylight also suggests that Tel Aviv is by no means indifferent when it comes to peaceful methods of resistance and remains highly sensitive to the Gandhian approach.

Gandhian tactics of unarmed protest have been widely used in the West Bank for decades. Now the strategy has been adopted en masse by Palestinian resistance groups and residents in Gaza – a place often demonized by Tel Aviv and its allies as a hotbed of terrorism.

But perhaps the biggest threat to the “Israeli” occupation of Palestinian lands is the size of the demonstrations.

The high death toll indicates that Tel Aviv is extremely alarmed by the number of Palestinians that remain attached to the ‘right of return’ – the notion that Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants should be allowed to return to the homes their families were ethnically cleansed from to ensure “Israel’s” “ethnic purity.”

The demographic threat

Although much of the western coverage of the Middle East loves to label “Israel” as the region’s ‘only liberal democracy’, Tel Aviv’s actual policies expose a drastic dissonance between such descriptions and the reality on the ground.

In no other category is this more evident than in Tel Aviv’s pursuit of ethnic purity.

In an effort to preserve their racial makeup, the “Israelis” have gone as far as injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control, often without their knowledge or consent, while introducing an effective ban on marriages between “Israelis” and Palestinians.

More importantly, in 2015, the “Israeli” Supreme Court provided legal cover for the demolition of Palestinian communities, making it that much easier to simply shove Palestinians off their own land.

Meanwhile, in 1950, the “Israeli” Knesset passed the so-called Law of Return that allows Jews from anywhere in the world to claim citizenship in “Israel”, while barring Palestinians expelled after various wars from returning home.

As such, the ethnic purity of “Israel” is contingent upon the 1.8 million Palestinians – 80 per cent of whom are refugees – remaining in an open-air prison in the Gaza Strip.

The consequences of these policies often manifest themselves in the form of “Israeli” soldiers killing unarmed protesters – a practice involving heavily armed troops doing little more than ‘defending’ “Israel” from a population regarded as a demographic threat.

Decades of “Israeli” impunity

The Palestinian Authority described the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, as the ‘ambassador of hatred’ after she blocked any condemnation of Tel Aviv for the latest slaughter of Palestinians.

Last April, Haley famously stood up during a UN Security Council meeting and displayed images of Syrian children allegedly killed by the Damascus government in a gas attack.

However, last weekend, Haley failed to show any such compassion for Palestinian children, killed in full view of the world’s media, with no disputes over who perpetrated the killings.

Instead, the US diplomat first blocked a draft statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation into the killings, and then rose to greet her “Israeli” counterpart Danny Danon with hugs and kisses.

According to Jamal Juma, the “Israelis” “are getting away with every crime because they are immune by this international system, particularly [with the help] of the US and European countries that are silent.”

In many respects, Land Day is also a reminder of the decades of “Israeli” impunity against Palestine and the western-backed Zionist expansion, which is defined by colonialism, racism and the obliteration of Palestinian heritage.

Source: Al-Ahed

The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now!

The Good Friday Massacre: World…We Are All Palestinians, Now!

By Brett Redmayne-Titley,

“…When Darkness and Disorder Began to Reign in a Kingdom…There Appeared the Loyal Ministers.” – The Tao Teh Ching

Eighteen more Palestinians were unapologetically murdered this past “Good Friday”  by the Israeli military. They were unarmed. They were on their own land. They were desperate.  They screamed their desperation as they marched. Then, they shouted their daily reality of personal horrors too close to Israel’s attention. So, they were killed.

These innocents were shot like fish in a barrel: No place to hide, no place to run, no chance of escape. The hunters all around them. Easy targets. In what now seems like a national sport, Israel has picked up the pace beyond tormenting Palestine…because it can!

For the record, it is important to accurately understand the current Israeli imposed rules of engagement for this latest round of unjustified violence. A synopsis is in order:

As any rational person should know well, Israel has been slowly- since the complete blockade of Gaza eleven years ago- torturing, by choking, what little is left to be stolen from Palestine. Thanks to the Israel friendly inhabitants in the US White House, Israel has been given carte blanche to increase this inhuman stranglehold. The new US/ Israeli policy towards Palestine holds the draconian view that any Palestinian love for their nation, their futures, their health, their families, and their happiness can be wiped away. Israel truly believes it can change the fundamental human mind of all of Palestine…if their imposed arbitrary torture and their killings are sufficient.

Beyond this increasing isolation, deprivation and degradation of Gaza and Palestine and the military takeover of the West Bank for more illegal Israeli settlements, the Likudists that dominate both Israeli and American politics, have managed to require their US president to hand them the Palestinian capital of Jerusalem as a gift for his ascendancy. Strangely, both these antagonists were then surprised that the Palestinians did not find this departure from history an acceptable US decision.

Despite having slowly seized, coerced or purchased 90% (95% if you count the Golan Heights)  of original Palestine since the inception of Israel in 1948, suddenly sensing trouble, the IDF next declared a 350-meter no-go zone within the borders of what they had not already taken from Palestine. With their futures sinking like a bag of kittens wantonly cast adrift, direct action within what remains of Palestine was understandable. On  March 30 “Land Day,” an annual commemoration of the deaths of six Arab citizens of Israel killed by Israeli security forces during demonstrations over government land confiscations in northern Israel in 1976, Hamas called for the start of a march called, “The Day of Return.” In protest they marched, some 17,000 strong, towards the border: To their border… right up to that fence.

Well, not quite.

One, two, three, four, five…eighteen…they were murdered. The videos do not lie. Bullets from the 100 Israeli snipers not being sufficient enough, however, a tank was used to blow to pieces a distant lonely farmer who was out of rifle-shot. Why? Not because they dared to visit the DMZ border zone. Not because they threw rocks that could never reach the fence. Not because the petrol bombs and burning tires of this desperate protest were hurled ineffectively in the direction of the thirty-foot-high, electrified, steel fence.

No. These little fish were killed for one simple, nay fundamental, reason: They refused to accept their fate. They would not change their minds. So…an example had to be made.

Are We Not All, Today, Palestinians?

“Resistance is futile.” That is the message of the IDF this week. It is also clearly implied within new US foreign policy designed to bring the Palestine, and particularly Gaza, to its knees. America considers this increased horror the means to a peaceful end to the bitter conflict of decades. This policy of delusion, however, too clearly echoes existing US foreign policy across the globe. That same threatening message is certainly explicit in too much of what is wrong with our world today. The arrogant Israeli horrors that are ongoing at this border protest are really just an extension of a collective worldwide US foreign policy that demands acquiescence and allegiance. Or Else!

Is resistance futile? In this, America is forcing everyone worldwide to become a Palestinian.

Take as example the Israeli military court decision -which met in Secret-to send 17 year-old Palestinian protester, Ahed Tamimi, to join hundreds of other convicted children in an Israeli prison for eight months. Her crime?  Not, that the IDF had just marched into her home. Not that her brother had just been shot in the face by the IDF for throwing stones in their direction. No. Her crime was that she did not willingly accept these horrors. She resisted; slapping the two soldiers for what they had done. This opinion was echoed by her lawyer, Gaby Lasky, who stated after the trial,

“They want to deter other Palestinian youth from resisting occupation.”

So, because she refused to accept being witness to this arbitrary horror, one that should shock the conscience, she is thus guilty of… resisting.

Take heed.

One look at the failures of recent attempts at, and enthusiasm for, national democracy seems to clearly bolster this point. Take Greece. It took less than 150 days for the fledgling Syriza party to go from achieving a stunning legitimately democratic victory to allowing the whole country and its future to be functionally overthrown by the feared Troika: the IMF, EC and ECB. The country was thus sold-off for pennies on the Euro- merely to obtain more debt. Greece is now economically and politically beholden to Brussels as is their treasonous president, Alexis Tsipras, the usual slippery politician who single-handedly (well, Finance Minister, Varoufakis certainly helped) sold Greece, his own government , and his soul willingly to a higher authority that controls virtually all of the future of Greece. A future that is already far worse, and of which they have no control.

Like the Palestinians?

Ukraine is an easy one. The US admits that it funded the overthrow of the Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential democratic election victory and that it has recently sent massive amounts of new high-powered weapons for a spring offensive of horror and wanton killing. America, its hand-picked president Poroshenko and his neo-Nazi themed government hope to break the will of the eastern Ukrainians in the Donbass region using increased violence, and bringing them, too, to their knees and stealing their future.

Like the Palestinians?

Then there was Spain and the Catalonia election, failed, sadly, before it all got started due the leadership’s lack of understanding -like Greece- of the true strength of their adversaries within the EU and Spain. Theirs was a drastic overestimation of their true political power. Post-election victory, the result has been a disaster with independence referendum president, Carles Puigdemont, also being arrested-with obvious EU complicity- in Germany this week. Catalonian resistance has been again squashed, its leaders taken, its people told to go home, return to work…or else. Yes, do as they are told by a foreign governing body of immoral politicians that they did not choose to elect.

Next, consider the UK and Brexit, the monumental, shocking and successful democratic vote for resistance to foreign hegemony. Like Ukraine, Greece, and Catalonia the primal forces of nature are doing their very best to ensure that democracy, here too, will fail. As described in a June,27 2016 article, Brexit was an easy target for delay and tactical overthrow well before it went to a vote. Almost two years later, Brexit is arguable, as predicted, further away from becoming a reality than before the vote because of the duality of the true allegiances of the UK politicians. So, who really holds power over the people of  Britain?  Politicians.  The House of Lords. The EU. Certainly not the people.

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A Mind Programmed to Violence: The American Foreign Export

The cause, the epicenter, of this mental malady that demands subservience at the end of the gun is the American Congress and its foreign and domestic policies of obedience. The fault here also lies with the American public’s tacit willingness to accept this increasingly authoritarian rule without complaint.

One would have thought that in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and the proven revelations of DNC corruption and Hillary Clinton criminal complicity, Americans would well know that they, too, do not have an opposition political party. Add the recent documentation of FBI and CIA collusion in the same conspiracy to bring HRC to power, while burying here proven crimes, and it is indeed a wonder that voters are once again excitedly heading off to the slaughter of the 2018 mid-terms.

Of course, few Americans see reality for themselves, but evidence abounds and with American foreign policy embracing, excusing and justifying these and a growing list of imposed horrors upon the conscience, the world would do well to understand from whence these are spawned: A country where violence and killing seem endemic. Where an artificially elected congress likes it that way.

Take the increase in police killings of unarmed citizens. For many, these US citizen’s resistance amounted to having their back turned, their hands in the air and/or running away. The US is certainly number one is this horror as well as in the least number of police convictions for same. The current White House marionette has already publicly embraced police brutality. Protests against these extra-judicial killings are paltry at best. So, the killings increase yearly.

Since taking office, Trump not just guaranteed that the Guantanamo Bay torture center will stay open, he has provided massive new- and undisclosed- funding for it. Ensuring that it will soon be at full capacity, he then named arguably the two most righteous, self-serving zealots of arbitrary torture and unabashed horror, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, to help with this goal: showcasing America’s hatred of human resistance. Philip Giraldi in an article on March 22, 2018, noted this point,

“… every change reflects an inexorable move to the right in foreign policy… so he [Trump] is inevitably being directed by individuals who have long American global leadership by force if necessary.”

Just in case, back in the USA Trump re-authorized the distribution of returning Mid-East military hardware to be distributed to towns across the country. Despite the best attempts of US media complicity, propaganda, and censorship, the government knows the people are slowly waking up to their own dismal futures. To this government and its military, it seems only a matter of time before the Second Amendment and the US military square-off against each other. They are preparing to crush this resistance.

Like the Palestinians?

But the American mind, one with a slowly building penchant for violence, helps to allow Trump and his monocracy in Congress to continue to get their unchallenged path to war by playing on this mindset. This is becoming endemic in the American mind; one that enjoys guns and killing. Spend just one hour watching American TV commercials and the routine level of violence shown via movie trailers, video games featuring ultra-violence and US military armed forces recruitment adverts is- hour after hour- like no country on earth. Congress and the NRA legislatively propagate this blood-lust, using America’s entrenched love for guns and killing as the misunderstood base rationale to increase the US budget for any and all the tools that kill.

This was sorely evidenced this past year, when the US House and Senate passed legislation- as an attachment- that allowed hunters to, not only kill wolves and bears, but to increase the thrill of the hunt, this Congress said it would be OK for these same hunters to now kill new born wolf puppies and bear cubs, too. So, the true morality of these humans was shown clearly. Despite every US senator being individually contacted by this reporter with the additional horrifying fact that this barbaric earmark of legislation would also allow these hunters to kill the pups and cubs during springtime and in their mother’s dens, the bill passed easily without any debate regarding this new degradation of the American conscience.

But, they had a good reason, as shown in their staff letters of reply,  to abandon their conscience.

The earmark that all but doomed the North American wolf back to extinction after decades of recovery, was tucked away in a spending bill. As goes the US budget year after year, this was, in majority, a military spending bill. It needed Republican votes to pass. The price for one single lowly congressional vote, dangled by Alaska state rep., Don Young, was to allow tiny newborns to be slaughtered at will. In the face of a military that needs to be fed and congressmen who need money and have a vote (soul) for sale; the wolves never had a chance.

Defenseless wolves or slaughtered Palestinians must be considered an example to the world. A call to action. Compared to a tranquilized US sponsored first world that ignores the real plight of the remaining civilized world around them, worldwide Palestinians know well, what these disaffected and apathetic populations refuse to admit: That, election results mean nothing, their government officials are controlled by others, their future and their lives are at the whim of American corporate economic interests, and… their happiness in life is of no concern to politicians at all.

Just like Palestinians?

Yes, the American man on the street will proudly tell you that his country is #1 in the world in everything. Of course his argument does not include the fact that America is also number one in: Mass killings, Prison incarceration, police killings of civilians, personal debt per person, share of national debt per person, military expenditure, private military contractors, money printing (QE), manipulating elections, overthrowing governments, drone killings of the innocent, money donated to Israel, weapons given to Israel or UN vetoes of humanitarian resolutions, etc.

This military madness was all too evident in the recent US spending bill of mere weeks ago. Yes, the military had its budget demands as did the Israel lobby within Congress. In a stunning example that proves who is really in charge in Washington, the Congress within the $1.3 trillion spending bill incredibly approved  $15.5 billion extra for the US military despite it having only requested a paltry $654.6 Billion.  Also, Israel was granted an additional $$558.4 million over their own budget request of $147.4 million. The total of $705.8 million is an increase of $105.4 million over what congress bequeathed to them last year.

Of course, there was not a penny extra for any of the social services that were gutted in the first two rounds of budget ping pong.

Still, America is number one? This irrational mind is a tribute to America’s media. This also highlights the one most threatening fact about the American understanding of its role in the world: Willful, delusional ignorance. One that increasingly suffers at the hands of their politicians yet cheers on the cause of their own demise. As an American journalist, Robert Bridge, noted this week;

This apathetic attitude on the part of so many Americans to this wave of death and destruction against foreigners in foreign lands suggests that any semblance of an anti-war consciousness has left the building.

More so than in any country, in the US fact and truth so are easily accepted as lies. This shows a madness deep inside.  A failure of the mind, one that watches passively at the violent destruction of so much of the world, at the hands of their own country, yet fails to notice that their own homeland’s myopic, insular, flag-draped future is also, piece by piece, month by month, being removed from their grasp; until there is nothing left.

Just like Palestine.

When US Foreign Policy Meets Criminal Insanity

This weekend, after the Good Friday Massacre, Israeli Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, not only proved charges that he and his Likudist part are criminally insane ( “a depraved indifference to human life”) and guilty of genocidal apartheid, he brashly showcased to the world a brand new crime of conscience: Criminal Hypocrisy.

Said Netanyahu’s office in a tweet;

“The most moral army in the world will not be lectured by those who have indiscriminately bombed civilian populations for years.”

His sick joke failed to note, of course, Israel’s actual inclusion the club of nations without consciences such as its US, EU, and UK patrons, and an incredible new allegiance with their new BFF, the Saudi Arabian, Mohammed Bin Salman. All collectively have the blood of millions on their hands. Distortion of this kind by Netanyahu shows the depravity of the mind aforementioned. As if these words were not enough to prove the point, IDF leader Avigdor Leiberman (image on the left) removed all doubt, stating with glee that the Israeli troops were, “doing their job” and that all involved in the slaughter ” deserved commendations.”

Only the insanity of US inspired military arrogance can utter such rot. Only those of a similar mind will believe it.

These self-serving – and false- statements belie the accurate casualty figures of the two previous Israeli inspired wars in Gaza and three in Lebanon when previously Israel felt the need to “cut the grass.”  When it comes to war, however, the actual facts forever prove a very different result of Israeli army tactics that can best be summed up in one word: chickenshit!

Casualty figures and the eyes of the world show without doubt that Israel never picks a fair fight, preferring civilian deaths to IDF body bags. Despite the world’s seventh largest military, Israel will not fight any Army without full US financial, military, munitions, intelligence, foreign policy, and UN assistance. Its massive, American funded military, prefers to attack the defenseless, the innocent and the civilian. This was shown clearly in daily TV horrors during the 2006 Lebanon War and the 2014 Gaza war. To argue otherwise is madness.

Worse, Israel leaves the on-the-ground killing to its proxies in the US, UK, EU nations and Saudi Arabia, nations that regularly use their national coffers and militaries, not for their own people, but to affect what, in reality, provides only a positive geopolitical bearing for Israel; not their own countries.

In doing so, it is the political leaders- not the citizens- of these many countries, and far too many others, that have almost thoroughly sold out their voters and their country to be co-opted into the embrace of America’s pro- Israel/ pro-war modern doctrine; one that increases in its threat to humanity with each and every Trump cabinet replacement.

The list of countries similarly affected, as are the Palestinians, by US foreign policy, beyond those referenced here, is so long and well established that one must pause in the task and reflect: why it is necessary to write it again? If the world, the Palestinian world beyond Gaza and the West Bank, has not, after all the worldwide horror- taken note on their own, it is not worth the effort. For thus they have not, despite all this evidence, realized their kinship with the beleaguered Palestinians of the world, and this is indeed a their own madness.

This madness predictably continued this past week in the aftermath of just one day of the Good Friday protests.

An investigation was called for by a special session of the UN Security Council, which the US vetoed. Going further, an Israel IDF spokesperson stated that there would be no investigation on their part. This is not surprising from a new world order that makes no apologies, much less admission, for its war crimes against humanity.

Amazingly, an IDF spokesperson did exactly that, publicly and disgustingly admitting ,via Twitter, Israel’s guilt when issuing his proud statement:

“Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

Nothing was ever so clear.

Back in America, the next few weeks will see Trump, his foreign policy, and the American people’s attention have their own Land Day style protest problem come to their own border. Approx. 1700 people are walking directly towards Trump’s symbolic wall. The majority are desperate refugees from Honduras, a country destroyed many times over by malicious US control that continues to inflict daily military horrors on its people with US weapons. The recent Honduran presidential election was overthrown by the US collusion in a very suspect recount when the US-backed presidential candidate initially lost by too slim of a margin. Now the country is in turmoil, killing routine, and these Honduran Palestinians have vowed to walk right up to Trump’s US border wall and demand asylum. Since the US directly caused their plight this would seem a fair request.

However, considering the true nature of the intent of US foreign policy, their example of resistance will have to be quashed. This will certainly be the case since today, April 3, 2018, a publicly nervous US president Trump authorized the US military to take control of the US southern border. What will transpire upon the refugee’s arrival will be an interesting test- if Mexico doesn’t stop it first. How many feet before the border will these refugees be allowed before being shot in cold blood? Will the US ship them all back to uncertain death in their home countries as the Israelis are doing to the black North African refugees now?

A good part of the world too well understands our current relationship to our national politicians. Those that have experienced or witnessed their horrors. The rest needs to awaken quickly.

A battle now rages worldwide. To merely witness it is to perish. The shrinking civilized world of correct and moral conscience is in a fight against  those who believe that they can infect the mind of the whole planet with the same madness that drives them to climb over the backs of all others onwards  to their own oblivion, as if this were a cherished goal.

This is the mind that believes in one fundamental:The rest of us? We are all Palestinians.

It is time to resist the temptation to do nothing. It is time to resist this madness that would numb us into willfully watching our own demise. It is time to march right up to walls of power across the globe- and cast these world leaders out from their citadels. It is time to tell them, “Je Suis…Palestine! “

Just like Palestinians.

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Brett Redmayne-Titley has published over 150 in-depth articles over the past seven years for news agencies worldwide. Many have been translated. On-scene reporting from important current events has been an emphasis that has led to multi-part exposes on such topics as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, NATO summit, KXL Pipeline, Porter Ranch Methane blow-out and many more. He can be reached at: live-on-scene@gmx.com. Prior articles can be viewed at his archive: www.watchingromeburn.uk

يوم الأرض…بقلم د.بثينة شعبان

لقد أصبح واضحاً اليوم، وبعد سبعين عاماً من احتلال استيطاني استعماري غاصب لأرض فلسطين، أنّ الأرض هي المبتدأ والمنتهى، وأنّ الأرض هي القصة الحقيقية، وهي الهدف الذي يبغون حيازته، ويرتكبون في سبيل ذلك أبشع المجازر عبر التاريخ.

انتفض الشعب الفلسطيني من أجل حماية أرضه مرّات عديدة حتى وقعت نكبة عام 1948

لقد انتفض الشعب الفلسطيني من أجل حماية أرضه مرّات عديدة حتى وقعت نكبة عام 1948، وقدّم التضحيات والشهداء منذ ثورته عام 1969، وانتفض في 30 من آذار/ مارس عام 1976 وقدّم الشهداء، وها هو ينتفض اليوم في 30 آذار/ مارس عام 2018 ويقّدم الشهداء ليقول إنّ هذه الأرض لنا، وإننا أصحابها الحقيقيون الشرعيون. ومن الواضح خلال هذا التاريخ أنّ الكيان الصهيوني يريد أرضاً بلا شعب، تماماً كما فعل الاستعمار الاستيطاني في الولايات المتحدة الأميركية وفي نيوزيلندا وأستراليا وكندا، وكما أراد المستوطنون الفرنسيون في الجزائر، والبريطانيون في جنوب أفريقيا، فأبادوا السكان الأصليين تماماً في أميركا الشمالية وأستراليا، وشوّهوا صورتهم في كتب التاريخ، ودفنوا حضارتهم وثقافتهم ومعتقداتهم، واستوطنوا تلك الأرض، وأتوا بالمهاجرين البيض ليحتلوها ويمتلكوا كلّ ثرواتها الخيّرة. وإلى يومنا هذا لم يُنصف أحد حضارات الشعوب الأصلية، التي كانت غنيَة بثقافتها وفنونها ومعتقداتها، لأنّ المستوطنين هم الذين كتبوا التاريخ، وهم الذين سوّقوا هذا التاريخ في كلّ أنحاء العالم، بحيث أصبحت الصورة الوحيدة المتاحة عن حضارات شعوب المايا والأنكا والأبورجينز، وغيرها من حضارات كثيرة عديدة، هي الصورة التي قدّمها المستعمرون والمستوطنون الذين قاموا بإبادتهم والاستيطان على أنقاض حضارتهم. وهنا لا بدّ من التأكيد أنّ المهمّ ليس الانتصار فقط إنما كتابة تاريخ هذا الانتصار.

واليوم نشهد مسرحاً مماثلاً جداً في فلسطين، حيث تقضم سلطات الكيان الأرض الفلسطينية شيئاً فشيئاً، وتُصدّر على مدى عشرات السسنين كلّ القوانين التي تمكّنهم من سرقة هذه الأرض من أصحابها الشرعيين، وتهجير الشباب والأبناء، وعدم السماح لهم بالعودة، وفي المقابل استقدام المستوطنين من كلّ حدب وصوب ليحلّوا محلّهم. نحن نشهد اليوم استيطاناً شبيهاً جداً بالاستيطان الذي حلّ في أميركا الشمالية وكندا وأستراليا منذ مئتي عام ونصف، والغريب في الأمر أنّ بعض أصحاب الحقوق في شرقنا الأوسطي ينتظرون من المستوطنين الغربيين أن يساندوهم في نيل حقوقهم. إن كان هناك من أمر فإنّ المستوطنين الغربيين يساندون المستوطنين الإسرائيليين لأنهم يرونهم شبيهين بهم، ويسيرون على خطاهم، فكيف يمكن لهم أن يتفهموا صاحب الحقّ، وصاحب الأرض، وهم الذين حاربوه وقتلوه وأبادوه في ديارهم لتكون بلدانهم كما هي عليه اليوم، بل على العكس هم يتفهّمون العقلية الاستيطانية الإسرائيلية وحلمها في أن تكون فلسطين أرضاً لها من دون أيّ أثر للشعب الفلسطيني، أو للتراث الفلسطيني، أو للثقافة والتاريخ والجذور التي يعملون على اقتلاعها في كلّ قانون أو تشريع يصدر بهذا الصّدد. ولايزال الفلسطينيون للأسف، يواجهون كلّ هذا المخطط بعفوية، وبصدور الشباب العارية، وبمسيرات الناس العزّل الذين يقعون ضحايا البطش الاستيطاني، ليضاف إلى قائمة الشهداء شهداءٌ آخرون يروون تراب فلسطين بدمائهم. ومع كلّ اعتزازنا وفخرنا بروح الانتماء التي تدفع الشباب للدفاع عن الأرض حتى الشهادة. لكن هل هذا هو الأسلوب الناجع لاستعادة الأرض؟ وهل تمكّن الشهداء بدمائهم الذكية من تغيير المعادلة في هذا الصراع؟ أم أنّ قضم الأراضي مستمرّ بحيث لم يعد الفلسطينيون يملكون أكثر من 15% من أرض فلسطين التاريخية؟ السؤال المؤلم اليوم: ألا يتوجّب على الفلسطينيين والعرب إعادة النظر باستراتيجياتهم وآلياتهم من أجل صون الحقوق وتحرير الأرض؟

إنّ إلقاء الضوء على تجربة الشعب اللبناني في جنوب لبنان بعد احتلال أرضه، وتشبّثه بالبقاء في دياره إلى أن تمكّن من تحرير هذه الأرض عام 2000، تثبت أنّ عدم النزوح من الأرض، حتى وإن مكث على صدرها معتدٍ محتلّ، هو الأسلوب الأنجع لاستعادة هذه الأرض، وأنّ النزوح عنها هو بالضبط ما يريده الطامعون في هذه الأرض، والمخطّطون للاستيلاء عليها. وهذا ما استنتجه كثير من الفلسطينيين ولكن بعد النزوح الكبير عام 1948، والنزوح عام 1967. ومن الواضح من القصص التي سمعناها عن هذا النزوح أنّ المستوطن الإسرائيلي كان يهدف إلى ترويع السكان حتى قبل أن يصل إليهم، ويهدّدهم من خلال مكبّرات الصوت ويدعوهم إلى مغادرة قراهم وبساتينهم ومدنهم فوراً. غادر كثيرون منهم وهم يظنّون أنهم عائدون بعد بضعة أيام. إذاً لم تكن هناك درجة من الوعي ولا قيادات حقيقية لتقوم بخطوات مضادّة لخطوات المستوطنين، وتعمل على تثبيت السكان في مواقعهم، بينما توفّر هذا عام 1982 في لبنان. ربما مستفيدين من الدرس الفلسطيني، ولاسيما أنّ أهل الجنوب كانوا هم من استقبل النازحين الفلسطينيين عام 1948، وشهدوا على معاناتهم. الوعي والقيادة أمران أساسيان في خوض المعارك، عسكرية كانت أم سياسية، بوقت أقصر وأثمان أقلّ. واليوم يعمل الكيان الصهيوني جاهداً على إلغاء حقّ عودة الفلسطينيين وعلى تغييب الشاهد الأخير على هذا الحقّ، ألا وهي منظمة الأونروا. لذلك لا بدّ من وضع الخطط، وتكثيف الجهود، وجمع الأموال والتبرعات كي تبقى هذه المنظمة قادرة على العمل، وشاهداً حياً على اللجوء وحقّ عودة الفلسطينيين. في يوم الأرض نُحَيّيْ كلّ شهداء فلسطين وسوريا ولبنان والعراق واليمن، وعلى امتداد جغرافيا هذا الوطن العربي، ونقول من أجل هذه الأرض لا بدّ من تطوير آليات العمل، ووضع الاستراتيجيات التي تحافظ عليها وتضمن ازدهارها على يد أبنائها الأصليين المخلصين، وتصدّ عتها كلّ معتدٍ وطامع ومستعمر.

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