هل نقرأ إيران بغير عيون الحب أو الكراهية؟

ناصر قنديل

– في ذكرى انتصار الثورة الإسلامية في إيران دعوة للتحرر في مقاربة الحدث من المشاعر المؤيّدة والمعارضة للسياسات الإيرانية، دعوة للتعلّم أو لِنَقُل للقراءة، ومحاولة الإفادة باكتساب العبر والمعاني. وبعيداً عن التشويهات التي يريدها بعض المبالغين في العداء، وبهدف الإساءة لا يمانعون بافتراءات يعرفونها محض أكاذيب، من نوع أنّ إيران وكيل سريّ للمصالح الأميركية أو تقيم سراً علاقات بـ«إسرائيل»، والقائلون طبعاً من الذين يلهثون لنيل رضا وتبجيل حكومات تجاهر بالتبعية لأميركا وللتطبيع مع «إسرائيل»، فيصير مجرد مسايرة منطقهم بقبول اتهاماتهم رغم بطلانها، إعلان تفوق إيران من ضفة لا نريدها ولا نرتضيها، لكننا تناولناها لقطع دابر النقاش بها في كلّ ما سيلي من كلام واستنتاجات.

– إيران المتحرّرة من التبعية لأميركا والمواجهة لـ«إسرائيل»، حقيقة ثابتة في الأدبيات العلنية والسرية للكيانين الأميركي و«الإسرائيلي»، نجحت خلال سبعة وثلاثين عاماً بالارتقاء إلى مصاف الدول الكبرى في صناعة السياسة والاستراتيجيات، وصارت عضواً في نادي اللاعبين الكبار، مُهابة الجانب، يُحسب لها الحساب. وهذا ليس موضع نقاش عند الكبار إن صعب على الصغار الاعتراف به، لكن المفارقة أن هذا لم يتمّ على حساب ثابتتين اضطر غيرها للتضحية بهما لنيل مكانة تقارب او تسعى لمقاربة مكانتها السياسية والعسكرية، وهما التنمية الاقتصادية والعمرانية والاجتماعية والعلمية والخدمية، من جهة، والمسيرة الديمقراطية القائمة على الانتخابات والتعددية السياسية والإعلامية، لدرجة أن إيران قد تكون من بين بلدان العالم الأولى في تسجيل سوابق المفاجآت الانتخابية، والتداول السلس للسلطة، وحتى قبل أسابيع قبيل وفاة الرئيس هاشمي رفسنجاني كان فيها، أربعة رؤساء سابقين للجمهورية. ولمن يتابع الحياة السياسية والإعلامية في إيران يعرف بتنافس برامجي على السياسات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، وعلى الشأن السياسي الداخلي والخارجي، ضمن ثوابت تحقق الإجماع يحترمها الجميع تتصل بالمكانة الوطنية لإيران، وكرامتها وعزتها وعناصر قوتها، تنبض بها وبخلافاتها وتبايناتها ومواجهاتها يومياً صحافة إيرانية تعبر عن تعددية سياسية نشطة وشجاعة.

– خلال هذه الفترة القصيرة نسبياً في عمر بناء الدول نهضت إيران عمرانياً بما يضعها في خدمات الكهرباء والهاتف والنقل والصحة والتعليم والسكن والبيئة والبحث العلمي، في مصاف دول تتراوح بين المرتبة الخامسة والخامسة عشرة في العالم، وبقياس تأثير الحرب التي شنّها عليها العراق واستهلكتها واستنزفتها لسنوات ثمانٍ، ومثلها على الأقل لمحو آثار الحرب، يصير عمر بناء الدولة في إيران نصف الزمن المنقضي من تاريخ انتصار ثورتها، وبقياس العقوبات والحصار تصير إنجازاتها قابلة للتحقّق، ربما بنصف المدة الباقية أي بثمانٍ أو تسع سنوات، لو لم تكن تحت هذا الحصار المميت.

– يقارن كل عربي حال بلاده بحال إيران بمعزل عن القبول بنموذجها العقائدي أو رفضه، أو القبول بسياساتها أو رفضها، أو حبّ قيادتها أو رفضها. فالقضية إن دولة وشعباً مجاورين لنا في ظروف قاسية وبإمكانات اقتصادية وموارد تقلّ عن تلك التي تخصّنا كعرب، وبقياس لصالح فوزنا في معيار المساحة والجغرافيا وعدد السكان نفشل نحن وتفوز إيران. ويكفي أن نقارن تاريخ الحرب التي تشارك فيها العراق والخليج على إيران لنقارن من عنده أين كانت وأين أصبحت إيران وأين كان العراق ومعه الخليج وأين أصبحا؟ أو أن نقارن من تاريخ الثورة التي تزامن حدوثها مع دخول مصر عهد كامب ديفيد الذي تغيّرت وجوه حكوماته وبقي حاكماً لمصر، ونتساءل أين كانت مصر وأين كانت إيران واين أصبحتا؟

– بالمثال المتعلق بالموارد والحجم والمكانة يمكن مقارنة إيران بتركيا، التي تتسوّل دخولها الاتحاد الأوروبي وتفشل، وتخضع لقواعد التبعية للغرب عبر عضويتها في حلف الأطلسي، وتحمل ميراث استقرار قرن كامل في البناء الاقتصادي والعسكري، يمكن ببساطة السؤال عن مكانة تركيا اليوم واضطرابها وارتباكها، وثبات إيران ومكانتها وصعود مقدراتها، فلا بالعيون الروسية ولا بالعيون الأميركية والغربية تحظى تركيا بصفة الحاجة التي لا غنى عنها، أو بصفة الحليف الموثوق أو الخصم المهاب الجانب، فكيف بالعيون «الإسرائيلية»، وعيون الشعوب التي لا تزال تنظر لـ«إسرائيل» كعدو ولفلسطين كقضية؟

– يحق لإيران أن تقول بأن مصدر قوتها الذي استوحت واستلهمت منه نجاحاتها هو نموذحها العصري المنفتح للإسلام، بغير المفهوم التبعي لانفتاح إسلام آخرين، ولكن هذا ليس هو الموضوع. الموضوع أن بالقرب منا مثالاً حياً على ما تصنعه الإرادة المستقلة للدول من بناء متقدّم ومتفوّق في العمران بمفهومه الشامل، ومن إنجازات في الطب والفيزياء والعلوم، وتحفظ حتى الإعجاز الكرامة الوطنية لشعبها. وليست المشكلة أن يقول الآخرون وخصوصاً من العرب، أن لديهم تعبيراً مختلفاً عن دولتهم المستقلة التي يريدون. المهم أن يثبتوا القدرة على إثبات الأهلية بين الدول الصاعدة بكرامة إلى مصاف الأقوياء، وألا يكون عداء بعضهم لإيران وتآمرهم عليها شبيهاً بتآمرهم على المقاومة، لأنهما فضيحتان كبيرتان لخنوع وتخاذل هذا البعض، فقد قالت إيران ما قالته المقاومة، كل في ميدان، نعم إننا نستطيع.

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On Jewish projection…

May 15, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

The Israeli fear of being thrown into the sea is  a projection.

The Israelis are afraid of being pushed into the sea because they themselves pushed the Palestinians into the sea (picture above). The Israelis tend to attribute their own genocidal inclinations  to  Arabs (in particular)  and Goyim (in  general).

‘Jewish fear,’ as such, is self-inflicted — the more brutal the Israelis are, the more fearful they become of the  possibility that the Palestinians may be equally murderous. Similarly, the more the Jew hates the ‘goy,’ the more the Jew is mortified by the possibility that the goy may also express some animosity in return.

Jewish fear better be grasped  as a war against terror within. Jews are too often tormented and haunted by their own racism and supremacy which they attribute to others by means of projection..

 

Hamas mourns Terrorist Zahran Aloush

حماس تنعي قائد جيش الإسلام الشهيد المجاهد القائد زهران علوش

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HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO ‘DETER TERRORISM’?

"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522201441294095&id=146535155527394"
"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522201441294095&id=146535155527394"
"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522201441294095&id=146535155527394"

 

There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.

There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.

Most of these bodies are buried in “cemeteries of numbers”, graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.

But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.

Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.

In the current circumstance, Israel’s reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses – like our example shows – if this would actually be proven to to have happened.

“For the record, I’m in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism.”

Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.

Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can’t be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and ‘justified’ way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.

SOURCES:

Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…

Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

‘Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html

Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds ‘Disproportionate Role’ of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986

Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…

State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/

Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/

Hanan Ashrawi : Israel has Neutralized the PA

SYRIA 360°

Israel has systematically targeted Jerusalemites, putting them under a triple siege, and matters in the city have now come to a head, Hanan Ashrawi, the veteran Palestinian negotiator told MEE in an exclusive interview.

Veteran Palestinian negotiator Hanan Ashrawi

 

Among a wide range of issues concerning Palestine, Dr Ashrawi talked of the fundamental flaws of the Oslo Accords, the Jewish state, the UN role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Palestine’s unity government.

MEE: What is your reaction to events in Jerusalem?

Ashrawi : One of the fatal flaws of the Declaration of Principles ( DOP or Oslo Accord) is that they left the Jerusalemites at the mercy of Israel and then the international community allowed Israel to treat the Jerusalemites as residents of the city and totally control their lives, their lands, and their resources. From day one, Israel treated Jerusalem as if it were annexed de facto, even before they annexed it illegally, and started a systematic policy of ethnic cleansing, totally transforming the character, history and culture of the city. Siege and division is a microcosm of what Israel did to the West Bank, where you besiege it, control entrances and exits, and then fragment it internally. They planted settlements and settlers inside Jerusalem, then surrounded it with three rings, a triple siege: the settlements which it started early, the military checkpoints and the apartheid wall. This made Jerusalem inaccessible to any Palestinian who does not have a Jerusalem ID. It means Israel totally extracted Jerusalem from the heart of Palestine, territorially, demographically, in terms of access, in terms of culture, in terms of institutions. Jerusalem’s hospitals and schools were there to serve all Palestine.

Israel practised some of the most cruel measures against Jerusalemites. Exorbitant taxes, no services, forming the Palestinian areas into ghettos, stealing their land, leaving them only with from 12 to 13% of their own land, and thousands upon thousands of ID confiscations, the separation of families. There is a whole set of illegal and inhuman legislation. Jerusalemites are under occupation with no rights and Israel has draconian laws to deal with them like the centre of your life law. So Israel has managed to treat palestinian populations in different ways of oppression, exclusion, whatever you want. Violence begets violence. Now matters have come to a head.

I would never have signed the DOP [Declaration of Principles] relinquishing power over Jerusalem. I have a Jerusalem ID. My daughters had Jerusalem IDs before they confiscated them. We call ourselves the Madrid/ Washington group. We are not the Oslo group, we had a totally different approach. We didn’t postpone the real issues. We discussed human rights, Jerusalem, statehood, borders. We demanded control over the population register and the land register. Israel is in control of both, so how can you ever be free? They control who are their citizens and who owns the land.

So no wonder Jerusalemites feel abandoned, vulnerable and targeted. Because Israel has systematically targeted them. It has neutralized the PA. The PA cannot do anything officially in Jerusalem, as per the agreement . And somehow Israeli picks and chooses parts of the agreements. It chooses which ones to implement and which ones to disregard. And, of course, maintains the position that the PA cannot function in Jerusalem so it totally prevents them. Even though the PLO should be able to function in Jerusalem. That’s why Faisal Husseini was in Jerusalem. That is why he refused to enter PA and accepted the PLO position from the beginning. We divided because he said he would not enter the PA because his job was in Jerusalem. So he accepted the position as PLO executive, but I didn’t.

But now even the PLO cannot function in Jerusalem. Even the letter we demanded from (Shimon)Perez (then Israeli Foreign Minister) to Jochan Holst, the Norwegian Foreign Minister) about the institutions of Jerusalem, that not only will they not be protected, they will not intervene and deliver all these important services to the Palestinians of Jerusalem. When we entered negotiations, we had American commitments and assurances that Orient House will not be touched, that they would not enter, that they would not look at our papers. Not only did they enter it and confiscate our papers, they closed it down.

This is typical. The Israelis will not honour any commitment or sound agreement, not just to us. Perez wrote this letter to Holst on the Jerusalem issue. But also they will manipulate any agreement so that they will pick and choose what serves their interest and what weakens us and whatever is in our favour, they will not implement. So that is where we are now. Jerusalem institutions closed, Jerusalem under a triple siege, ethnic cleansing, the total transformation of the character of the city demographically, culturally, historically. To add not just insult to injury and to make it totally abhorrent to our ideology and religion, now we have  this whole assault on the Haram al Sharif and the al Aqsa mosque. It is really provoking a religious war. It is provoking religious sentiment. And add to that the issue of the Jewish state, so that you have on the one hand ISIS, the Islamic State, Da’esh and on the other hand the Jewish state.

MEE: What do you think about the Jewish State?

Ashrawi: Netanyahu made it a precondition that all the Palestinians have to become Zionists – we have to accept their narrative, their history, their ideology. We have to condone discrimination against the Palestinians of 48 who are the indigenous population. We have to accept a false narrative, as though there was a Jewish state throughout history, which was never the case. Palestine has never had a Jewish majority even 2 to 3000  years ago. They were part of the tribes that came and went. Palestine was always pluralist, tolerant and inclusive. So why we should accept an exclusive ideology? Why should we accept an exclusionary state? Why should we accept in principle what we do not accept for Palestine? We do not want an Islamic state. We don’t want a state that excludes others. We want a democratic, inclusive, tolerant, pluralistic, diverse state. So why should we be forced to accept this for Israel? How can they expect us to accept discrimination against non-Jews?

And ultimately the agenda is political. They do not want the Palestinian refugees to have the right to return. They will legislate a law of return for any Jew anywhere, whether they are from Ethiopia or Brooklyn or Poland wherever, but we have no right to return, the Palestinians who have  land deeds , keys to their homes, who have been living there for centuries, who were expelled by force have no right of return. And this acceptance of this Jewishness of the state means automatically we condone not just Zionism, but the exclusion of the Palestinian. This completes the ’48 Nakba. This completes what Illan Pappe calls the displacement replacement paradigm.

MEE: Do you believe that going to the UN will change things?

Ashrawi: I believe that the UN should be held responsible and Israel should be held accountable. The international community should be spurred to action and there should be a global rule of law. So the issue has always been external interference, pressure and blackmail. What Israel does or does not want dictates what the US does and does not do, and then the US not only puts pressure on us and unleashes Congress on us, it goes to Europe and gets some of its European allies to do its dirty work for it. Then he (Abu Mazen) starts assessing what it will cost. Can we afford this cost? Can we afford a breakdown? Can people stay and survive if we lose assistance, if we lose relations? We said (to him) people want to see that there are systems of accountability that are working, that we are treated equally by the law, that Israel abides by the law and is held accountable.

This is a situation of total unaccountable victimisation, where the occupier has full impunity and the occupied has no protection and then you put pressure on the weaker side not on the stronger side. So we need to be able to work out how to empower Palestine on how to understand the consequences of doing the right thing, while Israel has never paid the price of doing the wrong thing all these years. I believe we should have gone earlier. We should have moved, but the president was reluctant because he doesn’t want to have to face the price of the breakdown here without having sufficient preparations and alternatives. So it’s a real dilemma.The whole political system will pay the price. There will be a breakdown here, it is expected if there is total boycott, lack of cooperation and assistance, if they carry out the threats but a breakout here means a break out of violence. And a break out of violence will have a spillover effect. It’s not controllable. It will have a ripple effect.

But the status quo itself is also untenable. It has to change and that’s why we have to think outside the box. That is why we were thinking of the UN and the other things. Because since 1991 we were doing the same thing over and over again, hoping for a different result. But we should know by now that the US is not an even-handed peace broker. We should know by now that they will not curb Israeli violations or engage in any way that is positive to us. We should know by now that their strategic alliance with Israel is much more important to them than any sense of justice or equality before the law – even American standings and interest. We should know by now that the motive of self interest and domestic issues and election is a very powerful motive in the US. They need to get re-elected – these members of the Congress and administration. So they need to pander to special interest groups, foremost among them is AIPAC. There are all sorts of studies about how AIPAC puts all elected officials on a test of good behaviour, how good they are for Israel before they can get elected. And then they have campaigns to discredit (ones who don’t measure up).

MEE: But there is a change, certainly in Britain and it was seen in the parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood.

Ashrawi: There is a change for several reasons. Israel has overstepped its limits. The outcome of hubris. It’s backfiring. Israel has taken its impunity to an extreme, has taken the collusion of the world to an extreme. It thought that it can do anything it wanted and get away with it, including massacres and war crimes and obliteration of whole families, and neighbours and still get away with it. And it couldn’t count. I mean it may have (US) politicians where they hurt, but it doesn’t control their minds. Public opinion is awakening and it is feeling a sense of responsibility because this injustice has been going on for a long time. So this type of awakening is important and challenging the decision makers and executive authorities. To me what is very strange, is somebody like Cameron saying: ”OK, let the parliament vote but we will not change our policy.” Parliament reflects the will of the people, and why should the executive authority decide they do not want to listen to the people and their representatives, a priori?

MEE: Do you think international  policy will change?

Ashrawi: You cannot base your policy decisions (as a western politician) on what is good for me and my elections. You also have to understand that what is good for the UK is also important for its economy, its standing and the world. If you allow Israel to raise the specter of religious wars, extremism and violence cannot be contained. The integrity and credibility of the US will be determined on how they will deal with this. In the states, it was the military who told the political nationals that what Israel is doing, it is in our names and it is costing us – it is putting our boys and girls in jeopardy in the Middle East. The US intervenes only when there is violence, but it  does not know how to intervene positively to make peace. It is blinded by this passion – single-minded passion for Israel. So, no, I agree that there is a shift in public opinion, and it is major, and it is making itself felt and heard and it behooves the powers that be in every country to listen.

In the States it is slower because of the stranglehold of the mainstream media and special special interests on the public discourse. But it is happening in universities, it is happening in churches, it is happening in ethnic and minority groups. People are challenging taboos, so if you withdraw the anti-Semitic charge, people will say no. There are many Jewish groups who are saying no. This is an abuse of anti-Semitism and the fact that the Jewish organizations are standing up to Israel and extremist policy and this unholy alliance with the US and so on, is again a factor. You cannot just label everybody a prostitute and an anti-Semite if you dare to criticize Israel. No. There are many now who are challenging Israel on the Jewish state issue because they do not want to be part of this, and they know this is racist and discriminatory. So that Israel is placing even the Jewish community in a position that has to decide – principles versus allegiance to Israel.

MEEHow is the unity government  functioning ?

Ashrawi: Many negative things, and very few positive things are going on. We agreed that there should be a government of national accord, not unity, because we are a government of nationalities and you have all the factions and parties in it. But you have independents who are professionals, supposedly, who will carry out the tasks of preparing for elections, reconstruction of Gaza and delivering services, and they will have the approval of everybody. Because there was a time limit and very specific functional responsibilities, they set up a weak government. I felt it has to be a stronger government. Instead of reducing the number and combining ministries, you have to increase the number, because it faces a serious challenge. This became very clear with the attack on Gaza. The challenges of the aftermath, the post assault period are so enormous that you need a powerful government with its institutions to be able to do several things quickly –  alleviation of suffering , welfare relief. Immediately people need housing, food, clear water, health services, electricity and so on. These are emergency things that you should do instantly. You have a big strong government: go there, take over. Don’t sit back and say, “Well, the deputy ministers have created a shadow government.” Why did they? Because you were not there. Go there, take over. Take with you a whole bunch of technocrats and professionals. They sent one minister of health. He was threatened, beaten, turned back. So they use this as an excuse to say nobody else. So, I said no. Now is the time to be strong – to have a big showing. Go there, take over the ministries. Hold them accountable. Check what they have done and give them tasks to do. Put together their plan and then with the reconstruction, which is the second task, and it has to be done simultaneously. We cannot just provide a relief.

We have to simultaneously provide a relief and restart the reconstruction program. And, of course, institutional reconstruction of the government, its services and so on, and you have to place it all within a context of sustainable development, and to do that you have to place it in the context of political realities to deal with the causes – to put an end to Israel’s, not just immunity, but its pattern of recurrent attacks on Gaza. What is the point? Why should we keep rebuilding? Why should the international community come to our aid if every two or three years Israel is going to destroy. It has done that so far and literally gotten away with murder. So that’s what we need, and we did not rise to the challenges. And Hamas did not understand the need to relinquish its stranglehold on Gaza, frankly, and the same way as Israel wants to maintain its control over the crossing points and so on, and wants the international community to reconstruct Gaza and wants the authority to go there and take over the crossing points. How can you do that? This configuration does not work. Hamas wants to keep its militias and wants to keep its security apparatus intact. Why should the PA send, or the president send his guards to the crossing points if, behind them, there are Hamas militias? You cannot do that. You have to come to an agreement on all these issues and you have to take over the institutions and you have to have third-party participation. Egypt has to play a positive role. It cannot play a negative role, regardless of its problems with Hamas, because it is the people of Gaza who are suffering. They are paying the price, and all of Palestine is paying the price because the rift continues. It weakens us and it undermines our standing, our credibility.

MEE: What is the future of the government of national accord?

Ashrawi: As it stands I don’t think it has much chance of continuing as it is, because I think that everybody is realizing the need for a strong government that can deliver. So there are two voices: there is one group that talks about expanding  this government – carrying out certain reforms, and others who talk about of having a government of national unity, of people who have standing, who are known, who are powerful, who will not be taken lightly. Now each proposal has its own drawbacks. If you have a government of national unity, which everybody wants, it is fine, but then they will be boycotted. Do we go back to 2006 or not, because the Palestinians were sanctioned when they elected Hamas. So now, if Hamas is part of the government, what will happen? Will they use the Lebanese precedent, for example, the world talking to all ministers, but the Hezbollah ministers, or will they use the Palestinian precedent of 2006 when they boycotted everything and then they destroyed our institutions which then gave rise to relief and welfare assistance and to an economy by smuggling? All the institutions that were held accountable that we were building were totally negated, and we were sent a clear message of hypocrisy – that democracy is good provided you elected the people we want. Otherwise, you pay the price. And that Israel can violate international law at will and not be held accountable, but you are sanctioned for doing the right thing, again.

So, it is a real dilemma. I believe you need, whether they are independents or if they represent factions and parties, you need strong, national figures capable of taking over these institutions. Hamas needs to know it cannot continue like this, and it cannot want a thing and its opposite simultaneously. You cannot blow up people’s homes or cars or whatever and the platform for the commemoration of Arafat’s death, and then say we don’t know, and it is not our fault. You control every thing. You know where an ant walks in Gaza. You have to be able to provide this and you have to be able to relinquish. You cannot place your party’s or movement ‘s interest above the interest of the people, which has been done historically. And Fatah has to know that Hamas is not going to disappear. It is part of the political fabric. It has its own institutions, its own people, its own constituency, and you have to learn how to live with it. You cannot have the monopoly over the political system the way they did before and not be challenged. So you have to come to a modus operandi based on democratic practices and principles to be able to have an inclusive democracy and power-sharing with everybody. And, unfortunately, factionalism has been a major detriment.

MEE: Does this include the recent bust-up between Abu Mazen and Dahlan?

Hanan: That’s an internal Fatah problem. It is not even Fatah, PLO and Hamas. Even within Fatah, you have these personal rivalries. You have these rifts that come out into the open. They really affect the credibility and the respect for the leadership. People stop me and ask me in the street. You look at Facebook. You listen to people who say, ‘What is this?’ This is making a mockery of the political system. Fatah is the major address for the PLO and national camp. So if Fatah is not well, if Fatah is collapsing, then the whole national system is not well, and Fatah has to do its own reform.

MEE: What are the chances of rebuilding the leadership of PLO?

Hanan: That has to happen. The Palestinian National Council is the parliament. It should be convened. Some people said that we convene to have elections, or do we have elections in order to convene a new one and how do you have election? How can you have PNC elections in Lebanon, in Syria, in Jordan? You cannot, so how do we go about the forming before we reform the PNC, because you cannot have an executive committee unless the PNC elects it, and you need to elect the PNC.

We can start with what exists. We can start with the departments that have been weakened. We can start with the PLO, the institutional political decision making which has been weakened and undermined. We can start with the PLO responsibilities and mandate to serve the Palestinians everywhere, which has been undermined by the fact that the PLO came here and is living under the occupation.

This is, I am not going to say obsolete, but it is really an old and tired system, and when I was elected to it, I  thought I could inject some new spirit, some energy, and it is an uphill struggle. It is set in its ways. It needs to be challenged. It t needs to be reformed. Now Hamas wants to be part of the PLO. How? By keeping it as it is, and putting together as per the agreement, a new committee without prejudice to the role of the PLO executive. That this committee, which is supposed to be for the reform and the activation, the rejuvenation of the PLO. Then they called it the new leadership committee. So the Hamas wants to be the leadership committee. In that sense, we do not need election. You can have the PLO executive as it is, then you can bring Hamas and Islamic Jihad and some independent factions, and keep it as it is – but expanded. This way Hamas will be part of the PLO expanded committee. It will keep the  PLC in place where it has a majority, but it is already expired, and it will stay in control of Gaza, so to speak, through the control of the national accord government because it cannot control it through the PLC.

It doesn’t work that way. It is not that we want to keep the PLO always with problems and weaknesses and just add more problems to it. I would like to, sort of, open it up. Wide open energize it, invigorate, transform the partners, the membership, have elections convene the PNC where we can. Change. I will keep talking about young people, the generations who have been excluded from decision making. We need elections they need to run.

MEEIs the leadership not concerned that things will get out of control in the Palestinian street? You can have a situation where the agenda is set for you.

Ashrawi: Yes, people are unhappy with leadership. It is a system set in place, set in its ways, and it is not renewing itself, and it is not responding to the needs of the young. It needs to be able to  formulate strategies and policies professionally, and it needs to respond to the needs of the people. If you don’t have elections, you don’t feel the urgency, the imperative for change. Because they will not hold you accountable. They will not vote you out of office. That’s why we need elections. Secondly, even if we don’t have elections, you cannot come to agreements on divvying up the spoils. You need to come up with agreements on how to open up the system and make room for young people. The problem is, even if tomorrow you have a revolution and the young take over, which I dont mind – I think they should, they will inherit an impossible situation. They will inherit an occupation that is ruthless, cruel. We are in the siege. We cannot control our resources, our freedoms, our lives, our everything. They cannot change that. They will inherit an economic system that is dependent and that has been distorted. They will inherit agreements that they are not free to change, and if they change them, they will pay the price. They will have a situation where you have people who have needs and demands that are impossible to meet because you will inherit a biased US and an acquiescent EU. And, of course the Arabs, the Arab transition and the problems and the promises that never materialize, and so on. So I can understand the frustration of the young. They are not getting what they want from their only leadership, but they have not formulated their own policies, and they do not have the tools. What do they have to change the situation? I know young people who are working on environmental issues. This is lovely. We all want to do that, but I want to get rid out of this goddam occupation. That’s the only way we can control our resources, our land, our freedom and prevent people from leaving. That’s what we need. I think by any way we have to get rid out of this occupation. I call it an enslavement, a captivity. It has to end. So, anybody who takes over – you cannot have nation-building when you don’t control your land, your resources, your people, anything. And you don’t give people even the alternatives of knowing that if they take over, they will have a whole new way of dealing with things.

David Hearst is the Editor of the Middle East Eye.

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Zionist Settlers Poison 13 Sheep–as US Jews Funnel Money into Nety’s Re-Election

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By Richard Edmondson

Sometimes when you’re poring over the day’s news, two seemingly disconnected stories will sort of jump out at you, and a little bell will go off, “Hey! These two stories go together.” That’s what happened to me as I looked over the past few days’ news cycle. I couldn’t resist putting the following two items together.

The first item comes from International Solidarity Movement, dated January 6:

Yesterday, ISM volunteers traveled to the area of Lifjim in East Aqraba, where shepherd Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Hamed grazes his sheep. Thirteen sheep lay dead there, foaming at the nose and mouth, one with green vomit visible – a clear case of poisoning.

Abu Hamed and the Aqraba Municipality reported seeing a settler named Assaf spread an unknown substance over the land shortly before the sheep died. As the area is under illegal cultivation by settlers, this could have indicated intentional poisoning or indirect toxicity from herbicides.

Perhaps Assaf The Settler was celebrating Chinese New Year a little early. The “Year of the Sheep” doesn’t officially begin until January 31. In any case, the story is accompanied by the picture you see at the top of this page, showing the foam from the dead animal’s nostrils; you can also go here to read the rest of the article and view additional pictures of the sheep.

The poisoning occurred on Monday of this week, and, as we are told, was preceded by a prior incident last Saturday in which armed settlers fired upon Palestinian shepherds:

On Saturday, five shepherds were out grazing their sheep in the Area B part of Aqraba when at least seven armed settlers came down and attacked them. The settlers shot at the unarmed shepherds and two were injured. A number of people from Aqraba came out with the municipality in response to the shepherds’ call. An hour later the Israeli military showed up, deployed tear gas on the crowd and arrested four shepherds, accusing them of trying to steal from the settlement.

Aqraba, a Palestinian town of slightly over 8,000 residents, is located in the northern part of the West Bank and is virtually surrounded by Israeli settlements. All Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, but that doesn’t stop the Israeli government from approving more and more of them. Settlement expansion has, of course, continued unabated under the regime of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who last month fired two of his cabinet ministers and pushed to have the current Knesset dissolved. This set the stage for new elections, which are scheduled for March 17–which brings me to our second item.

According to a JTA news article reprinted Tuesday in the Times of Israel, more than 90 percent of the campaign contributions toward Netanyahu’s reelection have come from US donors. Out of a campaign chest of some $259,000, about $237,000 came from US contributors–and about half of that from just three families.

One of the families is the Falics of Florida, owners of Duty Free Americas, which operates stores in international airports, in the US and elsewhere, where consumers may buy tax-free products. In addition to Netanyahu’s reelection campaign, the Falics have funded numerous other enterprises in Israel, including settlement projects in the West Bank. I do not know whether any of these may include the settlements around Aqraba, but certainly the poisoned sheep is something you might want to keep in mind the next time you’re in an airport walking past a sparkling shop window full of merchandise.

But Israel isn’t the only country where the Falics make political contributions. They do so here at home. According to a December 28 article posted at Mondoweiss, the Falics have funded the campaigns  of congressional Democrats Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Eliot Engel, as well as the 2012 presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney.

The Falics are one of a number of wealthy, right-leaning Jewish American families that fund Israel’s and America’s right-wing politicians and illegal settlement projects. Hundreds of millions of dollars from U.S. tax-free foundations are poured into Israeli West Bank settlements every year. Taken together, the funds that originate in the U.S. are used for everything from infrastructure to business to security, solidifying Israeli control over the West Bank and putting a Palestinian state further out of reach.

The chairman and chief operating officer of Duty Free Americas is Simon Falic, while Leon Falic serves as company president. Another member of the family is Nily Falic, the national chairperson of the Friends of the IDF. A US-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Friends of the IDF is described by Mondoweiss as “a multi-million dollar operation that gives tax-free donations to the Israeli army.”

The fact that US Jews are allowed to contribute money to Israeli soldiers and write it off of their US taxes should be of concern to all Americans. Among the projects sponsored by the Friends of the IDF is the “Adopt a Brigade” program, which provides funding to some 50 different combat battalions of the Israeli military. Money donated to this fund is used for “fun/sports days, events celebrating outstanding soldiers, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and general recreation needs,” according to Wikipedia. One of the brigades supported is the Golani Brigade, which participated in the ground invasion of Gaza last summer and which seems to have played a particularly pivotal role in the destruction of the Shujaya neighborhood. That destruction was documented in this rather famous video, which also shows the killing of an unarmed Palestinian by sniper fire. Prior to the sniper rounds (three hit their target altogether, two after he’s already lying on the ground), we see a group of people attempting to make their way through what in essence has been turned into a virtual moonscape by repeated shelling. It looks very much like the Golanis were enjoying lots of recreational activity that day. The video has garnered more than 2.4 million hits since being uploaded on July 21,

But let’s get back to the report in the Times of Israel. The other two families contributing large amounts of money to Netanyahu’s campaign are the Schottensteins of Ohio, owners of the American Eagle chain of clothing stores, and the Book family of New Jersey, who own Jet Support Services. Additionally, according to the article:

Others who donated the maximum amount included Shlomo Reichnitz of Los Angeles, Richard Heideman of Bethesda, Maryland, David Simon of Indiana and John Kruger of New Jersey, according to the comptroller’s records.

Most of the donations came in the last two months of 2014.

Perhaps instead of “eagles,” the Schottensteins should rename their stores after the buzzards circling over the sheep. In any event, keep in mind that many if not most of these people, in addition to funding candidates in Israel, are also using their money to buy political influence in Washington. The less people we have funding pro-Israel candidates for the US Congress, the better. Perhaps one day the Falics, Schottensteins, and others of their kind will take their fortunes and simply pick up and move to the country they love so much. I can only think America would be better off without them. And who knows? Maybe one day, when they die, if there is such thing as a law of karma, they will find themselves reborn as the sheep of a Palestinian shepherd. And then perhaps the words of Jesus will come to them: “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.”

PFLP: It is time to bury the Oslo accords and the path of negotiations once and for all

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SYRIA 360°

It is time to bury the Oslo Accords and all that came with them and end the futile negotiations once and for all, said Comrade Zaher al-Shishtari, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, emphasizing that the PFLP will work in the coming days to besiege the whole approach of Oslo through popular and national pressure in coordination with all forces who stand against the route of Oslo and negotiations.

In an interview with Al-Quds TV, Shishtari emphasized the need to end the division in reality not just in words and avoid the approach of bilateral and exclusionary quotas and instead act to serve the people. He spoke about the need to rebuild the PLO on the basis of struggle and inclusion as has been agreed on many occasions in the past, and to end security coordination and the Paris protocol on economy that has devastated the Palestinian national economy.

Shishtari reaffirmed the Front’s complete rejection of any return to negotiations that have reaped nothing for the Palestinian people but destruction and devastating, emphasizing that the alternative is Palestinian national dialogue and building a political movement to the United Nations to implement the existing resolutions on Palestine, not to re-negotiate those rights and resolutions, alongside the escalation of the resistance in all forms.

Shishtari also emphasized the need to support our steadfast people in Jerusalem and their confrontation of the occupation through an escalating popular uprising, and the need to provide a national space to support uprising and intifada throughout Palestine. He also emphasized the need to respond to the killing of the struggler Ziad Abu Ein by confronting the occupier, not by returning to the devastating and futile negotiations.

Further, the Front reiterated its rejection of the draft resolution before the United Nations, noting that the draft resolution does not reach the minimum points of a Palestinian national program. The Front also noted the fact that Palestinian participation in the development of the draft, with the potential to deeply impact the future of the Palestinian people’s rights and struggle, was exclusive and monopolized, with no participation from the PLO, its Executive Comittee, and the Palestinian parties and factions. The draft resolution is not a mere tactical issue but contains within it explicit and unambiguous formulations that pose real risks to all of the rights of the Palestinian people.

The resolution appears to be calculated to appease the interests of international actors who see no solution to the struggle in Palestine except the denial of Palestinian rights to return and self-determination and in Palestinian responsibility for Israeli security demands. It is clear that the draft resolution does not even mandate a sovereign, independent Palestinian state over the lands of Palestine occupied in 1967. It also threatens once more to impose bilateral negotiations, this time with the imprimatur of international legitimacy.

Once again, the Front noted that the “solution” put forward in the draft is no solution at all, does not resolve the conflict, and that there is no “fair settlement” but through the achievement of all of the rights of the Palestinian people, and that in particular, the right of return of Palestinian refugees must be protected, honored and implemented, not undermined as it is in the draft text. The Palestinian refugees’ rights are not a matter for bartering and bargaining in the halls of international institutions.

The right of the Palestinian people to establish independence and full sovereignty over the lands occupied in 1967 does not bind the Palestinian people to the so-called “two state solution,” nor to any recognition or acceptance of the occupation state that is entirely based on the dispossession of the Palestinian people and the colonization of Palestinian land. The Front emphasized that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine and rejects the resolution’s framework of a “capital of two states,” which once again places Jerusalem and its Palestinian people at risk while the occupation state is working to ethnically cleanse the city.

This resolution must be rejected in its entirety by all Palestinian forces and the Executive Committee of the PLO and the national and Islamic forces must assume their responsibility to reject this resolution and instead affirm the explicit clear texts that maintain the rights of our people and cut the road before any such attempts to undermine the rights of our people.

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