The Palestinian People Are As Unified as Hamas and Fatah are Obsolete

By Miko Peled

ERUSALEM, PALESTINE – Among the myths that cover the reality in Palestine is the one that says Palestinians have no leadership, no unified message, and that the Hamas-Fatah divide represents the entire political reality in Palestine. There is also a myth that claims that the Palestinians of 1948, who carry Israeli citizenship, are somehow not connected to the larger Palestinian issue. Over a ten-day journey in Palestine, it becomes crystal clear that these claims are unfounded.

There is, in fact, a solid, grassroots leadership in Palestine. From Al-Jalil in the north to the Naqab in the south, and from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, Palestinians on the ground are well aware that the Hamas-Fatah politics have little to do with them. The last elections in Palestine took place in 2006 and both the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip and the Fatah government in what used to be the West Bank have lost their legitimacy and the support of their people. However, on the ground in the towns and villages there is a strong, dedicated leadership that cares for Palestine and its people. That leadership is constantly targeted by the Israeli authorities.

Political parties are irrelevant

Both Hamas and Fatah, which make up the two parts of the Palestinian Authority, have given up on the vision to free Palestine and instead are focused on their own survival within the confines that Israel created for them. What is referred to as the Two State Solution is the best-case scenario they are able to envision. In case the past seven decades have not made it clear that the Israeli government will never recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination, Israel recently passed a law that clearly states only Jews have the right to self-determination in Palestine. The Two State Solution is a Zionist strategy that allows it to continue to dominate Palestine and its people while blaming Palestinians for not wanting peace.

It is well known that Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, like all Gazans, are confined to the boundaries that surround them. Fatah leaders in Ramallah enjoy a little more freedom, but even the Palestinian president needs a permit if he wishes to travel from Ramallah to Bethlehem and a junior Israeli army officer at a checkpoint has the authority to stop him if he so wishes. Both Fatah and Hamas accepted the abnormal reality in which they find themselves as the norm.

Senior officials from Hamas and Fatah sign a reconciliation deal during a ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 12, 2017. Nariman El-Mofty | AP

This is also in many ways true regarding the political leadership of Palestinian citizens of Israel. The members of Knesset who represent them are powerless and they too speak of the Two State Solution as the preferred or at least the most realistic solution to the occupation of Palestine. It is as though the ongoing oppression and discrimination suffered by Palestinian citizens of Israel are somehow a separate issue from the oppression and discrimination to which Palestinians in other parts of the country are subjected.

Fatah and Hamas exist in the lands Israel occupied in 1967. Within the borders of 1948 there are more political parties and political life is slightly more robust. But until Palestine is free and until Palestinians are given the same rights as Israelis, political parties are irrelevant. Only when one person-one vote elections that include all of Palestine are held will political parties be relevant. At that point, Palestinians will have a voice and will be able to determine their political fate and it will matter what political ideology rules. At this moment it matters little if one is a socialist, nationalist, Islamist, or something else because Israel dominates the lives of all Palestinians in a regime that is racist and discriminatory.

When all Palestinians are free to vote as real citizens, and not under an apartheid regime as they are today, we can also expect that the Palestinian political prisoners will have been freed and they too will be able to contribute to the makeup of the political life of the country.

A unified message

What matters most until then is the vision of a free Palestine and the struggle that will make that vision a reality. This is a struggle that has been undertaken by a small, dedicated group of activist leaders who are on the ground, caring for their people, respected in their communities — and who are also incorruptible and untouchable. Among this group the goal is clear, the method is clear.

AP_17123631707384_edited.jpgProtesters gather under a picture of jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 3, 2017. Nasser Nasser | AP

Many among them supported the Two State Solution at one point. However, they saw that the Palestinian willingness to give up 78 percent of their land in order to achieve peace only made things worse. Israeli settlements, Israeli abuses, the diminishing of rights and shrinking of their land all made it clear that there can be no peace with Israel and that Zionism is incompatible with peace.

Where is the world?

European and American leaders promised the Palestinians that if they compromised, if they bowed their heads, if they only choked down and swallowed the rape and pillage of their homeland, then they would be given a small piece of it to call their own and to establish a state. The Palestinians, in general, accepted that painful compromise, but now it is clear that Israel abused their faith, that Israeli promises are empty, and that Western guarantees are meaningless.

It happened in Lebanon, where guarantees were given to the Palestinians that the refugee population would be safe once the PLO agreed to go into exile in Tunis, and within two weeks Israel orchestrated the massacres in Sabra and Shatila. And it happened again when the Palestinians were told that if they agreed to the incremental approach and the vague details of the Oslo Accords then they would get Gaza and Jericho first and a promise that within five years they would have their own state.

Talk to the people who matter 

The people who matter now are the local leaders on the ground who are committed to the vision of a free democratic Palestine from the River to the Sea. These people are also dedicated to the struggle and understand the role of armed and unarmed struggle within the Palestinian context.

Clearly, the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions is crucial, as are other forms of struggle, including the use of all forms of media to expose Israeli crimes. Visits of these Palestinian leaders and activists to speak in the U.S. and Europe are also part of the struggle, and visits of foreign politicians to Palestine should be focused on frank discussion with them. Inevitably, this will push Western politicians to stop talking about the Two State Solution, which means stepping out of the Zionist paradigm whereby Israel has all the rights and all the power.

Encouraging the dedicated local leaders to continue their work and providing protections for them when Israel cracks down on them and their families are paramount. People on the outside who care for Palestine need to pay attention to these Palestinian voices and, rather than simply expressing solidarity, roll up their sleeves, embrace the vision, and join the struggle for a free and democratic Palestine.


The Problem Of Israel Explained – BDS In The Ascendancy

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Israel is again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After a botched military raid into Gaza, where Israeli stormtroopers tried to abduct a Hamas leader, the Zionist state has found itself on the receiving end of a PR nightmare.

The Israeli machine that churns out endless propaganda is a formidable weapon. It has been utilized for decades in an attempt to justify the warmongering actions of the Zionist state. Today, it faces its greatest threat in the form of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement. BDS has successfully impeded trade with the rogue state and placed the Zionist entity firmly under the spotlight. Given Israel’s sordid track-record of human rights abuses, the one place it does not want to be is under any spotlight.

To counter this, Israel has decided to employ the old chestnut of labelling anyone who criticizes Israel as anti-Semitic. This battle is…

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Mainstream media on Gaza: Israelis get killed, but Palestinians merely ‘die’

By Darius Shahtahmasebi 

5bed670fdda4c86c018b45d1.JPGRelatives of Palestinian Mohammed Abbas, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border fence © Reuters / Suhaib Salem

After a Twitter backlash, the Guardian was forced to amend a brazenly propagandized headline which sought to undermine the basic rights of Palestinians and elevate Israeli soldiers to levels previously thought unimaginable.

We remain editorially independent, our journalism free from commercial bias and our reporting open and accessible to all,” reads an advertisement on the Guardian UK’s online newspaper when you click on a recent story.

Imagine what we could continue to achieve with the support of many more of you. Together we can be a force for change.”

The article in question that I clicked on is a recent story entitled “Eight dead in undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.” According to the opening paragraph of the report, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in an “apparently botched undercover raid and ensuring firefight.

Sounds fairly straightforward, right? Just another day in Gaza, where Palestinians and Israelis alike find themselves in the line of fire, with the number of dead Palestinians outnumbering those on the Israeli side.

However, this wasn’t the only title the Guardian had previously given this same story. The original title was a poorly crafted “Israeli officer killed during raid in which seven Palestinians died.”

You see, prior to the title’s amendment, the Israeli officer was “killed” during the raid, yet the Palestinians (who were killed by the way) merely died. The Israeli officer was killed by the Palestinians, but the seven Palestinians died from some unknown cause. This is a clever yet obvious play on the English language, whereby the deaths of the seven Palestinians are brought about passively, whereas the Israeli officer is actively killed by his aggressor.

In actuality, the perpetrator of the raid is the person bringing about the violence. The Palestinians who react in response are not, in any normal sense of the word, the perpetrators of the violence in question.

Furthermore, the Israeli officer is the one that is highlighted by the title, whereas the lesser deaths of the Palestinians are brought about as a side note. The Guardian explains in the text of its report that seven Palestinians are dead, but the identities of those Palestinians are not highlighted.

If they were militants, why not say so? If they are not militants, are they in fact civilians? If they are civilians, why is the Israeli officer highlighted first in the title, and not the tragedy of the seven civilian deaths? If they are militants, why are they given a lesser status than the Israeli officer? Well, as far as we know, two of those killed (I mean, died) were Hamas commanders. The rest of the deceased were aged between 19 and 25.

Of course, the Guardian will no longer have to worry about answering those questions as it wasted no time in changing its headline in the wake of what can only be described as a viral Twitter frenzy. The UK-based Canary described it as the “Guardian headline on Palestine that’s shaming the entire field of journalism.

If they had been allowed to get away with this shoddy piece of journalism, one could still argue that it is just a title and we should not spend our time fussing and feuding over the intricate wording of titles. After all, what matters to a story and its journalistic integrity is its content, right?

Anyone who knows and understands anything about modern journalism and propaganda know this to be complete nonsense. Firstly, a study by the Media Insight Project, an initiative of the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute found that over half of Americans surveyed were mere headline readers and nothing more.

The effects of this painful reality go well beyond that of a resulting lazy populace. As explained by Maria Konnikova in the New Yorker:

Psychologists have long known that first impressions really do matter—what we see, hear, feel, or experience in our first encounter with something colors how we process the rest of it. Articles are no exception. And just as people can manage the impression that they make through their choice of attire, so, too, can the crafting of the headline subtly shift the perception of the text that follows. By drawing attention to certain details or facts, a headline can affect what existing knowledge is activated in your head. By its choice of phrasing, a headline can influence your mindset as you read so that you later recall details that coincide with what you were expecting.”

In a series of studies, Ullrich Ecker, psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Western Australia, more or less confirmed this sad state of affairs. One of Ecker’s studies found that when matching headlines to photographs, if the headline diverged from the photo, the victim was rated more negatively by the respondents when the headline had been about the criminal; and the criminal was rated more positively when the headline had been about the victim. Starting to sound a little bit familiar?

According to Konnikova, Ecker’s findings show that misinformation causes more damage when it’s subtle than when it is blatant.

Say what you like about Fox News, but its blatant approach to lying makes it less of a threat in my mind than papers like the Guardian who advertise themselves as “editorially independent” and “free from commercial bias” as it deploys more subtle techniques to not only toe the establishment line, but to provide free public relations for states such as Israel, who regularly contravene international law in a variety of ways.

Make no mistake, the Guardian editors knew what they were doing when they released this headline. It was not done by accident. This is a tried and true strategy in which Western media will paint the aggressors in a conflict as being passive players with little fault as possible – so long as those players are the US, UK or its close allies.

For example, a March 2017 attack by US-led forces in Mosul, Iraq massacred over 200 civilians in a single bombardment. The reason this attack took place is primarily because Donald Trump relaxed the so-called Obama-era restrictions on air strikes, meaning that even Iraqi commanders could call in air strikes on the battlefield with little to no oversight. The result of this policy was of course, outright death and destruction, with over 9,000 civilians killed in Mosul alone.

However, the US bombardment in March was framed by the establishment media in the kindest way possible for the US and its allies. As noted by FAIR’s (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) Ben Norton, ABC News went with the headline “US Reviewing Airstrike That Corresponds to Site Where 200 Iraqi Civilians Allegedly Died.” The LA Times ran with “US Acknowledges Airstrike in Mosul, Where More Than 200 Iraqi Civilians Died.” France 24 settled for “US-Led Coalition Confirms Strike on Mosul Site Where Civilians Died.” The best, of course, was the New York Times, which managed to concoct the following headline: “US Concedes It Played a Role in Iraqi Deaths.” Remember, this is the same US who “played a role” in over one million “Iraqi deaths,” but that is a topic for another story.

Conversely, if the alleged perpetrator of violence is in the handful of countries deemed to be enemies of Western society by the mainstream media (think Iran, Syria, Russia, or North Korea), they are portrayed as menacingly evil and bloodthirsty with no logic or context to their actions. These countries “pound” their victims, for example. Even when the alleged acts cannot be proven at all, such as highly questionable chemical weapons attacks that are immediately pinned on the Syrian government with little to no evidence of Syrian government involvement, Syria’s president is condemned by all forms of Western media in the strongest terms imaginable.

You see, the victims of attacks carried out by the US, UK, and its allies and lackey states such as Israel aren’t killed, they merely die at the scene. If anything, they were in the way of the magical freedom bombs that we and our allies have been trying to spread around the Middle East for years. But those victims who are purportedly killed by countries who have been targeted for regime change, they were tragically murdered by brutal forces. The jihadists fighting against these forces with known ties to al-Qaeda are mere rebels fighting for their freedom, but militants fighting against government forces in Gaza or in Yemen are terrorists who kill noble Israeli soldiers while dying in the crossfire by accident.

While we are on the topic, an honourable mention of course has to go to the New York Times, who once felt that it was justified to describe the plight of a young Yemeni girl who had her entire family wiped out in a Saudi-led airstrike with the headline: “Young Yemeni Girl Is Sole Survivor After Airstrike Topples Her Home.” Thank God – at least it only toppled her home, as air strikes are known to do much worse if they belong to an adversarial state.

This is shameful propaganda, plain and simple. The Guardian was once heralded as a beacon of journalistic integrity, but it has long given up that status and decided it will go out of its way to perpetuate establishment narratives that benefit, for example, even the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.

Despite this, the fact the Guardian amended its headline and deleted its original tweet can still be seen as somewhat of a partial victory. While I don’t expect many of us who spoke out to continue to keep our Twitter privileges for much longer, the end result was totally worth it and I hope more people can continue to speak out as we fight back against warmongering establishment narratives.

Maria Poumier: “The Jewish State Has a Detestable Mafia-Like Logic and Practices the Historical Lie on an Unprecedented Scale”


Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Why every time someone supports the just cause of the Palestinian people, he is subjected to a real lynching with accusations of anti-Semitism, negationism, etc.?

Maria Poumier: It is obvious that Israelis are afraid, precisely, that the defense of the Palestinians will lead to questioning the founding myths of Israeli politics. And they know it’s a losing battle for them. The recurrence of their ferocity against the Palestinians, against the Western militants who defend the Palestinian cause and against the historians who point out all the frauds and blackmail to impose a version as dogmatic as incoherent on the history of the persecutions suffered by a number of Jews during the Second World War, all this is more and more visible. This repression validates, globally, the idea that from the beginning, the Jewish State has a detestable Mafia-like logic and practices the historical lie on an unprecedented scale: enough to drag in front of international tribunals many Israeli political figures. And the descendants of victims will be horrified to discover how authentic Jewish victims have been duped and exploited. I go further, if we add the crimes of the Jewish State in terms of mental manipulation around the collective memory, the permanent crimes against the Palestinians, and interference in the politics of each European State, as well as at the EU level, I claim the termination of diplomatic relations with the Jewish State, in a lasting manner.

What is the real weight of the pro-Israel lobby in France?

The pressure of the “Jewish State” is exerted in the form of blackmail to feelings; it is a lobbying that pollutes the souls, in other words, the conscious individual choices, but also the unconscious atavisms. It is important to distinguish spheres of influence: many magistrates have to judge Jewish crooks who, at the slightest alarm, take refuge in the “Jewish State”.So they do not know how to crack down effectively. The manufacturers and traders of each country are both partners and competitors with those of the Jewish state, and bribes are circulating, flooding the political world. It is at the level of the media and showbiz that an unbearable blackmail is exerted, sending to the courthouse anyone trying to break the wall of censorship. This confirms that we are primarily in the field of propaganda, rhetoric, and therefore unbridled lies.

The pro-Israel lobby is engaged in espionage as seen in this case of the censored Al Jazeera documentary: In this documentary, we notice the fear of Israel in relation to the movement of the BDS (Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions). Why in your opinion Israel is afraid of BDS?

Since May 2018, since the US government recognized “the Jewish State” as such, I prefer to use this appointment, rather than saying “Israel”; because it is already, in itself, a fraudulent word, forcing naive Christians to believe that this rogue State is the realization on earth of the mythical “Israel”, “promised land” for the Spirit,that we Christians take up in our readings of biblical texts, and in particular Psalms, extremely inspired texts, which have universal meaning only in the metaphorical reading, and not nationalist.”The Jewish State”, on the contrary, is a just designation: a racist, apartheid State, and is officially represented in institutions claiming Judaism from many countries, thus in extraterritoriality, exerting his empire by considerable means; in parallel and in a complementary way, it is recognized as such in a specific territory, expanding in the most total illegality, a small territory located in the Middle East, a colonial enclave wanted and created by the British from the Balfour Declaration, a century ago. The BDS campaign harms the image of the Jewish State, it is decisive. And it allows all kinds of people or entities to express their resistance to mental intoxication without being able to accuse them for their possible unpleasant feelings since this campaign is entirely based on international law and the observation of Israeli violations.

Do not you think that the BDS is an organization that relays the real suffering of the Palestinian people?

Any concrete action and any argued criticism of the “Jewish State” is useful and justified, as long as this monstrous creation does not evolve towards the “rapid and peaceful dismantling”, as say anti-Zionist Rabbis of Neturei Karta, in other words, towards the recognition of equal rights for all the inhabitants of historic Palestine. The external pressure must strengthen the inner resistance, of course.

How do you explain that when there are many young people joining in the West to the just cause of the Palestinian people, there is a rapprochement of some Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, etc. with Israel?

There is an important bibliography on this subject. Wahhabis assume the legacy of crypto-Jews in the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth century and share the supremacist and aggressive principles of Zionism. But there are other factors: the reversals of alliances are constant in the Muslim world. They were allied with the Jews against Christians in Andalusia, for example, until the expulsion of 1492.T he Shiite Sheikh Imran Hossein even insists on the idea that the boycott is contrary to Islam, that it should not be used because it harms civilians, even if there is a war. And the solidarity of the Arab world with the Palestinians has always been flawed, it is not new. At the moment, all the blocks are falling apart; we must expect all turnarounds, motivated by short-term interests because strategic thinking is very weak in the countries you mention.

You have received death threats at the same time as several other personalities because of your commitment to the Palestinian people and against the criminal policy of the Zionist entity of Israel. What can you tell us about this?

Raphaël Schoeman was a pensioner, a Zionist fanatic who stocked weapons of war in his garage and who depended to be protected in the acts he planned in 2003; he was sentenced to pay one symbolic euro to 12 people. But it is a band of young people trained by the Betar who concretely smashed the face in our friend Ginette Hess-Skandrani, by fraudulently entering his apartment. Moreover, when anti-Zionist Rabbis of Neturei Karta want to come to Paris to protest publicly against Israeli actions, they call on me to protect them from the Zionist thugs by being visible to their side. It’s funny! More seriously, the French-Israeli “Ulcan” since Tel Aviv, terrorized several people, with “hoaxes”, made threats on their relatives, causing a fatal heart attack in the father of the journalist Le Corre. He had also tried to intimidate the researcher Robert Faurisson, but it did not affect the press, who passed his name in silence, nor justice. The “great Robert” (note: Robert Faurisson) who has just died after a last conference where English antifascists had threatened to ruin the reputation of the hotel where the private meeting was held at which he was invited, has in fact undergone ten physical attacks since 1979, one of which was very serious, and he could have left his life, if a charitable bystander had not chased the three young aggressors, who had not been seriously worried. When the Zionist killers go at a personality fiercely, it is because he really represents a danger for the “Jewish State”.

How do you explain that organizations like LDJ (Jewish Defense League) and Betar (note: radical Zionist youth movement) act with impunity in France?

The book of Jacob Cohen “Le Printemps des Sayanim”, these more or less sleeper agents of the secret service of the foreign country practicing the systematic interference in the French political life, explains very well this power of the Jewish paramilitaries in our country. There is the double loyalty of some, the cowardice and helplessness of others does the rest.

In your book more than important because it concerns the survival of the human species “Marchandiser la vie humaine“, you sound the alarm on programs such as GPA (surrogacy) and PMA (medically assisted procreation). In your opinion, are people sufficiently informed about these programs? Has the human being become a commodity that we sell and buy? And how to fight effectively against the commoditization of the human being? How did we get there?

The debate is raging now; many serious arguments have reached public visibility, against the commoditization of life. What has not attained to the collective consciousness is that the manufacture of artificial children is a project of Israeli origin, because there is for the “Jewish state” a serious demographic problem, Jewish residents suffering a lot of infertility problems: 1 couple on 4 consults specialists for this, while in our country it is 1 on 7. Thus, it is the first country to have authorized the GPA (Pregnancy For Money), since 1996. And it is a homosexual of the same country, Doron Mamet, who set up the triangular trade to buy “genetically superior” gametes mainly from the Nordic countries, for the production of carefully selected embryos, then implanted in poor third world women, to satisfy buyers of newborns, mainly Westerners. There’s a kosher market for these commodities, and then another one, for the ordinary people. The sentimental arguments are only advertising decoys, but the media make it a frightful promotion. The role of La Croix, supposed to be a Christian newspaper, is an example of deep corruption in this area. The market is extremely buoyant because infertility increases dramatically in rich countries, and agencies, “fertility clinics” and lawyers specializing in circumventing the laws of each country, hope that the clientele will grow even more with homosexuals, legalization or not.

In your opinion, is it not the essence of the capitalist system to generate programs such as those described in your book “Marchandiser la vie humaine”, namely the PMA, the GPA, etc.?

Marx identified capitalism with the logic and commercial scope of the Jews, and he saw it as a plague for the mind and for the people. I say that the person who agrees to enter this market, as a customer for the finished product, or as a salesman of his gametes (eggs or sperm), or by offering themselves as an incubator (called “surrogate mother”, but considered in contracts as simple uterus on legs),each person tramples on his own universal moral principles, agrees to enter into the logic of Jewish merchants, contributes to “making Jews”.This is serious for the next generation.

Do you think there is a Machiavellian plan to reduce the world population initiated by the 1% who leads the world?

This plan is absolutely official, and everyone contributes by repeating without thinking that we are far too many on earth. We are not afraid to say it, because it sounds ecological common sense, but in fact, all countries have greatly reduced their birth rates since the 1960s, and only the poorest refuse to adapt. Concretely, it is Africa, which, in the name of its deep spirituality, continues to ignore the mantra. All kinds of international bodies are pressuring in the name of women’s “reproductive rights”, there are campaigns to sterilize men, toxic vaccine floods and homosexual propaganda, nothing doing, Africans acquire an unprecedented demographic weight, when Whites become a minority race, what the Blacks were, barely two hundred years ago. Contraception was invented to limit the reproduction of the poor, but it turned against the richbecause globally, modern women in our countries are denying men the power to fertilize themuntil the age when, beauty fading and feminine arrogance falling all the more, they begin to regret.

You who know well Latin America for having taught for years at the University of Havana in Cuba, how do you explain the return of the extreme right in Latin America like that of Bolsonaro in Brazil? Is not Bolsonaro a danger to peace in Latin America?

Bolsonaro interests me because he’s a character from the Trump era; like Trump, to be quiet on his back, he hopes to put the Brazilian Jews on his side by pledging allegiance to “the Jewish State”.Like Trump, it is likely that he sincerely wants to remedy societal problems in his country, which the left has not been able to solve. Like Trump, he is going to be under global pressure, and his government will be subject to rampant corruption. Moreover, clientelism and feudalism remain decisive throughout Latin America, regardless of the label of the president, which distorts any ideological reasoning. Brazil does not feel that it belongs primarily to Latin America, but to be a metropolis compared to the 5 Portuguese-speaking African countries. He began by provoking the Afro-descendants by pointing out, before being elected, that slavery was a trade that was practiced among Africans, before being the great source of wealth for Portugal, and for Brazil. Bolsonaro is certainly an opportunist who, with his electoral victory, first tries to reassure the national capital and its cultural relays. But with his outspokenness, he reassured the people who have more than enough of the feminism and sodomism obligatory, dictated to the media by the West without faith nor law to break the instinctive popular resistance capacity in each country. As in the case of Trump, let’s start by respecting a democratically elected leader; let’s wait for concrete decisions.

Interview realized by Mohsen Abdelmoumen

Who is Maria Poumier?

French University professor, Maria Poumier is a specialist in Caribbean history and culture. She is also an essayist and documentary filmmaker. She spent several years in Cuba where she was a lecturer at the University of Havana and then at the University of Paris VIII. Her research focuses on Cuba, Latin America, history and literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Graduate in Spanish she translates also the texts of Israel Shamir with which she collaborates. An anti-liberal political activist, María Poumier is known for her political activities related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and supports the Palestinian people. She was forced to end to her university career in France as a result of the pressure she suffered for her pro-Palestinian positions. She was present in Libya on March 28, 2011, to protest NATO bombing. She has written several books including: Poésie salvadorienne du XXe siècle (2002) ; En confidence – Entretien avec l’Inconnue(2009) ;Proche des NEG (2009) ; Marchandiser la vie humaine (2015).
Maria Poumier manages the site Entre la plume et l’enclume


Undercover Documentaries on the Diabolical Israeli Lobby

By Stephen Lendman

Israeli lobby power exerts enormous influence over nearly all members of Congress. With rare exceptions, House or Senate members don’t dare confront it or criticize Israeli policies, a career ender for some who tried.

Truth-tellers about Israeli state terror risk being intimidated, blackmailed, smeared, pressured, removed from positions of authority, or called national security or terrorist threats.

Israel gets away with mass murder and much more because virtually no one in Washington, other Western capitals, or top UN officials dares challenge its apartheid viciousness, demanding it be held accountable for offenses too horrendous to ignore.

James Petras discussed the lobby’s enormous influence in his important titled “The Power of Israel in the United States.” 

Norman Finkelstein challenged Israel in his book titled “Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History.” A short article on his book launched my pro bono writing, a second career in retirement. 

Petras, Finkelstein, and others explained Israel’s longstanding abuse of power, its horrendous human and civil rights abuses, institutionalizing racist hate-mongering as official policy.

The lobby’s sinister operations have been ongoing since the early 1950s – AIPAC one of 52 major US Zionist organizations, the most prominent one with enormous influence over US foreign policy. 

The lobby has deep roots throughout government, the business community, the dominant media, academia, the clergy, and powerful wealthy Jewish and other families.

Broad support comes from doctors, lawyers, accountants, other professionals, philanthropists, journalists and other segments of society.

With help from its lobby, Israel created the eternal Jewish victim, the myth of unique Jewish suffering claimed. 

Vested interests take full advantage, deflecting or suppressing Israeli criticism, critics called anti-Semites. 

Criticizing Israel and Zionism have nothing to do with anti-Semitism – hostility or discrimination against Judaism as a religion. Israel is a nation-state. Criticizing its ruthlessness is essential to challenge what’s clearly intolerable.

Claiming otherwise is a long ago discredited canard – still surfacing, disgracefully denigrating Israeli critics, ignoring enormous Jewish state harm to Palestinians and others.

Al Jazeera produced a four-part undercover documentary on the Israeli lobby the Jewish state unsuccessfully tried to suppress – exposing its enormous influence in Britain, saying the following:

“Episode One (Young Friends of Israel): In part one, Al Jazeera Investigations reveals how pro-Israel groups are trying to influence Britain’s youth. 

Episode Two (The Training Session): In part two, our undercover reporter joins a delegation from the Israeli embassy at last year’s Labour Party Conference. 

Episode Three (An Anti-Semitic Trope): In part three, our undercover reporter witnesses a heated conversation between two opposing activists. The evidence raises serious questions about whether accusations of anti-Semitism are used to stifle political debate.

Episode Four (The Takedown): In part four, the senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in London discusses a potential plot to ‘take down’ British politicians – including a minister.”

A separate Al Jazeera undercover documentary titled The Lobby USA discusses its enormous influence in Washington.

The Electronic Intifada (EI) obtained a copy, publishing its four episodes, the first two below, the others to come on EI’s website, saying the following:

“To get unprecedented access to the Israel lobby’s inner workings, undercover reporter ‘Tony’ posed as a pro-Israel volunteer in Washington.”

“The resulting film exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.”

“It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based organizations.”

“These include the Israel on Campus Coalition, The Israel Project and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.”

Watch both documentaries to learn how far the Israeli lobby is willing to go to promote the interests of a ruthless apartheid state – films the Jewish state wants no one to see.

Below are the links to access them:

Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see

Watch final episodes of Al Jazeera film on US Israel lobby

Why Is Benjamin Netanyahu Defending Mohammed bin Salman?

By Richard Silverstein

For the past month, while governments and media outlet around the world sounded a drumbeat of shock and dismay over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, all that could be heard on the subject from Israel was the sound of crickets. Israeli columnist Ben Caspit said his country’s leadership was avoiding the subject “like the plague”.

It appears no Israeli politician wants to say anything for fear of offending that country’s latest Arab bromantic partner, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bin Salman, according to many analysts, would have had to have ordered the murder of a figure as prominent as Khashoggi.

Then on Friday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally gave his view on the Khashoggi case, saying it had to be “dealt with” but not at the cost of the stability of Saudi Arabia and the fight against Iran.

MBS: the linchpin of Trump deal

MBS, as he’s known, is the key Arab linchpin of the Trump-Netanyahu deal of the century, which is supposed to finally resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. The details of the delayed proposal, which Trump and his Middle East appointees continue to promote, has been widely reported in various media outlets. Leaked parts of the deal, many analysts say, suggest it is highly favourable to Israeli interests and largely disregards Palestinian rights.

Despite the one-sided nature of the plan, MBS has dutifully attempted to sell it to the Palestinian leadership. In a command performance, in which the Saudi crown prince summoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to his royal palace, MBS told a reluctant Abbas that if he didn’t acquiesce, he should resign. The implication was that the Saudis would find another Palestinian leader who would agree to such a deal.

So far, Abbas has resisted this Saudi offer and not lost his head – or his job. Later, King Salman even reasserted the Saudi commitment to a deal which offered Palestinians a state within 1967 borders, which the new Trump plan eschewed.

A peace agreement that is favourable to the Israelis is something that comes along once in a lifetime. So, Netanyahu realises that stepping into the Khashoggi imbroglio is the last thing he wants to do. If there is even a slight chance the Saudi prince can come through, he doesn’t want to upset this apple cart.

Caspit’s Israeli government sources lay out further argument for laying low on this subject.

Gulf gravy train

There are also huge economic interests at stake. As a result of the warming of relations among Israel and the various Gulf states, Israeli military and surveillance firms have signed contracts worth billions. Planes filled with consultants, trainers, weapons and sophisticated surveillance gear make weekly trips between Tel Aviv and Gulf capitals.

Tens of Israelis are posted to these Gulf outposts to install and train their local clients in their use. The salaries they earn are highly lucrative compared to what they might earn in similar jobs at home. For the Israeli military-intelligence industry, this is a goose laying hundreds of golden eggs on a regular basis.

However, perhaps the most crucial mutual interest shared by Netanyahu and MBS is their hatred of Iran.

Palestinians prepare to set fire on an Israeli flag and portraits of Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman during a protest at the border fence with Israel, Gaza city, on 13 April 2018 (AF

Behind the scenes, Israel continues to side with Saudi Arabia. Iranian threat top our agenda, whereas Saudi Arabia’s internal affairs are less important and less interesting [to Israel] right now.” This view was echoed by Netanyahu on Friday, who explicitly stated that Khashoggi’s murder was less important than “blocking Iran”.

The rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia that has gathered speed over the past few years is fuelled by the reginal rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia; and Israel’s hostility to the perceived Iranian encroachment on its territorial spheres of interest in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

The Erdogan factor

Israel’s proclivity to excuse the mayhem committed at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul is also fuelled by an intense, long-standing enmity toward Turkey’s Erdogan, which dates back to Israel’s slaughter of 10 Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara in 2010.

It took years for Israel to negotiate a resolution to this conflict in which it apologised for the deaths and paid families of the victims $20m. Though diplomatic relations were restored, the relationship has never been as close as it had been previously.

Netanyahu also wants to benefit from the rivalry between Turkey, which is ruled by the Islamist AKP Party, and the Saudis. Turkey supported the Muslim Brotherhood after the movement won democratic elections in Egypt. The Saudis despise the Brotherhood as a threat to their form of dynastic rule.

Erdogan is playing this scandal like a violin. He is doing so both to repair the international standing he lost when he crushed a coup and imposed draconian counter-measures which saw tens of thousands of Turks imprisoned and fired from their jobs. He is also drawing out the scandal in order to bring the Saudis down a peg in the regional power hierarchy.

Thus, Israel’s leader wants to do nothing to burnish Erdogan’s reputation in the midst of this contest between the two Sunni states.

An orchestrated campaign

There is also an underlying, unspoken realisation on the part of the Israelis that their Mossad runs its own assassination squads throughout the Middle East and beyond. It has killed not only Arab enemies and foreigners helping them, but it has also killed its own citizens.

Israel cannot afford to denounce any nation for killing its enemies for fear the world will only be reminded that it does the same. Not to mention, that some of these killing operations failed as spectacularly as the one that brought about Khashoggi’s murder.

Finally, though Israel refuses publicly to condemn the murder of the Saudi journalist, privately it’s engaged in an apologia for the Saudis’ murderous behaviour.

Other Middle East leaders have come to the crown prince’s defence. In recent days, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Netanyahu have reached out to the Trump administration to express support for the crown prince, arguing that he is an important strategic partner in the region, said people familiar with the calls.

It appears highly likely that Netanyahu is defending MBS as part of an orchestrated campaign on the Saudi’s behalf. Such a move makes Israel a defender of an act of state-sponsored terror. But this shouldn’t be very surprising considering that Israel is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of the art.

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