Paul Eisen on Jeremy Corbyn – The finest man in British politics

June 05, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Paul Eisen

http://pauleisen.blogspot.co.uk/
I just heard that Jeremy Corbyn is going to stand for the leadership of the British Labour Party.

I hate all politics and I hold the hopelessly compromised and Zionised Labour party in particular contempt. But if Jeremy Corbyn does stand for leader I’m going to join that party so I can give him my vote.

Jeremy has been my MP for pretty much the entire thirty-five years myself and my family have lived here in North Islington so, over the years, I’ve got to know a little about the man.

One thing I and every single resident of Islington knows is that if you’ve got a problem and you go to his surgery and you need his help, you’ll get it –  and I’ll bet that if Jeremy were to become leader of the Labour party, or indeed of the nation, that won’t change one bit.

I’ve also noticed that his support isn’t confined to those issues which he personally supports. I’ve seen Jeremy as busy with a Barnsbury Residents Association concerned about the preservation of their Georgian Square as with a refuge for asylum seekers.

One issue he most certainly does support is that of Palestine solidarity and one evening fifteen years ago I cycled over to see him. I was just beginning to establish Deir Yassin Remembered in the UK and I wanted him to join. I’d hardly begun my feverishly-rehearsed pitch before his cheque book was on the table. From that day on, without fuss or bother, whether DYR was flavour-of-the month or the maggot-at-the-bottom-of-the-food-chain, he attended every single Deir Yassin commemoration.

Since then I’ve seen him here and there. I’ve seen him at solidarity meetings and also at events unconnected with Palestine. One was a meeting of firmly middle-class Islingtonians rabbiting on about protecting the trees in their neighbourhood. But Jeremy Corbyn was there and Jeremy Corbyn was as Jeremy Corbyn always is – fair, approachable, non-judgmental and always committed to the finest ideals of a British Parliamentarian i.e. representing the wishes and feelings of his constituents.

But there’s one final thing I want to tell you about Jeremy Corbyn because it means a lot to me. During the time when I felt so marginalised and isolated, when the movement with which he was associated so despised me, Jeremy always said hello. What’s so great about that? Well, if you ever find yourself in that situation you’ll know exactly what so great about it.

I can hear them now: “Oh sure, Corbyn’s a fine man, a man of principle but that’s not necessarily what we need in a leader”. I disagree. In these terrible times, that’s exactly what we need in a leader.

You can read all the standard stuff about Jeremy Corbyn here and click the ‘YES’ button to show your support. Also, under party rules a candidate needs to be nominated by 35 fellow MPs to appear on the ballot. You can sign a petition here to press Labour MPs to support this fine man.

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Palestinian right of return, sacred and inalienable objective

القضية الفلسطينية ستبقى القضية المركزية لسورية

As the Palestinians commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Nakba Day, they are more determined to liberate their occupied lands and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital. They are also more determined to the repatriation right which has been guaranteed by UN resolutions.

On the 15th of May 1948, more than 800 thousand of Palestinians were forcibly displaced, by Zionists, from their indigenous towns and cities into the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighbouring Arab countries, and other countries of the world.

Since then, the Zionists have been committing heinous massacres against the Palestinian people with the aim of perpetuating the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and obliterating the repatriation right of the Palestinian refugees to their indigenous homeland. The Zionist criminal record includes scores of savage massacres against the defenceless Palestinians. The Zionist gangs confiscated 775 towns and villages and destroyed 535 Palestinian towns and villages during the Nakba. The atrocities of Israeli Zionists also included over 70 massacres in which 15 thousand Palestinians were killed by Zionist terrorist gangs. The Zionist terrorist paramilitaries carried out massacres and forced expulsions, including the infamous massacre of Palestinian men, women, and children in the village of Deir Yassin in April 1948. The Israeli military continued to carry out a campaign of uprooting and expelling the indigenous Palestinian people, forcing Palestinians to flee their homes and land. Altogether Israel expelled more than 80 percent of the Palestinian population. This campaign continued long after hostilities ceased and included the razing of nearly 400 Palestinian villages.

 Zionism and Wahhabism are two faces of the same coin, where events bring to light the clear cooperation between the Zionist entity, Gulf States and Turkey that involved in the aggression on Syria by supporting terrorist organizations infinitely. The Zionist entity aims at obliterating the Right of Return for the whole Palestinian people through its clear support for the terrorist organizations in Syria which launched intensive assaults on the Palestinian camps and displaced their residents. The Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite UN resolutions and international laws upholding the people’s right to return to their homelands. Palestinians have held rallies in various parts of the world to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Nakba Day. Palestinian protesters took to the streets of various world capitals to demand that the Israeli regime leave their lands after decades of occupation.

  Today the Palestinian refugees and their descendants number 4 million people, many still living in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Israel has been refusing the right of these refugees to return to their homes in violation of international law and numerous United Nations resolutions. At the same time, in a striking example of inequality and discrimination, Israel has declared itself the state of all the Jews in the world and automatically grants citizenship to any Jewish person anywhere in the world who seeks to immigrate to Israel. A Jew living in Texas, for example, who has never lived in Israel, can automatically gain the benefits of citizenship under the so-called Law of Return, one of Israel’s racial Laws, while a Palestinian refugee whose family lived in Palestine for hundreds of years is unlikely even to gain a visa for a brief visit to his or her  home, let alone obtain the right to return there to live.

Successive Zionist governments have been following a racist settlement policy through confiscating Palestinian lands and constructing Jewish settlements with the aim of changing the geographic and demographic status of the occupied Palestinian territories and perpetuate the Israeli occupation. But the Palestinians will not be subjugated by the racist Zionist measures and will press ahead with their struggle until the achievement of their noble rights, especially the right of return and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

  K.Q

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An Ode to Said El-Said by Stanley L. Cohen

I love Said. He’s everything that’s good and decent and kind-and so much more. he’s the laughter of a toddler who’s just learned to run; the panic of young lovers who race to remake the bed as parents return home early; the broad grin that intoxicates us when the rare and sweet aroma of justice fills the room and gives us hope. Said is all things to all good people– those that are and those that aspire to be.

He’s been with us since the beginning of time and will smile down on us long after the last meteor shower has found its mark and we are gone. Palestinian by birth, humane by trade, and free by choice Said is a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and none of the above. While many march in lockstep to the beat of the safe, quick and easy, Said has journeyed long and hard to rear his beloved family, to raise our voice and to lift our spirits. Even now in his final days with us Said speaks with determination and no regrets; sorry only that when a free independent Palestine, a State for the stateless, arrives, he will not be here to rejoice in person. For Said, resistance is much more than a mere chant and BDS not a choice. They are sacred covenants which speak for eleven million of his Nation and the many who came before. Said’s journey will end far too soon where it all began, where its always been- with Palestine. Like all Palestinians, young and old, those past and yet to come, he was at Deir Yassin when genocide rained down as the world slept and the trail of tears began. He’s walked the blood stained roads of Jenin and Tulkarim and those of a hundred other Palestinian villages brutalized or laid to waste for no reason but their existence. He has known the hardscrabble streets of refugee camps that stretch from the destruction of Yarmouk to the time-tested despair of Sabra-Shatilla. To Said, the coastline of Gaza offers little safety but in its resistance comes boundless pride and dignity. Said has wept at the side of age-old olive trees ravaged by the same evil that has demolished the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib time and time again. In Quds, he is every young boy, stone in hand, who by his resistance honors the key still worn around his great grandmother’s neck. He is the detained uncharged hunger striker who will not eat so long as his Nation is starved day after day after day. Yes, Said is Palestine-proud, resilient and eternal. It was, it is and it will always be. I have been truly blessed to know many great women and men- a first among equals, Said is one of them. His has been a life of warmth, wonder and wisdom and I will miss him sorely. If compassion is to be our currency, Said is richest of all; If humanity is to be our light then he is the sun that shines through the darkest of all nights to lead us to safety; If greatness is to be measured by the size of one’s heart, Said is truly among our giants. To be blue is all too easy at this time, but it can steal our breath and leave us speechless. So smile, shout out and give thanks for Said- that rare man, that wondrous gift. Have no fear, he lives on wherever women and men of conscience and principle fight for truth and justice. My brother, thank you for your friendship, your inspiration, your unwavering support and strength. I have no idea where you’re going Said, but if I am very, very fortunate one day I will go there too. Until we meet again . .. . Up the Rebels

———————————-Stanley L. Cohen

(For those unfamiliar with Said, he is a long time presence, and will remain so in our hearts, minds and actions, in social media [Twitter  ] and a dedicated activist in the struggle to free his homeland, Palestine.  He is a friend to, and beloved by, thousands.  Said recently let it be known that he has come to the end of his battle with cancer and will soon leave us, physically.  Learning of this, Stanley (well known as a devoted activist in his own right) composed this deeply beautiful homage to his dear friend, Said.  Said’s friends and family in social media will honour him with the hash-tag #SaidLives and we will continue to nurture the many seeds of hope and strength he has sown for the children of Palestine throughout his life…Stanley’s heart-felt expression, above, provides a true attest to the special being that is Said.  Said has stated he will close his Twitter account when it is time. Before that time, we do what we can to surround him with love. Please use the hash-tag along with us.  //MDP/Mala114)

67 YEARS LATER, DEIR YASSIN STILL BLEEDING WOUND FOR PALESTINIANS

 

67 years later, Deir Yassin still bleeding wound for Palestinians

Palestinians on Thursday marked the 67th anniversary of the massacre of more than 100 Palestinian civilians by Zionist Jewish forces at the village of Deir Yassin.

“The Deir Yassin massacre was a turning point in the history of the people of Palestine, and it continues to serve as a necessary reminder of Israel’s ongoing policies of displacement, dispossession and dehumanization, and its willful erasure of the Palestinian narrative and human presence in historical Palestine,” senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement.

Ashrawi noted that the massacre was one of the first in what would become a long line of Israeli military attacks on Palestinian civilians, noting: “Deir Yassin, Nasir al-Din, Haifa, Yazur, Bayt Daras, al-Tantura, al-Lydd, al-Dawayima, Saliha, Qibya, Kafr Qasim, and Shuja’iyya, among other names, will remain forever engraved in our hearts and minds and always serve as symbols of Palestinian steadfastness and perseverance.”

“Peace and justice for Palestine is long overdue, and it is time for the international community to join us as we strive for freedom, dignity and self-determination,” she said.

Deir Yassin has long been a symbol of Israeli violence for Palestinians because of the particularly gruesome nature of the slaughter, which targeted men, women, children, and the elderly in the small village west of Jerusalem. The number of victims is generally believed to be around 107, though figures given at the time reached up to 254.

The attack was part of a broader strategy called Plan Dalet by Zionist groups to scare Palestinians into flight ahead of the expected partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. It was led by the Irgun group, whose head was future prime minister Menachem Begin, with support from the Haganah and Lehi.

In order to ensure only Jews were left in the “Jewish state” — nearly half of whose inhabitants were Palestinians — massacres were committed by these Zionist groups in a number of villages in the hope that the ensuing terror would lead to an Arab exodus.

Thus the attack on Deir Yassin took place a month before Partition took place, and was part of the reasons later given by neighboring Arab states for their intervention in Palestine.

The combination of forced expulsion and flight that the massacres — most prominent among them Deir Yassin — precipitated left around 750,000 Palestinians as refugees abroad. Today their descendants number more than five million, and their right to return to Palestine is a central political demand.

The Palestine Liberation Organization said in a statement released Thursday that the episode “characterizes the atrocities of the Nakba (catastrophe), and highlights the impunity that Israel still enjoys today.”

“As with almost every single crime committed by Israel before and since its inception, the criminals responsible for this horrific and bloody massacre enjoyed full impunity.”

“A few weeks after this tragic event, the man politically responsible for the Haganah (future Israeli Army), David Ben Gurion, became Israel’s first Prime Minister,” the organization said in a statement.

“Even more astonishing is the fact that the head of the ‘operation’ at Deir Yassin, Menachem Begin, and Yitzhak Shamir, the leader of the Lehi who participated in the massacre, would also go on to become Israeli Prime Ministers.”

Source: Maan

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TABOO TOPICS AND JEWISH LOBBY TALK BY HENRY HERSKOVITZ AND GREG FELTON

Taboo Topics and Jewish Lobby talk by Henry Herskovitz and Greg Felton

Henry Herskovitz addressed the Mideast Conflict Forum on September 20, 2014.  After several visits to Palestine, Henry attempted to impart the harsh realities observed about Israel-Palestine to his Ann Arbor Jewish Community.

 Three rabbis and two Jewish ladies of Ann Arbor, Phyllis and Lorrie, the later two headed the Palestine Peace Movement no less, thwarted his every effort.  Clearly, there is an enforced TABOO against topics reflecting poorly on Israel or the Jewish Community.
 Henry’s unintended story, due to years of stonewalling, developed into one about Jewish Power.  Henry shares his core discovery viz. Runaway Jewish Power – not Occupation or Zionism – vexes the globe.
Henry Herskovitz urges everyone to expose Jewish Power in order to diminish it!

Ann Arbor typifies dug-in DENIAL pervading Jewish Communities across America.

 Greg Felton spoke next at the Mideast Conflict Forum.  Greg authored “The Host and the Parasite” and speaks on Israel-Palestine.

Greg warned that LANGUAGE can be taken hostage and with it our thinking.  He further ripped away religion from the troubles besetting the Mideast.  It is Fascism coated with Chauvinism that accompanied Jewish émigrés to Palestine.

 The creation of Israel – a monster later to enslave its creator – was reviewed as part compromise and part extortion.  Truman faced “money, votes and strong-arm tactics” extraordinaire dished out by Organized American Jewry of the day.   A New York Jew, and long-serving congressman, Emanuel Celler, Greg calls out for his ultimatums to Truman “Support Israel or we’ll run you out of town!”
Ultimatums pale in comparison to an assassination plot.
According to Greg Felton [story by journalist Alison Weir http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/ob-assassinations.html] President George (Herbert) Bush Sr. was targeted for a Mossad hit 1991 in Madrid.  A leak thwarted that plot in the nix of time.  Former Stern Gang leader and then  Israel prime minister Yitzhak Shamir wanted no genuine negotiations towards peace as conducted by President Papa Bush.
Greg summarizes that shared values little exist with Israel.  He analogizes a “master-slave” existing relationship.    We can only escape if we “opt out” of any Zionist mindset.  Our attention he directs to barcode 729 that identifies products of Israel.

Boycott he urges!

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Hot Off The Press-Har Nof Jerusalem Is Deir Yassin and it is Remembered

November 18, 2014  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

The attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem today took place in Har Nof, a Jewish neighborhood  built over the ruins of Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village whose inhabitants were wiped out on  April 9, 1948.

The Deir Yassin Massacre delivered a clear message to the Palestinian people. The Jewish militias were driven by genocidal inclinations and the Arabs better run for their lives. However, it seems as if the Palestinian collective memory is alive and kicking – it may be possible that the Deir Yassin Massacre was commemorated today.

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Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

Sep 16, 2014, Palestine Chronicle

By Ali Kazak

Sixty-six years after the establishment of the “Jewish State” in the Middle East, the world is witnessing the establishment of an “Islamic State” with many similarities. Both states were established by extreme ideologies exploiting religion, both were accomplished by mainly foreign elements to the region and by terrorism, brutal atrocities, horrifying massacres and ethnic-cleansing on ethno/religious grounds.

Sir Gerald Kaufman, British MP, said in the House of Commons on 15 Jan 2009 “Israel was born out of Jewish terrorism.”

Short of conversion and selling women, very few differences exist between the crimes used by the Jewish and Islamic terrorists. ISIS beheads Muslims (both Sunnis and Shi’ites), Christian Arabs and Westerners, the Zionist Jews also killed Muslims and Christians as well as British; while they did not behead them in front of the cameras, they mutilated and executed their victims by lining them up against walls and shooting them and by hanging them as they did with the British soldiers.

In the course of the establishment of “the Jewish State” over 70 horrendous massacres were committed by European Jewish terrorists in Palestine against defenceless civilians in which more than 15,000 Palestinians were killed (out of a population of 1.4 million Palestinians at the time, this is equivalent to 345,000 Iraqis or 255,000 Australians or 3,360,000 Americans today).

On 22 October1979 The New York Times reporter David Shipler cited Red Cross and British documents on the massacre of Dir Yassin, as saying that the attackers “lined men, women and children up against walls and shot them.” Abu Mahmud, 70, said in an eye-witness testimony of the massacre which took place on the eve of 9 April 1948 and was published in full by the Gulf News newspaper on 9 April 1997, “The Jews used all sorts of automatic weapons, tanks, missiles, cannons. They used to enter houses and kill women and children indiscriminately… They took about 40 prisoners from the village. But after the battle was over, they took them to the quarry where they shot them dead and threw their bodies into the quarry.”

The Jewish terrorists looted the houses, shops, banks, factories, farms and everything that came under their control in Palestine. Women were raped and then killed. They destroyed 531 Palestinian towns and villagesand hundreds of Mosques, Churches and cemeteries. They occupied 78% of Palestine and ethnically-cleansed 70% of the Palestinian nation and despite numerous UN resolutions, they refuse, until today, their right to return to their homeland on religious and racial ground because they are not Jews.

Splitting the Arab world is an Israeli strategy articulated in a document titled “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” It aims to encourage separatist groups to establish religious and sectarian states in the region in order to justify the establishment of its Jewish State and to weaken and destabilize the Arab countries, fuelling endless sectarian wars between Arabs and Muslims and to prevent Arab unity.

Revealed in February 1982 and published by the Department of Publicity/The World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem, the plan states that “Lebanon’s total dissolution into five provinces serves as a precedent for the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula and is already following that track. The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target. Syria will fall apart, in accordance with its ethnic and religious structure, into several states such as in present day Lebanon, so that there will be a Shi’ite Alawi state along its coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo area, another Sunni state in Damascus hostile to its northern neighbor, and the Druzes who will set up a state, maybe even in our Golan, and certainly in the Hauran and in northern Jordan. This state of affairs will be the guarantee for peace and security in the area in the long run, and that aim is already within our reach today.

“Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other, is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel. An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon. In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi’ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. It is possible that the present Iranian-Iraqi confrontation will deepen this polarization.”

Now, 32 years later we are witnessing the implementation of Israel’s vicious strategic plan in the Middle East, thanks to the USA and its coalition’s destruction of Iraq in 2001. Additionally, the establishment of Israel as a “Jewish State” in the region is a motivation to the Islamic movement to establish an Islamic State.

In an article printed in the New York Times on 29 August 2014 by Mr John Kerry, the Secretary of State of the United States, describing the so-called Islamic State as a “cancer”, he said “The world can confront this scourge …no decent country can support the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State, and no civilised country should shirk its responsibility to help stamp out this disease. …Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their peoples unite to oppose them.”

While the United States is lining up other countries to fight “the Islamic State”, it is the one, together with a handful of other Western countries, who is providing unconditional political, military and economic support and international protection to “the Jewish State”, without which Israel would not dare to unceasingly challenge the international community with its crimes in the Middle East.

No one possessing human values would be against confronting ISIS and it’s so called “Islamic State” by all means, and the abhorrent crimes it’s committing against humanity in the name of Islam, but the unbearable hypocrisy and double-standard of US policy when it comes to dealing with Israel’s crimes is what is harming the standing and interests of the US and its close allies in the Middle East and around the world.

The US behaves like a lion and a superpower with Russia, China and other countries but like a pussy cat and a banana republic when dealing with Israel.

US President Barack Obama said in his recent speech broadcast live to the nation “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.” He should try saying this to the Palestinian people.

When the US and its allies say they are doing what is right by humanity, and by their values, the question begging to be asked is where is their humanity and values in regard to the Palestinian people, and why are they not equally doing what is right by humanity, and by their values towards “the Jewish State” and its aggression, crimes and gross violations of human rights, international law and resolutions?

– Ali Kazak is a former Palestinian ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, East Timor and the South Pacific region. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com.

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