It All Stays In The Family

By Gilad Atzmon

In this Jewish educational video, rabbi Moishe Zeldman elaborates on the meaning of being a Jew. What is that thing that binds the Jews together? Is it religion? Is it race? The blood? Zeldman’s answer is that Jews are the children of Israel and they are one family. Yet, I am left perplexed. What kind of a family are the Jews? And if the Jews are a family, as Zeldman claims, shouldn’t we expect that family to take responsibility for the crimes committed by the Jewish State? If Jews are a family, should we not expect this family to take responsibility for the global wars inflicted on us by their Jewish Lobbies (AIPAC, CFI, LFI, CRIF etc)? If the Jews are a family, shouldn’t we expect its leaders to restrain their reckless Wall Street mammonites?

Shockingly enough, this is exactly how the Jewish family operates. It forms Sanhedrin Courts that are there to sustain Jewish autonomy over Jewish affairs. The crimes of Israel are opposed by a few family members who insist on conveying a humanist image (JVP, Mondoweiss etc.) AIPAC’s crude interference with American politics is not really criticised by the American people. The fight against AIPAC has been reduced into an internal family battleground. Similarly, the crimes of Wall Street are debated by some pseudo-socialist tribal agents.

If the Jews are a family, ‘it all stays in the family’ is their survival code. Yet the family is far from being “dysfunctional” as rabbi Zeldman suggests. So far, this family has been overwhelmingly productive in maintaining its hegemony while dominating the opposition. However, some dissident voices, myself included, do believe that this celebration is now coming to an end. This family business has become too transparent.

Zionist Zealots Make US Policy on Israel/Palestine

Zionist Zealots Make US Policy on Israel/Palestine…

by Stephen Lendman

Trump administration Zionist zealots, with close AIPAC ties, one-sidedly serve Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.
US administrations always were one-sided on Israeli/Palestinian issues, Trump shaping up to be worse than his predecessors.
In late 2016, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi called Israel “the most racist, hardline extremist violent (regime) in history.” She should have explained it’s exceeded only by America.
When Palestinians defend their rights, they’re automatically called “terrorists,” she said. They’re attacked, arrested, imprisoned, tortured or murdered in cold blood.
Their family homes are demolished. When soldiers and settlers terrorize Palestinians, accountability almost never follows – state terrorism legitimized against a defenseless population.
On Saturday, Ashrawi said Zionist  zealous settlers make Trump administration policy on Israel.
“We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims,” she explained.
“But today we say there are settlers inside the White House. The administration has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of Netanyahu…support(ing)” unlimited settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land.
In March, Trump and longtime Israeli collaborator Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone, discussing a date for them to meet in Washington.
Trump and Zionist zealots infesting his administration outrageously claim settlements aren’t “an impediment to peace.”
Talks were dead-on-arrival each time initiated. Prospects under Trump for achieving what never was accomplished before are nil.
The so-called peace process is a fabricated hoax. Israel and US administrations reject it, wanting unconditional Palestinian surrender, denying its people self-determination or equal rights as citizens of the state of Israel or Palestine for all its people – Jews, Muslims, Christians and others, one nation for all its people.
Addressing the National Press Club on March 24, Ashrawi said whenever there’s talk about peace, the Israeli Lobby always influences things “every step of the way,” serving Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.
AIPAC is most extremist and influential. “Israeli apologists and spin doctors” prevent longstanding conflict resolution.
Zionist Christian fascists believe “Palestinians have no right to exist because” they stand “in the way of…the fulfillment of prophecy,” said Ashrawi.
Various other organizations are one-sidedly pro-Israel. “Now we have people in the White House who are not only lobbyists and advocates but who are active supporters of settlements.”
“So it’s not enough to have settlers in the Israeli coalition government. Now you have (them) in the White House.”
“So they don’t need to lobby. They are decision makers. So that’s what’s happening. That frames in terms of influence the peace process with this revolving door.”
Either they’re “influencing policy or…making” it. “That’s why American policy (is) so distorted.” Misinformation, alternative facts and myths substitute for hard reality.
Over a hundred years from Balfour to occupation to Oslo to today, Palestinians were and continue being ruthlessly brutalized, terrorized, exploited and cheated.
Hopes for constructive change under Trump are nil. Expect worse ahead, not improvement.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s dark side

April 15, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

GA: The following article was posted on The Time Of Israel’s website yesterday morning.  It was then removed by the Zionist outlet.  This is the first time I publish an article by Michael Lesher who is an orthodox Jew as well as a courageous whistleblower. In this article Lesher looks into  the militarism, racism and Zionification that have become dominant within contemporary Jewish orthodoxy.

Please read and spread widely. 

Michael Lesher will join our panel discussion at Theatre 80 NYC on 30 April https://theatre80.wordpress.com/the-post-political-condition-trump-brexit-the-middle-east-what-next/ 

By Michael Lesher

April 18 would have been the 115th birthday of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe. Schneerson, who took over a struggling Brooklyn-based Hasidic sect in 1951, was by his death in 1994 arguably “the most influential Jew since Maimonides,” and it is about that influence I wish to write — particularly because, in the 20-odd years since his death, recollections of the Rebbe’s personal charisma have largely eclipsed the record of his actual teaching.

I note at once that I have neither the expertise nor the desire to try to analyze the whole range of the Rebbe’s religious doctrine. Of his role as clergyman and community leader I have little to say, never having lived in a predominantly Lubavitch enclave. Moreover, since I had no contact with him, I am clearly unequipped to write about the Rebbe’s personal qualities; I am prepared to grant that these were impressive.

I am more concerned with the darker side of what the Rebbe taught.

For that darker side — the farrago of apocalyptic messianism and overt racism at the core of the Rebbe’s teaching — is likely to be his lasting contribution to the Jewish world, in which his prestige (thanks in no small part to popular hagiographies by Joseph Telushkin and Adin Steinsaltz) continues to rise even as serious discussion about his legacy has all but disappeared.

Worse, the Rebbe’s teaching invites serious practical consequences. Some of his most vehement sermons were devoted to the promotion of Mideast militarism. While Israel’s violence against its Palestinian Untermenschen intensified and its attacks on neighboring countries reached new heights of savagery, the Rebbe rationalized the occupation and egged on Israel’s military assault against Lebanon in 1982, as he would cheer on the American-led carnage in Iraq nine years later. Certainly a Muslim cleric who preached similar things would be anathematized throughout the Western world. Why, then, is the Rebbe given a pass for his warmongering in support of the oppression of Palestine — surely the ugliest blot on Jewish tradition in modern times?

The question cannot be shirked. The Rebbe didn’t just tolerate Israeli oppression. He encouraged it.

In Eyes Upon the Land, a book explicitly “based on the public statements and writings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,” the reader is told that “every inch of territory in Israel,” including “the lands taken in the Six-Day War,” must be held by the use of Jewish military force, regardless of international law or the consequences for the non-Jewish population. Why? Because “the ordinary Arab in the street” seeks nothing less than “Arab dominion over the entire land of Palestine” and regards all Israelis with “deep-seated hatred.” The Rebbe never produced evidence that a nonexistent Palestinian army would somehow overwhelm Israel’s massive military forces — there being none — but the darker question is why the Rebbe’s insistence on Jewish dominion over the same land, and the deep-seated hatred of Palestinians and other Arabs he encouraged (during Israel’s slaughter of over 17,000 people in Lebanon in 1982, the Rebbe repeatedly criticized the Israelis for being too timid) didn’t justify the use of force by Arabs against their Jewish attackers. The only possible answer is the obvious one: Jews were different from non-Jews by definition. Jewish goals mattered to the Rebbe. Arab lives didn’t.

And Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza? During the First Intifada, the Rebbe preached emphatically against the slightest easing of the oppressive conditions that had spurred the desperate (and overwhelmingly nonviolent) popular revolt. “[C]oncessions convince the Arabs of Israeli weakness,” he claimed. “Even mere talk of possible concessions is harmful because it encourages terrorist activity.” Meir Kahane himself could not have said it more brutally.

The mainstream reader seldom hears about any of this: much of what passes for commentary on the Rebbe’s work is mere propaganda. In Toward a Meaningful Life, a book intended as a distillation of the Rebbe’s teachings, Simon Jacobson claims that “the Rebbe taught – and embodied – a distinctly universal message, calling upon all humankind to lead productive and virtuous lives, and calling for unity between all people.” In fact, Schneerson based his teaching on the traditional Hasidic text known as Tanya, a deeply racist work according to which only Jews are endowed with fully human souls. True, Schneerson was far from being the world’s only racist preacher; but it is hard to imagine panegyrics like Jacobson’s being circulated about, say, David Duke.

Nor have only the faithful been playing such games. In her review of two recent biographies of Schneerson for the Wall Street Journal, Dara Horn – after describing the efforts of the Rebbe’s emissaries to persuade Jewish men to don phylacteries and Jewish women to light Friday evening candles — insists that although “[i]t all seems suspiciously cultlike,” these “bearded enthusiasts aren’t out to convert anyone.” Really? It’s true that the only targets of Lubavitch’s missionary activities are Jews — but to deny that they’re “out to convert anyone” makes sense only if you accept the underlying premise that all Jews ought to be Orthodox Jews, if not Lubavitch Hasidim, a position that aligns Ms. Horn with a highly tendentious theological position she fails to acknowledge, let alone to justify.

Schneerson’s warmongering was partly a product of his doctrinal Jewish chauvinism — but it also drew on his fanatical insistence that the end of days was rapidly approaching. “We are now very near the approaching footsteps of Messiah, indeed, we are at the conclusion of this period,” he claimed as far back as 1951. Samuel Heilman and Menachem Friedman, in a relatively clear-headed review of the Rebbe’s career, call it “the story of how one man and some of his followers were swept away by his beliefs and expectations and led to assume that death could be denied and history manipulated.”

But Western media generally disdain religious fanatics who believe they can defy death and turn back the course of history. The Lubavitcher Rebbe alone is treated with kid gloves — even though violence was among the tools with which he sought to change reality. Witness the silence that followed this fulsome encomium from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in the Observer:

“His [the Rebbe’s] moral authority and unparalleled humanity inspired in all who met him a desire to be better…. [S]eeing the dignity he accorded all who came to seek his blessing his admirers ceased judging people who were different.”

Those fine sentiments will be news to Palestinians, for whom the Rebbe expressed nothing but loathing and contempt. And the Rebbe’s “unparalleled humanity” had no problem with extolling Israeli massacres in Lebanon and the slaughter of Iraqis in 1991.

Yes, religious leaders can be complicated figures, and I am willing to grant that other aspects of the Rebbe’s teaching may be genuinely inspirational. But until we come to terms with the dark side of his career, we will not be able to shake off his complicity — and ours — in the long-running crimes of the Jewish state which, in the Rebbe’s perverse preaching, became acts of piety.

Make America Neocon Again

April 08, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

It doesn’t take a military analyst to grasp that the American attack on a remote Syrian airfield contradicts every possible military rationale. If America really believed that Assad possessed a WMD stockpile and kept it in al-Shayrat airbase, launching a missile attack that could lead to a release of lethal agents into the air would be the last thing it would do. If America was determined to ‘neutralise’ Assad’s alleged ‘WMD ability’ it would deploy special forces or diplomacy. No one defuses WMD with explosives, bombs or cruise missiles. It is simply unheard of.

America targeted al-Shayrat because it knew with certainty that there were no WMD in that location. It was a firework show. It had no military objective.

The first concern that comes to mind is why do you need a saxophonist to deliver the truth every military expert understands very well? Can’t the New York Times or the Guardian reach the same obvious conclusion? It’s obvious enough that if Assad didn’t use WMD when he was losing the war, it would make no sense for him to use it now when a victory is within reach.

So why did the White House launch a cruise missile blitz on a non-existent target?

We know who are the first to benefit from the current escalation. The Jewish State that gambled on regime change in Syria, consistent with the sinister Yinon Plan, accepts by now that Assad is there to stay. But here is the peculiar development: while the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times and the White House refer to Assad and his ‘chemical warfare’ with certainty, the Israeli press is actually very careful. The Israeli Ynet only refers to Assad’s ‘alleged’ gas attack. The Israelis do understand that the story, as it stands, doesn’t make any sense.

But there may be another narrative that could introduce some method to the madness. The CIA and the FBI do not seem to drift away from Trump and his ties with Russia. This weekend we learned that former Trump adviser Carter Page ‘gave documents to a Russian spy.’ Carter Page, who was a foreign policy aide to the President before the election, met occasionally with Victor Podobnyy while the intelligence operative was working in the US. Mr Podobnyy was one of three men indicted by the FBI in 2015 on suspicion of working for Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service.

We also learned this weekend that Trump’s son-in-law Kushner failed to alert the FBI to several meetings with Russian officials despite a legal obligation to do so. His lawyer described the omission as an “administrative error.”

The Guardian reports that the CIA actually reported to senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump as president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Trump’s victory months later.

President Trump has rejected any suggestion of a Russian connection as “ridiculous” and “fake news.” Trump could probably win the liberal press but the CIA and FBI have proved harder nuts to crack.

Trump was left with no other option, he needed a firework show to convey a clear image of a conflict between himself and Putin. He had to invent a war with Russia. The Mirror bought into this façade: ‘Donald Trump warned he is one step away from military clashes with Russia,’ its headline read.

It seems as if launching a missile attack on a deserted Syrian airfield while alerting the Russians in advance would convey the necessary patriotic image to the American people. It would convince the Ziocons that the White House is ready to launch WWIII on their behalf. The attack was there to convince the American people that Trump is not a Russian puppet. Shockingly enough, the liberal press was very quick to straighten line with Trump.  The uniquely banal Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian today “sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person. Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield seems to belong in that category.” Seemingly the Guardian never misses an opportunity to rally for a Ziocon war.

The only question that has remained open is whether such a drone blitz on an abandoned Syrian airbase will convince Trump’s constituency that by now ‘America is, once again great.’

نتنياهو ارتكب حماقة بطرسبورغ

نتنياهو ارتكب حماقة بطرسبورغ

أبريل 4, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– من الذي يقف وراء تفجيرات بطرسبورغ، والهدف هو الإرباك والتشويش وإيصال رسالة حول قدرة جهة ما تواجهها روسيا على النيل من الأمن في المدن الروسية الكبرى، والرسالة ذات طابع شخصي أيضاً للرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين لاختيار مدينته التي ينتمي إليها وترعرع فيها، وبالتزامن مع ضخ إعلامي لتحريك تظاهرات وتشجيع معارضات، يرافقه ضخّ مالي وحضور للوبيات ترتبط بالخارج لكنّها فاعلة في روسيا. واللافت هنا أن التفجيرات تجري في ظل حملة إعلامية مركّزة لإثارة الشغب في شوارع روسيا، والإيحاء بأن اضطرابات تشبه الربيع العربي تنتظر روسيا، كما قالت قناة العربية.

– الرئيس الروسي كرجل أمن عريق ومحترف، ورئيس سابق لجهاز المخابرات الروسية لن يكشف استنتاجاته التي لا تعتمد على التحقيقات التي يجب انتظارها، كما أشار. فهذه الكلمة من محترف تعني أنه عرف الفاعل ولا يحتاج لتحقيق، والتفاصيل لا يمكن انتظارها منه، بل مما سمعناه على لسان الناطقة بلسان الخارجية الروسية ماريا زاخاروفا، التي اختارت في المؤتمر الصحافي الذي عقدته حول التفجيرات أن تسأل عن مندوبة جريدة الواشنطن تايمز، لتقول لقد كان مدعاة استغرابنا أنها نشرت صورة لتفجير المترو وإلى جانبها صورة لتظاهرات موسكو، وأضافت حسناً فعلت عندما اتصلنا بمكتبها وأصرّينا على ممثليهم هنا، فقاموا بنزع الصور.

– الواشنطن تايمز صحيفة أميركية مملوكة لـ إسرائيليين أميركيين وليس لمجرد مؤيدين لـ إسرائيل ، فهي معروفة في الأوساط الأميركية بصفتها صحيفة بنيامين نتنياهو، كما قناة العربية لسان حال محمد بن سلمان. وقد تفرّغت العربية والواشنطن تايمز لتنظيم حملات إعلامية تستهدف الاستقرار الروسي، كأنها عشية ثورة. ومعلوم حجم الفشل الذي مُني به نتنياهو وبن سلمان في غزوة دمشق وحماة الأخيرة، وكم رصدا جهوداً وسفراً وتحضيراً وإمكانات للفوز بها، وكم بنيا من آمال على ذلك، وكم سعيا لتحييد روسيا من طريقهم، وكم أصابتهما الخيبة من الحزم الروسي، وصولاً لتحميلهما موسكو والرئيس بوتين مسؤولية ضياع الحلم والفرصة.

– الذهاب لعملية تنفذها جهات متفرّعة من تنظيم القاعدة، ستضيع الرسالة، لأن القاعدة في حال اشتباك مع روسيا، وليس مطلوباً فعل شيء على طريقة اغتيال السفير الروسي في تركيا، والقول إنه شاب غاضب من الدعم الروسي للدولة السورية، بل المطلوب رسالة تقول إن ما فعلته روسيا في إجهاض غزوة بن سلمان ونتنياهو سيكلفها من أمنها، وأن بالمستطاع تعديل الموقف. والأهم هنا أن التعديل يخص نتنياهو وليس بن سلمان، فنتائج ما جرى على الوضع في سورية سلكت طريقها بالتغيير في الموقف الأميركي، لكن ما يتصل بأمن إسرائيل لا يزال ملفه مفتوحاً، والسعي لتحسين شروط إسرائيل في مواجهة حزب الله لا يزال على الطاولة، و إسرائيل توظف السعودية وقناتها العربية، ومالها، لكن الهدف إسرائيلي والرسالة إسرائيلية ، وزخاروفا نطقت كلمة السر. لماذا الواشنطن تايمز تنشر صور التفجير والتظاهرات معاً؟

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America and israel Threaten World Peace

By Stephen Lendman
3-22-17

Multiple global flashpoints should terrify everyone. They’re hugely dangerous along Russia’s border with Eastern European countries, in the South China Sea, in Ukraine, in Syria, Iraq, and other US war theaters, and possible Israeli war on Lebanon and/or Gaza.

America and Israel perpetuate endless wars, related violence, chaos and repression. Peace and stability defeat their rogue agendas.

Days earlier, Israel activated around 2,000 reserve soldiers. Along with regular IDF troops, they’ve been involved in military exercises since Sunday, simulating war on Gaza.

Is another one planned? IDF chief of staff General Gadi Eisenkot said the drill was called to “assess the preparedness” for war.

If launched, “we will know how to surprise in every way to prevent enemy achievements” and accomplish objectives as quickly as possible, he said.

Israel prepared contingency plans to evacuate around 250,000 civilians from communities bordering Lebanon and Gaza.

The IDF repeatedly targets the Strip by terror-bombing and cross-border incursions, other pre-dawn incidents on Wednesday.

Drones and ground forces targeted Rafah in southern Gaza, killing one Palestinian youth, injuring two others – on the phony pretext of preventing the planting of an explosive device near Israel’s border.

Israeli forces indiscriminately fired on Palestinian farmers in their fields, threatening no one. No injuries were reported.

Since January, multiple airstrikes and cross-border shelling killed four Palestinians, injuring over a dozen others.

Last month, the Mezan Center for Human Rights warned about possible large-scale Israeli aggression on Gaza for the fourth time since December 2008.

It called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation, to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians, and ensure respect for the rules of international law.”

It stressed “acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched,” saying it’s “crucial to ensur(e) the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”

They’re defenseless and vulnerable to mass casualties again if Israel launches aggression.

Hamas seeks no military confrontation with Israel, its senior official Khalil al-Hayya stressed, adding “we are a bereaved and oppressed people who resist occupation” – their right under international law.

During the latest UN Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Council session in Geneva, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine Michael Lync called Israel’s occupation “the most malignant” anywhere in the world.

Oppressing millions of people violates core international law principles, he stressed. Intensified crackdowns on human rights activists are intolerable. Gaza’s blockade is flagrantly illegal.

US and Israeli diplomats boycotted the session. Both countries want high crimes committed against Palestinians suppressed.

Rogue states operate this way. America conspires with Israel to permit lawless apartheid viciousness to persist unaccountably.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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