Palestinians Are Seeking Justice in Jerusalem – Not an Abusive Life-Long Mate

JUNE 27, 2017

Several articles have been published about the “legal limbo” in which Palestinian Jerusalemites exist and proposals as to what Israel ought to do about this 50-year old travesty, among them being righting “the wrong” of denying Palestinian Arabs in East Jerusalem Israeli citizenship.

In my view, such articles both define the injustice done to Palestinians deceptively and are meant simply to normalize the idea of Palestinian Jerusalemites becoming Israeli citizens, in the same way I might normalize the poll that American Jews are increasingly losing their connection to Israel by writing about it, especially if I were to headline my article “Breaking Taboo”, as Maayan Lubell does, or make the title echo a classified ad for the lovelorn, or question “Jewish identity” by “layering it with complexity” – i.e., by tying it to Israel.

Lubell’s article (Haaretz, Aug 5, 2015) is titled “Breaking Taboo, East Jerusalem Palestinians Seek Israeli Citizenship: In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 war, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.” It begins with this:

“I declare I will be a loyal citizen of the state of Israel,” reads the oath that must be sworn by all naturalized Israeli citizens. Increasingly, they are words being uttered by Palestinians. In East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed, a move not recognized internationally, issues of Palestinian identity are layered with complexity.

While Israel regards the east of the city as part of Israel, the estimated 300,000 Palestinians that live there do not. They are not Israeli citizens, instead holding Israeli-issued blue IDs that grant them permanent resident status. While they can seek citizenship if they wish, the vast majority reject it, not wanting to renounce their own history or be seen to buy into Israel’s 48-year occupation. And yet over the past decade, an increasing number of East Jerusalem Palestinians have gone through the lengthy process of becoming Israeli citizens, researchers and lawyers say.

So what is the reader to conclude from the “and yet” at the end of the quotation above? One way of looking at it is to see “the increasing number” of Palestinian Jerusalemites seeking Israeli citizenship as finally surrendering to the imperative of power and brutal facts on the ground, impelled by an otherwise unlivable life.

Another is to regard these Palestinians as traitors to the Palestinian cause, normalizing and legitimizing their enemy’s power, as there is often the implication in references to Palestinians seeking Israeli citizenship that Jerusalemites, through their applications for such citizenship, are signaling approval for the Israeli state, when in fact they seem to be doing it for practical reasons- so they can acquire some basic rights that Israel otherwise denies them.

A third is to see it from the point of view of Palestinian cartographer Khalil Tafakji – as yet another defeat for the Palestinian Authority in the context of Oslo’s so-called “peace process”.

Tafakji is quoted in this Haaretz report as saying,

“If this continues, what will the Palestinians negotiate about? They want to negotiate on the land – they have already lost the land. They want to negotiate for the population and the population is being lost.”

In other words the Palestinian view that Tafakji expresses is a lose/lose situation, not the win/win one espoused by another Haaretz article on the subject like the following.

Nir Hasson’s article (Haaretz, June 20, 2017) also has clues as to the function of such articles in the Israeli “liberal” media and co-dependent publications like the New York Times. These are often embedded right in the title or subheading – in this case:

“50 Years After Six-Day War, East Jerusalem’s Palestinians Remain Prisoners in Their City: Study shows how ambivalent Israeli policies and denial of the problem have created a status that doesn’t exist anywhere else on earth: Native-born residents who are not citizens of the state in whose capital they live.”

One glance at the word “capital” in the subheading frames it all for us, hasbara style. What may lull the suspicions of the unwary reader is that the piece does, in fact, highlight the severe problems created for Palestinians by Israeli policies of judaization in the expanded municipality of Jerusalem. But in the end, this kind of article is Israeli “self-criticism” of the worst kind, meant to play games with one’s head.

The subtext you may miss is that, similar to the past and ongoing judaization of Israel proper, the goal behind Israel’s policies in Jerusalem is to create, expand and preserve the Zionist Jewish state.
Hasson describes Israeli policy in 1967 in East Jerusalem, when the population was 60,000, as follows:

The [Israeli] ministers assumed that, as in 1948, when a large number of Arabs likewise didn’t get automatic citizenship, over time the East Jerusalemites would request citizenship – an option granted only to them and not to other West Bank residents – and integrate into Israeli society. The ministers did not take into account the strong ties these Arabs had to the West Bank and Jordan, and the unwillingness of Israeli society to absorb a large Palestinian population …. After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Israel recognized the ties East Jerusalemites had to the West Bank and allowed them to vote for the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah. This made their legal status even more complicated: permanent residents of the State of Israel with Jordanian travel papers and the right to vote in Palestinian Authority elections.

Notice the telling phrase in the above that is the blind spot of Zionism: “The ministers did not take into account the strong ties these Arabs had to the West Bank and Jordan.” It totally disregards the strong ties of Palestinian Arabs to an Arab Jerusalem, to an Arab Palestine, ties Israel has not succeeded in breaking seventy years after its establishment on a territory of Palestine as a settler-colonial Zionist Jewish state against the wishes of its native inhabitants.

Hasson goes on to say:

Another expression of the relatively enlightened policy of the early years was a law, finally passed in 1973, that enabled East Jerusalemites to be compensated for property they abandoned in western Jerusalem during the 1948 War of Independence, similar to the rights of Jews to get back the property they had to abandon in East Jerusalem during that same war. In the end, the compensation offered was paltry and very few Palestinians tried to claim it. But the debates on the law at least demonstrated an effort to right the wrong…. In recent years there has been considerable talk about the “Israelization” of East Jerusalemites, as reflected in the labor market, the desire to study the Israeli curriculum, and the increased number of requests to get full Israeli citizenship.

Again, notice the Israeli-centric formulation and framing. Palestinians are described as having “abandoned” their property in West Jerusalem, when, in fact, they were denied their right of return to their property by Israel.
Palestinians “abandoned” their property; but the reference to Jews is a reference to their “rights.”

Palestinians turned down “compensation” for no other reason than its paltry size, when, in fact, the Palestinian view on this issue is as Canadian professor Michael Lynk describes it in The Right to Compensation in International Law and the Displaced Palestinians”

“Palestinians advance the compensation issue as a right recognized in international law that would obligate Israel to return, or pay for, the refugee properties expropriated or destroyed in 1948 and afterwards. As well, they argue that Israel must pay damages for pain and suffering, and for its use of Palestinian properties over the past five decades

The dominance of Jewish companies in the labor market in East Jerusalem where many Palestinians are employed (See The Palestinian Economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring annexation, isolation and disintegration), the agonizing choice some Palestinians make in accepting a school curriculum for their children that denies Palestinian heritage and identity but allows them to get ahead at Israeli universities, and the application for Israeli citizenship (mostly denied by Israel) of a minority of Palestinians are all deceptively framed as “a desire” for “Izraelization” and a path to “correcting the injustice”.

Quoting Amnon Ramon of the Jerusalem Institute for Israeli [not for Palestinian] Studies, Hasson’s article also details the problems that Israel faces as a result of the “limbo” residency arrangement imposed on Palestinian Arabs by the Israeli Government – a “hollow sovereignty”, contributing to “instability and violent outbursts, as well as the international community’s refusal to recognize Israel’s legitimacy in Jerusalem.”

But ostensibly, the article is concerned with Israel “righting a wrong” by removing the “legal limbo” under which Palestinian Jerusalemites live, claiming that such a path, will not only relieve Israel’s problems, but is also a path to “justice” – justice as defined by Israel, the oppressor, not by the Palestinians themselves, Israel’s victims.

This brings us to the immediate present. On June 25, 2017, the New York Times published a piece by Isabel Kershner titled “50 Years After War, East Jerusalem Palestinians Confront a Life Divided.”

Again, we have to ask: What is Kershner’s point in this one? Is it really a concern for Palestinians whose lives have been “divided” by Israel or is it another deflection from the illegitimate existence of Israel as a Zionist Jewish entity in Palestine?

Even as Israelis mark the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in the June 1967 war, the Palestinians and most of the world consider the eastern half under occupation, and the city remains deeply divided. But after five decades, dealing with Israel has become unavoidable for residents of East Jerusalem.

The deflection in the quotation above is blatant. Dealing with Israel did not “become unavoidable after five decades.” For Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and all other Palestinian Arabs who want to visit or do business there and for Palestinian Arabs denied return to their property there, or those whose property was seized and/or demolished, dealing with Israel became unavoidable the minute Israel occupied and annexed East Jerusalem.

It is true Palestinian culture and day-to-day life has been under severe assault by Israel for a long time – since 1948 to be exact. The 50-year anniversary of Israel’s brutal occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem (see Living Under Israeli Policies of Colonization in Jerusalem) is an occasion to extol and marvel at Palestinian resilience and sumoud (an Arabic word meaning “steadfastness” that has entered the English language, just as the word “intifada” has). It is not an occasion to normalize and indirectly extol “the reunification of Jerusalem,” whose Palestinian Arab population now accounts for 18% of the Palestinian Arab population of Israel.

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Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

Ancient Papyrus linking jews with Jerusalem turns out to be likely a fake

Archaeologists Cast Doubt on Israel’s Papyrus

Papyrus with earliest Hebrew mention of Jerusalem likely fake

Archaeologists are usually wary of any finds not discovered in a supervised dig, though Antiquities Authority insists ancient scroll is authentic.

Netanyahu displays the papyrus: ‘A postcard from the past to UNESCO.’Ilan Assayag

The Host & the Parasite: Zionism in American Politics ~ “The israel-USA Relationship”

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Activists From Women’s Boat to Gaza Being Deported

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Activists who were on board the Women’s Boat to Gaza are now in Tel Aviv’s international airport awaiting deportation, Al Jazeera reported.

According to Al Jazeera correspondent Mina Harballou, who was aboard the Zaytouna heading to break the siege on the Gaza Strip: “When Zaytouna was intercepted from the west of Israel at around 4pm there were two warships one on the right and the other on the left of the boat.”

Continued here

Leigh-Ann Naidoo’s Diary on the Women’s Boat to Gaza: Day 8

It’s just after midnight and I am about to go to sleep because I need to be up for my final 4-8am watch. Today is when we reach the 100 mile mark from Gaza, which means the IDF are likely to be around and possibly intercept us or try and force us to turn around. Most flotillas have been stopped between 70 and 100 miles from Gaza, which is in fact quite far away if you consider that it will take us about 24 hours to sail the last 100 miles at a speed of 5 miles.

Continued here

Report: Israel Seizes Women’s Boat to Gaza

Posted on October 5, 2016

According to Women’s Boat to Gaza website:

At 15:58 (CEST) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in International Waters(latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. On board are 13 women, including Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fauziah Hasan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright. Take action to protect them now.

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Roger Waters Expresses Support for Women’s Boat to Gaza

Musician Roger Waters again shows his humanity. Latest news on the Gaza women’s flotilla is that we are once again down to just one boat. As I reported two days ago, initially there were two boats that were to sail–the Zaytouna-Oliva and the Amal-Hope. The latter had engine trouble shortly after embarking from Barcelona, Spain and had to return to port there. The “Amal-Hope II” joined the “flotilla” (if you can describe one ship as a “flotilla”–which might be stretching it) in Messina, Sicily, but according to a report here, this effort, too, has now fallen through…due to lack of a crew:

“The new boat sailed from Messina to Palermo last week but “the delays meant that the crew we had lined up for the last part of the voyage were no longer available”, a statement on the activists’ website said.

“It was a Herculean task to get Amal-Hope II this far, but we just weren’t able to make it happen in time,” Eva Manly, a retired documentary maker from Canada, who was also due to be on the boat, said.

Report: Israel Issues Order to Intercept All-Woman Gaza-Bound Flotilla

Posted on October 2, 2016

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[ Ed. note – A group of women are presently sailing to Gaza in a two-ship flotilla. The two ships are the Zaytouna-Oliva and the Amal II (the original Amal-Hope ship experienced mechanical problems and was forced to return to Barcelona), the latter having joined the Zaytouna at Messina, on the island of Sicily. Below is an article from the Palestine Information Center, followed by some “ship’s log” type articles posted at the Women’s Boat to Gaza website. The year 2016 marks the 10th year that Gaza has been under Israeli blockade.]

Palestine Information Center

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation navy has received instructions to intercept women’s boat to Gaza and arrest onboard activists, Israeli daily Maariv reported Sunday.

The Israeli naval forces have received orders to intercept al-Zaytouna ship and arrest activists as soon as they reach Gaza shores.

The boat is reportedly to be towed to the Ashdod Harbor wile female activists will be deported to their mother countries after they sign pledges to never return.

Zaytouna ship is expected to reach Gaza shores in the next three days following a stopover in the Greek Island of Crete to fix a sudden breakdown.

Amal and Zaytouna, a flotilla of two boats with all-women crews and passengers, set sail from Barcelona en route to besieged Gaza in another maritime attempt to break Israel’s illegitimate blockade on the Palestinian coastal enclave.

There are 11 women in each boat, including Malin Bjork, the European Parliament member, Mairead Maguire, the Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fouzia Hassan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

The Gaza Strip is a place where around two million Palestinians have been locked up for nearly a decade in what many describe as the “world’s largest open air prison.”


Zaytouna-Oliva Departs for Gaza…

Amal-Hope II to follow soon.

Messina, Italy, September 27, 2016

This morning at 9:50 am, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here.

When asked why they are going, the women gave a variety of responses. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate from Ireland, notes that “theysay that ‘silence is golden’, but regarding the plight of Palestinians in Gaza the silence of the world, especially concerning their little children, shows a lack of moral and ethical leadership from the international community. Why has it lasted so long?”

For two of the women, their countries’ own historical struggles for human rights played an important role in their decision to join the Women’s Boat to Gaza. Leigh-Ann Naidoo, an Olympic volleyball player from South Africa, feels that “South Africans understand the importance of international solidarity in fighting regimes that practice segregation.” Marama Davidson, a Maori Member of Parliament from New Zealand, carries with her a strong personal connection to Palestinian women in Gaza. “As an indigenous woman myself, I want to stand alongside the women of Gaza and to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.”

The Amal-Hope II has been making final preparations to sail and is scheduled to depart from Messina soon. Both boats are expected to arrive in Gaza in early October.

Yudit Ilany, an Israeli participant who has sailed with the Zaytouna-Oliva since Barcelona, said “The blockade of Gaza is a crime against humanity being committed in my name, and it is my duty to protest it in any way possible.”

Update from Zaytouna-Oliva, Day 2

We are in contact with Zaytouna-Oliva and all on board are OK. She is still sailing in the direction of Gaza. Difficult weather conditions last night caused damage to the rigging. We are considering options for repair, but the safety and well-being of all those on board are our priorities.

Our course remains the conscience of humanity.

Update from Zaytouna-Oliva, Day 3 and 4: Morale is Good

The following is a compilation from the Captain, crew and participants on the boat.

Wednesday, September 28

We had heavy showers and several women are seasick. There were not many takers of the cous cous salad we had for lunch.  But our discomfort at sea pales in comparison to the people of Palestine.

Thursday, September 29

Today has been easier and we are enjoying calm conditions. We are sitting together enjoying the noon sunshine. It is nice to see everyone smiling and finding their sealegs. Women are singing “I am sailing to be near to you”.

Update Day 5: Zaytouna-Oliva Receives Repairs and Supplies South of Crete

Mediterranean Sea south of Crete (Greece): During a storm a few nights ago, part of the rigging on the Zaytouna-Oliva was damaged by heavy winds. Although the damage was minor and she continued to make good progress for the last few days under motor towards the Greek island of Crete, she still needed her rigging fixed in order to continue the mission.

This morning our friends from Ship to Gaza Greece sent a repair boat which brought a skilled rigging specialist to repair the damage, as well as bringing more fuel and supplies.

According to Madeleine Habib, skipper of Zaytouna-Oliva: “the professionalism of rigger and team that came on board was great. It really meant so much to us! In addition to fuel and other supplies, the boat brought the women Greek desserts, solidarity and friendship.” Zohar Chamberlain Regev, coordinator of the Women’s Boat to Gaza who worked closely with women from Ship to Gaza Greece to arrange the needed repairs, adds: “This immediate response to our boat’s needs is just another example of how much solidarity there is around the world to help break the blockade of Gaza. While there are no Greek women on the boats, their campaign’s concrete solidarity has helped us on this international mission in a vital way.”

The Zaytouna-Oliva is now continuing on her way to break the illega blockade of Gaza, with many thanks to the solidarity and friendship from Greece! She is  scheduled to reach the shores of Gaza later this week.

Spanish band Aspencat performs September 14 at flotilla send-off in Barcelona…



n 20 minutes, this film debunks many of the Israeli-perpetuated myths — myths that have been conveniently adopted by others — by focusing on facts. 

‘Gaza in Context’ says root of conflict is quest for Palestinian land, without Palestinians

Philip Weiss

This is inspired. Two years after the onslaught on Gaza that killed over 2200 people, a group of activists, academics and artists has produced a new teaching video that aims at shifting the western narrative of the conflict.

Its new 20-minute video is called “Gaza in Context.” Narrated by Noura Erakat, the film points out the roots of the conflict: for 70 years Israel has sought as much Palestinian land with as few Palestinians on it as possible, and the peace process has only served as a cover for this project. Erakat uses simple descriptions to convey the reality, that Israel now seeks to accustom Palestinians to “domination as a way of life– an unfathomable possibility to all humans, whose first instinct is to be free.”

The film avoids the term Zionism entirely, and identifies the root of the conflict as settler colonialism. “This is a human-made disaster,” Erakat explains, and its resolution is a political one that depends on all of us to take action.

The film was written by Erakat and Nour Joudah (the Palestinian-American teacher who was repeatedly denied entry to Israel) and directed by Erakat and Dia’ Azzeh.

Here’s Erakat on the misinterpretation of the 2014 Israeli offensive.

During the devastating offensive, news media repeatedly framed the issue as Israel’s fight against a marauding Muslim mob driven by religious hatred. Gaza seemed to float outside of history. But understanding these systematic offensives means understanding where Gaza fits in the larger question of Palestine.

Israel claims that it’s responding to Hamas rocket fire. But no one’s stopped to ask: If Hamas didn’t launch its first rocket till 2001, nor its first suicide attack until 1994, then what explains an ongoing conflict for nearly seven decades?

The larger issue is Israel’s “abject disregard” for Palestinians. “What explains settler takeovers? Home demolitions? Forced displacement? Disproportionate use of force?” She answers:

The campaign is not aimed at Gaza or Hamas, it’s aimed at Palestine. The aim is to gain the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Palestinian people.

There’s some shocking video I’ve never seen before, at 5:52: settlers taking over a Palestinian house, I believe in East Jerusalem.

Here’s more about the outfit behind the video:

Gaza in Context is an Arab Studies Institute pedagogical project about the Gaza Strip…. The film is available in full 20 minutes as well as in 4, 5-minute parts. Its other components include a teaching guide for instructional purposes, a bibliography for research purposes, and a compendium of Jadaliyya articles featured in what we call a JadMag. All of these elements will be housed on the project’s own website, which is part of a broader research initiative on Gaza led by the Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs. This interdisciplinary pedagogical project aims to resituate the question of Gaza within a larger Israeli settler-colonial framework, and it uses Israel’s most recent military onslaught, Operation Protective Edge, to do so.

The release of this project coincides with the two-year anniversary of the brutal operation and aims to use the war as a teaching moment to counter Israel’s ahistorical claims that saturated the media. Gaza In Context seeks to provide an assertive framework for understanding Israel’s systemic attacks as part of the larger question of Palestine.

You can read expert assessments of the film here, from Richard Falk and Robin D.G. Kelley. Nadia Hijab wisely links the project to the larger burgeoning movement:

It is an excellent entry point for the many thousands who are beginning to support Palestinian rights and an important refresher for others that have been involved in the movement for longer.

Diana Buttu captures its powerful manner:

In 20 minutes, this film debunks many of the Israeli-perpetuated myths — myths that have been conveniently adopted by others — by focusing on facts.

Here is the distinguished scholar Sara Roy‘s comment on the film: 

I did not think it was possible to examine in 20 minutes what Gaza in Context does with such compelling clarity: Israeli policies toward Gaza and Palestine, which are inseparable; the core problems affecting Gaza and the deliberateness of the policies that have led to Gaza’s disablement; Gaza’s centrality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and some common myths surrounding Gaza and the history of the conflict overall, which are straightforwardly debunked.

An immensely valuable teaching tool, the film’s power also lies in its fundamental humanity, a heartfelt entreaty to end the oppression and violence so that all people in this tortured part of the world may aspire to a future in which their children can flourish.

Here is novelist Raja Shehadeh’s comment:

[It] helps explain the consistency in the Israeli policy over the years and throughout Palestine while focusing on its implications and manifestations for Gaza. The film ends with a cri de Coeur to all of us to do what we can to bring an end to what the film convincingly argues is not a natural but a human-  made disaster and save Gaza from continuing to be a zone of death.

Egypt, Sinai Liberation Day: protests for the 2 islands sold to the Saudis, under Zionist permission

Syrian Free Press


According to “The Times of Israel”, the Zionist regime said it appreciate the transfer of the islands to Saudi Arabia. The defense minister of the colonial entity, Moshe Yaalon, reveals emerging coordination and strategic interaction between Jerusalem, Cairo and Riyadh.

File photo of Israel's armed forces chief Moshe Yaalon walking after a visit to the Kissufim crossing in Gaza strip

Israel has received insurance pledges from Saudi Arabia to the fact that the handover by Egypt of two islands in the Red Sea would not affect the passage of its ships.

Cairo announced last week its decision to reassign to Saudi Arabia the two small uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located in the strategic Aqaba Gulf, which control the access to the Israeli port of Eilat through the Strait of Tiran.


The Israelis had occupied the two islands in the ’67 war. They later returned them with the Camp David agreements, but with one condition: that the Egyptians whould not give the islands to other parts, without previous permission by Tel Aviv.


The two Red Sea islands are included in an important part of the agreement signed in 1979, that promises safe passage to commercial and military Israeli ships through the Strait of Tiran, ensuring freedom of navigation for Israel in these crucial areas for the access to the Indian Ocean.

As part of the agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the islands go under Saudi control over 25 years, giving Ryad an active part to ensure that the conditions of the peace treaty with Israel are met.

Sinai Liberation Day

(Excerpts from Ahram) ~ Protests against the recently declared Egyptian-Saudi island agreement took place on Monday before being promptly dispersed by police in Cairo amid heavy security presence, with rallies supporting the deal and celebrating Sinai Liberation Day allowed to take place.

Security forces had tightened their presence in central Cairo ahead of the planned protests, which were set to take place at three separate locations in the capital; the Journalists Syndicate and the Doctors Syndicate in downtown and at Behouth metro station in Giza, all under the slogan “Egypt Not For Sale.”


According to press reports, some of the protesters dispersed by police at the Dokki march have sought refuge at the nearby headquarters of the Nasserist Karama Party, with security forces besieging the building. More than 150 protesters were arrested.

Local media outlets have reported that security forces in Cairo have been randomly stopping people in the streets and checking their mobile phone’s online applications to see whether they were participating in any protests.


The protests came 10 days after several thousand people gathered in Cairo for the ‘Land Friday’ demonstration to protest the maritime border agreement, which places the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir within Saudi territorial waters.


Army forces were deployed on Monday for Sinai Liberation Day celebrations.

Sinai Liberation Day marks the final withdrawal of Israeli forces from Sinai Peninsula as well as the two disputed islands.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi King Salman


Le président égyptien sous le feu des critiques
pour avoir cédé deux îles à l’Arabie saoudite

(RT Francais) ~ Le maréchal Abdel Fattah al-Sissi a signé hier un accord avec ses homologues saoudiens, leur cédant les îles de Tiran et de Sanafir, situées dans une région stratégique à l’extrémité du golfe d’Aqaba, contrôlée depuis 1950 par le Caire.

Ce renoncement de l’Egypte à des îles importantes situées dans une région stratégique à l’extrémité du golfe d’Aqaba, qui donne sur la mer Rouge, a soulevé une vague de critiques dans le pays.

Remises à l’Arabie saoudite en vertu d’un accord de délimitation des frontières maritimes, ces îles représentaient la pomme de discorde entre ces deux pays depuis plusieurs décennies. Les négociations sur la délimitation de la frontière ont duré six ans et onze réunions de la commission ad hoc ont été organisées durant cette période.

Selon les hommes politiques égyptiens, la délimitation précise des frontières permettra aux deux pays de mieux utiliser leurs eaux territoriales. Mais dans la rue, la décision ne passe pas auprès de la population. Le journal égyptien Al-Ahram décrit ainsi une «vague colossale de controverse et de confusion», après que cinq personnes, qui protestaient contre l’accord, ont été arrêtées ce weekend et détenues jusqu’à lundi.

Inhabitées, ces îles sont stratégiquement importantes en raison de leur position sur la route maritime des ports d’Aqaba en Jordanie et d’Eilat en Israël.

Il y a quelques jours, le roi saoudien Salmane ben Abdelaziz Al Saoud avait également annoncé qu’un pont serait construit sur la mer Rouge afin de relier son pays à l’Egypte.


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Political Zionism in the USA, The Host and the Parasite

Political Zionism in the United States of America – Astounding Facts!

Political Zionism Controls the USA Political Zionism Controls the USA

Political Zionism, a secret society advocating terror and crimes against humanity turns into a powerful group controlling nations. The following is not ‘NEWS’, it’s if we can call it ‘Olds’ but better name it: Facts that the majority of people don’t know, don’t want to know, and wouldn’t like it when they get to know.

Alison Weir, the Executive Director – If Americans Knew ( has delivered this speech introducing her new book about Political Zionism and their control of almost every aspect of the United States of America. Its importance is invaluable and might be shocking to most of the readers, if they want to return to the reality and come clean from crimes against other people committed with their money and support. The video is here and its transcript is below:

Well, one of the first things I learned was that when I was born there was no Israel.. So, where did this come from?

Political Zionism: ‘A political movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine.’

What I discovered was that there was a movement that began over a century ago, and began operating in Europe and in the United States. It was and is a political movement that has profoundly and negatively impacted our country, it has tragically impacted the Middle East, and it has dangerously impacted the entire World. And yet most of us, I think, have never heard of it and could certainly not define it, it’s Political Zionism, this was a movement to create a Jewish state in Palestine.

It began in the late 1800s, well let us look at Palestine in the late 1800s. It was what we largely think of now as a somewhat multi-cultural land in that was about 80% Muslim, about 15% Christian and about 5% Jewish, all living together quite successfully. There’re mosques, synagogues, churches throughout Palestine, throughout the Middle East and throughout North Africa. These populations have been living without conflict for centuries.

But with this movement was created largely in Europe then taken up at the same time in the U.S. to create a Jewish state on a land that was already inhabited in which 95% were not Jewish, therefore, this would involve, and this was known by the leadership, even though many followers didn’t know it, this would mean that 95% of those people were going to be dispossessed, by money if possible, by force if necessary.. This was written in Zionist Journals early on.

Now, my book and my talk concentrate on the U.S. aspect of all of this. What surprised me in my research is how early and how active this movement was in the United States.. A movement I’d never heard of, although I was born here and my parents were born here and some ancestors go back to the beginning.

It turns out that this was a very significant movement long before my parents were born. And then by 1910 there were already 20,000 Zionists in the U.S. they included lawyers, professors and businessmen. It was already in 1910 a movement to which congressmen listened.

Louis Brandeis

Then in 1912 we had a very significant development, a prominent lawyer named Louis Brandeis (a close friend to President Woodrow Wilson) became a Zionist. Brandeis didn’t just become a Zionist, within about 2 years he then became the head of World Zionism. This was public, it’s not some secret knowledge, it’s just that most of us don’t know it. And then within a few years he was also a Supreme Court Justice named by Woodrow Wilson.

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Justice Louis Brandeis – Former Head of World Zionism

When you are a Supreme Court Justice you are supposed to resign your various board memberships and affiliations because you’re supposed to not have any conflict of interest but being neutral. So he did resign his leadership of World Zionism but in reality he continued it. He would receive reports in his Supreme Court chambers by his loyal lieutenants and then he would give them directives to go out and to follow and work for Zionism, and this is mentioned in a number of very reliable books. If you get my book you’ll see that my book is over half footnotes, it’s all cited.

By the way, one of his loyal lieutenants also went on to become a very prominent Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter. So I’d read that, that to me was shocking right there, but then I discovered something more, so I’ll give you my citations for this next information so you can evaluate whether you find it reliable or not?

The way I did my research is I would read books then I would look at their footnotes to see where they head for that information, then I would often get those books and read those footnotes and then order those books and read those footnotes and on and on. So one of the books that I read was a really a fairly well known one “Israel In the Mind of America” published by a very mainstream establishment publisher, and the author was a very mainstream author, he had been a diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times, he had been at Harvard, he had written a number of well-regarded very established non-fiction books.

In this book he had a few pages in which he told about a secret Zionist society, that had operated in the United States of which Louis Brandeis while a Supreme Court justice had been a leader. So I looked at where he got that information and I went to that source, it turned out to be from a scholarly journal called ‘The American Jewish Historical Quarterly’, a very respected journal.

So then I looked at the author, well, is this a reliable author? Who wrote this very, to me, explosive information, and turned out to be a well-regarded Israeli historian at a mainstream Israeli university. She had written an article in 1975 called “The Parushim: A Secret Episode in American Zionist History” and she told about what this was: “an elitist secret society, the word meant ‘Pharisees’ and ‘separate’”. They would go around the country and influence people to push the Zionist agenda.

By the way, at this time the Jewish population were not Zionists at all, the large majority were not Zionists, many were opposed to Zionism. This was a very fringe element to a certain regard.

Then in the secret society, they even had a secret induction ceremony. When somebody joins this society, and many, their membership included professors and recent Harvard graduates, doctors, significant people around the country were sometimes members. And in this initiation ceremony they were told by the inductor and they swore to this: “… Until our purpose shall be accomplished, you will be fellow of a brotherhood whose bond you will regard as greater than any other in your life – dearer than that of family, of school, of nation.” ~[Note by The Muslim Brotherhood, a religious-based very similar organization to Zionism created by the British have exactly the same induction process and pledge..!]~

“ early as November 1915, a leader of the Parushim went around suggesting that the British might gain some benefit from a formal declaration in support of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine.”

Balfour Declaration was initiated in the USA!

Those of you who have heard of the Balfour Declaration that came in 1917 might find this relevant, I’ll get into that a little bit more.

Let’s remember what was going on during this time period now in the world, especially that involved Britain. Well, first in 1914 began what was called at that time The Great War, of massive carnage. British forces in the first day of the battle has lost according to historians somewhere around 50,000 to 60,000 men, in 1 day of a battle that went on and on and on.

The British and the Germans, both sides of course, wanted the U.S. to come in on their side, to join this carnage. But the American population was that bad thing they were ‘isolationists’, they didn’t want to go kill and be killed in foreign pointless war. In fact, Woodraw Wilson was elected with the slogan ‘He kept us out of the war’; but of course, as you know, on the fine side he didn’t.

Well, what happened is that the Zionist leaders, some of them in Britain, a man named Chaim Weizmann was quite well known, went to the British government and said: ‘Well, we can help you win this war.’ Now, why would they want to do that?

Because the war wasn’t just against Germany, it was against the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire held Palestine, Palestine was under the Ottoman Empire. So by defeating them the British would come in to control of Palestine.

So, the Zionists went to the British and said: ‘We can help you get the United States into the war. Our Zionist colleagues in the United States, for example, -they said in writing- Louis Brandeis who was close to President Wilson can help to do that.’ In exchange for that, the British did issue a declaration that was quite significant mild as it may sound.

It was really considered a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’, this is written about in a number of books, just most of us don’t know this about our own history.

So the Balfour Declaration was basically a promise that the British would help to facilitate the Zionist objective of creating a Jewish state in Palestine.

After the British, of course, did win then at the Paris Peace talks, the Zionists pushed this wording into the mandate in which Britain took charge of Palestine.

Then jumping ahead to some of the American aspects again, then we find during the 1930s and the 1940s, in Palestine itself, there were some.. the violence increased. Naturally, when there was colonization beginning around the turn of the century to a land with the intention of pushing out the land..

The indigenous population at some point is going to wake up, and there will be violence. That has happened in the early 1920s and again in 1929 there was violence between the 2 populations.

The origin of TERROR in the Middle East:

Then as now, the large number of those killed were the Palestinians. So as the violence increased there were some terrorist organizations created in Palestine by the Zionists, one of them led by, in fact, 2 of them were led by future Israeli prime ministers. And those terrorist organizations in Palestine, the Irgun and the Stern gangs, it turns out had front groups in the United States with duplicitous names, and they were funneling massive amounts of money and weaponry to these terror groups in Palestine.

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Wanted Terrorists – Irgun and Stern Terrorist Organizations

They put on major pageants where Supreme Court justices attended, and thousands of people attended. They were very prominent, one of them was led by a man named Peter Bergson, people thought his real name was Hillel Kook. He was the operative for the Irgun.

I looked into one of the leaders a bit more, just because I need to find out his first name, when you’re writing a book, you can’t just write someone’s last name, you need to know their first name, and I heard about another leader of one of these types of front groups connected to killing in Palestine and his name was Rabbi Korff, but I didn’t know the first name. None of the books that I had, had a few paragraphs of them but none of them gave his first name. So I looked into it on the internet, tried to do various searches, and eventually I came up with a UN report that gave his first name Baruch Korff, and told a little bit about a plot he was part of.

Biting the hands that fed them

Using those search terms I then could put in more information in my search bar and suddenly all these PDFs of American newspapers popped up, all these returns. It turned out that Rabbi Baruch Korff was part of a cell in Paris that was planning to fly an airplane and bomb Britain after the war, Britain that had just defeated Hitler. But they were so angry at the British because the British were not allowing a large enough Jewish immigration into Palestine, so they were going to kill the British.

So, Baruch Korff and his section of the Stern gang had this plan, but there was one problem they didn’t know how to fly an airplane, they weren’t pilots, so they need to find somebody and they recruited a young American aviator named Reginald Gilbert, I discovered. Reginald Gilbert had been an Ace during the war, he was in Paris and they recruited him to fly the airplane for them.

He pretended to go along with the plot but then he went to the American embassy, and the American embassy informed the Paris police and Scotland-yard. So for a week he pretended to go along with this cell, and then when it came time to actually take off to fly the plane to drop these incendiary bombs on the Foreign Ministry they were caught. By the way, the original plan had been to bomb Parliament but then they decided to hit the Foreign Ministry more. And Gilbert at one point had said to them: ‘Well what if I can’t find the Foreign Ministry in the London fog?’ They didn’t have the degree of instrumentation we have today and that was a real possibility, and they said then just drop them anywhere, kill anybody, all British are enemy.

So they were caught, Korff was in prison for a few months in Paris and he eventually got off via very powerful friends in the United States. But I was curious about him, I looked into him some more, you know, this is so astounding to me that none of these, you know, dozens and dozens of books I have none of them had the story in there at all.
And so, in looking at him I discovered that later in life he was a friend of Richard Nixon. In fact, it was reported that he had helped to influence Nixon’s policies on the Middle East. In fact, Nixon sort of in a fond way called him ‘My Rabbi’.


Now the precursor to today’s very powerful Israel lobby was a group called The American Zionist Emergency Council AZEC. This was formed around 1940, and by 1943 had a budget of half a million dollars, at a time when a Nickel bought a loaf of bread.

Within a few years, they have maneuvered their way into access to an even far larger sum in which they had access to $14 Million in 1941, and a $150 Million by 1948, that’s the equivalent in today’s dollars of a Trillion Dollars, to use to manipulate the United States. So they targeted with that money every sector of U.S. society. You know this isn’t ancient history, they had annual reports, they had directives, you know all this was written down on paper.

They targeted Congressmen, Christian clergy, editors, professors, business and labor, Jewish war veterans. They published books all over, they had over 400 local committees, there were massive campaigns throughout the country. They also worked to specially to manufacture Christian support, they secretly funded some Christian groups that would push the same Zionist ideology, they funded books that became huge best sellers; it was an enormously successful campaign throughout the country.

Even though during this time there was a great deal of opposition to Zionism by many different groups, by Christian leaders, by State Dept., Pentagon, intelligence agencies, Jewish anti-Zionists, many people were opposed to it. 2 of the most celebrated Christian pastors opposed it on religious and moral grounds.

The Christian leaders in the Middle East had gone to the Paris peace talks to advocate on behalf of the Arab population that there should be self-determination of people’s there..

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Question: What will happen if the citizens of the United States of America knew the reality of who controls them? Who sends them to pointless wars to further other people’s agendas? Who is sucking them dry to their last tax dollar while spending these monies on killing other people, stealing their lands and riches and enjoying while the citizens of the United States themselves struggle with their own welfare, health and education basics?

Our guess: After they tried white and black presidents, now they’ll go for orange.

Changing skin colors of U.S. presidents will not enhance the way they’re living.. It might also be too late.

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