لا لـ «أسرلة» وعي الأجيال…لا لانتخابات الاستعمار

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عندما يدور الحديث عن السكان الأصليّين – الفلسطينيين في فلسطين التاريخية – يتبادر الى الذهن القومي العربي الحقيقي، المنتصر الى فلسطين جذرياً، أنّ الفلسطينيين المتجذرين في الجليل والمثلث والنقب والساحل، هم جزء هامّ وأصيل من الحركة الوطنية التحررية الفلسطينية، ولا يتردّد في التعامل معهم على هذا الثابت والأساس المقدّس، بينما يسارع القومي العربي المائع، الى اعتبارهم «عرباً فلسطينيين داخل دولة إسرائيل»، مهما لمّعوا بعبارات بلاستيكية للتغطية على الكلمة البلاء «إسرائيل»! ايّ انّ واقع هؤلاء العرب السياسي، يحتم عليهم الانسجام مع هذا التعريف، وهو تعريف الأحزاب العربية المشاركة في انتخابات كنيست الاستعمار «الإسرائيلي»، والتي حوّلت الصراع مع المستعمر، من صراع على الوجود الى صراع من أجل حقوق مدنية بخسة، واستطاعت هذه الأحزاب أن تميّع النضال الوطني، وخفّضت سقفه الى مستوى لا يتناغم مع حجم الواقع والحقيقة الدامغة، أنّ الجليل والساحل وكلّ الداخل أرض محتلة، وليست أرضاً «إسرائيلية» قائمة الى جانب دولة فلسطين في الضفة وغزة! لولا بعض القوى الوطنية الثورية في الداخل التي تجتهد بكلّ إمكانياتها المحدودة، على حماية الوعي الوطني الفردي والجمعي للجماهير، بضرورة عدم الاستسلام لهذا النهج المتأسرل، الممارس من قبل الأحزاب العربية في الوطن المحتلّ، وذلك بالرغم من هجوم الفلسطينيّين المتأسرلين او المعترفين بالكيان، وبالرغم من تقصير وتآمر بعض الإعلام القومي عليها.

والسؤال الملحّ: ما الذي يدعو بعض الأوساط العربية والقومية، الى التصفيق والتسويق للأحزاب العربية الزاحفة واللاهثة الى شرعنة كنيست المحتلّ وشرعنة وجود دولة الاحتلال، واعتبار الجليل والساحل والنقب والمثلث «أراضي إسرائيلية»!؟

كيف يناهضون التطبيع مع المحتلّ بينما يتعاظم دعمهم المبتذل لتلك الأحزاب الزاحفة نحو «الأسرلة»!؟

كيف ينادون بعودة اللاجئين، وهم يعترفون أنّ أرض البروة، الرويس، الدامون، اقرث، برعم، الشجرة، ميعار، كويكات، خبيزة، اللجون، لوبيا، بيسان، الغابسية وأكثر من 450 قرية مهجّرة، تنتظر أهلها، فضلاً عمن هُجّروا من قراهم ومدنهم التي لم تدمّر في الداخل المحتلّ! هي أراض اسرائيلية! هل يجرؤ أيّ عضو كنيست عربي، أن يقول إنّ بيسان أو البروة هما قريتان فلسطينيتان محتلتان!؟ هل يجرؤ أحدهم على القول إن الجليل محتلّ، وإنّ يافا محتلة!

وما أقلّ هيبة الكاذب والمنافق، حين يتفنن بالتقاط مكبّرات الصوت، ليخطب في الناس عن مفهوم الوطنية، ويبيعهم أوهاماً، أو حين يملأ الشاشات تكاذباً وتحايلاً وميوعة وتهريجاً!

هذا التكاذب والتناقض بين خطابهم المعلن، وبرامجهم السياسية الفعلية، يتطلب وقفة جادة وحازمة، للجم ترسيخ سياستهم ونهجهم «المتأسرل»!

صاحب الأرض الفلسطيني في أراضي الـ 48، ليس مضطراً لأن يعترف بالمستعمر الإسرائيلي، ويشرعن احتلاله لأرضه، كي يحصل على «حقوق» مدنية بخسة!

فالاستعمار على طول مرّ التاريخ، كان ملزماً بتوفير احتياجات الشعوب المحتلة، من طبابة وتعليم وخدمات حياتية ضرورية، وتوفيرها حق وليس منّة من المستعمر أو إنجازاً من معترف به! بل أظهر التاريخ انّ كلّ من يتعاون مع المستعمر ويعترف باغتصابه لأرضه هو خائن!

انظروا الى أين أوصلنا العبث والفوضى الداعمة للمعترفين! يقسمون الولاء لدولة الاحتلال ويجالسون ويصافحون زعماء وجنرالات المحتلّ، ويزاملونهم في وكر «الشرعية الإسرائيلية»، ثم يُنظر اليهم كثوريين!

عندما زار أفيغدور ليبرمان الولايات المتحدة، قبل نحو عشرة أعوام، سألته صحافية أميركية السؤال التالي:

أنت متهم بأنك تمارس سياسة التمييز العنصري، ضدّ «الأقلية العربية في إسرائيل»، فأجابها مع ضحكته المبتذلة: «أدعوك لزيارة الكنيست ذات مرة، لتشاهدي جلسة لها، ستلاحظين بنفسك، أنّ الصوت العربي فيه، أعلى من الصوت اليهودي»، وأنا شخصياً تعرّضت لهجوم عنيف من قبلهم داخل الكنيست وخارجه»!

هذه هي بالضبط، وظيفة أعضاء الكنيست العرب، تجميل الوجه العنصريّ القميء لدولة الاحتلال، وإظهار الكنيست خاصتها «كبرلمان ديمقراطي غير عنصري»! والاحتلال لا يستطيع أن يقدّم الكنيست للعالم، بدون تمثيل لـ «الأقلية العربية» في الوطن المحتلّ، ذلك انّ العالم، يعلم انّ فيه نسبة من السكان الأصليين، تقدّر بمليون ونصف المليون فلسطيني!

وقد أظهرت السنوات الأخيرة، بشكل لا لبس فيه، انّ الحراك الشعبي في الوطن المحتلّ، كان له الفضل الأول والأكبر، بتحصيل الحقوق والمطالب – على سبيل المثال وليس الحصر – تجميد مشروع برافر، وإسقاط مشروع البوابات الالكترونية في المسجد الأقصى، ومواجهة مشاريع هدم المنازل العربية، التي لم تتمكّن صيحات وزعقات الأعضاء العرب في الكنيست من منع هدم بيت عربيّ واحد، والتصدّي الوحيد الفعّال هو الشارع والنضال الميداني.

إنّ مشروع «أسرلة» الجماهير العربية، وإخضاعها لسياسة ونهج «الأمر الواقع»، والعمل على تخفيض السقف النضالي لها، وحصره في عمل ميداني «قانوني مرخّص» من أجل حقوق مدنية، وزعيق في أروقة الكنيست الصهيوني، يتطلب تضافراً لجهود الحركة الوطنية الثورية في الداخل المحتلّ، لا سيما أنها تفتقر لكلّ أشكال الدعم، وعلى رأسها، الدعم الإعلامي، من أجل رفع منسوب الوعي الوطني، والعمل على انخراط السكان الفلسطينيين الأصليين، في عمل نضالي ثوري شامل، يتناسب مع كارثة استعمار الأرض والهوية! أما المدعومون «إسرائيلياً وخليجياً وأوسلوياً و»أنجزياً» (من ngo) وإعلامياً، فقد تمكّنوا من عرقلة المشروع الثوري التحرّري في الداخل المحتلّ.

إنّ أكثر ما تحتاجه الحركة الوطنية في الوطن المحتلّ عام 48، هو المساندة الفكرية والمعنوية والإعلامية، من قبل محيط فلسطين وكلّ الوطن العربي.

بات لزاماً على كلّ القوى القومية والثورية، التعامل مع الداخل المحتلّ، كجزء هامّ انْ لم يكن الجزء الأهمّ من فلسطين المحتلة، قولاً وفعلاً، وألا تجد جهة ما، ايّ مبرّر لدعمها لأيّ طرف في الداخل المحتلّ، يهرّج ويستخفّ بعقول الأجيال الناشئة، ويبيع الأجيال ديباجات من التكاذب والخداع في موسم انتخابات المستعمر، ولا يعتبر أراضي 48 انها أرض محتلة، ويكتفي بفلسطنة أراضي 67! وألا يتركوا هذا الجزء، تحت لواء مشروع «الأسرلة» وأربابه، الذي ابتدأ بالاستسلام لاحتلال واغتصاب الأرض، وصار التصويت للكنيست «الإسرائيلي» ومنحه الشرعية، عملاً وطنياً وثورياً!

الطريق صعب، لكن يبقى الإيمان بانتصار هذا الدرب.. أقوى من كلّ الصعاب.

تحيا فلسطين حرة، من المي للمي…

Benny Gantz Admits He Has Failed to Form an ’Israeli’ Coalition Hours before Deadline

Benny Gantz Admits He Has Failed to Form an ’Israeli’ Coalition Hours before Deadline

By Staff

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz admitted Wednesday he was unable to establish an ‘Israeli’ governing coalition, hours before his midnight deadline for negotiations.

Returning the mandate to form a coalition to so-called president of the Zionist entity Reuven Rivlin, Gantz has effectively plunged the ‘Israeli’ regime’s political sphere into even greater uncertainty, raising the stakes for a third election cycle within a year.

After two failed rounds of unity talks, the first led by Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after the September 17 election and the second by Gantz, any Knesset member with the backing of at least 61 lawmakers would be tasked with forming a coalition. Lawmakers have 21 days to nominate a candidate.

This is the first time in the history of the occupation entity that two candidates fail to form a coalition.

Earlier on Wednesday, former war minister and chief of Yisrael Beitenu party Avigdor Lieberman, said he would not support any kind of minority government, either one backed by the Arab parties or a narrow one with the 55-seat right-wing bloc backing Netanyahu.

Lieberman blamed both Netanyahu and Gantz for the political deadlock, saying both men refused to budge from their positions for personal reasons.

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Nasrallah: The US Created ISIS

Posted on July 12, 2017

“The victory in Mosul is major. It’s as clear as the sun that the Obama administration established ISIS, and there is proof of this within the American government.”

–Hasan Nasrallah

The above quote from Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is taken from an Israeli website here. The report concerns a speech Nasrallah gave on Tuesday in which he praised Iraqi forces for their liberation of the city of Mosul. You can read more about the speech at Al Manar and at Press TV (h/t summitflyer).

I suspect we are going to see a new war between Israel and Hezbollah break out probably in the not-too-far-distant future. Perhaps worth keeping in mind is that Megiddo, the site in Israel traditionally thought of as where the Battle of Armageddon will be fought, is no more than 35 miles from the Lebanese border.

Over the past three days Israeli media have been full of stories about underground “missile factories,” supposedly built in Lebanon by Iranians, where Hezbollah members are now manufacturing missiles to fire upon Israel. The US media, preoccupied with the “Russiagate” story, have had little to say about it so far, although a couple of commentaries have been published, one in the Washington Times and the other in US News and World Report, and I suspect CNN, the New York Times and the rest of the herd will jump on the story before too long.

The commentary in the Washington Times, written by one Clifford D. May, includes a bellicose quote from Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman:

“We are fully aware” of the factories, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told military correspondents in a briefing in Tel Aviv on Sunday. “We know what needs to be done . We won’t ignore the establishment of Iranian weapons factories in Lebanon.”

The gist of the reporting on the story is that at least two factories–both built deep underground–have been set up, and that both are now actively producing weapons with which to attack poor, little Israel. Whether there is any validity to the reports at all is impossible to say, but clearly the groundwork is being laid to establish a pretext for an Israeli attack upon Lebanon. This of course comes after repeated Israeli attacks upon Syria, but of course all that will be forgotten. Forgotten also will be Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine.

Of course, one thing we should try very hard not to forget is that, just as Bashar Assad’s government has protected Christians in Syria, so too has Hezbollah protected Christians in Lebanon. Here is a picture of the St. Joseph Maronite Church–located right in the heart of Haret Hreik, the Hezbollah neighborhood of southern Beirut:

I visited Beirut in 2014 and saw the church with my own eyes–in fact passed right down the alleyway you see in the picture that runs alongside of it. You don’t have to be a Shiite Muslim to live in Hezbollah-controlled areas of Lebanon; people are free to worship as they see fit.

One thing I’ve noticed about the Zionist media’s reporting on Hezbollah is that they always try to blur the line between Hezbollah and ISIS–as if deliberately trying to instill the impression that both are “terrorist” organizations and that both follow the same ideology. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Suffice to say, Russiagate isn’t the only media deception game going on.

Palestinian Intifada Welcomes Lieberman: Heroic Palestinian Op in Tel Aviv: 4 ’Israelis’ Dead, Dozens Injured


In a new heroic operation, Palestinian Resistance men managed to penetrate to near the apartheid entity’s War Ministry and shoot 4 settlers dead in Tel Aviv.

Heroic Palestinian Op in Tel Aviv: 4 ’Israelis’ Dead, Dozens Injured

According to the information, four “Israelis” have been killed and 16 have been wounded in an operation in one of Tel Aviv’s most secure streets.

“Israeli” police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the shooters, whose names have yet to be confirmed, were two Palestinians from the same family from the town of Yatta, south of the city al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.

According to Haaretz, two armed men “disguised as Orthodox Jews” opened fire near the Benedict restaurant and then at the nearby Haarbaa Street.

It further mentioned that “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who returned on Wednesday from Moscow, convened a security briefing in Tel Aviv, and announced a meeting scheduled for Thursday, which will be attended by War Minister Avigdor Lieberman, “Shin Bet” chief Yoram Cohen, and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich.

This comes as “Israel” said Thursday it had suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

“All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits to “Israel”, are frozen,” said a statement from COGAT, the unit which manages civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank.

It said that 83,000 Palestinians would be affected, adding that hundreds of residents of the Gaza Strip who had received permits to visit relatives and holy sites during Ramadan would also have access frozen.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

09-06-2016 | 10:12

 
 Listen to Zionist Media of Egypt: The Attack threatens Sisi “Peace” Initiative
and Fath/Hamas reconciliation

Two Palestinians killed 4 Israelis and injured six others in a shooting near Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv.

The two Palestinians opened fire at a popular open-air shopping and restaurant area in two locations in Sarona Market, close to defense ministry and main army HQ.Tel Aviv shooting

Occupation police said the gunmen were from Yatta, a Palestinian village near the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron). Both are in custody. One is undergoing surgery in hospital, occupation police added.

The attacks happened at around 21:30 (18:30 GMT) as Israelis were relaxing in the market’s restaurants and bars.

Video footage showed crowds running from the scene and ambulances arriving. Pictures showed upturned tables and chairs at one restaurant.

Ichilov hospital said four wounded Israelis brought there had died and at least four others were in a critical condition.

Strict Measures

Following the attack, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, cancelled the easing of some security restrictions that were in place for the holy month of Ramadan.

After an evaluation held by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and IOF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Mordechai ordered the freezing of 204 entrance permits for relatives of the attackers.

Additionally, 83,000 permits for Palestinians in the West Bank to visit family members in Gaza have been revoked, and all easing of security measures for Gaza Strip residents during Ramadan, particularly access to al-Aqsa Mosque prayers, have been cancelled.

Source: Agencies

09-06-2016 – 09:35 Last updated 09-06-2016 – 09:35

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Netanyahu’s Letters…in Accepting Lieberman


Jihad Haidar

The “Israeli” internal arena has witnessed dramatic developments that have led to the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, being introduced into the government, tasking him with managing the military portfolio (Ministry of War).

Netanyahu’s Letters...in Accepting Lieberman

Meanwhile the head of the Zionist camp and the Labour Party, Yitzhak Herzog, was kept out. These developments prompted the War Minister Moshe Ya’alon to resign from the government and the Knesset. During a press conference he [Ya’alon] expressed his hope of coming back later to compete for the leadership of the country.


Why did Netanyahu decide to expand the government at this stage?


Netanyahu’s determination to expand the government goes back to last year’s elections when the government was formed based on a fragile majority (61 MKs out of 120). This fact has caused many tremors in the government, making it susceptible to blackmail. In order to change this reality and fortify the government from collapsing, Netanyahu had no choice but to include Lieberman and his party, or Herzog and his party; preventing the rest of the Jewish parties from entering the Knesset.

How and why did Netanyahu change from including the “Zionist camp” to including “Yisrael Beiteinu”?


When Herzog’s inclusion in the government seemed imminent, the far right and Lieberman sensed the danger that would keep the latter in the opposition isolated and weak. Lieberman backed down from his unrealistic conditions, which were related to the participation of the Haredi parties and agreements with them. He demanded instead the defense portfolio along with other conditions. Thus, Netanyahu could no longer ignore the offer, because he was taking Lieberman’s unrealistic conditions as an excuse to justify his orientation towards the Zionist camp (center-left). But that was no longer the case. In addition, including Lieberman allowed Netanyahu to preside over a purely right-wing government, where he plays a moderate role and a brake for the extreme right.


However, Netanyahu’s interest in joining the Zionist camp is also to provide a broader base for the government, which allows him to balance between the extremists and the “moderates.”


In any case, it seems that Netanyahu’s goal behind his move is to ensure two additional years for his government. Given a normal course of developments in the “Israeli” internal political scene, it would appear that there would be no serious threat to his government before the year 2018. Netanyahu is aware that any competition for the presidency of the government is solely and only derived from within the right-wing camp, especially after the decline in the Labor Party in the face of a stronger Likud. In this case, Netanyahu is betting on the possibility of being able to tame Lieberman with the latter being less harmful in the government than outside it.


The Letter including Lieberman into the government

Although the steps have so far not been formally completed, it seems clear that Netanyahu wanted to send a series of messages in multiple directions: 

– To the right wing public: Netanyahu has once again stressed to this audience that his orientations are in line with theirs. In addition, for Netanyahu, this audience is the most realistic, especially in that it tops the political and security decision-making institution. Through this step, Netanyahu gains the right-wing arena, where the competition is based on who shows more extremism and radicalism.

– To the army command: Netanyahu deliberately took two steps at the same time, the first is positive and the second is negative. The first is that he removed Moshe Yaalon from the post of War Minister. The second is that he imposed a political figure that has no experience in military and security issues and is famous for ideological extremism and free from the restraints of the regional power equations to lead the army.

As for the negative dimension, Netanyahu achieved a milestone represented in breaking up the coalition that appeared to have been formed in recent times between Ya’alon and the Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot and his deputy Yair Golan. This was reflected in Ya’alon’s covering up for any officer that declared opinions contrary to the orientations of the political leadership; an issue that exacerbated tensions between him and Netanyahu. This as Lieberman, who was keen on taking the right-wing audience into account, increased his criticism of the military leadership’s performance in recent weeks and months.

As for the settlement letters, Netanyahu delivered a blow to the Arab “moderates” (more correctly those who have surrendered) when he expressed his preference of Lieberman over Herzog. Herzog’s entry into the government under the pretext that this was the way to move the peace process with the Palestinian Authority forward, played into the demands of Arab regimes, which were looking for a political opportunity to justify their movement towards public closeness with “Israel”.


To sum up, Netanyahu once again confirms his attachment to his right-wing ideological choice, which is designed to essentially impose more [illegal] settlements on the West Bank and retain the current political statuesque preventing – at the very least – the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Ya’alon’s temporary resignation from political life came as a reaction to the humiliation he suffered when Netanyahu decided to replace him with Lieberman. Knowing that, the incident followed rising differences between him and Netanyahu. But Ya’alon declared his clear desire to return to political life as a contender to the post of prime minister, and he expressed his dissatisfaction with the political situation, saying that the state and the Likud Party had been taken over by extremist groups.

Source: al-Ahed News, Translated and edited by website team

24-05-2016 | 12:53

Being A Goy In The Jewish State

May 22, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

Haaretz reported today that “Israeli Death Penalty for Terrorists Won’t Apply to Jews.”

The death penalty for murder in a ‘terror act’ that incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman seeks will only apply to military courts, said a Likud source involved in the talks to bring Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party into the governing coalition.

Such a move, which Lieberman demands if his party is to join the government, would effectively exclude its application against Jews. Palestinians accused of terror offenses are prosecuted in Israeli military courts, while Jews charged with similar crimes against Palestinians are usually tried in Israeli civilian courts, noted the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The meaning of it is simple. Though Jews are not a race, Jewish politics  (left, right and centre) is always racist to the core.  

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Gideon Levy on Israel’s Support for a ‘Vile Murderer’

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[Ed. note – the photo above was taken at an Israeli protest in support of Elior Azaria, the Israeli soldier who murdered Abdul Fattah Sharif with a gunshot to the head. Sharif was killed execution-style on March 24. The demonstration in his support took place on Tuesday, March 29, outside a military court near Ashdod where Azaria’s hearing was being held. Notice the black banner held aloft and its similarity to an ISIS flag. In the article below, Gideon Levy offers a sober assessment of the sort of deviance Israeli society has descended into. Levy describes it as “bloodlust,” which he says has gone beyond mere racism. We essentially have a society that has become united around two things: the concept of its “chosenness,” along with an “uninhibited” lust for the blood of its enemies. ]

Racism and Thirst for Blood

By Gideon Levy

The rabble demonstrating and writing in support of the soldier-executioner in Hebron sees him as a hero. Not just a victim, like the convicted murderer Roman Zadorov, for example, but a hero. E.A. — his full name remains under a gag order — is a folk hero because he murdered a dying Palestinian. Because, not despite.

This must be stated clearly. Perhaps for the first time in the history of the state, an abhorrent murder whose only obvious justification seems to be a hatred of Arabs and contempt for their lives, has become a heroic act. A murder that required no courage, a cowardly act of the highest order, has become heroic in the eyes of the masses, simply because it ended with a dead Palestinian bleeding on the road to the sound of their rejoicing.

Never have so many cheered such a vile murderer. In the history of the Israel Defense Forces there have been quite a few obscene acts disguised as heroism — the reprisal raids of the 1950s, the Gaza Strip activities of the Sayeret Rimon special operations unit, operations Cast Lead Protective Edge — but never was an obscure murderer lauded as a hero. Shimon Bar Kochba, Meir Har-Zion, Yoni Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and … E.A. Who can retell the mighty feats of Israel?

Israeli racism has reached a new peak. The murder in Tel Rumeida and the ensuing response are no less than seminal events. Israeli racism had previously been based on the arrogance of the Chosen People, to which everything is permitted, which is the very best and knows better than anyone else; on manipulating the perception of endless victimhood and persecution; on demonizing the Arabs, who only want to destroy us; on dehumanizing them, as if their lives are worth nothing; on incitement, denial, repression and lies and on Israel’s formidable military might. On these foundations we built a racist society, probably the most racist in the world today.

Now all this has been taken up a notch, or perhaps down. To all the above we can now openly add bloodlust — unadulterated, uninhibited and undisguised.

This combination of racism and thirst for blood is not only repulsive, it’s also volatile and dangerous. There is racism in many societies, generally hidden and marginal. In Israel it has become standard, perhaps the height of contemporary political correctness, and fighting it is seen as treason.

Moreover, it’s doubtful there’s another Western society whose racism is accompanied by such bloodlust. Whites hate blacks in the United States and South Africa, Europeans hate refugees, Christians hate Muslims, but not with such bloodlust and murderousness. The cry “Death to the Arabs” has taken on shocking practical significance. E.A. is its executor. That’s why he’s being applauded.

These are deep currents that are difficult to stop. They have settled deep in people’s hearts, the result of decades of incitement and brainwashing. Neither a severe punishment for E.A., which he deserves, nor the chief of staff’s letter to soldiers reminding them of the army’s ethics can suffice.

Few have dared to confront these currents; most of our systems support or have capitulated to them. It’s enough to see the military prosecution grovel before the mobs outside, dropping the allegations from murder to negligent homicide, and even that is in doubt. The media outlets, which know what their audiences want, have of course joined in spreading the incitement. It sells well. Suddenly what happened is “unclear,” “not definitive.” The video incriminates as much as a thousand witnesses and myriads of evidence, and the picture is still “unclear.” What’s not clear?

And the politicians, who as usual support the masses, are either silent or paralyzed with fear. The thuggish Avigdor Lieberman, with Sharon Gal tagging along, and the mobs at the military court in Kastina are the most Israeli things there are now. There’s nothing to stop them. It’s doubtful if it even pays to try.

But they won’t stop at Kastina. After the Arabs will come the leftists, the journalists, the judges and who knows who else. Prepare for the next Israeli hero; he’s already polishing his gun.

Pirouette: The Bear and the Star of David

Posted on by Richard Edmondson

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By Richard Edmondson

We have heard very little coming from Russia, certainly of late at any rate, concerning Israel—in terms of either its occupation of Palestinian land or its illegal settlement expansions. Correspondingly, Israel seems to be returning the favor by saying nothing about Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

In fact, a strange sort of pirouette seems to be in progress between the two countries.

Commentators at RT have mercilessly skewered the hypocrisy in US foreign policy (not a terribly difficult thing to accomplish these days), while also critiquing the role supposedly played by “corporate America” in manufacturing the crisis in Ukraine, but in both cases the writers carefully omit any mention of the enormous influence exerted by the Israeli lobby in determining US foreign policy.

Meanwhile, on April 14 Haaretz published a report describing the White House as “incensed” over Israel’s failure to publicly express support for NATO objectives in Ukraine.

On March 27, the UN General Assembly discussed the issue of Ukraine, with all the EU member states lining up obediently behind the US position. I commented on the debate at the time, noting that the anti-Russian resolution that was adopted—upholding the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine—passed by a vote of 100 in favor, 11 against, with 58 abstentions. I also noted that 24 nations failed to even show up for the vote that day, and that one of these no-shows, rather conspicuously, was Israel.

It seems that the Obama administration became terribly bent out of shape over the failure of its erstwhile ally to stand at her benefactor’s side and provide support in a crucial vote at the UN:

Haaretz reported on Sunday that Washington is incensed that Jerusalem has not come out openly against Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula. A senior U.S. official said one of the reasons for the White House’s anger was Israel’s absence two weeks ago at a UN General Assembly vote to condemn the Russian invasion and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

You can kind of see why the White House might become indignant. For more years than some people can even count, the US has been running interference for Israel at the UN, vetoing measures critical of the Jewish state, and in all that time, US officials have consistently spoken of the “special relationship” and gushed out their undying devotion to the apartheid state. Certainly the US State Department had every reason to be confident the favor would be returned. Ah, but suddenly, with the US in a tense, face-to-face confrontation with Russia, America’s bosom buddy heads for the back door and bails.

According to Haaretz:

The talks over the past two weeks, in which Israel explained its position on Ukraine and why it was absent from the vote, have been taking place both at the working diplomatic level on both sides, but also at a more senior rank. The Israeli official said that while both the U.S. State Department and Congress have shown understanding for Israel’s position, the White House remained unconvinced by the explanations.

American dissatisfaction with Israel’s policy came up in a meeting last week in Washington between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Leiberman explained that Israel had not attended the UN vote because of the Foreign Ministry employees’ strike. He said that during the last strike, three years ago, then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev had to call off a planned visit to Israel at the last minute, and the Russians had understood and not been angry. Rice listened to Lieberman, but stressed that the administration was disappointed in Israel’s conduct.

That last sentence—having Rice “listening” to Lieberman and expressing the US government’s “disappointment”—is probably putting it mildly. I’m guessing there was quite a bit of anger in the room at the time.

The story goes on to report that Lieberman and other Israeli officials have pointed out that even if their UN ambassador had shown up that day, his support would have been “only symbolic” insofar as it would not have changed the outcome of the vote. On the other hand, had Israel been there and supported the US measure “it could have meant real damage to Israel’s ties with Russia.”

One official from the Defense Ministry reportedly went on Israel Army Radio this past Sunday morning and averred that “Israel looks at the conflict in Ukraine and focuses on our present and our future…the United States is involved as it is involved, but we don’t have to define our interest as identical to the interest of another entity, even the United States.”

Gee, and all this time US leaders like Joe Biden have been saying “there is no space between the US and Israel,” and telling us that our own national interests and Israel’s interests are identical.

“We are close to the chemical weapons in Syria and the Iranian nuclear program, over which Russia has a decisive influence, and so a clash with Moscow could hurt our security,” the Israelis reportedly told their American counterparts in an effort to justify their absence on the day of the vote.

But I’m guessing that’s just a bit of chicanery. Syria’s chemical weapons are being shipped out of the country as we speak, while Iran would have no wish to start a nuclear war with Israel, even if it had an atomic bomb now or were to make one in the future.

On the other hand, the US is currently led by a hopeless gang of hypocrites and fools who clearly are charting their country on a course for disaster. Certainly the leaders of Israel realize this. Russia is about to sign a major gas deal with China, and the latter is set to become the number one economy in the world at some point over the next few years. BRICS countries are reportedly already setting up their own equivalent to the IMF.

Israel is planning ahead, or as the Defense ministry official put it, focusing “on our present and our future.” When the US empire collapses, the “special relationship,” you can be sure, will finally come to an end. The whore is simply anticipating the prospect, batting her eyelashes in a different direction.

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