Another settlement scandal is emerging today in Israel, as bulldozers are moving against Palestinian-owned territory in the occupied West Bank, clearing it and setting up “temporary housing” in anticipation of yet more settlement expansions. It isn’t just that the Israeli government is taking yet more land away from its private owners for the illegal settlements, but the methods which are raising eyebrows, as Israeli NGO Peace Now and local Palestinian officials both detailed.
Atzmon and O'keefe scrutinize the role of language in political discussion and Palestine solidarity discourse in particular. In this segment they examine Zionism, Israel, Jewish tribalism and the usage of the 'J word'.
For over a century, the Jewish World Almanac has been widely regarded as the most authentic source for the world's Jewish population numbers. Academics all over the world, including the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica, used to rely on the accuracy of those numbers. Here is what the World Alamanacs of 1933 and 1948 had to say about the world population of Jews. [A]ccording to the World Almanac the world population of Jews increased (!) between 1933 and 1948 from 15,315,000 to 15,753,000. If the German government under Adolf Hitler had - as alleged - murdered six million Jews those losses should have been reflected in the Jewish population numbers quoted in the World Almanac.
Over the last three years Cafe Palestine Freiburg has been harassed by both major and minor institutions in the City of Freiburg. We took the mayor and also the University of Freiburg, influenced by Holocaust scholar Dr. Schwendemann, to court and won both cases and we also easily survived Henryk M. Broder (infamous German Hasbara-Islamophobe), German Israeli Society and Antideutsche’s attempts to destroy the Cafe’s reputation. But apparently, Zionists and supporters of Israel, still determined to stop us, are now reverting to terror. Yesterday, we hosted Israeli filmmaker Yotam Feldman and his latest documentary " The Lab" – a film that discloses the Israeli military industry and presents Israel, its weapon dealers and death merchants in a very dark light. However, as soon as the screening commenced, we learned that alarm clocks had been planted in the hall, set to go off during the screening in order to evoke panic. Despite this shocking attempt at disruption we decided to continue with the screening. However, once the Q&A session with filmmaker Yotam Feldman was over we found a threatening note attached to one clock: Antisemitismus bleibt nicht ungestört (Anti-semitism will not go unchallenged). This incident has, of course, been reported to the Freiburg police and today it will be decided whether it will be forwarded to a government agency, passed onto the prosecuting authorities or buried in a filing cabinet. But whatever the outcome, it seems that in the light of the current growing affinity between the United Nations and Iran and the downfall of Israeli Hasbara, we are already encountering a new and vile wave of Zionist intimidation.
In case you missed this absurd joke, the latest from yarmulke-wearing Rand Paul. On November 12, 2013 Rand Addressed Cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C and gave these incredible comments:
Amidst the chaos of the Middle East we have always had one friend that never leaves our side-Israel. As an ally, Israel has never wavered. One thing you can know for sure is you will never see an Israeli burning the American flag. America has never backed down from a fight-but we should never be a nation that is eager to get involved in nations' conflicts that work against our own national security. President Eisenhower said: "I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?" Is our current foreign policy good for America? Is our involvement in Egypt, Syria and Pakistan to our benefit-or our detriment?"
Randy also babbled about "When we finally caught Osama Bin Laden, it was in Pakistan..." The same day Rand gave the speech, Robert Wenzel of EconomicPolicyJournal.com reported that Rand "goes on an insane pro-Israel, militaristic tweeting binge." Last summer, Rand admitted that he visits with Israeli groups daily. As for the claims about 'never burning the American flag,' I guess Rand has never heard of the USS Liberty.
Israeli authorities have given the go-ahead for the construction of 829 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Monday. ● The new homes are to be built north of Jerusalem, in the settlements of Givat Zeev, Nofei Prat, Shilo, Givat Salit and Nokdim, Amihai said. The latest move comes two weeks after Israel announced its largest plan for settler homes ever, saying some 20,000 would be built in the West Bank. Netanyahu cancelled the order after pressure from the United States, which brought the two sides to the table in July, and as he sought to dissuade Washington from striking a nuclear deal with Iran.
● Robert Lenzner, the writer of the following really gives credence to accusations that most corporate media journalists are little better than intellectual whores. Not once in his article on Israel’s Economy and Commerce Minister, Naftali Bennett, does he seriously question his claim that Iran is only “6 weeks” away from producing a nuclear bomb.
● What’s more, Lenzner fails to mention that this “new rock star politician” is riding the crest of a wave of popularity in the Zionist state. Making him earlier this year “the second most powerful man” in Israel.
● Worse still, Lenzner fails to put his claim into perspective. For allegations that Iran is close to producing a nuclear bomb have been a stock in trade among Israeli politicians for decades now. As far back as 1992 Netanyahu was saying as much. While in 1995 the New York Times reported that “senior American and Israeli officials” claimed that Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb in “five years“.
● The following year Shimon Peres was saying much the same thing with a similar timeline. Yet as we know now Iran still hasn’t developed a nuclear weapon.
The Israeli regime has carried out several airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, but there have been no immediate reports of casualties. ● According to Palestinian sources, Israeli warplanes launched at least seven airstrikes in the north and south of the coastal enclave on Tuesday. They were the second such attacks in recent weeks. A spokesman for the Israeli army [falsely] claimed that the airstrikes were conducted in retaliation for one rocket that had been fired from Gaza into the occupied Palestinian territories earlier in the day. Last week, the Tel Aviv regime carried out two airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military frequently bombs the besieged Gaza Strip, claiming the attacks are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured. The 1.7 million Palestinians of the Gaza Strip are living in what is called the world's largest open-air prison as Israel retains full control of the airspace, territorial waters, and border crossings of the territory. Gaza has been blockaded by the Israeli regime since June 2007, a situation which has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
Just weeks after the arrest of alleged Jewish terrorist, Yaakov Teitel, a West Bank rabbi on Monday released a book giving Jews permission to kill Gentiles who threaten Israel. ● Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement, wrote in his book "The King's Torah" that even babies and children can be killed if they pose a threat to the nation. Shapiro based the majority of his teachings on passages quoted from the Bible, to which he adds his opinions and beliefs. "It is permissable to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," he wrote, adding: "If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder." Several prominent rabbis, including Rabbi Yithak Ginzburg and Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, have recommended the book to their students and followers.
Palestine News Network (PNN) reported on Thursday that the incident took place when a group of settlers attacked the house of the Palestinian villagers, breaking its windows and setting it on fire. ● The settlers also wrote racist words on the walls. The report added that three other adults suffered injuries in the brutal incident. Such attacks are common across the occupied West Bank as Israeli settlers have on numerous occasions desecrated mosques and vandalized Palestinian cemeteries. Israeli troops usually refuse to intervene to prevent such acts of aggression.
The Israeli regime plans to build some 20,000 more illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank. ● On Tuesday, Tel Aviv issued tenders for the construction of new settler units in the occupied West Bank despite widespread international criticism of settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories. According to reports, 1,200 new settler units will be built in the so-called E1 area which links al-Quds (Jerusalem) to the city of Ma'ale Adumim in the occupied West Bank. The rest of the new settler units are set to be constructed in several other areas, including the Binyamin Regional Council and Gush Etzion. Elsewhere, Tel Aviv has authorized the construction of two new illegal settlements in the Negev Desert.
A Swiss forensic team has published findings strongly indicating that Yasser Arafat, the former President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), was poisoned with the radioactive isotope polonium-210. ● Arafat died in a French military hospital in November 2004 after falling ill following a meal at his headquarters in Ramallah, in the West Bank. According to the 108-page report by the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, obtained by the news channel Al Jazeera and shown to the Guardian, scientists found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in Arafat’s remains and in soil stained with his decaying organs. The scientists were confident up to an 83 percent level that the late Palestinian leader was poisoned. Their report only addressed the question of what killed Arafat, not whether he was deliberately poisoned or how. But their findings, part of a broader investigation into Arafat’s death, mean that the elected Palestinian leader died in office as a result of a political assassination.
People who ask why this would take place, need to understand that the Israel military is ingrained with the thought that all Palestinian children will someday grow up to be their enemy, and threaten their lives...
A little Palestinian girl named Summer tells a story from an Egyptian hospital bed that seems too horrible to be true. Her younger sisters, the girls says, were lined up and shot to death by soldiers from the Israeli Defence Forces. The BBC located the girl's father, he cried as he reviewed the events that led to so much loss. He says the girls were killed shortly before 1:00 in the afternoon, the father said, "We were told to come out of the homes, the women, my three daughters". He explains that an Israeli soldier climbed out of a tank carrying a US made M-16 rifle, and started to shoot at the children.
Don't Be Distracted by One-State/Two-State 'Debate' on Israel -- Something Much More Nefarious Is Going on
Noam Chomsky: Two-State 'Debate' on Israel -- Something Much More Nefarious Is Going on ■ Israel is systematically extending plans that were sketched and initiated shortly after the 1967 war, and institutionalized more fully with the access to power of Menahem Begin's Likud a decade later. The first step is to create what Yonatan Mendel calls "a disturbing new city" called "Jerusalem" but extending far beyond historic Jerusalem, incorporating dozens of Palestinian villages and surrounding lands, and furthermore, designated as a Jewish City and the capital of Israel. All of this is in direct violation of explicit Security Council orders. A corridor to the East of this new Greater Jerusalem incorporates the town of Ma'aleh Adumim, established in the 1970s but built primarily after the 1993 Oslo Accords, with lands reaching virtually to Jericho, thus effectively bisecting the West Bank. Corridors to the north incorporating the settler towns of Ariel and Kedumim further divide what is to remain under some degree of Palestinian control. ● Meanwhile Israel is incorporating the territory on the Israeli side of the illegal "separation wall," in reality an annexation wall, taking arable land and water resources and many villages, strangling the town of Qalqilya, and separating Palestinian villagers from their fields. In what Israel calls "the seam" between the wall and the border, close to 10 percent of the West Bank, anyone is permitted to enter, except Palestinians. ● Israel is also taking over the Jordan Valley, thus fully imprisoning the cantons that remain. Huge infrastructure projects link settlers to Israel's urban centers, ensuring that they will see no Palestinians. Following a traditional neocolonial model, a modern center remains for Palestinian elites, in Ramallah, while the remainder mostly languishes.
"MJ Rosenberg owes Ali Abunimah an apology for false accusations of anti-Semitism". When you consider that:
● all gentiles are Jew-haters for some magical reason that cannot be explained; and
● anybody who fails to accept with gratitude the entire Zionist plan for a Jewish empire extending from the Nile to the Euphrates is, by definition, an anti-Semite,
you can immediately see that an apology would be ridiculous. The fault lies entirely with those appeasers who bend themselves into pretzel shapes in a a vain attempt to be 'respectable gentiles' worthy of being invited to nice lunches and conferences with the Jews to agree to the Jewish plans. Once you accept the Jewish world-view by bending your language in a way you hope will please your Jewish masters, an impossible task - all the while fooling yourself by claiming that your fine distinctions between 'anti-Semitic' speech and kosher speech are an attempt to avoid bigotry when they are really just your method of expressing fealty to the powerful - it is impossible to stand on your own two feet long enough to be able to put up any resistance to the Jewish plans. It is no wonder the Jews have been so successful in building their empire when all their supposed opponents have accepted their Zionist view of the world. The only apology owing is from Ali Abunimah and his ilk to Gilad Atzmon.
Gilad Atzmon: Here's a critical section from the BDS website (Freedom, justice, equality) as it used to be:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; [Check it here]
And here's the same critical section from the BDS website (Freedom, justice, equality) as it is now:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall; [Check it here]
Can you spot the difference? If you'd like to discuss any of this with BDS you can contact them here.
A new report says Israeli settlement construction on the Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank has increased by about 70 percent. ● Israeli organization Peace Now said on Thursday that the Tel Aviv regime began the construction of 1,708 new settler units in the West Bank between January and June of 2013, compared with 995 units during the same period in 2012. The organization also stated that the new illegal settlement activities were “drastic,” and that some 50 percent of the new construction projects were started in “isolated settlements.” Most of the settlement projects were carried out within the 1967 borders, the organization added.
Gilad Atzmon ■ We were informed this week that the four major female founders of the Ashkenazis show roots in Europe 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. So do most of the minor founders, the study found. Only 8% of the mitochondrial DNA shows signs of being from the Near East. Gil Atzmon, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who led the research, argued that there had been some evidence of mass conversions, especially of women, to Judaism throughout the Mediterranean in the past. That resulted in about 6 million citizens, or a tenth of the Roman population, who were Jewish. The practical meaning of this information is simple and far from being new. Ashkenazi Jews are not Semitic and have no roots in Palestine.
■ The Prime Minister of Zionist Regime of Israel has been lecturing the UK government not to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, telling Britain make any possible rapprochement conditional. Benjamin Netanyahu, who believes his years of Iranophobia attempts are reaching a dead end with the recent diplomatic outreach launched by the government of new Iranian President Rouhani, is conspiring yet another deceit campaign in and around Europe to prevent a possible thaw in the Islamic Republic’s relations with the west. Worse than the deceit campaign, the Zionist regime’s premier is explicitly telling Europe, Britain in particular, to introduce conditions to Iran if they want to restore bilateral relations. The premier of the occupying regime has called on the UK government to condition its restoration of full diplomatic ties with Iran on the Islamic Republic ending its calls for the destruction of Israel. “Iran is calling for the annihilation of the Jewish state and of a member state of the UN,” Netanyahu told the Financial Times. “It seems sensible that Britain would say, ‘Before we reestablish diplomatic relations, abandon this.’”
■ As far as illegal, illegitimate anti-Iran sanctions are concerned, Netanyahu moaned “if the sanctions are relieved, the whole sanctions regime will collapse. “So they’ll get everything, and we - the collective we - will get nothing. If it falls on me to say something that everybody understands, I’ll say it. And don’t say I didn’t warn you”, boasted the premier of racist regime of Israel. “At this juncture, we have to say things clearly, and the clear thing is this: Iran should not have centrifuges; it should not have plutonium plants. These things should be completely dismantled”.
■ Isn’t it ridiculous? The premier of a racist regime, which has been established by force and through occupying the lands of a historic nation, a regime which does not even comply with the smallest rules and regulations adopted by the United Nations, a regime that has been massacring defenseless, innocent women and children in Gaza through its inhumane siege of the Strip, a regime whose armed-to-teeth gangs of troops kill Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on a daily basis, a regime whose jails are full of Palestinian teens who are tortured and abused by wild prison guards, and more importantly, a regime which has stockpiled hundreds of nukes and various weapons of mass destructions in total defiance of the international community, this regime is saying that “Iran should not have centrifuges”, while Iran as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has each and every right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
What the hypocrites in the establishment media have concealed is that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef hated women. He hated gentiles. He hated Judaics who rejected the Talmud. He called publicly for the extermination of the Palestinians. He didn’t hate all gentiles, however. Rabbi Ovadia made an exception for Adolf Hitler. When he wasn’t busy fabricating magic amulets to give to superstitious Israeli voters who promised to vote for his Shas party, Ovadia’s kabbalistic Judaism revealed to him that the liberal Judaics who were killed by Hitler’s armed forces were “reincarnated sinners” and for this reason he declared Hitler to be an avenging angel sent by heaven. This is apparently how Ovadia Yosef “glorified” the “heritage of Israel.
Times of Israel: Rav Ovadia, the last giant
Al Jazeera: Israel's Rabbi Ovadia Yosef dies at 93
Times of India: Palestinians should perish from this world: Ovadia Yosef
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