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Israel war crimes, your tax dollars at work

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Israeli army demolishes water cisterns in Khashem Ad-Daraj, South Hebron Hills

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Azmi Bishara on Apartheid Israel

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Mosaic News 12/14/10: World News From The Middle East

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Jonathan Cook – Israel turns blind eye to racist state-employed rabbis

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Electronic Intifada:

Israel turns blind eye to racist state-employed rabbis

Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 9 December 2010

An Israeli holds a sign reading “Jewish and Arab solidarity for justice and equality” at a protest outside Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue against a religious decree by fifty of Israel’s leading rabbis, 8 December 2010. (Oren Ziv/ActiveStills)

Jews must not rent homes to “gentiles.” That was the religious decree issued this week by at least fifty of Israel’s leading rabbis, many of them employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first warn, then “ostracize” fellow Jews who fail to heed the directive, the rabbis declared.

The decree is the latest in a wave of racist pronouncements from some of Israel’s most influential rabbis.

In October, Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, delivered a ruling, signed by 17 other rabbis in the city, telling Jewish residents not to sell or rent property to members of the country’s Palestinian Arab minority, who make up a fifth of the population.

His followers turned words into deeds by attacking Arab students in the city and threatening to burn down the homes of Jewish landlords renting to the students.

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Ilan Pappe – The Zionist Ideology of the State of Israel

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Anti-war.com – WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

From Anti-war.com:

WikiLeaks Exposes Israeli Mafia’s Growing Influence

WikiLeaks Fights to Stay Online Amid Attacks

S. Korea Again Vows Retaliation Against North

Covert War Against Iran Takes Chilling Turn

Baghdad Bombs Targeting Shi’ite Areas Kill 17

Abbas: Last Resort – I’ll Ask Israel to Take Over

Yemen President ‘Opened Door’ to US Forces

Cable reveals Mafia-government connection — But US media don’t care to dig for the story

by Justin Raimondo, December 03, 2010

I love how the pundits are yawning over the latest WikiLeaks revelations: oh, there’s nothing to see here, it’s all so boring, no “smoking gun,” so let’s just move right along. These people are just plain lazy: they want “scoops” delivered to their front doors, all neatly packaged and labeled as such. In short, they don’t want to have to do any work, beyond the usual cut-and-paste. Which is why a lot of the really juicy stuff coming out of WikiLeaks continues to elude them.

Take, for example, this excerpt from a cable dated May 15, 2009 — entitled “Israel, A Promised Land for Organized Crime?” – sent by our embassy in Tel Aviv, which deals with the rising influence of Israeli organized crime:

“As recently as March 2009, Zvika Ben Shabat, Yaacov Avitan, and Tzuri Roka requested visas to attend a ‘security-related convention’ in Las Vegas. According to local media reports, all three had involvement with OC. Post asked the applicants to provide police reports for any criminal records in Israel, but without such evidence there is no immediate ineligibility for links to OC. Luckily, all three have so far failed to return for continued adjudication of their applications. Nevertheless, it is fair to assume that many known OC figures hold valid tourist visas to the United States and travel freely.”

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UN findings on Israeli human rights breeches

December 5, 2010 1 comment

Israel demolishes home, workshop in al-Quds

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment
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Truthout – Israeli Government Documents Show Deliberate Policy to Restrict Food to Gaza

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

Israeli Government Documents Show Deliberate Policy to Restrict Food to Gaza
Saed Bannoura, International Middle East Media Center: “Documents, whose existence were denied by the Israeli government for over a year, have been released after a legal battle led by Israeli human rights group, Gisha. The documents reveal a deliberate policy by the Israeli government in which the dietary needs for the population of Gaza are chillingly calculated, and the amounts of food let in by the Israeli government measured to remain just enough to keep the population alive at a near-starvation level.”
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I am Israel (Revisited)

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment
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Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications says Israel has infiltrated the country’s telecommunications network.

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment
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The Guardian – Gaza war crimes investigation: human shields

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Susie Madrak – Explosive Truthout Story: Did Israelis Fabricate ‘Evidence’ Of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

From Crooks and Liars:

Explosive Truthout Story: Did Israelis Fabricate ‘Evidence’ Of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?

By Susie Madrak

The investigative team at Truthout has a stunning story raising serious questions about the information that was thought to reveal a nuclear arms program in Iran — and Israel’s Mossad appears to have provided the false intelligence.

Are we about to be tricked into yet another war under false pretenses? Why isn’t the mainstream media asking these questions?

The Obama administration says there can be no diplomatic negotiations with Iran unless Iran satisfies the IAEA fully in regard to the allegations derived from the documents that it had covert nuclear weapons program.

That position is based on the premise that the intelligence documents that Iran has been asked to explain are genuine. The evidence now available, however, indicates that they are fabrications.

The drawings of the Iranian missile warhead that were said by the IAEA to show an intent to accommodate a nuclear weapon actually depict a missile design that Iran is now known to have already abandoned in favor of an improved model by the time the technical drawings were allegedly made. And one of the major components of the purported Iranian military research program allegedly included a project labeled with a number that turns out to have been assigned by Iran’s civilian nuclear authority years before the covert program is said to have been initiated.

The former head of the agency’s safeguards department, Olli Heinonen, who shaped its approach to the issue of the intelligence documents from 2005 and 2010, has offered no real explanation for these anomalies in recent interviews with Truthout.

These telltale indicators of fraud bring into question the central pillar of the case against Iran and raise more fundamental questions about the handling of the Iranian nuclear issue by the IAEA, the United States and its key European allies.

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Price of ‘Peace’: 20 F-35 stealth jets to bribe Israel?

November 15, 2010 Leave a comment

From RussiaToday | November 15, 2010

Price of ‘Peace’: 20 F-35 stealth jets to bribe Israel?

The U.S. is desperately trying to revive the stalled Middle East peace talks, by enticing Israel to extend its construction moratorium in occupied Palestinian territories. Washington’s put 20 stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion on the table – and a pledge to fight any international resolutions against Israel. In exchange, it wants Israel to halt construction in the West Bank for three months, with a U.S. promise not to ask to prolong it further. Palestinians are criticizing the plan, saying the proposed freeze will not apply to East Jerusalem.

Stealth jets for peace? ‘Israel blackmails the world’

The U.S. is trying to revive the stalled Middle East peace talks, by enticing Israel to extend its construction moratorium in occupied Palestinian territories. Washington’s put 20 stealth fighter jets worth 3 billion dollars on the table – and a pledge to fight any international resolutions against Israel. In exchange, it wants the country to pause construction in the West Bank for three months, with a promise not to ask to prolong the freeze afterwards. Palestinians are criticizing the plan, pointing out it will NOT apply to East Jerusalem. To discuss this in more depth, RT talks to Dr. Hassan Abu Libdeh, Palestinian Autonomy Economics Minister and Chairman of the Palestinian campaign against settlements products.

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Think Progress – Obama’s Pro-Israel Record

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

From Think Progress:

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Obama’s Pro-Israel Record

By Benjamin Armbruster, George Zornick, Matt Duss, Alex Seitz-Wald, and Tanya Somanader

Earlier this week, Israel announced plans to build more than one thousand new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, the first such announcement since a similar move in March during a visit by Vice President Biden led to serious tension between the two governments. Settlements have been a major sticking point in the negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, with the Palestinians refusing to continue direct talks in the absence of a settlement freeze, and  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu refusing to extend a partial moratorium on their construction. President Obama criticized the announcement, saying, “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.” Before meeting with Netanyahu in New York on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the proposed construction “counterproductive,” and said the U.S. was “deeply disappointed” by the announcement. A statement from Netanyahu said Jerusalem was “not a settlement” and there was “no link”  between peace talks and settlements. The two leaders had a “marathon” nearly seven hour meeting, after which a joint statement describing “good discussions” that involved “a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides.” Veteran Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller told Politico’s Laura Rozen that the long meeting was a good sign. “Six hours means negotiations; that means that they’re ironing out differences between the U.S. and Israel on a formula for resumption.” Mark Rosenblum of Americans for Peace Nowhere predicted that “There is a new game plan, and there will be a new trade-off to get to a partial moratorium on settlements.”

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Caterpillar Bulldozer

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Riz Khan – Impact of the Gaza war on Israel

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment
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Imperial Geography – Palestine and Israel with David Barsamian

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment
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The Pessoptimist – Kahane’ fascist Kach movement is still very much alive in Israel

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Pessoptimist:

Kahane’ fascist Kach movement is still very much alive in Israel (1)


Arabs protesting against the demonstration of the ‘Land of Israel Movement’ demonstration are teargassed. (Picture Al-Jazeera)

Supporters of the late rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League in the US and of the fascist Kach movement in Israel, which in the 90-ties was forbidden by the Israeli high court, have shown – an not for the first time – that Kahane’s ideas and movement are still very much alive. A day after attending a memorial service at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Kahane’s death, dozens of his supporters traveled under the banner of the ‘Land of Israel Movement’ from Jerusalem to the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm on Wednesday to protest against the Islamic Movement under tight police security. They were faced by hundreds of residents of the town and surrounding communities. Massive police forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at dozens of Arab and left-wing protesters, some of whom began hurling stones. The rightists were returned to their buses following the protest, and police forces stormed the crowd and arrested nine of the stone throwers.

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Professor Ilan Pappe – Israeli Myths & Propaganda

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs – The Big Lie: That Israel Is a Strategic Asset For the United States

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs:

The Big Lie: That Israel Is a Strategic Asset For the United States

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

What They Said: The Big Lie: That Israel Is a Strategic Asset For the United States
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. at the Nixon Center. (Staff photo Delinda Hanley)

Is Israel a strategic asset or liability for the United States? Interesting question. We must thank the Nixon Center for asking it. In my view, there are many reasons for Americans to wish the Jewish state well. Under certain circumstances, strategic advantage for the United States is not one of them. If we were to reverse the question, however, and to ask whether the United States is a strategic asset or liability for Israel, there would be no doubt about the answer.

American taxpayers fund between 20 and 25 percent of Israel’s defense budget (depending on how you calculate this). Twenty-six percent of the $3 billion in military aid we grant to the Jewish state each year is spent in Israel on Israeli defense products. Uniquely, Israeli companies are treated like American companies for purposes of U.S. defense procurement. Thanks to congressional earmarks, we also often pay half the costs of special Israeli research and development projects, even when—as in the case of defense against very short-range unguided missiles—the technology being developed is essentially irrelevant to our own military requirements. In short, in many ways, American taxpayers fund jobs in Israel’s military industries that could have gone to our own workers and companies. Meanwhile, Israel gets pretty much whatever it wants in terms of our top-of-the-line weapons systems, and we pick up the tab.

Identifiable U.S. government subsidies to Israel total over $140 billion since 1949. This makes Israel by far the largest recipient of American giveaways since World War II. The total would be much higher if aid to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and support for Palestinians in refugee camps and the occupied territories were included. These programs have complex purposes but are justified in large measure in terms of their contribution to the security of the Jewish state.

Per capita income in Israel is now about $37,000—on par with the UK. Israel is nonetheless the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance, accounting for well over a fifth of it. Annual U.S. government transfers run at well over $500 per Israeli, not counting the costs of tax breaks for private donations and loans that aren’t available to any other foreign country.

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BBC – Israel’s Nukes and Chemical Weapons

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment
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U.S. Aid to Apartheid Israel

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment
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Al Jazeera – Settlers blamed for Mosque blaze

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment
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Nur Masalha “The Conspiracy of Silence”

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

UN: Israel Executed Flotilla Activists

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment
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Truthout – UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis “Executed” US Citizen Furkan Dogan

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis “Executed” US Citizen Furkan Dogan

Gareth Porter, Truthout: “The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen  and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos. The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.”

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Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was aboard the Mavi Marmara when he was killed by Israeli commandos. (Photo: freegazaorg; Edited: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

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Israel attacks Iran with Computer Virus

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment
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CorpWatch – Israel Opportunity 2010: A chance to invest in Apartheid

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

From CorpWatch:

Israel Opportunity 2010: A chance to invest in Apartheid
<http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=3724>

The first of July 2010 saw the tenth annual ‘Israel Opportunity Investment Conference’ take place in London. Represented by the PR company Grayling (http://www.grayling.com), the aim of the day was to sell Israel as a secure investment opportunity and a promising emerging market worthy of attention. Only four weeks before the conference, Israel had been accepted into the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) despite the efforts of campaigners to prevent this by protesting that a country which include their illegal settlement activities and businesses in their economic data can hardly be seen as complying with the OECD motto ‘For a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy’. However, since Israel had also been promoted from ’emerging’ to ‘developed’ market status by the MSCI <http://www.mscibarra.com/> a few days before the event, there was always bound to be a lot of interest from investors willing to find ways to benefit from Israel’s occupation economy.

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