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when words become weapons

(A plea of “Not guilty”for Ken Livingstone)

Myths Rose„Zionism“ is a word that is never mentioned in the German media  but „Anti-Semitism“ is always present in the public domain, like an invisible landmine, ready to be used against people who tread the forbidden path (defending Palestinian rights and seeking justice based on „clinging to truth“, a basic principle of Gandhi in his resistance against British rule).

The sordid history of Zionism (supposedly an emancipatory movement striving for freedom and self-determination of Jews in a “national home”), how it signed up to Western imperialism , its core elements of racism and religious superstition,  is constantly being blacked out, erased from our minds.

Anybody daring to mention the collaboration between Zionists and Hitler’s Third Reich will get hammered by the Thought-Police and our fawning media is happy to help them with the job.

HOW “ANTI-SEMITIC” IS THE LABOUR PARTY?  (wrong question)

A shocking example for this is the recent treatment Ken Livingstone received from David Mellor on LBC Radio who treated him like a naughty child and demanded repeatedly an apology for mentioning Hitler and Zionism in the same breath.

The British media immediately joined the Zionist bandwagon by doing nothing to question the claim of “antisemitism” , calling Livingstone’s words “inflammatory” and  agreeing that the Labour party has been “tainted” by his remarks.

Greenslade on Livingstone Apparently fuelled by moral indignation and the illusion of intellectual superiority, Roy Greenslade  (a professor of journalism!) wrote a scathing comment in The Guardian:

“Has Ken Livingstone lost the plot? Can he not see that what he said about Hitler and Zionism was utterly barmy? Does he not realise that his remarks were an historical nonsense?”

No Sir, Ken Livingstone has not „lost it“ and his remarks were not „historical nonsense“ either.  He did not say that Hitler was a Zionist but meant that Nazi-Germany and Zionism had overlapping interests which may sound shocking but is no surprise for those who stick to the historical facts.

I think the man deserves a lot of respect for having the guts to stand up for the (forbidden) truth even if  the British fawning media (while enabling mass murder in Syria, Yemen and Iraq) come down on him like a ton of bricks.

Why should anyone be sorry “for mentioning Hitler”?  Because “he is such a toxic person”? This is the most absurd notion I have heard on public radio.

 I’m not going to apologise for telling the truth“  (Ken Livingstone on LBC Radio)

Instead of checking what the historical facts about the relation between Zionism and the Third Reich really are, the “churnalists” eagerly focus on the “anti-semitic” label and how it will damage Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party, knowing full-well that Livingstone’s claim  about a „well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticises Israel policy as antisemitic” is true.

 „You are a disgusting racist, a Nazi apologist…“.

(John Mann reprimanding Ken Livingstone in front of a film crew which “happened” to be there …)

This heavily publicized display of moral outrage (staged by Labour MP John Mann for “bringing the party into disrepute”) against Ken Livingstone was even more proof of how subservient British politicians have become to Zionism and the quasi-fascist Israeli government.

Claiming Hitler was a Zionist is not only a huge historical perversion, but it directly equates Nazism and Zionism. It suggests they share objectives and values; it is guilt by association. It is hard to think of a more offensive linkage.“

(Rabbi Danny Rich, member of the Labour party, quoted in the Guardian)

Zionism BrennerBut the historical record is clear on this: Yes, the Zionists DID collaborate with Nazi-Germany for their political goals (even when the Holocaust became evident in 1941).  Here are a few examples:

ZIONISM DID NOTHING TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF JEWS  (AS EQUAL CITIZENS)

The following statements (excerpts) are from the Zionist federation of Germany, published on June 21, 1933 shortly after Hitler came to power. In it it proposes to help the state with the “solution of the Jewish question” and finds that Nazi-Germany and Zionism have common interests:

ZIONISM  ACCEPTED  THE RACIST  DISCRIMINATION  IN  NAZI-GERMANY (and found it useful)

 “Zionism believes that a rebirth of national life, such as is occuring in Germany through  adhesion to Christian and national values, must also take place in the Jewish national group. For the Jew, too, origin, religion, community of fate and group consciousness must be of decisive significance in the shaping of his life.“

 They offer proposals  “on the regulation of the situation of the Jews in the new German state .. which pave the way for a real solution of the Jewish question that will satisfy the German state. […] We are not concerend with the fate of individual jews who have lost their  economic and social positions as a result of Germany’s profund transformation. […] On the foundation of the new state, which has established the principle of race, we wish so to fit our community into the total structure .. so that for us too, fruitful activity for the Fatherland is possible.” (They go on to say that they believe  in “the bold resoluteness of the new Germany in handling the Jewish question,  in “taking decisive steps toward overcoming the Jewish problem” …)

 Under the header “relationship to the German people” one can read:

 “We, too, are against mixed marriage and are for maintaining the purity of the Jewish group and reject any trespasses of the cultural domain … we believe in the possibility of an honest relationship of loyalty between a group-conscious Jewry and the German state”.

[To this day “mixed marriage” is illegal in Israel as it was under Hitler in Germany …. where is the moral outrage?]

So it should come as no surprise that under “Emigration” we find the following statement:

“For its practical aims, Zionism hopes to be able to win the collaboration even of a government fundamentally hostile to Jews, because in dealing with the Jewish question not sentimentalities are involved but a real problem, whose solution interests all peoples … especially the German people.

 The realization of Zionism could only be hurt by resentment of Jews abroad against the German development. Boycott propaganda (then being carried out in the US) is in essence un-Zionist, because Zionism wants not to do battle …”

 (Yet it was clear from the beginning that the colonization of Palestine was impossible without massive violence against the native Arab population as Vladimir Jabotinsky openly admitted in his “Iron Wall” and as we have now seen for decades.)

They then go on to say that their “solution” to the Jewish question would “entail important advantages for the German people” .. and that the idea of nationhood would “undergo a decisive deepending by a statesmanlike action on the part of the new Germany”.

ZIONISM  CREATES  THE  MYTH  OF  A  JEWISH NATION  (BASED ON  THE BLOOD & SOIL IDEOLOGY OF THE NAZIS)

If the position of the Jews in Germany should be “regulated through recognition of their special character” this would “advance the German principles of nationality”.  The Zionists even go so far as to acknowledge that “the abnormal situation of the Jews” lead to “scarcely tolerable conditions for other peoples” (!).

They end with the hope that the German Government will have “full understanding” for their “clear posture” (regarding the Jewish question) because it “harmonizes with the interests of the [fascist] state”.

At the September 1935 National Socialist Party Congress, the Reichstag adopted the so-called “Nuremberg laws” that prohibited marriages and sexual relations between Jews and Germans and, in effect, proclaimed the Jews an „alien“ minority nationality. A few days later the Zionist Jüdische Rundschau was not outraged but editorially welcomed the new measures:

Germany … is meeting the demands of the World Zionist Congress when it declares the Jews now living in Germany to be a national minority. Once the Jews have been stamped a national minority it is again possible to establish normal relations between the German nation and Jewry. The new laws give the Jewish minority in Germany its own cultural life, its own national life. In future it will be able to shape its own schools, its own theatre, and its own sports associations. In short, it can create its own future in all aspects of national life …“

MILITANT ZIONISTS  OFFER  TO FIGHT  FOR  THE  THIRD  REICH

Stern com stampEven more shocking is a letter from underground Zionist terrorist leader Avraham Stern (received by the German embassy in Ankara) proposing in January 1941 (when the “Endloesung” was already in sight and  the “Stern Gang” now regarded Britain as their main enemy) “the active participation of the NMO [Lehi] in the war on the side of Germany in exchange for Nazi help in creating a “Jewish state.”

Here are the most appalling statements:

The Zionist military leaders acknowledge that  “solving the Jewish question” once and for all  means a “Jew-free” Europe:

However, the only way this can be totally achieved is through settlement of these masses in the homeland of the Jewish people, Palestine, and by the establishment of a Jewish state in its historical boundaries.

The NMO, which is very familiar with the good will of the German Reich government and its officials towards Zionist activities within Germany and the Zionist emigration program, takes that view that:

  1. Common interests can exist between a European New Order based on the German concept and the true national aspirations of the Jewish people as embodied by the NMO.
  2. Cooperation is possible between the New (fascist) Germany and a renewed, folkish-national Jewry [Hebräertum].
  3. The establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, and bound by treaty with the German Reich, would be in the interest of maintaining and strengthening the future German position of power in the Near East.“ […]

Brenner 51 DocumentsTalk about sucking up to Hitler. For more documents proving Zionist collaboration with the Nazis try these books)

N.B. These Zionists DO NOT CONDEMN the grave injustices the Third Reich imposed on Jews (and political opponents). On the contrary, they see these measures as conducive for their own plans: to “encourage” (even coerce) as many Jews a possible to emigrate to Palestine (thus loading the “Jewish question” on the Palestinian Arabs who were going to suffer extreme injustices for decades as a result).

 “If I knew that it was possible to save all the [Jewish] children of Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second.”

(future Israeli President David Ben-Gurion, quoted by  Israeli historian Tom Segev)

ZIONISM IS OBSESSED WITH CREATING A JEWISH MAJORITY IN PALESTINE (using criminal and immoral means to get there)

But the majority of educated European Jews (especially in the West) did not want to leave their home countries since their national identity was German, French, etc. and they lead  a fairly good life (until the Nazis arrived).  The situation of the Eastern Jews was totally different: many of them lived in poverty, in filthy ghettoes and under the command of the “Talmudic” rabbis who encouraged the segregation from the inferior “goyim”.  These people became the nucleus of “Israel” and even after the Holocaust most Western, liberal Jews wanted to go to the US, not Israel so the Zionists had to use brutal methods of intimidation (and deception) to get the “human material” they needed for their artificial “homeland”.

shadow holocaust GrodzinskyThey infiltrated the DP-camps after the war in order to “persuade” survivors to emigrate to Palestine.  A recruitment campaign in these camps (to get enough fighters for  the planned assault against the Palestinians) resulted in only 0,3 % of  the male DPs as volunteers.  So a compulsory draft was necessary.

 This bizarre project – in which a non-nation state imposed compulsory military service on people who had never even lived in the land for which they were required to fight – was enforced through a number of mechanisms, including publishing black lists of “draft evaders”, firing them from jobs, evicting them from dwellings, withdrawing their food rations, and beating them. These tactics were also at times used on their relatives.”

 (Source: Alison Weir, Against our better Judgement, p. 79  with reference to Grodzinsky: Shadow of the Holocaust – see also the quote below)

This is a shocking affair. Several thousand sick, malnourished, and vulnerable orphans, still at great risk, were forced by the Zionists to stay in the [German] camps, even though arrangements were made for them to arrive to safety in England and France. The rest of this tragedy constitutes chapter 4 of my book.”

They also “retrieved” Jewish children (often against their will, in tears) who had been rescued by compassionate people during the war and put them into orphanages run by the “Jewish Brigade”.  A search for relatives was not allowed to avoid the risk that the children might want to stay in Europe.  They needed to be turned into good little Zionists so they had to learn (and speak only) Hebrew and  internalize the myth of the “promised land”.

WHAT  JEWISH  PEOPLE?

Shlomo Sand InventionAs Shlomo Sand has shown in his book, the idea of a “Jewish people” is a complete fantasy. The ancestors of most “Israelis” (immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia) were the Khazars, a Mongolian tribe* who collectively converted to Judaism (by decree of its ruler) in the 8th century. They never set foot on the “Holy Land” and had absolutely no connection to biblical “Juda” or “Israel”.

(*Names like “Kagan”, “Kahane” or “Cohen”  are variations of the Mongolian word for ruler: Khan )

ZIONISM IS OBSESSED WITH RACIAL PURITY

Keep that in mind when you read about Jabotinsky’s emphatic insistence on  “preserving racial purity” as an absolute condition for saving “the special, national character” of Jews.  Accoding to  him, this must be done “at all costs” which means (planned) racial segregation and ethnic cleansing are “necessary” so that the “Jewish bloodline” will not be “diluted” by mixed marriages and in order to make “Jews” the majority “race”  in Palestine / Israel.

So we already see, that this is a mirror-image of the “blood and soil” ideology of the Nazis and Hitler did the Zionists a huge favour by fostering the myth that “Jews” are a race when there is only Judaism as a religion. Since Jews are not a “nation”, they do not need a “national home” either. This was just another devilish exercise of “divide et impera”.

ZIONISM IS BASED ON A BIG LIE

The whole thing (“Jewish national integrity” and “spiritual energy” bound to the “promised land”) was completely fabricated and part of a sinister political game which included support for the Nazis and the Bolsheviks by the same power circles  in order to destroy  geo-political rivals Germany and Russia by turning them (twice) against each other.  (Britain’s role in this diabolical game –  see Preparata: Conjuring Hitler)

Opponents of Zionism  fought for the rights of Jews in their different countries but rejected the idea of putting thousands of Jews in a foreign Muslim country, like a dagger into the heart of the Arab world.

Gandhi articulated this attitude in 1938 with the following  words of wisdom:

My sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice.The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine.

Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood? Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct.

The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred.”

ZIONISM: THE FORBIDDEN MEMORY (COMPARISON WITH  FASCISM AND HITLER)

By looking at the assessments of contemporary witnesses, who experienced the growing political power of Zionism (especially in the US and Britain), the creation of Israel and who were appalled by the  unscrupulous  behaviour of its leaders, we gain further insight into the true spirit of Zionism:

Sir John Munro Troutbeck (1894-1971), head of the British Middle East Office in Cairo and later ambassador to Iraq, wrote in a letter to Churchill on May 18, 1948 – shortly after the creation of “the state of Israel”:

 “It is difficult not to see that Zionist policy is anything else than unashamed aggression carried out by methods of deceit and brutality not unworthy of Hitler”

Quoted by William Roger Louis in The British Empire in the Middle East 1945-1951, p.576 (1986)

So Ken Livingstone has no reason to apologize for putting Zionism and Nazism in a moral context (not as morally “equal” but as dangerous ideologies with a racist, supremacist core) . Even the most horrific Nazi atrocities cannot and must not serve as a moral fig-leaf for Zionist crimes (committed so soon after the “Holocaust”).

On 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck sent another diplomatic message, this time to the British foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin. In it he complains that

the Americans are responsible for the creation of a gangster state“ headed by “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders“.

REMORSELESS  ZIONIST TERRORISM: „FREEDOM FIGHTERS“ IN ACTION

Bernadotte murderThe context for these condemnations were of course the numerous attacks committed by Zionist terrorists against British officials:  e.g. the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo (November 6, 1944) or the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946. The assassination of UN-envoy Count Folke Bernadotte in 1948 is perhaps the most despicable political murder the Zionist gangs committed at that time. (Regarding the abominable crimes against the Palestinians – see below)

While the British government and military have not been unfamiliar with terrorist methods for their own purposes, it must be pointed out that the most famous Zionist terrorist „masterminds“ are unique in one respect: they have never been held to account for their crimes and later even became Prime Minister of Israel (Menachim Begin and Yitzak Shamir).

The remains of two Jewish assassins (hanged in 1945 for the murder of Lord Moyne) were brought to Israel in 1975 and received a state funeral with full military honors. They are considered to be national heroes until this day. (No apologies required and demanded by our presstitutes in this case …!)

Why did Churchill support the creation of a „Jewish homeland“ in Palestine? Perhaps this paragraph (written by him and published in 1920) can offer a clue:

 „Of course, Palestine is far too small to accomodate more than a fraction of the Jewish race, nor do the majority of national Jews want to go there (!). But if such a state should come into existence in our lifetime .. an event would have been created … which would … be especially in harmony with the truest interest of the British empire.“

Well, as it turned out, the immorality and cunning of the British Empire was more than matched by the Zionists …

Lord MoyneWinston Churchill was a close friend of Lord Moyne  but at the same time a supporter of the Zionist ambitions in Palestine. So how did the react to the cold-blooded murder in Cairo?

 If our dreams for Zionism are to end in the smoke of the assassin’s pistol and our labors for the future are to produce a new set of gangsters worthy of Nazi Germany, then many like myself would have to reconsider the position we have maintained so consistently and so long in the past. If there is to be any hope of a peaceful and successful future for Zionism, these wicked activities must cease, and those responsible for them must be destroyed root and branch”.

(Quote from an article by Winston Churchill, New York Times, November 18, 1944)

So we must keep all that in mind every time the Israeli government says it cannot negotiate with Hamas or Hezbollah „because they are terrorists“.  (Possible links between „IS“ and Israel need to be further examined ….)

against our better judgement WeirThe web of political intrigue spun by the Zionist organisations entangled more and more US-politicians (being no less dangerous than terror attacks in Palestine)  but they were not visible to the public.  A good primer for understanding the political machinations of Zionists in the US is this book:

Watch the author, the courageous Alison Weir talking about the book in this video:

Today the secrecy is no longer necessary as American current and future „leaders“ have accepted that they must kneel down before AIPAC/  Israel in order to advance their political career. (Just look at Hilary Clinton and try not to throw up …)

DARK FORCES & BLACK HOLES: EINSTEIN EXPOSES THE ZIONIST CRIMES

Albert EinsteinHere is one more contemporary (this time Jewish) 1940s-witness, appalled at the brutality of the Zionist terrorist-gangs whose job was to ethnically cleanse the newly created „Israel“ from the unwanted native Arab population. In their own self-serving language this terror was called  „encourage them to leave“. (Remember this happened only 3 years after the „Holocaust“ had ended and was meticulously planned  by the „chosen people“ …)

Albert Einstein’s (originally a supporter of the Zionist project) famous letter to the New York Times  (published on December 4, 1948 with the support of other prominent Jews) is still highly relevant, especially the exposé of the fascist nature of the Zionist military doctrine and the deception the Likud party practised to hide its true character (represented by Begin then and by Netanyahu now). Here are some excerpts:

TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Ha Herut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties.  It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit.  It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

[…] The public avowels of Mr. Begin’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state.  It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of theFreedom Party“

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin.  This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base.  On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants—240 men, women, and children—and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem.  Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan.  But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.

[A more detailed description of the Zionist crimes and schemes in Palestine during the 1930s and 40s can be found in Ilan Pappe’s excellent historical analysis: THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE].

Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of  ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority.  [this could also serve a description of the NSDAP in the 1930s…]

Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions.  In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

[ZIONISTS ALSO USE TERROR-METHODS AGAINST NON-COMPLIANT JEWS]

During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community.  Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them.  By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.  

[…]

It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed about Mr.Begins political record, could lend their names and support to the movements he represents. Before irreparable damage [..] is done,… and the creation of the impression in Palestine that a large segment of America support fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objective of Mr. Begin and his government.

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party.  This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal. “

(Einstein was supposed to become the second president of Israel but said No, thanks ….)

CONFESSIONS IN A DIARY

The first foreign minister of Israel, Moshe Sharett was often shaken by the ruthlessness of the military establishment and worried about the moral deterioration in Israeli society in the 1950s. Here are just a few observations from his diary:

“… the long chain of false incidents and hostilities we have invented, and so many clashes we have provoked ….

“… the narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness of our military leaders” [who] “seem to presume that the State of Israel may-or even must-behave in the realm of international relations according to the laws of the jungle.”

Source:Israel’s Sacred Terrorism

The picture that emerges, is of an Israel wantonly inflicting every possible measure of death and anguish on civilian populations in a mood reminiscent of regimes which neither Mr. Begin nor I would dare to mention by name.”

Source: Israel’s UN Ambassador and Foreign Minister Abba Eban in 1981, cited in Edward Herman, The Real Terror Network, 1982), p. 77.

FASCIST ROOTS DO NOT GO AWAY

Avi Shlaim 2009In January 2009 (when Gaza was suffering under „Operation“ Cast Lead)  the Guardian published an important article by Professor Avi Shlaim which is still worth reading because it exposes the lies, falsification of history and moral hypocrisy of the Israeli government. Here are some very revealing passages:

(Shlaim also uses the “gangster state” quote mentioned above and states that he no longer considers it a „too harsh“ judgement on Israel)

[…] „Israel likes to portray itself as an island of democracy in a sea of authoritarianism. Yet Israel has never in its entire history done anything to promote democracy on the Arab side and has done a great deal to undermine it. Israel has a long history of secret collaboration with reactionary Arab regimes to suppress Palestinian nationalism. Despite all the handicaps, the Palestinian people succeeded in building the only genuine democracy in the Arab world with the possible exception of Lebanon. In January 2006, free and fair elections for the Legislative Council of the Palestinian Authority brought to power a Hamas-led government. Israel, however, refused to recognise the democratically elected government, claiming that Hamas is purely and simply a terrorist organisation.“

[…] „The brutality of Israel’s soldiers is fully matched by the mendacity of its spokesmen. Eight months before launching the current war on Gaza, Israel established a National Information Directorate. The core messages of this directorate to the media are that Hamas broke the ceasefire agreements; that Israel’s objective is the defence of its population; and that Israel’s forces are taking the utmost care not to hurt innocent civilians. Israel’s spin doctors have been remarkably successful in getting this message across. But, in essence, their propaganda is a pack of lies.“

How is it possible that the whole history of a state and its dangerous core ideology  become “a pack of lies” that persists for decades?

(Our journalists know the answer …)

THE  SHADY ROLE OF BRITAIN

Considering that it was the British government  that had issued the “Balfour Declaration” in the first place which enabled the Zionists to claim Palestine as their phony “homeland”, that deranged British military officers (like Orde Wingate) trained the Zionist fighters in what can only be considered terrorist methods against civilians, and that it was Britain that betrayed both the Arabs and the Jews (with false promises), the one-sided accusation against the US (“creating a gangster state in Israel” – though not unfounded) can only be regarded as the result of “selective historical amnesia”.

So when PM David Cameron today puts on a show of moral indignation about the “anti-semitism” of the Labour Party he obviously suffers from the same mental affliction:  ignoring Britain’s (Dr. Frankenstein) role in creating the Zionist monster …

 

Coming Soon – Part 2:   WHAT IS WRONG WITH ZIONISM?

“I will never forgive the Arabs for FORCING US to kill them.  (Golda Meir)

 To understand the endless controversy of Israel it is inevitable to examine what Zionism really is (from a psychological perspective) and how the label “Anti-Semitism” is being used to stigmatize and ostracize critics of the Israeli state to avoid any real public debate about the moral bankruptcy of its leaders …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Persians, Pharisees and Phony US “Anti-Proliferation

This is a reply to Iran Slams US as ‘World’s Only Atomic Criminal’

ISRAEL: A SAFE HAVEN FOR JEWS? FORGET IT


“Israel never confirms or denies claims that it has nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The country positions itself outside international treaties, which would make it subject to inspection. They say the costs of such secrecy to Israeli democracy are too great. Uzi Even, was a young scientist working, in the 60s, at Dimona – Israel’s nuclear reactor….Today, Mr Even says it should be shut down.

Forty-year-old reactors tend to have accidents and he believes that Dimona, which is beyond the reach of the Israeli parliament, needs to be brought into a system of accountability and public scrutiny. Mr Even explained: “You should have an outside watchdog. “The secrecy more or less created an extra- territorial area in Israel where standard procedures of safety monitoring are not implemented. “So worker safety, environmental questions and industrial safety procedures, are not covered, and there are thousands of people working there.”

ENFORCED SILENCE


Nothing illustrates this better than the sensitive issue of Dimona’s cancer victims. In an Israeli documentary in 2002, Dimona workers said accidents had been routine. They spoke of explosions, fires and liquid and toxic gas leaks that they had to clean, often without protection.

The authorities denied they had worked with radioactive materials. They have refused to compensate them or their families for their years of loyal service. Because of the strict secrecy rules they were even unable to fight for their rights. When Correspondent approached one of the workers, who was dying of cancer, he refused to be interviewed – but with some regret.

Unaware he was being filmed, he said: “I wanted to talk to you but I have been silenced.

“They came from intelligence and told me not to talk. “They said I would be like Vanunu.” Vanunu has another year in jail. When his sentence is finished he hopes to emigrate to America. But Mr Horev has clearly let it be known he never intends to let Vanunu leave Israel.”

Source: BBC

Watch the shocking and still relevant documentary:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=178254070504611595#

.. the Israel people were exposed only to the Israeli media, the Israel media brainwash, the Israel media bias against me. Not they, they were not open to see all the story and all the danger of nuclear weapons in secret in such small state, Israel.

And also that these people was not exposed to the idea that these Israel people were sending a lot of propaganda, what they call holocaust industry, to know and to understand that nuclear weapons are the real holocaust and the Jewish people have no right and no justification to use the atomic bomb.”

Excerpt from an interview with Mordechai Vanunu by David Frost

From the BBC documentary:

“Despite claims that Dimona was for peaceful purposes only, Israel’s leader Ben Gurion was summoned to Washington.  President Kennedy feared an arms race in the Middle East and demanded inspections.But when inspectors finally entered the plant in May 1961 they were tricked. They were shown a fake control room on the ground floor. They were unaware of the six floors below where the plutonium was made.

Well this was something of great pride and almost a legendary story in Dimona, according to Vanunu.  When the Americans came they were completely hoodwinked. All the entrances including the lift shafts were bricked up and plastered over so it was impossible for anyone to find their way down to the lower floors.”

AFTER KENNEDY’S ASSASSINATION THE PRESSURE ON ISRAEL WAS OFF …


His successor Lyndon Johnson turned a blind eye. Then In 1969 Israel’s Golda Meir and President Richard Nixon struck a deal, renewed by every President to this day. Israel’s nuclear programme could continue as long as it was never made public. It’s called nuclear ambiguity.”

(The reporter interviews the former Israeli Prime Minister (now President) on the subject)

BBC: The term nuclear ambiguity, in some ways it sounds very grand.  But isn’t just a euphemism for deception?

PERES: If somebody wants to kill you, and you use a deception to save your life it is not immoral.  If we wouldn’t have enemies we wouldn’t need deceptions.  We wouldn’t need deterrent.

Remember this argument next time  Obama accuses Iran of  deception, although it has not violated any  (NPT) treaty obligations so far and the IAEA inspectors  have found no evidence for weapons-grade uranium enrichment let alone the production of plutonium …

BBC: Was this the justification for concealing the floors of the plutonium reprocessing areas from the Americans, the inspectors, when they came?

PERES: You are having a dialogue with yourself, not with me.

BBC: But that’s been documented in a number of books

PERES: Ask the question to yourself, not to me.I don’t have to answer your questions even.  I don’t see any reason why.”

Imagine, Ahmadinejad talking like that …  all hell would break loose…

As some arrogant asshole from a conservative think-tank said on the eve of the Iraq war to a peace activist who was accusing USrael of unbearable hypocrisy on the topic of WMD:

“It’s not the weapons, it’s WHO has them.

The same unacceptable and self-delusional “argument” was used by Benjamin Netanyahu recently, trying to justify Israel’s  immoral, hypocriticial and dangerous refusal to sign the NPT, to say nothing of the enforced media silence on the subject of demanding accountability for Israel’s nuclear arsenal,, while harping on about the manufactured “threat” from Iran.

We are the good  (morally and racially superior) guys, our diabolical weapons and even our cruelty are necessary for a “just” cause, so we are entitled to destroy and kill indiscriminately (Arabs, of course) – that line of argument goes back  directly to the Nuremberg trials …

Even US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates acknowledged, that Iran’s alleged “secret” attempts to acquire nuclear weapons are to be viewed in the context of deterrence, not military aggression, but he was quickly admonished for his candour and “brought back” in line with the official Zionist PR-story by Senator Graham …

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Do you believe the Iranians are trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability?

GATES: Yes, sir, I do.

GRAHAM: The president of Iran has publicly disavowed the existence of the Holocaust, he has publicly stated that he would like to wipe Israel off the map [NO, he has NOT!]. Do you think he’s kidding?

GATES: No, I don’t think he’s kidding. And—but I think that there are, in fact, higher powers in Iran than he, than the president. And I think that while they are certainly pressing, in my opinion, for a nuclear capability, I think that they would see it in the first instance as a deterrent. They are surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons—Pakistan to their east, the Russians to the north, the Israelis to the west, and us in the Persian Gulf—

GRAHAM: Do you believe the president of Iran is lying when he says he’s not?

GATES: Yes, sir.

GRAHAM: Do you believe the Iranians would consider using that nuclear weapons capability against the nation of Israel?

GATES: I don’t know that they would do that, Senator. I think that the risks for them obviously are enormously high. I think that they see value—

GRAHAM: If I may?

GATES: Yes, sir.

GRAHAM: Can you assure the Israelis that they will not attack Israel with a nuclear weapon, if they acquire one?

GATES: No, sir, I don’t think that anybody can provide that assurance.

How effective  propaganda (now called “strategic communication”) and global “churnalism” created the global “wiped-off-the-map” hoax, was also analyzed earlier by Jonathan Steele in The Guardian:

“Ask anyone in Washington, London or Tel Aviv if they can cite any phrase uttered by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the chances are high they will say he wants Israel “wiped off the map”.

Again it is four short words, though the distortion is worse than in the Khrushchev case. The remarks are not out of context. They are wrong, pure and simple. Ahmadinejad never said them. Farsi speakers have pointed out that he was mistranslated. The Iranian president was quoting an ancient statement by Iran’s first Islamist leader, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, that “this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” just as the Shah’s regime in Iran had vanished.

He was not making a military threat. He was calling for an end to the occupation of Jerusalem at some point in the future. The “page of time” phrase suggests he did not expect it to happen soon. There was no implication that either Khomeini, when he first made the statement, or Ahmadinejad, in repeating it, felt it was imminent, or that Iran would be involved in bringing it about.”

If you want to understand what “churnalism” is all about (the media acting as as a flock of sheep or an echo-chamber …) try this video:

Back to the BBC documentary:

“The programme listed more than a hundred Dimona workers
who’d developed cancer and whose claims were being ignored
. A doctor and two lawyers backed their story. It was the first time Dimona workers had spoken out.

BBC: “I want to talk to Ariel Spieler.  He’s suffering from cancer and in the last few years he’s seen a number of his friends and colleagues who worked there with him die of the disease. He’s been fighting for compensation for their families, for their widows, and I know he’d really like to talk to us about this. He’s told me he wishes he could, but he’s also told me he’s been warned off.  He’s been told not to talk.  I’m going to go and see him and see if he’ll change his mind.”

Spieler: “The Secret Service silenced me.They’ve silenced me completely. They told me not to say one word. What can I do?  What can I do? They told me: “You’ll end up like Vanunu”.How long has he been in prison? 15 years? Do you want me to go to jail?

BBC: “I really wanted to talk. I asked the others but they refused.Nobody wants to talk… the doctors, the relatives, the lawyers. Nobody is prepared to talk about it. I just don’t get it.

If this was Iraq or North Korea I’d understand why people are so scared to talk. But this is Israel.

This is supposed to be a democracy.”

(Perception is everything…)







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“Crying and Shooting” with EU support

Separation Wall with BalloonUN ENDORSES GAZA WAR CRIMES REPORT

Given the extremely difficult circumstances, I think Judge Goldstone did a good job with his report on Operation Cast Lead. Those who accuse him of “bias” should present facts that support their allegations or keep quiet.

His findings simply confirm a long line of previous reports from Human Rights Organisations (including B’t Selem) and the revelations by groups like “Breaking the Silence” although there is one dubious premise which needs to be clarified:

I absolutely agree with Norman Finkelstein, that to refer to the massacre in Gaza as a “war” is totally unacceptable and deliberately misleading, given the huge disparity of force between Hamas militants and the IDF and the fact, that the real military  target was  the civilian  population (as the report confirmed). From the days of Ben Gurion, it was clear to all Israeli leaders that the greatest threat, the “time-bomb” for the “Jewish” state has been the significantly higher birth rate of Palestinians. So from this cynical standpoint, killing women and children indiscriminately, does make sense ….(even poisoning the survivors (their DNA) with DU, DIME and other “novel” weapons ..)

Who can be so cruel? This is a demonization of the  IDF and the political leaders of Israel you might think. Try this to grasp the moral abyss on which this state was founded:

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Therefore, even though the “firing of (comparatively ridiculous) rockets” into civilian neighbourhoods may be a violation of humanitarian law in principle, the moral dimensions of Israel’s systemic violence ( i.e. the brutal occupation as such, assassinations of Hamas leaders in broad daylight (“extra-judicial killings”) which usually result in the death of many innocent bystanders, etc.) and the occasional symbolic outbursts of “revenge” through these rockets are totally different. This is also demonstrated by comparing the “fatalities” on each side: Can the killing of 1400 Palestinians be judged on the same moral basis as the death of 9 Israelis? (6 were members of security forces – Source: Bt Selem)

The hypocrisy here is in the legal groundwork: people under occupation are entitled to “resist”, to fight againt the occupier but they ought to restrict their attacks to the military. But in light of the seemingly endless horrors of the occupation, the brutal retaliations against peaceful demonstrations and rather harmless “resistance” like stone-throwing children, let alone the ongoing and intensifying violation of human rights in the form of land expropriation, evictions and the inhumane siege on Gaza, this restraint is practically impossible and would require super-human self-control.

I know I am walking on thin ice here because this kind of reasoning leads quickly  to the “argument” of  the  Israeli government: “Our violence is for a good cause, theirs is evil; we are only fighting back, they are the ones who threaten our security, etc.” Violence is always bad and I am not saying that firing rockets into civilian neighbouhoods is no big deal, but the perception Israel wants to create (that they act only in self-defense) is totally wrong as Professor Avi Shlaim also pointed out in January 2009:

“As always, mighty Israel claims to be the victim of Palestinian aggression but the sheer asymmetry of power between the two sides leaves little room for doubt as to who is the real victim.

This is indeed a conflict between David and Goliath, but the Biblical image has been inverted – a small and defenceless Palestinian David faces a heavily armed, merciless, and overbearing Israeli Goliath.

The resort to brute military force is accompanied, as always, by the shrill rhetoric of victimhood and a farrago of self-pity overlaid with self-righteousness. In Hebrew this is known as the syndrome of bokhim ve-yorim (“crying and shooting”).

Gaza-7thumbShlaim also demonstrates that the hailed “return of the Gaza strip” was just another PR-scam to present Israel (under Sharon) as striving for a peaceful solution while in fact they knew that the cruel (economic) stranglehold on Gaza combined with (little publicised, often clandestine) military aggression now and then would sooner or later lead to more “rocket firing” which could then be presented as proof for the “evil” intentions of Hamas and reinforce the recurring theme of “crying and shooting” … Shlaim goes on:

[…] Gaza, however, is not simply a case of economic underdevelopment but a uniquely cruel case of deliberate de-development. Israel turned the people of Gaza into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods.

The development of local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination to Israel and to establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political independence.”

Numerous reports from the UN have also highlighted the dramatic situation in Gaza even before Operation Cast Lead began  (sewage systems on the brink of collapse, food scarcity, high unemployment, frequent power shortages, etc. – all the result of the isolation and siege of Gaza). And in the West Bank a smiliar strategy to destroy the economy (and hope) was used …

gaza_sewage_lakeGiven these horrific circumstances, this hopelessness, 1,4 million people being imprisoned in this small strip of land, helplessly watching how Israel steals more and more land in the West Bank and East Jeruslaem, and the “international community” does nothing to stop these crimes, it is remarkable that there have not been more outbursts of violence. No-one, not even Ghandi would have advocated civil disobedience in this scenario …

Goldstone knows perfectly well that the accurate historical context is necessary to be able to judge actions on both sides and he draws a clear picture about the events that lead to the end of Hamas initiated cease-fires. That is perhaps the main reason why Israel must prevent any detailed discussion of the report because then the whole “tapestry of lies” would fall apart ….

Besides, as far as I know, at the beginning of the intifada, the Palestinian attacks were limited to IDF soldiers but the massacre in a Hebron mosque in 1994 was the incentive for Hamas to attack also civilians inside Israel.

It is painfully clear, that Israel WANTS and NEEDS to provoke violent resistance so that it can portray its own cruelty and violence as “defense” in the context of the “war on terror” …

It is highly ironic, that the world has been duped into believing that Islam represents a threat to global security while in fact Zionism is the real threat (as political abuse of religion is has replaced Christian hypocrisy in the colonial mindset …) and is never even mentioned in this context (at least not here in Germany).

In his book Overcoming Zionism” Joel Kovel (a Jewish psychiatrist) shows the insanity of Zionism as a political instrument and the staggering hypocrisy and self-deception this has entailed: the eternal “victims” with their (self-attributed) high Jewish morality, created a state on the brutal expropriation and misery of another people. The “victims” (Zionism started long before Hitler appeared on the scene)  became racist perpetrators but in order to maintain their collective identity and exculpatory self-image,  they had to bend over backwards to put the blame somehow on the victims …. so they invented “reasons” why their criminal and inhumane actions could be justified before their conscience and before their God. This can be very well illustrated by a quote from Golda Meir:

“I will never forgive the Arabs for forcing us to kill them

Jewish souls are very special, no less than a part of God, so we have learned. Baruch Goldstein, a medical doctor, who committed the above mentioned massacre in Hebron,  refused to treat non-Jews, even in the IDF …

To return to the UN-GA resolution: I am deeply ashamed that with the exception of IRELAND, NO EU member state  has voted FOR  the resolution.

The majority of the EU-hypocrites abstained …

Considering how hard it was to fight for a Declaration of Human Rights, how many people suffered or even died to reach that goal,  I find it totally unacceptable that a “Human Rights Council” allows abstentions during a voting session.

Recently, I saw a movie called “One against the Wind” which tells the true story of a brave woman, who supported the resistance in France during the German occupation, by taking care of wounded allied soldiers and getting them out of the country. She was eventually sent to a concentration camp but survived … In one scene she tells the American ambassador in Paris (before the US entered the war): “There is a special hell for fence-sitters…” Precisely – in the context of Israel’s impunity this hell must already be heavily overcrowded …

In this insane world, where property rights, the “freedom” of capital  and “strategic interests” make a mockery of human “values” on a regular basis, we can no longer afford to “abstain”, when  the defense of these  values is called for. A supposedly universal “right” that exists only on paper, and is only defended when a certain category of people is involved, has not just lost its meaning, it has become a farce.

So when Jewish wire services report that  “He [Foreign Minister Lieberman] believes Israel’s diplomatic work on the eve of the General Assembly vote led to fitting results” and that “Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has confirmed that there is a “silent understanding” with the US that it would not let the Security Council endorse such a resolution” – what can one say? That the whole idea of the “United Nations” and “Human Rights” has been turned into a theatre of the absurd? That the UN should replace symbolic decorations like Picasso’s “Guernica” with George Orwell’s “Some are more equal than others” (as a kind of  “mission statement” endorsed by the US) engraved in stone?

Former US ambassador to the UN,  John Bolton, a diplomat who seldom hid behind “diplomatic language”, used to call the UN “an instrument of US foreign policy and nothing else”. His point was proven in a spectacular fashion during the last “Anti-Racism Conference in Geneva, when USrael staged a brilliant PR-event to further demonize and isolate Iran because “the new Hitler” Ahmadinejad had the audacity to talk about Zionism (as a form of racism) and its links to the new forms of colonialism (better known as “globalisation”). Since then the hyped “nuclear threat” to the world, allegedly coming from Iran is the latest attempt to divert attention from the real culprits.

Of course the display of  “outrage” by the Israeli ambassador and his US-“echo” after the endorsement of the  Goldstone report on Gaza,  was yet another attempt to reframe the debate. Let the people forget the clear evidence of Israel’s guilt: If it (the government) has nothing to hide

  • Why did it prevent foreign reporters from entering Gaza?
  • Why did it refuse to cooperate with the UN fact-finding mission? (Refusing even to let Goldstone enter Gaza through Israel, so he had to enter via Egypt)
  • Why did it also treat former UN-envoys with disrespect (not to say contempt)i.e. Richard Falk?
  • Why did it even belittle and debase  the testimony from IDF soldiers ( “Breaking the Silence”)?
  • Why does it always try to get rid of justified criticism by “character assassination”? (claiming its supposedly “superior moral standing” as proof of honesty while accusing opponents of despicable motives, (anti-semitism) or having no right “to teach us about morals…” (the “Zionist” argument par excellence)

One has to concede that, if countries like Saudi Arabia show consternation about human rights violations by Israel, it is appropriate to say “ Mind your own business”. At the same time we all know, that without the great “friendship” of the US, Saudi princes would sleep less soundly. In fact, without US-support many undemocratic and repressive regimes would not have come to power or stayed in power (see for example Mubarak in Egypt)  in the first place.

However, on the other hand, there have been several genuine peace initiatives from the Arab states but all have been rejected by Israel on some pretext. Peace is the last thing, the Zionist government wants. The whole identity of Israel ( “a military with a government”) is based on “defense”, on eternal victimhood, on being a lone island of “European civilization” among the “primitive Arabs” and Jew haters, who want to “drive us into the sea”… Pathetic as it sounds, it still works in the media ….

noEU_320And Europe? What about the “community based on values” as the EU has sought to present itself by adopting the Declaration of Human Rights as part of the Lisbon treaty (formerly called  “constitution”)?

The puppets in Eastern Europe voted against the resolution (… divide and conquer does work …) , but the biggest assholes are GERMANY, ITALY AND THE NETHERLANDS. Germany sells heavily subsidized submarines to Israel and the EU has awarded  Israel a “privileged” trade status …

Professor Avi Shlaim also touched on the subject in his article:

“America and the European Union shamelessly joined Israel in ostracising and demonising the Hamas government and in trying to bring it down by withholding tax revenues and foreign aid. A surreal situation thus developed – where a significant part of the international community imposed economic sanctions not against the occupier but against the occupied, not against the oppressor but against the oppressed.”

This “surreal” picture became even worse when the tendency to decouple the EU’s economic preferential treatment from Israel’s terrible human rights record became clearly visible:

The Czech Republic, which held the European presidency until 30 June, made no secret of its desire to see closer ties and more exchange between the EU and Israel. The outgoing Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolanek, made this clear in an interview with the Tel Aviv daily Haaretz on 26 April in which he said that “the peace process mustn’t be linked to EU-Israeli relations.

In doing so, he was reacting to the view expressed by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU commissioner for external relations and European neighbourhood policy. She said: “We believe that good relations with Israel are essential…” (Why?)

While other media sources fell victim to the diplomatic waffle and reported that according to a Senior European diplomat “people are saying there should be a pause in close ties between Israel and the union.”

What breathtaking hypocrisy. While the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert described the horrible injuries and deaths he saw in the  Shifa  hospital in Gaza as “scenes from Dante’s inferno” the EU talks about “a pause” in the close relations to Israel. It is like saying “I know, on top of all the other human rights violations, Israel is bombing an overcrowded ghetto right now and hundreds of people are going to be terribly wounded or killed, so what? Let’s just wait till the furor has died down and then we’ll continue with business as usual …”

As LMD reported, The General Affairs and External Relations Council brushed aside the parliamentarians’ concerns [about human rights violations in Gaza] and after France took over the EU presidency at the end of 2008, …. the council expressed its determination to strengthen its links with Israel from April 2009:

“In accordance with the political commitment made on 16 June 2008 at the 8th Association Council meeting between the European Union and Israel, the Council reaffirms its determination to upgrade the level and intensity of its bilateral relations with Israel within the context of the adoption of the new instrument which will replace the current Action Plan from April 2009. That building-up must be based on the shared values of both parties, and particularly on democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms, good governance and international humanitarian law.”

In the past the European parliament repeatedly tried to call for the suspension of its association agreement with the Israelis (.. when Israeli atrocities received a short media spotlight ..). but the council always undermined these calls for accountability. Even the “diplomatic” (read: alrady hypocritical) rhetoric now shows what all the great talks about “European values” is really worth: The original text stated that “Relations between the Parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement but the latest update (see above) says “it must be based on the shared values of both parties, ..particularly on democracy, respect for human rights ..”, etc.

This is of course totally meaningless. To say in this context that something “must be based on …” is simply a euphemism for saying “it should be based on. It is like the Sunday sermon of a priest, it sounds rather noble, but the people who wrote it,  never expect it to really happen.  In a world where the categorical imperative would rule, moral behaviour would be the norm. (It still is for most ordinary people, I daresay but the profit cult  makes it harder every day …) but in a world based on “might is right”, rules have to be enforced by sanctions and these must be applicable to all parties.

boycott-israel-anim2Will Europe be forever sucking up to the “gangster state” (see Avi Shlaim) Israel because they have excelled at exploiting Holocaust guilt? The perpetrators of unspeakable Nazi crimes are dead. The Holocaust is over. But the crimes against the Palestinians go on and on so we have a moral responsibility to stop them and demand accountability from Israel.

The Eurpean Union has no moral  authority whatsoever. It is a Trojan horse for corporate interests, the financial, neo-feudal, extractive “aristocracy” and the cult of the market. It destroys national sovereignity and undermines democratic decision-making (see the case of Ireland: Voting “No” against a treaty – is not applicable), it pushes for the militarization of Europe  while posing as a “community of values”.

A “European” version of a foreign minister has no democratic legitimacy at all and heaven help us, if it is going to be Tony Bliar ….

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Nobel Peace Prize & Merchants of Death

Obama peaceMy first reaction when I heard the news was disbelief and  spontaneous laughter – the absurdity of  it all is too much and can perhaps best be expressed with paraphrasing Eric Margolis (he was referring to the Afghan elections) : ..”a fraud wrapped up in a farce”.

The PR-industry who invented the brand “Obama” (“Hope & Change” Trademark) has more reason to celebrate….

That any US president should get a “Peace Prize” is utterly ridiculous but in the case of Obama it is plainly absurd because he has done NOTHING for a peaceful world except delivering eloquent speeches.

As many other commentators have pointed out already, Obama is basically continuing the foreign policy of GWB – the only difference is style: he is intelligent, polite, articulate and conciliatory (in his rhetoric) and “offers a hand” to those states whose learders are willing to concede that defying the interests of the United States of Arrogance (by executing policies in the interest of the population)  in the long run is a bad idea and must stop ASAP.

The recent “intervention” of the Obama administration at the UN – to postpone / avert an urgent UNSC discussion of the devastating Goldstone Report on Israeli war crimes in Gaza  is just one absurd example of  …”a  [a new US-] policy  [of] exporting peace and stability to the world…”

But this incredible farce (even the “naked emperor” tale pales in comparison) can also be seen in another, more realistic light which suddenly makes Obama (as US president) a suitable candidate for the prize:

All these awe-inspiring talks about the “Nobel-Prize” are very deceptive because nobody talks anymore about the basis for all this money:

The Nobel family made a fortune with  (possibly the first) “weapons of mass destruction”:  a new class of explosives   that killed thousands of people. Alfred Nobel’s father “made a killing” (excuse the pun) in the Crimean War and the American Civil War – he was perhaps the first mass manufacturer of mines . Alfred Nobel believed in the idea of “deterrence”- not “education for peace” through values like solidarity and working for economic & social justice.

1999_Bertha_von_SuttnerHis life-long (but unfulfilled) love was  Baroness Bertha von Suttner, the first international female peace activist who probably inspired the Nobel Peace Prize. She worked for a short time as his private secretary and became famous with the publication of her novel “Lay Down your Arms”  in 1889 which sold hundreds of thousands of copies and was translated in many languages. The book was sensational not only because of its female aristocratic author but  because it depicted in graphic detail the horrors of war in an era of nationalism, where “the military and patriotic duties to the fatherland” were considered sacrosanct.

She called war “commanded mass murder”, denounced the deceptive language of “patriotism” and  was also aware of the connection between  (systemic) economic / social injustice and war; she also correspondend with the famous Russian novelist Leo Tolstoi, who supported her work. For Tolstoi “the people lead a slave-like existence to serve the interests of a rich minority who lived at their expense” (that was long ago, one might argue but isn’t the “bank bailout” in the trillions yet another symptom for the refeudalisation of society, for serving the interests of a financial aristocracy?)

Bertha von Suttner also travelled to the United States and one of her comments about America is  still highly relevant today: (.. here the circle to Wall Street supporting Obama and Obama supporting Wall Street …. is closed…)

„While talking about doomed monarchies and the constitution of republics, we build  in the “ideal Republic America” a monetary monarchy , which is more absolute than the power of the Russian tsar…”

Bertha von Suttner received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. She died shortly before the outbreak of World War I.

Before Alfred Nobel actually died, a premature obituary appeared in a French newspaper titled  “Le marchand de la mort est mort(“The Merchant of Death is Dead”) referring to  Nobel as the man “who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before”.

From this perspective, awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the (current) President of the United States makes a lot of sense. To give this award to  the “Commander in Chief” of the mightiest military machine in the world and to the president of a “superpower” whose economic, financial and military elite sees no problem in demanding  global “full spectrum dominance” – no matter what the moral, social and human cost –  seems quite logical to me.

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The profits of one  “Merchant of Death” are being used to reward another MoD, the leader of a country that spends more money on weapons (designed for mass murder)  than all other states combined (but always kills for a “good cause” of course)… and at the same time, we have a government unwilling to provide affordable health insurance to all its citizens (another way to increase suffering and death) because this would means lesser profits for the private health insurers who basically run their business as a racket.

(On “Full Spectrum Dominance” and America’s “role in the world”, how it sees itself” – see also (the second part of) the Nobel Prize speech by Harold Pinter with the theme “What is true and what is false?” and the conclusion: “We are surrounded by a vast tapestry of lies…and if we let this situation of organized deception  prevail, humanity and human dignity are doomed… )

This also resonates with Ghandi’s  concept of “Satyagraha” : the power of truth, to fight for truth, hold on to truth, etc. (…. not to be confused with non-violence…)

Coming back to the Goldstone Report and its instant “burial” by the media, followed by the US-supported demise from the UNSC agenda – Ghandi must be turning in his grave… What did he say about Zionism during his lifetime (in 1938)?

“The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine.
Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?
Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war.

Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home. The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French.

[…]  If I were a Jew and were born in Germany and earned my livelihood there, I would claim Germany as my home even as the tallest gentile German might, and challenge him to shoot me or cast me in the dungeon; I would refuse to be expelled or to submit to discriminating treatment. And for doing this I
should not wait for! the fellow Jews to join me in civil resistance, but would have confidence that in the end the rest were bound to follow my example…

[…]  And now a word to the Jews in Palestine. I have no doubt that they are going about it in the wrong way. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under  the hadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart.

The same God rules the Arab heart who rules the Jewish heart… They will find the world opinion in their favor in their religious aspiration. There are hundreds of ways of reasoning with the Arabs, if they will only discard the help of the British bayonet. As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.” […]

So much for “non-violence” under all circumstances…

But the astounding “act of hypnosis” (which Pinter referred to in his speech) ist still working: no matter how many “reports” about war crimes or crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli government are being published:  they are followed by –   silence.

How is that possible?  The two involved “Merchants of Death”, the US and Israeli government have eternal impunity, no human law can apparently touch them… they seem to be  a  (immoral) class of their own… as the following dialogue between a professor of international law and a former legal counsel to the IDF, which really took place)  shows:

You have inflicted Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians”. How can you justify that?

“Military necessity.”

That argument was rejected at Nuremberg”.

We have PR-people in the United States who handle these matters for us.”

(Case closed.)

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Iran – Yellow Cake, Green Salt and Red Herrings

IAEA secret report: Iran worked on nuclear warhead”

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It is a sad day when even The Guardian is spreading cheap PR (propaganda) to influence public opinion: (Cui bono? Israel, the state of eternal impunity…)

“The urgency of dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat was underscored today when a leaked report revealed that the UN inspection agency believes the Islamic republic has “sufficient information” to make a nuclear weapon and has “probably tested” a key component.

The incendiary and misleading rhetoric in the introduction of this paragraph clearly demonstrates the bias behind it because it uses unproven premises to suggest  that they are proven facts:

Premise 1: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

Premise 2: Iran has a secret programme for developing nuclear warheads

Premise 3: (built on the other two): This represents a “threat” to world peace.

The deduction is made from accepted opinions not from first and true sentences in other words a foregone conclusion: there is an “urgency” to deal with a threat whose existence is only imputed, not proven.

For comparison: Here is an excerpt from a REUTERS article which does not violate the principle of  “balanced” reporting:

“The West suspects Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a declared civilian atomic energy program. Tehran rejects the charge, saying its uranium enrichment program is a peaceful way to generate electricity.”

Source: Iran nuclear “threat” hyped: IAEA’s ElBaradei

“Managing Perceptions” Not Reporting Facts

“A secret annexe” has been found – give me a break, after the “Yellow Cake” scam and the “Green Salt” scare what it is now – the “Red Herring” (distract attention from the devastating Goldstone report on war crimes in Gaza which has just been released) – or just lie and distort till you are blue in the face?

As I mentioned in my previous post about the Goldstone report, the JTA laments the “bad timing” of the report just as Israel is trying “to convey the impression in Washington that Israel is more open to negotiations than the Palestinians and that the principal threat to the region is Iran” so it is about time we focus media attention on “evil” Iran….. and the guardian obliges with this shabby piece of journalism?

Western diplomats confirmed that the annexe was authentic”.

“Its absolutely accurate,” one official said. “It shows the agency’s thinking, which is that Iran is a lot further along on this than most people think. It suggests the Iranians have done a lot of work.”

The annexe said Iranian scientists had engaged in “probable testing” of explosives arranged in a hemisphere, which is how an implosion-type nuclear warhead is triggered.

There was also evidence, the report says, that Iran had worked on developing a chamber to carry a warhead on top of one of its missiles “that is quite likely to be nuclear”.

Why are the “”Western diplomats” and  the “official” not identified? How did (could) they verify the authenticity of the document? What kind of  journalism is this? Has Julian Borger actually seen the “secret annexe” or is he just “reporting” hearsay? Does it not occur to journalists these days that they might be used for “psyops”- presented to the world as “ independent media reports”? If there is evidence, then show it to the world and publish the document.

Believes”, “Probable “, “quite likely”- what is this – an insinuation exercise? An illustration of Aristotelian and Schopenhauer’s lessons on rhetoric and dialectic?

Why was the IAEA not given a chance to respond to the allegations in the article?  For comparison the AFP reported recently:

IAEA denies report it is sure Iran is seeking bomb

El baradeiVIENNA The UN atomic watchdog said Thursday it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapons programme in Iran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency rejected a US media report which claimed its experts believed Tehran had the ability to make a nuclear bomb and was on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead.

“With respect to a recent media report, the IAEA reiterates that it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon programme in Iran,” a statement said.

According to the media report, the proof was contained in a so-called “secret annex” to the IAEA’s latest report on Iran, but was deliberately being withheld by the agency’s director general Mohamed ElBaradei.

“At the board of governors meeting on September 9, Director General ElBaradei warned that continuing allegations that the IAEA was withholding information on Iran are politically motivated and totally baseless,” it said.

Back to the Guardian:

“Attention will now focus on the United Nations in New York next week, where Obama takes the rare step of chairing a security council session in order to generate momentum towards nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and consensus over Iran.”

The US “generating momentum towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation” – are you kidding?

Kofi Annan (from a speech at Princeton, November 28, 2006):

“All of the NPT nuclear-weapon states are modernizing their nuclear arsenals or their delivery systems. They should not imagine that this will be accepted as compatible with the npt.

Everyone will see it for what it is: a euphemism for nuclear rearmament . . . By clinging to and modernizing their own arsenals, even when there is no obvious threat to their national security that nuclear weapons could deter, nuclear-weapon States encourage others—particularly those that do face real threats in their own region—to regard nuclear weapons as essential, both to their security and to their status. It would be much easier to confront proliferators, if the very existence of nuclear weapons were universally acknowledged as dangerous and ultimately illegitimate.”

After the invasion of Iraq, the world must have reached the conclusion that striving for nuclear weapons is the only safeguard against US aggression, that it is  far more protective for states (with valuable resources or “strategic” importance) to have nuclear weapons than to renounce them.

The Iraq War has demonstrated that a state without weapons of mass destruction is vulnerable to invasion and occupation. It would be perfectly logical to conclude that Iraq was attacked not because it had weapons of mass destruction but because it had none. This pathological logic will be further confirmed if the United States continues to pursue diplomacy with North Korea but demonizes Iran  and threatens it with sanctions for which there is no legal base.

The estimated number of casualties from the Iraq-Iran war is  one million Iranians. Many were victims of Saddam’s use of chemical weapons (both civilian and military targets). The Iranian nuclear-weapon programme began in the 1980s, perhaps as a response to Iraq’s use of these weapons.

Neither uranium enrichment nor plutonium reprocessing is prohibited under NPT rules, as long as they are under IAEA safeguards. According to a legal adviser[1] to the Foreign Office ‘safeguards are designed to detect diversion of materials for military or unknown purposes. Nothing in the NPT or safeguards agreements legally prevents a state party to them from acquiring nuclear-weapon capability, for example by enriching uranium to high grades, reprocessing spent fuel and so on’.

Iran was a signatory to the NPT from its inception (1-July 1968) but Israel never signed the NPT, nor even admitted that it has nuclear weapons  let  alone let anyone from the IAEA inspect its nuclear facilities. However, as we all must understand:  it’s not the weapons, it’s who has them..

The Bush administration has tried to smear El Baradei and get rid of him but did not succeed (remember the Yellow Cake scam) . Perhaps he was too decent for the job and even had the audacity to point out the double standards of the “international community”?

“We must abandon the unworkable notion that it is morally reprehensible for some countries to pursue weapons of mass destruction yet morally acceptable for others to rely on them for security—and indeed to continue to refine their capacities and postulate plans for their use.”

Mohamed ElBaradei, NYT, 12 February, 2004

The smear campaign against institutions that do not comply with Israels policies and plans is pretty obvious (see also my last post regarding UNHRC) and the IAEA has been targeted because it did not produce the desired “proof” that Iran is a “threat”( Why do I have a feeling of Dèja Vu? Just remember the accusations against the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq who did not oblige with finding non-existent WMDs…)

Here is an interesting article by Gareth Porter about the latest development in “The laptop of Mass Destruction”-case….

More Sources:

US Iran report branded dishonest (BBC)

Letter from IAEA refuting false allegations in Congressional report

Iran in the Crosshairs (FPIF)

IAEA – Focus Iran – Latest Reports

IAEA Report September 2008


Last words …

As soon as certain topics are raised. the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: Prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse.”

George Orwell


[1] D. M. Edwards, ‘International Legal Aspects of Safeguards and the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, 1984.

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THE ISRAELI PATIENT -Part 1

Reflections on (German) media and other reactions to the publication of the Goldstone report on Gaza War Crimes

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Victim of "Operation Cast Lead"

“We believe that the existence of a moral society clearly requires a profound, honest discussion, of which the voice of soldiers on the ground is an inseparable part.

(Statement from “Breaking the Silence” activists)

German Media resonance to UN Report on War Crimes in the news

1. German State Television :

ARD (“TAGESSCHAU”): 7 broadcasts per day with  73 minutes total airtime and the extended version “Tagesthemen” with 27 minutes airtime at 10 pm.

Mentioned once

in  “tagesschau”: Sept. 15, 8 p.m.

31 seconds in “news in brief” section; no follow up, no context, no comment considered necessary;

(Transcript / English translation)

“Eight months after the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip, the UN have released the results of their investigation.

According to the report both Israelis and Palestinians committed numerous war crimes i.e. the mission concluded that Israel intended to punish the whole Palestinian population. The report also condemns the firing of rockets into Israeli residential neighbourhoods by radical Palestinians.

During the Israeli offensive more than 1400 people were killed and thousands were wounded.”

For comparison: the death of Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze was reported in all broadcasts on that day ….

ZDF (“heute”): 2 broadcasts per day[1] with 32 minutes total airtime and the extended version “heute journal” with 30 minutes airtime at 9:45 pm)

Not mentioned at all

Only reported on website (with old video):

UNO wirft Israel und Palästinensern Kriegsverbrechen vor

(“UN accuses Israel and Palestinians of war crimes”)

2. Austrian State Television – ORF (2 channels)

ORF 1 (“Zeit im Bild ”): 4 broadcasts per day with  a total of 42 minutes airtime und ORF 2 (“ZiB” und  extended version “ZiB2”: 25 minutes ): 69 minutes total airtime

Mentioned once

in “ZiB 2”: Sept. 15, 10 pm – 16 seconds – (total airtime 25 minutes)

Transcript / English Translation:

According to a UN report, Israel is responsible for numerous war crimes committed during the Gaza offensive. The report also condemns the Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.

Israel has criticized the report but is going to scrutinize its findings.

To be fair, state television (ZDF)  did broadcast previous allegations of war crimes and violations of humanitarian law (Sources: “Breaking the Silence”, Haaretz, etc.):

Israels Soldaten brechen Schweigen über Gaza-Krieg (July 2009)

Schockierende Aussagen zum Gaza-Krieg (March 2009)

They also „reported“ self-exculpatory propaganda like this in January 2009:

Ex-Botschafter Stein: Keine Katastrophe in Gaza

(“[Israeli] Ex-ambassador: No Catastrophe in Gaza”) – with the typical projection theme: („they“ are always to blame for having started the aggression to which “we” had to respond…)

Hamas has forced Israel to start a war – not  the other way round“. ..Israel does not conduct a war against the people of Gaza, who have been taken  hostage by Hamas”….etc.

ARD has also previously reported the findings of Human Rights groups and other NGOs on the outrageous conduct of the IDF during Operation Cast Lead:

“Zögert nicht, alles zu zerstören”

(„Do not hesitate to destroy everything“)

(Source: Breaking The Silence– testimony from IDF soldiers;  July 2009)

Scharfe Kritik an Israel und Hamas

(„Strong Criticism on Israel and Hamas“, Source: AI, July 2009)

ARD also reported on Sept. 9, 2009:

773 tote Zivilisten im Gaza-Krieg?

(“773 dead civilians in Gaza War?”)

“According to B’tselem the war in Gaza caused more civilian deaths than military casualties. The military and journalists (!) consider these figures false: they believe that many of the victims were in fact combatants, erroneously counted as killed civilians.”

“The IDF has put the number of  killed Palestinians at 1166 with two thirds being counted as  Hamas militants.” Then they quote Yaacov Ammidror (a reserve General) as follows:

B’t Selem has a long tradition of lies and deceptions. They claim for example that 248 policemen have been killed. Hamas says that a majority of these policemen were members of their “armed wing” but they need not admit that, one only has to ask Fatah people…”

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Has B’t Selem ignored facts?”

(Picture: Can you spot the dead “combatants” on the ground?

One journalist called Ben Dror Yamini of the  daily  “Ma’ariv” is also quoted to sow doubt about the accuracy and honesty of B’tselem. He claims that because many names were also on a list of dead persons published by Hamas, this “proves” that they were Hamas combatants. He complains that “it is now being hammered into the heads of the public” that more than 700 of the people killed were civilians, altough this is “simply not true”.

This is just one example (others will follow in my next commentary) of Israel’s latest PR strategy to discredit all justified criticism: “Character assassination” as the last stage of a smear campaign against NGOs (especially Human Rights groups) and of course the UN, that has been going on for some time.

If you have no valid arguments to disprove evidence like this:

…. I asked the Israeli army to give me their list of—which they say about 700 casualties that they claim, or 1,000—I don’t remember now. They refused to give me their list. I wanted the list to check name by name and then to compare with the list that Palestinian human rights organizations compiled and to see where the differences are. And they said they could not give me the list, because this would disclose their sources. In one specific question about two women who were killed in short—by short range from a tank, I asked, “Are these two women included in your list of casualties?” I didn’t get an answer. So, the Israeli refusal to cooperate with information is very telling.

Israeli journalist Amira Hass on Democracy Now!

– you must resort to attacking the personality of the messenger or your opponent (ad hominem attacks) in an attempt to destroy their credibility. In this case not just the person speaking out but the whole organisation behind it.

Under the motto “Consider the Source” the pro-Israeli “thought police” has created or infiltrated groups like “UN-“Watch” who may appear as a decent watchdog at first sight, but as soon as you dig deeper you will find the “affiliation to the American Jewish Committee” and their “work” consists mainly of smearing anybody who dares to speak the truth about Israel (or the US and its economic terror for that matter – just see the case of UN food rapporteur Jean Ziegler)

Thanks to the JTA we are informed with unusual candour about the countermeasures  Israel and “Jewish groups” are going to take to utterly discredit the Goldstone report (which corroberates what many other investigations found earlier) and, in the process, will hammer the last nail into the coffin of the UNHRC’s “battered” reputation (Durban was just the beginning of a smear campaign…)

The unspeakable crime of the UN (and practically all other organisations which criticize Israel’s Human Rights violations)? alleged “hopeless bias” against Israel.

No matter how impeccable their professional records as experts of international law, no matter how high their moral authority is (i.e. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who also chaired a fact-finding mission mandated by the Human Rights Council in 2008), whether it is AI, HRW, B’tSelem, etc. – even the US State Department is “not credible” and “lacks professionalism” and the reports are always “highly flawed”.

A favourite method is to associate  the sinister UN folks (in the minds of the public) with “a hated or despised category” of people and who can be better for this purpose than the ultimate bogeyman Ahmadinejad who must serve as poor substitute for Hitler.

So what did the Knesset speaker first tell the world?

“ The same UN that allows the president of a country to announce on a podium its aspiration to destroy the state of Israel has no right to teach us about morality

(he was of course referring to the Iranian President).

What "morality" could he mean?

What "morality" could he mean?

As all informed citizens of this planet know Ahmadinejad never said, that Israel must be “wiped off the map” and the “outrage” at the UN anti-racism conference in Geneva was also a fine demonstration of the power of Israel’s PR-machine, but that is beside the point.

Thanks to our media sheep the average “consumer” now believes that Ahmadinejad, standing for the “evil” state of Iran, and by having been labelled   a “Holocaust denier” is of course a threat to world peace. (I have covered this subject in more detail in my German blog at wordpress – medienschafe).

The negative “terrorist” frame for Iran, Hamas or Hisbollah for that matter, has been firmly established in the public opinion so that the mere mention of their names is enough to trigger all the desired contempt and fears.

But the JTA is surprisingly frank about the real concerns of the Israeli government: the decades of suffering and monumental injustice the Palestinians have endured is not the central problem, no – the Goldstone report is rather “a public relations problem” not  the final proof of the  moral abyss into which the IDF and the Israeli government have fallen….

While ordinary people like us stand aghast in view of the systematic brutality (weblink: scroll down forEnglish version) of the Gaza massacre –

(I  quite agree with Norman Finkelstein: this was no “war” – given the huge disparity of force and  the earlier transformation of Gaza into an “Open-Air prison”)  – these people are mainly concerned about  the “bad timing” of the report just as one is trying “to convey the impression in Washington that Israel is more open to negotiations than the Palestinians and that the principal threat to the region is Iran.

(Increasing evidence of) white phosphorus, DIME weapons; traumatized and undernourished children, total destruction, deliberate killing of civilians including children, collective punishment, targeting of  flour mills, chicken farms, water wells and sewage lagoons – no big deal!

Instead, the problem is, that the “hopelessly biased” reporting of all these atrocities “gives Palestinians and Arab nations an opportunity to complicate that effort.” [to present Israel as  a “reasonable” party willing to negotiate for “peace”, etc.)

But the hypocrisy and self-righteousness knows no bounds: the “radical body” UNHRC is accused of having “consistently demonized Israel, while giving a free pass to some of the world’s worst tyrants, from Sudan to Iran.” (Where is the proof for this accusation?)

This is a recurring theme in Israel’s verbal attacks: they accuse others of their own immoral practices, perhaps a case of  what psychologists call “projection”? For we all know that the masters of “demonization” are located in Tel Aviv (and Washington) – as the cases of  Iran or Hamas clearly demonstrate.

(to be continued….)

Read the Goldstone report and see for yourself if it is “biased”…

P.S.  I am going to explain why this (trilogy) is called “The Israeli Patient” in the next post on this subject …

Al


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Hide and Seek in the Holy Land

This insistence by Hamas on denying the reality of the Holocaust is as reprehensible as it is astonishing.”

Denying history gets you nowhere.”

“INFORMATION DOMINANCE”: …” build up and protect friendly information and degrade and deny  information from your adversary … This means  that unfriendly information must be targeted …What is perceived as independent news media is in fact part of a psychological operation” ….

This is a reply to  THE HOLOCAUST AND PALESTINE

I am afraid Matthew Rothchild has also fallen victim to a “psyop”, yet another brillian PR-campaign launched by the Israeli government.  As Hamas has not obliged with any rocket attacks lately, the apparent goal was to reinforce the established negative “frame” for Hamas: “terrorists, fanatics, religious extremists, “no partner for peace”, etc. to “pre-empt” any attempts to end the brutal siege on Gaza or – Heaven forbid – perceive Hamas leaders and the people that voted for them, as human beings. At the same time it served as a smear-campagin against the UN(RWA), which stands accused of “appeasing Hamas” or “collaborating” with Hamas. Could this have anything to do with  the UN investigating and condemning IDF war crimes in Gaza?…. Within hours headlines like these appeared in the media:

“Hamas slams UN over “Holocaust classes” in Gaza”

“Hamas rips UN over Holocaust lessons in Gaza”

UN denies Holocaust to appease terrorists”

The first thing to do is check the source: in this case it came from Reuters and AP. Most journalists stuck to the Reuters text, omitting only quotes from Hamas representatives which dealt with the political instrumentalisation of the Holocaust:

“Regardless of the controversy, we oppose forcing the issue of the so-called Holocaust onto the syllabus, because it aims to reinforce acceptance of the occupation of Palestinian land.”

“I do not exaggerate when I say this issue is a war crime, because of how it serves the Zionist colonizers and deals with their hypocrisy and lies,”

Instead they added statements from “Israeli officials”like these:

….this should make the West think twice about ending its boycott of Hamas, in place since the group seized Gaza by force in 2007. …; the comments are “obscene” and place Hamas in a pariah club of Holocaust deniers that includes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to fire both Abu Zayd and another UNRWA representative, Gaza director John Ging, and to ensure that UNRWA schools teach pupils about the Holocaust.

“The role of UNRWA must be to help set the stage for peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, not as agents for the agenda of terrorist groups”

So now we are supposed to see that “this is further proof that the main obstacle for the peace that has eluded the region for far too long lies on the Palestinian side.

Only after the next generations are taught, and take the lessons of the Holocaust to heart, can we have any hope for true and lasting peace in the region.

Of course “using Holocaust denial as a political tool” MUST stop….. (but  not what Norman Finkelstein calls “The Holocaust Industry” … we shall return (to find out about) the “lessons of the Holocaust”  later…)

Then I found a reference to the Palestinian News Agency Maan which is the real source of the story and this lead to the context that was totally omitted in all these articles:

“The Gaza group’s letter was sent THE SAME DAY that Israeli Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar told the government’s cabinet that the word NAKBA had been removed from all lesson plans. “It can be said with certainty that Arab Israelis experienced a tragedy in the war, but there will be no use of the word ‘Nakba,’ whose meaning is similar to Holocaust in this context.”

For Benjamin Netanyahu the  word Nakba in schools is “tantamount to incitement against Israel.”

After studying the matter with education experts it was decided that the term nakba should be removed. It is inconceivable that in Israel we would talk about the establishment of the state as a catastrophe,” said Yisrael Twito, a spokesman for Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, (Reuters).

Let us for a moment imagine that a German had argued – in a conversation with Polish people like this:

“It is inconceivable that in Germany we would talk about the invasion of Poland ( as part of the establishment of the “Third Reich”) as a “catastrophe” – all hell would break loose and rightly so. Of course the magnitude and monstrosity of the Nazi crimes cannot be compared to the terror, massacres and ethnic cleansing in 1948, which the Palestinians call the “Nakba” and Israel was not invading another country but the point is:

Why must the people of one state forever repent and feel guilty for crimes committed in the past by a former totalitarian regime but the new state, that was to a great extent built on the worldwide empathy for the victims of these crimes, refuses to admit its own crimes in establishing that state?

Instead of  taking the “Holocaust lessons to heart” which means recognize the dangers of organized national chauvinism based on racism and / or religion, of affirming one social body by denigrating another (first a “superior” people than a “chosen” people who could strip the “inferior” human beings of their rights and not feel guilty about it)

How abhorrent Nazi terror and mass murder was, it was over in 1945 but the consequences of the Nakba did not go away, on the contrary. The situation of the refugees and the Palestinians in their own land became worse every year because Israel never intended to accept the territorial restrictions laid down in the UN partition plan of 1947.

The “Holocaust” is over but the “Nakba” is not: the brutal occupation of the West Bank, the cruel bombings and siege in Gaza, the illegal wall that cuts deeply into Palestinian land, the building of further “settlements”, the daily humiliation at checkpoints, the systematic dehumanization of Palestinians, who have been stripped of their rights, because they are not Jews and must make room for the “chosen people” – how can they be expected to put the Holocaust on the curriculum of their schools?

How does a UNRWA teacher explain to a Palestinian child that severe violations of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions (results of World Wars and Nazi crimes) committed by the state of Israel for decades against its people, is not sanctioned by the “international community”?

The pupil could ask:

Why is past Jewish suffering superior to ours, which seems endless and why can it serve to excuse the injustice and aggression of the Jewish state? We did not build Auschwitz….  How obscene is a contest for suffering and injustice? Why are no questions about the Holocaust allowed? Why does it give them impunity while our legitimate resistance is presented as “terrorism”?

The state which is responsible for their endless suffering refuses to admit its guilt and deal with it, even punishes Jews (see below) for simply acknowledging the Nakba (thus showing compassion,  and respect for historic truth and universal human rights)

Is this a farce, a tragicomedy or a case for a psychiatrist?

One “catastrophe” must forever be omnipresent in our minds or else..(in Germany it is a crime to “deny” the Holocaust but the other “catastrophe” (which pales in comparison) must not even be mentioned because it would shatter the myth of the “essential goodness and moral superiority” of the Jewish people on which Zionism tried to build the “national identity” (along with the “biblical license” to expropriate Palestinian land?

Baruch Spinoza must be turning in his grave….

BUT while the world media sheep are attacking and demonizing Hamas, (to provide Israel with a moral figleaf for the cruel blockade and undermine Hamas ouvertures to negotiate a two-state settlement based on Israel’s withdrawal to the 1967 borders) in  the same article the Palestinian News agency Maan referred to an earlier story and this context was totally omitted in all Western media “reports”:

“On the other hand in January some were angry when, at the height of the Gaza War Palestinians erected a Memorial Site near the West Bank city of Ramallah to MOURN Nazi Germany’s crimes against the Jewish people.   The whole article (published in January) can be read here:

Here are some excerpts:

“Hundreds of Palestinians were estimated to have attended the event in Ni’lin that coincided with the United Nations-declared World HOLOCAUST Remembrance Day with photographs purchased from an Israeli museum.

[…]  “The Koran orders us to acknowledge the Holocaust and understand it,” ….

[…] why the memorial was chosen for Ni’lin, a devastated Palestinian town sliced apart by Israel’s separation barrier.

“We thought the public should understand the pain and suffering the Nazis caused the Jews,” Amira said. “Unfortunately, we are paying the price for the immense pain suffered by the Jews during the Holocaust.”

“People are surprised at what they see here; there are people who are seeing images of the suffering in the Holocaust for the first time,” he said. “There are people who didn’t know anything about Jewish history.”

“In mid-2008, the HAMAS movement CONDEMNED the Jewish Holocaust, as well, insisting that it “was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorrent crimes in modern history.”

What the Hamas minister said can be read HERE. (Source: The Guardian)

How Israel helped to empower Hamas as a rival to the secular Palestinan resistance is another example of “unfriendly information” that must disappear from the public debate….

My “favourite” reaction to the Reuters article comes from – the one and only – Alan Dershowitz:

His headline is Can A State be built on a Pack of Lies? . (The irony escapes him obviously). Here are some pearls of  his “wisdom”:

“There is absolutely no way in which Hamas would ever allow any kind of objective analysis of the Holocaust to be taught to their students. The essence of Hamas education is brainwashing and the shutting down of any marketplace of ideas.  What Hamas fears most is truth, science, history and objectivity.

FACT: This is the ultimate hypocrisy. What would  Ilan Pappe or Neve Gordon have to say about Israel’s commitment “to truth, history and objectivity”? (To say nothing about Norman Finkelstein…)

Just try this

Israeli Holocaust museum fires employee who mentioned Palestinians’ Nakba

“A state built on lies cannot long endure, unless it is an entirely totalitarian state.[…]”

“If it  [Hamas] were to become a state, its control over the minds and actions of its citizens would become even more total.  The sad reality is that totalitarian censorship—provided it is completely totalitarian—really does work.

“The people of Gaza really believe that the Holocaust never occurred.”

FACT:  No, but as as result of “The Holocaust Industry” (which drowns out their own ongoing suffering) they are not very enthusiastic to accept everything at face value.  Besides Many Israelis are kept in ignorance about the crimes committed in 1948 (the Nakba) …  With modern PR-instruments you can establish a totalitarian “thought control” without obvious censorship .. the brilliant control and “information dominance” Israel has established in major parts of the Western media is the perfect example….

“They really believe that firing rockets at school children is God’s command.”

FACT:  Remember Baruch Goldstein’s massacre in a Hebron mosque in 1994It was the incentive for Hamas to target civilians in Israel .... Take a look at the  naked aggression of orthodox Jewish “settlers” and think twice…

“They really believe that Jews are a combination of the devil monkeys, pigs and vermin.”

FACT is that Judaism teaches that only Jews are human beings and several military / political leaders are on the record for calling Palestinians (Arabs)  anything from “cattle” to “cockroaches” (see alsolatest reports from “Breaking the Silence”, in Haaretz  and other sources)

“They really believe that Jews control the world and that Barak Obama is a puppet whose strings are pulled by hook-nosed “Yids.”

FACT is that Obama’s promises to AIPAC and the growing literature documenting massive Zionist influence in the US encourage such “views” enormously…. That Obama does nothing to stop the expropriation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem speaks for itself… (see also my former post about “Change”)

“They really believe that Israel doesn’t want peace and seeks to destroy the Islamic world and its holy places.”

FACT is that Israel does not want peace –it is so obvious from the historical  and political record that only severe cases of autism (or ideological indoctrination) fail to see it….

In the Jan. 3 Ha’aretz, Yossi Sarid, chairman of the Meretz party, wrote, “What does frighten Sharon [and his successors] … is any prospect or sign of calm or moderation. If the situation were to calm down and stabilize, Sharon would have to return to the negotiating table and, in the wake of pressure from within and without, he would have to raise serious proposals for an agreement.

This moment terrifies Sharon and he wants to put it off for as long as he possibly can.” In contrast, Sarid said that Sharon understands “that the terrorists and those who give them asylum are not the real enemies. Instead, the real enemies are the moderates…. You fight terrorists-a pretty simple operation-but you must talk with moderates, and this is a very tricky, if not dangerous, business.” …

Back to Dershowitz:

“It is difficult to build an enduring peace on such a structure of lies.”

EXACTLY.

The best description of Israel’s contribution to the “peace process” I have ever seen.

To pretend that the violence of Hamas militants is not the unfortunate but legitimate result of  Israel’s state terror, systematic injustice, dehumanization and occupation brutality and instead portray them as deranged antisemites and Holocaust-deniers is pathetic and reinforces the  dangerous stereotype of Judaeophobia (Anti-Semitism is nonsense, as Arabs are also semites).

The ultimate irony is that many Israelis of German descent have applied for German passports ….just in case …. and emigration is rising .. Small wonder as  the “redeemed “Holy Land” ´(far from being a safe haven) is now the most dangerous place on earth for Jewish people …..

“I am a patriot (currently serving in the IDF), I wanted to give everything for Israel  but this state is somehow insane. Life here isn’t normal.”

(Rotem Pappe, a  young Israeli woman with a German passport)

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