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It is almost superfluous to add that there has never been a Palestinian state or a sovereign Palestinian entity of any kind.

The words of Jewish extremists and terrorists who cry for “peace” while making abhorrent, discriminatory and false remarks to justify their NaZionist agenda. The article was posted on “Jew” World News and by a writer identified only as “ a former Israeli ambassador to the United State.”

What does one expect from a NaZionist?

Let me first define NaZionist for the average reader. You surely have noticed that it is a combination of Nazi and Zionist and thus NaZionist.

Nazis advocated the extermination of Jews in Europe as generally accepted by the masses and those who wrote history. Zionists advocated the same: the extermination of Palestinians from their lands of thousands of years, claiming that God, the Creator had promised it to Abraham and therefore it must belong only to Jews!

Mind you, Abraham never even heard of Judaism. And according to the Islamic faith, it is Abraham who named those who followed God’s words as Muslims! He and his son Isma’eel, built the Ka’aba in Mecca, the place millions of Muslims seek for the annual pilgrimage and honor the famous incident in which Abraham almost sacrificed his son, Isma’eel (then 16 years old) as commanded by God Himself – as a test of Abraham’s resolve and faith.

Judaism then, never existed until after the death of Moses.

The descendants of Abraham (Jacob’s – Israe’eel – sons) and the 12-tribes, were the 12 tribes of “Bani-Isra’eel” (the children of Isra’eel – or Jacob) who like Abraham, never new what the word Jew meant since it never existed… Bani-Israe’eel are also referred to Israelites and the country was named Israel to create the argument that Israel and the Israelites were one and the same!  Clever! I mean, amazing Jewish deception!!!

Now then, with this simple introduction, a person of average intelligence will deduce that Zionism came to the world, brainwashing the masses into believing that the Israelites were the early Jews of today’s Israel…

 

Yet and amazingly,  a Jewish Israeli Professor, Dr. Shlomo Sand, was the one who published a book about the Invention of the Jewish People! Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago. Read more here.

But NaZionists strategies continued with their brainwashing techniques and reversed the words to state that it was the Palestinians who were invented.

Desperate acts.. using religion – as violent as it was and continues to be – to justify massacring and exterminating Palestinians.

The “former ambassador” also tries to use ignorant and absurd logic to convince us that Arabs never identified themselves as Palestinians yet Jews did define themselves as Jews – in the Holy Land. Hold on to your horses here, Mr. ignorant former Israeli ambassador…

  1. A Jew is one who follows Judaism; a religion.
  2. A Palestinian is one who identifies himself  by the land he inhabits. Palestinians did refer to themselves by their faiths: Christian and Muslim.
  3. Likewise, Lebanese, Jordanians, Saudis, etc… must also be “invented” since they never referred to themselves by the land in which they resided.
  4. Then the demise of the Ottoman empire and the “christian invaders, if you will” divided and conquered the Middle East and North Africa into the countries we know today: then “educated” each division that their “citizenship” is now “Jordanian, Lebanese, Syrian and so on..”
  5. Then we have Americans… the invented people of the West. Americans should be recognized then as Colonists and only native Americans should be honored and called Americans. But that’s another story… and this is exactly what NaZionism is trying to achieve… an America-like scenario where Palestinians will only exist in “reservations” while European and American Jews who will emigrate to the Holy Land will eventually be referred to as Israelis.

Dream on… 

The Jewish faith predicts the demise of this heathen violent country of blasphemous inhabitants (Israeli NaZionists) and every year we hear a new interpretation of the demise of Israel by a Rabbi – and the year in which it is supposed to happen – per Talmudic teachings and the Rabbis who interpret the “scriptures…”

We know one fact for sure: Palestine will be freed. The second coming of Jesus peace be upon him will establish justice in the land after he, Jesus, kills the anti-Christ (I suspect he would be a Jew) and his followers, then it’s a matter of time – no prophecy had exactly pinpointed this – before the final day and The Day of Judgement!
 

Netanyahu to the U.N.?

Now Netanyahu recognizes the UN? Isn’t this a joke and a sign of unparalleled NaZionist arrogance?

Netanyahu stated that Hamas never conducted “a probe”  into its strikes against civilians! let’s not forget Mr. Yahoo that every Israeli “probe or investigation” Israel has conducted always resulted in exonerating its terrorist forces from the crimes they committed. Israel “never does any wrong!”

“Everything that we said proved to be true,” said Netanyahu. “Israel did not intentionally target civilians and it has proper investigatory bodies. In contrast, Hamas intentionally directed strikes toward innocent civilians and did not conduct any kind of probe.”


Following is a list of United Nations Security Council resolutions directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law.

See all resolutions herethis is only a partial list!

Res. 1403 (Apr. 4, 2002) – Expresses grave concern “at the further deterioration of the situation on the ground” and “Demands the implementation of its resolution 1402 (2002) without delay”.

Res. 1405 (Apr. 19, 2002) – Expresses concern for “the dire humanitarian situation of the Palestinian civilian population, in particular reports from the Jenin refugee camp of an unknown number of deaths and destruction”, calls for “the lifting of restrictions imposed, in particular in Jenin, on the operations of humanitarian organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”, and “Emphasizes the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population”.

Res. 1435 (Sep. 24, 2002) – Expresses grave concern “at the reoccupation of the headquarters of the President of the Palestinian Authority in the City of Ramallah that took place” on September 19, 2002, demands “its immediate end”, expresses alarm “at the reoccupation of Palestinian cities as well as the severe restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of persons and goods, and gravely concerned at the humanitarian crisis being faced by the Palestinian people”, reiterates “the need for respect in all circumstances of international humanitarian law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”, “Demands that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure”, and “Demands also the expeditious withdrawal of the Israeli occupying forces from Palestinian cities towards the return to the positions held prior to September 2000”.

Res. 1544 (May 19, 2004) – Reaffirms resolutions 242, 338, 446, 1322, 1397, 1402, 1405, 1435, and 1515, reiterates “the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”, calls “on Israel to address its security needs within the boundaries of international law”, expresses “grave concern at the continued deterioration of the situation on the ground in the territory occupied by Israel since 1967”, condemns “the killing of Palestinian civilians that took place in the Rafah area”, expresses grave concern “by the recent demolition of homes committed by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Rafah refugee camp”, reaffirms “its support for the Road Map, endorsed in resolution 1515”, “Calls on Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, and insists, in particular, on its obligation not to undertake demolition of homes contrary to that law”, and “Calls on both parties to immediately implement their obligations under the Road Map”.

Res. 1701 (Aug. 11, 2006) – Expresses “its utmost concern at the continuing escalation of hostilities in Lebanon and in Israel” that “has already caused hundreds of deaths and injuries” and “extensive damage to civilian infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons”, and “Calls for a full cessation of hostilities” including “the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations”.

Res. 1860 (Jan. 8, 2009) – Expresses “grave concern at the escalation of violence and the deterioration of the situation, in particular the resulting heavy civilian casualties since the refusal to extend the period of calm”, expresses “grave concern also at the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza”, “calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza”, “Calls for the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”, and “Condemns all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism”.

Israel was founded on the principle of terrorism. The Israeli propaganda that Israel is always acting in self-dense is no longer believable. This is further proof.
  • Res. 57 (Sep. 18, 1948) – Expresses deep shock at the assassination of the U.N. Mediator in Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, by Zionist terrorists.
  • Res. 89 (Nov. 17, 1950) – Requests that attention be given to the expulsion of “thousands of Palestine Arabs” and calls upon concerned governments to take no further action “involving the transfer of persons across international frontiers or armistice lines”, and notes that Israel announced that it would withdraw to the armistice lines.
  • Res. 93 (May 18, 1951) – Finds that Israeli airstrikes on Syria on April 5, 1951 constitutes “a violation of the cease-fire”, and decides that Arab civilians expelled from the demilitarized zone by Israel should be allowed to return.
  • Res. 100 (Oct. 27, 1953) – Notes that Israel had said it would stop work it started in the demilitarized zone on September 2, 1953.
  • Res. 101 (Nov. 24, 1953) – Finds Israel’s attack on Qibya, Jordan on October 14-15, 1953 to be a violation of the cease-fire and “Expresses the strongest censure of that action”.
  • Res. 106 (Mar. 29, 1955) – Condemns Israel’s attack on Egyptian forces in the Gaza Strip on February 28, 1955.
  • Res. 111 (Jan. 19, 1956) – Condemns Israel’s attack on Syria on December 11, 1955 as “a flagrant violation of the cease-fire” and armistice agreement.
  • Res. 119 (Oct. 31, 1956) – Considers that “a grave situation has been created” by the attack against Egypt by the forces of Britain, France, and Israel.
  • Res. 171 (Apr. 9, 1962) – Reaffirms resolution 111 and determines that Israel’s attack on Syria on March 16-17, 1962 “constitutes a flagrant violation of that resolution”.
  • Res. 228 (Nov. 25, 1966) – “Deplores the loss of life and heavy damage to property resulting from the action” by Israel in the southern Hebron area on November 13, 1966, and “Censures Israel for this large-scale military action in violation of the United Nations Charter” and the armistice agreement between Israel and Jordan.
  • Res. 237 (Jun. 14, 1967) – Calls on Israel “to ensure the safety, welfare and security of the inhabitants where military operations have taken place” during the war launched by Israel on June 5, 1967 “and to facilitate the return of those inhabitants who have fled the areas since the outbreak of hostilities”.
  • Res. 242 (Nov. 22, 1967) – Emphasizes “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war”, emphasizes that member states have a commitment to abide by the U.N. Charter, and calls for the “Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied” during the June 1967 war.
  • Res. 248 (Mar. 24, 1968) – Observes that the Israeli attack on Jordan “was of a large-scale and carefully planned nature”, “Deplores the loss of life and heavy damage to property”, “Condemns the military action launched by Israel in flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and the cease-fire resolutions”, and “Calls upon Israel to desist from” further violations of resolution 237.

As one reader eloquently stated:

UN to Netanyahu: Undo everything that you’ve done and we will unsay everything that’s been said
Israeli “Probes” and Findings:
  • Israeli probe cleared the military of any wrongdoing over a 2002 raid that killed Hamas’s military chief and 16 others civilians.
  • Israeli Court Rules Shooting at Palestinians “OK.”
  • Israeli probe into Flotilla raid, blockade found to be “legal.”
  • Israel Rejects Calls for International Probe of Flotilla Raid
  • Amnesty International, the London-based rights group, found that “impunity remains the norm” for settlers accused of vandalism and physical attacks on Palestinians. 
  • Israel finds that the firing of cluster munitions (in Lebanon) was directed only at legitimate military targets! (they’re never guilty of anything)!
  • Israeli military finds [Palestinian] protest as a “violent and illegal riot” and released photographs it identified as being from the demonstration showing Palestinian youths using slingshots, (Palestinian WMD), justifying its killing of a Palestinian woman by firing a tear gas canister directly at her!
  • and the list goes on…

81 Reasons Why Gaza has the right to self-defense

By Julie Webb-Pullman

Seventy-nine of them can be found in United Nations Security Council Resolutions “directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law.” (1)

Ironically, after violating 80+ UN Resolutions,  Israel Demanded UN Response to Palestinian Rocket “Attacks!”

Number 80 can be found in the Goldstone Report (2), the recommendations of which have yet to implemented some 18 months after its submission to the Human Rights Council, and Paragraph 1912 of which stresses “all States parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 have in addition the obligation, while respecting the United Nations Charter and international law, to ensure compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law as embodied in that Convention.”

Has that happened? Clearly not. (3)

The most compelling reason number 81, can be found in the United Nations Charter, Article 52 which states: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.” (4)

There would also be a Reason 82, but for the United States power of veto exercised in the Security Council in February 2011. (5)

Read Ashkelon: Why Gaza Exists

If the international community has abandoned its responsibilities towards Palestinians, and particularly towards Gaza, as the above examples over the last 63 years plus this map of Palestinian territories so graphically illustrate, what else is left to Gaza but self-defense?

The Stealing -and Ethnic Cleansing – of Palestine

Israel and its chorUS disingenuously cite Israel’s right of “self-defense” to justify not only Israel’s disproportionate military response to Gaza – and Palestinians’ – genuine right to self-defense, but also to attempt to disguise Israel’s blatant land-theft from existing citizens.

Contrast the “newcomers” in Israel, for example, to many of those who in recent years have arrived in Australia. The latter have been considered illegal immigrants and incarcerated in off-shore islands or desert detention camps –the subtle distinction being that

  1. those latterly arriving in Australia sought refuge from repressive regimes whereas the Israeli immigrants came from European and North American democracies…(enough said, perhaps) and
  2. unlike Australia’s (and New Zealand’s) immigrants, who now accept the existing population’s rights to their existing property, culture and citizenship, Israel’s immigrants bulldoze and destroy the homes of existing residents to build their own in their place, not only rendering thousands homeless but also destroying historic, economic and culturally-important sites such as religious buildings, olive groves, farms, and cemeteries – and now legislating that they also be of the Jewish religion in order to have citizenship.

Is not our perception of the wrongness of such actions why New Zealanders, for instance, just spent thirty years redressing such wrongs in their own country, through the Waitangi Tribunal? Is not our perception of the wrongness of such discrimination why we all fought to end similar structural apartheid in South Africa?

In the past week, Israel has killed at least 10 people and seriously wounded scores more in in Gaza in sustained military attacks with sophisticated weaponry targeted at civilians, a week in which so-called ‘rocket’ attacks from Gaza (into traditional Palestinian territory) have not caused any Israeli deaths, or physical injury. Yet Israel on Wednesday threatened “After barrage of rocket and mortar fire, Vice Premier Shalom says Israel may have to consider wide operation in Gaza; Minister Limor Livnat: Operation Cast Lead 2 may be in order.” (6)

After a cosy telephone chat to US President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday said from Moscow that “Israel’s reaction to rocket attacks will be measured” (7) – but by what, is the question…caesium, perhaps?

US Secretary of Defense Robert now waits in Israel for Netanyahu’s return, discussing with his Israeli counterpart Barak how to ensure Israel maintains its ‘qualitative military edge’ in ‘a period like now when Israeli-US security relations were so strong.’ (8)

Obama in South America while his troops hammer Libya, insisting that the US role will be minor, Netanyahu in Moscow proclaiming the same for Gaza…this arms’ length war-mongering to give an appearance of moderation makes me very suspicious – to paraphrase Shakespeare, “Methinks they doth protest too much.”

Yes, on any reading of the situation, Gaza certainly does have good cause for concern about their security and territorial integrity.

In the face of continuing military attacks against civilian targets and the absence of any meaningful and/or enforceable UN Security Council Resolution to protect them, and of any meaningful assistance from the international community in preventing Israel’s ongoing use of force, they have every legitimate reason to resort to self-defense, under Article 52 of the UN Charter.

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References

(1) Israeli Violations of UN Security Council Resolutions

(2) HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE

(3) Amnesty International UK et al (2008) The Gaza Strip: A Humanitarian Implosion , and
Amnesty International UK et al (2010) Dashed Hopes: Continuation of the Gaza Siege
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
(2010) The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip: Collective Punishment of the civilian population
UNICEF, UNRWA and Minister of Education and Higher Education
(2010) Palestinian children deprived of basic rights to education ;
UNDP (2010) One Year After GAZA Early Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Assessment ;
OCHA (2010) Farming without Land, Fishing without Water: Gaza Agriculture Sector Struggles to Survive
(4) Charter of the United Nations Chapter V11 Article 52

(5) United States vetoes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements

(6) and (7) links: broken or do not load.

(8) Gates calls for bold action to reach two-state solution

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Israel hopes peace accord will remain as Egypt changes to democracy – Haaretz

Don’t hold your breath!

The Arab world and People REJECT a peace treaty based on terrorizing, ethnic cleansing and uprooting Palestinians!

There’s no peace when thugs known as settlers cheerfully – supported by the Israeli Occupation Terrorists – evict Palestinians from their homes… throw them in the street and then have the audacity to bill them for the “cost of removing their belongings” from their own homes!

There’s no peace with Nazi-like government who kills and justify the killing of Palestinians through a corrupt violent Talmudic “religion.”

Long gone are the days of traitors you bought…

One by one, these dictators are falling.. and you will face the ugly truth that Arabs never supported their dictator’s “peace-treaties” with Nazi Israel.

Sooner or later you shall let Palestinians  return to their lands and homes.. else await your ultimate fall and demise. And just as the U.S. abandoned its “dictators and so-called allies,” the day will come when you, O’ Israel will be abandoned.

You’ve been served!

Next to be toppled.. soon

“He is basically your main go-to guy in Egypt,” former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin said. Suleiman has been “helpful in many arenas,” including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. McLaughlin said.

 

 

A 2006 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, disclosed by the WikiLeaks website in January, called intelligence collaboration with Suleiman “probably the most successful element” of the U.S. relationship with Egypt. But that relationship is “a little like being in bed with the Mafia,” author Ron Suskind told CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

“If someone knocks on your door at night and you disappear, Omar Suleiman is probably behind it,” said Suskind, whose 2006 book “The One Percent Doctrine” detailed the Bush administration’s post-9/11 counterterrorism policies. “He is a feared man, and certainly not a man with any legitimacy when it comes to rule of law or any of the principles we prized in America.”

In 2002, al Qaeda captive Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi “was tortured rather dramatically” by Suleiman’s agents, Suskind said, yielding a “confession” that Iraq had trained the terrorist group in the use of chemical and biological weapons. His assertion was a key point in the Bush administration’s arguments for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but he recanted it once back in U.S. hands.

That sort of history leaves an opening for critics to question U.S. support for democratic change in Egypt, Suskind said.

“The fact is, we are allied with the people they’re trying to overthrow, and right now the United States hasn’t done much to separate those bonds,” he said.

Suleiman had long been mentioned as a possible successor to Mubarak, along with the aging ruler’s son, Gamal. A 2007 U.S. cable called his loyalty to Mubarak “rock solid,” and some analysts viewed his vice presidential appointment as a way for Mubarak to make a graceful exit.

Suleiman is even credited with saving Mubarak’s life. On a state visit to Ethiopia in 1995, Mubarak was to have traveled in a normal vehicle but Suleiman insisted that the president’s armored Mercedes be flown in from Cairo.

Accounts of an assassination attempt on Mubarak vary but it’s believed that Suleiman was sitting next to Mubarak when a hail of bullets pinged off the car. The bond forged that day cemented their relationship.

But Suleiman’s attempts at dialogue with opposition parties were derided by protesters, and the Obama administration criticized the talks for including too few opposition groups. Vice President Joe Biden told Suleiman on Tuesday that Egypt needed “immediate, irreversible progress” toward meeting protesters’ demands, and leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei said Suleiman and Mubarak “are twins.”

“This is an act of deception at a grand scale,” ElBaradei said.

Nathan Brown, a professor of Middle Eastern politics at George Washington University, said Mubarak’s Thursday speech did him little good. Not only was it too little, too late, he said, but his announcement that he was ceding power to Suleiman was buried in an “incredibly patronizing” speech.

“Had he done this a couple of weeks ago, it actually may have done something,” Brown said. But now, he said, “All the constitutional, legal tools are in their hands, and it doesn’t’ do them any good. So I don’t think they’re sure what to do.”

Source: CNN

 

 

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As you can see on the home page – under Top Posts, A democracy called Israel is of course about anything but democracy!

 

Pro NaZionists, this article may be hazardous to your sick views!

Aljazeera reports:

The death of Israeli democracy

 

Right-wing Israelis have recently taken to the streets to express their views, but will left-wing Israelis be able to make their voices heard?

As Egyptians demand their freedom, I ask a Muslim in Jaffa if we will see the same in Israel. “I don’t think so,” he answers. “Even with all the mess here, we have democracy.”

But, do we? And for how much longer?

As we speak, the Knesset is debating one of a slew of anti-democratic bills. Some of the legislation targets Palestinian citizens of Israel – people like this man and his wife, who is quick to offer me coffee and her opinions.

If the Admissions Committee law passes, for example, this young couple and their three children could find themselves barred from living in certain communities and villages, even those built on public land. If the Nakba Bill is approved, organisations that commemorate the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians will be ineligible for public funds. This is a “watered down” version of the bill. The original version sought to imprison anyone who publicly marked the Nakba Day. Other legislation aims to silence individuals and groups that criticise the government.

The Israeli Democracy Institute (IDI) says that such bills pose “serious threats” to the country. Explaining that the death of democracy is “a gradual process,” the IDI, a non-partisan think-tank based in Jerusalem, warns:

“People who are concerned but are waiting for the ‘moment of real danger’ to abandon their routines and take steps to defend democracy are making a mistake. The moment of real danger is now.”

It is worth noting that the IDI managed to publish this op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, a centre-right daily, while the centre-left newspaper Haaretz has recently published a number of pieces voicing similar concerns about Israel’s democracy. This suggests that even the Israeli centre – however apathetic – is worried about the state of the state.

Diminishing democratic space


Some critics might say that Israel was never a democracy
in the true sense of the word. Arab citizens of the state were under martial law from 1949 to 1966. A year later, the decidedly undemocratic occupation of Palestinian territories began.

Knesset member Dov Khenin, of the Jewish-Arab party Hadash, puts it like this:

“In Israel there is a specific democratic space. It’s not big, and in connection to the topic of Arabs, it’s even smaller. But the space is important to us because it’s the space we’re standing in.”

He gestures to the room in Jaffa, where he is giving a talk under the banner of “The Danger of Fascism”. There are about 20 people present – a sad number considering what is at stake.

“What has happened in recent years – and it’s a process that’s very dangerous – is that the space is being attacked and clamped down upon,” Khenin continues.

“One of the attacks is coming in the form of racism,” he says.

He explains that while Arab Knesset members have always been regarded with suspicion – the vicious verbal assault Haneen Zoabi faced in the Knesset after she participated in the flotilla comes to my mind – the government is “now attacking not just the Arab Knesset members but all the Arab population”.

“The process is spreading,” Khenin adds. “And if we look at the past two years, it’s not just the Arab population, [the government is] also attacking Jews who think differently.”

A political witch-hunt

That assault is coming in the form of anti-democratic legislation that would limit free speech and campaigns against Israeli human rights organisations.

The Boycott Bill seeks to criminalise those who advocate for the international boycott of Israel, subjecting them to steep fines.

The Anti-Incitement Bill criminalises those who publish anything that denies Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. Because I have authored articles calling for a bi-national democracy, this one could land me in jail. (And, if I’m already headed for the clinker, I might as well state the obvious: A country that must force people to call it democratic, on pain of imprisonment, is not a democracy).

And the Knesset is considering the creation of committees that will investigate the funding of left-wing civil and human rights organisations – most of which are critical of the Israeli occupation. Critics have likened the move to a political witch-hunt as right-wing groups will not be investigated. They also point out that such an investigation, which is the responsibility of the legal branch, would exceed the Knesset’s power.

So the question remains: Will Israel become out-right fascist?

‘Sliding towards fascism?’


At an October protest against legislation commonly referred to as the loyalty oath – a bill that would require non-Jews seeking Israeli citizenship to pledge allegiance to a “Jewish and democratic” state – Gavriel Solomon, a prominent academic and peace activist, likened Israel to Nazi Germany, circa 1935.

That was the year that the Nuremberg Laws – racist legislation that led to the systematic and deadly persecution of Jews – were created.

“There were no [concentration] camps yet but there were racist laws,” he said. “And we are heading towards these kinds of laws.”

Speaking to Al Jazeera by telephone, Solomon softened his message, remarking that: “The question was really if we are not sliding towards fascism.”

“Even though we very clearly have people like [Avigdor] Lieberman [the foreign minister] who are not sensitive to the issue … there [are] enough people on the right not to allow such Lieberman laws to go through,” he says, pointing to members of Likud like Dan Meridor.

But Haaretz recently revealed that right-wing activists are working in Jewish settlements to recruit Likud voters who would push Meridor out of the Knesset.

And rightists are taking other moves to silence dissent. Haaretz reports that they have successfully shut down the Facebook pages of several left-wing groups.

Depending on how these right-wingers spin their projects – are they trying to silence dissent or are they taking necessary measures for Israel’s image and security – the Israeli public may be willing to march lockstep with them.

A recent poll, conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group, found that more than half of Jewish Israelis are willing to limit press freedom if the media poses a threat to the state’s image. And nearly two-thirds would clamp down on freedom of speech for the sake of security.

Top-down racism

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is one of the organisations leading the fight against anti-democratic legislation. Spokeswoman Ronit Sela remarks: “I think what’s troublesome is that it’s not just groups or people on the street that are voicing things that are racist and anti-democratic … [it is] the Knesset and the government.”

“And we don’t see such a strong opposition from the prime minister [Binyamin Netanyahu].”

Sela emphasises that whether or not the bills pass they are damaging.

“When the person on the street reads in the newspaper that there are Knesset members who want to interrogate these organisations about their funding, it makes an impression,” she says. “Damage has already been done to the reputation of the human rights organisations, to the Arabs of this country and to the Jewish citizens who work with them.”

“It is anti-democratic content that is slipping into the Israeli mainstream,” she adds.

Just as Sela warns against focusing solely on the passage of legislation, Khenin cautions against pinning Israel’s political crisis on one person or group.

“When we’re talking about the rise of fascism in Israel, we’re talking about the groups of extreme rabbis and the settler armies,” he says. “But it’s a mistake to focus just on those groups … The danger of fascism is wider.”

He points to a weak high court and problems within Israel’s political parties, as well as a political centre that has disappeared and can no longer keep the right in check.

“We need to understand that fascism isn’t an expression of power, it’s an expression of weakness.”

Khenin points out that not long before Netanyahu became prime minister he called Palestinian citizens of Israel a demographic threat. “And now he’s head of the government,” he adds.
And because the death of democracy is tied up with the occupation, “a people who oppresses another people cannot be free,” Khenin says, paraphrasing Friedrich Engels.

Change is in the air

Will the people hit the streets for democracy?

Oded is a 29-year-old industrial designer who asked to be identified by a pseudonym because he fears social and professional repercussions from voicing his political opinions and doing so on an “Arab” media outlet.

He says that, if current trends continue, it is likely that Israel will see a fascist government. In the past, Oded recalls, dissenting opinions were tolerated. “Now, it’s impossible to say anything against the state or the government. If you do, you’re a ‘traitor’ because the state is the value that’s important.”

And Oded, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, remarks that this kind of ultra-nationalism is at the root of both racism and fascism.

“Are you going to protest?” I ask.

“No,” he says. “Right now, however self-centred it sounds, it doesn’t really interest me because I have things in my personal life that are more important. And I’m lazy.”

When I ask him if he thinks such apathy might allow extremists to take over, he nods. “I think [if we had a fascist government,] I would just leave,” he says, voicing something I have heard many Israelis say.

A recent demonstration held under the banner “March for Democracy while we still can,” attracted some 20,000. Many held signs that read: “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”
And, on Saturday night, some 200 Palestinian citizens of Israel and far-left Jewish Israeli activists gathered to stand in solidarity with Egypt’s pro-democracy protestors and to demonstrate against oppression in Israel.
A Palestinian-Israeli demonstrator said, in Hebrew, that the Middle East must get rid of “the three b’s: Barak, Bibi [Netanyahu] and Mubarak”.

While meaningful change is probably a long way off for Israel – it may take something huge, like fascism, to wake Jewish Israelis from their apathy and dreams of maintaining both a Zionist and democratic state – change is in the air.

Mya Guarnieri is a Tel Aviv-based journalist and writer. A regular contributor to Al Jazeera English, her work has also appeared in The Guardian and The Huffington Post, as well as other international media outlets.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

 

Meanwhile…

 

Jerusalem set to approve contentious Jewish housing in Arab neighborhood

 

 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denounced the release of classified diplomatic cables as an “attack on the international community”.

Mrs. Clinton also stated:

“This disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests,” she said. It is an attack on the international community: the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.”

 

This is quite bizarre. Global security through murders and killings? Exposing American forces savagery in Iraq is now a threat and/or attack on the international community? Insulting world leaders while schmoozing up to these world dictators, is justified as “partnership? Let me get this straight: Saddam was accused of hiding WMD, invaded a sovereign country next door and was immediately dealt with, toppled, executed and the country is in complete chaos. We “brought Iraq democracy.” Or so we’d like to claim while millions of innocent people including children have been executed by our forces!

Yet, Israel, a terrorist nation of Apartheid and NaZionism continues with its crimes against humanity – and we quickly reward this nation of terrorists and Nazis with more advanced planes and weapons.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with L...
Clinton with Mutassim Qaddafi, Libyan Security Adviser. Supporting Dictatorships!

But why are these leaked “secrets” considered a threat to our National Security? Let’s look at some:

As to diplomats’ portrayals of world leaders, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to have been described as feckless, vain and ineffective and sharing a close relationship with the “alpha dog”, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France is said to be thin-skinned and authoritarian, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is described as risk-averse.

Corruption in Afghanistan with concerns heightened when a senior official was found to be carrying more than $52m (£33m) in cash on a foreign trip

Meanwhile, Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi always travels with a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse, according to one of the cables.

This is such sensitive information! After all, the voluptuous Ukrainian nurse is really another form of WMD! And the $52 million in cash? Secret? I say this is just the type of story I expect to hear on the 7 o’clock news!

Wikileaks has posted only some of the 200 of the 251,287 messages it says it has obtained. However, the entire bundle of cables has been made available to five publications, including the New York Times and the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Will more “secrets” be revealed to the cattle (human race) of the world? If it “serves our foreign policy and national interests,” you bet… and other trash is revealed or leaked to us so that we would think there’s really nothing of value in these leaked secrets!

For example, Wikileaks argues the release of the documents has shed light on the wars, including allegations of torture and reports that suggest 15,000 additional civilian deaths happened in Iraq. We also know that… but the sad truth is that Banning, the one accused of such leaks, is imprisoned… as the news reported this morning (Tuesday November 30, 2010) for releasing a video of American forces in a helicopter, executing Iraqi civilians indiscriminately.  I remember the story well: when it was first reported, we were told that these people were insurgents… then the truth came out briefly and the story quickly buried  and disappeared!

But if another country committed such atrocities, we would be invading them to restore “justice.”

And if an “ally” committed the same atrocities, we praise them for their self-control in not killing more civilians!

This is exactly why Private First Class Bradley Manning is in jail!