Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

Israel’s Ambassador Itzhak Levanon, left Cairo yesterday evening, returning to Tel Aviv with his wife following the announcement of the Egyptian authorities of uncovering an Israeli spy network  working with an Egyptian businessmen who was assisting them in recruiting agents.

Interestingly, Levanon is the son of the first Israeli Madam: the Mossad agent Shula Cohen, and the brother of David Kishik, head of a mafia of thieves and criminals operating out of the military headquarter Beit El.

Yitzhak Levanon is the son of Israel’s first Madam in Lebanon, “Shulamit Arazi Cohen” a.k.a. “Shulamit Cohen Kishik” a.k.a. “Schulamit Mayer Cohen” a.k.a. “Shula Cohen”  who sold her favors to hundreds of high government officials in Lebanon between 1947 and 1961. She attended to her customers in her private house in the district of Wadi abu Jamil in Beirut among other locations.

The mother of Yitzhak Levanon, the First Israeli Madam Shula Cohen, was not only a spy in Lebanon but a mossad agent who worked there from the late 40s and until 1961. She was part of a network which caused the bankruptcy of the Lebanese economy after transferring the money to the Zionist Agency, then to Israel, and she was also involved in “helping” Jews to immigrate to Israel after stealing everything they could from the various Arab countries.

Yitzhak Levanon was born in Lebanon and he stayed there while his prostitute mother was in jail. He was the only member of the family who visited his mother in jail while the other members of the family left Lebanon. This relation to the economic destruction of Lebanon is why he calls himself “Levanon” and not Cohen, or Kishik, or Mayer, as one would expect due to the names of his ancestors.

Levanon has not announced the reason for his departure to Cairo or the date of his return.

The Egyptian public prosecutor referred the three defendants, including two Israelis considered  “fugitives” and an Egyptian person already in custody awaiting trial on charges of spying for Israel and harming national interests of the country.

Egyptian security forces arrested an Egyptian, Tarek Abdel-Razek, 37, who owns a company for export and import.

Kidnapped tourists

An Egyptian official told The Associated Press that the authorities arrested four people suspected of spying for Israel and “conspiracy to destroy the economy through the kidnapping of tourists.”

Now we know what really happened in the so-called terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt. The Mossad is behind every filthy incident in the Middle East!

The official revealed that the suspects, all Egyptians, opened several offices in Egypt, Britain, Israel and Gaza to record telephone conversations of officials and gather information about Chinese and Japanese tourists who visited the Sinai Peninsula.

On the other hand, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said he had no information about the case.

Israel is reportedly planning to launch a new war to strengthen its position in the Middle East, following recent political reforms in regional states.

A Western diplomat in the Jordanian capital Amman said on Wednesday that Israel has decided to attack Syria and Lebanon following the downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt, which served as a great loss to Tel Aviv, the Lebanese daily Assafir reported.

The diplomat reiterated that since Tel Aviv is seriously worried about consequences of the Egyptian revolution and future developments in the region, it wants to start a new war in the Middle East in order to turn the situation back in its favor.

“Israel intends to overthrow Bashar al-Assad government in Syria in a matter of weeks after a war with Lebanon’s resistance movement of Hezbollah east of Lebanon, near the border with Syria,” Assafir quoted the diplomat as saying.

He added that Israel has already informed Washington about the plan.

Egypt, which shares a long border with Israel, was the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Tel Aviv in 1979, following secret negotiations at the Camp David resort in the US.

For years, Egypt Mubarak helped Israel impose a deadly siege on the Gaza Strip by closing the Rafah crossing to Palestinians, keeping Gaza’s 1.5 million population trapped in the tiny coastal enclave.

The Israeli regime now fears that by the opening of Rafah, Hamas, the democratically-elected government of Gaza, will gain more power.

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Israel has informed Washington? And Washington, apparently approved! Do these morons-of-so-called-leaders learn anything from history, let alone current events?  Then the Western Powers “discuss” a No Fly Zone over Libya? Makes sense!!!

May be Israel should start a war. The last two aggressions against Palestinians in Gaza and the Lebanese resulted in humiliating defeats for the Israeli Terror Forces. Maybe we need to celebrate another humiliation of Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

Costumes of Arab women, fourth to sixth century.

You've Come A Long Way Baby!

 

Woman from Damascus, Muslim woman from Mecca, ...

Different Traditional Costumes

Update:

Egypt protests: Three reported dead in ‘day of revolt’

more here

And Egypt’s Foreign Minister said “It won’t happen here..”

 

It’s been just two days since the people of Tunis forced a heathen-dictator out and became free. This is the first dictatorship in the Middle East that has evaporated. This is the first chance ever for a real and first democracy to descend upon the Middle East and North Africa.

Every Arab leader – and the Israeli War Criminal Netanyahu – has watched Tunisia‘s revolt in fear while citizens across the Arab world watch in solidarity, elated at that rarity: open revolution.

Egypt, Jordan, Algeria and Morocco are seen as the other countries most likely to face serious popular unrest over unemployment, corruption and hopelessness, though social, political and economic conditions vary considerably between them. [Guardian]

Libya

Dictators – and frankly morons – like Gaddafi of Libya, condemned the Tunisian uprising; he had to open his mouth making such ridiculous comments that “Tunisians rushed into this.. and that the deposed dictator was “the best Tunisian to have ever ruled Tunisia..”[source]

Today – January 16, 2011, Libyans are about to do the same – and hopefully, topple this old senile and arrogant so-called leader as they pretty much make the same demands.

Jordan

Thousands of Jordanians have taken to the streets. While we still hope to see them topple their corrupt dictator-King, they have demanded an end to corruption and demonstrated in front of the Jordanian Parliament and shouting anti-government slogans. It’s a start. (source Aljazeera)

"No to Corruption.. YES to holding the Corrupt Accountable"

Egypt

Egypt’s idiotic foreign minister claimed that what happened in Tunisia will not be repeated in Egypt!He accused foreign media to be instigating chaos and

Abu Algait, Egypt's Foreign Minister dared to share his "wisdom"

I don’t know what Zodiac influence he’s under, but I am willing to bet a dollar that Egypt will be next, followed by Jordan. Source

Algeria

A young and unemployed man set himself afire today following in the footsteps of the young Tunisian who later died of his burns. Source

Yemen

The people here have warned the government to take notice of what happened in Tunisia and warned against adjusting the country’s constitution to extend the current dictator’s term!

Israel and Palestine

While the protests may not be related to the Tunisian uprising, thousands of Israelis rallied in defence of human and civil rights alongside Palestinians.

Under the banner of the “Democratic Camp”, a coalition of organisations and prominent individuals, the marchers heard speakers lambast the Israeli government, singling out the rightwing foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, who is seen as threatening Israel‘s democracy.

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Lebanon

Saad Hariri faced calls to remain in exile after 11 Hezbollah ministers quit, causing his government to collapse. Anything to do with Tunisia? You be the judge: the timing suggests that it may just be!

Hariri said today that the crisis, Lebanon’s worst in nearly three years, would not be solved without further mediation from Saudi Arabia and Syria, the two parties in a failed deal that was supposed to help end months of political paralysis.

Happy New Year. We’re off to a fantastic start!

Freedom and True Democracy coming to a country near you!

ATW

On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” one of the most prominent Lebanese Shiite spiritual leaders who was involved in the founding of the Hezbollah militia. Nasr described him as “one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

I find Nasr’s firing troubling. Yes, she made a mistake. Reporters covering a beat should not be issuing condolences for any of the actors they cover. It undermines their credibility. But we also gain a great deal by having an Arabic-speaking, Lebanese-Christian female journalist covering the Middle East for CNN, and if her only sin in 20 years is a 140-character message about a complex figure like Fadlallah, she deserved some slack. She should have been suspended for a month, but not fired. It’s wrong on several counts.

To begin with, what has gotten into us? One misplaced verb now and within hours you can have a digital lynch mob chasing after you — and your bosses scrambling for cover. A journalist should lose his or her job for misreporting, for misquoting, for fabricating, for plagiarizing, for systemic bias — but not for a message like this one.

What signal are we sending young people? Trim your sails, be politically correct, don’t say anything that will get you flamed by one constituency or another. And if you ever want a job in government, national journalism or as president of Harvard, play it safe and don’t take any intellectual chances that might offend someone. In the age of Google, when everything you say is forever searchable, the future belongs to those who leave no footprints.

Then there is the Middle East angle. If there is one thing that we should have learned from our interventions in Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq, it is how few Americans understand these places. We need interpreters alive to their nuances.

I was in Baghdad after the U.S. invasion and met these young Bush appointees who, as Rajiv Chandrasekaran notes in his book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” were often chosen because they were 100 percent loyal to Bush, even if they were 100 percent ignorant of Iraq. Their ignorance helped fuel our failure there.

“Two people who sought jobs with the U.S. occupation authority [in Iraq] said they were even asked their views on Roe v. Wade,” Chandrasekaran wrote.

I’ve never met Octavia Nasr or Fadlallah. Fadlallah clearly hated Israel, supported attacks on Israelis and opposed the U.S. troops in Lebanon and Iraq. But he also opposed Hezbollah’s choking dogmatism and obedience to Iran; he wanted Lebanon’s Shiites to be independent and modern, and he built a regional following through his social commentaries.

Augustus Richard Norton, of Boston University, a Shiite expert, said this about Fadlallah, whom he knew:

“He argued that women should have equal opportunities to men and be well educated. He even argued that women have a right to hit their husband back because it was not appropriate for a spouse to be beaten by their husbands. He was not afraid to speak about sexuality, and he even once gave [a mosque sermon] about sexual urges and female masturbation. It was common to find young people who followed his writings all over the region.”

Indeed, Nasr later explained that her tweet about Fadlallah was because he took a “contrarian and pioneering stand among Shia clerics on women’s rights.”

Michael Tomasky, the editor of “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas,” pointed out an essay by the liberal secular Shiite Lebanese journalist Hanin Ghaddar — on the Web site Now Lebanon — recalling how Fadlallah intervened with her conservative father to allow her to live alone in Beirut, telling her father in a letter that he “had no right to tell me what to do, as I was an independent and sane and adult woman.”

Ghaddar said she came to understand that “only figures like Fadlallah could change the status quo. People who position themselves as anti-Hezbollah, critics of resistance, or atheists, will rarely be heard within the Shia community, because people will not listen to them. … Fadlallah on the other hand could reach out to the people because he was one of them. … People like him, if strengthened, can bring about real change. He is one of those rare people whom Hezbollah and the Iranian leadership feared … because people liked him and respected him.”

Of course, Fadlallah was not just a social worker. He had some dark side. People at CNN tell me Nasr knew both. But here’s what I know: The Middle East has to change in order to thrive, and that change has to come from within, from change agents who are seen as legitimate and rooted in their own cultures. They may not be America’s cup of tea. But we need to know about them, and understand where our interests converge — not just demonize them all.

That’s why I prefer to get my news from a CNN reporter who can actually explain why thousands of men and women are mourning an aged Shiite cleric — whom we consider nothing more than a terrorist — than a reporter who doesn’t know at all, or worse, doesn’t dare to say.