The REAL Middle East Nuclear Threat

corbettreport.com · by Corbett • 05/12/2018

There is in fact a Middle Eastern nation that is in fact in control of a vast, undeclared stockpile of nuclear weapons. This nation does have the capability of deploying those weapons anywhere in the region. It is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and its arsenal has never been inspected by any international agency. But this nation is not Iran. It’s Israel.

19 mei Amsterdam Landelijke demonstratie: solidariteit met de Palestijnen!

globalinfo.nl · by Palestina Komitee/Grenzeloos – 17-5-2018
Afgelopen maandag vermoordde het Israëlische leger tijdens protesten aan de grens tussen Israël en de Gaza-Strook 55 Palestijnse demonstranten. De weken ervoor waren al tientallen Palestijnen gedood, die meededen aan de protesten in het kader van de Grote Mars van de Terugkeer. Dit is een grof schandaal en tekenend voor de manier waarop Israël het recht van Palestijnen om zich te verzetten tegen onderdrukking en bezetting tegemoet treedt.

(Bron: grenzeloos.org)

Deze week is wereldwijd door Palestijnen Al-Nakba (de Catastrofe) van 1948 herdacht, toen rondom de stichting van de Staat Israël door zionistische strijdgroepen honderdduizenden Palestijnen uit hun huizen en van hun grond zijn verdreven. Om hun terugkeer te bemoeilijken zijn vervolgens honderden dorpen met de grond gelijk gemaakt.

De verplaatsing van de Amerikaanse ambassade van Tel Aviv naar geannexeerd Oost-Jeruzalem is de zoveelste stap in een decennialang proces van Israëlische expansie en – wat Israël betreft – een normalisering van de bezetting.

Het Westen heeft steeds nagelaten tegen deze politiek van Israël op te treden. Zowel op economisch, politiek, militair als op cultureel gebied (Eurovisie songfestival) is en blijft de samenwerking nauw. De Nederlandse regering weigert zelfs de Israëlische ambassadeur vanwege de recente massaslachting op het matje te roepen.

Daarom gaan wij de straat op om onze solidariteit met de Palestijnen te betuigen.

Wij eisen:
– een eind aan Israëlische onderdrukking van Palestijnen en de bezetting van Palestina!
– erkenning van het recht op terugkeer van de Palestijnse vluchtelingen!
– stop de militaire samenwerking met Israël!

Zie voor de lijst van ondersteunende organisaties de site van het Nederlands Palestina Komitee.

(13:00 Dam Amsterdam dus, zaterdag 19 mei)

Het Weerzinwekkend Gezever over Anti-Semitisme

stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com · by stan · May 18, 2018

Het is typerend, maar zeker niet onverklaarbaar, dat zodra de zelfbenoemde ‘Joodse staat’ weer eens haar fascistisch gezicht heeft getoond, het gezever over anti-semitisme onmiddellijk opbloeit, in een schaamteloze poging om de aandacht af te leiden. Schaamteloos, omdat hier de dood van zes miljoen joden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog misbruikt wordt om fascisme te legitimeren. Ik gebruik met nadruk het begrip fascisme, in de betekenis van de politiek van het recht van de sterkste. Al in 1981 verklaarde Nahum Goldman, van 1956 tot 1968, president van de World Zionist Organization, met betrekking tot gecultiveerd joods slachtofferisme:
We zullen moeten begrijpen dat het joodse lijden tijdens de Holocaust niet langer meer als verdediging zal dienen, en we zullen zeker moeten nalaten de Holocaust als argument te gebruiken om gelijk wat we ook mogen doen te rechtvaardigen. De Holocaust gebruiken als een excuus voor het bombarderen… is een soort ‘ontheiliging,’ een banalisering van de onschendbare tragedie van de Holocaust, die niet misbruikt moet worden om een politiek twijfelachtig en moreel onverdedigbaar beleid te rechtvaardigen.
Vanwege zijn gematigde houding en zijn streven naar coëxistentie met Israel’s Arabische buren werd Nahum Goldman tenslotte diep gehaat door zijn mede-zionisten. Vrede had voor hen geen zin, aangezien ze onder aanvoering van Ben Goerion uit waren op Eretz-Israel (Groot-Israel) en de hegemonie in het Midden-Oosten.

Pat Buchanan: Bibi’s Troubled Hour Of Power

ZeroHedge · by Tyler Durden – Tue, 05/15/2018 – 12:20

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph.

Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria.

“If it rains on us, it will storm on them. I hope we have finished the episode,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, boasting that Israel’s raids hit “nearly all Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”

The day before, Bibi was in Moscow, persuading Vladimir Putin to cancel the sale of Russia’s S-300 air defense system to Damascus.

Yesterday, in an event televised worldwide, the U.S. embassy was transferred to Jerusalem, with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner doing the honors in what Bibi called a “glorious day.” Few can recall a time when Israel seemed in so favorable a position.

The White House and the Republican Party that controls Congress are solidly behind Israel. Egypt is cooperating to battle terrorists in Sinai.

Israel has a de facto alliance with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf royals. And the Palestinians have never been more divided, isolated and alone.

Yet, there is another side to this story, also visible this last week.

As the transfer ceremony of the Jerusalem embassy was taking place, TV split screens showed pictures of protesting Palestinians, 52 of whom were shot dead Monday, with thousands wounded by snipers. Some 40,000 had rallied against the U.S. embassy move.

Even before Monday’s body count, the Gaza Health Ministry said that, over the previous six Fridays of “March of Return” protests, 49 Palestinians had been killed and 2,240 hit by live fire from Israeli troops.

Those dead and wounded Palestinians are not likely to be forgotten in Gaza. And while Israel has never had so many Arab regimes willing to work with her in pushing back against Iran, Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, a “clear violation of international law.”

Gheit added: “The fall of Palestinian martyrs by the bullets of the Israeli occupation must ring an alarm … bell to any state that does not find anything wrong with the immoral and illegal stance that we are watching.”

Last week, Hezbollah, which arose in resistance to the 1982 Israeli occupation of Lebanon, and expelled the Israeli army 18 years later, won Lebanon’s elections. A Hezbollah-backed coalition will likely form the new government in Beirut.

Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S. and Bibi ally, said that any attack by Hezbollah, which fought Israel to a standstill in 2006, should bring an Israeli declaration of war — on Lebanon.

While Israel launched some 100 strikes on Syria in recent years, Syrian President Bashar Assad has survived and, with the aid of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia, won his civil war.

Assad and his army and allies are far stronger now, while President Trump, Israel’s indispensable ally, speaks of bringing U.S. troops home from Syria. In polls, a majority of Americans lines up behind Israel in its clashes, but a majority also wants no more U.S. wars in the Middle East.

Also, Sunday, the U.S. sustained another major political defeat.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi lost his re-election bid. Based on early results, the winning coalition was that of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, against whose forces U.S. troops fought a decade ago.

Running second was a ticket led by a Shiite militia general close to Iran. When a new government is formed in Baghdad, the orientation of Iraq seems certain to shift away from the United States.

The Massacre in Gaza: A Deliberate and Calculated Policy

truth-out.org · by Steven Chovanec – Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Protesters run away from tear gas dispersed by Israeli forces as they inch closer to the border fence separating Israel and Gaza on May 14, 2018, in a camp east of Gaza City, Gaza. (Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Palestinian blood continued to pour along the border fence with Gaza on May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

Israeli soldiers wounded more than 2,700 Palestinian protesters and killed dozens more with rifle fire on Monday. At least five children were killed, including an 8-month-old baby girl who died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers. Today, a few hundred Palestinians have defiantly returned to protest near the Gaza fence after yesterday’s carnage. Early reports indicate that there has already been one death and dozens of injuries from live ammunition and gas inhalation, while casualties have been reported during separate protests in the West Bank.

For more than a month, Israeli soldiers have been shooting and killing unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, using high-powered sniper rifles and live ammunition.

Palestinians have been shot while kneeling for prayer. They have been shot in the back. Children have been targeted and killed. Journalists, clearly marked as such, have been shot, killed and maimed. Thousands have been injured, and some have had to amputate their limbs to survive their injuries.

No evidence has been presented showing that Palestinians have posed a threat to the Israeli snipers pulling the triggers. The Israeli soldiers are positioned hundreds of yards away, perched behind a hill, wearing full battle gear. They are comfortably shooting at the Palestinians through sniper scopes, from a safe distance from which they are in no danger.

What’s more, the justifications that the Israeli government has given to defend this practice do not even attempt to deny these facts. Statements such as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s claim that “anyone who approaches the fence is putting his life in jeopardy” instead seek to justify the firing of live ammunition against unarmed protesters who pose no legitimate threat.

Intentionally Imposed Humiliation