“The Greece Israel Cyprus Axis” (GRISCY): The US Key to Containing Multipolarity in the Eastern Mediterranean? – Global Research

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11-04-19 06:10:00,

The US’ strengthening of its energy and security partnerships with the emerging strategic axis of Greece, “Israel”, and Cyprus (GRISCY) through the proposed “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” will contribute to containing multipolarity in the region by working against the interests of Turkey, Russia, and even China.

The GRISCY Game-Changer

Adam Garrie’s observation last year about the emerging Greek-“Israeli“-Cypriot (GRISCY) axis has been validated after two Senators just proposed the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” that will see the US strengthen its energy and strategic partnerships with this alliance. The popular Greek outlet Ekathimerini summarized the bill’s most important provisions as follows:

                “- Lift the prohibition on arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus;

  • Authorize the establishment of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Center to facilitate energy cooperation between the US, Israel, Greece, and Cyprus;
  • Authorize $3,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance for Greece;
  • Authorize $2,000,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance for Greece and $2,000,000 for Cyprus.
  • Impede the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey, as long as Turkey continues with plans to purchase the S-400 air defense system from the Russian Federation, a purchase that would be sanctionable under US law.
  • Require the Administration to submit to Congress a strategy on enhanced security and energy cooperation with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as reports on malign activities by Russia and other countries in the region.”

From the above, it’s clear to see that this is a blatantly anti-Turkish piece of legislation, albeit one that’s also equally contrary to Russian and Chinese interests as well. This means that the Act is actually intended to contain multipolarity in the region and is therefore poised to be a game-changing geopolitical development if it enters into law.

Greece & Cyprus

GRISCY brings together three anti-Turkish states along Ankara’s Western and Southern peripheries and gives them a sense of integrational purpose through the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline that they’re all involved in, which in turn serves as the physical basis for expanding their energy relations to the political,

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Why Israel Is Seen on Campus, in Both Europe and the US, as Treating the United Nations with Total Contempt – Global Research

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07-04-19 07:36:00,

Because no other claimed democratic government:

1. Kills unarmed protestors, including students, as an everyday alleged security operation and imprisons thousands of dissidents, including teenagers, without trial

2. Imposes a inhumane blockade of essential goods upon 2 million civilians in an illegal effort to produce a regime change in an entire population by denying it adequate electricity and water, medical, food and building supplies – for more than 10 years with the result that an entire people are now predominately unemployed, with inadequate food and water, no jobs and no future – all this under the transparent pretext of ‘arms control’

3. Treats over 20% of its own people as second-class citizens with restricted civil rights purely because of their ethnicity

4. Refuses to allow UN inspectors from the IAEA to inspect its undeclared nuclear weapon stores, now estimated to contain up to 400 warheads in secret underground bunkers

5. Refuses to be a party to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty,  the Chemical Weapons or the Biological Weapons Conventions (CWC/ BWC)

6. Refuses to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that demands its withdrawal from all Occupied Territories including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, or with UNSCR 497 which stipulates that Israel’s ‘decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Occupied Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.’   Consequently, US President Trump’s recent decision, in collusion with AIPAC the Zionist lobby, regarding the Golan Heights is a violation of international law and a threat to global peace.

7. Refusal to comply with the U N Resolution that requires Jerusalem to be an ‘international city’ with free and unfettered access to all faiths. UN Security Council Resolution 476, adopted on 30 June 1980 declared that ‘Israel’s actions as an occupying power in altering the status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.’

8. Is an indiscriminate supplier of arms and military equipment to regimes around the world

9. Is the head of an international lobby whose agenda is to influence legislative assemblies in both the US and Europe

10.

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Committee: Israel Testing Medicines on Palestinian Prisoners – Global Research

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04-04-19 03:40:00,

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‘Why not give Israel North & South Carolina?’ Syrian envoy asks US at UN

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28-03-19 12:50:00,

Syria’s UN ambassador has suggested the US hand “a couple” of its own states over to Israel instead of flouting international law and selling others’ land for favors with the Israeli lobby, like it did with the Golan Heights.

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari offered a stark rebuke to the US-backed Israeli claim to the occupied Golan Heights at the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday. Jaafari said the Trump administration does the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN to curry favor with the powerful Israeli lobby in the US.

In a remark that elicited a chuckle and a head-shake from his Israeli counterpart, Jaafari suggested that Washington bargain away land that is actually its to give.

You can give them North and South Carolina, for example, why not? South Carolina is a great piece of land… So, give Israel a couple of states if this administration really wants to have Israeli support

Trump’s decision to back the Israeli claim to the Golan Heights comes just ahead of the Israeli general elections on April 6 and has been widely considered as an electoral boost for Netanyahu, who is facing charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust at home.

“Don’t be misguided by thinking that one day this land will be yours due to hypocrisy or due to being a pawn in the electoral game where you bring each other support, so the Israelis can succeed in their elections and the Americans can also get support from Israeli lobbying groups in the US,” Jaafari said. The Golan Heights, seized by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day war and formally annexed in 1981, will ultimately “come back” to Syria, the diplomat said.

The Security Council meeting was called at Syria’s request. Damascus insists that the recognition of the Golan Heights belonging to Israel runs counter to UN resolutions that expressly declare the annexation “null and void.”

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Washington’s adversaries and allies alike have lined up to condemn the breach of international law. The Arab League, Turkey,

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Mahathir: Israel Is a State of Thieves – Global Research

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25-03-19 01:42:00,

Dubbing Israel as “a state of thieves”, Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamed on Friday said his country enjoys friendly relations with every country in the world except for Israel.

“We are not against Jews, but we cannot recognize Israel because of its occupation of the Palestinian land,” Mahathir said in his remarks, aired by local broadcasters, during his three-day visit to Pakistan on Friday.

“You cannot seize others’ land, and establish a state on it. It’s like a state of thieves”, he went on to say.

His remarks came one day after US president Donald Trump said it was time for the US to recognize Israel’s control of the Syrian Golan Heights.

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Like Israel, The French government uses chemical markers and nanoparticles on demonstrators. – Dutch Anarchy

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25-03-19 11:13:00,


During the protests and subsequent orgy of violence instigated by French government militias Yellow vests and passers-by have unknowingly become guinea pigs for the first global experiment on humans with nanoparticles and chemical markers whose effect on biological organisms is still very poorly understood.

For the French government, these are harmless “coded chemical marking products” that impregnate the skin, hair and clothing of the targeted persons for a period ranging from several weeks to decades.

Officially this fuzzy technology has never been used against human beings. However, specific information gathered from some security professionals indicates that during Act 18 of the Yellow Vests (March 16), water cannons and gases containing DNA markers and nano-particles were used against demonstrators without prior notice to the latter.

In addition to chemical markers and nanoparticles whose effects on human health are poorly understood, the addition of new psychotropic substances to CS gases is a real large-scale experiment in new social control techniques similar to those of the worst dystopias in science fiction films and novels.

These “DNA weapons” developed in Great Britain and widely used by Israel contain chemical and biological substances whose harmfulness to human health has been deliberately ignored, particularly in Israel where Palestinian prisoners claim to have contracted various types of cancers as a result of their DNA marking or the use of other control techniques involving nano-particles that may have damaged the genetic material of the cells in their bodies.

The French government admitted to using chemical markers on demonstrators as an experiment during the May 1, 2018 demonstrations. However, the populations should have been warned that they would be the subject of prohibited experiments.

For advocates of such processes, DNA or RNA marking products do not represent any danger, but their statements are not supported by any scientific evidence.

It is known that the impact of most biochemicals used on humans can only be detected after years since most non-positive studies are systematically censored by large companies in the chemical industry.

The use of psychotic substances to control demonstrations and urban riots has proved to be much more dangerous on the ground.

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Alan “Israel Did 9/11” Sabrosky: Most Censored Man in America

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24-03-19 01:16:00,

Who’s afraid of Alan Sabrosky? Whoever they are, they have the ability to monitor and censor YouTube live-streams in real time. And they apparently don’t want you to know what Sabrosky thinks about the Holocaust.

That’s the obvious takeaway from the highly unusual example of YouTube censorship that disrupted the March 22 live broadcast of False Flag Weekly News. The broadcast, which live-streamed from Vimeo to three different YouTube channels, transpired normally up to the 59:31 mark, when Sabrosky stated that the Holocaust was “a technological and logistical impossibility—“ and suddenly his mike was cut…but only on the YouTube stream, archived here:

If you want to hear the rest of Dr. Sabrosky’s Holocaust statement (instead of long stretches of dead air) you’ll have to watch the Vimeo version, which was not censored:

Whoever did this must have been monitoring the broadcast in real time. It must have been a human, not an AI algorithm. The censor must have had his or her finger hovering over the “cut his mike” button throughout the show. And that censor must have been trained and given the power to cut Sabrosky’s mike within a couple of seconds of Sabrosky starting to “deny the Holocaust.” Altogether quite an amazing feat of censorship!

But however logistically and technologically impressive this bizarre crime against free speech may have been, it seems even more impressively stupid and self-defeating. Can they really believe that actions like this are going to stop people from asking questions about the Holocaust? Haven’t they heard of the Streisand Effect? Isn’t everyone who hears about this going to say, “gee, if they have to take such extreme measures to silence this guy, maybe he’s onto something?”

It is really quite a tribute to Dr. Sabrosky and False Flag Weekly News that someone went to so much trouble. They must be spending far more money to monitor and censor us than we are spending doing the show in the first place. Talk about asymmetrical information warfare!

But I don’t believe the people behind this are as stupid as they seem. Such apparently counterproductive acts sometimes do serve strategic purposes. In this case, I assume the censors were beta-testing protocols for censoring live-streams in real time.

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Israel mal auf der Seite der Hamas

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20-03-19 10:06:00,

Gaza: Proteste am Grenzzaun zu Israel; Archivfoto (2018): Fars News Agency / CC BY 4.0

Im Gazastreifen demonstrieren Tausende gegen die Hamas-Regierung

Ein Jahr nach den ersten Protesten am Grenzzaun zu Israel wird im Gazastreifen wieder demonstriert. Doch dieses Mal, zum ersten Mal, gehen die Menschen nicht gegen Israel auf die Straße, sondern gegen die Hamas, die den dicht bevölkerten Landstrich seit 2007 regiert.

Und die dabei immer größere Probleme hat: Die Arbeitslosigkeit bei Jugendlichen und jungen Erwachsenen liegt bei um die 70 Prozent, obwohl der letzte Krieg mit Israel nun fast fünf Jahre zurück liegt, es fehlt an sauberem Trinkwasser, an regelmäßigem Strom, auch fast fünf Jahre nach dem letzten Krieg mit Israel verläuft der Wiederaufbau nur schleppend.

Es sind einige Tausend Menschen, die den Aufrufen einer bis vor kurzem nicht in Erscheinung getretenen Gruppe namens “Bewegung 14. März” im Internet folgen, und auf der Straße auf heftige Reaktionen der Hamas-Polizei und der Essedin al Kassam-Brigaden, dem militärischen Flügel der Hamas, treffen: Demonstranten, einheimische Menschenrechtler und Journalisten werden verprügelt und festgenommen; auch scharfe Munition wurde bereits eingesetzt.

Dennoch gehen die Demonstrationen weiter, und das ist neu: Noch nie seit 2007, egal wie schlecht die Lage auch war, sind die Menschen im Gazastreifen in nennenswerter Zahl gegen die Hamas-Regierung auf die Straße gegangen.

Die Hamas wirft der Regierung von Präsident Mahmud Abbas mit Sitz in Ramallah vor, die Proteste anzustacheln; dort weist man den Vorwurf zurück. Abbas fordert nun, die Arabische Liga, Ägypten und Katar müssten intervenieren, die Hamas dazu drängen, die Macht an die Regierung in Ramallah abgeben.

Erst vor eineinhalb Wochen war diese umgebildet worden: Im Juni 2014 hatten sich Hamas und Fatah im Zuge eines der zahlreichen Einigungsabkommens auf die Bildung einer gemeinsamen Regierung geeinigt.

Die Einheitsregierung

Die Einigung selbst blieb aus, die Einheitsregierung bestand aber weiter, auf dem Papier, denn die von der Hamas ernannten stellvertretenden Minister und Staatssekretäre arbeiteten einfach wie eine Schattenregierung für Gaza.

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Nun wurde diese Regierung durch ein nur mit Funktionären der Palästinensischen Befreiungsorganisation (PLO) besetztes Kabinett ersetzt; schon Ende 2017 hatte Abbas die Einstellung der Zahlungen für Strom- und Treibstofflieferungen aus Israel verfügt,

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Anti-Semitism and “The Israel Project” – Global Research

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19-03-19 12:45:00,

Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France’s President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as “hate crimes”. Will this be a global precursor? Will the world uphold such a sweeping, broad legal definition that has the potential to embrace the inhumanity and egregious acts of such nations as Israel, now an apartheid Jewish state? For example, will countries refusing to recognise Israel, like Malaysia, be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

And, why is it the apartheid Jewish state of Israel, discriminatory towards the Palestinians in its very essence, cannot be criticised for its inhumanity against a brethren race? Let the Semites fight it out amongst themselves — for the land, the water resources and whatever else the Israeli Jews are robbing the Muslim Palestinians of?

Yes, the inhumane treatment of the Palestinians, most especially of Gaza, by Tel Aviv is anti-Semitism. Why is it that only the rhetorical and physical manifestations of irrational hatred toward the Jewish community, institutions and religious facilities — as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and used officially — is singled out? Palestinians are Semites, too. The British gave away their land to Jews from Europe, not Semitic, enabling the expulsion of the Palestinians from their homeland. There was genocide and ethnic cleansing by the Jews, which are on-going to this day.

These crimes against a Semitic people is not anti-Semitism?

Furthermore, the IHRA definition in attempting a neutral position does uphold that

“Rhetorical and physical manifestation of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or property…”

Yet, the West goes out of its way to define any and all criticism of Israel — and in France also of Zionism — as anti-Semitism and has been conveniently criminalised. Why? In whose interest is it to prevent the exorcism of evil from Israeli policies?

Zionism claims legitimacy as “a national liberation movement of the Jews, by the Jews, and for the Jews” (Mohameden Ould-Mey, 2003) which, in short, is Jewish nationalism. Israel then would be the basis for Jewish nationalism and ipso facto containing Zionism to within the Israeli borders. Not so!

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Israel’s right-wing justice minister samples ‘fascism’ perfume in bizarre campaign ad (VIDEO)

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19-03-19 08:23:00,

It’s an ad we’ve all seen a million times. A saucy seductress sprays herself gently with an overpriced perfume. Except now the femme fatale is Israel’s justice minister, and the perfume is called “fascism.” Is this real life?

Accused by political opponents of embracing right-wing extremism, Ayelet Shaked was clearly going for satire when she released a campaign ad in which she mimics a chichi model who samples a bottle of “fascism” perfume – but the joke hasn’t translated well. Her right-wing views, coupled with the fact that many who watched the video on social media are not Israeli and don’t speak Hebrew, have led some to wonder if Israel’s justice minister has lost her marbles.

This is one of the most bizzare election ad you have ever seen: Israel’s Minister of Justice (!!) Ayelet Shaked plays a model, sprays herself with “Fascism” perfume and says: “Smells like democracy to me”. Viktor Orban on steroids pic.twitter.com/s8Y4Oziw75

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) March 18, 2019

As Shaked saunters about in the faux perfume ad, she whispers in Hebrew “judicial reform,” “separation of powers” and “restraining the Supreme Court” – issues which she has made central to her campaign.

After spraying herself with the scent of “fascism,” Shaked tells the camera: “To me, it smells like democracy.”

International outrage over the ad has compelled Israeli journalists to try to explain its context to English speakers.

“It’s a really tone deaf ad, but most of the descriptions I’m seeing in English are pretending it’s a defense of fascism when it’s not. She’s clearly saying she’s accused of fascism but that the policies listed in the ad (which most would-be translators skip) are democratic,” Lahav Harkov, senior contributing editor at the Jerusalem Post, tweeted.

It’s a really tone deaf ad, but most of the descriptions I’m seeing in English are pretending it’s a defense of fascism when it’s not. She’s clearly saying she’s accused of fascism but that the policies listed in the ad (which most would-be translators skip) are democratic.

— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) March 18, 2019

The ad may have succeeded in creating publicity for her upstart political party,

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The Power of the Israel Lobby Is Unrivaled – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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17-03-19 01:45:00,

The Power of the Israel Lobby Is Unrivaled

Zionists openly brag about the power of the Israel Lobby, but others who mention the lobby’s power are branded as anti-Semites.  We are supposed to accept the lobby’s power but never complain about it.

This documentary prepared for broadcast by Al Jazeera — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcnSDsUkEVw&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156  — shows the extraordinary power of the Israel Lobby in two ways.  

One is that it consists of recordings by a Jewish journalist who infiltrated Zionist organizations and captured the self-satisfied bragging of Israeli and American Zionist agents about how they destroy critics of Israel and defenders of Palestinians and exercise Jewish power over the US Congress, US media, and US universities.  There is no doubt that the Zionist Lobby is extremely powerful.  Former US Representative Jim Moran describes how the Israel Lobby ended his 24-year career in Congress, not for criticizing Israel but just for opposing one of Washington’s wars that Israel regarded as beneficial to Israel.

The other is that the Israel Lobby succeeded in preventing the broadcast of the documentary prepared for the Arab news agency. 

Eventually the documentary was leaked to the Internet and can be watched at the URL above. For a one hour abridgement of the 4 hour film, see: 

https://ifamericaknew.org/TheLobby/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c9da6fa6-ce81-4102-a54b-2216a90ba156 

Once the Israel Lobby succeeds in its global campaign to criminalize all criticism of Israel, the videos will disappear off of the Internet.  http://www.unz.com/audio/gunsbutter_the-global-campaign-to-criminalize-criticism-of-israel-402/ 

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Israel pounds Gaza after “mistaken” missile launch

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15-03-19 08:34:00,

A Gaza City site struck by Israel the previous night, 15 March.

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The occupied Gaza Strip was subjected to some 100 Israeli strikes overnight Friday after two rockets were fired from Gaza toward central Israel, sounding off sirens in Tel Aviv.

One of the rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon. No injuries were reported as a result of the two rockets.

Gaza’s health ministry reported four injuries due to the “Israeli escalation,” after which four rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel, according to Israeli media.

The bombing frequency is much higher than usual. We have had at least five or six blasts just in our area. Huge orange flashes can be seen from the window. #Gaza #Palestine

— J. Shawa جاسم الشوا (@shawajason) March 14, 2019

Imagine how many tons of explosives have been dropped on #Gaza? #Israel hit 100 ‘targets’ in 3 hours, meaning at least 33 rockets every hour, meaning every 2 mins, Palestinian children cried in terror, fearing death. My 6-month niece had a sleepless night with the family! https://t.co/kR57ozwKD7

— ShahdAbusalama (@ShahdAbusalama) March 15, 2019

Egyptian mediators stated that a ceasefire was declared at 8am Friday morning, and both the Hamas leadership in Gaza and the Israeli military appeared keen to avoid a prolonged escalation.

Both the Hamas and Islamic Jihad factions in Gaza, the organizations most likely to possess mid-range rockets that could reach Tel Aviv, quickly denied responsibility, with Hamas saying that it would discipline those responsible for acting outside the national consensus.

Israel: rockets launched by mistake

Hamas officials were meeting with Egyptian mediators at the time the two rockets were launched. The Egyptian delegation, which has been conducting indirect negotiations between Hamas and Israel for several months, was told to leave by Israel later that night before the bombardment of the Strip.

On Friday, the Israeli military told media that the rockets were likely launched by mistake during maintenance work.

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Israel’s top politicians show voters the middle finger in provocative election posters

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12-03-19 08:49:00,

As Israelis prepare to go to the polls next month, hundreds of profane posters are popping up around the country, depicting the state’s establishment politicians giving the middle finger to the electorate.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen in many of the provocative, photoshopped, billboards, but opposition leaders haven’t been spared from the attacks. Labor Party leader Avraham “Avi” Gabbay, Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, while New Right leaders Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett have also received the ‘bird-flip’ treatment.

“This time, don’t vote for politicians who will give you the finger in return,” the posters read, playing on the fact that the words for “to vote” and “to point” are the same in Hebrew.

The posters are the work of the new Yashar party, which is running on a platform that includes giving citizens the ability to influence lawmakers’ daily decision-making through a smartphone app.

The party erected 400 signs in prominent locations around Israel. “The ‘middle finger’ campaign is making waves throughout the country,” a Yashar spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post. “The public is responding to it, because we all know this is the truth. The politicians don’t care about us…. Most of us don’t have who to vote for.”

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However the outrageous posters have received some pushback from voters. One Tel Aviv resident told Ruptly that he finds the stunt extremely distasteful. “It’s negative. It’s not respectful at all. It disgusts me,” Haim said.

Polling suggests Yashar will fail to make any waves when polling opens on April 9.

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Talking About Israel. The Relationship with Israel is Poison for the United States – Global Research

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11-03-19 03:31:00,

A recent article by Andrew Sullivan in the New York magazine considers how one might discuss the issue of Israel and its powerful domestic lobby without being accused of anti-Semitism. Sullivan is a keen observer of the dynamics of American political power and the article pretty clearly lays out why the relationship with Israel is poison for the United States, but he cautions that words matter and one has to be careful about the packaging surrounding any critique of the Israel Lobby and its American Jewish supporters.

Sullivan begins with:

“Let’s get this out of the way first: Using the phrases ‘all about the Benjamins’ and ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ when referring to the Israel lobby in D.C., as freshman Democratic representative Ilhan Omar recently did, is anti-Semitic. It should be possible to criticize Washington’s relationship with Israel without deploying crude and freighted language like this.”

And that is precisely where some critics of the Israel-America relationship might have a problem with observers like Sullivan as what for him passes as “crude and freighted” is for others frankness. Okay, “all about the Benjamins” is slang and the implication is that Jewish money is what has corrupted American politics and the media to stifle any honest discussion on Israel-Palestine and to skew U.S. government activity in the Middle East so that it favors what Israel perceives to be its own interests. This process operates right out in the open with Israel-firster Jewish billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban respectively serving as principal donors for the Republican and Democratic parties.

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From left to right: Haim Saban, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Credit: Milsteinff.org

This flood of  pro-Israeli money into foreign policy generation has done incalculable damage to the actual interests of the United States as Sullivan, to his credit, makes clear in his article. The point is that politics in America is all about money and Ilhan Omar was quite right to make that connection. Most congress-critters do not love Israel because they honestly like the hordes of lobbyists that it is able to send their way. In fact, many of them privately complain about the pressure,

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Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics

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11-03-19 09:01:00,

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby’s campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine—is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. Twenty-four state governments’ passage of Israel lobby-backed legislation requiring their workers and contractors, under threat of dismissal, to sign a pro-Israel oath and promise not to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The shameless decision in 2014 by all 100 U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, to pass a Soviet-style plebiscite proposed by the Israel lobby to affirm Israel’s “right to defend itself” during the 51 days it bombed and shelled homes, water treatment plants, power stations, hospitals and U.N. schools in Gaza, killing 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The U.S. refusal, including in the United Nations and other international bodies, to criticize Israel’s apartheid state and routine violation of international law is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The well-funded campaigns by the Israel lobby, which works closely with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, to discredit any American politician or academic who even slightly deviates from Israeli policy is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. (One infamous example of a U.S. politician kowtowing was the unconstitutional invitation by then-House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in 2015 to denounce President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement.) The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.

Israel’s lackeys in the political class, along with bankrupt courtiers in the U.S. press, including former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employee Wolf Blitzer, are making a serious mistake, however, in refusing to acknowledge Israel’s outsized, transparent and often illegal meddling in the American political system and Israel’s brutal oppression of Palestinians.

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Israel hammers Gaza for 3rd night in ‘vigorous response’ ordered by Netanyahu

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10-03-19 03:28:00,

Israel continues to pound Hamas targets in retaliation for cross-border attacks from Gaza, as the IDF carries out a “very vigorous response” against the militants, ordered by the Prime Minister as he gears up for his re-election.

IDF fighter jets and other aircraft struck several Hamas targets, including a military compound in the north of the strip and two naval vessels belonging to the group, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties from the strikes which occurred at around 1:30am local time on Sunday.

The military said the raids, carried out for a third night in a row, was launched in response to mortar shell attack in southern Israel on Saturday night, as well as “continuing terror activities from the Strip, including balloon explosives” in the last several days.

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Reiterating that Hamas bears responsibility for everything that goes on inside the Gaza Strip, the IDF vowed to act “vigorously” against any attacks or provocation, a day after thousands of Palestinians marked the 50th week of the Great Return March protests.

Cross-border tensions along the border fence have witnessed an uptick ahead of the Knesset elections on April 9, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take a decisive stand this week. “Hamas must understand that [the IDF] will respond to any manifestation of aggression with double the force,” the Prime Minister explained on Thursday, vowing a “very vigorous response” from Israel.

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It Is Israel, Not Russia, That Interferes in US Political Life – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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08-03-19 01:49:00,

It Is Israel, Not Russia, That Interferes in US Political Life

Who Does Congress Represent?  

Ilhan Omar is a brave woman.  She has embarrassed the corrupt Democratic Party that, together with the Republicans and many evangelical Christians, have sold out America to Israel. 

More and more people have come out in her defense, refusing to be silenced by the criminal state of Israel.  Dr. Paul Kindlon explains what is at stake.

He accuses Congress of Treason if Congress legislates at the Israel Lobby’s insistence the death of the First Amendment.  Enough members of the House and Senate have been purchased by the Israel Lobby that the traitors will sell out the US Constitution for Israel’s interests if they can get away with it. 

I Accuse Congress of Treason

Dr. Paul Kindlon

Let us be clear…the U.S. Congressional vote condemning criticism of Israel as a form of anti-Semitism – if it passes – will be an act of treachery of historical proportions. Do not be fooled – this is a move by politicians in the pocket of a foreign power to make censorship legal, ending two-hundred plus years of freedom of speech in our country.

I accuse the Congressional representatives who will vote for this resolution of being un-American and of spitting in the face of the founding fathers. It will truly be a dark day in our nation’s history and those responsible will be condemned and held in utter contempt by posterity.

I accuse the Congressional members who vote for this resolution to be traitors to their country and heritage. Men and women who knowingly, willingly and perversely trample upon our sacred first amendment – that uniquely democratic principle that has inspired so many countries to emulate us in order to enjoy the freedom to speak openly and freely.

I accuse the mainstream, corporate, media of aiding and abetting this crime against American democracy. Of turning its back on professional standards and practice. Presenting straight-forward news and balanced reporting have been abandoned because it makes far less money than providing PR and low-level entertainment. It’s all about the Benjamins and humiliating subservience to a foreign government.

I accuse the mainstream media of going tabloid,

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Is Israel Just a European-Style Democracy but in the Middle East? – Global Research

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01-03-19 03:41:00,

Israel, in fact, is unlike any European state. It does not have a democratic government that ratifies and/or abides by international and United Nations resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights, nuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction, or conforms to international law and the provisions of the Geneva Conventions.

Israel is an undeclared nuclear weapons state that is also a major arms exporter to regimes and governments around the world – its largest weapons market currently being India’s politically dangerous anti-Islamist coalition – the nationalist Modi government whose air-force reportedly used Israeli-supplied, Spice-2000 bombs in its strike, this week, against activists inside Pakistan, making the potential for war between these two nuclear powers now a frightening possibility.

It is a timely warning both for Britain and Europe to review their national security systems and to carefully examine both their reliance on Israeli-supplied security systems/ military equipment and the extent of any sharing of military intelligence.

Far from being a peace-loving, typical democracy that is a party to international and United Nations Security Council resolutions, agreements and conventions on human and civil rights and nuclear and chemical weapons of mass destruction, the Israeli state is probably the third most powerfully weaponised state in the world with the potential to destroy an entire continent and is answerable to no one – least of all the UN Security Council.

The Israeli government is armed and funded by a US Congress that is heavily dependent if not controlled by the votes of more than 50 million Christian Zionist evangelicals who also determine the policy of AIPAC and, in turn, US foreign policy.   It is certainly not democratic government by any stretch of the imagination, and political corruption would appear to be endemic.

Numbers (in round figures)

There are 326 million Americans of whom approximately 55 million (17%) are evangelical Christian Zionists and just 6 million (2%) are self-identified as Jewish.

AIPAC – the Israel lobby – has a claimed membership of only 100,000 mainly Jewish Zionists but is nevertheless active in determining the composition of the US Congress which overwhelmingly supports the AIPAC agenda that, inter alia, supplies and arms Israel with billions of dollars of American tax-payers’ money,

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Israel Burying Nuclear Waste in Syria’s Golan: UN – Global Research

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27-02-19 12:11:00,

UN chief Antonio Guterres will unveil Monday a report which accuses Israel of burying radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory under occupation for over five decades.

Guterres will submit the report – which is based on Syria’s charges against Israel – to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at the panel’s 40th session, set to open in Geneva Monday and run through March 22.

“The Syrian Arab Republic noted that Israel continued to bury nuclear waste with radioactive content in 20 different areas populated by Syrian citizens of the occupied Syrian Golan, particularly in the vicinity of al-Sheikh Mountain,” the report says.

“The practice has put the lives and health of Syrians in the occupied Syrian Golan in jeopardy, and constituted a serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” it added.

Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, but its policy is to neither confirm nor deny having atomic bombs. The regime is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.

Israel is not a member of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), whose aim is to prevent the spread of nuclear arms and weapons technology.

Tel Aviv seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since.

Over the past decades, Israel has built dozens of settlements in the Golan Heights in defiance of international calls on the regime to stop its illegal construction activities.

The UN report further accuses Israel of “providing logistical support to terrorist groups,” such as the Nusrah Front which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

Israel, the report says, is providing terrorist groups with weapons, ammunition, money and medical care to frighten the local population and to maintain a no-go zone along the Syrian border.

The report also censures Israel’s decision “to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan” as “null and void and without international legal effect,” calling on the regime to “rescind forthwith its decision”.

The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from militant groups.

Tel Aviv has frequently attacked military targets inside Syria in an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces.

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Is Israel’s Tax Grab a Prelude to Further Hollowing Out the Palestinian Authority? – Global Research

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27-02-19 08:50:00,

Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship.

Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about $200 million each month in taxes, which it is supposed to pass on to the PA, the Palestinian government-in-waiting in the West Bank.

The money belongs to the Palestinians but Israel has temporarily withheld it on several occasions in the past as a stick with which to beat the Palestinian leadership into line.

On this occasion, however, the stakes are far higher.

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu belatedly implemented a law passed last summer that requires his officials to retain part of the taxes owed to the Palestinians – those that the PA transfers to political prisoners’ families as a monthly stipend.

It echoes the Taylor Force Act, a law passed by the US Congress in 2016, that denies American economic aid to the PA until it stops sending those same stipends to 35,000 families of prisoners and those killed and maimed by the Israeli army.

The PA has tried to avert that threat by channelling the payments through a separate body, the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Israel and Washington regard the prisoners simply as terrorists. But most Palestinians view them as heroes, those who have paid the highest price in the struggle for national liberation.

The Palestinian public no more believes the families should be abandoned for their sacrifices than Irish republicans turned their backs on those who fought British rule or black South Africans forsook those who battled apartheid.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s actions “robbery” and said he would rather cut funding for health and education than for the prisoners and their families. “They are the most respected and appreciated part of the Palestinian people,” he declared.

Then he played his ace card. He said he would refuse all tax money from Israel until the full sum was reinstated.

That risks plunging the PA into financial meltdown and – most importantly for Israel – might ultimately lead to the disbanding of the Palestinian security services.

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Israel Pharmaceutical Firms Test Medicines on Palestinian Prisoners – Global Research

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25-02-19 10:32:00,

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Poland: Israel reveals its military hand in Yemen

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15-02-19 07:42:00,

The Ministerial Conference in Poland on Peace and Security in the Middle East addressed but one important issue and this issue was not on the agenda. At the conference, Israël publicly demonstrated that it had relations with Arab States – the representatives of these countries engaging in conversations inter se. This is remarkable because officially, there are no diplomatic relations between these states.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exploited the US House of Representatives’ vote against the war in Yemen to reveal its military hand in this conflict.

If the truth be known, right at the beginning of this war in Yemen, troops from Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Israel took part. These three states set up a joint general staff in Somaliland. The latter is not recognized as a state and is controlled by Israel. This war had been the subject of several years of negotiation between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Its objective was to exploit the oil reserves in the “desert of Rub-Al Khali”, the area straddling Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Further exploitation will take place through a joint project in the Horn of Africa.

For Israel, showing its hand in Yemen follows on from its public recognition of its incessant interventions in Syria. This amounts to a rewriting of History, for prior to the Israeli interventions, there were no Iranians – either in Syria or Yemen.

For the United States, this revelation is another step towards the establishment of a Judeo-Sunnite alliance against the Shiites, as announced by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

About sixty foreign delegates participated in this show and reacted as if comatosed. The Western Press has not deemed this conference to be newsworthy.

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Israel verrät in Warschau sein militärisches Engagement im Jemen

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15-02-19 07:41:00,

Die Ministerkonferenz in Warschau über Frieden und Sicherheit im Nahen Osten gebar nur eine wichtige Sache, aber nicht die, die erwartet wurde: Israel hat sich dort mit arabischen Staaten gezeigt, Diskussion mit ihnen betrieben, obwohl sie keine offizielle diplomatische Beziehungen pflegen.

Der israelische Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanyahu hat die Wahl des US-Kongresses gegen den Krieg im Jemen genutzt, um sein militärisches Engagement in diesem Land zu enthüllen.

In Wirklichkeit hat dieser Krieg schon am ersten Tag mit israelischen, Vereinigte-Arabisch- Emiratischen- und Saudi-Arabischen Truppen begonnen. Die drei Staaten hatten einen gemeinsamen Generalstab in Somaliland aufgestellt, in einem nicht-anerkannten, aber von Tel Aviv kontrollierten Land.

Dieser Krieg war Thema von mehrjährigen Verhandlungen zwischen Israel und Saudi Arabien gewesen. Er sollte die Ölreserven des “leeren Viertels” ausbeuten, dieser Gegend, beiderseits der Grenze zwischen Arabien und dem Jemen. Er sollte sich durch ein gemeinsames Projekt im Horn von Afrika noch verlängern.

Für Israel ist die Enthüllung seines Engagements im Jemen ein weiterer Schritt, nach all seinen endlosen Einfällen in Syrien. Es darum geht, sich als Staat zu behaupten, der gegen die iranischen Interessen kämpft. Es ist eigentlich eine Neuschreibung der Geschichte, da vor den israelischen Interventionen es keine Iraner, weder in Syrien noch im Jemen, gab.

Für die Vereinigten Staaten ist diese Offenbarung ein weiterer Schritt zur Bildung der jüdisch-sunnitischen Allianz gegen die Schiiten, hat Außenminister Mike Pompeo angekündigt.

Etwa 60 ausländische Delegationen besuchten diese Show, ohne aber darauf zu reagieren. Die westliche Presse hat diese Konferenz einfach verschwiegen.

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Netanyahu: Israel and Arab nations discuss ‘common interests of war with Iran’

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13-02-19 07:45:00,

Israel and a coalition of Arab countries are in talks “in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said using word that means “war,” but also “fight” and “struggle.”

The promise of a major conflict in the Middle East was floated by the Israeli leader during his trip to Warsaw.

“From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran,” Netanyahu said as quoted by Jerusalem Post.

“What is important about this meeting – and this meeting is not in secret, because there are many of those – is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran.”

The US delegation is headed by Vice President Mike Pence, who is accompanied by vocal Iran hawk Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor. The Anti-Iranian goals of Israel and the US are apparently dominating the agenda of the forum.

“We’re trying to expand the number of nations who are engaged and have a stake in the future of a peaceful and prosperous Middle East,” Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, told Reuters.

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The EU is on a shaky ground vis-a-vis Iran as it’s member Poland hosts the meeting. The Europeans are attempting to resist the push for confrontation with Iran coming from Washington, hoping to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The Iranians still stick to the terms of the agreement even after US scrapped it under the Trump administration, but the promise of lucrative business opportunities with the EU, which was a major part of the incentive for Tehran to accept the deal, are nowhere near to materializing under the threat of American sanctions.

“Today, the Iranian people see some European countries as cunning and untrustworthy along with the criminal America. The government of the Islamic Republic must carefully preserve its boundaries with them,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned ahead of the gathering in Warsaw.

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“Israel’s” “Secret War” on Syria Is a Lot Like the US’ “Secret War” on Laos – Global Research

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13-02-19 07:42:00,

Observers have been struggling to find an historical comparison for the War on Syria since it first broke out over 8 years ago, and while the conflict is veritably a unique one in its own right, the best comparison that can be made to its current phase over the past couple of years is Laos because of how “Israel’s” ongoing secret war on the Mideast country in the New Cold War somewhat mirrors the former campaign that the US waged on the Southeast Asian state in the Old Cold War.

The “Worst-Kept Secret” In The Mideast

Netanyahu just acknowledged that “Israel” was responsible for the latest bombing attack on Syria earlier this week when his armed forces shelled a hill, observation post, and hospital near the occupied Golan Heights in response to what he said was “Iran and its attempts to entrench itself in the region”, specifically reminding the world that “Israel’s” forces literally “operate every day” on this front.

His remarkable chutzpah confirms what the former “IDF” chief revealed last month about how “Israel” “struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit” on a “near-daily” basis, which was already more or less known to the world as the Mideast’s “worst-kept secret” after the Russian Ministry of Defense practically said as much after the tragic mid-September downing of its spy plane in Syria.

RT reported at the time that the Ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that “[Israel’s] jets carried out more than 200 strikes against targets located in Syria over the past 18 months alone”, which would conservatively average out to at least one attack every two and a half days or so. Interestingly enough, Iranian Foreign Minster Zarif told the world about this well over half a year before Russia did when he accused“Israel” in February 2018 of “mass reprisals against its neighbours and daily incursions into Syria, Lebanon”, which the author admittedly thought was a gross exaggeration for perception management purposes but now humbly accepts that it was the closest public representation of the truth at the time. The question therefore arises of why neither Russia nor Syria touched upon this before then, but the answers might be “politically inconvenient” for most of the Alt-Media Community.

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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror – Global Research

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13-02-19 07:40:00,

You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians.

But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to 200,000 Palestinians, barely caused a ripple.

About 40,000 separate cases of abuse had been quietly recorded since 1997 by dozens of monitors from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Italy and Turkey. Some incidents constituted war crimes.

Exposure of the confidential report has now provided the pretext for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to expel the international observers. He shuttered their mission in Hebron this month, in apparent violation of Israel’s obligations under the 25-year-old Oslo peace accords.

Israel hopes once again to draw a veil over its violent colonisation of the heart of the West Bank’s largest Palestinian city. The process of clearing tens of thousands of inhabitants from central Hebron is already well advanced.

Any chance of rousing the international community into even minimal protest was stamped out by the US last week. It blocked a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council expressing “regret” at Israel’s decision, and on Friday added that ending the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was an “internal matter” for Israel.

The TIPH was established in 1997 after a diplomatic protocol split the city into two zones, controlled separately by Israel and a Palestinian Authority created by the Oslo accords.

The “temporary” in its name was a reference to the expected five-year duration of the Oslo process. The need for TIPH, most assumed, would vanish when Israel ended the occupation and a Palestinian state was built in its place.

While Oslo put the PA formally in charge of densely populated regions of the occupied territories, Israel was effectively given a free hand in Hebron to entrench its belligerent hold on Palestinian life.

Several hundred extremist Jewish settlers have gradually expanded their illegal enclave in the city centre, backed by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers. Many Palestinian residents have been forced out while the rest are all but imprisoned in their homes.

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Netherlands irks Israel by granting Palestinians there right to list Gaza & West Bank as birthplace

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11-02-19 08:31:00,

Palestinians in the Netherlands will for the first time be able to list the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as their place of birth, in part because of the Dutch policy that Israel has no sovereignty over those areas.

Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops informed the House of Representatives in The Hague of the change on Friday, explaining the decision was based on “the Dutch viewpoint that Israel has no sovereignty over these areas,” and the fact that the Netherlands doesn’t recognize Palestinian sovereignty.

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Natives of these areas who are living in the Netherlands currently have two options when specifying their birthplace at the Dutch civil registry – ‘Israel’ or ‘Unknown’. The ‘Unknown’ option was only added in 2014, following protests seeking fairer options.

These options apply to Palestinians born after May 15, 1948, when the state of Israel was established.

While natives now resident in the Netherlands are still excluded from simply listing Palestine as their place of birth, they will now be able to use the name of  the territory they were born in.

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The Netherlands does not recognize Palestinian sovereignty so the move is seen as a positive step people identifying as being from there. While the UN and 136 countries do recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, many EU countries are said to be waiting for this to be established as part of a peace agreement in the region.

Knops said the categories added are based on United Nations Security Council resolutions and the Oslo Accords.

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Democrats Echo Israel’s Far-Right by Refusing to Even Use the Word “Occupation”

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08-02-19 01:20:00,

Sharon, who was then Israel’s prime minister, told fellow members of the Likud party in 2003 that a political solution to the conflict with the Palestinians was necessary because “the idea that we can continue holding under occupation — and it is occupation, you might not like this word, but it’s really an occupation — to hold 3.5 million Palestinians under occupation is, in my opinion, a very bad thing for us and for them.”

“It cannot continue forever,” Sharon added. “Do you want to stay forever in Jenin, in Nablus, in Ramallah, in Bethlehem? I don’t think that’s right.”

Of course, Ariel Sharon was eventually succeeded as Israel’s leader by the man who sat silently to his right during that news conference, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the current Israeli prime minister has led the way in making a very opposite case: that the territories Israel conquered in 1967 are not occupied at all. Netanyahu recently told members of his party that speaking of describing lands that have either been annexed by Israel or will remain under its control forever as “‘the occupation,’ is nonsense.”

While right-wing Israelis prefer to say that the land where they rule a Palestinian population that is denied basic civil rights is contested, the occupation is a fact under international law, and is routinely referred to that way left-wing Israelis.

So what explains the skittishness of the American political establishment, both Democrat and Republican, to be as candid about using the word occupation now as Israel’s ultranationalist leader was in 2003? That question has been particularly evident since the election of a handful of young Democrats — Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — openly critical of the occupation, unafarid to call it what it is, and supportive of measures to end it, like the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. All three Congresswomen have been attacked by Republicans and members of their own party for denouncing the occupation as a humanitarian and moral outrage akin to Jim Crow segregation in the United States or apartheid in South Africa.

Their outspoken support for Palestinian rights — which reflects a growing unease among young American progressives with unconditional support for an increasingly far-right Israel — has even prompted a new group,

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Israel Lobby Intrudes Further Into US Public Life. Can They Be Stopped?

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04-02-19 04:16:00,

Some state governments are legislating against the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. 

This post first appeared on Russia Insider

The ACLU thinks boycotts are speech. So do some federal courts. They think all of the anti-BDS legislation being adopted by state governments of late is unconstitutional. They’re wrong. Although boycotts may be symbolic of an idea or a principle, or may contain some latent political message, almost all actions can be understood in this way. All actions can’t be constitutionally protected free expression, however.

This is to say nothing about the wisdom of the many anti-BDS state laws currently cropping up all over America, which prevent government contractors, affiliates, and those receiving state funds or support, from boycotting Israel. It should be noted that these state governments can not discriminate against those who merely advocate for boycotting Israel or Israeli goods. Nor can they demand that contractors or like parties sign loyalty oaths to Israel, or anything to this effect. Such laws would be clear First Amendment violations.

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Israel’s Undeclared Air War on Iran in Syria | New Eastern Outlook

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26-01-19 11:39:00,

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Until few weeks ago, there was an undeclared war that Israel had waged on Iran in Syria to force Iranian presence out the country. While the war was officially ‘undeclared’, various pronouncements by the top-rank Israeli officials confirmed that there was a war going-on in Syria. However, a number of statements made by Israeli officials would indicate that the war is going. “We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit”, said Gadi Eizenkot, the recently retired IDF Chief of General Staff, in an interview with the New York Times that he gave days before his retirement. The central objective of this undeclared air-war, the General explained, has been to ‘degrade’ the Iranian forces in Syria so that they are pre-empted from directly attacking Israel. And, even if they do attack at some point in future, this war undeclared war would make sure that they are beaten comprehensively. In so doing, the damage i.e., damaging the enemy’s capabilities, done through this undeclared war would play a crucial role.

Israel, by attacking Iran in Syria, is therefore only preparing for the war that is yet to come. Repeated Israeli strikes, like the one carried out few days ago, are accordingly only a practical manifestation of this strategy of “war between wars”, cod-named “Operation Chess.”

Israel believes that the war is necessary to break the Iranian expansion in and beyond the region. Thus the General explained, “We operated under a certain threshold until two-and-a-half years ago”, and after that “we noticed a significant change in Iran’s strategy. Their vision was to have significant influence in Syria by building a force of up to 100,000 Shiite fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. They built intelligence bases and an air force base within each Syrian air base. And they brought civilians in order to indoctrinate them”, leading Israel to boost their campaign, making aerial attacks a nearly daily event. For instance, in 2018 alone, the air force dropped about 2,000 bombs on Iranian targets in Syria.

On December 26, Israel’s primer minister, Netanyahu, confirmed to Israeli air-cadets that Israel is acting against Iranian entrenchment in Syria “continuously and with firmness, including during the current period”, adding further that a possible US withdrawal from Syria doesn’t change the Israeli policy.

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Israel, lizenziert zum Töten, von Manlio Dinucci

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25-01-19 09:56:00,

Während des siebenjährigen Krieges gegen Syrien intervenierte Israel kontinuierlich im Geheimen und unterstützte die Dschihadisten durch Luftlandesupport bei ihren Versuchen, die Republik zu stürzen. Seit Ende 2018 hat Tel-Aviv seine Taktik geändert und setzt nun umfangreiche Bombenangriffe fort, die es nicht mehr verbergen muss. Das Ziel ist, iranische Ziele zu erreichen, mit der stillschweigenden Zustimmung Russlands. Diese iranischen Ziele scheinen jedoch nicht mehr als anekdotenhaft zu sein. Gleichzeitig führt Israel, nachdem es eine Vereinbarung mit den Führern der Hamas getroffen hat, die es über Katar öffentlich finanziert, weiterhin seinen Krieg gegen die Zivilbevölkerung von Gaza.

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„Mit seiner völlig unerwarteten Aktion hat Israel Angriffe auf militärische Ziele in Syrien offiziallisiert und die syrischen Behörden davor gewarnt, Rache an Israel zu üben“ – so berichteten die italienischen Medien über den gestrigen Angriff Israels in Syrien mit Marschflugkörpern und intelligenten Bomben. „Dies ist eine Botschaft an die Russen, die zusammen mit dem Iran das Überleben der Machtstruktur Assads ermöglichen“, kommentierte der Corriere della Sera.

Niemand stellt das „Recht“ Israels in Frage, einen souveränen Staat anzugreifen, um die Regierung durchzusetzen, die dieser haben soll, nach acht Jahren, während deren die USA, die NATO und die Golfmonarchien versuchten, ihn mit Israel zu zerstören, wie sie es 2011 mit dem Staat Libyen taten.

Niemand ist empört darüber, dass diese israelischen Luftangriffe am Samstag und Montag Dutzende von Menschenleben forderten, darunter mindestens vier Kinder, sowie schwere Schäden am internationalen Flughafen Damaskus verursacht haben. Andererseits wurde viel darüber gesprochen, dass das Skigebiet des Mount Hermon (das vollständig von Israel mit den Golanhöhen besetzt war) einen Tag lang wohlweislich geschlossen geblieben war, was den Feriengästen großen Unmut bereitete.

Niemand scheint über die Tatsache besorgt zu sein, dass die Intensivierung der israelischen Angriffe in Syrien unter dem Vorwand, dass sie als Startrampe für iranische Raketen genutzt werden, mit den Vorbereitungen für einen groß angelegten Krieg gegen den Iran begonnen hat, der mit dem Pentagon geplant ist und dessen Auswirkungen katastrophal wären.

Die Entscheidung der USA, sich aus dem iranischen Atomabkommen zurückzuziehen – ein Abkommen, das von Israel als „Kapitulation des Westens an die vom Iran angeführte Achse des Bösen“ definiert wurde – hat eine äußerst gefährliche Situation ausgelöst, nicht nur für den Großraum Nah-Ost. Israel, die einzige Atommacht im Nahen Osten –

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Russia, Israel and the values of “western civilization” – where is the truth? | The Vineyard of the Saker

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25-01-19 08:52:00,

[This article was written for the Unz Review] First, what’s the deal with this obsession about bombing entire nations back into the “stone age”?

Very interesting article in RT today: “IDF chief turned PM candidate touts body count & bombing Gaza into ‘stone age’ in campaign ad” (please read the full thing – it is short and very enlightening).  When I saw that, I immediately had a flash back to a (truly brilliant, if evil) US diplomat, James Baker, who promised Iraqi Prime Minister Tarik Aziz (whom the Empire kept in jail until his death in spite of the fact that 79 year old man suffered from depression, diabetes, heart disease, and ulcers) that the Empire would “bring it back to the stone age“.

Benny Gantz – the new face of “Western civilization”?

Now, Benny Gantz is your typical Israeli Zionazi nutcase with all that entails, but this can hardly be said of James Baker who was one of the most educated and brilliant diplomats the USA ever produced.  So what’s this thing about bringing those who dare defy the AngloZionist Empire back to the “stone age”.  Coincidence?  You tell me!

I sure don’t think so.

The Israeli butchery in Gaza enjoyed the massive support of the Israeli people who even organized special “viewing locations” for the joy of seeing Palestinian civilians (the vast majority of the people the Israelis murdered in Gaza) massacred.  Which is not very different from the way the US Americans (and their European vassals) organized “viewing locations” in their TV sets for the joy of seeing Iraqi civilians (the vast majority of the people the USA and its vassals murdered in Iraq) massacred.  The difference is only in numbers: in Gaza the Israelis only murdered “only” about 1500 Palestinians whereas the USA can pride itself on having massacred well over a million Iraqis.

Still not convinced?

Then how about Mr MAGA promising to “devastate” the DPRK? or, even better, to make Iran “SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE” (all in caps as in the original).

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Israel Has Been Weakened by the War on Syria: Only 5% of the Iranian and Hezbollah Arsenal Has Been Destroyed in Syria – Global Research

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21-01-19 01:20:00,

Intelligence sources said “Israel wants Syria to return to the era before 2011 when the leaders of the country were less powerful and experienced than they are today after seven years of warfare, the delivery of Russian advanced equipment mostly for air defence, the supply and manufacturer of sophisticated Iranian missiles in Syria and the formative presence of Iranian and Hezbollah advisors”.

The sources reveal that “Israeli officials told their American counterparts that it would be inappropriate to withdraw forces from the northeast of Syria, leaving Iran and its allies behind. The withdrawal – which now seems partial – of US forces should be done, if not before, at least simultaneously with the departure of all foreign forces operating on Syrian soil to create a balance of power on the ground. Also, it is important to stipulate that President Bashar al-Assad must refrain from using his mid-range precision missiles against Israel any time in the future as part of any US withdrawal from Syria deal. Israel argued that the US is delivering the Levant to Russia and the ‘Axis of the Resistance’ without any concessions in return”, according to the source.

The US establishment seems unwilling to cater to Israeli’s exaggerated anxieties. US officials visiting Tel Aviv told local officials that “the Israeli army holds enough military power to defend itself and that since 1974 Israel has no longer been on the defensive in the region. On the contrary, Israel has been on the offensive, taking the initiative to attack targets in Syria during these seven years of war”. According to western officials, the US reminded Israel that thousands of American forces are based in the country, in the Mediterranean and in various military bases the Middle East. These can intervene in favour of Israel in a timely way whenever appropriate. Therefore, Israel should stop screaming for unneeded help, when it is the one inflicting damage on its adversaries”.

Israel has repeatedly bombed targets in Syria belonging to the Syrian army and the “Axis of the Resistance”. It pushed the red lines even further when it bombed Iranian officials at the T4 airbase in 2018, killing several Iranian officers. In 2019, Israel already bombed a warehouse at Damascus airport, hours after the off-loading of Iranian military cargo.

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