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23-11-19 04:03:00,

Trump Accepts Israeli ‘Realities on Ground’ –
Realities Funded by His Administration

By Finian Cunningham

November 21, 2019 “Information
Clearing House
” – US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week
announced yet another radical shift in
Washington’s policy towards the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by way of saying
that the United States “was accepting realities
on the ground”.

What the mendacious and cynical Pompeo omits
to add is that the Trump administration has been
dramatically fueling the change in “realities” –
specifically the expansion of illegal Israeli
settlements on Palestinian territory and the
demolition of Palestinian homes.

This week the top US diplomat

declared
that Washington would no longer
adopt the international consensus position,
backed by several UN resolutions, that Israeli
settlement-building and occupation of
Palestinian territory was a violation of
international law. Washington is henceforth
recognizing Israeli settlements as legitimate.

The move overturns more than four decades of
official US policy which adhered to the
UN-backed position of condemning Israeli
occupation in the Palestinian West Bank and in
East Jerusalem as illegal and a violation of the
Geneva Convention.

Since the 1967 Six War, successive Israeli
governments have overseen a relentless process
of annexing Palestinian territory. Over that
period, Palestinian lands have diminished and
become increasingly fragmented with little
contiguity that would be normal for a future
state. There are estimated to be around 200
Israeli new-build settlements of towns and
villages with a population of 600,000 Jewish
settlers who have usurped Palestinian land and
properties. The UN has repeatedly condemned the
annexation and occupation as illegal, to no
avail.

The latest move by the Trump administration
is a flagrant repudiation of UN resolutions and
international law. It follows previous
declarations by President Trump recognizing
Israeli claims to Jerusalem as its capital, as
well as Israel’s annexation of Syrian territory
in the Golan Heights.

“Calling the establishment of civilian
settlements inconsistent with international law
has not advanced the cause of peace,” said
Pompeo on Monday.

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After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s shocking attack on Channel 12 television, it s clearer than ever who the good guys and the bad guys are, and the current election revolves around this choice. True,…

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    Opinion – Chelsea Manning Can Remain in Jail for Another Year, Judge Rules

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    10-08-19 06:09:00,

    By Dell Cameron

    August 08, 2019 “Information
    Clearing House
    ” –  Chelsea Manning, a former Army
    intelligence analyst-turned-whistleblower, may remain behind bars for up to
    another year and face nearly a half-million dollars in fines over her ongoing
    refusal to testify before a grand jury about her disclosure of classified
    information to WikiLeaks.

    A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday

    denied a motion
    filed by Manning’s lawyers for a hearing requested to press
    the court to reconsider its sanctions, which include jail time—not to exceed 18
    months—and financial penalties that may ultimately total around $441,000.

    “I am disappointed but not at all surprised. The government and the judge
    must know by now that this doesn’t change my position one bit,” Manning said in
    a statement to Gizmodo.

    Manning, 31, was taken into custody in early March after declining to answer
    questions before a grand jury concerning her past association with WikiLeaks,
    the anti-secrecy organization founded by Julian Assange, who is currently
    battling extradition to the U.S.

    Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by U.S. Justice Department this
    May, including

    alleged violations of the Espionage Act
    for publishing classified
    information that Manning provided in 2010—including thousands of secret
    diplomatic cables and battlefield reports—while she served as an Army
    intelligent analyst in Iraq.

    Manning has stated that she has

    a moral objection to testifying before the grand jury
    and that no amount of
    jail time will compel her to testify. Legally, she can only be imprisoned as
    part of an effort by the court to coerce her into testifying. Her time in jail
    is not supposed to be punitive.

    Her attorneys argue that she’s shown her resolve is unwavering and that the
    sanctions are ineffective. Thus, her time in jail cannot be considered coercive,
    an attempt to compel her testimony. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga, however,
    says he’s convinced otherwise. On Monday, he denied Manning’s attorneys the
    opportunity to further argue their case before the court.

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    Opinion – What Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows

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    29-07-19 10:41:00,

     What
    Tulsi Gabbard’s caving in to the Israel Lobby really shows


    By The Saker

    July 27, 2019 “Information
    Clearing House
    ” –   Yes, Tulsi
    Gabbard’s name was not found in the list of those members of Congress which
    voted “no” to the resolution condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)
    campaign against Israel.  This is the full list

    as reported by The Forward
    : Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon), Andre Carson
    (D-Indiana), Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Illinois), Raul
    Grijalva (D-Arizona), Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), Barbara Lee
    (D-California), Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), Gwen
    Moore (D-Wisconsin), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), Ilhan Omar
    (D-Minnesota), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin), Bobby Rush
    (D-Illinois), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New
    Jersey).

    Truth be told, the Israeli Lobby did a superb job focusing what is left of
    the mind of those who expose themselves to the corporate Ziomedia’s propaganda
    on nonsensical pretend-issues such as who is in the so-called “squad” 
    (Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Rashida Tlaib),
    on

    Ilhan Omar alledged anti-Semitism
    (what else is new?) and on Trump’s
    brilliant idea to send her “home” (only to disawow it later – in typical Trump
    style).  As a result, a major chunk of the First Amendement has now been chipped
    away.

    I also note with interest that these 17 Democracts prove that the most
    pro-Zionist party is the GOP, not the Democrats.  I salute the courage of Thomas
    Massie (R-Kentucky)!

    There were plenty of other signs that showed that for all her very real
    qualities and her likely sincerity, Tulsi Gabbard does not really dare to speak
    truth to power.  Here is a very good example of that:

    I agree with the slogan she chose: the Kremlin’s darling?  Think again!

    A very wise friend of mine wrote this about why Gabbard had to cave in:

    I told you she is a single issue politician.

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    Opinion -US Senators meet with Jewish leaders in semi-secret annual event

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    12-06-19 12:53:00,

    US Senators meet with Jewish leaders in
    semi-secret annual event

    By Alison Weir

    June 10, 2019 “Information
    Clearing House
    ” –
     An article in the Times
    of Israel
    reports that “Jewish
    leaders are meeting with Senate Democrats
    today.” According to the report, this is an
    annual event. A quarter of the Senate was in
    attendance (see list below).

    All except one of the organizations
    represented by the Jewish leaders at the
    meeting advocate for Israel.

    Several of the organizations
    participating are focused on

    preventing
    the erosion of support for
    Israel among Democratic voters. Recent polls
    show that the large majority of progressive
    Americans now support Palestinian human
    rights.

    Many of the meeting participants, both
    Senators and Jewish leaders, are
    particularly known for their pro-Israel
    work. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
    calls himself a “guardian of Israel.”

     

    Time, location, & agenda
    hidden from US voters

    The meeting does not seem to have been
    announced publicly ahead of time, and
    staffers at Senate offices contacted for
    this article were not aware of it.

    The chair for the meeting is Democratic
    Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a 2020
    presidential candidate.

    Klobuchar is a strong Israel supporter
    and announces on her

    website
    that she supported the $38
    billion package to Israel. (This amounts to
    about $7,000 to Israel per minute;
    approximately $20,000 per Israeli family of
    four.)

    Klobuchar’s office would not reveal the
    location or time of the meeting. It also
    would not provide the agenda.

    The offices of other Senators reportedly
    participating in the meeting that were
    contacted for this article – Tim Kaine,
    Patty Murray, and Chris Koons – also refused
    to provide this information to the American
    public.


    Jewish Insider
    terms the event
    “Meeting of Machers” (wheeler
    dealers)
    .

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    Opinion -Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks

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    20-05-19 02:59:00,


    Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on
    Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks

    New information released by the FBI has brought fresh scrutiny to the
    possibility that the “Dancing Israelis,” at least two of whom were known Mossad
    operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.


    By Whitney Webb 

    May 19, 2019 “Information
    Clearing House
    ” – 
    For nearly two decades, one of the most
    overlooked and little known

    arrests

    made in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks was that of the so-called
    “High Fivers,” or the “Dancing Israelis.” However, new information released by
    the FBI on May 7 has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the “Dancing
    Israelis,” at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior
    knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Shortly after 8:46 a.m. on the day of the
    attacks, just minutes after the first plane struck the World Trade Center, five
    men — later revealed to be Israeli nationals — had positioned themselves in the
    parking lot of the Doric Apartment Complex in Union City, New Jersey, where they
    were seen taking pictures and filming the attacks while also celebrating the
    destruction of the towers and “high fiving” each other. At least

    one eyewitness

    interviewed by the FBI had seen the Israelis’ van in the parking lot as early as
    8:00 a.m. that day, more than 40 minutes prior to the attack. The story

    received


    coverage

    in

    U.S. mainstream media

    at the time but has since been largely forgotten.

    The men — Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg, Oded
    Ellner, Yaron Shimuel and Omar Marmari — were

    subsequently apprehended

    by law enforcement and claimed to be Israeli tourists on a “working holiday” in
    the United States where they were employed by a moving company, Urban Moving
    Systems. Upon his arrest,

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    Opinion -Jimmy Carter: US is ‘most warlike nation in history’

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    27-04-19 08:25:00,

    April 26, 2019 “Information
    Clearing House
    ” –
    During his regular Sunday school
    lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his
    hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter

    revealed
    that he had recently spoken
    with President Donald Trump about China.
    Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about
    China’s growing economy and expressed
    concern that “China is getting ahead of us.”

    Carter, who normalized diplomatic
    relations between Washington and Beijing in
    1979, said he told Trump that much of
    China’s success was due to its peaceful
    foreign policy.

    “Since 1979, do you know how many times
    China has been at war with anybody?” Carter
    asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.”
    While it is true that China’s last major
    war—an invasion of Vietnam—occurred in 1979,
    its People’s Liberation Army pounded border
    regions of Vietnam with artillery and its
    navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in
    the 1980s. Since then, however, China has
    been at peace with its neighbors and the
    world.

    Carter then said the US has been at peace
    for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation.
    Counting wars, military attacks and military
    occupations, there have actually only been
    five years of peace in US history—1976, the
    last year of the Gerald Ford administration
    and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s
    presidency. Carter then referred to the US
    as “the most warlike nation in the history
    of the world,” a result, he said, of the US
    forcing other countries to “adopt our
    American principles.”

    China’s peace dividend has allowed
    and enhanced its economic growth, Carter
    said. “How many miles of high-speed
    railroad do we have in this country?” he
    asked. China has around 18,000 miles
    (29,000 km) of high speed rail lines
    while the US has “wasted, I think, $3
    trillion” on military spending.
    According to a November 2018

    study
    by Brown University’s Watson
    Institute of International and Public
    Affairs, the US has spent $5.9 trillion
    waging war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan,
    Pakistan and other nations since 2001.

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