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62, agriculture/development economist, German Catholic with personal+ professional intercultural + interreligious exposition,especially west-+south Asia

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  • Naim Ateek's moral arc of the universe
    • Re just : ... it is basically fear that prevents Bishops and governments...., from taking a stand against the rich and powerful and on behalf of the weak and marginalized.

      YES - these Bishops are COWARDS, real COWARDS.

      And their cowardice lets them betray crore teaching of the gospel.
      SHAME on them.

  • Miracle baby Mohammed escapes ISIS
  • Rep. Israel endorses speech saying Europe failed Jewish people in 40s and is 'failing us again today'
    • # unverified:
      ....." We cannot solve the ISIL problem until we solve the Palestinian problem."

      Agreed.

      And that is why we are told, that it will take very, very, very long until IS can be controlled / neutralized.

  • 'An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they're doing'
    • David Norris : A man of character and COURAGE

      Never heard or seen a speech like that in any other "western" country of democratically (s)elected member of parliaments.

      David Norris - so far and very regrettingly - is a SINGULARITY, because all the rest of European parliamentarians are COWARDS, nothing but characterless COWARDS, when it comes to call a spade a spade on Israel's war crimes and war criminals.

      CHAPEAU, Mr. Norris!!

  • 'NYT' is furiously rewriting history of Gaza conflict
    • NYT does not even get its figures right....

      In the NY Editorial Boards article of 06 Aug 2014 you read a.o.:

      More than 1,800 Palestinians, a majority of them noncombatants, and 67 Israelis have been killed. United Nations officials said 408 Palestinian children were killed and 2,502 injured.

      The actual figure of injured Palestinians reads : more than 9,800 (i.w. 9thousand eight hundred).

  • Elie Wiesel plays the Holocaust trump card in Gaza
    • QUOTATION from E.Wiesel

      "I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.
      We must always take sides.
      Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
      Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

      Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel encouraging uncompromising action

      This, however, only holds, whenever Israelis and/or Jews are victimised.......

  • 'Today at 0800, Israeli bulldozers came to the fertile valley where we planted fruit trees--'
  • BDS is the only means of ending the occupation -- Derfner
    • BDS is the LAST resort and only non-violent strategy to bring Israelis to senses - if ever this is possible at all.

      And after the failed Kerry-IP-talks - the time has come to implement BDS FULL SCALE.

      FULL SCALE also means for Christian pilgrims to delay their unholy land of Israel-visits until a final peace treaty will have been reached, signed and been implemented.

  • Fear of Arab-Americans in the public square
    • Meanwhile, Jews are about six times more likely than Muslims to be the victims of hate crimes in America.

      YEAH - YEAH- YEAH.
      We are the GREATEST VICTIMS - and nobody will take away from us the gold medal.
      Never - ever.

  • 'NYT' self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements
    • Re Krauss: ..."America should have ditched Israel as a favoured nation a long time."

      yes, indeed. No only that.

      Israel is nothing else but an enormous liability for the USA.

      Its a drag for the USA's reputation, howsoever critical this may be anyway, dragging the USA into further global isolation.
      Beyond this , the special I-US alliance and special relationship is very, very costly in money terms. At the cost of US-citizen, especially the less fortunate ones.

      One wonders how long the US electorate continues to vote for representatives maintaining this costly relation. For what????

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • USA's Shielding Israel from the ICC at all cost - is really little else than SELF-DEFENCE

      Re Donald says: April 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm
      …. (American statesmen) They like to be told that sometimes America needs to be more forthright and interventionist in its policies.
      They don’t like to be told that they ((added: themselves)) are potential candidates for war crimes trials. .
      …..

      EXACTLY.

      Here comes the raison d'etre for the 'Special Relationship' :
      Much more than protecting Israel from any devastating verdict by the ICC, the main underlying reason for the USA is to protect ITSELF.
      The ICC would have to examine a vast range of war crime issues and other major violations of international laws e.g. targeted assassinations, drone killings, torture, administrative detentions, ignoring a multitude of international conventions and a vast range of fundamental Human Rights (e.g. children rights, religious rights) , Rights of refugees and asylum seekers, etc….

      Virtually all these crimes are issues which (eventually) will be examined by the ICC. In the course of which it is virtually impossible to overlook that it has been the United States which not only used its VETO-power to safeguard Israel's impunity status. BUT that on almost all the above issues, the USA will be sitting on The Hague's bench of the accused in their OWN RIGHT.

      Not infrequently even Israeli politicians and journalists have hinted quite explicitly that what Israel has been and is doing respectively are accused of is nothing else than what the USA has done and is doing in the first place. Giving the precedential examples, starting from settlements and ethnic cleaning at the beginnings of both their respective histories.

      That is why there is no "daylight" between the two "allies in war crimes".
      That is what ties the two culprits together at the hip.
      That is what makes monthly meetings and closest co-ordination with the Israelis where we look out at the sea of international organizations and U.N. entities, including treaty bodies and treaties and so forth,… necessary

      That is what makes Samantha say:
      The ICC is of course something that we have been absolutely adamant about. Secretary Kerry has made it very, very clear to the Palestinians, as has the President. I mean, this is something that really poses a profound threat to Israel.

      The implicit threat to the USA that their own ugly foreign policy and sins of the past and present will be exposed at the same time, Samantha accidently forgot to mention.

    • USA's Shielding Israel from the ICC at all cost - is really little else than SELF-DEFENCE
      Re Donald says: April 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm
      …. (American statesmen) They like to be told that sometimes America needs to be more forthright and interventionist in its policies.
      They don’t like to be told that they ((added: themselves)) are potential candidates for war crimes trials. .
      …..

      EXACTLY.
      Here comes the raison d'etre for the 'Special Relationship' :
      Much more than protecting Israel from any devastating verdict by the ICC, the main underlying reason for the USA is to protect ITSELF.

      The ICC would have to examine a vast range of war crime issues and other major violations of international laws e.g. targeted assassinations, drone killings, torture, administrative detentions, ignoring a multitude of international conventions and a vast range of fundamental Human Rights (e.g. children rights, religious rights) , Rights of refugees and asylum seekers, etc….
      Virtually all these crimes are issues which (eventually) will be examined by the ICC. In the course of which it is virtually impossible to overlook that it has been the United States which not only used its VETO-power to safeguard Israel's impunity status. BUT that on almost all the above issues, the USA will be sitting on The Hague's bench of the accused in their OWN RIGHT.

      Not infrequently even Israeli politicians and journalists have hinted quite explicitly that what Israel has been and is doing respectively are accused of is nothing else than what the USA has done and is doing in the first place. Giving the precedential examples, starting from settlements and ethnic cleaning at the beginnings of both their respective histories.

      That is why there is no "daylight" between the two "allies in war crimes".
      That is what ties the two culprits together at the hip.
      That is what makes monthly meetings and closest co-ordination with the Israelis where we look out at the sea of international organizations and U.N. entities, including treaty bodies and treaties and so forth,... necessary.
      That is what makes Samantha say:
      The ICC is of course something that we have been absolutely adamant about. Secretary Kerry has made it very, very clear to the Palestinians, as has the President. I mean, this is something that really poses a profound threat to Israel.

      The implicit threat to the USA that their own ugly foreign policy and sins of the past and present will be exposed at the same time, Samantha accidently forgot to mention.

  • Some liberal Zionists will blame Netanyahu for failure of talks
    • Re Citizen: ... Interesting, I only got three people who comment here regularly on this petition to stop aid to Israel until Israel stops its illegal settlement expansion as an obstacle to peace–.....

      Citizen, i went there, ready to sign up. However, i did not.

      Reason?
      I found the formulation "until Israel stops its illegal settlement EXPANSION "... rather unfortunate, respectively wanting.

      IMHO, if it had said sth like: ...."until Israel will have concluded a final peace agreement with the Palestinians and will have proven that it also complies bona fide with all committments entered into in such agreement"....
      I would not have hesitated.

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
    • A formidable scandal it is : the alleged Powerlessness of foreign Embassies in Israel
      ... At 9:00 am I was allowed to call the Italian embassy: an Italian official told me “once you are in that place we cannot do anything, you simply don’t exist for us if you are in that place” .

      Re NK ….Governments could pursue these cases diplomatically but they’re content to let their citizens be subjected to such abuse ….
      Foreign travellers to Israel who are so badly mistreated by Immigration officials of the GoI Home Ministry are virtually left alone by their Embassies in such a situation. Their "argument", that they could not do anything for their nationals is nothing less than an unspeakable SCANDAL.
      It goes without saying that it is a blatant LIE. Of course they can do something. The Scandal is that foreign embassies do not even complain and do not forcefully intervene and follow-up with the Government of Israel, iow foreign embassies are effectively complicit with such airport immigration practices and permit them to be continued with impunity.
      I would assume that upon return to Italy Andrea Pesci - or any other traveller having experienced a similar mistreatment at the hands of Ben Gurion immigration staff and have not been given any assistance by their respective embassies - should file a legal case at home against their own Government / Foreign Ministry on grounds of INACTIVITY and NEGLECT of DUTY.
      Such legal proceedings may well raise (with the help of local media) general awareness and put their Governments to shame……. and perhaps also change their shameful complicity with the Government of Israel by being silent and inactive in the face of such BG airport-"welcoming ceremonies" to their nationals. Perhaps. Perhaps not.
      Ceterum censeo:
      if only all Christian Pilgrims to the unHoly Land would BOYCOTT Israel and postpone their pilgrimages until such time that a final and just peace agreement with the Palestinians will have been reached - that will surely stand a better chance and prove to be more efficient to induce a substantive change and end similar experiences like the one made by Andrea Pesci and many others.

  • Eyewitness account of Israeli soldier killing Palestinian judge reveals barbarity of occupation
    • Re: ....It’s disgusting that the acts of these idf barbarians are never exposed in the American media. Damn them for their cowardice and complicity.

      YES -indeed.
      This murder at Allenby Bridge has neither been reported in any media here in Germany. That is routine cowardice of our journalists!! Well established.

      Instead, the German Foreign MinisterSteinmeier condemned in strongest terms, the Qassam rockets from Gaza which did not hurt anyone and had been launched as a retaliation to prior Idf -killings of three Gazans, and three other killings of Palestinians in the West Bank within a time-period of 24 hours only.

  • BDS supporting rock star Roger Waters hits back against vicious smears
    • Another Quote by Mahatma Ghandi from 1938

      Article written in his own journal, Harijan, of 26 November 1938 which labeled the situation in Palestine “A crime against Humanity”:

      It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct … Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home

      — See Homer A Jack (editor), The Gandhi Reader: a source book of his life and writings, By Mahatma Gandhi, Grove Press, 1994, page 218

      Acknowledgement: This quote has been first mentioned here by "Hostage", March 2013

  • State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence
    • The same deplorable Statement by germany's Foreign Minister STEINMEIER

      Translation
      Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier
      Thursday, 13. März 2014 09:20 EST

      Foreign Minister Steinmeier addresses rocket attacks on Israel

      We condemn yesterday's rocket-attacks from Gaza on Israel in the strongest terms. I am glad that nobody has been harmed.
      The calculation of those responsible for these terror acts to torpedo the difficult and still fragile peace process, shall not succeed.
      The negotiations for peace in the Near East are in a difficult phase. It still needs major efforts by all sides. We support with full power the American efforts in their negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians.

      It goes without saying that there has been no official statement - not to speak about a corresponding condemnation in the "strongest terms" by the German Foreign Minister / Ministry with respect to the IDF killing spree in Gaza and the West Bank which occurred PRIOR to the Qassam rockets launched from Gaza.

      Shame-shame-shame!

  • Judith Butler, Rashid Khalidi and over 150 other scholars condemn censorship, intimidation of Israel critics
    • Where can i join and add my name to the list of signatories???

      Does anybody know the respective web-link??

  • Obama warns Israel about delegitimization, and Oren suggests annexation
    • Pope Francis' imminent visit to Palestine and Israel

      I am looking forward and wonder what contribution Pope Francis will make during his forthcoming visit.

  • Making visible the Nakba: a US education project
    • Re : The six-part curriculum

      Can one access / download the curriculum??
      If yes, i shall be grateful if you could let me / us have a link, please.

  • Judis says Museum of Jewish Heritage has reinvited him to June 1 appearance!
    • Re: ...The Brits and the Zionists felt that they could shatter Arab nationalism by dividing Muslims and Christians; they preferred a religious conflict...

      Under varied conditions of today, the same strategy has been exercised/ is being followed
      especially in Nazareth: stoking Muslim - Christian animosities.

      Special reference is made to the schemings wrt the construction permission /withdrawal of a mosque before the Church of Anunciation. et al.

  • Truman feared backing Israel would involve US in 'new world conflict' -- Boston Globe
    • 'Special Relationship'

      Yes, indeed.
      This Very Special Relationship has obviously become nothing else than
      a PERFECT allround LIABILITY for the USA.

      It is high time, that the 'land of the free' sets itself free of such self-imposed imprisonment.

  • Derfner: The boycott isn't economic warfare, it's psychological
    • Too early and ill-timed

      I disagree with Derfner's headline : "The boycott isn’t economic warfare, it’s psychological."

      We are not there, where Derfner thinks we are already.

      BDS has barely taken off to exert its influence on Israeli business and the Israeli electirate. Of course, in the very first instance BDS's is -as of now- majoritively an economic instrument in order to create political awareness. And as of now, all efforts have to be directed to massively increase the economic effects of BDS, so that these will really thoroughly and undeniably be felt in Isarael. That is the first priority.... for the coming years.

      Even if "the real power of BDS can’t be measured in dollars, cents, euros, or shekels (alone)..." and even if there is a critical "psychological and political " component to BDS also, Derfner's emphasis belittles the economic component and overrates - at least at this point in time - the psychological and political impact.

      Such lobsided analysis is imho premature and ill-timed, possibly it could even have an (unintended) effect of letting the steam off the BDS-efforts before it runs full steam.
      Global Promotion of BDS in all spheres has utmost priority for years to come, before the collateral pdychological effects on the Israeli electorate and its political awareness will make voters elect another KNESSET and permit -finally - a JUST settlement of the I-P-"conflict".

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