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  • Adelson delivered! Now it's Trump's turn
    • Strange that the US criticize the Iranian election process whereby the Guardian Council have to approve all candidates for election. In the US unless you can raise millions, usually through individual billionaires with agendas, you can forget it. America truly has the best electoral system, that money can buy.

  • I hereby chuck my right to Jewish national self-determination
    • Jewish National self determination was granted in 1948, on borders set by the United Nations and agreed to by the new Israeli Government led by Ben Gurion.
      Paragraph 13 of the Declaration provides that the State of Israel would be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex;.
      The fact that Israel has unilaterally extended its borders contrary to International Law and continues to do so with impunity, puts its long term existence in jeopardy. Because the UNSC is unwilling to put a stop to this state of affairs, and the Palestinians don't have the power to do so. One can only assume that the train crash such a blinkered approach entails, will in fact happen, to the detriment of everyone.

  • More than half of US aid 'to entire world' goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements -- Kerry
    • The Europeans seem just as unwilling to confront reality as the US regarding the settlement enterprise. "Such a bill [legislation before the Knesset] violates international law," he said, adding Israel would undermine its commitment to finding a "two-state solution" - a Palestinian state in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war - if the bill were passed.
      Asked whether Germany and the European Union should punish Israel with economic or diplomatic sanctions, the spokesman said: "We don't think that sanctions would be the right path in this case to make headway in the Middle East peace process." http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/germany-israeli-bill-violates-international-law-161207134344500.html It is difficult to imagine what other war crimes the state of Israel is allowed to commit before 'any' action is taken. Israel is the 'Wests' child, [the black sheep maybe] but no one is allowed to 'take punitive action against a member of our family.

  • New anti-Semitism legislation may stifle campus activism for Palestinian rights
    • The EU's definition of anti-semitsm has not been adopted, "the Jewish Telegraphic Agency yesterday cited remarks by FRA [EU's fundamental rights agency] spokesperson Blanca Tapia, who stated that the agency’s staff “are not aware of any official definition [of anti-Semitism],” that the document had “never” been viewed “as a valid definition” by the FRA and that “the agency does not need to develop its own definition of anti-Semitism in order to research these issues.”

      It seems the penny has dropped even for groups like Honest Reporting, which have confessed that the “disappearance and disavowal of the definition” by the FRA does somewhat undermine “the validity” of a petition they had only recently launched, calling for the media to adopt the definition.

      Yet the definition was long ago discredited, with those doing serious anti-racism work at the FRA clear it was not fit for purpose. That was what a senior FRA official told me for an article I published in The Electronic Intifada in September 2012". https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ben-white/israel-lobbyists-finally-concede-eu-has-ditched-anti-semitism-definition

  • Tulsi Gabbard's screw-the-neocons meeting with Trump sparks anger, derision, encouragement
    • Elizabeth Block, here is a list of US regime changes since the second world war..
      Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

      China 1949 to early 1960s
      Albania 1949-53
      East Germany 1950s
      Iran 1953 *
      Guatemala 1954 *
      Costa Rica mid-1950s
      Syria 1956-7
      Egypt 1957
      Indonesia 1957-8
      British Guiana 1953-64 *
      Iraq 1963 *
      North Vietnam 1945-73
      Cambodia 1955-70 *
      Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
      Ecuador 1960-63 *
      Congo 1960 *
      France 1965
      Brazil 1962-64 *
      Dominican Republic 1963 *
      Cuba 1959 to present
      Bolivia 1964 *
      Indonesia 1965 *
      Ghana 1966 *
      Chile 1964-73 *
      Greece 1967 *
      Costa Rica 1970-71
      Bolivia 1971 *
      Australia 1973-75 *
      Angola 1975, 1980s
      Zaire 1975
      Portugal 1974-76 *
      Jamaica 1976-80 *
      Seychelles 1979-81
      Chad 1981-82 *
      Grenada 1983 *
      South Yemen 1982-84
      Suriname 1982-84
      Fiji 1987 *
      Libya 1980s
      Nicaragua 1981-90 *
      Panama 1989 *
      Bulgaria 1990 *
      Albania 1991 *
      Iraq 1991
      Afghanistan 1980s *
      Somalia 1993
      Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
      Ecuador 2000 *
      Afghanistan 2001 *
      Venezuela 2002 *
      Iraq 2003 *
      Haiti 2004 *
      Somalia 2007 to present
      Honduras 2009
      Libya 2011 *
      Syria 2012
      Ukraine 2014 *

      Q: Why will there never be a coup d’état in Washington?

      A: Because there’s no American embassy there.
      https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list
      And that was only since the end of the 2nd World War.
      The US government are involved up to their necks in Syrian regime change, the only reason it will not succeed is because Russia wants International law to apply and for the Syrian people alone to decide Syria's future, not the "democrats" of Saudi Arabia or Qatar.

    • Gabbard talks sense on Syria, Trump has also spoken of helping Russia get rid of the Wahhabi and other Jihadi head choppers. Just common sense really. However if the Neocons get their way in Syria [regime change] then not only would the UN Charter 2[4] have been thrown out, it would mean confronting not only Syria but Russia, Iran and possibly China in a nuclear standoff. Of course both Israel and Saudi Arabia also want regime change in Syria, Israel because it covets the Golan Heights, Saudi Arabia because it wants to be the Hegemon [Sunni] in the region. Syria is an important member of the so called 'arc of extremism' or, as I prefer, 'arc of resistance'. [who would not want to resist Israel/Saudi Arabia]. There are only two choices in Syria 1/ Support the legitimate secular Government of Assad or 2/ Support the Jihadis who regard anyone not like them as worthy of death.

  • Sanders says fight among Democrats is to go 'beyond identity politics' and stand for all working people
    • I agree with Sanders, here in the UK the first person to challenge J Corbyn was Angela Eagle who described herself as a working class woman from the North of England, [so vote for me the first woman leader of the party]. That is simply not good enough, what are her policies? Well for a start she supported the Iraq war, then she voted twice against having an inquiry into it. She was considered to be a right wing Blair supporter. Let us suppose, in an imaginary scenario, a male candidate opposed her, and he happened to be a wealthy ex member of the landed gentry, someone like Tony Benn unfortunately now deceased [formally Lord Stansgate ] It goes without saying that in 'identity' politics the membership would choose the 'woman from the North' even though she espoused right wing views, and reject someone like Tony Benn, who had supported Corbyn for many years and was far more in tune with the Labour party membership.

  • If American universities ignore attacks on Muslim students, who will defend them?
    • Thanks for the link Annie, I think the issue here is that one of the students concerned Robert Gardner was legally threatened by Horowitz because he told the truth, as was his constitutional right [confirmed, inter alia by the University, and the Southern Poverty Law center]. Whereas Horowitz is telling bald faced lies [defamation] and has been criticized by those same organizations for doing so.

    • Surely, if the posters are clearly defamatory as the University allege, then a case for defamation could be made out against the Horowitz "Freedom Centre" after all he takes full responsibility for the posters..."When The Maroon spoke with David Horowitz, he declined to name any individuals".
      “I’m not going to tell you that,” Horowitz said, “These college administrations are coddling these terrorists. [The posters have] probably been torn down by campus administrators already. It’s a free speech issue. There is no law about campus posters. It’s a disgrace to the University. I take full responsibility for posting them.”
      Unless people start fighting back, legally, things will only get worse. A false claim of anti semitism can lead to a person losing his/her job, a further false claim of supporting terrorism could not only ostracize that person from the community, but also endanger their life.

  • We are in an era of conservative counter-revolution
    • Its "The economy, stupid", which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush.
      Trump has promised to bring back jobs for the working class, Chomsky said this appeal should not be underestimated since their wages [and jobs] have been in stagnation since the 70's. Throw in his justified claim that the Afghan and Iraq wars combined costs [taking into account long term injury and compensation claims] are 6 Trillion dollars $6,000,000,000,000 [Linda Bilmes, Kennedy Law School, Harvard University. Enough, he quite rightly said. to rebuild the United States twice over. Oh, and add in that he was going to make the US great again [a little bit of exceptionalism which even Obama believes in] plus the worst possible Democratic candidate a war Goddess and Wall Street Shill [she said, we must confront Russia and China and make them pay a price, and she would 'obliterate' Iran] and there you have a potent brew, his win was inevitable.

  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • According to a rough demographic count there are 1.5 million and 2.8 million Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank respectively, as against approx 6 million people of Jewish origin in Israel, not sure if that includes the settlers in the West Bank including East Jerusalem. A Jewish majority of approx 1.7 million. That is the most benign scenario one state solution Zionists envisage, of course Palestinians would have to be second class citizens. Another Israeli solution could be self governing Bantustans with no sovereignty [it is the "land of Israel" after all] surrounded by Israel settlements and barbed wire. A "Gaza solution" for Palestinians in the West Bank. Maybe they think they can get away with it?

    • shakur420, Excellent comment, Professor Finkelstein has the same opinion, he said in Dublin recently, people who advocate a one state solution make no sense, they are insane and live in another time warp..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS4eBHz2wEU In the one state argument's defence they are only articulating a rapidly approaching scenario whereby facts on the ground and the 'Wests' indifference to them [and to a large extent the GCC countries plus Egypt and Turkey making overtures to Israel regardless it seems of what they do] encourages Israel to press on with their crimes. Unfortunately the one state solution envisaged by Israel involves a greater Israel including the West Bank and Golan Heights with as few Palestinians as possible, hence decades more violence and oppression. Professor Finkelstein in that Dublin talk said Apartheid in South Africa was only brought to an end by the combined forces of the whole continent of Africa with significant support of world opinion. In that case black South Africans outnumbered whites 10 to 1 how much more difficult will it be when in the proposed one state scenario envisaged by a number of Israeli one state zealots, people of Jewish origin will actually outnumber Palestinians [for a time at least] not forgetting the right of return and the almost 2 million Palestinians in Gaza [which Israel does not want] throws more confusion into one state solution.

    • Many people thought Trumps foreign policy was correct, this is what he said just before the election...Donald Trump repeated his call to "drain the swamp," knocking the "failed elites in Washington" for being wrong about everything from foreign policy to health care.

      "The people opposing us are the same people — and think of this — who’ve wasted $6 trillion on wars in the Middle East — we could have rebuilt our country twice — that have produced only more terrorism, more death, and more suffering – imagine if that money had been spent at home," Trump said at a Oct. 26 rally in Charlotte, N.C.

      "We’ve spent $6 trillion, lost thousands of lives," Trump said. "You could say hundreds of thousands of lives, because look at the other side also." http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/oct/27/donald-trump/did-us-spend-6-trillion-middle-east-wars/
      Linda Bilmes in her study of the Afghan and Iraq wars at the Kennedy Law School [Harvard University] agrees with that figure].
      He also wants Russia and the US to team up to destroy Islamic State, and to friendly relations with both Russia and China. What could be better?
      Hillary wanted to confront both whilst trying to regime change Syria by backing the head choppers, and no fly zones. Such a disastrous policy could only end with WW3.
      I for one am glad Clinton has not won, she of the status quo, more war and more corruption. Will Trump be worse, who knows?

  • New Lebanon president says: refugees not welcome
    • Annie. For another take on US involvement in Syria, Robert F Kennedy Jnr penned this excellent and wide ranging article. In it he argues that one of the reasons [maybe the real reason] for the war in Syria is the gas pipe line from Qatar to the Med,
      "In their view, our war against Bashar Assad did not begin with the peaceful civil protests of the Arab Spring in 2011. Instead it began in 2000, when Qatar proposed to construct a $10 billion, 1,500 kilometer pipeline through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Qatar shares with Iran the South Pars/North Dome gas field, the world’s richest natural gas repository".
      http://www.politico.eu/article/why-the-arabs-dont-want-us-in-syria-mideast-conflict-oil-intervention/

    • This is a proxy war of regime change, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Israel want the overthrow of Assad the 'West' does also. To facilitate this the US supply thousands of tons of military equipment to Saudi Arabia and Qatar like Tow anti tank missiles, paid for by the Saudis and shipped through Turkey to the Jihadis, [by the way there are no "moderate" jihadis] these are all well documented facts. The only reason man pads were not delivered was the close proximity of Ben Gurion airport at severe risk. “Absolutely… Absolutely I would,” McCain said when asked whether he would support the delivery of Stinger missiles to the opposition in Syria.

      “We certainly did that in Afghanistan. After the Russians invaded Afghanistan, we provided them with surface-to-air capability. It’d be nice to give people that we train and equip and send them to fight the ability to defend themselves. That’s one of the fundamental principles of warfare as I understand it,” McCain said.

      Read more: https://sputniknews.com/us/201510201028835944-us-stingers-missiles-syrian-rebels-mccain/
      "The US government has committed regime change 3 times this century" give it time, here is what it did last century..
      Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)

      China 1949 to early 1960s
      Albania 1949-53
      East Germany 1950s
      Iran 1953 *
      Guatemala 1954 *
      Costa Rica mid-1950s
      Syria 1956-7
      Egypt 1957
      Indonesia 1957-8
      British Guiana 1953-64 *
      Iraq 1963 *
      North Vietnam 1945-73
      Cambodia 1955-70 *
      Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
      Ecuador 1960-63 *
      Congo 1960 *
      France 1965
      Brazil 1962-64 *
      Dominican Republic 1963 *
      Cuba 1959 to present
      Bolivia 1964 *
      Indonesia 1965 *
      Ghana 1966 *
      Chile 1964-73 *
      Greece 1967 *
      Costa Rica 1970-71
      Bolivia 1971 *
      Australia 1973-75 *
      Angola 1975, 1980s
      Zaire 1975
      Portugal 1974-76 *
      Jamaica 1976-80 *
      Seychelles 1979-81
      Chad 1981-82 *
      Grenada 1983 *
      South Yemen 1982-84
      Suriname 1982-84
      Fiji 1987 *
      Libya 1980s
      Nicaragua 1981-90 *
      Panama 1989 *
      Bulgaria 1990 *
      Albania 1991 *
      Iraq 1991
      Afghanistan 1980s *
      Somalia 1993
      Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
      Ecuador 2000 *
      Afghanistan 2001 *
      Venezuela 2002 *
      Iraq 2003 *
      Haiti 2004 *
      Somalia 2007 to present
      Honduras 2009
      Libya 2011 *
      Syria 2012
      Ukraine 2014 *

      Q: Why will there never be a coup d’état in Washington?

      A: Because there’s no American embassy there.
      https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list
      And that was only since the end of the 2nd World War.
      The US government are involved up to their necks in Syrian regime change, the only reason it will not succeed is because Russia wants International law to apply and for the Syrian people alone to decide Syria's future, not the "democrats" of Saudi Arabia or Qatar.

    • Sorry andrew r can't agree with you, the US has been trying to regime change Syria since way before 2011. Robert Ford was US Ambassador to Syria when the revolt against Syrian president Assad was launched. He not only was a chief architect of regime change in Syria, but actively worked with rebels to aid their overthrow of the Syrian government. http://www.globalresearch.ca/you-wont-believe-what-former-us-ambassador-robert-s-ford-said-about-al-qaedas-syrian-allies/5504906?print=1

    • Saudi Arabia has 100,000 empty tents with air conditioning with accommodation for 3 million refugees. http://thefreethoughtproject.com/saudi-arabia-100000-empty-tents-ac-3-million-people-refugees/ Zero Syrians. How long will these Saudi satraps and despots be able to continue their medieval barbaric ways?

    • "Nothing is more insulting for Syrian refugees who have fled Assad and Hezbollah’s terror in Syria" No Mona, I suspect those refugees have fled from the head choppers who are equal opportunity advocates of murder, They promise to chop the heads off everyone not like themselves, including Alawites, Christians, Kurds, Shiites even moderate Sunni's who have shown considerable support for Assad. It should not be forgotten that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is over 1 and a half million, a quarter of the total population, how would the US electorate act if 80 million refugess came to the US within a short space of time? Also one of the causes of the carnage in Syria, and major funder of the Wahhabi head choppers is Saudi Arabia. Do you know how many Syrian refugees the Saudis have taken in? None.

  • New York panel highlights fissures on the left over Syria
    • Kathleen. Thanks for those informative comments and links.

    • The opposition in Syria comprises Jihadis of various stripes Al Nusra front and the Islamic State [Wahhabi's] supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey with 'the West' backing the almost non existent 'moderate Jihadis'. Regime change is the name of the game by any means necessary. Assad has the support of the majority of Syrians of every political and religious persuasion, years ago during the Doha debates polls indicated Assad's popularity, since overwhelmingly confirmed in both the Presidential and parliamentary elections in the past couple of years [declared free and fair by observers of over 30 countries]. Who is to decide the fate of a nation, the people in Syria, or outsiders like the "democratic" entities like Saudi Arabia and Qatar who pay thousands of head choppers to go to Syria from all parts of the world to wreak havoc? Every Syrian knows what would happen to the minorities should these Jihadi perverts achieve power, they would be slaughtered, that is why the army, which is 80% Sunni [as is the population] wholly back Assad.

  • Calling someone a 'Zionist' is anti-Semitic and abusive, say British lawmakers
    • "Ken Livingstone, I presume?"

    • This is getting hysterical, there is far more Islamophobia in the UK than Antisemitism, In another thread I quoted Professor Jonathan Rosenhead on Antisemitism I think it is worth repeating.
      "In response to a moral panic about Left antisemitism seemingly expanding without limit, the group Free Speech on Israel coalesced in April out of a loosely-knit band of Jewish Labour Party supporters. Some 15 of us got together at a couple of days’ notice for the inaugural gathering. We found that over our lifetimes we could muster only a handful of antisemitic experiences between us. And, crucially, although in aggregate we had hundreds of years of Labour Party membership, no single one of us had ever experienced an incident of antisemitism in the Party.

      Some time in May the ex-Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was interviewed on Radio 4 about the antisemitism ‘crisis’ by now gripping the nation. Helpfully his interviewer invited him to share some of his own personal experiences of antisemitism. His response, from memory ran rather like this: “Well….actually I have never experienced antisemitism myself. Which is odd, because most people know that the Chief Rabbi is Jewish”. https://www.opendemocracy.net/jonathan-rosenhead/jackie-walker-suspense-mystery
      There are ten times more Christian Zionists than Jewish ones, could I be prosecuted for calling a Christian clergyman a Zionist?

  • Israeli Defense Minister says next Gaza war will be the last 'because we will completely destroy them'
    • "As minister of defence, I would like to clarify that we have no intention of starting a new war against our neighbors in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria,"
      Its just as well, Hezbollah have 100,000 rockets many GPS guided [thanks to Iran] aimed at the vital infrastructure of Israel, mainly in the TelAviv metropolitan area. Many settlers [like Lieberman] are to various degrees culpable in war crimes, many settlers are induced to go to Occupied Palestinian Territory simply to get a better life for their families, such settlements have special status and financial grants to attract such people. Lieberman I would suggest is that special brand of war crimes supporter who is fully aware of the consequences of his actions and should be one of the first individuals subject to justice at the ICC when it decides to act on Palestinians complaints regarding the settlements enterprise.

  • Terrific new book by Robert Worth has vital insights into the awful war in Syria
    • The Palestinians just like the Syrians are under attack from reactionary forces, here is what a Saudi official said in Washington recently..
      Salman Al-Ansari President of the Saudi American Public Affairs committee in Washington said.."Israel, he noted, was “one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced countries in the field of mining,” as well as “a world leader in the water engineering industry” — both matters of significant interest to the developing Arab Kingdom.
      Al-Ansari stressed that the two nations share security concerns, with both “facing constant threats from extremist groups that are directly supported by the totalitarian government of Iran.”
      Israel and Saudi Arabia, he argued, could serve as “the new twin pillars of regional stability,”
      http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-lobbyist-in-us-urges-collaberative-alliance-with-israel/ Where do the Palestinians resident in both Jordan and Palestine figure in all this? answer, they don't, all the Saudi and Israeli machinations are directed at the 'arc of resistance' Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and now Yemen, maybe Egypt next since the Saudis have just stopped oil shipments to Egypt because Egypt voted with a Russian Resolution on Syria at the UNSC. Surely the Saudi masses will rise up and overthrow these terrorist supporting satraps. When it comes to their survival these Saudi perverts would sell their own Grandmothers.This is what a prominent Saudi Prince told Richard Dearlove head of MI6 before 9/11 Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence until a few months ago, had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia'. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them."
      Israel, the Washington the head of the Saudi American committee noted, was “one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced countries in the field of mining,” as well as “a world leader in the water engineering industry” — both matters of significant interest to the developing Arab Kingdom". What he did not say was Israel is expert in the theft of water and minerals from the Occupied Palestinian Territories in breach of International Law, See the Quarries case https://www.adalah.org/uploads/oldfiles/newsletter/eng/feb12/docs/Quarries%20case%20English%20Final.pdf

    • Non of these developments happen by chance, Seymour Hersh wrote about them in 2007 in a piece called 'The Redirection' http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection Then the Bush administration decided
      "To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda."
      Not for the first time the US backed the wrong horse. Now in order to stop the 'arc of resistance' Iran. Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah and the Yemenis all backed by Russia and to a lesser extent China they [the US] are doubling down with more support for the Jihadis, the US are going ape shit. They are losing control of the middle east. In my opinion only when those medieval satraps in the GCC group of nations [who are exporting their Wahhabi death cult all over the world] are overthrown can we have peace in the region.

    • When I read the "Assad regime" I suspect the worst. The Syrian war was made in the United States and embraced by the UK, France and Germany who armed the "moderate" jihadis paid for by Saudi Arabia and Qatar with those arms going through Turkey. How else could they accumulate thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles, John McCain wants to give them manpads “Absolutely… Absolutely I would,” McCain said when asked whether he would support the delivery of Stinger missiles to the opposition in Syria.

      “We certainly did that in Afghanistan. After the Russians invaded Afghanistan, we provided them with surface-to-air capability. It’d be nice to give people that we train and equip and send them to fight the ability to defend themselves. That’s one of the fundamental principles of warfare as I understand it,” McCain said. https://sputniknews.com/us/201510201028835944-us-stingers-missiles-syrian-rebels-mccain/

      These things are so obvious now with the West openly defending the Jihadis. Defense Minister Ehud Barak argued that "the toppling down of Assad will be a major blow to the radical axis, major blow to Iran.... It's the only kind of outpost of the Iranian influence in the Arab world...and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza." Bringing down Assad would not only be a massive boon to Israel's security, it would also ease Israel's understandable fear of losing its nuclear monopoly.
      This assault on Syria is made in the West, just read Hillary Clinton's e mails. Arming the Syrian rebels and using western air power to ground Syrian helicopters and airplanes is a low-cost high payoff approach. As long as Washington's political leaders stay firm that no U.S. ground troops will be deployed, as they did in both Kosovo and Libya, the costs to the United States will be limited. UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05794498 Date: 11/30/2015 RELEASE IN FULL..."The best way to help Israel deal with Iran's growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad"https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/18328

      Assad is the legitimate President of Syria, in the Presidential election in 2014 Assad received 88% of vote on a turnout of 70%, the Ba'ath party won 80% of seats in 2016 election. He clearly commands the support of Syrians of all political and religious persuasions. Professor Tim Anderson cuts through all this propaganda in a series of articles like this one. link to http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dirty-war-on-syria/5491859 After the United States "success" in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya leaving them in ruins, time to move on to destroying the secular state of Syria, so that Israel can consolidate its claim to the Golan Heights and at the same time split the 'ark of resistance' Iran, Syria, Iraq and Hezbollah. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Clinton to drop Israel from 'public' speeches, put it back in 'with donors' -- email
    • Clinton has a lot of worrying to do when trump brings felony charges against her...
      "Thanks to videos released by Project Veritas, we now have concrete proof that it was Hillary Clinton that paid operatives to storm Trump rallies and incite violence.

      Hillary Clinton did not just pay mercenaries to assault Trump supporters, she also violated the law on several occasions.

      Robert Creamer, a Clinton crony, was one of the organizers of the paid violence and has also visited Obama at the White House at least 230 times. He was forced to resign from his position immediately following the release of these videos." https://conservativedailypost.com/breaking-trump-moves-to-file-charges-against-clinton/

  • Palestinians across the political spectrum express outrage over cancelled elections
    • Israel wanted the rise of Hamas simply to split the Palestinians. How many Palestinians would or could resist the ruthless occupation forces. When France was occupied in the second WW Professor Norman Finkelstein thought only about 10% of the French population resisted, the rest just wanted to get on and make the best of a bad situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDe65-nF3FQ In the last Palestinian elections Hamas won and the result was quickly overturned by the US/Israel with the connivance of Abbas who shows every indication of wanting to be the leader until he dies of old age.

  • Clues to the end of the world shared during final 2016 presidential debate
    • Where does the US military get whack jobs like General Milley, he did omit to say the US had the nuclear capability to destroy Russia twice over whereas they could only destroy the US once.
      Someone put him in a straitjacket.

    • This Top US General is straight out of Dr Strangelove "BREAKING: US Army Chief of staff Threatens War With Russia - We will beat you harder than ever before" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvVrQqU1Gwc This has to be what Clinton has in mind in Syria or Ukraine. Scary.

    • Two horrible candidates, At least Trump has offered to team up with Russia to eliminate the Islamic State head chopping freaks, whereas Clinton has said Syria is the first thing on her agenda, promising to set up a no fly zone and immediate conflict with both Syria and Russia. "General J Dunford, Top US general warns Syrian “no-fly” zone means war with Russia" https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/24/syri-s24.html
      By Bill Van Auken
      24 September 2016
      The enforcement of a “no-fly” zone in Syria would mean a US war with both Syria and Russia, the top US uniformed commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
      For now, for us to control all the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war with Syria and Russia,” Dunford replied to the Senator. “That’s a pretty fundamental decision that certainly I’m not going to make.”
      There you have it, Clinton wants immediate war with Russia with no fly zones over Syria [Russia will not back down] Trump wants friendly relations, and to do deals with Russia.

  • FIFA postpones decision on sanctioning Israeli teams in the occupied territories
    • IFA Legal advisor Efraim Barak said "The same holds true for clubs located in places whose final status is to be determined, according to valid agreements between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in negotiations between these parties, and which are currently under the authority of the State of Israel."
      Barak here is referring to the interim agreement between the Israeli Government and the PA, International law is supreme in the case of an occupation and a 'technical arrangement of a political agreement does not out way provisions in International law. According to the Geneva Conventions, the beneficiaries [the local 'protected' Palestinian population GC Article 4] are not allowed to waive the rights granted to them under those laws. The Israeli state's reliance on the provisions of the interim Agreement in order to validate the illegal and to render it legal, lacks any legal basis.
      No doubt pressure will be put on the Palestinian Football Association by all concerned, first by inducements then by threats, It will have to go to legal proceedings. This issue is fundamental to the Palestinians, they must under no circumstances back down or accept promises, which would inevitably be broken.

  • B'Tselem calls on world to 'intervene' to stop 'more perfect occupation,' and Netanyahu goes ballistic
    • "It is so, because so far the world refuses to take effective action". So true , it is the West, particularly the US which stops effective action with their veto at the UNSC. As Professor James Crawford explained in his brief to the Trade Union Congress 'Third Party obligations with respect to Israeli settlements in the OPT. https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/tucfiles/LegalOpinionIsraeliSettlements.pdf
      "As noted by the ICJ in the Namibia judgment the qualification of a situation as illegal does not by itself put a stop to it. It can only be a first necessary step in an endeavor to bring the illegal situation to an end. Regrettably, the political will does not exist at present to enforce principles of International law in respect of settlements."
      I think the points he made in this long opinion was that individual states had a duty to not recognize unlawful situations or collude with them, but that they did not have to actively pursue International law obligations against the offending state on an individual basis, and probably outside UNSC responsibility. Although he did say that states could stop trading in settlement goods and still be within World Trade Organization rules.
      For an understanding of the veto power and its effective use for the five permanent members and most importantly their friends see 'The Attorney Generals advice was sound' by Dr David Morrison http://www.david-morrison.org.uk/iraq/ags-legal-advice.pdf

  • New ad campaign in college papers calls out Israeli leaders' bigotry against Palestinians
    • By the way, if any Palestinian supporters visit Scotland, be careful what you say or you could be arrested “It is extremely sinister for anyone to be charged with expressing the idea of saying ‘long live’ to a community,” commented SPSC co-founder Mick Napier. “The charge therefore seems to have a patina of wishing harm to the Palestinian people. If so, this is certainly breaking new ground in the Scottish legal system; that by saying ‘Viva Palestina’ you are considered to be attacking someone.”

      After Coutts had said “Viva Palestina” a policeman arrived and ordered him to leave the shopping mall, a request which, his defence team will argue, was in itself illegal. As soon as he stepped outside, he was handcuffed, held for seven hours and charged.

      “He is now deemed to be a racist for saying Viva Palestina in the vicinity of a cosmetics stall,” Napier pointed out. “In the meantime, we are examining what some might regard as the overly-chummy emails.” https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20160921-astonishing-as-it-may-seem-chanting-viva-palestina-could-soon-be-a-hate-crime/

    • This open Democracy piece on Jackie Walker by Professor Jonathan Rosenhead complements 'Jews sans frontieres' and mentions David Rich's book.
      "In response to a moral panic about Left antisemitism seemingly expanding without limit, the group Free Speech on Israel coalesced in April out of a loosely-knit band of Jewish Labour Party supporters. Some 15 of us got together at a couple of days’ notice for the inaugural gathering. We found that over our lifetimes we could muster only a handful of antisemitic experiences between us. And, crucially, although in aggregate we had hundreds of years of Labour Party membership, no single one of us had ever experienced an incident of antisemitism in the Party."

      "Some time in May the ex-Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was interviewed on Radio 4 about the antisemitism ‘crisis’ by now gripping the nation. Helpfully his interviewer invited him to share some of his own personal experiences of antisemitism. His response, from memory ran rather like this: “Well….actually I have never experienced antisemitism myself. Which is odd, because most people know that the Chief Rabbi is Jewish”. https://www.opendemocracy.net/jonathan-rosenhead/jackie-walker-suspense-mystery

    • Mooser. I agree, Israelis will not easily give up on Zionism. When Professor N Finkelstein spoke in Dublin not long ago he said this.."If you can't get half a loaf, why not ask for the whole loaf, if it seems as if the two states is not within reach, well why not ask for one state? I can understand that reasoning , the logic of it, but you would have to convince me of two things, number one, that two states is not within reach, and you would have to convince me that one state is more within reach than two states. I think neither propositions is true, I think the second proposition is positively insane. If Israel will not abandon/give up the West Bank, if that's true do you think it would be easier for Israel to give up a Jewish State? Does that make any sense? If two states is remote, one state is another time warp". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS4eBHz2wEU

    • gamal. Just to add to that the plaintive's in the Quebec court case Bil'in and Yassin v Green Park International Ltd put forward this reason for why the settlement enterprise was a war crime...
      "A war crime, to put it succinctly, is a very serious matter. Further, it is easy to see why the offence in question falls into this special category. Article 49(6) is essentially a law to prevent colonialism. One need look no further than the current condition of the indigenous peoples whose domain once spanned the entire expansive breadth of this continent to appreciate the gravity of the consequences territorial dispossession can inflict upon a population. Most war crimes deal with offences against individuals or groups of individuals, but the offence in Article 49(6) is one that threatens the integrity of an entire people. It clearly qualifies as an exceptional offence of higher order that is of grave concern to the global community as a whole".http://www.thecourt.ca/2009/10/bilin-and-yassin-v-green-park-international-ltd-quebec-court-acknowledges-war-crimes-as-potential-basis-for-civil-liability-claim-ultimately-fails-on-forum-non-conveniens/

    • echinococcus. The Palestinians have decided to accept a two state solution based on the borders roughly of the green line at the end of the 1967 war. Every state at the UN bar Israel agrees with that border, with a few small exchanges of land agreed on by both sides. There is no State, political party or Agency anywhere in the world including in Israel/Palestine that advocates for a one state solution. If one exists could you tell me who they are?

    • No Mooser. I said such a sectarian state would be wrong, and in the third comment on this thread said that in the two state 'model' such discrimination that does undoubtedly occur in the Israeli state and could possibly occur in the Palestinian state, could be dealt with within the borders of either state. Nothing is perfect, but in my opinion this kind of solution would be best and is the preferred solution of the vast majority of mankind as expressed by all states at the UN bar the US/Israel and a few south sea Islands.

    • Can I add to the above, the claim made by some people that rejection of Zionism means that the self determination of people of Jewish origin [however that group is defined] is being denied. In my opinion a state based exclusively on a religious or ethnic basis is wrong, therefore my preference for the two state model is based on the Israeli state within the borders agreed on in 1947/8 and that the political and other rights of all the minorities within that state should be respected. Having said that it is a recognition that for the foreseeable future, Israel would be [rightly or wrongly] a majority 'Jewish' state, which I am sure they would be happy with, that is undeniable, although it would not satisfy the Natanyahu's of this world, it would satisfy World opinion as expressed regularly at the United Nations.

    • If supporting International law means recognizing the State of Israel within the borders proclaimed in 1947/8 by the representatives of the Israeli Government, and as agreed to by the United Nations General Assembly, then isn't anyone who accepts the Israeli State within those borders ipso facto a Zionist? At least as far as the Balfour declaration is concerned i.e. the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine. But then some 'Zionists' say the state of Israel should encompass the whole of Palestine or the 'Land of Israel'. It is this problematical definition of 'Zionism' which needs to be addressed. In this respect it could be argued that Professor N Finkelstein is a Zionist, in the sense he wants International law to be enforced, which entails the recognition of the state of Israel [within its borders and not a 'Jewish state'] as a legitimate state, whether it practices discrimination against non Jews [which it does] is another matter to be challenged within that state. So in my opinion both those who advocate for two states, or one state, could be called Zionists of one sort or another, even if the one state could result in a majority non Jewish majority some time in the future, it would still be a 'home' for the Jewish people as envisaged by Balfour.http://www.palestinechronicle.com/uk-parliament-declares-the-term-zionistanti-semitic/

    • amigo, in my opinion Corbyn does not fight back strongly enough on these issues, Islamophobia dwarfs Antisemitism in the UK, yet he accepts the charges, many unfounded as factually true. Here is part of what he said at that select committee hearing..
      “I am also concerned by some other aspects of the Committee’s report. The Committee heard evidence from too narrow a pool of opinion, and its then-chair rejected both Chakrabarti’s and the Jewish Labour Movement’s requests to appear and give evidence before it. Not a single woman was called to give oral evidence in public, and the report violates natural justice by criticising individuals without giving them a right to be heard".
      “The report’s political framing and disproportionate emphasis on Labour risks undermining the positive and welcome recommendations made in it.
      “Although the Committee heard evidence that 75 per cent of antisemitic incidents come from far right sources, and the report states there is no reliable evidence to suggest antisemitism is greater in Labour than other parties, much of the report focuses on the Labour party.
      “As the report rightly acknowledges, politicising antisemitism – or using it as a weapon in controversies between and within political parties – does the struggle against it a disservice. http://labourlist.org/2016/10/anti-semitism-report-violates-natural-justice-corbyns-response-to-mps-report/
      Thanks Annie for reporting these ads, which unfortunately are in line with what other Israeli leaders have said both political, and religious,down the decades.

  • Israeli diplomat Oren says France and Britain are 'unsure whether their nations are worth fighting for'
    • He said Israelis "have compassion for others"… Operation Cast lead, Operation Pillar of defence and Operation Protective edge all involved the massacre of women and children. Well he did admit to being weird.

  • A lot of the grief over Shimon Peres is grief over the end of the two-state solution
    • "The US Embassy sends out a Jewish new year’s gift that includes settler wine. Then it apologizes saying it didn’t know; but the fact is that the settlements are so normalized inside Israeli society that who would know?" Who would know indeed, Netanyahu just held a cabinet meeting on the Golan Heights and declared the Golan Heights would always be part of Israel, then tried to get Obama to agree with him [to no avail], maybe Obama remembered that 1981 UNSC Resolution, 497 ..“That the acquisition of territory by force was inadmissible and that Israel’s decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Golan Heights is null and void and without legal effect”.

    • Professor Finkelstein is right , if Israel will not accept a two state solution, with the implication of a Jewish majority state [within the 67 borders] for the foreseeable future, then they are certainly not going to allow one state to come about. A series of Bantustans [a form of Home rule] with no sovereignty or ability to govern themselves in any meaningful way etc with the power to at most employ security forces [as now] to keep order under Israeli military patronage, all the while being surrounded by settlements and barbed wire. No, I think the Israelis have transfer on the agenda or some other partition arrangement, as a substantial part of the Israeli electorate want. It could be possible in the event of a large war breaking out, which could give the hawks every incentive to do 'the unthinkable'. At the present time, if the US/GCC and Turkish coalition were to achieve its aims in Syria, 'regime change', a whole new vista would open up. Hezbollah would be destroyed, then Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US could try to face down Iran. The only hope for the Palestinians is that Assad prevails [he will] and the balance of power shifts away from the bigoted sectarian regimes in the Gulf, which in turn would put tremendous pressure on Israel to come to a more reasonable compromise with its neighbors.

  • Political analyst: Upcoming Palestinian elections last chance to end internal divide
    • ritzl, "It also bears repeating that Palestine is a democracy" Only if the side the US/Israel wants to win is successful, if not the elections are illegitimate.
      Hamas won the elections in 2006,

  • Solidifying behind Clinton, foreign policy establishment gins up a cold war with Russia/Iran
    • Morell advocates arming local groups and instructing them to kill Iranian and Russian personnel in the country.

      This is the definition of terrorism. It violates the UN charter, he is advocating a grave war crime.
      Morell said the killing of Russians and Iranians should be undertaken “covertly, so you don’t tell the world about it, you don’t stand up at the Pentagon and say ‘we did this.’ But you make sure they know it in Moscow and Tehran.” No you just go on the Charlie Rose show and tell the whole world what you are going to do, and hope the Russians and Syrians are as stupid as Morell looks. What a moron.

  • 'To defend western freedom,' U.S. must preserve Egyptian tyranny
    • Egypt has been collaborating with Israel for many years notably by ensuring the Gaza blockade by land and sea is enforced, now the Israeli air force are bombing Islamist's in the Sinai http://www.timesofisrael.com/with-egypts-blessing-israel-conducting-drone-strikes-in-sinai-report/ The Palestinians are fighting a losing battle when appealing to their so called friends, the leaderships of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulfies, far better to align with the so called 'axis of evil' Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah, these are true friends who will not sell them out at the behest of Israel and the US, those despots will be history soon, that is why Israel/US are so keen to regime change Syria and confront Iran. With the backing of Russia, Israel/US machinations in the region will fail, and with it US control of the middle east.

  • Jewish entitlement, and Jewish populism
    • Keith, if you imagine the loss down the memory hole of over 9,000 comments from Hostage and others not to be a major problem, I do not agree with you, I do most of my research from those archives. I do hope this is only a glitch, If not, and because it was done without prior notice to the commentators, would represent a sad day for Mondoweiss.

  • Irish and Dutch governments join Sweden in speaking out for right to call for BDS
    • MHughes976. As I recall the Government advice to Local Councils and other Government funded bodies was just that, advice, although as regards the settlements and BDS in my opinion it would be impossible for the Government to penalize such bodies, since two years ago the Foreign Office in conjunction with the Dept of Trade offered this advice on dealing with settlements,,
      "There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity. Financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements as well as other economic activities (including in services like tourism) in Israeli settlements or benefiting Israeli settlements, entail legal and economic risks stemming from the fact that the Israeli settlements, according to international law, are built on occupied land and are not recognized as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory. This may result in disputed titles to the land, water, mineral or other natural resources which might be the subject of purchase or investment. EU citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of getting involved in economic and financial activities in settlements, as well as possible abuses of the rights of individuals. Those contemplating any economic or financial involvement in settlements should seek appropriate legal advice". https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/overseas-business-risk-palestinian-territories/overseas-business-risk-the-occupied-palestinian-territories.
      I think it would be rather difficult to separate which businesses operated in OPT and which in Israel proper, some operate in both, so legislation would be politically and legally problematic.

    • MHughes976 Under the Equality Act 2010, it is possible to discriminate on certain grounds..
      The Equality Act UK 2010 says discrimination can be justified if the person who's discriminating against you can show it’s a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. If necessary, it's the courts which will decide if discrimination can be justified. For instance if the courts were to decide today that boycotting South African Apartheid was justifiable in the late twentieth century, they may find discrimination against Israelis justifiable on similar grounds today.

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