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To help resolve the Palestinian / Israeli problem within International Law.

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  • Video: United Methodist Church votes against divestment
    • The settlements enterprise are ongoing war crimes UNDISPUTED [Geneva 49.6] and ICC Act 2001 UK 8[2bv111], To aid and abet a war crime ICC Act 2001UK 55[1a] and/or 55[1d] assisting a grave war crime, UNDISPUTED, the so called Christians who voted against the resolution are simply aiding and abetting or assisting war criminals, and therefore are war criminals themselves, thats the Law, in the UK at least, I know the US has not signed up for the ICC, but our Attorney General could make a good case under the act since the perpetrators did it purposefully. He would not of course, war crimes charges are only for the 'other'.

  • 'Shame on You': Why I interrupted Obama counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan
    • Pakistans Foreign Minister said drone strikes must stop because they are a violation of Pakistans sovereignty, she said the US just does not listen, one way to make them listen is to keep the supply lines closed through Pakistan, the US are lying when they say they can do without this route, even with this route a gallon of petrol costs $1000, I hope the Pakistanis show some backbone and reclaim some self respect, if the US continue with the drones, just shoot them down.

    • Medea, I admire your courageous efforts, I thought you were some superhuman being, especially after confronting Condolisa, so I am comforted when you honestly said your heart was racing, how many other people would have the courage to do what you did, bravo, but its a good job you do not look like 'the other' unlike the UC Irvine and Riverside students with Ambassador Oren.

  • Obama working to postpone UN investigation into settlements until after 2012 elections
    • Oleg R, Yes they may lose money, but failure to act in legal venues open to them will mean more than a loss of money, the ethnic cleansing and settlement enterprise may just be getting into gear. The suggestion that the Palestinians hold back legitimate complaints to the ICC because of threats, is rather like a criminal who has just robbed your house, telling you not to go to the police, or he will steal twice as much next time, unfortunately this blackmail appears to be working with Abbas

  • United Methodist Church rejects divestment
    • Allen Bee, " Nor do Methodists finance settlement building," Maybe not settlement building but they sure do demolish Palestinian homes and businesses with specially designed blades and armour plating, all in breach of International Law, you sound like Tzipi Livni " I was a Minister of Justice, I am a Lawyer...but I am against Law...International Law in particular, Law in general. [The Palestinian papers].

    • I know the US has not signed on to the International Criminal Court [ICC], had they, a reasonable case could be made out that the United Methodists [UM] had breached it, it is a serious criminal offence to aid and abet or assist in any way, ongoing war crimes ICC Act UK 2001 55[1a] and/or 55[1d] of which the settlement enterprise is a well documented one Geneva Convention [49.6] and ICC Act UK article 8 2b[viii] . The slightly more difficult proof of doing it purposefully [have the UM not just done that] is all that is required for a guilty verdict. Some individuals have received life sentences in the US for sending money to organisations the State dept deem terrorist. How different is the UM supporting war crimes. Shame.

  • The Peacemakers of Palestine and Israel
    • I hope the United Methodists in their vote this week don't follow Ronald Regans policy of ' constructive engagement' with South Africa, the US being the last country to sanction apartheid, as for investing in Palestine, they need to ask the German Government about the solar panels the occupiers will not let the Palestinians put up, and all the other projects the Israelis have bombed, take a leaf out of the UK's Co op group, and who like you represent its members, divest now, don't be on the wrong side of history.

  • Settlers raise Israeli flag over Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque for the first time
    • "By issuing a book on trails in Israel that includes at least 50 sites in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Israeli Defense Ministry exposes the true agenda of this government; nothing but abject disregard to international law, and the international consensus on the two-state solution", said the Chief Negotiator. Saeb have you only just found that out, Phase 1 of the road map called for Israel to stop all settlement construction in OPT including for natural growth, that was in 2003, while you have been playing footsie under the table with your tormentors, they have been taking advantage of your gullibility by creating facts on the ground, go to the UNGA get the required non member status as the PA promised, then on to the ICC, please stop prevaricating.

  • Investment in Palestine no substitute for divestment from oppression
    • I have no religion, and after watching the dissembling performance from this committee I do not want one, what I do hope I have is some semblance of humanity something this committee do not have or even an understanding of what that means, their philosophy seems to be if we can make money out of other peoples suffering thats ok. Wish that meeting was in the UK, I could not promise to be non violent.Could you please delete the half finished comment posted above or ignore it, posted by mistake, sorry.this is the correct comment

  • Huge Co-op in UK dumps suppliers linked to Israeli settlements
    • Also, I think a court might think the commercial practice [ false or misleading labelling] about the origins of a product would be a material consideration, especially if he/she thought their money was aiding or abetting or in any way was contributing to the financial and commercial viability of these widely recognised war crimes, which of course they would be.

    • Under UK regulations anyone found to have broken the CPUTR 2008 by [a] contravening the requirments of professional diligence [regulation 3[3] [a] and [b]. it materially distorts or is likely to materially distort the economic behaviour of the average consumer with regard to the product [regulation 3[4][a] and [b] and it is [c] a misleading action 3 [4] [a] and 5] or [d] a misleading omission [regulation 3 [4] [b] and 6. These are strict liability offences for which the labelling requirments of the CPUTR 2008 are just one component, the fact that a litigant in person can take these claims to court, lessens somewhat the political interference a local authority might wield, well I hope so. In the case of a product manufactured in OPT [ remember under the Generalised system of preference ,GSP, the rules of the EU, goods originate not where they have been shipped from but where they have been manufactured, see also Brita GmbH v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Hafen European Court of Justice Feb 25, 2010.] But sold as a product of Israel, then after that retailer had been warned of the consequences of the false labelling and does nothing about it, a strict liability offence would have occured.

    • There are laws in the UK and Europe as a whole regarding labelling, the Consumer protection from unfair trading regulations 2008 [CPUTR] these regulations make it a criminal offence to falsely label produce or products, for example to market anything manufactured in Occupied Palestinian Territory as Produced in Israel is a criminal offence which even the UK government acknowledge is the case, Unfortunately the Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights [LPHR] insisted that the regulations could only be enforced by the local Trading standards office, they are wrong, and not for the first time, any individual can bring a case to the Magistrates court, here's how (Public) public private prosecutions;

      Although it is usually the case that prosecutions are brought by prosecuting authorities, most notably by the police / Crown Prosecution Service or local authorities, it does not necessarily mean that a private individual cannot launch his own prosecution. Some statutes are proscriptive in terms of who may prosecute under them. S 83(1) of the Weights and Measures Act 1985, for example, provides that proceedings for most offences under that Act shall not be instituted by or on behalf of anyone other than a local weights and measures authority or the chief of police. Other statutes, however, including the TDA and CPA, have no such limitations.

      In MFI Furniture Centre Ltd v Hibbert (1996) 160 JP 178, Balcombe LJ said: “S 27(1)(a) of the [CPA], which imposes a duty upon every weights and measures authority ... to enforce [within their area the safety provisions and the] provisions of Part III of the Act, does not limit the powers of others to prosecute. Thus Mr Hibbert, [the local authority officer who laid the information in this case] like any other person, had the power to prosecute – see, e.g., s 6 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. … The LPHR are extremely unhelpful in these matters in their opinion if you don't have funding they slam the phone down, so I have initiated legal proceedings on my own against AHAVA in the first instance and hope to do the same with SODASTREAM through their many outlets in the UK in the near future. Shakespeare was right ' first thing we do is kill all the Lawyers'.

  • Major olive producing village ordered to uproot 1,400 trees by May 1
    • Quite right Hostage, also Phase 1 of the road map 2003; Consistent with the Mitchell report GOI freezes all settlement activity [including natural growth of settlements]. and GOI takes no actions undermining trust, including deportations, attacks on civilians; confiscation and/or demolition of Palestinian homes and property, as a punitive measure or to facilitate Israeli construction; destruction of Palestinian institutions and infrastructure; and other measures specified in the Tenet work plan. Still waiting, The Quartet is as dead as the dodo.

    • Ramzi Jaber, if a two state solution is what the Quartet wants then the bid at the UNGA should be supported by everyone since the recognition of the state of Palestine as a non member state does not preclude negotiations about what a future Palestinian Government free from occupation might do, what the PA cannot do within International Law is to agree to give away parts of its own territory whilst still under occupation a quite unreasonable and oppressive demand under any circumstances. The reason Israel/US and the Quartet are so hysterical about the bid is they do not want to see a two state solution based on 67 lines, they want a solution that Israel wants which of course is outside International Law. The PA needs to get on with the UNGA bid, go to the ICC again and don't collapse at the first whiff of grapeshot because that will come in spades from you know who.

  • 'Washington Post' cartoon mocking future Palestinian state signals crumbling of two-state paradigm
    • Freddy v , you have forgotten the option favoured by a former Israeli information minister, who said basically, you can have what we leave you, you can call it a state or you can call it fried chicken, this means Bantustans, virtual prisons surrounded by Israeli guards and begging for handouts from the International community. I can imagine the EU/US not liking it but stumping up the money anyway, its only what the EU/US elites have been doing for years without a peep, they would probably think it a good idea since because they hold the purse strings they could control the prisoners, it will not work of course, but that does not mean it won't be attempted, US foreign policy has been so successful over the past 10 years hasn't it.

  • Israel responds to Palestinian call to restart talks by legalizing three West Bank settlement outposts
    • All this wringing of hands and mindless platitudes like "unhelpfull" and "concerned" are signals to the Israelis that the west is not really bothered what they do, in fact in many ways these weasel words encourage them. Maybe Herr Lieberman was right to tell the EU to put their own house in order first before telling Israel what to do, Herr Lieberman has their measure, only when the EU acts will they be taken seriously, until then, spare us the cant.

  • Video: Blumenthal, Rosenberg, Davis debate BDS on Al Jazeera English
    • Do not agree with MJ here he was also totally eclipsed by Max, the occupation is caused by all Governments of Israel since 67 , not by the settler movement per se , all Israeli Governments have supported policies of expansion and ethnic cleansing, as Max Blumenthal said settlements are in the dna of the zionists , who can stop them, they are a rogue criminal state, who must be stopped by any means available, BDS against the whole State is the least the International community can do until they go back to the 67 borders,it does not mean the end of an Israeli state, no more than the end of apartheid meant the end of the white presence in South Africa, only white privilage, the Israelis will not go back to the 67 borders of course, peacefully at least, thats why I see a train wreck ahead.

  • Moment of Truth: Report from day two of the United Methodist General Conference
    • The committee does have fiduciary responsibilities, but they have a higher duty, to ensure their investments are not spent on ethnic cleansing and land theft. I am sure the general membership would be horrified if the committee put making money before doing whats right.

  • Message to Methodists: 'Vote for Divestment. Vote for Human Rights.'
    • Every Human being knows that ethnic cleansing and Apartheid are wrong and cannot be allowed to continue, these crimes are now taking place in Occupied Palestinian Territory without a peep from the so called indispensable Nation, no I will rephrase that,they are taking place with the encouragement of the US. The US with its constructive engagement policies was the last country to sanction South Africa, It was only recently that the US took Nelson Mandela off the Terrorist list to enable him to visit the US. The US leadership are a bunch of hypocrites either that or they just love right wing goons who are prepared to follow the US script.

  • Harvard Israel conference presents 'innovation' to hide occupation
    • These two settlers are aiding and abetting grave war crimes ,Geneva Conventions Article 49.6, many Settlers go to the Occupied Territories simply because of the financial benefits, they are also guilty, but to a lesser extent than these two. The only innovation Israel wants to succeed with is to breach International Law and commit crimes against humanity on such a scale and for so long that it creates a new paradigm one it hopes other states will copy, so far they have the US on board. The panel at this conference are supporting criminals.

  • Assange's first guest on RT world premier: Nasrallah says US & Israel seek civil war in Syria
    • I have watched Nasrallah speak on many occasions on press tv he comes across as a very knowledgeable and well read Leader he is an avid reader of the Western press and therefore can predict their machinations. He is admired throughout the Arab World he is simply a defender of Lebanese sovereignty and Palestinian freedom and for both stances I fully support him. If that does not comply with US/UK Law I say to those Lawmakers GoFYSelves

  • How Benny Morris transformed a patriotic struggle into a 'holy war' for 'sacred Islamic soil'
    • Morris is just an out and out racist. " But the Israel I want to see is more humane, more open, less religious and—to put it frankly—less Arab. I want less input from the ultra-Orthodox and from the Arab minorities. [Benny Morris dreams of a ' less Arab ' Israel , Mondoweiss Jan 12, 2012 Phil Weiss].

  • Barghouti to U.S. Jews: I know you don't like the word apartheid, but what do you call a system that gives a settler 50 times more water than a Palestinian?
    • Barghouti said the Palestinians signed an agreement in Oslo without insisting first on freezing all settlement activity this was a mistake and should not have been done, I disagree when one signs an agreement in good faith, you should not expect the other side to commit grave war crimes [ Geneva Conventions 1949 article 49.6] everyday and for the past almost 20 years, of course the Israelis should be condemned for it, but so should the aggrieved party who have allowed it to happen. Forgive me if you have heard this before but, an agreement is only as good as its first breach, once the Israelis got away with that first settler going into occupied territory in breach of Geneva with no response from the PA leadership[ like a threat to cancel the agreement] the floodgates where open.

  • Penny-ante anarchists, pampered eccentrics, masochistic dreamers -- activists are the new existential threat!
  • Relentless occupation: cutting down olive trees, seizing sheep, destroying wells
    • Abbas say's Israel wants to keep the status quo, he is wrong again, just to remind Abbas the Israelis have not finished their ethnic cleansing yet and the settlement building since Oslo has seen hundreds of thousands of settlers and permanent cities put in place under his watch. Any agreement is only as good as its first breach, the Israelis have breached Oslo every day for nearly 20 years, it must come as something of a surprise to the Israelis to see their willing accomplice actually threatening to do something at the General Assembly and the ICC, I think the US/Israel are confident they have abbas's measure I hope he proves them wrong.

  • 'Dear activist, first solve the real problems of the region' -- Netanyahu's sophomoric letter to visitors to Palestine
    • I can't stop laughing, you just could not make this up, only thing missing -" are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist party"?

  • Dave Eggers won't accept Grass Foundation prize lest he have to-- horrors-- say anything about Israel and Iran
  • The Grass just keeps on growing
    • Glad you picked that poll up Annie, with a good number of respondents, I hope Rainer Stinner for the Free Democrates has to eat his words with the German electorate, when he called Gunter Grass an idiot, 84% of the German middle class disagree with him, are they idiots also.

  • Strip searches, and the security state
    • Here in the UK during the Provisional Irish Republican Armies bombing campaign on the mainland, people in general did not overreact nor did the Government [ maybe our stiff upper lip]. I suspect, in the present climate that a couple of outrages like those perpetrated by the PIRA in London and done by a small group in the US could have the US Government calling for martial law, such is the fear in the US [ much of it manufactured] I suspect a majority of US citizens would probably support that call, your democracy stands on brittle glass.

  • Amira Hass explains why Israel's U.S. model of ethnic cleansing failed, and why 'Jewish regime' will 'crumble'
    • Custers last stand involved only a disparity of 3 times the number of Indians to Custers troops, the Israelis are outnumbered by Muslims in the immediate area of almost 50 to 1 . Rather than accepting the Arab peace plan in 2002 based on the 1967 borders and acceptance into the area and good relations with all Muslim Nations they instead opted for expansionist polices which when the surrounding countries get their acts together as they surely will, will mean the end of Israel, at least in its present racist and supremacist make up. Even the sound of that bugle from thousands of miles away in the US will not save them.

  • 'NYT' and 'NPR' treat occupied East Jerusalem as part of Israel, no problem
    • This would appear to be private property subject to article 56 Hague Regulations 1907, Here-Art. 56. The property of municipalities, that of institutions dedicated to religion, charity and education, the arts and sciences, even when State property, shall be treated as private property.
      All seizure of, destruction or wilful damage done to institutions of this character, historic monuments, works of art and science, is forbidden, and should be made the subject of legal proceedings.In my opinion the Commander of the Occupying forces can requisition such property but only for military purposes and they are not his to dispose of.

  • The children of Kufr Qadum: "You arrested our fathers, so we lead the demonstration today"
    • In a letter Abbas gave to Netanyhu, he gave him till next wednesday to reply to the Palestinian positions. What have those replies got to do with going to the General Assembly for an update to Observer State status, absolutely nothing, then Ryad Mansour PA observer at the UN appealed to the Security Council on account of settlement activity, another exercise in futility but then these dinosaurs in the PA are used to making futile gestures ,they did have a plan of action at the UN last September what happened to that?

  • Hasbara in 1988: 'despite difficulties, South Africa is a vital, progressive state with much to admire '
    • Excellent work Phan, these are the facts which stand a better chance of convincing ordinary people of how wrong Israel/US polices are. Everyone even the least politicised know how utterly wrong Aparthied was in South African and in such recent memory and how similar it is to Palestine today.

  • Israel bars Gunter Grass from entry under law barring former Nazis
    • Avigdor Lieberman has called for the ethnic cleansing of 1.2 million Israeli Arabs by stripping them of their citizenship and transferring them against their will to a cantonised West Bank and who even the Israeli press have descibed as a " Fascist Leader of a Fascist party", he has also called for the execution of Knesset members for talking with elected members of Hamas and who Hebrew University Professor of Political science Zeev Sternhell reminded people not to forget that Mussolini came to power with only 30 members of Parliament. Who is the Nazi?

  • Netanyahu will get 'talks'--plus 800 more settlers blocking Bethlehem from Jerusalem
    • Why should the Israelis be blamed for not stopping construction of settlements in Occupied Territory in almost 20 years since their obligation at Oslo to do so. Their continuing war crimes [ Geneva article 49.6] are ignored by the International Community, no scrub that, they are rewarded, increased subsidies and weapons systems from the US, enhanced trade agreements with the EU, and to top it all almost for free, 6 submarines from Germany capable of carrying nuclear weapons, whats not to like about committing war crimes on a daily basis, why abide by the Law, thats for mugs like the PA, who have meticulously followed Oslo. They should have realised 20 years ago that an agreement is only as good as its first breach, on the plus side for the PA, is all those fat salaries and VIP passes. Their complaints to the Policeman [The UNSC veto] having been ignored, now they can go straight to the court [ICC] if only they could get their act together.

  • Government hypocrisy competition
    • General Allen talks about IED's from Iran blowing up US troops in Iraq, that was disputed at the time when they found workshops in Iraq turning out the copper discs necessary by their thousands, the US did not think the Iraqis could do it by themselves, with generations of engineering skills acquired in the oil industry, turning out these simple devices [ approx 20 dollars each] was a piece of cake. Similarly when the British were in Afghanistan the first time over 100 years ago the Afghans actually copied and constructed British Army rifles from scratch, the US Generals think their enemies are stupid, they should look in a mirror. Can I get renditioned from the UK for saying that?

    • Kathleen, The GOI know what they want and they are going for it 'Bantustans' they hope, no they are sure Europe and US will pay because they sure will not be economically viable, but why should they care, they have destroyed many a EU project in occupied Territory with barely a peep out of Europe, as one former Israeli information Minister once said, they can have their state and they can call it fried chicken, which is probably all they will be left with, such is their arrogance. It will all end in tears.

  • International Criminal Court refuses to investigate 'Cast Lead' because the UN does not officially recognize Palestine as a state
    • The PA has a policy it goes like this, we are going to pursue a policy we know in advance is going to fail [US veto] and having failed we are going to keep on pursuing it. The ICC Prosecutor it would appear has been given an opportunity courtesy of the PA's bungling to dismiss for the time being its request for ICC involvment in the Gaza massacre, at the very least to ensure the ICC refer the issue of whether Palestine is a State to the Judges at the ICC The only people competent to make that decision. It would appear the PA leadership and their legal advisers do not have a clue what to do.

  • Alternative Water Forum 2012: Israel's national water carrier violates Palestinians right to water
    • These war crimes have been ongoing for a long time, they are an affront to human dignity and something the International community should feel ashamed of, almost as much blame should be directed at the Palestinian leadership who have been negotiating and policing their own demise, they have misunderstood the nature of Zionism even when confronted with those facts on the ground , when will it sink in that these are all deliberate Israeli policies to drive out Palestinians from the Land of Israel, and that all these offers of talks are simply a ruse to buy time to finish the ethnic cleansing. ENOUGH OF THESE TALKS, GO STRAIGHT TO THE ICC.

  • NYT buries the lead-- Iranians halted weapons program in '03 and have not restarted it
    • Regime change has been US policy in Iran for a long time, well before any nuclear issues arose, the Iraq war was concocted on the basis, as Wolfowitz said at the time that WMD was the one thing the US and UK could agree on so they ran with that. The US will not take yes for an answer on this one, unfortunately for US/Israel, Iran is not the pushover Iraq seemed to be, they can cause major problems for the coalition of the willing. I have to agree with former British Foreign Minister Jack Straw who said in a debate in 2006, that the idea of an attack on Iran was "completely nuts".

  • Rendell (of MSNBC and Friends of IDF) is under investigation for ties to Iranian terror group
  • Marvin Kalb and Maryland senator join to combat 'venomous' delegitimization of Israel
    • Professor Finkelstein was wrong about the population of Republic of Nauru it is more than he claims, Wikipedia has it at 9,322 it is the least populated country after Vatican City. Nauru has no armed forces so just the hint of a threat from Herr Lieberman is enough to secure their vote at the UN.

  • When victims retaliate: A response to Bradley Burston
    • An analogy could be if two boxers step into a ring, the contest is under the Marquis of Queensbury rules, Immediately one of them [his names Israel] kicks his opponent in the stomach and then proceeds to stomp on his neck until he is near death, that person has the right to lash out to try and stop that persons unlawful aggression. In a conflict situation it is called belligerent reprisal and is a limited breach of International Law [ if civilians are targeted] its aim is to punish or stop another sovereign state that has already broken them, of course we know Israel never breaches International Law. In my opinion it is both natural and legitimate to answer Israeli crimes in this way.

  • Taking Israel at its word, Florida legislature passes one-state resolution
    • Zainab, " Is Israel our 51st state ?" no Zainab and would not want to be, since then they would only have 2 Senators where now they have 100.

  • US officials sharpen Iran rhetoric as AIPAC comes to town
    • Obama may well engage in hostilities against Iran and use this same rhetoric, ' sure we were bombing Libya, but we were not engaged in ' hostilities' you see'. As Orwell once put it, "you have to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that, no ordinary man could be such a fool. [ Gene Healy The Examiner]

  • Dershowitz wants MJ Rosenberg fired for daring to stop Iran war push
    • I have been very impressed with reading articles by MJ Rosenberg over the past year, being an ex AIPAC representative makes his views all the more credible. Attacking such a substantial person will not be easy, nor will MJRosenberg be concerned, it could well rebound on the learned Professor, or should I say imbecile.

  • Surprise-- courageous Elizabeth Warren is craven on Israel lobby
    • DMS This site is dedicated to resolving the Israel/Palestine question, it is hostile to Israel only because Israel flouts International Law in such a brazen manner and is enabled to do so by the US government, I suspect most commentators on this site wish to see a fair resolution based on the two states model as put foreward by all US presidents and many UN resolutions. Palestinians have suffered 45 years of cruel military occupation, it is an end to this injustice, and it must be said to save Israel from itself that this site, in my opinion is devoted to.

  • Robert Wright says Palestinians have lacked political rights, including the vote, for 45 years
    • Sorry About the double post, first post I thought was lost in the ether, since my second comment appeared first, sorry.

    • Rob’t Wright says ” or the right to vote for or against the Government that ultimately controls their fate, even though that Goverment is part of a democratic state.” I could not agree more. The campaign for Labour representation in Northern Ireland [CLRNI] was set up by a group of Socialists and Trade Unionists who wanted the Labour Party [LP] and the Conservative and Lib Dem Parties to allow everyone resident in NI to be able to join and vote for or against the Parties that actually governed them at Westminster, the provincial government at Stormont was closed down in 1972 and NI was governed by direct rule, the local Unionist and Nationalist parties were notoriously sectarian and in any case only numbered 12 MP’s now increased to 18 and could not form a Government or even have much influence on the major parties, also the major parties were reluctant to be too associated with the sectarian nature of those parties. But since Catholic and Protestant citizens of the Province had no choice in the matter and in the absence of the major parties of Government they could only vote for what were conceived to be sectarian parties, this was a profoundly undemocratic state of affairs, one and a half million UK citizens effectively denied the vote. It is only recently that a Province wide ‘ Labour Forum’ has been set up with the agreement of the Labour Party National executive with a view to contesting all constituencies in NI. So, here we had in one of the oldest democracies on earth a situation in which it has taken over 40 years for NI residents to start to achieve those rights everyone in the rest of the UK had taken for granted. No comparison of course with the Palestinians, misgoverned under military rule for over 40 years but unless people tirelessly campaign for these fundamental rights they will not easily be conceded.

    • Just to add to my comment above, the Labour Party were very reluctant to offer membership to residents of Northern Ireland it was only a challenge by Mr Andy McGivern who mounted a challenge against the LP rules which he claimed was racist, claiming it discriminated against people from the province, which of course it did, the Party's own legal advice was that they had a weak defence if the matter went to court. More than 86% of the delegates at the Party's annual conference voted in favour of changing the Party's rules. [ BBC News, Labour NI recruits on agenda] The message for the Palestinians is to use all the legal tools at their disposal including the ICC together with peaceful campaigning, it will take time as those campaigners in NI found out, but justice will win out in the end.

    • Rob't Wright says " or the right to vote for or against the Government that ultimately controls their fate, even though that Goverment is part of a democratic state." I could not agree more. The campaign for Labour representation in Northern Ireland [CLRNI] was set up by a group of Socialists and Trade Unionists who wanted the Labour Party [LP] and the Conservative and Lib Dem Parties to allow everyone resident in NI to be able to join and vote for or against the Parties that actually governed them at Westminster, the provincial government at Stormont was closed down in 1972 and NI was governed by direct rule, the local Unionist and Nationalist parties were notoriously sectarian and in any case only numbered 12 MP's now increased to 18 and could not form a Government or even have much influence on the major parties, also the major parties were reluctant to be too associated with the sectarian nature of those parties. But since Catholic and Protestant citizens of the Province had no choice in the matter and in the absence of the major parties of Government they could only vote for what were conceived to be sectarian parties, this was a profoundly undemocratic state of affairs, one and a half million UK citizens effectively denied the vote. It is only recently that a Province wide ' Labour Forum' has been set up with the agreement of the Labour Party National executive with a view to contesting all constituencies in NI. So, here we had in one of the oldest democracies on earth a situation in which it has taken over 40 years for NI residents to start to achieve those rights everyone in the rest of the UK had taken for granted. No comparison of course with the Palestinians, misgoverned under military rule for over 40 years but unless people tirelessly campaign for these fundamental rights they will not easily be conceded.

  • Sunlight on the lobby: AIPAC's push for war exposed in 'Atlantic' magazine blog
    • Toivo, good comment but you did not mention Irans submarine fleet some small ones specially designed for the shallow gulf waters, I believe they also have one or two man operated submersibles, the serb army survived almost intact in Kosovo with deception, the Serb army fooled coalition aircraft into attacking plywood and canvas targets, with tomahawk cruise missiles at 1 million and air launched ones at 2 million dollars a pop, humiliating Nato [ DOD report to congress:61]I can see thousands of Iranian citizens constructing parts of tanks made of cardboard in their living rooms. If the Iranians know where those flat tops are, and for sure they will be nowhere near the strait of Hormuz if war breaks out, the US will have additional submarines to their fleet,but they will need frogmen to operate them. In my opinion all this war talk is bluster, if Iran where to fall, China knows for sure they are next,even now the war hawks have China in their sights, crazy.

  • Sanity check on Iran
    • US policy towards Iran is incomprehensible, Regime change was the policy for a long time, but since the Iranian opposition parties are just as much for nuclear power as the incumbents, regime change will achieve nothing. They appear to want Iran to stop enriching uranium full stop, even though it is their legal right to do so. We have reached a stage where one side has to back down, history has shown the US does not take yes for an answer, they would simply make more demands, it is inconceivable that Obama would back down in an election year,so it is hard to see a peaceful solution, the neocons and the lobby have cornered Obama, rather Obama's weakness has enabled them to do so.

  • PennBDS still being smeared two weeks after student conference
    • What I find disconcerting about these Professors is the sheer ignorance of their opinions. One would think a Professor might put forward arguments based on fact and logic, what kind of solution is possible when people like Dershowitz and these other imbeciles just appeal to the basest of human emotions, or maybe they are not so stupid after all, and they know they can still manipulate a gullible public bombarded excusively by the Zionist narrative, to which they know there is no opposing message.

  • The end of the 'two-state solution' is the beginning of a more just future
    • Even when the Palestinian leadership were told to their faces what Israels policy is, it did not seem to faze them, so that at a west Jerusalem meeting in November 2007, Tzipi Livni told Ahmed Qureia that she believed Palestinians saw settlement building as meaning " Israel takes more land [so] that the Palestinian state will be impossible "; that " the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we'll say that is impossible, we already have the land and we cannot create the state". She conceded that it had been "the policy of the Government for a really long time" [Guardian on the Palestine papers] You don't say. Only an imbecile could be taken in for close on 20 years, yes you are Saeb Ereket.

    • Unfortunately the creation of Bantustans is from Israels point of view not the preferred solution, only one that they think they could get away with in the International community.No Palestinian community, or a small one that keeps it head down is the preferred end game. Israels 'success' so far has been due to the PA's collaborationalist policies even when it is obvious with facts on the ground increasing every year since 1967, regardless of which Israeli Government was in power, when you are financed from outside by Europe and the US and dependent on them to ensure the continuation of the peace [annexation] process, it is an easy trap to fall into, especially when you are so weak. How many French people actively supported the resistance against the Nazis during the occupation of France? The Kings and Emirs in the GCC and the Arab league care only for their own thrones and the casinos and whorehouses of western Europe , their wish to see civil war in Syria speaks volumes for their sectarianism and contempt for a fellow Arab regime, what price the Palestinians? The sooner these satraps are swept from power the better. You are right a war on Iran could change the whole politics in the middle east, the recent poll across the Arab world indicated that 80 odd % of ordinary Arabs thought Iran should have nuclear power, most thought Israel/US the major threat in the region with only 10% thinking Iran was. The reason Israel has been so successful to date is because it has always known what it wanted and has persued its goal ruthlessly who can blame them, the opposition have foolishly believed in the good faith intentions of Israel/US negotiating a fair two state solution, how naive.

  • Israel increases tax breaks to settlements
    • Jabotinsky said zionist colonisation must be carried out in the face of Palestinian resistance with an iron wall which the native population cannot break through, he also said either zionism is moral and just or immoral and unjust, but that is a question we should have asked ourselves before we became zionists, he claimed that zionism is moral and just and since it is moral and just, justice must be done whatever anybody says, there is no other morality. Rather like the exceptionalism of the first American settlers in their attitude to the Indians, " if we have to kill and ethnically cleanse them, well we don't want to do it, but its Gods will". Confronting these people is not going to be easy, but it must be undertaken.

  • In photos: PennBDS
    • 'stormin' Norman won't be pleased Phil Weiss holding that trophy aloft and grinning, thats his property. Well done phil.

  • Norman Finkelstein slams the BDS movement calling it 'a cult'
    • Interestingly Professor Finkelstein mentioned that he had just been speaking in Northern Ireland and that the majority of people there seem to be content with the settlement there. The consensus opinion for the constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom with no discrimination was widespread and included large numbers of Catholics and Protestants who agreed that NI's'constitutional position as an integral part of the UK should not change except through the will of a majority, through a referendum. It was only a small minority who advocated that that majority should be coerced into a united Ireland against their will, it could not be done in any case. I campaigned for 25 years for a realistic solution one that was possible, ie that because for the forseeable future NI would remain part of the UK, that being the case residents of NI should be given the opportunity to vote for or against the parties that govern them or aspire to govern them at Westminster Labour, Conservative or Lib Dem, and be given an opportunity to vote on ordinary class issues instead of the local provincial sectarian parties who could never bridge the sectarian divide, it is only just recently that a Province wide Labour Party forum has allowed to be set up by the Labour Party hierarchy with a view to contesting elections in every constituency in NI so there is a long way to go.

    • Professor Finkelstein is right a one state solution has not been put forward by any political party in Israel or Palestine, or by any UN organisation or other manifestation of world opinion, so in some senses some members of BDS and only some are, to some extent going out on a limb in calling for a one state solution at this point in time, In some senses it is like a group calling for the end of capitalism, now that may or may not be a bad thing, all I know is that if anybody stood as an "end capitalism" candidate in most countries of the world they would be politically thrashed and probably be called a crank. I personally want to see some form of justice within International Law for the Palestinians, I don't care what form it takes all I know is that there are many legal options which have not yet been tried including the ICC, I support the BDS because ordinary individuals can do something to increase the financial pressure on Israel even if in only a small way, If the South Africa experience is any guide the BDS movement has only just started.

  • 'Commentary' covers its eyes and makes Palestinians disappear
    • Whatever the rationale for the unity agreement, and I agree Palestinian unity is essential, I am a little perturbed by the ammount of power Abbas has accrued, Abbas has shown high handedness in the past, his Presidency expired years ago and he has shown contempt for the Palestinian Legislative council and its basic law on several occasions, he is now almost a Pharaoh, I am no fan of Abbas who has been collaborator in chief for the Israelis for many years, this sarcastic comment in the Jerusalem Post sums it up a Palestinian activist Ruba al-Najjar wrote: “Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas congratulates the new prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, and invites him to meet with the chairman of the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud Abbas, under the auspices of the head of the PLO Executive Committee, Mahmoud Abbas, at the home of the overall commander of the Palestinian Armed Forces, Mahmoud Abbas.” [ Jerusalem Post 07 feb 2012]

  • Fatah and Hamas sign historic unity deal, Abbas to head interim government
    • When Natanyahu calls for talks without preconditions, sounds reasonable doesn't it, unfortunately he wants to continue settlement building,yes continue commiting grave war crimes [ Geneva 49.6] while the talks go on for years. Lets wait to see what the ICC has to say about those settlements and the perpetrators behind them, maybe then it will become apparent to a wider public [the Quartet already know] why talks and settlement building at the same time would be preposterous.

  • Would you buy a used metaphor from this warmonger? (Niall Ferguson's 'creative destruction' echoes Rice's 'birth-pangs')
    • "Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY."

      --Goering at the Nuremberg Trials

    • The US/Israel trying to box Iran in by increasing sanctions means that one has to back down, if the Iranians back down, history has shown the US would simply move the goal posts and make demands of Iran so outrageous the Iranian Government would not last 5 minutes if they complied with them, which is of course the object of the exercise, but for the US to back down in an election year. Doesn't look promising does it.

  • Abunimah highlights 'turning point' boycott conference
    • In my opinion the message must be keep it simple and all claims reasonable, the majority of people we need to convince are not immersed in the minutia of the conflict,indeed our opponents want to make the arguments complicated simply to put off the average person. The Palestinians arguments are irrefutable and backed up by International Law and General World opinion, The opposition can only smear and obfuscate, plenty of that on show this weekend, when ordinary people are presented with the facts there can only be one winner.

  • Live tweeting from the Penn BDS conference
  • Praying while Shi'a: the NYPD's latest religious profiling scandal
    • The Dept of Homeland Security have a campaign running called " if you see something say something" For instance, Someone looking at a Government building or historic building, joggers who stand and stretch for a long time, drivers who operate vehicles in an overly cautious manner and people who pay in cash for things. Thousands of such 'leads' are generated and they all have to be investigated, no one has been arrested for terrorism, it beggars belief the billions being squandered by these scare tactics , the US must have money to burn, Why are Americans so afraid, could it be their Governments foreign policy choices are coming back to haunt them. Any concerted campaign of terror like we had in the UK with the IRA would surely bankrupt America and turn it into a police state.

  • Should Alan Dershowitz refuse to take himself seriously?
    • The peace process goes back further than Oslo, the raison d'etre has not, Israels intention to take land while negotiating. On leaving office in 1992 Prime Minister Yitshak Shamir, declared, " I could have negotiated for 10 years and in that time we would have achieved [ another] half million settlers. Thanks to Pabelmont for finding this quote.

  • Spanish gov't builds solar renewable-energy project for Palestinian village -- now slated for destruction
    • The annual Herzliya conference whose aims are enhancing Israels National security through developing the country's military and intelligence fields, had invited Saeb Erekat to attend, Erekat withdrew following pressure from Palestinian civil society, It absolutely beggars belief that while his fellow Palestinians are being ethnically cleansed he could even consider doing such a thing. Erekat is living proof that going to university is no guarantee that you are not an imbecile.

  • Israeli officials say Iran's 'existential threat' is-- braindrain of 200,000 'best and brightest'
    • There is no way the Israelis will bomb Iranian nuclear facilities without the consent of the US, first of all the most the Israeli air force could do is destroy part of these facilities without the capacity to do what is just as important and which would be fatal to Israel /US interests ie, leaving Irans retaliatory capacity intact, they would be breaking every military and political rule in the playbook [ Dan Pletch Director, centre int studies and Diplomacy]. It is for this reason alone that Israel will not go it alone, and the Iranians could be confident that such an attack did indeed have US permission and act on that basis.

  • Barghouti: Attacks on the Penn BDS conference reveal panic that Israel is losing hearts and minds
    • Winston Churchill once said '' A lie gets halfway round the World before the truth has a chance to get its trousers on '' The truth is now fully dressed and with the aid of the internet and people like Barghouti and co is irrepressible and unstoppable.

  • AIPAC met quietly with Dem thinktank to deplore writings critical of Israel, and took its leaders to Israel
    • One of the businesses we police and if need be shake down has complained and is refusing to play ball, the Capo di tutti has told his capos to deal with it quietly, if it gets out or worse these people get away with it, we are in big trouble.

  • The nonchalant, flippant, and nostalgic judges who put the occupation on legal footing
    • It is true the Israeli High court has made some perverse judgements non more so than the recent Yesh Din v IDF 'the quarries case', a more in depth look at the way Israeli Governments have used various legal mechanisms to cheat the Palestinians out of their land and property can be found in an excellent publication by B'tselem ' By Hook and by crook' Israeli settlement in the West Bank, July 2010.

  • One State, Two States: Who is the subject of Palestinian liberation?
    • Norman Finkelstein always logically says that a one state solution at this point in time is not supported by any of the states of the UN or by any other manifestations of World opinion, neither is it by any political party in Israel or Occupied Palestinian Territory, so in that sense it is an idealistic and quite frankly fringe activity, this is not to say we may not arrive at a one state solution by default, the Israelis will not allow a two state solution based on 67 lines, the idea that they would agree to a one state solution in which their Jewish majority may be wiped out is not being realistic. Pressure from the Palestinians through the UN and separately through the ICC is in my opinion the best way to go at this stage, there are no guarantees with this option but they must be tried and if found wanting would only make the one state option more justified. The Israelis want to keep every square inch of 'The Land of Israel' and wish to consign Palestinians to Bantustans, I would think Prisons would be a better word, they will not give this up until compelled to by outside pressure be it through war or other economic pressure, until they realise that the game is not worth the candle, unfortunately there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth until that happy day comes along.

  • The battle between the US/EU and China/India to control world energy resources is being fought in Iran
    • A very good article, Europe is cutting off its nose to spite its face, that Germany has urged Terhran to '' exercise restraint'' is pitiful, the west wants Iran to roll over and not resist, any proud Nation could not capitulate over these acts of war, if they did history has shown that the US would simply move the goalposts and make demands the Iranians could not meet and the US would not expect them to meet.

  • 'NYT' carries water on 'Israeli offer' (but there's a hole in the bucket dear Ethan dear Ethan)
    • It is disputed territory, Israel claims the whole of the occupied territory, the rest of the world does not accept that, rather like Charles Manson who disputes that he is responsible for all those murders, quite an apt anology really.

  • Quoting Israelis, 'NYT' front pager says Iran will take a military strike lying down (won't even raise oil prices!)
    • Europe to Iran, we want to cripple you but because our present economic circumstances will not allow us to do so immediately we will wait till july, so that we can find alternate sources of energy. You really could not make this sort of thing up. I would, as I think the Iranians are doing stop those oil sales immediately, I personally would sooner eat grass than give in to these hypocrites.

  • Good career move by Susan Rice
    • Susan Rice, singing for her supper, what a pathetic sight, I sometimes wonder how these cringing slobbering politicians are not like normal people, they have no self respect, none

  • 'NYT' gives big platform to Israeli journalist to espouse Israeli attack on Iran with OK from Uncle Sam
    • Perhaps the US could get on board for an attack sooner then we think if those many reports are true of India and China who together account for 40% of Irans oil sales are to trade in gold [ Press tv India to buy Iran oil in gold not dollars] 24 jan 2012. One of the reasons Iraq was attacked, was Saddams threat to the petro dollar by trading in euros. Pepe Escobar has an excellent piece at Asia times [Europe at war with Iran] 25th jan 2012, He says Europe could be cutting its own Geostrategic and economic throat with its threatened total ban on Iranian oil.

  • Israelis arrest Dweik in latest effort to put Palestinian spring on ice
    • Good comment Carllarc, Israel may even arrest Abbas and Erekat on incitement charges and then say they do not have a negotiating partner. The punch line is the Quartet would probably agree with them.

    • " I really hope the Palestinians don't decide to derail their ambitions to seek recognition of statehood to the UN for this pony show" I agree Annie, continuing the UN bid and separate progress at the ICC have nothing to do with negotiations with Israel,Although the US/ Israel would disagree, as far as the Palestinians are concerned it is their right to apply for UN membership through the General Assembly and all its agencies and to persue justice through the ICC, nothing should delay those objectives. If the Israelis want to talk then they should stop settlement building immediately, the Quartet should insist they do, it should not have to be pointed out to the Quartet that settlement building is a grave war crime,and that it is unreasonable of the Quartet to turn a blind eye to such an injustice.

  • Report: Israel to give US only 12-hour warning before attacking Iran because Netanyahu doesn't trust Obama
    • An Israeli attack on Iran will not happen without agreement with the US, an Israeli attack on Irans nuclear sites is the most they could mount and even that is problematical, such an attack could create a hugh dirty bomb effect in the region effecting many countries and open up a wider conflagration throughout the middle east. The main reason they will not act alone is that it would break the first rule in the military playbook, leaving Irans retaliatory capacity intact.

  • 'NYT' and 'Haaretz' and world opinion are now greatest threat to Israel, Netanyahu reportedly said
  • Cantor--who promised Netanyahu Congress has your back-- is named 3rd most powerful man in D.C. by GQ
    • Cantors meeting with Netanyahu borders on treason. The Logan act, makes it a felony for any American " without authority of the United States to communicate with a foreign Government to influence that Governments behavior".

  • Israeli drones are reported spying on Turkey for the Kurdish group PKK
    • Not content with starting wars on its own account, the " Death Star" is using drones controlled by US personnel in Navada to kill 35 Kurdish civilians, creating even more terrorists for Turkey to deal with, Helluva job Obama.

  • US Congress stomps on Palestinian 'Sesame Street' but funds Israeli version
    • The Israelis have effectively subcontracted out the occupation to the US and EU, costs which according to the rules of International Law belong to them. Now they can tell the Palestinians what they can and cannot do while stealing their property and at the same time, being the stronger party, influence the subcontractors and in the case of US threaten them into doing their bidding. A truly bizarre and corrupt arrangement.

  • Cyber-attacks strike Israeli stock exchange, airline, banks
    • MRW and PIOTR Re the hacking of electronic systems, I rather foolishly engaged my keyboard before my brain, on reflection I would regard these electronic attacks as a legitimate act of resistance from freedom fighters or probably belligerent reprisal might be the better and more appropriate descripion.

    • Incidently Ayalon unfortunately may have a point on the terrorism angle,In the UK our terrorism Act 2000 Interpretation says [1] in this act "terrorism" means the use or threat of action where- [e] is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.

    • Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has said" these cyber attacks are a breach of sovereignty comparable to a terrorist operation and must be treated as such",and "Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action" BBC news Middle East 7th Jan 2012. All the usual threats and arrogance from that cesspool of Humanity Ayalon. People all over the world are planning worse things for this rogue state, the CIA gave Israel 20 years, thats far too generous.

    • There is one thing for sure Israel will never delineate its Internationally recognised [in law] borders , to do so would be to reject its never to be set aside claim to the whole of the Land of Israel, Home rule of some kind in Bantustans with no sovereignty is all they will agree to and all within Israels territorial claim. My earlier comment was of course in jest.

    • Annie, I heard the Israelis have delivered their proposals to the Quartet, Mr Chutzpah for the Israelis handed Tony Blair a Hebrew Bible and said all our border proposals are in there.Mr Blair thanked him for the reasonable proposals and said this proves the Israelis good intentions towards peace. Mr Blair would not discuss the contents because they need to consult with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,Kuwait, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon since they may have to cede parts of their Territory to Israel, but don't worry no big deal, its mostly only desert.

  • A regular commenter on this site seeks a more temperate comment board
    • On Donalds second paragraph on conventional war, I suspect most Mondoweiss commentators are not Pacifists, a conventional war, sorry many conventional wars will be fought involving Israel and its neighbours, this is unfortunate but inevitable, no sane person wants this, unfortunately war is but diplomacy by other means, and because of the intransigent positions taken by Israel one could be forgiven for thinking its war they want, they are always ready for it and in the case of Iran positively craving for it

  • Breaking report: US/Israel military drill cancelled, after US tells Israel to back off
    • You are right Piotr, but it is not just Russia and China that wants the US cut down to size, I think most countries in the world do, at least those countries whose leaders have any self respect. I do not think the humiliation of Iran will happen, but if it did the Russians and Chinese Know, as night follows day, their next.

    • Shmuel, I bet you checked your comment over a dozen times before you posted it. The Professor of Philosophy is still wrong, it is the Strait of Hormuz not Straits.

    • RoHa I thought this was a political site, inhabited by political types, not pedantic professors of english, who have secretary's checking every dot and comma, get a life.

    • The US does not want a war in this region at this time, they are engaged in a game of high stakes chicken, the threat to close the Gulf of Hormus is the ace the Iranians have and whatever the US says about keeping them open is just hot air, I was Intrigued by a story in ' Atlantic Wire' see here
      http://news.yahoo.com/navy-depending-dolphins-keep-strait-hormuz-open-150106787.html
      This is about General's bragging about using dolphins to keep the straights of Hormuz open I saw another story in Salon, see here
      http://www.salon.com/2000/03/24/dolphins_2/
      This is about the Russians supplying the Iranian navy with dolphins for the same purpose. What terrifies me and what should terrify all God fearing Americans is that our pusillanimous and penny pinching Generals should allow a 'dolphin gap' to develop. Do not ignore Gen 'Buck' Turgidsons warnings! I propose the Pentagon close that gap with a massive increase in the defence budget.
      unless we spend billions more, those I-ranians will be impurifying "all of your precious bodily fluids". Be warned!

  • Leveretts: False flag in Iranian hit likely disguises U.S.
    • Who did it is an important question, who supported and encouraged it is equally important here in the UK, we have a Law called the encouragement to terrorism act 2006 see my earlier comments on 14th jan 2012 on the article " Rick Santorum says murder of Iranian scientist was 'wonderful thing'.", also The serious crimes act 2007, was used in the case Regina v Saleem, Jevad and Muhid 2008,2cr app R [s] 12, when several defendents were filmed holding placards with Bomb Bomb Denmark and Bomb Bomb USA, on appeal their sentences were reduced to 4 years jail each. It was argued that these threats were not meant literally and this was just hot air and were frustrated about the offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, to no avail. I have just called for the prosecution of Andrew Cummings on similar encouragement to terrorism charges at my local police station , they say they will forward it to the Metropolitan police, it should be interesting to see what excuses they can find to reject it, will keep you posted. here is the complaint..

      I wish to make a complaint regarding an article which was published in the Guardian newspaper on 12th January 2012, it was headlined, a covert campaign is the only way to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and written by Andrew Cummings, a former advisor to various Governments. He can be contacted at the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N19GU.
      The article is a clear breach of sections 1 and 2 of the 2006 Terrorism act, which makes it a criminal offence to publish material which calls for the direct or indirect encouragement and/or glorification of Terrorism as defined by the 2000 Terrorism act. I enclose the evidence. The context surrounding the allegations are the ongoing acts of Terrorism, including bomb explosions and murders of Iran’s nuclear scientists working on nuclear issues.
      Andrew Cummings article not only makes it plain that he supports these covert terrorist acts, but also that they should continue. It is clear that the unknown perpetrators and others could not but find encouragement directly or indirectly in this article, especially when advocated by a former senior advisor to past Governments on these very matters.
      I call on you to prosecute him. In this case Cummings a senior past advisor to various Governments really did think about and was entirely serious about what he was advocating and so more culpable than those foolish other defendants, will he be prosecuted we shall see.

  • Palestinian youth 'fed up with illegitimate representation' to protest negotiations
    • One must have sympathy with Palestinians for Dignity, they can see the Israelis have no intention of stopping settlement activity and can sense as can the Israelis the PA's lack of will to resist Israel/US threats, sometimes they make a pathetic sight, still Israel/US have not threatened them with the nuclear option, taking their VIP passes off them, because they are needed to police the occupation,maybe I am being too pessimistic but all will be revealed on 26th January when the Israelis are supposed to reveal their proposals, don't hold your breath, it would be unconscionable for the PA to be still talking after this date with no stop to Israeli settlement construction, If the Israelis do persuade the PA to continue negotiations after that date they could argue that any more progress at the UN or the ICC could not only end the negotiations and disappoint the King of Jordan but could be consrued as an act of war, and we may, and I hope not, be clambering onto that bus whose wheels continue to go round and round.

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