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Speak for the voiceless. “When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.”

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  • 'Goldstone Report will pale' next to damage we will do to Lebanon, says senior IDF official
  • Author Deepa Kumar on the imperial roots of anti-Muslim sentiment
  • Egypt, Syria, and the dynamics of counter-revolution
  • 'Proud Zionist' tweets that assassinating Obama is 'tempting'
    • one should send a message to the Texas branch of AFP... lets see what they think about this tweet.. CNN fired people for this...

    • SPEAKING OF “SICK INDIVIDUALS”, FROM: “The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict”, Published by Jews for Justice in the Middle East:
      (excerpt)Shamir proposes an alliance with the Nazis
      “As late as 1941, the Zionist group LEHI, one of whose leaders, Yitzhak Shamir, was later to become a prime minister of Israel, approached the Nazis, using the name of its parent organization, the Irgun (NMO)..[The proposal stated:] ‘The establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in the interests of strengthening the future German nation of power in the Near East… The NMO in Palestine offers to take an active part in the war on Germany’s side’… The Nazis rejected this proposal for an alliance because, it is reported, they considered LEHI’s military power ‘negligible.’ ” — Allan Brownfield in The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs, July/August 1998.
      ENTIRE “ORIGIN” BOOKLET – link to ifamericansknew.org
      P.S. ALSO SEE: 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis - link to scribd.com

  • The Freedom Riders of Bus 148
  • Welcome to the new Mondoweiss
  • Fact Check!: DePaul students disrupt 'Israel 101'; Northwestern students walk out on Israel propagandist
  • Israeli court to flotilla activists: Sign confession or face two months in jail without trial
  • Israel, GCC and the US -- An alliance of convenience
    • There are forces within each Gulf country pushing for "peace" with Israel, nowadays in the context of a demilitarized Palestinian state, and who will profit off of it, but for the time being, the looting is also going well.

      They are using Israel as a decoy of problems in their own nation.

  • Israelis respond to Obama snub on Facebook
  • Will calls for military confrontation with Iran develop their own momentum?
    • I do not like the regime in Iran but when somebody has self nuclear energy and nuclear weapons I do not see how you make a case to attack Iran. Let us not forget that the US has been the only nation ever who has used it, as consequence 300,000 civilians dead or wounded.

  • Israel expands settlements, refuses to transfer tax money to PA as punishment for UNESCO vote
    • some facts

      Israel’s immigration policy is based on the “Law of Return” or Aliyah. The Law, which dates back to 1950, guarantees the right to immigrate and become a citizen to anyone with a maternal or paternal Jewish grandparent

      Immigration has driven much of Israel’s growth since its inception in 1948. In the first two decades after statehood, most immigrants were Jews from Europe, North Africa and the surrounding Arab countries. Later, after the end of the Cold War, hundreds of thousands of Jews arrived from the former Soviet Union (mainly Russia).

      Today, the former Soviet Union is the country of origin for nearly half of all foreign-born Jews and others not classified by religion. Most Soviet immigrants were driven by economic motives or fears for their security after the fall of communism.

      Israel became the favoured destination because it was willing to receive these people unconditionally while the USA (the other favoured destination) declined to accept Soviet Jewish immigrants during the 1990s. In all, more than 900,000 Soviet Jews are estimated to have settled in Israel. Other important countries of origin for Jews and others not classified by religion include Argentina, Morocco, Romania, North America (mainly the USA), Iraq, Ethiopia, and Poland.

      According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2005 almost 37% of the Jewish population had a European or American father, 16.2% had an African father, 13.2% were of Asian descent and the fathers of almost 34% were born in Israel;

      Israel’s population density is already high and it will rise by nearly 20% by 2020. Since the country was established in 1948, population density has increased more than six fold.

      Many Israelis have dual citizenship with either the USA or a European country and frequently travel back and forth.

      However, a career in the armed forces is of great benefit in the labour market. Without a background in the army, it is difficult to rise to the upper echelons of management or politics.

      2011 Euromonitor International

  • Turkish harbormaster let 11 of us sail (and 25 are left behind)
  • The Netanyahu Guide to Middle East Peace
  • 'Freedom Waves to Gaza' flotilla leaves Turkey headed to Gaza; Organizers: 'It is time to lift the siege of Gaza which deprives 1.6 million civilians of their rights to travel, work, study, develop their economy and be free.'
  • 'You lost' -- reporters at State say UNESCO vote isolates U.S. from world opinion (and possibly from intellectual property enforcement)
    • Ever thought of what comes next?

      Try these UN Agencies that will allow Palestinia­n entry next:
      - World Intellectu­al Property Organizati­on
      - Internatio­nal Civil Aviation Organizati­on
      - Internatio­nal Postal Union
      - Internatio­nal Telecommun­ications Union
      - Internatio­nal Atomic Energy Agency
      - World Health Organizati­on

      The US is going to hate painting itself into that corner. .

    • Canada has cut funding to UNESCO too

  • UNESCO votes to admit Palestine as a full member
    • It has however. It was Turkey who mediated between Syria and Israel. It could have been Turkey who could give Israel the lasting peace it needed.

    • Israel really lost a big ally and a friend. The loss of Turkey has strategic impact. Turkey has thrown every weight it has in the diplomatic world to lobby nations for yes.

      The man at 3:08 is the OIC Secretary General Dr. Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu (Turkish). All 56 member states voted yes.

    • France has lost a lot of influence in North Africa and in the Levant. For France, whose ties to Arab dictators once gave it clout in the Middle East.

      But then came the democratic uprisings in the Arab world.
      The (now former) French foreign minister Michele Alliot-Marie in te beginning of the Tunisia revolt:
      "Just days before the regime fell, and Mr Ben Ali fled, she had offered Tunisia the “savoir-faire” of French security forces in crowd control."

      So a French foreign minister was caught helping a dictator to struck down on democratic protests...

      Now France tries to get his influence back by supporting an issue that lies in the hearts of the people of the region

    • Why did Swedes vote no?

    • The Netherlands has a minority right wing government with support of Geert wilders (read: anti immigrant zionist) and a Jewish foreign minister Uri Rosenthal

  • How's that for turnaround time? -- US cuts off funding for UNESCO
    • Has anyone worked out what comes after the US withdraws funding from UNESCO?

      Try these UN Agencies that will allow Palestinian entry next:
      - World Intellectual Property Organization
      - International Civil Aviation Organization
      - International Postal Union
      - International Telecommunications Union
      - International Atomic Energy Agency (no more control of inspectors. . . Not enough money for inspections. Looks as if Iran is going to get away with whatever it wants to do. . . Thanks to US support for Israel)
      - World Health Organization

      Just to help out a recalcitrant Israel that continues with land theft.

      The US is going to hate painting itself into that corner. . .

      Is anyone else following the logic of the laws that the US has on the books to support Israel?

    • So if you don't align yourself with US you will pay the price

  • West's 1% salivates over spoils of the Libyan 99%
    • U.K. independent oil and gas explorer Heritage Oil PLC Tuesday became the first new foreign firm to strike a deal to enter the Libyan oil sector following the war through its acquisition of a Benghazi-based oil services company.

      Heritage said its 51% controlling stake in Sahara Oil Services Holdings Ltd., which it is buying for $19.5 million in cash, means the firm will be "well placed to play a significant role in the future oil and gas industry in Libya.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204524604576610920486026638.html

  • Palestine's UNESCO bid to come up Monday (amid Simon Wiesenthal Center hypocrisy)
  • Grapel deal includes US F-16 sale to Egypt & Jordan's King Abdullah reminds us he's Israel's only friend in region
  • Palestine in Oakland
  • Israeli police target Sheikh Jarrah store for hanging posters of Erdogan
    • I hope that Turkey will inspire Arab states to join with it in teaching Tel Aviv a long overdue lesson, one that the Western world has shirked. Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people since its founding in 1948 when entire villages were leveled and their unarmed inhabitants were murdered or driven out by the ruthless Irgun, Stern Gang and Haganah are too numerous to list. Israel is a state that was born from terrorism and until this day lives by the gun. Israeli politicians love to highlight “Arab terror” while feigning amnesia when it comes to their own terrorist acts.

      They forget that their “pioneers” blew up Jerusalem's King David and Semiramis hotels, the massacre of Palestinians in Deir Yassin, Dawayma and Kibya, their attack on the USS Liberty for which Cairo was on the point of being nuked by the US in retaliation.

      They've gotten away with their involvement in the 1982 slaughter of refugees in Lebanon's Sabra and Shatilla camps, the killing of 1,200 Lebanese civilians in 2006 and “Operation Cast Lead” that robbed 1,400 Gazans of their lives in 2008. And until now, they've succeeded in holding the 1.5 million residents of Gaza in a virtual prison for years without any meaningful comeback from the international community.

      It's utterly shameful that Israel has been permitted to destroy Palestinian lives and livelihoods, incinerate orchards and olive groves, lock up young children for throwing stones and humiliate a proud people, true sons and daughters of the soil, for over 60 years to the sound of the West's cheers.

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      Its that inspiring that makes Israel afraid of the Turkish PM Erdogan.

    • ERDOGAN RECEIVES PALESTINIAN EXCELLENCE AWARD
      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday received the Palestinian International Award for Excellence and Creativity (PIA) 2011 for his contribution and support to the plea of the Palestinian people. Turkey’s Consul in General Sakir Ozkan Torunlar received the award on behalf of Erdogan at a ceremony which was organized under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas at the Al Najah University and also attended by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The award has been granted since 2007 in order to honor the people and institutions for their achievements in the development of Palestine. In a message Erdogan said, “I gladly receive this message on behalf of my country and people.”

      http://www.byegm.gov.tr/yabanci-bultenler.aspx?d=26.10.2011&pg=1&ahid=34904&act=3#3

    • Its already started...

      After Turkeys rupture with israel..

      Americian zionists/neocons have started (attack) their campaign to demonize Turkey (a NATO ally and OECD member) in the eyes of the western world (notably Canada, USA and Australia).

      The problem is that Turkey has an open society with many links to ''western world'' and a democratic government. Besides that, more than 30 million tourists visit Turkey every year. There are more western tourists in some cities/villages of Turkey than there are natives of that particular of village. So it isn't so easy to demonize Turkey as with Iran.

      Just 3 of the many articles about Turkey:

      - Daniel Pipes: Is Turkey going rogue?
      Turkey may be, along with Iran, the most dangerous state of the region.
      http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/27/daniel-pipes-is-turkey-going-rogue/

      - Michael Rubin: Why Is Obama Giving Predators to Turkey?
      Over the last year, Turkey has sided with Iran......... and made anti-American rhetoric a staple of the Turkish ruling party’s proxy press etc.
      http://blog.american.com/2011/09/why-is-obama-giving-predators-to-turkey/

      - Jonathan Tobin: Turkey Responsible for Iraq Insurgency?
      His primary assertions are that Prime Minister Netanyahu can do no wrong and that Turkey set on a path to downgrade its relations with Israel far earlier than the Gaza flotilla dispute. That Turkey was somehow responsible for Iraq's insurgency bu not letting Bush junior invade Iraq from the north.
      http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/09/04/turkey-israel-erdogan-us/
      http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/turkey-responsible-for-iraq-insurgency/244524/

      ********************************************
      These articles aren't posted on only one news website but many more.
      If one copies the titles and pastes on Google will see the article of Mr. pipes in the Australian (Australia), the National review (Canada) and in the Washington Times (USA) and many more.
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      In 2003, Pipes was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University (Israel). In May 2006, Pipes received the Guardian of Zion Award by Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

      Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has lectured in history at Yale University, Hebrew University

      Tobin was editor in chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia. His columns have regularly appeared in the Jerusalem Post and many other newspapers.

  • Israeli High Court allows prisoner swap to go ahead; prisoners hunger strike suspended
    • Swapping One Infamous Israeli for 1,027 Nameless Palestinians.

      The racial and ethno-religious bias couldn't be less discrete, could it? The obvious implication that a thousand "Palestinians" are merely fodder, a sub-human mass traded for one luminous Israeli life.

      Who are the Palestinian prisoners? What are their names? Who is their family, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters?

      A very dangerous psychological manipulation indeed when the public is subtlely cued to further categorize "Palestinians" as an anonymous, abstract identity: not only Aesopian, but dehumanised and expendable.

  • Afternoon headlines
    • Iran hasn't attacked a neighbor for the last 100 years.. can we say the same about the US or Israel?

      For example the border between Turkey and Iran hasn't changed since 1786..

      Still Iran has been the target of western ''aggression'' with CIA and MI6 overthrowing of a democratic elected pm (Mohammed Mossadeq). Then it was attacked by US backed Saddam in the eighties, millions lost their lives in a useless war... Now it is target of daily attacks of israel and the US.

    • Nice to see some little good that's coming from the region.

      I am happy for the family of the soldier Shalit. His father looks like a reasonable man, not like those crazy aggressive likud or settler people from the west bank.

      Besides that it shows the dramatic position of the Palestinians. 1 israeli for 1024 Palestinians...
      israel will put those those people back in israeli prisons again in the next months like the other 5000 or more Palestinians waiting to be released.... 250 aged under 16, another 250 without a trail

  • Romney and Perry get chummy with the anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian crowd
  • Esc and Ctrl: The Guardian investigates Israeli internet hasbara
    • Turkey's PM: Israel a threat due to its atomic bomb
      Erdogan said on Wednesday that he saw Israel as a threat for its region and surrounding countries because it had atomic bomb.

      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has lashed out at Israel again, saying its possession of nuclear weapons makes it a threat to the region and accusing the Jewish state of implementing “state terrorism.”

      “I see Israel as a threat to its region because it has nuclear weapons. In addition, Israel is an occupying force and implements state terrorism in the region,” Erdoğan said at a conference on Turkish foreign policy in Pretoria, South Africa. When reminded by a participant that Israel has come under attack from Gaza and that a UN panel recently concluded that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is legal, Erdoğan said Israeli bombs killed tens of thousands in Gaza.

      Responding to the participant’s suggestion that weapons and rockets are being smuggled from Egypt to Gaza through a series of tunnels in southern Gaza, Erdoğan said: “Atomic bombs and phosphorus bombs cannot be smuggled through Gaza tunnels. Israel, on the other hand, has bombed Gaza with phosphorus bombs. It is a weapon of mass destruction and it is a crime to use weapons of mass destruction. Small weapons, maybe rifles could be smuggled through these tunnels but tanks cannot, right? But Gaza was besieged by tanks while it was also attacked with phosphorus bombs.”

      Erdoğan also said Israel has nuclear weapons while Iran “is attacked by everyone” because it has a nuclear program. “What kind of justice is this?” he asked.

      more on http://www.todayszaman.com/news-258913-pm-says-israel-threat-to-region-implements-state-terrorism.html

      or http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/turkey-pm-israel-a-nuclear-threat-to-middle-east-1.388330

  • Story of a land grab
  • NYT reviewer: Small group of Bush advisers will take real reason for Iraq war to their (restless) graves
    • “A few weeks before the start of the Iraq War, a State Department official described for me what he called the ‘everybody move over one theory’: Israel would annex the occupied territories, the Palestinians would get Jordan, and the Jordanian Hashemites would be restored to the throne of Iraq,” Packer writes.

      It looks like a new Sykes-Picot agreement.
      Then they ask why there are some many people with anti-American feelings

    • İam still waiting for those WMD's in İraq, saddam must have hid them well in iraq :D.
      He must have had some advice from old friend Donald Rumsfeld.

      Thousands of American lives lost for the agenda of some..

  • Jewish terrorists strike again, this time in the Galilee
    • This is the third in a month...

      nobody in the world that says anything.

    • The people of israel was once known for its cleverness and intellegence, it looks like it has lost it forever. İt has been hijacked by land grabby zionist settlers

  • An American Jew who emigrated to Israel is asked if the end of the Jewish state would be a tragedy for her
  • The death throes of Greater Israel
  • 'Rocks Falling from the Sky': Settlers attack Palestinians and internationals in Dura al-Kara
  • Israel doubles rate of Palestinian home demolitions and plans to uproot 30,000 Bedouin. Clinton says Palestinians need to be more flexible.
    • US defence chief says Israel 'isolated'
      (On his firs visit to a foreign nation)

      Leon Panetta says US is committed to maintaining Israel's military edge in Middle East ahead of first visit to region.

      Leon Panetta, the new US defence secretary, says Washington is committed to ensuring Israel maintains a "qualitative military edge" in the Middle East, but warned that the country is becoming increasingly isolated.

      Panetta, who is due to arrive in Israel on Monday on his first visit to the region since taking charge at the Pentagon, said he planned to use the trip to reaffirm US security commitments to Israel and try to improve its deteriorating relations with Turkey and Egypt.

      "It's pretty clear, at this dramatic time in the Middle East when there have been so many changes, that it is not a good situation for Israel to become increasingly isolated. And that is what has happened," Panetta told reporters on his plane.

      more on http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/10/201110341753393563.html

    • really disgusting how israeli leaders try to get the spy Jonathan Pollard out of prison.

  • PA says Tony Blair has lost all credibility (though he's better than Dennis Ross)
    • This man should be on trial in the Hague for war crimes and going to war without an UN Mandate...

      He and his patron Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, where some 6,000 of US soldiers, and many of its allies’ soldiers, have lost their lives in grinding wars of attrition.

      The costs-of-war project at Brown University thinks that on a “very conservative” estimate about 137,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and that the wars have created more than 7.8m refugees in these countries. The Brown project puts the wars’ ultimate cost, including interest payments and veterans’ care, to the United States at up to $4 trillion—equivalent to the country’s cumulative budget deficits for the six years from 2005 to 2010.

  • 'Time' features generational divide over Israel-- when will 92d St Y stage this family affair?
    • There was an article on the Economist about this issue...

      I am quoting from there:

      Steven Cohen of the Hebrew Union College in New York is one of several scholars to say that apart from the Orthodox minority, younger Jews in America show less attachment to Israel than their elders.

      Why this is happening is fiercely debated. One theory blames intermarriage; another that the young are alienated by Israel’s policies.
      Peter Beinart, the author in 2010 of a scathing critique of the Jewish establishment in the New York Review of Books, says that by drifting right and defending whatever Israel does, AIPAC and other leading Jewish organisations have become “intellectual bodyguards for Israeli leaders who threaten the very liberal values they profess to admire.” He says that a Zionism that emphasises Jewish victimhood and allows no empathy for the Palestinians is losing its resonance with younger Jews.

      For the present, of course, AIPAC remains highly effective. It still towers over J Street, its doveish rival. Also secure for now is Israel’s standing in the United States. It is, after all, not only Jews who favour Israel over the Palestinians: just ask the evangelicals.

      But if young American Jews really do turn away from Zionism, or are turned off by it, everything could one day change.

      http://www.economist.com/node/18744129

  • In Gaza, fishermen are under constant attack for trying to make a living
    • It is not only the Gaza fishermen's who are under attack nowadays....

      After Turkeys rupture with israel..

      Americian zionists/neocons have started (attack) their campaign to demonize Turkey (a NATO ally and OECD member) in the eyes of the western world (notably Canada, USA and Australia).

      The problem is that Turkey has an open society with many links to ''western world'' and a democratic government. Besides that, more than 30 million tourists visit Turkey every year. There are more western tourists in some cities/villages of Turkey than there are natives of that particular of village. So it isn't so easy to demonize Turkey as with Iran.

      Just 3 of the many articles about Turkey:

      - Daniel Pipes: Is Turkey going rogue?
      Turkey may be, along with Iran, the most dangerous state of the region.
      http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/09/27/daniel-pipes-is-turkey-going-rogue/

      - Michael Rubin: Why Is Obama Giving Predators to Turkey?
      Over the last year, Turkey has sided with Iran......... and made anti-American rhetoric a staple of the Turkish ruling party’s proxy press etc.
      http://blog.american.com/2011/09/why-is-obama-giving-predators-to-turkey/

      - Jonathan Tobin: Turkey Responsible for Iraq Insurgency?
      His primary assertions are that Prime Minister Netanyahu can do no wrong and that Turkey set on a path to downgrade its relations with Israel far earlier than the Gaza flotilla dispute. That Turkey was somehow responsible for Iraq's insurgency bu not letting Bush junior invade Iraq from the north.

      http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/09/04/turkey-israel-erdogan-us/
      http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/turkey-responsible-for-iraq-insurgency/244524/

      ********************************************
      These articles aren't posted on only one news website but many more.
      If one copies the titles and pastes on Google will see the article of Mr. pipes in the Australian (Australia), the National review (Canada) and in the Washington Times (USA) and many more.
      ------
      In 2003, Pipes was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University (Israel). In May 2006, Pipes received the Guardian of Zion Award by Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

      Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has lectured in history at Yale University, Hebrew University

      Tobin was editor in chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia. His columns have regularly appeared in the Jerusalem Post and many other newspapers.

  • Israel to the international community: 'This is not a pipe'
    • I got a message from the office of Senator Ayotte about US veto against Palestine statehood bid.

      Dear Dr. Kursato,,

      Thank you for your comments regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I always appreciate hearing from you.

      Israel is our closest partner in the Middle East and shares our democratic values. Both the people of Israel and the people of the Palestinian Territories deserve to live in peace and security. Durable peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people would benefit both populations while simultaneously promoting U.S. interests in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the recent reconciliation agreement reached between Fatah and Hamas presents a serious obstacle to peace. Hamas has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist and calls for Israel's destruction.

      I strongly support Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that lead to two states living side by side in peace. America has an instrumental role to play in this process. However, we cannot ask Israel to negotiate with a terrorist organization that seeks Israel's destruction. Likewise, unilateral Palestinian efforts to declare statehood will only lead to more conflict. Real peace will be achieved when both parties reject terrorism, recognize each other's right to exist, and avoid unilateral diplomatic maneuvers.

      Guided by these principles, I am an original cosponsor of S.Con.Res.23, which affirms that it is contrary to U.S. policy and our national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967. I am also a cosponsor of S.Res.185, which passed the Senate floor on June 28, 2011. This resolution reaffirms our nation's commitment to settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and asserts U.S. opposition to the inclusion of Hamas in negotiations, unless Hamas renounces violence. The resolution also states that, if the Palestinian Authority continues to seek unilateral recognition, there will be implications for continued U.S. aid.

      Given the uncertainty of the peace process, and in light of ongoing threats from Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iran, I believe that U.S. security assistance to Israel continues to be a key national security interest. I also support efforts to promote economic growth in the West Bank and to build the professionalism of the Palestinian security forces. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will work to maintain the security of our ally Israel and to promote progress toward a sustainable two-state solution.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding this issue. As your Senator, it is important for me to hear from you regarding the current issues affecting New Hampshire and our nation.

      Please do not hesitate to be in touch again if I may be of any further assistance.

      Sincerely,

      Kelly A. Ayotte
      U. S. Senator

    • Turkey adds to international criticism of Israeli construction in Jerusalem

      Turkish FM calls Gilo construction plans 'a flagrant violation of international law'; says settlement building justifies Palestinian UN statehood bid.

      Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday sharply criticized Israel's plans to construct 1,100 new homes in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem, calling those plans "a flagrant violation of international law", Army Radio reported.

      more on http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkey-adds-to-international-criticism-of-israeli-construction-in-jerusalem-1.387306

  • Mourning the Jewish New Year
    • Erdogan sends Rosh Hashana greeting to Jews of Turkey

      Turkish PM notes different beliefs, cultures living in his country, wishes Jewish citizens healthy and fruitful new year; no mention of Israel.

      Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his wishes to the Jews of his country on Thursday, extending his own Rosh Hashana greeting.

      "There have been a number of different beliefs and cultures living together for centuries in our country," the Turkish prime minister said in his address. "Special days and holidays add special color to our community life."

      http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=239986

    • Why are the Palestinians paying the price what the Nazis did against the Ashkenazi jews?

  • And now a message from our first Jewish president . . .
    • Ed Koch reverses track, backs Obama
      Just weeks after Ed Koch sought to send a message to the White House on Israel by helping the GOP win a high-profile special election, the former New York City mayor said he's back on course with President Barack Obama.

      http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/27/ed-koch-reverses-track-backs-obama/

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      One should say to him if he's that in love with the place (israel), maybe he should move there.

    • When my President (arguably the most powerful man in the world) tries to remind israel that the tail cannot wag the dog for too long, the Israelis snicker because they know that the US Congress is still an israeli-occupied territory. Right after the Israeli prime minister proverbially spits in the face of my President before a cadre of journalists (and while the world is watching), the conniving Netenyahu can deliver a speech to Congress and receive twenty-nine standing ovations from the spineless politicians.

      What the israelis do not yet realize that the decision-making bodies in America have started to realize that israel has become the biggest burden, nay, the biggest parasite on America's back. More and more Americans are reading Mearsheimer and Walt; more and more (like the true patriots Petraus and Gates) are speaking out against israel. US Congress will follow (yes, there will be a lag).

      Enjoy the lag while it lasts.

  • ADL gloats over the cancellation of Gaza children's art exhibit
  • Stripping geography from the conflict
    • Its not about demographics but policy: The Balfour declaration of 1917

      His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object....
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      British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild ( a leader of the British Jewish community)

  • The view from the West Bank: Statehood bid? What statehood bid?
    • What the Arab papers say

      ON FRIDAY the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, formally submitted to the United Nations Palestine's bid for recognition as an independent state. As the Security Council considers the application, which America has said it will veto, we look at reactions in the Arab press.

      In al-Akhbar, an independent Lebanese daily newspaper, Firas Khatib criticised the move as ineffective and disrespectful of the Palestinian people:

      What is happening in the Palestinian case sidesteps the people—and they matter most—to extract a decision from the United Nations that is meant to be imposed on reality. Historically, this has not proven effective: the UN has not been able to impose any decision on Israel since 1948. The international organisation has not been able to enforce Resolution 194 (which deals with the return of Palestinian refugees to their land) and will be subsequently unable to enforce "country 194."

      An anonymous columnist for al-Madina, an online daily publication in Saudi Arabia, noted that:

      America's use of its veto this time will expose its double standards and show that its support for a two-state solution is only verb. It will prove that it will punish Palestinians for demanding their legitimate rights. Meanwhile, it rewards Israel for its violations of the peace process by continuing settlement building, constructing the separation wall, "Judaicising" Jerusalem, and laying siege on Gaza. The real message that the Palestinians carry as they head to the UN is that 20 years after the Oslo Agreement and peace talks, the area of land on which a Palestinian state can be established is shrinking by the day due to Israeli violations. It is time to stop this mockery.

      In contrast, Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi, focused on Mr Abbas's diplomatic victory, regardless of the outcome:

      We will stand by President Abbas and his historic speech [...] Our stand, and the stand of all Palestinians, would be stronger and longer-lived if resistance were to begin effectively. The first such move would be to stop caving in to countries’ financial blackmail, and be free of their pressure. This is a great diplomatic victory for the Palestinian people, and it should be the foundation for an uprising from all city squares. It will confirm that the Palestinian people, who began their spring early, are returning to revive it, but in a more powerful and innovative way.

      In al-Hayat, a Saudi-owned London-based daily, Maged Kayali argues that Palestinians need first to reform their national project, before being able to achieve statehood:

      This is a new moment for the Palestinians, one never before offered to them: a moment that requires them to invest well, to review their ideals and what they have built, their work and organisation… Their national project is in urgent need of renewal. In particular, they need to incorporate the values of the Arab spring, asserting the respect of freedom, human dignity, justice, and democracy, as well as the rights of citizens. These are already the values that the world understands and sympathises with. Incorporating them is the only way that the Palestinians can fix the state of their national project to a democratic, secular, civil state – and not before.

      Hisham Manawar, in the pan-Arab publication Elaph, believes it will be a long time before the bid hits the negotiation tables, which he foresees will be greatly altered by major powers,:

      The controversy and debate generated as a result of the Palestinians bid for statehood is unlikely to end soon. This is due to the way the major powers have circumvented the bid. They have sapped its power by over studying, scrutinising and reviewing it before the vote, so as to create a new "exhibit" with which to resume negotiations and ensure the return of the Palestinians to peace talks.

      More translated commentary from the Arabic press, visit Meedan.net

      Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2011/09/palestinian-statehood

  • Turkish government releases identities of IDF soldiers who attacked the Mavi Marmara
    • Justice will prevail, one way or the other those iDF soldiers are going to pay the price for the killing of those 8 Turkish (and 1 American) activists on the board of the Mavi Marmara

    • “Forensic evidence showing that most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range has not beenadequately accounted for in the material presented by Israel

  • 'Washington Post' column refers to 'powerful Israel lobby' as factor in 2012 campaign
    • lol the moment the US doesn't takes sides with the US because of its treaty obligation. NATO will then fall apart because the mistrust between NATO allies.

    • It might be true or not but the Greeks and the Armenians during those times weren't much divine either:

      - Navarino Massacre (was one of a series of massacres which resulted in the extermination of the Turkish civilian population previously inhabiting the region Pylos)

      Historian George Finlay noted that a Greek priest, named Phrantzes, was an eyewitness to the massacres. Based on the descriptions provided by Phrantzes, he wrote:
      "Women, wounded with musketballs and sabre-cuts, rushed to the sea, seeking to escape, and were deliberately shot. Mothers robbed of their clothes, with infants in their arms plunged into the sea to conceal themselves from shame, and they were them made a mark for inhuman riflemen. Greeks sized infants from their mother's breasts and dashed them against rocks. Children, three and four years old, were hurled living into the sea and left to drown. When the massacre was ended, the dead bodies washed ashore, or piled on the beach, threatened to cause a pestilence..."

      When the gates opened on the 19 August 1821, the Greeks rushed in and the whole population numbering around 3000 Turkish civilians were killed.

      - The Massacre of Tripolitsa (notorious for the massacre of its Turkish and Jewish population by the Greeks.)

      Based on eyewitness accounts and descriptions provided by officers, William St. Clair wrote:
      "The Turks of Greece left few traces. They disappeared suddenly and finally in the spring of 1821 unmourned and unnoticed by the rest of the world....It was hard to believe then that Greece once contained a large population of Turkish descent, living in small communities all over the country, prosperous farmers, merchants, and officials, whose families had known no other home for hundreds of years...

      They were killed deliberately, without qualm or scruple, and there was no regrets either then or later."

  • Turkey talking tough to Tel Aviv

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