USING CULTURE TO WHITEWASH APARTHEID

October 29, 2011 at 12:12 (ActivismApartheidBoycott IsraelHasbaraIsrael,Palestine)

People engage in different ways, but they engage. They are pushed beyond their comfort zones. They begin to question, or, in the case of committed Zionists, they are at least reminded that they cannot get away with using culture to whitewash apartheid.
*
An “Open Door” tour for Israeli apartheid
Hannah Mermelstein*

Idan Raichel (second from left) has performed for the opening night of MASA Israel tours, an Israeli government project which brings young Jews to Israel. (Masa Israel Journey / Flickr )

 

“We certainly see ourselves as ambassadors of Israel in the world, cultural ambassadors, hasbara ambassadors, also in regards to the political conflict.” – Idan Raichel, 2008 (“An interview with Idan Raichel,” translated from Hebrew in online magazine To Australia).

On Tuesday, 18 October, I and eight other Adalah-NYmembers stood in front of the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, holding signs, singing songs, and handing flyers to passersby and concert-goers. The concert: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie, and “Israel’s most popular dread-locked musician” (according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Idan Raichel.

Despite one India.Arie fan’s claim that “I’m sure she doesn’t even know who the other performer is tonight; that’s how concerts get planned,” the show was actually part of a larger tour the two musicians have planned together to promote their joint album “Open Door.”

“Does ‘Open Door’ include Palestinians?” asked one of our signs, while another demanded, “Don’t entertain apartheid.”

“Idan Raichel can’t support apartheid,” countered one concert-goer. “He sleeps with a black woman!”

While this claim is as laughable as it is offensive, the more prevalent objection to cultural boycott actions is the idea that culture and politics are somehow separate. But as long as the Israeli government uses art and culture to cover up Israeli war crimes, culture and politics are clearly intertwined.

As is evident in Idan Raichel’s quotation above, the musician is willingly part of the Brand Israel campaign, which aims to bring arts to the world in order to, in the words of an Israeli foreign ministry official, “show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war” (“After Gaza, Israel grapples with crisis of isolation,” The New York Times, 18 March 2009).

The moral case for cultural boycotts

Adalah-NY stated in a recent press release that beyond Raichel’s collusion with the Israeli government’s cynical use of art, he has served in and performed for the Israeli army and actively expressed support for the Israel military during its brutal attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09 and criticized Israelis who refused to serve in the army.

Raichel’s performance in 2007 in the Israeli settlement Nokdim led to a call for boycott by the Israeli organization Gush Shalom for collaborating with settlements that prevent any possibility of peace (“New Yorkers protest India.Arie concert with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel,” 18 October 2011).

In 2004, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) called on global civil society to boycott Israeli cultural institutions, products, and events that normalize Israel’s multi-layered system of oppression against Palestinian people. Many international artists have heeded the call and have refused to perform in Israel, including Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Devendra Banhart and The Pixies.

Cultural boycott actions can be fairly simple, and provide an opportunity for people to work together nationally. Our friends in Seattle alerted us and their friends in Olympia to Raichel’s tour and sent us the flyer they would be using on the tour’s opening night. We revised the flyer for a New York audience and sent it to our friends in Burlington and Boston. With minimal effort, we had coordinated a five-city protest action.

The moral case for cultural boycott should be clear, yet there are still some who question it on tactical grounds. Why focus on cultural boycott, they ask, when it is arguably the hardest case to make to a non-politically minded public? Over and over again, I have found cultural boycott actions to yield some of the richest dialogue I have seen about Palestine.

Holding peace-loving, liberal-seeming artists and audiences accountable

People who attend cultural events, particularly peace-loving liberal-seeming concerts such as India.Arie and Idan Raichel, are often quite receptive to arguments about social justice. They do not want to be accused of supporting racism, and they do not want to cross a picket line.

On 18 October, some people merely read our signs and moved on. Some questioned the connection between Raichel and the government. Some thanked us for being there. Some sneered and tore our flyers in half. One person took extra flyers to pass out inside. One debated whether to give up her $200 ticket, and then decided instead to yell “Free Palestine” during the show.

People engage in different ways, but they engage. They are pushed beyond their comfort zones. They begin to question, or, in the case of committed Zionists, they are at least reminded that they cannot get away with using culture to whitewash apartheid.

Shifting the discourse

Perhaps the most important gain of the cultural boycott in the United States so far has been the way in which it has shifted the discourse about Palestine. One of our first cultural boycott actions in New York was a small protest of the Batsheva Dance Company, who we discovered with very little notice was to perform at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2009.

The show happened to coincide with Israeli Apartheid Week, the annual week of actions around the world to bring attention to Israeli apartheid policy and to support the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, so we brought people together to sing, chant and distribute flyers.

Our press release garnered media attention, and a number of articles were written which questioned the tactic of cultural boycott. In so doing, however, these articles took for granted the idea that Israel can be called an apartheid state that should be protested against, and even at times boycotted. It was simply the culturalboycott that was being questioned. We had successfully shifted the discourse and opened an important conversation within the mainstream media.

Israel is desperate to salvage its global image and promote itself as a liberal democracy, but it is not working. As Idan Raichel and India.Arie continue their “Open Door” tour, people with conscience the world over are heeding the Palestinian civil society call for BDS. Cultural boycott actions highlight cultural workers’ complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights, thereby opening the door to justice a little wider each day.

*Hannah Mermelstein is a Palestine solidarity activist working with Adalah-NY and a school librarian based in Brooklyn, NY.

Advertisements
Posted in Palestine | Leave a comment

Israel Did 7/7 And 911 Part I

Posted on September 28, 2011 by horse237

I previously said the Israel Banking Network had assassinated President Kennedy. They passed NAFTA (North American Free Trade Act) to de-industrialize America. By sending 50,000 manufacturing plants overseas, they intentionally created supply lines 8,000 miles long to China on a dodgy credit card so the US military would lose World War III thus reducing everyone on the planet to slavery. These were the first two phases in the modern era of their plan to subjugate everyone in the world.

The third phase in their operation is to engineer a clash of civilizations so the Muslims and the Christians destroy each other. Integral to the creation of the hoax known as the Global War on Terror were 911 which Israel executed along with the 7-7-2005 London subway bombings and the Bali and Madrid bombings as well.

Today I would like to briefly explore the London attacks of 2005.

I find it useful to pretend I am still in a math class when I confront an obvious government lie. Suppose you are told that a man working for an Israeli security firm was running a terror drill on the morning of 7-7-2005 for an undisclosed client at the exact same stations where bombs did later explode. If this does not make you suspicious, then consider that the man in charge of the London subways and buses (TFL – Transport For London)was an American who was a proud member of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) and a former Director for Logistics at the CIA.

Wikipedia tells us there are 270 London Tube stations.

Peter Power of Verint, an Israeli security firm, went on BBC an said he just happened to be conducting a terrorism exercise on that day and at that hour and at those same stations. What an incredible series of coincidences!

If I were back in math class, I would multiply some of these numbers together.
He chose the day which has a probability of 1/364 as London transport is closed on Christmas. He chose the hours. The Tube runs 19 hours a day but service is poor in the wee hours and civil servants do not like to work late hours on terror drills so let’s give this 1/10 odds for picking the right hour.

Now let’s consider the odds on picking the exact same 3 Tube stations. I would calculate the odds of picking the first station at 1/270, the second at 1/269 and the third at 1/268. Now there was no video camera footage at the 4 bomb sites because the cameras failed. We are told that if a CCTV camera fails the bus is taken out of service by the Israeli security firm so let’s arbitrarily say the odds of 4 (actually many more if you count the other video points on their routes) is 1/1,000 for each failure or one in a trillion total.

Now let’s multiply this out. 1/364 for the exact day times 1/10 for the exact hour times 1/270 X 1/269 X 1/268 for the exact locations times the camera failures which were 1/1,000,000,000,000. I leave it to the reader to calculate the following number: 1/364 X 1/10 X 1/270 X 1/269 X 1/268 X 1/1,000,000,000,000. If you like, you can lower that to one in a billion or even one in a million remembering that failed video units were removed from service and there were far more than 4 cameras involved. But the resulting number is quite astoundingly large.

In a court of law the above number you calculated, would be beyond the reasonable doubt sufficient to convict a man of murder or in this case a group of men for mass murder.

The most important fact of the day was that the 7:40 AM train to Kings Cross was cancelled so the 3 men did not arrive in time to catch the trains they were supposed to blow up with back pack explosives. The fourth young man did arrive in time to catch a bus. The failure of the 3 men to board the trains in question does explain why witnesses saw no Muslims on the trains. It also explains how the photo of the subway cars reveal that the bombs were placed underneath the trains inside rail yards secured by that Israeli firm and not carried on board by wandering Muslims.

I would explain the video taped confessions as being made as part of an anti-terrorism exercise. Please note that one of the four men had helped the police anti-gang efforts in his community. You might remember the early reports of 3 men being shot dead near London’s upscale Canary Wharf. As I have said in the past, the people who think they own your government are bankers. They look at people as assets and liabilities. And they do not like do not leave living liabilities.

The final report from the British Home Office lies and says the 4 men caught the 7:40 Am train.

If unlike the Home Office, you are concerned with truth, then read this witness testimony:

http://www.rense.com/general67/camb.htm

I have posted below the best 7-7-2005 video available.

7/7 Ripple Effect !

(Note: This could also be entitled Indicting The Israel Banking Network Part II as is is the second in that series.)

Posted in 9/11, Corruption, Coverup | Leave a comment

Progressive Choseness: Gilad Atzmon Video Analyzes Israeli Zionist Mentality in Stuttgart

Al-Jazeerah

Some Palestinian solidarity campaigners are excited this morning about Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s pearls of wisdom. The outgoing President of the Union for Reform Judaism, wrote in a recent blog post for the Jerusalem Post:

“I care about humankind, but I love my own group a bit more. I am more comfortable with them. I care more about them, just as I care more about my family than other families.”

People who understand the full extent of Jewish tribalism shouldn’t be taken by surprise. Rabbi Yoffie is genuine and coherent. Consequently, his support of The Two State solution is consistent with his Jewish belief system.

“Without a two-state solution.” Says Rabbi Yoffie, “Israel will not longer be a state for my group; it will be a bi-national state without a clear Jewish identity. That is not the kind of place where I, or most Israeli Jews, will want to live.”

As a supporter of the One State Solution I myself explored this exact issue at the Stuttgart One Democratic State Conference last year.

Needless to say, that the five German ‘progressive’ Jews who attended the conference insisted on my removal from the Conference’s protocol.

I believe that truth must be said – there is a clear unfortunate discrepancy between Jewish Ideology and the One State Solution. This discrepancy must be addressed rather than be swept under the carpet.

Sadly enough, Judeo centrism and racial orientation is inherent to any form of Jewish political setting. It isn’t just the Zionists, Israelis and the odd Rabbi who wants to live in a mono-cultural ghetto.

The Jewish Left follows exactly the same problematic mantra. J-BIG, for instance, is a UK ‘Jews only’ Israeli boycott campaign. For some reason they operate as a Judeo-centric segregated group apart from the general BDS movement. The International Jewish Anti Zionist Network (IJAN) would also take into their ranks activists who are ethnically and racially qualified. Like Rabbi Yoffie they claim to care about humankind, but somehow, they probably ‘love their own group a bit more.’ They are just slightly ‘more comfortable with them’.

A few months ago, the progressive blogger Philip Weiss wrote to me: “I believe that all people act out of self-interest. And Jews who define themselves at some level as Jews — like myself for instance — are concerned with a Jewish self-interest. Which in my case is: an end to Zionism. A theory of political life based on altruism or concern for victims purely is doomed to fail.”

Philip Weiss and Rabbi Yoffie must agree then. Rabbi Yoffie cares more about his people just as he ‘cares more about his family than other families’, Weiss seems to be slightly more succinct, he actually explores the true meaning of Jewish non-altruistic political existence.
So here we are, many Jews believe in Zionism, a few Jews believe that Zionism is actually ‘bad for the Jews’ (as opposed to bad for humanity or the Palestinians). But all Jews who identify themselves politically as Jews act out of ‘Jewish self interests. They all prefer to operate in ‘Jews only cells’ I guess that this is the true practical meaning of ‘choseness’.
As it stands, universalism, humanism and altruism are still foreign to Jewish culture and Jewish political thinking. Those amongst us who dream of peace in the Middle East better address this crucial issue and find an adequate solution. As far as I can tell, this is a grave problem. Also, as long as progressive Jews keep operating in ‘Jews only’ political cells, they won’t be part of a solution but just another aspect of the problem.

Posted in News and politics, Palestine, Religion | Leave a comment

آخر أخبار مباراة الثورة / المجلس العسكرى

معسكر الإعداد

أقام المجلس العسكرى معسكر الإعداد فى واشنطن تخللته تدريبات قوية مع مجلس الأمن القومى الأمريكى بمشاركة فعالة من المخابرات المصرية…

أما الثورة فقد اكتفت بالتدريبات الإعتيادية فى ميادين التحرير والأربعين ومسجد عبد القادر ابراهيم بالإضافة لعدة وقفات إحتجاجية على سلالم النقابات ومجموعة جروبات وصفحات على الفيس بوك..تخللتها تويتات مستمرة..

الإنتقالات

شهدت بداية الموسم صفقة إنتقال حر لحكومة عصام شرف من صفوف الثورة لصفوف المجلس العسكرى..وتنقل بعض الإسلاميين والعلمانيين بين صفوف الفريقين على مدار الموسم نتيجة خلافات على بنود العقود..الإعلام الحكومى سارع بالإنضمام لصفوف المجلس بعد نزول فريقه القديم حامل اللقب السابق لدورى الدرجة الثانية..الإعلام الخاص تنقل عدة مرات أيضا بين عدة فرق مما دعا إتحاد الكورة لإنذاره بالشطب..

نجح فريق الثورة فى شراء (دستور جديد)…ولكن المجلس مازال يسعى بكل قوة لإفساد الصفقة وشراء اللاعب..

رصيد الفريقين

يتصدر المجلس العسكرى الجدول وسيسعى للتعادل فى المباراة للحفاظ على صدارته..

بينما لا ينفع الثورة إلا الفوز لاقتناص القمة والفوز بالبطولة..

إصابات

سيتخلف عن المباراة بداعى الإصابة والإجهاد:

  • قطاع كبير من الشعب المصرى
  • الشرطة
  • بعض مرشحى الرئاسة
  • بعض الأحزاب السياسية

إيقافات

سيتخلف عن المباراة نظرا لظروف الإيقاف:

  • المدنيون المحالون للمحاكمات العسكرية
  • المصريون بالخارج
  • أفراد الجيش المصرى خارج المجلس العسكرى
  • عناصر النظام السابق المحبوسة فى طره

 

التشكيل المتوقع

سيزج المجلس العسكرى بتشكيله الثابت على رأسه كابتن الفريق المشير طنطاوى رغم تقدمه فى السن ، إلا أن وجوده مهم للحفاظ على روح الفريق..وصانع اللعب الخطير الفريق سامى عنان الذى يتميز بالمهارة والذكاء ودقة إتباع تعليمات المدير الفنى..

فى الهجوم اللواء ممدوح شاهين واللواء اسماعيل عتمان بقدراتهما الفائقة على إمطار مرمى الخصم بالتصريحات الصحفية ..

وفى قلب الدفاع اللواء محسن الفنجرى ومعه أصبعه فى مركز الليبرو..

سيتولى اللواء حمدى بدين مهمته المعتادة فى إيقاف خطورة الخصم باستخدام الخشونة المتعمدة عند اللزوم…وإن كان المدير الفنى يخشى أن يؤدى ذلك لطرده فى وقت حساس من المباراة…

مازال المدير الفنى مترددا فى إشراك اللواء الروينى نظرا لأنه (يقلش) كثيرا..مما يعرض الفريق لخطورة غير متوقعة…

يعد اللواء العصار فهو بمثابة جوكر الفريق نظرا لقدرته على اللعب فى أكثر من مركز…

دعم الفريق المراكز الشاغرة بعدد من لاعبى الحزب الوطنى حامل اللقب..وإن كانوا من غير اللاعبين المعروفين…لذلك اصطلح النقاد على تسميتهم ب(الفلول)…

 

الثورة..تعانى كالعادة من عدم ثبات التشكيل مما يؤثر على أداء الفريق وتفاوته من مباراة لأخرى..وهو أمر ليس بمستغرب إذا علمنا أن الفريق لا يقوده مدير فنى أصلا..ومازال يخوض مبارياته بالروح فقط على طريقة (والله زمان يا سلاحى)..

العجيب هو وصول الفريق لهذه المرحلة المتقدمة من البطولة بالهواة فقط إذ لا يضم بين صفوفه أى لاعبين محترفين..وكان اللعب الجماعى الجميل هو دائما السبب الرئبسى فى الإنتصارات المتتالية للفريق إذ أنه لا يعتمد على أسماء معينة أو على نجوم اللعبة فى مبارياته..وقد حاول بعض المحترفين الإنضمام للفريق خلال الموسم إلا أن الفريق رفض هؤلاء بشكل متواصل إذ أنهم كلهم من رديف فريق المجلس..

أجمع الخبراء على أن توحيد الإدارة الفنية للفريق والإعتماد على مفاتيح اللعب فى بناء الهجمات مثل شباب الثورة والإخوان المسلمين والبرادعى و6 ابريل والقوى المنظمة مثل العمال وإعلام الثورة وغيرهم أهم ما ينقص الفريق الذى عانى فى الفترة الأخيرة من المظهرية فى الأداء وغياب الإنسجام بين خطوطه..

الإحتياطيون

فى فريق المجلس:

  • البلطجية (سبق لهم عند الدفع بهم حسم بعض المباريات الهامة مثل مباراة العباسية ومباراة رمضان فى فض الإعتصام)
  • قانون الطوارىء (انضم مؤخرا للتشكيل الأساسى)
  • الأمن الوطنى (نيو لوك للاعب مخضرم ذى تاريخ عتيد)
  • حزب الكنبة بعد تغيير إسمه لحزب (الدكة)
  • وجوه غير معروفة فى المجلس العسكرى لم يتم حرقها بعد
  • بعض مرشحى الرئاسة

 

فى فريق الثورة:

  • المهمشون فى المجتمع (لم تتم الإستعانة بهم من قبل..لكن وارد نزولهم فى أية لحظة لتغيير دفة المباراة)
  • مجلس الشعب (مازال فى مرحلة الإعداد ووارد أن يكون دوره مؤثرا جدا عندما يكتسب فورمة المباريات)
  • الدستور الجديد (أخطر الأوراق الجاهزة ولكن إتحاد الكرة يعرقل اجراءات قيده وفى الغالب لن يلحق بالمباراة)
  • القيادات المنتخبة ديموقراطيا فى مؤسسات الدولة والنقابات (إذا أحسن المدير الفنى الغائب حاليا استغلالهم فى المباراة)
  • السلفيون (إذا لعبوا لمصلحة الفريق وهو ما لم يحدث فى معظم المباريات السابقة)
  • بعض مرشحى الرئاسة

المدرجات

امتلأت مدرجات المجلس العسكرى عن آخرها..بينما قل عدد مشجعى الثورة بشكل ملحوظ…فيما عدا المقصورة التى احتشد فيها عدد كبير من النخب السياسية والدرجة الأولى التى احتشدت فيها إئتلافات الثورة…بالإضافة إلى بضع مئات هنا وهناك فى الدرجة الثالثة..ميزهم وجود بعض الإعلاميين الأحرار فى وسط الجماهير..

رفع مشجعو المجلس لافتات:

الإستقرار – الأمن – لا للتخريب – لقمة هنية تكفى 100

وشوهدت بعض اللافتات التى تحمل عبارات من نوعية: آسفين يا ريس..

وإن كان الكثيرين من مشجعى المجلس قد حرصوا على زجر حامليها مما اضطرهم للإنزواء فى أحد المدرجات خلف مرمى المجلس..كذلك شوهد علم اسرائيلى فى مدرجات المجلس إلا أن الجمهور طرد حامله وقام بإحراق العلم 

أما مشجعو الثورة فقد رفعوا لافتاتهم التقليدية:

 حقوق الشهداء – محاكمة القتلة – تسليم السلطة لمدنيين – عدالة اجتماعية – تغيير – كرامة – حرية – الإنتخابات والدستور

الغريب أن مشجعى الثورة على قلتهم زلزلوا الإستاد بهتافاتهم المدوية بينما اكتفى مشجعو المجلس بدور الأغلبية الصامتة فيما عدا اللجان الاليكترونية..

خطة اللعب

سيلعب فريق المجلس على التهدئة  وامتصاص حماس فريق الثورة مع إحكام الرقابة على مفاتيح اللعب..وربما يبالغ المجلس فى تنفيذ هذه الخطة لتبدو المباراة وكأنها مباراة ودية وليست على بطولة..

يجيد لاعبو الفريق تضييع الوقت واستهلاكه سعيا للتعادل أو امتداد المباراة لوقت إضافى..

لا يلجأ الفريق عادة للهجمات المنظمة ويسجل أهدافه بالتسديد بعيد المدى خصوصا من الضربات الثابتة..وهو يراقب عناصر خطورة الخصم بطريقة رجل لرجل، خاصة إذا تم إشراك الأمن الوطنى..ودفاع منطقة حول الصندوق فى ميدان التحرير حيث يعرف الصندوق هناك باسم (الصينية)..

فى حالة تقدم الفريق بهدف..سيطمع فى أهداف أخرى مستغلا الثغرات نتيجة الإندفاع الهجومى لفريق الثورة بغرض التعويض وربما يدفع المدير الفنى لفريق المجلس عندئذ بحزب الكنبة لدعم خط الدفاع…أما فى حالة تقدم فريق الثورة..فكما حدث فى مباريات سابقة سيمتص فريق المجلس الصدمة ثم يدفع بثلاثة تغييرات دفعة واحدة بنزول البلطجية وقانون الطوارىء والأمن الوطنى…

إذا امتدت المباراة لوقت إضافى سيستخدم المجلس حينئذ ورقته الأخيرة بنزول أحد مرشحى الرئاسة بدلا من المشير طنطاوى الذى لا تسمح لياقته بالاستمرار فى اللعب..وفى هذه الحالة ستنتقل شارة الكابتن للمرشح الرئاسى ليرفع كأس البطولة بعد نهاية المباراة..

بالنسبة لفريق الثورة..فالأمل الأكبر فى فوزه يعتمد على تعيين مدير فنى محنك ينظم صفوف الفريق ويوظف اللاعبين جيدا على أرض الملعب..

الدفع بمجلس الشعب مبكرا قد يكون فكرة جيدة إذا لم تتكرر إصابته ب(التزوير) الذى حدث فى كل المباريات السابقة..

نزول الصفقات الجديدة مثل الدستور والمرشح الرئاسى فى وقت واحد..يحسم المباراة تماما ومبكرا لصالح الفريق..وربما بنتيجة ثقيلة..

اللياقة البدنية تعتبر من المشاكل الكبيرة لدى الفريق..لذلك يجب أن يسعى لإحراز أهداف فى الشوط الأول وإحباط خطة المجلس بمد المباراة للوقت الإضافى..

لابد أن الفريق قد فطن فى هذه المرحلة الحاسمة من المسابقة إلى أن اللعب الجماعى والسيطرة على وسط الملعب ودقة التمرير من لمسة واحدة هى التى مكنته من الفوز فى بداية الموسم..وأن كثرة الإحتفاظ بالكرة والأنانية فى إنهاء الهجمات والتهاون فى الدفاع قد أدت للخسارة فى المباريات الأخيرة..ناهيك عن التشتت بالصراع على دكة البدلاء حول نزول (مجلس الشعب) أولا أو (الدستور الجديد) أولا بدلا من التركيز فى مسار اللعب..رغم أن اللاعبين الإحتياطيين مازالا حتى هذه اللحظة بعيدين عن جاهزية المباريات..

 تستطيع القوى المنظمة والأحزاب فى الفريق خاصة إذا تمت الإستعانة بالقيادات المنتخبة ديموقراطيا والإعلام الحر على الفضائيات والإنترنت أن تلعب دورا كبيرا فى الفوز إذا نجحت فى الضغط على المنافس بطول الملعب كله مع ربط خطوط الفريق والتمرير للاعبين الخالين من الرقابة بدون الوقوع فى مصيدة التسلل التى سينصبها فريق المجلس..

الخوف قد يأتى من (المهمشين فى المجتمع) إذا اضطر الفريق للدفع بهم كحل يائس..وهى مغامرة هجومية قد لا تكون مأمونة العواقب ليس فقط على فريق الثورة ولكن على المباراة كلها بالنظر لعدم مشاركة هذا اللاعب فى معسكر الإعداد أو أية معسكرات سابقة..بل وعدم استيعابه لقواعد اللعبة أساسا..

 

********************

مع أطيب التمنيات بالفوز للفريق الأفضل وللمشاهدين بمتعة التطبيل للفريق الفائز

 

Posted in Nation Awake, News and politics, Talent | Leave a comment

9/11/11: Orgy of Deception

September 10, 2011
firemen.jpeg(left, spinning high treason by our ‘leaders’ into a maudlin appeal to patriotism.) 

An atrocity such as 9-11 does not require commemoration. It requires justice!

The murder of more than 3,000 Americans hasn’t been avenged. Instead, it has been used to justify war and tyranny.

by Henry Makow Ph.D.

For me, the 9-11 Commemoration is a repeat of the original outrage and therefore very painful to witness.

The original attack was mass trauma brainwashing perpetrated by a traitor class within America. Now, they’re reinforcing the original programming. It is all designed to perpetuate war and strip Americans of their civil rights under the bogus pretext of a terrorist threat.

Americans are acquiescing in their own enslavement, and many seem  willing to go along. I think the majority know 9-11 was an inside job but are afraid to say so.

9-11 is being spun as a mini “holocaust” – a cathartic event that “changed everything.” Illuminati Satanist Lady Gaga is  asking the question, “What will you do to remember?”

How about punishing the real perpetrators? An atrocity such as 9-11 does not require remembering. It requires justice!

The perps must be caught. Otherwise, they will continue these false flags in the form of “terrorist attacks,” oil spills, stock crashes, viruses and “natural” disasters.

The politicians who wax eloquent about 9-11 are among the main accomplices. You have to admire their cynicism and lying ability; no doubt it’s a job requirement.

This spectacle demonstrates that we live in a de facto Communist society where the means of production and weapons of mass deception are controlled by the State, a.k.a. the central bankers. Our “leadership” class are traitors who have sold their souls for “success.”

The 9-11 Commemoration is analogous to the JFK Assassination, where half the people at the funeral had foreknowledge of the hit and participated in the coverup.

THE OFFICIAL STORYLINE

The official 9-11 story has more holes than Swiss cheese. If this were a free and open society, there would be widespread and genuine interest in addressing the questions. Instead, there is repression and a cover-up.

I’m not going to review the questions again. I refer you to this review of David Ray Griffin’s new book,“9/11 – Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed.”

 I refer you to “9-11 For Dummies -Five Facts Everyone Should Know” which points to the absence of bodies or plane wreckage.

I refer you to 1600 architects and engineers who say the destruction of the WTC was a controlled demolition. WTC owner Larry Silverstein has admitted WTC7 was a controlled demolition.  Are we expected to believe the destruction of the Twin Towers wasn’t?

9-11 was perpetrated by the London-based Illuminati (Masonic) central bankers (Rothschilds, Rockefellers etc.) to advance their centuries-old plan for one-world-government (i.e. tyranny.) It was executed by the CIA, Mossad and elements within the US military and covered up by the political and media class who are mid level go’fers. They are accessories after the fact in this mass murder.

No one within the US Establishment was punished for allowing this mind boggling attack to occur. If it were not an inside job, there would have been hundreds of court martials and resignations beginning with G. W. Bush’s.

The mass media, whether government or “privately” owned have been discredited as mind control agents. Reporters and announcers are liars and traitors. All three original TV networks were founded by the Illuminati bankers. Fox is no different.

Americans suffer from Stockholm Syndrome. They are hostages who think that if they play along, the Illuminati bankers won’t harm them.

According to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the people are “accustomed to listening to us only who pay it for obedience and attention. In this way, we shall create a blind mighty force which will never be in a position to move in any direction without the guidance of our agents…The people will submit to this regime because it will know that upon these leaders will depend its earnings, gratification and the receipt of all kinds of benefits.” (Protocol 10)

Sounds like our vaunted freedom is really a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

CONCLUSION

I am sad about 9-11. The murder of more than 3,000 Americans has not been avenged.  9-11 is a litmus test, demonstrating how completely society has been subverted by a satanic cult, the Illuminati.

What remains for people like us? We must uphold the truth in the face of all scorn. But on a personal level, we shouldn’t exhaust ourselves by proselytizing. The truth does not go begging. We’ll share our knowledge when asked. Thus, we can have cordial relationships with everyone, including dupes. We were also dupes once.

We must live our lives as constructively as possible, grateful for the freedom and prosperity we still enjoy. We mustn’t be depressed by the human condition. Eventually the Illuminati will self-destruct. Evil is inherently dysfunctional.

Posted in 9/11 | Leave a comment

Oakland Children’s Museum Cancels Palestinian Children’s Art Exhibit Under Pressure from Local Jewish Groups

Berkeley, CA’s Middle East Children’s Alliance broke the news yesterday that the exhibit of children’s artwork from Gaza that they had worked on for months with Oakland’s Children’s Museum of Art was suddenly canceled by the board before the planned September 24 opening reception. The show featured drawings by children about Israel’s infamous Operation Cast Lead, the military assault of December 2008-January 2009 that led to the deaths of some 1,400 Palestinians, over 300 of them children.

(Check regularly at mecaforpeace.org for updates and planned actions- they won’t be taking this lying down.)

MECA said in a statement:

The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland (MOCHA) has decided to cancel an exhibit of art by Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), which was partnering with MOCHA to present the exhibit, was informed of the decision by the Museum’s board president on Thursday, September 8, 2011. For several months, MECA and the museum had been working together on the exhibit, which is titled “A Child’s View From Gaza.”

MECA has learned that there was a concerted effort by pro-Israel organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to pressure the museum to reverse its decision to display Palestinian children’s art.

Barbara Lubin, the Executive Director of MECA, expressed her dismay that the museum decided to censor this exhibit in contradiction of its mission “to ensure that the arts are a fundamental part of the lives of all children.”

“We understand all too well the enormous pressure that the museum came under. But who wins? The museum doesn’t win. MECA doesn’t win. The people of the Bay Area don’t win. Our basic constitutional freedom of speech loses. The children in Gaza lose,” she said.

“The only winners here are those who spend millions of dollars censoring any criticism of Israel and silencing the voices of children who live every day under military siege and occupation.”

Recognizing that the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council has an established track record of targeting Palestinian cultural expression, I wrote directly to JCRC Executive Director Doug Kahn to find out if they were involved in the board’s sudden decision to cancel the show. Indeed it seems they were, though perhaps not alone. This was his response in full:

East Bay JCRC, working closely with the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, shared with the leadership of MOCHA our concerns about the inappropriateness of this exhibit given the fact that MOCHA – an important and valued community institution – serves very young children.

(MOCHA has only stated that they received complaints “from Jewish groups as well as others in the community.”)

However, it doesn’t seem likely that this is about concerns for children’s sensitivities to war imagery. As the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out in its coverage of the incident today, MOCHA has a significant track record of showing the artwork of children living under war, including WWII, without incident. These images apparently aren’t substantively different.

This is, however, about giving voice to Palestinians-in this case children- who endured a simply extraordinary attack on an illegally captive population of 1.5 million people otherwise known as Operation Cast Lead.

The Israel government and its proxies pulled out all of the stops to undermine criticism of the Operation which drew nearly universal condemnation and triggered massive protest marches around the world. An unprecedented smear campaign was launched against a respected Jewish South African jurist named Richard Goldstone who led a UN task force examining Israeli and Hamas war crimes.

The canceling of the art show should be seen in the context of the Goldstone smear campaign, as well as previous successful efforts by a handful of Bay Area Jewish communal organizations to determine what Palestinians can and cannot say. (In contrast, exhibit organizer, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, enjoys significant Jewish support, and the Bay Area chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace is one of many exhibit co-sponsors.)

In 2007, the JCRC pressured San Francisco State University to change the content of a mural dedicated to the late great Palestinian intellectual Edward Said. It’s worth looking at the mural and then reading the JCRC’s critique to understand the depth of their fear of imagery that is so essential to Palestinian memory of fleeing or being expelled from their homes to make way for the then new state. It is odd, to put it mildly, to read Jewish communal professionals so closely aligned with the Israeli Consulate offering in depth art critiques of Palestinian symbolism in a policy-making capacity.

The JCRC was also involved in a deeply messy battle, along with the Anti-Defamation League, over the content of a San Francisco mural painted by young members of the nonprofit H.O.M.E.Y. which works with at-risk kids in San Francisco’s mission district. Not surprisingly, the groups’ insistence that they represented the vast majority of Jews in the Bay Area-an area known for its commitment to independent thought and open artistic expression– triggered significant Jewish opposition. And of course the JCRC is behind the highly controversial restrictive funding guidelines that essentially bar (or should I say threaten to bar) critics of Israel , including BDS proponents, from speaking prominently on panels of institutions funded in some way by San Francisco’s Jewish Federation.

But something tells me that this cancellation of Gazan children’s art, some of which you see here, may well cross a line for a lot of fence-sitters. While I reject the argument of parity that only applies to Palestinian stories, it certainly would have been wiser to lobby the MOCHA board to either work with MECA on adapting the exhibit or to hold an exhibit-like the Israeli government and others have – of artwork by the children of the Israeli city of Sderot rather than cancel the Gazan exhibit.  And to be fair, perhaps they were lobbied to do that but the board chose to wash their hands of the entire issue. We don’t know. I myself would have attended exhibits of children’s art from Gaza or Sderot, and brought my young son. But instead, we have what amounts to yet more erasure. The Israeli government has in essence locked the over 60% of Gazans who are children behind a wall and thrown away the key and forgotten entirely about them. Now the rest of us are supposed to forget about them too.

In the meantime, this must feel like deja vu all over again for MECA. Washington Report on Middle East Affairsreported about this incident in late 2005:

MECA had teamed up with the Berkeley Art Center and Alliance Graphics to present an exhibit last November and December called “Justice Matters: Artists Consider Palestine.” In their works 14 Palestinian and American artists addressed Israel’s occupation and colonization of Palestine.

The artists, MECA and the Berkeley Art Center were attacked by the Anti-Defamation League, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other people who claimed to represent the mainstream Jewish community. According to Jos Sances, curator of “Justice Matters,” “there was even an effort to close the show down and have the city withdraw its annual support for the Berkeley Art Center.”

Fourteen rabbis (one for each artist?) visited Berkeley’s mayor to condemn the exhibit. The artists were charged with glorifying violence and terrorism, perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes and even lying about their own history.

On the other hand, there was support from the community and e-mails to the Berkeley Art Center included comments like: “A powerful, scathing experience. Thank you for it” and “It was very thought provoking to see the other side.” Even an Israeli offered ”my admiration for your courage in showing this important protest art.”

MECA’s Barbara Lubin says the mayor of Berkeley stood up to pressure and the show went on. The level of denial about Israeli human rights violations has dropped so dramatically in many Jewish communities in recent years—synagogues everywhere across the country are split — that I wonder if 6 years later most of those rabbis would have the same response to challenging art. I suppose we’re about to find out.

Posted in Palestine | Leave a comment

Islam and Europe: An Equal and Opposite Reaction

by Eric Walberg / August 18th, 2011

Ramadan exemplifies the powerful spiritual calling of Islam. Dry fasting is more a test of the spirit, the will, proof of devotion, than just some health gimmick. And it is precisely this cultivation of mass “mind over matter” that frustrates Western secularists, so used to indulging every consumer fetish on a whim. Why are Muslims so stubborn in nurturing ancient beliefs and rituals when they fly in the face of modern capitalist society? Secular critics dismiss Islam as a harmful, even dangerous anachronism. Why disrupt one’s busy day five times to pray, slow down the whole economic order for an entire month every year, ban alcohol and interest — the bedrock of Western society?

Yet the now rich and self-satisfied secular West, after centuries of conquest and imposition of its colonial and now neocolonial order, has found itself at a nightmarish deadend. Wars, riots, drug addiction, corruption, famine, ecological Armageddon … There is little to cheer for and no coherent explanation for the impasse and the way forward. So the demand that the Muslim world follow in Western footsteps rings hollow.

For non-believers, there are social laws that can help to understand Islam’s continued relevance. One is Mayer Rothschild’s dictum: “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” The other is Carl Clausewitz’s “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” Together, they point to the underlying economic and political problems which have led to the current crisis. In a nutshell, the dominance of banks (as opposed to governments representing the popular will) in controlling economic affairs has created a world where politics serves their particular needs (interest and profit), and the politics which promotes the interests of banks is — just look around — war and speculation (read: pillage and theft).

This is the “logic” underlying modern Western society, especially in the past three decades, with the alternative to capitalism, the Soviet Union, now dismantled, discredited, and more or less absorbed into the Western economic order. This triumph over the “enemy” left the field open to the Rothschild-Clausewitz mechanism. Electoral democracy is vaunted, but is a threadbare facade, for while the popular will consistently rejects war and banker hegemony, no political party is able to get elected to represent this popular will.

Believers need no explanation for the why and how of Islam and the devilish deadend the West now faces. Islam advocates a social order where there are no one-sided usurers using their monopoly on money to control economics and politics, a social order where peace (Islam) is the highest attainment of society, the goal of all “policy”, to which all should submit. If presented with the choice between the current chaos and the true Islamic alternative, there is little doubt that the Islamic alternative would be the overwhelming choice of the common people, both in Europe and America, despite the fact that Muslims represent only 2-8 per cent of the population in the West.

Of course, this social order is the ideal. The history of Islam witnessed periods of benign and far-from-benign rule. It began with military victories and the spreading of the Caliphate from Atlantic to Pacific. The majority of conquered peoples decided to adopt this powerful religion, converting from polytheism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism, though, contrary to Western prejudice, not “by the sword”. Throughout the various Islamic political orders, Christians, Jews and others continued to profess their faiths, enjoying a peaceful coexistence with Muslims. There was no period of imperial conquest and genocide equivalent to the Western imperial order from the fifteenth century to today.

The westward march of Islam was stopped in Spain and on the fringes of Byzantium by Emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century. The Iberian peninsula — Al-Andalus — was the pearl of Islamic civilisation from 711 to 1492, as a province of the Umayyad Caliphate, and later the Caliphate of Cordoba and the Emirate of Granada.

Islamophobes portray Europe today as in danger of a new Muslim conquest, politicians and mass media egging on the likes of Norway’s Anders Breivik, who calls for the ethnic cleansing of all Muslims from Europe, much like Christian conquerors expelled Muslims and Jews following the reconquest of Spain in the fifteenth century. But consider for a moment the legacy of Moorish Spain. This period saw Muslims, Jews, and Christians living in harmony, creating a prosperous, peaceful society, a highpoint in Spain’s history. Under the Caliphate of Cordoba, Al-Andalus became a beacon of learning, and the city of Cordoba became one of the leading cultural and economic centres in both the Mediterranean basin and the Islamic world.

As part of the Alliance of Civilisations, Spain is now rediscovering this Golden Age before the Christian re-conquest of Spain, which saw the torture, murder, forced conversion and expulsion of Muslims and Jews, and the genocide of New World Indigenous peoples following the “discovery” of the continent by Christopher Columbus. While Al-Andalus lasted eight centuries, the post-Islamic period of Spain has lasted only six centuries, and suffers poorly in comparison to the Islamic Golden Age that preceded it.

This was acknowledged by Spain’s current leader, Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, when he co-sponsored the Alliance of Civilisations along with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2005, as a way to “bridge the divide” between the West and Islam, through projects in youth, education, media, and migration. Forums have been held in Madrid (2008), Istanbul (2009) and Rio de Janiero (2010).

Given the current tyranny of money that characterised Western civilisation, it is not surprising that the Zapatero/ Erdogan attempt at bringing peace and understanding among the founding faiths of Spain and the Middle East is greeted with sneers and resentment by Israel and its supporters in the West. Israel-firsters such as Soeren Kern twist the positive moves to bring East and West together as a cover for “Muslim countries in the Persian Gulf and North Africa funnelling large sums of money to radical Islamic groups in towns and cities across Spain”.

But there is a more enduring dialectic at work in Europe. Despite the Israel lobby’s energetic efforts to blacken Islam, the wave of revulsion against Israeli apartheid continues to grow throughout Europe, but especially in Spain. Ilan Pappe describes how all Israeli ambassadors to Europe are more than glad to end their terms, complaining about their inability to speak in campuses and whining about the overall hostile atmosphere in Europe these days. The Israeli ambassador to Spain, Raphael Schutz, just finished his term in Madrid, and in an op-ed in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition, he summarised what he termed as a very dismal stay, charging that he was the victim of local and ancient anti-Semitism, comparing the situation to the Inquisition of five centuries ago.

In “Why the Spanish hate us”, Schutz states that the people of Spain are anti-Israeli because subconsciously they are anti-Semitic and still approve of the Inquisition. He ignores the fact that the Muslims were the main victims of the Inquisition, that Jews fought and suffered side by side with their Muslim allies as the Christian invaders flooded into Spain. Claiming that Spaniards who criticise Israel are racist and motivated by 500-year-old Christian bigotry rather than by Israeli’s criminal policies is just a feeble attempt at hasbara(public diplomacy) by desperate Israeli diplomats who have long ago lost the moral battle in Europe.

 

***** 

The Kerns and Schutzes are supported by Spain’s real latterday Inquisition, the National Intelligence Center (CNI), which published a report in July, warning of tens of millions of dollars coming to Spain from Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to support Muslims, and calling for close monitoring of these funds. The CNI’s report hinted that the money would be used to promote Islamic courts, remove girls from schools, and encourage forced marriages. The Spanish government’s knee-jerk response was to call for all donations from the Gulf Arab states to be channelled through a government-controlled “Islamic Commission of Spain”.

The CNI pointed to the Kuwaiti government’s funding of the construction of mosques in Catalonia, from which Islamic preachers are supposedly “spreading a religious interpretation that opposes the integration of Muslims into Spanish society and promotes the separation and hate towards non-Muslim groups.” Qatari donations are made through the Islamic League for Dialogue and Coexistence in Spain, a group the CNI says is “linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria”.

While the CNI talks only of the need to monitor funds, such as Kern argue that this is all part of a conspiracy by Muslim countries to take back Spain. He points to “the UAE, together with Libya [sic] and Morocco”, which paid for the construction of the Great Mosque of Granada. Says Abdel Haqq Salaberria, a spokesman for the mosque: “It will act as a focal point for the Islamic revival in Europe. It is a symbol of a return to Islam among the Spanish people and among indigenous Europeans.” Worse yet for Islamophobes, Muslims in Cordoba are demanding that the Spanish government allow them to worship in the main cathedral, which was originally the Great Mosque of Al-Andalus and is now a World Heritage Site.

Pointing to Saudi financing of the construction of Islamic Cultural Centres and mosques in Madrid and elsewhere, Kern conjures up the Saudi Wahhabi bugaboo, arguing that most Muslim immigrants in Spain are poor, and their low standard of living and low level of education make them susceptible to Saudi propaganda, ignoring the fact that Saudi Arabia is a close ally of the US, that Wahhabism is the quietist brand of Islam, and the only real way to improve the security situation is to raise the standard of living and level of education of the poor.

Despite such cries of “Wolf!”, attempts to reintegrate Islam into the fabric of Spanish culture are proceeding. Morocco recently co-sponsored a seminar in Barcelona titled “Muslims and European Values”, explaining that the construction of big mosques would be “a useful formula” to fight Islamic fundamentalism in Spain. According to Noureddine Ziani, a Barcelona-based Moroccan imam: “It is easier to disseminate fundamentalist ideas in small mosques set up in garages, than in large mosques that are open to everyone.” Using this logic, Spain should welcome more Libyan funding of Great Mosques, rather than participate in NATO’s efforts to destroy the Libyan state and create real grounds for terrorism.

Ziani also said that Islamic values are compatible with European values and that the so-called Western “Judeo-Christian” civilisation is really an “Islamo-Christian” one. The cultural construct “Judeo-Christian heritage” entered the English language only in the 1940s as a reaction to Nazism, and is used by the imperial elite in its “clash of civilizations” targeting Islam. A concept useful to a largely Christian empire where Jewish elites play a powerful role, but one which is rejected by serious scholars, both Christian and Jewish. Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner calls it a “secular myth favoured by people who are not really believers themselves”. Not only Ziani but American scholars such as Richard Bulliet argue for the use of “Islamo-Christian” to characterise Western civilisation.

Spain suffered several terrorist bombings in the wake of 9/11, notably the 2004 11-M bombings in Madrid, but no evidence was ever presented to suggest Al-Qaeda or Muslims were the perpetrators. Many observers point to Basque and other independence movements as the culprits, or even the Spanish police themselves as part of a false-flag operation. The reality of Spain today is not the existence of any external threat from Islam, but on the contrary, domestic unrest due to the economic crisis and political paralysis.

This gloomy situation prompted concerned young people to boycott Spain’s elections in May and — ironically — emulate their largely Muslim Arab Spring heroes by constructing tent cities in protest at the lack of meaningful democracy. Just as Egyptian revolutionaries borrowed techniques from their Western counterparts to throw off their taskmasters, so Spaniards are emulating them in turn — a true Alliance of Civilisations. European, US and Canadian youth are also impressed by the endurance, the resolution of Palestinians in the face of Israel and its supporters, a 21st-century Judeo-Christian Inquisition persecuting Muslims, not only in Palestine, but in so-called Eurabia and North America.

The Islamophobes turn the truth on its head, attacking the Alliance of Civilisations as a “one-way bridge” undermining European society. But the West’s relations with the Muslim world show just the opposite — the West has invaded and continues to try to shape the Muslim world to meet capitalism’s requirements. That Muslims stubbornly hold to their beliefs and traditions is an important contribution to the search for a way forward for a crisis-ridden world.

Britain’s riots prove that Muslims are a boon to European society, being inherently peaceful and law-abiding. Muslims from the East London Mosque and the Islamic Forum Europe played an important role in helping to fight the looting and preserve public safety. Three Muslims died in Birmingham defending shops from looters, though in the media they were merely called Asians. “When accused of terrorism we are Muslims, when killed by looters, we become Asian,” a Muslim student told Al-Jazeerah bitterly.

Rather than the “clash of civilisations” advocated by Islamophobes, those who seek social and economic justice can find inspiration in the eternal truths of Islam, looking to Europe’s own Islamo-Christian heritage — past and present — to discover an alliance of civilisations that rejects war, theft, moral degeneration and racism. This is the lesson that Ramadan offers to the West today.

Eric Walberg is a journalist who worked in Uzbekistan and is now writing for Al-Ahram Weekly in Cairo. Read other articles by Eric, orvisit Eric’s website.

Posted in Religion, Socity | Leave a comment