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Suddenly Israel Wants Peace Talks

Suddenly Israel Wants Peace Talks

UN Unanimously Ratifies Iran Nuclear Deal and the US Congress needs to review it and approve it.

The highest decision making body of the United Nations unanimously adopted on Monday a resolution that will allow the entry into force within 90 days of the recent agreement between Iran and five other western nations, including China, the US, France, Britain, Russia and Germany.

According to the text, seven UN resolutions on Iran -and with them many sanctions- will cease to be effective as soon as the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies that the country has met certain essential conditions included in the agreement.

Among other things, Iran must dismantle in the coming weeks two thirds of its centrifuges and reduce its enriched uranium reserves, about 12,000 kilos to 300 kilos.

According to the terms negotiated, Tehran will dispose of nuclear material which is estimated to be “enough to produce about ten atomic bombs” according to the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power.

After checking those first steps, most of the sanctions imposed on Iran in the last few years will disappear.

However, some measures against Iran will remain in force, including the arms embargo, which will be kept for five years, and the import ban on compounds for ballistic missiles, which will last eight more years. In addition, the Security Council established a new mechanism for placing sanctions back if Tehran violates the pact.

According to the text, if the Board receives a complaint of non-compliance, sanctions will be reapplied within 30 days, unless the highest body of the UN votes a resolution that says otherwise. The system prevents that no country uses its veto power to prevent the reintroduction of punishments.

Pressure on the US Congress

Monday’s approval was taken for granted, but the ways and times of the vote have bothered some members of the United States Congress. Both Republicans and Democrats who do not support the nuclear agreement complained that the UN vote should have taken place after the US Congress could vote it or reject it.

The argument was that the adoption by the UN put pressure on the US Congress to decide whether President Barack Obama can lift the sanctions on Iran.

The Obama administration has tried to mediate in this clash of legitimacies between the Council of the UN in New York and Congress in Washington.

Lawmakers have 60 days from Monday to review the agreement, although the Vienna document will not take effect until 90 days after the UN vote. That month margin was a demand for US negotiators to meet with Congress, explained on Sunday the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Asked about the Council vote, Obama said on Monday that Congress should trust and “pay attention” to the “broad consensus” of the international community and that of experts.

On Sunday, in an interview with ABC, Kerry argued that, despite the UN vote, lawmakers have broad ability to analyze the agreement. The veteran former senator considered “presumptuous” to think that the other signatory countries -Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China- have anything to tell the US Congress regarding how to vote.

Republican Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio criticized on Monday that US security was “outsourced” to the UN and that Obama looked for the “seal of approval from Russia and China to agree before members of the Administration could explain the agreement to Congress “.

New Peace Talks

While most of the international community is backing up the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel is supposedly carrying out efforts to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians. That is what the Minister of Interior of Israel, Silvan Shalom, said on Monday.

“We would like to resume talks immediately and unconditionally,” said the minister during a meeting with a group of journalists, in which he said that “there have been some recent efforts”, though he declined to elaborate.

The last negotiation process between Israelis and Palestinians sponsored by Washington ended without results in April 2014.

Shalom’s statement coincided with a visit to Israel by US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, who also defended the Iranian nuclear agreement.

“We are trying to see how to proceed,” said Shalom, after mentioning that the Palestinians are demanding what he called “goodwill gestures”. He then criticized the Palestinians for conducting “unilateral acts” like going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to denounce Israeli actions.

Peace negotiations were largely derailed by Israel’s refusal to halt construction in Jewish settlements and since then, the Palestinian leadership has signed accession treaties to dozens of international agencies, including the ICC, seeking international recognition and the judgement of Israeli military operations which are considered by many crimes of war.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Israel Approves 20 Year Prison Terms For Stone Throwers

© Ammar Awad / Reuters

© Ammar Awad / Reuters

The Israeli Knesset has overwhelmingly passed a new law that radically toughens punishments for people who throw stones – a tactic that is predominantly used by Palestinian protesters.

Sixty-nine deputies voted for the bill, which was approved in the second and third reading, following hours of heated debate on Monday night, with 17 parliamentarians opposing it, the majority of whom were Muslim.

“Tolerance toward terrorists ends today. A stone-thrower is a terrorist and only a fitting punishment can serve as a deterrent and just punishment,”said the architect of the new legislation, Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is a member of the ultra-Zionist and religious Jewish Home party.

Shaked, Israel's new Justice Minister, attends a ceremony at the Justice Ministry in Jerusalem

The law prescribes a sentence of 10 years if prosecutors are unable to prove harmful intent from the stone thrower, and 20 years, if it is clear that the attacker desired to cause bodily harm. Additionally, jail terms of up to five years will be handed down to those who “obstruct”police activity by throwing stones, and target law enforcement vehicles. It will only be effective within Israel’s official borders, and not in the occupied territories.

About 1,000 people are charged with stone-throwing by Israeli courts every year, with most facing punishments of between several months and two years. Shaked said the sentences were “very soft”and argued that the previous legislation placed the onus on the prosecutors to prove intent.

“Anyone who throws stones at cars or people has to assume someone will get hurt,”she previously explained, when giving a rationale for the new legislation, which was initially proposed by her predecessor Tzipi Livni last year.

The bloc of Arab MPs was incensed by the new law.

“Imagine bringing before a truly just judge the stone thrower as well as those responsible for him throwing the stones. Who would the judge put in jail? The one destroying the stone thrower’s home, expropriating lands, killing his brother, or the boy who threw a stone?”said Jamal Zahalka from the Arab Joint List, The Times of Israel reported.

Palestinians hurl stones during clashes with Israeli police during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz

“You are picking on the person who responded to the major injustices – such hypocrisy. Those who demolish homes receive medals, but the boy who’s anger is justified is imposed with punishments. There is no justice in this law.”

Fellow Arab deputy Ahmad Tibi argued that the law was more likely to be applied to Palestinians than Israelis. Tibi also noted that Palestinian demonstrators were already vulnerable to disproportionate use of force from the authorities, which regularly open fire with live ammo at heated demonstrations.

“Every single one of you knows that the punishment of a Palestinian, even if he throws a non-lethal stone, is a death sentence,”said Tibi.

The law has been described “racist”by Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoner Club, an organization providing assistance to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

“This law is hateful and contradicts the most basic rule that the punishment fit the offense,” Fares said, as cited by Reuters.

Capture

Over the past decades, stone-throwing has become an iconic form of resistance and protest by Palestinians, with clashes between the IDF and stone-throwing youth in West Bank and east Jerusalem often making the headlines.

Rock-throwing also regularly occurs alongside West Bank roads. Israeli settlers in the disputed region have also used the tactic in their own clashes with the IDF. Three Israeli citizens, including a baby, have been killed by pelted rocks since 2011 in the West Bank.

Source: RT

Discovered: The Reason Why The Blood Moons Are Here? (VIDEO)

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By now many of you are aware of the “heavenly sign” known as the Blood Moon Tetrad. If not, the Blood Moon Tetrad is a series of four consecutive lunar eclipses (blood colored moons) coinciding on Jewish Holidays with six full moons in between. They began April 2014 and end September 28, 2015. Many biblical scholars believe that Acts 2:20 reveals this is one of the signs that will happen “before the great and noble coming of the Lord.”

Much speculation has risen as to why these blood moons have arrived, and history tells us that each time a blood moon tetrad has arrived a major event transpired either a year or two after or before a Tetrad.  With this in mind I believe I might have uncovered the reason why they have arrived in our generation.

Obama, the United Nations, and the Vatican are all planning on forcing Israel to agree to their terms sometime this year, or else go to war. There are two critical treaties that are being tabled for Israel at this very moment. Obama has one and the United Nation has one as well, which both fit perfectly together. Once you hear the link between these two treaties, you’ll be floored by where we are really headed. We could be looking at the reason the blood moons have arrived! Please don’t miss this breaking prophetic report…

Check Out The Sources:

Obama Warns Putin “Israel Is Next”: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1890.htm

EU Times: http://www.eutimes.net/2015/07/obama-warns-putin-israel-is-next-after-historic-iran-nuke-agreement/

Iran Nuke Deal: https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/2165399/full-text-of-the-iran-nuclear-deal.pdf

Nuke Deal Breakdown: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/parametersforajointcomprehenisveplanofaction.pdf

UN: http://beforeitsnews.com/prophecy/2015/07/another-critical-event-coming-in-september-one-youve-not-heard-before-that-will-impact-you-greatly-2471016.html

NPT: http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/NPT.shtml


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Greater Israel Setback From Iranian Agreement

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Israel has never been a victim. Zionist belligerents work diligently to expand their control in the region. This objective is not widely accepted in mainstream political circles since critical criticism is a risky endeavor when confronting truth to power. The turmoil in Egypt and subsequent regime change, the over throw and elimination of Gaddafi in Libya and the ongoing Israeli ISIL induced conflict in Syria all benefit the Khazar usurpers. Well before the NeoCons commandeered U.S. foreign policy, Jewish influence over their Congressional puppets and administration stooges was prevalent, awaiting the time when U.S. forces would be used to serve the designs of Zionism inroads. 

In order to understand the objective, take the time to review the analysis of Israel’s Grand Design: Leaders Crave Area from Egypt to Iraq. 

“America-firster used The American Mercury magazine to warn of the danger posed by Zionism and its rule of Washington and the Mideast. John Henshaw wrote this article shortly after Israel laid claim to the annexed land during 1967 Arab-Israeli war. This article first appeared in the spring of 1968.” 

“The grandiose idea of an Israeli empire controlling the Middle East is now for the first time arousing great popular enthusiasm among Jews everywhere in the world.” 

For all practical purposes, Iraq no longer exists as a country. Back in the 1980’s the Iraq-Iran War presented an opportunity to use Saddam Hussein to destroy the Ayatollah Khomeini Revolutionary Guard theocratic junta. When the CIA induced coup d’état installed the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran was the darling of détente. “Insofar as Pahlavi’s Iran is concerned, even oppositional circles in the 1960s and 1970s had a complex and sometimes favorable approach to the State of Israel.” 

After the Iranian revolution, the rhetoric heated up to the point that Iran was demonized as the new Hitlerian scourge. Israel claims that Iran was an existential threat never resonated with objective observers, since the Zionist State was the military power that developed a vast nuclear arsenal.  

However, Israeli interests for expansion or dominating proxy neighbors now confronted a counterbalance from Iran. 

With the tentative P5 + 1 Iranian agreement that set forth, in principle, Iran’s right to pursue a nuclear energy program has Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu screaming: “one of the darkest days in world history”. 

Kenneth M. Pollack from the Brookings Institute offers a projection for Israeli response in the article, Regional implications of a nuclear agreement with Iran. 

“First, I suspect that the Israelis will ramp up their covert campaign against Iran and its nuclear program. More Iranian scientists may get mysteriously assassinated in Tehran. More sensitive Iranian facilities might blow up. More computer viruses might plague Iranian networks. More money might find its way to Iranian democracy activists and ethnic minorities. Of course, even then, the Israelis may show some restraint: the Iranians are believed to have greatly improved their own cyberwar capabilities, and even a right-wing Israeli government might not want to provoke a harsh Iranian response that affected Israel’s civilian economy.

Second, I think it pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Israelis will also seek greatly expanded U.S. aid in response to a nuclear deal with Iran. In particular, it will look to improve its capability to strike Iranian targets, to defeat retaliatory missile and rocket attacks by Iran or its allies, and to ensure that Israel has a secure second-strike capability. More F-35s, greater funding for Israel’s Arrow anti-ballistic missile and Iron Dome anti-rocket systems, more capable bunker-busting munitions—these all seem like certain Israeli requests. But Jerusalem may well ask for other weapons and capabilities previously denied it, both because it may feel a strategic need for such enhanced capabilities and because it may believe that the U.S. will be more willing to provide them to secure Jerusalem’s (grudging) acquiescence to the deal.

Finally, a nuclear deal with Iran could push Israel to become more aggressive in its own neighborhood—or to take advantage of the situation to do so. The Israelis will doubtless argue that the deal has made them feel less safe, and therefore less willing to take risks on other security matters, particularly developments with the Palestinians, but potentially in Syria and Lebanon as well. (The Israelis are very comfortable with the Egyptian and Jordanian governments and are unlikely to take actions that would undermine them or diminish their cooperation with Israel.) For instance, in the wake of a nuclear deal, Israel may look to smash Hizballah and/or Hamas in Gaza again to convince them not to mount new attacks against Israel once their old Iranian allies (a strained relationship in the case of Hamas) begin coming out from under the sanctions and possibly flexing their muscles across the region.”

Supporting concurrence for the first response comes from the report, Iran ‘thwarts Mossad attempt to assassinate nuclear scientist’. 

“Tehran has long accused Israel’s Mossad of running a campaign to assassinate Iran’s nuclear scientists and thus slow down the nuclear program. At least five Iranian scientists have been murdered, mostly by bombs planted in their cars, but no Israeli agents have been caught.” 

Doubters that the Zionists are not behind continuing their regional covert warfare is provided in the essay, Israeli Special Forces Assassinated Senior Syrian Official.

“The internal National Security Agency document, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is the first official confirmation that the assassination of Suleiman was an Israeli military operation, and ends speculation that an internal dispute within the Syrian government led to his death.” 

As for the second alternative, the rush to increase military assistance begins. U.S. Offers to Help Israel Bolster Defenses, Yet Iran Nuclear Deal Leaves Ally Uneasy, might well mean that the Israeli Lobby will work overtime to extract more shekels from their American indentured servants.

“In Israel, the question was not whether the deal would be followed by a robust new military aid package from Washington, but rather when such discussions would commence and what might be on the shopping list. Isaac Herzog, the leader of the opposition in Parliament, said Tuesday night that he would soon travel to the United States “to advance a package of security measures to suit the new situation.” 

Lastly, the preverbal spin has Israel Strikes Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire. How long will it be before Iran is linked to such a threatening first strike raid? The reality is that “last summer’s war between Israel and the Hamas group in Gaza, more than 2,200 Palestinians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, were killed. The war disrupted the lives of millions of people as they coped with rocket attacks and air-raid sirens.” 

It would be easy to assume that the Iranian agreement is a severe setback for Israel. All the same the fallout from prospects that possible Iranian nukes will rival Iran’s claim that Israel has 400 nuclear weapons, anytime soon is far-off.

When Pravda asks, NATO to turn missile defenses against Russia?, Israel is likely to want the same capacity. 

“NATO’s missile defense systems, rolled out in 2010, “were designed to protect against a limited threat like Iran, not a threat like Russia,” according to Friedrich Wilhelm Ploeger, who until recently served as deputy commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command.” 

The proliferation of defense systems is more likely than the deployment of offensive missiles coming out of Iran. Israel will never enhance their own security, when they persist on escalating aggressive covert actions as they certainly advance their own death wish by planning a bombing campaign on Iranian nuclear targets. 

A Greater Israel attitude is diametrically opposed to the true existential interests of Jews. Jewish residents are in more danger from their own Likudniks sociopaths than the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

Eternal conflict bears unending combat. Only when an equable resolution to the Palestine exile is adopted that return the Israeli borders to the original pre 1967 boundaries, can there be any prospects for a lasting peace. 

As sincere and knowable observers will attest, peace has never been the goal for the Zionists. It is because of this fact that the world communities of nations are so wary of dealing with Israel.  

The Obama administration has been a miserable failure on so many fronts. However, the one dramatic potential accomplishment would be breaking the Zionist grip of blackmail and extortion used to further their zealot agenda, which has so gravely injured our own nation.  

The Rogue Terrorism for a Greater Israel explains.  

“The self-justification by Zionists for enhancing strategic security enlargement of territory never deals with the central issues. The entire concept of a homogeneous “Jewish State” under a secular Zionist regime, mocks the notion of religious faithfulness to the teaching in the Torah. The meaning of a “Greater Israel” has little to do with devotion of Jehovah.”  

The Middle East will always be held hostage to Zionism as long as humanity refuses to face up to the reign of terror that defiles the actual religious scriptures in the Old Testament. Following the Talmud is unorthodox and conflicts with the beliefs of the Jewish Torah.  A Eretz Israel is not God’s will.


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Israel Controls ISIS – Proven By Computer Hack Of Israeli Chief Of Staff? (VIDEO)

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Israel controls ISIS.

Many have long suspected the connection, given that ISIS serves the Zionist agenda so well, but now we may have more proof. According to Veterans Today, hackers were recently able to get access to several months of personal computer data and mobile phone calls of Israeli Chief of Staff under Netanyahu, Manzar (Mandi) al-Safadi. The hack allegedly revealed that al-Safadi had been communicating and cutting deals with many Lebanese personalities and Syrian opposition figures who cooperated with Israel in the Syrian crisis. The hackers allegedly found information which helped them to gain “valuable intelligence on Israel’s supports for terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.” (Note: I have been unable to personally verify the claims of hacking by reading the documents, since Google translator says the page is too large to translate).

 

The ISIS Game is Up

For those paying attention, we have been inundated with clues that the whole ISIS phenomenon is a massive fraud. In a Freudian slip Obama recently stated that “with the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up the training of ISIL forces”. ISIL is another of ISIS’ many names. Earlier in the year, there were reports that Israel was attending to wounded ISIS soldiers in Israeli hospitals. The spin put on that by the Zionist-owned press was that Israel was so generous and magnanimous that it even cares for its enemies, a ridiculous lie designed to cover the fact that Israel controls ISIS. Even the alleged head of ISIS, Al-Baghdadi (accused of being a Mossad double agent), died in an Israeli hospital!

What about this piece of information that ISIS is another name for the Mossad, i.e. that it stands for Israeli Secret Intelligence Service?

The ISIS game is up. The official narrative is simply far too much to believe. As Bernie Suarez humorously writes:

“According to U.S. “intelligence sources” mouthpieces, ISIS has [professional camera and image editing software and skills] including social media capabilities. Amazingly, these covered-face killers have unraveled the secret of how to outsmart every world power including the U.S. Empire with regard to every form of communication. They have stomped out the U.S. military, NSA, CIA, NATO, U.N. and the intelligence of Israel, U.K. and every other nation that surrounds them …”

“ISIS is so close to Israel, they may attack Israel any given day … The big Israel attack would gain them all the PR and Marketing they need … The irony gets even crazier here. According to U.S. politicians pushing the ISIS psyop narrative, ISIS is not only unwilling to attack Israel, which they could do in a day or two, they instead prefer to make plans to travel all the way to the other side of the world to attack the world’s most powerful Empire of all time. Yes, they would rather risk getting caught, imprisoned or killed traveling halfway around the world than to go for an easy quick strike at Israel.”

How ISIS Helps the Zionist Regime of Israel

It’s very clear that ISIS serves the Zionist agenda well. That alone has been the giveaway to know that Israel controls ISIS. Just look what ISIS does. ISIS terrorists run around the Middle Eastern Islamic countries, beheading, killing, raping and pillaging, stealing land and resources, overthrowing and dividing sovereign nations and – most of all – setting Muslim against Muslim. And as ISIS runs around the desert like a headless chicken, the Western public gets thoroughly conditioned to believe in the threat of Islamic terrorism, with the added assistance of Israeli front groups like SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities) who produce clean-cut, green-screen and entirely fake beheadings.

Meanwhile, miraculously, ISIS never seems to threaten Israel. You would think that Israel would be a logical target of hatred for a group of extreme Muslims out to form their own State or Caliphate. Yet Israel never gets attacked or touched. ISIS does, however, foment tremendous and horrific infighting among Muslims and weaken many Islamic nations, so that they are too disconnected to unite together to stand up to real threat in the region – Zionist Israel, financially owned by the Rothschilds and militarily backed by the US.

Israel, the Missing Piece of the Puzzle in the Middle Eastern Crisis

Israel is the missing piece of the puzzle. Israel controls ISIS and many other aspects of geopolitics, being the personal country of the Rothschilds, the richest family on Earth.

Israel is the missing piece of the puzzle. Israel controls ISIS and many other aspects of geopolitics, being the personal country of the Rothschilds, the richest family on Earth.

Just as a reminder, Israel:

– Has continuously expanded its territory by stealing land, eradicating villages and committing genocide against a sovereign people (the Palestinians);

– Has infiltrated the governments of almost all the major countries of the world, e.g. USA, Britain, France, Germany, Australia and Canada (as well as the United Nations) to the point where it dictates their foreign (and sometimes even domestic) policy;

– Attacked the USS Liberty in 1967 (even though the US and Israel were supposed allies at the time) with unmarked aircraft;

– Was intimately involved in the planning and execution of the 9/11 false flag operation;

– Has consistently lied and exaggerated the threat of the Iranian nuclear intentions, while harboring a nuclear arsenal of its own, and refusing to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty;

– Is behind the invention and creation of radical Islam, Islamic terrorism, Islamophobia and the demonization of Islam.

Given all that and much more, how much of a surprise is it that Israel controls ISIS too?

The ISIS Psy-op Has Come Unravelled

Much like the single Islamic terrorist bogeyman Osama Bin Laden, and the Islamic terrorist group bogeyman Al-Qaeda, ISIS is another psy-op (psychological operation) designed to prop up the failing and fake war on terror. We know that the Bushes were close buddies with the Bin Ladens; we know that Al-Qaeda was a CIA creation and literally means “the database” in Arabic. Remember what Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said:

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .”

ISIS is the latest installment of deceptive propaganda, but it’s not working. Many have seen right through it. We know, with proof, that Israel controls ISIS. How long until a critical mass realizes it and looks instead at the real puppet-master Israel?

Sources:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/07/11/hack-of-netanyahu-chief-of-staff-shows-israeli-control-of-isis/

http://media.farsnews.com/media/Uploaded/Files/Documents/1394/04/18/13940418000252.pdf

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2NkjNvwuaU

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/04/27/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-dies-in-israeli-hospital/

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OF5Gr086kw

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/09/10-signs-that-isis-is-scripted-psyop.html

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/09/probing-site-intelligence-group.html


Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of the global conspiracy, from vaccines to Zionism to false flag operations and more, and also including info on natural health, sovereignty and higher consciousness.

Like Israel, U.S. Should Ban Fluoride Amid Health Concerns

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By: Jason Uttley |

Thyroid Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia & Neurotoxicity Top List of Adverse Effects.

Nearly half a century after Minnesota passed legislation requiring the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies, fluoride is under fire due to health concerns.[i]  Evidence that the additive is not only a contributor to the epidemic of thyroid dysfunction, but also a likely neurotoxin linked to a range of conditions associated with cognitive impairment, has come as a shock, even to members of the scientific community who have reviewed the growing research.[ii] On Aug. 26, 2014, faced with such disturbing evidence, Israel’s Health Minister Yael German ordered an end to the practice of water fluoridation.[iii] While German has been criticized for her decisive action, the move comes as little surprise to the handful of experts in the U.S. who have been aware of the dangers associated with fluoride for years.

Reversing course on water fluoridation

Despite safety assurances from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who have long advocated dumping fluoride into the water supply in the interest of dental health, new studies have made it hard to deny the evidence of long-term damage from fluoride ingestion.

Studies that showed lower IQ levels in children exposed to too much fluoride received little attention initially, even as additional research demonstrated a gradual build-up of fluoride in specific areas of the brain.[iv] [v] [vi] That changed when the Head of Neurotoxicology at the one of America’s most prestigious dental research facilities, the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute, confirmed that cognitive impairment from fluoride appears very real indeed.[vii]

By the time investigative journalist Christopher Bryson brought the story of neurotoxicologist Dr. Phyllis Mullenix into the public eye, with his 2004 book The Fluoride Deception, U.S. scientists had already uncovered similar studies that pointed to the same disturbing conclusion.[viii] [ix] The EPA confirmed that even at the so-called “optimal” level of 1 part per million — a concentration widely accepted for water fluoridation programs in most states — the cumulative effect of fluoride on humans is deleterious, at times resulting in brain and kidney damage.[x]

As with the majority of Americans, most officials failed to take the issue seriously at first due to decades of promotion that had convinced nearly everyone that fluoride had been proven safe to swallow. Massive marketing campaigns by the ADA, CDC and others equated fluoride opposition to quackery and conspiracy theories, which in-turn were messages reinforced by a media whose health stories have long been generated by a handful of journalists overly reliant on talking points provided by public health officials.

Those charged with reviewing the emerging evidence were among the first to realize that both the scientific community and general public had been profoundly misled regarding the safety of fluoride.  As health officials slowly began to accept the evidence presented by their own scientists, they faced the daunting task of overcoming public perception, which their predecessors and colleagues had helped shape.

Ending fluoridation with no reason would inevitably trigger an avalanche of criticism not only from the dental community with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, but from the media and public as well. On the other hand, completely revealing the full extent of scientific concerns might not only trigger widespread outrage, but a profound loss of trust in the institutions responsible.  Health officials on opposite sides of the Atlantic decided to address this catch-22 scenario in very different ways.

Israel’s Health Minister German decided, in the fall of 2014, to be relatively forthcoming about some of the growing concerns when she implemented the recommendation of scientists by fully halting fluoridation.  By contrast, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius decided, in the winter of 2011, on a much less transparent approach. 

What the U.S. announcement failed to mention

In January of 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made national headlines by issuing a joint recommendation to significantly lower the concentration of fluoride in water.[xi] For Minnesota and some cold weather states, which maintain even higher levels in water, that proposal would cut the fluoride concentration by more than 40 percent, from 1.2 to 0.7 parts per million.

News of the Jan. 7, 2011, public announcement to draw down fluoride levels in the U.S. water supply was delivered to many by way of journalist, Mike Stobbe, whose articles on the subject appeared in newspapers across the United States, including both major newspapers in Minnesota.[xii] [xiii] [xiv]  Reports made it clear the ADA supported the decision to reduce fluoride levels. However, just four days later, the ADA informed HHS Secretary Sebelius that they were “very disturbed” to find out that the Dept of Health and Human Services was also quietly proposing to eliminate the CDC’s Division of Oral Health.[xv]

This was disturbing to them because the ADA has a long history of promoting water fluoridation alongside the CDC by using the Division of Oral Health as a mouthpiece to deride critics and echo the virtues of fluoride.  In fact, it is the Division of Oral Health that is responsible for the CDC having gone so far as to extol water fluoridation as, “One of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”[xvi]

In one motion, with nearly surgical precision, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency had quietly proposed a move that would cut the cord linking fluoride promoters at the very moment they had launched their campaign to wind down water fluoridation. Surreptitiously they had convinced the ADA to publicly endorse their proposal to reduce fluoride levels, while simultaneously working to dismantle the part of the CDC that the ADA had used to convince the scientific community that fluoride was entirely safe.

Given that journalist Mike Stobbe is based in Atlanta and covers the CDC on behalf of the Associated Press, withholding news of the proposed elimination of the Division of Oral Health from one the few reporters charged with covering the very public announcement recommending the dramatic change to the water fluoridation program suggests a conscious effort by Secretary Sebelius and other officials to reduce Americans exposure to the proven neurotoxin while not casting a shadow over those responsible.

The decision to ax the CDC’s Division of Oral Health was not the only fluoride related news to surface following the Jan. 7 announcement. EPA officials also revealed around the same time that — after nine years of debate — they had suddenly been authorized to grant a petition to phase out sulfuryl fluoride insecticides.[xvii]

That piece of fluoride news also wasn’t disclosed to journalists covering the proposed change to the water fluoridation program.  Revealing the fact that concerns over the pesticide also related to fluoride would likely have triggered a barrage of questions and forced U.S. officials into a position to have to explain the full extent of scientific concerns.

Nevertheless, it’s important to understand that the decision to phase out that fluoride-based pesticide validated the concern of scientists who had for years stated that the dangers of fluoride exposure extend well beyond water.

The cumulative effect

Although best known for its topical application to teeth through toothpaste, most of the fluoride that’s ingested actually comes from other sources.  Based on sheer volume, the leading source of fluoride in the diet stems from fluoridated tap water and the vast array of beverages (and to a lesser degree food) made with tap water. Based on relative toxicity, however, the leading sources of fluoride and related organofluorine compounds are pesticides and prescription drugs.

The concentration of fluoride in tap water has remained unchanged in most communities in the U.S. since water fluoridation programs first began  (originating in the mid-1940’s and becoming widely popular due to propaganda campaigns in the 1950’s and 1960’s).  But fluoride, like lead, has long been known to accumulate in the human body.  Thus, fluoride levels not only rise over the course of one’s life, but also from generation to generation, as women unknowingly pass along higher and higher levels to their children.  To make matters worse, new sources contribute to the total volume of fluoride consumed, which in turn makes the leading source of exposure — tap water — increasingly important.

Despite the fact that the alarm raised by scientists actually has little to do with the issue of dental fluorosis — the pitting and staining of teeth from excess fluoride exposure — the rapid growth of such a noticeable and widely acknowledged adverse health effect clearly illustrates the growing problem of overexposure to fluoride and organofluorine compounds. A report released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics on the prevalence of dental fluorosis showed that during a period when water fluoridation levels remained constant for much of the U.S., including all of Minnesota, the total number of cases of dental fluorosis doubled in children (age 12-15), to more than 40 percent, while moderate to severe cases tripled.[xviii]

The growth of such a noticeable and widely accepted adverse effect has profound implications. Prolonged fluoride ingestion is now linked to neurotoxicity. There’s also growing evidence linking it to thyroid dysfunction.[xix] Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid related conditions.  Underactive thyroid disorders, which are associated with a slowdown in the body’s metabolism and loss of cellular energy, are at epidemic proportions, particularly among women.

The fact that Israel’s Health Minister acknowledged the risk fluoride poses to those with thyroid disease speaks volumes about just how seriously scientists now take this connection.

U.S. officials didn’t touch on scientific concerns over thyroid disease or neurotoxicity in their 2011 public announcement.  Instead Secretary Sebelius chose to cite a 2006 National Research Council report on fluoride toxicity as the primary motivation to dramatically cut fluoride levels in the water.  That report was significant because, as experts have pointed out, the National Research Council had been specifically directed by U.S. health officials to base their conclusions only on widely accepted adverse effects, like dental fluorosis and bone fractures, and not on all the other, far more insidious effects that scientists can now reasonably conclude are also occurring.[xx]

 Dr. Hardy Limeback, the former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research and one of the key authors of the National Research Council’s 2006 report on fluoride, has since said that “Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.”[xxi]  That statement, from a man who was once considered one of the top fluoride advocates and educators in Canada, isn’t based simply on fluoride’s known association to dental fluorosis and bone fractures.

Fibromyalgia: A theory of relativity

The issue of relative toxicity looms in the background of recent moves to stop water fluoridation. Fluoride and organofluorine based pesticides and prescription drugs may not contribute nearly the same volume of fluoride to the diet as tap water.  However, such sources may be playing an even larger role in the development of certain rapidly emerging conditions.

Advocacy groups, such as Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children, have long warned that some fluoride-based prescription drugs expose people to same level of toxicity as they would get from years of consuming fluoridated water.[xxii] [xxiii] This toxicity often goes unchecked as it comes in the form of “side effects” that mirror the symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.

The popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Cipro and Levaquin, are among drugs linked by such groups to an extreme form of fluoride toxicity, known as organofluorine poisoning. A significant lag in the typical onset of symptoms makes organofluorines appear much less toxic than they really are.  Only over the course of many months is the severe poisoning revealed, as comparatively mild symptoms slowly progress to become highly debilitating.

The small group of rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” for the medical community in the mid-1980’s, based on the symptom of greatest interest to their branch of medicine, had no idea what they were observing was a serious form of fluoride poisoning. Even as millions of women began to develop the vast array of symptoms following repeated exposure to such drugs, physicians were at a loss to explain the sudden emergence of the condition. Both the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry had been so badly deceived to think fluoride was safe that they have never been on the lookout for symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning, much less to a form associated with a significant delayed reaction in the onset of symptoms.

In September of 2012, the New York Times revealed that the fluoroquinolone drug class was linked to the delayed onset of fibromyalgia-like symptoms.[xxiv]  For a drug overwhelmingly prescribed to women, the link of any drug class to such a debilitating condition should’ve garnered far more attention following this revelation. But to fluoride researchers, the news of a fluorinated drug linked to such symptoms should’ve come as no surprise.

Dr. George Waldbott, who was one of the first physicians to warn of the dangers of consuming fluoride, back when fluoridation first began, observed the very same symptoms in his patients. Of course, at that time, chronic fluoride poisoning was comparatively rare. Nevertheless, Waldbott tried unsuccessfully to bring attention to the fact that long-term fluoride poisoning was associated with a vast array of symptoms, including not only crippling musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but also a debilitating form of cognitive impairment he described as, the “loss of mental acuity and ability to concentrate.”[xxv]

Neurotoxicologist Phyllis Mullenix — whose work on the damage fluoride does to the brain triggered alarm among U.S. scientists — is among the researchers who have noticed the glaring similarities between advanced forms of chronic fluoride poisoning and what has come to be termed “fibromyalgia.”  Despite public perception, many fibromyalgia groups report that the condition’s most paralyzing symptom isn’t the excruciating musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but rather the severe cognitive impairment.  Memory and concentration problems can even progress to an extreme form of brain fog, known as “fibro fog”— a dementia-like condition.

More brain effects: Disrupting the thyroid and adrenals

As troubling as the connection to cognitive impairment is, what’s garnered even more interest by some scientists is the degree to which fluoride’s effect on the brain plays a major role in so many of its other devastating adverse effects.

Fluoride has long been suspected of interfering with thyroid function by replacing iodine, an essential component of the thyroid hormones.  That said, new evidence suggests that fluoride’s primary mode of interference — not only with the thyroid, but also the adrenals — relates to the damage fluoride does to the parts of the brain that regulate the body’s neuroendocrine system.

The thyroid and adrenal glands produce hormones that control an astonishing array of bodily functions, including cellular energy production and inflammatory response.  Signals sent and received by the brain regulate how much of these critical hormones to produce. Even relatively small disruptions in this cyclical pathway, known as the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, can have devastating consequences.

Too much or too little of the powerful hormones, or how the body uses the hormones, can trigger an onslaught of symptoms.  While this breakdown may involve the thyroid, the adrenals are now thought to be more universally affected.  As a result, clinical tests only reveal measurable thyroid impairment in some patients.

Well-known fibromyalgia researchers, including Dr. John Lowe and Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, have concluded that the tests for thyroid dysfunction are simply inaccurate.  To them, the empirical evidence points to the conclusion that fibromyalgia is essentially an extreme form of thyroid dysfunction.

Those with the distinct advantage of understanding how fluoride poisoning affects the brain, however, see things a bit differently.  From their point of view, all conditions related to long-term fluoride poisoning, including thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia, are associated with a common breakdown in the brain’s ability to properly regulate hormones.

The fact that fibromyalgia research has recently shifted its attention to this area is of no surprise to fluoride experts, like Phyllis Mullenix.

The stages of long-term fluoride poisoning

The fibromyalgia connection is particularly important because from the vantage of severe  long-term fluoride poisoning it becomes easier to understand why it’s linked to many other conditions.

Take for instance one of the most misunderstood conditions in all of modern medicine — chronic fatigue syndrome — a condition now referred to by many as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, which means “muscle pain with inflammation of the central nervous system.”  Since fibromyalgia also means “muscle pain” and is also known to involve central nervous system inflammation, the connection to ME might seem obvious, even to those who may not be aware of the astonishing degree of overlap across the entire array of symptoms, including cognitive impairment.

Naturally, without knowing that both conditions represent widely varying stages of organofluorine poisoning likely caused by highly toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, it’s been difficult to understand the connection between the two conditions.  So dramatically do the symptoms ramp up in the most advanced forms of poisoning that in many ways the vast differences in the quantity and severity of symptoms make ME/CFS & fibromyalgia almost appear unrelated.

Nevertheless, in Minnesota, one of the nation’s first patient advocacy organizations for ME/CFS joined forces with a fibromyalgia support group in 2003 to form the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association of Minnesota.  Unfortunately, this short-lived partnership ultimately destroyed both organizations, as member support began to erode following this alliance.

While some clearly understood that there was an important connection between the conditions, with no knowledge of the common cause, mismanagement of the nonprofit proved fatal in the face of dwindling support.  ME/CFS patients had difficulty identifying with the more excruciating symptoms, while fibromyalgia sufferers wanted to distance themselves from ME not only because the symptoms tend to be far less crippling, but also because of the stigma associated with its original, seemingly harmless sounding name.

Ironically, while few took the illness seriously because of its label, perhaps the most stunning aspect of the CFS connection is that “chronic fatigue” is far and away the best known of all the early symptoms of fluoride poisoning.

Even in the early days of the fluoridation debate, fluoride was suspected of dramatically slowing cellular energy production.  This is why the critics of fluoridation, like Dr. Waldbott, listed “chronic fatigue not relieved by sleep or rest” as one of the first symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxvi]  It is no coincidence that when Stanley Kubrick made a mockery of the issue in 1964, with Dr. Strangelove, the movie’s lead character pointed to “a profound sense of fatigue” as the reason for sparking his concerns about fluoridation.

But as experts know only too well, chronic fatigue really only scratches the surface in terms of fluoride’s adverse effects.  Disrupting cellular energy production by impairing the area of the brain that controls the thyroid and adrenal glands causes a cascade of ensuing symptoms.  The more severe the poisoning, the more advanced the symptoms become.

For physicians, the label “stress and anxiety disorder” is often used for a myriad of early symptoms (i.e. cold hands & feet, headaches, dry mouth, weight gain, etc.), unless clinical tests reveal thyroid impairment.  As the quantity and severity of symptoms progress most of those affected tend to be treated like hypochondriacs.  With each new symptom comes a new diagnosis.  Urinary frequency is commonly labeled “incontinence” or “polyuria”; gastrointestinal disturbances, “irritable bowel syndrome”; numbness, “peripheral neuropathy”; joint pain, “osteoarthritis”; and so on.

Noticeable memory and concentration problems, as well as isolated muscle pain are also familiar initial symptoms.  However, because muscle and brain cells are among the most densely packed cells in the body with energy producing mitochondria, such cells tend to be most profoundly affected when the fluoride poisoning becomes relatively severe. Debilitating cognitive impairment often precedes the excruciating widespread muscle pain that is a hallmark of the more advanced stages of long-term fluoride poisoning.

By the time patients advance to the “fibromyalgia” diagnosis, where a breakdown in energy production approaches its punishing zenith, the complete list of symptoms is often brutally long, incredibly agonizing and extremely difficult to cope with.

The gender factor

Although fluoride is an equal opportunity toxin, which can affect both men and women, most related conditions disproportionately affect women.  Despite claims that there are many factors for this, it is very possible that the simplest explanation is correct: the most toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, which have primarily been directed at women, are largely responsible.

If the New York Times is right and the widely popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics are linked to fibromyalgia, and fluoride experts are right and fibromyalgia represents an extreme form of fluoride poisoning, then the drug class is likely linked to all fluoride related conditions.

Thyroid dysfunction, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and every one of the conditions that now appear to correspond to the various symptoms or stages of fluoride poisoning, are all disorders that predominantly affect women.  Statistics vary, but in general roughly four out of five of those battling such conditions are women.

While the fluoroquinolones are not the only type of fluorinated drug linked to fibromyalgia, they appear to deserve special attention for several reasons: (1) they gained widespread use in the early 1980’s, just as ME/CFS and fibromyalgia emerged out of nowhere (2) they’re overwhelmingly prescribed to women for common ailments, like urinary tract infections, (3) fluoride and organofluorines are cumulative in nature, so repeated exposure to highly toxic drugs matter greatly, (4) the medical community has an exceedingly poor track record when it comes to issues of women’s health.

Due to the delayed onset of symptoms associated with organofluorine poisoning, those who are diagnosed with related conditions often report that doctors treat them as hypochondriacs, as they slowly develop one symptom after the next.  This slow progression of symptoms has also undoubtedly played a major role in how the medical community defined the conditions in the mid-to-late 1980’s.

In 1988, the CDC made a mockery of the women who had developed the early, and yet serious form of fluoride poisoning, when it endorsed the “chronic fatigue syndrome” label. So poorly was the condition defined — in spite of a name that corresponds to the most well-known symptom of early fluoride poisoning — that not even the CDC itself took the condition seriously at first.

In fact, so little did the CDC think of the condition that, in the late 1990’s, they were caught diverting millions of dollars in research funds intended to get to the bottom of the rapidly emerging condition to other programs and then, ultimately, lying to Congress about it. [xxvii] [xxviii]  The CDC then led the medical community on a long and futile effort to find a virus responsible for the condition. Time and again announcements of breakthroughs in identifying the virus turned out to be misguided, wrong, or even manufactured. [xxix] [xxx] [xxxi]

 The fact that the CDC did all of this while their Division of Oral Health was aggressively promoting the actual cause – fluoride – on behalf of the ADA represents a degree of incompetence that is almost unfathomable, even for a federal agency.

Not to be outdone, the leading rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” in the mid-1980’s decided to not only ignore the early symptoms of the condition, and therefore treat the ME/CFS connection as if it were unrelated, but the connection to the vast array of other symptoms — including the devastating cognitive impairment — by labeling the emerging condition based solely on one symptom of interest to their particular branch of medicine.

In 1990, they compounded this astonishing oversimplification by recommending that the criteria to be used by the medical community to diagnose the illness would also center on that same, lone symptom.  To make matters worse, Dr. Fredrick Wolfe, one of the nation’s preeminent rheumatologists who played a major role defining the new condition, later suggested (under tremendous pressure to explain where it came from) that its rapid growth could only be explained if it were entirely psychosomatic.

Although Wolfe’s explanation was largely dismissed by other prominent fibromyalgia researchers, it is a notion that many physicians actually still believe, in part because of how poorly the condition was defined. Despite the label, the diagnostic criteria and even the corresponding marketing of pharmaceuticals that, not coincidentally, all center around that same symptom, those who develop “fibromyalgia” don’t strictly complain of severe widespread muscle pain as one would expect if the condition were some sort of social or marketing generated phenomenon.  For the vast majority of sufferers who are properly diagnosed, the list of common symptoms is not only long and harsh, but also unrelenting and highly progressive.

Incredibly, the controversial end point of fibromyalgia —the conspicuous symptom of spinal and cranial calcification, which affects those with the very worst conditions — is also an end point of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxxii] [xxxiii] In fact, if there is one symptom of long-term fluoride poisoning that is the most well-known beyond the very early symptom of chronic fatigue, it is almost certainly spinal stenosis.  That particular symptom was highlighted as far back as 1937, in one of the most comprehensive fluoride toxicity books ever written, Fluorine Intoxication.  And yet, by the time the deluge of cases of chronic fluoride poisoning surfaced in the early-to-mid 1980’s, that connection had long since been forgotten by all but a handful of experts.

The gender bias that has contributed to women being treated like hypochondriacs by physicians has been compounded by a lack of understanding of the relative toxicity of certain fluoride based pharmaceuticals as well as a complete disregard for the symptoms and stages of chronic fluoride & organofluorine poisoning. For an illness whose sudden rise predated the (mid-1990’s) popularization of the internet and affects women at a rate approaching 9-to-1, the notion that millions of members of  “the weaker sex” are still being accused of concocting the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia speaks volumes for just how much issues of women’s health have been misguided and marginalized.

Turn of the tide

With one of America’s closest allies recently ending water fluoridation due to health concerns, the time has come for federal officials in the U.S. to immediately halt the practice of adding the fluoride to the American diet.  Unlike Health Minster German who courageously acted to protect the citizens of Israel, Secretary Sebelius and her successor, Secretary Sylvia Burwell, have moved far too slow responding to concerns raised by the scientific community.

For a proven neurotoxin linked to thyroid and other endocrine maladies, the implications of such significant excess fluoride exposure among younger and younger age groups are staggering.  Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction.[xxxiv]  Millions more suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition whose symptoms are identical to an extreme form of chronic fluoride poisoning.  To deny those patients and their doctors the knowledge that fluoride not only causes such conditions, but almost universally worsens symptoms regardless of how the condition originated is of profound importance.

When Minster Yael German announced the end to the practice of water fluoridation in Israel, she specifically cited the health implications for those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, pregnant women and the elderly.[xxxv] Scientists in the United States who have been working to bring the adverse effects of fluoride to light admit that those are only a few of the most obvious at-risk groups. Those who have been working to uncover the full measure of fluoride’s harmful effects now understand that the link to thyroid dysfunction and cognitive impairment is only the beginning.

America has a long road ahead.  As it stands, consuming fluoride from fluoridated water is largely unavoidable, especially since most water filters don’t remove it.  For those with related conditions who will see a vast improvement in their symptoms when daily dietary fluoride consumption begins to fall, the end to water fluoridation cannot come soon enough.  But while ending water fluoridation is an important step, stopping drug fluorination and revealing all of the damage that fluoride has done to human health is even more important. Thanks to the bravery of scientists and others who are sharing the evidence of harm, that day is slowly approaching.

Stages of Fluoride Poisoning – Color

[i] 144.145. “Municipalities; fluoridation of water supplies.”  Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 19 May. 1967.

Retrieved from revisor.mn.gov:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?doctype=Chapter&year=1967&type=0&id=603

[ii] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/Press%20Release.%20Fluoride.htm

[iii] Main, D. “Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water.” Newsweek 29 Aug. 2014.

Retrieved from newsweek.com: http://www.newsweek.com/israel-has-officially-banned-fluoridation-its-drinking-water-267411

[iv] Zhao, L.B., Liang, G.H., Zhang, D.N., and Wu, X.R. “Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence.” Fluoride  1996.  29 pp.190-192.

[v] Li, X.S., Zhi, J.L. and Gao, R.O. “Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children.” Fluoride 1995. 28.

[vi] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[vii] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[viii] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[ix] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[x] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[xi] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[xii] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[xiii] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[xiv] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[xv] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[xvi] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

Retrieved from cdc.gov:  http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

[xvii] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[xviii] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.pdf

[xix] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[xx] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[xxi] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[xxii] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[xxiii] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

Retrieved from poison fluoride.com: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/reading_room_.html

[xxiv] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[xxv] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[xxvi] Waldbott, p. 393.

[xxvii] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[xxviii] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

Retrieved from virology.ws: http://www.virology.ws/2011/11/23/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-cdc-a-long-tangled-tale/

[xxix] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

Retrieved from Washingtonpost.com: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-linking-virus-to-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-retracted-amid-controversy/2011/12/22/gIQADvc6BP_story.html

[xxx] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Viruses Not to Blame for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Time  18 Sept. 2012.

Retrieved from Time.com: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/18/viruses-not-to-blame-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

[xxxi] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

Retrieved from discovermagazine.com: http://discovermagazine.com/2013/march/17-shadow-virus

[xxxii] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[xxxiii] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[xxxiv] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[xxxv] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”

END NOTES:

[1] 144.145. “Municipalities; fluoridation of water supplies.”  Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 19 May. 1967.

Retrieved from revisor.mn.gov:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?doctype=Chapter&year=1967&type=0&id=603

[1] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/Press%20Release.%20Fluoride.htm

[1] Main, D. “Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water.” Newsweek 29 Aug. 2014.

Retrieved from newsweek.com: http://www.newsweek.com/israel-has-officially-banned-fluoridation-its-drinking-water-267411

[1] Zhao, L.B., Liang, G.H., Zhang, D.N., and Wu, X.R. “Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence.” Fluoride  1996.  29 pp.190-192.

[1] Li, X.S., Zhi, J.L. and Gao, R.O. “Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children.” Fluoride 1995. 28.

[1] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[1] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[1] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[1] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[1] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[1] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[1] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[1] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[1] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[1] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[1] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

Retrieved from cdc.gov:  http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

[1] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[1] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.pdf

[1] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[1] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[1] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[1] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[1] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

Retrieved from poison fluoride.com: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/reading_room_.html

[1] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[1] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[1] Waldbott, p. 393.

[1] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[1] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

Retrieved from virology.ws: http://www.virology.ws/2011/11/23/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-cdc-a-long-tangled-tale/

[1] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

Retrieved from Washingtonpost.com: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-linking-virus-to-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-retracted-amid-controversy/2011/12/22/gIQADvc6BP_story.html

[1] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Viruses Not to Blame for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Time  18 Sept. 2012.

Retrieved from Time.com: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/18/viruses-not-to-blame-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

[1] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

Retrieved from discovermagazine.com: http://discovermagazine.com/2013/march/17-shadow-virus

[1] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[1] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[1] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[1] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”

The Middle East Is A Refugee Ticking Bomb

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution,” says Christofer Gunness, from UNRWA.

Regional vulnerability has always existed here but in recent years has exploded with the crisis in Syria and Iraq, the expansion of the Islamic State and instability and crises in countries such as Yemen, Libya, Egypt and others in the area.

In the case of the Palestinians, this vulnerability “is added to several other layers of vulnerability that were already there, because they are dispossessed and exiled for so long.”

“This year more than ever the Palestinian refugees do not feel they have a home, a safe place anywhere. And that is leading many to risk their lives and those of their children. They crawl on boats to escape their situation,” says Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“On paper it is very clear what has to happen: they have to give them a viable state and a just solution to their right of return,” which could, for example, mean that there is a pact so that there is compensation but that, in any case, “it must be a solution agreed by the parties”. Today there are more than five million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN.

According to Gunness, it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”

Refugees beyond Gaza

The refugee epidemic is not limited to the Palestinians. There are half a million lives affected in Syria, of which 45,000 have fled to Lebanon and 15,000 to Jordan. A total of 750,000 are in the West Bank and 1.2 million in Gaza.

“In Syria people suffer from siege. The same happens in Yarmuk, where starvation takes place in seven of the twelve Syrian camps that are severely affected by the conflict and where people live under a blockade since January. As a consequence, children have died due to the cold weather and those are managed tp stay alive live in absolute hopelessness…

In that place, there is no prospect of employment, there are power outages, no decent access to water and one of the houses destroyed one year after the conflict has not been rebuilt,” said Gunness.

In the West Bank people “live with the daily humiliation of the excesses of the occupation: the violence of Israeli soldiers, the demolition of their homes, grandchildren see their grandparents humiliated at military posts, the expansion of settlements, and as if that wasn’t enough, Palestinians have to deal with violence committed by settlers” .

While in Lebanon people “are excluded from many professions”, in Jordan “state schools are under threat of terror, so nobody wants to send their children there,” he added. “But the most important fact is that no one wants to be a refugee. Everyone wants a place to call home,” he reflected.

After so many years, the refugee camps are no longer tents but many have become slums with streets so narrow that you can touch the sides of the houses with open arms: they need light, air and suffer the problems of overcrowding, social exclusion and, some drug abuse and violence.

“It is outrageous that lack of political decisions allow this in the XXI century. It is absurd that these people are subject to ignominy and humiliation. In Gaza, there were 80,000 people in need of food aid in 2000 and now there are more than 860,000. It has increased eleven times,” laments Gunness.

“I do not think it’s in the interests of nobody, and certainly not Israel, to have about two million people blocked and desperate,” he says, adding that the Gaza economy could flourish Israel allowed it.

The spokesman said that UNRWA, which spends between 30 and 35 million dollars a month to care for the refugees is in a crisis of liquidity and funding, with a deficit of 101 million dollars, the organization will run out of money by September.

“We regret that our existence after 65 years as this existence is the symbol of failure, the failure of the international community to reach a just solution for the Palestinian refugees,” he laments. Gunness remembers that until a solution is not reached, the number of refugees and their situation will grow worse.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

UN Investigation Accusses Israel And Hamas Of War Crimes

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A UN report has accused the Israeli army and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza during the war of 2014.

The group of independent researchers led by the American Mary McGowan Davis requires Israel to provide further details on the targets hit during the offensive for further evaluation.

The report also condemns the execution of suspected “collaborators” at the hands of Palestinian groups. “The scale of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza is unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” said McGowan Davis.

The expert group accuses Israel of committing violations both in the context of hostilities in Gaza, as carrying out murder, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank.

“The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces,” the report said.

Regarding Palestinian armed groups, the commission denounced the “indiscriminate nature of the projectiles fired at Israel and aimed to attack civilians, which violates international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.”

“The commission collected substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by both Israel and Hamas,” the study notes. In some cases, “these violations can be considered war crimes,” says the document.

Israeli military operation against Gaza, conducted between July and August 2014, killed 2,251 Palestinians -1,462 of them civilians and 551 children-, while on the Israeli side there were 67 soldiers killed along with six civilians.

Refugees on the own Land

Along with the report on war crimes in Gaza, the UN informed that half the Palestinian people continue to be displaced and without access to a place they can call home. This situation takes place while conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate with refugees taking shelter all over the Middle East.

According to Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Refugee Agency, (UNRWA), it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Israel’s Response To Everything: Collective Punishment

An Israeli soldier gestures during confrontations with Palestinians in Qafr Malik village near the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian killed by Israeli jeep June 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An Israeli soldier gestures during confrontations with Palestinians in Qafr Malik village near the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian killed by Israeli jeep June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

International law is clear. Fourth Geneva’s Article 33 states:

“No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

It doesn’t matter. Israel systematically ignores all international human rights, humanitarian and other laws it objects to – as well as dozens of earlier Security Council Resolutions condemning or censuring its actions and demanding they end, none in recent years because of US vetoes.

It attacks entire Palestinian communities because of alleged crimes committed by one or more residents. It wages wars based on phony pretexts. It commits numerous other high crimes against humanity because it knows who’ll stop its abusive practices.

A previous article discussed a Palestinian critically stabbing an Israeli border policeman and a second incident involving the killing of an Israeli man (assailant unknown) – offenses likely committed out of pent up frustration and desire for retribution, not terrorism as Israel calls all these type incidents.

Instead of acting against guilty parties alone according to legal standards responsible societies observe, Israel imposes collective punishment against Palestinian communities or the entire population.

In the case of the Israeli killed in the West Bank, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (a racist lunatic) intends stealing Palestinian land where the incident occurred for a tourist destination excluding Arabs.

Israel’s Civil Administration regularly classifies private Palestinian lands as “nature reserves” for exclusive Jewish or foreign tourists’ use.

In April, a PLO statement said “Israeli measures and policies rise to an effective and de facto annexation of the tourism sector.”

“Israel’s occupation has turned a potential source of income and shared opportunity into a story of theft and lost potential.”

In response to the border policeman stabbing incident, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered work permits issued to residents of the assailant’s Sa’ir village revoked – collective punishment for an entire community for an offense by one of its residents.

There’s more. Travel permits to fly abroad through Ben Gurion Airport were revoked for 500 Palestinians. Further punitive measures are planned – so far not announced.

On the occasion of Ramadan, Israel announced movement easing measures days earlier. They include:

• permitting Palestinian buses to bring West Bank worshipers into Israel for the first time in at least a decade;

• letting Palestinian men over age 40 and women of all ages enter the Temple Mount without permit permission; and

• letting a maximum 100,000 Palestinians enter Israel for family visits.

Whether Israel intends revoking these measures remains to be seen.

Hamas praised the border policeman attack without admitting responsibility. It’s Facebook page posted two photos of the assailant, Yasser Yassin Tarwa – critically shot multiple times by the policeman before he collapsed.

Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran called the attack “heroic” – timed to coincide with the first anniversary of Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir’s murder by extremist Jewish settlers.

“The operation sends a message of resistance to the occupation whereby resisting youth are able to defy the occupation and reach its soldiers even where (policemen) gather,” he said.

These type incidents follow vicious daily Israeli persecution. Last weekend alone, its soldiers kidnapped seven Palestinians – two in East Jerusalem, two in Nablus a woman in Hebron and two children in its Old City.

They shot a child near Ramallah. Extremist settlers ran over two Palestinian children with their vehicles in separate incidents – a three-year-old and 10-year-old. Security force thugs attacked nonviolent Nabi Saleh village Palestinians protesting settlements on their stolen land and Israel’s apartheid wall.

At the same time, political prisoner Khader Adnan continued hunger striking for justice into his 48th day – ingesting nothing but water and salt.

He’s hospitalized, in serious condition, enduring “severe pains all over his body with blue spots on his shoulder and clear speaking problems,” according to Palestinian Prisoner’s Society legal unit head Jawad Bolous.

On July 8, 2014, he was sentenced unjustly to administrative detention uncharged and untried for the 10th time.

Intolerable Israeli viciousness at times sparks violent Palestinian responses. Or in the case of Adnan and others like him, resisting injustice the only way they can – heroically by refusing food, enduring pain and suffering, even risking death.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Bombs Lebanon

Illustration. An Israeli drone manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Illustration. An Israeli drone manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Sunday reports indicate an Israeli warplane bombed a remote Lebanese Bekaa region to destroy one of its drones apparently downed.

An IDF spokeswoman declined to comment. A Lebanese security source said it’s not entirely clear what happened “but most probably it was an Israeli airstrike to destroy its downed drone” – whether because of mechanical failure or by Hezbollah isn’t known.

America, its rogue NATO partners and Israel unilaterally or together  bomb other nations in blatant violation of international law.

The latest Israeli incident may be nothing more than what’s reported. At minimum, it reflects illegal Israel surveillance or other unauthorized flights over a sovereign nation as well as bombing its territory – whatever the reason.

None are acceptable. Multiple Israeli violations of Lebanese air space occurs daily. Israeli warplanes bomb Syria and its border areas with Lebanon at its discretion – for any contrived reason it chooses. These are lawless belligerent acts short of full-scale war. More on this below.

Mossad is notorious for carrying out targeted assassinations – numerous times throughout Israel’s history. In recent years alone, car bombings and other means were used against Palestinian, Hezbollah and other officials regionally. In 2004, Israel killed Yasser Arafat by polonium poisoning.

In 2005, Mossad agents murdered former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri – a car bombing incident falsely blamed on Hezbollah after first wrongfully holding Syria responsible.

Three Gaza wars since December 2008 took a terrible toll on its 1.8 million population, still struggling in rubble to recover while illegally blockaded.

Subjugating the entire Palestinian population under brutal military occupation for decades is a major high crime with no justification whatever.

Lebanon has the misfortune of bordering Israel – attacked by IDF forces in 1978, 1982, 1996 and 2006. Its 4.5 million people face the threat of more war at Israel’s discretion for whatever contrived reason it invents.

Its Sheba Farms and Ghajar territory remain illegally occupied. Israeli warplanes and drones provocatively violate its airspace multiple times daily. Its been victimized by numerous Israeli terrorist attacks.

In July 2006, Israel launched naked aggression for contrived reasons – committing major crimes of war and against humanity. It waged collective, disproportionate punishment against large parts of its population – targeting military and non-military sites.

It killed over 1,000, injured thousands more and displaced one-fourth of its population. Beirut, Tyre, Sidon, and other Lebanon cities and towns were terror bombed.

Targets destroyed or damaged included major ports, Beirut International Airport, 70 bridges, dozens of key roads, electrical power plants, gas and fuel stations, factories, schools, radio and TV stations, mosques, churches, hospitals, dams, civil defense centers, Sidon’s refugee camp, an orphanage, and civilian neighborhoods.

Jiyeh’s utility plant south of Beirut was struck – causing a massive oil spill affecting over 90 miles of coastal waters. It threatened biodiversity and heightened the risk of cancer for many thousands of Lebanese.

A land, sea and air siege was imposed. Illegal terror weapons were used – including chemical agents.

Does Israel have another Lebanon war in mind? It failed to defeat Hezbollah in 2006. Israel doesn’t forget or forgive.

Sunday’s incident may be no more than what was reported. Given longstanding Israeli aggression against targeted adversaries, anything ahead is possible –  perhaps joint US/Israeli full-scale naked aggression against Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The region already is embroiled with US-initiated conflicts. Attacking Syria and Lebanon could be prelude to targeting Iran and setting it all ablaze.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Detonates Dirty Bombs Near Palestinian Bedouin Communities

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Dirty bombs are radiological weapons combining radioactive material with conventional explosives. On detonation, they contaminate the affected area. The US Energy Department says radiation exposure is “fairly high” but not fatal.

Nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explains no amount of radiation is safe and amounts exposed to are cumulative. Cell mutations result causing cancer and other diseases.

The difference between dirty bombs and nuclear ones is latter ones are hugely destructive and kill large numbers of people instantly.

The harmful effects of dirty ones take time to develop making it easy to attribute later illnesses and deaths to other causes.

Haaretz then other Israeli media reported IDF-conducted dirty bomb tests in the Negev desert to test their impact. Possible harmful effects on nearby Bedouin Arab communities weren’t mentioned.

The Negev is home to about 200,000 Bedouins. Communities close to where detonations occurred were subjected to low-level radiation exposure leaving them vulnerable to later diseases and possible death.

Tests conducted followed a similar so-called “Green Field” project at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor – used to produce nuclear weapons.

The whole world knows what Israel won’t officially acknowledge. Recent Israeli dirty bomb tests involved 19 open-air detonations and one at a closed facility.

They tested 250 grams to 25 kilograms of explosives mixed with radioactive material called 99mTc (trade name Cartiolite), used for medical imaging.

Drones were used to measure radiation. Sensors measured blast impacts. Haaretz said tests followed public concern over possible radiological attacks. The IDF Home Front Command web site explains how to react if one occurs.

Israeli tests showed high-level radiation amounts at the center of explosions. Winds dispersed lesser amounts of radiological contamination over a wider area.

A code-named “Red House” test examined the effect of an undetonated dirty bomb found in a public area. Israel’s Homefront Command Site understates the dangers of dirty bomb detonations.

It claims it’s “hard to design a radiological bomb that will create so great an exposure to radiation that it will cause immediate harm to health, or even death, to a large number of people.”

It ignores the potentially serious longterm effects. It bears repeating. No amount of radiation is safe. Cumulative exposure risks cancer and other diseases.

Israeli researchers quoted said tests were for defensive purposes only. They claimed the main danger from dirty bomb detonations is psychological.

The report made no mention of Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear weapons program and whatever tests are conducted to upgrade it.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Shimon Peres Summons Netanyahu To Decide On Two-State Solution

Shimon Peres and Netanyahu

Former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to clarify whether he is in favor or against a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peace negotiations can be resumed at any time, as Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas has said he is ready to go back to the negotiating table. The same has been said by Netanyahu.

Peres elaborated on his message to Netanyahu: “the Prime Minister should clarify whether Israel is in favor of the two-state solution.”

As keynote speaker for a panel that discussed the political situation in the Middle East, Peres said that “one-state solution will not be a binational state, but that only an Arab state could spell the end of the Jewish democratic state. He added that a withdrawal from a two-state solution will result in the end of the Jewish state.”

Questioned about his views on the absence of the appointment of a head of Israeli diplomacy, Peres, who has acted as Foreign Minister in previous years said that he was concerned.

“What especially worries me is not that there is no foreign minister, but that there is no foreign policy. It can not be that there is a state without a foreign policy clear and precise” he argued before underlining that the current Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel ”is opposed to the two-state solution.”

Summing up the long passage of two decades of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Peres revealed that “talking to Arafat was much more difficult than talking with Abu Mazen, but never gave up.”

He insisted that any process of dialogue should be started unconditionally by both parties.

“There can not be conditions for resuming negotiations, I have met many Arab leaders and the most comfortable of all to negotiate is Abu Mazen. We can not give up,” he added.

Moreover, Peres advocated a regional approach to resolving the conflict on the grounds that “it would help leaders who can make decisions even if those decisions are heavily criticized.”

The Israeli politician of 91 years of age was in opposition to the campaigns to boycott Israel and said that to alleviate this growing phenomenon new negotiations would need to “initiate without conditions.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

US/Saudi/Israeli Axis Of Evil Against Yemen

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Yemen is Obama’s war – planned months before Saudi-led proxies launched naked aggression.

It’s been raging since March 26 with no end in sight. At stake is Yemeni sovereignty and the fate of its 24 million people suffering horrifically from relentless Saudi terror-bombing and shelling.

Israel is very much involved. In late April, Fars News reported its submarines and warplanes “readily observed” near Saudi Arabia’s coastline since conflict began – according to unnamed foreign diplomats.

They said Riyadh secretly agreed decades ago to give Israeli submarines and warplanes access to Saudi waters.

They’ve been patrolling them since the start of conflict. According to Fars News, “(m)any regional officials…earlier revealed collaboration among the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia in the aggression against Yemen.”

Weeks earlier, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Washington and Israel are the main sponsors of aggression on Yemen.

Days after Saudi terror-bombing began, Fars News said Israeli warplanes were participated in attacking Yemeni targets.

Yemeni Al-Haq political party secretary general Hassan Zayd said “Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs.”

Everything is orchestrated and coordinated by Washington – including supplying weapons, intelligence and targets to strike.

On May 31, Haaretz headlined “Iranian report: Israeli arms found in Saudi embassy in Yemen,” saying:

Houthi fighters found “a large cache of Israeli-made weapons and ammunition” in Riyadh’s abandoned Sanaa embassy.

Documents were found indicating Washington plans a base on Yemen’s Perim Island island off its southwest coast in the Red Sea near the entrance to the Bab al-Mandreb strait.

Riyadh reportedly asked Israel to supply “state-of-the-art weapons” to wage war on Houthis.

On May 25, Veterans Today reported two Israeli F-16s downed over Yemen.

Saying “Yemeni air defense forces shot down a Saudi marked fighter jet in the northwestern province of Sanaa in Yemen as it was conducting airstrikes.”

“This is the second F-16 shot down this week – clearly the strength of the Yemeni air defences has been grossly underestimated.”

“The Saudi F-16 fighter jet was shot down and subsequently crashed in the Bayt Khayran area of the district of Bani Harith in the northern part of Sanaa.”

Wreckage of both planes “were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia” or others. “The only ‘buyer’ in the region for that type of plane is Israel.”

At the same time, Press TV reported two downed Saudi warplanes in the same areas.

On May 29, Pravda said “Saudis have begun to wipe Yemen off the map…Shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb.”

“Israel is reported to be the one to deploy such (weapons). Any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F-16s shot down and forensically identified, are now gone.”

“Forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest.”

“Obama has recently promised to provide every assistance including US military force to any ‘external threat’ the rich Arab states of the Gulf may face.”

A previous article said Obama wants Yemen bombed back to the 19th century. US orchestrated aggression is systematically committing mass slaughter and destruction – mostly affecting civilian men, women and children.

Thousands have been murdered in cold blood, many more injured and around a million displaced.

It gets worse. Fars News cited Djibouti sources saying “out of every 100 ships of humanitarian aids sent for the Yemeni people, the cargoes of only 10 ships are delivered to the poor Arab nation and the rest is sold to African and Arab traders.”

“These officials also forge documents and claim that the aid ships are on their way to Yemen and will unload their cargoes in Aden and al-Hudayda ports while aids are carried to the African and Arab ports.”

According to Fars News, “aid committees” said 173 ships with humanitarian aid reached Yemeni ports. Aden sources indicated only four vessels reached its port, three carrying food.

If the report is accurate, most desperately needed aid isn’t arriving. Profiteers are stealing it – perhaps as part of Obama’s plan to cause maximum pain and suffering to force Houthis to surrender.

A previous article discussed Riyadh using US-supplied banned cluster bombs. In early May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported their use – citing credible evidence.

On May 31, HRW again reported on cluster munitions harming civilians in northern Yemen’s Saada governorate. Its senior emergencies researcher Ole Solvang said the following:

“These weapons can’t distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting.”

HRW documented US-supplied Saudi use of cluster bombs in 2009. They can be fired by rockets, mortars, artillery or dropped from aircraft.

Cluster munitions are banned for good reason. They’re terror weapons. They harm civilians. Unexploded ones look like toys. Children picking them up are killed or have limbs blown off.

Perhaps an entire generation of Yemeni children will be killed or maimed before conflict ends.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Endless Nakba

 

Palestinian elderly overlooking a Palestinian refugee camp during the initial catastrophe (Nakba) in 1948.

Palestinian elderly overlooking a Palestinian refugee camp during the initial catastrophe (Nakba) in 1948.

Palestinians are as powerless as Jews were in Nazi Germany. They’re denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.

They face daily persecution, collective punishment, extrajudicial viciousness, economic strangulation and endless ethnic cleansing.

Israel calls legitimate resistance and self-defense terrorism. Endless Nakba marks daily life in Palestine – Israel high crimes committed with impunity.

Millions of Palestinians suffer at the hands of a ruthless regime ignoring their fundamental rights.

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council highlighted “the 67th year of forced displacement from, and within, (Palestinians’) ancestral homeland.”

Israel continues committing grave breaches of international law – often with rubber-stamp judicial authorization.

On May 5, Israel’s High Court ruled an estimated 700 Umm al-Hiran village Israeli citizens can be forcibly displaced for exclusive Jewish development.

According to Justice Elyakim Rubinstein:

“The state is the owner of the lands in dispute, which were registered in its name in the framework of the arrangement process; the residents have acquired no rights to the land but have settled them (without any authorization).”

False! Displaced residents were transferred to the village by Israeli military decree in 1956. It’s been their legal home for almost 60 years.

They petitioned against eviction in November 2013. They argued forced displacement for exclusive Jewish development violates their fundamental rights.

Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, coordinator Amjad Iraqi called the ruling the first High Court one authorizing exclusive Jewish development at the expense of Arab citizens.

It signifies Israel can forcibly displace Arab citizens from all villages it wishes to make way for Jewish development.

In other words, Muslim Israeli citizens have no rights whatever. Israel can discriminate against them ruthlessly.

“(T)housands of Bedouin citizens are now in even greater danger of imminent displacement with Israeli law turned even further against them,” Iraqi explained.

Evicting Bedouin citizens is part of a greater longstanding Israeli ethnic cleansing program – ongoing since 1948 to make Israel and Occupied Palestine as exclusively Jewish as possible.

About 1.7 million Palestinians are Israeli citizens. They’re treated like fifth column threats.

Dozens of discriminatory laws oppress them. Tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens live in so-called unrecognized villages.

They’re denied electricity, water, education, healthcare and other basic services. They endure home demolitions, forced displacements and Israeli security force violence.

Adalah launched a Save Umm al-Hiran campaign “to raise awareness of the village’s struggle and demand cancellation of the residents’ eviction.”

It urges others to join their action for justice. Adalah attorney Myssana Morany expressed outrage against a blatantly discriminatory Israeli Supreme Court decision benefitting Jews at the expense of Arab citizens deserving equal rights.

Its ruling “contradicts the essence of the rule of law, since it is the obligation of an administrative authority to strive for equality, not just in its meaning as relating to all as equals, but also in terms of relating to different people differently,” she said.

“(T)he court refused to see the human, social, historical and political aspects and ignored the state’s responsibility for the situation it created. Instead, it took advantage of the legal opportunity to remove the residents.”
 
“The Attorney General too, in his refusal to find an overall solution to the problem of construction without permit, defends the rule of law in only its formal aspect, while ignoring the years-long institutionalized policy that created the serious shortage of housing in Arab society.”

Longstanding Israeli policy is ruthlessly discriminatory. Arab citizens and occupied Palestinians are denied fundamental rights afforded solely to Jews.

Don’t expect Israel’s new harder than ever hardline regime to change things. Expect greater than ever Palestinian pain, suffering and misery.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

More Evidence Of Israel’s Dirty Role In The Syrian Proxy War

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By: Steven MacMillan | New Eastern Outlook

Video footage surfaced last week showing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) treating a wounded anti-Assad Syrian rebel, following a UN report at the end of last year which found that the IDF and the Syrian rebels (including ISIS) were in regular contact. The Times of Israel reported on this latest video in an article titled, IDF posts footage of medics saving Syrian rebel in Golan:

“The IDF on Saturday released rare footage of its medics performing a life-saving procedure on one of the most severely wounded Syrian combatants medical personnel have encountered in the Golan Heights… The man, a Syrian rebel who belongs to an unnamed organization fighting against the Assad regime and its allies, received treatment at the border and then inside Israel, and was ultimately able to return to Syria… Since the start of the civil war in 2011, the IDF has treated an estimated 1,600 non-combatants and anti-Assad rebels… Although Israel’s treatment of militants from Syria — many of whom are believed to belong to Islamist organizations such as the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front — may seem bizarre given the animosity these types of groups have expressed for the Jewish state in the past, Israel has approached the issue from a humanitarian point of view.”

The Times of Israel tries to spin Israel’s assistance to the Syrian rebels as purely “from a humanitarian point of view”, in reality however, Israel supports the Syrian opposition for its own geopolitical ends. Weakening the Syrian regime has been a geopolitical objective of the Israeli establishment for decades, with strategic papers dating back to the 1980’s detailing this goal. Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist who had close connections to the Foreign Ministry in Israel, wrote an article in 1982 which was published in a journal of the World Zionist Organisation titled: “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”. In it, Yinon outlines that the “dissolution of Syria and Iraq” are “Israel’s primary” objectives in the region:

“The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.” (p.11.)

Israel’s strategic desire to weaken both Syria and Iraq was again reiterated in 1996 when a study group led by neocon Richard Perle prepared a policy document for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu titled: ‘A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm’. The document states:

“Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”

More recently, Israeli officials have publically revealed their desire to topple the regime in Damascus and break the alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. In an interview in 2013, the Israeli Ambassador to the US at the time Michael Oren publically expressed that Israel “always wanted Bashar Assad to go”, adding that “the greatest danger to Israel is the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut.”

Israel has been aiding the Syrian opposition with more than just medical assistance since the start of the Syrian proxy war however, as Tel Aviv has bombed Syrian territory repeatedly in addition to providing anti-Assad forces with arms. In August of last year, Sharif As-Safouri, the commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Haramein Battalion at the time, revealed that he had “entered Israel five times to meet with Israeli officers who later provided him with Soviet anti-tank weapons and light arms”, as The Times of Israel reported.

Tel Aviv has also been accused of creating and facilitating the rise of ISIS itself. The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, stated that ISIS was created and supported by Israel, Britain and the US in order to achieve these states own objectives. A report that seemed to emerge from Gulf News in 2014 also asserted that the leader of ISIS and the new so-called caliph, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, was trained by the Mossad, although some have questioned the validity of this report. It should also be noted that some news reports assert that Baghdadi was seriously injured or even killed by a US drone strike in April.

There is no question that Israel is playing a prominent role in the attempted destruction of the Syrian state, and is guilty of destroying the lives of millions of people through their support of anti-Assad mercenaries.  Syrians are now the second largest refugee population on the planet according to a UN report (only second to Palestinians), all thanks to the NATO/Israeli/Saudi axis of evil which has funded and supported rebel armies in Syria. 


Steven MacMillan is an independent writer, researcher, geopolitical analyst and editor of  The Analyst Report, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/18/more-evidence-of-israel-s-dirty-role-in-the-syrian-proxy-war/

Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak Joins Board Of Biometrics Firm

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By: Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post

Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak has added another accomplishment to his bloody résumé now that he has accepted a new position with startup biometrics firm, FST Biometrics.

Barak recently joined the board of FST after the company received a $15 million investment from GMF Capital, which is headed by Gary Fegel, a well-known Swiss investor. Barak will now serve as FST’s representative to GMF Capital on GMF’s board.

FST products are a combination of facial recognition and behavioral analytics and its clients include corporations and governments.

The founder of FST is Aharon Zeevi Farkash, a former head of Israeli Military Intelligence.

Ehud Barak is obviously most well-known for his stint as Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel but was also able to achieve notoriety for his ability to pass as a woman during the midst of a military operation that allegedly saw him assassinating three PLO figures along with other Israeli terrorists assisting him.

Barak has long been a war hawk and a leader in the genocide of Palestinians.

Ehud Barak’s original name was Ehud Brog, a Lithuanian name held by his family who had emigrated to settled Palestine and drive out the local inhabitants in 1932.

Of course, that Barak would be appointed to a high-level position in a surveillance and biometrics company like FST is not surprising considering that Israel has been a large proponent of such technologies and given Barak’s previous track record in the realm of freedom and human rights.

It is quite convenient, however, that, only last month, Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan introduced legislation that would enforce a mandatory biometric identification system.

As Justin Lee writes for BiometricUpdate.com,

Initially passed by the Knesset in December 2009, the Biometric Database Law mandates the collection of fingerprints and facial images from all Israeli residents, as well as integrating these biometric details in domestic ID cards and national passports.

The legislation also called for the creation of a biometric government database for the purpose of managing access control, identification of individuals and to help law enforcement officials locate criminal suspects.

The law is intended to curb identity theft, as well as the loss, theft and destruction of the current blue ID cards issued by the Interior Ministry.

In a report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office and to the Knesset Chairman, Erdan emphasized the importance of implementing the biometric system and said the transition would be gradual.

“Smart biometric records that cannot be faked […] will lead to the full protection of the identity of Israeli citizens,” Erdan told Channel 10. “It will provide a balance between our duty to ensure the security of citizens and our duty to protect their privacy. We will promote a gradual transition to mandatory biometric documentation.”

The first phase of the biometric identification system was implemented in June 2013, and since then, some 640,000 people have volunteered to submit their biometric details to the database, said Erdan.

While it will be interesting to see the role that FST plays in the implementation of such a system in Israel, the company will no doubt cash in on the global movement to install and enforce a technological control grid and surveillance society based on biometrics the world over.

With the proliferation of biometrics-based technologies used for identification, convenience, and security clearance, FST is merely getting in on one of the lower floors on what will unfortunately be one of the leading industries in the Western world soon enough.


Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

United Nations Blames Israel For Murdering 44 Palestinians

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An internal UN investigation into the attacks on its facilities in Gaza last summer blamed the IDF for damages caused in seven schools managed by the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Six of those schools served as a refuge for civilians during the Israeli offensive, whose result was the death of 44 innocent Palestinians and 227 other wounded.

The report submitted Monday to the Security Council also states that three schools that were empty were used by Palestinian armed groups to store weapons and presumably leg firing rockets into Israel.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a group of experts in November 2014 to lead an investigation into the attacks. This group was led by former Dutch General Patrick Cammaert.

During the presentation of the findings, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon complained in a letter to the Security Council about the consequences of the Israeli attacks.

The results will now be studied to assess what has been described as the “extreme gravity” of acts that resulted in the severance of the inviolability of UN facilities.

“The coordinates of the centers of the UN were known by the Israeli Army and were recorded on maps,” says the document.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Emmanuel Nahshon, said yesterday that his government has also investigated the facts contained in the report and that the Israeli government has opened criminal cases where they are considered necessary.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said meanwhile that the Islamic resistance movement will study the report, although he sees no evidence that weapons caches were hiding in UN schools in Gaza.

An external international commission led by the UN intends to render its conclusions next June.

Following the accession of the Palestinian authorities to the treaty regulating the International Criminal Court, the prosecution of this court opened a preliminary investigation in January to examine whether war crimes were committed during the conflict in Gaza last summer, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Most of those killed were civilians.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.