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Infant Mortality Soars In The Gaza Strip After Israeli Blockade

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60% of newborns do not live past four weeks.

If infant mortality is one of the main indicators of the health of a population, the health situation in Gaza seems to have plummeted for the first time in half a century.

UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, has found that in 2013 twenty-two of every thousand babies died before they reached their first birthday, compared to 20.2 in 2008.

UN figures reflect a higher health impairment than neonatal mortality of children under four weeks, which increased by 60%, from 12% to 20.3% over the same period.

Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza eight years ago alleging security reasons after the Islamist movement Hamas took power. Egypt has also imposed strict controls on the movement of goods and people along its border.

The director of UNRWA’s health program, Akihiro Seita, said in a statement released by the agency that “progress in terms of infant mortality is generally not experience” and that instead, Palestinians in general and children in particular experience more “setbacks”.

In 1960, when the UN sought his first medical reports on the Strip, the rate of babies who died before their first birthday per thousand births stood at 127 cases.

“An increase like the one registered in Gaza is unprecedented,” says Seita, “and can only be found in African countries that have experienced epidemics of AIDS”.

The UN agency reviewed data with independent sources to make sure there wouldn’t be errors and has commissioned a new study this year to confirm the results.

The health official argues that although it is difficult to determine the causes of the increased mortality of infants, the UN has expressed concern about “the long-term impact of the blockade on health centers and the provision of medicines and medical supplies.”

Data published by United Nations do not include deaths registered in 2014. The armed conflict that took place last summer in Gaza killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, of which about a quarter were children. Only 73 Israelis were killed, most of whom were IDF soldiers who entered Gaza in search for alleged terrorists.

A year later, most of the patients treated by humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders are children and thousands still need psychological treatment after the impact of the war in the Palestinian coastal villages, where 45% of the population -1.8 million in total- are less than 14 years of age. These particular group of people has suffered three armed conflicts over the past six years.

On the other hand, the UN fears that cutting international donations endangers the resumption of the school year later this month in Gaza, where 225,000 students receive education in UNRWA schools. Those very schools were bombarded by Israel during the 2014 conflict.

The UN agency for children, UNICEF, warned last year about an increase in the rate of school failure in Gaza, where many students are still suffering the consequences of war. The latest Israeli attacks destroyed 18,000 homes and left more than 140,000 people homeless.


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.

Hollow Israeli Government Sorrow Over Palestinian Baby Immolated By Settlers

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Israeli officials throughout its history consistently showed contempt for Palestinian rights – from Ben-Gurion to Allon to Meir to Begin to Rabin to Peres to Sharon to Netanyahu and others, an array of rogue leaders, not a democrat in the bunch.

All believed in affording rights solely to Jews. None supported fundamental fairness. All committed high crimes against defenseless Palestinians – from Ben-Gurion’s Nakba to Netanyahu’s Protective Edge along with decades of racist persecution from 1948 through today – horrific barbarism against an entire population, flagrantly violating international law unaccountably.

Netanyahu’s “shock” over 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha’s immolation by settlers belies his reign of terror on Palestine, his genocidal Gaza war last summer, his daily persecution of millions of Palestinian victims, his contempt for the rule of law.

IDF spokesman Moti Amoz ludicrously said “I cannot recall such a serious incident in the past few years.”

What about deliberately targeting Gazan civilians during Operation Protective Edge, murdering scores of entire families in cold blood, reducing residential communities to rubble, ordering soldiers to shoot to kill all Palestinians in sight – including women, young children, infants as they slept, the elderly and infirm.

What about attacking refugee camps, UN safe havens, hospitals, schools, mosques, residential homes and numerous other civilian targets unrelated to military necessity.

What about teaching young Jewish children to hate Arabs – manipulating their minds when they’re too young to understand.

What about a nation facing no threats mobilized for war at all times. What about soldiers rampaging daily through Palestinian communities, breaking into homes pre-dawn, terrorizing families, traumatizing children, vandalizing property, making lawless arrests followed by brutal interrogations amounting to torture, then detention without right to counsel or family contacts for days or weeks, including for devastated young children.

What about a racist rogue terror state exceeding South African apartheid viciousness. What about Palestine a virtual free-fire zone – soldiers and other security forces brutalizing and killing with impunity.

Opposition Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog called baby Ali’s immolation “terror of the worst kind.” What about Israeli mass murder last summer for 51 horrifying days, affecting 1.8 million trapped Gazans.

Israel is its own worst enemy. An accompanying article said regular settler crimes are a microcosm of issues of far greater consequence – reflected in daily state sponsored terrorism against millions of defenseless Palestinians.

They’re persecuted, beaten, and murdered for protesting peacefully for rights everyone deserves. They’re targeted for the crime of “fishing.” They’re shot tilling their fields.

Young children are terrorized at home, at play or coming from or going to school. They’re arrested and now face up to 20 years in prison for the crime of stone-throwing. They’re killed or wounded by trigger-happy soldiers with impunity.

International leaders able to intervene responsibly yawn and do nothing – endorsing Israeli atrocities by silence or inaction.

Nations mobilized for war at all times, waging them constantly, persecuting their own people and others, showing contempt for rule of law principles, and serving its privileged few at the expense of all others are doomed to fail.

America and Israel are Exhibits A and B – partners in horrific crimes of war and against humanity. Their day of reckoning awaits.

The late Chalmers Johnson warned about “the sorrows of empire,” a culture of corruption and militarism, endless wars of aggression called humanitarian ones, collapse of constitutional governance, a nation run by criminals posing as democrats, a phony war on terror not ending in our lifetime.

An unavoidable day of reckoning awaits. Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance and punisher of hubris and arrogance in Greek mythology is among us, he said.

She’s unseen, patiently stalking our way of life, awaiting the moment to make her presence known. Johnson compared her to Wagner’s Brunnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Unlike Nemesis, she collects heroes, not fools and hypocrites. They both announce their presence the same way: “Only the doomed see” them, unable to escape their sting.


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Many Tears Shed For Cecil, But Who Will Cry For Baby Ali Saad?

The attack was the worst by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in Jerusalem a year ago. (Image credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

The attack was the worst by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in Jerusalem a year ago. (Image credit: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini)

The world has been surprised and shocked by the death of a lion and many people have condemned the man who killed the animal while hunting in Zimbabwe. But not all living beings are the same, it seems, as the murder of a Palestinian baby by Israeli settlers has not seen the same level of outrage.

A Palestinian baby as young as a year and a half was burned in a fire at his home. The murder was perpetrated by Israeli settlers, local media reported.

In the fire, which took place in the town of Duma, near Nablus, seriously injured three other members of his family, including his parents.

“The baby was burned alive, not killed by smoke. It was horrible,” a witness told EFE news agency, detailing that an Israeli settler attacked two Palestinian houses, which resulted in the death of the baby, while his parents and siblings were seriously injured.

“We got a group of about ten neighbors to the house at about two in the morning. The father, mother and child were badly injured. He [the father] begged us to come and help take the baby. We tried, but the smoke made it impossible,” said Dawathe Hatem, a 27 year old resident of Duma.

The baby was later taken to his grandfather’s house, 20 minutes from the burning house to say goodbye to him, and when they finished the noon prayers, he was buried.

“Baby Ali died he burnt alive, not by smoke. And his father Taed Dawabsha, 32, is in a very bad situation, with 80 percent of the body burned,” he said, noting that he has been transferred to Israel’s Soroka hospital.

The mother, Rihan, 27, and her son Ahmad, 4, also entered the hospital in serious condition.

“Ahmad has his legs burned and it seems they may have to amputate,” recounts Dawathe.

A half hour after the attack dozens of neighbors came to the place, together with Palestinian police and members of the Israeli army.

According to the neighbor, the village had previously been in trouble with the settlers from nearby settlements. They had cut trees or attacked property, but “had never done anything like killing anyone, burning a house with people inside. This is inexplicable “.

People in Duma, “are very, very angry, but do not think anything will happen, because this is an isolated village, no a military checkpoints.”

Pain and anger in the community

The anger and pain spread today in Palestine after the murder of baby Ali in an attack that has been identified as caused by an extremist settler in the northern West Bank.

“They killed my neighbors. I do not rule out a third intifada,” said Afsha Dawabsha, a man who lives also lives in Duma. Him along with fifty women concentrated near the burned house of the victims to cry them and show their support.

“We are not aggressive but look what these settlers have done,” he complained.

Five hundred men from the small town of three thousand people attended the prayer carried out at the mosque at noon, before participating in Ali’s funeral. Ali’s grandfather’s house was surrounded by hundreds of people.

“The whole village awoke to the screams, people are extremely sad and angry,” said Yaser Dawabshe, who woke up and ran to the house, but when he got there “the baby was dead”.

“All I could do to help was to disconnect the gas. The house was totally burned,” he said.

Residents of this small village near Nablus are greatly demoralized and angered by the fact that the Israeli authorities “do nothing to control the settlers who attack the houses, kill sheep and now kill children” one local resident said.

Palestinian Authority will take murder of baby to International Criminal Court

The murder case of Ali will be taken before the International Criminal Court (ICC), said a Palestinian official who asked not to be identified.

“This case is going to be taken before the Court. This morning I met the Palestinian emergency legal team to see what steps we need to take in international courts,” the source said.

According to him, the case “may fall under more than one category of crimes that the court can consider. If it is confirmed to be related to the guaranteed impunity by Israeli settlers, it can be considered a war crime or a crime against humanity “.

“All the facts of the case and the results of the investigation will be surrendered to the ICC,” he added.

Xavier Abu Eid, a spokesman for the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO), told EFE that “the Palestinians need justice.”

“These attacks happen because of the impunity that Israel guarantees settlers. We do not believe in Israeli condemnation, they are responsible for what happens,” he said.

“If these settlers are there it is because of a policy decision of Israel. They are protected by Israel. Israel cannot act surprised to crimes committed by a culture of hatred that they have implemented,” he added.

Israel has ordered to keep secret any information relating to the investigation.

The secretary general of the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO) and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat blamed the Israeli government today for the attack that resulted in the death of baby Ali.

“We consider the Israeli Government fully responsible for the brutal murder of baby Ali Saad Dawabsha and the burns suffered by his mother and sister. This is a direct result of decades of impunity that the Israeli government has given the terrorist settlers,” he denounced in a statement.

International Condemnation

The German government harshly condemned the arson attack allegedly committed by a Jewish settler against two houses of Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank, while hailed Israel’s determination to do justice and to respond to the aggression.

The “brutality” of the attack is “shocking,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement today after the attack.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expresses its condolences to the family, praises the expressed condemnation for the attack by the Government of Israel and stresses that it needs to be given the “highest priority” to prosecute those responsible.

The German government referred to the reaction of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu, who harshly condemned the attack.

It was a matter of time

“A burnt child was only a matter of time in view of the policy of not enforcing the law on violent settlers”, said the Israeli NGO Betselem, that works for human rights and against Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories.

“The killing this morning of baby Ali Saad and the serious injuries to his parents, Taeb and Rihan, and his brother Ahmad, was due to “the policy of the authorities of not applying Israeli law on those who harm Palestinians and their properties. This policy creates impunity for crimes of hatred and encourages attackers to continue them, bringing the horrible outcome of this morning,” said the NGO in a statement.

According to Betselem, in the past three years, Israeli civilians set fire to nine Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank and threw a Molotov cocktail at a Palestinian taxi, igniting and causing serious injury to the family going inside. Israeli Security forces have not attributed any fault to anyone for those attacks.

“In recent years, Israeli civilians have set fire to dozens of homes, mosques, businesses, crops and Palestinian vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them, the police did not even bother to take measures or to investigate the attacks,” denounced the NGO.


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.

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.

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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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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

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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.

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.

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.

Palestine Joins International Criminal Court

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Palestine officially became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday in a similar manner in which other states that have ratified the Rome Statute, its founding document.

The Court is a judicial body and is not authorized to recognize any state. However, the United Nations admitted Palestine back in in November 2012 as an obsever state, clearing the way for the ICC to allow Palestine to become member number 123.

The current government of Mahmoud Abbas agreed last January to recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel since June 13, 2014. Similarly, Palestinian militants may be subject to investigation by the prosecution.

The Palestinian membership has led to outright rejection from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president considers Hamas a “terrorist organization allied with the Palestinian Authority, whose “criminals fired thousands of rockets against Israeli citizens.” The United States and Canada share Netanyahu’s opinion.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, hosted the second vice president of the Court who gave him a symbolic copy of the Rome Statute, the founding document of the high court.

“From today Palestine formally becomes a Member State of the Rome Statute, the world is closer to ending a long era of impunity and injustice. This agreement brings us closer to our shared goals of justice and peace,” said Al Mali.

The path of Palestine to the Hague-based ICC has been slow and complicated. Abbas announced its accession on December 31 last year, just one day after his last proposal to end the Israeli occupation was rejected before the Security Council of the UN.

Then, on January 2, Abbas signed the Rome Statute thus completing the legal process that culminates now. The secretary general of the UN itself, Ban Ki-moon, announced the date of April 1 for the incorporation of Palestine via the organization’s website.

Palestine has accepted the jurisdiction of international judges from June 13 of last year, which will enable them to investigate Israel’s military operations that took place between July 8 and August 26, 2014. During this time, more than 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis were killed.

The prosecution of the Court evaluates at present the documentation on the subject, an essential step to open a formal investigation. In the last five years the ICC had rejected three other similar claims, because “Palestine was not part of the UN family.”

From now on a new chapter opens in international justice.


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.

Israeli Stooge Abbas Supports Obama’s War On Yemen

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Israel appointed Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority leader to provide enforcer services – dirty work it subcontracts.

He’s hugely corrupt. He amassed great stolen wealth serving Israeli interests – conspiring against his own people.

He’s a Palestinian Judas, a longtime Israeli collaborator. He has no legitimacy whatever. He belongs in prison, not high office.

On Thursday, he expressed support for Saudi terror-bombing – naked aggression by any standard.

He backs US-installed ousted puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

He ludicrously called restoring him to power important to create Yemeni security and unity.

He turned a blind eye to his despotic rule. He’s mindless of US-directed Saudi terror bombing murdering scores of civilian men, women and children – maybe hundreds by now.

Reports indicate Saudi and Egyptian military forces intend invading Yemen as soon as orders from Washington signal go.

Expect mass slaughter to follow. Millions of Yemenis are at risk.

Abbas supports what demands universal condemnation.

Naked aggression violates core international law. No nation may attack another except in self-defense.

Security Council members alone may authorize it. Otherwise it’s brazenly illegal.

The  Electronic Intifada said senior PA official Mahmound al-Habbash called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza – terror-bomb 1.8 million people the way Israel did last summer.

Murder perhaps thousands more. Maybe turn all remaining parts of Gaza Israel didn’t destroy to rubble.

Abbas supported Israel’s 2008-09 Cast Lead and 2012 Pillar of Cloud wars. Most likely its 2014 Operation Protective Edge carnage.

He’s Palestine’s worst enemy. He supports mass murdering his own people.

Al-Habbash serves as PA religious advisor. What kind of a god he prays to isn’t known – for sure not one civilized people believe in.

He said Arab states are obligated to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine.”

In January 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly elected Hamas their legitimate government.

Al-Habbash called its democratic victory and what followed “a coup” separating Gaza and West Bank authority.

“(I)t must be addressed with firmness,” he said. Mass murder is his method of choice.

“There can be no dialogue with coup-makers. They must be hit with an iron fist.”

Israel complicit with Washington orchestrated “coup-mak(ing)” against Palestine’s legitimately elected government.

Hamas successfully resisted their lawlessness. The price of electoral victory and resisting coup d’etat efforts was longterm isolation under siege and three US-supported and encouraged Israeli wars of aggression.

Abbas solidified West Bank power as Palestine’s illegitimate leader.

Besieged Gazans continue suffering horrifically under Israel’s lawless blockade – with no end in sight or international community help to support their legitimate rights.

Al-Habbash perhaps spoke for Abbas saying “(t)here are many other (regional) cases that should be treated like Yemen.”

In other words, mass murdering Arabs is OK as long as privileged ones benefit.

Abbas, al-Habbash and likeminded corrupt PA officials are Palestinians worst enemies. Why they put up with them, they’ll have to explain.


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.

European Union Condemns Israel For Demolishing Palestinian Shelters

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The representative at the office of the European Union in Jerusalem showed her disapproval for the demolition orders issued by the Israeli authorities of two temporary shelters in the West Bank that had been subsidized by the EU community.

“We condemn the demolition of two shelters funded by the European Union in Area C as part of our response to the needs of affected communities according to humanitarian imperative,” reads a statement released by the office.

As sources reported, Israeli authorities destroyed the two facilities near the separation wall in Isawiya, Jerusalem. The shelters are located in an area known as Area C, which under the Oslo Accords falls under the administrative and military control of Israel.

“We would like to express our concern at this Israeli action,” the spokesman for the office said. He insisted that the EU “has repeatedly asked Israel to halt demolitions in Area C and due to the worsening conditions in which Palestinians live there. “

Less than two months ago, UN Humanitarian Resident Coordinator in the Occupied Territories, James W. Rawley, showed concern at the increase of demolished structures -including housing and shelters for animals- in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which were also carried out by Israel.

The demolitions “leading to forced evictions and displacements are contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary stress and suffering. This must stop immediately,” urged the representative.

According to the data handled by the humanitarian office, last year the Israeli government destroyed 590 structures, some of them funded by international donors, in Area C and East Jerusalem, causing the displacement of 1,177 people.

But despite the continuous warnings from the UN and now the EU, Israel is far from being held accountable for these actions. For now, it is all rhetoric and no international organization or national government has called for accountability although multiple investigations have been conducted on Israel’s violations of signed accords and the commission of crimes against humanity.


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.

PLO Breaks Security Pacts With Israel

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After monopolizing the political agenda with his controversial speech to the US Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear that security in Israel is the centerpiece of his campaign.

The latest polls seem to show that Netanyahu’s speech has been modestly effective in gaining him more support. The Likud leader assigned only had a slight improvement after his speech at the Capitol.

However, there is topic of which almost no one in Israel, including Netanyahu is talking about. The Palestinian issue.

Israel’s relation with the Palestinians is as old as its history. Since it was established as the “birth of the Jewish state” in 1948, no one seems to want to solve the conflict between the Israeli regime and the right it denies to Palestinians to live in peace. In this election cycle, politicians in Israel are more worried about the “Iranian threat” and domestic problems.

Not long after Netanyahu heard the last cheers in Washington, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and in a closed session celebrated on Thursday in Ramallah, both parts agreed to cut ties with Israel since the Oslo Accords of 1993.

“We are forced to reset the security cooperation with Israel,” admitted Kamal al Sheik, board member of Fatah, the party of Abbas.

Contacts between Palestinian security services and Israelis, that have helped prevent attacks and defuse tension, will be broken as long as Netanyahu is in power, said a source of the PLO in Ramallah, “but they will be reconsidered after the elections “.

The president of the Palestinian Authority accused Israel on Wednesday of blackmailing his government since December to suspend the transfer of taxes it collects on its behalf by an amount that has now reached $450 million.

The transfer of tax accounts for two-thirds of budget revenues, which means that 140,000 Palestinian officials have had their salaries discounted by 40%.

“The Palestinian Authority has been reluctant to cut the last ties with Israel, but needs to make a gesture of firmness to the population affected by the pay cut,” argued Said Zidani, a University professor and political analyst.

The Executive led by Netanyahu took the step of blocking the funds immediately after the Palestinian government requested his accession to the treaty governing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which will take effect next April 1.

“We will not formally file any lawsuit against Israel,” revealed a source in the PLO, “but we expect that the court acts on its own, after an investigation carried out with respect to the conflict in Gaza last summer.”

Ramallah analysts understand that although Israel has not signed the Rome Statute of 1998, establishing the ICC, the International Criminal Justice can examine events in the Palestinian territory, including Gaza.

The Arabs with Israeli citizenship represent 20% of the population and around 15% of voters in Israel. The list of political groups that oppose Likud is composed of three Arab parties and one Arab-Israeli group.

“Polls now assign a range of 10 to 15 seats, depending on the participation of Arab voters at the polls,” explains Professor Zidani. “It seems clear that it will be almost impossible to block Netanyahu’s reelection for a third consecutive term without the Arab group of Knesset”.

“The Arab parties have had no choice but to join forces to survive,” says Gideon Raat, election analyst and professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University. “The outgoing center-right government has forced them to do that to raise the minimum bar which allows access to parliament, between 2% to 3.25% of the vote,” he adds.


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.

Israeli Women Wage Peace

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Anti-war women of the world unite. They’re doing it in Israel. Thousands represent a refreshing antidote to Netanyahu’s hate-mongering rage for war.

Women Wage Peace (WWP) activists support a “viable” Israeli- Palestinian peace. They want working for it “place(d) at the top of the public agenda.”

They call peace the only solution “offer(ing) life and hope.” With Israeli general elections days away, they urge a “new and different reality in the Middle East.”

They call it “feasible.” Saying “we must strive for it.” Inspired by the horrors of last summer’s Gaza war, they “decided to initiate, mobilize and propose an alternative.”

“The last round of violence has made it clear to all that we must break out of the spiral,” they stress.

“Whether Left or Right-wing, religious or secular, Arab or Jewish, we want to live in a society characterized by normality, prosperity and human rights.”

“All of us wish to lead a sane and balanced existence.” They hope to enlist widespread public support.

They intend “engag(ing) decision-makers and demand a change in priorities. They want peace “over military and security-based approaches.”

Their mission statement says the following:

WWP “is a non-political, broad-based, and rapidly growing movement of thousands of women, taking action to influence the public and political arena.”

It aims “to restore hope and work towards a peaceful existence for ourselves, our children and future generations.”

It wants future wars prevented. It wants peaceful, viable conflict resolution benefitting everyone equitably.

It believes involving large numbers of women increase chances for achieving its objective.

“Cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli women working together to promote (peace) will increase the chances for a sustainable (longterm) solution.”

It calls its values:

— “Perseverance and determination

— Mutual respect

— Cooperation and joint leadership”

It calls on all Israeli women to join a mass initiative for peace.

“Spread the word,” it urges. “Influence change.” Wage peace, not war. WWP activists intend going all-out to stop its scourge.

On March 3, its members carrying anti-war banners marched down Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Blvd. ahead of a planned mass rally outside Israel’s Knesset.

WWP has about 7,000 members. They want Palestinian peace talks revived.

On Wednesday, thousands surrounded the Knesset. They delivered what they called an “alternative” to Netanyahu’s congressional rant.

WPP member Michal Shamir said he spoke “in Washington in English, and we have chosen to speak in Jerusalem in Hebrew and Arabic.”

Group members began their rally walking from Independence Hall (where Israel’s May 1948 declaration of independence was signed) to Derech Hashalom – a main exit to the Tel Aviv/Jerusalem highway.

Derech Hashalom means Peace Way. “If there is no way, there is no peace,” said Shamir.

Israeli lawyers Irit Tamir and Michal Barak founded WWP in the wake of last summer’s Gaza war. Yael Elad heads its media efforts. She serves as spokeswoman.

She says “women cannot just sit at home, complain, and hope for the best, without actively doing something to change the situation.”

“It’s time for us to be part of the dialogue that revolves around security and peace.”

“We sense that women disappear from the public space when you look at TV panels or listen to radio shows.”

“This place is reserved for generals or politicians, but never for women. This has to change.”

“Women are half of the population. We raise the kids who eventually get sent to fight wars or protect the country.”

“We should be there to say something about the outcome.”

Since last August, WWP attracted new members through at home meetings and social media.

It has over 7,000 registered and more than 10,000 Facebook followers. It aims to grow its ranks to 700,000.

“We must become a powerful electoral voice,” said Elad. “We disagree on many things but agree on the necessity of a peace agreement for the future of Israel.”

Rihad Abdul Halim said she joined WWP’s steering committee because of a deep belief in the power of women to peaceful conflict resolution.

It “starts at home,” she said. “As women, our role is to educate for tolerance and the acceptance of the other. Why do we want peace? Because we hurt most during war.”

Recruiting Arab women is harder because “(we) don’t see ourselves as decision-makers,” she said.

“We feel we have no influence. (It) rests with the government, which is Jewish.” Nevertheless, when I hold parlor meetings, I see the women change their minds.”

“I describe this connection like a woman standing on the side of a lake and throwing in a pebble, representing our vision.”

“The stone creates water circles that grow wider and wider. Similarly, this movement created circles of humanity between women.”

“We exchange knowledge and culture, empowering each other. The influence is not just in the domain of peace, but in society more broadly.”

It’s not easy in male-dominated Israel. Only one woman, Golda Meir, ever served as prime minister. She was no dove.

A potential future leader, Tzipi Livni, matches Netanyahu’s hawkishness. Women for peace in Israel find it hard to be heard.

WWP activists intend to keep trying for a goal vital to achieve. Professor Irit Keynan heads the Institute for Civic Responsibility.

“Politicians who are uninterested in peace hold onto weak excuses and raise the ghosts of the Jewish people’s traumatic fears,” she said.

Those wanting peace “are afraid to say so out loud, and compete with each other” to see who’s toughest.

Patriotism is identified with pro-war discourse. Peace is a four-letter word. Unless Israel ends conflict with Palestinians, its future is grim, Keynan believes.

Michal Keidar said she “lost the only man (she ever) loved in the madness of this country.”

She believes no one else should die because hawkish politicians choose war over peace. She urged others to support candidates “for a quiet, normal life” on March 17.

WWP activists want Israel governed by officials waging peace, not war. So do supporters of peace, equity and justice for their own countries worldwide.

Join the struggle against lunatics in Israel and Western countries threatening humanity’s survival to achieve their imperial goals.


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.

Zionism Verses The Bible

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By: Pastor Thomas Williamson –

Much of our Christian emphasis on foreign policy in the Middle East today is based on the promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

The first half of this verse is a promise that God made to just one person, Abraham. The original Hebrew is in the second person singular, meaning that God is speaking only to Abraham. The King James Version correctly reflects this grammatical construction, since “thee” is singular, referring only to one person, whereas “ye” would refer to multiple persons.

Matthew Henry’s commentary states of Genesis 12:3a that “This made it a kind of league, offensive and defensive, between God and Abram.”

Of the second half of the verse, Matthew Henry says, This was the promise that crowned all the rest; for it points to the Messiah, in whom ‘all the promises are yea and amen.’ Note, (1), Jesus Christ is the great blessing of the world, the greatest that ever the world blessed with.”

Recently Genesis 12:3 has been spiritualized by Christian Zionist preachers, who say that this verse applies not just to Abraham, but also to Abraham’s descendants, specifically to the modern state of Israel founded in 1948. Supposedly, it means that evangelical Christians as individuals, and America as a nation, are bound to provide unquestioning support, financial and otherwise, to the state of Israel. It is said that if America fails to back up Israel in every way possible, financially, militarily and otherwise, then God will be through with America and will have us nuked.

When it is pointed out that the various Arabs nations, including Palestine, are also descended from Abraham, the Christian Zionists say that the promise of Genesis 12:3 applies only to the descendants of Isaac (Of course, there is no mention of Isaac in Genesis 12:3. They often misquote the verse, saying it refers to “blessing Israel,” but Israel is not mentioned in the verse either).

Zionists say, based on their non-literal, speculative, spiritualized interpretation of Genesis 12:3, that we are to give total, unquestioned support to some of Abraham’s children, while others of Abraham’s children are to be hated, persecuted, ethnically cleansed, bombed back into the Stone Age, maybe even nuked.

But in Genesis 21:13, 17-18 God also bestows His blessing on Ishmael and his descendants, saying, “For I will make him a great nation.” According to the same principles of interpretation by which we have made Genesis 12:3 a command for political support of the modern nation of Israel, Genesis 21:18 must be taken as a command for political support of the modern Arab nations. (Anybody want to start up a “Christian Ishmaelist” movement to lobby for Arab national greatness?)

Christian Zionists claim to have 70,000,000 followers in America, who insists that our politicians render unquestioning obedience to the military and political agenda of the Israeli Government.

Does God really demand that we support all actions and activities of the Israeli Government, even if those actions violate God’s moral standards of righteousness?

It should be pointed out that even in Old Testament times, when Israel was a nation specially chosen by, and ruled over by, Jehovah, He did not expect His people to support and endorse all actions of the government of Israel.

When the Government of Israel committed human rights violations, the prophets openly condemned them, 2 Kings 6:21 –23, 2 Chronicles 28:9-11, Nehemiah 5:7-11, Jeremiah 34:11-17, Amos 2:6-7, etc. Nowadays, liberal Jewish groups still protest human rights violations in Israel. Nevertheless, most fundamentalists Christians would never dream of doing such a thing – it is against their religion. It is their duty to either deny that such violations take place, or else to endorse and commend such violations. We have been told that God will smite us if we disagree with anything that Israel does.

The lawgiver Moses commanded the Hebrews that they should not oppress the strangers or non-Jews in their lands, Exodus 12:49, 22:21, 23:9, Leviticus 19:33-34, 25:35, Deuteronomy 10:18-19, 23:7, 24:17, 27:19. That message, of course, is not mentioned today – it is considered “politically incorrect.”

When King Ahab and Queen Jezebel unjustly expropriated the vineyard of Naboth, the prophet Elijah publicly denounced the kind for this unjust action, 1 Kings 21:17-24, Jehu cited this official action of the government of Israel against Naboth as justification for overthrowing that government, 2 Kings 9:25-26.

But nowadays, when the Israeli government expropriates the lands and properties of Palestinians without compensation, we look the other way and say nothing about it.

In Jeremiah 27:1-5, the prophet Jeremiah picketed a public meeting of the government of Judah with representatives of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon. He was protesting the foreign policy of Judah. We would never do anything like that today – it would be considered a violation of the command to “bless Abraham.”

In Jeremiah 27:6-17, the prophet advocated the surrender of Israel’s territory to the King of Babylon, in return for peace – today, we would call it “land for peace.” But today, our warmongering televangelists denounce “land for peace” as unthinkable for any reason whatsoever, and threaten God’s wrath against anyone who would support such a thing.

Supposedly it is better for Jewish and Arab children of Abraham to keep on killing each other over the land (while these sanctimonious war profiteers collect the money from sales of their Armageddon videos. Could it be a conflict of interest to allow American foreign policy to be dictated by these mega-millionaire preachers, who stand to make a profit if there is a war in the Middle East?)

We have seen that God’s inspired prophets did not meet the Christian Zionist standard of blind, unquestioning support for Israel. As it turns out, today’s Christian Zionists do not meet that standard, either.

Whenever the modern Israeli government takes any action that does not fit in with the speculative doomsday scenarios of the Armageddon Theology, the Christian Zionists will loudly protest and insist that the Israelis are doing wrong.

For instance, in 1994 Christian Zionist leaders, including Pat Robertson and Ralph Reed, publicly condemned the policies of the Israeli government under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was seeking a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Robertson has also attacked the policies of Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres.

It seems hypocritical for Christian Zionists to threaten the wrath of God against those who express disagreement with any policy of the Israeli government when they have done the same thing themselves.

Modern-day Israelis and other Jews are well aware of the fact that the Christian Zionists believe, based on a mistaken interpretation of Zechariah 13:8, that there must be a devastating war in the Middle East in which two-thirds of all the Jews will be slaughtered. It is commonly understood that the Christian Zionists do not really care about what is best for the Jews, as evidenced by their constant lobbying efforts to stir up World War III in the Middle East. Million Jews may wind up dead, but it will be good for sales of the Armageddon videos that are peddled on the televangelists’ broadcasts and web-sites.

This raises the question who is really “blessing Israel;” those who are working for peace in the Middle East, or those who are agitating for a war designed to get two-thirds of all Jews wiped out?

Some gullible evangelical Christians may not understand these issues, but our Jewish friends understand what is at stake very well – they are being prepared to serve as cannon fodder for the next Holocaust.

Gershom Gorenberg, in his book “The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount,” says, “I’ve listened to….American evangelical ministers who insist on their deep love for Israel and nevertheless eagerly await apocalyptic battles on Israel’s soil so terrible that the dry river bed will, they predict, fill with rivers of blood.”

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, has stated that “People who say there can be no peace are not really friends of Israel.”

Robert O. Freedman, political science professor at Baltimore Hebrew University, says concerning Christian Zionists, “Once you get in bed with them, you are, to a certain extent, subscribing to their view of what America ought to be. And that, in my view, is not in the best interests of the Jewish people.”

Former Shin Bet secret chief Carmi Gillon and former police commissioner Assaf Hefetz, commenting on the activities of Temple Mount extremists who are financially supported by fundamentalist Americans, warned that an attack on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem “would lead to an all-out war and unleash destructive forces that would imperil Israel’s existence.”

The eagerness of some televangelists, to get a war going in the Middle East (along with their vociferous Arab-bashing and Muslim-baiting), must be considered in context of their belief in the infamous Armageddon Theology, which insists that 2/3 of all the Jews must die.

Grace Halsell, in her book “Prophecy and Politics” observed: “Convinced that a nuclear Armageddon is an inevitable event within the divine scheme of things, many evangelical dispensationalists have committed themselves to a course for Israel that, by their own admission, will lead directly to a holocaust indescribably more savage and widespread than could have generated in Adolf Hitler’s criminal mind.”

American Christians who really want to be a blessing to all the children of Abraham (Jews and Arabs) need to realize that they do not have to render blind, knee-jerk support to the most extremist elements of Zionism, or to those who are actively trying to foment massive wars in the Middle East that would be contrary to the interests of the Israeli people. Not everyone is going to agree that stirring up a war to get 2/3 of all Jews killed is a good thing for the Jews.

Nor should we forget that our Prime Directive as Christians is found in the Great Commission. Our mission is to evangelize, baptize and teach, not to try to hasten Christ’s coming by agitating war and violence in the Middle East.

Zionism is based on a total misunderstanding of what the Bible teaches. It is true that God gave Palestine to Hebrews in ancient times. But the Bible teaches that their possession of the land was under a conditional covenant with Jehovah. If the Hebrews disobeyed their God, they would lose the land. This is clearly taught in Genesis 17:9-14, Exodus 19:4-5, Leviticus 26:40-45, Deuteronomy 7:12, Joshua 23:15-16, 1 Kings 9:6-9, 2 Chronicles 7:19-22, Jeremiah 34:12-22, Ezekiel 33:23-29, Matthew 21:43, etc.

When the Jews rejected their Messiah, God sent the Romans to dispossess the Jews from their land in 70 AD. This was God’s complete punishment on the Jews for crucifying Christ – therefore, the Jews today should not be persecuted for something that happened 2000 years ago. However, their former title deed on the land of Palestine is not abrogated.

The New Testament teaches that Christians are to focus on the heavenly Jerusalem, not the earthly one, John 4:21, Galatians 4:24-28, Hebrews 12:18-24. We are told in Hebrews 11:13-16 that even Abraham has no further interest in a restored Jewish state on earth, because he is in a much better place in heaven.

Christian Zionism is a movement that claims to be based on the Bible, but as we have seen, it is actually contrary to what the Bible teaches. All Christians should repudiate Zionism and should work for a peace settlement in the Middle East that will be of mutual benefit to Abraham’s Jewish and Arab children in Palestine.

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Mr. Thomas Williamson is an ordained Baptist minister who lives in Chicago, Illinois. He contributes to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from time to time.

Original article: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/Zionism/zionism.htm

Condemn Islamic Terror And Shield Zionist Atrocities (VIDEO)

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“I would have joined a terrorist organization.”– Ehud Barak’s response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha’aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

Surviving in a world of offensive double standards comes easy for people who lost their moral compass. Most culturally deficient pawns have such limited intellectual capacities and ethical fortitude to apply the same critical standards to zealots, who practice and defend barbarism no matter where it is committed. The narration that masquerades as objective news reporting out of the mass media, acts as a gatekeeper to provide political cover for Zionist protection. If the eternal struggle between Muslims and Jews was the supreme existential conflict, why would Christians take sides, when the purported feud between cousins, drips blood no matter whose hand holds the sword? 

Oh how dare equivocate between both pseudo religious cultures, when both are engulfed in political warfare as their primary tenant. If moral principle was the essence of either society, this obscene charade of state sponsored terrorism would be exposed for what it really represents. Now before the do-gooder Christians bask in their own moral superiority, your own secular humanism surrender does not bode well for your final judgment.  

The point is that unholy religious and politically inspired violence against a perceived enemy to achieve an atmosphere of panic is simply wrong. When government special operations, globalist intelligence interests and elite NWO sociopaths plan, fund, recruit, direct and cover-up false flag attacks, designed to complete a global despotism; all citizens of exploited countries lose their rights and become duped into thinking insecurity stems from radical psychopaths. The collective mental health of most societies is in a crisis of terminal proportions.  

Ponder the linkage of France’s lower house of parliament votes 339 to 151 in favor of symbolic motion to recognize statehood of Palestine and Netanyahu’s Chilling Threat To France Prior To The Charlie Hebdo Tragedy. Surely, a coincidence in what is widely seen as consistent with a pattern of a sponsored Mossad scenario, the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris has the world primed for even more draconian measures that in fact, extinguishes genuine security. 

Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest ruse to advance the victimhood claim is transparent. 

The real reason Bibi wants French Jews to move to Israel reports “By calling on France’s Jews to move to Israel, Netanyahu is promoting a worldview in which there is no national conflict, no occupation and no Palestinian people. There are only Jews and radical Muslims.” 

“The leader of a country that is constantly in a state of war, and that every few years actually goes to war, is imploring France’s Jews to leave their country in the wake of two terrorist attacks (one of which was not directed at a Jewish target), and move to Israel. Even if we ignore the downright chutzpah of his demand vis-a-vis the French government (try imagining a leader of a Western state calling on Israelis to immigrate to his country because of the security situation in Israel), no one doubts that French Jewish immigrants will be in much greater danger living in Israel. Perhaps our foreign minister would do well to update Netanyahu on the travel warnings issued fairly often for our country?” 

The insecurity hysteria that infects Western countries from the Zionist bias media about a terrorist under every bed refuses to speak the truth. Honest reporting would require coverage of the following. The same old story, Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, but where in the controlled propaganda and fantasy viewpoint of corporatist political correctness, will such factual Zionist atrocities be reported and condemned?   

Once upon a time fair play was a well established standard in international affairs. Even if it was often ignored in practice, the objective was seen as a condition that established moral authority. The reality is that governance of Israel maintains a hostility that sabotages any attempts for coexistence. EXAMPLES OF HATE SPEECH BY ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINE illustrates the savage attitude that earns world enmity for the Zionist apartheid state. Watch the chilling documentary video, Israeli Genocide in Gaza which supports righteous outrage.  

The boycott Israel movement may not have taken off to a level that its proponents hoped. Yet, such non violent opposition goes unnoticed with all the hype about terrorism. The Boycott Israel Campaign provides a list of companies and answered frequently asked questions about their efforts. If this cause gained traction, the screams would be deafening from media sentinels. 

In order to maintain the storyline of extreme Islamophobia terrorism, it is necessary to eliminate any debate that analyzes the established policies that foster “Greater Israel” dominance in the Middle East. Just examine the Saudi Israeli alliance forged in blood 

“The attack on Gaza comes by Saudi Royal Appointment. This royal warrant is nothing less than an open secret in Israel, and both former and serving defense officials are relaxed when they talk about it.  Former Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz surprised the presenter on Channel 10 by saying Israel had to specify a role for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the demilitarization of Hamas. Asked what he meant by that, he added that Saudi and Emirati funds should be used to rebuild Gaza after Hamas had been defanged.” 

Reports: Saudis Looking for Alliance With Israel presents a chilling prospect for the beleaguered Palestinians.  

“Given the successes of the radical Sunni Islamic State (formerly ISIS), the lingering threat of the Muslim Brotherhood (which birthed Hamas), and the rising Shiite power in Iran, Riyadh is seen as more keen than ever to complete that process so it can formerly align with Israel, and thereby gain the advantage of its military and economic might. 

The only problem is that the Saudis want to solve that “minor conflict” by asking Israel to take severe security risks by surrendering strategic positions to a Palestinian populace that has sadly proved its unwillingness to eradicate the violent anti-Israel elements within.” 

Well, there you have it. Those radical Palestinian elements are dedicated terrorists, while the Saudi’s benefactor funds their barbaric wahhabi client fanatics, who miraculously never have a map to locate Israel.   

If you are not allowed to discuss who really is behind the ISIS band of cutthroats, fall back on a proven tactic of diversion. $1B trial opens against PLO over Israel terror attacks in a U.S. courtroom. “The victims allege that the Palestinian groups violated the US Anti-Terrorism Act by giving money and weapons — and employment — to terrorists in the attacks that occurred between 2001 and 2004.” 

Do not hold your breath waiting for a similar suit against Saudi financiers must less about U.S. covert agencies supplying arms and coordination to their new best friend, ISIS hit squads.  

In this obscene world of select memory, a terrorist is your friend if they are killing an enemy of Israel, especially if a high profile attack can garnish mass public opinion support to keep the phony “War of Terror” rolling along. 

inmindsWhen it comes to actual non state sponsored terrorism, the number of definite instances can be disputed. The GTD Global Terrorism Database lists information on over 125,000 terrorist attacks. A search of Jewish Terrorists provides results of well over 100 instances. The JDL, Jewish Defense League is a leading “Perpetrator” with a long list of crimes within the United States. The savage legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane has a long record of terrorism to use as inspiration.  

Past Zionist-Jewish Terrorism – Some Historical Facts provides both Israeli Defense Force missions and the tactics used during the formatting years of the Zionist State. Such examples seldom get a whisper of notice much less coverage in the Newspeak media. The Jewish ownership and financial control of the establishment media allows for a self prophecy of inevitability if one believes the distortions, omissions and outright lies.  

Imbalance in culpability that condemns terrorists with the same intensity and blame, no matter who is responsible for the violence, will never allow for a peaceful resolution to the mutual hate that propels the globe towards oblivion.

Pat Buchanan makes a profound point in the essay, To Die for Charlie Hebdo? 

“As for the “glorification of terrorist acts,” Israel’s Menachem Begin, the ANC’s Nelson Mandela, and the PLO’s Yasser Arafat were all credibly charged with acts of terrorism in their liberation struggles.

And all three won the Nobel Prize for Peace.” 

His observation is not that terrorists are rewarded by the World Community, but that the hypocrisy of the establishment fabrication that makes heroes out of thugs with blood stained hands goes with the political objectives to demonize your enemy, while crowning the butchers.  

Islamic bombers who eagerly evaporate themselves as long as they can kill others, is a sickness that no authentic religion could justify.  Governments that employ aerial bombing to obliterate entire neighborhoods, and have an official policy, that kills children; practices true terrorism.  

If the Christian West is ever to regain its moral foundation, their governments must no longer encourage continued terrorism because of their insane foreign policies. Abandoning the teaching of Jesus Christ, a Jew, and Son of God has allowed the apocalyptic demons to run wild. Looking for a rapprochement between Muslim and Jew will never be realized until the final carnage and tribulation is stopped with His Second Coming at the end of this satanic age.


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