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“To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight back), because they are wronged; and verily, God is most powerful for their aid; (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, (for no cause) except that they say, our Lord is God”. (22:39-40)


Israeli closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque a 'declaration of war':  

Israel appeared to back down in the face of outrage over its policy on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, ordering a partial opening Friday after closing the site fully for the first time in nearly 50 years.



Netanyahu insists he is 'under attack for defending Israel' after remarks from US official: 

Despite the deepening frustration in Washington, Netanyahu continued to hit back over the latest settlement announcement, saying US criticism was "detached from reality", even on the eve of the publication of the latest remarks.


Pro-Israel Washington real ‘chickenshit’

So, an anonymous White House official dared to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chickenshit this week. And the media is full of it, pondering on whether the vulgarity foreshadows a strategic rupture between Washington and Its favorite client regime.

Come off it. The frisson of excitement amounts to nothing except in the imagination of American critics of the Zionist lobby and their fantasy that US foreign policy might one day break free from slavishly indulging the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv.

First, there was the unseemly, pathetic rush for damage limitation from the White House and the State Department. Spokesmen for President Barack Obama and his foreign secretary, John Kerry, immediately denounced the “disgraceful and inappropriate” loose language denigrating poor Bibi.

Washington was at pains to distance itself from the crude comment about Netanyahu being a coward, and proceeded to bend over backwards as usual to reassure Tel Aviv that it in no way reflected official US thinking.

Secondly, in the same week, Washington performed its usual service to Tel Aviv by blocking any sanction at the UN Security Council over yet more new Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem (al-Quds). Yes, there was the token platitudinous tap on the wrist to Tel Aviv from the State Department about how the latest proposal for 1,000 new illegal settler units in the Palestinian contested capital would be harmful to the comatose peace process.

But Tel Aviv knows very well by now that Washington’s admonition is just so much hot air,

‘…But don’t kid yourself. These petty gripes aside do not portend any strategic rupture between Washington and Tel Aviv. The Israeli regime is Washington’s imperialist platform in the strategically vital Middle East. As US vice president Joe Biden said obsequiously last year: “If Israel did not exist then the US would have to invent it.”

No crimes against humanity or international law by the Israeli regime are too great for Washington. American hegemony in the oil-rich region rests full square on the continued existence of the Israeli regime. Its genocidal usurpation of Palestinian land is fully indulged, shielded and supported by Washington under the cover of a dead-end peace process………….’

Reader comment:ilker

Nov 1, 2014 8:12 PM

I was reading Thomas Jefferson the other day, compare the united states to day and yesteryears and america has changed, its changed from his america to the zionists america, where two familes rule over the american people these familes also own 99[[]%] of american wealth.They choose and hand pick presidents, they have so much power at they finger tips to wage war by military means or economic means.


The Dirty Dozen MPs who prolong the Palestinians’ misery…

By: My Catbird Seat
Where is their ‘common humanity’?

Jonathan Simon Djanogly is a British politician, solicitor and Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntingdon

Mr Djanogly was parachuted from London into the ultra-safe Conservative seat vacated by John Major. He has enjoyed a very soft ride so far. But by voting the way he did, he effectively condemns more Palestinian children to die in their parents’ endless struggle for freedom and creates the distinct impression that he is not in tune with British values of decency and compassion.

In the local newspaper where I used to live somebody wrote in demanding to know why local MP Jonathan Djanogly was one of the 12 who voted to deny Palestinians their statehood and right to self-determination in the recent House of Commons debate.

The answer, of course, is that Mr Djanogly waves the flag for the illegal occupier, Israel. Earlier this year he attended the AIPAC/US-Europe-Israel National Security Forum in Washington. AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is an immensely powerful lobby group that aggressively promotes Israel’s interests in the US Congress using methods that don’t bear examination. The US-Europe-Israel National Security Forum is concerned with locking Israel into US and British military know-how and ensuring Israel’s military superiority over its neighbours — a collaboration guaranteed to keep the Middle East in turmoil and Britain a target for reprisals.



On its website AIPAC “urges all members of Congress to support Israel through… the  promotion of a negotiated two-state solution… A Jewish state of Israel living in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state – with an end to all claims is the clear path to resolving this generations-old conflict.

“Only direct talks between the parties can lead to a real and lasting peace. The Palestinians must not attempt to achieve their goals by attempting to use international organizations such as the United Nations to impose their will on Israel.” In other words, we mustn’t let law and justice get in the way of a shameless stitch-up. And the Palestine state, when it’s allowed to emerge, must be unarmed and helpless to defend itself, as if any self-rerspecting nation would agree to such nonsense.

Mr Djanogly’s visit was paid for by the Henry Jackson Society which, along with AIPAC, is populated by the sort of people who brought us the Iraq war, for which Mr Djanogly voted “very strongly” (according to

Britain, as the mandated occupying power in Palestine from the end of WW1 up to 1948 (when we walked away), is largely responsible for the plight of Christians and Muslims of the Holy Land today. A few years ago I went to see Mr Djanogly after returning from Palestine sickened by Israel’s human rights abuses. No need to tell you how the meeting went.

The Foreign Office says “we will recognise a Palestinian state at a time of our choosing, when we think it can best bring about peace” and, just like AIPAC, insists that a negotiated end to the occupation is the only way forward. They know full well there’s no shred of evidence from the last 50 years that Israel has ever intended to reach a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.

Justice would be best served by a solution based on international law and the umpteen UN resolutions waiting to be enforced, not by a resumption of the ‘peace talks’ charade with a gun to the Palestinians’ head, brokered by corrupt US politicians, while Israel continues to steal more Palestinian land and water and create enough ‘facts on the ground’ to make the occupation permanent. A respected Israeli source (B’Tselem) puts the killings since the first Intifada (September 2000) at 8.588 Palestinians and 593 Israelis dead, a ratio of 14 to 1. The slaughter includes 2,289 Palestinian women and children compared with 106 Israeli women and children. Add to these the tens of thousands of Palestinians horribly injured and the hundreds of thousands made homeless.

Meanwhile, we taxpayers continue to subsidise — directly and through the EU — Israel’s brutal occupation and pay for the wanton destruction inflicted by its military, while our government stupidly rewards the criminal regime with trading privileges.

Mr Djanogly’s parliamentary colleague Sir Edward Leigh was surely speaking for the entire British nation when he said in the debate: “We are part of a common humanity, whether we are Christian, Jew or Arab. When we vote tonight — and I will vote for the motion — we will be making a gesture in favour of that common humanity, and we should be proud of that.”

Mr Djanogly was parachuted from London into the ultra-safe Conservative seat vacated by John Major. He has enjoyed a very soft ride so far. But by voting the way he did, he effectively condemns more Palestinian children to die in their parents’ endless struggle for freedom and creates the distinct impression that he is not in tune with British values of decency and compassion.
Israel “a vicious racist construct”

Picture "Naftali Bennett (Haaretz)"

Naftali Bennett (Haaretz)

Meanwhile, Israeli economics minister Naftali Bennett was reported in The Guardian as proclaiming Benyamin Netanyahu the leader of the Jewish state and the whole Jewish world. “Really?” replied Criag Murray in his blog. “Netanyahu is the leader of all the Jews in London, or California, or Ethiopia, who may never have set foot in his state? This extraordinary remark by Bennett lays bare the fundamental flaw in the very concept of Israel. It is not a modern state, defined as a territory and comprising all the various citizens of whatever descent who live within it. It is rather a vicious racist construct, defined absolutely by race, refusing territorial limits, and with an aggressive theocratic overlay that claims tribal superiority over the entire rest of the world….

By their increasingly hardline racialist approach, their unceasing encroachment on Palestinian land and their rigorous adoption of all the racist mechanisms of an apartheid state internally, I fear that the window of opportunity for a peaceful future for those Jewish people living in what is currently Israel is closing fast.”

That’s as good a summation as I’ve heard. Craig Murray is the straight-talking former British ambassador to Uzbekistan.

But as spooky Hallowe’en draws near Netanhayu, far from resembling the leader of the Jewish world, looks to me increasingly like one of the Undead, and loving it. Is it my imagination, or is ‘Nosferatu’ Netanyahu – sounds like the title for a new rap song – actually a corpse re-animated by the life forces of a steady local supply of dead and dying?


Far-right rabbi shot and seriously wounded in attack in Jerusalem:  

While details remained confused, it appears the man was shot several times at close range outside the city's Begin Centre by a gunman who escaped by motorcycle.



Neither is there a fair Judicial System for Palestinians living here …. THEY not only get the death penalty, it is usually for alleged crimes they are not even charged with. Either the police or the army act as the Judge, Jury and executioner in most cases.


SodaStream closes illegal settlement factory in response growing boycott campaign

Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists today welcomed the news that SodaStream has announced it is to close its factory in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim following a high profile boycott campaign against the company.

“SodaStream’s announcement today shows that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is increasingly capable of holding corporate criminals to account for their participation in Israeli apartheid and colonialism,” said Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the broad coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads and supports the BDS movement.

“BDS campaign pressure has forced retailers across Europe and North America to drop SodaStream, and the company’s share price has tumbled in recent months as our movement has caused increasing reputational damage to the SodaStream brand,” she added.


A cautious BDS victory

Israel’s Ynet reported this week “that representatives from Africa Israel (AI) and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus, targets of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, say they will stop building Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem”.

However it is unlikely that Lev Leviev, chairman and controlling shareholder of AI, took a sudden decision to adhere to a moral compass. Far from an ethical business man, having built his fortune in apartheid South Africa diamonds, this decision is likely to have come in fear of the economic repercussions and a loss of legitimacy in the international business sphere.



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