Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Headlines for August 12 - August 18

A Stand For Justice

Police: Israeli also suspect in stabbing in Israel
Ramle's roughly 3,000–member Arab Christian community is tight–knit, and residents were extremely cautious about discussing Abuelazam's past.

Israel has '8 days' to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton
John Bolton (and all others like him) should be stripped of his US citizenship and put on the next plane to Israel.

Israel to buy world's most advanced warplane
Delivery of the first F–35s, which are still not yet operational, is expected only in 2015, the paper said.

Israeli Military and Policemen Shut Three Palestinian Shops
A little after 4:00 pm, 30 soldiers and three policemen arrived and pushed their way into the shops where internationals and Palestinians were waiting. The soldiers pulled the civilians out of the shops, scattered much of the merchandise, and dragged a Palestinian behind the gate. Red Crescent of the International Red Cross came shortly thereafter and examined the Palestinian man who had been injured while being dragged. They determined he had a brain concussion and advised the police that he needed hospitalization. The police replied they would take the Palestinian man to the jail, question him and then decide if he needed hospitalization.

Netanyahu Rejects Peace Talks Based on 1967 Borders
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday rejected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on a statement by the Quartet confirming its position that the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 borders.

A campaign for war with Iran begins
Obama administration officials, as well as U.S. lawmakers and European diplomats, passionately made the argument this spring that tough sanctions on Iran were necessary to avoid war. But contrary to their predictions, the drumbeat for war -- particularly from Israel – has only increased since the U.N. Security Council adopted a new resolution against Tehran in June.

Hillary’s Enemies List by Philip Giraldi
The State Department report sometimes seems like a press release for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Regarding the horrific Israeli invasion of Gaza and its aftermath...Nothing about Israeli provocations and no mention of the deliberate destruction of schools and infrastructure and the targeting of UN relief operations or the high level of civilian casualties.....The report suggests a new, heavily armed and malignant axis of evil. It clearly makes opponents of Israel the designated bad guys and fails to note that US intelligence has not been able to confirm Tel Aviv’s allegations, making one wonder why uncorroborated claims from biased foreign sources should appear in a United States government document without any additional caveats.....So Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies and Hillary won’t let you forget that fact. All Americans should read this.

Point of Return: Israeli Generals and Intel Officials Oppose Attack on Iran

Palestinian who attacked Turkish Embassy captured
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor identified the attacker as Nadim Injaz, a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Ramallah. Israeli police said Injaz was recently released from prison after serving time for an attack on the British Embassy four years ago, also to seek asylum.

The Weak Case for War with Iran
the Islamic Republic is not Hitler's Germany, particularly regarding Jews. No matter how many anti-Zionist or even anti-Semitic quotes Gerecht, Goldberg, and others may marshal from Iranian politicians, inconvenient realities undermine the Islamic Republic/Third Reich analogy: Roughly 25,000-30,000 Jews continue living in Iran, with civil status equal to other Iranians and a constitutionally guaranteed parliamentary seat. It is illegal in the Islamic Republic for Muslims to consume alcohol --but Jews (and Christians) are permitted wine for religious ceremonies and personal consumption.

Israeli troops invade southern Gaza; Palestinian fighters fire 5 shells across border
During the first invasion on Monday night, Palestinian fighters with the Popular Resistance Committees fired five mortar shells toward the invading troops, and 5 additional shells across the border toward Israel, causing no injuries.

Israel: No conditions for talks with Palestinians
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is wary of entering open–ended talks with Netanyahu, who has retreated from some of the concessions offered by his predecessors. Abbas wants Israel to accept the principle of Palestinian statehood in the lands Israel occupied in the 1967 Mideast war with minor modifications, and wants all Jewish settlement building to stop during negotiations.

On Facebook: Israeli soldier posed with bound Arab
A former Israeli soldier posted photos on Facebook of herself in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners, drawing sharp criticism Monday from the Israeli military and Palestinian officials.

Commentary: Guns of August?
There is little doubt that an Israeli attack on Iran would trigger mayhem up and down the Persian Gulf and trigger a third war that would be yet another force multiplier for the U.S. deficit: Federal spending is now at $3.6 trillion; the national debt, $13.4 trillion; cost per citizen $43,000; cost per taxpayer $120,000. Check the debt clock online -- in real time.

Lebanon grants Palestinian refugees right to work
The Lebanese constitution prohibits the naturalisation of the refugees.

The Israeli authorities try to expel Hamas’s MPs from East Jerusalem
In the wake of Hamas’s triumph, Israel’s authorities imposed fines worth thousands of dollars for plastering campaign posters in the wrong places. Five months on, in retaliation for Hamas capturing an Israeli corporal, Gilad Shalit, they sent the men to jail. And on their release more than three years later, Israel declared them illegal residents and gave them 30 days to get out. Appeals that their families had lived in the city for generations fell on deaf ears.

U.S. Jewish voters revolt against Obama

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab
The net effect of the Israeli seizure of land in East Jerusalem, which includes recent approval for an additional 9,000 housing units, and the West Bank is to promulgate a form of administrative ethnic cleansing. Palestinian families are being pushed off land they have owned for generations and evicted from their homes by Israeli authorities.

Storm over Israeli 'Abuse' Photos
A former Israeli soldier has sparked controversy after posting pictures of herself on Facebook posing with bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners.
The photographs show Eden Abergil positioned provocatively with the men, prompting lurid comments from other users of the popular social networking site.

Christian students to defend Israel abroad
The Knesset for Christian Allies Caucus lobby, headed by Knesset Member David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), began locating and training Christian students in every prestigious university and collage in North America and Europe, with the aim of establishing a non-Jewish support group that will represent the Israeli side in each campus Wow.

Harvard University fund sells all Israel holdings
In another blow to Israeli shares, the Harvard Management Company notified the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday that it had sold all its holdings in Israeli companies during the second quarter of 2010. No reason for the sale was mentioned.

Turkey sets up own Gaza flotilla inquiry

Remembering Tony Judt, Heartsick Lover of Zion
In one of his last published articles, a June 2010 New York Times Op-Ed essay, he wrote that Zionism “has moved a long way from the ideology of its ‘founding fathers’ — today it presses territorial claims, religious exclusivity and political extremism.” Perhaps cruelest of all, he wrote in the 2003 article that the unpopularity of Israel’s actions “affects the way everyone else looks at Jews,” and in that sense, “The depressing truth is that Israel today is bad for the Jews.”

US spending $16,000 for imam's Mideast tour

Israeli military confronts new foe: the Internet
The security obsessed Israeli military is confronting a new adversary – trying to control what its own soldiers post to the Internet.

No place in university dorms for Arabs who didn't serve in IDF

IDF filmed aiming tear gas at Al-Jazeera reporter in West Bank
Jacky Rowland was reporting Friday from the West Bank village of Bil'in, explaining to viewers about the separation fence and the weekly protests that take place there, when Israeli troops

Gaza Strip: Crisis Takes a Psychological Toll on Locals
Perhaps most damaging, psychologists and residents say, is the feeling that there is no way out, no way to change Gaza's future. Attempts to reconcile Islamist Hamas, which rules Gaza, and its rival Western–backed Fatah, which it ousted in 2007 and which controls the West Bank, have long stalled. And peace with Israel seems entirely intangible to most, undesirable to many.

Destroyed Muslim graves in Jerusalem were 'fake': Israel
The allegation was flatly denied by the Islamic Movement which earlier this week accused the municipality of razing recently renovated Muslim graves in a centuries–old cemetery in a large park in mostly Jewish west Jerusalem.

Alleged Mossad spy granted bail in Germany, 'can return to Israel if he wants'
Prosecutors say an alleged Mossad spy wanted in connection with the slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year has been set free on bail by a German judge on Friday.

Israeli Generals and Intel Officials Oppose Attack on Iran

When Shuls Were Banned in America
When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood on Governors Island, in sight of the Statue of Liberty, and forcefully defended the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, he expressly made a point of distancing himself from an earlier leader of the city: Peter Stuyvesant, who understood the relationship between religion and state altogether differently than Bloomberg does.

Obama warns Turkish PM over stance on Israel, Iran: report
President Barack Obama has warned the Turkish prime minister that Ankara's position on Israel and Iran could lessen its chances of obtaining US weapons, a report said Monday.

25,000 Jews live in Iran
25,000 Jews live in Iran. It's the largest Jewish population in the Middle East outside of Israel. Iranian Jews are not persecuted or abused by the state, in fact, they are protected under Iran's constitution. They are free to practice their religion and to vote in elections. They are not stopped and searched at checkpoints, they are not brutalized by an occupying army, and they are not herded into a densely-populated penal colony (Gaza) where they are deprived of the basic means of survival. Iranian Jews live in dignity and enjoy the benefits of citizenship.

John Bolton: Russia's Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack
News that Russia will load nuclear fuel rods into an Iranian reactor has touched off a countdown to a point of no return, a deadline by which Israel would have to launch an attack on Iran's Bushehr reactor before it becomes effectively "immune" to any assault, says former Bush administration U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton.

Jobless millions signal death of the American dream for many
Joblessness has taken hold in America, with the numbers of long-term unemployed reaching levels not seen since the Depression of the 1930s. The figures are frightening and illustrate a society that remains in deep trouble......America appears to be a society splitting down the centre, shattering the middle class that long formed the cultural bedrock of the country and dividing it into a country of haves and have-notsAmerica appears to be a society splitting down the centre, shattering the middle class that long formed the cultural bedrock of the country and dividing it into a country of haves and have-nots This is hardly the time to get sucked into yet another war in the Middle East, at Israel's urging (again).

How Propagandists Function

A Neocon Preps US for War with Iran
The neocons seem to be as strong now as under George W. Bush, with their Real-Men-Go-to-Tehran-type macho undiminished.

Iraq to Iran: Propaganda for War

Romania says it will stand by Israel in event of conflict with Iran

These Jewish Interns Campaign for Washington, Not Against It
Jewish groups with Washington advocacy offices are among the most sought-after destinations for Jewish interns from across the country. The biggest and most well known is AIPAC, which hosts dozens of interns who are later placed in congressional offices and thus learn pro-Israel advocacy from the perspective of both the lobbyist and the lobbied.

Repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran -

"Captain, Where Is Your Sense of Decency?"

Israel, the bomb, and openness
It's time for Israel to come out of the closet. After five decades of maintaining a nuclear weapons program without acknowledging its existence, Israel should proactively announce and provide information about its nuclear weapons status. Though Israel's bombs have long been an open secret, unprecedented international scrutiny in coming years will make this "nuclear opacity" increasingly untenable.

How propagandists function Exhibit A - Glenn Greenwald
Goldberg wouldn't possibly claim what he claims now -- that the 1981 strike permanently halted Saddam's "nuclear ambitions" -- because, back then, his goal was to scare Americans about The Threat of Saddam. So in 2002, Goldberg warned Americans that Saddam had "redoubled" his efforts to turn Iraq into a nuclear power after the Israeli attack, i.e., that Saddam had a scarier nuclear program than ever before after the 1981 bombing raid. But now, Goldberg has a different goal: to convince Americans of the efficacy of bombing Iran, and thus, without batting an eye, he simply asserts the exact opposite factual premise: that the Israelis successfully and permanently ended Saddam's nuclear ambition back in 1981 by bombing it out of existence (and, therefore, we can do something similar now to Iran)....The purpose of this Atlantic article is as obvious as it is odious: to mainstream the debate over an Israeli or American attack on Iran by defending its rationale, all masquerading as objective reporting

Why Israel Wants a US War with Iran
Last month, in The Weekly Standard, Reuel Marc Gerecht made the case for an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear targets. With the publication of Jeffrey Goldberg's "The Point of No Return" in the Atlantic, the campaign for war against Iran is now arguing that the United States should attack so Israel won't have to.

AP: Arab nations lobby U.S. on anti-Israel vote
Islamic nations have long called for Israel – which is widely believed to have nuclear arms – to open its program. But the fact that the Arab League has directly approached Washington and other Israeli allies for support at the September meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency is significant, considering that President Barack Obama last month warned against using that forum to single out Israel.

Lebanon debates giving Palestinians rights

ADL Continues To Suffer Harsh Criticism for Its Opposition to Mosque Near Ground Zero
“It is a betrayal of our first principles, and it’s tearing the league apart,” said one board member, who asked not to be named.

HIAS Fights To Extend Welfare Benefits for Indigent, Non-Citizen Refugees
Some 3,800 refugees, rendered unable to work because of age or disability, are at risk of losing their monthly government welfare payments September 30. More than one-third of these immigrants — who have refugee status but not American citizenship — are thought to be from the former Soviet Union. The majority of them are Jewish.....HIAS signed a letter alongside 20 other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in April that was sent to Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer, asking him to support legislation that removes the time limits on SSI eligibility for noncitizen refugees.

At the Death Camps, Muslim Leaders Grapple With Jews’ Pain
one suggestion was that Muslim acknowledgement of the Holocaust should be followed by similar initiatives on the Jewish side, acknowledging Palestinian suffering and the role that Israel’s founding and the country’s subsequent policies had in this. It goes both ways, folks.

Hamas leader: Ground zero mosque must be built
Mahmoud al–Zahar said Muslims "have to build everywhere" so that followers can pray, just like Christians and Jews build their places of worship.

CIA evidence of an Israeli nuclear test

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Headlines for August 5 - August 11

A Stand For Justice

A Cakewalk Against Iran by Philip Giraldi
A resolution (HR 1553) is making its way through Congress that that would endorse an Israeli attack on Iran, which would be going to war by proxy as the US would almost immediately be drawn into the conflict when Tehran retaliates. The resolution provides explicit US backing for Israel to bomb Iran, stating that Congress supports Israel’s use of "all means necessary…including the use of military force." The resolution is non-binding, but it is dazzling in its disregard for the possible negative consequences that would ensue for the hundreds of thousands of US military and diplomatic personnel currently serving in the Near East region.

Hebron: "Settlers Heat up the Air in Al Bweireh"

At-Tuwani: Palestinian fence damaged in village
This property damage is just the last of several ongoing provocations
carried out by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers which Palestinian
communities in the South Hebron Hills have committed to respond to with
nonviolent resistance

Report: U.S. downgrades Saudi arms deal over Israeli concerns
The Wall Street Journal said Monday that the United States had signed on to sell dozens of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, but that details in the final deal had been negotiated to quell Israeli concerns over the possible exchange.

Eyes on the Skies Over Bushehr Nuclear Reactor
Iranian and Russian nuclear scientists and officials have announced Bushehr's reactor will soon be receiving its first shipment of nuclear fuel 36 years after construction first began on the project.

This claim may be quietly fueling speculation that a military strike on Iran by Israel - or the U.S. - may be imminent.

Will Israel Really Attack Iran Within a Year?
Based on dozens of interviews the Atlantic correspondent conducted in recent months with Israeli, American and Arab officials, Goldberg came to the conclusion that the likelihood of an Israeli strike has crossed the 50 percent mark. And Israel might not even ask for the famous "green light" from the U.S. - or even give couple of false pre-attack alerts, so that Washington won't try to stop the unilateral operation......Israel is trying to convey the message not only through the official channels - Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Amos Yadlin visited Chicago recently to meet with the billionaire Lester Crown, one of Obama’s supporters, and asked to him to convey Israel's concerns to the American President, Goldberg reports.

Russia Ready to Launch Iranian Nuclear Power Plant
The Iranian state owned FNA news service reports that the head of Russia's Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kirienko will visit Iran in late August to attend a ceremony to inaugurate the country's first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr.

Homeless Take On Israeli Forces
A bruising battle of will is taking place between Israeli security forces and Palestinians recently made homeless after two Palestinian villages were razed and hundreds left homeless.

Israel Threatens to Pull Out of UN Gaza Probe
EM - Israel threatened on Tuesday to pull out of a UN probe into its deadly flotilla raid to keep the panel from grilling its troops, as the defence minister told another inquiry the fleet was a "planned provocation."

No Blank Checks for the GOP — or Likud by Patrick J. Buchanan
is startling to learn 47 House Republicans just signed on to H.R. 1553 declaring unequivocal “support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran … including the use of military force.”

These Republicans have just given Tel Aviv a blank check for a pre-emptive war that Israel, unless it uses its nuclear weapons, can start but not finish. Fighting and finishing that war would fall to the armed forces of the United States

U.S. Funding for Israeli Missile Defense Programs Reaches New High
Our government must protect Israel at all costs, even as its own citizens go hungry. Thank Israel's lobby.

Israel/Gaza: Wartime Inquiries Fall Short
Israeli military investigations into the Gaza war have brought some results over the past 18 months but fall far short of addressing the widespread and serious allegations of unlawful conduct during the fighting, while Hamas has announced no serious investigations whatsoever, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears
Let me name those who send these tanks and fighter jets to bomb the concrete hovels in Gaza with families crouching, helpless, inside, let me name those who deny children the right to a childhood and the sick a right to care, those who torture, those who carry out assassinations in hotel rooms in Dubai and on the streets of Gaza City, those who deny the hungry food, the oppressed justice and foul the truth with official propaganda and state lies.

Israel accuses US of bias over State Department caution

Libya to fund Gaza homes after Israeli freed
A rare deal between foes Israel and Libya to free an Israeli photographer will let Libya underwrite the rebuilding of 1,250 Gaza Strip homes destroyed in Israel’s offensive there last year, UN officials said on Tuesday.

Swedish activists get ready to set sail for Gaza
Solidarity activists at a meeting in Stockholm announced on Wednesday that a major flotilla will attempt to break Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza before the end of the year.

Sending a Canadian boat to Gaza is moral thing to do

UN names Israeli, Turk to Gaza flotilla probe
The U.N. has named representatives of Israel and Turkey to a high–profile panel that will look into Israel's deadly commando raid on a Gaza–bound aid flotilla.

U.S. bomb shelter advice misses mark says Israel
A warning to U.S. citizens traveling to the Red Sea resort of Eilat that they should locate the nearest bomb shelter should properly apply to the next–door Jordanian resort of Aqaba, an irked Israel said on Sunday.

Student from Gaza tells story of deportation
Imagine being held at a security checkpoint for seven hours, told you can't return to where you have lived for the past four years, blindfolded, handcuffed and dropped at the border of a rough neighborhood in the middle of the night.

'Not enough evidence to convict suspected Jewish terrorist Pearlman'
A Petah Tikva judge on Monday refused a police request to extend by eight days the remand of Chaim Pearlman, a settler suspected of having murdered four Palestinians and wounded several more, on the grounds that "I haven't seen any substantial evidence that could serve to convict Pearlman."

UN Chief May Be Heading for Showdown with Israel
When the Israeli government gave its blessings to a U.N. panel of inquiry probing the military attack on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza last May, there was widespread speculation that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon may have struck a backdoor deal over its mandate.

Shuhada Street: Keeping the quiet (when there’s no peace to be kept)
The soldier shrugged. “We can’t let CPTers walk on this street. That’s the order we’ve been given.”

Polish court orders alleged Israeli spy extradited
An alleged Israeli spy will be extradited from Poland to Germany within 10 days to face charges linked to his suspected involvement in the slaying of a senior Hamas operative in Dubai earlier this year, a Polish appeals court ordered Thursday.

Older Gazans recall Israelis, youth sees only army
This generational split slices through families across Gaza, where older people remember when jobs in Tel Aviv and contact with Israelis were a short drive away, while those under 25 have grown up locked in, seeing little from Israel but fighter planes and bombs.

Israeli nuclear whistleblower out of prison again
An Israeli nuclear whistleblower who spent 18 years behind bars was released from jail Sunday after serving an additional three months for violating his release terms.

Israel threatening to quit UN probe into flotilla
Israel threatened Monday to pull out of a U.N. inquiry into a deadly raid on a Turkish flotilla heading for Gaza, after the U.N. chief said there is no agreement that the panel would refrain from calling Israeli soldiers to testify.

Tony Judt, author of 'Postwar,' dies at 62
He so angered supporters of Israel that he was removed from the editorial board of The New Republic even as his wife, Jennifer Homans, continued to serve as the magazine's dance critic. In 2006, Judt was scheduled to speak at the Polish Consulate of New York, but the event was canceled after the consulate received phone calls from the Anti–Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.

"Apparently, the line you take on Israel trumps everything else in life," Judt told the Financial Times in 2007.

U.S. Is Bankrupt and We Don't Even Know
Most likely we will see a combination of all three responses with dramatic increases in poverty, tax, interest rates and consumer prices. This is an awful, downhill road to follow, but it’s the one we are on. And bond traders will kick us miles down our road once they wake up and realize the U.S. is in worse fiscal shape than Greece. America's falling to pieces as we shovel billions to the Middle East to make it a safer place for Israel.

Jewish Leaders Enter Fray Over Islamic Center Near Ground Zero
All three Jewish groups issued statements affirming the right of Rauf and his allies to build the center. But the ADL, unlike the others, said it was opposed to the construction. “This is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right,” the ADL said.

Speak No Evil by Philip Giraldi
surely Clemons knows that Ross and Makovsky are leading members of the Israel Lobby. Ross, who is currently at the National Security Council, has been described as “Israel’s lawyer” while Makovsky is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank founded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. They are gatekeepers whose purpose in life is to protect Israel from any and all criticism. To suggest that as policymakers they have been focused on doing what’s best for the United States and its citizens is contradicted by their personal histories and their recorded statements. That they receive a free pass and even a pat on the head from Clemons and others is precisely why US foreign policy is as dysfunctional as it is.

Mayor Bloomberg’s Monumental Folly by Patrick J. Buchanan
But the issue here is not religious tolerance. There are a hundred mosques in New York City.

The issue here is the appalling insensitivity, if not calculated insult, of erecting a mosque two blocks from a World Trade Center where 3,000 Americans were massacred by Islamic fanatics whose Muslim religion was integral to their identity and mission. Not sure I agree with Pat on this one, but the comments are interesting.

Lebanon: We'll reject U.S. military aid if weapons can't be used against Israel

China is a barometer on whether Israel will attack nuclear plants in Iran
China’s defiance irks the US to the point that American officials are now openly critical of Beijing. Perhaps the US knows something about Israel’s intentions toward striking Iran that China doesn’t. A prime opportunity for Israel to strike Iran would be this fall, just before the US elections when politicians are most prone to support Israel despite its actions.

Syria, Iran underline support for Lebanon against Israel

Lebanon: US military aid halt is 'unwarranted'
"We will address the concerns that congressional leaders have rightfully raised about what happened recent and what it's potential implications are," Crowley said. "But nonetheless we continue to support our assistance programs to Lebanon."
I would think Congress would have more important things with which to concern itself. Such as things having to do with AMERICA.

Israel-Lebanon border clash has Israel complaining of Hezbollah's influence - Yahoo! News
“In a way, the Israelis are shooting themselves in the foot with their criticism of the Lebanese Army,” says Timur Goksel, a university lecturer in Beirut and former official with the UNIFIL peacekeeping force in south Lebanon. “They had been saying for years that they want the Lebanese Army to deploy along the border [to replace Hezbollah] and now [that they have]... they are saying they’re terrorists.” Israelis will complain about anyone that doesn't bow down and kowtow to them.

Ongoing action alert: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
CPT-Palestine invites you to join us, Palestinians, and people from all over the
world in boycotting
Israeli goods and cultural events, divesting from all companies that profit from
the occupation of Palestine, and pushing for international sanctions on Israel.

Hezbollah accuses Israel of Hariri assassination
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militants presented aerial reconnaissance footage Monday that he said implicates Israel in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Israel Fights Isolation With New Measures
In other, quieter ways, Israel is trying to re-establish its credentials as a country that abides by international law and respects human rights. re-establish? When has Israel ever abided by international or humanitarian law? Ridiculous. Good luck with it!

Decline of the Middle Class as Metaphor for the Decline of America
America's falling to pieces as we shovel billions to the Middle East to make it a safer place for Israel.

Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On
Plenty of businesses and governments furloughed workers this year, but Hawaii went further — it furloughed its schoolchildren. Public schools across the state closed on 17 Fridays during the past school year to save money, giving students the shortest academic year in the nation and sending working parents scrambling to find care for them. America's falling to pieces as we shovel billions to the Middle East to make it a safer place for Israel.

Camden Closing Library System
New Jersey's most impoverished city will close all three branches of its public library at year's end unless a rescue can be pulled off. America's falling to pieces as we shovel billions to the Middle East to make it a safer place for Israel.

Social Security in the red this year
Social Security will pay out more this year than it gets in payroll taxes, marking the first time since the program will be in the red since it was overhauled in 1983, according to the annual authoritative report released Thursday by the program's actuary.
America is getting poorer as we continue to shovel billions to the Middle East to Israel and others in order to make the world a safer place not for us, but for Israel. Because, our support for Israel actually endangers us. It was the sole motivation given by the mastermind of the 911 attacks, Khaled S. Mohammed.

The Mosque and Us
Before it became a cause célèbre for Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich and other rank opportunists, before the Anti-Defamation League sullied a once-noble reputation by siding against religious liberty, before the tweets and satellite trucks spun this all out of control, the plan to turn an eyesore of an empty building two blocks from Ground Zero into a mosque and Islamic center was embraced as a sign of true healing.

Arab Majority Backs Nuclear Iran
A new poll shows that the percentage of the Arab world that thinks a nuclear-armed Iran would be good for the Middle East has doubled since last year and now makes up the majority. You'll note that the critic of the poll who was cited in this article is from the WINEP, a thinktank associated with AIPAC, Israel's lobby. Naturally they're going to try to refute this poll's findings; it goes against their propaganda effort to paint the Arab world as in opposition to Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

American VIP humiliated at airport
Prof. Donna Shalala, who served as the US Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years under Clinton and is currently the president of the University of Miami, was held for two-and-a-half hours at Ben Gurion Airport during which she underwent a humiliating security debriefing because of her Arab last name – all this despite the fact that her hosts notified the airport ahead of time that she is a VIP. The fact that Shalala arrived in Israel as part of an official delegation of the heads of universities fighting against the academic boycott against the Jewish State also seemed not to help her.

Obama Administration Presses Palestinians To Enter Direct Talks With Israel
although the United States declined to use the term “pressure,” Palestinian officials and Israeli diplomatic sources briefed on talks with the P.A. said the administration had a clear message. Abbas and his negotiators were told by Obama and by Middle East special envoy George Mitchell that direct talks are the only game in town and that any expectation for Israeli concessions could be realized only after entering talks. A joke.

Iran Holocaust-denying website angers Israel

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Headlines for July 29 - August 4

A Stand For Justice

Obama Warned Israel May Bomb Iran by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
This time around, Mullen returned with sweaty palms from a visit to Israel in February 2010. Ever since, he has been worrying aloud that Israel might mousetrap the U.S. into war with Iran, while adding the obligatory assurance that the Pentagon does have an attack plan for Iran, if needed. Veteran intelligence officials including Philip Giraldi and Ray McGovern warn our government about the impending strike on Iran by Israel, and the consequences. These intelligence veterans are heroes.

Soldiers and Police Arrest Son and Son in Law in Baqa'a Valley
In addition to destroying the irrigation pipes in the grape and tomato fields, the police entered the house this time by force. The father of the family and his wife were up at the time, but the rest of the family was still in bed sleeping when the police arrived. The police beat the son, the daughter and son-in-law, and the other daughter of the farmer

Blast in Gaza wounds 24 Palestinians
An explosion in the house of a Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip has wounded 24 people, a Hamas official and medical workers in the Palestinian territory said on Monday.

David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a 'prison camp'

Gaza girls turn to fishing to feed family
The girls know their trade is risky, and at times they have had to ditch their nets and race back to shore at the sound of Israeli gunfire. Both know of fishermen who have been shot and wounded out at sea.

"Sometimes I get really scared," Reem said. "But I am not ashamed around my friends at school because I help my father and my siblings, and I am reducing the burden on my mother."

Kites fill skies over Gaza as children reach for record
The triumph of the human spirit alive and well in the children of Gaza.

Lobby group alleges mistreatment of young Palestinian prisoners in Israel
The organisation, Defence for Children International, has collected more than 100 pages of evidence from the affidavits of minors it says have been beaten, threatened or coerced into signing wrongful confessions.
Since when is Defense for Children International a 'lobby group'?

Rockets fired at Israel, Jordan resorts; 1 dead
The rockets appeared to have been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula, an Israeli police spokesman said, though Egypt denied the claim.

Settlers seize home in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter
Jewish settlers on Thursday took over a building in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City and evicted dozens of Palestinian tenants, residents and police said, prompting a sharp protest by the top regional U.N. envoy.

US money transfer sites used in Dubai assassination: report
US websites that allow employers to transfer money to far–flung employees may have been used to secretly finance the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai, a US newspaper reported Saturday.
You don't say?

Israeli settlers evict Palestinian family from their home of 70 years
Israeli settlers took over a Palestinian home in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem's Old City today, evicting about 45 members of an extended family which has occupied the building for more than 70 years.

PLO official says Obama sent warning to Abbas
President Barack Obama warned Mahmoud Abbas in a letter that U.S.–Palestinian relations might suffer if the Palestinian leader refuses to resume direct peace talks with Israel, a senior PLO official said Saturday....Abbas insists he will only negotiate once Israel commits to the idea of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, with minor modifications. He also wants Israel to freeze all settlement construction in those areas.

UN faults Israel's human rights
A UN panel of experts called Friday on Israel to fall in line with international norms on civil rights and to take action against targeted killings, torture and impunity for security forces.

The UN Human Rights Committee also called for an end to the blockade of Gaza and questioned the independence of Israel's own inquiry into a naval raid on a Gaza-bound relief supply ship in which nine Turkish nationals dead.....The 18 independent experts, tasked with reviewing how the treaty is applied in each nation that has signed up to it, also took issue with the 'extensive use' of administrative detention without fair trial, including for children.

Fury as Israel president claims English are 'anti-semitic'
The controversy follows the furore last week over David Cameron's remark that Gaza was a "prison camp", as he urged Israel to allow aid and people to move freely in and out of the Palestinian territory. You speak the truth about Israel and you get called an 'anti-Semite'.

Lebanon, Israel clash near border; at least 4 dead
Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire Tuesday in a fierce border battle that killed a senior Israeli officer, two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist – underlining how easily tensions can re–ignite along the frontier where Israel and Hezbollah fought a war four years ago.

Lebanese president: Stand up to Israel
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has vowed to "stand up to Israel's violation of Resolution 1701, whatever the price" following the border flare-up between the Lebanese and Israeli armies Tuesday.

US boosts Israeli missile funding
US House appropriators have pushed funding for Israeli missile defense programs to its highest level ever, with $422.7 million now slated for 2011.
Americans need that money more than Israel does.

Chas Freeman Lets Rip on Israel as a Strategic Liability
having been very publicly and unfairly discredited by the pro-Israel crowd, Freeman can walk that rare line and speak honestly about the Jewish state without drowning in the caveats that accompany most such attempts in Washington. All Americans need to read the excerpt of Freeman's speech.

Assad: We'll support Lebanon in face of criminal Israeli aggression
Three Lebanese soldiers and one Lebanese journalist were killed Tuesday when Israeli soldiers exchanged fire with Lebanese soldiers at the border.

No Blank Checks for the GOP — or Likud by Patrick J. Buchanan
Since June 1914, a “blank check” given by one nation to another for war has been regarded as strategic folly.

Thus it is startling to learn 47 House Republicans just signed on to H.R. 1553 declaring unequivocal “support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran … including the use of military force.” These Republicans have just given Tel Aviv a blank check for a pre-emptive war that Israel, unless it uses its nuclear weapons, can start but not finish. Fighting and finishing that war would fall to the armed forces of the United States...Indeed, the principal purpose and result of an Israeli pre-emptive war on Iran, bringing retaliation on Israel, would be to drag America in to fight and finish a war Israel had begun.
The mainstream media has still refused to pick up this story.

Israel to take part in UN probe of flotilla raid
Israel plans to send an official to participate in the panel's deliberations and will furnish reports from its own internal inquiry, according to the statement. Israel will attempt to whitewash.

Israel's harassment of citizens could ignite uprising, warns Arab politician

Turkey Summons Israel Ambassador over Barak Remark
Turkey has summoned Israel's ambassador in Ankara, Gabi Levy, to a diplomatic dressing-down following remarks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak Sunday. Barak expressed concern that Turkey's new undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Hakan Fidan, could pass classified Israeli information into the hands of Iran.

Robert Fisk: Israel has crept into the EU without anyone noticing
The EU funds millions of pounds' worth of projects in Gaza. These are regularly destroyed by Israel's American-made weaponry. So it goes like this. European taxpayers fork out for the projects. US taxpayers fork out for the weapons which Israel uses to destroy them. Then EU taxpayers fork out for the whole lot to be rebuilt. And then US taxpayers... Well, you've got the point.

Turkey summons US diplomat
Turkey has summoned a top US diplomat to protest against Washington's interference in a UN mandate probing Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The Law of Return at 60: Revisiting (and Revising) a Zionist Pillar
In 1950 and even in 1970, Israel was still a poor and fledgling state surrounded by enemies. Anyone who wanted to immigrate was, almost by definition, someone who desired to cast his or her lot with the Jewish people.

Today’s Israel, by contrast, is economically prosperous and, hence, a potential magnet for immigrants. At the same time, it is a society suffering from deep social cleavages. The Law of Return and the corresponding citizenship law need to be reformed to meet Israel’s current needs.
Read the excerpt by Freeman in this news batch. Americans by the millions get food stamps as billions of our taxpayer dollars are handed to 'economicall prosperous' Israel.

Damascus: Syria-Saudi ties are none of U.S.'s business
Abdullah will hold talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Syrian capital before they travel together to Beirut on Friday to try to calm tension over a tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese statesman Rafik Hariri. They are, thanks to Israel. Israel's problems have become OUR problems.

Book condoning murder has another rabbi in hot water

A Peaceful Boycott Should Not be a Crime
A bill that is currently before the Knesset would allow Israelis who support boycotts against Israel to be sued for damages. The bill is part of a government backlash against a small but growing number of Israelis who have taken up the tactic of boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) to bring about an end to their government's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza

‘Huffpo’ corrects ‘Times’ smear that Arabs don’t care about Palestinians

Foxman Really Outdoes Himself on Mosque Issue
The ADL’s Abe Foxman, who harshly attacked Gen. David Petraeus when the general asserted Congressional testimony earlier this year that the lack of progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement made his job throughout the Arab world more difficult, is, of course, a pillar of the so-called “Israel Lobby.”

Beck’s Holocaust comments prompt Fox News meeting
Beck has won praise from some in the Jewish community for focusing on Nazi atrocities, though. Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote in support of Beck, saying that he "deeply believes the Holocaust is the most vicious and monstrous behavior in human history" and "believes we must stay on high alert to make sure it never happens again."

Beck's also a strong supporter of the policies of the current Israeli government. Indeed, the Israeli government even highlighted Beck's coverage of the recent flotilla raid.
Beck is another pandering nitwit.

Flare-up over tree accents Israel-Lebanon tension
The clash started after an Israeli soldier on a crane dangled over a fence near the border early Tuesday to trim a tree that could provide cover for infiltrators. The Israelis said they clear such underbrush at least once a week and coordinate their actions with UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force that has been in the area for more than 30 years.

Price for a potential Israeli strike on Iran A Palestinian state.
My prediction: Israel will strike Iran, drawing the US into a wider war, and there still won't be a Palestinian state in the near future.

Who Owns General Petraeus by Philip Giraldi
Many who harbor political ambitions rightly fear the power of the Israel Lobby, but fear is a far remove from affection. Many Congressmen held hostage by the Lobby resent it and long for the time when they would be able to support genuine American interests relating to the Middle East. Petraeus surely understands that no one can get nominated by a major party to run for president of the United States if the Israel Lobby and its media supporters say no. The mainstream media ignored this story, as one would expect.

Does the Middle East Face an Israel-Lebanon Regional War?

The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town
On July 26, Israeli police demolished 45 buildings in the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Arakib, razing the entire village to the ground to make way for a Jewish National Fund forest......One of the most troubling aspects of the destruction of al-Arakib was a report by CNN that the hundreds of Israeli riot police who stormed the village were accompanied by “busloads of cheering civilians.”

Ethnic cleansing in the Israeli Negev
They say the next intifada will be the Bedouin intifada. There are 155,000 Bedouins in the Negev, and more than half of them live in unrecognised villages without electricity or running water. I do not know what they might do, but by making 300 people homeless, 200 of them children, Israel is surely sowing dragon's teeth for the future.

Why put an attack on Iran back on the table?
I suspect that the real reason for the new flood of commentary calling for attacks on Iran is simply that hawks hope to pocket their winnings from the long argument over sanctions, such as they are, and now push to the next stage in the confrontation they've long demanded

Rabbis oppose Yitzhak's arrest

Activist Supports Probe of Aid Raid
Ann Wright, who served 29 years in the Army and nearly six years as a diplomat for the State Department, was one of three department officials to resign over the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Now an outspoken peace activist, Wright took part in the May 30-31 Gaza Aid Flotilla in which six civilian ships tried to go through Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, ostensibly to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians.

Republicans offer Israel green light to bomb Iran

AIPAC Goes to College: Teaching Americans to Put Israel First

The Real Aim of Israel’s Bomb Iran Campaign
What is important to understand about this campaign is that the aim of Gerecht and of the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is to support an attack by Israel so that the United States can be drawn into direct, full-scale war with Iran.

That has long been the Israeli strategy for Iran, because Israel cannot fight a war with Iran without full U.S. involvement. Israel needs to know that the United States will finish the war that Israel wants to start.

Australia approves new Iran sanctions
Outside the pro-Israeli lobby in America, its counterparts reside in Canada, Australia and Britain.

War on terror's other cost: undeserved anger at all Muslims
We encountered not one single moment of hostility, not from anyone anywhere in that devoutly Muslim country. It was 1998.

'Israeli Arabs have no choice but to build illegally'

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Headlines for July 22 - July 28

A Stand For Justice

Israeli Forces Kill Unarmed Palestinian
“Israel must hold its soldiers accountable for illegal and unjustified killings,” he said.

He continued, “The Israeli practice of shooting first and asking questions later has become the norm when dealing with Palestinians” in the West Bank.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank
The three Palestinian fatalities come after a period of relative quiet.

Congress, on behalf of Israel, about to declare war on Iran
The mainstream media in America has thus far ignored this issue.

Who Voted for War With Iran, Mr. Obama? by Philip Giraldi
House of Representatives resolution 1553, introduced by Congressional Republicans, and currently working its way through the system will endorse an Israeli attack on Iran, which would be going to war by proxy as the US would almost immediately be drawn into the conflict when Tehran retaliates. The resolution provides explicit US backing for Israel to bomb Iran, stating that Congress supports Israel’s use of “all means necessary…including the use of military force”. The resolution is non-binding, but it is dazzling in its disregard for the possible negative consequences that would ensue for the hundreds of thousands of US military and diplomatic personnel currently serving in the Near East region.

American Jews don military uniforms for volunteer service
They left their comfortable lives in lap of their families for meals in soldiers' residence during combat training. Volunteers of 'Aish Machal' project come to contribute to Israel in only way they see fit – military service ......"Nathaniel told me that if he's going to take a bullet, he'd rather take one in Israel, for the country," Is there something wrong with joining the military of the country in which they were residing - AMERICA? We've got TWO WARS going on, something is not right with this picture. A MUST READ from start to finish.

Israel, U.S. sign deal to upgrade Arrow missile shield
The Arrow III will allow Israel "to deal with the threat of ballistic missiles with long range" and will give it "the ability to shoot down weapons of mass destruction outside the atmosphere," the ministry said in a statement.

America pays, and pays again (in more ways than one) for Israeli 'security'.

British PM Calls Gaza 'Prison Camp'
British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday urged Israel to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, slamming the current state of the Palestinian enclave as a "prison camp."

UN rights body names team to probe Gaza flotilla raid
In response to the UN's decision, a[n Israeli] foreign ministry official said that the UN Human Rights Council's made its decision in haste, and that it was "part of the Rights Council's obsession against Israel."

"The Israeli probe, conducted with transparency, makes the organization's probe completely unnecessary," the official added.

'Arab man attacked for talking to Jewish girl'
A 23-year-old Arab man sustained serious injuries after being attacked in Tiberias, allegedly for talking to a young Jewish woman. Police are still searching for the suspected assailant, a 19-year-old who fled the scene.

Palestinian shepherd videotapes Israeli settlers
Episodes like this are frequent in the South Hebron Hills, where
settlers from the settlements and the outposts attack Palestinian
shepherds and farmers to intimidate and force them to leave their lands. These
kinds of illegal actions are usually left unpunished and many of them occur with
Israeli military and police complicity. The Palestinian communities of this area
have chosen to nonviolently resist the continuous abuses of the Israeli settlers
and military.

Israeli forces crush West Bank demo, injuring three
Three people, including a British activist, were injured Saturday afternoon when Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration in the West Bank, witnesses said.

US presses Abbas to resume direct peace talks

British PM visits Turkey: Iran, Gaza on agenda
British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Turkey on Tuesday, saying the world needs Turkey's help in pushing Iran to address concerns about its nuclear program and harshly criticizing Israel's raid on a Gaza–bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists.

Cameron, addressing Turkish businessmen, also declared that Britain was a staunch backer of Turkey's troubled bid to join the European Union. The visit – coming early in his term – was a measure of Britain's acknowledgment of Turkey as a critical ally in a conflict–prone region.

House Republicans Giving Green Light for Israeli Strike on Iran
Such a move puts our troops in the region in grave physical danger.

US Cash for Israeli Settlements Making a Mockery of the Moratorium
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have declared a freeze on new settlements, but construction is continuing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Settlers are receiving contributions from American foundations that enjoy tax breaks, including Christian groups that see Biblical prophecies being fulfilled......According to research by the New York Times, pro-settler groups have raised over $200 million (€155 million) in the last 10 years. Such foundations in the United States can be exempted from taxes as long as they benefit "educational, religious or charitable" causes.

Resolution Green-Lighting Israeli Strikes on Iran Introduced by House Republicans
Hawkish former Bush Administration official John Bolton recently laid out the game plan to prod Israel into attacking Iran, arguing that outsiders can "create broad support" for a strike by framing it as an issue of Israel's right to self defense. Supporters for military strikes, Bolton says, should "defend the specific tactic of pre-emptive attacks" against Iran. He urges that Congress can "make it clear" that it supports such strikes and that "having visible congressional support in place at the outset will reassure the Israeli government, which is legitimately concerned about Mr. Obama's likely negative reaction to such an attack." John Bolton is a traitor to the American people, and ought to be treated as such. He works FOR ISRAEL.

Israel’s Secret Police Exposed
“Many members of the Shin Bet are settlers themselves and think of these extremists as their colleagues, not as the enemy. The line between the Shin Bet and these extremist organisations is very blurred.” Really now. That explains a lot.

Ex-UN prosecutor De Silva probes Israeli boat raid
The U.N. Human Rights Council appointed former U.N. war crimes prosecutor Desmond de Silva and two other people on Friday to investigate Israel's May 31 forcible boarding of a boat bringing aid to the Gaza Strip.

UK seeks war crimes law change
If approved, the law will spare Israeli politicians and high-ranking IDF officers war crimes arrest warrants upon their arrival in the UK. Looks like the Israeli lobby wins in Britain too.

Oliver Stone: Jewish control of the media is preventing free Holocaust debate
Referring to the alleged influence of the powerful Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy, Stone said that Israel had distorted "United States foreign policy for years," adding he felt U.S. policy toward Iran was "horrible."
Stone later backpedaled though, in the face of the heat of the lobby.

Israel slams UN council's Gaza flotilla probe
Israel on Sunday dismissed moves by the UN Human Rights Council to open its own probe into a deadly raid on a Gaza–bound aid flotilla, saying the panel was biased

Turks protest Israeli volleyball team

Israel's harassment of citizens could ignite uprising, warns Arab politician
Israel could ignite a third intifada if it continues to push its 1.2 million Arab citizens into a corner, claims Haneen Zoabi, the Arab member of the Knesset vilified for joining the Gaza aid flotilla.

Israel's sex trade booming

Why Jordan is Occupied by Palestinians By Robert Fisk

Natural gas could lead to new Lebanon-Israel war
The discovery of large natural gas reserves under the waters of the eastern Mediterranean could potentially mean a huge economic windfall for Israel and Lebanon, both resource–poor nations – if it doesn't spark new war between them.
Just one more resource for Israel to thieve from the Arabs.

Gaza smugglers cut underground Egyptian steel wall
Rare footage filmed by AP Television News before dawn Thursday showed one smuggler cutting through the barrier with a blowtorch. The smuggler, his face covered by a scarf, said it took him five hours to breach the obstacle.
Where there's a will, there's a way.

Nobel-winner Desmond Tutu backs boycotts of Israel

A Victim of Madoff and Changing Priorities, the American Jewish Congress Calls It Quits
Others say privately that while the AJCongress was doing important work, focusing on issues of religious freedom in the United States, free speech and women’s rights, those simply did not resonate with donors who show more interest in Israel and anti-Semitism. Isn't that interesting?

Israel Gets Brutal With Media
"We would appreciate it were the authorities to remind the various forces involved, that open, unhindered coverage of news events is a widely acknowledged part of the essence of democracy.

"Generally speaking this would not include smashing the face of a clearly marked photographer working for a known and accredited news organization with a stick, or for that matter aiming a stun grenade at the head of a clearly marked news photographer or summarily arresting cameramen, photographers and/or journalists," said the FPA.

Whatever Happens, Israel Can Always Count On U.S. Evangelicals
Thousands of Christians from across the United States descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday in order to lobby Washington lawmakers on behalf of Israel.

Reading the tea leaves
hopes received a hard knock by reading here that a lion’s share of GOP congresspeople with Tea Party ties signed on to an idiotic resolution endorsing an Israeli military strike on Iran. The resolution is dumb in the first place, because Israel would only attack Iran if it had assurances that the US would step in to clean up the mess, and basically continue the war Israel started. But since that war would probably immiserate the United States with oil price spikes, plus ramp up the casualties in Iran and Afghanistan, it’s a bad deal

ADL accepts Oliver Stone apology over Holocaust, U.S. Jews remarks
"I do agree that it was wrong of me to say that Israel or the pro-Israel lobby is to blame for America’s flawed foreign policy," Stone said in a statement released on Wednesday, adding that his comment was "not true and I apologize that my inappropriately glib remark has played into that negative stereotype." Are you f'king kidding me, Oliver Stone? You are 100 % CORRECT. Why the hell did you back down from the truth?

Israel linked to exiled sheikh's bid for 'coup' in Gulf emirate of RAK
Israel is aiding an exiled Arab sheikh who is vying to seize control of a strategically important Gulf emirate only 40 miles from Iran.

Israel lauds new EU nuclear sanctions on Iran

Pipes: To Get Obama To Act, Netanyahu Should Threaten To Nuke Iran
a recent interview with the right-wing Christian Zionist Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, neoconservative pundit Daniel Pipes shared his view that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should threaten to use nuclear weapons against Iran as a means of “applying pressure” on the United States. Pipes is another traitor to America. An attack by Israel on Iran puts our troops and our missions in the region in GRAVE DANGER. Pipes, Kristol, Bolton, most of US Congress and countless others that are pushing for support for such a strike are all TRAITORS. They do not have the interests of AMERICANS as their primary concern.

Israel to UN: North Korea arms proliferation destabilizing the Middle East
Hey pot, this is the kettle calling.

Terror’s Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone By Ray McGovern
Neither contractor nor intelligence agency staffers seem to see much incentive in touching the third-rail issue with which even former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld openly wrestled — what motivates these incorrigible terrorists to attack the United States and U.S. targets?

Not even his Princeton pedigree seemed of much help to him in figuring this out, so he opted for torture. Yet, there is zero appetite to address what effect U.S. invasions and occupation of Muslim countries and our Siamese-twin relationship with Israel might be having among young Muslim men.

Israel's sex trade booming
Findings showed that some 3,000 and 5,000 women are smuggled to Israel annually and sold into the prostitution industry, where they are constantly subjected to violence and abuse.....The U.S. State Department ranks Israel in the second tier of human trafficking around the world, saying the Jewish State does not maintain minimal conditions regarding the issue but is working to improve them.

Caterpillar Caught in Web Of Middle East Politics
court documents make it clear that Caterpillar has sold its D9s to Israel via an American military program — and that the U.S. Defense Department has financed those sales, even as the U.S. State Department cites Israel’s use of those same D9s to demolish Palestinian homes as serious human rights concerns.

'My conviction for rape by deception has ruined my life'

Israeli Military Assaults Palestinians and Activists in Nonviolent Shuhada St. Action
In 2000 the street was closed to Palestinians, and even though U.S. Aid came in 2004 to renovate the street for both Palestinians and Israelis, after the work had all been accomplished, the street was declared “a settler-only street.” Israeli settlers and authorities have not only confiscated Palestinian buildings or welded shut the entrances, they now also control all the market and parking spaces connected to Shuhada Street.

Israel's 'Rape by Deception' Verdict Belies Racism
It is difficult to believe that if the man was an American Christian who signed up for JDate and claimed to be Irving Cohen from Brooklyn, that the case would have gone forward.

USS Liberty survivor Death was possible on Gaza freedom flotilla

Pennsylvania Senate Race Turns Into Battlefield for Dueling Pro-Israel Groups
The dueling advertisements, sponsored by the left-wing group J Street and a new right-wing group called the Emergency Committee for Israel, present diverging views of Sestak’s positions on Israel.

Meanwhile, the two groups are targeting each other in a secondary dispute over which organization best represents the interests of Israel.

Holy Land 5 case reveals double standard in enforcement of US law

Haim Saban to CBS: Cancel Oliver Stone's Showtime Series
IRONY. Oliver Stone's comments are proven true by the pro-Israeli community's reactions to his comments. Case in point, Haim Saban, and the ADL's reaction. Suddenly Stone has to apologize not once but twice for his comments. When in fact the reaction proves him right.

Judge faces anti-Semitism probe after speech attacking Israel helps free arms factory protesters
Summing up in the criminal damage trial, he compared Israel to the Nazi regime and accused the country of ignoring international law. The judge spoke the truth.

Ahmadinejad says expects U.S. to attack MidEast soon
Iran expects the United States to launch a military strike on "at least two countries" in the Middle East in the next three months, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state–run Press TV.

Oliver Stone apologizes for saying Jews control the media
Stone had told British publication The Sunday Times that U.S. public opinion was focused on the Holocaust as a result of the "Jewish domination of the media." The remarks sparked a massive backlash, with a large number of Jewish organizations and Israeli officials publicly condemning the director's comments.