Evolution of Dispossession

Evolution of Dispossession
How to Steal a Country?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Simple Economics of the Dollar versus Oil

Dollar falls. Oil prices rise because of their exclusive denomination in dollars. It's actually very simple.

So what is the root cause of all this economic turmoil ?

Monetary policy of the corrupt FED. Until this core issue is addressed substantively, the problem will not subside, and the rest is pure window-dressing.

Lipstick on a pig ....

Monday, April 28, 2008

Israeli Soldiers with a Conscience

Systematic abuse of Palestinians being alleged is quite a common occurrence for those who follow human rights groups findings. It is refreshing to see Israelis who see the harm being done to the Palestinians by the occupation, and having the courage to speak up. Bravo !

Have the Israelis No Shame?


A few posts ago I posted an article by the AP that described an Israeli tank shell killing a mother and her four children while they ate breakfast.

Now the Israelis are saying that it was explosions from inside the house that actually killed them.

This reminds of an event on Gaza Beach in the summer of 2006, in which an entire Palestinian family was killed by an Israeli warship while picknicking on Gaza's beach. The Israelis said there were mines planted by the Palestinian militants (On Gaza's beach where only Palestinians visit ...) and this is the ordnance that killed the Palestinian family.

The UN sent in a research team. There was an American Colonel, maybe Major, who concluded that the forensic evidence was overwhelming that the Palestinians were killed by an Israeli shell launched from sea.

Here is the new version by the Israelis, and my question is have the Israelis no shame?

Blast during Gaza fight kills Palestinian mother, 4 children

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 10 minutes ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - An explosion shattered a tiny Gaza Strip house as Israeli troops battled militants Monday, killing a Palestinian woman and four of her children in new bloodshed that threatened efforts to arrange a truce between the warring sides.
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Palestinians said the house was hit by an Israeli tank shell; Israel said explosives being carried by militants blew up and brought down the two-room structure.

Miyasar Abu Meatak was preparing breakfast for her children in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun when an explosion ripped through the home, her stepson Ibrahim said. Four of her children, ages 15 months to 6 years, were killed instantly, and she died shortly afterward at a hospital, Palestinian officials said. Her two older children were reported critically wounded.

"What a black day. They killed my family," the grief-stricken father, Ahmad Abu Meatak, wailed outside the hospital. Abu Meatak said he was on his way to a nearby market when the house blew up.

The force of the blast scattered clothes and other household items outside the wrecked home. A single white child's shoe, flattened by the explosion, lay near a pair of blue shorts covered in sand. A green baby seat, one end bent, stood empty.

Omar Abdel Nabi, a farmer in a large crowd watching workers clean up debris and bloodstained sand, said he was driving his tractor in a nearby field when two or three explosions shook the ground.

"People were screaming that a tank shell landed in the next street," he told The Associated Press. "I carried two people covered in blood out of a house."

Israel's military said its troops launched an operation in the town after gunmen approached a border patrol. Palestinian Health Ministry official Moaiya Hassanain said two militants and an unidentified men were also killed in the fighting.

In a statement, the military said explosives carried by the militants were detonated by an Israeli airstrike, and the blast from the explosives hit the house, not a tank shell, "and uninvolved civilians were hit." Palestinians said the militants were at least 400 yards from the house and none of the fighters were killed near the structure.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak put the blame on the Islamic militants of Hamas, which has run Gaza since defeating the rival Fatah movement in a five-day battle last June. Barak said Israel would continue to operate in the volatile coastal territory.

"We see Hamas as responsible for everything that happens there, for all injuries," Barak said during a tour of an Israeli weapons factory. "Hamas is also responsible, by operating within the civilian population, for some of the civilian casualties."

During fighting April 16, a Reuters TV cameraman was killed by an Israeli tank shell in central Gaza.

At least 18 rockets and dozens of mortar shells were fired at Israel from Gaza on Monday, the Israeli military said. No one was seriously hurt. Palestinian militants frequently launch rockets from Beit Hanoun.

In recent weeks, militants have also tried to infiltrate into Israel at least four times.

Monday's violence was a blow to Egyptian efforts to mediate a truce between Israel and Gaza militants.

Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza's Hamas prime minister, accused Israel of trying "to ruin any regional and international efforts to end the siege and halt aggression."

Last week, Hamas said it would accept a six-month cease-fire with Israel, provided Israel ended the economic blockade it imposed on Gaza after the Hamas takeover. The blockade has caused shortages of fuel, cement and other basic items in the impoverished territory.

Israel dismissed the truce offer, saying Hamas would use the lull to rearm after sustaining heavy losses in recent fighting. But Israel said it would hold its fire if Hamas and smaller Gaza militant groups halted their attacks.

While battling Hamas in Gaza, Israel has been conducting peace talks with the rival Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

Abbas condemned the new Gaza fighting, saying it would make peace negotiations with Israel even more difficult. "We emphasize the need to achieve calm and keep our people away from the agony of war and destruction," he said.

The sides hope to reach a peace deal by the end of the year, though Abbas acknowledged after a trip to the White House last week that he was growing pessimistic because of the lack of progress in talks.

In the West Bank on Monday, a Palestinian military court ordered the execution of a man convicted of collaborating with Israel.

Judges said the man, a Palestinian security officer, provided information that helped Israeli forces kill four Palestinian militants. Abbas must approve death sentences, though often they are commuted.

The last execution was in 2001. Suspected collaborators are often killed vigilante-style before they can be arrested and tried.

Scott Ritter on the Illegal Israeli Strike on Syria

Scott Ritter interviewed on the illegal Israeli strike against a supposed nuclear weapons site in Syria.

I told a colleague the other day that if Israel or the US could prove that Syria was building a nuclear reactor without informing the IAEA that the US and Israel would have gone straight to the UN Security Council.

They did not.

Israel bombed the site, but the relevant background is here illustrated by Ritter.

Reading Stuff Like This Makes Me So Angry

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Israeli Military Trying to Close Palestinian Orphanages

Israel has killed 1,020 Palestinian children since 2000 and Palestinians have killed 124 Israeli children. Too many precious children have suffered and died as a result of politics. Another outrage is about to occur and you can help stop it. On April 23 a program on French TV Channel 5 highlighted a tragedy that may occur at any moment. This news is not even discussed in the United States.

The Israeli military is about to close down schools and orphanages run by the Islamic Charitable Society (ICS) in the West Bank city of Hebron. More than 240 boys and girls, aged 5-18 live at the orphanages, while thousands of other children, many of whom have lost at least one parent, receive schooling, food and clothing from the charity. The Israeli military has already seized $157,000 worth of goods — including rice, oil, sugar, clothing and first aid kits — from the ICS warehouse.

Israeli soldiers entered the Rahma Bakery, owned by the society, on April 14, destroyed the oven, and confiscated more than $43,000 of equipment, including all the display cases, refrigerators, fixtures, and most of the inventory. Upstairs, the soldiers destroyed heating ducts. This bakery provided bread for the orphanages.

The charity has appealed to the Israeli High Court of Justice. The Israeli army claims that ICS is supporting the Hamas movement, which started in 1987. The society, founded in 1962, argues that ICS is a Palestinian charitable organization, with no political agenda, which is monitored regularly by the Palestinian Authority.

Israel and its supporters in the United States and Europe have targeted almost every charity that is trying to keep Palestinians fed, clothed, and educated. By closing this charity and others, Israel will complete the economic strangulation and even ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel’s wall and checkpoints are already preventing Palestinians’ access to jobs, fields, medical care and schools.

If the Israeli army shuts down the ICS and its projects in the city of Hebron, nearly 300 orphans will have no place other than the street to sleep. Please fax, telephone and e-mail your representatives to ask Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to stop this outrage. Ask him to show Palestinians that he does want peace by stopping this heartless eviction.

WRITE OR TELEPHONE THOSE WORKING FOR YOU IN WASHINGTON:

President George W. Bush
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State Department Public Information Line:
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E-Mail Congress and the White House:

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CONTACT THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL:

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(202) 364-5560

Fantastic Article from Common Dreams


Just read it. It is quite good.

CNN's Coverage

Yesterday I watched Wolf Blitzer discuss Iran's influence in Iraq with Dianne Feinstein and John Hoekstra. Both said that Iran was "meddling" in the region. What then are we doing?

No WMD's, no connection to al-qaeda, no connection to 9-11, Bush admin made > 900 flase statements leading up to the war, and now we have Pentagon-gate, where the Pentagon has been exposed as the director of an unequivocal propaganda campaign using ex-military to go on MSM shows and discuss the Pentagon's talking points, even when the majority of these ex-military are well-invested with DOD contracting companies that stood to profit from the war. This whole thing stinks. We should have never attacked Iraq.

Now we hear former AIPAC employee Wolf Blitzer and devoted Zionist Dianne Feinstein on the show talking about confronting Iran, a well-documented pro-Israel objective.

After the golf tournament yesterday, I heard the '60 Minutes' lead-in. Israel is a tiny vulnerable nation in a bad neighborhood that has to worry about terrorist threats ....

Here's an article from the AP this morning about this vulnerable nation:

Israeli strike kills 7 Palestinians

By IBRAHIM BARZAK – 1 hour ago

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli tank shell slammed into a tiny Gaza Strip home Monday during a skirmish with gunmen, killing a Palestinian woman and four of her children as they prepared to sit down for breakfast, officials and relatives said.

The new violence threatened to hobble Egyptian attempts to bring a cease-fire to the area.

A militant and an unidentified man were also killed in fighting in Beit Hanoun, a northern Gaza border town Palestinian militants frequently use to fire rockets and mortars at southern Israel.

Palestinian medics identified the dead children as sisters Rudina and Hana Abu Meatak, ages 6 and 3; and their brothers 4-year-old Saleh and 15-month-old Mousad. Their mother, Miyasar, was in her late 30s. Her two older children were critically wounded in the strike, the officials said.

The Israeli military said forces entered the town early Monday after gunmen approached a border patrol. During ensuing clashes between gunmen and Israeli forces, tank shells were fired, and one struck the Abu Meatak home.

The force of the blast scattered clothes and other household items outside the two-room home. A single white children's shoe, flattened by the explosion, lay on the ground near a blue pair of shorts covered in sand. A green baby chair also sat outside, one end bent by the force of the blast.

A large crowd of people gathered outside, milling about as rescue crews cleaned up the debris and washed away bloodstains in the sand.

Beit Hanoun farmer Omar Abdel Nabi said he was driving his tractor in a nearby field when two or three explosions shook the ground.

"People were screaming that a tank shell landed in the next street," he told The Associated Press. "I carried two people covered in blood out of a house."

The children were taken to a local hospital morgue, where family members stood over the bodies, wailing and flailing their hands in the air.

"I feel sick. I want to throw up the blood that is boiling inside me, into the face of the occupation," said Ibrahim Abu Meatak, the children's 24-year-old half-brother. He said Miyasar Meatak was fixing breakfast for the family when the tank shell struck.

Maj. Avital Leibovich, spokeswoman for the Israeli military, said militants fired at troops from within a residential area.

"It's another example of the use of civilians as a human shield," Leibovich said.

The Israeli army frequently operates in the Gaza Strip against Palestinian militants, who have fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel since the Hamas militant group took control of Gaza last June. Militants claimed to have fired rockets at Israel before the Abu Meatak house was hit.

In recent weeks, militants have also tried to infiltrate the border at least four times.

Despite the sporadic clashes and border attacks, Hamas has indicated it is willing to accept a cease-fire with Israel, mediated by Egypt. But Monday's violence may throw fragile cease-fire efforts into disarray.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas-ruled Gaza, accused Israel of striving "to ruin any regional and international efforts to end the siege and halt aggression."

Gunmen fired rockets at a crossing Israel shares with the Gaza Strip shortly after the tank shell strike. And a Hamas-allied militant group warned revenge. "The blood of the children will not be spilled in vain," said Abu Mujahed of the Popular Resistance Committees.

Despite the threat, he said the group would send a delegation to Egypt on Monday to discuss the current truce offer.

Last week, Hamas said it is ready for a six-month truce. Israel has dismissed the offer, saying Hamas wants to use the lull to rearm after sustaining heavy losses in recent fighting. Officials also say Hamas must control smaller armed groups, like the PRC and Islamic Jihad.

While battling Hamas in Gaza, Israel has been conducting peace talks with the rival Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. Hamas is not a party to those talks.

Abbas condemned the Gaza shelling, saying it would make peace negotiations with Israel even more difficult. "We emphasize the need to achieve calm and keep our people away from the agony of war and destruction," Abbas said.

The sides hope to reach a peace deal by the end of the year, though Abbas complained after a trip to the White House last week that he was growing pessimistic about the lack of progress in negotiations.

Early Monday, the Israeli army lifted its closure of Palestinian territories, imposed for 10 days over the Jewish Passover holiday.

Israel routinely bars Palestinians from entering during Jewish holidays, seen them as a time of high risk of militant attacks.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Part of the Master Plan

Israel's plan to make life so unlivable for the Palestinians that they leave voluntarily.

Then of course Israel can say "we did not expel them".

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Alternative to AIPAC

This idea is long overdue. Lobbying in theory is not a bad thing to a pseudo-democracy. But the extent to which AIPAC exerts influence makes one think that all lobbying should be banned.

However, the idea of an alternative to AIPAC's extremist brand of lobbying makes sense because there are plenty of reasonable people out there to support positions open to compromise and balanced policies.

I really hope this vision takes off, and we can discuss issues pertaining to Israel-Palestine awithout all the current tangential baggage, i.e. if a former President of the US who brought lasting peace between Israel and Egypt speaks out against Apartheid policies in Israel, he won't be called a bigot. In fact, he is working AGAINST bigotry in his denouncement of Israel's racist policies.

Hillary the Israeli Puppet

Footage of Hillary, in her own words, saying what the US would do, if she were President, if Iran launched a nuclear strike on Israel.

Forgetting for a moment the NIE, which is a summary of all 16 of our intelligence agencies assessments, and forgetting for a moment that Iran's uranium enrichment is about 1/20 of enrichment levels needed for weapons grade uranium, and forgetting also that Iran has complied with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (Israel has not mind you and Israel has nuclear weapons) , watch the video to see what Hillary would do ...

Gillerman Crossed the Line


The UN ambassador from Israel called President Jimmy Carter a bigot for visiting with Hamas. I do not care of one thinks this is a good diplomatic move or not, calling our former President a bigot is so far out of line. Ironically the man issuing such a charge works for a racist Apartheid government, so really the charge is the most hyprocritical disengenuous remark I have ever heard.

Later in the piece, when Gillerman was asked about the Israeli spy arrested last week in New Jersey, Gillerman said it was a long time ago ... And that Israel pledged after Pollard to not spy on the US again ! Gillerman then claimed that the Israelis have fully complied !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HELLO ?

I guess Larry Franklin was not sentenced to almost 13 years in prison in January '06 for passing classified information to Rosen and Weissman to AIPAC, which act as agents for a foreign government; Israel.

Gillerman has 0 credibility as far as I am concerned. This guy is a real sleeze, a used-car salesman trying to play politics. So what does it say about Israel that this guy is their spokesperson at the UN?

Entire article below :


Israel's UN ambassador calls Jimmy Carter 'a bigot'

By VERENA DOBNIK – 5 hours ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Israel's ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday called former President Jimmy Carter "a bigot" for meeting with the leader of the militant Hamas movement in Syria.

Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, "went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas," Ambassador Dan Gillerman told a luncheon briefing for reporters.

The diplomat was questioned about problems facing his country during a wide-ranging discussion with reporters lasting more than an hour. The briefing was sponsored by The Israel Project, a Washington-based, media-oriented advocacy group.

The ambassador's harsh words for Carter came days after the ex-president met with Mashaal for seven hours in Damascus to negotiate a cease-fire with Gaza's Hamas rulers. Carter then called Mashaal on Monday to try to get him to agree to a one-month truce without conditions, but the Hamas leader rejected the idea.

The ambassador called last weekend's encounter "a very sad episode in American history."

He said it was "a shame" to see Carter, who had done "good things" as a former president, "turn into what I believe to be a bigot."

Telephone calls by The Associated Press to two Atlanta numbers for Carter were not immediately returned Thursday.

Gillerman said Hamas is armed and trained by Iran, whose president once called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

"The real danger, the real problem is not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the real threat is Iran," he said.

Gillerman spoke with reporters from around the world at the Times Square offices of a New York law firm on the day Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Washington meeting with President Bush.

The ambassador said he was "quite optimistic" about the chances for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement because Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have met more times than any previous leaders of the two sides.

"I believe they've gone deeper and further than any other Israeli or Palestinian leader, and I believe that there is a very good chance (for a settlement)," he said.

Gillerman also was asked about another topic involving the U.S. government and Israel: the arrest last week in New Jersey of an 84-year-old man accused of passing U.S. weapons program secrets to an Israeli agent a quarter-century ago.

Retired U.S. military engineer Ben-ami Kadish faces charges linking him to the same now-defunct Israeli intelligence agency that used Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel.

Gillerman called it "a very old matter."

"It pertains to something that may or may not have happened 25 years ago" and would be decided when Kadish goes to trial, he said.

In the wake of the Pollard case, the ambassador said Israel had made a pledge not to spy on the United States, "and that is something which I know that we have honored completely."

The ambassador declined to comment on U.S. government reports that Syria was building a nuclear reactor with North Korean assistance before it was bombed by Israeli planes last year.

Gillerman called Syria a "destabilizing influence" in the Middle East.

"You see Syria's hosting, very hospitably and warmly, over 10 terror organizations in Damascus," the ambassador said, adding that the country also supports Hezbollah, an anti-Israeli Shiite group in Lebanon with close ties to Iran and Syria.

"Basically, Syria and Iran, together with Hamas and Hezbollah, are the main axes of terror and evil in the world," the Israeli ambassador said.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Great 1st Step

The Israelis are making a great first step in this offer, which appears to be legitimate and sincere, of exchanging the Golan Heights captured in the 1967 war with a peace treaty with the Syrians.

If the Syrians take the deal, and they would be bitterly foolish to not accept the deal, then it would cut Syria out of the sponsorship of Hezbollah equation. There would be serious and legitimate consequences for non-compliance.

But this should be viewed as a first step by the Israelis, not the only step.

The Palestinians still have many grievances !

Damage Control from the Israeli Spy's Admission?



AP articles are only achived for short periods. My links to them sometimes disappear. So I will post the entire AP article by Laurie Copans just below my comments.

So now Israel says it might compensate the settlers (illegal) in the West Bank who
voluntarily move out of there. Rice has said this would be a positive step. I think the Israelis ought to do the right thing and abandon EVERY single settlement in the Occupied Territories per UN resolutions. But when you read down the page in this piece, an interesting qualification appears. Israel would not be the one compensating the settlers. The US will be the bank, just like it was for the Gaza disengagement. Billions each year is not enough in military hardware, we the taxpayers are asked to shoulder the financial burden of illegal Israeli settlers leaving lands illegally occupied since 1967 too ?

The timing of this accouncement I think is very suspect. An Israeli spy linked to Pollard and his handler was unearthed 2 days ago and has admitted to espionage activity. Another black-eye on the US for allowing the rogue Apartheid state to spy on us. What more can we give?

The cynic in me says that the offer is meant to distract the US from this espionage incident, or should I say the most recent episode in Israeli espionage (see Franklin, Pollard) against the US. The optimist in me hope that this announcement is not just politics as usual, but a genuine pseudo-concession from the Israelis. The pragmatist in me knows that it probably won't be implemented anytime soon.


Israeli law would pay settlers to leave West Bank

By LAURIE COPANS – 4 hours ago

KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank (AP) — When the Ventura family moved to this West Bank settlement from a Tel Aviv suburb 20 years ago, they sought open spaces and mountain air.

But years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting have scared away their children and grandchildren. Now the retired couple wants to move back.

"We came here for quality of life when there were no worries here," said Tzuri Ventura, 68, a retired truck driver. "We just want to get out of here ... but we don't have enough money."

A new bill would compensate West Bank settlers like the Venturas who voluntarily leave their homes, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to decide within days whether to support it.

The idea is to get a head start on the evacuation of West Bank settlements that would have to be dismantled anyway in a final peace deal with the Palestinians. Olmert and the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank are trying to conclude such an agreement by year's end, despite enormous obstacles.

Getting settlers to move of their own accord could help Israel avoid the violence and anguish that accompanied the country's 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

During Israel's evacuation of 8,000 settlers from Gaza, sobbing residents were dragged from their homes and others violently resisted. Many of the settlements were built during the euphoria that swept the country after Israel captured the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1967.

While Israel hopes to hold onto several clumps of settlements, Olmert has said Israel will have to give up most of the West Bank for a future Palestinian state. Those sections will likely be those located on the other side of the massive separation barrier Israel is erecting in the West Bank and that is nearly complete. More than 70,000 Jewish settlers live in these areas.

As part of U.S. involvement in Mideast peace talks, American officials have expressed interest in the bill. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has raised the issue in meetings with Olmert, officials from his Kadima Party said.

A key backer of the bill, Vice Premier Haim Ramon, will give Olmert a report on the bill in the coming days to persuade him to support it, government officials said on condition of anonymity since Olmert and Ramon were declining to comment on the bill.

The offer would apply to residents of 74 settlements expected to lie outside Israel's West Bank 490-mile separation barrier, said Absalom Vilan of the dovish Meretz Party, a co-author of the legislation.

The bill's sponsors hope the U.S. government would offer aid to compensate the settlers. If half the settlers in question agreed to leave voluntarily, Vilan estimates the total cost of buying them out would be between $2 billion and $2.5 billion.

Ramon's report shows that 25 percent of the settlers living in these communities would leave their homes if compensated, the Yediot Ahronot daily said this week. Sponsors of the proposal say the number is as high as 50 percent.

Settlers who support the proposal say many of their neighbors are afraid to admit they want to move. About half of the settlers are religious hard-liners who believe God promised the West Bank to the Jewish people. For them, moving constitutes betrayal.

"Many people are afraid to speak up because of public pressure," said Benny Raz, a resident of Karnei Shomron and founder of One Home, an organization of settlers who want to move.

Raz and Vilan travel all over the West Bank, holding "parlor talks" with settler families who are anxious to return to Israel proper but cannot find anyone to buy the homes whose property values have fallen in recent years.

Hard-line settlers sometimes demonstrate outside the meetings. Opponents also warn participants they could be fired from local jobs. Raz himself lost a security job in Karnei Shomron after he began pushing for compensation four years ago.

The fate of Karnei Shomron's 7,000 residents is particularly unclear.

The community sits just outside the Ariel settlement bloc, which Olmert has said he wants to keep in a final agreement along with other blocs closer to the Israeli frontier with the West Bank.

Israel began to build a separate fence around Ariel, creating a finger that stretches well into the West Bank, but halted the work two years ago after the United States protested.

Government officials have refused to tell Karnei Shomron's residents where the community will fall. One of the Orthodox Jewish founders of the settlement in 1977, Herzl Ben-Ari, believes the area will be annexed to Israel in the end.

"When we came here we built big to show how serious we were, to show we were here to stay," said Ben-Ari, the local municipal leader. "In the end we will be like the Tel Aviv metropolitan area."

Tzuri Ventura disagrees. He points to "for sale" signs that dot properties along his street. Assessors told the Venturas their apartment is worth the same as it was when they bought it in 1989. The couple says they couldn't afford to buy anything in Israel if they got such a paltry price.

After fighting in four of Israel's wars, Ventura is not sure Israel should transfer West Bank land to the Palestinians. He just wants to be able to see his grandchildren as he grows older. An upstairs apartment built for the younger generations sits empty.

"Our daughter has two children, ages four and seven months," Ventura said. "She has refused to visit since a suicide bombing here four years ago. Now we are left alone."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Musical Interlude

Gary Jules is right, even though Tears for Fears wrote the lyrics.

Waxman is a Joke ; Sibel Edmonds Testimony

Watch this question and answer session with Henry Waxman.

Why would he be so opposed to letting Sibel Edmonds tell her story under oath. She is the most gagged person in US history and has knowledge through her FBI appointment about foreign foreknowledge of 9-11. This should be the most pressing issue of our lifetime, and here this sniveling little simp is saying that his baseball steroid investigation trumps Sibel Edmonds?

What a joke.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More Info on the Israeli Spy

This article is better than the first one I posted. More details ...

The Tip of the Berg

More Israeli espionage against its most generous sponsor.

Rosenbergs, Pollard, Franklin Weissman and Rosen, and now this guy, who seems linked up with Pollard.

Perle and Wolfowitz have been investigated (Perle twice) for Israeli espionage activity. Stephen Bryen was investigated.

How many times will we allow the US to burn for the treachery of these dual-loyal Zionist hooligans?

Pentagon Propagandists


Proving the existence of propaganda is a very difficult thing to do. So this piece by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now is awesome because it demonstrates clearly that the Pentagon knew attacking Iraq would be a tough sell to the American people, so what did the Pentagon do? They recruited retired military personnel to parade on political shows seen in the MSM and use the Pentagon's prepared talking points. Given what we now know about Douglas Feith's office and the Inspector General's report, and a column compending the > 900 false statements the Bush admin gave on Iraq, what else can we call this stunt by the Pentagon but propaganda. Read more by clicking on the link above.

Goebbels would be very proud !

Monday, April 21, 2008

Israel's Lebanon Destruction ; A Photo Gallery

These pictures should make Americans ashamed of allowing their government to support the Israelis.

This is what the Israelis do to innocent civilians who had nothing to do with Hezbollah in the south of Lebanon.

George Galloway Interviews Ilan Pappe : Part 1


For those who do not know who Ilan Pappe is, he is an Israeli historian who has recently written an important book on the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people in 1948 and 1967.

Becuase he tells the truth, he gets attacked very frequently, which seems to be a recurring theme in studying the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Here is a 3-part interview of Ilan Pappe by George Galloway.

George Galloway Interviews Ilan Pappe : Part 2

George Galloway Interviews Ilan Pappe : Part 3

Actual Footage of the Reuters Cameraman Being Shelled

Let's see Israel spin this one.

Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence that the cameraman was targeted directly. So I went to HRW and found a link to the actual footage which appears on Rueter's own site.

The Palestinian cameraman was wearing a jacket with PRESS clearly written on it, and was driving in a jeep also clearly marked. The Israelis inside the tank had the means of viewing the cameraman, and still the Israelis fired the shell which killed the cameraman and 2 others, all aged 23 or younger.

Clear footage of Israel targeting civilians and not combatants.

Clear footage of yet another Israeli war crime.

Way to Go Carter


The Israeli rejectionists and obstructionists have for the longest time used Hamas's refusal to recognize Israel as a convenient excuse for not complying with its treaty obligations, UN resolutions, and international law.

Carter's meeting with Hamas seems to have influenced Hamas somewhat with this new declaration.

Now the ball is in Israel's court, and let's watch and see how the Israelis now play dodgeball.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Israel Kills Reuters Cameraman .... Accidentally

For a country that touts its military as the most sophisticated in the Middle East, the IDF sure does have lots of "accidents".

Check out this link to GNN, and look at the flechettes that come out of this shell the IDF fires. How can an army that uses such slogans as "purity of arms" , meaning they only get the bad guys, use a weapon like this and maintain their claims of "purity of arms" ?

Weapons like this are used to exacerbate collateral damage done to civilians, not to avoid it.

Wake up America, our "allies" are behaving like barbarians and continues to violate international laws, past UN resolutions, and continues to spit in the US's face apropos peace treaties, pledges, etc.

Friday, April 18, 2008

More Settlements Amid Israel's Objections to Carter


Israel does not like Jimmy Carter visiting with Hamas.

But Israel does not mind announcing 100 new settlement homes in the occupied territories despite pledging a freeze on this at Annapolis (and almost every other agreement : Road Map, Oslo, Camp David, etc etc etc)

I object to the Israeli objections, how is that?

He Said It Again !

In the days after 9-11, Netanyahu said the exact same thing but off the cuff, so Israeli officials scrambled to rationalize his comments.

Now years later in a speech he says the same thing again !

This is an outrage, for a former prime minister of Israel to see the good only for Israel when the US was attacked on 9-11. Gotta love friends who benefit from your misfortune then proudly boast of their monumental gains.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why Haaretz is Better than the NYT

Haaretz is an honest newspaper. Even though I disagree with many policy statements of its regular contributors, the room for dissent in Israel's best newspaper is refreshing.

All this week editorials in the US have nothing but criticism for Jimmy Carter on his decision to meet with Hamas, without, in general, giving Carter his proper due and respect.

NYT, CNN, FOXNEWS (joke), NBC .... all the same treatment.

But here is an editorial from Haaretz which makes salient points. It's very weird that the US presses are more pro-Israel and less open on the Israeli-Palestinian issue than is the leading Israeli press.

Unsurprisingly, the Old Rumor Materializes

Pump oil directly from Iraq to Israel as a reward for Israel's support ?

Well the possibility that Iraqi oil will be pumped to Haifi in Israel is presented here, even though there has been a rumor of such a pipeline for some time.

I guess the obvious question is what right do the Israelis have to Iraqi oil?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Corporate Tax Evasion Scams

This article should really sicken all US taxpayers, since it seems the average American who pays their taxes fearful of the authorities are shouldering the burden of this nation. The rich and greedy and deceitful corporations on this list are stealing from the US government, and they are being rewarded. This is slavery in which the slaves are people like me, and the masters are the CEO's of giant multi-national corporations, who are taking tax rebates from the IRS in the millions, funded by the commoner, and spreading it around to their elites.

More Americans need to know about this, and I applaud Levin for taking on this issue.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Clear Media Bias


If after reading this piece you are still unconvinced that news media in the US is heavily biased in favor of Israel, then you are a Zionist ideologue, plain and simple.

Were these roles reversed in these war crimes, I am sure every American would be seeing ample coverage on CNN, MSNBC, the AP, FOXNEWS, the New York Times and the Washington Post. These ommissions by said media agencies speaks volumes.

I Think Pat Got it Right

This was published today by Pat Buchanan. I am sad to say that I agree with him completely. If we attack Iran, then the US is clearly not ruled by patriots but by madmen driven to satisfy the ambitions of a small cabal instead of trying to satisfy the duty of their office, and that is serving the US national interest.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Buchanan on NeoCons in 2003

A must-read for Americans who want to truly glimpse the destructive nature of the NeoCon influence over this government. Walt and Mearsheimer's book is long and pretty exhaustive. This article by Pat Buchanan can be read in 30 minutes, and after doing so, one of the reasons Iraq was attacked should be clearly visible.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dollar Hegemony Ending

The Saudis might break away from the petro-dollar. If one wants to understand why the dollar is collapsing, this piece gives the necessary background.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

George Galloway vs a Texan

Pretty heated exchange between George Galloway and a caller from Texas. I decided to post this not for the value of Galloway's arguments but really to show the mindset of an American who has clearly bought into the steady stream of indoctrinating propaganda. The brainwashing is complete for this poor Texan, and I doubt he could ever take a step back and actually judge his country's past misdeeds without calling upon his illusions for relief.

Bottom line, Americans can sleepwalk through their time on this earth regurgitating platitudes about America's greatness, or they can try and understand why the world is so disgusted with our government. The world does not hate the US government because it is jealous of its institutions. The world has a problem with the directives it has initiated, be it invading countries by way of deception, or overthrowing foreign governments through shadowy manuevres, or being hypocritical on nuclear positions, or being hyprocritical on terrorism double-standards, or the US's long legacy of UN obstructionism, or the US's long history of economic exploitation of smaller, weaker countries around the globe.

The sad thing is people like Galloway know their history, and the people like the Texan in this piece think they do.

Anti-Defamation League Defames Again

It seems the true specialty of the Anti-Defamation League is defamation, given the ADL's propensity for smearing any individual, group, or nation that it sees as having an agenda that is not sufficiently pro-Israel.

I wonder why the ADL does not mention Israel's nuclear weapons, which are not subject to inspections, have no international oversight, and are in the hands of a state widely considered to be a terrorist state.

What hypocrisy this emotional blackmail entails.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Arab Housing Discrimination

Israel controls West Jerusalem and has 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem (which the Palestinians claim as the capital of an eventual Palestinian state).Under the terms of the original partition plan, Jerusalem was to be an international city, not part of Israel or Palestine. But Israel claimed Jerusalem after the June 1967 war, just as Israel claimed pieces of Egypt and Syria and Jordan as well.

Now Israel wants to limit the growth of Arab residential neighborhoods in East Jerusalem so it practices this nasty form of discrimination on building permits. Israelis can easily obtain them, Arabs cannot. It's that simple. And when Arabs build their homes anyway, Israel demolishes them, even though Jerusalem technically does not belong to Israel.

I like the comments by Ascherman in this piece, refreshingly honest.

ARTICLE HERE from the AP :

Arab Home Razed in Jerusalem

By KARIN LAUB – 19 hours ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli wrecking crew knocked down Shadi Hamdan's home in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem in just a couple of hours, reducing the upholsterer's savings to a pile of gray rubble.

The demolition, and others like it, vividly illustrate the toughest issue facing negotiators in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: conflicting claims over Jerusalem.

Agreeing on how to divide the ancient city, home to 476,000 Jews and 250,000 Arabs, is on the table but has yet to be resolved in talks launched at a U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference last November. The Palestinians want to establish a capital in east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War. Israel claims the whole city but has signaled willingness to cede some Arab neighborhoods.

Since 2004, Israel has leveled more than 300 homes in Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods, citing a lack of building permits. However, critics say the permits are virtually impossible to obtain and consider the demolitions part of a decades-old policy to limit Palestinian population growth in the disputed city.

Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights, a group that fights home demolitions, says Israel is violating the human rights of the city's Arab residents by tearing down their homes.

"Were Israelis and Palestinians to have an equal chance to get a building permit ... it wouldn't be a human rights issue," said Ascherman. "It's a human rights issue because it's intentional and purposeful housing discrimination."

Hamdan's case is especially harsh — his home was destroyed once before, though he lives in an outlying area, Anata, that is among those most likely to become part of a future Palestine in the event of a peace deal.

Already, Anata is cut off from the center of Jerusalem by Israel's West Bank separation barrier.

The single-story structure was first knocked down in 2005 but volunteers rebuilt it over two weeks last summer. Former Jerusalem city council member Meir Margalit, one of Hamdan's supporters, said his group won't be deterred and plans to rebuild again.

On Wednesday, a crane-mounted jackhammer tore down Hamdan's home — two apartments on 1,560 square feet, one for him and one for his parents, 60-year-old Naziha and 70-year-old Hassan. The wrecking crew was guarded by Israeli police, and one Israeli activist was briefly detained for trying to block the demolition.

"I felt my heart would explode," Naziha Hamdan said of watching her house being wrecked. Hamdan, a 30-year-old bachelor, said he'd sleep at his workshop from now on, while his parents would move in with his brother. A small truck arrived to cart off the family's belongings, including a sofa, fridge and window frames.

Hamdan's lawyer, Sami Ershied, said the family applied repeatedly for permission to build on its land in Anata, but was always turned town on grounds that Anata doesn't have a master plan, and without one, permits cannot be issued.

Demolition orders are currently pending against several other Anata houses, he said.

Across east Jerusalem, thousands of residents live in fear of demolition, said Margalit, adding that about 1,000 homes are built there without permits every year.

Israel portrays demolitions as a technical matter — saying it's cracking down on illegal construction across Jerusalem, and that it's doing so without differentiating between Arab and Jewish residents. "It's a matter of enforcing municipal law," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Interesting Poll Results

Most unpopular country : Iran
Close 2nd : Israel

Were it not for the incessant MSM's criticism over the exaggerated offenses by Iran, I'm sure these 2 standings would be permuted. Likewise, if the MSM did not habitually treat Israel with a positive bias, I think the approval ratings for Israel would be proportionally worse.

WHO Criticizes Israel, Again

Yet another damning report on Israeli policy.

Jesse Ventura Part 2

Part 2 of the video interview with Larry King.

Jesse Ventura Part 1

Here is a video link of Jesse Ventura interviewed by Larry King. I agreed with almost everything Jesse said and it's amazing how uncannily his commentary fit comments on my blogsite. It's almost as if he's been reading my site :-)