Nakba Day

 

  

Slaughter of Palestinians

"What is necessary is cruel and strong reactions. We need precision in time, place, and casualties….we must strike mericilessly, women and children included. Otherwise, the reaction is inefficient. At the place of action, there is no need to distinguist between guilty and innocent."

David Ben-Gurion prime minister israel.1948

 

 

 

In the Palestinian calendar, Nakba Day is traditionally observed as an important day of remembrance. In May 2009 Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman introduced a bill which would outlaw all Nakba commemorations, with a three-year prison sentence for such acts of remembrance. The bill was amended and the prison sentence dropped but instead the denial of state funding for Israeli institutions that hold the commemorations was implemented. Many historians continue to write the history of Palastine from 1921 to 1948. I will refrain and quote a fact:

Count Folke Bernadotte said on 16 September 1948:

“No settlement can be just and complete if recognition is not accorded to the right of the Arab refugee to return to the home from which he has been dislodged. It would be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent victims of the conflict were denied the right to return to their homes while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine, and indeed, offer the threat of permanent replacement of the Arab refugees who have been rooted in the land for centuries.”

 

UN General Assembly Resolution 194, passed on 11 December 1948 and reaffirmed every year since, was the first resolution that called for Israel to let the refugees return:

“the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

For 65 years this call has been ignored. Today, Palastinians calls the rest of the world to:

 End Israel’s violations of international law, including ending its illegal occupation and building of settlements

 End the siege on Gaza

 Support bringing Israeli war criminals to justice – no attack on universal jurisdiction

 Ban settlement goods

 Suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement

 End the arms trade with Israel [America donates $6 billion a year in arms].

They also call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, exactly the same as was imposed on the South African Government,  because:

 Israel destroys Palestinian lives, livelihoods and homes daily, refuses to stop building its illegal settlements and apartheid wall on stolen land, continues to control Gaza while slicing the West Bank into Bantustans, denies Palestinian refugees their right to return, grows produce and sets up industrial zones on stolen Palestinian land, and operates an apartheid, racist system on both sides of the ‘green line’.

 Only international pressure can make Israel cease its violations of international law and human rights. As Governments have failed to hold Israel accountable, it is up to people of conscience in civil society worldwide to heed Palestinian calls for protection and justice.

 Despite the International Court of Justice ruling in 2004 that the Apartheid Wall is illegal, not a single government has acted to impose sanctions, ignoring the ICJ’s call to all states and parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to take immediate action.

 The campaign for Boycott and Sanctions is part of the worldwide movement of civil society in support of the Palestinian people for national, civil and human rights and has several purposes.

 It: lets the Palestinian people know that they are not forgotten and the justice of their cause is recognised.

 Sends a signal to Israel that if it continues to flout UN resolutions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention and other international laws, it will meet with the opposition from people of conscience.

 Enables people outside Israel and Palestine to refresh and reinforce their opposition to Israeli policy in their everyday decisions.

 Exerts moral pressure on the British Government by giving expression to the desire to move towards a more ethical foreign policy.

 Provides an excellent way of stimulating public debate, offers a focus for leafleting and discussion, as well as exerting moral and economic pressure on Israel to comply with international legislation and principles of justice.

Apartheid was weakened by a similar international movement of solidarity that succeeded in branding South Africa as a pariah state. Despite differences between these two forms of oppression, this antecedent provides an inspiring model.The support for boycott actions is growing, with groups of people coming together to take action as consumers but also in other areas: academic, sporting, cultural and medical.

I am aware that many reading this will first think of the evil, and counter-productive, terrorist elements that exist in Northern Africa. The 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, for example, comes quickly to my mind. Every terrorist is someone’s hero and freedom fighter. Since 1948 Israel has created too many of these extremists by its inhuman treatment of Palastinian Arabs.

Not surprising when statements of this ilk are made:“They are of no importance in the sense of deserving a relationship similar to that shown to ‘European humans’. They certainly do not constitute a people or a collective able or interested in realizing itself as such therefore we must generally persuade them to ‘To fold their tents and silently steal away’ ” – Zionist leader Israel Zangvil.

SCHOOL RUN SHE WILL NEVER FORGET

 

 Is it not time, for all the peoples who once condemned Imperialist Colonialists, to turn their attention to the illegal occupation of arab lands and concentrate on ending the systematic annihilation of an ethnic minority of human beings in Palastine ? 

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DID THE SA GOVERNMENT DO THIS TO ANC SUPPORTERS ?

 

Mohammed Abbas is sick, with chronic diarrhoea. Not for the first time.He and his family live in a Palestinian village with no running water, no sewage system, and no prospect of getting either any time soon. Watching her son, eyes closed, clutching his stomach on a mattress on the floor, his mother, Sunna, told me she is desperate.

 

"I’m angry that my son is sick. The doctor says it’s because of the water. We buy it from outside. I don’t know where it comes from. I give it to my children even though I know it’s contaminated. What else can I do?"

Sunna’s story is becoming increasingly common in the West Bank. The name of her village, Faqua, means spring water bubbles in Arabic, but access to water here disappeared long ago.

The village council says most of the underground springs were appropriated by Israel in 1948 when the state was created by the United states of America backed by the UN.

An Israeli-Palestinian Water Committee was set up in the mid-1990s as part of the Oslo peace accords. But Palestinians say Israel makes it virtually impossible for them to dig new wells or to join Israel’s water grid.

The West Bank is home to an important regional water source.

According to a World Bank report published this year, Israel keeps 80% of water it drills from the mountain aquifer for Israeli citizens.

Palestinians get the leftovers. It is not enough. While driving around Faqua village we came across a private water tanker, its hose rolled through the street into the Sallah family’s backyard. Murky-looking water gushed into an underground tank there. The World Bank warns the water quality is deteriorating. So Palestinians pay dearly. Unclean water makes people sick. Lack of water means prices are high. Munir Sallah says it makes a difficult life even tougher. "We need a lot of money to cover this expense. We could use the money for other things like food for example. "Every bit of money we have we use to pay for water. You’re not going to eat well. You’re not going to use much electricity. You need to save this money for water. "In Faqua money is in short supply. The village fields lie barren, dry and dusty. Traditionally, Palestinian villages depend on farming. For that you need water."

But Israel says it is not to blame here – Palestinian planning is. Israel claims Faqua village never applied to join the water grid – although the local mayor disputes this. Israel says the Palestinian Water Authority should be more effective across the West Bank. Human Rights groups tell a different story. Sarit Michaeli works for B’tselem: "Palestinians are entitled to water. It’s their basic right under international law, but very often they are discriminated against in the allocation of this resource. "Water is scarce throughout the entire region but the little water we have has to be equally shared out between Israelis and Palestinians." 

Up in the brown hills of Faqua, a frustrated Palestinian farmer shows us the lush fields of an Israeli Kibbutz next door. Faqua village is just on the boundary line between the West Bank and Israel. An Israeli army jeeps keeps a close eye on us from the other side of the metal fence – part of the separation barrier Israel is building in an around the West Bank. Ahmad Abu Salamah says Israel has given the kiss of death to agriculture here. "We in Faqua village live in Area C – the part of the West Bank under total Israeli control. Israel should give us water. If it did, our land would be as green as theirs. But they use all the water for their land

"Water along with land and religion lies at the heart of the conflict here. Fair distribution will have to be part of any solution."

 

 A report By Katya Adler BBC News, Jerusalem

 

Many years ago I was prevented from buying South African produce because of the world wide fight against white rule in the independant country of South Africa, which apparently was inhumane. The above article is one reason why I would NEVER buy products labelled "Produce of Israel"  Why is it wrong to kill [a few] Africans and OK to exterminate an Arab race ??????? When that question can be answered write to your MP/Senator/ or local Taliban recruitment team.

I also remember the world’s celebrations when the infamous Berlin Wall was demolished; recently the UN’s general assembly,have said : "Israel’s wall in palastine is illegal, it must be removed." The silence is deafening from the libertarians. PETER HAIN  where are you now ?

 

 

 

Talking about Mads Gilbert not allowed into Gaza- thoughts from Norway..

 

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The Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert was known all over the world during the Israelian bombing of Gaza last winter. No journalists were allowed to go into Gaza, so Gilbert worked not only as a doctor, but also as a reporter. Many of us remember his report “We’re walking in blood…”

Yesterday Gilbert was denied entrance to Gaza. His friend and collegue Erik Fosse, who was also there during the war, was let in.

Gaza is as bad as in January, says Gilbert.

According to Fosse and Gilbert, nothing has been done to help the Palestinians in Gaza after the war. People are hungry, their houses are bombed out, children are suffering from serious traumas. And people from the outside, who want to get into Gaza to help, are denied entrance.

Mads Gilberts calls the situation absurd. His hope is that the humans who reacted when there was a war in the area will react as strong now as then.

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                                                               NewYork City 2001                  
 
 
The connection ?                    International terrorism.        

American dream, American nightmare

It was in August 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, that TV viewers around the world first started to question whether America was truly a great nation anymore.Days after the winds had subsided, footage showed the homeless, the destitute and disabled gathered around the partly-flooded New Orleans Superdome begging for water while armed National Guardsman ignored them in their hunt for looters.

How can this be?

Many asked how it can be that the richest nation the world has ever seen, which put man on the moon, which has a standing military of 2.3 million troops and reservists, which created the microchip revolution, and has for half a century dominated global commerce; how could this country not bring bottled water to its weak and vulnerable in their time of need?These shocking pictures brought a human face to the statistics that have long baffled Europeans: that 56 million Americans, 18% of the population, have no access to affordable medical care; that life expectancy, education and poverty in large swathes of the inner cities and rural south are worse than in parts of central America or the Balkans, yet alone long-embargoed Cuba.

The invisible nation within

It is almost as if within the USA, there is an underdeveloped country, held within invisible borders, in areas where the comfortably off do not go. This forgotten nation of tens of millions of people, many black or Hispanic, some recent immigrants but most not, live in a shadow that no light from Hollywood illuminates. Their cheap labour underpins the economy’s competitiveness, yet they are largely excluded from the growing wealth it has produced. Yet now these are the people who have taken down the Masters of the Universe, put out the lights in Manhattan investment banks, and helped put Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on his knees in the corridors of Congress begging for help from Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi to get his $700 billion bank rescue package passed. Because, in the past five years, these so-called Ninjas (No income, no jobs, no assets) were offered the chance to buy a home and live the American Dream, no money down. And hardly believing it was possible, they took it.

A trillion dollars ? I’ll take it!

According to a paper by Carmen Reinhart of the University of Maryland and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard, a trillion dollars in mortgage loans was offered to the lowest-rated subprime borrowers in the last few years. But the trillion-dollar dream was about to become a nightmare. The average earnings of the poorest fifth of Americans were $19,178 (£10,700) in 2007, just 40% of the US average, and the majority subsist on welfare alone. Such crazy loans were only possible because the companies offering them were acting on commission, passing on the mortgage agreements to others who on a wave of easy credit failed to check the quality of the loans they were funding. As we all know, these loans have gone "toxic", but because they were knitted by Wall Street wizards into intractably complex mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities it is very hard to put a value on them, even as they are unravelling within the vaults of banks around the world.

A seismic blow to the global financial system

This seismic blow to the global financial industry has led to a wave of bank failures, nationalisations, state-funded rescues and even currency crises from Germany to Iceland, and from South Korea right to the doors of the Capitol Building in Washington itself. However, the reverberations go deeper still, because the financial position of the United States itself is not so very much better than the very subprime borrowers who were at the root of the crisis.

Big economy, but bigger debts

Certainly, the US has world-beating companies, vast manufacturing industries and a giant services sector, which produced a national income (GDP) of $14 trillion last year. Yet it owes almost five times that in government promises to its own citizens in terms of education, healthcare and retirement-linked benefits. That is $67 trillion, a figure that has ballooned from $29 trillion in 2000. "No goose was ever so golden as the US economy, but that doesn’t mean it’s immortal," wrote Jim Grant, publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Monitor.

Even the debt clock can’t keep up

While the economy has grown around 5% a year over the last seven years, government spending promises have grown 13% a year. Indeed, the National Debt Clock in New York, which since 1989 has recorded the amount owed by the state, in October ran out of digits to keep track of it. Government debt is quite separate from the debts of American individuals and companies. They have been splurging on Asian-made goods, but the packed container ships traversing the Pacific to the US have been returning empty. Money has been pouring year after year into the coffers of China, Japan and other Asian nations, as well as the oil exporters of the Middle East. In 2007, the US ran up a balance of payments deficit of £739 billion, 5% of its GDP. It’s been doing so for year after year.

A Himalaya of cash

These trade creditors have in turn lent back this Himalaya of cash, $5.2 trillion since 2000. Much of it has gone to the US government in exchange for Treasury bills. The rest has been invested in other dollar-denominated investments. This infusion helped fill the budget gap, and for years stopped the dollar from undergoing the necessary weakening to restore the American competitive trading position. This is also the money that funded the easy credit that inflated the US housing bubble, and this is the borrowing which the US economy, even with all the bailouts planned by the government, will struggle to service and repay. Whether you are a disabled single mother living in a trailer park in Mississippi, or the world’s greatest economy, the basic strategy for getting rid of debt is the same. You spend less, you earn more, and use the difference to work off the borrowing over an extended period.

For US consumers and employees this is already tough, and it’s going to get tougher. They have seen the value of their homes plummet and not all of them can afford their mortgages. They are already spending less, driving less and have cut back on fresh borrowing. Many more will lose their jobs. Their taxes are unlikely to fall, because the government has its own debts to look after. For the same reason, future promises in Medicare, Medicaid and retirement benefits may be broken. That’s also going to be true of the occupational pension plans whose ultimate value depends on the stock market. Even if all goes smoothly, it is going to take many years to get over this binge. While Americans tighten their belts, China and other Asian countries will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate. When western consumers falter in consumption, the burgeoning middle classes in these emerging nations will step in, buoyed by their own prudent savings. This eclipsing of American power will mean curtailed foreign policy ambitions too. "What we are witnessing today is how empires end," lamented right-wing commentator Pat Buchanan. "The Last Superpower is unable to defend its borders, protect its currency, win its wars or balance its budget. Medicare and Social Security are headed for the cliff with unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions of dollars," he wrote last month.

The most important economy, for now…

The US economy is still going to be the most important in the world, for years to come if not decades. But it will have to become leaner, less dependent on borrowing both at home and abroad, and more austere. Whether that’s just a recession or a 1930s-style slump, no-one yet knows. But we now know one thing for certain. The myth of American invulnerability has been well and truly broken. The homeless of New Orleans already knew that. Now, after this financial maelstrom, the rest of the world does too.

By Nick Louth, exclusive to MSN October 09 2008

 

So there you have it – we the british taxpayers some of whom are lucky enough to have small bank accounts are bailing out the american economy – The time has come, now that we see that the ‘american dream’ is in fact a nightmare, that we should accept that we are Europeans and stop the churchillian fantasy of becoming another plastic state of the union.

  

A BROADER PERSPECTIVE OF THE OIL CRISIS

 

Russia and China Activate Ten Combat Divisions to Counter United States as Caspian Oil War hots up

Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that both President Putin (Russia) and President Hu (China) have ordered the immediate activation of 10 Combat Ready Divisions to counter the increasingly aggressive moves being made by the United States in the Caspian Oil Regions of Central Asia.  Special Forces Army Units of both Russian Spetsnaz and Chinese Immediate Action Units were also ordered to be immediately deployed to both Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to surround the large American Military bases in those regions, and that the governments of both of these countries have ordered the Americans to leave. The government of Uzbekistan had called first for these actions, and as we can read as reported by the Indian National Newspaper Hindu News Service in their article titled "Uzbekistan steps up pressure on U.S. to close base" and which says, "Uzbekistan is stepping up pressure on the United States to withdraw its air base set up in the Central Asian country for operations in neighbouring Afghanistan. Uzbekistan also said that the United States had not paid takeoff and landing fees, as well as compensation for security services, new infrastructure, ecological damage and inconvenience to the local population. The statement was issued two days after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation called for the United States and its coalition allies in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing their military bases from Central Asia. Last month Uzbekistan introduced severe restrictions on American flights from the Khanabad base forcing the U.S. command to redeploy some aircraft to Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan has joined Uzbekistan in calling on Washington to shut down its air base near the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek."

The government of Kyrgyzstan has also called for the Americans to leave their country, and as we can read as reported by the RIA Novosti News Service in their article titled "Kyrgyz ambassador: U.S. base must go, Russia’s should stay" and which says, "The United States’ military base near the Manas Airport, in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, must go and Russia’s, at Kant, should stay, the Kyrgyz Ambassador to Russia said Monday at a press conference here. Apas Jumagulov recalled the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit explaining the need for the Manas base’s withdrawal by the fact that the situation in the neighboring Afghanistan was returning to normal." The actions of the United States Military Leaders though to these demands to leave have been met instead with their increasing their combat capabilities in both Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and in total disregard to both Russian and Chinese warnings issued to them, and of which can read as reported by the USA Today News Service in their article titled "China, Russia-led alliance wants date for U.S pullout" and which says; "A regional alliance led by China and Russia called Tuesday for the U.S. and its coalition allies in Afghanistan to set a date for withdrawing from several states in Central Asia, reflecting growing unease at America’s military presence in the region. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which groups Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, urged a deadline be set for withdrawal of the foreign forces from its member states in light of what it said was a decline in active fighting in Afghanistan. The alliance’s move appeared to be an attempt to push the United States out of a region that Moscow regards as historically part of its sphere of influence and in which China seeks a dominant role because of its extensive energy resources."

Angering President Putin also has been the United States pressuring the European Union to attempt to take away Russia’s vast oil resources, and as we can read as reported by the Moscow Times News Service in their article titled "Putin’s Aide Warns of Finno-Ugric Conspiracy to Seize Russia’s Oil Assets" and which says, "The deputy head of Russia’s presidential administration, Vladislav Surkov, has said that foreigners are accusing Russia of oppressing provinces that are home to Finno-Ugric nations and “strategic resources” of oil..Speaking at a meeting with Russian businessmen, Vladislav Surkov said, “Today, Finland, Estonia and the European Union have become markedly more intense on the topic of Finno-Ugric nations. It turns out that we oppress them somehow. They allegedly have no rights in our country. Regions where those nations are dominant have strategic resources of our oil. I am not a follower of a conspiracy theory. But this is evidently a planned action.” Moscow Officials further report that upon hearing of these latest moves by the United States against Russia President Putin remarked, “Then let’s see how well they are prepared when the UN orders them (the Americans) to return California to Mexico.”

To the Western peoples it still appears that they believe this American War upon the World is based on ‘terrorism’, but to the rest of the World it has long been known what the Military Leaders of the United States were planning, and even to as far back as 1998 were the warnings of these wars being reported, and as exampled by one such warning issued by the World Socialist Web Site News Service in their article titled "New Caspian oil interests fuel US war drive against Iraq" and which had said; "Powerful geo-political interests are fueling the American war drive. In many respects US policy in the Persian Gulf is driven today by the same considerations that led it to invade Iraq nearly eight years ago. As a "senior American official"–most likely Secretary of State James Baker–told the New York Times within days of the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in August of 1990: "We are talking about oil. Got it? Oil, vital American interests."

This struggle recalls the protracted conflict between Britain and Russia at the end of the nineteenth century for hegemony in the Middle East and Central Asia that became known as the Great Game. Germany made its own thrust into the region with its decision to build the Berlin to Baghdad railroad. The resulting tensions played a major role in the growth of European militarism that erupted in World War I. This time American imperialism is the major protagonist. Over the past several years, the battle for dominance in the region has come to center on one question: where to build a pipeline to move oil from the Azeri capital of Baku to the West. "The Caspian region has emerged as the world’s newest stage for big power politics. It not only offers oil companies the prospect of great wealth, but provides a stage for high-stakes competition among world powers…. Much depends on the outcome, because these pipelines will not simply carry oil but will also define new corridors of trade and power. The nation or alliance that controls pipeline routes could hold sway over the Caspian region for decades to come."

What is perhaps most insane about these Western peoples reactions to these true things is their not caring to know that both Russia and China are not going to lose Central Asia, or the Middle East, by anything other than Military defeat.  The suddenness of this Wars escalation will surprise these Westerners, even as their Military Forces had been the ones who started it, and as we can read as reported by the Washington Post News Service in their article titled "The Undeclared Oil War" and which says; "Asia’s undeclared oil war is but the latest reminder that in a global economy dependent largely on a single fuel — oil — "energy security" means far more than hardening refineries and pipelines against terrorist attack. At its most basic level, energy security is the ability to keep the global machine humming — that is, to produce enough fuels and electricity at affordable prices that every nation can keep its economy running, its people fed and its borders defended. A failure of energy security means that the momentum of industrialization and modernity grinds to a halt. And by that measure, we are failing.

In the United States and Europe, new demand for electricity is outpacing the new supply of power and natural gas and raising the specter of more rolling blackouts. In the "emerging" economies, such as Brazil, India and especially China, energy demand is rising so fast it may double by 2020. And this only hints at the energy crisis facing the developing world, where nearly 2 billion people — a third of the world’s population — have almost no access to electricity or liquid fuels and are thus condemned to a medieval existence that breeds despair, resentment and, ultimately, conflict. In other words, we are on the cusp of a new kind of war — between those who have enough energy and those who do not but are increasingly willing to go out and get it. While nations have always competed for oil, it seems more and more likely that the race for a piece of the last big reserves of oil and natural gas will be the dominant geopolitical theme of the 21st century." To this ‘New Kind Of War” the Washington Post speaks of we can already see by the actions of these Western Nations how it is to be waged, by the deliberate terrorizing of their own citizens through continued mass attacks designed to keep them in constant fear against enemies that do not exist for the purpose of creating a War Society built upon the model established by the Nazi Germany Regime of the 1930’s, and which led to the last Global War.

For their continued refusal to see the whole truths of the very World they live in, and instead believing only in the repeated lies of propaganda told to them, these Western peoples have now been labeled as the most insane in the world, and as we can read as reported by the Australian News Service in their article titled "People in West suffer more from mental illness" and which says, "People in the West suffer more from mental illness than those in poorer countries, with chances of recovery being higher in places like India than in say New York or London, says an Australian study. Their findings are expected to rewrite international textbooks on the devastating mental illness characterized by symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, disorganized communication, poor planning and reduced motivation, it reported."