Truth does not bother “Israel”. Pushing Buttons Do. To mute from “Tweeting until Termination”


Related to: Israel’s Web War Declaration


Buttons Buttons Buttons! The only thing which moves “The State of Israel” in all it’s actions to defy the global meltdown of hasbara (propaganda) and even worse… are buttons.  Zion literally uses buttons for everything!  Below an overview why:


The Tweet- Button

10 Million Shekels to learn diplomats how to tell more lies

This morning Israel’s tabloid YNet postedan article on how Lieberman (again) is investing in the digital warfare to polish up the PR for Israel, sustain the myths, and beware Israel from implosion of the aircastle it build carefully in the past 63 years in which technology and social networking was not that developed. Stating with the sideline “Battle for September” Lieberman pulled out the wallet and threw another bold 10 Million shekels on the table to instruct Israeli diplomats HOW-TO-TWEET!

Announcement of training on Twitter PR


Apparently Avigdor’s first idea to hire Internet Soldiers  did not work out that well. That time Joe convicend the Knesset to handover NIS 600.000 to recruit cyber-troops to “fight the “well-oiled machine” of “pro-Palestinian websites, with huge budgets…” You can all read it here

Apparently again not very succesful for on Febr 24 2011, Israel invested another “$1.6 million in new media warriors“.  Apparently there has not been money to “upgrade” the old ones. Or might they just have been failing for they keep on trying an trying since 2006 when Amir Gissin Director Public Affairs (Hasbara) Department had a special tool develope to Give Israel Your United Support (in short GIYUS) names “Megaphone”

Hence, we understand times change and Social Media too, the web is working increasingly against Israel. Is speeding up and so are we. Facts that have been hidden for the eye now get visible in a second and demolishes Israel’s image and hasbara faster than it can be invented in the first place.

The Call to Web-Duty



After the development of Megaphone, “GIYUS (Give Israel Your United Support-hasbaracrew) called all Jews of world to web duty”. The simpletons at Ynet pu again another nothing leaving to imagination sideremark: WEB WAR , adding, the whole campaign was litterally designed to “influence public opinion

Observing the possibilty of an exhausted Palestine calling on UN for statehood, on May 25 of this year, Israel Foreign Ministry bracing for a flood of pro-Palestinian tweets ahead of the UN session on a Palestinian state already published an article in Ha’aretz (or as wel call it Hasbara3retz) Israel was preparing itself for Twitter war over Palestinian state!

The Hitlist-Button

The GIYUS Flotilla “Hitlist”

Unfortunately for Israel, the Flotilla was trying to come over to Gaza, and on June 20, 2011 GIYUS quickly changed it’s “target” from general hasbara into a real pointed target by publishing openly a hitlist to target the peaceful human rights sailers (online) As you can see at the hitlist and the previous link to the whole appeal of GIYUS, there we’re even buttons added for quick access to the data of the so called flotilla-dangers. Well buttons, links. For it seems the webdevelopment department of GIYUS fell short on budget to create some real buttons or they just lack that knowledge too.

Forget just all details, hasbara is so funneled up in minds of the users, that they cannot comprehend more than pushing a button. So the Megaphone and buttons disguised as plain html-links will do for them. Which makes it easy for when not being paid you do not want to loose much time in saving Israel for the love is mainly as longlasting as the shekel reaches.

The Edit-Button

Proudly presenting Wikipedia-Altering-Courses in guardian

Israel’s spam propaganda machine has targeted many online activists  before us in a way that even wikipedia even has an entry about it. Megaphone desktop tool From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (we don’t guarantee the content for it is known that even wikipedia is no reliable source (for a long time…. ) so GIYUS ensures that even at wikipedia you do not get truth but only Israel’s version/vision of reality, the Eretz also finances training courses on Wikipedia editing. Changin history for the sake of Hasbara.

The Spam-Button

So how does GIYUS work? Well mainly the one -button-policy consist out of reporting. Reporting all those who not comply with the zionist ideology, determine them as anti-semetic and thus forming a threat to the Eretz. Anti-Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism,  but the recruits are drilled to act on command. Push the buttons.

This way you, as a normal common sense person, retweeting, or reposting a pro-palestine link get’s suspended at Facebook, Twitter, censored at Reddit or where ever on the WWW where social activism takes place.

In their supremacy thinking we as online activists are backwards as well, quickly hiding the facts when they are exposed, like happened at Reddit on Aug 10, 2011, when GIYUS quickly removed their page that pointed out their “existance”. Really pathetic for they are hosted here at giyus.org

The Report-Button

Facebook has become zion's PR vehicleA very “grateful” platform for GIYUS on which they endulge themselves in reporting anything they do not like or which poses an imaginary threat to the existance of Israel, the GIYUS and birthright-recruits go berserq in abusing the report-button reporting your posts as spam untill it is deleted . Like the Oneworld song:“Freedom for Palestine“.  A song that threatens the existance of Israel. Really.  They stopped the song from spreading, but they can’t stop us from singing. We love the song! It gives a great beat to blog on!

The Abuse Button

A post on Stand with Israel Facebook Page on abuse of reporting

As is pointed out here by this common sense user of Facebook in a reaction in a thread about the OneWorld song, on the page of “Stand with Israel”: “The button is for ABUSE not for childish games”. Childish indeed but hence, we take it as a badge for as soon as GIYUS starts targeting, you know you are on  the path of truth. They don’t like truth, nor facts. Engaging in that makes no sense either, for where no braincells are working, you can push buttons as much as you like it will not activate their common sense as in NEVER.They only try to buy time so you won’t post another link or message of truth which exposes their lies.

How to encounter the hasbara-chayal (soldier)

So for your conveniece a link to read 10 tips to deal with the Zionist Internet Spam Machine

Many activists or Pro-Palestinian users of Facebook got suspended or saw their page totally vanished from the Machson bli Paneem (Book without Face), great names too, like footballstar Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior,  Ismael Haniyeh, UrukNet and more where removed from the Online Checkpoint.


The Alert Button

The Presidents Phone

This is only a temporary incovenience which can be overcome by creating a new one and just post on like you used to do. Eden Abergil did the same. Eden, one of the real “tough” ones of Tzahal, was removed by Facebook after the army (as usual) quickly hit the alert button, probably called Mark Zuckerberg Red Phone and ordered to remove the profile,for she was posting pictures of humiliating Palestinians. But Eden came back! If Eden can do it you can do it!

Other vanishing trophy pictures can be found here

The Lobby Button

Israel has all in it’s “pocket”

And if Israel cannot handle the problem, the Israeli lobby will!  They will take care any exposure of facts about the ugly Israeli truth is quickly covered by some more hasbara: From Jerusalem 2 Washington, Myth Disguised as News

In this video is explained how Israel manipulates the US Media so Israel makes sure, even if something gets into ears of  mainstream media or journos, it is not being broadcasted or published. You are kept “ignorant”!

If that won’t work AIPAC will. For Bibi knows to push the Washington buttons very well as he stated: “America is a thing you can move very easily’. So while the US taxpayer is lacking social security, 24,6 children lack dental care, US is funding 30 billion tax dollars military and other aid to Israel to close every mouth which is speaking truth or prevent one to enter so no one will not be able to recall. The real threat: Eyewitnesses


The Fire Button

Today Aug 29, 2011, Jerusalem Post fired Larry Derfner!   Since 600BC (The Athens’ Democratic Ideology of Free Speech) civilization talks about Free speech, “The State of Israel” killed it on monday evening on July 11, 2011 by a vote of 47 to 38 for a new anit-boycott  law killing merely every form of free speech.

While  81% of Israeli thinks it would be great to get into the EU,  majority votes for the  bill. A rude violation of Art.10 of European Convention on HumanRights as well as Art 19 & International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)

IOA set back history to midievel ages, I suppose it will not take too long before we will have a hebrew version of the Index Expurgatorius for Pro-Paletinians books or Pro-Palestinian journalism, and as it seems Larry Defner is the first victim.

The “State of Israel calling itself a Democracy, banning free speech about the conflict or any criticizm about occupation from the outside, also “in house” censores the critical voices  while Free Speech is a basic and necessary condition for any freepolitical of moral debate.  Welcome to “Israel”: The first and sole “democracy” in the world which is not only besieging Palestine and it’s complete population & since July 11, 2011  legally controlling and besieging also the minds of it’s entire own people.


The PRESS Button

Unarmed, pressjournalist arrested and click the picture to enlarge whats been put below his jacket. This is how Israel fears press and those who can convey the truth

Occupation committed 120 violations against Journalists, arrested 17. (Report)

Israel’s greatest fear is Truth. Those who tell so or can convey in word, images or film are attacked, ransacked, equipment confiscated, targeted violent, shot at, gassed, detained and forced to collaborate and more. Read all documented attacks on press on this blog here.  The crackdown of press is beyond every imagination. This fact should wake people up on itself, why Israel is so afraid of documenting it’s crimes for they have been able to prevent this reality for too long. Time’s are changing and current technology enables us to share real time events which is suppressed by all means. Women press anchors get live attacked with tear gas, photographers filmed while shot at, and all is done to prevent them even from entering the territories. This is why all Palestine needs your help to share news and footage, to get it OUT of there.


The Hijack Button

Yes hijacking too. Zionism is investigation the depths of morals and technical possibilities, probably living in the delusional state of mind we would not notice. Well we do. The live microblogging media on the internet, in which now Israel diplomats get instructed, is real time. So anything that is blogged will be seen. Faster than it can be removed as well.  IOA knows, so they follow activists even on twitter. And when they are not even active in a non-violent protest, but just standing around a soldier shouts: Israeli Soldier: “We follow you at Twitter!” (at 2:47 min) – video

Soldiers caught hijacking a tweeps phone

But the real laugh of the century we had, when an Israeli soldier was caught live hijacking @Abou_Charlie ‘s Phone To Send Out Lies. Abou Charlie is an eloquent English speaking tweep, so his short failing of decent grammar tweets worked suspicious right away.

After this Abou Charlie got loads of new followers which not are lucky to get trustworthy and hasbara free newsupdates & analysis about Palestine’s events. Which proof again, all action of IOA to hide the truth work couterproductive.



The Pope’s Button

Not even the Pope is allowed to speak up for Palestine

On June 29, 2011 84 year old Popetapped his iPad and entered twitter by sending his first tweet:  “Dear Friends, I just launched News.va Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI.” and almost immediately got 33.000 followers

If the Pope does so, Israel can’t stay behind of course. For Christians are also inconvenient in the Lebensraum of Zion. 100.000 have been expelled during the Nakba and enduring the occupation as well. For like many kept ignorant don’t know, Palestinians come in many kinds, also Christian ones. And they are all brother but also all goyim.  And for the Pope had some critics on Israel’s policies towards Palestinians (Christians as well as Muslim) they do not spare the wholy man again in criticizing him or just leave it to imagination with hasbara again to cast some doubt and feed intolerance.



The Beck Button

No dear readers, this is no typo. No need to email me. Israel hit the Beck Button, the Glenn Beck Button. For salvation of the nations hasbara it even cuddle’s up witj Christian Zionists of the worst kind who do not love the books of Abraham, Mozes and Isaaq, but just a profiteering and prophetizing about the Rapture if the Pay-Button is not hit quickly enough.  Just forget about the Jewishness of the “State of Israel”, there is no Judaism in Zionism.

Where the pope is criticized, Zion inhales Christian zionism for enforcement and even cuddles up with Holocaust denying Neo-Nazis and invites them to Knesset. But than, Glenn Beck was there too punching his button.. eh butt, against those of the Baruch Marzel. Marzel, seen below meeting Beck, was the secretary of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach movement. Which is an outlawed organisation in the “State of Israel”

Glenn Beck meeting Baruch Marzel previous secretary of the Meir Kahane Kach Terrorist Movement

Not only in Israel, but also considered terrorist organizations by Canada, the European Union and the United States. See, for example, item 20 of the State Department’s current list of designated foreign terrorist 0rganizations. For sure Beck, a self appointed expert on terrorism and the new world order, will explain this as part of his field work. Be sure not to  miss Ami Kaufman’s report from the historic event!


The Mute Button

No criticism will be allowed, Israel prevents it even by hiding facts or altering history

To Restore the Courage Glenn held a speech near the Temple Mount and the reaction of Feiglin was: “Jews like it when goyim finally smile at them, but sometimes a smile is more dangerous than a scowl, and this is one of those occasions,” for Feiglin noted that Beck was purposely holding his event close to the site where, according to the New Testament, Jesus overturned the tables of the moneychangers where Jews on pilgrimage to Jerusalem redeemed funds for sacrifices that would be made in the Temple. He said this was problematic, because the incident has been a source for anti-Semitism for centuries. “This created the image of Jews as pursuers of money and Christian anti-Semitism that led to rivers of Jewish blood,” according to Feiglin.

So they hit the Mute Button, and send Glenn Beck Back so he could push the call the stewardess button in the airplane.

Enough sarcasm and over to the really damaging button policies of IOA

It is obvious, the State of Israel, owning almost 90% of world’s media, has a great problem with all those who it is not able to control namely the free thinking people which can not be paid for funneling up nor accepting propaganda and all those looking for the truth. For there are more and more humans with common sense whose veils of ignorance are falling. The blanket of hasbara which disguised the ugle crimes of Zionism are withdrawn and the Internet seems to be the most damaging thing for “The State of Israel’s” existance.

Israel is not able to control this. So it tries to manipulate it. Now, by sending it’s ambassadors and representatives to Hasbara-Class. And if this does not work out, kill witches will do the job to keep the ugly truth out of your eyes.

The Kill Switch

The Kill Switch

On August 9, 2011 Israel pushed the kill switch on Gaza.  As hasbara wants to make us believe, the initial denying reports on Aug 10th, 2011 in which Israels Occupying forces claimed they had nothing to do with it. Where on the evening itself, also via the internet reports came in from Palestinians in Gaza witnessing bulldozers at work. We don’t buy that neither for Jawwal’s cable lies at a depth of 20 meter. Knowing hasbara’s system, it is just a matter of time untill some media, mostly in the US comes with the “explanation” . This time from Aaron Klein, well known for his great imagination and phantasy, well paid by the Zionist lobby at WND: Israel’s armed forces prevented a major terror attack and for this it had to cut the lines.

Regarding the previous attempts of other governments in revolting countries where the killswitch was applied after the successful #Jan25 Egypt communication, we like to remember you that also in Egypt, many people died because of the lack of communication. People we’re bleeding to death while no possibility to call an ambulance. Many have lost their lives this way.

Many in Gaza believe this blackout on Aug 9, 2011 was just a rehearsel for a major blackout during another operation on Gaza. For by any means, coverage of the almost daily bombings, shellings and violence are increasingly being censored from media, coverage,journalists or alternative or mainstream media denied, harrassed or even jailed.

The Electricity Switch

A child in Gaza hospital during dialysis

The “State of Israel” not only besiegs Gaza by air, land and the sea, it also prevents fuel or materials for repair of the sole electricity plant which results in a daily forced cut of electricity to keep main systems running. But either way or another, those cuts cost Lives  Electricity. Not mentioning the denial of supplies for hospitals which put for example 400 lives in danger, the dialysis machines, incubators, breathing apparatuses also only function when served with electricty and those cuts cause deaths


The Water Switch

Gazan man carries the body of his dead child after Israel opened the dam deliberately

Water needs treatment as well. Almost 90% of Gaza’s drinking water is polluted and unfit for consumption causing many water born diseases. Without electricity this plant neither can work. So, causing deaths as well. In the past “State of Israel” also pushed a button so the dam preventing Gaza from being flooded, opened, and flooded it by purpose. Damaging more, of the already during Operation Cast Lead damaged 60.000 houses, killing live stock and ruin that which was left to the people of Gaza and even killed people. Directly and indirectly, for without power or with floods, denial of repairs, no sewerage is available which worsens the health threats caused by water pollution or lack of drainage.


The Information-Switch

Communication is a human need and became a Human Right for  Art 19 of the ICCPRwhich is part of the International Bill of Human Rights. Human Rights are universal. For all humans. There is only one race: The Human Race.

Article 19 of the ICCPR states that “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of (their) choice.” This right requires that all governments meet their responsibility to ensure that no one is silenced or excluded simply because they lack access to communication technology or is deprived of information or communication also for the purpose of social, moral and healthconditions.

Interview with Electronic Intifada on the Gaza BlackOut

Nader Elkhuzundar explained in an interview with  Electronic Intifada that the people feared a blackout would coincide with an Israeli attack on the captive population of Gaza, and without any connection to the outside world, totally locked down and closed in, with no place to go, neither the people outside Gaza nor those inside could really know what was happening not any coverage of any crisis would be able to exit the Gaza Strip.




The Terminate Button

Forget all details. For it is all and only about ethnic cleansing.

Map of the “Greater Israel” as published by a radical settler movement

Israel is not looking for peace nor talks about peace. It is looking for this: The Greater Israel. On Aug 30, 2010 long before peace talks Netanyahu vowed to make no concessions, and confirmed the final goal reiterating the Eretz Israel stretches from the Mediteranean Sea to the River Jordan.

This complies with the Map of the Greater Israel as issued by a Radical Zionist Settler Movement.

With an Op-Ed in New York Times titled “Making the Land of Israel Whole“  by Chair of World Likud Danny Danon confirmed Netanyahu saying: a Palestinian state is unacceptable, place for only 1 state in “land of Israel” and in another video stating  a Palestinian state is unacceptable, place for only 1 state in “Land of Israel“  (This video is by the way removed soon after activists starting pointing to this video with the Israeli Delete-Button)

In the proces of achieving the “Greater Israel” Zionism has been succesful in all silence and ignorance of the world, in committing over 77 massacres to establish the “Jewish Nation” leaving the Palestinians in the West Bank only 22% of the land of the historical Palestine. It did not stop there, for an ongoing massacre is going on every day. Today, 173 people have been killed in 2011 so far. And we haven’t even reached the end of the year.

2 Year Old Islam Qreqa’a before and after an Israeli attack

During a recent operation on Gaza, starting Aug 18, 2011 again anotherSlaughter in Gaza was committed amid World Silence. Yet no comments from Western governments.  And here you will find the images you did not see in your local media or news.

Neither the atrocities committed by the “State of Israel” during Operation Cast Lead, the previous massacre on Gaza in December 2008 till January 2009 in which over 1400 people, mostly women, elderly and children lost their lives.

Israel’s Game Style Remote Killing Technology

If no buttons are pushed, directly or remote like in the picture aside an Israeli Soldier operating a drone from behind a computer – Israel’s Game Style Remote killing technology– , the zionist entity harrasses the people of Gaza with mock-attacks, in West Bank with sound or tear gas bombs, the last caused immediately the 1st day of this year the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmaand after her killed 172 other Palestinians. In any way, by any means possible: Ethnic cleansing hidden, censored, or silenced by force for the world, disguised as archeology or by propaganda.


The Trigger-Button

The “State of Israel” itself declared a Web War and called it’s “recruits” to duty. That was enough, for those immune to hasbara, with a common healthy sense and intelligence to judge of our own, immune to insults of our braincapacities to be triggered. We engage.

We will not remain silent and the voices for truth become louder.

And so we repeat:

► No US sponsored tear gas works here, we have Firewall in stead of an Apartheid Wall….
► No live rounds we use like you, we are non-violent, we use Plain Bytes of Truth…
► No restrictions of movements, we travel fast and free and no buttons close our gateway…
► No oppression can stop us, we are many and API is our weaponry….
► No matter you state, we will multiply the truth faster than your hasbara can travel on the WWW….
► No “influence public opinion”-calls needed, truth is shouting out for Palestine
► The Lobby does not work here, we “work” for free, and feel no call for duty but Justice & Human Rights for Palestine
► We are Many, Millions, Tireless and Unstoppable..and WE KNOW how to push buttons

In social justice protests in Israel called #j14, the people of “Israel” call for Social Justice, forgetting about the equal rights for the neighbours or even those of Palestinian origin inside “Israel” Also to them we want to send this wake-up call. Your government is wasting money, your taxmoney to learn how to spread lies or polish up the ugly truth to an acceptable PR level, which is not exactly the mission of a diplomat.  We already witness your expensive Danny Ayalon spending many many hours on twitter answering ridiculous questions, with no facts at all.

Maybe #j14, should consider also the cost of this project again, for as the whole occupation, suppression, oppression, annihilation and lies never will work out in the end, but are the main and sole reason, your “government” let’s you suffer for the costs, now again for another 10 million NIS.

The pushing of buttons in every way has cost already countless lives, and now even is announced the government will not fund livesustaining medical aid for Sharon, may it be clear your lives do not worry Zionism at all.  For if Sharon’s button will be pushed. Who do you think you are when you get that far?

Enough silencing the atrocities or hiding the ugly truth. Enough propaganda. Enough window dressing the curtains have already fallen you did not even notice. Enough muting those which voices have been silenced for too long It’s time for truth, human rights and peace for Palestine! Because we feel human without ideologic restrictions of ignorance, we care, and we  do want to warn the to become twitter expertised diplomats and anyone else for the consequences of spreading lies and hasbara for it is written:

‘He who speaks untruths shall not stand before My eyes’ |  Psalms 101:7

The button for hasbarats from yours truly

Hasbara is dying. Face it. Dangerous social media games – When a state must pay citizens to fight its online public relations wars, it has already lost.

 

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 26.03.2012)

More than 10 people killed in tribal clashes in Libya’s south

In February dozens of people were killed or injured in days of clashes between rival tribes in the far southeastern province of Al Kufra. (Reuters)

In February dozens of people were killed or injured in days of clashes between rival tribes in the far southeastern province of Al Kufra.
More than 10 people were killed in clashes on Monday in Libya between Toubou tribesmen and residents of the southern city of Sabha, local officials said.
“More than 10 people were killed today in violent clashes between the Toubou and residents” of Sabha, Abdelrahman Seif al-Nasr, security chief of the southern Fezzan region, told AFP.

According to Ali al-Dib, a former rebel, the clashes erupted in the city center and resulted in between 15 and 20 dead among the ex-rebel forces.

“We have taken back the offices of the military council which were seized by the Toubou. The fighting is continuing and getting worse,” he said by phone from Sabha, with the noise of automatic gunfire clearly audible in the background.

Dib said the fighting broke out when the Toubou refused to hand over to local authorities one of their men accused of killing a man belonging to the Bussif tribe.

Mohammed al-Harizi, spokesman for the ruling National Transitional Council, was unable to give any further details when contacted by AFP.

However NTC member Mukhtar al-Jadal confirmed there had been fighting in Sabha, an oasis city in southern Libya, and said that NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil had met representatives from the south in an effort to broker a solution.

A local source said Toubou tribesmen who had been in “brigades of former rebels have defected and rejoined their own” people, adding that “some elements from Chad are fighting with the Toubou.”

Toubou tribesmen have also been involved in deadly clashes with another tribe in the Saharan oasis of Kufra, where two ethnic groups are locked in a standoff over smuggling.

The Toubou are traditionally oasis farmers who are mainly found in Chad but also inhabit parts of southern Libya.

The clashes come as the NTC struggles to assert its authority across Libya, where rival militias and tribal groups are jostling for power and resources following the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

The NTC is hampered by the lack of a coherent national army and has struggled to persuade the myriad militias who fought Gaddafi to put down their guns and join the armed forces and police.

Last month, dozens of people were killed in days of clashes between rival tribes in the far southeastern province of Al Kufra. Armed forces eventually had to intervene to stop the fighting in a rare example of the government in Tripoli imposing its authority.

(english.alarabiya.net / 26.03.2012)

New Tunisian constitution won’t be based on Shariah law

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Islamic law will not be enshrined in Tunisia’s new constitution, preserving the secular basis of the North African nation, Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahda Party said Monday.

  • Tunisian Islamists demonstrate Sunday in Tunis.Tunisian Islamists demonstrate Sunday in Tunis.

Ziad Doulatli, a party leader, said the first article of the new constitution would remain the same as in the 1959 version and it will not call for Shariah, Islamic law, to be the source of all legislation, as many conservatives had wanted.

The decision marks a break between the moderate Islamist Ennahda and an increasingly vocal minority of ultraconservative Muslims known as Salafis who have been demanding Islamic law in a country long known for its progressive traditions.

The decision is “aimed at strengthening the national consensus and helping the democratic transition to succeed by uniting a large majority of the political forces to confront the country’s challenges,” Doulatli told the Associated Press.

“The Tunisian experience can serve as a model for other countries going through similar transformations,” he added.

In Egypt, as well as many other Muslim countries, Shariah is enshrined in the constitution as the source of all legislation.

Under more than 50 years of secular dictatorship, Tunisia stood out in the Arab world for its progressive laws, especially regarding the status of women. Many leftists and liberals feared this would be rolled back with the victory of an Islamist party at the polls.

Ennahda, however, has always pledged to maintain the character of the state and formed a coalition government with two secular parties.

The decision, however, is bound to provoke a backlash from the Salafis — some 10,000 of whom demonstrated Sunday in Tunis, the capital, calling for Islamic law.

Despite their numerous demonstrations, the degree of support that the Salafis have from the broader Tunisian society is not clear. Ennahda’s decision to spurn their demands suggests they do not have widespread appeal.

The first article of Tunisia’s constitution states that “Tunisia is a free, sovereign and independent state, whose religion is Islam, language is Arabic and has a republican regime.”

Tunisians overthrew their dictatorship in a popular uprising last year that inspired pro-democracy movements across North African and the Middle East.

In October, they elected a new assembly to govern as well as write the country’s new constitution. Secular and Islamist groups have been holding demonstrations to influence the new document.

According to Fadhel Moussa of the leftist Democratic Modernist Axis, the agreement on the first article settles a long debate in the assembly and opens the way to creating the rest of the new constitution.

(www.usatoday.com /26.03.2012)

Geert Wilders wil bloed zien

Geert Wilders wil bloed zien

Het gaat niet goed in het Catshuis. Officieel weet niemand wat er gebeurt, maar alle signalen staan op rood. Mark gaat daar momenteel lachend ten onder, zo lijkt het.

Dat het overleg niet vlot, bleek afgelopen zondag, toen VNO-chef Bernard Wientjes plots verscheen in Buitenhof. Wientjes geldt als de meest invloedrijke man van Nederland. Als Wientjes zegt dat plastic flessen inzamelen onzin is, dan is dat hele leuke linkse idee ten dode opgeschreven.

Heel ander liedje
Maar nu Had Wientjes duidelijk grotere zorgen. Tot voor kort zat hij op de lijn dat het kabinet de Nederlandse economie niet ‘kapot moest bezuinigen’. Die drie-procentnorm van de EU moesten we niet te serieus nemen. Hij vertolkte daarmee geluiden uit de achterban, waar men als de dood is voor een BTW-verhoging. Maar afgelopen zondag zong Wientjes een heel ander liedje. Die drie procent moest en zou gehaald worden, want anders zou Nederland zijn triple-A status verliezen.

Tja. Zo kan het ook.

Vanwaar de draai? Wientjes is, nogmaals, de meest invloedrijke man van Nederland. Hij hoeft geen krant te lezen om te weten wat er in het Catshuis gebeurt. Dat nieuwe liedje was hem overduidelijk ingefluisterd vanuit het Catshuis. Rutte wil blijkbaar koste wat kost die drie-procentnorm halen. Begrijpelijk, want als dat niet lukt, is Nederland het lulletje van de Europese Unie: altijd een grote bek over andermans begroting, maar als we zélf  moeten bezuinigen, gaan we zeuren en zeiken.  Wientjes was gevraagd Rutte te hulp te schieten. Het werd ook al snel duidelijk wie daar in het Catshuis dwars ligt: Europahater Geert. Die twitterde direct na de uitzending; ‘Ik krijg al buikpijn als ik naar Wientjes kijk, laat staan luister.’ Geert is niet zo dichterlijk als PVV-er Bosman (u weet wel, van dat stuk uitgekotst halalvlees), maar de boodschap is duidelijk: er kan er maar één de machtigste man zijn. Dat is Geert.

Ik krijg al buikpijn als ik naar Wientjes kijk, laat staan luister. TV dus snel uit en lekker de zon in. Geniet ervan allemaal vanmiddag!

Maar die tweet zegt meer. Het is een volstrekt onbeschofte uithaal naar een man waarmee je het niet eens hoeft te zijn, maar die je als politicus wél te vriend moet houden. Wat er ook wordt besloten, als het op uitvoering van de bezuinigingen aankomt, is het Wientjes die aan de touwtjes trekt. Als Wientjes tegen dit of dat onderdeel bezwaren heeft, en ‘nee’ zegt, dan gaat dat gewoon niet door. Zeker weten. En als de vakbonden straks dwars gaan liggen (kleine kans, ze zitten vooral elkáár dwars), moet het kabinet Wientjes aan zijn zijde hebben, anders loopt alles geheid vast. Rutte kan niet zonder Wientjes. Ze moeten altijd vriendjes blijven. Maar Wientjes weet nu dat Rutte ondertussen ook vriendjes is geworden met een volstrekt onbeschoft stuk tuig. Hij is vernederd waar heel Nederland bij was. En dat zal hij beide vrienden, als ze straks uit het Catshuis komen, ongetwijfeld laten merken. Maar niet eerder.

Op zoek naar een excuus
Het is denkbaar dat Geert een simpele blunder heeft begaan. Dat hij Rutte duidelijk wilde maken dat hij van een dergelijke move niet gediend is, maar daarbij te agressief uitschoot. Net zoals in het geval van de koningin. Maar waarschijnlijker is dat Geert hier bewust provoceert. Hij ziet geen heil meer ziet in de onderhandelingen, en is nu op zoek naar een excuus om weg te lopen. Maar zélf de onderhandelingen afbreken, dat wil hij niet. Hij wil straks niet de schuld krijgen voor de val van het enig denkbare kabinet dat bereid is een deel van zijn plannen uit te voeren.

Nee, een ander moet eerst duwen, dan kan hij alsnog verontwaardigd weglopen. Eerst provoceerde hij het CDA, met zijn uitspraak dat in het Catshuis ook zaken als immigratie ter sprake konden komen. Ruth Peetoom trapte er bijna in, maar werd net op tijd teruggevlogen. En nu biedt Rutte hem een tweede kans om te provoceren, door Wientjes erbij te halen. Maar die laat zich niet zo gemakkelijk provoceren. Die slijpt momenteel zijn messen. Geert wil bloed zien. Het zou wel eens meer kunnen worden dan hem lief is.

(www.depers.nl / 26.03.2012)

Israeli diplomat rescued from Morocco: I was told to leave ASAP

David Saranga claims he never felt threatened inside Rabat parliament building as scores rallied outside in support of Palestinian prisoners; says Tunisian rep at conference ‘stopped smiling when he learned I was Israeli’

WASHINGTON – “I was told to get to the airport as soon as possible and leave Morocco,” veteran Israeli diplomat David Saranga told Ynet Monday, a day after tens of thousands of people held a mass rally in Rabat to protest his presence there.

During the march, demonstrators waved Palestinian flags and chanted “The people want to free al-Aqsa,” and “A million martyrs are going to Jerusalem.” They also burned Israeli flags.

The Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported that Saranga, who was in Rabat for a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership conference, was taken out of the parliament building through a side door for fear that the protesters outside would attack him.

 

Anti-Israel demonstration in Rabat

 

Saranga, the head of the European Parliament Liaison Department at the Mission of Israel to the EU, returned to Brussels safely on Monday.

“We were holding talks at the parliament building in Rabat while thousands outside were protesting the presence of an Israeli representative,” Saranga told Ynet.
"נחיל ענק של מפגינים". רבאט, אתמול (צילום: רויטרס)

‘Free al-Aqsa.’ Anti-Israel rally in Rabat, Sunday

“As early as Saturday, when we were discussing the environment, energy and women’s rights, I could see people protesting outside. The Tunisian representative told me they were calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners. He stopped smiling after finding out I was Israeli,” the diplomat recounted.

“There were maybe a 100,000 demonstrators who yelled and waved signs – and that was that.”

During Sunday’s discussions an EU representative turned Saranga’s attention to the commotion outside. “I looked out the window and saw thousands of people. The parliament building’s gates were locked so we were protected, but from the second-floor windows I saw swastikas and people burning Israeli flags,” he said.

“The talks inside continued as scheduled, but every now and then people would look out the window to see what was going on,” Saranga recalled. “Inside the building the photographers began focusing on me, and I asked security personnel for advice. They told me to get to the airport as soon as possible and leave Morocco.”

Within an hour the conference organizers had a team of bodyguards prepared to escort Saranga to his hotel. “They took me out of the building through a side door, but I did not feel threatened at any time. After picking up my belongings at the hotel, I was quickly taken to the airport, where I boarded the first flight to Paris,” he said.

The incident left the Israeli diplomat disappointed: “It’s a shame that instead of receiving positive feedback, our projects, which promote peace and understanding, draw anti-dialogue demonstrations.”

(www.ynetnews.com / 26.03.2012)

Cedar Rapids to Jersualem Solidarity Protests

    • vrijdag 30 maart 2012
    • 12:00 tot 18:00
  • In solidarity with the Global March to Jerusalem, we will protest at two locations, two different times on this important day. Bring signs and your voices, also any flyers you have for the BDS campaign or End the Occupation materials, to hand out and educate the public.

    This is a completely non-violent protest. As such, if we are challanged by law enforcement or others, we will use our voices as our only “weapons” and we will do so respectfully.

Israel cuts ties with U.N. Rights Council, to bar fact-finding team from entering

Israel has moved 500,000 Israelis to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since capturing the areas, along with Gaza, in the 1967 Mideast war. (Reuters)

Israel has moved 500,000 Israelis to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since capturing the areas, along with Gaza, in the 1967 Mideast war.
The Israeli foreign ministry decided on Monday to cut contact with the United Nations Human Rights Council after it said last week it would investigate Israeli settlements, a spokesman said.

“There was a decision by the foreign ministry to sever work contacts with the organization,” ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP, adding that Israel had yet to formally inform the council of its decision.

Israel also decided to bar a U.N. team from entering Israel or the West Bank for a planned investigation of Jewish settlements, the Foreign Ministry said.

Israel accuses the council of having a pronounced anti-Israel bias because of what it says is its disproportionate focus on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.

Israeli leaders have been in an uproar over the council’s adoption of a resolution last week condemning Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and its decision to send a fact-finding mission to investigate such activity.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Israel was severing working ties with the council.

“It means that we’re not going to work with them. We’re not going to let them carry out any kind of mission for the Human Rights Council, including this probe,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

The Palestinians are preparing settlement maps and photos to present to the council, said senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. He said Israel will not be able to stop the investigation by cutting ties with the council.

“We will go to any international body that can investigate and impose sanctions,” he said.

Much of the international community sees settlement construction on occupied lands the Palestinians seek for a future state as a major impediment to peacemaking, and has pressured Israel to freeze it.

Israel has moved 500,000 Israelis to the West Bank and east Jerusalem since capturing the areas, along with Gaza, in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel withdrew soldiers and settlers from Gaza in 2005, though it still controls access by air, sea and land.

The Palestinians say continued settlement expansion pre-empts the outcome of negotiations. Israel, which refuses to halt construction, says the fate of settlements and the related issue of the final borders of a Jewish and a Palestinian state must be determined through negotiations, not demands.

Since its creation in 2006, the Geneva-based council has focused heavily on alleged abuses by Israel. After the United States joined in 2009, the council has increasingly addressed human rights problems in other countries. Last year, it created a special investigator for Iran, held emergency meetings on Libya and Syria, and dispatched teams of expert to probe abuses in those countries.

The council will likely keep passing resolutions on Israel while the occupation of Palestinian land continues, its president, Uruguayan diplomat Laura Dupuy Lasserre, said last week.

Israel has had uneasy relations with the U.N. for decades, in large part because of the pro-Palestinian majority in the General Assembly, though the United States has used its veto power multiple times to block anti-Israel resolutions in the Security Council. Israel halted its marginal funding to UNESCO in the fall after the U.N. cultural agency recognized Palestine as a member.

Relations with the U.N. were especially acrimonious over a U.N.-commissioned report by South African jurist Richard Goldstone on Israel’s military offensive in Gaza three years ago, aimed at stopping daily rocket attacks. Israel refused to cooperate with Goldstone’s team, though it didn’t bar it from entering.

(english.alarabiya.net / 26.03.2012)

UN gets reports of child soldiers with Syria rebels

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad have been accused of using children as fighters in violation of international conventions banning the recruitment of child soldiers, a senior UN official said on Monday.
The UN concern about the possibility that Syria’s opposition may be using child soldiers follows last week’s report from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch that armed Syrian opposition groups have kidnapped, tortured and executed members of supporters of Assad and members of his security forces.

“We are receiving allegations of children with the Free Syrian Army,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children and armed conflict, said in response to a question about Syria’s rebels. She gave no details.

“We haven’t been able to verify or check” the veracity of those allegations, Coomaraswamy added.

(www.maannews.net / 26.03.2012)

Israel seeks to punish PA over UN human rights probe

The illegal Israeli settlement of Har Homa in the Israeli-occupied West Bank (file photo)
The recent decision by the UN Human Rights Council to probe the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank has drawn Israel’s ire, prompting Tel Aviv to seek punishment for the Palestinian Authority (PA).
A meeting of eight senior Israeli ministers is to be held in Israel on Sunday to discuss sanctions against the Palestinian Authority and representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Israel.

It is, however, not clear if the forum of ministers will reach any decisions in the March 25 meeting, Haaretz reported.

According to one source, three of the eight Israeli ministers, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz support freezing the transfer of tax revenues to the PA.

Senior Israeli officials have previously said that Israel has no intention of cooperating with the UN committee. Netanyahu ‘s office also announced on Friday that the committee members would be denied entry into Israel.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman for the acting Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas, has described the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council’s investigative committee as a shift in position of the world in favor of the rights of Palestinians.

Nearly 500,000 Israelis live in more than 100 settlement units built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

(presstv.com / 25.03.2012)

Land Day march will not reach the border

 

Dawood holds a poster publicizing the gathering.
Dawood holds a poster publicizing the gathering.

BEIRUT/SIDON, Lebanon: Despite previous announcements that a planned Land Day march at the end of the month would go to the Israeli-Lebanese border, the Lebanese branch of the Global March to Jerusalem will instead head to Beaufort Castle, east of Nabatieh.

Sources close to the march told The Daily Star that the route change was due to a desire on the part of organizers to prevent friction on the border.

Last spring, the Israeli army killed around 10 Palestinians and injured nearly 100 more when protesters split off from the route of a Nakba Day march and rushed to the border at Maroun al-Ras.

But another source from the committee organizing the march told The Daily Star that the group had submitted three possible end-points for the protest to the Lebanese Army for approval, none of them on the Blue Line: Beaufort Castle, Bint Jbeil and Naqoura. “Given what took place last year, we needed to choose a place that was not so close [to the border] so we don’t repeat last year’s experience,” they said.

The Lebanese organizing committee for the Global March to Jerusalem officially announced last week that groups from Palestinian camps and other points in Lebanon would head for Jerusalem, or the closest possible point.

“While Palestinians march from Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank and Gaza and the 1948 lands toward Jerusalem, and thousands of Palestinians head to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre [in Jerusalem], hundreds of thousands of supporters of the Jerusalem cause, including Palestinian refugees and Arabs and Muslims will try – alongside free people of the world – to reach the closest point to Jerusalem,” a committee statement said.

One Shatila-based march organizer, Rima Dawood, told The Daily Star that 400 international activists are expected to arrive in Lebanon March 26 to join the protest. Other groups will converge near the borders in Egypt and Jordan. Plans for a Syria march are still not firm given the ongoing uprising there.

Ain al-Hilweh’s Yasser al-Ali, a member of the march’s executive committee in Lebanon, told The Daily Star that “those who can will fly … directly to Jerusalem. Those who cannot leave their countries will stage demonstrations in large squares or in front of Israeli embassies if their countries have them.”

Participants have been registering their names in person at points inside Palestinian refugee camps, or online. Dawood said it is not yet clear how many people will take part in Lebanon, but she expected as many as 30,000.

Maher Shibyata, a Fatah official in Ain al-Hilweh, said the march will focus on Palestinian unity. “Only the Palestinian flag will be raised, not those of Palestinian factions. Slogans will also be unified,” he said.

Organizers have consistently stressed the peaceful nature of the march, but are taking security precautions in any case.

Some registrants are being asked to give their blood types, and Dawood said the buses – which will take marchers toward Beaufort Castle – will be accompanied by ambulances.

Even so, one Fatah official in Shatila, who did not wish to be named, told The Daily Star he was ambivalent about the plans. He said the wounded from last year’s march had not been properly cared for, and was hesitant to put Palestinian lives at risk.

Others seemed more prepared for possible danger. Abu Thaer, a Fatah fighter from Ain al-Hilweh registered his blood type as “Palestinian” and said he will head to the border unarmed, “without a Kalashnikov, but with the will to fight with our bodies.”

Land Day has been commemorated on March 30 since 1976, when Palestinian protests against planned Israeli land confiscations were met by violent crackdowns.

(www.dailystar.com.lb / 25.03.2012)