Israel kills protesters on Nakba Day/Israeli murder machine goes on and on

by Astrid Essed Tuesday, Jun. 07, 2011 at 4:04 AM

The Israeli killings of Nakba Day and six june war protesters is not an incident, but part of the systematic violence of Israeli occupation Palestinians can only get their right by the armed struggle against the occupation army

”How many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
How many deaths will it take till one knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind”

Free after Bob Dylan’s, Blowin in the wind

Dear Editor and Readers,

It’s a fact, that the barbaric Israeli attacks against unarmed protesters at Nakba Day at 15 may [followed by Israeli killing at 5 june of anti-occupation protesters, with 24 deaths], costing the lives of at least 15 people [1], is no ”incident”, but part of a deliberate killing operation, since the Israeli occupation in 1967
This occupation has led to humiliation of the Palestinian civilian population, systematic killings of Palestinian political leaders, bloody military operations [2], torture of prisoners [3] and the starvation of the civilian population, especially Gaza [4]

NAKBA REMEMBRANCE DAY 2011

What makes this killing operation the more bitter is the direct cause:
The protesters commemorated Nakba Day, the foundation of the Israeli State and the humanitarian consequences for the Palestinians
Nakba means disaster
AND WHAT A DISASTER!

Although the foundation of Israel is a celebration day for the Israeli-Jewish inhabitants, it is founded on ethnical cleansings and massacres of the original Arab-Palestinian population, who now live as discriminated civilians in Israel, oppressed in the occupied Palestinian, in the Arabic countries, or in diaspora in the world

Displaced
Without a homeland

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

”If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?”

David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli prime minister, quoted by Nahum Goldman, in the Jewish Paradox

http://www.palestineremembered.com/Articles/General/Story8923.html

http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Books/Story8920.html

Ironically this statement comes from the Israeli-zionist leader David Ben Gurion, who
exclaimed the State Israel at 15 may 1948 after the adoption of UN GA Resolution 181 [1947] about the ”partition” of Palestine in a Jewish and Arab part.
Being the first Israeli prime minister, he was head responsible for the ethnical cleansing of Palestine

ZIONISM

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories is central in the present Middle East conflict, but not the original cause, which is rooted in zionism, founded by Theodor Herzl [5]

Zionism is the foundation of a Jewish State in Palestine, which is a total lack of respect for the rights of the oroginal Palestinian population [6]
The Turkish colonial authorities [untill the end of WO I, Palestine was a colony of the Ottoman Empire] were against that plan, but British support was gained in 1917, with the Balfour Declaration, guaranteeing a ”National Home of the Jewish people” in Palestine [7]
Although the word ”State” was not used it was obvious, that that was the aim of the zionist movement

About the Balfour Declaration the writer Arthur Koestler stated
”One nation solemny promised the country of a second to a third”

This is a striking description of the violation of the Palestinian right on self-determination
Because nobody asked the Palestinians how they felt about the British ”promise” to the zionist movement. [8]

When Palestine became a British Mandate in 1920, the zionist dream could further develop

From the beginning, representatives of the Palestinian nationalist movements protested against the British ”promise” to the zionists, with as a consequence amounted tensions between the Palestinians and as well the British colonial authorities as the zionist movement
This led to the Arab Revolt from 1936-1939, which was surpressed harshly by the British
[9]

AFTER WO II
UN PARTITION RESOLUTION 181/EXCLAMATION OF THE STATE ISRAEL

Afer growing tensions, leading to an escalation, which the British could no longer control, UN Resolution 181 was adopted, which divided Palestine en a Jewish and Arab part.
The Palestinian population had been asked nothing, a serious violation of the right on self-determination, acknowledged in the post WO II period, which was characterized by the process of decolonisation

This shameless fact could take place since the then UN members were either Western colonial powers, or countries, which were dependent on the West in political or economical way
The two Superpowers to be, the US and the Soviet Union [ especially the US] were political sponsors of zionism [10]

Although there wasn’t resolved yet, what exactly the structure of the new Palestinian governments should be, at 15 may 1948 David Ben Goerion exclaimed the State Israel
Naturally the Palestinians, who had nothing to say about this neo colonial experiment [which IS the foundation of a State in the homeland of other people] formed armed resistance
They were supported by poorly armed armies of the newly independent Arab countries, which were no party for the better armed Israeli-zionist troops.[11]

This armed struggle between the Palestinians, defending their right to self-determination and the newly founded zionist State led to ethnical cleansings, by which more than 750.000 Palestinians were expelled by Israeli-zionist troops and militia like the extreme right wing Irgun and Stern militia
Also massacres were committed, often by Irgun and Stern
When the war was over, more than 400 Arab villages were destroyed [12]

The foundation of the State Israel and the desastrous consequences of the following war is mentioned Nakba [disaster] [13]

SINCE 1967/ISRAELI OCCUPATION

The present causes of the Middle East conflicts are rooted in the 44th years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories [Eastern Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, which ts still occupied territory [14], as the Syrian Golan Heights.
This despite the unanimously accepted UN Security Resolution 242 in 1967, which summoned Israel to withdraw from the conquered territories [in the june war], among else the Palestinian and the Golan Heights

Any occupation in the world, including the Israeli, impliesoppression, humiliations, human rights violations and warcrimes
And oppression leads, naturally, to resistance, in this case legitimate attacks on Israeli military goals and non legitimate resistance as [suicide] attacks on Israeli civilians and rocket attacks on Israeli villages near the Gaza border [15]

ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS

But that’s not all
Except for the occupation, which caused so much human suffering, since the end of the sixties, Israel has built illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, which have led to mass Palestinian land expropriations, without any compensation [16]

Nowadays a large part of the occupied West Bank consists of settlements, which are daily expanded

ILLEGAL ISRAELI WALL

But the story goes on:

The Israeli Wall is also illegal according the ICJ Advisory Opinion ay 9 july 2004, on grounds that it is built in occupied Palestinian territory, thus cutting off Palestinian land in the favour of Israel, the occupying power [17]

ISRAEL AWARD WINNER OF VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

To Israel the dubious honour as one of the Award winners of violation and neglecting International Law
The record is ”impressive”

Neglection of UN GA Resolution 194 [1948], stating, that the ethnically cleansed Palestinian refugees [in the war of 1947-1948] had the right to return to their homes, or else should be financially compensated

In short: the right on return

Neglection of the Resolution about the roots of the present conflict, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories [and Golan Heights], UN Security Resolution 242

Neglection of the two UN Security Resolutions in the seventies, regarding the stop and dismantling of the illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories

Neglection of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice regarding the illegality of the Israeli Wall, despite the humanitarian consequences for the occupied Palestinian population [18]

Most fatal of course, is the continuation of the illegal occupation

The oppression, humiliations, war-crimes [19] and torture goes on and on
Clear proof is the Israeli killings on Nakba Day and the recent killings of protesters, commenorating the beginning of the june war [with as result/44 years occupation] [20]

PARTNERS IN CRIME
THE US AND EU

But Israel is not the only guilty one, since it’s been supported by the US and the EU
The US as main ”partner in crime” by giving as well military as political support to the Israeli occupation machine
At political level nearly all Security Council Resolutions, condemning Israel, are met with a US veto [21]
The last was on 18 february, when the US vetoed an unanimously supported UN Resolution, confirming the illegality of the settlements and urging Israel to cease the expansions of the settlements [22]

EU support is less outspoken, but present
Although obvious Israeli human rights violations are condemned, this doesn’t lead to any EU action, like a summon to end the occupation or sanctions against Israel

With this attitude, that gives Israel Green Light to continue the occupation and oppression, as well as the US as the EU has blood on their hands.

They are Israel’s partners in crime

EPILOGUE

Nobody can give you freedom, Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it

Quote Malcolm X

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Malcolm_X/

The Palestinian perspective to get their rights is worse then ever
Even when oned were prepared to accept a Two State Solution is not to be realized anymore.
Israel is continually creating facts on the ground by continuing to build settlements in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.
With the building of the Wall, it has annexed a great part of occupied Palestinian area [23]

It continues with the starvation of Gaza, which has neither economically, nor politically, the capacity to become a strong and independent State
By the building of the Israeli Wall and the continuous expansion of the settlements, the West Bank is consisting of Bantustans without any economical or political future.

The US and EU are still strong supporters of Israel, thus violating the very principles of International Law

The only real way to realize Palestinian rights is not to surrender to Israeli and Western pressure, but to stick to the legitimate demands, the end of the Israeli occupation, the demolishment of the illegal settlements, the tearing down of the Wall and the right on return.

AND TO BE PREPARED TO FIGHT FOR IT BY WAY OF THE ARMED STRUGGLE AGAINST THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION ARMY!

Years and years of ”peace negociations”, by which every time the Palestinians lost, have learnt, that the only way to realize Palestinian rights is the armed struggle against the Israeli occupation army, although this seems hopeless for now

But history shows, that in the past, that in apparently hopeless situations, liberation armies have beaten powerful [occupation] armies

The Palestinians have no choice
It is either swallow humiliation after humiliation
Or to stand up and fight for their inalienable rights

Then it will be real peace, when there comes an end to the injustice, which is done to the Palestinian people

The only way is to realize a great, secular Palestine, in which Pakestinians, Israeli Jewish inhabitants and others have equal rights
The socalled ”ONE STATE SOLUTION” [24]

Otherwise Palestinian rights will be crushed and historical Palestne will be changed in the former South African apartheid Bantustans

INTIFADA INTIFADA
FREE PALESTINE!!

Kind greetings
Astrid Essed

Amsterdam
The Netherlands

[1]

ISRAELI KILLINGS OF PROTESTERS ON NAKBA DAY:

THE GUARDIAN
THIRTEEN KILLED AS ISRAELI TROOPS OPEN FIRE ON NAKBA DAY BORDER PROTESTS
15 MAY 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/15/israeli-troops-kill-eight-nakba-protests

THE HAARETZ
CLASHES ERUPT AS NAKBA DAY PROTESTS SWEEP PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
15 MAY 2011

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/clashes-erupt-as-nakba-day-protests-sweep-palestinian-territories-1.361851?localLinksEnabled=false

AL JAZEERA NEWS
PALESTINIAN KILLED IN NAKBA CLASHES
15 MAY 2011

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/2011515649440342.html

ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
NAKBA MARCHERS MET WITH ISRAELI FIRE
16 MAY 2011

http://electronicintifada.net/content/nakba-marchers-met-israeli-fire/9964

IMEMC.ORG
PALESTINIAN YOUTH KILLED, 172 INJURED, AS ARMY ATTACKS ”RETURN PROTESTS” IN GAZA
16 MAY 2011

http://www.imemc.org/article/61248

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL [http://www.amnesty.org]
ISRAELI MILITARY’S KILLING OF NAKBA PROTESTERS MUST BE INVESTIGATED
16 MAY 2011

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/025/2011/en/79551d59-67ad-48d1-a8dc-2b2bd1237db7/mde150252011en.html

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH [http://www.hrw.org]
ISRAEL: INVESTIGATE KILLINGS DURING BORDER PROTESTS
20 MAY 2011

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/05/20/israel-investigate-killings-during-border-protests

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
UNWRA CONDEMNS ISRAEL ATTACKS ON NAKBA PROTESTS
16 MAY 2011

http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10045&Itemid=64

ISRAELI KILLINGS OF ATI-OCCUPATION PROTESTERS/5 JUNE

THE GUARDIAN
ISRAELI TROOPS CLASH ON SYRIAN BORDER WITH PROTESTERS MARKING SIX DAY WAR
5 JUNE 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/05/israel-syria-violence-border-protest

[2]

ISRAELI ATTACKS ON GAZA/DIRTY WAR AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION
19 JANUARY 2009

http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/85520/index.php

[3]

BTSELEM.ORG
DETAINEES AND PRISONERS
TORTURE

http://www.btselem.org/English/Torture/Index.asp

[4]

BBC NEWS
UN OFFICIAL SLAMS ISRAEL ”CRIMES”
10 DECEMBER 2008

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7774988.stm

BLOCKADE OF GAZA/CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY
13 FEBRUARY 2008

http://quebec.indymedia.org/en/node/29201

[5]

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

HOW PALESTINE BECAME ISRAEL

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/download/NakbaTrifold-sml.pdf

THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PROBLEM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF TRANSFER

http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=729041

[6]

”In short, Zionism was based on a faulty, colonialist world view that the rights of the indigenous inhabitants didn’t matter. The Arabs’ opposition to Zionism wasn’t based on anti-Semitism but rather on a totally reasonable fear of the dispossession of their people.”

SOURCE

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[7]

BA;FOUR DECLARATION

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour_Declaration_of_1917

[8]

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[9]

1936-1939
WIKIPEDIA
ARAB REVOLT IN PALESTINE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936%E2%80%931939_Arab_revolt_in_Palestine

[10]

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[11]

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[12]

THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PROBLEM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF TRANSFER

http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=729041

PALESTINE REMEMBERED, AL-NAKBA 1948

http://www.palestineremembered.com/

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[13]

THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PROBLEM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF TRANSFER

http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=729041

THE ORIGIN OF THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/history/origin.html

[14]

According to International Law [article 42, the Hague Convention] Gaza is still occupied territory since Israel actually controls the air and the frontiers of Gaza, land and sea

See the Hague Convention

http://net.lib.byu.edu/~rdh7/wwi/hague/hague5.html

See also Human Rights Watch [http://www.hrw.org]


Israel withdrew its military forces and settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Nonetheless, Israel remains responsible for ensuring the well-being of Gaza’s population for as long as, and to the extent that, it retains effective control over the area. Israel still exercises control over Gaza’s airspace, sea space and land borders, as well as its electricity, water, sewage and telecommunications networks and population registry. In addition, Israeli military forces can and have re-entered Gaza at will.

Article 55 of the Fourth Geneva Convention places a duty on an occupying power to ensure the food and medical supplies of the population, as well as to permit and facilitate the consignments of humanitarian relief.

SOURCE

GAZA: ISRAEL’S ENERGY CUTS VIOLATE LAWS OF WAR
6 FEBRUARY 2008

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/02/06/gaza-israel-s-energy-cuts-violate-laws-war

[15]

According to International Humanitarian Law, with regard to military attacks, a strict distinction must be made between combatants [military and fighters] and non-combatants [civilians]
Military attacks on civilians are forbidden

This applies to all parties to a conflct

See

”Parties to a conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants in order to
spare civilian population and property. Neither the civilian population as such nor civilian persons shall be the object of attack. Attacks shall be directed solely against military objectives.”

Article 7, BASIC RULES OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW IN ARMED CONFLICTS

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/misc/basic-rules-ihl-311288.htm

[16]

According to International Law [article 49, 4th Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention 1907], all Israeli settlements, which are built in occupied Palestinian territory, are illegal

See

BTSELEM.ORG
LAND EXPROPRIATION AND SETTLEMENTS

http://www.btselem.org/english/Settlements/International_Law.asp

[17]

BTSELEM.ORG
SEPARATION BARRIER
OPINION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

http://www.btselem.org/English/Separation_Barrier/International_Court_Decision.asp

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WALL IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
9 JULY 2004

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/index.php?pr=71&code=mwp&p1=3&p2=4&p3=6&case=131&k=5a

[18]

BTSELEM.ORG
SEPARATION BARRIER

http://www.btselem.org/english/Separation_Barrier/Index.asp

[19]

ISRAELI MILITARY ATATCKS ON GAZA/DIRTY WAR AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION

http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/85520/index.php

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH [http://www.hrw.org]
ISRAEL/OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
EVENTS OF 2009

http://www.hrw.org/en/world-report-2010/israel-occupied-palestinian-territories-opt

[20]

ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
NAKBA MARCHERS MET WITH ISRAELI FIRE
16 MAY 2011

http://electronicintifada.net/content/nakba-marchers-met-israeli-fire/9964

THE GUARDIAN
ISRAELI TROOPS CLASH ON SYRIAN BORDER WITH PROTESTERS MARKING SIX DAY WAR
5 JUNE 2011

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/05/israel-syria-violence-border-protest

[21]

IF AMERICANS KNEW
U.S. VETOES OF U.N. RESOLUTIONS ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL
DONALD NEFF

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/p-neff-veto.html

[22]

THE IRISH TIMES
US VETOES UN RESOLUTION ON ISRAEL
19 FEBRUARY 2011

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0219/breaking8.html

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA/WEBLOG
U.S. VETO OF UNSC RESOLUTION GIVES ISRAELA ”GREEN LIGHT” TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS IN OPT
22 FEBRUARY 2011

http://blog.amnestyusa.org/justice/u-s-veto-of-unsc-resolution-gives-israel-a-green-light-to-continue-to-expand-illegal-settlements-in-opt/

[23]

BTSELEM.ORG
SEPARATION BARRIER

http://www.btselem.org/english/Separation_Barrier/Index.asp

[24]

THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE PROBLEM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF TRANSFER

(la.indymedia.org / 13.06.2011)

I read the Koran every day, says former prime minister Tony Blair who claims it keeps him ‘faith-literate’

He was notoriously reluctant to discuss religion while Prime Minister, with his chief spin doctor Alastair Campbell famously commenting: ‘We don’t do God.’

But since leaving Downing Street in 2007, Tony Blair has become increasingly open about the importance of religion.

Mr Blair, who converted to Catholicism months after leaving Number 10, has now spoken of how he reads the Koran every day.

Reading the Islamic religion’s holy book – considered by Muslims to be the exact words of God – ensured he remained ‘faith-literate’, the former Labour leader said.

In an interview with the Observer magazine, published yesterday he said: ‘To be faith-literate is crucial in a globalised world, I believe.

‘I read the Qur’an [Koran] every day. Partly to understand some of the things happening in the world, but mainly just because it is immensely instructive.’

Mr Blair believes that a knowledge of the faith informs his current role as Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.

The former PM’s work, which has cost British taxpayers more than £2million, aims to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Blair has previously praised the Muslim faith as ‘beautiful’ and said the Prophet Mohammed had been ‘an enormously civilizing force’.

In 2006 he said the Koran was a ‘reforming book, it is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance’.

But Mr Blair has also faced the devastation wreaked by violent jihadists who interpret the Koran as a call to arms.

Mr Blair said reading the Islamic religion's holy book - considered by Muslims to be the exact words of God - ensured he remained 'faith-literate'Mr Blair said reading the Islamic religion’s holy book – considered by Muslims to be the exact words of God – ensured he remained ‘faith-literate’

He was Prime Minister when the July 7 suicide bombers attacked London in 2005, murdering 52 innocent people.

Not only does reading the Koran support his peace envoy role, it also gives him something in common with sister-in-law Lauren Booth.

Journalist Miss Booth – Cherie Blair’s half sister – raised eyebrows after announcing last October that she had converted to Islam after what she described as a ‘holy experience’ during a visit to a shrine in Iran.

Mr Blair also used the Observer interview to dismiss claims he was on a Christian ‘crusade’ when taking Britain into the highly divisive war in Iraq.

His former constituency agent John Burton said two years ago that Mr Blair ‘believed strongly at the time, that intervention in Kosovo, Sierra Leone – Iraq too – was all part of the Christian battle; good should triumph over evil, making lives better.’

But the ex-Premier said: ‘People still ask me if military decisions in Iraq or Afghanistan were based on some kind of divine instruction. It’s rubbish.
‘Of course not. Just as I couldn’t go into a corner and pray to ask God what the minimum wage should be.’

(www.dailymail.co.uk / 13.06.2011)

First meeting for The Egyptian Automobiles technology city

Tijd
vrijdag 15 juli · 18:00 – 21:00

Locatie
Cairo

Gemaakt door:

Meer informatie
I think we will reach each other easily so i will proceed focusing on the main points.
The project elements :
Cars research center
Conference Hall
Classic cars Museum
Formula 1 track
Karting Track
Autocross track
Park with cars theme
Mall, show rooms and Restaurants
Motel
Main Topics :
Design
Technical
Financial
Marketing

Libië: regime eist Zawiyah op

Het regime van kolonel Mouammar Kadhafi heeft zondagavond aangekondigd dat het Libische leger alle verzet heeft overwonnen in Zawiyah, een stad 40 kilometer ten westen van Tripoli. De Navo laat weten “de nodige maatregelen” te zullen treffen om de burgers te beschermen.

In Zawiyah wordt sinds zaterdag opnieuw hevig gevochten. In februari en maart vonden in die stad al hevige schermutselingen plaats.

De woordvoerder van het Libische regime verklaarde zondag nog eens dat er geen discussie mogelijk is over het vertrek van Kadhafi. Daarmee reageert hij op het aanbod van Turkije om de kolonel veilig in ballingschap te nemen.

“Niemand heeft het recht om de leider te vragen op te stappen”, benadrukte woordvoerder Moussa Ibrahim.

De Verenigde Arabische Emiraten maakten zondag bekend de rebellie te erkennen als enige geldige vertegenwoordiger van het Libische volk. Het land zal weldra een vertegenwoordiging openen in Benghazi, de hoofdstad van het verzet. De Emiraten zijn daarmee, na Qatar, het tweede Arabische land dat de rebellie erkent.

(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)

Syrië: leger heeft controle over Jisr al-Choughour

Het Syrische leger heeft de controle heroverd over Jisr al-Choughour, de noordwestelijke stad die onder invloed van de opstandelingen stond. Dat meldt de staatstelevisie zondagavond.

Volgens de openbare televisie heeft het leger de rebellen verdreven en worden ze momenteel achtervolgd in de omringende bergen.

Jisr al-Choughour, een stad met 50.000 inwoners, is nagenoeg verlaten sinds een week, door de hevige gevechten. Het regime heeft het over gevechten met “gewapende groepen”, maar volgens getuigen gaat het om een muiterij bij het leger zelf.

Bij de herovering van het dorp hebben de militairen een graf gevonden met daarin lichamen van agenten die op 6 juni werden omgebracht. Er zouden al tien lijken zijn gevonden.

(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)

The Economic Impact of the Arab Spring on the Region

London, (Pal telegraph) – Six months have passed since the Tunisian vegetable street hawker Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze starting a region wide revolution that has toppled the Presidents of Egypt and Tunisia with the leaders of Yemen and Libya are following fast. The wave of protests swept through Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.

Revolutions and uprisings are unpredictable and can have unforeseen consequences. Trade and industry grind to a halt. Tourism dries up. The economy in general stagnates and normal economic life ceases to function.

Add to this the high cost of disruptions, strikes, civil war in Libya and the exodus of the foreign workers and the flight of inward investments.

People demonstrated against high food prices, high unemployment and corruption which in turn impede economic development. The young people are particularly badly hit by lack of job prospects and economic progress. Unemployment in the region among the young is very high. According to economic experts unemployment in Syria is 25% but the government own figures show that unemployment is only 11-13% but most observers believe the experts and don’t believe the government. In Egypt 90% of the unemployed are young people (age 15-24).

The combined current account deficit of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia is in excess of $15 billion. To plug the gap external financing is needed. The combined oil import bill for the non-oil Arab countries will have to be covered by the international community through the mechanisms of the IMF and the World Bank.

Egypt for example needs economic aid to cover the shortfall in its budget over the next 2-3 years. The losses from the Tahrir Square protests were estimated to be around 1.7 Billion US Dollars.  The tourism sector which is an important component of the economy suffered a 45% decline in Egypt and Tunisia since the wave of protest began. In Syria tourism has dried up completely. Even neighbouring Lebanon is feeling the impact of a weaker tourist activity. It is expected that during 2011 Egypt’s economy will shrink by 2.5 to 3% and Yemen’s by more than 4%. It is worth mentioning that Egypt stock market has declined by 25%.

The World Bank promised to grant Egypt two billion USD over the next two years and to provide a loan of 2.5billion USD.

The other aspect of this economic downturn is that wealthy Arabs are transferring their funds to Europe and North America. It is an undisputed fact that investors are nervous and afraid of uncertainty. One Arab newspaper estimated that some $30 billion has left Egypt since the onset of the Arab Spring.

In the short term we shall witness a reduction in production, a decline in trade services and other economic activities. Non oil producing countries will be particularly hit. In the most general terms it can be said that the economies of the non-oil countries are on the verge of collapse and are semi-bankrupt.

On the plus side the high oil prices have helped to cushion the economies of the members of the Gulf Co-operation Council. Saudi Arabia is investing $130 billion to finance low cost housing projects, salary increases for Public Sector employees and increased investment in education and social services.

The World Bank believes that if the transfer to democracy is peaceful and sound, we should have economic growth in the years 2012/2013 of 3.5 to 4.5%. Economic growth in 2011 was 1.9%. Experts predict an upturn in economic activity in the years 2012-2014 with the expansion of the financial sector.

Reforms in education and the introduction of literacy programs are urgently needed. In Egypt only 15% of women and 70% of men are literate. Fighting of corruption must accompany political and social reforms. There is a great need for urgent economic reforms to reap the benefits of the political reforms.

(networkedblogs.com / 12.06.2011)

Israël breekt deel nederzetting af

De Israëlische minister van Defensie Ehud Barak heeft de opdracht gegeven drie gebouwen in opbouw in Migron, een nederzetting op de bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever waarvoor geen toestemming werd verleend, af te breken.

“Het standpunt van de minister van Defensie, in samenspraak met de premier, is dat illegale constructies op Palestijnse privégrond vermeden moeten worden en dat dergelijke gebouwen afgebroken moeten worden. Dat geldt uiteraard voor Migron”, meldt een woordvoerster van Defensie.

De nederzetting in Migron, nabij de Palestijnse stad Ramallah, werd opgetrokken zonder de toestemming van de Israëlische autoriteiten, alsook gedeeltelijk op Palestijnse privégrond. Er wonen tientallen gezinnen kolonisten.

De ontmanteling van de nederzetting is al ruim tien jaar hangende.

(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)

Three Nobel Peace Prize winners declare their support for the Canadian Boat to Gaza

Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire, three Nobel Peace Prize winners, have taken a position supporting he Canadian Boat to Gaza. Meeting at Montebello as part a conference on sexual violence toward women during political conflicts, organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, all three have added their names to the list of international supporters of the project, which aims to break the illegal naval blockade that Israel has imposed on 1.5 million civilians living in Gaza.

A long-term engagement
Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts to protect human rights, particularly the rights of women and infants, and political prisoners in Iran.

Jody Williams, an American, was awarded the Prize in 1997 for her persistent work to eliminate anti-personnel land mines. It was Mairead Maguire’s efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland, her birth-place, that were recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

Maired Maguire was also present at the press conference organized by the Canadian Boat to Gaza in Toronto, on May 26. “I completely support this call to the Israeli government to allow passage for the Canadian Boat to Gaza,” she said. “This boat will join the flotilla of 10 vessels that will bring together almost a thousand people. They will show the people of Gaza that the world has not forgotten.”

( www.tahrir.ca / 12.06.2011)

Fox News Contributor: “We are in a Holy War” Against Muslims

Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist Monica Crowley today said that the United States is in a “holy war” against radical Islam, including Muslim-Americans. Crowley appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the right-wing network’s most popular program, along with Fox News’ token liberal commentator Alan Colmes, to discuss the upcoming Congressional hearings on radical Islam in America with host Bill O’Reilly. The hearings, chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), are ostensibly to probe the “extent of radicalization” of Muslim-Americans. They have drawn the ire of many Muslims, liberals and progressives who decry the un-American nature of the inquisition. Many compare it to the House Un-American Activities Committee chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) in the 1950s. That communist witch hunt has gone down as one of the darker chapters in our nation’s history.

Discussing whether or not Rep. King’s hearings unfairly target Muslim-Americans, Crowley opined “the reality is that we’re in a holy war” against the more radical elements among them. Her statement drew a rebuke from Colmes, who correctly pointed out that not even former President George W. Bush would go so far as to call the struggle between the United States and Islamic extremism a “holy war,” “crusade” gaffe aside.

This isn’t the first time that Crowley’s mouth has landed her in hot water. In 2008, again on the O’Reilly Factor, she attacked the Dutch city of Amsterdam as “a cesspool of corruption, crime. Everything is out of control. It’s anarchy.” Her statement, which was utter bullshit, drew a vociferous response from the Netherlands.

Crowley also deeply offended many Canadians the following year when she appeared in a segment of Fox’s late-night program Red Eye mocking Canadian troops, even as they fought bravely in America’s war in Afghanistan.

(morallowground.com / 12.06.2011)

Ignoring the fate of 6000 Palestinian captives

By Khalid Amayreh

Commenting on the latest French “”initiative”” for the resumption of the moribund peace process, the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu sought to outsmart himself.

A visionless politician who thinks that political spin, hasbara and sound-bites can suffice as a main tool of leadership, Netanyahu demanded that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, show good-will by releasing an Israeli occupation soldier taken prisoner in battle near Gaza a few years ago.

“”I have made it clear to the French FM that Hamas must adopt the Quartet principles. If the claim that a new wind is blowing from Hamas, that could be proven by freeing Gilad Shalit,”” the PM added, saying that if Abbas is on such good relations with Hamas, he could pressure Hamas to free Gilad.””

Netanyahu almost innocently ignored the fact that Israel is holding as many as six thousand Palestinian political and resistance prisoners, many of whom languishing in cruel conditions in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps for decades.

Hence, his demand that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas pressure Hamas to release a combat soldier who is likely to be carrying on his hands a lot of children blood goes beyond the pale of the simple moral decency. Using the words of Professor Naom Chomsky, it is beyond chutzpah.

Moreover, Netanyahu whose Israel has rejected every single peace initiative ever since the Rogers plan of 1969-70, is shamelessly demanding that Hamas accept the so-called Quartet Principles which call for unilateral recognition by the Palestinian Islamic movement of Israeli Nazism, because Israel expresses and embodies Jewish Nazism if only because this nefarious state is based on racism, ethnic cleansing and land theft.

Well, this demand, too, is so brazen and so pornographically unfair, so much so, that even the stupidest and most pliant Palestinian leader would reject outright.

Even leaders of Fatah, which many thought was at Israel’s beck and call, are now saying that their organization didn’t, doesn’t and won’t ever recognize Israel as long as Israel refuses to end its occupation of Palestine.

Hence, Netanyahu and other Zionist leaders ought to realize that a genuine Palestinian recognition of the Nazi-like entity will never materialize, especially if Israel continues to pursue its lebensraum policies at her neighbor’s expense.

In fact, it is futile to continue to evoke peace with Israel given that fascist state’s principled rejection of peace. After all, continuing to entertain peace with this aggressive, arrogant, and bellicose entity is proving to be a huge exercise in self-deception and disappointment.

6 of June marked the 44th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. This means that Israel has had 44 years to make peace with her neighbors. However, instead of making genuine efforts for peace and responding positively to Palestinian and Arab overtures, including an offer to recognize Israel and terminate the state of belligerency, Israel continued to steal more Arab land, build colonies for the most fanatical elements of Jews who are offering non-Jews the choice between physical extermination, enslavement as water carriers and wood hewers or collective deportation.

Meanwhile, the same Israel that doesn’t stop babbling about its “”burning desire”” for peace, continued unabated to make every conceivable effort and take every conceivable step to kill every conceivable prospect for peace by transferring hundreds of thousands of Nazi-like and terrorist-minded religious terrorist who are taught in their synagogues that the life of a goy (derogatory for Gentile or non-Jew) has no sanctity or value, and that a Jew could kill a Palestinian without the slightest compunction.

To confuse the world and justify its systematic land theft of Palestine, Israel has been claiming that the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem are actually disputed rather than occupied territories. Well, if so, how is that mendacious claim compatible with the unceasing and unmitigated devouring by Israel and carving into Israel of a disputed territory?

The truth of the matter is that there is a pornographic gulf of hypocrisy and dishonesty between what Israel claims and what it does on the ground.

Israel claims to want peace, but it wastes no chance to decapitate every chance for peace.

Israel claims to seek recognition by its victims, but every Israeli act and behavior precludes and inhibits recognition of an entity that practices murder and theft and mendacity as its modus operandi.

Israel would like the entire world to fully, unreservedly and unhesitatingly support her wild territorial schemes, and should anyone display any modicum of reservation or hesitation, e.g. by citing international law, the cannons of “”anti-Semitism”” would fire their hellish ammunitions.

In short, Zionist Israel is offering people in the West one of two choices: either you morph yourselves into political whores by supporting Israel, like America’s congressmen and senators, or we will portray you as anti-Semites.

(www.tehrantimes.com / 12.06.2011)