Tegenvallende interesse voor Wilders in Berlijn

De fractieleider van de PVV, Geert Wilders, heeft onder zeer strenge veiligheidsmaatregelen vandaag in Berlijn een toespraak gehouden op een bijeenkomst van de kleine, rechtse partij Die Freiheit van René Stadtkewitz.. Die Freiheit geldt als een Duitse versie van Wilders’ PVV. Volgens Stadtkewitz ,,verkoopt bondskanselier Angela Merkel Duitsland aan Europa” en zijn de meeste werklozen in Duitsland afkomstig uit moslimlanden.

Wilders keerde zich opnieuw tegen de Europese superstaat en de islam, die hij ziet als grootste bedreigingen. Hij beklemtoonde ook dat ,,Breivik geen van ons is”, verwijzend naar de Noorse, ultrarechtse extremist Anders Behring Breivik, die in juli een bomaanslag in Oslo en een massamoord ten noordwesten van de stad pleegde. ,,Wij weren geweld af, wij zijn democraten, wij geloven in vredelievendheid, wij wijzen de islam af vanwege zijn gewelddadigheid”, aldus Wilders.

Tegenvallende opkomst
Er waren met naar schatting 600 belangstellenden minder toehoorders dan verwacht. De politie had de omgeving van het hotel waar Wilders en gelijkgezinden uit onder meer Duitsland en Oostenrijk bijeen zijn gekomen, afgezet. Een paar honderd demonstranten betoogden tegen de bijeenkomst.

(www.parool.nl / 03.09.2011)

Muslim preacher assassinated in London

London, (Pal Telegraph) – Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, a Lebanese imam, was killed after leading prayers at the Muslim Welfare House in London, the Islamic centre said on Saturday.

Zarzour was found dead on Friday after leading the early morning Fajr prayers at the Islamic community centre, Muslim Welfare House said.

Police said they had arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of murder.

According to a Muslim Brotherhood official in Lebanon, Zarzur is Lebanese and from the southern Iqleem al-Kharoub region. He was in his 40s.

Zarzur had been the imam at the Muslim Welfare House in north London since 2009.

“Our imam has passed away,” the centre said on its website.

“It is thought that he was killed inside his office. We would like to send our condolences to all the Muslims in north London and the UK.

“The sheikh was very friendly and never had an argument with anyone in the community during his career in this mosque.”

Friday’s Fajr prayer is listed on the trust’s website as being at 04:38am.

Scotland Yard said they had made one arrest.

“Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 10:21am on Friday to reports of a man seriously injured at Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road, north London,” a spokeswoman said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. While detectives await formal confirmation of his identity, they are contacting his
family, who live outside Britain. A post-mortem examination is being arranged, the spokeswoman said.

“A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. At this stage we are not seeking to make any further arrests.”

Police have openened an incident room and are appealing for witnesses.

Officers are working closely with the Muslim Welfare House “to reassure the community during this difficult time.

“Inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances and any motive, although we believe the person we have arrested attended the mosque.

“This is not believed to be a race/faith hate crime.”

The Muslim Welfare House was founded in 1970 and functions as a community centre. It is a registered charity with offices, two
training centres, a youth centre, a library and prayer rooms for men and women.

Maymoun survived an assignation attempt in Lebanon in 2007. Then, he came to London seeking asylum and safety but he was at the end assassinated.

(networkedblogs.com / 03.09.2011)

“9/11 Evil” by Victor Thorn — Israel’s Central Role in the Sept. 11 Attacks

Finally, a 9/11 book that addresses the attacks’ most important element: the direct involvement of Israel. Along with details of Israel’s lead role in the events of 9/11, author Victor Thorn reveals how the so-called “9/11 Truth Movement” has been co-opted by Zionist interests with the aim of steering suspicion away from Israel and her many agents in the US government.“A majority of 9/11 researchers, and especially those who have become known as ‘gatekeepers,’ have avoided this subject like the plague,” Thorn writes. “Why? Because the direct implications to Israeli involvement in 9/11 are so overt, and so obvious, that no one could ever investigate this case again without considering the Mossad as one of the primary suspects.”“9/11 Evil” by Victor Thorn — Download it HERE read it, and email it to every thinking person you know.

Much of “9/11 Evil” is devoted to what Thorn does best: exposing the multifarious disinformation agents in the so-called “truth movement.” As the author intelligently explains it:

“There has been established within the CONTROLLED alternative media and 9/11 ‘truth movement’ a framework which parallels precisely that of the mainstream media. Stated differently, those who lord over the Jewish-dominated corporate press established the same rigid type of operation when they created their phony 9/11 ‘truth’ network. The logic behind such a maneuver is obvious. To prevent unwanted information from leaking out to the public and to instead keep it contained, they hand-picked a group of operatives before 9/11 even occurred to eventually bamboozle truth-seekers after the attacks took place.”

“A large percentage of the alternative media and 9/11 ‘truth movement’ (many of them Jewish) aren’t differentiated in the least from their counterparts in the Zionist-run corporate media. This point is vital to understand, because information control is essential in the cover-up process of any crime.”

“The exact same forces controlling the mainstream media information Matrix are also the same ones who control a majority of the alternative media. The best way of viewing this situation is as such: powerful Jewish forces have spent decades consolidating and monopolizing this country’s TV networks, newspapers, radio stations, and magazines. Do you think it’s possible that they would simply ignore those who are trying hardest to expose one of their greatest crimes ever? Of course not.”

“From the very moment this plot was first conceived, the cabal behind it was also planning the cover-up. One of the most integral aspects of this cover-up was a massive infiltration of the 9/11 truth movement. In fact, many of the most prominent deceivers are either Jewish, Jewish apologists, or part of a complex Zionist protection racket. We can no longer ignore this fact or keep our heads in the sand about it.”

Thorn then goes on to enumerate some of the “techniques that those who are bought and sold by the Israeli Lobby use to divert researchers in an arrav of convoluted directions.” These include:

1) A constant droning of vague, non-specific entities such as the “New World Order,” “globalists,” “Illuminati,” “internationalists,” and even “neo-cons” to intentionally deflect people’s attention away from those who actually masterminded 9/11 (therefore never using the world “Israel”).

2) Encourage the cult of personality where a popular radio show host will expose a variety of clandestine conspiracies, but never point his finger at the true culprit.

3) Bring in a religious figure who lays out (for all to see) the entire truth about the mechanics of 9/11, including the all-important World Trade Center controlled demolitions and the Whitewash Committee’s many lies, omissions, and distortions. The only problem is, this individual will refuse to pound a final nail in the coffin by shining a light on Israel’s role in these attacks.

4) Use paid back-room moles to infiltrate every possible 9/11 chat room, message board, and forum to create as much din, disruption, “noise,” and chaos as possible which constantly litters and pollutes the soup; effectively preventing most people from focusing on Israel’s central role in 9/11.

5) A seeming obsession with minutiae where researchers spend an inordinate amount of time endlessly fixating on the tiniest of details without stepping back and exposing the bigger picture and its subsequent ramifications. Or else they’ll engage in rhetorical debates for debate’s sake; all of which is sterile, self-contained, and circular in nature.

Unlike the legions of paid shills in the bogus “truth movement,” however, Thorn isn’t afraid to hang the blame squarely on the shoulders of the true perpetrators of the attacks:

“These shadowy figures were also the descendents of a long-line of behind-the-scenes manipulators who murdered JFK in cold-blood on a bright sunny day in Dallas. They too were a part of the cabal which created the Holohoax lies, staged the Lavon Affair, attempted to sink the USS Liberty, tried to cover-up the Dimona nuclear reactor, finagled us into two successive wars with Iraq, ran arms during the Iran-Contra affair, lurked in the shadows of the notorious BCCI banking scandal, clandestinely facilitated key players at Elohim City before the OKC Bombing, murdered Rachel Corrie in all her innocence, masterminded numerous spy operations (including Jonathon Pollard), and had their fingers all over the 9-11 terror attacks.”

“Yes. these are the same hidden forces which leverage $10 billion in ‘foreign aid’ each year from the United States and who are building a high-tech, militant apartheid wall around their borders during a time when every other nation is supposed to be ‘beyond’ such notions. And even though we’re all brainwashed into believing that our goal in the Middle East is freedom, peace, and democracy, Israel is an oppressive Bolshevik dictatorship which teems with such brazen racism that it hinges on being outright genocide. Worst of all, their slithering multi-tentacled Lobby is so powerful that its economic blackmail extends not only through the halls of congress, but all the way to our executive branch.”

Along with the better-known incidents of the “dancing Israelis,” the Israeli “art student” spies and the Israeli-owned Urban Moving company, Thorn goes into particular detail about the conspiracy’s biggest players, such as WTC owner (and zionist Jew) Larry Silverstein and Pentagon comptroller (and zionist Jew) Dov Zakheim. Here’s what Thorn — brilliantly connecting the dots — has to say about the former:

“Less than two months prior to the twin towers being struck by kamikaze airliners (July 24, 2001), the former president of New York’s United Jewish Appeal — Larry Silverstein — purchased the WTC complex from the Port Authority. This 99-year lease was the final coup de grace which allowed the conspirators to cement the last remaining piece to their puzzle.”

“Christopher Bollyn of the American Free Press has also pointed out in great detail the Jewish connection of those who took control of the WTC towers. As stated, Larry Silverstein was former president of the UJA, a highly influential Zionist charity organization. Plus, the man who negotiated this deal — Saul Eisenberg — was on the planning board of not only the UJA, but also the United Jewish Federation. In addition, he also served as vice president of AIPAC, which is now ensnared in a huge Israeli spy scandal.”

“On top of that, Silverstein has been closely tied to two Likud mainstays — Ariel ‘the Butcher’ Sharon and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, prior to 9/11, Netanyahu and Silverstein would speak on the telephone every Sunday afternoon. Bibi [Netenyahu] becomes a key player in this scenario because he was the man who actually coined the term ‘war on terrorism,’ which is now the official buzzword for our never-ending, Israeli-induced perpetual war.”

Here’s what Thorn writes about the Israeli-owned ICTS airport security firm and its probable role in 9/11:

“This situation becomes even eerier when we realize that a private security firm — ICTS — was contracted to cover each of the terminals from which the 9/11 ‘hijackings’ took place. It should also be noted that ICTS is an Israeli company (its two chairmen are Ezra Harel and Menachem Atzmon), and many of its employees were formerly in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). Thus, only one entity had inside access to all of the vital airports on the morning of September 11 — an Israeli owned company.”

On WTC 7 and mortgage holder Stephen A. Schwartzman, Thorn writes:

”The mortgage holder for WTC 7 was the Blackstone Group, whose President and CEO was a Jewish man named Stephen A. Schwartzman. The chairman for this company was Peter G. Peterson (Jewish) who also served as chairman of New York’s Federal Reserve Bank. Peterson is also on the board of directors for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), while his partner (Mr. Schwartzman) is also a CFR member.”

”In addition, Peterson acted as chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers from 1973-77 (Jewish), then became chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers Kuhn, Loeb Inc (Jewish). Lastly, Peterson is founding chairman of the globalist-oriented Institution for International Economics and a recipient of the American Jewish Congress’s Stephen Wise Award.”

”And, just for good measure, it should be noted that the man who negotiated and authorized the transaction for Larry Silverstein (Jewish) was Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg (Jewish). Thus, what we’ve seen is that every pivotal player involved in the deal to move the WTC Complex from New York’s Port Authority to Larry Silverstein was Jewish. Every single one.”

On the infamous Defense Policy Board, which runs the US military machine, Thorn writes:

“Our nation’s War Machine takes its marching orders from an entity called the Defense Policy Board, which most certainly wields more power than the current Defense Secretary on 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld. The most important question now is: who runs the Defense Policy Board? The answer, not surprisingly, is Zionists such as long-time Bilderberg member Henry Kissinger (Jewish), James Schlessinger (Jewish), Eliot A. Cohen (Jewish), Paul Wolfowitz, now President of the World Bank (Jewish), Douglas Feith (Jewish), and the Prince of Darkness himself, Richard Perle (Jewish).”

On the so-called Neo-conservatives, Thorn writes:

”Who, though, are these oft-referred to neo-cons? Are they hard-core conservatives that want smaller government and limited US involvement in foreign armed conflicts? Not a chance. In actuality, the neo-cons are ex-Trotskyites who followed the lead of their Jewish mentor, Leo Strauss, who unequivocally advocated the ‘noble lie’ to further one’s agenda. Biographer Shadia Drury even described Strauss as a ‘new Machiavelli’ and said that he was ‘a great believer in the efficacy and usefulness of lies in politics.’ Does this sound eerily familiar to 9/11 — promoting the ‘big lie’ to further Israel’s Grand Cause?”

”Thus, when we view the neo-cons in this light, they’re not even conservatives or Republicans; but instead disaffected Leftists and Marxists loyal to Israel.”

[For more on the Neo-conservatives and their influence in Washington, watch this excellent BBC documentary — “The War Party” — HERE

And on the sinister Office of Special Plans — the driving force behind Washington’s illegal war on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq — the author writes:

”Another branch of this Zionist octopus is the Office of Special Plans, which nicknamed itself ‘The Cabal.’ Its dark-visionary driving force was Paul Wolfowitz, while being directed by Leo Strauss’ protege Abram Shulsky (Jewish). Shulsky was Donald Rumsfeld’s chief disinformation agent who had spent his Cold War years mastering Soviet disinformation techniques. He also reported directly to Paul Wolfowitz, and co-authored a research paper entitled ‘Leo Strauss and the World of Intelligence,’ which promoted the idea that ‘a certain amount of deception is essential in government.’”

“The neo-con-led Office of Special Plans was so powerful that it even took precedence over the Pentagon’s DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and was one of the primary contributors to the eventual war with Iraq. Deception about WMD’s was their forte.”

Finally, Thorn lists the names of “the primary players” inside the Pentagon/White House in positions to pull off 9/11. They include:

Richard Perle — Jewish
Paul Wolfowitz — Jewish
Kenneth Adelman — Jewish
Lewis “Scooter” Libby — Jewish
Douglas Feith — Jewish
Dov Zakheim — Jewish
David Wurmser — Jewish
Elliot Abrams — Jewish
Eliot Cohen — Jewish
Daniel Pipes — Jewish
Stephen Bryen — Jewish (suspected by the DIA of turning over classified Pentagon records to Israel in the late 1970′s; he later founded JINSA)

“So,” Thorn concludes, “what we have here is the Zionist-aligned Defense Policy Board (the real power behind the War Machine’s throne) controlling every top spot at the Pentagon; with PNAC-signatories Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney following in fully compliant lockstep. Therefore, when we look at the military’s ‘stand-down’ on the morning of 9/11, if anybody says that Israel didn’t control it, they’re absolutely incorrect, for the entire Pentagon think-tank was an insanely obsessed cabal of Jewish murderers who were calling all the shots.”

The book contains much more extremely relevant material on several other elements of the 9/11 crime, including the Israeli telecommunications firms — Amdocs, Comverse, Odigo and Checkpoint — that allowed Israel to control America’s communications network; the influence of the Israeli lobby and Zionist think-tanks on US foreign policy; control of the mainstream media by Jewish interests; and the leading role played by the Jewish Rothchild banking family in all the major conflicts of the last century.

“9/11 Evil: Israel’s Central Role in the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks” by Victor Thorn — Down load it here, read it, and email it to every thinking person you know.

To download an excellent 2008 interview with Victor Thorn by Christian pastor and radio host Texe Marrs — in which the two men discuss Thorn’s book — click HERE

Also, Thorn’s WingTV broadcast archives — in which he and wife Lisa Giuliani skewer so-called “truth-tellers” in the “alternative” media — are well worth listening to. They can all be found at www.wingtv.net (although they currently appear to be having some server problems).

“9/11 Evil” by Victor Thorn — Israel’s Central Role in the Sept. 11 Attacks

 (ehpg.wordpress.com / 03.09.2011)

Radicaal rechts in Europa: wie zijn ze en wat ertegen te doen?

In de komende periode zal links meer en meer worden getest in zijn antwoord op de opmars van radicaal-rechts

Vandaag demonstreert de gewelddadige English Defense League in Londen en spreekt Wilders op een bijeenkomst van ‘Die Freiheit’ in Berlijn. Die gebeurtenissen staan niet op zich. Door heel Europa zijn rechts-radicale stromingen aan een gevaarlijke opmars bezig. Wat is de samenhang tussen de stromingen – en hoe kunnen ze gestopt worden?

Op zijn persconferentie na de terreurdaden in Noorwegen zei Rutte dat Wilders ‘niets met de aanslagen te maken’ had. ‘Dit is de daad van een totale idioot.’ Maar Breivik heeft zich niet in een vacuüm tot massamoordenaar ontwikkeld. Het afgelopen decennium heeft elk Europees land de doorbraak gezien van nieuwe, agressievere, rechtse formaties, van Lega Nord tot het Vlaams Belang, van UKIP tot Jobbik. Al deze groeperingen staan voor een extreme vorm van neoliberalisme, een terugkeer naar autoritair bestuur en politiestaatmethoden. In de meeste gevallen gebruiken ze islamofobie om hun programma van een breed draagvlak te voorzien, maar ze richten zich soms ook tegen de Roma of in het geval van de Vlaams-nationalisten tegen de Walen. Ze hebben allemaal een racistische en antidemocratische agenda die krachten oproept van buiten de gevestigde instellingen.

Er zijn echter ook belangrijke strategische verschillen. Ten eerste zijn er de klassieke eurofascistische partijen zoals het Front National (FN) in Frankrijk en de British National Party (BNP). Zij verenigen een groep oudere kaderleden die gestaald zijn in de fascistische ideologie, en hebben een verkiezingsstrategie die erop gericht is om plaatselijke bolwerken op te bouwen. Ten tweede zijn er gewelddadige straatbewegingen die fysieke terreur uitoefenen, zoals de English Defence League (EDL) en de georganiseerde knokploegen die we in Rusland en andere Oost-Europese landen zien opkomen. Ten derde zijn er populistische racistische partijen zoals de PVV en de Ware Finnen, die een puur electorale strategie volgen en zich uitdrukkelijk proberen te distantiëren van de fascistische elementen binnen extreem-rechts.

De verschillen zijn niet statisch en het is belangrijk om te herkennen hoe deze verschillende stromingen elkaar beïnvloeden en kruisbestuiven. Dat gebeurt zowel op het niveau van individuele als strategische uitwisseling. De opkomst van islamofobie en het electorale succes van partijen zoals de Oostenrijkse FPÖ en de Italiaanse Lega Nord hebben kleinere fascistische groeperingen zelfvertrouwen en politieke ruimte gegeven. Die hebben op hun beurt geleerd van hun populistische broeders en zoeken naar manieren om hun draagvlak te vergroten. Er zijn vanuit die gedeelde ervaringen twee ingrediënten voor succes die vrijwel alle radicaal-rechtse stromingen ondertussen hebben omarmd.

Ten eerste het afschudden van klassieke fascistische symboliek, want pas als ze zich ontdoen van deze belastende bagage kunnen deze formaties uit hun isolement breken. De leider van de BNP Nick Griffin noemt dit het afrekenen met de drie H’s: Hobbyisme, Harde taal en Hitler. Pim Fortuyn was een voorloper van deze trend: openlijk homoseksueel, expliciet pro-Israël en een ‘noch links, noch rechts’-kandidaat. Zo distantieerde hij zich van het antisemitisme, de homofobie en de extreem-rechtse retoriek van partijen als het FN en de Nederlandse Centrum Democraten.

Onderdeel van het vervaardigen van een respectabel imago is de verandering in vorm van het hedendaagse racisme. Dat richt zich niet meer voornamelijk op kleur, maar op cultuur. Dit heeft tot verwarring geleid bij antiracisten. Hoewel politici als Wilders en Marine Le Pen (FN) discrimineren op basis van afkomst, komen ze er vooralsnog mee weg door zich voor te doen als onschuldige ‘religie- en cultuurcritici’.

Het tweede ingrediënt voor succes is het zich agressief afzetten tegen het establishment. Hiermee boren ze een reëel bestaande sociaal-economische onvrede aan en kanaliseren ze deze tegen een gefabriceerde ‘linkse elite’ van ‘landverraders’ die met hun softe cultuurrelativisme ‘onze manier van leven’ verkwanselen aan een ‘vijfde colonne van islamitische barbaren’.

Deze mix van anti-eliteretoriek en islamofobie is een heel gevaarlijke omdat het probeert klassentegenstellingen om te buigen in een oorlog tussen culturen. Dat is waar Wilders in wezen toe oproept. Tegenover de NRC zei hij in 2008: ‘Bevrijding van de islam is het doel, en wie niet meevecht een laffe “Chamberlain”’. ‘Je kan intolerantie alleen met intolerantie beantwoorden, het is niet anders, vrienden. Dat is misschien niet prettig, niet politiek correct. Maar als je niet wilt dat je zelf wordt opgegeten, zal je toch de ander moeten opeten.’

Deze ideologische overtuiging leidt onherroepelijk tot gewelddadige conclusies, aangezien het een kwestie van ‘overleven’ is. Breivik is dan ook geen Karst T. (Apeldoorn) of een Tristan van der V. (Alphen), maar een ideologische extremist die de visie van de PVV tot haar praktische consequenties heeft doorgetrokken. Tegenover de rechter verklaarde Breivik dat hij zijn daden had gepleegd om ‘West-Europa te redden van een overname door moslims’. Hij richtte zijn wapens op de socialistische partij omdat deze schuldig zou zijn aan ‘verraad aan Noorwegen’ door de ‘massa-import van moslims’.

Breiviks ideeën liggen dus volledig in lijn met die van Wilders. Het zorgwekkende is niet alleen de opkomst van bewegingen die systematisch haatzaaien tussen bevolkingsgroepen, maar ook dat het establishment de weg bereidt.

Waar vijftien jaar geleden Janmaat nog werd veroordeeld voor uitspraken als ‘Eigen volk eerst’ en ‘Wij schaffen, zodra we de mogelijkheid en de macht hebben, de multiculturele samenleving af’, zijn deze onder de Europese leiders ondertussen gemeengoed geworden.

De Franse president Sarkozy zei onlangs: ‘Wie naar Frankrijk komt, moet accepteren dat er één samenleving is. Wie dat niet aanvaardt, komt niet naar Frankrijk (…) Wij willen geen halal-keuzemogelijkheid in schoolkantines, gebeden buiten moskeeën en sluiers, en nee, zeker geen minaretten.’

De Britse premier Cameron ging zo ver te zeggen dat ‘staatsmulticulturalisme’ heeft geleid tot ideologisch extremisme en het kweken van ‘islamitisch terrorisme van eigen bodem’. De Duitse bondskanselier Merkel was hem al voorgegaan. Vicepremier Verhagen, toch al geen origineel denker, sloot zich ook aan: vrees voor ‘de buitenlanders’ is volgens hem ‘terecht’.

Burgerlijke partijen geven op deze manier een impuls en legitimiteit aan radicaal-rechts. Waarom? Ten eerste omdat dit hen in staat stelt om de ontevredenheid en verontwaardiging over de gevolgen van economische globalisering en hun eigen regeringsbeleid af te wentelen op een zondebok. Baan kwijt? Ingepikt door migranten. Bezuinigingen? Schuld van ‘de Grieken’. Gevoel van onbehagen? Komt door dat ‘Marokkaanse tuig’.

Ten tweede helpt de omarming van radicaal-rechts gedachtengoed regeringen om steun te verwerven voor een veel meer autoritaire vorm van neoliberalisme. Juist omdat vrijemarktkapitalisme duidelijk niet zoals beloofd ‘méér voor iedereen’ heeft gebracht en we een periode ingaan van groter sociaal verzet, moet er steun worden verworven voor het doorzetten van een extremere variant van hetzelfde afbraakbeleid. De oplossing vinden ze in de politiek die Wilders verdedigt: meer vrijheid voor de markt, aangevuld met de harde hand van de autoriteiten voor een ieder die zich niet schikt naar de dictaten van de staat. Dat is de economische logica achter de maatschappelijke verharding.

Op deze manier verschuift het politieke landschap stap voor stap naar rechts en wordt het taboe van gisteren de norm van vandaag. De verantwoordelijkheid voor het klimaat waarin er Breiviks kunnen opstaan ligt dan ook niet alleen bij Wilders, maar ook bij Rutte, Merkel en Sarkozy. Wilders zet de toon, zij dirigeren het orkest. Een effectieve strategie om radicaal rechts te stoppen verbindt een weerwoord tegen racisme en islamofobie daarom met verzet tegen het crisisbeleid van de gevestigde orde.

Gelukkig wordt de geschiedenis niet gemaakt door Grote Leiders, maar door gewone mensen. En waar die in groten getale voor hun eigen belangen vechten en de kracht van solidariteit herontdekken, vervliegt de wanhoop waar extreemrechts door gevoed wordt. Maar niets verloopt automatisch. Elke crisis kent polarisatie naar rechts en links, en welke pool dominant wordt is altijd een open vraag die wordt beslecht door de politieke krachten aan de grond.

In Spanje en Griekenland combineren antikapitalisten de strijd tegen de bezuinigingsmaatregelen met succesvolle campagnes tegen fascistische aanvallen op migranten. Afgelopen januari dreven grote demonstraties de fascisten van de straat. Anarchisten blokkeerden extreemrechtse clubhuizen en socialistische activisten joegen Nikolaos Michaloliakos, leider van de fascistische partij Gouden Dageraad, uit de gemeenteraad van Athene.

In Groot-Brittannië heeft een serie van tegenmobilisaties de opbouw van de EDL gedwarsboomd. Elke poging van deze gewelddadige beweging om haar kracht op straat te uiten werd beantwoord met tegenprotest, waarbij buurtcentra, moskeeën en lokale politici werden betrokken. Tot grote frustratie van de EDL werd ook de betoging in Amsterdam oktober vorig jaar, bedoeld als steunbetuiging aan Wilders en lanceermoment voor een ‘European Defence League’, gefrustreerd door een succesvolle tegenmobilisatie. De Dutch Defence League is de klap nooit te boven gekomen en werd onlangs opgeheven.

In de komende periode zal links meer en meer worden getest in zijn antwoord op de opmars van radicaal-rechts. In plaats van politici als Wilders naar de mond te praten is er een principieel tegenoffensief nodig. De aanslagen in Noorwegen hebben laten zien waar dit gedachtengoed toe leidt. Die waarschuwing moet aangegrepen worden om de opmars in de kiem te smoren. Wie niet wil dat de geschiedenis zich herhaalt, zal van het verleden moeten leren.

(Maina van der Zwan / www.joop.nl / 03.09.2011)

How US “charities” break tax laws to fund Israeli settlements

3 September 2011

 

In addition to providing $3 billion in annual military aid to Israel, Americans are subsidizing the construction of Israel’s illegal settlements.

In spite of US government statements about its displeasure with the expansion of Israeli settlements, US based organizations are abusing the 501(C)3 section of US tax codes to provide billions in subsidies to do exactly that.

There are hundreds of these tax-exempt, so-called charities funneling money to illegal Israeli settlements, often with the names no more creative than “American Friends of name an Israeli settlement.”

One such organization, American Friends of Ariel Inc., paints a picture of how these US based front groups collect tax-deductible
donations, and use them to build and expand illegal Israeli settlements, and in some cases, purchase weapons for the settlers within them. In many cases, including that of American Friends of Ariel Inc., the organization does not make substantial efforts to disguise the fact that the US based tax exempt entity is nothing more than a shell organization being used to transfer money abroad.

For example, the president of American Friends of Ariel, Ron Nachman, also happens to be the longtime mayor of Ariel. The sole programmatic function of American Friends of Ariel is to transfer funds to a non-exempt organization based in Ariel called the Ariel Development Fund, also controlled by Nachman, which describes itself simply as the “fundraising arm of the city of Ariel.”
Under Ron Nachman’s leadership, American Friends of Ariel transferred more than $5 million to the Ariel Development Fund over the last several years.

It is worth noting that much of the funding for American Friends of Ariel has come from Christian Zionist groups, and in general, these groups have played an increasingly dominant role in the financial and political support for the illegal Israeli settlement enterprise.

Devastating impact

The work of American Friends of Ariel Inc., and the many tax-exempt organizations like it, is having a devastating impact on local Palestinian communities. A recent report by the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs, covered by the Ma’an News Agency, described the “alarming trends of forced displacement of Palestinians in Area C” as a result of settlement expansion, and found that “more demolitions have taken place so far in 2011 than in all of 2009 and 2010 combined” (“UN: Marked increase in forced displacement of Palestinians,” 21 July 2011).

In addition to the gross human rights violations inherent in illegal Israeli settlement expansion, US taxpayers simply cannot afford
to build homes and walls in illegal Israeli settlements while record numbers of Americans are losing their homes, and unmet domestic needs in the US are at an all time high.

American Friends of Ariel, and the vast number of organizations like it, not only violate Palestinian human rights, they violate US
laws. American Friends of Ariel Inc. flouts US laws in two ways.

The first has to do with the structure of the organization, and the fact that most of these tax exempt 501(c)3 organizations are simply shells that transfer money to non-exempt organizations abroad, and the second deals with the exempt purposes set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department.

The rule concerning the use of tax exempt entities as conduit organizations is clear, and states that “the code would be nullified if contributions inevitably committed to a foreign organization were held to be deductible solely because, in the course of transmittal to a foreign organization, they came to rest momentarily in a qualifying domestic organization” (Section 170(c)(2)(A)). That is exactly the case with American Friends of Ariel Inc., and hundreds of organizations like it, a fact which is abundantly clear upon review of their publicly available 990 tax forms.

Exacerbating poverty and neighborhood tensions

The second major legal violation occurs because these organizations fundamentally violate the purpose for which charities can be organized, namely to provide “relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.”

Illegal Israeli settlements, mostly built on expropriated land and operated with stolen resources, exacerbate poverty and systematically create an underprivileged class of people. Race-based colonies inherently increase neighborhood tensions, and they effectively annex occupied Palestinian land through a system of apartheid infrastructure that has been detrimental to Palestinian communities across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The raison d’etre of illegal Israeli settlements is rooted in institutionalized discrimination, and therefore technically violates IRS regulations on a daily basis in the same way that Bob Jones University violated those same regulations barring discrimination (Bob Jones University v United States).

In 1983, the Supreme Court ruled that the IRS had the authority to revoke the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because they openly discriminated against interracially married individuals. The court ruled that such behavior was “wholly incompatible with the concepts underlying tax exemption,” and clarified by stating that “whatever may be the rationale for such private schools’ policies, racial discrimination in education is contrary to public policy.” Fundamental human rights like equality are not confined by jurisdiction, and organizations operating abroad are similarly bound to respect and uphold them.

The numerous and flagrant violations of the tax-exempt purposes set forth by the IRS and Treasury department should be reason enough to revoke the tax-exempt status of these organizations. It is hard to imagine the US playing any constructive role as an “honest broker” when in addition to providing $3 billion in annual military aid to Israel, Americans are also being forced to subsidize the construction and expansion of the same illegal settlements that our government is politely telling Israel are very unhelpful.

Because of the US government’s unwillingness to equally enforce the law, or use the proverbial stick instead of just carrots,
money that would otherwise be going into our national treasury to pay down the debt or build affordable housing in the US, is instead being used to construct and defend Jewish-only colonies in the occupied West Bank.

Mike Coogan is a member of Virginians for Middle East Peace.

(http://ht.ly/6km21 / 03.09.2011)

Report: Turkey navy to escort aid ships to Palestinians in Gaza

Turkish officials tell Hurriyet Daily News that Turkish navy will strengthen presence in eastern Mediterranean Sea to stop Israeli ‘bullying’.

The Turkish navy will significantly strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as one of the steps the Turkish government has decided to take following the release of the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla, Turkish officials told the Hurriyet Daily News.

“The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying.

As part of the plan, the Turkish navy will increase its patrols in the eastern Mediterranean and pursue “a more aggressive strategy”.

According to the report, Turkish naval vessels will accompany civilian ships carrying aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Another goal of the plan is to ensure free navigation in the region between Cyprus and Israel. The region includes areas where Israel and Cyprus cooperate in drilling for oil and gas.

Additionally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed his foreign ministry to organize a trip for him to the Gaza Strip in the near future.

“We are looking for the best timing for the visit,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying. “Our primary purpose is to draw the world’s attention to what is going on in Gaza and to push the international community to end the unfair embargo imposed by Israel.”

(www.haaretz.com / 03.09.2011)

Palestinian worker injured by Israeli soldiers near Bethlehem

West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-A Palestinian worker was injured on Saturday after being brutally attacked by a number of Israeli soldiers near Hawasan village in the west of Bethlehem.

The man identified as Samer Diriye, 39, a resident of the village of Akraba in Nablus, was brought to Beit Jala hospital in Bethlehem to receive medication due to bruises and wounds sustained his body .

Medical sources described his health condition as moderate stating that similar incidents happen daily as Israeli soldiers continue to humiliate Palestinian citizens in the occupied territories.

(networkedblogs.com / 03.09.2011)

The disaster known as Netanyahu

Rather than apologising for Israel’s killing of nine Turkish activists, the prime minister dug in he heels.

Well-handled, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Rather than apologise to the Turkish government for the deaths of nine of its nationals on the Mavi Marmara, you dug in and now your ambassador to Ankara has been expelled. At this rate, the once critical Israeli-Turkish relationship will soon be finished, leaving Israel with no friends in the region except shaky Jordan.

The peace treaty with Egypt is holding, but just barely and Egypt can hardly be considered a friend anymore. Its people despise
Israel and identify it with former President Mubarak, the one Egyptian relationship Israel bothered cultivating. Israel’s de facto friendship with Syria will end when President Bashar al-Assad goes. He is no Zionist, but he has been a force for stability on Syria’s border with Israel, and Lebanon’s, too.

Once he’s gone, the north will almost surely heat up, especially now that Hezbollah plays a dominant role in the Lebanese
government. As for the Palestinians, Netanyahu says that if they dare to take their case to the United Nations later this month, he may declare the Oslo agreement null and void. In other words, the Palestinians will be deemed enemies of Israel. Again.

In short, Binyamin Netanyahu is very close to bringing Israel back to where it was before the Oslo agreement of 1993. There is
even the strong possibility that he will take it back to where it was before the Camp David peace treaty with Egypt — with the added disaster that the relationship with Turkey (established in 1948) will also be gone.

In a normal country, a record of disastrous failures like those would lead to Netanyahu’s departure from office. But not in Israel. Despite all the damage he has done to the country’s security and to its economy (note the massive protests against Netanyahu’s Tea Party economics), he remains in office because the right supports him and Israel is governed by an entirely right-wing coalition.

The worst part is that nearly all of Israel’s problems with its neighbors could be resolved by ending the occupation. Even the
economy would benefit if the Israeli government was not wasting so much money on the settlers and their exorbitant demands.

New realities

Israel’s propaganda machine would have it otherwise. It insists that the Palestinians, and the Arabs and Muslims throughout the world who support them, don’t really care about the occupation. Their goal, we are constantly told, is to destroy Israel itself. As proof, they insist that “the Palestinians have never recognised Israel’s right to statehood.”

This is the kind of thing that used to be called the “big lie.” The Palestinians have repeatedly recognised Israel’s right to statehood and security within the 1967 borders.

For those who have forgotten, that is what President Clinton, Prime Minister Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat agreed to on the White House lawn that day in 1993. Israel recognised Palestinian rights and the Palestinians recognised Israel. In the years since, neither side has threatened to revoke that recognition until last month when Netanyahu began saying that Oslo could be revoked if the Palestinians go to the United Nations.

But why?

The Palestinian turn to the United Nations offers the solution to virtually all of Israel’s problems. President Mahmoud Abbas says
that once Palestine is recognised by the international body, he will resume negotiations with Israel over all the issues that divide the two sides. The only difference will be that negotiations will be between two states, not one powerful state and one supplicant hoping a few crumbs fall off the table.

Netanyahu is terrified of a UN vote. He and his emissaries are going around the world demanding that the statehood resolution be
voted down. And the combined forces of Netanyahu and the lobby here have cajoled the Obama administration to join Netanyahu in demanding a “no” vote.

It is clear that Netanyahu wants to preserve the status quo, even if it means that Israel reverts to a position where every one of its neighbors is an actual or potential enemy, even if it means that its strategic relationship with Turkey is over, even if it means that it has no one in the region to help prevent war with Iran.

Wrong priorities

It sounds crazy, but only because it is. Netanyahu’s highest priority is to maintain the occupation. The settlers and the religious fanatics are his people; the Israelis of Tel Aviv and Haifa are not. It’s not that Israel’s security does not matter to Netanyahu. It does. But for him, Ariel and the crazed settlers of Hebron matter every bit as much as the state itself. To him, there is no difference. (On that score, Netanyahu is much like Palestinian extremists who view all of Israel as occupied territory. Netanyahu makes no distinctions either.)

Netanyahu is bringing Israel to the brink and no one is doing anything about it. Both the president and Congress go along with
Netanyahu because the lobby tells them that the only way to support Israel (and, in turn, be supported by its “friends”) is to approve of everything done by the Israeli prime minister. That is why the Palestinians have to go to the UN. They cannot expect anything from the United States or even the Europeans (who are being pressured heavily on Netanyahu’s behalf by the US).

The UN vote is expected to occur on September 20. It is too much to hope that America will do what it knows is the right thing and
vote “yes” or be an honest broker and abstain. The best we can hope for is that the United States and Israel are part of a very small minority voting “no.” That kind of vote will strengthen the Palestinians and perhaps frighten Netanyahu into negotiating in good faith.

But even if not, the UN will have stated that the Palestinians are people, too; people with rights, including the right to full
sovereignty in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. At that point, the writing will be on the wall. The occupation is ending, hopefully before Netanyahu does too much more damage … to Israel.

(english.aljazeera.net / 02.09.2011)

The Forgotten Palestinians – Book Review

By Khalil Nakhleh

(The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel. Ilan Pappe. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011)

No doubt, hundreds if not thousands of articles, reports and books have been written about the Palestinians in Israel, “the forgotten Palestinians”, in Arabic, English and Hebrew, during the last sixty some years.  To my knowledge, this is the first time a major, mainstream, US academic university press publishes a comprehensive and sympathetic narrative of the Palestinians in
Israel, with a focus on their evolving Palestinianhood, by a well respected anti-Zionist, Israeli Jewish historian.

Is this a notable change, where after sixty-three years of the destruction and decimation of their society and identity, and official insistence that they should be relegated to a hybrid, artificial, and rootless group of people,  dubbed as “Arabs in Israel”, or “non-Jewish minorities”, there is, seemingly, a Western academic cognizance and affirmation of their Palestinian genealogy and
identity? Basically, yes. In part, I believe, this has to do with the erudite scholarship and credible academic record of Ilan Pappe (the author of this book).  But, in large part, it has to do with the relentless and cumulative academic, intellectual and political challenge mounted, particularly over the last 20-30 years, by Palestinian intellectuals and activists citizens of Israel (1), which rendered dubious Israel’s historical and cultural claims, as they re-affirmed, simultaneously, in no uncertain terms, the Palestinian identity of this minority—their self-identity, and its historical and cultural connectivity to the larger Palestinian body.

This is an important book about the nearly 1.4 million “forgotten Palestinians” who are the remnants of the indigenous Palestinians who lived in the land of Palestine until it was decimated by the Zionist settler-colonial onslaught in 1947/1948, and who continue to live today within the artificially-created Jewish-Zionist state of Israel.

This is not a traditional book review.  It is an interactive reading of Ilan’s book, where I deliberated virtually with him about the overall subject, during my careful reading of the book, which I utilize now as a stepping stone.  However critical certain aspects of this reading may appear, it must be kept in mind that it’s coming from a friendly (not hostile) corner.  I focus here only on few aspects.

The Book and the Author

Ilan writes as an astute and knowledgeable observer, and as a sympathetic occasional participant in some of the developments he narrates. Thus his narrative of the evolving Palestinian identity in Israel over the past sixty some years, emerges considerate, sensitive, honest, and anti-Zionist, written in total solidarity with Palestinian dilemmas, and with deep understanding of these
dilemmas. Furthermore, it is a gentle narrative reflecting, in my view, Ilan’s personality, as I know it.

He focuses not only on official policies, but on the complexity of the daily life of the Palestinians, and how they struggle and manage to live it, in a hegemonic Jewish Zionist state that insists with recurring persistence on not seeing them.  By its nature, Ilan states, “this book aims to present a people’s history as far as possible and therefore the magnifying glass is cast more on
the Palestinians than on those who formulated and executed the policies towards them” (p.13).  At times, however, I felt an inadvertent inclination on Ilan’s part, to grant those “who formulated and executed the policies …”, i.e., the Israeli Jewish Zionist structure, and the ideology that propelled them into control (e.g., Zionism, p.266), an unnecessary charitable and humane
understanding.

Be this as it may, this is, nevertheless, a painful narrative of the evolution of my people’s persistent dispossession and unrelenting attempts at their exclusion and elimination.  And how they learned to survive under an oppressive system of control that always maneuvered to expel them from their homeland, or, temporarily, forcing them to co-exist as unequal under its hegemony.

At the same time, it is an Israeli Jew narrating painfully about the sins that his state and consecutive governments committed, and persist in committing, against the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants of the land.  In contrast, if I, as a Palestinian Arab member of that community, were to write such a narrative it would have emerged more furious and less tolerant narrative of the Jewish
Zionist majority that has been in direct oppressive control of my people for well over half a century!

The Oslo Accords and Their Impact

Ilan described correctly the impact of the Oslo Accords on the Palestinian minority in Israel in the following words:

“What emerged was not that the community was unique in comparison to other Palestinian groups but rather that it had a unique problem.  Zionism was the exceptional factor, not being a Palestinian in Palestine, or what used to be Palestine.  The strong affirmation of the connection to the country and not to the state was the end product of a long internal Palestinian analysis of the
predicament, crisis and nature of the community, which was followed by a prognosis and a kind of action plan for how to deal with the crisis being a national indigenous minority within the Jewish state. … [T]he community went from a very hopeful and assertive period, 1995 to 2000, into a very precarious and dangerous existential period after 2000 and until today … (pp.195-196;
emphasis added).”

I assert, however, that the concerns of the “forgotten Palestinians” in terms of the “predicament” and the identity of the community, as “a national indigenous minority within the Jewish state”, started being driven home with the events culminating in the eruption of “Land Day” in 1976.  Clearly, those concerns were not formulated with the same clarity then, as it became post the
“2000 earthquake” (P.229 ff).  Nevertheless, although the book presents a fairly detailed discussion of the circumstances leading to “Land Day”, the connection was not made as strongly, or as organically, as it should have been made with what has been termed “hubbet October” in 2000, and all the evolving events following that.  I would have liked to see a deeper analysis about this
connection.

If my claim is valid, and since I can say with certainty that Ilan recognizes this connection between the mid-seventies and today, why then was more focus placed on the “2000 earthquake”? Largely, I believe, it’s an issue of the availability of public and academically credible analyses and articulation of these concerns and predicaments post 2000, which were made available in English and Hebrew, primarily.  The emergence of a substantial group of political and educated elites among the Palestinians in Israel over the last thirty some years made this feasible.

Although I agree with the generalization that:

“The political and educated elites of the Palestinians in Israel lost all beliefs in ‘coexistence’, liberal Zionist discourse or a future of change within the present parameters of the Jewish state (p.240).”

I maintain that this was abundantly and inherently felt in the aftermath of the savage Zionist attack on the indigenous lands in Galilee by official “security” apparatuses of the Jewish state, twenty-five years earlier, although not publically articulated in academic language.  It was very clear then that “[t]he police legitimized in its own eyes and in the eyes of the public the
killing of demonstrators [Palestinian citizens] as part of its response” (p. 239).  Furthermore, it was very obvious, then, “the full support the Israeli media gave the police and the lack of any sympathy or solidarity with the victims and their families” (p. 239).

In addition to the issue of the availability of ‘public articulation’, mentioned above, there is the concomitant rise of academic, activists, human rights defenders, etc, NGOs that were allowed legally to register following the Madrid Peace Conference in the early nineties, and which were responsible, largely, for the ‘public articulation’ literature.  These NGOs became legitimate
funding targets by transnational funding agencies, including NGOs, governments, corporate companies, etc.  This phenomenon, in itself, begs deeper analysis, which, I maintain, it did not receive in this book, and when it did (e.g., p. 217 ff), the analysis was very accommodating and uncritical.

The ‘Vision Documents’

I agree with Ilan that the ‘Vision Documents’, which were produced over a period of 3-4 years at the beginning of the twenty-first century, by the Palestinian political and intellectual elite in Israel, were ground breaking documents, and that “the Palestinian community had taken the initiative itself and adopted the language of the indigenous people versus the settler state” (p. 254). I maintain, however, that the Palestinian community in Israel was positing in these documents a more fundamental position, in which they were reaffirming their Palestinianhood and rejecting Zionist hegemony over their land and lives, with some degree of variance from one document to another.(2)   This explains why these documents were declared by the entire spectrum of Israeli public opinion as “a statement of war” (p. 253).

Conclusions of the Book

It is extremely important to refocus our attention, strategically, to the core and important conclusions of the book.  In the concluding chapter—the Epilogue, under the title “the Oppressive State”, Ilan stressed that:

1. [T]he worst aspect of the minority’s existence is that its daily and future fate is in the hands of the Israel secret-service apparatuses (P.265);
2. It seems that in the last few years … the Jewish state has given up on the charade of democracy … and … has escalated its oppression of the minority in an unprecedented manner (P.266);
3. [W]e expect either escalating state violence against the Palestinians, wherever they are, or further oppressive legislation (P. 274; emphasis added);
4. [T]he history of this community, despite the endless Israeli efforts to fragment the Palestinian people and existence, was still an organic part of the history of the Palestinian people (P. 200; emphasis added).

A note that can never be final …

My conclusion from the above is crystal clear: the lesson that we should learn is to actively resist all attempts by the enemies of the Palestinian people, including the current Palestinian ruling elite structure, to fragment the Palestinian people and existence, and to re-institute and revive our struggle for a FREE, JUST, EQUAL, and DEMOCRATIC Homeland.

All Palestinians must read this book.  All Jews—Zionists and anti-Zionists alike, who express concern about justice and human rights for the Palestinians, must read this book.

– Dr. Khalil Nakhleh, a Palestinian anthropologist, independent researcher and writer, who for the last three decades has sought to generate People-Centered Liberationist Development in Palestine. He is working on a book, Development Ltd: The Role of Capital in Impeding People-Centered Liberationist Development, expected to be ready for publication in 2011. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. Contact him at: abusama@palnet.com.

Notes:

(1) A cursory look at the “bibliography” section provides ample support to this statement, keeping in mind, however, that numerous sources are omitted here, as well as all the relevant sources in Arabic.
(2) Please refer to my book, The Future of the Palestinian Minority in Israel, Ramallah: MADAR, the Palestinian Center for Israeli Studies , 2008, (Arabic).

(palestinechronicle.com / 02.09.2011)

ICCO negeert Uri rosenthal en zet omstreden beleid voort!

De gesubsidieerde ontwikkelingshulpclub ICCO is niet van plan haar beleid te wijzigen, ondanks een oproep daartoe van minister Uri Rosenthal (Buitenlandse Zaken). De VVD’er had donderdag een ‘pittig gesprek’ met de organisatie.

Rosenthal wil dat ICCO stopt met haar anti-Israëlische acties

* Minister Rosenthal heeft genoeg van ‘Israël-bashing’

* Rosenthal boos over geldsteun ICCO aan anti-Israëlclub

Rosenthal is boos dat de interkerkelijke hulporganisatie financiële steun geeft aan de anti-Israëlische website Electronic Intifada, die oproept tot een boycot van de Joodse staat.

Volgens de minister is dit in strijd met het regeringsbeleid, aangezien het kabinet-Rutte juist wil investeren in de band met Israël.

Subsidie

ICCO stelt dat het internationaal recht de belangrijkste leidraad is voor haar werk en dat ze daarom niet van plan is de steun stop te zetten.

De hulporganisatie ontvangt jaarlijks 75 miljoen euro subsidie, maar stelt dat het geld voor de anti-Israëlische website uit particuliere donaties komt en dus niet door de overheid wordt betaald.

Rosenthal noemt dit een ‘vestzak-broekzak-redenering’. Kritisch zijn mag, maar ‘rechtstreeks tegenwerken niet’, aldus de VVD-minister in een verklaring.

Muur

ICCO voelt zich gesteund door het Internationaal Gerechtshof in Den Haag, dat in 2004 oordeelde dat de door Israël gebouwde muur rond Palestijns grondgebied illegaal is, net als de bouw van nederzettingen.

Toen de Verenigde Naties deze uitspraak bevestigden, heeft Nederland daar vóór gestemd, aldus ICCO.

Uri Rosenthal waar ligt jouw prioriteit? In Israel of Nederland? en lever dat Israelische paspoort maar gauw in,volgens mij mag dit niet van je vriendje Wilders!

(Facebook / J. Jansen / 02.09.2011)