Tuesday, 12 December 2017

جبران باسيل وزير خارجية العرب



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ديسمبر 11, 2017

– «عندما يحمل لبنان رسالة السلام مبنيّاً على العدل، إنّما يقوم بدور طبيعي. وعندما يدافع عن شعب فلسطين، فإنّه يضيف إلى بلاغة الكلام، من طريقة عيشه وتصرّفه، ما هو أبلغ من الكلام. وكما أنّ للحقّ والعدالة منطقاً، فللحكمة منطقها أيضاً.

– فلنستمع إليها تؤكّد أنّ العنف قصير الأجل، عاجز عن تأمين سلمٍ صحيح دائم، عقيم إذا تصدّى لحقوق الشعوب الأساسية، كما هي الحال بالنسبة إلى شعب فلسطين، «أضعف من أن ينال من عزم الفلسطينيين على المقاومة داخل الأراضي المحتلّة أو من تصميم على مواصلة الضغط من الخارج من أجل التحرّر. تلك هي سنّة التاريخ في حركات المقاومة والتحرير».

– من كلمة الرئيس الراحل سليمان فرنجية أمام الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة 14/11/1974.

– تصحّ هذه الكلمات التي استعملها الرئيس اللبناني الراحل سليمان فرنجية قبل نصف قرن تقريباً من منبر الأمم المتحدة لتوصيف موقع لبنان ودوره من القضية الفلسطينية وموقع هذه القضية في صناعة الاستقرار في العالم، للتعليق على الكلمة التي ألقاها وزير خارجية لبنان جبران باسيل في اجتماع وزراء الخارجية العرب المخصّص لمناقشة القرار الأميركي باعتماد القدس عاصمة لـ «إسرائيل».

– أضاف باسيل لشرعة المقاومة التي بشّر بها الرئيس فرنجية تجربة المقاومة التي شيّد لبنان بنيانها ورفعها إلى مستوى لاهوت التحرير وقانون الردع، وخاطب الوزراء العرب بما افترض الرئيس فرنجية أنه يخاطب العالم به نيابة عن العرب كلّهم، ليجد باسيل أنه يتلو مزامير داود على من بهم صممٌ، مكتفياً بالتحدث للتاريخ الذي ترك له الرئيس فرنجية الحكم الأخير، لينالا معاً شرف التحدث بالنيابة عن الحق وبلسان الشعوب التي لا تكلّ ولا تملّ من المقاومة عندما يتخاذل الحكام، كما في لبنان، كما في فلسطين، كما في كلّ مكان، والعنف والجبروت والعنجهية، تعبيرات عن قصر نظر عندما يتصل الأمر بقضايا الشعوب وحقوقها الأساسية، «حيث العنف قصير الأجل وأضعف من أن ينال من عزم الشعوب على المقاومة».

– «نحن هنا، لأنّ عروبتنا لا تتنازل عن القدس، ونحن في لبنان لا نتهرّب من قدرنا في المواجهة والمقاومة حتى الشهادة»، قال لهم باسيل، وأضاف «نحن من هوية القدس، كرامتنا لا تُمَسّ وهويتنا لا تُخطَف، بل تعود لتتحرّر فتنطلق من لبنانيتها إلى مشرقيتها إلى عروبتها. نحن هنا لنستعيد عروبتنا الضالة ما بين سنة وشيعة، والمهدورة بين شرق وغرب، والمتلهية بصراع عربي – فارسي، والمدفوعة وهماً الى تخويف إسلامي – مسيحي متبادل». وختم قائلاً، «لم نأت الى هنا لرفع اليدين لبيان رفع العتب، فتعالوا ننتفض لعزتنا ونتجنّب لعنة التاريخ وأسئلة أحفادنا عن تخاذلنا، لأنّ الانتفاضة وحدها تحفظ ماء وجهنا وتُعيد حقوقنا، فإما أن نتحرّك الآن، وإلا على القدس السلام… ولا سلام».

– استحقّ باسيل بجدارة أن يكون وزير خارجية العرب الذين لا وزراء خارجية لهم، وصرختُه لم تذهب هباء، ولا تبدّدت في الهواء، فقد وصلت إلى حيث يجب أن تصل، سمعها شعبُ فلسطين، وسائر العرب، وسمعها المحتلُّ الغاصب ومَنْ منحه تفويض التقويض والتهويد في القدس، فمن يجب أن يُصيبهم الذعر من القرار الأميركي لا زالت قلوبهم نابضة بالحرية وأصواتهم تنبض بالرجولة، ومَنْ يجب أن ينجحوا بالتعمية والتغطية والتورية فضحهم صدق الكلمات النابعة من الحق، وكما في العلاقة بين النور والظلمة، يكفي بعض النور لتبديد كلّ الظلمة ولا تكفي الظلمة كلّها للتعمية على نور شمعة منفردة، فكانت كلمة باسيل هي المؤتمر وكان هو الوزير، ولا حاجة لوزراء وكلمات، فما يجب أن يُقال قد قيل، ومَنْ يجب أن يسمع فقد سمع.

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Frightening thought, there may be as many as 95,000,000 “Christian” Zionist voters in the USA

The U.S. evangelical community is in raptures over Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, believing it moves the world closer to Armageddon

ed note–doubtless what we are about to say here will result in the typical reflexive, autonomic, reactionary, and ill-considered campaign of screeching from all the usual corners, but we’ll do it anyway.

By declaring Jerusalem to be the ‘capital’ of Israel, Trump has just touched the J-Spot–that religious erogenous zone existing only with Jews and with their Christian Zionist lickspittle lackeys–of as many as 95,000,000 voters in America.

Let me spell that out for you again–95 MILLION VOTERS.

For purposes related to Trump’s domestic agenda, these people represent a veritable army of activists who can now be counted on to march in exactly the manner as needed by their CiC who–in their eyes–is a foreshadowing of the return of the Messiah. That means if he needs them to engage in the kind of hive-activities that we see take place on a regular basis with Judea Inc, where busy little bees are activated into flooding comments sections of websites and blogs, calling representatives and chewing them a you-know-what for whatever position they maintain (such as the witch hunt presently against the President taking place) or even–drum role please–organizing boycotts of certain products in the interests of hitting Hollywood and the JMSM where it hurts, they have now had their batteries charged, their guns locked and loaded and are ready to go.

I/we understand the ‘rage on the street’ within the Muslim community, and–lest we forget–the Christian community as well. We are not endorsing what Trump has done, merely giving a perspective to it that rises a wee bit higher than the typical noise coming out of ‘duh muuvmnt’ at any given moment that goes no further than ‘TRUMP DID THIS ‘CUZ HE IS OWNED BY DUH JOOZ’.

If only politics were as simple as some people imagine them being, where EVERYTHING can be explained with that one sentence comprising 10 words, well, just as that old song sung by Louis Armstrong went, ‘what a wonderful world…’

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz

Anyone wondering what the true impetus was behind U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Wednesday to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital needed only to view the image of the president when he made the formal announcement.

Glittering Christmas decorations festooned across the White House hallway enveloped Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence deliberately – if a bit awkwardly – placed directly behind the president’s shoulder, ensuring that no camera angle could leave him out of the picture.

It all felt carefully staged to send a strong message to Christian evangelical voters and their leaders that this is their victory and Trump is their man.

Trump showed he is behind the evangelical agenda not only when it comes to enacting domestic agenda – like opposing abortion, appointing conservative judges or saying “Merry Christmas” – but on foreign policy issues close to their heart as well.

It was surely no coincidence that the dramatic declaration took place in the final days of a crucial Senate special election campaign, taking place in Alabama next Tuesday, in which embattled Republican Roy Moore is fighting with the backing of former Trump adviser and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon. Getting religious, right-wing voters to the polls, despite the swirling controversy regarding Moore’s alleged past relationships with young girls, is viewed as crucial to a GOP victory.

The announcement also took place just before Pence is set to visit Israel for three days, from December 17-19. This guarantees enhanced media coverage for the Pence trip, where he will certainly be greeted as a conquering hero – pleasing evangelicals even more.

While much has been made of the influence of Jewish megadonor Sheldon Adelson in Trump’s move, and his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner’s words of support – flouting the conventional wisdom that he would be dismayed that it would derail his 11-month attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks – the approbation from Israel and pro-Trump American Jews seems to be a happy bonus to the main objective.

Trump is showing love to Israel because evangelical voters form the crucial linchpin in his relatively small but solid support base. Evangelical voters threw their support behind Trump in 2016 at a higher rate than any previous presidential candidate – giving him 81 percent of their vote, even more than they gave to fellow evangelical George W. Bush.

It was these Christian evangelicals – and Pence, an evangelical himself and a prominent touchstone of their influence in the Trump administration – that were clearly the driving force behind the Jerusalem declaration.

Furthermore, the fact the evangelical community’s desire to see Jerusalem being irrevocably in Israeli hands is based on religious beliefs rather than practical political concerns means that any fear of the anticipated violent reaction from Palestinians and the Arab world was easily dismissed as irrelevant by Trump and the decision-makers around him.

This early Christmas gift to evangelicals was consistent with the Trump administration, which has been the most evangelical-friendly White House in U.S. history, with an unprecedented number of card-carrying members of the religious right filling cabinet positions. Indeed, a weekly Bible studies meeting is held, with Pence reportedly among those in attendance.

Also close to Trump: Jay Sekulow – one of the attorneys defending him in the Russia probe – a messianic Jew with a high profile in the Christian evangelical community.

And Johnnie Moore, considered the de facto leader of Trump’s evangelical advisers, told CNN that the status of Jerusalem has been a top priority for the community, and that the issue was “second only to concerns about the judiciary among the president’s core evangelical supporters.”

By making this move, Trump had “demonstrated to his evangelical supporters that he will do what he says he will do,” Moore added.

On Wednesday, the far-right Christian evangelical website Charisma News was overflowing with praise from evangelical leaders for the Jerusalem announcement.

“Evangelicals are ecstatic, for Israel is to us a sacred place and the Jewish people are our dearest friends,” Pastor Paula White told Charisma. “The Jewish people have dedicated themselves to Jerusalem over millennia, taken pride in it, defended it with blood and treasure, and today we rejoice with them.”

White delivered the invocation at Trump’s inauguration last January and participated in a high-profile “laying on of hands” during Trump’s presidential campaign, in which 40 evangelical leaders and televangelists prayed for his success.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, an evangelical leader (and father of Trump’s White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders) has for years prominently lobbied for the U.S. Embassy to be moved to Jerusalem. He also hailed the move on Trump’s favorite television network, and dismissed concerns that it could spark violence.

Theological dog-whistle

‘In order to truly understand the centrality of this theological dog-whistle to Trump’s evangelical base, you must take their religious beliefs seriously,’ argued progressive Christian commentator and pundit Diana Butler Bass, in a widely circulated thread on Twitter. Bass said the Jerusalem issue was so important to evangelicals because it is necessary to regain Judeo-Christian control of the Temple Mount.

This is vital, she explained, because rebuilding the Temple would initiate the “end-time” laid out in the Book of Revelations. End-time is a fundamentalist Christian belief in a prophecy that the living and the resurrected will one day be delivered from the Earth by God, their bodies transformed and protected in heaven, as he pours out his wrath on the sinners left behind.

Butler Bass asserted that ‘of all the possible theological dog-whistles to his evangelical base, the Jerusalem declaration is the biggest.’ Trump is reminding them that he is carrying out God’s will to these Last Days. ‘They’ve been waiting for this, praying for this,’ she wrote. ‘They want war in the Middle East. The Battle of Armageddon, at which time Jesus Christ will return to the Earth and vanquish all God’s enemies. For certain evangelicals, this is the climax of history. And Trump is taking them there. To the promised judgment, to their sure victory. The righteous will be ushered to heaven; the reprobate will be banished to hellfire.’

To these true believers, she added, the Jerusalem announcement is ‘the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Donald Trump is not only acting on a campaign promise, but enacting a theological one. They believe that Donald Trump is God’s instrument to move us closer to the Rapture, the Judgment, and the End. Because to them that’s actually the beginning – the beginning of their reward and heavenly bliss.’

As a result, she explained, the issue of whether the Jerusalem move is a provocation that could harm the cause of peace is meaningless, since ‘peace in this world doesn’t matter.’

To nonbelievers, including mainstream Christians for whom this sounds far-fetched, she argued that it is actively preached in churches nationwide and that ‘millions of American Christians believe this and have based their faith and identity on it.’

In fact, evangelical cleric John Hagee’s reaction to the Jerusalem announcement bore out Butler Bass’s argument.

Speaking on CBN News’ “Faith Nation” show, Hagee said that ‘Christians should care about Israel because the entirety of the Bible beginning at Genesis all the way to the end is God’s position paper on the Jewish people.’

‘Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, recorded in the book of Genesis, that He was going to give them a strip of real estate in the Middle East, and that piece of real estate would be theirs forever. Forever means today, tomorrow and forever,’ he said.

He added a direct allusion to end-time, noting, ‘I believe at this point in time, Israel is God’s stopwatch for everything that happens to every nation, including America, from now until the Rapture of the church and beyond.’

The ‘Rapture of the church’ describes an event that fundamentalist Christians believe will happen in end-time, referring to the “snatching away” of the righteous to heaven.

Given the wall-to-wall support for the Jerusalem declaration in the evangelical community, it is interesting to note that a recent survey of 2,000 American evangelical Christians found that older evangelicals offered far more unconditional support to Israel than millennials.

The survey, commissioned by the Chosen People Ministries, found that 80 percent of those over 65 believe the Jewish people have a right to the Land of Israel, compared with 61 percent of those under 35. It was issued with a dire warning that “overall support of evangelicals for Israel will drop significantly in the next decade if the younger generation is not educated now about its biblical importance.”

Maybe, but if the events of the past few days are an indication, evangelical Christian support of Jewish sovereignty in Israel is strong: Strong enough to move the hand of the president it helped put into office and whom the president needs to keep him there.


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Oh no, they must be distraught. CIA ‘mistakenly’ destroys copy of 6,700-page US torture report

CIA ‘mistakenly’ destroys copy of 6,700-page US torture report
Source: crunchs mag
The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.
The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.
One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee. (Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
The 6,700-page report contains thousands of secret files about the CIA’s use of “enhanced” interrogation methods, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other aggressive interrogation techniques at “black site” prisons overseas.
The full version of the report remains classified, but a 500-page executive summary was released to the public in 2014.
Christoper R. Sharpley, the CIA’s acting inspector general (CIA IG), alerted the Senate intelligence panel that his office’s copy of the report had vanished in August.
And Senator Dianne Feinstein, the driving force behind the 2014 report, sent letters to the CIA and Justice Department confirming the spy agency’s inspector general “has misplaced and/or accidentally destroyed” its copy of the report.
Douglas Cox, a City University of New York School of Law professor who specialises in tracking the preservation of federal records told Yahoo News: “It’s breathtaking that this could have happened, especially in the inspector general’s office – they’re the ones that are supposed to be providing accountability within the agency itself.”
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (Getty Images)
“It makes you wonder what was going on over there?”
Another copy of the report exists elsewhere within the CIA, which is waiting for the conclusion of a years-long legal battle over the document.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr opposed the publication of the report in 2014. Since taking power he has attempted to recover copies of the report that were distributed throughout the Obama administration.

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Pentagon increases their illegal troop levels in Syria to “stabilize area”. What a joke!!!

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The US military has increased the number of troops in Syria from 500 to 2,000, the Pentagon says, adding that the “conditions-based” military presence is justified by the need to “stabilize” liberated areas.
The Pentagon has officially announced that there are now 2,000 troops in Syria – a fourfold increase from the previous figures given. “The United States will continue necessary counterterrorism and stabilization effort,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning said.
“The United States will sustain a conditions-based military presence in Syria to combat the threat of insurgent-led insurgency, prevent the resurgence of ISIS and to stabilize liberated areas.”
Manning claimed that the Iraqi Army and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have liberated about 97 percent “of the people and land” previously controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq and Syria respectively. He said the campaign to defeat IS is now in a new phase in these countries.
Coalition forces are still needed in the two countries, Manning said, adding that they will now focus on “train, advise and assist” missions. “As the terrorist group continues to lose territory, important work remains to ensure its lasting defeat.”
The US military has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the number of troops and “military advisers” it has fighting alongside anti-government rebel forces. Under the Obama administration, the Pentagon routinely announced foreign troop deployments, but the Trump administration stopped disclosing such information regarding Operation Inherent Resolve. The policy was reversed in the spring of 2017 in order to maintain the “element of surprise” against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq.
Damascus views the US military engagement in Syria as illegitimate, as there was no official request for intervention from the government. Early in November, Syrian leader Bashar Assad said his government will deal with any “illegal invader force.” He added that the war in Syria will continue until there is a full “recovery of security and stability to all Syrian lands.”
Washington insists its military presence in Syria is lawful and justified by UN mandate. In mid-November, US Defense Secretary James Mattis claimed the United Nations sanctioned the US presence in Syria.
“You know, the UN said that… basically we can go after ISIS. And we’re there to take them out,” Mattis said. Moscow responded by saying the UN cannot greenlight a foreign invasion of Syria, as it is contrary to international law.
Media reports indicate that the US is not planning to leave any time soon. According to the Washington Post, the US wants to keep troops in Syria long after Islamic State is defeated to help the Western-backed SDF establish “new local governance” structures in order to prevent complete victory by the Syrian government and its ally, Iran.

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From Barak to Trump: Arrogance, ignorance and phony “peace” plans

Ehud Barak and Donald Trump
By Uri Avnery
Ehud Barak has “broken the silence”. He has published an article in The New York Times attacking Binyamin Netanyahu, our prime minister, in the most abrasive terms. In other words, he has done exactly the same as the group of ex-soldiers who call themselves Breaking the Silence, who are accused of washing our dirty linen abroad. They expose war crimes to which they have been witnesses, or even participants.
But apart from the attack on Netanyahu, Barak has used the article to publish his “peace plan”. A former chief-of-staff of the Israeli army and a former prime minister, Barak is obviously planning a comeback, and his peace plan is part of the effort. There seems to be, anyhow, open season for “peace plans” in our region.
I respect the intelligence of Barak. Many years ago, when he was still the deputy chief of staff, he unexpectedly invited me for a talk. We discussed the military history of the 17th century (military history is an old hobby of mine) and I soon realised that he was a real expert. I enjoyed it very much.
On a spring evening in May 1999, I was part of a huge, jubilant crowd in Tel-Aviv’s Rabin Square after Barak had won the Knesset elections and become prime minister. He promised us “the dawn of a new day”. In particular, he promised to make peace with the Palestinians.
Intellectually, Barak is superior to all other politicians on the Israeli scene. Soon enough it appeared that this may be a handicap.
Intelligent people tend to be arrogant. They despise people of lesser mental powers. Knowing that he had all the answers, Barak demanded that President Bill Clinton call a meeting with Yasser Arafat.
On the morrow I spoke with Arafat and found him deeply worried. Nothing has been prepared, no prior exchange of views, nothing. He did not want to go to the meeting which he thought was bound to fail, but could not refuse an invitation from the president of the US.
The result was catastrophe. Barak, sure of himself as usual, presented his peace plan. It was more accommodating than any prior Israeli plan, but still fell far short of the Palestinians’ minimum. The meeting broke up.
What does a diplomat do in such circumstances? He announces that “we had a fruitful exchange of views. We have not yet reached total agreement, but the negotiations will go on, and there will be more meetings, until we reach agreement.”
Barak did not say that. Neither did he say: “Sorry, I am totally ignorant of the Palestinian point of view, and I shall now study it seriously.”
So, here comes Barak, the new Barak, with a brand-new peace plan. What does he say? The aim, he writes, is “separation” from the Palestinians. Not peace, not cooperation, just separation. Get rid of them.
Instead, Barak came home and announced that Israel had proposed the most generous terms ever, that the Palestinians had rejected everything, that the Palestinians want to throw us into the sea, that we have “no partner for peace”.
If this had been declared by a right-wing politician, everybody would have shrugged. But coming from the leader of the peace camp, it was devastating. Its effects can be felt to this very day.
So, here comes Barak, the new Barak, with a brand-new peace plan. What does he say? The aim, he writes, is “separation” from the Palestinians. Not peace, not cooperation, just separation. Get rid of them. “Peace” is not popular just now.
How separation? Israel will annex the new Jewish neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem and the “settlement blocs” – the clusters of Jewish settlements beyond the Green Line but close to it. He agrees to “land swaps”. And then comes the killer: “Overall security responsibility in the West Bank will remain in the hands of the Israel Defence Forces as long as necessary.”
And the sad conclusion: “Even if it is not possible to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at this stage – and it probably is not…”
If there is one Palestinian who would accept these terms, I shall be surprised. But Barak, then and now, does not care for the views and feelings of the Palestinians. Just like Netanyahu, who at least has the decency not to propose a “Peace Plan”. Unlike Trump.
Donald Trump is not a genius like Barak, but he also has a “peace plan”.
A group of right-wing Jews, including his son-in-law (also no genius, he) have been working on this for months. He has proposed it to Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s successor, to the new Saudi Crown Prince and other Arab princes. It seems to provide for a Palestinian state composed of several small isolated enclaves on the West Bank, without Jerusalem and without an army.
This is sheer lunacy. Not one single Palestinian and not one single other Arab would accept this. Worse, anyone proposing such a caricature of a state betrays utter ignorance.
Palestinians, and Arabs at large, do have deep feelings and convictions. They are a proud people… To be treated like dirt by the US president and his Jewish entourage hurts them deeply, and may lead to a disturbance in our region that no Arab prince, hired by the USA, will be able to control.
That’s where the real problem lies: it is much worse than just not knowing. It demonstrates abysmal contempt for the Palestinians and for Arabs in general, a basic belief that their feelings, if any, don’t matter at all. This is a remnant of colonial times.
Palestinians, and Arabs at large, do have deep feelings and convictions. They are a proud people. They still remember the times when Muslims were incomparably more advanced than the barbarian Europeans. To be treated like dirt by the US president and his Jewish entourage hurts them deeply, and may lead to a disturbance in our region that no Arab prince, hired by the USA, will be able to control.
This especially concerns Jerusalem. For Muslims, this is not just a town. It is their third holiest place, the spot from where the Prophet – peace be upon him – ascended to heaven. For a Muslim to give up Jerusalem is inconceivable.
The latest decisions of Trump concerning Jerusalem are – to put it mildly – idiotic. Arabs are furious, Israelis don’t really care, America’s Arab stooges, princes and all, are deeply worried. If disturbances erupt, they may well be swept away.
And what for? For one evening’s headline?
There is no subject in our region, and perhaps in the world – that is more delicate. Jerusalem is holy to three world religions, and one cannot argue with holiness.
In the past I have devoted much thought to this subject. I love Jerusalem (contrary to the founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, who was disgusted by it and left it in a hurry after one single night). The early Zionists disliked the city as a symbol of all that is wrong and foul in Judaism.
Some 20 years ago I composed a manifesto, together with my late friend, Faisal al-Husseini, the leader of Jerusalem’s Arabs and the scion of its most noble family. Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians signed it.
Its title was “Our Jerusalem.” It started with the words: “Jerusalem is ours, Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims, Christians and Jews.”
It went on:
Our Jerusalem is a mosaic of all the cultures, all the religions and all the periods that enriched the city, from earliest antiquity to this very day – Canaanites and Jebusites and Israelites, Jews and Hellenes, Romans and Byzantines, Christians and Muslims, Arabs and Mamelukes, Othmanlis and Britons, Palestinians and Israelis.
Our Jerusalem must be united, open to all, and belonging to all its inhabitants, without borders and barbed wire in its midst.
And the practical conclusion:
Our Jerusalem must be the capital of the two states that will live side by side in this country – West Jerusalem the capital of the state of Israel and East Jerusalem the capital of the state of Palestine.
I wish I could nail this manifesto to the doors of the White House.

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How Many Palestinians Will the Trump-armed IDF Kill or Injure Today: 20, 200, 2,000?

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), during 2014 alone, Israeli forces killed 2,300 Palestinians. 17,000 were injured and 500,000 displaced.
  • During the 1948 war after the Partition of Palestine, 11,047 were reportedly killed by Israel.
  • In the 1975 and 1982 wars against Lebanon, the IDF killed over 20,000.
  • During the First Palestinian Intifada 1987- 1991 against Israeli occupation, the IDF killed over 2,000.
  • During the Second Palestinian Intifada 2000 – 2005 against Israeli occupation, the IDF killed 4,791.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, in Gaza, the IDF killed 195.
  • In 2009 IDF killed 1,418, including the documented deaths of hundreds of unarmed women and children
The total figure of Palestinian and Lebanese indigenous people killed, including women and children, is accepted to be in the region of between 40-50,000, the vast majority being non-combatant civilians.  Some of the figures quoted cannot be verified to be 100% accurate but are probably an under-estimate.
The total of those injured certainly runs into tens of thousands and those displaced into hundreds of thousands.  These horrific casualty and displacement figures have been caused by the US-armed IDF in order to continue the illegal occupation of Palestine.
The vast majority of the IDF Army of Occupation, from 1948 onwards, has been comprised of immigrant Israelis from Russia, Eastern Europe, America, Yemen and other foreign states. This was the Occupation Force that took the lives of indigenous peoples who were, and still are, fighting for the lands they have lived in continuously for over a thousand years, against the armed forces of an immigrant minority armed and funded by American Zionists to the tune of billions of dollars each year in order to subjugate the long-established Christian and Muslim majority Arab population. 
By any yardstick, it is a crime against humanity- a crime that is still today being openly perpetrated by a US-armed occupier against an unarmed indigenous population and in contempt of UN Resolutions, whilst Britain and Europe stay silent.
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NAHIDA Decleration: Hey Mr Trump

Sister Nahida
Where is “Brother” Obama -The God Father of Brotherhood’s SPRING)?
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Nahida Declaration

I Nahida -exiled Palestinian since over fifty years, declare:
Washington to be the Eternal Capital of “israel”
USA to be the Promised Land for the Jewish people
President Bush, accompanied by Chabad Rabbis, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2008, after signing the Honor of Education and Sharing Day Proclamation. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Can you imagine if someone said "jews aren't wanted here". Why do we let them get away with it?

‘They Aren’t Wanted Here’: Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Boycott of Arabs

Sputnik – 10.12.2017
According to the Israeli defense minister, residents of the Jewish state’s area populated mostly by Arabs “have no connection with this country.”
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that the Arabs residing in the Wadi Ara region “do not belong” to the Jewish state and called for a boycott.
They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us,” the minister told the Army Radio.
Commenting on Saturday’s protests in the region over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s capital, Lieberman said that Wadi Ara residents “have no connection with this country,” adding that the riots are “intolerable.”
“So I am calling for a boycott of Wadi Ara. Don’t go there and don’t buy there. They need to understand that it is impossible to demonstrate with Hezbollah flags, Palestinian flags and pictures of [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah. To accept billions from the National Insurance [Institute] and to also destroy us from within,” he said.
Echoing Lieberman’s statement, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has stated that “Israeli Arabs should not test our patience.”
The statements referred to protests along Route 65, when demonstrators threw rocks at car and a bus, injuring three, while about 200 people blocked the main highway in the Wadi Ara, an area in Israel populated mainly by Arab citizens of Israel.
United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov, on screen, addresses the Security Council, from Jerusalem, at United Nations headquarters, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
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Saturday also saw protests in eastern Jerusalem, Bethlehem and areas on the Israeli-Palestinian border, with at least 140 Palestinians being injuredin clashes with Israeli police, according to the Red Crescent.The protests followed the so-called “day of rage” mass rallies on Friday that have resulted in two deaths and injured over 1,000 others.
Following Trump’s controversial announcement generally criticized by the international community, a number of protests were held in Muslim countries that have slammed the move as destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.
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Sayyed Nasrallah on Behalf of Resistance Axis: Palestine our Core Priority, 3rd Intifada A Must


Sayyed Nasrallah on Behalf of Resistance Axis: Palestine our Core Priority, 3rd Intifada A Must

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Nasrallah delivered on Monday a speech in which he called the Palestinian people to launch a new Intifada in face of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Occupied Al-Quds as a capital of the “Israeli” apartheid entity.
Addressing the mass rally that flocked into Dahyieh’s [Southern Suburbs] streets in solidarity with the Palestinian people and Al-Quds, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the “most honorable and loyal people to the Resistance and its road.”
“Peace Be upon you, O the most honorable and loyal people,” His Eminence said noting that this crowd renewed the pledge of the oppressed: “I won’t abandon you O Imam Hussein.”
He further stated: “In face of this blatant US-Zionist aggression against Al-Quds, the holy sites and the nation, we reiterate our stance and commitment until victory or martyrdom.”
Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed and saluted the Palestinian people in Gaza, West Bank, Al-Quds and entire 1948 lands as they rushed to face Trump’s declaration of Al-Quds as the capital of the “Israeli” entity.
“The steadfast and defiant Palestinian people today faces with their chests, stones and knives, this aggression to defend Al-Quds and the sanctities of the whole nation,” he said.
His Eminence went on to say: “We must appreciate the historic stances of all Islamic religious authorities, Sunni and Shiite, as well as various Christian religious authorities, especially in the Arab region.”
“We must appreciate the historic stances of all Muslim and Christian spiritual leaders, from Najaf to Iran to al-Azhar and the various Christian leaders, and we must also appreciate all forms of popular protests,” Sayyed Nasrallah added, pointing out that “the protests today are of high great of importance in the context of the confrontation with the “Israeli” enemy.”
To the protesters all over the globe, His Eminence stressed that they “must realize the value of their presence on the streets and on social media, because they were betting that you have abandoned and grown tired of Palestine.”
Recalling the slogan of ‘Death to America’, Hezbollah Secretary General urged the whole nation to confront the American scheme noting that “the responsibility does not fall solely on the Palestinian people.”
“Arab and Islamic governments must immunize the stances of the European nations that have rejected Trump’s decision,” he emphasized.
According to His Eminence, “Trump believed that after his decision, all the world stand in line to follow suit, but all reactions from across the world, including Europeans, Asian and American countries were the opposite of what he expected.”
However, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “Trump appeared to be alone in his decision, with “Israel” only at his side.”
Commenting on the recent visit of a Bahraini delegation to the “Israeli” apartheid entity, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that “this delegation doesn’t represent the Bahraini people. However, it represented the oppressive regime of Al-Khalifa and had nothing to do with the Bahraini people and their scholars.”
His Eminence further thanked the Yemeni as well as great stance taken by the Lebanese government in response to Trump’s decision.
“To the people of al-Quds and Palestine, beat any delegation that comes to normalize ties with “Israel” with slippers and stone it because they do not represent their people,” he said.
Hailing all Palestinians in diaspora, Sayyed Nasrallah praised their commitment to their right to return to Palestine.
“I salute the people of Gaza, in the West Bank, in 1948 lands for their positions since Trump’s decision. These people have all our respect and gratitude as they have sacrificed so much, and have defended the Occupied land,” he stated.
His Eminence also mentioned: “I salute the Palestinians who are still committed to their right to return and who are raising their children on this dream, which will come true very soon.”
To the Palestinian people, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “You are the basis and key of any position and stance. If you refuse to submit to the dictates of the US and some Arab countries, neither Trump nor the entire world will steal Al-Quds.”
To them, the Resistance Leader said: “Your position is the key to all the historical stage ahead and we bet on you.”
“If you give up, it will be said to anyone who wants to defend Al-Quds, Do you want to be more Palestinian than the Palestinians?” he emphasized, repeating that “Palestinians must be the first in line in face of the US scheme.”
He further elaborated that If the Palestinians “hold on to al-Quds as the everlasting capital of Palestine, neither Trump nor anyone else can do anything other than that.”
In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the Palestinian Authority not to “negotiate with “Israel” before Trump reverses his decision.”
Slamming the US administration, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that “America is not a sponsor of peace in Palestine and the region.”
“The US is the maker of “Israel” and the sponsor of terrorism, occupation, Judaization, displacement, burning, destruction and sedition,” he clarified, pointing out that “the US is the founder of Daesh and other takfiri groups.
According to His Eminence, “The only nation’s position must be ‘Death to America’.”
Stressing that that the most important response to Trump’s decision was to declare the beginning of a new intifada, he viewed that “Trump’s decision on al-Quds will be the beginning of the end of “Israel”.”
“We will not leave Palestine, Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque because it represents the title for which Imam Hussein was martyred,” Sayyed Nasrallah vowed.
“On behalf of the entire Resistance axis, that is emerging victorious, strong and firm despite all recent pressures and crises and as well with all wounds and pains, I declare that we will once again make Al-Quds and Palestine on top of our priorities,” he announced.
His Eminence further urged “all resistance factions in the region and all those who believe in resistance” to communicate and gather to “devise a plan to confront the aggression.”
“Let us lay out a unified confrontation strategy so that we all confront under a clear and unified strategy. Let us devise a practical and operational plan in which roles would be distributed and efforts would be integrated in this grand confrontation. We in Hezbollah will fully perform our responsibilities in this regard,” Sayyed Nasrallah assured.
In conclusion, the Resistance Leader predicted: “A day will come when we pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Resurrection in Al-Quds.”
Source: Al-Ahed news

Sayyed Nasrallah: Palestine Top Priority for Axis of Resistance after Victory over Takfiris

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah assured on Monday that the decision of USayyed Nasrallah- Al-QudsS President Donald Trump was the beginning of the demise of Israel and called on the Palestinians to announce the emergence of an intifada (uprising) backed by the Arab and Islamic nations.
Speaking to crowds that demonstrated in the Southern Suburb of Beirut in denunciation of the US decision to announce Al-Quds the capital of the occupying Israeli entity, Sayyed Nasrallah asked the Palestinian people to hold on to their right and refuse this decision in all possible ways, confirming that Al-Quds is the Palestinians’ everlasting capital.
“The stance of the Palestinian people is the key to all the coming period,” he said, adding: “we renew our vow to stay with Palestine, Al-Quds, and all the Islamic and Christian sanctities, as we are witnessing today a true intifada (uprising) in which Muslims and Christians are all united to defend the sanctities.”
His eminence indicated that the major response today should be boycotting the Israeli enemy, halting talks, and paralyzing all types of normalization with it, and called upon the Palestinians in specific to “kick out any delegation that comes with an intention of normalizing relations with Israel and tell them that there won’t be any negotiation or settlement before Trump pulls back his decision”.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Arab League and the Islamic Cooperation Committee must put an end to the peace process, pointing out that “in Lebanon, we are proud of our national unity around Al-Quds and Palestine and against Trump’s decision, and we are proud of the stances of President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and members, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and different political factions, in addition to the special statement of Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in the AL meeting in Cairo.”
Hezbollah secretary general noted that there will be some violations like that of the Bahraini delegation that visited Al-Quds… however, he assured: “This delegation does not represent the People or the will of Bahrain, it only represents the oppressive authority of Bahrain which carried a letter of “peace and co-existing” from the king to those who or Judaizing Al-Quds, and which also oppressed and shot at the Bahraini people who demonstrated in solidarity with the Palestinians.”
“Two peoples have stood under the threat of fire to express their support to Al-Quds, they are the Palestinian and the Yemeni people who were bombarded by the Saudi-American air weapons… The advantage of this American decision is that it reveals the vicious from the good in our Arab and Islamic worlds,” Sayyed Nasrallah asserted, noting that this decision was not separate as it is part of the continuous US/Israeli plan to “back terrorist groups on top of which was ISIL in order to destroy our societies and put an end to the Palestinian cause so that a day will come when we all forget Palestine.”
His eminence reassured that “the US was not a sponsor of peace in Palestine and the region, but rather the establisher of Israel and the sponsor of terror, occupation, Judaization, and destruction. It is the establisher of ISIL and Takfiri groups and the nation’s common stance must be “Death to America”.”
Sayyed Nasrallah expressed his appreciation to all the states, presidents, and governments who refused Trump’s decision, noting that “Trump thought that if he announced Al-Quds the capital of Israel the entire world would submit to him, but instead he only had Israel on his side which was highly appreciated.”
In this context, his eminence stated: “I speak today in the name of all the resistance axis – people, states, and factions – the resistance axis has overcome the previous phase and today, it stands strong and victorious as it is finishing its battles and defeating the US and Israeli elements, and now Palestine, its people, and Al-Quds will return to be its top priority.”
He further addressed the Palestinians: “You should have faith in the promise of Allah, that He will grant victory for whoever defends the right… by holding our responsibility standing firm, Allah will grant us victory. Have faith in Allah and in the resistance that have triumphed in every battle it engaged in.”
“They wanted this decision to be the beginning of the end of the Palestinian cause, and I call for this decision to be the beginning of the end of Israel,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, chanting as the crowds repeat “To Al-Quds we are going… millions of martyr we shall be”.
“We have been with Palestine since the 1940s and we will stay with Palestine until the Muslims can pray in Al-Aqsa and the Christians can pray in the Resurrection church,” he concluded.
Source: Al-Manar
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