The screening of Gilad and all that jazz at the London International Documentary Film Festival was a great success.
Whether you see it as a documentary or an extended promotion for The Wandering Who, Gilad and all that jazz nails it both ways, and gives a detailed portrait of an extremely talented musician, a very controversial writer and an OK father.
Anyone who wants to form an opinion of Gilad through the movie may have to lower their expectations. Though a brilliant film, it is also rather neutral towards his views. The only reason I have an opinion of his work is because I’ve lived with him my whole life. This neutrality may have actually been a clever choice, as it will probably make newcomers to Gilad go out and read his work.
The editing is amazing as well. To me, some scenes felt disjointed, as in some sections the focus changes a bit too hastily from one topic to another, (they even show a scene of my mum cutting my nails. EEK!) but this is minor. Simply put, this is a well-made insight into my dad’s ideas, life and the controversy that has surrounded him over the years.
After watching the film in the extremely comfortable seats of the Soho Hotel cinema, we had a Q&A session with the director, Golriz Kolahi and the producer, David Almouti, where some interesting questions were asked, and were replied with satisfying answers. And if her appearance in the film wasn’t embarrassing enough (you will see what I mean), Naomi Wimborne Idrissi made a fool of herself at the Q&A, where she didn’t even succeed in asking a question. However she did succeed in irritating the audience, she didn’t completely fail. Afterwards, we went into the drawing room, were everyone was engaged in lively conversation about different issues. I think everybody ate afterwards, but I was not there because I had to go to bed… But in whole, both the film and the event presenting it were an enjoyable experience.
Anti Zionists of the BDS movement do not seem to be anti Zionist for the simple reason that they are not anti Israelis. How they define Zionism is to take a stance against it, without being against Israel -but we don’t know since –as far as we know – it is Zionism that made Israel exist when it worked hand in hand with colonialism. It is the first time that we hear of such separation between Zionism and Israel. Usually it is advisable to separate Zionists from the Jewish religion even if the great majority of Jews are Zionists, but we never heard of a separation between Israel and Zionism which seems to be some sort of an innovation on behalf of one of the 171 NGOs that form the BDS movement which is a boycott movement of exchange with Israel.
There is a mushrooming of NGOs no doubt around the Palestinian Cause, and the barren Palestinian and Arab intellectuals of the west need to feed on the cause in one way or another. The BDS that groups many of those is a shady organization – or rather- movement with unclear motives and shady objectives that are contradictory if not suspicious. These people – among them academicians and intellectuals – want to boycott everything that is Israeli without boycotting Israel, and they work along this line. For them Israeli goods are not acceptable, and any exchange with Israel is not acceptable, where as Israel in itself -as a country and entity – is accepted and acceptable. The prince of Qatar himself -who is funding now the building of Israeli settlements- could not have come up with a better idea to serve his allies the Israelis.
There is a level of normalization here under the position of boycott that should not be taken lightly. According to the NGOs of the BDS, it is not accepted that Israel does this and does that, or builds walls and expands, but it is accepted for Israel to exist as a Jewish state on usurped Palestinian Arab land. This, the NGOs/ BDS do not question under any circumstance, but admit as an irreversible fact, giving thus Israel the right to be there and to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, and giving the Jews the right for a homeland where they can live and prosper without any imposition except that maybe of behaving with lesser cruelty towards Palestinians.
This difference made between Zionism and Israel is in order to give the impression that Israel existed before Zionism and therefore draws its legitimacy from the religion itself and could exist therefore bereft of the Zionism and colonialism that created it and catered to it. And while these BDS accuse Ken O’Keefe of being Anti Semite because he condemns the state of Israel, there is nothing less we can do in response than accusing them of racism since they approve of the Establishment of a racist Jewish State on usurped Palestinian Arab land, giving thus to Israel – under the cover of boycott -a legitimacy that it is not within the jurisdiction of any NGO or anyone else to grant or give.
Syria again and again and not only Syria but almost every country in the Arab world has been lately more than exposed .
Still some foreigners are really hot about revolutions , especially about revolutions in the Arab world , one would wonder why some foreigners are so much cheering regarding these revolutions , and what is it that is so cheering , one would wonder .
There is great instability and great chaos everywhere , people are dying by dozens in Syria , in Libya , in Yemen , in Gaza everyday ,Gaza is plunged in darkness and great instability has taken Egypt , the society is divided concerning every issue, the unemployment has reached 10% and also Tunisia , the economic crisis has increased drastically , poverty is threatening a big portion of the population , the tourists did not come this year and will not come . Libya is threatened with partition , so is Yemen between north and south , both are threatened with inflation, Bahrain is threatened in its existence itself, it is to become affiliated to KSA in what would be called the Gulf Union; there goes, Bahrain the only revolution that has not been manipulated.
Still some westerners find the way to rejoice over all this . Still they want to worship the idols of freedom and democracy and liberty at our own expense , they want to celebrate all this crap over our dead bodies , over our security and safety and that of our parents and children , may they be damned , may those people be damned who celebrate the revolutions of the prince of Qatar , the revolutions of Soros , of NGO and Google , the revolutions of the internet backed by al Jazeera . May they be damned . May you be damned you fake activists and whoever –like you- supports the kind of instability and chaotic situation that has taken the Arab world .
These people like these fake activists and company and so many others journalists and intellectuals -among them Arabs also- are not well wishers of our people and societies . They feed on the ailments of Arab countries and will feed these ailments in return in whatever possible way . They are the enemies of these countries.
What are they celebrating, in their articles and reports , what are they celebrating ? The armed thugs of Libya ? The 60000 victims of NATO bombardments ? Or the slaughters of thousands of black Africans slaughtered by the racist thugs led by Henry Levy ? Or the killing of Kaddhafi ? Are they celebrating the killing of Kaddhafi or the sacking of Libya? What are they these blood thirsty people hiding under the garb of a peace activists celebrating ?
These activists along with the others who are like them , the activists of the world Establishment , what are they celebrating in Syria , and whom are they saluting ? The people who take Gulf money in order to destroy their country , who get paid few dollars everyday from some Saudi or Qatari prince to go scream in the streets at sunset? Or are they saluting the convicts who were set free from Iraqi prisons and smuggled by hundreds into Syria to create havoc ? What is it that delights them ? The 4000 Syrian soldiers killed and sometimes butchered by the armed thugs or the civilians killed by those same thugs?
What is it that delights them more , the instability of Yemen or that of Tunisia? The armed thugs of Libya or those of Syria , or both in addition to Al Qa’ida ? And why do they prefer to publish articles that lie and distort truth ? Why do they have these kinds of preferences for lying and distorting facts over anything else , is that a special taste they have developed or some sort of training they underwent or both ?
Do they really love Palestine, and for whom do they love it ? For the Palestinians or for the Zionists or for both ? Do they know where is Palestine or what is Palestine? , have they met a Palestinian that is not an NGO, a Palestinian who is a refugee? a homeless refugee? Do they know that half the things they say or publish are full of misinformation , for whose sake do they do this ? To serve whom ? The NATO ? The world order? Their friends the Zionists , or the BDS? Are they sure they want freedom for Arabs , ? why don’t they let the Arabs decide what is good for them instead , or they think that with their head of NGO they know better , or is it that they are not fully satiated yet ?
On March 30, 2012, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, the man the international diplomatic community has known for more than 20 years as the ambassador for Kashmir to the United States, stood before Judge Liam O’Grady in a federal court in Virginia and received a sentence of two years for the part he played as Director in funding the Kashmiri American Council, using contributions that allegedly had skirted certain tax regulations regarding how they may be made to a non-profit organization. The technicalities involved in the sources of that money and how it ended up in the bank accounts of the KAC are still too complex for me to really understand, and probably not worth going into anyway, but its clear from the outcome that some violation of tax laws did occur and Dr. Fai was willing to take the rap for it. In fact, both he and his wife believe sincerely that the judge was quite fair in handing down the sentence. Although Dr. Fai’s reputation was sullied momentarily by charges that he was a spy for the Pakistani ISI and illegally lobbied members of Congress and two presidents, none of that proved true, and such charges were voluntarily dropped by the prosecution.
What is quite dismaying, however, is the mincemeat that was made of this sentence by the press. Despite the rather mundane issue of so-called tax dodging, many in the press continued to allege falsely that he had been convicted of being on the payroll of the ISI, convicted of being an unregistered lobbyist, convicted of advocating and propagating the Pakistani position on Kashmir, and convicted of trying to influence the American government for the benefit of Pakistan. So it is important that we set the record straight.
Although initially charged under the FARA act [FARA refers to the Foreign Agents Registration Act] as an unregistered agent of Pakistan, Dr. Fai was never convicted on this allegation, which seemed clearly intended to support negotiations the U.S. and Hillary Clinton were engaged in with India at the time. Politically motivated and entirely fraudulent, the U.S. government believed that Dr. Fai’s reputation and career were expendable for whatever trite and meaningless advantage it may have offered in the politics of deal making.
As his attorney, Nina Ginsburg stated during the hearing, “Judge, I think Mr. Kromberg’s arguments to the Court are appalling. [Federal investigators] have a lot of words that were captured in intercepts, 20 years of intercepts, hundreds of thousands of interprets, and Mr. Kromberg cannot stand in front of this Court with one example of a statement, a public statement by Dr. Fai, a writing by Dr. Fai, a position taken at a conference he sponsored, not one, not one word, that is anything that could be characterized as propaganda for the Pakistani government.
“It is an outrage for [the prosecutor] to say that that is what that man spent 20 years of his life doing when his writings, which we, unfortunately, took up a lot of paper, and I apologize for burdening the Court, every one of his writings, every declaration of every one of those conferences, what came out of the mouth of this man was, [quote] I’m not taking a side. This is important, tens of thousands of people are dying, pay attention to what’s happening in Kashmir.
“And his letters,” Ms. Ginsburg continued, “he submitted letters to two Presidents of this country saying, I’m not taking a position, everyone has to give something, no one is going to be satisfied.
“There is not one word that Mr. Kromberg can point to that Dr. Fai ever uttered that was propaganda for the government of Pakistan.
“He received suggestions from people who would participate in these conferences. He accepted some and rejected some. Topics, one of the topics that appears in these communications, the Pakistanis want him to raise the matter of 2,700 mass graves discovered in Kashmir.
“Well, the Pakistanis didn’t have to tell him that that is a topic that should be discussed at an international peace conference. There were 2,700 mass graves discovered in Kashmir,” his attorney added.
Dr. Fai was greatly honored and supported by people from all faiths. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and even atheists wrote dozens of letters regarding Dr. Fai to the judge. These were people from the Unites States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Canada, Bahrain, Qatar, Turkey, from both sides of the ceasefire line in Kashmir, and many other countries. The courtroom was filled to capacity with people who came from places like California, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and other states.
The judge publicly took the note of the letters, acknowledging the people in the court in a positive manner at least twice, and demonstrated great appreciation for the cause of the people of Kashmir. It’s an interesting and ironic twist that, although the government may have gained some short-term advantage with India in filing spurious charges against Fai, the case against India regarding Kashmir gained greater mileage and publicity in the long run since it also became obvious that an airing of the issues convinced a number of people involved directly and indirectly with the case, including the judge, that the many years of sacrifice given by Dr. Fai to his country was sincere and justified.
“I learned a whole lot reading this material,” Judge O’Grady declared. “I don’t for a minute question that [Dr.] Fai is a true patriot of Kashmir, even though he is a U.S. citizen, and the people that he has advocated for. I think he also loves the country and its people, and it’s reflected in his writings and it’s reflected by the people that are here today.”
Efforts by the prosecutor to paint Dr. Fai as a “shill” for Pakistan fell on deaf ears. Pointing out the prosecutor, Ms.Ginsberg said angrily, “Mr. Kromberg’s arguments to the Court are appalling in light of the fact that the Government originally charged Dr. Fai with a FARA offense, elected to drop that offense, and is now essentially making a closing argument that he would make to a jury if Dr. Fai was charged with violating the FARA statute, all without giving him the slightest ability to refute with facts.” The prosecution had dropped the charge entirely on its own, without negotiation or effort by the defense, before the case ever reached the court.
“Judge,” she said, “Pakistan would have Kashmir annexed to Pakistan. Dr. Fai is a Kashmiri. He doesn’t have to have Pakistan tell him that India shouldn’t be murdering tens of thousands of Kashmiri people.”
It was the genuineness of the cause of Kashmir and the succinct articulation of Dr. Fai which caused the judge to make clear that he was totally convinced that the accused in no way misrepresented the people of Kashmir when he said in his closing remarks, “I see no reason why you can’t continue to advocate on behalf of the Kashmiri people and to write.” He shared his belief in that cause when he added, “I hope that this cause continues to be identified as an important international matter. And good luck to you.”
The people of Kashmir should remember that Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan but that it has its own international dimension as mentioned by Judge O’Grady. While the efforts of Dr. Fai have been somewhat muddied by these waters, the river flows on and the water will clear by these facts that have been revealed through this legal process. Dr. Fai continues to stand strong and, God willing, he will continue to advocate the cause of Kashmir while he is incarcerated.
Once he is released, he will again advocate this just cause before the international community, because he has been given the full support and confidence of American jurisprudence and was in fact encouraged by the judge to continue his work. That should be evidence in and of itself that the original allegation that he was acting as a foreign agent for Pakistan was completely false and without substance. The judge was eminently clear in recognizing the ongoing tragedy in Kashmir, acknowledging the many years of labor by Dr. Fai for his own homeland, and a full acknowledgement of those facts was made possible in public through this legal process.
A hero is someone who is willing to give his life for the cause of others. That description fits this man. He has given all that he could and more. No one I know or have known in my extensive experience in the political arena has demonstrated the selfless commitment and dedication I have seen in Dr. Fai. Kashmir is blessed and the world is blessed as well by his fine example. It is time that we all recognize that Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai is a true hero for having raised the plight of Kashmiris to the level of global consciousness, and I personally owe him a deep sense of gratitude for the beautiful example he has been to me.
Paul Barrow is a Director of United Progressives and the Director of American Affairs for the International Council for Human Rights and Justice
First published in Al-Jazeerah
The Evolution of Western Logical Fallacies
“Why, God, why should I read another article about evolution!” would some readers exclaim at the mere sight of this article’s title. Yet, evolution is one of the cornerstones of modern Humanism, the main ideology behind the atheist states called Western Democracies. Evolution is where some of our times’ greatest atheists hide in; their texts reveal a major logical fallacy that is adapted and repeated day and night by these governments on every possible issue. Logical fallacies were used to market the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Logical fallacies are used by the USA government to explain 9/11. Not surprisingly, schools in Western countries don’t teach logics, leaving Western citizens susceptible to government attacks on us.
Many scientists fail to see that religion and science can live together in peace. They consider religion a threat. Their most troubling claim is: “We know how the universe works; therefore there is no God.” Richard Dawkins in his “The Blind Watchmaker” was one of the loudest advocates of this school. He claimed that if there were a God, He would be a blind watchmaker, since there was no place for Him in a world defined by exact physical rules. He would be to the world as a blind watchmaker to the watches: useless. That was a suspiciously simplistic claim for such a formidably trained mind, who regularly appears at atheists’ conventions with the success of a rock-star. His argumentation is paramount to claiming that since I know how a television set works, then “Sony”—the creator of the set—couldn’t have created it, and in fact doesn’t exist.
In logics, this type of argument is called a “Non Sequitur” (Latin for “it does not follow”). This is an argument whose conclusion does not follow from its arguments; the entire argument is fallacious because there is a disconnection between the premise and the conclusion. In other words, Sony does exist, they created their own television models, and Richard Dawkins is attempting to bluff us into soulless atheism.
Another favorite of humanists and atheists is the Big Bang Theory, a cosmological model that explains the development of the Universe. This theory describes the universe’s early expansion with a complex mathematical model. The argument is similar to the one of the Evolution theory: since we can explain almost all the events defining the universe’s shape and geometry as a set of mathematical equations, there is no room for a Creator. Oddly enough, the theory continuously approaches the moment in which the primordial universe began expanding, but it never reaches it. The cause for the “bang” has not been elucidated. By definition, it will never be elucidated using the scientific method. Science answers “how,” not “why.”
The logical fallacy here is similar to the case of the Evolution Theory; yet, the Big Bang allows us insight into a different aspect of the topic. As said, science answers “how,” religion answers “why.” Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century; he was an Italian Dominican priest and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian. He defined what is known as the “Prima Causa,” five proofs for the existence of God. One of these proofs is called “Causation” and claims that nothing can cause itself; there must be a First Cause, called God. God set the Universe’s rules and initiated it. The fact that there are mathematical rules ruling it is not relevant to the problem. Mocking the claims presented until now, one could claim: “Sony exists, thus also God exists.”
No less curious is the obstinate reluctance of many scientists to recognize certain implications of the Quantum Theory, to the extent that Einstein spent much of his life trying to refute what has become the most exact scientific theory ever developed. The more it is tested, the more accurate it is found. This is not true for the Relativity Theory of Einstein; moreover, to the joy of religious scientists, these two theories have refused to merge (this is needed for the correct analysis of fast-moving sub-atomic particles); all existing models on the topic are basically numerical in nature. The scope of this article doesn’t allow a mathematical treatment of the topic, but the issue is that Quantum Theory demands an observer to the universe; call Him God if you want. Einstein shivers in his cold grave.
Science and State
Richard Dawkins and others are very loud advocates; their approach has conquered the Western educational system. The scientific theories-just models of systems-had become dogmatic statements used for ugly manipulations. Once the state has achieved this dubious goal of creating an illogical population, which is unable to analyze any statement made by its government, the road is open for its using straightforward lies.
Scientists like to portray themselves as unbiased. Sometimes this is true; other times, the scientist is biased, or his work is used in a manipulative fashion by the states. The most astounding example in this category is “An Essay on the Principle of Population,” published by Thomas Malthus from 1798 to 1826. “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man,” his thesis could be summarized. In other words, there is not enough food on earth to feed all humans. This thesis was used by the British Empire and its allies to justify a pretty brutal set of wars, and even the Great Game, the British and Russian empires over hegemony in Central Asia.
R. Buckminster Fuller was one of the most prominent scientists and engineers of the 20th century; his best known invention is the Geodesic Dome, the most efficient structure known to date. By 1965, Buckminster Fuller had already proven that although Malthus had been right about food scarcity until about 1955, the Industrial Revolution and subsequent technological advances made general abundance possible. In the many years that have passed since those words were uttered, the world has seen a significant advancement in the production of food to the extent that the Malthus theory looks quite ridiculous. Yet, social claims based on inequality are constantly rejected by greedy politicians and economic pirates with a plethora of obsolete Malthusian clichés; they keep claiming “it is we or them.” States cynically exploit the ignorance of their people, tricking them into unnecessary wars.
In this generation, there is no better example of this than 9/11 and the wars following it. Most readers would accept my claim of being at least as well informed as the average Western reader. Yet, the day after 9/11 I was surprised by the American government’s accusation that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the atrocity. Al-who? Who had ever heard the name of this apparently very dangerous group? Still in the infancy of my dissidence, I prepared a cup of fresh coffee and waited for the American government to provide the proofs. Instead, we all saw how the American government was quick to destroy all evidence of the disaster, to the extent of making sure the steel would be melted and kept in the possession of the state in the form of a war-ship. Under the circumstances, any claims by the American government on the issue are nothing but a logical “non sequitur,” since it cannot prove even one of its arguments, because there is no evidence! Knowing its flock is not prepared to analyze logically its government’s action, the USA took advantage of Western logical fallacies to hide… what?
Basic misunderstanding describes best the position that some leftist western intellectuals have taken against Iran. There is no doubt that most of the western leftist intellectuals are against Iran, some of them are of good intentions but lacking true insight in the matter, some others have deviated from the original purpose of supporting the people against the establishment and all of them are biased against Islam.
There is definitely a challenge here facing these intellectuals in as much as they had to deal with a revolution that is neither secular nor communist nor anything that they are familiar with, a revolution originating in eastern thought that the west had learned to discard, inspired by a great spiritual leader called Imam al Khomeini, in his turn inspired by the heroic stand of Al Imam Al Hussein – the Holy Prophet’s progeny- who stood alone with his kin and a handful of loyal friends to face the utmost injustice on behalf of the usurpers of Islamic rule and- by his great sacrifice- achieved victory over the usurper. A revolution that was successful by all standards, made by the people to the people, almost with no blood shed and that put term to one of the most brutal regimes of the area, that of the Shahinshah, vassal to USA, friend of Israel, installed by a military coup designed by US in a conspiracy against elected Iranian reformist Mossadek.
All this the Islamic revolution achieved led by a spotless spiritual leader who suffered for long years the injustices of the regime. Due to this revolution, the Shah was evicted, the country liberated from US hegemony, the Israeli embassy closed and, in its place , the embassy of Palestine was opened for the first time in history.
Never the less – in the narrow conditioned minds of the leftist western intellectuals- it was not forgiven that the revolution was not a secular or communist revolution: something a western intellectual conditioned mind can identify with. The contempt in which Islam- as a religion- is held in these minds is really unacceptable, given the fact that- according to the distorted minds of those leftists – if people draw inspiration from their culture and religion and heritage in their uprising, they are to be shunned. Only the western thought should be considered as a valid ground in what could be labeled as pure racism on behalf of the leftist intelligentsia; for- unfortunately for them- this time, the real revolution that made history did not come from Lenin or Trotsky, not even from Guevara, it was not triggered by Sartre or any other philosopher, it was triggered by a bearded authentic Muslim Imam, trusted fully and deservingly by his people, the Imam who led Iran and the faithful Iranians to the much desired fruit of freedom and liberation.
Prejudice and lack of insight deprived the western leftist intellectuals from partaking in the victory of the Iranians over the oppressor and it is too bad for them that they had to take this difficult test that checked their ability to support another whose thought is not an intrinsic part of theirs’, most of them failed the test. Most of them –let alone Gunter Grass – are siding now with the world order against Iran, against one of the very few Asian countries that are challenging the world establishment, the only country in the area that is achieving real autonomy and independence.
In the deviated vision of those intellectuals, Iran, the peaceful country that is neither attacking nor assaulting anyone, has become a great threat for humanity, and this is not all, they have turned themselves into real enemies of the revolution asking the Islamic state to grant the Iranians all the liberties the west is enjoying and has been enjoying for some time due to a leisured secured life granted itself by the colonization of poor countries on behalf of the powerful ones.
It is forbidden that Iran acquires- by peaceful means -the power that western countries have acquired through wars, colonization, and bloodshed, it is Iran that is repressing women, sentencing people to death, repressing freedom of expression and imprisoning people as if those things were not happening in the USA or in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. It is Iran that is singled out.
In all this, no one really knows what Iran is, no one seems to care that Iran presents a real alternative and a real model for countries striving for autonomy and independence. The reason that freedom is not flourishing and that- sometimes -drastic but appropriate measures are taken is due to the great threat that the country is undergoing, war threats, civil war threats, from USA from KSA, from Pakistan and, above all, from Israel, in addition to false flag revolutions, terrorist attacks, sectarian and ethnical manipulations, assassinations, electronic warfare, anti Iranian campaigns, sanctions of all kinds, the whole world is mobilized for a country that has not attacked any other, that is practicing its own right of developing nuclear energy and whose government has not transgressed any international law.
Compared the atrocities committed in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Palestine ,where international laws and human rights are being transgressed and violated every second, the measures taken by Iran to protect its right to exist amounts to nothing. Iran is living in great austerity, because of the immanent danger that is threatening it, in times of great austerities, when your basic right to exist is jeopardized, there is no room for frivolities nor for marginal liberties , nor for excess of freedom, these are times of sacrifice and hard work and giant efforts to protect one self and to build one’s own immunity.
Intellectuals living the leisurely life provided for them by the western system at the expense of poor colonized countries do not have the mental tool to understand the hardships undergone by poor countries in order to achieve a sort of autonomy and live somehow in dignity.
If those people of the west and east as well, if those leftist intellectuals were earnest, they would divert all their efforts into pressuring their governments and foreign governments to keep their hands off Iran and off the whole world and not cater to the greed and ambitions of these governments. To relieve the Iranian people from this constant threat, to stop targeting Iran in its right to exist and its right to grow strong and independent, to stop exposing Islam as breeding terrorism and terror states, is the only way to have Iranian people enjoy a more encompassing freedom and a wider margin of liberties, that is the only way western intellectuals can help Iranians, otherwise catering to the needs of extra freedoms- in these difficult times- would be fulfilling the wishes of the world establishment to see Iran grow week and dependent.
The western leftist intellectuals are invited to review their position and to rethink their choices and overcome their prejudices if they want to be fair. They are invited as well to study closely the Iranian model that presents a real alternative to the world’s present condition.
Meanwhile in Britain the Queen’s jubilee approaches, 60 years of unelected rule over us simple peasant folk. I don’t know what is worse, a bunch of nobility ruling over us with little trouble at all, or all the people happily waving flags and cheering like mindless zombies amidst all the bunting.
60 years of Unelected Rule at the People’s expense.
Unfortunately, the Queen and her Fascist regime have been happily celebrating at our expense for hundreds of years, only occasionally interrupted by some foolish rebel who is quickly disposed off as an example to the other peasants.
Dieu et mon droit is the motto of the British Monarch in England.
God is my right – BOLLOCKS! God does not sanction the Queen and her fascist Regime or make it right, it’s just marketing and propaganda. The sooner we realise this the sooner we can begin to move to real form of ethical government that is not dominated by unelected officials.
For the second consecutive week, armed Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian villagers and torched their fields in the northern region of the West Bank as Israeli occupation troops were looking on passively.
According to international law, the safety and security of people under occupation is the responsibility of the occupying power. However, in most cases, Israeli army troops don’t content themselves with watching settlers shoot and murder Palestinians and vandalise their property, they also collude in and coordinate terror against Palestinians.
On the other hand, occupation troops immediately intervene with full force whenever assaulted Palestinians put up any semblance of resistance to settler violence, or even when they seek to put out fires set by the settlers.
One local Palestinian farmer said: “From the Israeli view point, we are supposed to be killed quietly and silently. This is the unwritten message Israel is communicating to us.”
“And Israel keeps claiming it is the only true democracy in the Middle East, and the stupid Americans and Europeans readily swallow the big lie.”
On Saturday, 25 May, settler thugs from the settlement of Yitzhar shot and seriously wounded a young villager from the nearby village of Orif near Nablus, after manacling his hands to his back.
A local eyewitness named Muntaser Safadi said he saw dozens of settlers set fire to wheat fields, ready for harvest, outside the village of Orif. And when village youngsters sought to extinguish the fire, armed settlers started shooting at them. Israeli troops, watching the incident unfold, also began shooting at the Palestinians in order to keep them a safe distance from the settlers.
Several villagers sustained gunshot wounds while others suffered from smoke inhalation. The entire incident was caught on film, prompting the Israeli army to order an investigation, ostensibly for public relations reasoning.
Meanwhile, the guard of the settlement shot and seriously wounded a 22-year-old Palestinian named Najeh Assad Safadi. Settlers kicked Safadi as he was bleeding heavily. He was then transferred to hospital in Nablus where his condition was described as “very serious”.
A Palestinian official who monitors settler violence said at least eight Palestinians were injured, one seriously. The official, Ghassan Daghlas, said the attacking settlers opened fire on Palestinian villagers as part of their military training.
Many of the attacking settlers were only 15-17 years of age, eyewitnesses said.
Daghlas said the settlers’ ultimate goal was to force Palestinian villagers out of the area so that settlers could take over their homes and lands. “The Jews experienced one Kristalnacht in Germany in 1938. But here every night is a Kristalnacht. The Jewish version of the Hitler Youth is given carte blanche to terrorise and persecute unarmed and unprotected Palestinians.”
The governor of Nablus, Jebril Bakri, admitted that Palestinians living in Area C, which is controlled by the Israeli army, were effectively at the mercy of settlers. “I call upon the international community to protect our people from the terror and violence of these murderous savages. We just can’t entrust the task of protecting our people to the Israeli occupation army. The occupation army and the settlers are two sides of the same coin. The snake wouldn’t bite its tail.”
Palestinian Authority security forces lack the ability and “legal framework” to protect Palestinians from settler violence. According to agreements and understandings with Israel, Palestinian security forces must not confront settlers under any circumstances, even if they are seen shooting Palestinians. The Palestinian security’s sole mission is confined to maintaining internal “Palestinian security,” such as arresting opponents of the peace process.
The settlement of Yitzhar near Nablus is considered a hotbed of Jewish terror and extremism and the Israeli occupation army has always had difficulties pacifying settlers there. Most of the settlers are indoctrinated in racist Talmudic ideology that teaches that non-Jews living in Palestine-Israel must be enslaved to Jews as water carriers and woodcutters, expelled, or physically exterminated. On several occasions, the settles of Yitzhar tried to poison Palestinian wells and cisterns as well as livestock, and torch and vandalise fields and orchards.
In the past, two or three decades ago, the Israeli army exercised some authority over the settlers. However, the occupation army lost nearly all its authority over settler thugs as the Netanyahu government, which many Israelis call a government of settlers, by settlers and for settlers, passed laws obliging the army to treat settlers with extreme leniency. In fact, it is the army that fears settlers, not the other way around, as the settlers are backed by powerful politicians in government.
In an unrelated development, Palestinian sources revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have been planting thousands of fake Jewish tombs around Al-Aqsa Mosque esplanade in the Old City of Jerusalem. Al-Aqsa Association for Waqf (Endowments) and Heritage said that fake Jewish graves were placed across a large area, including the Mount of Olives, Wadi Silwan and Wadi Al-Rababa.
Over the years, the Israeli occupation authorities erected dozens of small synagogues around Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) in order to squeeze Arab demography and cut Al-Aqsa Mosque off from Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem. The bulk of the area in which the fake graves are being planted is Islamic Waqf property.
Israel has always behaved reprehensively, indeed criminally, vis-à-vis Muslim and Christian heritage property. Israel has also upturned many Muslim cemeteries, some dating back to early Islamic periods. Israel is now building a “museum of tolerance” on top of Muslim graves at the Maamanu-Allah Cemetery in West Jerusalem.
Originally published in Al-Ahram Weekly
The 31st of May 2012 was the second anniversary of the massacre that took place on board the Mavi Marmara. This documentary by David Segarra shows a lot of the background to the Palestine/Israeli conflict plus what happened on board the Mavi Marmara on which David was a passenger.
Personally I still find it hard to write or talk about what I witnessed on that day, so please forgive me for not writing about my own personal experience. I have to say though that myself and most of those who were participants in the Flotilla would take part again. Israel will never be able to kill, imprison or silence every voice that speaks against it’s actions.The truth will always prevail.
The will of Israel to silence the media and silence every dissenting voice is not restricted to the media on the Mavi Marmara or even just in Palestine and the Middle East, it is a reality in every country and it is very evident in the Zionised U.K. that “WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS”.