The “blame the jews” habit is hard to break among the Goyim. The alternative media is full of the same endless complaints and accusations about the support the US gives Israel, hammering on the billions of dollars in aid, grants, etc. The MSM does not, to its credit, engage in such spurious anti-Israel (and in fact fundamentally anti-Jewish) attacks.
The detractors, however, do not talk about what Israel, often through Jewish Americans, brings to the US: literally life-savings contributions, like transplant organs that come from Israel to the US through the selfless and risky efforts of humanitarians like Levy Izhak Rosenbaum.
The outrage is that this man, “a devout Orthodox Jew who was dedicated to helping people,” as his defense aptly described him, was tried in the US and, as thanks for his work, was sentenced to jail for a term of two and a half years.
What has this man actually done? What is his crime? He helped people in the US who needed kidney transplants to obtain kidneys from Israel. He advertised in Israel, offering potential donors $10,000 for their supernumerary kidneys—well, not technically supernumerary but one can function with just one kidney and cede the other to a renally needy person. For a very poor person $10,000 is well worth dispensing with one kidney.
In the US, organ selling is still illegal because the archaic American laws have not caught up with more forward-thinking Israel, so on the US side Rosenbaum was forced to arrange everything quietly and under false pretenses, like a secret impresario of a big production with lots of actors, gaffe men and prop managers but no audience: blood tests to ensure compatibility, entry in the US of the donors, afidavits stating that the donation was an act of friendship, unremunerated, and tirelessly shlepping the kidneys from Israel to the US with care, in the best preservation medium posible: the owner.
Surely there were good samaritans among the medical staff who performed the operations and who saw him bring a long conga line of Israeli “friends” ready to gift as many American “friends” with their organs, but luckily they were not prosecuted because there was no proof that they colluded (ugly word) with Rosenbaum.
Unfortunately “40 other people, mainly politicians and rabbis from New Jersey and Brooklyn, in what AP describes as a “dual-track investigation into money laundering and political corruption.” were also arrested as victims of what can be called a blood libel accusation.
His defense stated plainly that the accused only “tried to help people,” and that the donors, called by the prosecutors ‘vulnerable victims’ were anything but: they did get $10,000 each, which in their income bracket (if they have one) is a lot of money. There were no victims, the defense said to deaf ears.
The MSM does not speculate about the ethnicity of the donors — were they Palestinians, temporary workers from other lands, or poor Jews? — which is just as well, because such speculation would have added another layer of prejudice to Rosenbaum’s unfair portrayal.
Much is made in some quarters about the fact that Rosenbaum charged the recipients between $120,000 and $160,000 per organ traffic transaction. The defense did a poor job, in my opinión, to allow this to even be brought up. Is Free Enterprise on trial in the US? Is Rosenbaum, who allegedly made millions of dollars in these transactions beeing punished for being resourceful and successful? Since when are business acumen, a keen eye to the market’s needs and ingenuity crimes?
Besides, the so-called profit motive is irrelevant because, as Ronald Kleinberg, the defendant’s attorney, insisted, his client’s “only motive was to save lives.”
In 2010, a wave of revolutions began to sweep a series of North African and Arab nations. The force behind it was so strong that it didn’t peter out, but rumbled on and on until today. Certain countries managed to topple their autocratic governments but others are still struggling to do so. Their men and women alike are tired of corruption, social discrimination, religious suppression, and poverty. And amidst all this, women have seized the opportunity to make their voices heard, played an important role in keeping the momentum of these people driven movements going. A sea of women has come out of the shadows, cast over them by social discrimination and cultural norms.
The level of women’s participation in any society is always a subject of much debate. In these nations, women have been frustrated over their limited role in society for decades, and are now making a stand. Their Arab tongue and culture has united the revolutions of the region, bringing about what has been labeled the Arab spring by Western nations, and the Islamic awakening in Iran. The Iranian nation staged its revolution more than 3 decades ago, and has since strived to live up to the ideals of that revolution, one being the rights of women. This has brought Iranian women closer to their Arab and African sisters now staging their revolutions. To celebrate this, women thinkers and activists from all these Muslim nations, came together to take part in the International Conference on Women and the Islamic awakening was held in Tehran.
A Good show from the Irrepressible Max Keiser and his “Wife to Be”- Stacy Herbet. On this show he talks about the agendas of the Banksters – one World Government
In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss the mainstream media joining the ‘hang bankers’ bandwagon, as it becomes increasingly obvious that the space race has been replaced with a fraud race and getting your Series 7 broker’s license makes stealing a risk-free business proposition. In the second half of the show, Max talks to analyst and newslettter writer, Rob Kirby of Kirby Analytics, about the derivatives complex as a price control grid and about the fact that every time the JP Morgan monster needs a feeding, something must die.
The Palestinian autonomous authority (PA) has been called many names, all denoting its inherent deformity, pathetic nature and scandalous subservience to Israel. A police state without a state, a Palestinian Judenrat (Jewish council under the Nazis), and a subcontractor entity answerable to the Israeli occupation regime are among the names given to the self-rule junta.
None the less, despite the lack of basic elements necessary to make a state worthy of the name, the PA was portrayed from the very inception by much of the world media as a state in the making or at the very least a preparatory stage toward the eventual establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The PA leadership, including Arafat and his less charismatic successor Mahmoud Abbas, contributed to foster the illusion through rhetorical overindulgence, repressive action against political opponents and winning small but insignificant “victories” at the world arena, such as gaining membership in UNESCO and some other UN agencies.
Needless to say, all of this happened as the Israeli regime continued unabated decapitating any realistic chance for the establishment of a viable and territorially contiguous state. Israel’s means to achieve its genocidal goals have been and continue to be grabbing Arab land and building thereon more Jewish colonies for Jewish fanatics indoctrinated in Talmudic racism, including viewing non-Jews as infra-human beings or outright animals.
I remember asking Yasser Arafat during a visit he paid to the University of Hebron in 1999 why he was persisting in pursuing the two-state solution strategy when all signs showed the utter unrealism if not impossibility of achieving that strategy.
A notorious prevaricator, Arafat didn’t resort to verbal juggling. He told an audience of some three hundred attendees that “your question is more than reasonable. We can not disregard the Quranic prophetic prediction that Israel will reach high levels of arrogance and insolence.”
The Quran states that “And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Scripture, that indeed you (the children of Israel) would do mischief on the earth twice and you will become tyrants and extremely arrogant!
Arafat then recited the following verse from Sura (chapter) Israa, which is also called “the Children of Israel.” “Then, when the second promise came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to savage your faces and enter the mosque (of Jerusalem) as they had entered it before, and to destroy with utter destruction all that fell in their hands.”
Arafat knew what he was talking about. Most likely, he realized that the two-state solution strategy was a mirage that would never be realized.
For their part, the Israelis who knowingly effectively decapitated the two-state solution prospect by building hundreds of colonies in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, knew too well that the Palestinians were only dreaming.
This is because no present or potential Israeli government would agree willingly to uproot the settlements and allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state worthy of the name. This is not to mention the other central Palestinian demand of allowing several million refugees to return to their homes and villages in what is now called Israel.
And bidding on the US to pressure Israel to give up occupied territories is like seeking safety in a snake hole and searching for justice in a thieves den. In the final analysis, if the U.S. can not stop Israel from demolishing even one Palestinian home in East Jerusalem, it would be futile to expect the White House to be able, even if willing, to force Israel to give up the spoils of the 1967 war.
Some American intellectuals have admitted, though belatedly, that when it comes to the Arab Israeli conflict, it is Israel, not the U.S. that calls the shots.
This is while most American politicians have effectively been enslaved by Jewish money and disproportionate Jewish power, which prompted one senator to declare that the Palestinians will only be liberated from the clutches of Israel when the Americans are freed from the stranglehold of Zionism.
The Israelis knew this fact, also too well. It was rumored a few years ago, that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told Shimon Peres during an acrimonious cabinet session that “don’t worry about American pressure, we the Jewish people control America and the stupid Americans know it.”
The PA seems to have internalized the American-Israeli connection and reasoned that “why speak to the monkey when you can speak to the organ grinder.”
But the organ grinder, Israel, is too arrogant, too malicious and too nefarious to give a fair hearing to Palestinian grievances, however just and legitimate they may be.
That is why Israel is only allowing the PA to merely survive in return for giving up or effectively giving up Palestinian aspirations. Israel is allowing the PA to day-dream, even loudly, as log as this day-dreaming remains within the realm of wishful thinking. And as it is known to psychologists, day-dreaming represents the most advanced stage of frustration.
Today, the PA is facing the most suffocating financial crisis since its establishment in 1994, rendering the self-rule government in Ramallah unable to pay salaries for its estimated 180,000 employees. Around 70,000 of these employees are security personnel tasked with coordinating with the Israeli occupation army against patriotic Palestinians, e.g. Hamas.
PA economic “experts” would go on for hours explaining the financial crisis facing the Ramallah government. But they wouldn’t explain to non-experts like this writer how a real economy can function under a sinister foreign military occupation.
Well, one doesn’t have to be a Nobel Prize laureate in economics to understand that an economy can hardly function in the absence or freedom, especially the freedom of movement, let alone sovereignty and control over border crossings, taxes, imports and exports.
Needless the say, the PA, which is notoriously dependent on politically-driven foreign aid, can’t import or export even a piece of underwear without Israeli permission.
This alone speaks volumes and shows that it is hopeless and pointless to expect Palestinian economic prosperity, even at modest levels, as long as the Palestinians are usurped of their freedom by the Nazi-like Israeli occupation.
This is why the current crisis pummeling the Palestinian Authority is only symptomatic of the enduring Israeli the occupation. And by definition, one can’t treat the symptoms of a given illness while leaving the underlying causes intact.
With Israel continuing to narrow Palestinian horizons, and with bankrupt PA officials fretting about donor countries not making good on their financial pledges to Ramallah, perhaps we Palestinians ought to seriously consider the dissolution of the entire PA structure as a step in the right direction. Perhaps, we have to go back to square one in order to rid our people of the scandalous illusion that a Palestinian state is in the making.
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A recent story from a small American town in Pennsylvania reported a bank robbery by a 35-year-old who allegedly held up a Citizens Bank branch.
Bank robbers, when caught, are tried in court and sent to jail. Those who steal from others, whether a purse snatcher or car thief, get tried for theft and punished.
From the Ten Commandments of the Bible’s Old Testament to the verses of the Quran, stealing is prohibited.
However, punishment for violating the “Thou shalt not steal” rule isn’t always applied to all thieves under all circumstances everywhere.
In Israel, the theft of Palestinian property, including homes and farmland is a common everyday occurrence. Plundering has been a daily manoeuvre for many years, inspired by David Ben-Gurion.
In a Letter from Ben-Gurion to his son Amos, written in 1937, the Zionist patriarch said “…a Jewish state on only part of the land is not the end but the beginning.”
Later in the same letter he wrote “… every increase in strength helps in the possession of the land as a whole.”
Ben-Gurion indicated to his son how Israel intended to accomplish the plundering of Palestinian land with massive Jewish immigration, saying “We shall admit into the state all the Jews we can.”
In the boastful father-to-son script, he added “We shall organize an advanced defence force—a superior army which I have no doubt will be one of the best armies in the world.”
What did the patriarch have in mind for the superior army? Zionists, with a pretence of having peaceful goals, tell blatant lies about needing to defend the Jewish state against Arab armies.
But Ben-Gurion, sounding like a robber-baron, gives it away, adding “At that point I am confident that we would not fail in settling in the remaining parts of the country, through agreement and understanding with our Arab neighbours, or through some other means.”
What kind of agreement and understanding with Arab neighbours did he have in mind? The kind that Israel finally extracted from Jordan and Egypt.
Those agreements, in effect, gave what was stolen from Palestinians to the Zionists: Jordanian and Egyptian blessings to Israel’s piracy of Palestinian lands, homes and possessions.
Speaking to his General Staff in 1948, Israel’s first Prime Minister Ben-Gurion commanded, “We must use terror.”
Any doubt about Ben-Gurion’s forecast or intentions for Israel is put to rest by Gideon Levy, writing in Haaretz on April 24, 2012:
The generation of 1948 is disappearing, but its spirit has never diminished. In 1948, new immigrants were brought straight from the ships into abandoned Palestinian homes with pots of food still simmering in the kitchen, and no one asked too many questions.
Some 962,000 refugees had been registered with the newly-established UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Levy’s honesty must raise hackles among Israeli settlement hawks.
“In 2012, the Israeli government is trying to whitewash the theft of Palestinian lands, all the while scorning the law,” adds candid critic Levy.
He also faults the propaganda used by the Israeli right and echoed in the halls of America’s Jewish lobbies.
A single, perpetual mode of conduct runs from 1948 to 2012: Palestinian property is ownerless, always abandoned property, even when this is demonstrably not the case, and Israeli Jews are free to do whatever they want with it.
If Levy was a “goy” instead of an Israeli Jew, he’d be castigated as anti-Semitic.
He concludes, “When messianic faith dictates that Jews have the exclusive right to this land, the international delegitimization campaign against Israel is understandable.”
It’s time for the blind supporters of everything that Israel does to be critical of Israel’s plunderers.