Not long ago I quoted American journalist Grace Halsell in an article about the damaging influence of the Scofield Bible, not realising how sorely she was made to suffer for setting out the truth.
That article, ‘The Zionist cuckoos in Christianity’s nest’, showed how Cyrus Scofield corrupted the Biblical message and produced a propaganda classic that has been working its evil for 100 years.
Scofield, a convicted criminal and described by one American newspaper as “a shyster”, was commissioned to re-write the King James Bible by inserting Zionist-friendly notes. The idea was to change the Christian view of Zionism by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist sub-culture within Christianity. The Oxford University Press appointed Scofield as editor, and the Scofield Reference Bible was born.
It introduced a new worship icon, the modern State of Israel, which did not exist until 1948 but was already being ‘prepped’ on the drawing board of the World Zionist movement.
It appealed to the impressionable and was seized on by religious chancers who have used inappropriate methods to establish a large and dangerously un-Christian fringe to the Christianity movement. They call themselves Christian Zionists.
Here is how Grace Halsell explained the re-hashed Biblical message: “Simply stated it is this: Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be condoned, supported, and even praised by the rest of us. Never mind what Israel does, say the Christian Zionists. God wants this to happen…
“Scofield said that Christ cannot return to earth until certain events occur: The Jews must return to Palestine, gain control of Jerusalem and rebuild a temple, and then we all must engage in the final, great battle called Armageddon. Estimates vary, but most students of Armageddon theology agree that as a result of these relatively recent interpretations of Biblical scripture, 10 to 40 million Americans believe Palestine is God’s chosen land for the Jews.”
The problem, she said, was the belief system of Christian Zionists. “They believe that what Israel wants is what God wants. Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable to give the green light to whatever it is Israel wants and then conceal this from the American people. Anything, including lies, theft, even murder, is justified as long as Israel wants it.”
Those pseudo-Christians, who would have us all believe that God is some kind of racist real estate agent, thereafter made her life a misery.
Grace Halsell was a formidable campaigner for truth and justice and died on 16 August 2000 after a remarkable career as a journalist and author of 13 books. Using a clever suntan technique she daringly disguised herself as a black maid in Mississippi to write the book ‘Soul Sister’ (1969), a shocker that exposed America’s version of apartheid.
She wrote about hard times on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and posed as a Native American working for whites. Vietnam, Central America and Mexican immigrant also came under her spotlight.
In 1981 she published ‘Journey to Jerusalem’, which took a close look at Israeli torture, Israel’s illegal settlements and the oppressed lives Palestinians were forced to lead under occupation. For her pains she was viciously attacked by the usual suspects and dropped by mainstream publishers. Zionists sabotaged her lectures.
MacMillan sacked the executive who commissioned the book. Another MacMillan executive told her he’d been ordered to take the manuscript to the Israeli Embassy and let them read it. “They were not pleased,” he said. “They asked me, ‘You are not going to publish this book, are you?’ I asked, ‘Were there mistakes?’ ‘Not mistakes as such. But it shouldn’t be published. It’s anti-Israel.’”
“Somehow,” wrote Grace, “despite obstacles to prevent it, the presses had started rolling. After its publication in 1980, I was invited to speak in a number of churches. Christians generally reacted with disbelief. Back then, there was little or no coverage of Israeli land confiscation, demolition of Palestinian homes, wanton arrests and torture of Palestinian civilians.”
The plight of the Palestinians – Christian and Muslim – remained uppermost in her work for the rest of her life.
America needs many more fearless champions of the truth like Grace Halsell. Let’s remember her with admiration and gratitude on 16 August.
10 August 2012
Stuart Littlewood’s book Radio Free Palestine, with Foreword by Jeff Halper, can now be read on the internet by visiting www.radiofreepalestine.org.uk.
Events are rushing and overlapping in Lebanon and elsewhere .The Special Tribunal is preparing to start soon its sessions to try -in their absence- the four members of Hizbullah accused of killing Hariri on the ground of false evidence collected from bribed witnesses . While Lebanon has adopted a stand of neutrality regarding the Syrian events and has refused to share in the conference held -in Teheran- to solve the Syrian problem , we awoke today to the disturbing news that ex Lebanese Media minister Michel Samaha has been arrested when security forces -supportive of Hariri- broke into his house at dawn and took him on the ground of cooperating and coordinating with the Syrian Military authorities to smuggle arms and place bombs at the Ramadan Iftars in the region of Akkar and elsewhere to hit supporters of the so called Syrian opposition .
The pack of lies that we have been hearing since yesterday is breathtaking , not only the way the minister was arrested was illegal because the security men had no written permission to break into the house and search it but they had their face covered- which is illegal -probably to increase the effect and work on peoples’ psyche . Mr. Samaha -who is a politician and a researcher- and whom everyone knows -cannot be involved in such a thing as arm smuggling and explosive mining , but it seems that Mr. Samaha known for his pro Syrian , pro Resistance stands had in his possession –not weapons –but some information and some documents that compromises the Lebanese authorities and reveal Lebanese cooperation with the CIA at an official level. For this reason the arrest took place last morning.
And while weapons are being smuggled by tons , and criminal thugs introduced- by thousands -to Syria with the help of deputies belonging to the Hariri group , it is Michel Samaha who is arrested and accused of plotting against the security of the country probably on the ground of fake fabricated evidence similar to the fabricated evidence that lead to the accusation of members of Hizbulla of the assassination of Hariri. Now if one wants to believe the dubious rumors of the local and foreign press Mr. Samaha is the owner of one of the biggest arsenals of weapons in the region , where one can find even tanks and even nuclear arms . Mr Samaha must be in possession of something really valuable , some nuclear weapon of different kind that is threatening many Lebanese officials.
On August 10, 2012, away from the headlines, thirteen French-speaking families arrived at the West Bank settlement of Eli (pronounced Ali, but I’ll stick to the conventional English transliteration) and made it their new home. They came from Paris and Lion in France and Brussels in Belgium, after a two-year long period of preparation. Sixty French families already lived in this Zionist outpost; seven of them have already purchased houses in the settlement. “We experience this every year; every time it is equally touching,” said Yaakov Eliraz, head of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, while receiving the new settlers.
What is really touching is the level of deceptiveness applied by all involved in the process. The United Nations Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and most countries (Israel being the obvious exception) agree that the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank. Thus, the occupier–Israel–cannot settle there, and all its settlements and outposts are illegal. Yet, Israel is bringing foreigners to settle in the West Bank. A heavily English-accented Hebrew characterizes the voices heard in most of the West Bank settlements, but here and there one can find expat colonies from France and other places. Most settlers discover the sad truth only after they reach their prison.
For many years, the immigration and absorption of Jews from the Diaspora into Israel was performed by the Jewish Agency for Israel, an organization founded by the State of Israel in 1948, as the legal successor of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Over the years, its efforts to bring Jews to Israel met resistance abroad. Imagine France creating a state-agency with the open goal of bringing American citizens to settle down in France. Many countries disliked the idea. Now, imagine that France attempts to settle these American citizens in illegitimately occupied territories. This is not an activity a state can openly engage in it. Thus Israel changed tactic and went private.
While preparing this article I searched for contacts in Eli. I found them easily, and discovered also that the thriving community has roughly 700 families. Oddly, it is defined as a “city-settlement”. Israel went private and doesn’t mention anymore its “kibbutzim” and “moshavim.” Cities rule, Socialism is out. Yet, the details I found were astonishing. They read as a kibbutz list of contacts from the 1980s. It included a “mazkirut” (roughly “secretariat”), a “general secretary,” a “culture coordinator,” and an “absorption coordinator.” The Hebrew word used for “coordinator” is less democratic than the English one, technically translating as “the centralizer.” Moreover, the process scheduled for the new settlers was identical–even in terms–to what was practiced in the past by kibbutzim. I lived that; regardless their modern camouflage, I was watching Stalin’s comrades.
It is difficult to read the story and not feel grief for the new settlers. To a large extent they have been fooled by the State of Israel. For two years they met a representative from the state working through a voluntary association named “Klitat Kehilot Israel,” namely “Absorption of Israel’s Communities” in Hebrew, a private organization replacing Israel’s Jewish Agency on immigration activities. The association sends messengers to Jewish communities outside Israel and tries to convince the communities to move to Israel. The state offers them comfortable living conditions, help in finding jobs and learning the language, and an adoptive family that helps during the process of accommodation to the new culture. The Hebrew word for the person making the sales speech is “shaliach,” which means “messenger,” and, specifically, “apostle.” Not for the first time, Israel attempts to disguise its activities under a thin layer of distorted semantics. To Jews living in Christian countries, the use of the word “apostle” has a religious meaning which cannot be even remotely attributed to the State of Israel.
After such a process, the thirteen families traveled directly from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, to the nearby settlement. Eli is on a strategic spot. It is 38km north of Jerusalem along Road 60 and 35km from Gush Dan, Tel Aviv’s Metropolitan Area. It is located next to Shilo; even their names are related. Shilo’s was founded in 1974; it was among the first Jewish settlements in the West Bank. It occupies the site of Biblical Shilo, which was the capital of Biblical Israel before Jerusalem replaced it (see Joshua 18:1; Exodus chapters 25 and 26, 1 Samuel 3 and 4, and others). Ten years later, Eli was founded; it was named after the last High Priest in Shilo’s Temple.
“Tres bien!” they greeted the new place in their old language; it would take them a while to understand their error. The first sign something was wrong was the shape of the settlement. It occupied the top of a barren hill, and was surrounded by barbed wire, as most kibbutzim are. There were no trees, no obvious signs of an underlying culture and history. Was the wire aimed at keeping people in or out of the self-defined “city-settlement?” At first they laughed at this question. After a week, the place began looking as a jail. Nearby Jewish settlements looked all the same; no one offered any entertainment options. Visiting the nearby Palestinian towns was alluring, yet, impossible.
Then, there were no proper jobs. Some of them would work for the regional council, boring state-jobs that transformed them into state salary-men bound to the barren hill. Others found jobs in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, and were forced to make dangerous trips daily. They never knew if the IDF soldiers they met on the roadblocks along the way were protecting them, or just making sure they will reach the place where they produced taxes for the always-greedy government. Finally, they couldn’t speak with denizens. The linguistic distance was huge; even if understanding the words, when put together they made no sense. Locals were not notorious for their patience; after a while, conversations were limited to the strictly necessary.
Shortly after, they discovered the truth. They were in prison. They were owned by the State of Israel which had transformed them into international criminals, and was using them as pawns in a cruel game. On August 2012, thirteen French families arrived at Eli. They expanded the local French expats colony and kept speaking French. They tried to bake baguettes with local flour, but even this simple task was impossible. By Christmas they knew, Israel’s Apostle was false.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has organized a conference held yesterday in Teheran that groups all countries and organizations concerned about the Syrian matter and willing to find –for Syria- a solution other than bloody civil war or terrorist attacks or foreign invasion.
1492 and again 1492 . This is from where all started , a whole tendency of piracy and a whole mission of theft and burglary organized by state and catered to by religion as represented by the church had started around the world . The new continent was but the beginning , and was therefore the first object of theft and assault and extermination of indigenous and since then this has never stopped and no one knows when or where the end would be .
This vicious endeavor –that of Columbus and his hoards -of sailing with the idea of stealing , sacking ,usurping and killing- under the cover of some religion- is taking place right now in countries like Libya and Syria after Palestine and elsewhere where religion is no more the cover but ideas like freedom and democracy and civil rights. Columbus sailed from Europe, a place definitely with poor spiritual life since the west was never able to explore the spiritual realm or to grow spiritually as nations are expected to. Instead the west focused on materiality bereft of any significant spiritual dimension which caused great distortions in its morality and ethics , and the west- for this reason- is spiritually crippled and morally handicapped. And spirituality and ethics have become a means for material endeavors.
Religion for the western establishment was a mere institution that needed to prosper materially and own wealth and strength , this was the church that ruled over Europe and monopolized the spiritual life and almost annihilated it. All the efforts went to explore the material kingdom at the expense of the spiritual one , and -with the poor morality that afflicted many westerners and their establishment- it led to something really spectacular and also drastic which we are witnessing right now. The west has become pathological and evil
This is a long old story and people have grown used to taking it for a universal rule and a historical principle and that nations who need more wealth should embark on a mission to invade other nations , kill their people after subduing them by whatever means , kill their religion and culture ,sack them and confiscate their resources and wealth and eventually even turn them into slaves or leave them to starve and develop sickness and die and – after that -enjoy with other westerners the riches- thus acquired -in terms of cars and facilities and medical care and fashion and items and tools and utensils and entertainments of all sorts . All this the west thought well deserved due to Darwinism and to a religion bereft of Spirit .
Even though practiced continuously since Columbus this pattern of behavior is not a universal rule and could not and should not become one . This is rather a great anomaly and distortion of the rules and of the principle of brotherhood and human solidarity that is a human condition as well. There are signs that this policy of invasion and occupation of countries , of theft and subjugation and extermination of people , and confiscation of wealth is drawing to its end . There are countries and people who refuse to be drawn into this bloody whirlpool started by Master Columbus and get drowned in it , countries who are no more willing to follow or cater to or accept or even watch silently big nations feasting on poor nations like a shark would feast on small fishes . These nations and people are simply saying :No we are not going for another American Native genocide , or another Palestine, or Vietnam , or Iraq, or Libya, or Syria , and we are not going to sit and watch silently the big shark feasting on weak creatures , we will rather try not to let this happen anymore .
Countries like Cuba and Venezuela and Iran have since long taken this position , countries like India and China have taken it occasionally , countries like Russia have rarely taken it . They are all now gathered as one and checking the appetite of the insatiable monster of Europe and USA and its allies Turkey , Israel and Arab Muslim Zionists in order to save at least what remains of nations unharmed .There is no cure for the Ugly Monster ….Long Live the solidarity among nations !
Dr. D is what I called my friend, brother and mentor, Dr. Khaled Diab.
Dr. D died at home on August 6th, which was also the 67th anniversary of Hiroshima Read more…
Dr. D was also THE ONE who began my education into the Palestinian side of the story and his life inspired my first book.
An awarding winning Chapter from it can be read here:
Dr. D’s second daughter, Jasmine was conceived in Jerusalem and born in America on April 4, 2006.
A photo of Jasmine and Dr. D grace the last page of KEEP HOPE ALIVE and the story begins THE MORNING AFTER APRIL 4, 1968
It can be read here: Back to Einstein, JFK and Keeping Hope Alive
But I chose the following chapter to publish today-the day of Dr. D’s funeral to honor my friend, brother and mentor who did not live to see Palestine FREE or The WALL fall, but I still believe both will be!
That is also one reason why I wrote a Palestinian point of view through very American eyes with hope to reach an American audience that know NOT that they know NOT about Palestine;
But education is the way to bring on change, and so I offer the following with a hope that “has two children. The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to Do Something about it.”-St. Augustine
Chapter 4: BROTHER HAROLD
Jake and Harold had finished filling seven deer feeders scattered throughout their privately-held four thousand acres of wetland an hour east of Orlando, on the outskirts of the rural town of Christmas. The two men were in partnership with a group of professional businessmen, who had purchased the undeveloped acreage as an investment. Jake, Harold, and a few other partners also used the property as a hunting preserve.
While riding in a dilapidated camouflaged Jeep on the way back to camp, Harold yelled, “Hey, look! There are two deer in the clearing — nice fat does.” Jake cut the engine and the men sat in silence, watching the deer graze. Out of the thick palmettos, a twelve-point and a young buck with peach-fuzzed antlers appeared. The men watched in awe as the deer fed. When the majestic stag raised his eyes to the men and snorted, they all turned and bolted.
Further down the dirt road, Harold yelled once again, “Look, I think there is another herd way over there.”
Jake focused his cerulean eyes where Harold pointed and wryly retorted, “Harold, that’s a bunch of hogs!”
“Oh, guess my eyes aren’t what they use to be.” Harold pulled out a purple velveteen sack that enrobed his bottle of Crown Royal and asked, “Care for some sustenance, Jake?”
Jake shook his head as he lit a cigar and grabbed a Tab from the cooler at his side. “You know, Brother Harold, I cannot get my neighbor’s problem off my mind. It’s usually my patients that keep me awake. But all day, I keep seeing this poor guy’s face. He’s worried about his wife, and there is cause for concern. If that weren’t enough, he’s on this mission to help save the world. I’ve told you about all of that, remember?”
Harold snorted affirmatively, and Jake continued, “Dr. D. has more passion and commitment to social justice issues than anyone I have ever personally known. He is flying to Cairo Tuesday night, and I just told him his wife’s condition is unstable. For the past year, he has been working out a deal with the president of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development in Kuwait. He did this while working fifty hours a week at Martin Marietta. He has this incredible vision of linking the twenty-two Arab countries via modern telecommunication systems. He rounded up nine Arab-Americans with advanced degrees and lucrative positions to quit their jobs, go back to their homeland, and help their people. This Dr. D. is an incredible person. He’s a Muslim, but he’s a better Christian than a lot of Christians I’ve known.”
“Yeah, man, I know exactly what you mean. But what I just don’t get is why those people over there keep fighting each other. If they are all so religious, why don’t they do what their religions teach and treat each other the way they want to be treated?”
Jake eased naturally into his other role of teacher and lecturer, and launched into a history lesson. “This modern conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Jews began around the turn of the twentieth century. The two groups have different religions; and do you understand that ‘Palestinian’ means Muslims, Christians, and Druze? The animosity towards Israel is not about religious differences, but about land. The UN divided the area known as Palestine into three parts in 1947: Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. This is a very small geographical area, about the size of Maryland.
“Imagine carving up the state of Maryland, forcing the folks out of their homes without paying them, and ripping up their deeds. It really is an unjust situation, and things are more out of hand all the time. This morning, when we were discussing if he should go or not, I had a sense of uneasiness that had nothing to do with doctoring. Something I can’t put my finger on, like a bad premonition — but now I am sounding like my wife!”
Brother Harold nodded and rubbed his protuberant abdomen before responding. “Well, you don’t have to be a psychic to know bad stuff will keep on happening over there. What’s the deal with the UN? Why can’t they maintain peace there?”
“Well, the United Nations was the body that carved up the borders, and that is what led to the 1948 war. In November of 1947, even though the Arab Nations disagreed with the boundary lines, the UN went ahead with their plan. You see, after the fall of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, Britain had taken control of the land via a mandate whose time had run out. With Britain withdrawing from the area, the Jewish people flooded the region, claiming not just the territory given to them by the UN, but also places like Dr. D’s hometown. It was Palestinian territory, according to the UN. Come on, why should the Palestinians have to pay the price for the Nazi’s sins?
“Imagine the outrage, and you can understand why the Arab nations that surround the area formerly known as Palestine attacked the new state of Israel. That was the war of 1948. Since then, there have been two more wars, in ’56 and ’67, and I won’t be surprised when another happens. Understand, these attackers are being born and bred in the refugee camps. Imagine being young and healthy, and having no prospects or future. There is not much else to do but make babies. And they most certainly have been busy doing that. The Palestinians no longer have a nation, so they cannot get passports to migrate elsewhere.
“The group known as Fedayeen, which means ‘self-sacrificer,’ was born in the despair of the refugee camps. These men have given up hope of returning to their homes, which mostly have been torn down and rebuilt by the Israelis now. These Fedayeen do not only sacrifice themselves; they kill innocent people. They are homicide bombers! This naturally causes retaliation, which sets into place the continuing cycle of violence and destruction.”
“So why exactly does your friend want to go back over there?”
“He is a man with a vision and a passion. He is committed to justice for both sides, and he believes he can make a positive difference. If you knew him personally, Harold, you would believe it, too.”
Harold lifted his almost empty pouch of Crown Royal and exclaimed, “Let’s toast the man, and then I’ll tell you what my daddy told me when I was a kid, when my brothers and I would get out of hand. He’d say, ‘boys, you all are going the way of Cain and Abel, and you’d better quit. For one of those boys was filled with so much hatred and jealousy that he killed the other.’
“Then my old man would be on a roll, and he’d tell us about Sarah, Abraham’s wife. And we loved to hear that part, so we’d quit our fight. You see, although Sarah was already menopaused, she still desired a child. God had even shared a laugh with her about it coming true, but just like a woman, she took the matter into her own hands, and refused to wait for the Lord to deliver. So old Sarah decided to give her maidservant to her old man, and that chick and Abraham made a kid. Everything was fine when Ishmael arrived, but only for a very short while.
“Now, although Sarah was a dried-up old crone, she, too, birthed a son, and named him after the laughter she had shared with God, but called the kid Isaac. Sarah had gotten very territorial and demanded Abraham cast out his beloved first son with his mama Haggar, into the barren wilderness, and Abraham did it! But, as God always hears the cries of mothers and sons, he promised to make a great nation from Ishmael’s descendants, too. And thus, the Arab nation was born.
“By the sixth century before Christ, the conflicts in the land were already old news, and Jeremiah warned the people that all God could see was violence and destruction in the city. Sickness and wounds were all around.
“And then my old man would get tears in his eyes and softly recite:
“For every misunderstanding, every condemning thought, every negative vibration, every tear torn from a heart, every time one grabbed and wouldn’t let go, and they only did it because they did not know. The Divine is within all creation and within all women and men.
“And every tiny kindness you have ever done, every gentle word spoken, every time you held your tongue, every positive thought, every smile freely given, every helping hand that opens, helps bring in the kingdom. And the kingdom comes from above, and it comes from within. Imagine a kingdom of sisterhood of all creatures and all men.”
Harold stroked a tear away with the velvet pouch that held his Crown Royal, drew the last swig and offered up, “Godspeed to Dr. D on his mission from God.”
All proceeds for KEEP HOPE ALIVE are forevermore being donated to Dr. D’s daughter through the Jasmine Diab Trust Fund.
Yes, we all remember the days when high-ranking security officials were dragged into custody by the Lebanese armed forces because of their alleged involvement in the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri.
The current Lebanese government, headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, is already looking very fragile as it is. Divisions in recent weeks between its main primary bloc leaders over such issues as Lebanon’s energy policy have softened the ground for a potential walk-out. This was before the cabinet approved a controversial new electoral law based on proportional representation that seems doomed to die in Parliament.
|Saad al-Hariri Caught On Tape with “False Witness” Muhammad Zuhair al-Siddiq|
The Syrian ‘northern capital,” Aleppo, where fierce battles between the army and the armed opposition troops have been going on since the end of , has changed hands.
Government troops entered the central part of the city on Thursday. Special mission units are searching through the old districts adjoining the medieval fortress towering over Aleppo.
The rebels’ command had to confirm their surrender.
According to a local news agency, the residents of Aleppo are welcoming the army and expressing their gratitude for defending them from gangs of militants.
Syria’s government troops have entered the center of Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial hub.
They are now conducting a clean-up operation which can take a couple of days due to the city’s dense and tangled architecture.
According to the media, locals welcome the troops and thank them for liberation from the militants.
The troops assisted by aviation are also fighting against the insurgents in the city’s south-east and western districts.
Assad’s force has also regained control of the Salaheddine neighborhood of Aleppo.
Under the title
Orwellian Ramifications Begin To Unfold In Syria
Dr. Ismail Salami writes in Countercurrents the following (excerpt):
There is a horrible speculation that the insurgents in Syria may have seized hold of chemical weapons.
Apart from the catastrophically unthinkable havoc the rebels can wreak in Syria and in the region with the WMD, the rhetorical question which remains is how these weapons of mass destruction have fallen into the hands of the insurgents who are chiefly composed of Wahhabi al-Qaeda mercenaries of different nationalities including Afghans, Iraqis, Turkish, Yemenis, Jordanians, Pakistanis, and Saudis.
The situation in Syria is assuming Orwellian ramifications and the possibility to clearly understand or dissect the situation in the country is not an easy task.
In addition to the active role the Saudi-backed Wahhabis, CIA and some western intelligence organizations are playing in Syria , there is one entity, namely Israel which is stealthily espying every single development in Syria.
For the first time, an Israeli spy official clearly stated that Israel supports regime change in Syria and that it really demands an end to the government of President Bashar Assad.
I hope it will happen, even though I don’t know when or how,”
Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor said on Tuesday.
The top spy chief implicated why Assad should go and how it would damage the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I am not going to try to calculate when Assad’s end will come, but when it happens, Iran ‘s biggest ally will be gone.”
Taking it for granted that Assad is doomed to go, he said,
I hope the new Syria will understand that joining Iran is a mistake that brings isolation from the Western world.”
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There are at least two deeply worrisome questions that arise from this report:
Is the presence of WMD in Syria real, and if so how did the “rebels” come into their possession and what is their provenance?
Is this a “leak” meant to establish that any planned future use of WMD against Syria or Iran will be blamed on their possession by “elements” associated with but not necessarily part of the Free Syrian Army?
Precedents are not reassuring. Weapons of mass destruction have been used recently in Iraq and Afghanistan and in both cases ample preparatory propaganda (Saddam Hussein’s famous and elusive WMD) has been beamed at the world.
Over 70 members of a reclusive Muslim sect have spent a decade in an eight-level catacomb in Russia’s Tatarstan. Their 27 children, some of them born underground, lived with them without access to education, healthcare or even daylight. The founder of the sect, 83-year-old Faizrakhman Satarov, claims he is the last Muslim prophet.
Under the provocative title, ‘Israeli Mayor to Demolish UN Humanitarian Agency Emergency Shelter, the International Middle East Media Center publishes a report showing the Israeli efforts to keep East Jerusalem free of structures built without a permit (some of which even predate the ordinance, which shows how far back Palestinian illegality goes and how deeply ingrained it is).
The UN agency violates these edilitary efforts by placing so-called temporary emergency shelters for those evacuated from the demolished buildings, which defeats the purpose of the demolition.
The article, reproduced below almost in its entirety, states the facts correctly; one has only to ignore the false interpretations that are purposely unfavorable to Israel.
Israel strongly condemned the erection of the emergency shelters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Israel accused the UN of overstepping its bounds and asserted that the trailer homes are illegal and should be demolished according to reports in the Israeli dailies Ha’aretz and The Jerusalem Post as well as the Palestine News Network.
Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territories defended the agencies actions as emergency humanitarian assistance provided when the Palestinian families turned to the UN agency for help.
Gaylard echoed the concerns of other human rights groups in the area and noted that Palestinians in East Jerusalem apply for housing permits but do not receive them. He added, “Where else could we put [the shelters]? We are helping the Palestinians on land that is theirs. Beit Hanina is occupied Palestinian territory.”
Other officials at the agency noted that they did not require a permit for building because in addition to being build on Palestinian land, they are only an emergency solution, are not connected to utilities, and do not have foundations.
An Israeli spokeswoman said in a statement, “Israel is not a banana republic, but a state of law and order. The UN can help to advance the residents’ quality of life in keeping with the law and we hope the construction violation at the site is not in accordance with the UN.”
The shelters have the UN agency’s logo on them along with the flags of the donor countries of Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, The Netherlands and Ireland.
Israeli officials claimed that the flags were only there to embarrass Israel in these countries as it destroys their donations.
If Israel is embarrassed by people outside of its borders watching as they demolish emergency housing for families, perhaps they should reassess their decision to do so.
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It is clear to me that using the flags of the donor countries to identify these shelters is a way of trying to embarrass Israel, which is ridiculous: it cannot be done.