Sunday, 11 March 2012


"Israel acting like Nazis" 
British Jewish MP
Sir Gerald Kaufman, an MP and a member of a pro-Zionist 
group in the UK seriously criticized Israel in a recent session
in Parliament. Click here to watch the speech.

"Where Is Humanity?"
Many of the almost 900 Palestinians killed in Israel's war on Gaza have been civilians, while thousands of others have received treatment in hospital. Click to watch  (This package contains images that may disturb or offend some viewers.)
Source: AlJazeera English Channel

I Witnessed the Naksa of 1967
He is telling his story of how he was moved out of his home in Palestine
 and became a refugee in Lebanon – Listen!



The king's edict granted the Jews in every city
the right to assemble and protect themselves; 
to destroy, kill and annihilate any armed force
of any nationality or province
that might attack them and their women and children; 
and to plunder the property of their enemies.


Ken O'Keefe
The weblog of Ken O'Keefe

No Fly Zone Over Palestine

As Israel once again flexes its psychopathic tendencies, I feel the need to expose the hypocrisy of the west once more in the form of a picture.

F... NATO & US/British Imperialism

 Israeli War Crimes in Gaza: UN

Israeli forces committed war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity during their three-week war on the Gaza Strip, UN fact-finding rights mission concluded on Tuesday, September 15, hinting to a possible referral of the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC). "The mission concluded that actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly in some respects crimes against humanity, were committed by the Israel Defense Force," Richard Goldstone, the panel head, told reporters.
The 600-page report accused Israel of violating international humanitarian law cited "strong evidence that Israeli forces committed grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention in Gaza, including willful killing, torture or inhumane treatment, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, or extensive destruction of property.”

Taken from Click to read the story in full.

Kill Enemy Children: Jewish Edict
 "It is permissible to kill the Righteous among non-Jews even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation," Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, who heads the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the Yitzhar settlement in the occupied West Bank, wrote in his book "The King's Torah." He argues that goyem (a derogatory epithet for non-Jews) may be killed if they threaten Israel.
"If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder."
"If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill a thousand. And if they do not stop after we kill a thousand, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop, we must kill 100,000, even a million. Whatever it takes to stop them."- Rabbi Shapiro added.

  Click here to read the full story.

Norwegian FM Under Fire For Gaza Book Praise
A back-cover praise of a book exposing cruel Israeli massacres of Gaza civilians during last year’s deadly onslaught has brought Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store under fire from politicians and Jewish groups. “It is problematic that a representative of a democratic government is praising such things,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Haaretz Friday, January 1.
Store wrote a back-cover inscription to a new book by two Norwegian doctors about the three-week deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza.
In the book “Eyes in Gaza”, the authors describe Israel’s “monstrous, systematically implemented and comprehensive massacre” against Gaza civilians.
“When war rages, civilians are made mute," Store writes at the book back-cover.
“[They] told of what they saw. It was not their duty, but their responsibility,” he said, referring to the authors, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse.
“When military might fences out all voices, the few which remain become extra strong and important.”

Investigating War Crimes in Khuza'a Village
Focus On Gaza is's weekly show presented by correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin. Mohyeldin visited the village of Khuza'a where residents and human rights experts believe a possible war crime took place during Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip. Click here to watch part of Focus on Gaza.

Investigating War Crimes in Khuza'a Village

Focus On Gaza is's weekly show presented by correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin. Mohyeldin visited the village of Khuza'a where residents and human rights experts believe a possible war crime took place during Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip. Click here to watch part of Focus on Gaza.

Arabs Pay Price for Holocaust: Tutu
"The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns," The Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said illustrating that the Israeli onslaughts, fences and restrictions will not bring it security and peace. "I once met a German ambassador who said Germany is guilty of two wrongs. One was what they did to the Jews. And now the suffering of the Palestinians," Tutu added.
Click here to read more

"Ramadan Hard Without Them"
"I'm sad because my mother is not around to make the meals for breaking the fast,” the orphaned child Almaza Samuni told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Sunday, August 23. Not far from the Samunis makeshift tent, lives Dalal Abu Aisha, whose Ramadan is no less gloomy.
Dalal breaks the Ramadan fast on a table of empty chairs that were once occupied by her parents and three siblings.
"Now that Ramadan is here it reminds Dalal of the early-morning meals, the breaking of the fast with her family and the presents she used to receive from her father," Umm Adel, an aunt who is helping to raise Dalal, told AFP.
"She always seems distracted.”
Click to read the story in full.

Gazan Journalist Speaks Out
"How can we talk about the suffering of people? This is a very difficult situation, after a war that has killed and wounded thousands of innocent citizens. It is very important to talk about the total collapse of the morale of the people in the Gaza Strip." - Sameh Ramadan is a Palestinian Journalist, living in the heart of Gaza. He speaks about the horror he witnessed reporting the latest war on Gaza. Click here to read the interview with Sameh Ramadan

Gazans Treated "Like Animals": Carter
Former US president Jimmy Carter said he had to "hold back tears" while touring scenes of devastation in the war-torn Gaza strip on Tuesday, June 16, and seeing Palestinians treated more “like animals" under the Israeli stifling siege.  "Tragically, the international community too often ignores the cries for help and the citizens of Palestine are treated more like animals than like human beings," Cater said as he toured the blockaded enclave, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).
Click here to read more

Amnesty: Israel killed hundreds of Gaza civilians
Israeli troops killed hundreds of unarmed civilian adults and children, broke laws and committed war crimes during their winter offensive in Gaza, Amnesty International said in a scathing report released Thursday. The residents of Gaza are still trying to rebuild their lives after Israel's offensive.
The residents of Gaza are still trying to rebuild their lives after Israel's offensive.
The human rights group also pointed a finger at Hamas and other Palestinian militant organizations in its 117-page report.
Hamas and other Palestinian groups committed war crimes by firing hundreds of rockets into southern Israel, killing three Israeli civilians, injuring scores and driving thousands from their homes, according to the report.
Both sides must allow independent investigations into the 22-day conflict, which spanned December and January, Amnesty said.
"Hundreds of civilians were killed in attacks carried out using high-precision, air-delivered bombs and missiles and tank shells. Others, including women and children, were shot at short range when posing no threat to Israeli soldiers."
Read more…
Source: CNN

Glimpses of Post-War Gaza (Diary)
"In central Gaza’s Bureij camp, I meet a family - exemplary of families all over Gaza: just getting by on the most basic of foods –rice, lentils, bread …all UN handouts. They tell me they have not been able to buy tomatoes and other vegetables, let alone meat or fish, for days. Their house is riddled with cracks, holes in the roof, broken windows, and has no decorations, no frills. They live hand to mouth, day to day."- Eva Bartlett, a Canadian human rights advocate and freelancer.Click here to read the diary in full.

"I have suffered so much during and after the war"
It was a long journey for Jihad al-Sha’er to resettle in his new home, which he built from affordable and cheap materials after living homeless for four months after Israeli warplanes flattened his house during its Gaza war. "I have suffered so much during and after the war," al-Sha’er told inside his new home.
"I received small amounts of help as a kind of first aid to rent an apartment, but for a long time I couldn’t find any," said al-Sha’er.
"I couldn’t continue living in a tent," said a determined al-Sha’er.
"I decided to solve my problem with my hands when I experienced the severely cold winter."
Click to read the story in full

Israel Brings Palestinian to Catastrophe: Amnesty
With a deadly war that killed and maimed thousands, a chocking blockade, unlawful killings and land confiscations, Amnesty International is accusing Israel of bringing the life of the Palestinians to the brink of a catastrophe.  "The Israeli military offensive launched in late December brought conditions to the brink of human catastrophe," Amnesty said in its annual report on Thursday, May 28.
Israeli troops killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and wounded 5,450 and destroyed thousands of homes in 22 days of attacks in Gaza in December.
"Even before it began, the local economy was paralyzed by the lack of imports and a ban on exports," said Amnesty.
"(The blockade) exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation, health and sanitation problems, poverty and malnutrition for the 1.5 million residents."

Run to Help Gaza Kids 
LONDON -- A newly established British charity is seeking to help raise funds for the children of Gaza by sponsoring an event that seeks to break the Guinness Book world-record for the number of people running 100 meters in a 24-hour relay.  "We are trying to get 4,000 runners to run 100 meters in a 24-hour relay," Rahul Tarafder, communications director for IF charity, told
The Gaza 100, the charity's first project, aims to promote public participation in innovative, fun campaigns and fundraising projects and sweeping aside all "ifs" and "buts."
"Each participant will have to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100, so we are hoping to raise at least £400,000 for the children of Gaza."
Click to read the story in full

Jewish Professor in Trouble for Gaza Holocaust
CAIRO — Comparing the images of children killed in the recent Israeli war on Gaza to the Holocaust has opened the gates of hell against sociology professor William I. Robinson, and American Jew, and brought accusations of anti-Semitism.  "That's like saying if I condemn the US government for the invasion of Iraq, I'm anti-American," Professor Robinson told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday, April 30.
"It's the most absurd, baseless argument."
In January, Robinson sent an e-mail to 80 of his students including 25 images of Jewish victims of Nazis and similar images taken from Gaza after Israel's three-week onslaught.
"Gaza is Israel's Warsaw -- a vast concentration camp that confined and blockaded Palestinians," Robinson wrote in the mail, entitled "parallel images of Nazis and Israelis."
Click to read the story in full

Months On, Gazans Still Homeless
"We are living in a corridor and a bedroom," said 46-year-old Majid Jumeh told the Washington Post on Saturday, May 16. Jumeh's house in the southern city of Beit Lahiya was destroyed during the three-week Israeli onslaught in Gaza in January.
Since then, his eight eight-member family have been living in partially-destroyed room on the rubble of his house.
"We used to be at a good level. Now look at us."
More than 1,400 people were killed and 5,450 wounded in 22 days of Israeli attacks in Gaza in January.
Click here to read the story in full

Shell-shocked Gaza's children
The bombing, shelling and shooting will stop one day. The electricity and water will be restored. And the windows of the Mousa family's flat, every one of them blown out by Israeli air force strikes on the Palestinian president's palace next door, will be replaced.  But the trauma of the four Mousa children, aged three to nine years old, will not so easily be erased. For nearly two weeks now they have endured a constant barrage of shells from navy ships they can see through the plastic now covering the windows of their seafront flat in Gaza city, as well as the air force strikes on buildings nearby.
"The children scream and cry when there's shelling. It goes on all night," said their father, Raed, 35. "Every night, all night. The building shakes. We moved into the kitchen and sleep there. It's the safest place in the house. But my children are very scared, their faces turn yellow. The sound of the guns is very loud. We try to keep them busy playing and with their toys."
Read more by clicking here

Pope Snub Upsets Gaza Christians
GAZA CITY -- Christians in the bombed-out, Israel-closed Gaza Strip feel abandoned because Pope Benedict XVI of the Vatican will snub their coastal enclave during his upcoming several-day visit to the Holy Lands. "We are disappointed that he will not visit the Strip and see the scale of destruction with his eyes," Hala Saleeba, 41, a teacher in the Holy Family Christian School in Gaza, told
"The one who sees with eyes is not the same as the one who hears with ears."
Click here to read the story in full

Israel Covering Up Gaza Crimes: HRW
Human Rights Watch on Thursday, April 23, branded Israeli probes into the recent Gaza war as an attempt to covering up Israeli war crimes perpetrated in the densely-populated coastal enclave.  "The conclusions are an apparent attempt to mask violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces in Gaza," HRW Deputy Director Joe Stork said in a statement
Click here to read more

Dead Gaza Babies...Israeli Army Fashion
Sporting T-shirts with Palestinian babies, Gazan mothers mourning their slain children, razed mosques, Israeli soldiers are bragging their atrocities in the Gaza Strip.  "You take whoever [in the unit] knows how to draw and then you give it to the commanders before printing," an Israeli soldier who identified himself as Y., told Haaretz on Saturday, March 21.
Y. designed a T-shirt depicting a soldier in a Palestinian city with the slogan "If you believe it can be fixed, then believe it can be destroyed!".
Click here to read the story in full

US Accuses UN of Gaza Bias
In a report presented to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council on Monday, UN special human rights rapporteur in the Palestinian territories Richard Falk accused Israel of perpetrating war crimes of the greatest magnitude in Gaza.
The American Jewish law professor also accused Israel of violating Geneva Conventions on the protection of civilians during military conflicts.
Click here to read more.

Grieving Gaza Doctor Nominated for Nobel
Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish, a Palestinian doctor who lost his three daughters in the Israeli war on Gaza Strip, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize in recognition of his efforts to promote peace between Palestinians and Israelis. "I wouldn't call my first response joy, personally it is not joyous, but it does encourage me to hope for the two people," Abu al-Aish told the Israeli Yediot Aharonot on Monday, April 6.
"I received the news at the end of a meeting with the president of the European parliament while I was visiting Belgium."
Click here to read the story in full

Gaza's Traumatized Children Speak Out
"I get scared from the sound of bombings when it comes near my home.  I go to my Dad and he tries to comfort me. But, when my dad is not around, my brothers and I become very afraid.
I want to play again with my friends on the street and I want to have new ball to play soccer."
Click here to read more testimonies.

World Jurists Urge Gaza War Probe
A galaxy of the world’s leading judges, justice experts and rights advocates called on Monday, March 16, for a full and impartial international investigation into war crimes perpetuated during Israel’s three-week war on the besieged Gaza Strip. "As individuals with direct experience of international justice and reconciliation of conflict, we believe there is an important case to be made for an international investigation," the 16-strong group said in an open letter to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council.
The signatories – including former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Irish president and current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, were "shocked to the core" by the Gaza atrocities.
"A prompt, independent and impartial investigation would provide a public record of gross violations of international humanitarian law committed and provide recommendations on how those responsible for crimes should be held to account."
Click here to read the story in full

Viva Palestina Convey in Gaza
The Viva Palestina aid convoy included 12 ambulances and a fire engine and carried aid worth more than 1.4 million dollars, which were all handed over to Hamas-run government. interviewed Galloway, the main organizer who personally donated three cars and 35,000 dollars, a few hours before leaving the Palestinian territory.
Click to read the interview with Galloway in full

"Your voice volume is too high"- Erdogan to Peres
Click here to watch Erdogan commenting on Shimon Peres' speech in Davos 2009. Source: You Tube

"We can't celebrate while grief is everywhere."- Gazan Bride
"Gaza is still bleeding," Abdou, a Gazan bride, told "We can't celebrate while grief is everywhere." "How can we play music and celebrate in such conditions?"
"What happened was very cruel and we need years to perceive it," said the Gazan bride, referring to the deadly 22-day Israeli offensive in Gaza, which killed more than 1,400 people and wounded 5,450.
Eman, another bride, has a sober wedding party:
"Grieve prevails in every inch in Gaza," She says with a deep sigh.
"I would feel like committing a crime if I celebrated my wedding."
"We had many plans for the wedding, but our dreams were dashed"
"There are thousands of martyrs and injured. It is unacceptable to celebrate." recalls the young bride.
Read more by clicking here.

Stop Arming Israel: Amnesty
"We urge the UN Security Council to impose an immediate and comprehensive arms embargo on Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups until effective mechanisms are found to ensure that munitions and other military equipment are not used to commit serious violations of international law," Amnesty International Middle East Director Malcolm Smart said in a press release on Monday, February 23. "Weaponry, munitions and other military equipment supplied to Israel have been used by Israeli armed forces to carry out direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects in Gaza and attacks which were disproportionate or indiscriminate," said Amnesty.
Read more by clicking here

President of the Int'l Committee of the Red Cross on Gaza Crisis
"We once again call on all sides to take the political steps needed to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza once and for all," Jakob Kellenberger, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday, Jan 23. 2009 "Emergency aid is vital for Gaza short-term, but what is needed are the right conditions for economic development."
"It would not be acceptable to go back to the situation prior to this latest conflict,"
"Political preconditions must not be allowed to affect recovery efforts. Israel's right to address its legitimate security concerns must be balanced against the Gazans' right to lead a normal and dignified life." Mr. Kellenberger added.
Source: ICRC website

"Heartbreaking" destruction in Gaza- UN Secretary General
"I have seen only a fraction of the destruction. This is shocking and alarming," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Jan 20, 2009. "These are heartbreaking scenes I have seen and I am deeply grieved by what I have seen today," he added
Source: Reuters
"The humanitarian plight of the people continues…" UNRWA Gaza Director.
"The bottom line is of course that the humanitarian plight of the people continues to necessitate our efforts here, we have to keep going notwithstanding the dangers and the risks but also the new challenges that we face. I would put it to you this way, that we had a first hand experience here today in this compound of what the poor people of Gaza have been living with on a daily basis for the last 20 days and nights," John Ging, The Gaza Director of Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said on Jan 15, 2009. "So our appeal is not just for the safety of the UN staff and compounds and locations and convoys but even more important, the civilian population, the innocent men, women and children who continue to die and be killed in this conflict and injured in unacceptable numbers by any measure and of course the scale of destruction continues, you would expect when built-up areas are subjected to artillery and tank fire," he added.
Source: United Nations News Service

"We Are Creating Bombers": Israelis 
"It's not a war of defense," paratrooper Yitzchak Ben Mocha told the Guardian on Saturday, January 17. "We are creating a thousand suicide bombers for the future from the brothers of the dead, the sons of the dead ... in the long term, we are creating more terror." He added.
Read more by clicking here 
Source: The Guardian

"We were expecting death at any minute," -Khaled, a resident in Khan Yunis 
"With the intensity of the Israeli shelling, nobody could sleep for even a few minutes. Women were crying and children did not stop wailing." Khaled, a resident of the south eastern town of Khuza'a in Khan Yunis, told over the phone. "But nobody dared to venture out or even approach a window because the Israeli snipers, positioned on high buildings, were opening fire at any moving object," he recalled.
Read more by clicking here 

"They Know No Limit", Eva Reports From Gaza 
Eva Bartlett, who reports live from Gaza, added a new blog entry today, January 15, 2009 at 9:39 am, entitled "Bombing Central Gaza":  "Now that people have streamed out of homes in all the perimeter regions of Gaza, they are streaming out of homes in central Gaza. I went briefly back to an apt I'd been given by PCHR (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights), to collect some things… and decided to collect anything I valued, infinitely luckier than the dead or those who are given but 5 minutes to run for their lives.
But people are running, and the small space that is the Gaza strip has become a pinpoint, with people crammed into centers and still not feeling safe.
Leila in al Quds hospital at 8:59 am: "So al Quds now has army outside. Snipers next door. 50 hits near us during night and 4 hits to us. Fire in apartments behind, wounded kids near who we can’t collect…"
Source: In Gaza Blog

"I was shocked with the large number of dead and injured," Egyptian surgeon in Gaza
"As I'm going to help war victims I expected to see dead and injured people. But, what I saw was beyond that. I was shocked with the large number of dead and injured and with the strange and extensive injuries as well. However, I was inspired by the people's spirit. Despite the destruction of everything around them including the people themselves, I found a high degree of endurance. They are not afraid of dying in their battle to free their country. I also recognized a high degree of support between people," Egyptian surgeon Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Fattah currently in Khan Younis told .
Read the interview in full by clicking here.

No Happy Year For Gaza- Cartoonist Carlos Latuff
"I'd like to beg all viewers to spread this image anywhere, as a way to expose Israeli war crimes against Palestinians. Use it on t-shirts, posters, banners. Reproduce it in zines, papers, magazines, and make it visible everywhere. Here is the high-resolution version for printing purposes. Thank you in the name of every suffering Palestinian." Carlos Latuff, Brazilian cartoonist, stated on his blog. Source: Carlos Latuff's Blog

Live From Palestine, New Nakba 2009
It’s absolutely impossible, unbelievable, it’s a massacre. “They know no limits now,” the medics report. “They are going crazy.” Click here to read more Source: I Witness page,

Stop (ISRAELI) Gaza "Horror" :UK Jews
A galaxy of prominent British Jews who describe themselves as "supporters of Israel" is demanding an end of the Gaza "horrors," warning that Israel's offensive will strengthen extremism and further tarnish Israel's image worldwide. Read more  Source:

"…to break a deadlock that has gone on for decades now," (MASS MURDERER AND LIAR) Barack Obama 
"I think I said this couple of days back, that when you see civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli, harmed, under hardship, it's heartbreaking. And obviously what that does is it makes me much more determined to try to break a deadlock that has gone on for decades now," -US President- Elect Barack Obama said in an interview with ABC, on Jan 11, 2008. Source: ABC News

"We are talking about urban war"
Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, the Jordan-based spokesman for UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa said:
"We are talking about urban war,"
"The density of the population is so high, it's bound to hurt children ... This is a unique conflict, where there is nowhere to go." he added.
Source: Associated Press

"I am concerned with violations of international law," - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
"I am concerned with violations of international law," Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told Reuters in an interview. "Incidents such as this must be investigated because they display elements of what could constitute war crimes."
"There is an international obligation on the part of soldiers in their position to protect civilians, not to kill civilians indiscriminately in the first place, and when they do to make sure that they help the wounded," Pillay added.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday found four starving children sitting in front of the dead bodies of their mothers at a Gaza house. Navi Pillay, a former International Criminal Court judge from South Africa, commented by saying:
"In this particular case these children were helpless and the soldiers were close by,"

"We are wading in death, blood, and amputees…" Norwegian volunteer doctor in Gaza
Mads Gilbert, Norwegian volunteer doctor in Gaza, found a minute to type a text message on his mobile phone to friends: “We are wading in death, blood, and amputees. Many children. A pregnant woman. I have never experienced anything so terrible. Now we hear tanks. Pass it on, send it around, shout it out. Anything. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We are living in a history book now, all of us.”  Source:

"A Big Concentration Camp…" says the Head of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace
"Let's look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp." Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace said on Thursday, Jan 8, 2009 Source:

Why Arabs Hate West? Fisk Answers
"What is amazing is that so many Western leaders, so many presidents and prime ministers and, I fear, so many editors and journalists, bought the old lie; that Israelis take such great care to avoid civilian casualties," British journalist Robert Fisk wrote in the Independent on Wednesday, January 7. "Had George Bush had the courage to demand an immediate ceasefire 48 hours earlier, those 40 civilians, the old and the women and children, would be alive," said Fisk, using an earlier death toll.
"What happened was not just shameful. It was a disgrace. Would war crime be too strong a description? For that is what we would call this atrocity if it had been committed by Hamas."
"And of course, when an Arab bestirs himself with unrestrained fury and takes out his incendiary, blind anger on the West, we will say it has nothing to do with us.
"Why do they hate us, we will ask? But let us not say we do not know the answer." Fisk added.

"We are in a life or death situation"- UN Humanitarian Coordinator
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Maxwell Gaylard said on Dec 31, 2008:  “Conditions for parents and children in Gaza are dangerous and frightening. We are in a life or death situation for many people today. It is absolutely crucial that there is an end to the fighting. Without it, more civilians will continue to be killed. Without the violence stopping, it is extremely difficult to get food to people who need it, we cannot assess where the most urgent needs are, and it is too dangerous for civilians to leave their homes to seek urgent medical treatment, buy supplies and assist people in distress…"
Source: UN website

It is Heartbreaking - UN High Commissioner for Refugees
"The heavy casualties suffered by innocent civilians, including many children, are heartbreaking," United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres urged Israel on Monday to allow civilians in Gaza to flee Israeli-Palestinian fighting by crossing the border into Egypt. Source: Reuters

Swedish Foreign Minister Laments Gaza Victims
"The possibility that diplomatic efforts over the next couple of days will lead to progress has now diminished dramatically," said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on late Saturday, Jan 3. "The Israeli ground offensive is basically an admission that (Tel Aviv's) air attacks over the past week have failed to achieve what they had hoped for," "Instead of seeking a possible political solution after this failure they have now chosen to dramatically escalate the conflict with a ground offensive. It is obvious that this will make it harder to find a solution to this serious conflict," Bildt added.
Source: The Local Sweden News

Gazan Father Mourns Death of His Baby
A Palestinian father mourns his little baby who has been killed by the Israeli missiles. Click to watch.
Source: Aljazeera English Channel

"Stop Gaza Massacre" Ken Livingstone, Former Mayor of London
Click to watch the speech of Ken Livingstone, Former mayor of London, during London march for the support of Gaza.
Source: London march, on Saturday Jan 3, 2009

Eyewitness Inside Gaza

Friday, March 16, 2012

Disavow with no mercy? Not in my name!

Finally, it appears that years of work, persuasion, temptation, pressure and coercion have yielded its fruits, with the publishing (made it into hyper Zionist hate-site Harry's Place) of the joined statement by Mr Ali Abunimah and a few others, in which they brazenly called upon Palestinians and their supporters to disavow Gilad Atzmon because of his alleged "anti-semitism".

Here, I cannot help but wonder, what does Ali Abunimah mean exactly when he invites people to disavow Atzmon?

Can this "disavowal" be understood as a modern secular-leftist substituted for the "good old" Judaic concept of Herem?

Are we not entitled to ask then, if that concept of "disavowal" is by any chance related to the Talmudic concept of excommunication, in which "the Talmud forbids coming within six feet of a person who has been excommunicated"?

Ali Abunimah opens his statement with the declaration: "Granting No Quarter", calling to deprive the accused of any mercy or forgiveness. Such daring harsh words which mean "not to allow someone any mercy" eerily resemble the sinister Kabbalistic invocation of Pulsa diNura, a "ceremony in which the angels of destruction are invoked to block heavenly forgiveness of the subject’s sins",

It appears, yet again, that some people are determined to thrust us back into the Dark-Ages. Not only do they exhibit severe intolerance towards those whom they disagree with, but also instead of defending their position and "refuting" such disagreeable ideas with logic, factual information and reason, they resort to fight them with unsubstantiated accusations.

Furthermore, they actively and shamelessly participate in barbaric rabbinic medieval type of behaviour, in which they call for the "disavowal" (modern-secular for excommunication) of those whom they perceive as "heretics" for daring to think outside the box or for being crazy enough to talk about taboos and cross the boundaries of "permissible" debate. Amazingly, even those who refuse to abide by such "rabbinical-style" orders are also sentenced for being guilty by association, so they get the excommunication treatment too!

I would like to remind Mr Ali Abunimah and the few individuals who signed his statement, that in our Islamic heritage, Arabic tradition and Palestinian culture that they claims to defend and protect, such concept of excommunication , Herem, Pulsa diNura, and exclusion from mercy and forgiveness, are non-existent.

I would like to remind them also that such foreign concept they are trying forcibly to shove down our throats and introduce to our culture under the pretext of "fighting racism", does not only stand in stark contradiction with the very core ethos of the culture they claim to be defending, but it reflects severe reasoning impotence as well as intellectual incompetence.

Indeed, our culture has suffered heavy blows under the repeated attacks of the past centuries, which caused some disorientation in its vision and practice in our era, however, facts remain;

In our inherited culture, we do not disavow, ostracize or excommunicate, we invite for debate

In our inherited culture, we do not burn books we disagree with, we refute with reason and facts.

In our culture, we do not forbid independent thinking, we encourage إجتهاد Ijtihad.

In our culture, we do not forbid deep critical thinking or unfamiliar creative ideas, we call it تفكر (thinking), تدبر (reflecting), تعقل (using the brain), تأمل (meditation).

In our culture, we do not say "grant no quarters", we say "ارحموا من في الارض يرحمكم من في السماء", have mercy on those on earth, the One in Heaven will have mercy on you.

In our culture we oppose double standard, we call it hypocrisy; one cannot pretend to oppose one type of racism (anti-Jewish racism) yet sneakingly participate in the concealment of Jewish anti-gentile racism by blocking information, aborting any debate about it and by silencing and shunning those who attempt to expose it.

In our culture, we refuse to act as lackeys of our oppressors, as they sharpen their knives, we refuse to be ones who lay down on the floor while guiding them where and how to slaughter.

In our culture, we refuse to be fooled by sugar coated vacuous promises, NOT all the shiny teeth we see are necessarily smiles.

In our culture, we say selling your land equates selling your dignity and selling your honour.

The brain continues to buzz with burning questions:

Why is it that Ali Abunimah, his mentors and those who approve of his statement are keen to prevent Palestinians and their supporters from examining and analysing the ideology, the motivation and the method of operation of our occupiers?

Do they not realize that by censoring the investigation of motives and modus operandi of the crimes, they implicitly and invariably imply that there is no crimes, i.e they facilitate the normalization and the whitewashing of the crimes?

What is it that makes them so desperate to conceal from our eyes, and to stop us from discussing the disturbing reality and to ignore the ugly fact that 70% of "Israeli" Jews believe that they are the "chosen"?

Are they so naïve as to pretend that if we rub shoulders with a few Post-Zionism activists or Cultural Zionists, singing Kumbaya and hugging each other, we would melt the heart of our oppressors, and we would see them kneeling down, shedding their chosen-ness, arrogance and supremacy and asking for forgiveness, and lo and behold, all of a sudden the paradigm of our world would shift, all our problems as Palestinians would be magically solved, when the "chosen" would embrace us as equals?

Do they not comprehend the catastrophic implications of their embracing of the idea of equating oppressors with oppressed, while knowing that the oppressor suffers from the "chosen" superiority complex, which leaves them at best feeling intellectually and morally exceptional and at worst believing that gentiles are only created to serve the Jews and be their slaves?

Do they not see how severely deluded when they kid themselves with the fantasy of equality between victims and criminals, of which the criminals are ideologically inflated with concepts of superiority, paranoid with phantomic pains of exceptional suffering, entrenched in a society of militarism and intoxicated with the illusion of invincibility?

Furthermore, why is it that Ali Abunimah and his mentors want to prevent us from looking at, analysing and understanding the level of influence exerted by the Jewish-Zionist lobby, how it is organized and how does it function to acquires such high levels of control and malignant influence?

Why is it that he along with others, are taking part in a campaign that want to divert our attention from looking at issues we can no longer ignore such as the racist fanatical laws implemented hysterically to accelerate the Judaization of Palestine, including the disturbing reality of the extensive level of support of the Jewish state "Israel" by the global Jewish communities?

How can they fantasize that an occupation entity whose ideological foundations are supremacist to the core, with chosen-ness, exceptionalism, specialness, and uniqueness of suffering would suddenly concede to view the un-chosen gentile as equal?

How could they propose to us a solution that would finalize the Zionist project by thinking that loosening the military grip while legitimizing and increasing a civilian/ political/ financial/ educational/ cultural supremacist grip, is good of Palestinians?

Why would any sane Palestinian want to trap his people into placidly and foolishly accepting the finalization of the Zionist project by embracing Post-Zionism with all its supremacists racist attitudes, under the delusion that it might weigh better in the scale of morality than militant Zionism?

"Never forgive, never forget" seems to be "acceptable" and "reasonable" when it is repeated by people of Jewish background, but the gentile-others who suffered and still suffering at the hands of Jewish-Zionist, are labelled as racist anti-Semites if they refuse to lovingly embrace their abusers and pre-forgive their rapists before they even stop their crimes, and before seeing any signs or intention to change of their cruelty, criminality, behaviour and racist attitude.

The death-trap solution presented to us by Ali Abunimah and his cohorts in which they "hope" and "promise" us with a "community founded on justice, where all are free, all are equal and all are welcome", omitting to mention that such dust in the eyes is not a solution but mere delusion:
Equating abused and abuser is No justice;
Absolving and rewarding criminals is No freedom;
Fantasizing to be accepted as equal with supremacist is No hope;
Claiming "all are free", when only some have the monopoly of everything is No promise.

Abunimah, continues to further deceive his people, the victims, when he lays the claim that as a prerequisite to having "self-determination", Palestinians are implicitly asked not only to pre-forgive and grant their oppressors total and unconditional amnesty before they even stop their crimes, but also they are suppose to defend the sensitivities and shield from attacks, the present occupiers and those who support them.
Moreover, the victims of decades of racism are supposed to secure the future of the supremacist victimizers, and to reassure and guarantee the abusers that their crimes don't matter, no matter what they do, they will always be accepted as equal (though as "chosen" they will be a little bit more equal than others), and their freedom (to continue their oppression, theft, crimes and mischief) will always be granted.

Furthermore, abusing the sincerity and magnitude of Palestinian hospitality, playing with the warmth and tenderness of their emotions and under the deceitful banner of "all are welcome", Abunimah, the self-claimed "owner of Palestine", the self-appointed Future-Immigration-Minister, hopes to facilitate the continuous invasion of the supremacist "chosen" occupiers! How amazing! How just! How very generous! How pathetic!

After a century of aggravation, any Palestinian who propagates the fantasy that "Israeli-Jews", with their artificially-created, ideologically racist, inherently fascist settler society would one day embrace as equals, the Palestinians -whom they brutalised for decades and still do, is at best Naïvely deluded or at worst a traitor, and in both cases he/she would be furnishing their "successful careers" with tiny bodies of little babies slaughtered at the alter of lunatic supremacism, they would be climbing over the bodies of thousands of martyrs, trashing the sacrifices of his own people.

Contrary to the understanding and lopsided logic of Mr Ali Abunimah and his cohorts, discussing and criticising the ideologies, the politics, the aims, and the motivations of some Jewish Zionists or anti-Zionist persons or groups, is NOT anti-Semitic. Such criticism does not occur "simply because they are Jews":

We criticise their obfuscation of truth, by acting as filterers of information, attempting to prevent people from learning about issues, vital to understanding the Palestinian catastrophe;

We criticise the hysterical manner in which they react against people who attempt to examine and understand the global and powerful Jewish-Zionist networks and lobby, their unrelenting support of "Israel" and it's ramification on Palestine and the Palestinian cause;

We criticise their hypocrisy in the way they frantically accuse people of racism simply because we expose and oppose one of the ugliest forms of racism, while they turn a blind eye to what we came to know as Jewish racism (no motion is presented to PSC to oppose that kind of racism);

We criticise their irrational performance, appointing themselves as "Thought Police" and "Political Commissars", Forbidding people from reading what THEY deem unsuitable, or associating with those who THEY condemn to be excommunicated;

We criticise their primitive and tribal behaviour, insisting to protect the interest of Jewish communities despite the irrefutable fact, these communities are by a good majority supportive of "Israel";

We criticise their insidious protection of the future interest of Jewish-Israeli genocidal occupiers, which is no doubt contrary to International Law and of course contrary to Palestinian interest;

We criticise their pushy dominance on the solidarity movement, and their insistence to steer it and to define its aims and objectives rather than leaving that mainly to Palestinians on whose behalf the campaign was created;

We criticise their irritating arrogance by insisting to impose their definition of words and concepts (like anti-Semitism and Holocaust-denier) leaving no room for other intellectuals to put their case or views;

We criticise their detrimental and harmful agenda, (divergent from the Palestinian agenda) on the Palestinian movement and on the shaping of the future of Palestine;

The fact remains that many of those whom they accuse of “anti-Semitism” are themselves Jews or have Jewish ancestry like Richard Falk, John J. Mearsheimer, Gilad Atzmon, Paul Eisen, Jonathan Azaziah, OR Semites themselves like: Samir Abed-Rabbo, Ramzy Baroud, Nahida Izaat, Sammi Ibrahim, sameh Habib and Jonathan Azaziah.

So, when they come whining and shouting “anti-Semites”, “anti-Semites” whenever confronted with truthful, genuine and scrupulous criticism is not only childish and wasteful, but –and time will tell, is also counterproductive if not destructive, and will only yield more trivialization of the word they have misused and abused so much, namely "anti-Semitism".

For us who engage in that type of intellectual criticism, the fact that those -whose agenda and actions we criticise, are Jewish is irrelevant, it is absolutely not the issue, they could be of any racial or religious background. What we criticise is THEIR POLITICS and THEIR AGENDA which we redeem more geared to further the interests of Jewish "Israelis" and organizations and communities supporting them, rather than Palestinians, hence it is harmful to Palestine.

The fact that THEY are Jews or define themselves as Jews is extraneous, except in the detail that they USE this reality as a pretext to attack and defame activists and intellectuals who disagree with them and who dare to criticise their agenda. They USE this to excommunicate activists and intellectuals who care deeply about Palestine and whose prime objective is the LIBERATION of Palestine, and whose main concern is the protection of interest of the long-oppressed Palestinians.

Finally, some questions to ponder upon, for those who signed the "disavowal" statement and those who agree with it:

Is it anti-Semitic to examine racist ideologies and expose it?

Is it racist to disagree with the politics of some groups when their involvement in politics is based on tribalism?

Is it immoral when a person finds him/herself unable to love his/her torturer and tormentor?

Is it moral to force a person to love and live with the killer of his child?

Is it moral to force a person to marry her rapist?

Is it obligatory that all people must love all the Jews all the time, simply because they are Jews?

Is it racist to dislike some Jews for their bad actions and attitude?

Is this sentence by Gill Kaffash anti-Semitic and racist: "If a Zionist is a Jew, it is anti-Semitic to mention it; if an anti-Zionist is a Jew, it is mandatory to point it out."?

I hereby denounce and reject in total the adaptation of rabbinical schemes of control within our Palestinian midst and mindset, in which medieval methods of thought terrorism and oppression are exercised; including the "granting of no mercy or forgiveness" against curious free-thinking dissenters, and the use of exclusion of intellectuals from the folds of the "tribe", as means of punishment for their "sins and crimes".

I denounce and reject in total any proposal of a "solution" that would trap my people in a status quo scenario, in which the occupiers remove their attire and keep their essence, shed their skin and hold on to their racist supremacist core, declare the end of Zionism (which already has fulfilled its goals), only to continue business as usual.

I shall leave it at that. 


mark glenn said...
AMEN Nahida! Absolutely disgusting the way that Abunimah & co genuflect before Jewish racism in such a traitorous fashion. As the old saying goes--with friends like these, who needs enemies?
Average Joe Body Builder said...
Traitors in the midst.

I know how some of these guys think. Dey tink dat if dey please da boss-man, then boss-man be happy wid dem and dey's kin finuhly bee FREE!

House niggers, all of them I tell you. Didn't they learn something from Malcolm X (not Martin Luther King)? When someone talks to you with a shotgun, you don't respond back with a book. You talk in the language spoken to you. It's called communication. For Ali Abu-Nimah to disavow GA is like Jimmy Carter disavowing toothpaste!
MJ said...
There is a generation of Muslims that is rising, especially in the east and they are asking the hard questions and will disavow anyone who is traitorous to their cause.
GA is part of our present and future resistance discourse whether those who hypocritically others like it or not. Abunimah your true colors are showing, and the the stamp on your backside says made in Israhell!
We stand By our Man!
MJ said...
Typo* should read, "Whether those who hypocritically shame others like it or not."
Gilad Atzmon said...
Tx so much Nahida for this piece. What we see now is the Judification of the Pls secular political discourse. Indeed very concerning. However, I am receiving so much support from Pls and Pls all over the world...
Louis Godena said...
Nahida, part of any political agenda is managing the rank and file in order to better serve the movement's elites. The Palestinian Solidarity Movement is no exception. GA's campaign has made signficant openings in the democratization of dissent against what is happening in Occupied Palestine. And that is why his ideas are meeting with such furious hatred from the elites within both communities.


  1. Leading British Jews (SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL!) call on Israel to halt 'horror' of Gaza

    Peter Beaumont, David Smith and Ben Quinn
    The Observer, Sunday 11 January 2009
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    A group of Britain's most prominent Jews has called on Israel to cease its military operations in Gaza immediately, warning that its actions, far from improving the country's security, will "strengthen extremism, destabilise the region, and exacerbate tensions inside Israel".

    Describing themselves, as "profound and passionate supporters" of Israel - and supporting its right to defend itself against the "war crime" of Hamas rocket attacks - they added that the current tactics threatened to undermine international support for Israel.

    The intervention, in a letter published in today's Observer, came as fears grew that Israel was to launch a "new phase" of its military offensive inside the Gaza strip. Yesterday warplanes dropped leaflets warning Gazans "not to be close to terrorists, weapons warehouses and the places where the terrorists operate". The two-week-old campaign has already killed more than 800 Palestinians, while 13 Israelis have died, three of them civilians killed by Hamas rockets.

    Although individual Jewish writers and religious figures have expressed their opposition to the conduct of Operation Cast Lead, the letter represents the most significant break with Israel's tactics from a group of UK Jews.

    Prominent rabbis, academics and political figures are among the signatories, including Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, head of the Movement for Reform Judaism; Sir Jeremy Beecham, former chair of the Labour party; Professor Shalom Lappin of the University of London; Baroness Julia Neuberger; Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism; Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, principal of Leo Baeck rabbinical training college; and lawyer Michael Mitzman, who set up Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for the Home Office.

    Their demand comes amid increasing pressure on Israel from the diplomatic community to halt its operations, and rising criticism of the humanitarian impact on Palestinian civilians, including allegations of potentially serious breaches of international humanitarian law. Demonstrations around the world yesterday called for a ceasefire.

    "We look upon the increasing loss of life on both sides of the Gaza conflict with horror," reads the letter. "We have no doubt that rocket attacks into southern Israel, by Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups, are war crimes against Israel. No sovereign state should, or would, tolerate continued attacks and the deliberate targeting of civilians. Israel had a right to respond and we support the Israeli government's decision to make stopping the rocket attacks an urgent priority.

    "However, we believe that now only negotiations can secure long-term security for Israel and the region."

    The letter was written before the escalation of ground fighting in Gaza City itself signalled by Israel yesterday.

    "There can be no alternative to a negotiated solution," said Beecham. "Israel should be demonstrating, along with the Palestinian Authority, that there are economic and political benefits to be gained from peaceful engagement rather than violent confrontation."


  2. Leading British Jews (SUPPORTERS OF ISRAEL!) call on Israel to halt 'horror' of Gaza

    Peter Beaumont, David Smith and Ben Quinn
    The Observer, Sunday 11 January 2009


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    In London violent clashes broke out near the Israeli embassy as tens of thousands marched in protest. Helmeted riot police with batons and shields charged a group of demonstrators who hurled sticks, shoes and traffic cones back at them while chanting "Free Palestine!"

    Protesters tried to force entry to the north gate of Kensington Palace Gardens and six climbed an adjoining wall, setting fire to an American flag. The windows of a Starbucks opposite the embassy were smashed.

    The police charges created waves of panic. Protester Ahmed Mohammad, 23, claimed he saw women and children get hurt: "It was a peaceful protest until the riot police came. I've seen a mother and little girl pushed to the ground."

    Some protesters attempted to throw barriers and other missiles at police.

    The Stop the War Coalition, which organised the event, claimed that "at least" 100,000 people had made it "the biggest demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinian people in the history of this country". The Metropolitan Police estimated the total at 12,000.

    Earlier, Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park was turned into a sea of Palestinian flags and banners condemning Israel. Speakers included human rights advocate Bianca Jagger, singer Annie Lennox and the Rev Garth Hewitt, canon at St George's Cathedral in Jerusalem.

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