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The Cost of Israel to Americans

From Veterans Today

Many of the most serious dangers facing Americans today stem from our “special relationship” with Israel

by The Council For The National Interest

Our uniquely massive support for Israel has cost trillions of dollars and multitudes of lives. It has diminished our moral standing in the world, lessened our domestic freedoms, and exposed us to unnecessary and growing peril.

The majority of Americans – as well as our diplomatic and military experts – oppose this unique relationship. Yet, the lobby for Israel continues to foment policies that are disastrous for our nation and tragic for the region.

If we are to have Middle East policies that serve the national interest, that represent the highest values of our founders and our citizens, and that work to sustain a nation of honor, decency, security, and prosperity, then it is essential that all Americans become active and informed. Below are the facts:

American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day

(See report from Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress):

This to a nation, at its peak, of 7.4 million people – smaller than New Jersey. Israel has received more American money than any other nation on earth. It is more than we give to all the starving countries of Africa put together.

From 1950-53 Israel’s financial influx from the U.S. was one billion dollars; Israel at that time had 1.6 million inhabitants

In the past ten years, American taxpayers have given Israel approximately $200,000 per family of five.

This costs us even more:

US aid to Israel is given in a lump sum at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Since the US is operating at a deficit, this means that we borrow the money, give it to Israel, and then pay interest on it long after it is gone.

Israel, on the other hand, makes interest from it. Congress has mandated that Israel’s aid be immediately deposited to an interest bearing account with the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Additional financial costs: $3 trillion

  • About $1.5 billion to Egypt and $843 million to Jordan is dispensed annually under arrangements made to induce these countries’ friendly relations with Israel.
  • Billions of dollars have been lost to U.S. manufacturers because of the Arab boycott engendered by Israeli actions.
  • Enormous and continuing costs to U.S. consumers of petroleum, which surged to such heights that it set off a world-wide recession during the Arab oil boycott imposed in reaction to U.S. support of Israel in the 1973 war.

There are a multitude of such costs.

A report by an economist commissioned by the Army War College in 2003 to analyze the situation in full found that the total cost to Americans over Israel’s 60+ years has been $3 trillion.

Americans have a higher unemployment rate than Israel and 10 million families are reportedly sliding into foreclosure; yet Americans continue to give tax money to Israel.

US CASKETS RETURNING FROM IRAQ

On top of this are the costs of the Iraq war:  hundreds of thousands of lives & over $3 trillion

The costs of the the Iraq war, which was promoted by Israel partisans, are almost incalculable and are still growing.

The war added trillions of dollars to the federal debt, and this doesn’t include future health care and disability payments for veterans.

Economists report that the global financial crisis was due, at least in part, to the Iraq war.

The same parties are pushing for a similar attack on Iran.

The Lobby for Israel overrules US experts

U.S. policies in the Middle East rarely reflect U.S. interests and values.

Instead, over the objections of a multitude of State Department and Pentagon analysts, they are largely driven by a variety of factors:

1. Special-interest lobbying.  Fortune Magazine rates one of the many lobby organizations working on behalf of Israel, AIPAC, as the second most powerful lobby in Washington. Many analysts consider the pro-Israel interest group the most powerful lobby in our nation.

Senator William J. Fulbright aimed to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship — (wiki)

By the late 1960s Senator William Fulbright found that U.S. aid to Israel was being secretly funneled back to lobbyists in the U.S., who would use it to lobby for still more U.S. money to Israel.

The U.S. justice department and other agencies have often attempted to enforce U.S. laws

2. Israel partisans in the U.S. government and media: The efforts of a growing number of individuals with close ties to Israel (some are neoconservatives, others are neoliberals) who often hold key positions in U.S. administrations, the State Department, Pentagon, and media.

The US Ambassador to Israel stated that all US Middle East policies are predicated on their effect on Israel. This is a highly inappropriate practice and one that is replicated in no other region. US policies should be based on American interests and priorities, not those of a foreign nation.

3. Campaigns by pro-Israel funders to engender Islamophobia: to create fear and hatred of Muslims, a highly diverse population of 1.5 billion people whose faith is one of the three Abrahamic religions and who worship the same God as Christians and Jews.

4. Israeli-centric news reporting by the U.S. media consistently misportrays the current situation and the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

5. Hollywood movies and television shows, which often play a significant role in shaping attitudes and beliefs. These shows, frequently produced by individuals with ties to Israel, depict Arabs and Muslims almost always negatively, Jews and Israelis almost never negatively, and Christians both positively and negatively.

[Interestingly, the oil and weapons industries are not responsible for our relationship with Israel. In fact, at times these industries have lobbied against U.S. support for Israel, which undermines their ability to do business in the region.]  

Jonathan Pollard — Israel granted Pollard citizenship in 1995, while publicly denying, until 1998, that he was an Israeli spy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has voiced particularly strong support for Pollard, visiting the convicted spy in prison in 2002.

Israel promotes its own interests, which is the right of any nation.

However, this is done at the expense of Americans who fund it.


There is considerable evidence that Israel is not the close ally many Americans believe it to be:

  • The GAO has reported that Israel conducts the most intense spying operation against the U.S. of any of our presumed allies.
  • Intelligence experts consider Jonathan Pollard the most damaging spy in US history. For years Israel denied any connection to Pollard; now it actively lobbies for his release.
  • Israeli forces have killed and injured numerous Americans. Rarely, if ever, have there been significant consequences.
  • Israel has stolen U.S. technology, and passed it on to other nations, some of them U.S. adversaries.

The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

In 1967 Israeli forces attacked a U.S. Navy ship, the USS Liberty, killing or injuring over 200 American servicemen.

An independent commission in 2003 by extraordinarily high-ranking U.S. military officers and officials found that

Israel had commited an act of war against the United States,

the US President had recalled rescue aircraft, and that

the President had ordered a cover-up on the incident.

These statements, recorded in the Congressional Record, were not reported by U.S. news media.

Israeli ethnic expansionism has caused regional misery, instability, and continual conflict.

Israeli aggression (Israel initiated all of its wars except one) and its violations of international lawhuman rights conventions, and UN resolutions, have created enormous hostility against it throughout the world.

The US, as Israel’s number one funder, is increasingly imperiled by hostility created by Israeli actions.

Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons poses considerable danger both to the region itself and far beyond.

it has refused to sign the nuclear proliferation treaty and the British American Security Information Council has found that in Israel “nuclear weapons are being assigned roles that go well beyond deterrence.”

While US intelligence agencies have so far found no indication that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, Israel’s possession of these weapons, combined with its history of aggression, create a compelling motivation for other nations in the region to acquire them for deterrence.

     Israel’s war crimes in Gaza

Israel frequently uses American weapons in violation of US laws, killing and maiming large numbers of civilians, women, and children.

Since this is funded by American tax payers, and shielded by the U.S. government, it is causing dangerous hostility toward the U.S.

Damage to civil liberties and the American way of life


       TSA MOLESTATION

This dangerous and unnecessary peril (diplomats note that before Israel the US had no enemies in the region) has caused Americans to tolerate dangerous infringements on our liberty and violations of our Constitution.

This is causing deep damage to our character as a nation.

Deeply intrusive and potentially carcinogenic airport scanners, offensive “pat-downs” of our women and children, abrogations of our nation’s most fundamental legal principles are just a few of the direct and indirect results of our Israel policies.

A secure, prosperous, and honorable America

We would be far safer and our nation far healthier by heeding the wisdom of George Washington, the father of our nation:

“…nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.”

Source: The Council for the National Interest

Edited for Veterans Today by: Debbie Menon


The Council for the National Interest Foundation (CNIF) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides information and analysis on the Middle East, its relationship to the United States, and about policy formation regarding this region. CNI seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is CNI’s goal to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans.

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Police, protesters clash in front of Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv

From uruknet.info

By Noam Sheizaf and Dahlia Scheindlin

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 Protesters clashed with police on Tuesday evening after a demonstration against a string of anti-democratic legislative initiatives recently brought forth in the Knesset. Some 200 people demonstrated in front of the headquarters of the ruling Likud party, blocking King George Street in the center of the city. Police sprayed the protesters with pepper spray and at least one person was arrested.

The protesters had marched from a larger demonstration held earlier in the evening at the square of the Habima Theater at the end of Rothschild Blvd., the birthplace of the summer tent protest. The demonstration had been called in opposition to a series of laws that are widely perceived to threaten democratic freedoms. The most recent of these was the new version of Israel’s libel law, which passed the first reading in Knesset on Monday; but the leaders of the protest read out a series of laws currently being debated, including legislation to change the makeup of the panel that chooses Supreme Court judges and the process of their confirmation, legislation against foreign funding for NGOs, and laws passed earlier this year, such as the laws allowing acceptance committees for small communities in Israel.

Demonstration Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. Sign reads, “The right won’t silence me.” (photo: Dahlia Scheindlin)

Protesters, many wearing masking tape or masks over their mouths to symbolize the repression of freedom of speech, railed against what they called the extreme right-wing government, chanting “When the left gets together, the right gets frightened!” and “The response to the legislation – revolution!” and the main refrain: “No-confidence!” By contrast to the social protests of the summer, this was an explicit anti-government protest.

More photos of the demonstration, all by ActiveStills:

Protesters and police clash in Tel Aviv November 22, 2011 (Photo: Oren Ziv ActiveStills)

Protesters and police clash in Tel Aviv November 22, 2011 (Photo: Oren Ziv ActiveStills)

Protesters and police clash in Tel Aviv November 22, 2011 (Photo: Oren Ziv ActiveStills)

Protesters and police clash in Tel Aviv November 22, 2011 (Photo: Oren Ziv ActiveStills)

Protesters and police clash in Tel Aviv November 22, 2011 (Photo: Oren Ziv ActiveStills)

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Pregnant Woman Miscarries After Being Sprayed With Pepper Spray

Posted by mayank at World Of Technology

“I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” she says. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.'”

At that point, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach. “Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut,” she says.

She was fine for a couple days, until she started feeling sick.

Jennifer went to the doctor and found out her baby had no heartbeat. “They said the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to it [the fetus], too.”

Uploaded by  on Nov 21, 2011

*** View the 3:23 version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjFo7Q2cBNY ***

Here is the aftermath of the chemical attack and apparent beating of pregnant Occupy Seattle protester Jennifer Fox. You’ll see several Occupiers suffering from the chemical attack rained down on them by the Seattle Police Department.

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR OWS ?

From Desertpeace

America’s elite think they’ve put our movement in its proper place–intimidated by the police powers of the U.S. state and pessimistic that any real change can be achieved.

But they’re wrong. The Occupy movement has already changed the way millions of people think about their lives, the world they live in, and their political beliefs–and that isn’t going away, whatever form the struggle takes now.

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Occupy’s Next Struggle

(Photo: Paul Stein/Socialist Worker)

(Photo: Paul Stein/Socialist Worker)

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the NYPD’s raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City was merely to ensure security and public health, without limiting the right to free speech–and his words were parroted by mayors and the media around the U.S. to justify other assaults.

But then Police Lt. John Pike showed the world what’s really going on.

A cop at the University of California Davis, Pike carried out the sadistic pepper-spraying of students during a peaceful November 18 sit-in–capturing in an indelible image the vengeful and violent crackdown on the Occupy movement that has been ordered by the wealthy and powerful across the U.S.

The raids, the arrests and the police violence are about trying to silence a movement that is giving voice to the accumulated discontent of the working-class majority in U.S. society. They’re also about showing who’s the boss–the political and business establishment.

As for free speech and democracy, the real attitude of the 1 percent was on full display in a November 21 Wall Street Journal editorial that reeked of contempt for ordinary people and hatred of anyone who dares to take a stand for justice:

In New York City and elsewhere, the occupiers reacted to being cleared out of their aromatic tent-towns this week by breaking the law and disrupting the lives and work of people trying to earn a living.

The logic–perhaps not the right word–of these protests seems to be that by inconveniencing millions of people the protesters will inspire a political revolt of the exploited masses. More likely, they will inspire the masses to be revolted by this vanguard of the college-educated proletariat.

America’s elite think they’ve put our movement in its proper place–intimidated by the police powers of the U.S. state and pessimistic that any real change can be achieved.

But they’re wrong. The Occupy movement has already changed the way millions of people think about their lives, the world they live in, and their political beliefs–and that isn’t going away, whatever form the struggle takes now.

In just two months of existence, the movement has shifted the national debate by casting a spotlight on the question of corporate greed and economic inequality–no small achievement given the stiflingly narrow discussion permitted in the corporate media. Occupiers have shown that it’s possible to win wide support for some powerful left-wing arguments–tax the rich, create jobs, end the wars, hold political leaders accountable.

And the struggle has brought together many thousands of people who want to do something about all this–and do it now. Whether they could maintain permanent encampments or not, local Occupy movements have been a political gathering place for both veterans of labor and grassroots organizing and people completely new to activism to find each other and make common cause.

Many Occupy actions have been about the outrageous attacks on the right to free speech and peaceable assembly–that is, about defending our right to protest at all. But the movement has also been deepened by linking up with working people’s struggles of all kinds, from resisting budget cuts and school closures to supporting strikes and efforts to block evictions from foreclosed homes.

If the movement isn’t yet capable of the kind of mass civil disobedience that can defend the camps everywhere, it has nevertheless created new networks of activists who now have the practical experience of mutual solidarity to put to use in the struggles ahead.

From the general strike call in Oakland, Calif., that shut down the city’s port November 2 to the pickets in support of locked-out workers at Sotheby’s in New York and uncounted anti-eviction protests in many cities in between, Occupy has shown the potential to build a mass, activist left in the U.S. for the first time in decades.

The question for activists in many cities now is whether and how to rebuild encampments that have been wrecked–with their former sites turned into “free speech-free” zones by police and local authorities (almost all of those authorities Democrats, by the way).Some voices on the left are advising the Occupy movement to shrug off the loss of the camps. According to this argument, activists can now change focus from the narrow question of defending their right to occupy public space against the forces of the state to the broader issues that the struggle has connected to in the past few months.

But while these broader issues are certainly very important, those who want to move on are missing some crucial points.

First of all, the national security state, engorged by hundreds of billions in spending since the September 11 attacks, is now being used against those who simply wish to critique a society in which 1 percent of the population controls nearly 40 percent of the wealth–and question a system of laws that says corporations are people and therefore have the right to purchase both political parties, lock, stock and barrel.

That encroachment on basic democratic rights has to be challenged. Activists should keep up the heat on politicians like Michael Bloomberg or Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel–who tailor their interpretation of First Amendment rights to cater to the interests of the 1 percent.

The importance of such struggles over the right to protest and against police violence were clear from the massive rally and General Assembly November 21 at UC Davis in response to the pepper-spraying of demonstrators. Around a quarter of the entire student population–and maybe more–attended, according to estimates.

Second, the encampments at Zuccotti Park and other public spaces were more than symbols of the movement. Occupy camps and the structures that have arisen in conjunction with them provide a space for people to connect to the struggle–where they can raise their own grievances, learn about the issues and hear discussions about what we’re trying to achieve and how.

In cities where the camps have been broken up–as well as those, like Chicago, where a permanent encampment was never established–activists have to consider how to maintain this open interplay.

Another important question for the movement is its attitude toward the mainstream political system. On the one hand, unions such as the Service Employees International Union SEIU and liberal organizations like MoveOn.org, want to use Occupy as a brand for their multimillion-dollar electoral efforts–starting with an “Occupy Congress” tent city in Washington that’s intended to put heat on House Republicans, but not Barack Obama and the Democrats.

One of the great strengths of the movement in its first months has been the willingness to critique the Washington political system as a whole, not just one wing of it. In fact, most of the activists who came to Occupy are looking for ways to build a lasting movement in their own communities, while forging ties with like-minded people in other localities.

For them, it’s important to consider what Occupy has achieved so far. It has validated the feelings of tens of millions of working people who are furious at the way the people who run the banks and big corporations have continued to thrive despite the economic crisis, even as working people keep losing ground–if they’re not forced into desperation through debt and the loss of their homes and jobs.

Keeping that spirit at the center of the struggle is the key to the future.

The sustained offensive against the Occupy movement isn’t just about police repression. There’s an ideological component–and some of most prominent figures carrying out this campaign claim to support the ideals of the struggle.The next time you hear a supposed liberal like the chancellor of the University of California-Berkeleyjustify a police crackdown by declaring that Occupy tactics of nonviolent direct action have nothing to do with the 1960s civil rights movement, consider these words from Martin Luther King Jr.. They come from a speech in 1967, the last year of King’s life, just before he called for a Poor Peoples Movement to establish—yes, an encampment–in Washington, D.C.:

The movement must address itself to the question of restructuring the whole of American society. There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society.

We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day, we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, “Who owns the oil?” You begin to ask the question, “Who owns the iron ore?” You begin to ask the question, “Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?” These are questions that must be asked.

Those questions have gone unanswered for more than 40 years, even as politicians annually use the holiday in King’s name to assure us of their commitment to equality.

Now, Occupy has raised King’s questions again. Yet while King was focused primarily on the struggles of African Americans and the poor locked out of the American Dream amid a booming economy, today, the entire U.S. working class faces a deep and permanent cut in their living standards through wage cuts, joblessness and sweeping reductions in what remains of the social safety net.

In King’s day, politicians promised African Americans, women and others struggling for change that if they were patient, they’d see results…someday. Today, however, Democratic and Republican politicians are marching in lockstep to impose austerity, austerity and more austerity.

Our future, they tell us, is going to get worse–and we’d better get used to it. The only debate is over how much more to cut, rather than creating jobs and devoting resources to those in urgent need.

Now, the Occupy movement has followed King’s advice and begun “to ask questions about the whole society.” And activists have gotten an answer from authorities–in the form of a near-lethal police tear gas canister fired at the head of Iraq war veteran Scott Olsenpepper spray down the throats of Davis campus protesters, thetrashing of the library at Occupy Wall Street and military-style police sweeps of Occupy encampments across the U.S., coordinated in a conference call of double-talking Democratic mayors.

But Occupy isn’t defeated. On the contrary, activists are debating how to take up new challenges–from helping the International Longshore and Warehouse Union activists take on union-busting by the grain giant EGT to preparing for big labor contract showdowns for transit workers in Chicago and New York.

Many other smaller struggles are newly infused with people and energy as activists who stood up to the political lies and police nightsticks join the fight. Occupy, after all, has the support of the working class–and to move forward, it has to involve itself in workers’ struggle wherever possible.

The loss of the encampments is a blow, but not a fatal one. In France, after May 1968, a popular poster put it this way: “Beginning of a prolonged struggle.”

Occupy may not have reached the level of the French events of ‘68, but it’s clear that we’re at the start of something, with bigger battles to come. The time to prepare for those battles is now.

This article was originally published by Socialist Worker.

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GAZA : Good News and Bad

From Bob Tuskin.com

by Stephen Lendman

First the good. On November 22, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) said a “Freedom Spring” convoy arrived through Rafah’s border terminal, connecting Gaza and Egypt.

Arab Spring movement members will meet Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya and other Palestinian officials. In addition, meetings will be held with women’s groups, local NGOs, and others.

Tours through Gaza’s refugee camps and visiting UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) are planned.

Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) head Ahmad Bahar called the visit historic, saying “convoy members managed to defend their people’s dignity and honor, and now, they came to Gaza to express support and solidarity with their people.”

“You came to challenge this siege. I want to tell you that today is the beginning of the end of this siege, the siege that was never lifted, despite conspiracies and claims of easing it. This conspiracy is against the steadfastness of our people, the people who defend their dignity, children and country, the people who want to liberate Jerusalem.”

Egyptian Popular Committee Against the Judaization of Jerusalem head, Salah Sultan, said convoy members will “return as fighters and liberators of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque. We will stand with you. The world will stand with you to defend Jerusalem, especially after the Zionists declared plans to demolish the historic Moghrabi (Magharba) Gate in Jerusalem that links between the Al Boraq Wall and the Al Aqsa Mosque.”

Arab Spring activists represent solidarity with besieged Gazans. They also reflect a growing spirit that others support their liberating struggle.

On November 22, the Palestine News Network headlined, “Israel Allows More Construction Materials into Gaza, Exports Still at Zero,” saying:

Nearly 300 trucks came through southern Gaza’s Karem Abu Salem crossing. They carried industrial, agricultural, and transportation supplies.

Palestinian liaison official Ra’ed Fattouh said 12 trucks delivered cement and other construction materials, despite a near ban most times. Another 53 trucks carried gravel, 11 had aid supplies, 183 were for industrial use, 40 delivered livestock feed, nine were for agriculture, five for transportation, and 20 had new vehicles.

Another 50 came for UNRWA projects. Cooking gas supplied only one-fourth of current weekly needs, falling way short of avoiding a humanitarian crisis.

No exports left Gaza since May 13, 2011. At the time, a small truckload of flowers destined for the Netherlands got out.

Oxfam says Gaza’s export ban keeps its economy “heavily dependent on local demand.” However, it’s constrained by an impoverished population’s weak demand.

“Until crossings are fully open for export, the impact of the easing of the blockade on unemployment, poverty and food insecurity rates remains limited.”

Israel planned it that way. It’s siege is politically motivated. It has nothing to do with security. Saying so’s a ruse to maintain it illegally.

The Bad News

It always overwhelms the good. Daily, the Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) reports it. On November 22, it said:

(1) Israeli Rimon Prison security forces “viciously attacked” Palestinian prisoners “looking for hidden cellular phones.” Beatings followed. Personal belongings were destroyed. Prisoners were isolated in solitary confinement. Other punishments were imposed.

Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs, Issa Qaraqi, accused Israel of targeting prisoners for “political gains.”

(2) Israeli bulldozers razed Hassan Erekat’s agricultural land. Irrigation networks were destroyed. They were the main water source for land northeast of Jericho. Doing so was malicious and criminal. Reasons given were spurious.

(3) Homes of West Bank activists were raided. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said 17 of its members were arrested in Jenin, its refugee camp, area villages, and Kufr Malik village east of Ramallah.

On November 21, WAFA monitored “incitement and racism” in Israeli publications. One article said releasing Palestinian “murderers” in the Gilad Shalit swap damaged Israel’s “legitimacy of our fight against terrorism.”

Another same day report said Jewish extremists broke into Jaffa’s Hasan Beik mosque “to perform Jewish prayer” inside. Doing so was lawless breaking and entering. Damage done was vandalism.

Israeli authorities turned a blind eye like they always do, inciting further incidents. Israeli hard-liners earlier tried to torch the mosque. No prosecutions followed.

Numerous reports say Gaza patients can’t access treatment abroad when it’s unavailable otherwise. Last summer, children needing life-saving surgery were denied. So are others for political reasons, targeting human need maliciously.

Getting permission to leave is daunting. Permits are required. Bureaucratic obstacles must be overcome. The entire process is time-consuming. Gravely ill patients can’t wait. As a result, some die needlessly. Others suffer interminable pain. So do loved ones watching them.

On November 17, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) headlined, “Gaza: Residents deprived of critical medications and medical care,” saying:

Gaza health facilities are critically short of drugs and medical supplies. MSF and others can’t make up for shortfalls. “In late September, 36% of essential drugs were lacking,” some entirely.

Since Israel besieged Gaza in June 2007, conditions continue to deteriorate. Aid falls far short of needs. At least 164 essential drugs are “completely unavailable.”

“Patients’ health is threatened….Only 260 of the 900 required medical supply items (specifically, single-use items) were supplied.”

Most affected medical areas include surgery, intensive care, hermodialysis, treatment to prevent organ transplant rejection, oncology, hematology, psychiatric medications, ophthalmology, maternity, pediatrics, and catheterization lab procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease.

In addition, five medical centers treating kidney disease face drug shortages. Unless resupplied within several weeks, they’ll be exhausted. As a result, patients’ lives will be endangered. Many already are. For others it’s too late.

MSF concluded saying, “We remain particularly concerned about the future of Gaza’s patients and ill residents.”

Staying alive and healthy under siege is daunting. Few in normal surroundings understand. Gazans live it daily.

A Final Comment

Last August, the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights titled a report, “Israel makes Torture, degrading treatment a policy,” saying:

Its field report covering the period from May 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010 said Israel practices it in numerous ways, despite international law prohibiting all forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Notoriously, Israel brutally mistreats Palestinians in custody, including women and children.

Many other forms of mistreatment are also common. They include lawless arrests and detentions, attacking peaceful protesters, middle-of-the-night raids, restricting free movement and expression, denying critically needed medical care outside Gaza, bulldozing Palestinian homes, displacing residents, prohibiting farmers from accessing their land, attacking fishermen at sea, restricting access to essential services, besieging Gaza, and much more.

The Committee Against Torture (CAT) includes 10 independent experts, charged with monitoring the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by State parties.

All States must submit reports, annually at first after adopting the Convention, quadrennially thereafter.

CAT called besieging Gaza “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment….a prima facie violation of….CAT.” It also violates Fourth Geneva’s collective punishment prohibition.

Israel spurns all international laws, no matter its treaty obligations. All Palestinians suffer extreme repression, especially Gazans, suffocating horrendously under siege.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.

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Trickle-down tyranny 

Why ordinary people in positions of local power are adopting tactics of tyrants

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of  NaturalNews.com  (See all articles…)

(NaturalNews) When I read a story yesterday about an 89-year-old woman being water-boarded by nursing home staff over an argument about ice cream, I knew something terrible was amiss across the American landscape.Spontaneous acts of tyrannyhave been cropping up lately like cancer tumors: a food tyrant in Nevada raids a farm picnic and orders everyone to destroy their food (http://www.naturalnews.com/034125_f…); student protesters in California get pepper-sprayed by thuggish cops who clearly enjoy causing pain and suffering (http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/_ne…); and now nursing home staffers torture their own resident using techniques borrowed from Guantanamo Bay (http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2011/11…).

I watched all this with a sense of sadness and disgrace for the human race. And then a realization hit me like a sledgehammer…

People are only following by example

These random acts of tyranny aren’t really random actsat all. They are the infantile acting-out of behaviors the childish American public has witnessed being demonstrated by their “leaders.” The TSA sexually molesting air travelers isn’t just a violation of fundamental human rights — it’s alsoa demonstrationto the mindless masses that this is now “normal” behavior in society, you see.

So as the masses observe Big Government reaching down their own pants, they now get the message that it’s okay to sexually molest little boys at sports stadiums, or that it’s okay to take children away from parents through C.P.S. and then rape them as part of child relocation “processing” procedures.

When the American people see George Bush set up secret military prisons and condone waterboarding torture techniques, they called for Obama to stop the practice. Obama promised he would, and then not long after becoming President, heexpanded Gitmoand actually presided over anincreasein funding for the military and all its secret torture facilities.

The message to the American people? If Obama supports it, then torture must be okay. After all, he won a Nobel Peace Prize, so “peace” must be something that can be achieved through torture. Thus, we should not be at all surprised when an 89-year-old woman gets water-boarded in a nursing home. After all, those staffers are only doing to her what they’ve watched the U.S. leaders do to other human beings, too. (And yet, for some reason, the nursing home staff were arrested while all the high-level government operatives who engage in the exact same torture techniques are never even questioned…)

This phenomenon of everyday American peoplemirroring the behaviorof federal “authorities” who act as tyrants needed a name, and as I began to ponder this issue, the name came to me in a flash:

I’m calling this phenomenonTrickle-Down Tyranny.

Trickle-Down Tyranny

Just as children mimic the actions of their parents, the childish minds of the insecure (and fear-pummeled) mainstream masses also mimic the actions of their parental role models. To many Americans — and especially those of a more liberal mindset —government takes on the role of their parents. The government is supposed to tell you what to eat, what to buy, what to believe and of course how to express your patriotism when needed to justify the latest war launched by a Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning warmonger. Government is the “authority” and the problem solver in the lives of these people. So naturally, in their childish mindset they seek to replicate the behaviors their parental role models are openly exhibiting.

Here’s how this looks on the street: Your average city police officer is a wannabe tyrant who now, by watching the criminality of the federal government, feels he has permission to engage in the same tactics of intimidation and arrogance inruling overthe public (rather than serving to protect them). That’s why so many big-city police officers have recently morphed into paramilitary jack-booted thugs; dressing in black, unlawfully arresting people for no justifiable reason, tasering innocent victims in wheelchairs, and generally acting out what is essentially a childish reflection of the very same tyranny they witness being demonstrated by high-level tyrants in Washington D.C.

The FBI, for its part, is busy actuallymastermindingthe very same “terror plots” that it then magically “prevents” with great fanfare. As recently exposed inThe Guardian(and other newspapers), the FBI actually develops terror plots, provides the plans, weapons, funding, motivation and equipment necessary for these “terrorists” to carry out those plots (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/201...). This is a whole lot likeplaying a “big-boy” version of Cowboys and Indians, where all the scenarios are completely fabricated merely for the purpose of playing games as a source of entertainment.

Trickle-Down Tyranny is also now being seen in local schools, where “zero-tolerance” rules get children kicked out of the public education system for merely bringing a butter knife in their home-packed lunch, for example. Or a child caught with an aspirin tablet is labeled a “drug abuser” and condemned to special remediation classes.

The tyrants are everywhere in American society now

Think about the tyrants that have now descended upon you in your own life — the tyrant down at the DMV, the tyrant dog license enforcer, the tyrant building inspector and the tyrant food service worker, also sometimes known as “soup Nazi.”

When you really think about it,there are tyrants everywhere nowin American culture. The fabric of fear and terror is being woven into that fabric with every “the threat level is now orange” alert put out by George Bush, or every “spy on your neighbors” message broadcast by the ogre of offensive tyrants, DHS head Janet Napolitano.

What these peopleclaimto be doing — “stopping terrorism!” — pales in comparison to what they’rereallydoing: setting examples to be followed by every single person across America who finds himself or herself in a position of authority. We’ll just ALL be tyrants!

Terrorizing innocents is now politically correct behavior

Through its moronic (and completely fabricated) war on terror, the national leadership in the USA hasmade it politically correct to terrorize anyone over whom you exercise power. If you’re a librarian, you can terrorize little children over past-due books (that is, if children actually read books at all anymore). If you’re a septic tank inspector, you can terrorize people over the layout of their septic pipes. If you’re a doctor, you can terrorize people over flu shots and chemotherapy, all being aggressively pushed with the very same fear tactics now used at the highest levels of national government.

The impact of all this is even international: Egypt’s secret police group, famous for torturing dissidents, has just renamed itself “Homeland Security” in what appears to be homage to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (http://www.infowars.com/egypts-secr…). “Should we be concerned that a dictatorship which refuses to bow to the will of the people and allow democratic elections to proceed while engaging in savage attacks on demonstrators is re-naming itself after America’s foremost post-9/11 federal agency?” writes Paul Joseph Watson. “Egyptian authorities are justifying their brutal crackdown against protesters, with dozens killed over the last few days, by pointing to how U.S. law enforcement bodies are taking a “firm stance” against Occupy Wall Street protesters.”

Trickle-down tyrannyhappens because the political leaders of America have broadcast a message across the nation thatterrorizing innocent people is not merely okay, but downright patriotic!Anyone who says they’re not going along with all the terror nonsense, the spy-on-your-neighbor paranoia and the “worship-your-imperialist-government” cultism is immediately branded an “extremist.” It’s now “extreme,” you see, to not believe in torture and home-grown terror as a way to keep the sheeple in line. “Extremism” is now defined as opening your eyes, asking some commonsense questions, and refusing to follow the hypnotized masses as they are marched off a high cliff by the globalist population controllers.

Merely thinking for yourself, it turns out, is now “extreme.” It’s a brave new world after all, I suppose.

Fear and paranoia is being marketed to the public in an attempt to transform the citizenry into a grand spy ring

The social acceptance of spying on your neighbors and promoting fear has reached a new fervor across America, very nearly reflecting that of Nazi Germany in the late 1930’s. It’s now okay to call 911 on somebody merely because they happen to be writing something down on a scrap of paper in a public park (that’s one of the signs of possible terrorism, according to ludicrous DHS public service videos that only breed paranoid thinking). It’s now okay to spy on everyone around you and secretly observe them to see what they’re doing. It’s now yourdutyto watch over every scrap of luggage at the airport and start screaming about terror threats if some poor sap walks more than 10 feet away from his bags for a few seconds.

Recently, East Carolina University was thrust into a state of “lock down” for 3 hours after some spy-on-your-neighbor citizens reported a man walking around with an “assault rifle.” That assault rifle, of course, turned out to be nothing more thana black umbrella (http://www.startribune.com/nation/1…).

But this is the level of outrageous hallucinations and total lunatic paranoia that has been unleashed on the American people today by a fear-mongering, imperialist government which worships fear and terror with almost cult-like zealousness. And they call conspiracy theorists paranoid? Maybe they should look in the mirror sometime… no well-informed conspiracy investigator would ever mistake an umbrella for an assault rifle in broad daylight.

The antidote is Trickle-Up Liberty

Fortunately, there’s a ready solution to all this. The antidote to Trickle-Down Tyranny is Trickle-Up Liberty… also known as “grassroots People power.” This is what happens when ordinary, everyday citizens realize thatall government power comes from the Peopleand that government is the servant of the People, not the other way around.

So they take to the streets and protest. They take their money out of the accounts of globalist banks. They stop buying GMOs. They fight against water fluoride in their local towns. They spread the word about Ron Paul. Trickle-Up Liberty is so powerful that it will sooner or later overcome Trickle-Down Tyranny… but only if enough people actually remember what liberty feels like.

That’s why, as the editor of NaturalNews, I urge you topractice libertyin everything you do. Don’t settle for tyranny when you can insist on liberty! After all, the Bill of Rights guarantees you a number of extremely important rights, many of which are now being quickly eroded.Stand up for restoring those rightsand you will empower the phenomenon of Trickle-Up Liberty (grassroots liberty), which is the ultimate solution against Trickle-Down Tyranny.

You can also defend liberty by practicing common courtesy (and common sense) in your own positions of power. Don’t terrorize people just because you can. Exercise common human decency and compassion for those who deserve your assistance. When you practicerandom acts of kindness, you alter the entire emotional landscape across America, replacing fear with kindness. Replacing terror with confidence.

If corporate CEOs would practice this, then… well, most corporations would probably go out of business because they’re mostly in the business of screwing people over for a profit. “There is no such thing as a victimless billionaire,” remember. That level of wealth accumulation simply doesn’t happen without taking from others in the process.

But remember: In the end, kindness will always win out over terror. Spread a little around, and you’ll see what a world of difference it can really make. And try to remember not to carry black umbrellas around any liberal college campuses, or you’ll quickly find out what trickle-down tyranny really looks like.

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Will the Looming American Police State Unify the Resistance?

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by J.G. Vibes
Activist Post

The recent police crackdowns have brought an interesting new dynamic to the Occupy Wall Street movement. With scenes of blatant and unprovoked police brutality going viral on the web almost daily now, it is becoming apparent to everyone in the streets and even at home that Wall Street is just one of many institutions run amok in the American establishment.

OWS has now turned a corner; the movement may still be about Wall Street corruption at its core, but it has now exposed the existence of a police state that rivals the most authoritarian dictatorships in the world. This is a glaring fact that the entire activist community needs to recognize and point out to the world so that this police brutality can take center stage in the public dialogue.

In the past week we have seen an escalation of the American police state as Homeland Security Coordinated a 18-City Police Crackdown on Protests. In the crackdowns that have taken place so far there has been an obvious and aggressive effort to use intimidation and force on peaceful protesters, almost as if it were policy. As the whole world was watching veterans were shot at by police at critically injured, senior citizens have been assaulted, sit-in protesters have been showered point blank with pepper spraywomen have been punched in the face and a pregnant mother miscarried a child after being attacked by police. These are just a few of the harshest abuses of state power that we have seen regarding the Occupy movement.

Even if you disagree with some of the politics that seem to be involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement, that certainly doesn’t justify the kind of violence that these protesters are being subjected to. I myself have been vocal about staying away from political demands, especially those involving taxation, but when I see this kind of force used against nonviolent people, all of those minor political disagreements automatically take a back seat.

History has shown us that tyranny marches ever onward, and this brand of authoritarianism will only get progressively worse if it is not relentlessly opposed by a large portion of the country. When you give the government or the elite an inch they always take a mile, so we don’t even want to give them a centimeter. This tragedy has played out many different times over the generations, as Martin Niemöller highlighted in his legendary poem “First they came for the Jews”.

All of the revolutions that have happened around the world in the past year have gained immense amounts of support because of the scenes depicting oppression and brutality that were filmed in the streets. The support that these movements gathered had very little to do with their demands or political agenda, but was simply a result of the empathy that people feel when they see goodhearted people being terrorized by their alleged “protectors”. Unfortunately, many of these worldwide movements have been co-opted or met with harsh military force. However, there is certainly a lot that we can learn from observing what is happening in these other areas of unrest, so hopefully we don’t end up becoming victims of the same pitfalls.

J.G. Vibes – is an author, and artist – with an established record label. In addition to featuring a wide variety of activist information, his website – Good Vibes Promotions hosts electronic dance music events. You can keep up with him and his forthcoming book – Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, at his Facebook page.

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