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REAL NEWS JAN. 19

Posted by Xaniel777 on January 18, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : January 19, 2012

Update on SOPA and PIPA : What’s Happening With the Web Censorship Bills?

From Washington’s Blog

In the face of massive Internet protest today, key senate and house backers of the SOPA and PIPA web censorship bills – including Senators Marco Rubio, Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, Orrin Hatch, John Boozman and Jim DeMint, and Representatives Ben Quayle and Lee Terry – have dropped their support. So have a number of other senators.

At least 17,000 websites allegedly joined in the protest.

Indeed, even several congresspeople joined in the protest. Here’s what Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s homepage looks like right now:

Eshoo Update on SOPA and PIPA

And congressman Earl Blumenauer joined in as well.

Google says that 4.5 million people signed their anti-SOPA petition today.

But SOPA’s key sponsor – Lamar Smith – is sticking with the flawed bill.

In fact, the Senate is set to vote on PIPA on January 24, 2012, and the House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of SOPA in February.

Hollywood moguls have declared that they will not contribute any more money to Obama since he came out against SOPA. (But given that Obama promised to veto NDAA, and then didn’t, that might not mean very much.)

Given that even the web “dark out” hasn’t killed these zombie bills, Anonymous is calling for physicalprotests to oppose the bills:

This is an urgent emergency alert to all people of the United States. The day we’ve all been waiting for has unfortunately arrived.

The United States is censoring the internet. Our blatant response is that we will not sit while our rights are taken away by the government we trusted them to preserve. This is not a call to arms, but a call to recognition and action! The United States government has mastered this corrupt way of giving us a false sense of freedom. We think we are free and can do what we want, but in reality we are very limited and restricted as to what we can do, how we can think, and even how our education is obtained. We have been so distracted by this mirage of freedom, that we have just become what we were trying to escape from.

For too long, we have been idle as our brothers and sisters were arrested. During this time, the government has been scheming, plotting ways to increase censorship through means of I S P block aides, D N S blockings, search engine censorship, website censorship, and a variety of other methods that directly oppose the values and ideas of both Anonymous as well as the founding fathers of this country,who believed in free speech and press!

The United States has often been used as an example of the ideal free country. When the one nation that is known for its freedom and rights start to abuse its own people, this is when you must fight back, because others are soon to follow. Do not think that just because you are not a United States citizen, that this does not apply to you. You cannot wait for your country to decide to do the same. You must stop it before it grows, before it becomes acceptable. You must destroy its foundation before it becomes too powerful.

Has the U.S. government not learned from the past? Has it not seen the 2011 revolutions? Has it not seen that we oppose this wherever we find it and that we will continue to oppose it? Obviously the United States Government thinks they are exempt. This is not only an Anonymous collective call to action. What will a Distributed Denial of Service attack do? What’s website defacement against the corrupted powers of the government? No. This is a call for a worldwide internet and physical protestagainst the powers that be. Spread this message everywhere. We will not stand for this! Tell your parents, your neighbors, your fellow workers, your school teachers, and anyone else you come in contact with. This affects anyone that desires the freedom to browse anonymously, speak freely without fear of retribution, or protest without fear of arrest.

Go to every I R C network, every social network, every online community, and tell them of the atrocity that is about to be committed. If protest is not enough, the United States government shall see that we are truly legion and we shall come together as one force opposing this attempt to censor the internet once again, and in the process discourage any other government from continuing or trying.

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EMERGENCY ACTION AUTHORIZED. ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL PROTESTS IS NEEDED. CONVERGE AT FREEWAYS AND HIGHWAYS. LIBRARIES, MALLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS…ALL ARE ACCEPTABLE AREAS! IF YOUR GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN THE INTERNET … SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT!

Hundreds protested against the bills in front of senators offices in New York today.

In related news, an Occupy protest aims to shut down San Francisco’s financial district on Friday.

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SERIOUS URGENT NOTICE FROM SHERIFF MACK

From Congressman Tom Tancredo

Congressman Tom Tancredo

by MARLA

Subject:

SERIOUS URGENT NOTICE FROM SHERIFF MACK

Thanks – Terry Dodd
URGENT NOTICE

 I just spoke to Sheriff Mack and was advised that PayPal has frozen that portion of the funds donated through PayPal ($40,000+) for the Constitutional Sheriff’s Conference.   PayPal has refused to release the funds and have stated that they may refund the donations to the donors.   They have cited no violation of law or online regulation.  They inquired if CSPOA.org was a 501C(3) and excused their actions on fear that the IRS would fine them.  Apparently someone opposing sheriffs learning they are not alone in their desire to live up to their oaths of office is involved.

 Please post this notice to your membership and mailing list!

The conference is going to go forward as planned.  Undaunted, Sheriff Mack is asking for patriots across the country to assist him ASAP by mailing donations directly to CSPOA to help cover the convention obligations and sheriff reimbursements.

To send checks, money orders, silver or cash mail to: 
CSPOA, 112 Ridgewood Dr.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

 

DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT USE PAYPAL

You may want to consider boycotting PayPal.  There are other alternatives available for your personal use for online transactions.  You may want to demand that PayPal release these funds to CSPOA or demand a refund if you donated via PayPal.

See Conference information here: http://www.countysheriffproject.org/

Sheriff Mack’s Website: http://www.cspoa.org/intro.php

Thank you for your assistance!

See below their original message to Serve and Protect.

To Serve The People And Protect Their Rights 

OUR MISSION: TO EDUCATE AND EQUIP SHERIFFS, PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION AND PUBLIC SUPPORT TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OATH OF OFFICE.

SPECIAL REPORT: County Sheriffs Push Back Against Feds

JUST ONE CHANCE

Dear Friends,

What would you do if you knew you had just one chance to save your family and country from complete and utter destruction? What would you do if you knew there was a lawful and peaceful way to restore the Constitution and its Bill of Rights as the supreme law of the land?

Did you know that the Sheriff is the highest constitutional executive authority in the county? Very few people realize that the Sheriff has the legitimate authority to prevent federal agents from entering the county – or the power to throw them out once they are there.

We can quickly change things for the better in America as soon as we have Sheriffs that understand their oath of office, and the total extent of the power they have. I would like to invite 200 Sheriffs from across the country to join me Las Vegas in January of 2012 to give them the training they need to protect your life, liberty, and property.

What I want you to do is to help me raise $200,000 that will be used for the travel and lodging expenses for the first 200 Sheriffs in a continuing program we call “No Sheriff Left Behind”. I am willing to do the training, and we have many Sheriffs who have already expressed an interest in attending. All we need now is for you to donate generously to start the ball rolling. Together – with our constitutionally elected Sheriffs – we can restore peace and freedom to the United States, even before the 2012 elections.

Won’t you help? To make this happen, this project needs your financial support. Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to this holy cause. What are you willing to do to restore our republic? We are not asking for your fortunes, but merely that you do what you can.

With your help, this could be one of the most important meetings since the Founders signed the Constitution. For details and registration, please visit CountySheriffProject.org

Oath Keeper Sheriff Richard Mack

In addition please watch my Oath Keeper message and forward to your local Sheriff and invite them to this very important first national convention. And do forward this email in order to help get this message seen by all the Sheriffs across this great country. These Sheriffs are key to taking back our Republic!

You may donate any amount you choose directly from this site, or if you prefer you can send checks or money orders by mail to:

CSPOA, 112 Ridgewood Dr.,
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Your contributions are not only appreciated but a valuable part of restoring freedom in America!

Yours in liberty,
Sheriff Richard Mack (RET)

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‘Obama proposed talks in secret letter to Iran’

Posted by pooja at Refreshing News

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

US President Barack Obama has called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a conservative Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying on Wednesday. 

Iran has threatened to close the waterway, the route for about one-sixth of the global oil flow, because of new US sanctions over its nuclear program. 

Conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari revealed the content of the letter days after the Obama administration said it was warning Iran through public and private channels against any action that threatens the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf. 

“In the letter, Obama called for direct talks with Iran,” the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Motahari as saying Wednesday. “The letter also said that closing the Strait of Hormuz is (Washington’s) red line.” 

“The first part of the letter contains threats and the second part contains an offer for dialogue,” he added. 
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed that Tehran received the letter and was considering a possible response. 
The White House had no immediate comment today. National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor pointed to the administration warning efforts that were revealed Friday. 
Spokesmen have been vague on what the United States would do about Iran’s threat to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but military officials have been clear that the US is readying for a possible naval clash. 

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the country’s most powerful military force, says Tehran’s leadership has decided to order the closure of the oil route if Iran’s oil exports are blocked. 

A senior Guard officer said earlier this month that the decision has been made by Iran’s top authorities. 

Iranian politicians have made the threat in the past, but this was the strongest statement yet that a closure of the strait is official policy. 
Iran’s regular army recently held naval war games near the vital waterway that were described by hard-liners as part of preparations to close the strait if sanctions are imposed. The Guard is planning major naval military exercises next month in the same region.

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Seven Charged in Insider Trading Probe

From Bloomberg

By Patricia Hurtado and Bob Van Voris – Jan 18

Seven men, including fund managers and analysts, were charged by the U.S. with forming a “criminal club” of friends and co-workers who reaped almost $62 million from insider trading in Dell Inc. (DELL)shares.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara alleged that the scheme included one trade that earned a $53 million illegal windfall for Level Global Investors LP co-founder Anthony Chiasson and his fund. The insider-trading ring, which involved five different hedge funds and investment firms, is the largest identified by the U.S. to date to involve a single stock, federal authorities said.

Chiasson, Todd Newman, a portfolio manager formerly at Diamondback Capital Management LLC, Jon Horvath, a hedge fund analyst in New York, and Danny Kuo, a fund manager for Whittier Trust Co. in South Pasadena, California, were taken into federal custody yesterday, said Janice Fedarcyk, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office.

The charges “paint a stunning portrait of organized corruption on a grand scale,” Bharara said yesterday at a news conference. “It describes a circle of friends who essentially formed a criminal club, whose purpose was profit and whose members regularly bartered lucrative inside information. It was a club where everyone scratched everyone else’s back.”

Galleon Group Scale

The U.S. said the illegal profits earned as a result of the scheme were almost of the same “magnitude of fraud we proved in the Galleon Group insider trading scheme,” Bharara said.

A five-year insider-trading probe by Bharara’s office and the FBI has resulted in charges against 63 people, Fedarcyk said. More than 50 have pleaded guilty or been convicted after trial since 2009, including Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam.

Rajaratnam, was found guilty in May and is serving 11 years in prison, the longest ever for insider trading. He made $72 million from his illicit tips, evidence showed. Several other technology company employees and fund managers have been convicted of receiving nonpublic information as a result of the probe.

At yesterday’s press conference, Bharara displayed a flowchart placing Sandeep Goyal, a former Dell employee, at the center of the ring. According to the U.S., an unnamed person in the Dell investor-relations department passed secret earnings information to Goyal, who passed it on to Jesse Tortora of Diamondback.

Circle of Friends

Tortora, Horvath, Kuo and Spyridon “Sam” Adondakis, a Level Global analyst, were friends who shared inside information on public technology companies, including Dell, prosecutors said. The ring traded the information in 2008 and 2009, according to the U.S.

Tortora passed the inside information on Dell to Newman before the computer maker announced its first- and second- quarter 2008 earnings, according to the U.S. Newman made $3.8 million in illegal profits for his hedge fund from trading on the information, according to the U.S. Tortora also passed tips to Kuo, Horvath and Adondakis.

Adondakis passed the Dell information to his colleague Chiasson and others at Level Global, according to the charging documents. They allegedly traded on the tips for $57 million in illegal profits.

Adondakis, Tortora and Goyal pleaded guilty last year to securities fraud and conspiracy charges that were unsealed yesterday, Bharara said. They are cooperating with the government’s investigation, he said.

‘More Disturbing’

Robert Khuzami, the head of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed a related suit yesterday against the defendants, said the cases describe actions “far more disturbing” than insider trading committed by someone who obtains one illegal tip.

The actions by the SEC and prosecutors “lay bare an organized network of analysts and fund managers who set up and used a corrupt network to obtain inside information,” Khuzami said. “These cases, along with Galleon and expert networking cases, reflect systemic dishonesty and exposes a deeply-embedded level of corruption.”

Horvath, 42, is an analyst at Connecticut-based hedge fund Sigma Capital Management LLC, said a person with knowledge of the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak because the information wasn’t public. He was arrested by the FBI yesterday at his home in Manhattan, the U.S. said, and released on a $750,000 bond after a court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Cott in New York.

‘Honesty and Integrity’

“Throughout a more than 10-year career as a respected investment analyst, Jon Horvath has conducted himself with honesty and integrity,” Horvath’s lawyer, Steven Peikin, said after court. “He has done nothing wrong,’” and the charges against him “will be shown to be meritless,” Peikin said.

Chiasson, 38, used inside information to win for his Level Global fund what the U.S. said was a single “enormous bet” of $53 million on Dell earnings, prosecutors claimed.

“This is the largest single trade ever charged in the Southern District in an insider-trading case,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Leibowitz said yesterday at a bail hearing, referring to the federal jurisdiction that includes Wall Street.

Greg Morvillo, Chiasson’s lawyer, argued that Leibowitz was attributing to his client trades made by others at Level Global.

Chiasson’s Bail

Chiasson, who turned himself in to U.S. authorities yesterday morning, was released on $2.5 million bond to be secured by $1.25 million in cash or property and three co- signers. Morvillo said in court that his client is innocent of the charges.

“He will be here to defend these charges, whether it’s tomorrow, next month or next year,” Morvillo told Cott.

Newman, 47, was released on a $3 million bond after appearing in U.S. District Court in Bostonyesterday.

Kuo, 36, who was arrested yesterday in California, was released on $300,000 bond after appearing in federal court in Los Angeles.

Newman of Needham, Massachusetts, Chiasson of New York, Horvath of New York and Kuo ofSan Marino, California, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securities fraud. They face as long as 25 years in prison if found guilty, prosecutors said.

Goyal is a former junior technology analyst at Neuberger Berman, said Alexander Samuelson, a company spokesman. Goyal left the firm this month. Goyal, who didn’t trade on the information, was paid about $175,000, by Tortora through an intermediary, for the tips, Bharara said. Goyal worked for Dell at its corporate headquarters in Round RockTexas, from 2003 until the summer of 2006, prosecutors said.

Justine Harris, a lawyer for Adondakis; Jessica Margolis, who represents Goyal; Alfred Pavlis, who represents Newman; and Ralph Caccia, who represents Tortora, didn’t return phone messages seeking comment yesterday.

FBI Searches

In November 2010, FBI agents from New York and Boston executed search warrants at the offices of Level Global and Diamondback, hedge funds founded by former employees of SAC Capital Advisors LP.

Level Global told clients last February that it was shutting down — eight years after David Ganek and Chiasson founded the hedge fund — because of the U.S. probe.

Steven Goldberg, a spokesman for New York-based Level Global, didn’t return a call seeking comment on the arrests.

Diamondback, in a letter to investors yesterday, said it has cooperated with U.S. authorities. It said Newman left the firm after the 2010 search and Tortora resigned in April 2010.

Civil Complaint

The SEC’s civil insider-trading complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court against all seven men, Diamondback Capital and Level Global. In addition to the alleged Dell insider trades, the SEC claims members of the ring traded on inside information about chipmaker Nvidia Corp. (NVDA) Level Global made at least $15.6 million in illegal profits on its Nvidia trades, the agency claimed.

Peter Neiman, of Wilmer Hale, a lawyer for Diamondback Capital, declined to comment on the SEC lawsuit. MaryJeanette Dee, a lawyer for Level Global, didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message left at her office seeking comment on the suit.

During the trial last year of James Fleishman, a former executive at Primary Global Research LLC, witnesses testified that he helped employees of technology companies pass nonpublic information to his expert-networking firm’s fund manager clients. Fleishman was convicted of conspiracy charges related to insider trading.

One witness, Mark Anthony Longoria, a former Advanced Micro Devices Inc. employee, described how he passed secret tips and other information about his company to fund managers, including Adondakis.

Primary Global

Bob Nguyen, a former Primary Global analyst who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the U.S., testified at Fleishman’s trial that Tortora was a client of Fleishman’s who got nonpublic information about technology companies through the Mountain View, California-based research firm.

Daniel Devore, a former global supply manager of Dell, pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the U.S. insider-trading investigation.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Newman, 12-00124, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). The civil case is Securities and Exchange Commission v. Adondakis, 12-00409, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

To contact the reporters on this story: Patricia Hurtado in New York federal court atpathurtado@bloomberg.net; Bob Van Voris in New York federal court atrvanvoris@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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Earth-Like Planet Found: But Is There Life?

From AOL NEWS

It’s called the Goldilocks zone. It’s that place deep in outer space where it’s not too hot, not too cold, water exists and it doesn’t freeze or boil. In other words, the atmosphere is a sweet spot for life.

Guess what? NASA astronomers have found a planet smack in the middle of the Goldilocks zone. And this isn’t just an ordinary planet. It is eerily similar to Earth with a surface temperature of about 72 degrees.

There is just one gotcha. The planet, which is located outside our solar system, is just a bit too big for life to thrive.

The planet, named Kepler-22b, was discovered by NASA’s Kepler telescope, which was launched in 2009 on a planet-hunting mission. Although Kepler has found Earth-like rocky planets elsewhere, this is the first planet Kepler has found in the habitable “Goldilocks” zone.

“This is a phenomenal discovery in the course of human history,” Geoff Marcy of University of California, Berkeley, one of the pioneers of planet-hunting outside our solar system, proclaimed to The Associated Press. “This discovery shows that we Homo sapiens are straining our reach into the universe to find planets that remind us of home. We are almost there.”

Here are the similarities between Kepler-22b and Earth:

  • Kepler-22b circles a star that could be a twin of Earth’s sun at just about the same distance.

  • Kepler-22b’s year is 290 days, very close to our year.

  • Kepler-22b is likely made up of water and rock, just like Earth.

So what’s the problem? Kepler-22b, which is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, is a bit too big for life to exist on the surface. Astronomers think it could be more like Neptune–that is, composed of gas and liquid–with only a rocky core and mostly ocean on the surface.

“It’s so exciting to imagine the possibilities,” Natalie Batalha, the Kepler deputy science chief, told AP. Floating on that “world completely covered in water” could be like being on an Earth ocean and “it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that life could exist in such an ocean.” She thinks because of the size of Kepler-22b, there is no hard, rocky surface on which to walk.

AP notes that the Kepler telescope can’t find life itself–just where the conditions might be right for life to thrive. And “life” could mean anything from miniscule microbes to advanced intelligence.

We won’t be visiting it anytime soon. Kepler-22b is 600 light years away. Translation: It would take a space shuttle 22 million years to get there.

–From the Editors at Netscape

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why the gun is civilization

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Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there’s the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don’t constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that’s as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn’t work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn’t both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don’t do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I’m looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don’t carry it because I’m afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn’t limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

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Professor of Hate: Israeli “scholar” urges ethnic cleansing of Bedouins

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 By Ali Abunimah 

January 11, 2012

 


A prominent Israeli professor at the University of Haifa, Arnon Sofer, is urging the government to act fast to ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouins lest Israel be “destroyed” by them.

For years the Israeli state has mobilized all its resources to complete the ethnic cleansing of Bedouins – Palestinian indigenous people – and the “judaization” of their land. Already much of their land has been taken, and the few places they’ve found refuge are under threat.

The ethnic cleansing proceeds with the full support or active participation of Israel’s Jewish Agency and the Jewish National Fund which uses bogus tree-planting initiatives to greenwash the theft of Bedouin land.

The Jewish Agency, for example, recently conceded that the goal of government plans in southern Palestine’s Naqab region “is to grab the last remaining piece of land and thereby prevent further Bedouin incursion into any more state land and the development of an Arab belt from the south of Mount Hebron toward Arad and approaching Dimona and Yeruham, and the area extending toward Be’er Sheva.”

All of this is based on the racist notion that Bedouins – who are struggling to hold on to their land and way of life for example in the village of al-Araqib – are actually invaders and that the land naturally belongs exclusively to Jews.

Sofer provides intellectual cover for ethnic cleansing

Enter Sofer (sometimes spelled “Soffer”), the Reuven Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy at the University of Haifa, who has long been in the forefront of warning about the “demographic threat” to Israel from too many non-Jewish babies.

In a December speech, reported on 15 December 2011 by The Marker, the Israeli financial publication syndicated by Haaretz, Sofer raised the alarm about the supposed invasion by Bedouins and other undesirable non-Jews and urged the government to act, presumably to expel them and retain the land for the exclusive use of Jews.

The Hebrew article was translated for The Electronic Intifada by Dena Shunra. In it Sofer warns that Israel is “filling up” with non-Jews and warns that in certain areas of the country, non-Jews (mostly indigenous Palestinians who are nominally citizens of the state), are already the majority. Sofer speaks of these areas as being “lost” – indicating a view that despite their nominal citizenship, non-Jews can never really be part of Israel.

Even worse, Sofer presents the Bedouins as such a threat that Israel is on the verge of being “destroyed.” Naturally so grave a threat obviously warrants Israel acting to destroy it first.

From the article:

Sofer added that the Bedouin population is managing to take over every clear plot of land, and so it turns out, according to Sofer, that as of today, the percentage of Jews in Israel and in the Judea and Samaria regions comes only to 52%. “In the northern district alone there are 44% Jews, and in the central Galilee there are 23% Jews. What is Nazareth Illit [Upper Nazareth] today? It’s Lower Nazareth. Has anyone heard of the Bedouins in the South? Most of you drive along the road and see only both sides of the road, but in practice, the dimensions are entirely different, and you don’t know where we are living. Have we lost the Northern Negev? We certainly have.”

But it is not just the Negev that the Bedouins have taken over. “As far as Rehovot, around the Weizmann Institute, there are about 19 new Bedouin settlements. In Rishon Lezion there are about 12 Bedouin colonies, and near the Asaf Harofe hospital they’ve already set up a city without us paying heed. It is starting to come to Tel Aviv. The government must start taking action, and not flounder in the defense. We do not have another country. If I am not wrong about this terrible map, and I hope that I am wrong, Israel will simply be destroyed.”

What’s also notable is that the article on Sofer appears in the Real Estate section of The Marker, an indication of the banality and normalization of such racism in Israeli discourse.

Academic complicity

Sofer has been active for many years, but what gives him credibility and even an international audience for such raw and primitive racial hatred and incitement is his perch at Haifa University. It’s an example of the complicity Israel’s universities have in disseminating ideologies that confer legitimacy on Israel’s violence, ethnic expulsions and racist policies.


Translated article

Translation of article originally found in The Marker

The Bedouins Are Taking Over the Center Region, Too – the State has got to wake up (Update) Professor Sofer at the Israel Construction Center convention at the Dead Sea: “600 thousand people are living in Israel without ID papers – that’s approximately 10% of the population”

15 December 2011

By Ranit Nachum-Halevy

A grim and dramatic forecast was heard this morning from Professor Arnon Sofer, Chair of the Chaikin Geostrategy Chair. According to Sofer, who spoke at the Discount Business Conference of the Israel Construction Center, by the Dead Sea, Israel is the most densely populated country in the West, and nothing can be done other than changing the nature of construction in the country.

“Israel is the most densely populated country in the West, after the Netherlands. The situation is more serious in Israel, as 60% of its territory are desert and firing ranges. There will be no space in Israel, now or ever, for another highway. Where can we build? If we don’t build upward, we’ll have to start talking about a war over every green dunam. This is a blueprint for a third-world country, and in light of regional developments, we are under incessant strategic threat.”

Professor Sofer’s conclusion is that the state should wake up. It should complete construction of the separation wall, and halt the takeover by Bedouins who are, he says, already coming to the central region of the country.

“This country is filling up with people who come to it,” said Sofer. “We did not want fences, and today the Palestinians are already part of us. According to government data from about a year ago (18 June 2010), approximately 300 Palestinians have already entered Israel and are already part of us, approximately 30 thousand immigrants are already in Israel, between Tel Aviv and Eilat, and nearly 100 thousand tourists have assimilated into it, without being citizens of the country. The result is that approximately 600 thousand people live in Israel without identification papers. That’s nearly 10% of the population. This has astonishing and fateful implications.”

Using data from the Israeli army, Sofer noted that 2.4 million Palestinians reside in the Judea and Samaria regions [sic], and 1.5 million Palestinians reside in Gaza. In 20 years, he noted, the population there is expected to double itself.

Sofer added that the Bedouin population is managing to take over every clear plot of land, and so it turns out, according to Sofer, that as of today, the percentage of Jews in Israel and in the Judea and Samaria regions comes only to 52%. “In the northern district alone there are 44% Jews, and in the central Galilee there are 23% Jews. What is Nazareth Illit [Upper Nazareth] today? It’s Lower Nazareth. Has anyone heard of the Bedouins in the South? Most of you drive along the road and see only both sides of the road, but in practice, the dimensions are entirely different, and you don’t know where we are living. Have we lost the Northern Negev? We certainly have.”

But it is not just the Negev that the Bedouins have taken over. “As far as Rehovot, around the Weizmann Institute, there are about 19 new Bedouin settlements. In Rishon Lezion there are about 12 Bedouin colonies, and near the Asaf Harofe hospital they’ve already set up a city without us paying heed. It is starting to come to Tel Aviv. The government must start taking action, and not flounder in the defense. We do not have another country. If I am not wrong about this terrible map, and I hope that I am wrong, Israel will simply be destroyed.”

Another topic touched upon by Sofer was the negative immigration from the Northern cities towards the Center. All of the Jewish youth between the ages of 20 and 45 is already on the road to Tel Aviv. They have nothing to do in Qiryat Shmona. Safed is also emptying out, and so is Haifa, this is classic globalization.

On the topic of the population in the Middle East in general and in Egypt in particular Sofer said that “the population of the Middle East has doubled itself between 1950 and 1980. Egypt has doubled itself, from 20 million to 44 million people, and another demographic doubling was recorded by them in 2011. Anyone who sees these data understands that Egypt is heading for destruction.”

“Israel today has approximately 6 million Jews, and according to estimates we will reach 7 million Jews by 2025. The numbers of the Palestinian population is higher in the joint territory of Israel and Jordan comes to about 9 million people. All this should have turned on a red indicator light a long time ago. Look what’s happening demographically in Lebanon, and in the south of Syria. Damascus is already sliding towards the Golan Heights, we can see it, year by year. Around and adjoining Israel there are 17 million people today, who may double their number and become 35 million. We are becoming the ‘paradise’ that everyone wants to come to.”

“See what’s going on around the world? In 17 years you will get another billion people into this planet. India will come to about 1.6 billion people, China will remain with 1.3 billion, Africa will come to a billion people, and the Muslim world will rise from 1.7 billion to 3 billion.”

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