Ex-Israeli premier plays down relationship with Epstein

AP

July 11, 2019

FILE – In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is playing down his ties with Jeffrey Epstein — the U.S. financier jailed on sex-trafficking charges.

Barak’s connection with Epstein has emerged in Israel just days after the 78-year-old former premier announced his political comeback in a bid to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to U.S. tax records, Barak received some $2 million in grants last decade from the Wexner Foundation — a philanthropic organization that supports Jewish causes founded by U.S. billionaire Leslie Wexner.

The documents say the grants were for unspecified “research.” At the time of the grants, Epstein was a trustee of the foundation. Netanyahu has accused the media of remaining “silent” about the matter.

In a radio interview Thursday, Barak said he met Epstein several times, but said he “didn’t support me or pay me.”

He said he has met many people over the years, some of whom turned out to be involved in “problematic things,” including Harvey Weinstein.

“I also met Netanyahu,” he quipped. Israel’s attorney general has recommended criminal charges against Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases.

The Wexner Foundation did not immediately respond to queries seeking comment.


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Haaretz

Analysis Netanyahu Dirties Up Ehud Barak Over Jeffrey Epstein Scandal So He Looks Cleaner

In the Netanyahu-Barak mudslinging over Jeffrey Epstein, the real winner is…

The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein shortly after Ehud Barak announced his return to Israeli political life was a much-needed lucky break for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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LIKUD CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROBE LINKS

Barak defends business ties to Epstein, derides focus on issue as political spin

Israel Democratic Party chief says at the time of their dealings, the disgraced financier had paid his debt to society; warns left ‘not to fall into this trap’

Ehud Barak on Channel 12's "Meet the Press," July 13, 2019 (screenshot)

Ehud Barak on Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” July 13, 2019 (screenshot)

Israel Democratic Party chief Ehud Barak on Saturday evening defended his business ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sexually abusing young girls, explaining that at the time of his work with Epstein he believed the businessman had paid his debt to society.

Speaking to Channel 12’s “Meet the Press,” Barak accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pushing the story to the media, calling it “a spin that serves the prime minister.”

Noting that “there is no accusation against me of any wrongdoing,” Barak said Netanyahu, “a prime minister up to his neck in criminal cases,” was “trying to create a comparison between us through this story about a private third party who committed crimes in another country.”

Barak said it was “important for the left not to fall into this trap.”

Senior officials in the Labor and Meretz parties have told Channel 12 that Barak’s ties to Epstein had significantly lowered their parties’ chances of merging with his newly formed Israel Democratic Party. In closed conversations, the officials said that Barak’s ties to the financier would make it more difficult for their parties to pitch themselves to the public as champions in the fight against corruption.

Epstein was indicted for creating what prosecutors described as a network of underage girls whom he molested and exploited in the early 2000s.

In 2008, Epstein signed a non-prosecution deal that required him to admit to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor and register as a sex offender. He served just 13 months in a county jail.

Image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry on March 28, 2017 shows financier Jeffrey Epstein. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

Barak had been an active business partner with the disgraced financier as late as 2015. He formed a limited partnership company in Israel that year, called Sum (E.B.) 2015, to invest in a high-tech startup. A large part of the investment money was supplied by Epstein, Haaretz reported Thursday.

Barak said he saw no problem at the time with going into business with Epstein. “He’d served his sentence for soliciting prostitution — the indictment didn’t say she was a minor,” but added that “according to the information now he’s committed very serious offenses.”

But Barak noted that he was far from the only one to deal with Epstein after his jail time, saying his milieu included “the presidents of leading US universities, the world’s leading philanthropists, Nobel laureates, secretaries and deputy secretaries in the Obama administration and central figures in the Trump administration.

“The American system itself did not label him as a persona non grata…the secretary who just resigned in the Trump administration was the prosecutor and he said he’d been negligent — so you expect me to have noticed [anything wrong]?”

Barak admitted he still had business ties to companies connected to Epstein and said since the new charges came to light he has instructed his lawyers to review options to disconnect from them.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s Likud party on Saturday called on the attorney general to investigate Barak’s relationship with Epstein.

The business relationship has become a favorite election talking point for Netanyahu after Barak reentered the political fray last month, announcing a new party formed for the purpose of unseating the premier.

Barak, a former prime minister and defense minister who formerly led Labor, announced his political comeback last month after a six-year hiatus, launching the new party. He has called repeatedly for parties on the center-left to run on a joint list, which he says is necessary to unseat Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on June 30, 2019. (Oded Balilty / POOL / AFP)

Netanyahu has seized on the reports of Barak’s connection to Epstein, taking to social media Thursday with the demand: “Investigate Ehud Barak immediately.”

The prime minister did not say what behavior on Barak’s part could be the subject of a criminal probe, as no action described in the report appeared illegal.

Barak responded on Twitter: “You don’t have to investigate — I confess. I gave a second chance, both to Epstein and to Bibi [Netanyahu]. Both are now neck-deep in criminality. I expect both to recuse themselves until the truth is ascertained.”

He added: “For my part, all my activities were those of a private citizen, not a minister or prime minister. All were legal, reported to the authorities, and taxes were paid on them.”

Addressing Netanyahu, he added, “How about you?”

Netanyahu is at the center of three criminal investigations into alleged corruption, which he denies.


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The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal Has Even Spread to Israel’s Election

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Jeffrey Epstein’s membership in the private-jet set may have enabled him to get away with innumerable crimes over the past several decades. It also brought many other wealthy elites into contact with the alleged sex trafficker and child rapist (and, less convincingly, alleged billionaire). His arrest last weekend has called unwelcome attention to several high-profile figures in U.S. politics for their past dealings with him: soon-to-be-formerLabor Secretary Alexander Acosta, most notably, as well as President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton.

Epstein’s network of fellow rich men isn’t limited to the U.S., however, and neither is the political fallout from his arrest. Like other American Jews of expansive means, Epstein had acquaintances and connections among Israel’s political bigwigs, which are now coming into play in the chaotic, hotly contested election campaign there.

Last Sunday, the day after Epstein was taken into federal custody, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged that Ehud Barak, a former prime minister and emerging rival in the upcoming polls, had significant ties to Epstein. On Twitter, Netanyahu shared a screenshot of an article on an obscure Hebrew-language news website that highlighted Epstein’s business relationship with billionaire Les Wexner, whose foundation granted Barak several million dollars between 2004 and 2006. He also claimed that Barak had attended a party hosted by Epstein in 2016 — long after he took a sweetheart plea deal that required him to register as a sex offender.

Barak waved off the accusation, pointing out that Netanyahu is facing criminal charges himself in three corruption cases and adding that he had been introduced to Epstein by Shimon Peres, the late president who is the subject of nonpartisan admiration in Israel. His implication was that if Netanyahu wanted to depict Barak as a sleazeball for merely having known Epstein, he would have to tar the saintly Peres (as well as his good friend Trump) with the same broad brush.

The guilt-by-association trick might not fly, but Barak has legitimate questions he has refused to answer about why he accepted $2.3 million from the Wexner Foundation, of which Epstein was a trustee, for “research” in 2004, when he was a private citizen. Netanyahu’s Likud party wasted no time asking the attorney general to investigate Barak, writing in its complaint: “Mr. Barak was photographed coming out of Mr. Epstein’s apartment in 2016. So close were the ties between the two that Mr. Barak’s name even appeared in Mr. Epstein’s black notebook.”

And the hits keep on coming for Barak: On Thursday night, Haaretzreported that Epstein also joined in a partnership with him to invest in a security-tech startup in 2015. “I saw the business opportunity and registered a partnership in my control in Israel. A small number of people I know invest in it,” Barak told Haaretz. “Since these are private investments, it wouldn’t be proper or right for me to expose the investors’ details.”

Whether or not the attorney general decides to open an investigation into Barak’s relationship with Epstein, it’s definitely become a serious political liability for the former Labor party leader. Barak only announced his return to politics last month and just unveiled the name of his new party (Democratic Israel) last Saturday, right when Epstein was being collared. It makes for an inauspicious start when his rival has the opportunity to run campaign videos asking “what else the sex offender gave Ehud Barak.” Having downplayed his ties to Epstein, the revelation of deeper and more recent business connections looks even more suspicious, even though there may be nothing illegal about them.

Netanyahu’s reasons for jumping on this story and gunning for Barak are harder to understand, as the prime minister has much bigger fish to fry if he hopes to survive September’s election. These polls were called as a do-over after Likud won a plurality in the Knesset in April but Netanyahu failed to form a coalition. His main threats are an alliance of centrist parties led by former Israel Defense Forces chief Benny Gantz, and the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party led by Netanyahu’s ally-turned-rival Avigdor Lieberman, who is expected to play kingmaker whatever the outcome of the election may be.

Barak’s party is not a serious contender, pulling four or five out of 120 Knesset seats in most recent polls. So why go after him? For one thing, Haaretz writer Allison Kaplan Sommer surmises, he’s low-hanging fruit. Barak has been on the Israeli political scene long enough to have collected plenty of enemies, and this scandal has practically fallen into Netanyahu’s lap. Netanyahu’s more prominent rivals are less vulnerable to attack: Likud tried to gin up a sexual-misconduct allegation against Gantz before the last election, which backfired. Attacking Lieberman would amount to right-wing infighting; besides, the outspoken populist seems to only gain in popularity the more Netanyahu tries to bring him down. (Lieberman is leaning into his Trump-esque anti-establishment image, even running on the slogan “Make Israel Normal Again.”)

While Netanyahu may have less to gain from discrediting Barak, relatively, the margin of victory for either his party or Gantz’s “Blue and White” alliance in the next election will likely be small: Recent polls show them neck-and-neck, winning between 30 and 35 seats each. If Barak’s movement falls apart and fails to meet the threshold for Knesset representation, that’s four or five seats knocked off Gantz’s potential coalition. It’s a small step toward solving Netanyahu’s bigger math problem, but at this point, he needs every edge he can get.


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‘You are Big Brother!’ – Roger Waters slams Twitter for suspending Assange support account

Roger Waters has called out “Big Brother” Twitter for suspending a popular account that supports WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Unity4J account shares information and support for Assange and promoted online vigils that rallied support for the jailed WikiLeaks founder, who currently faces possible extradition to the US. The account has over 10,000 followers and has been suspended since Thursday



Assange faces ‘psychological torture’ in British prison as UK vows to protect media freedom


Julian Assange: The UK, Sweden and the ‘Illusion of Justice’


Nina Cross
21st Century Wire

Whistleblower and political prisoner Chelsea Manning has been released from Alexandria Detention Centre in the US state of Virginia.  This follows the appeal made by her lawyers that continued detention would be a violation of law as it would be to punish her and not to ‘purge her contempt’ given her principled conviction in not cooperating.  She was held in contempt in March in relation to a grand jury investigation into the highly dubious, if not fabricated charges against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.  She is now facing the prospect of further detention as she has been subpoenaed to a different grand jury next week and by all accounts will continue refusing to cooperate.  At the same time Assange is fighting extradition from the UK to the US where it is likely he will face degrading treatment for the politically-driven charges against him.  The US and the UK, and Sweden in the case of Assange, have abused their legal systems to create a facade of  both ‘rule of law’ and ‘freedom through choice’, behind which Assange and Manning are persecuted. 

As an army intelligence analyst,  Manning leaked documents to WikiLeaks which led to the exposure of horrific war crimes by the US,  including the  Collateral Murder cockpit video of the slaughter of unarmed civilians in Iraq in 2007.   For this Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2010, commuted to 7 in 2017.  While outraged by Assange for his role in publishing leaks, the Trump government has also now gone after Manning.  Manning believes this to be about revenge, and the discrediting of truth-tellers and whistleblowers who dare hold governments to account, as she expressed in a statement just prior to release:

“I believe this grand jury seeks to undermine the integrity of public discourse with the aim of punishing those who expose any serious, ongoing, and systemic abuses of power by this government, as well as the rest of the international community. Therefore, participating in this fishing expedition – which potentially exposes other innocent people to the grand jury process – would constitute an unjustifiable and unethical action. Now, after sustaining serious psychological injury from my current confinement, I don’t wish to expose any other person to the trauma and exhaustion of civil contempt or other forms of prison or coercion.”

The personal toll this has taken on Manning is immense:

“Without committing a federal crime, and after exhaustive testimony at a trial several years ago, I am again ripped from my life by a vindictive and politically motivated investigation and prosecution.”

The illusion of choice

Manning faces continued detention because she won’t surrender.  Assange is probably still alive and fighting because he has not surrendered.  For Assange this meant that while in the Ecuadorian embassy he could only access urgent medical help by risking arrest and extradition to the US, which could have meant the death sentence or a life prison sentence.  Surrender or death.  Death or death.  The illusion of choice hid persecution.  Manning makes this very point:

  • “The idea I hold the keys to my own cell is an absurd one, as I face the prospect of suffering either way due to this unnecessary and punitive subpoena”.

The illusion Assange had a choice is also essential for the British government  to carry off that he was a criminal fugitive hiding from justice:

“…Assange is in the embassy of his own choice...”
– Alan Duncan, Foreign Office

It is now evident that this was a lie.  Choice was an illusion for the public.  Assange would have risked the death sentence or life in prison by leaving the embassy.  This is what he could now face if extradited following his arrest on 11th April.  The British government lied.  What has now become apparent is that law is the government’s weapon of choice.

The illusion that sexual allegations mattered

On 12th April, the day after Assange was arrested by the British police,  Labour MP Stella Creasey, with backing from over 70 MPs, wrote to the Home Secretary asking for Assange to be extradited to Sweden if its authorities re-opened the investigation into sexual allegations for which Sweden had requested Assange’s extradition in 2010.  This was based on no new claim of evidence, or due process, and could easily be seen as political interference to put pressure on the Swedish authorities.  The case itself has been condemned as trumped-up, a and violation of law.  Meanwhile, the Swedish authorities were not even  aware of the plan to arrest Assange:

This is news to us too, and we haven’t yet processed the information…We don’t know why he has been arrested.”  – Sweden’s chief prosecutor, Ingrid Isgren

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Tonight over 70 parliamentarians stand with victims of sexual violence, and are calling on both the Home Secretary and the shadow Home Sec to urge them both to be champions of action to ensure Julian Assange faces Swedish authorities and is extradited there if they so request:

Creasey seemed to think this was about procedural oversight:

The decision to rescind the political asylum of Mr Assange by the Ecuadorian authorities seems to have been something of which both the UK and US authorities were made aware in advance.”

How remiss of the UK government to forget the sexual allegations made by two Swedish women they seemed to care about for so many years.  Or perhaps the UK and US no longer needed the women:  extradition to the US could now be through the UK.  The sexual allegations, the initial vehicle for getting Assange to the US via Sweden, were presumably viewed as surplus to requirements on 11th April.  After years of hunting Assange on the pretext he was a ‘rapist evading justice,’ the U.K. government, like that of Sweden, a liberal champion of women’s rights, is exposed as fake,  exploiting sexual allegations for political agenda: in this case subservience to Washington’s attack on journalism and freedom of speech. 

Millions were thrown at surveillance on Assange, a bounty the Crown Prosecution Service considered priceless, shown in a 2013 email to the Swedish prosecutor:

“I do not consider costs are a relevant factor in this matter.”

The statement made by  Women Against Rape in 2012 should help Creasey and Co. to understand why the British government did not notify the Swedes of Assange’s arrest but invested so much in these sexual allegations:

“Once again women’s fury and frustration at the prevalence of rape and other violence, is being used by politicians to advance their own purposes. The authorities care so little about violence against women that they manipulate rape allegations at will, usually to increase their powers, this time to facilitate Assange’s extradition or even rendition to the US.”

The illusion of ‘unavailability in the Ecuadorian embassy’

And now that Sweden has today announced it will decide next week whether to reopen the casefor yet a third time, it is continuing its media circus tactics around Assange,  as previously pointed out by journalist John Pilger:

“For Assange, his only trial has been trial by media. On August 20, 2010, the Swedish police opened a “rape investigation” and immediately – and unlawfully – told the Stockholm tabloids that there was a warrant for Assange’s arrest for the “rape of two women”. This was the news that went round the world.”

Is the Swedish government creating a launching pad for reasserting itself as champion of women?  An opportunity for some face-saving for the calculated use of its prosecution services that took being dragged to the Swedish Supreme Court by Assange’s legal team before it would progress the preliminary investigation, while countless offers by both the Ecuadorian government and Assange’s lawyers for him to be interviewed were not taken up? As pointed out by former Foreign Secretary of Ecuador, Gillaume Long:

“There was no need for the Swedish authorities to delay for over 1,000 days before agreeing to carry out this interview, given that the Swedish authorities regularly question people in Britain and received permission to do so on more than 40 occasions in recent years.”

But should they decide to reopen the case, and have the case internationally scrutinised, an unlikely scenario according to Assange’s Swedish lawyer Per E Samuelson, it would mean all attention would then be on Sweden. This would remove it from the UK – convenient for the UK government to wash its hands of Assange and not be the betrayer of international law and of journalists and whistle blowers everywhere.  Sweden could take that title.

Creasey’s letter embodies the anti-human rights narrative that rejects the decision of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that Assange has been subjected to arbitrary detention. It is this anti-human rights narrative the British government is using to continue persecuting Assange by keeping him in stark prison conditions after years of confinement, while he now fights extradition.

To justify sentencing him to 12 months inside high-security Belmarsh prison for skipping bail seven years ago,  the court rejected his defense of asylum, despite the risk of persecution to Assange being more obvious than ever, vindicating his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.   We have an anti-human rights government in power and some courts are standing in line behind it giving away their independence and integrity to serve the war criminals hunting Assange.

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The illusion of principled leaders

MPs used the withdrawal of his Ecuadorian citizenship and asylum rights, an act recognised as unconstitutional and in violation of international law, as an opportunity to extradite Assange to Sweden from where he would be extradited to the US.  Once there he would face inhumane treatment, as warned by the UN rapporteur on torture.  This was a cowardly act by the MPs.  They have undermined asylum and human rights laws,  Creasey herself being a campaigner for asylum rights in Britain.   What’s more, they exploited the emotive progressive political and feminist outrage to ride rough shod over due process for Assange, while they stayed silent on the government’s use of sexual allegations for political gain, ‘a violation of law.’  Such are the “champions of action.”

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Speaking up for what is actually happening in Calais and for due process in our asylum system never more important than when faced with a Home Secretary with one eye on a leadership contest and a low opinion of Tory party members

The integrity of two individuals, publisher and whistleblower, has rocked the foundations of the most powerful who thought they were untouchable.  Their resilience against the uncivilised US beast and its supine servants puts to shame our liberal ‘progressive’ politicians who daren’t stray from mainstream narratives, no matter how corrupt or fake, through fear of disapproval.

“Whatever one might make of my principles and decisions, I shall continue to make hard choices and sacrifices rather than relinquish my ethical positions in exchange for mere trinkets of personal gain or self-pleasure in the form of being released.” – Chelsea Manning

MPs should demand an investigation into:

  • The calculated strategic delay of the investigation by British and Swedish government lawyers in the investigation into sexual allegations

  • The multi-million pound squandering of police budget on trapping Assange in the embassy for several years

  • The reasons behind Assange taking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy

  • Why the British government is refusing to guarantee no extradition now given the irrefutable risks of persecution for Assange which have been warned about by UN rapporteurs and legal experts, and which would entail the UK violating international law further

Author Nina Cross is an independent writer and researcher, and contributor to 21WIRE. To see more of her work, visit her Nina’s archive.

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The major opinion polling company Gallup has admitted on its own website that its three decades long polling data on supposed American sympathy for Israel against the Palestinians contains “fundamental flaws well beyond what we would attribute to normal sampling error”

Gallup Admits its “Israeli vs. Palestinian Sympathy Polls” are False and Distorted—in Jews’ Favor

The major opinion polling company Gallup has admitted on its own website that its three decades long polling data on supposed American sympathy for Israel against the Palestinians contains “fundamental flaws well beyond what we would attribute to normal sampling error”—in other words, that they are false and have been distorted in favor of the Jews.

 

 

The admission is contained in a Gallup article titled “Survey Context Effects on Middle East Sympathies,” published on March 28, 2019.

The article was given no publicity in the Jewish-controlled legacy media, and has only come to the attention of the public thanks to an article on it written by Grant F. Smith, the tireless campaigner and director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington DC.

As Smith wrote, “Gallup’s admission centers on its high-stakes question of whether Americans have greater sympathy for Israelis or for Palestinians, and that Gallup [has] loudly trumpeted that Americans ‘increasingly sympathized with Israel in recent years.’”

These polls, Smith points out, have been used by “U.S. based Israel affinity organizations” [that is, the Jewish lobby which controls Congress] and the Congressional Research Service “to claim that most Americans support giving most of the US foreign aid budget to Israel.”

In its article, Gallup attributes its sudden admission of error to “an analysis of [Gallup] World Affairs surveys and other surveys conducted at about the same time indicate this is not the case.”

Smith said that Gallup’s reevaluation may have been triggered by more than its own polling and cited polling done by CNN and Pew Research.

“In both 2018 and 2019 IRmep paid to field Gallup’s precisely worded polling question through the highly accurate Google Surveys representative polling service. The analysis of results, found that contrary to Gallup results the majority of Americans do not sympathize more with Israelis ‘in the Middle East situation.’”





Gallup now claims its polling showing consistently high American sympathy for Israel is the result of including the question within multi-question surveys in which prior questions about world affairs influenced the response to subsequent questions.

Gallup claims, “…the priming effect of asking country favorability appears to push people toward sympathizing with Israel rather than expressing no opinion (or not taking a side). The theory is that after respondents answer some questions on international affairs, they may become more focused on the topic and more comfortable expressing opinions (including weakly held ones) in response to subsequent questions on that same topic.”

Gallup claims it tested that theory and verified internally that the majority of Americans do not sympathize with Israel in an unpublished Gallup polling “experiment” conducted February 12-28.

“Unfortunately for Gallup, its quiet admission raises more questions than it answers. Why is the organization admitting flawed polling only in a back-page web article with an overly technical title, “Survey Context Effects on Middle East Sympathies” sure to be ignored by polling stakeholders and the mainstream media?” Smith asked.

“Why didn’t Gallup qualify its March 6 poll report, ‘Americans, but Not Liberal Democrats, Mostly Pro-Israel’ reporting February 1-10 World Affairs results with a footnote that it may have reflected ‘weakly held’ views, and offering its February 12-28 results?

“Why is Gallup still touting telephone-based survey results when online and smartphone polling is consistently providing more accurate results?,” Smith aksed.


Barricades & tear gas: 150+ arrested amid Bastille Day celebrations


Bastille Day parade shows military tech in air and on ground, though marred by protests

Bastille Day parade shows military tech in air and on ground, though marred by protests (FULL VIDEO)
France showcased its military might with an impressive Bastille Day parade along the Champs Elysees in the heart of Paris. But Yellow Vest protesters used the event to once again demonstrate their anger.

Around 4,300 soldiers, 200 vehicles and 100 aircraft took part in the annual parade, attended by thousands of people, including guests of honor German chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as the leaders of the Netherlands and Portugal.

The armor on display featured the country’s main Leclerc battle tanks and Armored Personnel Carriers, while the aerial part of the parade saw Airbus A330 Phoenix refueling plane taking the to the skies in the company of French Mirage 2000-5 and Rafale jets.The troops showed off their skills in simulated combat, also demonstrating the work of bomb-dismantling robots. But the show-stealer was the sight of a man rocketing through the air on a jet-powered flyboard, invented by French former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata.


However, the Yellow Vest demonstrators, who have been protesting declining living standards in France for eight months now, were also among the spectators. They booed French president Emmanuel Macron as he was being driven in an open-top limo towards the Place de la Concorde, and also clashed with police who tried to remove them.

July 14 marks the storming of the infamous Bastille prison in Paris in 1789, which became a key event of the French Revolution and was later declared a national holiday.

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‘Bad reaction to a bad decision’: French FM upset with Iran’s uranium enrichment, fears war with US

‘Bad reaction to a bad decision’: French FM upset with Iran’s uranium enrichment, fears war with US
The US was wrong to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, but Tehran’s response, to enrich uranium beyond the limits set in the accord, is a path to war, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.

“The situation is serious. The rise of tensions could lead to accidents” between the US and Iran, Le Drian warned.

Tensions have only been mounting between the two countries since May, after Washington beefed up its military presence in the region. The fears of a war were in the air a number of times, including when US blamed Tehran for attacks on oil tankers and Iran shot down a US surveillance drone. Donald Trump said he’d even ordered airstrikes in retaliation, but had called them off at the last moment. The US’ closest ally, the UK, is also holding an Iranian super tanker now, over claims that it was delivering oil to Syria.

“The fact Iran has decided to pull back from some of its engagements on nuclear proliferation is an additional worry. It is a bad decision, a bad reaction to another bad decision, that of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal,” Foreign Minister Le Drian lamented.

ALSO ON RT.COMIran says ‘foreign presence’ from tens of thousands of miles away destabilizes Middle EastLast May, Donald Trump announced the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which had taken years to sign, shocking other signatories France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China. Washington then slapped harsh sanctions on Tehran in order to force it to sign a broader deal, which will cover not only its nuclear program, but ballistic missile developments as well. Iran vigorously rejected the idea, saying there won’t be any new agreements with the Americans.

The French FM said that in either Washington or Tehran “no one wants war” but added that “there are elements of escalation that are worrisome.”

“Iran gains nothing from withdrawing from its engagement (with JCPOA). The US also gains nothing if Iran gets nuclear weapons, so it is important that de-escalation measures are taken to ease the tensions,” he suggested.

ALSO ON RT.COMTrump ruined Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’ – former UK envoy in new leakLe Drian’s words echoed the joint statement by the leaders of the UK, France and Germany, released on Sunday and also calling for dialogue.

London, Paris and Berlin said they were “extremely concerned” at the “risk that the JCPOA further unravels” due to US sanctions, Iran’s decision to enrich extra uranium and the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the Persian Gulf.

ALSO ON RT.COMAs Iran is pushed to step further away from nuclear deal, what’s next?The European nations underlined their “continuing commitment” to the Iranian nuclear deal, saying that “the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue.”

Tehran previously accused EU countries of ditching their obligations under JCPOA in the face of US sanctions.

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BDS @ 14: Hope in the Face of Israeli Apartheid

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Today, Palestinians mark with a mix of alarm and hope the 14th anniversary of the BDS Call, launched by Palestinian society in 2005 in pursuit of freedom, justice and equality.

The growth of our popular resistance and the global, Palestinian-led BDS movement give us hope at a time when Israel’s far-right regime is intensifying its system of apartheid and crimes against our people, in open partnership with the anti-Palestinian Trump Administration, and with the complicity of the European Union and despotic Arab regimes.

Israel’s ongoing Nakba against the Palestinian people is most brutally manifested in its illegal siege and repeated massacres that have reduced Gaza into an uninhabitable ghetto, causing unspeakable suffering to its two million Palestinians.

It is also evidenced in its continued denial of the internationally recognized right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees, its gradual ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians, particularly in Jerusalem, and its adoption of the so-called Jewish Nation-State Law, that makes its decades-old apartheid regime constitutional.

Today also marks the 15th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s decision to condemn Israel’s wall in the occupied Palestinian territory as illegal and to remind all states of their obligation not to recognize, aid or assist Israel in its violations of international law, and instead act to end them. Fifteen years since, Israel continues to build its illegal settlements and the apartheid wall, which Trump uses as a model to justify his intended anti-immigrant wall along the Mexican border.

But we are fighting back with the help of unions and social movements representing millions around the world which are joining the BDS movement. They recognize that Israel’s fanatic regime of oppression against Palestinians has become a model for racist, xenophobic and fascist political tendencies in Europe, the US, Brazil, India, the Philippines and beyond.

#Apartheid was the second most popular hashtag trending during Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv, partly explaining the contest’s failure to attract more than 5,000, in contrast to the 40,000 to 50,000 that had been expected to show up.

More than 100 commercial, cultural and sporting activities in Italy declared themselves free of Israeli apartheid in June, joining dozens of city councils and cultural spaces in the Spanish state and across Europe.

The Argentinian national football team cancelled last year a friendly match with Israel after receiving appeals from Palestinians and international solidarity groups. During the same year, Natalie Portman, Shakira, Lana del Rey, among other prominent artists, cancelled engagements in Israel to protest its crimes against Palestinians. Dozens of DJs and other musicians joined the cultural boycott of Israel.

Last week, more than 100 artists and cultural figures, including Hollywood names, condemned the McCarthyism of a German festival that cancelled a performance by rapper Talib Kweli because of his refusal to renounce his support for BDS.

Two weeks ago, the British for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) adopted the academic boycott of Israeli universities over their complicity in planning, implementing and justifying Israel’s grave human rights violations. BRISMES joins a number of American academic associations that have adopted the boycott in recent years. Israeli Apartheid Week 2019 was a big success, despite rising anti-democratic repression in the US and Europe.

FNV, the largest Dutch trade union, with 1.1 million members, dropped Hewlett-Packard as a partner, over the complicity of HP-branded companies in Israel’s apartheid and violations of international law. The global online action #StopCemex reached over 1 million people, effectively transforming the annual propaganda effort of the cement giant into a powerful campaign against CEMEX’s complicity in Israel’s illegal settlements and wall.

Pressure on governments continues. The National Congress of Chile overwhelmingly voted to ban products from illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land last year, while the campaign to ban settlement products from European markets is ongoing.

Even major financial institutions are bowing to popular pressure. A fully owned subsidiary of the insurance giant AXA divested from Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems, which sells weapons used by the Israeli military in attacks on Palestinians, following a pressure campaign that is continuing until AXA fully divests from Elbit and from Israeli banks that finance Israel’s settlement enterprise.

This comes after HSBC confirmed late last year that it had fully divested from Elbit Systems. Now campaigners are working to ensure HSBC divests as well from Caterpillar, whose equipment is used regularly by Israel’s military and security forces for the demolition of Palestinian homes, schools, orchards, olive groves and other agricultural lands.

In response to Israel’s ongoing Nakba, the most effective way to mark the BDS anniversary is by escalating our BDS campaigning through:

  • Advocating at all levels of government to cut military and security ties with Israel, and pressuring universities and research centers to end military/security research with Israel.
  • Defending the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent tactics of BDS, as a matter of freedom of expression that should be protected in any democracy.
  • Joining the growing boycott and/or divestment campaigns against complicit corporations, such as AXA, HP, CEMEX, HSBC and Puma, among others.
  • Passing BDS resolutions in more churches, academic associations and cultural spaces.
  • Promoting and respecting the Palestinian guidelines for ethical tourism and pressuring Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and Tripadvisor to end their complicity in normalizing Israel’s illegal settlements and other human rights violations.

Opinion/Analysis 07/10/19 Why Is The Rise Of BDS Worldwide Worrying Israel?


‘Truth’ for Jews is ‘whatever serves Israel’s interests’ – Polish priest

Poland’s Jewish Association has accused a Catholic priest of spreading hate after he claimed on a TV show that Jews have their own version of truth.


CLASSIC ESSAYSWILLIAM PIERCE

In Your Ear, Mr. Clinton!

by Dr. William L. Pierce

EVER SINCE two Israeli terrorists, acting on direct orders from the prime minister of Israel, attempted to murder an Islamic religious leader in Jordan by squirting an especially nasty poison into his ear, I’ve been waiting to hear what the reaction of the politicians in Washington would be. That was more than two weeks ago, and I’m still waiting.

Imagine what the reaction would have been if Syria’s President Assad, say, had sent a team of Arab terrorists into Israel to murder a Jewish religious leader, a prominent rabbi, with an exotic poison they had cooked up in their chemical and biological warfare laboratories, and the terrorists had been caught in the act. There would have been no end to the expressions of pious outrage from Washington’s windbags, and Bill and Hillary would have been leading the chorus. The State Department would have announced the immediate breaking off of diplomatic relations with the guilty country. Senator Alphonse D’Amato and the rest of the Jews’ Gentile step’n’fetchits in our Senate would have been preaching non-stop for an all-out military crusade against Syria. Mr. Clinton would have conferred with Secretary of Defense Cohen about the best way to knock out Syria’s chemical and biological warfare capability with a military strike, and our Navy would have transferred several aircraft carriers to the eastern Mediterranean. The editorial pages of the New York Times would have been filled with the bloodthirsty screeching of Abe Rosenthal day after day, demanding action against Syria. Billy Graham and America’s other political churchmen would be telling us all from the pulpit how terrible such an attack on a religious leader was, how the world must not tolerate such anti-religious terrorism, and so on. And even the soberer columnists and commentators would be telling us all about the dangers of permitting a renegade country like Syria to have the capability for making and using exotic chemical and biological warfare agents — and about the need to make an example of Syria, so that no other country would be tempted to follow in Syria’s footsteps. At the very least, after a preemptive military strike on Damascus, chemical and biological warfare specialists from the United Nations would have to be stationed permanently in Syria to ensure that that country never again tried to rebuild its chemical and biological warfare laboratories.

But, as I said, I’m still waiting to hear the first condemnation of Israel’s terrorist activity from Washington. I’m still waiting to hear the first warning about the danger to the world in allowing a paranoid, bullying, puffed-up little excuse for a country like Israel to develop chemical and biological warfare capabilities. I’m still waiting to hear any comments about the religious implications of an officially Jewish country setting out to murder Islamic religious leaders in other countries. I’m waiting to hear any expression of disapproval at all. There is only a deafening silence.

Canada, at least, had the decency to recall her ambassador from Tel Aviv. But our government in Washington is so totally under the control of the Jewish minority in this country, the minority which controls our mass media, that it dares not make the faintest squeak of protest.

This sort of government-sponsored assassination is nothing new for Israel. Back in the 1950s the Israelis pioneered the use of letter bombs to kill and maim people they didn’t like in other countries. They also have used car bombs to assassinate people — including innocent bystanders. Sometimes they simply gun their victims down on the street, again with total disregard for the safety of bystanders. Sometimes they shoot the wrong person, but they never apologize for their mistakes. When they want to kill someone clandestinely, they use poisons or infectious agents, and it looks as if the victim died a natural death. The botched assassination of the Islamic leader in Jordan was such a routine operation for Israel’s Mossad agents that they simply picked up the special weapon used to squirt poison into the victim’s ear at the Israeli embassy in Amman, where it was kept for use as needed.

Yes, that’s a routine operation for a government based on a religion which teaches that the lives of non-Jews are worthless and that all enemies of the Jews should be killed. But, the only reason that this particular attempted murder by the government of Israel is of interest to us, the only reason that it should be of special interest to all patriots, is that it is of no interest to our government. Our government, after all, is one that makes a big pretense of caring about such matters as international terrorism and the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. Our government makes a big thing out of denouncing state-sponsored terrorism — so long as the state sponsoring the terrorism isn’t Israel. The non-response of our government to Israel’s most recent state-sponsored assassination attempt is a splendid example of the subservience of our government to the Jews.

Do you remember all of the pious statements against terrorism we heard from our government and from the media during the Timothy McVeigh trial? Terrorism is something which must not be tolerated, our government and the media told us. The second Oklahoma City bombing suspect, Terry Nichols, is on trial now, and the government is doing the same sort of preaching about not tolerating terrorism or terrorists. And you also can count on hearing the same sort of anti-terrorist sermonizing from the government during the trial of Ted Kaczynski, the alleged Unabomber.

All of that anti-terrorist posturing is total hypocrisy. The prime minister of Israel is a proven terrorist, a man who ordered the assassination of a religious leader in another country, a man who has ordered other terrorist activities as well. Just a few weeks before his latest murder attempt, he sent another group of terrorists across the border into Lebanon with orders to kill people. Fortunately, that group also was caught before it could complete its murderous mission. And, of course, that murder mission, just like the latest, received zero notice from Washington and almost zero notice from the controlled media in this country. Yet you can be sure that Mr. Netanyahu will be permitted to travel to the United States whenever it pleases him, and that Mr. Clinton will greet him in the White House with a big hug and a smile when he does.

What our government’s condoning of terror and assassination by Israel does is pull the moral rug right out from under its stand against terror and assassination by everyone. When the President of the United States bows and scrapes in front of the prime minister of Israel and hugs him and asks him how much more money he needs from American taxpayers to expand his campaign of terror and assassination against his neighbors, how seriously should that President be taken the next time he begins his anti-terrorist posturing against Libya’s Moammar Kaddhafi? How seriously should he be taken the next time someone bombs a Federal building in this country, and the President denounces it as an act of cowardice?

What causes political terrorism in the United States is the sort of behavior by the government which causes people to lose their respect for the government, behavior which causes them to have contempt for the government. Just as surely as the government’s massacre of the women and children in David Koresh’s church in Waco, Texas, in 1993 caused the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, President Clinton’s condoning of Benjamin Netanyahu’s terrorism in 1997 will cause other Federal buildings to be bombed in the future.

If our government were serious about disapproving of terrorism it would break diplomatic relations with Israel immediately, it would halt all aid to Israel, and it would impose a total economic boycott on Israel. It would make an example of Israel, so that no other country would be tempted to engage in state-sponsored terrorism. That’s what the U.S. government would do — if it were serious about disapproving of terrorism. But of course, it isn’t serious. And serious people notice things like that. Not Joe and Jill Sixpack, of course. Not the couch potatoes. They never notice anything. They’re too busy watching ball games. But we do still have some serious people in America, people who notice things, people who still are able to think for themselves, no matter how Politically Incorrect thinking for oneself may be these days.

The government’s stand on terrorism today reminds me of the government’s stand on drinking in the 1920s. Prohibition went into effect primarily because the fundamentalist Protestant churches disapproved of drinking, and they controlled a great many votes. And, no doubt, there were many sober, decent citizens in addition to the fundamentalists who also were concerned about alcoholism and the social ills caused by excessive drinking. But the government never took Prohibition seriously. It failed to make a serious and determined effort to enforce its own laws against alcohol. The politicians preached and postured against drinking, but as soon as the speeches were over they headed for their favorite speakeasies. It was all hypocrisy, and as a result drinking went on pretty much as before, but there was an enormous increase in police and political corruption and in organized criminal activity. There also was a big increase in public cynicism and in loss of respect for the government, because then as now there were some serious people who noticed the hypocrisy.

In a democracy it is the couch potatoes who rule, simply because there are so many of them, and the media bosses control what the couch potatoes think and the way they vote — most of the time. But the serious people, even though there are not enough of them to outvote the couch potatoes, do become frustrated, and when they become frustrated enough they take action. Sometimes they blow up Federal buildings. And sometimes they overthrow governments. And when they do overthrow a government, there won’t be any ball games for a while, so even the couch potatoes may pay attention long enough to help the serious people hang the politicians and the media bosses — and that’s something that really needs to be done in the United States soon.

And that is something I really look forward to. I ache for it. And I know that many patriots ache for it. It’s not that we are especially indignant about the Jews squirting exotic poisons into the ears of Islamic leaders and getting away with it — although it does give me the creeps to think about the fact that the Jews keep their embassies around the world stocked with all sorts of nasty equipment for disposing of people they don’t like in ways designed to make murder look like death by natural causes. I wonder how many Americans they’ve murdered. I wonder how many cases there have been where, as soon as it became clear that the Jews were involved, the FBI told the local police to stop investigating. That’s a spooky thought.

But the real reason for our growing anger against the government in Washington is not what the Jews do in other countries. It’s what our government does — and does not do — in this country. Mr. Netanyahu’s latest venture in assassination by poison is not what’s important: it’s Mr. Clinton’s reaction that’s important. It’s the hypocrisy and corruption in Washington that are important to us, not the religious belief of Jews that their god gave them the right to murder anyone they don’t like. And this latest demonstration of hypocrisy and corruption in Washington is only one in a long series of demonstrations, no more shocking than many others and certainly not as bad as some. But what is nice about this latest demonstration is that it is so clear, so unambiguous. And it also is so timely, in that it comes right in the middle of a series of trials of terrorists in this country, right in the middle of a series of government and media denunciations of terrorism. It doesn’t give the media bosses or the politicians a chance to use the excuse that that was then and this is now and their policy toward terrorism has changed with time and circumstances.

There is one thing you can say for the Jews. Their religion leads them to do things which are so outrageous, and so striking, that the crooked politicians among our own people who collaborate with the Jews in order to advance their careers aren’t left much room to make excuses. About all they can do is keep their mouths shut and hope that the couch potatoes won’t notice — or will forget before the next election.

For example there is the case of the Jew from Maryland, Samuel Sheinbein, who took a power saw to one of his teenaged neighbors last month and hacked off the young fellow’s arms, legs, and head, and then put what was left of him in a plastic bag and left it in someone else’s garage. It seems to have been some sort of disagreement over a drug deal that didn’t go according to Mr. Sheinbein’s liking. When the police began closing in, Sheinbein hopped a plane for Israel, and once there he just thumbed his nose at the police in Maryland. When the police asked that he be sent back to America to stand trial for murder, the government of Israel announced that it has a policy against extraditing Jews. With a smirk on their faces, the Israelis told the Maryland authorities that if they really want to try Sheinbein they could come to Israel and try him in an Israeli court. That offer, of course, was entirely fraudulent. Aside from the enormous practical difficulties for the Maryland authorities, the fact of the matter is that they would find it impossible to convict Sheinbein in an Israeli court.

Israel’s policy of not extraditing Jews is based in the Jewish religion, which prohibits Jews from cooperating with Gentile authorities in the prosecution of a Jew for crimes committed against a Gentile. Even providing information about a Jewish criminal to Gentile authorities is a crime punishable by death under Talmudic law.

What this means in practice is that a Jew can commit just about any crime he wants in the United States or Europe — murder, rape, embezzlement, importing drugs, White slavery, racketeering — and if he is able to fly to Israel without being arrested, he will be safe. This sort of behavior by any other country would not be tolerated, but don’t expect the U.S. government to put much pressure on Israel about this. Mr. Clinton just wishes the Maryland state authorities would shut up about the case before the public wakes up and begins asking questions.

The real question here is not why does our government put with this sort of behavior from Israel; we know the answer to that question. The real question is: Why do we Americans put up with a government like the one we have in Washington?

The government can keep passing more repressive laws, tapping more telephones, hiring more jackbooted thugs, but it cannot survive without the trust and respect of the people — and I don’t mean just the trust and respect of the couch potatoes; I mean the trust and respect of serious people, who notice things and who are able to think for themselves. The government cannot long survive without their trust and respect, and it has just about used up all of that. The next time there is a major bombing of a government building in this country — and there will be; Mr. Clinton’s behavior guarantees that — and the government puts on its pretense of outrage and begins weeping crocodile tears for the victims and calls the bombers “cowards,” there will be a noticeably more cynical reaction from the serious portion of the public. The couch potatoes may still respond the way the government wants them to, but among the serious people there will be more than ever before who will understand that the bombings will continue until we have a government which is genuinely outraged by terrorism, a government which not only genuinely disapproves of terrorism, state-sponsored or otherwise, but which also is actually our government, not the government of the politicians, the media bosses, and Jews.

We want a government which is honest, a government which means what it says and says what it means, a government we can trust and respect and which the rest of the world also will be obliged to respect. We want a government which represents our interests and which is totally free of Jewish control, of Jewish influence. And one day we will have such a government.

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Source: American Dissident Voices broadcast


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New York Court Rules Jews are Above Animal Cruelty Laws

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man participates in a kapparot ritual, in which a chicken is swung over one’s head in the belief that one transfers the sins from the past year into the chicken. PHOTO: Times of Israel/Dima Vazinovich/Flash90

Holy Land – UPDATE: Over 100 Bullet Fragments in Brain of Palestinian Child Shot in Northern West Bank

 July 14, 2019 10:34 PM  IMEMC News & Agencies Israeli attacksNews ReportQalqilia 0

14 JUL
10:34 PM

07/13/19 | International Solidarity Movement | Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian child in the head with live ammunition yesterday during a protest against settlement expansion in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum, Palestine.
Abdul Rahman Yasser Shteiwi, 10, was rushed to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus at around 3pm and was operated on immediately.

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Today, doctors told ISM that a scan of the boy’s brain showed over 100 bullet fragments lodged in his head.
The hospital’s head of neurosurgery, Othman Othman, who operated on the 10-year-old for three and a half hours, claimed that the bullet fired at Abdul was a live round.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “He had a penetrating injury in the frontal lobe on the right side. The injury was severe and there are more than 100 fragments.
“This is not a rubber bullet; this is a metal bullet. A rubber bullet will not enter because it does not have a sharp head. This is something that had a sharp head.”
Mr Othman added that he believes the bullet fired at Abdul was “not a normal bullet.”
“I have seen many gunshot wounds and they only break into a few pieces. Over 100 fragments is not normal.”
This disputes claims by the Israeli military that no live ammunition was fired during the Friday protest.
ISM activists also found a 5.56 bullet case on the ground where protesters had been standing some 15 minutes before. The case was hot to the touch suggesting it had been fired that afternoon. Dozens more bullet cases were also found by villagers following the protest.
The 10-year-old remains in critical condition, and is awaiting further scans.
“This injury is a severe traumatic brain injury. He is in critical condition and there is a lot of blood in his brain,” Mr. Othman said. “We can’t yet say what is the real injury to the brain.”
The leader of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Shtaiwi, told ISM: “I don’t have words to explain the sadness I feel.
“The army practised a very big fault if they think that what they did today will make the demonstration go down. No, never.”
Rubber-coated steel bullets were also fired at the crowds, as well as sound bombs. At least two people were injured by rubber bullets, including a child who was shot in the arm and a man who was also hit in the arm.
Mr Shtaiwi added: “I want to send a message to all the international community; if you care about the rights of children, come and protect them and share what happened today with the rest of the world.”
A demonstration will be held again today at 4pm in Kafr Qaddum.
The town has held weekly protests for 9 years against the closure of the main road to the city of Nablus due to the expansion of nearby settlements. Protesters are regularly met with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets fired by heavily armed occupation forces.
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Deceiving the Dumb Goyim

JTR

Leon Poliakov uses the following story to explain the nature of Talmudic reasoning:

A goy [non-Jew] insisted that a Talmudist explain to him what the Talmud was. The sage finally consented and asked the goy the following question:“Two men climb down a chimney. When they come to the bottom, one has his face covered with soot, the other is spotless. Which of the two will wash himself?”

“The one who is dirty,” answered the goy.

“No, for the one who’s dirty sees the others’ clean face and believes he is clean too. The one who’s clean sees a dirty face and believes his is dirty too.”

“I understand!” the goy exclaimed. “I’m beginning to understand what the Talmud is.”

“No, you have understood nothing at all,” the rabbi interrupted, “for how could two men have come down the same chimney, one dirty and the other clean?”

It is hard to miss the intention of the Talmud, or misinterpret its noble meaning, or pilpul it into something other than what it is, when it says:

Rabbi Shemeul says advantage may be taken of the mistakes of a Gentile. He once bought a gold plate as a copper one of a Gentile for four zouzim, and then cheated him out of one zouzim in the bargain. Rav Cahana purchased a hundred and twenty vessels of wine from a Gentile for a hundred zouzim, and swindled him in the payment out of one of the hundred, and that while the Gentile assured him that he confidently trusted his honesty. Rava once went shares with a Gentile and bought a tree, which was cut up into logs. This done, he bade his servants to go pick out the largest logs, but to be sure to take no more than the proper number, because the Gentile knew how many there were. As Rav Ashi was walking abroad one day he saw some grapes growing in a roadside vineyard, and sent his servant to see whom they belonged to. “If they belong to a Gentile,” he said, “bring some here to me, but if they belong to an Israelite, do not meddle with them.” The owner, who happened to be in the vineyard, overheard the Rabbi’s order and called out, “What? Is it lawful to rob a Gentile?” “Oh, no,” said the Rabbi evasively, “a Gentile might sell, but an Israelite would not” (Bava Kama, Fol. 113, col. 2).

This, we should keep in mind, appears in a Jewish religious text.

Deception in BusinessIt is a grave sin to practice any kind of deception whatsoever against a Jew. Against a Gentile it is only forbidden to practice direct deception. Indirect deception is allowed, unless it is likely to cause hostility towards Jews or insult to the Jewish religion. The paradigmatic example is mistaken calculation of the price during a purchase. If a Jew makes a mistake unfavorable to himself, it is one’s religious duty to correct him. If a Gentile is spotted making such a mistake, one need not let him know about it, but say “I rely on your calculation,” so as to forestall his hostility in case he subsequently discovers his own mistake.

Fraud

It is forbidden to defraud a Jew by selling or buying at an unreasonable price. However, “Fraud does not apply to Gentiles, for it is written ‘Do no defraud each man his brother’ [the Halakhah interprets all such idioms as referring exclusively to one’s fellow Jew.]

Theft and Robbery

Robbery of a Gentile by a Jew is not forbidden outright, but only under certain circumstances such as “when the Gentiles are not under our rule,” but is permitted “when they are under our rule.” Rabbinical authorities differ among themselves as to the precise details of the circumstances under which a Jew may rob a Gentile, but the whole debate is concerned only with the relative power of Jews and Gentiles rather than with universal considerations of justice and humanity.

Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Two Thousand Years (London: Pluto Press, 1994), 89-90, 117 n49.

The Jewish Diaspora community in Europe has been formally called to task by Christian authorities a number of times in history to find out exactly what the Jews in their midst believed and where they morally, politically, socially, and religiously stood with regard to Gentiles.

One of the most important accounts of such an occasion was in France in the year 1240. A Jewish apostate named Donin, Christianized to Nicholas de Rupella, well versed in Hebrew as a Talmudic scholar, claimed to Church officials that there were many elements in Jewish teachings that were threatening to non-Jews. A public disputation was held between Donin and Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph of Paris. As Jeremy Cohen notes about Hebrew records of the event: “Some modern writers have labeled the Hebrew protocol [of the disputation] a prime example of literary polemic, using well-known forensic motifs to reinforce popular Jewish belief rather than actually reporting what occurred.”

The most infamous line in the Talmud — “the best among Gentiles should be slain”– came up for public examination. One can imagine that such a directive in Jewish religious texts, whatever its complex historical context as a part of intra-Jewish argument, exposed to Church leaders in medieval society by a Jewish apostate, was not an easy one for the rabbis to explain away. Even Jacob Katz passes on its essential content, simply alluding to “whatever its meaning may be …” M. K. Harris, in his book on Talmudic literature, mentions an addenda: “Modern editions,” he notes, “qualify this by adding ‘in time of war.'”

The intention of the Church inquiry was, of course, to squeeze out of Jewish religious texts the most self-condemning material. Hence, some of what Katz calls the Talmud’s apparent “picture of extreme hostility on the part of the Jews towards their Christian neighbors” seemed nothing less than indicting:

You have permitted [Jews] to shed the blood of Gentiles. It is permitted to steal and plunder the Gentile’s possessions and (it is allowed) to cheat him. Concerning the lost property of a Gentile, you say that it is forbidden to return it to him. The Gentile is suspected by the Jew of practicing fornication, adultery, and sodomy. The Jew is not allowed to make the Gentile any gift, nor is he even permitted to say, “How handsome this Gentile is”; it is permitted to you to curse and to despise [Christian] idolatry; and we are as despised in your eyes as locusts and flies.

The way the rabbis weaseled out of the grim possibility of extremely serious repercussions for the Jewish community was to argue that such lines — although they truly exist in Jewish sacred texts — applied to Gentiles of antiquity, yes, but that Christians were now an exception. This position, says Katz, was “no more than an ad hoc device to be used in the course of controversy. There is no indication in the Talmud or in the later halakhic sources that such a view was ever held, or even proposed, by an individual halakhist. In fact, evidence to the contrary exists.”Rabbis even tried to convince Christian interrogators that insults and degradations in the Talmud directed toward Jesus of Nazareth referred to a different Jesus because it was a common name! As Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph said in defense of the Talmudic texts that defamed Christ, “Not every Louis born in France is the king of France. Has it not happened that two men were born in the same city, had the same name, and died in the same manner? There are many such cases.” “The Jesus of the Talmud,” scholar Jeremy Cohen writes, “… is mentioned as condemned to wallow eternally in boiling excrement … When forced to admit that one talmudic passage mentioning the crimes of Jesus and his execution did indeed apply to the Christian Jesus, Yehiel still emphasized that the Talmud was not responsible for maintaining this opinion among Jews.”

Who Killed Jesus?According to the Talmud, Jesus was executed by a proper rabbinical court for idolatry, inciting other Jews to idolatry, and contempt of rabbinical authority. All classical Jewish sources which mention his execution are quite happy to take responsibility for it; in the talmudic account the Romans are not even mentioned.

The more popular accounts — which were nevertheless taken quite seriously — such as the notorious Toldot Yeshu are even worse, for in addition to the above crimes they accuse him of witchcraft. The very name “Jesus” was for Jews a symbol of all that is abominable, and this popular tradition still persists. The Gospels are equally detested, and they are not allowed to be quoted (let alone taught) even in modern Israeli Jewish schools.

Israel Shahak, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Two Thousand Years (London: Pluto Press, 1994), 97-98.

The Jewish representatives also took great pains to distance themselves from traditional prayers that asked, as the apostate correctly charged, for the end of the “unrighteous kingdom.” Did “unrighteous kingdom” mean the surrounding society in which the Jews currently lived? It did. This has always, as Katz acknowledges, meant to Jews “the whole secular world and its entire political edifice,” but the Jewish defenders managed to convince their inquirers that the prayers alluded to the ancient powers of Biblical eras.


The preceding text is excerpted and edited from When Victims Rule, online at Jewish Tribal Review. The title is editorial; JTR’s in-text citations have been removed. I have added the quotes from Shahak. His invaluable Jewish History, Jewish Religion can be purchased from National Vanguard Books

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“Don’t blame us! We’re ignorant and innocent!”


Jewish Soldiers Storm Arrahmah Gate in Jerusalem

14 JUL
10:22 PM

Israeli occupation police, at dawn on Sunday,  raided the Arrahmah prayer site, to the east of Al-Aqsa mosque, evicting its contents.

Director of Public Relations and Information at the Islamic Endowments Department, Firas Al-Debs said that Israeli occupation police stormed Arrahma gate ahead of the dawn prayer, removed the wooden barriers to separate the men from the women inside the praying area and the shoe cupboard, and placed them several meters away.

He noted that Israeli police took the contents of Arrahmah  a week ago, but returned them, warning of repeated raids, Al Ray reports.

Trump: Immigrant detention centers ‘well run and clean’

Mon Jul 15, 2019 07:12AM [Updated: Mon Jul 15, 2019 07:13AM ]
Men stand in a US Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo via AP)
Men stand in a US Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo via AP)

President Donald Trump claims that US immigrant detention centers are “well run and clean,” despite the facilities’ appalling conditions as described by reporters.

Trump made the claims on Twitter Sunday two days after Mike Pence visited two foul-smelling and over-crowded detention centers in the state of Texas near the US-Mexico border.

Pence toured the McAllen Border Patrol station on Friday and a detention center for women and children in Donna, Texas near the border with Mexico.

When the caged migrants saw reporters arrive, many began shouting, saying they had been there for 40 days or more and they were hungry and wanted to brush their teeth.

A reporter with the Washington Post said the fenced cages were so crowded that it was impossible for all the men to lie on the concrete.

Nonetheless, Trump said that “Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are.”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are. Great reviews! Failing @nytimes story was FAKE! The adult single men areas were clean but crowded – also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals……

He also said that if the centers were too crowded, “tell them not to come to USA,” blaming Democrats for the problem.

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Friday’s tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children’s detention centers are. Great reviews! Failing @nytimes story was FAKE! The adult single men areas were clean but crowded – also loaded up with a big percentage of criminals……

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

…..Sorry, can’t let them into our Country. If too crowded, tell them not to come to USA, and tell the Dems to fix the Loopholes – Problem Solved!

Pence’s visit lasted 90 seconds, reports said. “Look, this is tough stuff,” Pence said at a news conference after the tour. “I knew we’d see a system that is overcrowded,” he said, adding, “It’s overwhelmed.”

Pence then blamed Congress for the problems. “Congress has to act,” he said.

The scenes that reporters had witnessed resembled what was found in a damning report delivered last week based on trips to Border Patrol facilities near the Rio Grande, including the station Pence visited.

The inspector general who wrote the report described the situation at the detention center as a “ticking time bomb.”


US lawmaker Rashida Tlaib compares ‘racist’ Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies to Jim Crow laws

US lawmaker Rashida Tlaib compares ‘racist’ Israel’s anti-Palestinian policies to Jim Crow laws
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has denounced Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, describing that country’s policies as an affront to human rights and comparable to racial segregation in the American South.

Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American to serve in Congress, told Jacobin magazine that she’d witnessed Israel’s “racism”first-hand, while visiting Palestine.

I can tell you when I was in Palestine with my mother and she had to get in a separate line. There are different-colored license plates if you are Palestinian or Israeli.

She denounced these policies as “racist” and argued that Israel’s “continued dehumanization” of the Palestinian people “violate[s] international human rights,” as well as her values as an American.

The freshman lawmaker went on to compare the situation in Israel to segregation in the United States, which was enforced by the infamous Jim Crow laws, and the concept of “separate but equal.”

While insisting that she wanted a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Tlaib stated that her ancestors were “killed” and “uprooted from their land” during the creation of the state of Israel – something “no one even wants to acknowledge.”

Rashida Tlaib

@RashidaTlaib

.@HouseForeign wants to move forward w/ bill to silence opposition of Israel’s blatantly racist policies ⬇️ that demonize both Palestinians & Ethiopians.

Our 1st Amd. right to free speech allows boycott of inhumane policies. This bill is unconstitutional. https://twitter.com/theIMEU/status/1148758769914060800 

The IMEU@theIMEU

In a blatant act of discrimination, Israeli guards refused to allow a Palestinian mother and child to enter a public park in the city of Afula. This explicit separation of public spaces is yet another indication of Israel’s deepening apartheid policies. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/entry-ban-israeli-city-park-provokes-apartheid-warnings 

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The congresswoman has come under fire for her support for the Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last week she tweeted about anti-BDS legislation currently being considered by the House, arguing that the bill was unconstitutional because “our First Amendment right to free speech allows [the] boycott of inhumane policies.”

Her colleage, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), caused an uproar in February after suggesting that the anti-BDS movement in Congress was being funded by AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby. She stated that lawmakers oppose BDS because “it’s all about the Benjamins” – a tweet that sparked accusations of anti-Semitism.

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Mon Jul 15, 2019 06:10AM [Updated: Mon Jul 15, 2019 06:10AM ]
A combo shows Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden (L), Bernie Sanders (R), and Elizabeth Warren (C)
A combo shows Democratic presidential hopefuls Joe Biden (L), Bernie Sanders (R), and Elizabeth Warren (C)

A new opinion survey shows that US President Donald Trump trails the Democratic Party’s most-talked-about presidential aspirants, ex-vice president Joe Biden, senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

The poll was conducted between July 7 and 9 among 800 registered voters. It was undertaken jointly by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal.

Clashing head to head, Biden would beat Trump 51 to 42 percent in the next election, while Sanders would overtake him ​​​​50 to 43, the poll showed.

Warren would also beat Trump outside the poll’s 3.5 percent margin of error by 48 percent against the president’s 43.

Sen. Kamala Harris will be successful too, but winning over Trump 45 to 44.

The hopefuls attend a heated televised debate on a monthly basis, which bears heavily on their respective popular image.

The competition is gaining momentum amid continued controversy surrounding Trump’s 2016 victory.

The furor concerns the country’s Electoral College system, and ongoing accusations of foreign meddling in the elections.

The system overrides the popular vote, which gives the victory to the candidate winning the most ballots. It instead makes 538 electors across different states, who are chosen based on each state’s representation in Congress, liable for electing the chief executive. Therefore, if a contestant secures at least 270 of the electoral votes, they have won the presidential race.

In 2016, the mechanism handed the presidential election’s victory to Trump over Hillary Clinton, although the voters had given the latter three million more votes.

The accusations of foreign intervention relates to claims that Russia conducted a campaign, including through various social media accounts, in order to positively influence the public opinion in Trump’s favor. Both Moscow and the president roundly rejects the claims.