Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo, on Trump’s brand and how to jam it.
Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo, on Trump’s brand and how to jam it.
March 18, 2017
Predictably, the report was “banned” and basically disowned by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and taken off the ESCWA’s website – after intense complaining and lobbying by the Israeli and US. The UN Under Secretary General, Rima Khalaf, who headed ESCWA, was pressured to resign from her posts and ended up doing so. However, she made it clear that she still stood by the accuracy of the report.
The banned UN report begins by remind us that although apartheid was a word that came out of South Africa, the concept is still very important in any nation or society:
“Although the term “apartheid” was originally associated with the specific instance of South Africa, it now represents a species of crime against humanity under customary international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, according to which:“The crime of apartheid” means inhumane acts… committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group …”
Apartheid is woven into the very fabric of Israel itself. No matter which political party holds power, racism and discrimination are institutionalized as public policy and part of the public purpose:
“The Israel Lands Authority (ILA) manages State land, which accounts for 93 per cent of the land within the internationally recognized borders of Israel and is by law closed to use, development or ownership by non-Jews. Those laws reflect the concept of “public purpose” as expressed in the Basic Law. Such laws may be changed by Knesset vote, but the Basic Law: Knesset prohibits any political party from challenging that public purpose. Effectively, Israeli law renders opposition to racial domination illegal.”
“A candidates list shall not participate in elections to the Knesset, and a person shall not be a candidate for election to the Knesset, if the objects or actions of the list or the actions of the person, expressly or by implication, include one of the following:(1) Negation of the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic State…Voting rights lose their significance in terms of equal rights when a racial group is legally banned from challenging laws that perpetuate inequality. An analogy would be a system in which slaves have the right to vote but not against slavery.”
Another way they achieve this is through what the report terms as demographic engineering, which is the Zionist attempt to maintain a Jewish majority and hegemony in Israel, while trying to give the (perfunctory) appearance of being open, tolerant and non-discriminatory:
“Demographic engineering is another area of policy serving the purpose of maintaining Israel as a Jewish State. Most well known is Israeli law conferring on Jews worldwide the right to enter Israel and obtain Israeli citizenship regardless of their countries of origin and whether or not they can show links to Israel-Palestine, while withholding any comparable right from Palestinians, including those wits documented ancestral homes in the country.”
“A principle task of the JA-WZO is to work actively to build and maintain Israel as a Jewish State, particularly through immigration policy:The mission of gathering in the [Jewish] exiles, which is the central task of the State of Israel and the Zionist Movement in our days, requires constant efforts by the Jewish people in the Diaspora; the State of Israel, therefore, expects the cooperation of all Jews, as individuals and groups, in building up the State and assisting the immigration to it of the masses of the [Jewish] people, and regards the unity of all sections of Jewry as necessary for this purpose.Such explicit language by the State’s authorized agencies conclusively underlines the State’s essentially racist character.…National rights are reserved to Jewish nationality. For instance, the Law of Return serves the “in-gathering” mission cited above by allowing any Jew to immigrate to Israel and, through the Citizenship Law, to gain immediate citizenship. No other group has a remotely comparable right and only Jews enjoy any collective rights under Israeli law.”
At the core of the matter is Israel’s very identity. It wants to be a Jewish State and a Democratic State. But how is this possible exactly? Being truly democratic equates to allowing all citizens, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, etc. equally partake in your society. Once you try to make a state Jewish or composed of a particular race or religion, it’s no longer open and democratic. Judging by Israel’s laws and the attitudes of leading politicians, it is more important for them to preserve the Jewishness of Israel than the democratic nature of it. Zionist politicians love to boast that Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East” however as this banned UN report convincingly demonstrates, that claim is highly dubious.
Beneath this tension is another inner struggle which cuts right to the heart of the matter. Can Israeli Jews and Zionists let go of the past and release their identity as victims of the Nazis and the Holocaust, so as to move on and create a better world? What Hitler and the Nazis did the to Jews was surely horrible. However, it is over 70 years since the end of World War 2. Can Jewish Israelis forgive but nor forget? To psychologically attach oneself, individually or collectively, to a past trauma or event is to identify with it – to the point where the individual or collective psyche only sees the world in those terms and unconsciously recreates it. Many people have pointed out how Zionism treats the Palestinians as the Nazis treated the Jews. The victim has become the perpetrator. Beneath this is a deep-seated fear that the they will be attacked and rounded up again. None of this conscious; it’s all operating beneath the surface.
Now, this Zionist and Israeli identity is causing horrible suffering upon the innocent Palestinians, whose land was handed over to the Rothschilds exactly 100 years ago via the British Balfour Declaration. I will finish with a quote attributed to Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, the many who helped Israel get the bomb and who defied JFK and other US Presidents:
“If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign a contract with Israel. It’s normal: We took their land. It’s true, that it was promised to us by God, but why should they care? Our God is not their God. There were anti-Semites, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was it their fault? They only see one thing: We came and stole their land. Why should they accept that?”
Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the worldwide conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.
Boycott everything Israeli and, or, relocate Israel to Florida!
March 15, 2017
A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”.
The publication comes amid renewed debate about whether, through its settlement policy and rejection of Palestinian self-determination, the Israeli government is creating – or even has already created – a de facto “one-state”, which critics warn would constitute a form of apartheid.
It urged governments to “support boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] activities and respond positively to calls for such initiatives”.
The report – Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid – was commissioned and published by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and launched in Beirut.
John Reynolds, a lecturer in law at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, told Al Jazeera the report “breaks new ground in the context of the UN’s analysis of the situation in Palestine”.
Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon issued a statement condemning the report late on Wednesday.
“The attempt to smear and falsely label the only true democracy in the Middle East by creating a false analogy is despicable and constitutes a blatant lie,” he said.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, when asked about the report, said it was published without any prior consultations with the UN Secretariat and its views do not reflect those of the secretary-general.
The report was authored by two critics of Israeli state practice: Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, and Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University.
Noting how “the expert consensus [is] that the prohibition of apartheid is universally applicable and was not rendered moot by the collapse of apartheid in South Africa”, the report argues that Israel is “guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid”, a “crime against humanity under customary international law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court”.
The report is a “detailed analysis of Israeli legislation, policies and practices” that highlights how Israel “operates an apartheid regime”, including through “demographic engineering”.
Palestinian citizens of Israel are described as “subjected to oppression on the basis of not being Jewish”, it said.
Palestinians in East Jerusalem similarly experience “discrimination in access to education, healthcare, employment, residency and building rights”, as well as “expulsions and home demolitions”.
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are governed by “military law” alongside Jewish settlers “governed by Israeli civil law”, the report said.
Palestinian refugees and exiles are “prohibited from returning to their homes in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory” on the basis that they “constitute a ‘demographic threat’ and that their return would alter the demographic character of Israel”.
As well as urging governments to back BDS, the report recommends that the UN and its member states should “revive the Special Committee against Apartheid, and the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid (1976-1991)”, which would then “report authoritatively on Israeli practices and policies relating to the crime of apartheid”.
The report also suggests an advisory opinion be sought from the International Court of Justice “as to whether the means used by Israel to maintain control over the Palestinian people amount to the crime of apartheid”.
David Keane, associate professor in law at Middlesex University, said the new report differs from previous ones on the subject because it “expressly attaches the apartheid label”.
The report could contribute to an already deteriorating relationship between the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Nations.
“For Palestinians and their allies, the report will help to provide a solid basis for their work,” Nadia Hijab, executive director of al-Shabaka – The Palestinian Policy Network – told Al Jazeera .
Citing the reputation and credibility of the authors, Hijab described the report as “a clear, concise document” whose recommendations are “timely and much needed”.
Source: Al Jazeera
Unbelievable. Corporations are evil. How do we make these fake entities pay for the damages they create?
Anyone that still patronizes Texaco after reading this is effectively saying they don’t care about other people or the planet. Boycott Texaco now!
Environmental advocates are determined to continue a decade-long legal battle to force Chevron to accept responsibility for the devastating contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Regardless of the mountain of evidence connecting them to the pollution and its effects, Chevron refuses to pay the US $9.5 billion ordered by Ecuador’s supreme court. Since, Texaco (which has since been acquired by Chevron) no longer holds assets in Ecuador, plaintiffs have been forced to petition the U.S. and Canada to collect damages. In a recent interview with Telesur, U.S. lawyer Steve Donziger, who originally headed up a lawsuit against Texaco back in 1993, explains Texaco has “used subterfuge, intimidation, fraud and threats to delay the judicial process every step of the way… employed 2,000 lawyers and 60 law firms to delay the process, calculating it’s cheaper to pay huge sums to lawyers than to meet its legal responsibilities to clean up its toxic dumping in Ecuador”.
The drilling took place in the northern region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, known as the Oriente. Texaco’s oil workers founded the base-camp town of Nueva Loja, sometimes called Lago Agrio, in the middle of the pristine rain forest, disregarding the nearby encampments of Amazonian tribes. Texaco’s destructive practices included emptying billions of gallons of toxic wastewater and crude oil into surface streams, abandoning hazardous waste in unlined pits and spreading noxious gases through flaring. The brackish, contaminated wastewater circulating throughout the rivers of the Oriente is known as “produced water” or “formation water”, a highly saline byproduct of drilling that often contains petroleum and toxic heavy metals.
Texaco’s decision, which was estimated to have saved the company a mere USD $3 per barrel of oil, has permanently destroyed much of the area’s ecosystem and once rich biodiversity. The contamination has also been cited as the cause for alarming increases in the rate of illness among local indigenous tribes, including the Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Huaorani. Residents have reported experiencing skin rashes, infections and diarrhea from bathing in the yellowish, foamy streams, some of which are visibly blocked by decades-old sludge. As cited by ChevronToxico, one of the main campaign groups seeking justice for Ecuador, “Studies have attributed at least 1401 excess cancer deaths in the region to oil contamination, as well as an elevated rate of pregnancies ending in miscarriage.”
The rivers and streams are imperative to daily activities such as washing, cooking and bathing. Additionally, fish and wildlife have disappeared, leaving families impoverished because sources of fish, game and natural materials (often sold or traded) have vanished. As Texaco continues to avoid responsibility and delay cleaning up its mess in the Ecuadorian Amazon, residents are left with few options for alternative sources of water and are continuing to fall ill, as their quality of life has been irreparably damaged.
Of course, International law and UN Resolutions do not apply to Israel, as she is an exceptional country, just like the USA. Seriously?
Boycott everything Israeli! Or, relocate Israel to Florida!
Feb 06, 2017
The Israeli parliament passed a contentious law on Monday meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)
Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits.
The law is the latest in a series of pro-settler steps taken by Israel’s hard-line government since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. He is seen as more sympathetic to Israel’s settlement policies than his predecessor, and the Israeli government has approved plans to build thousands of new homes on occupied territory since Trump took office on Jan. 20.
“We are voting tonight on our right to the land,” cabinet minister Ofir Akunis said during a stormy debate ahead of the vote. “We are voting tonight on the connection between the Jewish people and its land. This whole land is ours. All of it.”
Critics say the legislation enshrines into law the theft of Palestinian land, and it is expected to be challenged in Israel’s Supreme Court. According to the law, Palestinian landowners would be compensated either with money or alternative land, even if they did not agree to give up their property.
The vote passed 60-52 in Israel’s 120-member Knesset following a raucous debate in which opposition lawmakers shouted from their seats at governing coalition lawmakers speaking in favour of the legislation. Some legislators supportive of the law took pictures during the vote while some spectators raised black cloth in apparent protest.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had voiced misgivings about the law in the lead-up to vote, reportedly expressing concern that it could lead to international censure and saying he wanted to co-ordinate with the Trump administration before moving ahead on a vote.
He told reporters on a trip to London that he had updated Washington and was ready to move ahead with the law. He was on his way back from the trip and was not present for the vote.
The White House’s immediate response was to refer to its statement last week that said the construction of new settlements “may not be helpful” in achieving an Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Netanyahu’s attorney general has called the bill unconstitutional and said he won’t defend it in the Supreme Court. Critics have warned it could drag Israel into a legal battle at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands, which is already pursuing a preliminary examination into settlements.
Among the law’s problematic elements is that the West Bank is not sovereign Israeli territory and that Palestinians who live there are not citizens and do not have the right to vote for the government that imposed the law on them.
Palestinians condemned the law.
“This is an escalation that would only lead to more instability and chaos. It is unacceptable. It is denounced and the international community should act immediately,” said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu faced intense pressure from within his nationalist coalition, especially from the pro-settler Jewish Home party, to press ahead with the vote following the court-ordered evacuation last week of the illegal Amona outpost found to have been built on private Palestinian land. Over 40 settler families were forced to leave the 20-year-old outpost, and on Monday construction vehicles demolished and removed the trailer homes that remained behind.
Opposition legislators said Netanyahu’s support for the law was a high-stakes risk meant solely to curry favour with settler constituents and their potent political lobby.
“For how many settler votes is Netanyahu willing to pass a law that he admits will drag us to The Hague?” Zehava Galon, leader of the Meretz party, wrote on Facebook ahead of the vote. “The prime minister declares that the legalization bill is dangerous for Israel and instead of standing on his hind legs to stop this shameful law, he presses ahead with it.”
After years of condemnations from the Obama administration over settlement construction, Israel’s government has ramped up settlement initiatives since Trump took office, announcing plans for some 6,000 new homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and promising to build a new settlement for the Amona evacuees.
Trump has signalled a far more accepting approach to settlements, raising hopes in Netanyahu’s government that it will be able to step up construction. The White House said little as Netanyahu announced plans during Trump’s first two weeks in office to build over 6,000 new settler homes. But after Netanyahu announced his plan to establish a new settlement for the first time in two decades, Trump indicated that he, too, might have his limits.
“While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal,” the White House said.
The Palestinians want the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — territories Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War — for their future state. Much of the international community views settlements as illegal and an obstacle to reaching peace with the Palestinians.
Before the law passed, UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov called on lawmakers to vote against the law, saying that “it will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel and greatly diminish the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace.”
On the International Court of Justice: Yes, it would be nice if we really had one.
Relocate Israel to Florida! Until then, boycott everything Israeli!
A senior Palestinian official says the international community should no more tolerate Israel’s settlement expansion in the occupied territories.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to launch a probe into the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement expansion in the occupied territories.
“Israel continues to systematically violate the rights of the Palestinian people and to give a green light and support for settlers to take over more Palestinian land and to terrorize the Palestinian population,” PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Tuesday.
The PLO official further called on the international community not to remain silent on Israel’s expansionist policies.
The Palestinian chief negotiator further noted that while the Israeli regime advanced plans for the construction of more than 3,200 new settlement units in West Bank last month, it concurrently razed about 30 Palestinian homes.
The demolitions made 240 people homeless and more than half of those affected were children, he added.
“The time has come to move to the next stage and investigate” Israel’s settlement construction, “two years since the initial study of the files that Palestine transferred [to the ICC] regarding the colonial settlement regime, the military actions against Palestine, the aggression against Gaza and the issue of the prisoners,” Erekat pointed out.
He described The Hague-based court as the only place to bring Israeli war criminals to justice, noting that Israel’s illegal seizure and annexation of occupied Palestinian land obligates the immediate implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolution 2334.
The statement came on the same day that Israeli officials said they plan to build 3,000 new illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank.
The Security Council Resolution 2334 demands Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem” al-Quds.
It also states that the building of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.
About 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
The Palestinian Authority wants the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinians state, with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.
Hey Bibi, this is why the world dislikes Israel. Because it believes it is above international law. Apparently, United Nations resolutions do not apply to Israel, as it is like the USA, an exceptional country.
Boycott everything Israeli until they rejoin the human race!
Check out this cool feature from Al Jazeera (Read to me):
Feb 1, 2017
Israel has announced the construction of 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the fourth such announcement in the less than two weeks since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.
“Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have decided to authorise the construction of 3,000 new housing units in Judea-Samaria,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, using the term Israel uses for the West Bank, a Palestinian territory it has occupied since 1967.
Since the January 20 inauguration of Trump, Israel has approved the construction of 566 housing units in three settlement areas of occupied East Jerusalem and announced the building of 2,502 more in the West Bank.
On Thursday last week, Israeli officials gave final approval for 153 settler homes in East Jerusalem.
The plans had been frozen under pressure from the previous US administration of President Barack Obama, which had warned that settlements could derail hopes of a negotiated two-state solution.
Trump, however, has pledged strong support for Israel, and Netanyahu’s government has moved quickly to take advantage.
“We are building and we will continue building,” Netanyahu said last week, referring to settlement approvals.
The prime minister has said he sees the Trump presidency as offering “significant opportunities” after facing “huge pressures” from Obama on Iran and settlements.
The announcements have deeply concerned those seeking to salvage a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The international community views them as a major obstacle to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.
More than a half million Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.
In a telling break with the Obama administration, Trump’s White House has not condemned Israel’s settlement expansion.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli army issued an eviction notice to residents of Amona as it prepared to demolish their homes.
The order posted at the site on Tuesday gave the residents – some 40 families, including more than 200 children – 48 hours to leave their homes, according to media reports.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the Palestinian village of Taibeh which overlooks the Amona, said the settlement outpost “was built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land”.
“There are only about 40 houses there, so this is very small outpost … but it means a lot to the Jewish community. They say that if that settlement is evacuated and demolished, it sets a precedent for other settlements to also be removed.”
And while the announcement Tuesday that an additional 3,000 settler homes would be built in the occupied West Bank “is likely to alleviate some of the concerns of the settlers”, Khan said, the settlement movement in Israel feels it has been given a “green light” from the incoming Trump administration in the US and that “it shouldn’t be getting rid of any settlements”.
Israel’s top court had ruled in 2014 that Amona, built on land belonging to Palestinians from surrounding West Bank towns, must be vacated by February 8.
Although all settlements are considered illegal under international law, there are more than 100 outposts that were built without authorisation and are considered illegal by even the Israeli government.
In practice, Israel has confiscated Palestinian land since its military occupation of the West Bank – including Jerusalem – and the Gaza Strip started as a result of the 1967 Middle East war.
Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies